SJTL Friends

Welcome to the SJTL Friends page!

Latest Newsletter

The friends aim to publish quarterly newsletters, with regular updates on the restoration project.

Please click the link below to read the latest issue.

Friends Newsletter Summer 2023


How can I become a Friend of St James the Less?

Everyone is welcome to become a Friend of St James the Less, regardless of beliefs or style of worship –  you do not have to be a member of the congregation.

What do I get for being involved?

Leave your mark in ensuring this remarkable building is preserved for the future, as a functioning church, a magnificent venue and a prime example of High Victorian Gothic Architecture 

Support simply as a Friend and/or serve on the Friends’ Committee 

Contribute to keeping the church in good decorative working order

Receive regular newsletter updates from the Friends’ Committee (at least twice a year)

Information on, and participation in, our fundraising

Invitations to events organised by the Friends’ Committee 

Hands-on involvement in the conservation work where this is possible 

How much does it cost?

The annual membership fee is just £10 — you can join online or by downloading and completing the form below and arranging a standing order with your bank.

Can I support the current life & mission of the church?

As part of your membership, you will be most welcome to join the Friends of St James the Less in Mission and you will receive an additional Prayer Letter every six months with news of our current activities as a church serving the parish.

You can also donate using the link here and choosing the buildings renovation option from the dropdown box to donate towards the renovations, to support the current life and mission choose from General or Open Door Meal options.

How will the Friends of St James the Less make a difference?

The Friends of SJTL will help conserve, restore, maintain, and improve the fabric, furnishings and fittings of St James the Less, Westminster, in conjunction with the PCC.

As a Friend you will be eligible to serve on the Friends of SJTL Committee, which is a sub-committee of the PCC.  The Committee can raise funds, receive grants and donations, collect annual subscriptions and organise fundraising events, in order to raise the public profile of St James the Less and help towards the restoration, preservation and development of the church.

Led by Alex Sherratt, Conservation Architect, The Friends are working on a strategic plan, to include:

Conserving and re-finishing the external lily-finial railings, which have their own Grade II* listing 

   Replacing and insulating the church roof, with restoration and cleaning of the Clayton and Bell ceilings (see photo below)

Cleaning all the internal brick and stonework

Restoration of internal and external ironwork

Lifting and restoring the tile flooring and installing underfloor heating, to return the church to Street’s original interior layout

Installing a fire detection and alarm system and CCTV cameras

Installing a bespoke lighting and AV system.

Sign me up!

Download the form below and, when completed, please return the top half to SJTL Parish Office and give the bottom half to your bank.  This will set up a Standing Order for your membership of the Friends of St James the Less and will enrol you as a member.

To donate to the friends of St James the Less restoration fund please click the link below – donate

Friends of St James the Less Form

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Friends of St James the Less Terms of Reference

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