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.
The church is a Grade I listed building - it has been listed in some guide books and occasionally used for filming. In 2012 there was a major refurbishment of the tower partly funded by Historic England so we normally welcome visitors to look round. When possible the church is open in the May bank holiday weekends and for the last week in July and the whole of August from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. 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 local council is proposing there should not be any parking at all in Court Lane which is the road from Lake end Road, past the church to Dorney Lake. This would make life very difficult for anyone attending or visiting the church. A consultation on this opens on 12th May and runs until 6th June 2021. Select to obtain more information and get a link to the consultation. We should be glad if as many as possible could object to the proposals. Comments can be made directly to
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
or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding