Friends of St.James' Park

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Welcome to the Friends of St.James' Park website!


Coming Soon...!

Wed 28 Sep Gardening Team
Sat 1 Oct Crafty Saturday
Sun 2 Oct Autumn History Talk #1
Fri 7 Oct Legal Advice Clinic
Tue 11 Oct St.James Social Group
Wed 12 Oct Gardening Team
See Calendar page for weekly events
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 18th September 2016

Public History Talks

starting Sunday 2nd October

We're delighted to present another series of FREE public history talks this Autumn, starting 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 "The Urban, the Rural and the In-Between: Southampton and its Region in the 15th Century"
Speaker: Poppy Harris (University of Southampton)
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!

Events News

Updated: 24th September

UPDATED Dog Show & Family Fun Day - Sunday 16th October
Join us for a fun day at the Park when, as well as a dog show, there'll be pony rides (weather permitting), a veterinary service on hand, a bouncy castle, face painting, a BBQ, a tombola, and more...

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more, including Dog Show categories!
NEW Ditch the Stabilisers - Cycling for Young Children
Our friends at My Journey will be running another FREE cycling course at St.James' Park for young children on Wednesday 26th October.

See our Events & Activities page for more information, including on how to book a place!
Hampshire Open Studios 2016
The first exhibition of a diverse group of 8 local artists, showcasing an exciting range of paintings in varied styles, subjects, and media, was held in the ParkLife Community Room over the Summer Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 26th to Monday 29th August.

UPDATE We've now updated our event report with some illustrations.

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: 24th September 2016

ParkLife ParkLife Café Public Consultation Meeting
The ParkLife Community Interest Company held a Public Consultation Meeting on Thursday 15th September, regarding the future of the ParkLife Café in St.James' Park.

UPDATE Visit our new report to find out more!

Volunteers Needed
The ParkLife Café is still 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 Marina Murphy or Jennette Leech, Café Manager, or phone us on 023 8077 9763.

Community News

Updated: 24th September 2016

First Aid Course - Wednesday 19th October
FoSJP has organised a fully‑accredited one‑day First Aid Course, at the ParkLife Community Room. The course fee is £60 per person and leads to a 3‑year certificate.

Visit our Community Learning page to find out more!
Big Lottery Fund logo NEW Big Lottery Fund Grant!
We're delighted to announce that FoSJP has been awarded a grant of £9,900 from the "Celebrate England" Big Lottery Fund to help us deliver a multi‑cultural community event in St.James' Park, giving local people opportunities to share different food, cultures, music, activities, and life experiences.

Visit the Big Lottery Fund website to find out more, and watch this space for further news!
Community Work Opportunities
One community work opportunity that has come to our attention is still open.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities 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: 27th September 2016

Crafty Saturday
Crafty Saturday ran another FREE session on Saturday 3rd September - the next is on Saturday 1st October.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 2nd September - the next is on Friday 7th October.


St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 27th September - the next meeting is on Tuesday 11th October.


Dog Show & Family Fun
FoSJP has organised a Dog Show and Family Fun Day at St.James' Park on Sunday 16th October.


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


ParkLife Café Consultation
A public consultation meeting was held on Thursday 15th September about the future of the ParkLife Café.


Police Team Meeting
Shirley & Freemantle Policing Team held a meeting at St.James' Park on Friday 9th September.
Hampshire Open Studios
Local artists held a weekend exhibition at St.James' Park from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August.


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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