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.

                          Whitley Parish Church1

                 Join us for Parish Eucharist on                                          Sundays at 11.15am

We meet for Pebble Prayers every Thursday at 10am 

and Whitley Church is open every Thursday and Saturday 


 Please come in and see this peaceful and beautiful building

* see calendar for any exceptions

 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.

 Coming Soon to Whitley Church...


Come along on Saturday 15th July to Whitley for a fun, family day out in the village


Strawberry Tea at Whitley

Saturday  24th June 2-4pm


There is a Coffee morning at Whitley Church on


Saturday 13th May at 10am and 


Join us at Whitley Community Centre on Friday 26th May at 7pm for a beetle drive with supper

Entry by donation

 (supper 2.50 adults/1.00 pre-teens)


Don't forget the FILM NIGHT at Whitley Community Centre on Friday 28th

 April 7pm. Fun for all the family with refreshments available, admission free

 but donations gratefully received.

 Find out more from the poster

One of the highlights of the calendar at Whitley is our Christingle service held on Christmas Eve. 

We were very lucky to welcome Jeremiah the donkey along  with Mary, Joseph and the angel Gabriel 

(with the help of our enthusiastic volunteers) into church this year

2016                      2016


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

click here

Vicar - Vacancy

 Please contact

 Churchwardens at Whitley

                         Marjorie Wheelhouse 01924 499833 and

                                Heather Fielden 01924491104 

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 - the Woolpack is thriving and serves excellent food and drink.. 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.