Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Pre-Application

Encouraged by support from Southampton City Council, FoSJP submitted a pre‑application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and was successful in winning a grant to pay for a full bid to win further funds. This grant allowed us to employ Parklife[1], a consultancy firm who prepared a proposal to submit to the HLF to obtain large‑scale funding for the development of the Park.

Educational Signage

Two educational signs were installed in the Park on Monday 6th July 2009, next to the bank adjacent to Winchester Road, to add to visitors’ understanding and enjoyment of the Park:

Going Batty!

FoSJP set up 3 bat boxes around the Park; these had to be taken down in September 2010 during the restoration and improvement works in the Park; now that these works are completed, we hope to be able to re‑establish bat boxes in new locations.

Our Sources of Information

Our Park research journey began by asking local people about their personal memories. Information about the Park’s history came to light at FoSJP’s Reminiscence Day event in May 2006. Following this event, we were also helped by donations from individual collections and personal research – in particular from the archive of local historian Bob Grice and the research of Mr AGK Leonard who researched the Southampton City Council archives to discover how the Park came to be purchased.

Bob has also introduced us to the the books written about Shirley’s history. One of the most informative has to be the publication Shirley from Domesday to D-Day (right), published by Southampton City Council. One of the main local historians and contributors to this book, Rosaleen Wilkinson, was the opening speaker at the FoSJP 2009/10 series of Public Talkswhich started in October 2009.

Thank to Bob’s donation of the archive, FoSJP was able to produce the History Quiz which was organised as part of FoSJP’s First Birthday Party in May 2007. Material from the archive has also been used to produce a History Stall which is displayed at FoSJP events such as the Park100 event in July 2007. Photographs of Shirley for the displays have been kindly provided by the Southampton City Council Heritage Services Local Collections Service. FoSJP must also acknowledge the individuals who have shared their personal stories and photograph and postcard collections, so that we can share them with others.

It’s been a great honour for FoSJP to also share the archive with 120 Year 3 children from nearby Shirley Junior School, who came for history lessons in the Park in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Visit our Your Stories page for some of the memories and stories that people have already kindly shared with us.

If you have any memories or pictures relating to the Park that you’d like to share with us, please contact us by letter, telephone, or email, for the attention of Michaela Lawler‑Levene, our FoSJP History Coordinator. We’d love to hear from you!

A Potted History

St.James’ Park began life as part of the vast Shirley Common, lands which originally belonged to the Lords of the Manor of Shirley.

How You Can Get Involved

If you’d like to take an active part, we’re always glad to get offers of help – with the planning and running of events, providing refreshments, fundraising, gardening, or general administration work.

To find out more, please contact us or speak to any of the Committee.