St James's Ark
St James's Ark is a playgroup for carers and under fives which is Christian based and non-educational. It takes place in church on Monday mornings during term time from 10.15 – 12.15. The group provides a fun morning for the children and a chance for the adults to chat with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is a large regular clientele, some occasional visitors and new people are always welcome. £2 per family is charged with about twenty five children usually attending per week. A maximum of thirty families can be accommodated.
There are two separate play areas, for babies and toddlers, with lots of toys and equipment, much of it donated. There is access to the toilets in the church hall. There is a wide variety of art and craft activities, some of which are on display in the north aisle of the church. Towards the end of the morning, the children can take part in singing and action rhymes and listen to a story. Refreshments for both adults and children are available at no extra cost throughout the morning with Fairtrade goods being used.