Boarstall: St James

St Mary's Church in Chilton is a member of the Bernwode Benefice.

The Parish of Boarstall is a small and scattered one, on the county border with Oxfordshire. There has been a place of worship in Boarstall from the fourteenth century. The present building dates from around 1819, replacing an earlier structure which was largely destroyed during the Civil War.

In the absence of any other meeting point for the village, the Church is seen as being the heart of the community.

With easing of COVID restrictions we are holding one service of Holy Communion a month, according to the Book of Common Prayer.  For details, please see our website  

The parish of Boarstall is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Oxford’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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Peter Johnson

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01296 655 137

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What's on

Livestream service of Compline

Every Sunday at for 30 mins
On-line service
On-line service

We hold a livestream service of Compline every Sunday at 6pm. Everybody is welcome to join it (we have attendees from as far away as the USA!). If you would like details, please either see our website ( or contact [email protected] for details of how to join the service.

Details of how St James's Church can support you react to the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.