The Parish Church of St James the Great Audlem South Cheshire in the Diocese of Chester
St James is a community of people who are encouraging one another in our growing in our experience and understanding of God’s love. We have much to learn and don’t have all the answers but we know that in the teaching and life of Jesus Christ we find something, and someone who has the potential to change us.
Like all Christians, and all people, we make mistakes but we believe in God’s forgiveness and a fresh start. If you would like to join us in exploring God and his love and grace then you will be made welcome – whoever you are.
We are part of the Joint Benefice of St Jame’s Audlem, St John’s Doddington and St Chad’s Wybunbury and work closely with The Methodist and Baptist Churches in the Village of Audlem.
St James Church takes its duties and obligations to protect everyone extremely seriously. Find out more by selecting the Safeguarding heading above.
St James Church: A Fragile Building
The picture of St James’ Church is often used as a symbol of Audlem. It is a place of worship, week by week, for people of all ages, for the happy occasions as well as the sad. It is open every day for visitors, either to explore its history or to be quiet and pray. It is at the heart of the village in every sense and is a tourist attraction. Today it is in a rather fragile condition.
Every 5 years the building is inspected, and the last 2 inspections have highlighted several areas in need of attention. We have already carried out expensive internal repairs to stabilise cracks and the column supports. Our church finances are entirely dependent on the generosity of our group of regular worshippers, but the building is also used by the wider community. We have managed to cover our running costs and repairs over the past few years but this is not easy.
The work that needs doing is not glamorous but essential. We need to do the work before it becomes a “health and safety” issue. The work is to the tower roof, the tower masonry and the wall above the west door. We cannot be certain how much this work will cost – but we expect in the region of £75,000. Once we have raised a certain amount of money then we can apply for “match funding” grants – so first we need to do what we can by fund raising here in our community.
Update on St James Church: A Fragile Building - Urgent Repairs Needed !
You may have noticed the stone masons have now begun working on St James Church. We are grateful for the money donated by the community which has enabled us to start the necessary repairs.
However we URGENTLY need further funds to enable new work, which has come to light, to be carried out without delay. It is estimated that this new work will present us with a further bill of around £27,000 + VAT. We estimate this to be AT LEAST £17,000 more than we currently have in funds. We need to ask for your help again.
How you can help.
1. Provide immediate monetary donations by cheque or cash which can be deposited in the donation box at the back of church or through the letter box at the Vicarage, 66 Heathfield Road, Audlem. If you are able to GIFT AID, please put your donation in one of the yellow gift aid envelopes available in church, fill out the details on the front and we can claim another 25% of your donation from the government.
Cheques should be made payable to 'Audlem PCC'.
2. Please support a number of fundraising events we shall be holding over the next few months as best you can.
3. Buy a copy of the book 'Audlem Remembers' available from the canal shop at just £12.95. Half the copies printed have been sold but if we are able to sell them all, we shall raise a further £1200.
If we fail to do this essential work, we could be faced with the possible closure of the church and at the very least barricading/safety fencing erected around the tower. St James Church is a much admired and iconic public building at the heart of the village.It is open 365 days a year for visitors and residents as well as providing the venue for many church and social events, so we hope you will appreciate
the need for such an urgent appeal to preserve this historic building.
What actually needs doing.
Following an onsite meeting with our architect and the stonemasons, we now have a plan to address the considerable and unforeseen work needed to stabilise the church tower and buttresses on the north west corner. This will require the replacement of 17 large stones and 16, 3 metre long stainless steel 'sock anchors' drilled horizontally into the buttresses and tower: This also means scaffolding in order to do the necessary drilling. At the church meeting (PCC) on 8th July it was unanimously agreed that this work has to be done immediately and all necessary permissions are in process of being obtained.
Please contact Rev Helen Chantry on 811543 or Peter Ellis, Church Warden on 812227 if you have any other ideas to raise money or any questions you may need answering