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.

Advent Praise - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - 8th December 2019

advent wreathThere will be a special service of words, music, drama, poetry and reflection to celebrate Advent on

Sunday 8th December 2019 at 6.30 pm


St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

 There are items to appeal to all age groups, so please do come and share some of the joy and fun of this special season.

East Knoyle Fete - 7th September 2019

Fete Bunting

This year's East Knoyle Fete took place on Knoyle House Ground on Saturday 7th September 2019 which was a week later than last year and maybe was a contributory factor to being less well attended. The gate was down by fifty percent but surprisingly the result was only less a quarter of the figure achieved last year. The day was fine but not gloriously hot like last year but with the later date meant that a traditional Fete clientele may well have been stealing a late summer break in the early school term. The venue is a slight dilemma in that dogs are not allowed and the British love to have their pooch with them; plans are afoot as to how we may combat this another year.

Having said all this the main thing that we, the organisers, had wanted to achieve was a meeting of Church and village and in the comments received to date this was thought to have been abundantly demonstrated. The quality of the stalls was superb and was an example of the effort and endeavour the stallholders had made. It would be wrong to pick out any particular one as all were beautifully dressed and ordered. The children's games and sports were thoroughly enjoyed and the highlight for most was the tightly Fought Tug of War won eventually by Milton. A delicious BBQ was served next to flowing pints being served of Murray's ale so what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

(Editor's note: It was great! A very BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved)

Baby & Toddler Group - East Knoyle

St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
Baby & Toddler Group

The new Baby & Toddler Group will be launch on

Thursday 2nd May 2019

from 10.00 am to 11.30 am


St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

It will then be held on every first Thursday of the month

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.