A large, Perpendicular Gothic church,
serving the Parish of Thirsk in the Diocese of York

The Benefice of Thirsk
Rector: Revd. Canon Richard Rowling
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St Mary's Church Thirsk: Events


Admission to all exhibitions is free but donations to church funds are welcome. Thanks to Volunteer 'Welcomers' Church is open daily 10.00am to 4.00pm and after Morning Service on Sunday until 4.00pm from April until the end of October. The Crypt is open in the Welcome Season every Monday from 10.00am for refreshments and soup lunches. On Bank Holiday Mondays there is a wonderful selection of large cakes, cup cakes, quiches, scones and sandwiches.

Exhibitions Information :

MARGARET Hunton our Tourism Officer, who has been putting on Exhibitions in Saint Mary's church for many years, has organised three for this year . If you wish to put on an exhibition or would like more information please contact her.

The floral cross was created last year by Doreen Corner one of the dedicated flower arrangers with whom Saint Mary's church is blessed.
We are grateful for donations to the Flower Fund and our flower arrangers are very happy to create floral tributes.

The first exhibition was the EASTER FLOWERS & CHILDREN'S EASTER GARDEN The children created their Easter garden on Good Friday afternoon. You can see a whole load of photos of them at work on their Ark Clubs page.
The Flower arrangers spent several hours on Easter Saturday producing their beautiful floral displays.

An Exhibition of Thirsk Artists' Work This exhibition of artwork by Wendy Gibson Brown and her Students is open from now until Saturday 30th May. It promises to be bigger than ever as works are sold and replaced with later pieces.

From Saturday 22nd August to Saturday 5th September The "Wood You Believe It" Exhibition. This will be a 'Church Explorer' event - part of the Yorkshire Medieval Festival 2015.

As yet no event/s have been arranged to replace the Annual Community Christmas Exhibition.

St. Mary's as an Exhibition, Concert and Recital Venue :

St. Mary's is an excellent Exhibition Venue because of its location, beauty, size, acoustics and wonderful new lighting. Some Organisations have used it for years for Special Services, Concerts and Recitals. We believe the recently installed augmentary lighting has added greatly to the quality of the venue and we hope this will attract more 'bookings'.

Margaret Hunton, our Tourism Officer, has been organising at least three exhibitions every year for the past many years. If you are interested in putting on an exhibition in St. Mary's Church please contact her on 01845 524904.
To arrange Recitals, Concerts or Special Services you may contact the Media Officer on 01845 523247 but email communications are preferred: media@stmaryschurchthirsk.org.uk

Items Always Welcomed for E Bay and‘Bring & Buy’ Stalls :

The‘Bring and Buy’ stall at the 2014 Christmas exhibition raised about £97. £50 went to Thirsk Clock to help young people alone at Christmas.
When you're cleaning, decluttering or looking for homes for unwanted items St. Mary's will be delighted to take them off your hands. Many items go for sale on E Bay others are stored until such time as they are required for a church sale. Contributions may be left in church or contact the Media Officer if you need items collected.


VIOLA & CELLO CONCERT - with Afternoon Tea! Tuesday 11th March at 2.30pm. Moira Challoner on Viola, Cellist Lesley Law and Pianist Helen Proudley gave a most enjoyable afternoon performance on Tuesday 11th March. The Audience, which had probably caught glimpses of the beautifully laid out Afternoon tea with fine china, mouth watering sandwiches, fancy cakes and pastries, was very appreciative when it was time for tea.
Donations to Church Funds totalled £500.

We welcomed 42 supporters Choir members but despite free admission only 25 other people came to the concert. Although the numbers were disappointing the choir enjoyed their outing and performed an interesting, varied programme. Their solo violinist was excellent and much applauded. Donations totalled £135 which were shared with the choir.