Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community


The APCM will be held after the 9.30 service at Thornhill tomorrow. Last years minutes can be read on the PCC page along with draft report on church activities in 2021 for approval at the meeting.

Krafty Kids
Krafty Kids meet in Thornhill Church on Saturday 7th May at 10am for fun, craft and games before a short break until September.
Join us in giving an enormous THANK YOU to Helen and the whole team who work hard to ensure the children have a great time.

Join us in Holy Week
On Wednesday 13th April join us for a talk based on the Lent course book, How to Pray.
There will be a short service with Holy Communion and supper. Tickets are £6 (children free) and all proceeds donated to Christian Aid.
All services and activities are listed on our Lent page

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Angels Cafe has given grants to the following from their cafe profits. Thanks to everyone concerned
October- MacMillan £30; November Kidney Research £200; December Juvenile Diabetes Research £100; Parkinson UK Research£100; Rob Burrow -Motor Neurone £100; Januar- Kirklwood Hospice £100 aad Forget me Not hospice £150. Thornhill Parish Church £100.
Angels Cafe is run by Volunteers and is held every Wednesday 1115- 1.00. Good food, fellowship and Music. Do come along.

Krafty Kids at Epiphany
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More pictures on Facebook


Wonderful to see over twenty people confirmed at Wakefield Cathedral on Sunday, including two of our congregation members. 

See the Cathedral Facebook page to find out more

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Krfatys Kids is back see pictureson Facebook and here


Thornhill Parish Church Dewsbury


We are looking for a New MD


We are hoping to recruit an experienced Choir Leader to work currently with our 20 or so Adult Members and children .

Someone who plays the piano is preferred

Our previous conductor retired during COVID

We like to sing popular songs and music from the shows as well as some religious works – working towards Part- singing

From OCTOBER 2021 in term tine

Normally Wednesdays at4.15 until 5.30

YOU will be Self Employed and DBS check will be required

Fee is UP TO £45  per session and includes the time for preparation

 FOR THE RIGHT PERSON and there is a Budget for Music

A time for making new friends and new skills through the love of Singing.

There may be further opportunities to form a Children’s Choir

For more information call Brian on 07947722385 or send CV to

Opening UP

our Meditation Group returns to it's original spot on MONDAYS starting on 6th September at 5.30 for half an hour + Cup of Tea after. You are welcome - more details about Meditation on our Prayer page 


Angels Cafe reopening 22nd September at 11.30



Bishops in the Diocese sent us a letter about the implications of the ending of National Lockdown Restrictions . Listen to it on the Worship Page 

and the beginning of the Service for July 25th July 2021



Easter Flowers by Judith Halliday

                        Easter Flowers 2021


      Our APCM will be held at Thornhill Church on Sunday 30th May after the 9.30am service..

Forms to join the Roll and nomination forms for PCC or Churchwarden can be found by clicking on the links. Completed documents can be brought back to church or emailed here

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Stained glass conservation and repair 2021
The first panel has returned to Church
Good articles from the Yorkshire Post

See page 1 photo and Page 2 articles on 20th March


Green Schools Programme here  
USPG   is our Lent Charity Appeal organisation

The Church of South India is a USPG partner that provides educational services, from nursery to secondary school, across five states of India. In 2015, the Church of South India set up the Green Schools programme to teach the students about the importance of protecting the environment. This is a way for students to address the environmental issues they face every day whilst also benefitting educationally.  The Green Schools programme focuses on air, energy, food, land, water and waste within each school. This fosters teamwork and collaboration; it also means students will benefit across many areas of their curriculum. Ring Marion C for an envelope 01924468172 - and she will deliver it.  You can do a Bank Transfer to Thornhill Parish Church Quote USPG  to-  Sort  Code 204545  Account  90329673.  To Gift Aid put an extra G after USPG and you will be contacted.

Thank You letter to all church Givers

Thank you to everyone....

  read   Here

__________________________________We have discussed this at length and after receiving new guidance from Public Health Kirklees and the Diocese, the PCC feel it would be safer for the whole congregation and ministry team not to hold in person services.


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If you would like to see the events that are being held in Kirklees to mark International Women's Day 2021 see here

We have  are Livestreaming  most of our services if you are not able to come to church personally please join in Here

They are also available on Facebook

St Michael & All Angels Church Thornhill Dewsbury RECEIVES A LIFELINE GRANT FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S CULTURE RECOVERY FUND  see it here   Press Release


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

Covid Wedding 1

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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

Whitley -worship 1115

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.



Diocese of Leeds large

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.  

reopening service


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


Reopening banner

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.