Bolton is just a couple of miles outside the centre of Bradford. It is a village without a 'village street'. Until well into the twentieth century it was little more than a collection of scattered farms, hamlets and small terraces. Between the two World Wars substantial numbers of houses were built and the shape and style of today's Bolton was set. The main thoroughfare is Bolton Road and the most prominent building on that road and in the whole of Bolton is St James's Church.
As our strap line says, we love God, but we also love our community and aim to be a prominent and positve part of it.
St James' Community Garden
There are pleasant, lovingly-maintained gardens at both the front and back of the church. Together, these constitute The Bolton St James Community Garden which is a member of The Quiet Garden Movement. The front garden is always open and is wheelchair-accessible.
Previously derelict, it now has flower beds, benches, and wheelchair-accessible raised beds for community use - fruit, vegetables and flowers. It is accessed from the front garden by a gate.The rear garden is currently open every Wednesday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm with free tea and cakes in the church between 3.00 and 4.30 pm, but is accessible at other times by arrangement.
St James' Community Hall
St James' Community Hall is used by both the church and by local community groups and organisations, large and small, for a wide range of activities.
We host tea dances, an alziemers cafe, birthday parties and much more.
It is also home to our local theatre group - St James' Players and the Castaways Choir.
Click on the link below for information on hiring the hall.
We are re-opening!
We are pleased to report that we are reopening for public worship on Good Friday 2/4 at 2pm for an hour's reflection at the cross and then each following Sunday (from Easter Sunday) at 10.30.
All visitors will need to wear a face covering (apart from those exempt), and social distancing measures will be in place. There will be no congregational singing, and people are asked not to mingle and to leave the building straight after the service ends.