Thornhill Parish Church
Serving the local community
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.
**As you are aware, due to Corona virus restrictions, we are not permitted to open the church at the moment.
The information below gives you details of weekly activities in the church that will recommence as soon as Archbishop and Government advice allows**
Covid 19 Church re-opening for Priavte Prayer
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
Please come in and see this peaceful and beautiful building
Rector - Revd Debbie NashPlease contact her at 01924 450746or by email click here
Find out more about Whitley Church here
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Coming Soon to Whitley
The Christmas Tree will be lit on Whitley Village Green on Monday 25th November at 5.45. Come along for carols and mince pies
On Friday 13th December come along to a pantomime at Whitley Community Centre. All details can be found here or phone Marjorie Wheelhouse for details
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More 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
For full details of services and events in the Benefice please check the News Calendar and Services page
view of interior showing new toilets and entry lobby at top right
view of interior showing restored East end**
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
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
Whitley Parish Church Saturday 7th September 10-12 Join us for our fabulous MacMillan coffee morning. We'll be serving lashings of tea, buckets of coffee, crispy crumpets, marvellous muffins and heavenly home-made cakes, all with the Whitley Welcome!
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
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
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.