Annual Christmas Carol Service
Saturday 21st December 2019 at 18:00
The year ends with our traditional Christmas Carol Service followed by Mulled Wine & Mince Pies. Please wrap up warmly because the Church has no heating. This event is free entry.
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 21st November 2019
Notice for the 8th Annual General Meeting of The Friends of St James’ Church, Cooling to be held on Thursday 21st November 2019 at 19:30 in Cooling Village Hall followed by an Illustrated talk by Rachael Haylock Jones, Environment Manager DP World London Gateway, about the ambitious project on Cooling Marshes to provide new intertidal and marshland habitat for wading and over wintering birds, water voles, bumblebees etc.
St James’ Church Clean
Saturday 19th October 2019
The Friend’s of St James’ Church have set aside Saturday 19th October 2019 to tidy the North and East parts of the Churchyard before the winter. Starting at 10am. We are a small group and would appreciate some extra help.
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.
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.
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
A Lecture delivered by Professor Thomas Betteridge
Introduced by Jools Holland OBE, DL
Friday 7th June 2019
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. Professor 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
Annual Christmas Carol Service
Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 18:00
Seeing the year out with the village’s traditional and annual Christmas Carol Service held at St James’ Church, Cooling. The service is free entry and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
India Electric Co Live
Friday, 16th November 2018 at 19:00
The India Electric Co performing live at St James’ Church, Cooling. The acoustic duo use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation.
With recent live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, performances at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, the duo embark on their first headline tours in 2018 and complete their trilogy of EP releases with backing from the esteemed English Folk Dance and Song Society.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Tuesday, 21st August 2018
Ernest is Jack. Ernest loves Gwendolen but she doesn’t know he’s Jack. Algernon is also Ernest but he loves Cecily. Both Cecily and Gwendolen are particularly fond of the name Ernest, which is good for Ernest but is problem for both Jack and Algernon. Then there’s Gwendolen’s mother and Algernon’s aunt, Lady Bracknell. She disapproves. Of everything mostly…except cucumber sandwiches…
Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” performed by just 3 actors, is a “Trivial Comedy for Serious People“. It was a fast-paced, one-act adaption which truly demonstrated, as Algernon/Ernest observes “the truth is rarely pure and never simple.“
Strawberry Tea Party
Saturday, 16th June 2018 at 14:30-16:30
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 will be available.
Cakes, books and raffle tickets will be on sale during this event to help raise funds for St James’ Church. This event is organised by the Friends of St James’ working in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust
Charity Parachute Jump raises funds for St James’ Church
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 he did a tandem parachute jump to raise funds to help improve the interpretation of the church for visitors.
Mr Dutton raised over £6,000 in sponsorship and presented a cheque to the Friends of St James’ Church.