St James the Less


St James the Less Church  Poyntz tomb  Window in Poyntz chapel

St James the Less church has been serving its community since the 14th century and continues today to be a place that welcomes all who come in faith, looking for peace and fellowship. Its rich history provides much to satisfy those with a interest in history especially related to the Poyntz family and Acton Court.

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Typical month of services at St James the Less

St James the Less is part of the Fromeside Churches Benefice which comprises All Saints, Winterbourne Down; St James the Less, Iron Acton; St Michael's, Winterbourne and St peter's in Frampton Cotterell. Martin Clacker is our Rector.  

Services currently follow this pattern.

1st & 3rd Sunday of the month -   9.15am Holy Communion 

2nd Sunday of the month* - 9.30am All Age Service  (Non-Eucharist)

4th Sunday of the month -  9.15am Family Communion

5th Sunday of the month - 10.00am Partnership Service - venue varies 

1st  & 3rd Wednesday of month - 11am Holy Communion - Marshall Rooms

2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesday of month - 11am Morning Praise - Marshall Rooms

* All Age Service - sometimes resheduled to fit in with key services such as Mothering Sunday, Harvest etc. Please check for revised details.


Booking a Special Occasion at St James the Less?

As part of the Benefice some of the administration will be centralised, so moving forward if you wish to organise a special service in the church you will now need to contact the administrator:

Gail Thomas, Administrator for Fromeside Churches.  

St Michael’s Rooms, Lower Office,95 High Street, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1RD

Tel: 01454 776518; E-mail:

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9.00am - 12.00 pm

Church Wardens

For all general enquiries about the church please contact either of the church wardens who will be happy to help.

Mike Wheeler  - 01454 228544

Carol Groom  - 01454 228712 

Booking a party or a meeting then why not use the Marshall Rooms?

Marshall Rooms for hire


Annual General Meeting of Parochial Church Council

This meeting takes place once a year and is an opportunity for all those on the Church Electoral Roll to come and hear about what the PCC has been working on during the year. Anyone on the Electoral Roll can put themselves forward to join as a member or take on an official role.If time is limited perhaps you might just like to contribute on a voluntary basis for specific events as all help is very welcome.

Appointment of the Chuch Wardens also takes place around this time (forms attached). It is recommended that anyone considering taking on such a role spend time with current Wardens so that they could fully understand the duties before making such a commitment.