St Thomas' Church and Community
In the Parish of Leesfield the Parish church is St Thomas Leesfield. There are 2 daughter churches St Agnes & St Hugh's.
In 1844 a small group started to meet at Leesfield House for the purpose of responding to the spiritual needs of the expanding population. At the first meeting on March 4th 1844 it was decided to build a church at Leesfield and Mr George Taylor gave the site in lieu of his subscription of £100. This church was St Thomas Leesfield and the site was known as ‘Bonfire Half Acre’.
The foundation stone was laid on October 9th 1844 by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Chester in the presence of the Bishop of Chester along with supporters of the project.
On the feast of St Michael and All Angels September 29th 1846 the Parish of Leesfield was constituted with Canon Robert Whittaker as incumbent, but with services continuing at Leesfield House along with a new Sunday School until the church was ready.
In 1847 the new Diocese of Manchester was formed from Chester and in 1848 Manchester’s first bishop consecrated the church of St Thomas the Apostle, Leesfield on June 21st, along with the surrounding burial ground.
Baptisms, marriages and all services followed the Book of Common Prayer. The organ was installed in the west gallery in 1860 followed by the clock and installation in the tower of a full peal of 8 bells. The tower bells were first rung and the clock started on Whit Friday May 25th 1866.
There was also urgent need for a parish day school and a larger space for Sunday School which was agreed and the foundation stone was laid on Whit Friday June 2nd 1880.
St Thomas' Church
The church of St. Thomas, Leesfield was most recently renovated between 1995 and 2004. The work totalled around £1 million which means that the Mother Church at St. Thomas is in generally good condition. It has its own splendid 3 Manual Organ and numerous stained glass windows. Four of these windows are by the Belgian stained glass artist, Jean Baptiste Capronnier which give a focal point to the west end of the church. It has a seating capacity of 600. The design of the church by architect Mr Shellard was perpendicular Gothic, with a hammer beam roof and stained open wood tracery and involved the use of many ancient looking figure heads both inside and outside the building.
St Thomas' Church website and blog spot
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We are a school committed to community cohesion. We have links with a school in Uganda and regularly endeavour to raise funds for those outside school, for example S.E.E.D and Operation Christmas Child.
We have established links with Westwood School within our locality, sharing theatre visits, outdoor pursuits at Castleshaw, Church Services, Forest Schools and Laticzone.
Every class is involved in their own “Business Challenge” which facilitates cohesion within the school. We are hoping to make a new link with a school in Manchester as a link with the wider reaches of the UK. St Thomas’ Leesfield CE School is an extremely busy member of the Oldham School’s linking Project! Our year 6 have shared a “Diversity Day” with Westwood School, enjoying Street Dance, Bollywood Dancing and DJ skills.
St Thomas’ Leesfield Sunday School
Please come along and join us at St. Thomas’ Leesfield Sunday School. We are a friendly bunch who welcome all children from birth to Year 6. We have an amazing and dedicated team of Sunday School helpers who are happy to get stuck in and encourage the children in their learning.
We all agree that our children should learn in a fun way and are lucky enough to have our older children come back and help out. We start in the school hall immediately after the first hymn in church. There are songs, stories, crafts, quizzes, games and activities based around the theme or bible story of that week which Sunday School lasts for about 40 minutes then we return to church to take Communion and be blessed. Then the children get a chance to show and tell the congregation what they have been doing during Sunday School, before finishing with the final hymn. A normal Church service usually finishes about 12.15am. Don’t forget to stay for a cuppa and biscuit and a chat.
We enjoy special events together such as Whit Walk, Sunday School Nativity on Christmas Eve, Easter Egg Hunt and our Parish Sponsored Walk. Children should be signed in using the book at the back of church at 10.55am to ensure an orderly start to the service at 11am. Signing in your child is very important for Health & Safety reasons, so that we know who is here in case of a fire and so that we have a record of your child’s attendance for your future reference.
Please note that the admissions criteria for the local C of E Primary and Secondary schools include parental attendance at Church in addition to children’s attendance at Sunday School.
Sunday School at Christmas
You can find out more about our Sunday School and contact them by following their Facebook page St Thomas Leesfield Sunday School www.facebook.com/StThomasLeesfieldSundaySchool.
Each year a Harvest Queen/King and her/his retinue are chosen from our Sunday School children based mainly on their attendance. The Queen/King is crowned shortly before the Harvest festival service and attends various services and social functions within the Community throughout the year. Whilst the emphasis is on family social gatherings with other local Churches, there is also an important fundraising aspect.
September 22nd 2018 saw Ella Flynn (11) crown Evie Randall (8) as St. Thomas’ Leesfield Church Harvest Queen of 2018-2019. Evie is in Year 4 of our school along with all her retinue. Evie loves to sing and dance and attends musical theatre classes at Jet Studios and will soon be performing in her first show. She loves spending time with her friends and family and her cat Toodles. Having 2 older brothers Evie started karate last year to help fight them off when they become too annoying (her words) Like most children her age she is a “you tube” fanatic and likes playing on her tablet. Her favourite authors are David Walliams and her favourite singers are Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.
Throughout the year Evie and her retinue, Summer Bamford & Annie Jakeman (Year 4), Finley Bamford, Jenna Briggs & Abigail Ashton (Year 3) attend “Crowning” and the “At Home” of other Queens within our area. The “At Home” is where a Rose, May or Harvest Queen invite Queens from other local churches to join them celebrate their year with a short service in their church followed by refreshments and stalls afterwards. Evie’s “At Home” is on Saturday 29th June and would love you to invite you to come along and help her celebrate.