St James the Less


This historic church dates  from the 12th century and has been the local parish church since that time. We have a regular pattern of worship with mainly traditional but some contemporary services. We aim to share the good news of Jesus in word and sacrament in this beautiful place. Many visitors remark on the warmth of welcome they receive here.

​As the church is an interesting building - it has been listed in some guide books and occasionally used for filming - we normally welcome visitors to look round. The tower is open occasionally. No children under 8 years old may visit the tower and it is advised that visitors to the tower should be reasonably fit.

Sunday services normally take place at 9.30 am and are currently being live-streamed on alternate Sundays. Please see the Home page for more details.

For more information on service times see the calendar on the Home page

The Chancel and Nave were both built in the 12th century, the Chancel being the older but the arch between them dates from the 14th century. The tower was added in Tudor times and the porch in the 17th century.

As is the case with many historic churches there have been changes through the centuries but the church still retains many features from the past, including a Norman font and a family pew dating from the 17th century. There are also several other pews dating from slightly later in the 17th century. The West Gallery also dates from about that time.

People may know that a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018. We have always been concerned to respect the privacy of all those with whom we come in contact but we have now updated our Privacy Notice in  line with the new regulation.


This parish is committed to safeguarding.

The safeguarding policy for this parish is regularly reviewed.


If you are concerned about someone please seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer

Stephen Baker

0738 7812652


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