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Past Events

Church Spring Clean

Saturday 6th April 2019 at St James' Church, Cooling

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 St James' Church, Cooling

Seeing the year out with the village's traditional and annual Christmas Carol Service held at St James' Church, Cooling. The service will be held on Saturday, 22nd December 2018 at 18:00. The service is free entry and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

India Electric Co Live at St James' Church, Cooling

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 at St James' Church, Cooling

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 held at St James' Church, Cooling

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.

Talk on the Kent Marshes by Rachel Haylock Jones

Tuesday, 28th November 2017 at 19:30

A free illustrated talk about the creation of a new wildlife habitat on Cooling Marshes. Following the AGM of the Friends of St James' Church, Cooling (and tea and cake!), Rachel Haylock Jones, Environment Manager at DP World London Gateway, will give a free illustrated talk by about the ambitious project on Cooling Marshes to provide new inter-tidal and marshland habitat for over-wintering birds, water voles, bumblebees and many other species and plants.


Charity Parachute Jump raises funds for St James' Church, Cooling

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.