St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

East Knoyle Church

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, a Grade 1 listed building, has been at the heart of parish life for over a thousand years. The oldest part of the structure is the chancel, on the outside north wall of which there is pre-Norman 'blind arcading'. The nave dates from the 13th century and the tower from about 1450. The six bells are rung as regularly as possible. The plasterwork in the chancel is unique. It was designed by Dr Wren, a 17th century rector, whose famous son Christopher was born in the village.

Sunday Services

The normal monthly pattern of Sunday services in the Church is as follows:

  • First Sunday of the month: Pilgrim Service at 9.45 am. Evensong at 6.00 pm
  • Second Sunday of the month: BCP Matins at 11.00 am
  • Third Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: BCP Communion at 8.30 am

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the Church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

How to Find the Church

For information on how the find the Church, click here.


East Knoyle Summer Barbecue - 2nd September 2017

 BBQ Logo

Due to family reasons, Roger Hague has decided that with regret he is no longer able to organise the East Knoyle Fete which was planned for the Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Knoyle Place.

The Church Wardens have attempted to recruit another organiser but with no success and they have therefore decided on a change of emphasis and instead organise a village

Summer BBQ

This will take place at Moors Farm by kind permission of John & June Reading on the same date starting at 12 noon and ending at 4.30 pm.

It is hoped that there will be a comprehensive BBQ, bar (beer, wine & soft drinks), children’s sporting activities and face painting, dog show, most of the normal fete type stalls, the East Knoyle Village Choir, and various other fun activities. Tisbus have - as with the Barn Dance last year - agreed to provide a bus for those without transport. We are in the very early planning stage but we believe that it will be necessary to make a charge for tickets which will be on sale at Wren’s Shop; the cost of tickets will be kept as low as possible and, depending on the cost, may include entry, free BBQ, and one free drink. Ticket prices will be announced in the East Knoyle Newsletter next month.

This will be happy day out with plenty to do and a rural feel. It is sincerely hoped that the majority of the East Knoyle population will wish to attend this fun event.

Friends firom our neighbouring parishes will be most welcome.


t@3 Each Month - East Knoyle

cup of tea sSt Mary's Church, East Knoyle, holds "t@3" on the second Thursday in each month from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm at East Knoyle Village Hall.  Everyone is wecome to come along and join us. A taxi service is available, kindly funded by the Parish Council; please phone Sandra (details below) a day before the date of the session if you require this service.

For more information, telephone Sandra on 01747 830471 or Jennie on 01747 830460.

 The dates when t@3 takes place are shown on the Benefice Calendar - click here to see the Calendar.


Coffee in Church Cafe, East Knoyle - Last Tuesday in Month

CoffeeCome to

The Coffee in the Church Cafe, East Knoyle

on the last Tuesday of each month

from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon

The Cafe is situated in front of the Kitchen in the south aisle of St Mary's church.

Pop in for coffee (or tea !) and biscuits

Everyone is welcome !!

Why not come and join us - meet up with old friends and perhaps make new ones.

Dates when the the Coffee in the Church Cafe sessions are being held are shown on the Benefice Calendar here.

Church Cafe


St Mary's Church Darts, Pool & Games Evening - Each Month at East Knoyle

*** The Games Evening is having a break during the Summer of 2017 and may be re-started towards the end of the year *** 

Dartboard       chess   dominoes   pool table

A Games Evening

is held each month

in the Medieval Hall in the Village Hall, East Knoyle.

The next evening is on

Tuesday 27th June 2017 at 7.45 pm

All welcome

There are two dartboards, a pool table, chess, dominoes. etc so there is plenty to do!
We have spare sets of darts and cues for anyone who does not have their own.

Just bring along your own refreshments

It is good to meet up with friends and new faces from around the locality for a bit of fun and chatter.

There is no admission fee, but a box for donations is available if you wish to contribute..

For more details, contact Alan, telephone 01747 830471.


Fund Raising

Like many country parishes, St Mary's Church has a considerable struggle to cover its annual running costs. Methods of raising this amount of money are many and varied, most of which are dependent on the hard work and good will of numerous parishioners. Various fundraising events are organised each year to bolster the regular collections in church.

A major source of income is the Gift Aid Scheme; over 100 currently contribute in this way. There is scope of course for many more and should anyone feel they can afford more, or wish to become a contributor please contact a member of the PCC. Their details can be found by clicking here.