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 >>>

Licensing Ceremony at St Swithin's for in-coming Reverends.

Revd David Bevington and Revd Clive Leach were formally licensed to conduct services at St Swithin's during an afternoon Evensong service held at the church. Since the retirement of Revd Andy Yorke last year, Revd Bevington and Revd Leach have conducted services at St Swithin's in a caretaker role. Read on for full story and photos

Averil Fermer receives award for 25 years dedicated work at St Swithin's

Reproduced by kind courtesy of the IOW County Press

Averil Fermer is pictured receiving her award from Diane Andrews and High Sheriff Nick Hayward. Averil has lovingly tended St Swithin's churchyard for 25 years and encouraged some unusual flowering species.   Click here for the full story and photos


This yearís sponsored Ride and Stride in aid of Hampshire & the Isle of Wightís historic churches is on Saturday 13th September, 10am to 6pm. Please take part whether on foot, by bike, horseback or even car and help raise funds towards the upkeep of the regionís 900 historic and beautiful church buildings.

Participants will visit as many churches as they can on the day, by what ever means of transport they select, and in the process raise sponsorship money from family, friends and workmates etc.

St Swithin's is one of the participating churches and we'll be making visitors most welcome. Feel free to contact the Swithin's Team if you want to know more about the event.

Please get involved! It's a great event and tremendous fun. And you'll get to see a great number of historic churches and meet the people who work so hard to manage and maintain them.

Click here for Ride and Stride 2014 details.  


Mrs Tattlemouse Reports

A delightful vignette of local birdlife is presented by Mrs T, herself an avid devotee of her many times removed feathered cousins.  She brings to our attention some fascinating observations that might well go flying over the heads of the uninitiated layperson - literally! 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.