Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community

Friends of Rectory Park

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 Friends of Rectory Park are holding their annual dog show in the park on 2nd September from 2-4, find out more here. Entries are also invited for their annual photography competition, see more details here

Summer Fair at Thornhill

Summer fair 2017

A wonderful day was had by all at the Summer Fair on Saturday 8th July. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed by giving their time and donations and to all who came along to enjoy the day and support our fundraising. The total raised was £2,650- brilliant. For information it costs us over £7,000 a year to insure our building.

More photos can be found at the Facebook page here


 Do take a look at this wonderful presentation we received from Thornhill Academy as a thank you for the recent visit. We had a lovely time together and the pupils taught us a lot about Ramadan then asked us about our faith. They then enjoyed having a look around church


A lovely video including footage of a recent tour of our stained glass and church amongst other beautiful windows.

 Please click here, the link takes you to the vimeo website

APCM reports are available in the Annual Report section to read now as well as this letter from Rev Sue about the APCM 2017 and the future at Thornhill







JANUARY      KIDNEY RESEARCH                         £200

                        YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE       £200


MARCH         WINGS FOR LIFE                                £100

                       GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND          £100  

                       WATER AID                                         £150

                       TIME FOR A CUPPA

                       (DEMENTIA UK)                                 £200

Well done to all the volunteers and to those who enjoy their food


 Summer openings on Sunday afternoons will be starting from May - if you can spare an hour to volunteer to be in the church to greet visitors, do mention it-our openings are entirely dependent on having the volunteer staff available

Our Heritage Guide Coordinator has recently resigned from the post due to work commitments and we must say a big Thank You for all the work he did training the volunteer guides for open days - would you be interested in taking over the role?
Do put yourself forward as a volunteer or to help lead the team, ask in church anytime or see website for contact information and get in touch


St Peter's Singers visit Thornhill.

St Peters

On Passion Sunday Simon Lindley and The St Peter's Singers came from Leeds to St Michael and All Angels for an evening of music for Passiontide. Their singing of sacred music was breathtakingly beautiful and transported us to a place and time of Jesus' last earthly days and his suffering. Simon Lindley explained some of the history of the various pieces of music from Palestrina to George Malcolm. And of course, when the audience were invited to join in for the final hymn, 'when I survey the wonderous cross', we sang our hearts out too. 

Our grateful thanks to Simon and the choir for such a rich and enjoyable evening. See our Facebook page for photos of the event

Why not listen to some of the beautiful performance - simply click on the links below

Byrd Emendemus in melius

Morley Nolo mortem peccatoris:

If you would like to here them sing they will be celebrating the 275th anniversary of Handel's Messiah on Good Friday at 7.00 pm in Leeds Minster. Book Tickets through or on the door on the night


Photo by Brian March 2017

A lovely Spring day  (Photo by Brian Pearson, March 2017)

We are well into the new year; sunshine, daffodils and early flowers as well as the itch for the big Spring Clean as we welcome the new life of this season

The churchyard is full of colour and it's a good time to come and see all the spring blooms while they are at their best.

As I walk round the churchyard, there are still many of the Christmas wreaths on loved ones graves-why not come along and take them away, replacing them with some beautiful seasonal flowers as we prepare the church and ourselves for the great Christian festival of Easter

May God bless you with the joy and refreshing newness of Spring

Rev Sue


Our Party hits the headlines...

Pancake party 2017

The pancake party on Sunday 26th February was a great success- a wonderful time was had by all. A special Thank You and Well done to the Worship Band who got the whole congregation singing along. 

Chris took some great photos and one has made it all the way to the Church Urban Fund blog pages, click here to read more about parties all across the UK which fundraised to support the CUFs work in alleviating hunger throughout Great Britain


An invitation from Mrs M Shaw...

As a member of Thornhill Mother's Union, I visit New Hall Prison and as a consequence met the Chaplain Lesley Greenwood-Haigh who has agreed to give a talk to Dewsbury Rotary Club on Monday 13th March. Could you announce this to members of the congregation, especially as MU are interested in New Hall. The cost is £10 which includes a 2 course meal and commences at 6.30 for 6.45

Many thanks,

Marilyn S Shaw


Water of Life:Our Faith and a Changing Climate


One day conference at the University of Huddersfield on 9th March asks "Are you worried about how much the world is changing?All around us we see threats from changes in society and the environment. This conference is intended to support people of faith and the wider community to look to the future with hope"

Find out more here


What is Spiritual Direction?

Since Rev Sue announced she would be leaving us at the end of May, she has been asked by several people just what spiritual direction is. She has written an interesting piece here explaining more, do have a read 



Kirklees College Community Learning are bringing new courses to the community centre at Thornhill Lees. Click here for more information - enrolment and launch event is on Thursday 16th February 9am-12noon


Cheque Presentation

Cheque Presentation 

cheque presented for £2000 was from the Provincial Grand Master’s fund for the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding and was acquired for the kitchen re-furbishment by St John’s Lodge, Dewsbury, presented by Keith Shaw, Charity Steward for St John’s Lodge. This is the final piece of the jigsaw to allow the refurbishment to go ahead . Many thanks to the Masons for this  generous gift, from everyone at the church and Angels Cafe

from L to R Eileen Gaunt volunteer Angels Cafe, Keith Shaw; Diane Goodwin and Susan Lane - Churchwardens; Rev Sue Clarke Rector; Linda Davis Angels Cafe.


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. 

Closing date for applications 11th February


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

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

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