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The Parish of Thundersley

Revd Sue Croucher is our newly Ordained Curate at both churches

Revd Sue Croucher is our newly Ordained Curate at both churches

Welcome to our website

We have 2 churches within the parish of Thundersley
Our churches are very different, St Peter’s is a church steeped in over 1000 years of history, with a newer extension built 50 years ago, and St Michael’s is a modern wooden building in a field surrounded by woods, completed just 4 years ago, but you will find the same warm welcome at either church.

During this time of interregnum, we are pleased to welcome local priests to take services. It provides us with a rich selection of experienced people who provide us with a variety of styles.

Our aim is to be a blessing to the community, available in times of happiness and sorrow; to help people to explore their faith by sharing our faith with all. We are not a community that goes inside and closes the door on the world.  Our activities are community based and we welcome anyone to come and join in.

As well as baptism, we offer a Thanksgiving service for the birth of a child, for parents who are not sure about making the promises required by baptism. It’s an opportunity to thank God for new life.

Both our churches are photogenic, which proves popular with wedding couples, and as we have church hall on site as well, wedding receptions are easy to arrange.

We offer to take funerals in the churches, or if you prefer, our clergy can arrange, through local Funeral Directors, to takes services at the crematoria.

The Parish of Thundersley Is an area that is known for the number of bungalows it has for per capita which makes it a beautiful area to reside in.

We have within The Parish 3 primary schools 1 Senior Comprehensive School, 1 Special Needs School. We also have 2 care homes, 2 public houses various takeaway food establishments. There are a few shops in Thundersley that can cater for most needs and a small but extremely useful shop in Daws Heath

There are an abundance of large stores within approximately 1 mile of the Parish in a business park area. There is also the Small to Medium Town of Hadleigh (Essex) not to be confused with the one in Suffolk

The crime rate for the area is very low which make it an extremely pleasant area to live.

If you would like any information on what we as a parish can offer you please do contact the Parish Office at Click here or use the contact page on this site to contact any group should you want more information from them



St Peter’s Church is the Parish Church of Thundersley, located in Church Road on top of a hill which gives far reaching views. It sits within a large, peaceful cemetery and is surrounded by many trees. Our large Church field adjoins Coombe Wood, which has Village Green Status.

The Church is Grade 11* Listed, dating back to the mid 1200’s with earlier origins, being at least the second Church built on this site. It has a large airy and striking, Civic Award winning, 1966 extension and can accommodate around 200 people.

The Parish Office and John Pond Room (which is used for various meetings including Junior Church) is opposite the Church and is usually open weekday mornings. It was extensively refurbished in 2015.

Our Sunday Services are at 8 am (mostly Holy Communion taken in the Ancient part of the Church) and 11 am Sung Eucharist, which is held in the main worship area.

Thursday Communion Services are currently awaiting resumption once our major rewiring works are completed.

Our hall and car park complex consists of a large hall, unusually for these days, with a full size stage being perfect for productions and performances. Also, a smaller hall, as well as a large fully equipped kitchen, lobby area with kitchenette and spacious store. The halls are used by many local organisations and serve the community very well.

We offer a warm welcome to all who come to this place.


St. Michael’s and All Angels’ Church is in St. Michael’s Road, Daws Heath and is surrounded by Green Belt land and central to the village of Daws Heath. The church owns its field and this forms part of the Essex Wildlife Trust’s “Belfairs & Daws Heath Living Landscape” area with many inter-linked woodland walks. It’s in a beautifully quiet and restful place.

In late 2012 we had to build a replacement church as the first-ever 1921 church was falling down. The new church is made of Finnish pine, to our own design and it sits wonderfully in the corner of its field surrounded by towering oak trees. The new church was built with the love and support of the local residents. We have a Sunday Holy Communion service at 9:30am and every  Wednesday morning at 9:30am we have Morning Prayer. The new building has an integral Community Room which we use for Coffee Mornings and is used by local groups. We also have a separate on-site Church Hall which is used almost full-time by local groups. 

St Peters Church Thundersley Parish

St. Peters Church

St Michaels & All Angels

On the left is our beautiful old Church St. Peter’s. Thundersley. On the right is our wonderful new Church St. Michael’s. Daws Heath.

The Menu  on this site will give you access to other pages that are available to you. That is the White text on the blue bar above i.e. Both Churches. When you move your mouse button over the white text the Royal Blue will change to a Sky Blue if you right click your mouse a drop down menu will appear to show you the other pages.

If you have any comments you would like to make about the site please feel free to Email Brian