The Wind in the Willows

Thursday 29th August 2019 at 19:00

The Wind in the Willows performance based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame held at St James' Church, Cooling. £10 general admission (discounts available). Please purchase your tickets in advance by visiting or calling 07732 253311



Silent Auction

Saturday 8th June 2019

A silent auction was held for the chance to win this original watercolour by local artist Sarah Youseman of Cooling Castle Barn, donated by Claire Hooper. Our winners were announced at St James' Church, Cooling on Saturday 8th June 2019 at 16:00hrs. Congratulations and thank you to Nicola and Debbie for winning the Silent Auction for £400.00 where 100% of the proceeds go towards the upkeep of St James's Church.



 Strawberry Tea

Saturday 8th June 2019

The annual Strawberry Tea Party held at St James' Church, Cooling is a free event (donations welcome) where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the stunning surroundings of St James' Church. Locally grown strawberries, scones with cream and cakes and tea, coffee, soft drinks and a glass of Pimms are available.

Cakes, books and raffle tickets are on sale during this event to help raise funds for St James' Church and this year a record-breaking £805.87 was raised. This event is organised by the Friends of St James' working in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust.


Cooling, Shakespeare and Falstaff

Friday 7th June 2019

A Lecture delivered by Professor Thomas Betteridge

Introduction by Jools Holland OBE, DL

Professor Thomas Betteridge is an expert in English Reformation history and Tudor drama. He is a member of the Research Advisory Board of Historic Royal Palaces and a strategic reviewer for the AHRC. Proessor Betteridge's most recent research project is 'Exploring the potential of combining performance and digital research in a heritage context' funded by the AHRC.


 Church Spring Clean

Saturday 6th April 2019

The Friends of St James' Church, Cooling will be having a Spring Clean in the Church plus a tidy up in the churchyard on Saturday 6th April between 10am and 12noon so the church will look clean and tidy for Easter. We are a small committee and would appreciate some extra help. Cleaning materials are supplied but please bring your own garden tools. Everyone welcome



Charity Parachute Jump

Saturday 2nd July 2011

Whilst out bird watching on a snowy day in December 2010, 76-year-old Dickie Dutton fell in love with St James' Church as soon as he saw it.  He knew nothing of its history but sensed it was a very special place, and that he wanted to help it.

 On 2 July 2011 Dickie did a tandem parachute jump to raise funds to help us improve the interpretation of the church for visitors.

Dickie raised over £6,000 in sponsorship and presented a cheque to The Friends of St James' Church. Well done Dickie, and thank you!