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In line with Church of England and Government Advice

all services in our churches will be suspended until further notice and our churches will remain locked.

At St. James' we are a church family of all ages who seek to grow in our faith and to draw others to the love of Jesus. In our worship we use a blend of hymns and worship songs, seasonal and all age services and encourage lay involvement.

We worship together at 0930 every Sunday.

New Year New Benefice

As we start a new year we begin to work more closely with the churches of St. Martin’s Bowness, St. Mary’s Windermere and Jesus Church Troutbeck.

Revd James Richards will be looking after Bowness, Ings and Kentmere and Revd Shanthi caring for Staveley, Troutbeck and Windermere.

Two Sunday services each month will be led by trained lay leaders and two will be Holy Communion with the Vicar. Please support, encourage and pray for our new lay leaders as they take on this role.

This is an exciting time for our churches as we share together in the mission of God.


St. James' is open for visitors 9am - 5pm everyday. Please bear in mind that the church is unlocked and locked by volunteers so these times may vary.

Tree  work  at  St James’  and   St  Margaret’s, Staveley

As required by our church insurance the trees in our churchyards are periodically inspected. The inspection early in 2019 advised attention was needed to numerous trees in both churchyards. A full arboreal (tree) report was prepared by Bruce Hatton a local expert and some additional modern scientific testing was done later to examine the interior condition of the wood. From this it was confirmed that work was required particularly in view of the potential risks of injury to people and damage to properties which could have taken place.

Several trees have already been felled with others pruned as required. The final tree for felling is a large sycamore in St Margaret’s overhanging the footpath towards Billy’s Space. This is planned to start on Tuesday 28th possibly taking 3 days. All “waste” will be removed and the churchyard left as tidy as possible.

At times the use of the footpath may be restricted during the felling.

The expense of this work over the past year is quite considerable on our church finances something we could well have done without but is considered necessary on the professional advice we were given. We could not ignore the insurance report, advise from a local arboreal expert and modern scientific testing. The reports have also been seen and work has been approved by LDNPA. We sincerely hope everything remains in good order until our next tree report is needed. We intend to replace felled trees with alternatives again with expert advice.

Mathew Flynn a Staveley tree surgeon and his team will be doing the work.



Our Churchwardens

St. James Wardens

Katherine Morris and Margaret Farhall serve as our churchwardens.

St. James PCC

They are supported in their leadership by the Parochial Church Council (PCC)

On 10th September 2017 a Consultation and Information Meeting was held in St. James' Church, Staveley at which the proposed reordering of the building was presented to church and community.

Please visit our building project page to discover more and share your views