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St James Abinger Common

Regular services

  • Sundays
    Sung Eucharist
    (1st week of each month)
  • 18:00
    Choral Evensong
    (2nd week of each month)

Other services

We also sing at most festivals - Christmas, Easter, Ash Wednesday etc.  Please see our website for more information.


About this church

Music at St James

One of the great surprises of St James is that this rural parish has such a fine choir. The 26 member choir sings a full choral Evensong on the second Sunday of each month (6pm) and sung Eucharist on the first Sunday morning of each month (11am). We are lucky to have a good acoustic, fine 2 manual tracker action Nicholson organ (built in 1991) and a team of well-trained experienced musicians.

The church

Built on the Pilgrims' Way, there has been a church dedicated to James (patron saint of pilgrims) on this site since the 13th century.

On 3rd August 1944 a flying bomb exploded near the Church. The blast brought down the belfry, the roof of the nave and parts of the wall. The organ and almost all the furnishings were destroyed. Only the 13th century chapel remained more or less intact. It is the only church in the diocese of Guildford that suffered serious bomb damage.

In June 1964, the church suffered a second disaster. During an exceptionally heavy thunderstorm, the tower was struck by lightning and fire caused extensive damage to the tower, the roof and some of the furnishings. The church was once again restored as it was and the opportunity taken to install concealed lighting.

About the choir

The 30 strong adult choir sings at two services each month:

 - Sung Eucharist at 10am on the first Sunday of the month;

 - Choral Evensong at 6pm on the second Sunday of the month.

Our repertoire is broad, ranging from early polyphony to the current day. Most visitors are pleasantly surprised by the quality of music produced in the beautiful and rural setting in the Surrey Hills.

Contact details

Address: RH5 6JD
Phone: 07771531285
E-mail: edsutton4@gmail.com

Service calendar

**NB: Be sure to check the music list link (left column of this page) before travelling to the church, as there can often be discrepancies between that and the times on the calendar below.**


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