Past Events - The BIG Event

The BIG Event - Saturday 7th July 2012


The BIG Raffle

The first prize in our raffle was an Apple iPad 2; many thanks go to these organisations who kindly donated additional prizes: Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who bought a ticket!

Updated: 3rd December 2016

It was definitely a case of "Keep Calm and Carry an Umbrella" as an estimated 2000 visitors gamely donned their wellies, grabbed their umbrellas, and poured into St.James' Park for FoSJP's The BIG Event, one of the few events in Southampton not cancelled because of the weather on this rainy July Saturday!

Unfortunately some of the planned activities, such as the mobile climbing wall and the bouncy castle, couldn't be operated because of the weather, but the plucky visitors were rewarded with a series of events on the main stage, while there were stalls and plenty of refreshment opportunities on hand throughout the day to keep everyone going.

Events on the main stage were kicked off with a presentation of medals by Shirley Swimming Pool, following their annual club gala held in May.

The crowd was then treated to a series of high quality musical performances:

The afternoon was rounded off with the draw for the BIG Raffle.

Some of Your Feedback

"I thought the Big Event was superbly organised - a really lovely community atmosphere which I was so glad to be part of. Well done to all of you!"

"Today was great, even the rain didn't stop people from walking around and enjoying the activities!"

"Brilliant event today, thank you! Even though it rained it was really good, imagine what it would have been like if the sun had shone. Well done everyone!"

"We had a lovely time watching all the performances - despite the rain! Thank you to all!"

Our heartfelt thanks go to:

Distinguished Attendees

The Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Ivan White, declares The BIG Event open, with approval from FoSJP's ex‑Chair!

All photographs on this page by David Wheatley, FoSJP Photographer


A variety of stalls, with information and items to win, buy, and eat


Plenty of choice to keep everyone going - just a few shown here

An Expectant Crowd

Upper Shirley High Choir

Upper Shirley High Orchestra


Local Community Choir - find out more at

Upper Shirley High Rock Challenge

A reprise of their award‑winning entry in this year's Rock Challenge competition

Upper Shirley Learning Community Infant Choir

Pupils from Hollybrook, Shirley, and Wordsworth Infant Schools

Upper Shirley High West End Ensemble

Reprising highlights from their successful "West End Night Out In (Part 2)"

Visit the Daily Echo website to see more photos from The BIG Event.

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