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. Beautifully detailed architecturally without, the interior is equally appealing and features the classic patterned open brickwork and ornate timbers favoured by the Victorian church designers. And still in fine voice is the original organ installed by Fosters and Andrews of Hull in 1876. The church is managed to a high standard by a team of local parishioners, with services held every Sunday, the church being an ideal 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!                                            Click image for an enlarged version >>>

Christmas Celebration

A concert in the Church - Friday 19th December at 7pm. Music, poetry, song and stories. Free admission. Collection for the Salvation Army’s Christmas meals for the homeless and lonely, and for St Swithin’s Church. Refreshments. Please come along.

Carol Service by Candlelight

Please join us on 22nd December at 6pm at St Swithin's for the traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols and enjoy some light, sociable refreshments.


















Do I give you the Good News or the Bad News first?

Well, it’s all tied up. Revd Clive Leach has been appointed Principal of Walkwood Church of England Middle School in Redditch, Worcestershire and takes up his new post in January. This is wonderful news for him and we congratulate him heartily for promotion well deserved. We wish him well in this new challenge.

But we are Very Sad Indeed to be losing his ministry here. As Revd Bevington says in this month’s Village News, “We have benefited from him in so many ways: his commitment and sheer hard work, enthusiasm, humour, at-homeness with young people; his skill in using technology and different media and in creating experimental services and attractive service cards; for sharing his faith with us, and for his gift of encouragement.” I would add to this list, “his amazing ability to deliver a fascinating and instructive sermon without hesitation or repetition, without patronising us, and (most important!) making it short!!”

His final service in the Benefice will be Morning Service at St Swithin’s on 28th December at 10.30 when the four congregations will join to thank God for Clive’s service to us all and wish him every happiness for the future.

Mrs Tattlemouse Reports

Christmas is here - and so are the school Nativity Plays. Mrs T takes a gently humoured look at this staple of the Festive Season. And looking back, she muses on her own offsprings' appearances in these entertaining productions.  Click here to read on....

New Facilities

The new facilities at St Swithin's incorporated within the beautifully re-structured Vestry were officially declared open on Sunday 10th November 2013. They comprise a well equipped kitchenette, a toilet with full disabled capability, and an office area.

Now mid-Autumn, 2014, the possibilities the new facilities afford are starting to bite, and opportunities to utilise the church for functional purposes within the local community are starting to shape up.