Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community

Well loved Rector to Leave

It was announced at the services yesterday that the Rev Susan Clarke, Rector of Thornhill and Vicar of Whitley will leave her post in May this year. She is not moving to another Parish but is going to focus on spirituality.

In due course the process to find a successor will be put in place.  The Parishes wish her well in her future calling.


Let there be Music Vacancies - please look at the Music Page for information about these jobs.

Text Box: - Let there be music- 
Heritage Lottery Fund joint funders
We have various jobs to be done, probably on a self- employed basis until December 2018
Church Organist, Choir and music Leader £2800 pa   
 (It is expected this post will become permanent)
Organist at our Benefice Church at Whitley Lower  £800 pa
Schools music projects leader £3000
Community Choir leader £2000                             
Accompanist for Community Choir£1000
Administrative support Officer £2000
We are looking for one or more persons  for the first five jobs and are flexible in looking at applicants interested in all or parts of these.  There will, in addition , be extra fees for 
Wedddings and Funerals..
More details on 
Closing Date 11th February 2017
Thornhill Parish Church , Dewsbury,  WF12 0JZ



Thanks to everyone who took part in the Christmas Card project. Over £110 was donated to the UK Sepsis Trust thanks to your generosity

Logo for UK Sepsis Trust


Visit 12/12

We were very happy to welcome a visit from children and parents at Thornhill Community Academy on 12th December. They had a good look around and had many questions for the Education Team volunteers about the building, it's history and what Christmas means to us all.
We all had a great time together and we look forward to meeting up again in the future

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Christmas day Free Lunch at Longcauseway Church

Churches Together are organising Christmas Day lunch for those in need - families or individuals. 
There is a poster outside Longcauseway Church with more details about who to contact if you wish to access this event.

If you would like to support this event then donations are needed of Money, New Toys, Food which if needing to be cooked can be done on a hob or microwave and basic toiletries for men, women and children. Good winter clothing is also needed such as hats, gloves, sweaters and socks.

Money, food, toiletries and toys can be donated at the Yorkshire Building Society, Church Street, Dewsbury during opening hours.

Clothing can be brought to Longcauseway Church on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning, 10am -12 noon.

All donations will be received from the week beginning 5th December.


BAZAAR 2016 
Thanks everyone it was great day despite the strange weather. Many friends met up again after several years. Lots of new helpers and keen workers. People in new roles shared the work around. Thanks to all who worked so hard before hand in making and baking and preparing. Over £2200 raised towards our work in the community.

what do you think of this?
Look carefully, what do you see?

Super new You Tube photos of the church as never seen before from a friendly drone.  A click on the link should take you there.  


Our organ whilst in Park Road Methodist Church  Huddersfield  a recently discovered photo courtesy Woods of Huddersfield

Organ at Park Road



JAN             SPINAL INJURIES UNIT                         £100


                   KIDNEY RESEARCH                                 £150

                   SPORTS RELIEF                                         £100

                   WATER AID                                                 £150

 APRIL      THORNHILL PARISH CHURCH              £100   

                   FORGET ME NOT HOSPICE                    £100

 MAY         THE HOWLANDS                                        £200

                   MACMILLAN                                               £100

 JUNE        MARIE CURIE                                                £50

                  LIBBY TRIP TO TANZANIA                      £100

JULY        KIRKWOOD HOSPICE                               £200

 AUGUST   CANDLELIGHTERS                                  £200


                  ALZHEIMERS RESEARCH                        £150

 OCTOBER MACMILLAN                                             £200 

                  THORNHILL CHURCH                               £100    

Well done Everyone!

Organ donation logo   ....    Do You?

Penny Hartley, one of our congregation is busy encouraging others to consider becoming a donor. Read her story published recently in the Dewsbury Reporter. Thornhill Parish Church joins her and other Christians encouraging people to consider organ, tissue or blood donation. Here are the links to allow you to register:  



At 96 , one of our oldest members Peggy Nowell is moving to pastures new today . She is moving nearer to her daughter Norma in Knaresborough and into sheltered accommodation in a newly built property. Peggy has been a great advocate of the rights of tenants in Thornhill for many years. Rarely did she miss a service at church and was a feisty programme seller at concerts too. 
Thank to all who have helped her with transport over the last 20 years or so.
God Bless Peggy