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Town Quay Park events 2017

2nd February 2017

A packed Duke of Wellington hosted our pub quiz on 2nd February. We raised nearly £300 for our park improvement funds and had a splendid supper too.

Next quiz will be October 19th 2017



Quiz evening at the Duke of Wellington


Town Quay Park events 2016

13th December 2016

Mulled wine, mince pies and jazz music accompanied our annual Carols in the Park.  The weather was kinder this year and we were warmed by a cheering brazier.


Picnic in the Park

18th November 2016

Bob Hucklesby came with friends to lay his own wreath to commemorate his return to Southampton on 18th November 1945.  Some children from St Johns School joined the group and were fascinated to meet Bob and the children of some other FEPOW veterans.


Wreath laying in FTQP's FEPOW Garden


11th November 2016

Remembrance Day wreath laying at the FEPOW memorial



Wreath laying in FTQP's FEPOW Garden


10th September 2016  

FTQP had a stall at the Heritage Weekend celebration in St Joseph’s Hall.  Despite poor weather (again) lots of visitors came through the doors and we gained a couple of new members.  Many people were supportive or our work to protect the open space in this historic part of the city.





29th June2016

6th Annual General Meeting

25 members and supporters attended our AGM to learn about the last year’s work and to discuss the plans for improving the park.  We also heard from Rebecca Kinge of Dangerous Ideas Southampton about their work in supporting use of public open space.


Quiz evening at the Duke of Wellington


12th June 2016

Big Lunch Picnic – poor weather forced us to have our picnic in St Joseph’s Hall rather than the park but over 20 people enjoyed some excellent jazz music – with a great singer – and a good catch up with friends and supporters of the park.




Town Quay Park events 2015

16th December 2015

Carols in the park – despite the drizzle over 20 people gathered for some festive music accompanied by local musicians.


May Day at Town Quay Park


19th November 2015

Another successful quiz was held at the Duke of Wellington and raised over £250 for our park improvement fund.


Quiz evening at the Duke of Wellington


18th November 2015

Wreath laying by Bob Hucklesby and members of FEPOW to commemorate 70th anniversary of the safe return to Southampton of over 20,000 people.


Bob Hucklesby in FTQP's FEPOW Garden

Buglers in FTQP's FEPOW Garden


9th November 2015

Remembrance wreath laying with St Johns School


Wreath laying in FTQP's FEPOW Garden


13th September 2015

Picnic in the Park

A picnic in the park with boules, quoits and good company


Picnic in the Park

11th June 2015 


Over 30 members and supporters attended our AGM to learn about the last year’s work and to discuss the plans for improving the park.

Draft minutes of the meeting here



7th June 2015

Picnic in the Park

More than 60 people gathered in the park to enjoy the warm weather and the jazz band.  Several children were able to play the games provided and a good time was had by all.


Picnic in the Park

Town Quay Park events 2014

7th November 2014

Wreath laying in the FEPOW Garden

Children from St John’s School Bug club helped with the laying of poppy wreaths in the FEPOW garden. They listened attentively as FTQP volunteers discussed the 2 world wars, prisoner of war camps, the return to Southampton, the concern of families of FEPOW, giving thanks for the safe return of many and commemorating those who didn’t come back.  It was a solemn but also very enjoyable occasion that added meaning to the work we do in the park.


Wreath laying in FTQP's FEPOW Garden

6th November 2014

Quiz evening - Duke of Wellington pub

40 people enjoyed a lively quiz and a delicious supper and raised £250 for our funds.


Quiz evening at the Duke of Wellington

Saturday 6th September
12.00 - 2.00

Picnic, jazz band, quiz, look at plans for future.



Picnic in the Park


June 19th 2014 7pm

Friends of Town Quay Park AGM

Over 30 members and supporters attended a lively AGM on 19th June. Plans for the future were discussed and will continue to develop.




April 13th 2014

Gardening Group

Gardening group has regular sessions on 3rd Sunday of each month.  If  you would like to join the group please contact us at



FTQP Gardening group

Thursday 6th February 2014

Quiz evening - Duke of Wellington pub

A very enjoyable quiz was attended by nearly 40 members and friends.  The winning team with a very impressive score was Late Forties.  Apart from having fun we raised £225 for our funds.    Thanks to Vic and Lynn at the Duke for supporting us on the evening.  We hope to run the quiz again in the Autumn.


Quiz evening at the Duke of Wellington

Town Quay Park events 2013

17th December

Carol singing in the park was unfortunately cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Fingers crossed for Christmas 2014!



May Day at Town Quay Park

28th September The park was involved in the Meet the Ancestors Event, which was a follow up to the very successful Michaelmas Fair held last September. There was a fair on St Michael’s Square from 11.00 until 2.00 and a whole host of activities.

27th October  unveiling of memorial in the park to commemorate the many thousands of Far Eastern Prisoners of War (FEPOW) who were repatriated through Southampton after the second World War.  The unveiling was preceded by a service in St Michaels Church. This very special event was organised by the Researching FEPOW History group – see their website

Picnics were held in the park on 12th and 28th July. The first to coincide with a special walk around the Old Town and the second linked to the city’s Sky Ride.

In what has become a Town Quay Park tradition, the May Day holiday was celebrated with picnicking and maypole dancing. This year the weather was friendly and saw a good turnout - and the standard of dancing continues to improve each year!



Maypole dancing in Town Quay Park

Town Quay Park events 2012

Carol singing: 26 people turned up on a starry dry Tuesday evening in December to sing carols and festive songs round a warm brazier, to the 2 Chris's on sax and trombone, along with mulled wine and mince pies. It was a lovely community event.

The quiz night in October was a great success with a packed upstairs room at the Duke of Wellington. That and the raffle raised £328 for FTQP, most of which is going on Park improvements.

Most of the summer events were cancelled last year due to heavy rain, although 3 sessions of Tai Chi went ahead. Let's hope for a better summer this year.



Carols in Town Quay Park

Town Quay Park events 2011

Date: Wednesday 21st December
Event: Carols in the Park

More than 40 enthusiatsic carol singers gathered in the park to celebrate Christmas with mince pies, mulled wine and some festive favourites.

Ably accompanied by our resident musicians, the rousing choruses lent a cheerful air to a mid-winter evening and was the perfect way to herald the holiday season.



Carols in Town Quay Park

Date: Sat 24 Sept, 11-11.45 am
Event: Tai Chi in the Park, Spring bulb planting

Over a dozen eager volunteers of all ages and abilities took part in our second session of Tai Chi in the park, under the skilfull guidance of Wu Tan instructor Bai Li. In a relaxing but challenging session, local residents and visitors took advantage of the mild weather to enjoy a stimulating set of exercises.

Afterwards, committee members and Tai Chi survivors were joined by other volunteers to tidy the beds in the park and to plant spring bulbs ready for a colourful display next year.



Tai Chi in Town Quay Park

Date: Sunday 30th July 2011- re-arranged from 12th June
Event: Le Picnic

The weather was much kinder for the re-arranged picnic, and around 50 local residents, families, friends and passers-by came to Town Quay Park to enjoy the sunshine and festivities. The new date also enabled us to join in with the national Love Parks Week event.

Music was once again provided by the ever-popular Old Town Jazz Band, and we were delighted to have the advantage of the Scooby-Doo icecream van dispensing cooling refreshments - this was the feature most requested at our recent AGM feedback session!

Entertainment for the day included a wine raffle (French wine of course!) and a fiendishly difficult cheese quiz for a spectacular prize of a cheeseboard and knife!

While families and friends got on with catching up and consuming their picnics, the sporting enthusiasts indulged in a gentle but competitive game of boules. This proved so popular that other informal boules sessions in the park are already being planned - please contact the committee if you would like to take part and we can let you know when and where the next Grand Tournament will take place.

The day raised over £70.00 towards FTQP funds and attracted several new members, but more importantly was another step to showing the Council how much we want and need to keep the Park as an open space that we can all enjoy.




French Picnic in Town Quay Park

French Picnic in Town Quay Park

French Picnic in Town Quay Park


Date: Saturday 23rd July 2011
Event: Tai Chi in the park, followed by Love your Park tidy-up

Tai Chi is a very gentle Chinese martial art. It is a slow sequence of movements, all in a standing position, and is suitable for people of all ages from the young to seniors. There are many health benefits for those who practice regularly, especially as people get older.

Mr They and Bai Li from the Wu Tan Martial Arts School on St Mary's Road led a session for an enthsiastic group of over 20 locals of various abilities; everyone enjoyed the experience, although some found it to be a little more of a work-out than they were perhaps expecting!

8-10 people stayed on after the Tai Chi session to help with tidying the borders. We selected 3 beds to work on and made a big difference after pulling weeds, cutting back brambles & digging over. Many thanks to all who helped.

We hope to be organising further Tai Chi sessions in the park in the future - please contact the committee if you are interested in taking part, or watch the website for announcements of dates for the next session.



Tai Chi in Town Quay Park

Date: Monday 16th May 2011
Event: Friends of Town Quay Park AGM, St Joseph's Hall Bugle Street

It was heartening to see a good turnout for this year's AGM, and to hear the level of participation, suggestions and comments from all the members present.

Following introductions and apologies, the minutes of the inaugural meeting in 2010 were accepted by all present. We then heard reports from Chair Ros Cassy on the latest position with the plans for development on the park site and the current status of the Town Green application. Ros then gave a brief summary of the committee's activities over the last year.

> Download a copy of the summary of FTQP activity in 2010/2011 (pdf)

Richard Gray then gave a brief rundown of the last year's events, and Irene MacWilliam summarised the changes and improvements in the park, before inviting comments and suggestion for events in the coming year.

Retiring Treasurer Dorothy Alderson gave a brief rundown of the group's financial situation, then Ros led a discussion about developments and plans around the community, including the council's plans for the Tudor House Museum, the Wool House, and God's House Tower as well as longer term development plans for the waterfront. It was generally agreed that with all the potential changes, the retention of Town Quay Park as a green oasis in the heart of the Old Town was even more critical.

Turning to committee business, the resignation of committee members Doroty Alderson, Kay Labon and Tina Lucas was accepted with regret and with thanks for all their efforts. After a vote, John Pheasant was elected as the new Treasurer, and new committee members Antonella Ianni and Jo Clough were welcomed. We still have a vacancy for one additional committee member - volunteers welcome!

Our guest speaker Cheryl Butler from the University of Winchester then gave a fascinating insight into the life in Southampton Old Town in the Tudor Period, which both fascinated and captivated the members present. Cheryl also gave a brief outline of the plans for the Tudor Revels series of events in the city in 2011 and 2012. We are most grateful to Cheryl for her time and for providing such an interesting input.

Ros then led a discussion on the options for placing sign at the entrance to the park, to increase its prominence and raise awareness among locals and visitors, and the possibility of incorporating a noticeboard for disseminating community information. Anna from the Mount Plesant Workshop, who have been involved in the production of signage on number of prominent projects around the city, showed examples of a number of options, and it was generally agreed that a metal sign would be the preferred option. A sub-committee will pursure ideas for design and funding options.

Finally, Irene led a brainstorming discussion on ideas for new activities for the group, and ideas for things to do in the park. A shortlist of ideas was produced on flipcharts, and all members invited to vote on their favourites as the meeting ended and more informal discussions took place. The results will be collated and will help to shape the planning for future events.

Thanks to all who participated so enthusiastically. Don't forget, if you haven't yet renewed your annual membership, please contact the committee!



Friends of Town Quay Park AGM 2011


Friends of Town Quay Park AGM 2011


Friends of Town Quay Park AGM 2011


Friends of Town Quay Park AGM 2011

Date: Sunday 1st May 2011
Event: May Day Celebrations

Friends, neighbours and visitors celebrated together when, with the help of King John's Morris and the generous loan of a maypole from St John's school, FTQP welcomed in the spring with our May Day revels.

The weather was kind, and as usual with our 'picnics in the park' everyone brought their own food and drink to eat and share. King John's Morris Men entertained us with a selection of traditional dances from different parts of the country, and were warmly received by the appreciative crowd.

After the professionals, it was the turn of the amateurs to have a go at traditional maypole dancing. Young and old(er) joined in with enthusiasm and gusto - it could be said more enthusiasm than skill! After several attempts however a succesful 'plait' was created and the participants warmly congratulated.

Grateful thanks to all who contributed to making the day a success, and for all who attended - locals and visitors alike.

You can > see photos of the day here


To find out more about King John's Morris Men, visit their website at or email or They are actively seeking new members!



May Day 2011 in Town Quay Park with King Johns Morris

May Day 2011 in Town Quay Park with Maypole Dancing

May Day 2011 in Town Quay Park


Date: Sunday 10th April
Event: Commemoration Plaque Ceremony at the French Garden

The Mayor of Southampoton unveiled a plaque provided by The Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland at 2pm in the French Garden in Town Quay Park. The nearby French Church of St Juliens was also open during the efternoon.

The plaque commemorates the arrival and integration of French Huguenot refugees in the 17th Century, and the gift to the city of a white mulberry tree by the Huguenot community.

> Download poster

Plaque in the French Garden

Town Quay Park events 2010:

Date:Tuesday 30th November
Event: Rememberance of Town Quay Park and WWII

This was a day to remember the people who lived in houses on the Town Quay site. On the 30th November 1940 a bombing raid destroyed the buildings and many people were killed and wounded.

To mark the anniversary, the Friends of Town Quay Park organised a service of commemoration, led by local vicar Tim Daykin, to which survivors of the bombing and their families were invited. Music was provided by the Salvation Army Band, and a short drama based on the events of the Southampton Blitz was provided by the Sarah Siddons Fan Club, Attendees included children from St John's Primary School, and members of The Whestsheaf Trust, who recently renovated the railings around Quilters Vault.

A commemorative tree was planted in the park in remembrance of those who dies and those who lost their homes and livelihoods.


11.30 am: In the park by Quilter's Vault
Introduction from Ros Cassy, Chair of Friends of Town Quay Park
Reading by Mrs Humby, a survivor of the bombing
Short prayers by Rev Time Dykin of St Michaels Church
Music from The Salvation Army band

12.00: behind the mound on the Wool House side of the park
Tree planting ceremony

12.30 - 2.00pm: St Michaels Church
Refreshments (with ration book, available for £1.50)
Concert with music from the 1940's
Short drama event from Sarah Siddons Fan Club
Exhibition and display of the origins of Town Quay Park

You can > see photos of the day here

Reading by Mrs Humby

Poppy wreath in Town Quay Park

Planting the commemorative tree in Town Quay Park

Dramatic performance from the Sarah Siddons Fan Club


Music in the City

October 2010

As part of Southampton City Council's 'Music in the City' project, Quilter's Vault played host to a number of free live music sets in October 2010.

With live music being performed all across the city, Quilter's Vault provided a unique and atmospheric setting for acoustic, folk and English heritage music which was enjoyed by an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.

The sets in Quilter's Vault were organised by Melting Pot ( and featured a number of acclaimed singers and songwriters, including:

  • Jigfoot
  • Steve Picken
  • Contraband
  • Shimmering Bees
  • Atlantic

For full details of the festival see


Music in Quilter's Vault


Music in Quilter's Vault



Dejeuner sur l'herbe!

August 2010

August Picnic in the Park

The dark clouds disappeared, the sun shone, the band played and around sixty Friends and supporters gathered with their picnics, and with enthusiasm, to listen to the Old Town Jazz Band and see what plans the gardeners proposed for the Huguenot garden, and to hear what members of the Huguenot Society had to tell us about their history in Southampton  and their ideas for replacing the faded plaque. We were delighted that Michael Courage, Tony Wilson and Martin Harcourt-Williams of the Huguenot Society were able to join us.

Ros Cassy, Chair of the Friends of Town Quay Park Committee
Click 'play' to hear Ros explaining the aims of the day
Everyone was impressed by the creativity shown by Cliff in coming up with plans that could really brighten up that corner of the park within the existing budget.  All those present were inspired by the further potential developments (see news) which are aspirational at the moment but may be achievable in the future. Comments on the suggestions board showed how carefully and appreciatively people had considered the plans see a selection of the comments here.  Why not add your comments to the discussion on our Facebook page? Huge thanks to Cliff and John Horton for giving us their time on a Sunday.

Having Quilter's Vault (with a City Guide) and St. Julien's Church open was a great bonus, and many people took the opportunity to visit them, including passers-by who took an interest in our event. It was surprising how many local people were unaware that they were sometimes open. We were delighted that members of the Huguenot society travelled some way to be with us and are grateful for their support of the garden improvements.

We must all have had a good time because it was suggested we have a picnic every month. Could this be an informal get-together, say the first Sunday of the month, if people felt like it?  

Thanks once again to the Old Town Jazz Band for providing the entertainment and a very agreeable soundtrack! For details on the band contact Chris Ricketts on 07870 654686.

Let us know what you think on our Facebook page and watch this space!


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May Day Picnic in the Park

May 2010

What a great picnic to kick off the FTQP events this year!

There were so many really nice local park users and it was a wonderful opportunity to meet people and make new friends! The committeee were fantastic hosts, introducing themselves and encouraging particpants to talk to each other. They also created a great village green atmosphere, with a local ragtime band and colourful bunting.

The picnics brought by the revellers varied in degrees of sophistication from a few sandwiches to full barbeques, which really added to the sense of occasion - and to the warmth, as the sun decided to make a late appearance. But we were very lucky for an English May day! Can't wait for the next picnic in August!

> See a video from the May Day Picnic!

Report by Miranda Gray


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