On Sunday, 24th September 2017 the annual Harvest Festival Service took place. A congregation of 53 people attended this service, which included an attendance by the Church's singing group - The Wenning Voices - who performed their rendition of " The Garden Song" to an appreciative audience.Their leader, Lucy Leather, played the organ for the service.

The readings were put together by local historian Mike Winstanley, and included details of the history of harvest festivals, which have taken place for many centuries. Readings also quoted contemporary newspaper accounts of Harvest services that took place in Wray & Lower Tatham in the late 1880s.

The collection taken during the service was sent to the Bishop of Blackburn's Harvest Appeal, which this year has selected to benefit the organisation Tree Aid & the Christian Aid partner in Burundi, AgriBusiness Services.

After the service, all were invited to The Old Rectory, the home of John & Phyllis Holt, for a lunch of soup, bread & cheese, accompanied by the usual liquid refreshments. Produce donated to the Church, which was arranged around the font during the Service, was sold after the lunch.

The photograph below shows the vicar, the Revd. Mark Cannon, by the font after the service:


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On Saturday, 9th September 2017 the annual Grand Jumble Sale took place at Hornby Village Institute. Vast amounts of clothing, shoes, toys, books, bric a brac and many other items were for sale. Over 100 people came and very few went away empty handed.

The event raised just over £1500 which is a fantastic achievement, and is a testament not only to the incredible efforts of Linda Kirkby and her team of helpers, but also to the many people who, so generously, donated so many items to the sale. Many thanks to all those who helped make this event be so successful.

Below are some photographs of the occasion:

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On Sunday, 25th June 2017, a "Summer Luncheon" took place, organised by the "Friends". This event was held at Raw Ridding House, Lower Tatham, the beautiful home of Richard & Rebecca Sanderson.

It was a great success and enjoyed by everyone. All agreed that the lunch, provided by Veda Gardner, was delicious. All in all it was a perfect, typically English Summer Party and over £1300 was raised. Many thanks to all those who helped make this event be so successful.

Below are some of the photographs of the occasion.


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"DRAMATIC"   "PASSIONATE"  "INSPIRING"  "POWERFUL"  "MAGNIFICENT"

On Sunday, 26th February 2017, St. James the Less Church, Lower Tatham provided the perfect setting for Levens Choir to perform their programme of: "Music in Quiet Places", under the baton of musical director, Ian Jones.

The Choir took full advantage of the Church's wonderful acoustics, bringing the spirit of this historic building alive with a virtuoso performance of some of the world's greatest choral pieces. From Gabrielli to John Rutter the Choir shared beautiful moments with the "sell out" audience, giving joy to the soul with their uplifting sound, which made the afternoon a truly memorable occasion.

Everyone enjoyed refreshments and a chat after the performance, with delicious home baked cakes provided by Veda Gardner and went home "Well Fed".

The Events Committee of the Friends of St James the Less Church are grateful for Veda's continuing support & generosity.

And finally.........to friends & neighbours who attended this Event......A BIG THANK YOU.

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There's nothing to beat a Live Concert!

In Lower Tatham Church on the evening of Saturday, 26th November 2016, 12 members of the Leyland Brass Band entertained and enthralled a packed audience. The Church was filled to capacity with 117 tickets sold and over £1000 raised to boost the funds of The Friends of Lower Tatham Church.

We enjoyed a varied selection of music ranging from a march ( Death or Glory ) through a musical ( Don't cry for me, Argentina ),to Rock ( We are the Champions ). In between we were treated to a cornet solo ( Concerto De Aranjuez ), a euphonium solo (Napoli) and a bass solo (Bombastic Bombardon ).

The finale, Schneewaltzer, almost brought the house down as the Leader of the band encouraged us to dance in our seats - the atmosphere was electric and we all appreciated the impromptu encores.

We hope to make this an annual event-so, watch this space! With comfortable cushions on every pew and boasting our brand new indoor WC, the Church is a wonderful venue and a real asset to our community.    




The raffle prizes at the Leyland Brass Band Concert.....were you a lucky winner?



On Sunday,5th July 2015, the Friends of the Church group organised an "Open Gardens" event. Many of the beautiful, but hidden, gardens of Wennington, Tatham and district were open to the public.

A grand total of £1540 was raised.

The Friends would like to thank all those people who opened their gardens, visited the gardens, enjoyed the refreshments and bought the plants.

Special thanks go to Care Danz from cd-marketing.co.uk for the design and printing of all the publicity material.

Photographs of the event are published below.


The "team" who put up the marquees.

Some of the "Friends" at the Refreshment Stall.

The marquees and plant stall.

The plant stall.


On Friday, 7th August 2015 a "Summer Evening Barbecue" took place at Raw Ridding House, Lower Tatham by kind invitation of Richard & Rebecca Sanderson.

This was a very successful evening and the weather stayed fine. A total of around £1400 was raised for Church Funds.

Some photographs of the event are published below.


On Saturday, 12th September 2015,there was the usual annual " Grand Jumble Sale " at Hornby Institute.

This was very successful & many thanks go to Linda Kirkby, her team of helpers and to those who donated jumble items for sale.


On Saturday, 31st October 2015 the Leyland Brass Band came to perform in the Church. This was a superb and very successful evening and raised £1187. A photograph of the occasion is published below.


On Sunday, 12th June 2016 there was a Garden Party, organised by the Friends of the Church, held in the grounds of Wennington Hall School , to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.

It was a great success, and enjoyed by everyone. As a bonus, we were able to donate  over £900 to the Church refurbishment fund.

The weather was a slight disappointment ( of course, we asked for sunshine ) but the rain had to make a short appearance otherwise it wouldn't have been a true English Summer's day! However, the rain did not dampen our spirits, the entertainer continued to amaze us all and the band played on ~ in true Titanic style ~. Although the sun shone whilst the BBQ was served & eaten, we had to wait a while for the rain to stop before the homemade puddings were brought to the table. Everyone declared them to be twice as delicious for having had a pause between the courses and many people came up for second ( and third ) helpings.

We toasted the Queen, the Duke of Lancaster; we sang Happy Birthday to her ; we sang the National Anthem and then ( there was no stopping us by this time ) we sang Land of Hope & Glory.

Certainly, it was a day to remember ~ a good time was had by all.

Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success.

Some photographs of the occasion are published below:


On Saturday, 9th July 2016 there was a "Jazz & Fizz Evening" with the "High Society Jazz Band". This event was held in the beautiful garden of Willis & Jackie Harrison, at Station Farm, Wennington.

Everyone agreed that the Summer Supper with strawberries & cream was delicious.

The Band played for most of the night, creating a perfect atmosphere for a typical English summer evening......and the weather....well, it remained fine for most of the evening.

Many thanks to all those whohelped it to be such a success......a total of just over £1400 was raised.

Some photographs of the event are published below:


On Sunday, 25th September 2016  the Harvest Festival Service was held.

Margaret Whatmough and John Parkinson took some photographs of this successful occasion which are published below.