St James's 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 were inextricably linked. The social life and groups of St James's have changed and developed out of all recognition over the years.

Social life through the years

The first vicar, Revd Fitz Wygram, saw his role as improving both the spiritual and social conditions of the new parish, and this included developing a wide range of social organisations. Have a look at Social life through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

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 usual Tuesday communion service at 09.30 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. 

A new community-based project, primarily for older people, was launched in February 2018 and was called Connections. Meeting in church, on the first Tuesday of the month from 11.00 - 12.30, it provided friendship and support and a great opportunity to meet people in a safe environment. 

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

Groups through the years

Over the years, many different groups came and went, and those not directly organised by, or associated with, the church took on a separate life of their own much as they have today. Have a look at St James's groups through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

During 2018, the film club continued, St James's Ramblers group was formed, with occasional two mile walks ending with pub lunches and a new Gardening Club was formed. 

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. 

The Film Club / Pop Up Cinema had shows on throughout the year. Particularly successful was the afternoon performance of Moana, especially for children.

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