There are members of our community who may not be regular church attenders, but who are interested in helping to keep the Church viable as a building and community asset.

These people have formed a group called the "Friends" of Lower Tatham Church (St James the Less) who currently meet up on a roughly bi-monthly basis.

There was an initial meeting at The Bridge Inn, Lower Tatham  at 7:30 pm on Monday, 2nd June 2014. The room was filled to capacity and an enthusiastic discussion ensued. Various topics were discussed, including forming a recognised charity with a formal constitution.

We can now report that as of 14th April 2015, the "Friends of St. James the Less, Tatham " have been entered onto the Register of Charities. 

A "projects" group was formed with the remit of looking at the options for improving the facilities at the Church which initially looked at the feasibility of putting a heating system into the Church. To cut a long story short, a comprehensive biomass heating system was installed in the Church & the "Friends" played an important part in the design & installation of this and continue to keep an eye on the new boiler.

The "Friends" also played an important part in the installation of the new toilet in the vestry which is now fully operational.

They also played am important part in the installation of the "Brewpoint" in the North aisle of the Church.

Funds raised by the "Friends" have also been put to good use helping the PCC with various improvements to the Church, such as additional lighting and new oak doors to the alcove in the north aisle.

It is felt that these improvements will enable the Church to be more widely used for various community activities.

An "events" group has been set up. This "sub-group" has regular meetings and has discussed holding various functions in the Church as well as different fund raising activities. The  first fund raising initiative has been to form a "100 Club". This has been very successful and currently has 103 members. For further details click here.

The group has organised various fund raising events including an Open Gardens Day, a Leyland Brass Band Concert, and a Queen's 90th Birthday Party  which were all very successful.

Since the initial meeting in June 2014, the following "Officers/ Trustees" have been elected:

Chair: Colin Burford ; Secretary: Margaret Whatmough ; Treasurer: Paul Whatmough .

The Friends of St James the Less invite all those interested in this historical church and the community that support it to join the Friends of St James the Less, Tatham , Lancashire, registered charity no. 1161272. Membership is free and open to all those agreeing to support the aims and objectives of the Friends as set out in our Constitution; to preserve and protect St James the Less Church for the benefit of the public as a place of worship and for such other charitable purposes as the Trustees deem appropriate. Please download the Application Form by clicking on the link below. Please complete the form and return to the Secretary. Her contact details are on the form.All Friends will be updated regularly on projects and events taking part at the Church and in support of the community. 


A Health & Safety Policy Statement has recently been created and is available by clicking on the link below:


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As mentioned above, the Friends group meets on a bi-monthly basis. These meetings are very well attended and at them a variety of topics are discussed in an informal atmosphere. Minutes of the meetings can be downloaded by clicking on the links further down this page.

The next meeting will take place on Monday, 13th November 2017  at 7:30 pm in The Bridge  Inn.

All are warmly invited to attend.


Minutes Friends Meeting 8th May 2017.pdf Minutes Friends Meeting 8th May 2017.pdf
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Minutes Friends March 2017 Meeting.pdf Minutes Friends March 2017 Meeting.pdf
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Friends Meeting Minutes 16.01.2017.pdf Friends Meeting Minutes 16.01.2017.pdf
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14.11.16 Friend's Meeting Minutes.pdf 14.11.16 Friend's Meeting Minutes.pdf
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Friend's Meeting Minutes 11th July 2016.pdf Friend's Meeting Minutes 11th July 2016.pdf
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Minutes Friends Meeting 14th March 2016.pdf Minutes Friends Meeting 14th March 2016.pdf
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Minutes Friends Meeting 09.11.2015.pdf Minutes Friends Meeting 09.11.2015.pdf
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Minutes Friends Meeting 20 July 2015.pdf Minutes Friends Meeting 20 July 2015.pdf
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Friends Meeting Minutes 11th May 2015.pdf Friends Meeting Minutes 11th May 2015.pdf
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Friends Meeting Minutes 18th March 2015.pdf Friends Meeting Minutes 18th March 2015.pdf
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Minutes Friends meeting 12.01.2015.pdf Minutes Friends meeting 12.01.2015.pdf
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Minutes Friends Meeting 10th November 2014.pdf Minutes Friends Meeting 10th November 2014.pdf
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Minutes Friends 18th August 2014.pdf Minutes Friends 18th August 2014.pdf
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Minutes Friends 14th July 2014.pdf Minutes Friends 14th July 2014.pdf
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Minutes Friends 2nd June 2014.pdf Minutes Friends 2nd June 2014.pdf
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