Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community

 Whitley Lower Parish Church

Dedicated to St Mary and St Michael and situated in the delightful village of        Whitley.  It is part of the United Benefice of Thornhill and Whitley.

Join us for Parish Eucharist on Sundays at 11.15 a.m

Whit6ley Parish Church1

 News and Events for Whitley are included in the Pew Sheet and 

feature on the What's on Page in the main section of the site.

For full details of services and events in the Benefice please check the News Calendar and Services page

click here

Gift day 2016 at Whitley Church on Saturday 26th November 10-12. Join us to find out more about what happens in church see here for more details
The Christmas tree will be lit on the village green in Whitley on Tuesday 22nd November at 6pm

Vicar - Rev Sue Clarke

 Telephone 01924 450746 or email contact click here  for weddings, funerals and baptisms
                                              Sue Clarke

 Churchwardens at Whitley

                         Marjorie Wheelhouse 01924 499833 and

                                Heather Fielden 01924491104 

The church is open every

Thursday and Saturday 

10am until 4pm

Please come in and see this peaceful and beautiful building.
Whitley Parish Church 2

view of interior showing new toilets and entry lobby at top right

Whitley Parish Church 3

view of interior showing restored East end

The Local Area

With a population just below 500, the parish of Whitley Lower is set around the two villages of Briestfield and Whitley bordering the larger parish of Thornhill. It is mainly a rural farming area with little industry or commerce except a haulage depot near the church and an Ice Cream Parlour.  The local pub in Whitley recently closed, but some refurbishment has been done to try to attract a new landlord. There are no shops in either community which means travelling at least 5 miles for major shopping. Whitley has an hourly bus connection to Thornhill, Dewsbury and Wakefield, but there is no service for Briestfield.

Whitley and Briestfield formed a part of the ancient parish of Thornhill and became a parish in its own right in 1847, with the building of St Mary and St Michael’s.


Reports for 2014

For details of Accounts and A.G.M for 2014 please click here

Financial review 2014 here 

Independent Examiner of PCC here

Annual PCC Meeting Fabric Report here

Archive of Events at Whitley


Come along to Whitley Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 7pm to enjoy a film night - click here for all the details

An invitation..

Join us on Friday 27th May at 7pm in Whitley Community Centre, Howroyd Lane to enjoy a film night. 

Also Saturday 4th June 2.00 - 4.00 at Whitley Church, come along for a Strawberry Tea

See here for more details

You are invited to a planning meeting to look at ways to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th Birthday. The meeting will take place Wednesday 6th April 7.30pm in the Community Centre on Howroyd Lane. For a closer look at the poster and further details see here .            J Heaton poster

Christingle service December 2015 Whitley Christingle

Whitley Christingle 2

 Whitley Queen's Diamond Jubilee

What a good day this was involving the whole community and comers in from further afield. Supported by the Big Lottery

Whitley jubilee 1

Whitley Jub 2

Whitley Jub 4

Whitley Jub 3


see here for all photos

A walk around Whitley Parish Church

a  booklet  click here to read it