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"Living Walls" : National Hedgerow Week from 6th to 12th May 2024

· by jonathangilliatt | April 23, 2024, 3:13 p.m.

National Hedgerow Week


Did you know that the hedgerows throughout Britain created over thousands of years signified livestock barriers & property boundries up and down the land and form rich habitats for many varieties of flora and fauna? These hedgerows also show off an unrivalled landscape across Britain which entice not only thousands of species of insects, and other wildlife and plants but they also posess extremely powerful naturally occurring properties. If managed correctly these hedgerows  could potentially provide some of the  vital defences to help ward off the effects of climate change especially carbon capture and rewilding (which is what we are working on in our church grounds at St James').

It is claimed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology that Britain has 400,000km of historic hedges - enough to go around the globe 10 times!

When available you could arrange a tower climb with our Tower Bell Captain …

Please remove any Christmas ornaments (and other non-compliant artefacts) placed on graves no later than the 2 Feb. This is to ensure we are compliant with the churchyard regulations as posted on the noticeboards and found here (specifically sections 14 & 15 subsection 5).

Any non-compliant artefacts still on graves post 2 Feb will be removed and disposed of.

Thank you in advance.


No green bin collection until March 2024 for St James' Church

· by jonathangilliatt | Nov. 30, 2023, 5:17 p.m.

There will be no green waste collection until March 2024.

Please take your waste home. Do not use the black bin for green waste.


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Re-surfaced footpath through St James' Church is now complete

· by jonathangilliatt | Aug. 16, 2023, 4:34 p.m.

Re-surfaced footpath through St James' church Chistleton
(Photo credit: Brian Inall)

The work to resurface the footpaths through the St James' churchyard has now been completed. 

We are sure that everyone will be pleased with the results and that you will enjoy walking along the new smooth surface! 

We would like to thank everyone so much for helping  to fund this work, and to thank you all for your patience while the work has been undertaken.


St James' Church


The footpaths at the rear of the churchyard (north side) are to be re-laid.

The work will begin on Monday 31 July and will continue for approximately 2 weeks. Consequently, part of the churchyard will be closed until the work is completed. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause. If you have any questions please contact the Rector.

(01244 335663)


Rewilding the churchyard

· by stefan | Aug. 17, 2022, 1:29 p.m.

We were thrilled to hear this morning at prayers that since we have begun rewilding the churchyard, golden (I think) chaffinch's have started to appear in a neighbour's garden.  Rather than provide a picture of one from the internet, I am awaiting a live record from said garden! 

I am reminded, with thanksgiving, of the work and words of Mike, Bettie, Jonathan and Archdeacon Ian on the issue of rewilding churchyards. If you are interested, check out the churchyard working party page on our website.

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