St James 2016 150th Anniversary Appeal


St James the Less 2016 150th Anniversary Project

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of many parishioners and several grant funders we have now raised over £95,000 and have completed the first two phases of the project.


The Lay-by at the church entrance, large enough for two cars, has greatly improved safety and access for weddings and funerals and also for elderly or disabled people attending regular services. No longer will passing traffic be obstructed. The lay-by is protected by retractable bollards to prevent unauthorised parking. The church entrance has been widened which has improved access for vehicles belonging to florists, cleaners, maintenance people and others requiring access to the church with bulky or heavy items.



The Problem                                                              The Solution



Lay-by from the east.....                                            .....from the west


The memorial gates from the main entrance have been beautifully restored and relocated at the new War Memorial entrance. The memorial has been cleaned and we are obtaining quotes for re-cutting of the names and inscriptions. We shall construct a new paved surround for the War Memorial made of York stone to match the paving at the church entrance. It is entirely fitting that the War Memorial should be given greater prominence and easier access as we commemorate the centenary of the First World War.



Restored memorial gates at the new entrance to the War Memorial


War memorial after cleaning


In order to complete the work on and around the War Memorial we need to raise a further £5,000.

The final phase of the project is to construct a Footpath from the corner of the churchyard by the Elephant Hotel to the south porch. This will greatly improve safety for those with wheel-chairs, small children and buggies as they will no longer have to walk the narrow pavement around the outside of the churchyard. An entrance has already been made and a gate has been kindly donated by the family of Stephen Christian who was tragically killed during a storm in January 2009. We are obtaining quotes for the construction of the footpath and expect to require further funding of some £15,000 for this work.

All donations, however small, will be extremely welcome. 

Donations can be made at the Good Exchange which includes Gift-aid if appropriate:
By bank transfer to:
PCC of Pangbourne with Tidmarsh & Sulham
Sort code: 40-36-03
Account no: 60649198
By cheque payable to:
PCC of Pangbourne with Tidmarsh & Sulham (write “Anniversary Appeal” on the back) and send to:
Appeal Treasurer,  The Rectory,  St James Close, Pangbourne  RG8 7AP
Anyone wanting further information please contact Jill Palfrey (churchwarden) on 0118 984 2698 or Stephen Billyeald 
(Project Co-ordinator) on 0118 984 3368.


Thank you to the Royal British Legion, Pangbourne Sulham & Tidmarsh Branch Chairman Bob Logue and Vice Chairman David Saunders on Sunday 24th April donating for the upkeep for the war memorial with Rector, Reverend Heather Parbury and Church warden Jill Palfrey in St James the Less, Pangbourne.



Thank you to Pangbourne Masonic Lodge - Worshipful Master Tony Croxon, Worshipful Brother Richard Stone  (Lodge Mentor), Brother Terry Relf (Charity Steward ) with Rector, Reverend Heather Parbury and Jill Palfrey, Church warden in St James the Less for the generous donation towards the St James 150th Anniversary Appeal.