St James The Great

Welcome to St James the Great, High Wych!

Our delightful and unusually small Victorian church was designed by C.E. Pritchett and consecrated in 1861. It has a number of interesting features including a round bell turret with a blue 'Bennet' clock, a richly decorated apse and a two-manual 'Father Willis' organ and is situated next to its C of E primary school, High Wych School, which was built at the same time.

As part of the Benefice of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick, we have a variety of services and events at all three of our buildings, and within our communities, so check out our 'Services' and Events' page to find out what on next at St James.

We're looking to see you there!

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Revd Alison Jackson

The Rectory,
High Wych Road,
High Wych,

CM21 0HX
01279 790145

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What's on

Virtual Prayer Meeting

Every Tuesday at for 45 mins
Online - zoom

We are going to be trying something new for 2024 with trialling a virtual prayer meeting on a Tuesday morning at 09:30.

It's an opportunity for us to come together at the start of the week, before things get too busy, to find time to help invite the Holy Spirit into our heart and minds for the week ahead.


Meeting ID: 845 5790 0182 Passcode: 640464

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The parish of St James, High Wych 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 St.Albans’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.

See our Safeguarding Benefice page for our policy