Thornhill Parish Church

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BAZAAR 2016 

Thanks everyone it was great day despite the strange weather. Many friends met up again after several years. Lots of new helpers and keen workers. People in new roles shared the work around. Thanks to all who worked so hard before hand in making and baking and preparing. Over £2200 raised towards our work in the community.


Look carefully, what do you see?


Super new You Tube photos of the church as never seen before from a friendly drone.  A click on the link should take you there.  




Our organ whilst in Park Road Methodist Church  Huddersfield  a recently discovered photo courtesy Woods of Huddersfield

Organ at Park Road



Take a look at the Giving to Others page to see where the Angels have donate the funds they raised in the café this year


Churches Together logo

Christmas day Free Lunch at Longcauseway Church

Churches Together are organising Christmas Day lunch for those in need - families or individuals. 
There is a poster outside Longcauseway Church with more details about who to contact if you wish to access this event.


If you would like to support this event then donations are needed of Money, New Toys, Food which if needing to be cooked can be done on a hob or microwave and basic toiletries for men, women and children. Good winter clothing is also needed such as hats, gloves, sweaters and socks.

Money, food, toiletries and toys can be donated at the Yorkshire Building Society, Church Street, Dewsbury during opening hours.

Clothing can be brought to Longcauseway Church on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning, 10am -12 noon.

All donations will be received from the week beginning 5th December.

Brilliant Parish Lunch yesterday - thanks to Tony
image via    Remembrance Services
 Join us on Sunday 13th November at 10.45am for our
 Remembrance Services at either Thornhill or Whitley Churches - see poster for details
On the Churchyard page there is a new Power Point about those who died in two World Wars from Thornhill who are commemorated in our churchyard


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Also at Thornhill on Sunday 13th November at 3pm join us for a memorial service to remember those who have departed If there is someone you would like remembering by name, especially the recently departed please put their name on the lists at the back of church
Harvest 2016
Auction 2016
Action shot of the auction
A wonderful busy day in Thornhill Church on Sunday 2nd October for
 our Harvest celebrations. 
Family Praise with Thanksgivings to a full church and then we held our Auction of produce for our chosen charity, Forget Me Not Hospice.
Over sixty people then shared in the Harvest Lunch and a wonderful time of fellowship.
Your generosity has raise over £800 - final figure in next weeks notice sheet
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The opening event of the Heritage weekend when we were delighted to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees with us

.Mayor Party
Stuart Hartley gave a fascinating talk on the history of churches along with tales about special things at Thornhill
Craft Group  Coffee Day - thanks to the very many people who helped make this a success despite the poor weather. see some pictures  
The Teddy Bear's Picnic
James likes cheesZaccheaus
James and Zaccheaus
lots more pictures on Facebook 
- remember the song?
Tuesday 2nd August at the Rectory


Long time away yet but the Fabulous Summer Fair reverts to July 8th 2017
next year - already planning it.


Triumph for Collins family and our Mothers Union Branch Leader
Yorkshire Show Champions
Shorthorn champion


The sound of a single muffled bell sounded at 7,30 this morning 1st July from the towers at Thornhill and Whitley Churches to remember those who were killed at the Battle of the Somme. At Thornhill we remembered all those killed in 1916



        For older news please see our Archive page here




Super performance yesterday with Overthorpe CE Academy and Tom Waltham and Paul O'Donoghue as part of the 'Let there be music project.' funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of our Organ Restoration Project.

Overthorpe Concert


Overthorpe singing 14 more pictures on Facebook. link



Michael Clarke update Sunday June 26th.. Michael is home and doing well. He and Sue send thanks for the love and prayer which has surrounded them over the last few days. Sue is back at work on Saturday and at Church on Sunday
The Battle of the Somme will be commemorated in our service on Sunday 3rd July 2016 in our prayers.  Click here for those who were killed. Read about the  bizzare way one family from Thornhill found out about their son being posted 'missing'.                                                            
  Find details of an exhibition in the Tower.
from the Somme 100 toolkit


The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home, in particular in those towns and villages which had raised Pals battalions and suffered horrible losses.



 the If you are looking for fun things to do this July, why not drop into the Family Fun Day organised by Kumon Y'all on  Saturday 16th July


BP at Overthorpe

 Buggy Praise visited the nursery at Overthorpe to share the story of Cecil the lost Sheep. We told the children the story with the help of puppets and the children joined in the songs with great enthusiasm. A lovely time!


summer 2016

all ages enjoying this years Summer Fair - the weather kept us indoors but a fantastic day was had by all



Next Gardening morning  2nd July 
a well earned rest
Churchyard Maintenance - over the last few months we have been lucky to have Community Payback working with us and the churchyard is looking wonderful. Our own colleagues work regularly on mowing and clear up. We need more help and therefore a series of dates have been arranged for others to help-
Starting Saturday 7th May from 9.30 - 12. Then on 4th June; 2July; 6th August; 10th September. If you want to come at any other time just turn up with tools and do some 
Angels Cafe will be closed 6th and 13th July for Holidays
Thornhill J&I Let There be Music concert
As part of the Let There Be music project, Thornhill J&I School performed a concert of their own work with the help from our musical director 
Paul O’ Donoghue and using the restored organ. The music was wonderful and the whole audience really enjoyed listening to them play

Great day at the Summer fair today lots of pictures on our Facebook page.

You are invited to Whitley Church to join us for coffee mornings this Summer

Whitley invite from JH 6/7_

Why not drop in to Dewsbury Minster on Saturday 25th June? Between 10 and 3 they are holding a festival of Arts and Culture with lots going on for everyone

See here for details


Children's Activity Morning and Buggy Praise in June - within a few days of each other.

the old ones are best
Chilldrens activity June 2016Buggy PraiseChilldrens activity June 2016
Lots more pictures on our Facebook Page.
weeding or grass strimming. If you would like to come any other regular time please get in touch- 07505 107808 or speak to the Rector or Wardens


We were delighted to welcome children from Thornhill J&I School to give a concert of the work on a Silent Movie Accompaniment they'd been doing with Paul O'Donoghue. They gave a super concert! More photos available on our facebook page here

JI Concert 1a
JI Concert 2
JI Concert 3
Apprenticeship opportunity - Kirklees Council are advertising for Apprentice Neighbourhood Assistants  - see here for details of the open day and how to book a place
We have had some excellent events using the new organ recently. Gordon Stewart's recital was a super evening with Gordon on brilliant form. Many thanks to all who made the night possible. 
GS recital 1
GS recital 2
We have also had a visit from Thornhill J&I School and Overthorpe Academy for a demonstration of the refurbished organ. The children had a lovely time and showed great enthusiasm for the sounds of the organ. They particularly enjoyed having a go themselves!
Organ Demonstration 1 Organ Demonstration 2
More on our Music Page about future recitals.
Join the church choir! 
Recruitment poster
Great news from Lindsay Dew...
'It was announced in the Benefice yesterday that I am to be made Honorary Canon of The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. This is a great honour and the invitation from Bishop Alan (of St Albans) came out of the blue in Holy Week. In the past week the churchwardens were asked by +Alan to make the announcement at the Sunday services. The Installation will take place during Evensong on Saturday 7th May at 4pm in the Cathedral. Parishioners, friends and colleagues are invited
This is absolutely great news for Lindsay as he starts a phased return
 to work on May 9th
Angels Cafe Donations to April 2016
Angels Cafe to April 2016
Well done everyone

Children from Thornhill J&I School visit church
More Pictures on our Facebook page 

A full range of services this morning started at Sunrise and then 8 am Eucharist followed by our main services. Fullish church at Thornhill at 9.30. for the Blessing of the Easter Garden; the rededication of the restored organ and the Joyous worship in a church decked out with wonderful flower arrangements.
More pictures on Facebook.
Easter Candleorgn dedication 

May that Easter JOY be with all our Friends.
courtesyJoy Leeds Light.


Wednesday of Holy Week - the table is prepared- service , talk and supper with Churches Together.Talk by Rev Simon Crook - Mathematician and Priest- talked about Black Holes; Love, Forgiveness, Death and God and Jesus and tied in with our Lent course on the The meaning of Everything based on the Stephen Hawking story. Of course TPC is the home of the Black Hole theory and the Rector in  the 1760,s Rev John Michel.
Photos- 'all is now ready' A thought provoking and friendly sharing together evening.
all is prepared 1    All is prepared
all is prepared chalices   chalices from all our churches


A glorious Morning greeted visitors to Thornhill Parish Church for the annual Palm Sunday Procession with Jeremiah the donkey kindly brought along again by Marjorie Wheelhouse.
Jeremiah, sue and Marjorie
More pictures on our Facebook page


An amazing night last Saturday with RevAndy Kelso as Elvis. An absolutely packed church, dancing in the aisles and enjoyment. All  this and with Andy's real Christian exeperience of life. Here is a link to the pictures
click here


Huddersfield Parish Church invites you to join them for Choral Evensong to celebrate the birth oh Harold James Wilson on Friday 11th March at 3.45pm Please find invitation here with details for RSVP
_Children's actvity morning March 2016
Here are photos of the craft work
CA March 2016

Here are photos of the ongoing restoration of our organ The latest ones show the organ builder, Malcolm Spink,  'voicing' and repairing the Trumpet stop in the factory

click here to see photos on line
Our huge churchyard
 is unergoing a transformation  as workers from the community Payback scheme  work to clear the heavily overgrown areas to make it easier to maintain. They are leaving a metre wide strip to encourage wildlife.  Forgotten graves can now been seen for the first time for a long time.
At the same time we have news that our colleague who has driven the motor mower and taken care of much of the maintenance work, for many years is having to give up using the mower due to peronal reasons. Many thanks to Michael for all his valued work for 30 years. He will still be doing lots of other work in the churhyard. We are on the lookout for people who would be willing ot take on this task.  It can be done to suit the imes available to them. All we ask is for sensible and careful people who love the churhyard to get involved. Contact the Rector on 01924 450746
Snowdropssnowdrops in the recently cleared areas.
PIZZA and Philosophy....
can this be an event ? click the link and find out.
starts this Friday 26th February at 7.30


Lent clipart
Notice sheet with information for Lent and Easter services and events is now available to view on our Calendar & Pew sheet page
Change of Date - the new date for the Summer Fair

this year is June 11th which coincides with National Celebrations for the Queen's 90th Birthday  so the theme will be on that topic.

Planning meeting is February 29th at 7.30 at the Rectory.


The Mystery of Everything
Our 2016 Lent Course ishas started, launching with a film night on Sunday 7th February at 6pm.
The course continues on every Sunday through Lent from 6-7.30pm
Further details can be found on the poster here
LYCIG logo

Introduction to Leading Your Church into Growth


Saturday 20th February At Thornhill Parish Church

9.30 meet for Coffee, session runs 10.00 – 3.00



With guest speaker Revd John Marsh from the National LYCiG Team.

This day is for all Church Members especially PCC Members in our Benefice who want to see these churches grow in numbers and spiritually. Put the date in your diary 


Organ restoration- work is going on apace and for the first time on Friday 29th January sounds came out of it- mening all the state of the art electronics, which help us play the instrument were installed and working.It will be finished in time for Easter.  Photographs are available on the Facebook page 

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 )The opening recital is on the 21st May 2016 at 7.30 and will be given by one of Britains top organists Dr Gordon Stewart- watch out for more details.

SAD News- only three weeks after his appointment as Organist Emeritus Peter Middleton has died after a fall and a short stay in hospital. RIP Peter. All our love and prayers to Marjorie and the whole family at this time.

Funeral is at Thornhill Parish Church at 1230 on January 26th 2016.
(original story below-
Organist Emeritus appointed.   Peter Middleton has retired as organist at Whitley and Thornhill Churches after 20 years. This brings to an end over 60 years service as an organist at many churches in this part of the Diocese. Peter served for many years at Brighouse Parish Church as well as St Johns Cleckheaton amongst others. A lifetime of service to the church and many thousands of singers- he was also Head of Music at Whitcliffe Mount School for many years. Thank you Peter - and your helpmate and wife Marjorie.In honour of his service he was appointed Organist Emeritus and presented with photographs of the two churches he most recently served in along with a cheque from both congregations.
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Children's Activity this morning 9th January 2016- more images on our Facebook page.Childrens activityEpiphany 2
As we are all aware, many local communities have been affected by flooding. See here for a message from Bishop Jonathan about the flooding and the response from communities coming together to help each other
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As we are all aware, many local communities have been affected by flooding. See here for a message from Bishop Jonathan about the flooding and the response from communities coming together to help each other



Tomorrow ( Sunday 20th December ) evening at 6.00 p.m. is our tradtional Nine Lessons and Carols. Please come and enjoy this lovely service. We also say thank you and goodbye to our retiring organist Peter Middleton after more than 60 years as an organist in many churches in West Yorkshire, Well done Peter. 

Work is also ongoing in repairing and restoring our fine Binns organ

Rev John Michel 1724-93 Rector of Thornhill involved in Black Holes theory. A new book marks this with a short biography and picture of our plaque, Black Holes by Katherine Blundell.. a very short introducion. Oxford UP> 2015. £7.99 An interesting read.

Final figures now in for Summer Fair and Bazaar- together they raised £5400 a magnificent local effort by all at church - and so well supported by the local community.  A big thank you.  Our insurance costs over £5000 per year so that can be paid - the responsibilities of such a wonderful building..

hat a rocking concert last  night- The  packed church rocked to the wonderful music of the Hepworth Band - in brilliant and happy mood under Mark Peacock. The Wakefield Youth Choir of 40 young singers were in splendid form with their conductors Phil Needham and Geraldine GauntAdmirable soloists in band and choir added beautiful sounds to the concert.  Bethany Rosamond was a stunning young soprano who charmed us all with her faultless delivery and a wide ranging voice.Thanks to everyone.
Bethany with BandPacked church

Students get Crafty  for Chrstmas
'the pupils of Thornhill Community Academy together with their art teachers have produced an Advent Book which has a unique piece of art work for each day of December leading us to the great celebration of Christmas. The Advent Book itself is unique because it describes the story of the Nativity from an interfaith perspective. Come and see the book in church and discover how our Christian, Muslim and non-faith children view Christmas - it's truly heartwarming to read.'
see Dewsbury Reporter article here
THornhill Academy


Angel's Café Update

Here is a break down of the donations they have sent to various charities this year - 

January £300 Lymphona Research

March £250 Time for a Cuppa Dementia Uk

£150 Water Aid

April Thornhill Church £100

£250 Parkinsons

May £150 Nepal Earthquake Appeal

June £200 British Lung Foundation

July £200 Kirkwood Hospice

£200 Candlelighters

September £200 Macmillans Biggest Coffee Morning

November £200 Friends of Freeman House

December £100 Thornhill Parish Church

£300 Dewsbury Refuge

£50 Hope Pastures

an incredible £2650

The Angel's send their thanks to everyone who have supported the café this year - without your custom these wonderful donations wouldn't have been possible!


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     Here is the link to the pictures of the Bazaar. We achieved £2600+- an excellent result and a very happy day. Rector thanked everyone this morning.



Photos of the Heritage Weekend are available
Arts and Crafyts event

Summer Fair is on July 18th 2015   11-3

Click here for full size poster


-Trees- the latest round of tree felling is complete but there are still more that need attention. This major work has generated some logs which are for sale - contact 01924 527545- removing them without permission is theft!The money raised will help us with the further work that is required. Thanks for your understanding.

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2 photos to show why they were dangerous




_Sunday 30th August is joint Benefice Service at Whitley at 1030 replaces 930!service at Thornhill. See you there!

Rev Sue Clarke has returned from her Sabbatical - welcome back!

She has written a report regarding her time away and you can read it here

A Great Event - our Summer Fair on 18th July raised £2700 to help us fund the running and maintenance of our church building and our work in the community of Thornhill.

There are more pictures on Facebook at

a happy visitor a happy visitor


Such exciting news...

We have been shortlisted in the Historic England Angel Awards.

Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and supported by his Foundation, the Historic England Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who put hours of hard work and enthusiasm into saving derelict and severely damaged historic landmarks from being lost forever. The details of the work undertaken in the project can be found here

You can see the videos of all those shortlistedhere

Please do vote for us at

and find out more information about the awards and other nominees at

Voting is simple and takes no time at all!


 Revd Kate Currie - a long time Reader and member of our church was ordained priest yesterday  27th June 2015 by Bishop Jonathan in Huddersfield Parish Church

Kate ordination

Check out all the latest events on our Concerts page-click here

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Click here to go to our Twitter 


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The Angels Cafe report that donations so far this year to end of April are as follows:
Lymphoma research. £300
Dementia "time for a cuppa" £250
Thornhill church. £100
Parkinson's awareness. £250

Congratulations and thank you to the team of dedicated helpers and to those who gave by eating a good lunch.

Daniel and Reece wear vestments as Acolytes for the first time

Daniel & Reece wear chasuble

On our Facebook page photos of Good Friday  


   On our Facebook page - a report about the Wednesday of Holy week event which was so inspirational. Click logo above. _________________________________________________

Good News about Music in our Church
Click here
Let there be music...the restoration of a historic organ

A Surprise Visitor

Bishop Jonathan

A big surprise for us all as Bishop Jonathan called into Buggy Praise today (17/3/15). He joined in an encore of our home time song with the children then had a look around our beautiful church. He will be with us again on April 19th at the 10.00 service for Confirmation.


The House of Bishops have issued a document prior to the General Election in May, to read it click below
Who Is My Neighbour?


TPC BW Exterior 2015

_New photograph By  C&D  December 2015__Click Facebook logo above to see more. There are some also on Photos page here.more.________________________________________

Photos from the Children's Activity Morning held on Saturday February 7th may be seen on our Facebook Page.Click the Facebook link above.


click here for details of services and events for Lent and Easter 2015 including an exciting Lent Course based on the film 'The Kings Speech'


The Meditation Group on a Monday at 5.30 is now held in church.

Thinking about Confirmation?

Many people were baptised when young and now
feel they would like to make an adult commitment.
Would you or somebody you know like to find out
more about Confirmation leading to being able to
receive bread and wine at Holy Communion? Or
would you simply like to refresh your Christian

Then please speak to Rev Sue Clarke on
01924 450746, classes are starting on Saturday 24th January at the Rectory at 10.00.. See the attached leaflet. Confirmation is on April 19th at 9.30 with Bishop Jonathan

Leaflet for Confrimation Classes 2015


Photos from epiphany at Saturday club.  Click Facebook link above.

10th January 2015



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Battley Carr   --Trinity Care Appeal 

- News
 January 2015

Calling all knitters! We are asking for donations of knitted scarved for the Trinity Care appeal - further information can be found in the pew sheet from 11 January.

Don't worry if you can't knit, donations of wool are also greatly appreciated!

Now the the weather is colder there is an urgent need
for hats, gloves, socks, sturdy shoes,
underwear and old towels as well as food &
toiletries for homeless and struggling people in this
area. Our usual Collection box is on the rear pew. 

Thank you for
your generous support.



The Real meaning of Christmas Exhibition in Church December 6 & 7th.  Pictures at

or this link also shows Buggy Praise Nativity Picnic 2014


Annual Bazaar 2014

What a lovely atmosphere in church with lots of people enjoying themselves.  No Black Friday weekend here just good fun and friends getting interesting and unique things to buy. We raised just over £2000 and thanks to everyone concerned for making this a success- both colleagues from church and visitors.
see pictures here.. Our star visitor enjoying himself


Great news we have been awarded a large grant from the Pilling Trust towards the work needed on our organ. The organ is a JJ Binns from 1907 Which has been in the church for 30 years and is in need of some tender loving care. A grateful thanks to them for this confidence in our project.



Yorkshire Imps Concert 25th October.  Super concert on this their first visit. Band in really good form and innovative programming. Sponsored by Mr & Mrs Dennis Halstead.  Many thanks to them for a splendid occasion and  a good profit for Church Funds.



Baptism of James Broxholme yesterday October 26th 2014


Angels Cafe- the weekly cafe staffed by volunteer Angels in Thornhill Parish have raised £1800 so far this year. Congratulations.  See Here the schedule. The cafe is available every Wednesday from 1130- 1000 for light lunches and good fellowship.



New Bishops Consecrated in York Minster on Saturday 18th October   for the first time there is a new Bishop of Huddersfield

Click here to go to the full story


Harvest Time - kids!  it was a busy time today at Children's Activity morning- home made pizzas were made,harvest wreaths and our poster. All about harvest at home on our local farms.

Type Harvest Kids Thorhill in to You Tube and there is a tiny bit of video.



The churchyard...following all the presss and social media publicity recently (August 2014) it is important that everyone knows th position in which the church finds itself and the following statement from the Diocese clarifies this
'Every Diocese has Churchyard Regulations and here at Thornhill, Dewsbury in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales we are no different. This is a legal process over which the local vicar has absolutely NO jurisdiction and can only try their best to help and advise the families.The local vicar in this case tried to do just that by writing to all the families earlier this summer explaining the situation, offering to talk to any families and visiting the churchyard to advise families on how best to look after their graves. We understand the families’ concerns and are saddened that a resolution has not been achieved in every case.The Churchyard Regulations were put in place to preserve the amenity for the parish and the community for its benefit and enjoyment, to ensure good practice is observed and to help the maintenance and management of parish churchyards'.

see also churchyard section of this site here

Buggy Praise Teddy Bears Picnic 2014.... about 40 people attended this popular annual party at the Rectory.See pictures here

New Rector for Thornhill and Vicar for Whitley!!
The Venerable Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax inducted our Priest in Charge Rev Sue Clarke to be Rector of Thornhill and Vicar of Whitley.  The service took place in Thornhill Parish Churh on Yorkshire Day 1st August in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees. This apparently unecessary act is of great siginificance as it also lifts the suspension of presentation which stopped the Patron Lord Savile presenting a suitable person for these posts should Sue leave. The ancient link was therefore restored.  Sue promised allegiance to the new Bishop of Leeds.see more photos here

WW1 Commemoration

We’re looking to put up an exhibition for Heritage Weekend of memorabilia from WW1 but had very poor response from the congregation so far. Especially we thought it would be good to have wedding photos from couples who got married at Thornhill Church but anyone who has a link today with Thornhill would be welcome . If anybody still has an old wedding dress from this era that would be amazing. Also if anybody has a cook book from 1914-18 we may just try to cook an original recipe – maybe!! But any photos or mementoes from that time that we can exhibit would be appreciated especially if they are local. Contact the Rector via the link

Don't forget our concert Smile, Smile Smile aon 13th September
see poster here for full details


Rectory Park -across the road from the churchyard is the wonderful Thornhill Rectory Park which was once the home of the Rectors of Thornhill. There has always been a close contact with the park and the church. The Friends of Rectory Park (click here ) have a new website 'Rectory Park gone wild' click here to see it. There are some wonderful pictures to look at here. There is a super picture too of the spitfire which came to our Summer Fair.
Our new Diocese is now firmly establsihed and working. West Yorkshire and the Dales Our new Diocesan Bishop is Rev Nick Baines who is called the Bishop of Leeds follow him on Twitter here where he is a prolific 'tweeter'. If you would like to see the recording of his enthronement in Wakefeild Cathdral on You Tube click here
Rev Nick Baines

We also have a new Archdeacon for the  Episcopal Area of Huddersfield in which we now are placed. She is the Ven Dr Anne Dawtry -still called Archdeacon of Halifax.  Confused? do not worry just keep coming to church.

First World War Centenary August 4th 2014
You are invited to come to church either at Whitley or Thornhill

see poster here for full details

WW1 Centenery Commemoration

Please do share your moment via your personal and professional networks - social media, website, e-news etc.

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Like us on Facebook/1418NOW 
Search and tag using #LIGHTSOUT


Summer Fair  Saturday July 12 2014- what a wonderful day- good weather; good fellowship; good fun; good food and plemty to do created a wonderful atmosphere at the our summer day out in the church and grounds.  We raised over £2,200  towards our work in the community and maintaining the churchand it's worship - about the cost of 10 days in the year!
Dewsbury Intermediate Wind BandBBQThornhillJIN Community choir

Click here for more pictures


Congratulations to Reverend Kate Currie on her ordination last Saturday  5th July 2014 at Wakefield Cathedral by Bishop Tony. Kate now starts her curacy at Scissett and Clayton West

Revd Kate Currie with Bishop Tony


Spitfire Flypast - Summer Fair July 12th 2014

A flypast by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire is expected to make the annual Summer Fair at Thornhill Parish Church near Dewsbury a special occasion this year. The Summer Fair, which is one of the principal social events in the Church’s calendar is set to take place on Saturday 12th July between 11am and 3pm in the Church Grounds. The flypast by the plane, reminiscent of the Battle of Britain in 1940 will be around 1pm, and is expected to add a touch of nostalgia to the day.

We were delighted when we learned earlier this year that our request for the fly past was successful and to enhance the event have managed to acquire two limited edition plates, each depicting a Spitfire, for sale by auction on the day. One by Royal Doulton and is titled ‘Spitfire Coming Home’, the other is by Coalport and is titled ‘Dawn Patrol’. (a picture of the two plates is also attached.

A further special feature of the day will be the sale of Spitfire Bitter in the Savile Arms pub adjacent to the Church yard. This brand of beer was first brewed by the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Kent to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in1990 and has been a popular drink ever since.

The event is located on Church Lane, Thornhill, two miles south of Dewsbury, post code WF12 0JZ.


Chasubles for Children   click title for story
Eileen Gaunt with the children wearing the new chasubles she has made.




Angels Cafe have made the following donations to Charity so far in 2014. Well done and thank you to them and all those who support the cafe.

Angels Café Donations 2014      Breast Cancer                              £100

. Big Brew (Traidcraft)                      150

 Water Aid                                    150

 Thornhill Church                              100 

Kirkwood  Hospice                             150

 The Howland Centre                         200

British legion                                   50

 Spinal Injuries Association                  150



The Garden Party at Thornhill Rectory was a great community success on Sunday 18th May with dancing by Mummers and Maypole dancing by the children of Overthorpe Academy--+ cakes and tea and the STOCKS! Photos to follow.  A welcome financial success also.


What a weekend at our Church on the weekend of April 28th 2014

From a first for us on the Friday a Ceilidh in church. Over 180 people attended and the church nave was used for the Ron Darnbrough and Crab apples Band. Raising £1191 for church funds and welcoming many new people into our church.  
        See more pictures at

Then a transformation for the Celebration Band from Mount Pellon offering a new style of worship on Saturday.

Then a transformation for normal Sunday worship followed by our Annual Church meetings.  Diane Goodwin and Susan Lane were elected as churchwardens.

Palm Sunday this year saw a very special service of thenksgiving for 125 years of the Wakefield Diocese. Held in Wakefield Cathedral and attended by church and civic leaders both local and international. The service marked the end of the Wakefield Diocese and looked forward to the new Diocese. It also marked the departure of Bishop Stephen to pastures new in London.
We praise Him for all that is past and trust Him for all that is to come. see Twitter under Wakefield Cathedral for more pictures.

Bishop Stephen preaches Celebration Service 1

a new chalice for every church to use on Easter Day to welcome the Resurrection  and the birth of the new Diocese of Leeds



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WW 1
This year marks 100 years since the start of World War 1.During Heritage Weekened in September  this year we would like to commemorate the Anniversary with an exhibition n Thornhill Parish Church of locak memories. If you had a relative affected by WW1 or have any memorabilia or photos and would be able to share thm with us we would be grateful.  Please contact Rev Sue Clarke or Brian Pearson or Tony Ridley- see contacts pageThe churchyard has two Commonwealth War Graves and hosts the War Memorial for Thornhill. there are other war memorials insiode the church.

Preserving the Past of Thornhill in Dewsbury Reporter February 14th 2014  Did you see this well written article about the works that have been going on in our church over the last few years. There is a copy up in church or you might find it on their web site. Well work is now finally complete apart from a little snagging and we finally have our church back just in time for Lent. It looks fine and everything is now safe and preserved for future generations.

Click here for the images  and here for the report of the conservation of the monument to Sir George and Lady Anne Savile 1614 by Elliott Ryder Conservation


For children--  Buggy Praise and Children's Activitiy groups have restarted.  See the Families page for more information. Here


Happy New Year to you all our Family Praise Epiphany Service is at 9.30 on Sunday January 5th 2014- come and celebrate the arrival of te Kings. On the 7th January it will be ten years since Buggy Praise was started in our church. Come on and Celebrate again.

Advent Wreath exhibition- a hugely successful weekend with lots for everyone to see and hear.

Pictures are here-


Sir George Savile & Lady Anne Savile Reconstruction- work is now completed on installing the steel supporting frame inside the monument. A major engineering job will now lead to the monument being able to be rebuilt and conserved.  Five and a half tons of rubble was excavated from the interior and interesting 16th century paintings found (see below). The work is being carried out under the English Heritage/ Heritage Lottery scheme funding,  by Elliot Ryder conservators.


Angels Cafe donations to charity now tops £1000
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Monument restoration- work is now being carried out to restore the 1614 monument to Sir George and Lady Anne Savile which straddles the Savile Chapel Chapel.  It has posed huge technical problems in making it safe for future generataions to see.  Interesting early 16th century painting was found behind the pillars.  These have been recorded and will then be coverered up.

Children worked hard on learning about Homelessness and built this mock house out of cardboard  November 2013

Roof Repairs - work has now been completed on the urgent high level roof repairs 

A Hard Days Night - something different - a charity fundraising video shot in Thornhill Parish Church based on the Lennon & McCarthy song =by one of our helpers Eddie Cassidy

Major Work     The next phase of major work starts on Monday 30th of September and during the first week the church will be difficult to use. As a result of this the Wednesday morning sevice will be at Whitley as will the cafe. A scaffold will be erected outside to carry out urgent roof repairs and a scaffold will be erected in church to block off the Savile Chapel and the Chancel - half way down each. If you come to Harvest on October 6th you will see our banners on the scaffold 4metres wide and 4.5 metres long showing the two East windows. This promises to be a unique experience.

The work being done inside church is the conservation and making safe of the monument to Sir George Savile and Lady Anne Savile 1614. This major structural work will be carried out by Kieran Elliott from Elliott Ryder conservators from Wales assisted by ARC stone masons of York.. Walter West of Dewsbury will be in charge of the scaffolding to assist this work.

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What a super Heritage weekend and Flower festival - a brilliant community event supported by over 20 organisation in the village each showing their own interpretation of life in the communiy.

See You Tube Video here
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 WORK starts on the 10th September for a concentrated 3 months on the final stage of our conservation workElliott Ryder come to finish work on the conservation of the smaller monuments not so far done and then in early October on the major Sir George Savile 1614 monument which straddles the Savile Chapel when a steel supporting cage will be installed inside the monument. Work on this monument require scaffolding across the Savile Chapel and the Chancel which will be done in the week beginning September 30th. This will also display large size photos of the two East Windows
. Work will also start on the roof repairs and on the changes to the central heating.
  In the churchyard further dangerous trees are to be felled.                                                     
posted 9th September 2013


Welcome to the re-named Cafe - now known as The Angels  Cafecontinuing in the same tradition as SIDZ cafe  it will still provide excellent lunches in church every Wednesday from 11.15 until 1.00.  A bonus in this cafe is a chance to meet and talk and foster friendship. On most weeks a further bonus is to listen to our incredible pianist Colin Kneen playing music of yesteryear. What's more it has a 5* hygiene rating.   Not been - try it - you will enjoy yourselves.

The cafe is hosted by the church but run on a voluntary basis by 3 'Angels' and a few 'cherubs'. Whilst managing to provide a community facility it also raises funds for local charities such as Traidcraft, Candlelighters and Dewsbury Womens Refuge.

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Jonathan Cooke our Glass conservator was filmed recently about his conservation work and the making of the new window -for our new interactive display unit.

Work on the Rufford memorial 1714
this work funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Churchcare restored, conserved and made safe this momument in the North East corner of the Savile Chapel. It now complements the new East window and the Sir George Savile 1622 .

9th August 2013

TOP Craftsmen in Savile chapel

Two of the top craftsmen in the country are working on the next stage of conservation in the church. Kieran Elliott our monuments expert is working on the repair and conservation of the last few monuments in the Savile Chapel and the South Choir Aisle .  Jonathan Cooke our Stained Glass conservator is preparing the old glass from the Savile Chapel East Window for redisplay in the new display unit being cretaed off site at the moment. 

                                                    Jonathan Cooke at work.

6th August 2013

Summer Fair 13th July 2013--- What a Day  one of the hottest days of the year and we all survived - most without too much dehydration.A wonderful day for the whole community having fun, meeting old and new friends and bringing the community together,  We raised just over £2800 towards the ongoing work of the church in the community. A new display this year was from the Birstall wood working group which created lots of interest.
A few photos here   

Church Paths      We are delighted to report that work on the main paths around the church have been completed - once again with help from the Big Lottery Fund. We have a safe environment for everyone to be able to enjoy visits to the church and chuchyard. The workmen battled through some of the worst weather to complete this difficult project.  On Wednesday July 3rd work started on the Upper lychgate path by Conservation Volunteers - call in to help if you are feeling fit.  See ful story below      02.07.2013


On the Move  congratulations to our Rural Dean Paul Maybury who is moving to a new post in Cyprus.
'The following announcement has been made the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf Missioner in the South East Cyprus Chaplaincy (Diocese of Cyprus and the  Gulf; Province of The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East)The Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis intends tolicense Paul on the 1st December'  02.0713




Visit to Hope Street Mosque  click here to read Rev Sue's report


Our new window was part of a conference in Florida in May 2013   American Glass Guild   2013 Conference  May 15-19, 2013 This paper presents the story of the window: its fascinat­ing iconography, possibly unique in stained glass; its history, and an overview of the scientific and pastoral aspects of the controversial decisions to displace the medieval glass, and to recreate the window. Jonathan will also describe the process­es in his reconstruction of this window, from initial research­es and  cartoons to the glass painting techniques employed.


 Access and Care of paths to Historic Church and Churchyard
We are dleighted that we have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery to enable us to repair the majority of our paths around the church- the main access paths to the churchyard. This grant enables us to maintain good, safe and disabled access to these historic resources in Thornhill.

Work is progressing well on the Paths around the church and they will be finished for the Spring Bank Holiday 2013. Work on the top lychgate path is pla--

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One of our Guide Leaders Sally Kynaston Has been honoured in the New Year Honours List
SALLY ANN KYNASTON, MBE of Staincross, Barnsley, receives the MBE for services to HM Revenue and Customs, and to Girl Guiding in South Yorkshire. Congratulations Sally.

Rev Norma Webb has left the Benefice to continue her work in another Parish. At a special Eucharist on April 28th John Bullimore- a former Redaer and Churchwarden at Thornhill was the preacher and he paid tribute to Norma's commitment to the Benefice as Reader and Priest over many years. It was good to have Rev Christine Bullimore with us as well as the Rev. Gill Johnson. Tony Ridley on behalf of wardens paid tribute and John Riley presented her with a cheque from the congregations. We wish Norma well in her continuing ministry in pastures new in Middlestown and Netherton.

New Churchwardens at the Annual Meeting Bob Pickles and Mark Naylor stood down as churhwardens and we thank them for their service. New wardens are Dianne Goodwin and Elaine Wilkes. It is anticipated that two Deputy Churchwardens will be appointed at the PCC in May 2013.

Easter day

See, what a morning, gloriously bright
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light
As the angels announce, "Christ is risen"

----------thank you to all who did the displays.


ACCESS NOTE--due to the frosty nights work on the path will not start until the 7th May when surely all frost will have gone, but access will be maintained at all times. Work has been completed on boxing in monuments in the Savile Chapel to allow for work on the monuments in the chapel and particularly to Sir George and Lady Anne Savile monument planned now to start in early June. Access to the Savile Chapel and the ability to see things in there will be severely restricted.. Please ring to confirm access details if you are travelling from a distance.

Good Friday Children's Morning and Procession to The Cross
A large group of young people met at THornhill Methodist Church to work together in learning and enjoyinhg the Easter Story. They mad the poster below and gifts to take home . A goodly number then proceesd with a large cross to THE CROSS in Thonnhill after a short service. The cross remains for a few weeks as a potent symbol of the Christian faith .

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A Christian passover Meal was celebrated at Thornhill Parish Church by 50 members on the Wedenesday of Holy Week 2013. A talk by Rev Kevin Maddy on his experiences as a roving priest and chaplain related closely to the theme of Passover and Easter.

Rector gives Pupils an introduction to the Christian faith...

PUPILS at Paradise Primary School in Dewsbury welcomed a local church leader for a special inter-faith assembly this week. (March 2013)

The Rector Rev Sue Clarke, from Thornhill Parish Church, conducted an assembly in which she introduced pupils to the Christian faith and the significance of Christmas and Easter. She also spoke about her own role in the parish and the interfaith work she is involved in. Aisha Patel, a year five pupil, said: “It was a wonderful assembly and we really enjoyed the visit. I was really happy to meet the reverend and get an insight into another faith.”Chair of governors Faruk Pandor said: “It is vitally important for us to create links with other faiths in accordance with our own interfaith strategy and it is just as important for our children to learn about other faiths and their religious practices.” (thanks to the Press for this story )


The Big Brew organised by our Wednseday Cafe ladies on the 6th March 2013 raised £110 well done to everyone and special thanks to the Band who plyaed at the event

Imam Ilyas speaks in Thornhill Parish Church a first for our church - the first time a Muslim has presented a lecture about his faith. Imam Moulan Ilyas Dalal gave a talk about the Muslim faith. Ilyas is a chaplain at Dewsbury Hospital. The talk was attended by Bishop Tony Robinson and members of the church and community. He answered questions about the Muslim faith.

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Building and monument conservation and renewal


we are delighted that we are now able to commence the final stage of the repairs and renewals to the church in 2013. A generous grant from English Hertage/ Heritage Lottery Fund and many other grant giving bodies will enable us to finish the high Level Urgent Roof repairs; complete the conservation of all the internal monuments and in particular the major monument to Sir George and Lady Anne Savile 1614 which straddles the arch between the Savile Chapel and the chancel. We will also be redisplaying the former Savile Chapel East Window in an interpretative display about the making of the new window,-OLD and New together.

Unfortunately this will mean scaffolding and buiding and conservation work will intrude until the end of July and the new East Window in the Chapel will be temporarily out of sight.


Thornhill Cafes given ***** rating by Kirklees Environment Service. 6.2.13. This award to the cafes operating in church is a major boost to the staff working there each week in a voluntary capacity and raising money for Charity. It is for cleanliness and knowledge of health and food preparation issues.
The food, service and ambience are also of a high quality and proced very reasonably. Come and Try it. Each Wednesday 11.15- 1.00.


Memories of Thornhill Booket by Brenda Pearson is now available
see publication section of site.


Candlemass celebrated by our young people at the Saturday Club 2.2.13

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Epiphany Children's Activity 5th January 2013

Epiphany 2013

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Our Advent and Christmas Display this year was on the theme of the Favourite Chritmas Carol. 17 organisations from the church and the loacl community took part with a wide range of carols being chosen. From the one by Thornhill Methodists - Cradled in a manger meanly to the choice of three groups- We three Kings. A firendly competition was held and visitors voted for their favourite display - in the close run competition there were two clear winners. From the Young People it was the display by Thornhill JIN School

Thornhill Jin Carol

and from the Adults the stunning Probus paintintg by Joh Hartley of the carol God Rest you merry, Gentlemen.

Probus carol 2012


A successful day at the Bazaar - thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the day and beforehand, Click link below to see some pictures

Congratulations to Jeff Heaton our Benefice Reader who has just been awarded a degree from the University of York St John. He was awarded a Foundation Degree, with merit, in Theology and Ministry and this is the result of 4 years of study every month at the School of Ministry in Mirfield. The degree was presented to him in York Minister by Archbishop John Sentamu and, in the same ceremony, an Honorary Degree was presented to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.







Rededication our restoration project is now complete- at least for a month or two. The Bishop of Wakefield re-dedicated the church and the Savile Chapel at a service on Sunday 4th November



The new costume resource for school visits and use by children - provided under the HLF Let there be light project are now in use.

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Our New Window- is now complete and installed it replaces the 15th C decayed window in the East of the Savile Chapel. .



the Apostles at the top


the complete window

night view



Lord and Lady Savile visit Thornhill . On the 3rd August 2012 Lord and Lady Savile visited the Rectory Park where Lady Savile planted a tree to commemorate the restoration of parts of the park spearheaded by the Friends of Rectory Park. They the visited the savile Chapel and had afternoon tea with guests. Lord Savile was particularly impressed with the work done so far to conserve the ancient artefacts in the chapel.

Lady Savile ' Rev Sue Clarke, Brian Pearson, Lord Savile





The Summer Fair was blessed by good weather and lots of fun









Thank you to all who supported it. With a matching grants from Barclays ( supporting work by Alex Arnott in the catering operation ) we should have made £3000





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

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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 running. Click 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

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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

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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 are cycling 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

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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.

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see photos of work in progress here