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Fri 4 Dec Legal Advice
Sat 5 Dec Crafty Saturday
Sun 6 Dec History Talk #3
Wed 9 Dec Gardening Team
Sat 12 Dec Bike Doctor
Wed 23 Dec Gardening Team
See Calendar page for weekly events
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Updated: 30th November 2015

Public History Talks

from Sunday 4th October

We're delighted to be presenting another series of FREE public history talks this Autumn.

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 are free to attend and open to 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, 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 4 Oct "John Claudius Loudon"
Speaker: John Avery
Sun 1 Nov "One Movement or Several? The Impact of 18th and 19th Century Enclosures"
Speaker: Dr John Chapman
Sun 6 Dec "A History of Southampton's Old Cemetery"
Speaker: Geoff Watts

Geoff will be speaking about how and why the cemetery came to be located on the Common, sharing stories from each of the sections that it covers, and giving an overview of the work of the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FoSOC).

Refreshments will include festive mince pies and there'll be a Christmas raffle!

Visit our Shirley Heritage Project page for information on talks in previous series.

A Plea - Raffle Donations
We'd like to again provide small food hampers for the raffle at the final talk on Sunday 6th December. As we have a mainly elderly audience, food prizes are really appreciated near Christmas. If you can spare any tinned, packaged, or bottled food or drink items (tea, coffee, wine, sherry all welcome!), we'd really appreciate your donation - please bring them to either the Shirley Parish Office (weekday mornings only) or to the ParkLife Café by this Friday, 4th December. Thank you!


Events News

Updated: 17th November 2015

Halloween Event
FoSJP organised a fun Halloween afternoon event for primary school age children in the ParkLife Community Room at St.James' Park on Saturday 31st October.

NEW See our illustrated report to find out more!

History News

Updated: 23rd November 2015

Sarah Siddons NEW Crimes and Misdemeanours - A Christmas Ghost Walk
Our friends at the Sarah Siddons Fan Club are holding Christmas Ghost Walks on Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th, and Friday 18th December.

Visit our History News page to find out more!

Café News

Updated: 27th November 2015

ParkLife Café Staff Appointed
ParkLife is pleased to announce that it has now appointed a new member of staff to work in the ParkLife Café at St.James' Park.

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in this position.

Community News

Updated: 25th November 2015

UPDATED Our Community Work Opportunities page lists local community work opportunities that come to our attention. Another couple of opportunities have recently come to our attention, with an application closing dates starting this Wednesday, 2nd December.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities page to find out more!
NEW Following a free Spanish Taster lesson on Tuesday 17th November, weekly Spanish classes for primary school‑aged children will be starting in the ParkLife Community Room on Tuesday 12th January.

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: 17th November 2015

FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 6th November - the next is on Friday 4th December.


Crafty Saturday
FoSJP ran another FREE craft session on Saturday 7th November - the next is on Saturday 5th December.


Public History Talk #1
The second in this Autumn's series was on Sunday 1st November - the final talk is on Sunday 6th December.


Bike Doctor at the Park
Another bicycle maintenance session was held on Saturday 14th November - the next is on Saturday 12th December.


Spanish Taster Lesson
A FREE Spanish language taster session for primary school children was held on Tuesday 17th November.


Halloween Event
FoSJP organised a fun event for primary school age children on the afternoon of Saturday 31st 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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