Whitley Methodist Church


The church was originally built in 1867, extensively remodeled in 1985.    2008 we saw the removal of the old pine pews with chairs and new carpeting installed. 

2013 the Church has seen massive changes with an extension built to encompass a vestry, porch, and disabled toilet; removal of the existing toilet with an extended modern kitchen in its place.   The worship area has been completely redecorated with new lighting and doorway access to the new vestry and kitchen areas.  (See photo gallery).

The congregation works closely together as a fellowship and are committed to maintaining a Christian witness within the village of Whitley.

We extend a warm welcome to all visitors who care to join us at our 10.30 am Sunday Services, followed by coffee/tea and biscuits..

Click download for an  extract from an account of Methodist history in the Melksham area, written July 1857


The church is located at:

Top lane
Whitley, Melksham
SN12 8QU


From Melksham take the Bath road for approximately 2 miles.  At traffic lights take right fork signposted Corsham.  Proceed past two left turnings, take the third left into Top Lane.  Continue for approximately 300 yards and Church is on the left, set back a little from the road.

From Corsham take the Melksham Road, continue straight for approximately 2 miles until sign for Whitley.  Take the first right into Top Lane,  Continue for approximately 300 yards the Church is on the left, set back a little from the road.

Times of services

Our Church meets at 10:30am every Sunday.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide Christian witness to the people of Whitley and adjacent villages, through relevant and accessible worship in a safe environment:- 

  •          To develop our own faith through shared prayer and Bible study.
  •          To reach out in love to those in the community who are in need of practical care and support.
  •          To draw people into the fellowship of the Church through outreach and social events.’

Our services

We are pleased to announce that Services at our church will resume from Sunday 25th October 2020.  The Church has been prepared to comply with  Government Guidelines for Places of Worship, including Track and Trace, and compulsory wearing of face coverings.

Eco Church Bronze Award

Here is a letter about us being awarded the Eco Church Bronze  award:

Church activities

During the COVID 19 pandemic we have suspended our:-

  • Games Afternoons,
  • Book Swop,
  • Craft and Chat afternoons,
  • and Cafe in the Church.

We hope to continue these activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

Games Afternoon

2nd Tuesday each month    2.30pm – 4.30pm

If you can throw a dice or use a pack of cards this is for you!

£2.00 to include tea/coffee cake or biscuits.

All proceeds towards local charities and church funds. 

Do come along and see what all the fun is about! 

Book Swap and coffee morning

Every first Saturday in the month between 10.00am and 12 noon.  

Bring along a book you have read and swap it for one you haven’t!  

Enjoy a coffee and biscuit/cake whilst you browse.

How does BOOK SWAP work?      Just bring a book that you don’t need any longer and exchange it for one that takes your fancy.  People are very generous and have donated our large collection which now suits most tastes.

Does it only have to be one book?   No.  Bring as many as you like and swap them for a similar number.  People have been so generous and brought bagfuls of books and taken only a few away, there is a steady flow of different reading material.  If we know your preference for a subject/author we can sometimes guide you to your choice.

How long should I keep the book?   As long as you like there are no late fees!

How much does it cost to use the Book Swop?   Nothing.  This is a service to the village.  However if you wish to sit and skim through  your latest book, you may like to enjoy tea or  coffee with a piece of cake (£1.00 inclusive),  and possibly a chat with a fellow villager.   We also sell whole cakes!

What kind of books are there?   Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, children’s, magazines, DVDs, and videos.


Last Thursday of each month 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Please bring along your sewing/knitting etc. and chat whilst you work.  If you don’t have a craft then just come along and join the people who come for a chat and a cup of tea/coffee and biscuit.   

A warm welcome awaits you.

A Message from  Maureen !    :-

I have just spent a most enjoyable 2 hours at our monthly “Craft & Chat” at church.   There were seven of us in total, sitting in a cozy circle at the front of the church.   Three of us did some knitting, one some useful handiwork, while the remaining three just “chilled out” and chatted.   No, that’s not quite true – we all chilled –  and chatted, drank tea – and chatted, ate cake – and chatted, for the entire two hours!

There is something very therapeutic about being in a comfortable environment, exchanging views, teasing one another, having a laugh together.   We did all of these things, covering very disparate subjects, some froth, some substance.   We call it “Craft & Chat” but no-one actually has to do anything.  Just come and enjoy the companionship once a month for a couple of hours, with friends.   You will be very welcome.

It was a treat this month having cake – usually its biscuits! Maureen.

Cafe in the Church

Every Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

Coffee – Tea      70p.

Cake   80p

Toasted Tea Cake 80p.

Do come along and join us, why not arrange to meet a friend for a chat over a cup of coffee and toasted tea cake?

The Minister

This is the minister, Revd Dr Peggy Kabonde

She can be contacted on [email protected]  or on 01225 707740

She has pastoral responsibility for Melksham United/Whitely and Bradford-on-Avon



Other key people

Minister with Pastoral CareRevd Dr Peggy Kabonde
Church SecretaryMrs Gill Fletcher
Church TreasurerMrs Brenda Tate