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.
Parish Eucharist on Sundays at 11.15 a.m
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
Churchwardens at Whitley
Marjorie Wheelhouse 499833 Heather Fielden 491104
The church is open every
Thursday and Saturday
10am until 4pm
Please come in and see this peaceful and beautiful building.
view of interior showing new toilets and entry
lobby at top right
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
Independant Examiner of PCC here
Annual PCC Meeting Fabric Report here
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
A walk around Whitley Parish Church
a booklet click here to read it