Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community

Poppies are available from church but if you wish you can donate from here directly.Poppy


Thornhill Poors - New Grants Round

Here are the details - look quick for groups who help The Poor, The Old and th Young in the Ancient Parish of Thornhill.

see details HERE


Our first Covid 19 Wedding

Congratulations to Tasha & Charlie Stockhill who were married in Church on Saturday 3rd October 2020. The service was conducted by Rev John Marsh. The rules for numbers attending were changed from 30 - 15 a few days before - so double congratulations for going ahead

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DSC Leaflet

DSCs has taken the bold decision to offer help to those in greatest need in the community long term. We shall continue supporting those adversely affected by Covid-19 and its consequences, but also look to meet other community needs in Dewsbury South.

Our new name is likely to be 
Dewsbury South Community support [DSCs].

A foodbank has been established. We are seeking volunteers who would be happy to help in any way. Let me know if you are interested. Several of you have already let me know or are busy helping already. Contact David Currie   click here to email

APCM at Thornhill

 The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held at Thornhill on Sunday 25th October after 9.30am service. 

The church and PCC will be carefully considering social distancing and other implications for the meeting to ensure the meeting is safe and runs smoothly. Under current rules, masks will need to be worn unless you are addressing the group.

 Please collect a form from church to amend any information for the Electoral Roll or email Emma Scott to receive electronic versions.

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Services &  Opening Times
(current at 6th September)


Thornhill Holy Communion 09.30            

  Face masks must be worn

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Wednedays  Thornhill Open  10-12.

With a service of  said Holy Communion at 10am 
 every first Wednesday of the month

with Rev John Marsh

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 Some of our bell ringing team worked hard doing the Garden on the lower church path.Gardening 2

Great work


Restoration of Stained Glass windows  

The report on the methods proposed and pictures are here

The report on the Conservation of Victorian and medieval windows may be seen here  and

THe work will be carried out by J&R Cooke who did the work on our other windows.



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The Diocese of Leeds has very close links with the Christian community in Sudan and the country is   struggling to cope with the financial impact of Covid. 

Bishop Nick Baines has started an appeal for funds - see this letter with details on how to make a donation.


Our reopening service took place on 26th July and was a happy occasion carried out respecting all the social distancing and advised protocols.  

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This leaflet has been distributed to many houses in Dewsbury South giving information about resources available both locally and nationally.

DSC 19 emotional support

Click here for full size leaflet


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Both churches are now OPEN for Private Prayer, Reflection and Candle lighting.  Whitley -Sundays 11.15 and Thornhill Wednesdays 10-12 and Sundays 0930 for Holy communion


UPdate -   Dewsbury South Covid-19 community action group(DSCs) was born three months ago to support the elderly and the vulnerable who had to self-isolate for their safety in Thornhill, Thornhill Lees, Whitley & Briestfield.  Members of Empathy, a multicultural community group that aims to bring people from all backgrounds together; Darul-ilm Mosque; Thornhill Community Academy, the local high school; Quba Community Hub; Thornhill Parish Church and the parish of Ravensthorpe with Thornhill Lees and Savile Town work closely together for the community, supported by members of the local branch of the Labour Party. Volunteers have generously come forward to enable us to achieve our objective. We are all taking care to make sure everyone is aware of the very infectious nature of the Covid-19 virus. We avoid physical contact staying at least 2 metres distant and washing our hands regularly.

We leafleted 5000 households within a week and have since done 184 shops for those self-isolated, collected 45 prescriptions, posted mail and supported people on the phone. Our project is all about local people helping each other at a time of need regardless of background. By reaching out to everyone in the community we are trying to demonstrate that by pulling together we can not only help people to get through this difficult time but also develop a sense of community spirit that unfortunately is not as strong as it once was. Our area has seen a great number of changes over the past 60 years. Thornhill & the villages are predominantly white British. By contrast Thornhill Lees is a mixed community of white & Asian British but the populations are not really integrating.  Because this is a multi-cultural, multi-faith initiative we have had the opportunity to show each population the best of ourselves, demonstrating this through practical support, kindness and humanity.

Realising more & more the increasingly high level of need in our community, we have broadened our objective to include support more locals whose needs have been caused or worsened Covid-19 emergency. We work closely with Zakaria Mosque in Savile Town & Neighbourhood Nest in Thornhill. Eighteen urgent food parcels & 467 free meals have been sourced for those locked down. A ‘Kirklees Community Who Can?’ grant allowed us to offer a free shop for each of the self-isolating households in contact with us. Twice weekly we receive free food from Fareshare Go, recently supplemented by food from Fareshare Yorkshire thanks to a generous grant from Borough Parish Credit Union. We sort out this food into packs for individual households offering them to different streets each time, now with added items for children.

 We are always striving to find better ways of targeting our help towards those in need. We have just printed a leaflet ‘Love never fails’ that offers emotional & spiritual support and includes contact details of many local & national organisations. For those living in our area in increased need due to Covid-19 emergency we encourage them to phone us on 07540985591 or email

DC Currie   Member of DSCs    15th June 2020



The Rev Sue Clarke is running a Christian Meditation virtually from  TUESDAY May 12th on Zoom.  See invite HERE   You will need to get in touch with Rev Sue to get the link code. 

or log in to Zoom and Click Join Meeting and enter this code

Meeting ID: 879 4595 5303
Password: 023238


ALL Information on Covid 19 and the wider Church can be seen at


The death  of a dear friend of the church has been announced JOYCE THWAITES died aged 97 in her Care Home in York. We pray for her family and thank God for her long life serving others


This picture is of Peggy Nowell who recently celebrated her 100th Birthday. She was a Leap Year Baby so has not had too many Birthdays.   Congratulations Peggy.

Peggy was active in the Tenants and Residents Group in Thornhill and a Member of our church PCC until into her Nineties.

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Here she is with Kathleen Wood.