Hiring our church and hall


Our church hall is available for hire by community groups and for private functions. As well as frequent use by church groups, our regular users include local charity groups, Mar Thoma church, martial arts and gardening clubs. It is also suitable for talks, meetings, receptions, and parties.

It has its own separate entrance, but can also be accessed directly from the church.

  • For single occasion or regular hire
  • Seats up to 80 people comfortably
  • Fully equipped kitchen refurbished in 2017
  • Ramped entrance and disabled toilet


Our church, constructed to the design of Sir Arthur Blomfield and consecrated in 1890, makes a wonderful venue for concerts both in terms of size and acoustic. We have a two manual pipe organ which underwent a complete refurbishment by Griffiths Cooper in 2010, and since then has been regularly maintained by Griffiths & Co. Thanks to a generous donation, we also have a baby grand piano by the piano maker Venables & Son.

We hold a regular concert series in the church. Recent concerts included vocal and instrumental recitals, and large scale choral works with Botley, Southampton and Sarisbury Choral Societies.  We also hold come-and-sing choral events both as concerts and as part of our regular worship.


Hire rates and conditions

Hire rates for 2024 are:

Hall only
  • Casual Letting                      £24.00 per hour
  • Regular Users                       £18.00 per hour
  • Church Organisations         £11.00 per hour
  • Charity Rate                          £11.00 per hour
  • St James' Member              £11.00 per hour
  • Kitchen surcharge               £16.00 per event
Church concerts – church hire only
  • Hire of Church      £30.00 per hour
  • Charity Concert – 8 hours including hall use   £250 per concert
  • Rehearsal/set up per hour      £30.00 per hour
  • Non charity/Commercial Concerts – 8 hours   £400.00 per concert


Both church and hall hires are subject to availability, receipt of payment in accordance with our invoice, and agreement to our standard hire terms.

Amplified music may not be used in the hall.

For Hall bookings please contact us at stjameswe.churchhall@gmail.com or by phoning 07519 759269

For Church bookings please contact 07762 673350 / 023 8114 1192  stjameswe.vicar@gmail.com

Church and hall hire