St James’s church

New Church Facebook page

St James in Bourton is part of the Shrivenham and Ashbury Benefice along with 6 other churches and we’ve just launched a Facebook page to keep our congregations up to date with what’s going on across the Benefice.

Find us on Facebook at :


St James’s church

Christmas at St James’s

We have a lot going on at St James’s in December to celebrate the festive season. First, we are lucky enough to have two concerts to raise money for our church renovation:

Thursday 5th December at 7pm – Pinewood is holding a school Christmas concert featuring its chapel choir, parent & teacher choral society along with festive readings. The village is warmly welcome to attend.

Friday 12th December is our traditional village concert led by our very own Sue Hayes. You can enjoy a glass of mulled wine, join in with Christmas carols, as well as enjoy performances by the flute choir, soloists and a guest choir. 

We also have four services in December to which you are all welcome :  

Saturday 7th December at 10am – family service

Sunday 15th December at 10am – family communion service

Tuesday 24th December at 6pm – Christmas Communion with our living crib – please encourage children to dress up as nativity characters.

Sunday 29th December at 10.30am -St James’s is hosting the Benefice service when we welcome the congregations of the other six churches in our Benefice. All are welcome.

Theft in the village

Theft of caravan

A caravan was stolen late on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning in the village. It was parked in one of John Bean’s fields next to Steppingstone Lane and opposite the bus stop on the Avenue.

If you saw any suspicious activity at the time or you have any relevant CCTV images please contact the police by phoning 101.

There have been a couple of thefts of trailers in the village recently; it’s a good time to check the security on outbuildings and vehicles.

Remembrance Day

Service of remembrance – Sunday 10 November

Please meet at the monument in the village on Sunday at 12pm for our short Service of Remembrance to remember the fallen and place our wreath. You are of course also welcome to place your own wreaths / symbols of remembrance alongside this.

Thank you

Sarah & Amanda (Church wardens)

Lost some key rings?

Remembrance poppy key rings

A number of plastic poppy key rings, presumably for Remembrance Sunday, were found on The Hill today. If they’re yours, contact Lydia at the Old Vicarage or drop an email back to this post.

Pinewood School

Bonfire Night – Friday 1 November

Bourton residents are very welcome to attend the Friends of Pinewood Bonfire Night this Friday, free of charge. The evening starts at 5.30, bonfire lit at 6:00 and fireworks at 7:00. There will be fun stalls for kids and food and drink will be available.

More information can be found on the Pinewood website here:

Wristbands are not being used this year but if you would like to come along, please email Fiona on (or phone 07971 246870) with your family surname.