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.

Institution and Induction Service for new vicar: The Rev Tom Ringland has been appointed as the new vicar of Penhill Benefice. He will be licensed at St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth, at 7pm on Monday November 4. All are welcome and RCP Parking  has very kindly allowed free parking at Church Bank car park that evening.

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!


Remembrance services, Sunday November 10

  • Aysgarth church at 11am
  • Castle Bolton church at 9.30am
  • Preston under Scar church at 10.45am

Sunday November 17

  • Aysgarth church – Holy Communion at 11am
  • Preston under Scar church – Holy Communion at 9.30am
  • Redmire church – Holy Communion at 9.30am
  • West Witton church – Morning Prayer at 9.30am

Sunday November 24

  • Aysgarth church – Morning Service at 11am
  • Preston under Scar church – Morning Prayer at 9.30am
  • Redmire church – Morning Prayer at 9.30am
  • Thornton Rust Mission Room – Evening Prayer at 3pm
  • West Witton church – Holy Communion at 4.30pm

Mid-week services

At Redmire church: Morning Prayer at 8.30am on Wednesday November 6

At West Witton church: Morning Prayer every Monday at 9am; and Holy Communion at 9.30am on Thursdays November 7 and 21.


Gillian Vyner was Licensed as a Reader to Penhill Benefice at Holy Trinity, Ripon  on Saturday September 28.



Tues 5th – 10am to 12 noon, Drop in for Coffee at The Priory, Worton

Wed 6th – 10.30am to 12noon, Church Coffee Club and Gift Day, The Old Police House, Redmire

Fri 8th – 7 to 9pm, Wensleydale Filling Station at the Key Centre, Middleham. The speaker is Matt Hirst from Kay Street Baptist Church, Rawtenstall.

Fri 15th – 7pm, Cheese and Wine evening at Berry’s, Swinithwaite when the story of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) will be told. Tickets cost £7.50 (will include first glass of wine or soft drink) with proceeds being divided between St Bartholomew’s Church and SASRA. To book contact 663097 (day) or 622307 (evening).

Wed 20th – 2pm, Wednesday Club Christmas party with carols in Redmire village  hall

Mon 25th – 2.30pm, Prayer Fellowship at Gordon Lodge, Redmire

Wed 27th – 11am, Deanery Prayer Meeting, St Bartholomew’s, West Witton

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.

And click here to see photographs of the flower festival during the Harvest Festival at St Andrew’s in September 2019.