Social life through the years

Social life

It is not clear to what extent any organised social life existed in the village prior to 1863 but the early history of both St James's Church and the village of Hampton Hill are inextricably linked. This page covers how the social life of St James's has changed and developed out of all recognition over the years. 

Until 2016 November

Follow the links below to find out what happened from when records began up until November 2016 when Revd Derek Winterburn became the tenth vicar of St James's.

Social life through the years | St James's groups through the years

From 2016 November

In the summer of 2017 more social events were requested and so the newly named Social Team planned a year of events, including a Lent quiz night, fish and chip supper and a curry night. The film club continued, St James's Ramblers was formed, with occasional two mile walks ending with pub lunches and a new Gardening Club was formed. 

The usual Tuesday communion service at 0930 was developed into 'Communion and Coffee' on the second Tuesday of the month. After the short service people stayed for coffee and a social get-together and this proved very popular. 

Children's parties were held, including a paddling pool tea party in the vicarage garden, a teddy bears picnic, a late summer party, a celebration of light as an alternative to Halloween and an Epiphany party.

A Lent Course, and four ‘Learning’ evenings were held in the summer. House groups were revived in September and called 'Life Groups'. During the term the members read and discussed Paul's Letter to the Philippians. Derek led the meetings and "the group felt that it had been an enjoyable and inspiring time, giving us the opportunity to give thanks for our blessings, share concerns, and pray for ours and other people’s needs". They were reconvened after Christmas.