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.

AVAILABLE – 2019 EVENTS PROGRAMME  2019 Events Programme

PENDOWER 100 – Homes for Heroes Guided Tour of Pendower Estate
Friday 29th November 1pm starting from Sunnybank Centre, 14 Sunnybank Avenue, Pendower Estate, NE15 6SD
Join City Guide, Richard Bliss for a walking tour around Pendower and find out about some of the key moments in the history of the estate. Afterwards join us at the centre for tea and cake and a chance to share any of your memories of estate life. Please book.  (If the weather is too bad we will present the walk as a slide show in the centre instead)39768_150739491606282_6805080_n


Tuesday 12th November 10.30am at Cruddas Park Library
A trip along memory lane with old photos and film of Vickers and other local industries. Quiz and tea/coffee.

Tuesday 12th November 2 – 4pm at St James’ Church
Join us for a special event to commemorate the end of the First World War. There will be a talk by David Weatherstone of the Discovery Museum at 2pm, followed by an opportunity to explore the war graves in the graveyard and the memorials inside the church, watch archive film, and see our exhibition about the impact of WW1 on the local area.

Monday 18th November 1pm at West End Library
Watch archive film and hear about the experiences of those who sailed on the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War, facing dangers and discomforts to bring supplies to Russia. Please share any personal or family stories about serving in the Royal or Merchant Navy on the Convoys. ,


Tuesday 3rd December 2pm at St James’ Church
Join us for our traditional winter event – a festival of seasonal cheer with history and craft activities, ending with mulled wine and mince pies and a short film. This event is free to all members of the Heritage & Environment Group: £2 for visitors.

Friday 6th December 2pm at West End Library
Join us for an afternoon of nostalgia, mince pies and Christmas cake. Everyone welcome.


Our first event in 2020 is on Tuesday 7th January 2pm at St James’ Church when we welcome back Andrew Clark who will talk about life in the north east during the 1970s and 1980s. To welcome the New Year there will be a 1970s-style tea after the talk.



Roman excavations in Pendower.

On March 5th, Alan Rushworth of the Archaeological Practice gave a talk at St James’ Church about the excavations carried out on the Pendower Estate in 2017 prior to the building of new homes. The excavation discovered some fascinating remains previously hidden under the original houses. These provided important insights into the civilian settlement linked to the Roman fort of Condercum. Click here Roman excavations in Pendower  to view selected images, courtesy of the Archaeological Practice. Please do not use or share these without permission.

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.

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