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.

2019 Advent Group And Advent Praise - East Knoyle

Several of us met at Ruth Greggs for an interesting Advent study based on the theme of welcoming the stranger, and we finished our Advent preparation by all joining in at our annual Advent Praise service at St. Mary’s Church, East Knoyle. This service has a very different format with drama, music items and poetry in addition to some lovely carols and Advent prayers. Everyone worked so hard to make it a worthy offering for our Sunday evening worship, and I really cannot single anyone out. However, I cannot resist a special ‘Thank You’ to Jennie Hynd for all the work she put into the drama which always replaces the sermon at this service.

June Lane 

Under Five's Play Group - East Knoyle

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Under 5's Play Group


from 10.00 am to 11.30 am


St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

on the alternate Thursdays.

Dates when the the Under 5's Group sessions are being held are shown on the Benefice Calendar here.

All babies, toddlers and their carers will be most welcome
for play, crafts, snacks, stories and a sing-along!

For more details, please contact Richard or Kevin, telephone 01747 830174.

St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - Building Fundraising

Pound SignsAt the end of February 2018, the churchwardens of St Mary's launched an appeal for funds to meet the ever-growing cost of maintaining the building and fabric of the church, and the churchyard. In recent years around 30 households in East Knoyle have made a commitment for regular support, and a further 25 households have been giving regularly in other ways, but in 2017 there was a shortfall in income of around £8,600, or 25% of the regular annual running costs.

We are delighted to report that a good number of additional residents have agreed to contribute to maintenance costs, with the result that we are now well over half way to our target of closing this funding gap. Contributions, from £2 per month, can be made easily by direct debit, and can be ring-fenced for the buildings and fabric of this historic building. All donors to date have been thanked personally except, understandably, those who prefer their donations to be anonymous.

If you value the presence of St Mary's in East Knoyle - for major occasions or just as a beautiful historic feature of the village - please can you help us with the second half of our appeal? An information leaflet and a simple form can be obtained from Stephen Dawson, the fund-raising co-ordinator. To contact Stephen, click here, and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' to send Stephen an email.

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.

Note: due to the General Election being held on 12th December 2019, the t@3 Christmas Party will now be held on 19th December 2019 from 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm in the Medieval Roon of the Village Hall.

All welcome

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

Dartboard       chess   dominoes   pool table

A Games Evening

is held each month

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

The next evening is on

in February 2020 (date TBA) at 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
(there is no Games Evening in December)

All welcome

There are two dartboards, a pool table, chess, dominoes, scrabble and bagatelle, 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 (beer, wine or soft drink) and we supply crisps, nuts, etc.

This informal evening is a good opportunity to not only hone up old games skills but to meet other people from the area for a chat and drink.

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

Hope to see you there.

For more details, contact Alan, telephone 01747 830471.