You can use the menu above to find out information about us – who we are and what we do, as well as the history and importance of the church and the graveyard. Please have a look at our What’s On page which will tell you about any forthcoming events or activities that you can take part in

Watch us at work in the graveyard, repairing gravestones and learning how to care of them.

In 2016 St James’ Heritage and Environment Group obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled us to commission a specialist stonemason/conservator to work with us over a two-year period to repair and restore many of the damaged gravestones.

The full film can be viewed on YouTube here – Restoring the Graveyard

To see the section on removing moss, click here.
To see the section on repairing gravestones, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Buddle grave, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Grace grave, click here.
To see the section on removing graffiti, click here.


Our new film about the history of industry along the West Newcastle riverside can be viewed by clicking here.

Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne was commissioned by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group as part of our First World War project funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The film was directed by local film-maker Adrin Neatrour.


Have you seen our new booklet about the history of the Bond Church which was launched on 3rd October in the new community garden on Adelaide Terrace which celebrates the history of this much-loved church? Remembering the Bond

New Heritage Trail: Benwell and Scotswood at the time of the First World War

To commemorate the end of the First World War, we have produced a heritage trail showing some of the significant locations connected with the War. Benwell and Scotswood at the time of the First World War-Heritage Trail


Tuesday 5th February 2pm at St James’ Church
A slide show tracing the variety of industries that used to cluster along the banks of the Tyne. Followed by tea and cake, and a showing of our film ‘Riverside Voices’ recording the memories of those who lived and worked there.

Monday 18th February 1pm at West End Library
Author Pat Riley will talk about the life and work of playwright Githa Sowerby and her family who lived in Benwell Towers a century ago. The Sowerbys belonged to Tyneside’s industrial elite, owning a large glass glass factory in Gateshead. Pat will talk about them and other fascinating members of the family, including a gold-digging uncle. Pat’s new book on Githa has just been launched.

NOW AVAILABLE – 2019 EVENTS PROGRAMME  2019 Events Programme

Watch our short films about people buried in St James’ Graveyard  Stories from the Graveyard

– West End Stories: St James’ Heritage & Environment Group


The Graveyard Film – Watch our film about St James’ Graveyard