Welcome to St Swithin's Church

This attractive, and historically significant Grade 2 Listed Victorian church with its unusual twin bell tower was built in 1871 and is situated in the delightful village of Thorley, West Wight, around two miles from the popular yachting town of Yarmouth. Services are held every Sunday and the church is a popular venue for Weddings and Christenings. Whether you're looking for a regular place of worship, or are just curious about this fascinating church please stop by for a warm reception!                                           

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Revd Kenneth Raymond Cheeseman

16th May 1929 4th January 2015


Father Ken was a man of great Christian faith, a faith which shaped his life and shone like a beacon to those he met. A placid, gentle, kind, non judgemental man, his Christian conviction motivated and inspired him throughout his life.

Born in Battersea in 1929, Ken had two much older brothers, while his sister Audrey was born just 13 months later. The two were treated as twins, forming a very close lifelong bond and complementing one another perfectly.  Ken attended schools in South London, leaving in 1945 to work for the National Provincial Bank in Wimbledon.

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