Churches in this Benefice follow the C of E safeguarding policy

St. James

Welcome to the website of the church of St. James the Great, in the village of High Wych, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. This is the principal church in the Benefice, which also includes St. Mary the Virgin, Gilston and St.Botolph, Eastwick – details of life at these churches is also included in these pages

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St. Botolph

Originally St Botolph’s was a magnificent medieval church. Early antiquarian records state that it was a large building with a tower, transepts and a tiled floor at the east end. By the 19th century, however, the church was suffering the ravages of time, and in 1872 the reforming squire of Eastwick, John Hodgson, determined that it was beyond salvation and must be demolished. And so it was swept away and between the years 1872 and 1875 the present building was erected in its place

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St. Mary The Virgin

The original building was a small aisle-less church built around 1135. It was entirely rebuilt and enlarged in the second half of the 13th century. The upper part of the tower seen to have been reconstructed in the late 16th century, when the south brick stair-turret was added. The north aisle is old. The arcades are low and have quatrefoil piers with later arches.

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Form 4A  - (Rule 6.2)
Public Notice
(general form)

In the Consistory Court of the Diocese of St Albans

In the parish of Gilston with Eastwick  - Church of Gilston, St Mary

NOTICE IS GIVEN that we are applying to the Consistory Court of the diocese for permission to carry out the following:
(Describe the works or other proposals in the same way as in the faculty petition)

Repairs to stonework on two windows in the Chancel

Copies of the relevant plans and documents may be examined at St Mary's Gilston porch and on a publicly accessible website at www.eastwickandgilston.  

(If changes to a church are proposed, a copy of the petition and of any designs, plans, photographs and other documents that were submitted with it must be
displayed in the church or at another place where they may be conveniently inspected by the public. If the petition is submitted through an online system,
those documents must also be publicly available for inspection online.)

(Each petitioner to give name and office held in block capitals)

Date 21/12/2000

If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should
send a letter or email stating the grounds of your objection to
The Diocesan Registrar at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, Minerva House, 5
Montague Close, London, SE1 9BB or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
so that your letter reaches the registrar not later than Saturday
20 January 2001 A letter of objection must include your name
and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your
name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any
other basis on which you have an interest in the matter. 
Directions to petitioners
You must display this public notice (or a copy of it) for a continuous period of not less than 30 days, not counting the day on which it is put up or the day on
which it is taken down, (or for such other period as the Court may direct) in each of the following places:
1. on a notice board or in some other prominent position inside the church; and
2. on a notice board outside the church or in some other prominent position
(whether on the outside of the church door or elsewhere) so that it can be read by the public.



To gain access to the streamed services, go into Google Search or Facebook, in the search box type Gilston and Eastwick Churches, click onto one of the posts until you find the picture of Wendy at Messy Church. 
On the left of the screen is the word VIDEOS, you have arrived. 
Service sheets and hymns will be posted online as well. Enjoy. Once you are in you can look at last Sundays Service as well. 
If you would like to join Virtual Evening Prayer Services on either Tuesday or Friday evenings at 6.30pm email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., she will send you through a Webex invitation (and joining instructions if required).

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 2.00pm - 4.00pm
#use the hand sanitiser provided when entering/leaving
#only sit in the marked zone to the rear of church
#observe 2 metre social distance at all times

ST MARY'S, GILSTON AND ST BOTOLPH'S, EASTWICK churches will be open as Sarah Bagnall leads evening prayer on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.30pm in both churches.  These services will continue to be streamed.
For advice on opening St Mary's and St Botolph's churches for private prayer.  Please contact Sarah Bagnall who will advice.