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Friends of St James' Church Weybridge Surrey - Maintaining the heritage of Weybridge

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About The Friends
For more than 800 years a church has stood on the site of St James'. The church is not only an important part of Weybridge's architectural heritage, but also a beautiful landmark that gives Weybridge its unique character.

The Friends of St James' is an Association of local people who help to maintain, preserve, repair and restore this beautiful building.

We raise money by holding concerts, plays and social events.  



Since the formation of the Association, the Friends have raised approximately £50,000 towards church projects.
  The money we have raised has enabled the Church to make many important improvements, from re-hanging the bells to restoring antique vestments and installing the glass and wrought-iron North and South doors.
  Recently we have supported the re-lighting and re-wiring of the whole building, the existing facilities having been judged as no longer safe.
  A modern computerised system now allows the building to be seen at its best.
This work was carried out with the support of the Victorian Society as well as the Church authorities.
The Friends also made a significant contribution to restoration of the mosaic floor in the Chancel. This work involved slow, laborious and highly skilled removal and relaying of the tiles.
Church Mosaic Floor Reapirs needed to St James' Church
Mosaic Tiles - photo
courtesy of
Rachael Talibart
Repairs needed - photo
courtesy of
Rachael Talibart
Despite the marvellous achievements from previous fundraising, there is still much that needs to be done as can be seen from the photo on the above right which shows an area of the church building sadly in need of repair.
St James' Church Building
Although the building of St. James’ was completed only in 1848, it replaced the Church of St. Nicholas , which had served the people of Weybridge for many hundreds of years.

Since its consecration in 1848, St James’ has been enlarged twice. The chancel was enlarged in 1889 and, soon after, the outer south aisle was added.

The chancel arch, originally very little higher than the arches in the nave, has also been heightened by ten feet, thereby greatly enhancing the proportions of the building.

The Magnificent St James' Church in Weybridge Surrey - A Beautiful Local Landmark

St. James is a particularly fine example of the work of John Loughborough Pearson and is often described as the “Cathedral of the Thames Valley ” as the spire is a noted local landmark.

Inside St James' Church Weybridge Surrey

Inside St James' Church - photo courtesy of Rachael Talibart

Old Photos Of St James' Church
We have several pages of old photos of St James' Church and other local views which you may find interesting, some from the late 1800's and early 1900's - click here to view
Gift Aid It / How Your Contribution Is Used

Have you signed and given us a Gift Aid form? Your subscription will be increased by 25% if you do this - we can claim this amount back from the Inland Revenue - every little helps!

For a donation of at least £10 per year you can contribute to maintaining the character of Weybridge and a building of outstanding architectural significance.

Our membership is open to all. It is secular in its constitution and its management.

Under the terms of our constitution any funds raised may only be used for the maintenance of the fabric of St. James’ building. We cannot and do not fund any maintenance of the church gardens or the Parish Centre.

Events Coming Soon
Friends of St James Church Weybridge November Supper Event 

Other 2016 events will be posted here when we receive them

Contact Details

For membership of the Friends and information about events, please email midgewicks@btinternet.com

Registered Charity 8000920

Tickets to events may be purchased in person from St. James’ Parish Office, Weybridge.

Telephone 01932 856 399
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