Welcome to St James Priory
A very special place – Healing, Heritage and Hospitality in the heart of Bristol
Healing: The Church has been a centre of healing since the 12th Century. Our residential support services for vulnerable people are open to all in need, whatever their background or circumstance.
Heritage: The former Benedictine Priory of St James is the oldest building in Bristol! It has a fascinating story to tell and has witnessed almost a millennia of Bristol’s development.
Hospitality: Like our Benedictine predecessors we extend a warm welcome to all who visit. Our refectory café serves delicious refreshments and our well-equipped meeting rooms and central locality make us an ideal venue for conferences and community group bookings.
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IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO VISIT THE CHURCH BUT WOULD LIKE A CANDLE LIT THEN PLEASE CLICK “DONATE” AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. YOU CAN LEAVE A MESSAGE AND WE WILL LIGHT CANDLES FOR YOU.
From 27/01/22 visitors to the Church are no longer required to wear a Mask.
SUNDAY MASS is at 8am.
The Church will be open from Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 16.00 for personal private prayer.
Our CAFE is still CLOSED and we do not anticipate re-opening until 2022.
Our MEETING ROOMS are OPEN subject to Covid Social Distancing Guidance and Sanitising.
St James Priory Project Bristol – Coronavirus Appeal:
St James Priory Project is the Charity which has responsibility for the Historic Grade 1 listed Priory Church which dates from the 12th Century. It also operates the Café and St James House, which provides onsite Supported Housing accommodation for people in recovery from addiction. Walsingham House, in the grounds of the Church, is currently awaiting a new tenant.
The Charity is reliant on donations to supply an ongoing financial support for the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed St James Priory church.
The impact of Coronavirus is widespread, well publicised and ongoing. Our Charity has been adversely affected by this pandemic, especially financially:
Our Café, an invaluable source of revenue, has been closed now since March 2020.
Our Meeting Rooms, also a key revenue stream, have been closed for a similar period of time.
Donations via the Church from visitors has ceased.
We estimate that these have contributed to a 2/3rds drop in revenue.
There seems to be no chance of an early return to the pre-Covid 19 status which means a longterm funding issue for the Charity.
Whilst we are hopeful of a limited return for some of our revenue sources – eg limited Meeting Room Hire – there seems to be little chance of re-opening our café, and this revenue supply, before 2022 at the earliest.
We are, therefore, appealing to our friends, followers and supporters to ask if you are able to consider committing to a donation to the Charity. Please consider becoming a FRIEND OF ST JAMES. (See below for details.)
Donations can be made via our website and can be for one off or regular payments. There is also the facility to Gift Aid as well.
Susan Jotcham MBE – CEO Updated 06/01/22
FRIENDS OF ST JAMES LEAFLET :