January 20th 2021

We were very pleased to welcome four new trustees at todays trustees meeting; Bill Dobie, Robert Preston, Mike Rickard and Rosemary Rickard.  See the trustees page for more details of each trustee.

December 12th 2020 – The masked Covid-19 erection team in action

Thanks to Mark F, Mark P, Andy B, Bill D and Derek R for putting up the star.

Mark F doing a great job as we lesser mortals looked on




Mark P testing the roof

Derek R holding down the pole as Mark F did his thing

December 8th 2019 – The FoSJ star erection team in action

Our thanks go to Peter Davis who took these picture with his super drone camera. New lights this year which are brighter and better than ever. They look great!

Left to right: Derek Ruskin, Mark Fairfax and Ian Hughes performimg their erection

Ian waving goodbye

Job done


March 16th 2019 – The Curry & Quiz extravaganza

We packed the Villages Hall with 10 tables of 8 players and a super time was had by all. Tickets had been sold out for some weeks. Members receive advance notice of ticketed events so make sure to join us. You can donate on-line too and we will put you on our member list.

Special thanks are due to Mark our shy and retiring quiz-master who entertained with his usual wit and humour.

The superb home cooked curries were created by Howard Morrish, Wendy Wigget & Ian Hughes, highly talented trustees of FoSJ.

The winners were “Quizically Challenged” – see picture below.

Quizically Challenged the triumphant, Who can beat them? Front row: Ginny holds the cup, Jenny and Matt Back row: Helen, Sarah, Tony and Ian



December 14th 2018 The FoSJ St James Christmas Celebration

Just over 60 villagers attended together with 14 members of the Pop-Up Choir, led by Derek Ruskin, plus added instrumentalists(see photos below). Seasonal readings were given by our Master of  Ceremonies: Barry Griffin; Ian Hughes; April Noyes; Gary Noyes; Pat Burrage and Gill Griffin.

Helen Izod (flute), Tricia King (viol)  and Beverley Young (bodhrán) accompanied the choir on the Huron Carol.

Nigel Smith on the church organ with trombones played by Bill Ellis & Richard King supported the choir for the Gloucester Wassail. 

The Bishampton Consort, led by Roger Blears, played recorder consort pieces from the 17th century.

    From left to right, Ginny Rhind on tenor, Richard King on descant, Tricia King on bass viol, Roger Blears on treble and Derek Ruskin on descant.


December 1st 2018 The FoSJ star erection team in action 

Ian Hughes, Derek Ruskin, Lucy & Mark Fairfax, atop St James roof this afternoon, erecting the Christmas star which is now twinkling away.

October 2018 Questionnaire response & prize winners

Our grateful thanks are given to all those who completed our questionnaires.

The lucky prize winners were David & Helen Izod

All responders thought the Trustees were wonderful 😉

A selection of further events you would like to see in St James were as follows:-

  1. Activities for children
  2. Jazz evening
  3. Music concerts & musical events
  4. More talks are good
  5. Debating society

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