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.

St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle - BBQ/Fete - 1st September 2018

Fete Bunting

St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

Saturday 1st September 2018 is the date to keep in your minds. Plans are well underway and mostly personnel have volunteered (l) or been asked for their help on the day and with the organisation. To give you an idea of some of the stalls hat will be there:

  • Bottle stall
  • Collectables (aka Bric- a- Brac)
  • Fabric, curtains, wool
  • Cake stall
  • Books, vinyl, DVDs, Cassettes
  • Plant stall
  • Local artists’ work

All these require items for sale so all offers please to Nicki (telephone 01747 830143 or 07793 935419) or the Churchwardens (click here for their details). You can also contact Nicki by email from this website - click here, and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' to send your message. Storage for larger items can be provided.

Archery and the dog show will take place in the paddock behind the football pitch and also pony rides for children below 10 years old.

Other activities will be a ‘Beat the Goalie’ competition, Tug of War, Children's sports, Raffle and of course a stunning BBQ of traditional burgers and also exotic street food. The bar will serve local bitter, cider and wine. As before Tisbus provides free transport to various parts of the village .

None of the above is set in stone and further amendments and ideas are sought; please come forward with any suggestions. Also we do need a supply of gazebos so please offer what you have and prior to the event be prepared to help us put them up.

This is truly an all encompassing village event but please pass the word to friends in the area who would enjoy the afternoon.


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

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 31st July 2018 at 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

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..

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.