St Mary’s Church Information

St Mary’s Thixendale is one of six parishes which make up the Waggoners’ Benefice, the others being Fridaythorpe, Fimber, Sledmere, Cowlam and Wetwang. The Priest in Charge is the Reverend Jacki Tonkin.

Thixendale church is well worth visiting. It is a Grade 2 listed building, built by the architect George Edmund Street under the patronage of Sir Tatton Sykes of Sledmere in 1868-70.

Grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund have enabled the PCC to install a sound and light tour to guide visitors around the church and there are also illustrated information boards and a touchscreen interactive which visitors can use to hear the newly restored historic organ and read about its history. The church is open all the time.

For historical information about the church, look here

Pauline Foster’s book ‘Forty Years in Thixendale 1871 – 1911’ is based on the diary of the first vicar of Thixendale, The Rev. William Fox. Extracts from his diary are illuminated by further commentary about local and national events of that time, giving an interesting perspective on life in this remote village. The book costs £6.95 plus £2 postage and packing and can be obtained from the author 01377 288294.

Church Services

A service of Holy Communion is held on the first and third Sunday of each month at 9.30 am.

Services are also held on Festival Days – Christmas, Easter, and at Harvest time.

The Benefice Prayer Group meets on alternate Monday evenings. For information and further details of these groups, contact Sarah Frettingham 01377 288286.

Safeguarding Procedures

Please refer to Diocese of York information


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