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Fri 1 Aug Legal Advice Clinic
Sat 2 Aug Crafty Saturday
Wed 6 Aug La Leche League
Thu 7 Aug Dog Microchipping
Sat 9 Aug Bike Doctor
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Updated: 26th July 2014


Community Rallies Round

We have some very sad news - the ParkLife Café suffered a major break‑in on the night of Sunday 13th July - just days before it celebrated its 3rd anniversary. Money that had been collected to support activities for local young people were taken, along with several important items of equipment, much of the interior of the building was damaged, and one of the main café windows decorated with bespoke heritage artwork was destroyed.

The Café is run by a Community Interest Company (ParkLife, set up by FoSJP) which means that any profit made goes back into events and activities that are held in St.James' Park. Although insurance will cover the immediate damage, the break‑in has resulted in a significant loss of earnings as the Café had to shut down while the damage is cleaned up and it will only be able to offer a reduced service while it is repaired.

The resulting loss could put the long‑term future of the Café in jeopardy - although it should be able to continue through this winter, it may have to close by Winter 2015, which would be a devastating loss to the local community and all the groups that have benefited from having the Café and Community Room in the Park.

You can read more about this incident in Daily Echo articles on Wednesday 16th July and Saturday 19th July.

However, it has been very pleasing how many people have got in touch to ask whether there's anything that they can do to help raise some funds. Paul, the Café Manager, has had the idea of a Sunday FUND Day - so far The Guv'nas, the band that played on the decking at our Community Games event earlier this month, have offered to play, Chris the Street Artist has offered to hold an art auction, and our local PCSO Kenny wants to organise a football tournament to raise funds for the Café (he's hoping to get the Saints involved!).

Shirley resident Joanne Craig has very kindly set up a Just Giving page to support the Café through this crisis. If you'd like to help Joanne to ensure that the Café is able to keep going, please visit her Just Giving page where you can donate any amount from £2 upwards - it all helps!



They think it's all over - it is now!

Peter Waterfield
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Aaron Phipps
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Our Community Games event was officially opened on Saturday 5th July by Olympic silver medallist diver Peter Waterfield, and was officially closed on Sunday 6th July by Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby player and London 2012 Paralympic athlete, Aaron Phipps - both local heroes from Southampton! In between times, much fun was had by all the visitors to St.James' Park over the two days of sporting activities and entertainment.

What are the Community Games?

Community Games is a national initiative, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games, to bring the local community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities.

FoSJP organised this Community Games event in St.James' Park, with help from the Southampton City District Scouts, as our way of celebrating the success of St.James' Park and what has been achieved by all the past and current FoSJP and ParkLife volunteers and staff.

Click here to see our illustrated report on the Community Games!

There are still a number of raffle prizes waiting to be claimed! Marina will be going through them over the next couple of days and texting or phoning each of the lucky winners to invite them to visit the ParkLife Café to collect their prize.
The second day of the Community Games, on Sunday 6th July, also marked the third anniversary of the re‑opening of St.James' Park after the extensive restoration and improvements project in 2010 ‑ 2011.


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.

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Updated: 21st July 2014

FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 4th July - the next session is on Friday 1st August.


Crafty Saturday
FoSJP ran another FREE craft session on Saturday 7th June. The next session is on Saturday 2nd August.


FREE Dog Microchipping
Dogs Trust is running a FREE dog microchipping session at St.James' Park on Thursday 7th August.


Bike Doctor at the Park
Another bicycle maintenance session took place on Saturday 12th July - the next is on Saturday 9th August.


Coxford Tigers
FREE weekly training sessions started on Tuesday 29th April and are continuing throughout the Summer.


Bastille Day Picnic
Once again Bastille Day was celebrated with a Picnic in the Park, on Saturday 19th July.


Community Games
The Community Games event took place in St.James' Park on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July.


FREE Tennis Coaching
The Great British Tennis Weekend came to the Park on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd 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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