Friends of St.James' Park

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


Coming Soon...!

Tue 2 Aug St.James Social Group
Sat 5 Aug ParkLife's 5th Birthday
Tue 9 Aug Ditch the Stabilisers
Wed 10 Aug Gardening Team
Tue 16 Aug St.James Social Group
Wed 24 Aug Gardening Team
See Calendar page for weekly events
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 25th July 2016

ParkLife Café is 5 Years Old!

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Join us as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the ParkLife Café's opening in St.James' Park with a party in the Park.

Saturday 6th August

11.00am - 3.00pm

St.James' Park

FREE entry

  • Badge Making
  • BBQ
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Ice Creams
  • Stalls
  • Tombola
Refreshments and Food from the ParkLife Café


Green Flag Awards 2016

Green Flag logo We're delighted to announce that St.James' Park has once again been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The Green Flag Award scheme is the national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. It recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country, encourages the achievement of high environmental standards, and sets a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

This is the fourth time that the Park has received this award, after previous assessments in 2012, 2014, and 2015, and is once again a testament to the ongoing work by and partnerships between:

Events News

Updated: 28th July

Our friends at My Journey ran another FREE cycling course at St.James' Park for young children on Thursday 21st July, and will be running another on Tuesday 9th August.

NEW Due to popular demand, a third Summer course has now been organised for Tuesday 30th August, with the Bike Doctor in attendance.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Hampshire Open Studios 2016 - August 2016
Come along and sample some new artworks from a diverse group of local artists, at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James' Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend!

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Autism Hampshire logo Autism Events for Young People
The second of two special events organised by Autism Hampshire for young people aged 10 - 19 with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism took place on Saturday 23rd July, following the first on Wednesday 22nd June.

Autism Hampshire was asking what it is like being a young person with autism – what's good and what's not - everyone who took part was given a voucher to spend at the ParkLife Café.

Environment News

Updated: 17th July 2016

Wildflowers in the Park
Our thanks once again go to Michaela Lawler‑Levene who has been recording the progress of the wildflowers that we planted in St.James' Park back in 2008.

Visit our Wildflower Guide page to see Michaela's latest photos.

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!

Forthcoming History‑related Events - May to July
For those of you with an interest in history, we have news of a number of local history‑related (non‑FoSJP) events over the next few months.

Visit our History News page to find out more!

Autumn 2016 History Talks - October to December
The FoSJP History Research Group are delighted to announce details of their Autumn Talks series 2016. The FREE talks will take place in Shirley Parish Hall on the first Sundays of October, November, and December.

Visit our History News page to find out more!

Café News

Updated: 16th March 2016

ParkLife 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: 27th July 2016

Several new community work opportunities have come to our attention, one with an application closing dates of this Monday, 1st August.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities page to find out more!
NEW First Aid Course - October 2016
FoSJP has organised a fully‑accredited one‑day First Aid Course, at the ParkLife Community Room on Wednesday 19th October. The course fee is £60 per person and leads to a 3‑year certificate.

Visit our Community Learning page to find out more!
NCS logo National Citizen Service - Fundraising Event
A group of young people undertaking their National Citizen Service organised a fundraising event in St.James' Park on Tuesday 26th July, with all proceeds going to the Wessex Cancer Trust.
UPDATE 9th Southampton City Scout Group - Thank You!
A big Thank You to the 9th Southampton City Scout Group who held a fête at St.James' Park on Saturday 9th July, and from their takings, made a very generous donation of £140 to FoSJP.
World Record Rounders!
You might recall that last August, John Sennett, one of our former volunteers, organised an attempt to set a world record for the "most people in a rounders exhibition match". It has finally been confirmed that a new world record was set!

Visit our Latest News 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: 26th July 2016

St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 19th July - the next meeting is on Tuesday 2nd August.


ParkLife Café's 5th Birthday
Join us on Saturday 6th August as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the ParkLife Café.


Ditch the Stabilisers
My Journey will be running two more cycle courses on Tuesday 9th August and Tuesday 30th August.


Hampshire Open Studios
Local artists will be holding a weekend exhibition at St.James' Park starting on Friday 26th August.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 1st July - the next clinic is on Friday 2nd September.


Crafty Saturday
Crafty Saturday ran another FREE session on Saturday 2nd July - the next is on Saturday 3rd September.


Autism Events
Two events for young people were held on Wednesday 22nd June and Saturday 23rd July.


Safeguarding Week
Southampton Safeguarding Week visited St.James' Park on Monday 6th June.


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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