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The United Benefice of Great Ouseburn,
Little Ouseburn, Marton Cum Grafton and Whixley with Green Hammerton

Welcome to St Thomas' Chapel of Ease, Green Hammerton

St Thomas's Chapel of Ease lies on the York Road, on the right hand side going towards the A59, with the Church of England Primary School standing to the rear. It falls within the Church Parish of Whixley with Green Hammerton, the Parish Church of the Ascension being situated in Whixley.

St Thomas's Church was given Grade II listing in 2008.

History

The Chapel was built in 1873-75 on land donated by the Lord of the Manor, Henry Farrer, and completed in 1876, at the instigation of the Rev. William Valentine, incumbent of the Parish at the time. It is officially designated as a 'Chapel of Ease' as the Rev Valentine's purpose in building it was to relieve the local parishioners of the need to walk to the Parish Church in Whixley. The building was designed by the renowned Victorian architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott, who had connections with the area, probably through the Farrer family. (He was also responsible for the design of many other famous landmarks, including the Albert Memorial and St Pancras station in London)

The organ chantry was added in 1899, paid for by public subscription, and there are a number of high quality stained glass windows to be seen, designed and manufactured by nationally known firms such as Clayton and Bell (both of whom had initially been trained by Gilbert Scott) and James Powell. The church is also mentioned in Nickolaus Pevsner's famous book, 'The Buildings of England'.

Services

In the Parish of Whixley and Green Hammerton, St Thomas's Church exists within a wider benefice of church parishes, which includes Great and Little Ouseburn, and Marton cum Grafton. At the present time, services - to which all will be made welcome - are conducted on the following basis:-

1st Sunday - Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) - 9.00am / Sunday School 10.30 - 11.15 am

2nd Sunday - Parish Praise (family service, no communion) - 10.30am

3rd Sunday - Holy Communion (Common Worship)

4th Sunday - Combined service of Holy Communion at Whixley. 9.00am

In addition, 5th Sunday Services, when they arise, are held on a rota basis at the five churches in the Benefice.

St Thomas's is available for services of Baptism, Weddings and Funerals. It is also open to visitors for viewing or private meditation during daylight hours.