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.

                          Whitley Parish Church1

                 Join us for Parish Eucharist on   Sundays at 11.15am

We meet for Pebble Prayers every Thursday at 10am 

and Whitley Church is open every Thursday and Saturday 

10am-4pm*

 Please come in and see this peaceful and beautiful building

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Vicar  -  Revd Debbie Nash
Debbie at induction
Please contact her at 01924 450746
or by email 
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Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

We take this issue really seriously and our policies, approved  by the Church of England and our Diocese, are designed to underpin this.

Our church safeguarding officers are Helen Armitage. 01924461831 for Thornhill and Heather Fielden 01924 491104 for Whitley

Please find Church of England policy for safeguarding here and more information from the Diocese of Leeds safeguarding can be found here 

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If there are immediate serious concerns about the safety of a child or 
Adult you should contact the Kirklees Safeguarding Team

KIRKLEES : Child day 01484 456848 OUt of hours  01484 414933
  Adult Day  01484 221000  Out of hours 01484 414933
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 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

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Harvest at Whitley September 23rd 2018

Whitley enjoyed their Harvest service   These photos show some of the lovely floral displays decorating the beautiful church for this special day

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One of the highlights of the calendar at Whitley is our Christingle service held on Christmas Eve at 4.00 p.m. 

We are often very lucky to welcome Jeremiah the donkey along  with Mary, Joseph and the angel Gabriel 

(with the help of our enthusiastic volunteers) into church this year

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Find out more about Whitley Church here

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For full details of services and events in the Benefice please check the News Calendar and Services page

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 Churchwardens at Whitley

                         Marjorie Wheelhouse 01924 499833 and

                                Heather Fielden 01924491104 

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 - the Woolpack is thriving and serves excellent food and drink.. 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.