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Defford: St James

Address: Church Lane Defford Pershore
WR8 9BL
Parish: Defford cum Besford
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Telephone: (01386) 750203
Deanery: PERSHORE
Archdeaconry: WORCESTER

The church of St James serves the village of Defford in Worcestershire.  The vicar of Defford is the Reverend Allison Davies who can be contacted either by email on eckingtonvicarage@hotmail.com or by telephone on 01386 750203.

If you have a general inquiry or a specific query about baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact the Administrative Coordinator for the Bredon Hill Group, Alison Khan on 07984 748059 or at acbhteam@gmail.com

With the government's announcement of a third National Lockdown; church wardens have agreed with Reverend Allison that there will be a suspension of public worship in all the churches within the Bredon Hill Group. This is a decision which has not been taken lightly but given the age of the congregation in our churches, the speed in which the new strain of the virus can be transmitted; the welfare of the clergy members taking our services and the requirement not to travel beyond our villages it was agreed that this was the best cause of action. This decision will be reviewed at the end of January.

In the meantime a mixture of Morning Prayer via Zoom and YouTube recorded services will be provided. Details of our services can be found on the Services and Events page.

Please contact one of the churchwardens if you wish the church to be opened for private prayer.

Please visit our news and notices page for the latest copy of the Bredon Hill Group Bulletin.


The parish of Defford cum Besford is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Worcester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.