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St Mary’s Church

Musicians wishing to play the organ can book a time via the church wardens.


The Benefice Prayer Group meets on alternate Monday evenings. For information and further details of these groups, contact :-

Sarah Frettingham 01377 288286.


Pauline Foster's book  'Forty Years in Thixendale 1871 - 1911' is based on the diary of the first vicar of Thixendale, The Reverend William Henry 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 or York Publishing Services and the shop in Thixendale.

Pauline Foster was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2011 New Year’s Honours list for her services to the community. Congratulations were sent from everyone in the Thixendale region that she has served so well.


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.