Community Facilities

The Parish is well served by a large number of community facilities.  These amenities and services provide the residents of the Parish with a varied and vibrant social life.  There are the following community facilities within the Parish:

  • provisions for children and young people:  Within the Parish there is a preschool (Hampton-in-Arden Preschool), a nursery and primary school (the George Fentham Endowed School), two playground areas, the Skylark Bus (a youth group organised by the Church) and a number of activity groups for children (including a stay and play group for toddlers and Scout and Guide groups).  The Parish is also home to the Island Project, a Special School for autistic children placed at the school by Solihull MBC and other local authorities.  The school is located at Diddington Hall.  However, the viability of the school is threatened by the construction of HS2;
  • provisions for older people:  The Fentham Green Bungalows and Crocketts Court provide living facilities for older residents.  Every two weeks, a Luncheon Club is held at Fentham Hall for elderly residents;
  • outdoor sports facilities:  The Parish has the Sports Club and Recreation Ground which houses a cricket pitch, Astroturf all-weather playing surfaces, tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment.  There is also a Bowls club (near Fentham Hall) and a playing field (adjacent to the Primary School);
  • indoor sports facilities:  Within the Parish there is the Hampton-in-Arden Sports Club (with squash and racketball courts) and the Hampton Gym;
  • churches:  The Parish Church of St. Mary and St. Bartholomew offers weekly services as well as weddings, baptisms and funerals.  The churchyard has a cemetery which requires extension or a site elsewhere.  Numerous clubs also make use of the Church hall (including yoga classes, art classes and children’s ballet classes).  Hampton-in-Arden also has the St. Mary and St. Antony’s Coptic Orthodox Church, one of the first Coptic Orthodox Churches outside London;
  • shops:  The Parish supports a number of shops including a Post Office, a pharmacy, a hairdressers, a bakery and café, an off licence and two small convenience stores;
  • restaurants:  Including Peel’s at Hampton Manor, the White Lion Inn and the Beeches Bar and Grill;
  • accommodation:  Including a hotel (Hampton Manor) and bed and breakfast accommodation (at the White Lion Inn);
  • a public house:  The White Lion Inn;
  • a GP surgery: Hampton Surgery provides healthcare for the Parish and surrounding area, including three Traveller sites of which one is currently within the Parish;
  • Hampton-in-Arden Library:  Open on a part-time basis (one and a half days a week only);
  • Fentham Hall;
  • the Church Hall;
  • allotments.

In addition, within the wider village of Catherine-de-Barnes there are a number of facilities that Hampton-in-Arden parishioners (e.g. those living to the east of the Grand Union Canal) can easily access.  These include the village hall (previously St Catherine’s Church), a public house, a cricket club, a restaurant and a local shop.

In March 2013, the Parish Council invested in outdoor gym equipment for young people and adults, and in July 2014 a new playground for children under the age of seven.  Local and national charitable funders played an important part in helping to provide these facilities.  The Parish Council will be vigilant in seeking funding which will continue to provide an opportunity to enhance the range of facilities, services and the local environment for the benefit of current and future generations