Penhill Benefice

Welcome to Penhill benefice: This benefice, which covers a large part of picturesque Wensleydale,  consists of  Aysgarth church (St Andrew’s), Castle Bolton church (St Oswald’s), Preston under Scar church (St Margaret’s), Redmire church (St Mary’s), Wensley church (Holy Trinity) and West Witton church (St Bartholomew’s) and  Thornton Rust Mission Room.

The benefice is now in interregnum as the Rev Lynn Purvis-Lee left full-time ministry following the advent service at Aysgarth church on December 2.

Aysgarth church -St Andrew’s is open every day from 9am to 6pm in summer (or until dusk in winter) so why not pop in and see the famous Jervaulx Screen.

The medieval church of Holy Trinity at Wensley is also open each day, 9am to 4pm.

For more about Aysgarth church see: Pentecost at Aysgarth church; a personal view;  the Heroine of Cawnpore;  Aysgarth church and a Gurkha officer; 2014 Flower Festival ; and In Appreciation of Easter.

About other places of worship in Wensleydale: St Simon and St Judes, Ulshaw Bridge; and the introduction to The Quaker Inheritance – which is part of my series on Pioneering Girls’ Education.

Car parking at St Andrew’s: RCP Parking (Church Bank) has kindly agreed to free parking on Sunday mornings for those who regularly attend St Andrew’s. Permits are available from Margaret Ferguson (650685).  The charge for evening concerts is £1.50 and permits at reduced rates are available for weddings and funerals.  A big thank you to RCP Parking!


Sunday May 19

  • Aysgarth church – Holy Communion at 11am
  • Preston under Scar church – Holy Communion at 9.30am

Sunday May 26

  • Aysgarth church – Morning Service at 11am
  • Preston under Scar church – Morning Service at 9.30am
  • Redmire church – Morning Service at 9.30am
  • Thornton Rust Mission Room – Evening Prayer at 6pm
  • West Witton church – Morning Service at 9.30am

Thursday May 30

  • Jervaulx Abbey – Ascension Day Service at 7pm with the Ven Jonathan Gough, Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven

Sunday June 2

  • Castle Bolton church – Holy Communion at 11am
  • West Witton church – Holy Communion at 9.30am

Sunday June 9

  • Preston under Scar church – Holy Communion Penhill Together at 11am

Mid-week services

At Redmire church: Morning Worship at 8.30am on Wednesday June 5.

At West Witton church: Morning Prayer every Monday at 9am; and Holy Communion at 9.30am on Thursdays May 16 and June 20.


Tues 14th – 10am to noon, Drop in for Coffee at 1 Town Head Cottage, Thoralby

Wed 15th – 2pm, Wednesday Club Afternoon Tea at Redmire village hall

Mon 20th – 7.30pm, Prayer Fellowship at Brookhouse Farm, Newbiggin (Kristin Whalley)

Wed 22nd – 11am, Deanery Prayer Meeting at Aysgarth church

Mon May 27 – 10am to 12.30pm, Bank Holiday plant sale at Castle Bolton church, in aid of Mission Partners.


This is from May 12 to May 18. Christian Aid collection envelopes will be delivered with the Penhill Beacon. There is an address on the envelope with information about where donations can be delivered to.

The benefice’s objective this year is to raise £300 to provide a new maternity delivery bed in a clinic in a district of Sierra Leone. In that country 10 women a day die whilst giving birth.


Mon May 27th at 4pm: Miles Taylor and Andrew Padmore – Songwriters’ Inspiration from Great Poets. Adults £8, under 25 £3

Wed May 29th at 7.30pm: Swale Singers – Brahms, A German Requiem. Adults £8, under 25 £3

Fri May 31st at 7.30pm: Leyburn Band conducted by Rebecca Lundberg. Adul;ts £7, under 25 £3


Sat June 8th at 7pm at Castle Bolton Church: Craven Accordion Orchestra in Concert, in aid of the Marie Curie Charity. Tickets available from Margaret Hall, Tel 07837 922915 or 01969 623012

Sat June 22nd at 7.30pm at Aysgarth church: Piano Recital by Dinara Klinton.  Tickets cost £15 (£1 for under 18s and full time students). Tel 01969 663026 or go to There is a large pay and display car on Church Bank near the junction with the A684. The standard evening rate is £1.50 pay and display. For those with limited mobility there is some parking beside the church.

FLOWER FESTIVAL at Aysgarth Church

Photographs of the flower festival during the Festival of Remembrance November 9-12 2018 can be seen by going to Aysgarth Festival of Remembrance.