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Updated: 26th November 2016

Public History Talks

starting Sunday 2nd October

We're delighted to present another series of FREE public history talks this Autumn, starting on Sunday 2nd October.

As usual, the venue is Shirley Parish Hall, situated on the corner of St.James' Road and Colebrook Avenue, a short walk from St.James' Park, and wheelchair accessible.

Talks take place on the first Sundays of October, November, and December, and are free to attend for both members and non‑members of FoSJP. Topics relate to the local history of Shirley and in particular the area around St.James' Park. Talks are given by a variety of speakers, includng local historians, University historians, and also members of FoSJP's own FoSJP History Research Group.

Refreshments are also available for a small donation.

All talks run from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Sun 2 Oct "The Shirley Asylum and the Barlow & Ellyett Homes"
Speaker: Madge Heath (FoSJP History Research Group)
Sun 6 Nov "French Nick, Mrs Read the Saracen & Mr Holmes's Blackamoor - Strangers, Foreigners & Aliens in Tudor Southampton"
Speaker: Dr Cheryl Butler
Sun 4 Dec "Twenty Million Bricks: The History of Bursledon Brickworks"
Speaker: Carolyne Haynes PhD (Project Manager, Bursledon Brickworks)

Visit our History News page to find out more!


In Memoriam
Kenneth Conway, 1922 - 2016
We're very sorry to announce that Ken, aged 93, and known to many within FoSJP, passed away on Sunday 30th October. Ken was one of our most elderly and valued volunteers.

Please take a moment to visit our Community People page where we have shared Ken's dedication to FoSJP and the local community.

Ken's funeral took place on Thursday 24th November.


Events News

Updated: 26th November

Winter Art Exhibition
The ParkLife Community Room at St.James' Park was the venue for a 3‑day art exhibition from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November. The works on display, all on the theme of "Views of Shirley and Southampton", were by painters who attend Shirley's Studio 77 Workshops run by Kate Krzysica and Colleen Cockroft.

UPDATE Visit our Winter Art report to find out more!
Crafty Saturday
Crafty Saturday sessions, which ran monthly up until July 2016, are taking a longer break than we originally expected. We'll let you know if and when they're reinstated.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Environment News

Updated: 19th November 2016

NEW FoSJP Gardening Team on TV
Fame (if not fortune!) for our FoSJP Gardening Team as the excellent work they do in helping to maintain St.James' Park was recognised in a short film shown recently on local television channel That's Solent TV.

Visit our Gardening Team page to find out more about the work they do for us all!

History News

Updated: 7th June 2016

Wanted - Local History Researchers
The Shirley Local History Research Group is looking for extra researchers.

Visit our History News page to find out more!

Café News

Updated: 19th November 2016

ParkLife Situation Vacant - Part-time Café Assistant
The ParkLife Café is looking for a new part‑time assistant:
  • Must be aged 16 plus
  • Hours will usually be 11.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays and Sundays
  • Role involves catering and customer services
For more details, pop into the Café and have a chat with Laura - phone 023 8077 9763 to check that she's in or to arrange a time.

Volunteers Needed
The ParkLife Café is also looking for volunteers to help clear tables and support the Café staff, particularly at busy times such as after school or at weekends.

If you could spare a few hours a week on a regular basis, please email our Community Volunteer Coordinator, Marina Murphy or the ParkLife Café Manager, Laura Trotter, or phone us on 023 8077 9763.

Community News

Updated: 1st December 2016

NEW Community Work Opportunities
Another community work opportunity has come to our attention.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities page to find out more!
NEW Back to Our Roots - Early Church History and New Testament Greek
Those of you with a penchant for history might be interested in attending this 8‑week course, running from Tuesday 10th January to Tuesday 28th March at the ParkLife Community Room.

Visit our Community Groups page to find out more!

Keep an eye on our Latest News section on this page, and our regularly updated Calendar and News pages, to keep track of all that's happening at St.James' Park. Also check the noticeboards at St.James' Park - by the SE and NW Entrances and outside the ParkLife Café.

Latest News

Updated: 2nd December 2016

Public History Talks
The second of 3 FREE history talks took place on Sunday 6th November - the third is on Sunday 4th December.


St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 22nd November - the next meeting is on Tuesday 6th December.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 2nd December - the next is on Friday 6th January.


Back to Our Roots
An 8‑week course on Early Church History starts in the ParkLife Community Room on Tuesday 10th January.


Winter Art Exhibition
Studio 77 Workshops' 3‑day art exhibition ran from Friday 18th November to Sunday 20th November.


Ditch the Stabilisers
My Journey ran another cycling course for young children on Wednesday 26th October.

Visit our News page to catch up on news and events in and around the Park over the last few months.

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