Archive 2012

Cafe Church -Food and fellowship at Thornhill- Good News our cafe is open EVERY Wednesday run by Soroptimist International Dewsbury ( SIDZ cafe) fortnightly -and friends -


The church is open every Wednesday from 10-1.15 for visits.


Good News: the church has been awarded a grant from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund of £98,000 over the years 2012-2013 to enable the conservation and restoration of the remaining three monuments in the church and to allow the redisplay of the former 'doom' window from the Savile Chapel. Other repairs to the fabric will be carried out.

click here for the full Press Release

Miscellany concert - what a lovely evening we had with Miscellany - once again their star quality shone through and their selection of songs with a Christmas theme was stimulating and exciting.
A slight diversion-- see the photo below and look carefully- Happy Christmice!

Bazaar 19th November 2011 - a really happy day - lots of good food, presents and company. Thank you to all who helped and those who came- we raised about £2400 to help pay our Insurance. Some pictures are available on

Gift evening 21st October 2011

a hugely enjoyable evening- supper is served

£4414 was raised - thank you to all.

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Karen Lizzie and Maureen sing

Bethany sings

Ken Sharpe plays

Wedding Fair at Whitley and Thornhill 22 October

couples as in church on 250 years + of married life

Congratultaions to Jeffery Heaton on being Licensed as a Reader in the Benefice by the Bishop of Pontefract on 16th October 2011

see here for all photos


Major fund raising appeal launched.We launch our fund raising appeal today for £20,000 to help us meet our commitment on the major renovation and consrvation project we are runningClick kere to see the brochure.

Here is the form to make a gift. The gift evening has passed but we still need your gift.


See our latest You tube video- Harvest Game from Saturday October 8th 2011


Read the Dewsbury Reporter News story about our Let there be light scheme and our Project Worker



Launch of Let there be light project{ - see the Press Release here

and visit events below

Heritage Open Weekend Saturday 10th September 10-4 Sunday 11-4/

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You Tube video first day with children or

see pictures at


Thornhill Summer Fair held on 9th July 2011 - a superb day once again we were blessed with fine weather and lots of people taking part and visiting . Wonderful music from our schools and the Deswbury Music Centre Intermediate swing band; Lots to do and lots to eat.. Thanks to all who prepared and supported in any way. The Sacrecrow exhibition involved the local community and some highly original entries. The total amount raised including sponsorship of one of our workers by Barclays Bank will be just over £3000 - well done everyone and thank you.

an uinlikely trio

Lady GagaLady Gaga by The Rosemont Centre Dewsbury


The Benefice Rectory Garden Party came back this year and was a wonderful day - lots of fun and fellowship. Thanks to all who joined in and made it a lovely day. We raised £300 for church funds at Thornhill and £100 for Whitley.. Thank You

See the pictures here in good quality :

or on You Tube here



TeamThornhill tackle Transpennine Trail

25-29 April 2011


Cycling over 200miles in five days from Southport to Hornsea on the Transpennine trail.


Eight members of the congregation of Thornhill Parish Church (Angie, David, Elaine, Kate, Marion, Rachel, Reece & Sophia) joined by Jeff & James arecycling over 200miles across the Pennines coast to coast from Southport in Lancashire to Hornsea in Yorkshire. The whole team which includes pensioners, middle-aged and young raised over £2000. for the churh.

We are fundraising for an important educational and information-sharing initiative. The project will also fund better lighting, modern information technology and restoration of the church.

PICTURE ATTACHED Lto R: Sophia; Angie, Marion, Elaine, Kate; David, Rachel and the youngest member Reece Strati -as the Team left Thornhill on Easter Monday bound for their start point from The Marine Drive in Southport.


A Holy- Holy Week and a joyous Easter Day- check out pictures here or see and hear video on

You Tube Here


Good Friday in the community-

CA Godd Friday 2011

an activity morning for children organised by Churches Together was held at Thornhill Methodist Church prior to a

United Service and procession

to The Cross in Thornhill


Wednesday in Holy Week saw the Last Supper Oberramergau style held in Thornhill Parish Church. Church people from Churches Together watched a dramatic recreation of the Last Supper had a meal,saw pictures of the Passion Play and heard from members who had visited this play, and celebrated the eucharist together.


A dramatic re-enactment of the Passion of Christ was performed as part of the service at Thornhill on Palm Sunday morning.

On Palm Sunday afternoon in glorious sunshine friends from Churches Together processed as an act of witness around parts of the Overthorpe Estate. Palm crosses were distributed, songs and bible readings were used at stopping points and even a little magic was used in the story telling for children.

a small part of the group with Jeremiah the donkey


On Tuesday 12th March 2011-Overthorpe School presented Rabboni - the Easter story in words, pictures, and songs in a most moving way to the rest of the school and to church members

Mothering Sunday 2011

"There was a real celebration of family at the Mothering Day Service in Thornhill on Sunday. The local Brownies and Guides bought their parents and grandparents to church to hear them sing ' We are marching in the light of God' which they sang in Swahili. Domenico and Janet McGuire were also there with their four children to renew their wedding vows as they celebrated 25 years of marriage. And as if that wasn't enough we also celebrated 4 birthdays - 3 of which were special ones ending in a 0 - the youngest being one of the choir boys Reece who was 10. The morning ended with cakes baked for us by our Buggy Praise mum's. A fantastic time was had by all!"


Saturday Activity Club and Buggy Praise Fairtrade on Saturday 5th March and Tuesday March 16th we talked about Fairtrade and Mara and Made and did lots of activiites

Buggy Praise

Mara 2 2011


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------------------------------------------------------------------Historic church wins big grant...

PARISHIONERS at Dewsbury’s only Grade I-listed church have secured more than £200,000 towards renovation work.
The Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels in Church Lane, Thornhill, is to benefit from a £190,000 English Heritage grant.
It goes towards the £250,000 cost of repairing the church’s 15th century tower, south porch and lychgate.
Site drainage will also be improved, work will be done on the gutters and downpipes . A separate grant of £10,000 has been awarded by the National Churches’ Trust for the restoration of nine 15th century windows.
Several smaller payments have also been secured from various charitable bodies towards restoring numerous statues.
The Savile Chapel monuments and the statue of Sir George Savile, which was made in 1622, are among those to get a makeover.
The building was cited as one of the most important churches in Britain in a book by the historian and journalist Simon Jenkins.
Rector the Rev Sue Clarke and project manager Brian Pearson are spearheading the drive. Congregation members are also raising additional funds. Mr Pearson said: “These grants will enable this unique building to be preserved.” 'Dewsbury Press'

This will mean that the Savile Chapel will be closed to visitors for probably the next 9 months ( until January 2012 at least). Please ring before making a long journey.

see also link here

see photos of work in progress here