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Updated: 19th October 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 UPDATE "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!

Events News

Updated: 21st October

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!
NEW Winter Art Exhibition - November
Come along to St.James' Park to see an exhibition of the work of painters who attend Shirley's Studio 77 Workshops run by Kate Krzysica.
Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th November
10.00am - 4.30pm

ParkLife Community Room, St.James' Park
Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Dog Show & Family Fun Day
St.James' Park played host to a Dog Show & Family Fun Day on Sunday 16th October. The dog show awarded prizes for both "fun" and "pedigree" categories, and as well as the show itself, there was a veterinary service on hand, bouncy castles, face painting, a BBQ, a tombola, and more.

UPDATE We made it into the Daily Echo!
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.

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: 11th October 2016

Laura, our new Café Manager
Meet our new Café Manager
We're delighted to introduce ParkLife's new Café Manager, Laura Trotter.

Laura has several years' experience in retail management, and is really looking forward to working in a community‑based environment.

As we welcome Laura, we unfortunately have to say "Goodbye" to Jennette, who is moving to Northampton. Jennette has been the backbone of the Café for a long time - a real asset to the whole team - and she'll be missed - we wish her the very best for the future.

Next time you're in St.James' Park, please drop into the Café and give Laura a warm welcome!

NEW 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 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 our Community Volunteer Coordinator, Marina Murphy or the ParkLife Café Manager, Laura Trotter, or phone us on 023 8077 9763.

Community News

Updated: 20th October 2016

NEW Half‑Term Football Sessions
FREE football sessions at St.James' Park this half‑term:
Monday 24th October
Tuesday 25th October

Ages 7‑10 years - 10.00am - 11.30am
Ages 11‑14 years - 11.45am - 1.15pm
FREE to join but there are limited spaces available and each participant must have a completed registration/medical form (forms available from the ParkLife Café). Please bring your own shin pads and a water bottle.

For more information, call or text Paul on 07886 008039.
First Aid Course
FoSJP organised a fully‑accredited one‑day First Aid Course, leading to a 3‑year certificate, at the ParkLife Community Room on Wednesday 19th October.

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: 21st October 2016

St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 11th October - the next meeting is on Tuesday 25th October.


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


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 7th October - the next is on Friday 4th November.


Public History Talks
The first of 3 FREE history talks took place on Sunday 2nd October - the next is on Sunday 6th November.


Winter Art Exhibition
Studio 77 Workshops will be holding a 3-day art exhibition at St.James' Park starting Friday 18th November.


First Aid Course
FoSJP organised a fully‑accredited one‑day First Aid Course on Wednesday 19th October.
Dog Show & Family Fun
FoSJP organised a Dog Show & Family Fun Day at St.James' Park on Sunday 16th October.


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


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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