St James, Llangua

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St James' Llangua is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.

The lovely little church of Llangua on the bank of the River Monnow is an important early Celtic Christian site. The name derives from the Llan, or Church, of Saint Ciwa/Kew, the original dedication. There was a 5th century Irish saint of this name but it is also thought that the Saint Kew found in Cornwall was actually born in Llangua in perhaps the 6th century. In c 872 a charter [in the Book of Llandaff] records the church as having sanctuary rights. It stands beside a probable former, well-used trackway leading to the river crossing. In 1183 it became a small Priory cell of the Benedictine Abbey of Lire/Lyre in Normandy. In the late 13th century its mill provided one of the highest incomes of Monmouthshire mills. The surrounding field may preserve trace foundations of further buildings associated with its long history. The shaft and base of the medieval cross stand in the small churchyard. Much of the present church dates from the 14th century, with 17th century additions and later repairs. In 1954-1955 it was sympathetically restored by Mr. Ivor Bulmer-Thomas in memory of his first wife. As she had loved the candle-light Services, the church continues to be lit only by candles. Among the points to note are a wooden figure of St James and a 14th century painted oak screen from Whitford in Devon. Although in Monmouthshire, Llangua is in the Church of England, Diocese of Hereford. The Guide on sale in the church provides further information.

The church is open to visitors by arrangement (churchwarden 01981 240242) and has open afternoons with refreshments on May Bank Holiday Mondays and the Sundays in the summer school holidays.

Our usual Church Service (which may alter during the vacancy w.e.f. May 2017) is:
3rd Sunday - 8.45am Holy Communion CW Order One Contemporary (or BCP 1662 three or four times a year).


Our service in December 2017 is a Carol Service (with traditional and contemporary readings) date and time tba.  [NB. the church has no electricity and care should be taken parking as it is just off the main A465.]  


16th April 2017  -  Easter Sunday HC (CW Contemp) at 8.45am.

Fourth Sat in July  -  Patronal BBQ at 6.30pm.  Reflection in Church afterwards c.8.15pm led by Revd Eric Locke.

Fourth Sun in July for 5 or 6 Sundays - St James Llangua Open Afternoon with teas, 2pm to 5pm.

Late Oct/early Nov  -  HARVEST SUPPER and INFORMAL WORSHIP in Cap House Llangua at 7pm.  Date tba.

5th Sundays or Group Services:-

Sun 30th April - Group Communion (CW Trad) at 10am in Dore Abbey with the Abbey Singers (our Rector's last service)

Sun 30th July 2017 - Deanery Eucharist at 10am in Dore Abbey with the English Choral Experience Consort (tbc).

29.10.17  -  Deanery Service, details tba.

31.12.17  -  10am Group Communion, details tba.

You are most welcome to join us.

[Please note that nearby Llancillo is now redundant, the parish being combined with Rowlstone. It had an older dedication that pre-dated the dedication to St Peter. It was called Lann Suluiu in the Book of Llandaff where a c.620 charter gave 200 acres to Bishop Ufelfyw. The importance of the site is perhaps the reason a motte-and-bailey stands so near. The Church chancel is late 11th or early 12th century. The cross base outside is medieval. The Church was repaired in the 17th and 19th centuries. Contact Llancillo Court if you wish to visit.]

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Open Sunday Afternoon
The historic church of St James, which lies peacefully between the A465 and the River Monnow on the edge of Llangua village, will be open for visitors between 2.00 and 5.00 pm on summer Sunday afternoons. You will be welcomed whatever your reason for calling in - whether you would like to hear about the history of the little church beside the river, look at our statue of St James and the fourteenth century painted wooden screen, relax in the church`s tranquillity or enjoy a piece of cake and a cup of tea.
Last Sunday in July (30th) and all Sundays in August plus Bank Holiday Monday (28th August)
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 2:00 PM for 3 hours
from Sunday 30th July 2017 until Monday 28th August 2017
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Mindfulness helps us to renew our minds by noticing what we are doing, feeling and thinking at the time we are actually doing, feeling and thinking it. Whether you already familiar with Mindfulness or are new to the concept, please join us at 7.30 pm Wednesday on 26 July at St James, Llangua, for a Christian mindfulness session led by Rural Dean Revd. Nicholas Lowton. Our ancient church lies between the River Monnow and A465 on the outskirts of Llangua village and, as we have no electricity, all evening events are by candle light
Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Poetry and Pimms Unplugged
Come and listen to a range of poetry, and enjoy light refreshments at an evening of " Poetry and Pimms Unplugged " on Wednesday 2 August at 7 pm. If you wish, bring a poem to read out yourself or have it read for you, whether it’s classic, contemporary, and/or one you’ve written yourself. The venue is the atmospheric Church of St James, Llangua, which lies between the River Monnow and A465, on the outskirts of Llangua village . Acoustics in this ancient building are good and, as we have no electricity, all evening events are by candle light. For further details, please phone 01981 240242.
Wednesday 2nd August 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Quiet Hour
The church will be open for anyone who needs to sit in a place of peace and quiet.
Wednesday 16th August 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Quiet Hour
The church will be open for anyone who needs to sit in a place of peace and quiet.
Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10619
Built: very old site, present Church 14th century
Archdeaconry: HEREFORD (181)
Deanery: ABBEYDORE (18101)
Parish Legal Name: Llangua (180024 )
CofE Church Info: (618024 18/24)
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This page was last updated on Tuesday 18th July 2017
St James, Llangua, Monmouthshire, NP7 8HE - Immediately west of A465, south of Pontrilas.Grid reference: SO 390258


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