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


Churches Together West Wight

St Swithin's supports a youth worker, Emily Fallick, who is involved with the Churches Together West Wight Youth Project. Emily is doing a good job in contacting the younger population and bringing them together in a Christian background.

A News Letter has been produced by Emily for February 2014, outlining current activities and achievements for the CTWW Youth Project. Do take a few minutes to read this informative broadsheet which illustrates with words and photos the excellent work that's being performed by Emily and her Youth Project colleagues.

Click here to read the February 2014 Newsletter.

New Events in Thorley

If you have an event in Thorley that you would like me to mention in future months, please let me know by 12th of the preceding month sue@grannysue.co.uk and I shall be delighted to try to help.

Please peruse our latest Events list.

Susan Langford

Mrs Tattlemouse Reports

Ornithologists and anyone who is a devotee of our feathered friends will delight at Mrs T's observations of birdlife in and around Thorley and its wooded locales. Click here to read on.

A Christmas Celebration

On December 17th, an informal gathering is being organised at St Swithin's. This will include input from folk groups who will present poetry readings and story telling. And there will singing with a Christmas theme and no doubt some liquid refreshment.

The church will be decorated for Christmas in time for this event, and on Thursday 19th December at 6 pm we will hold our annual Christmas Carol Service with minced pies and mulled wine to follow - all welcome.

New Facilities

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

These new facilities will make a profound improvement to the functional usability of St Swithin's and open up many opportunities for popularising the church and building up congregation numbers.