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Updated: 15th August 2014

BREAK‑IN AT THE PARK

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We had some very sad news in July - 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 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!

 

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: 9th August 2014

FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 1st August - the next session is on Friday 5th September.

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Crafty Saturday
FoSJP ran another FREE craft session on Saturday 2nd August; the next is on Saturday 6th September.

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Bike Doctor at the Park
Another bicycle maintenance session was held on Saturday 9th August; the next is on Saturday 13th September.

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

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

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

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