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St James Somerton

A truly historic church, right on your doorstep. Loved by locals and visitors from all over the world.

The Church of St. James the Apostle in Somerton is an ancient, Grade 1 listed church that is open daily to visitors and is the centre for the village’s spiritual life and a focus for a variety of social activities. The church contains remarkable monuments and has architectural elements from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries. For more about the church’s history and images, visit

The Church is part of the Cherwell Valley Benefice and is served by a clergy team of 4 led by Revd Helen Barnes. There are a variety of services from traditional prayer book services to informal children’s services. The church is also a beautiful setting for weddings, funerals and baptisms.

Sunday services each month and include:

  • First Sunday – 6pm Evensong (clergy led)
  • Second Sunday – 9:30am Sunday Club (lay led)
  • Third Sunday – 11am Matins and Holy Communion (clergy led)
  • Fourth Sunday – 9:30am Family Service (clergy led)

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St James Somerton is now open daily for private prayer and contemplation every daily from approximately 8:00 am – 4: 00 pm.

Parish Churchwardens and Contacts

Ardley Angela Chamberlain 01869 345332
Fritwell Jane white 01869 345396
Heyford Park Rev Helen Barnes 07940 788926
Lower Heyford & Caulcott Denise Ball

James Macnamara

01869 343364

01869 340109

Souldern Clive Smith  01869 346795
Upper Heyford Sally Anne Mildenhall 07778 431165



   Festival of Somerton Saturday 4 March 2023 10:00am – 2:00 pm  more info…


How about joining Somerton’s own team of bell ringers?    Why? 

  • A good team activity!
  • When it goes well, it sounds lovely!
  • Mix of physical and cerebral exercise,
  • Keeping the tradition running,
  • Opportunity to explore our historic church buildings.


On Saturday 4 March at the festival of Somerton there will be a Ringing demonstration at 11am, and then intermediately between 11-2pm

Belling ringing at Somerton has been a activity since the 17c, with the earliest bell date 1635. Currently we ring at either Somerton & North Aston, the last Thursday of the month, at Lower Heyford.  We practise evenings every Thursday:

  • 7:00 pm for people learning to ring.
  • 7:30 pm for those more accomplished in the art.

You are most welcome to come and join or watch us practising.

We plan to ring in May to celebrate the King’s coronation, though we do need more bell ringers to achieve this at all the churches in our benefice.  Do come along and join us!

You can get in touch:

Ride & Stride – Saturday, September

The church will be open on Saturday for the Ride & Stride event. If you’d like to participate and help raise funds, you can download a sponsorship form here:

Harvest Festival – Sunday, September 

If you have questions or need help with anything, please contact Revd Helen Barnes (07940.788.926, and/or churchwarden



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