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: Site Usage & Privacy Policy

St. Mary's Church Thirsk will take all reasonable precautions to protect your privacy in using this site. This Privacy Policy explains how we handle information we receive form users of this web site and your options regarding the ways in which your personal data is used. If you have any requests concerning your personal information held by St. Mary's Church Thirsk. please contact us at media@stmaryschurchthirsk.org.uk

Information Collected

St. Mary's Church Thirsk collects the details provided by you in the ways described below:

  1. When you complete the 'Request Newsletter' dialogue form, your name and email address are stored on a database purely for the purpose of sending you up to date information about events at St. Mary's Church Thirsk. You can request the removal of this information from the database at any time.
  2. We also collect any further contact information you give on the 'Request Newsletter' form (e.g. name, address, telephone number). This information may be used in contacting you by post. Any such correspondence will contain an option to withdraw from receipt of further promotional information.

Disclosures of Personal Information

Information you supply will be used solely for sending you information about events at St. Mary's Church Thirsk. Your details will not be passed on to any other organisation and will not knowingly be divulged under any circumstances unless we are obliged to do so by appropriate legal authority.

Other Web Sites

Our web site contains links to other web sites which are outside our control and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. If you access other sites using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy, which may differ from ours.


At the present time, this site does not make use of 'Cookies' to track or personalise your experience in accessing the site.

Site Usage

You may use this site freely on the understanding that you do not infringe the copyright of St. Mary's Church Thirsk. or others, including photographers, artists and web designers. Any attempt to misuse the site, particularly with the intent to defraud, may result in prosecution.

Registration is not necessary to make use of the site. The web site and the information it contains are provided in good faith, but St. Mary's Church Thirsk will not accept responsibility for any consequential loss in their use. You should bear in mind that the settings on your computer can impact the way a web page is displayed, and in some cases prevent the proper function of some web site features.

St. Mary's Church Thirsk. is registered in England and this website is intended for use within the United Kingdom. Use of the website is governed by relevant English Laws. St. Mary's Church Thirsk. accepts no responsibility whatever for attempts to use the website from locations outside the United Kingdom and consequences of any such usage are entirely at the risk of the user.

St. Mary's Church Thirsk. will observe your statutory rights under English Law in the conduct of transactions made directly from this website.

Your Access Rights

You have a right to access the personal data that is held about you. To obtain a copy of the personal information that St. Mary's Church Thirsk. holds about you, please write, (enclosing your postal address and a cheque for £5 payable to St. Mary's Church Thirsk) to :

Privacy Request, St. Mary's Church Thirsk, Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Site Usage by those unable to use a mouse

This site makes use of ACCESS KEYS to enable users to navigate between pages using the keyboard (or alternative input equipment) instead of a mouse. Unfortunately the main browsers make use of this facility in different ways.

  1. For Microsoft Internet Explorer, hold down ALT and tap the ACCESS KEY (identified from the list below) to highlight the link (normally with red text). Then press ENTER to activate the link.
  2. For Mozilla Firefox, hold down SHIFT and ALT together and tap the ACCESS KEY to activate the link directly.

The ACCESS KEYS are allocated to the links on the menu bar at the top of the web page as follows:

A: Home - B: Services - C: Calendar - D: Events - E: News - F: Ark Clubs - G: And Finally - H: History - I: Organ Fund - J: Contact Us - K: Location - L: Links - M: Site Usage

As an alternative to Access Keys, it is possible to navigate by making use of the TAB key. By repeatedly pressing the TAB key, it is possible to move successively through the links on the Menu Bar. The active link at any time is highlighted in RED. Pressing ENTER will activate the link currently highlighted.

Those regularly using such facilities as these should adapt these instructions to fit their normal mode of operation.