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.

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Dates for Your Diary...

There's lots coming up soon at Whitley 

8th November 10.45 Remembrance Day Service

Poppies from Remembrance day Poster 2015

(In place of 11.15 Parish Communion Service)

Saturday 14th November

10-12 Gift Day

We rely on your generous support to keep the church at the heart of the community. Please join us on GIFT DAY for coffee and pledge your gifts of either time, talents or finance

Christmas At Whitley

Tuesday 24th November 6pm

Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree Lights

Why not bring the family and join us to light the tree and to sing your favourite carols.With refreshments

Christmas Eve 4pm

Christingle Service

A popular service for all the family to experience the light and wonder of Christmas

Christmas Eve 11.30

Midnight Service 

Welcome Christmas Day with this wonderful celebration of Jesus Christ being born into the world

Click here for poster with the above list of events


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

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



 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