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.

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 February 23

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

Ash Wednesday February 26

  • Preston under Scar church – Holy Communion at 7pm

Sunday March 1

  • Aysgarth church – Holy Communion at 11am
  • Castle Bolton church – Holy Communion at 11am
  • Preston under Scar church – Holy Communion at 9.30am
  • West Witton church – Holy Communion at 9.30am

Mid-Week Services

Redmire church: Morning Prayer at 8.30am on Wednesday March 4.

West Witton church: Morning prayer at 9am every Monday; Holy Communion at 9.30am on Thursdays March 12 and 26.


If you wish to buy a lily for £3 in memory of a loved one please give your details by March 29 to Valerie Alsop (622576) for West Witton, or Margaret Proctor (663583) for Aysgarth.


Mon 24th – 2.30pm, Prayer Fellowship at Gordon Lodge, Redmire

Wed 26th – 11am, Deanery Prayer Meeting at St Michael’s Church, Kirklington

Fri 28th – 11.30am to 2.15pm, Lent Lunch at Redmire Village Hall


Once again during Lent (February 26th to April 11th) the benefice has organised Food for Thought gatherings at Berry’s, Swinithwaite. These will be on Monday March 2nd and Monday March 16th.

March 2nd:  – Salmon en Croute in a lemon butter sauce,new potatoes and vegetables. The speaker is the Very Rev John Dobson, Dean of Ripon

March 16th: Chicken Chausseur with pomme puree and seasonal vegetables. The speakers are Dr and Mrs Rick Thomas from Leeds.

Vegetarian options are available on request at both gatherings.  Cost: £15 (to include main course, tea or coffee). Drinks available over the counter. Homemade desserts will be available on a donation basis, to be given to the charity chosen by the speaker/s. For tickets email or tel. 624171. Cheques payable to Bolton-cum-Redmire PCC. Any other queries to Ian Ferguson, Tel 650685.

For those bringing desserts: Please give details including how many it will serve to Anne Day beforehand. Please bring it with you on the evening or arrange for someone else to transport it for you.


Tues 3rd – 10am to 12 noon, Drop in for Coffee, Fernlea, Thoralby. There will be a sale of books and cakes to raise money for MAF and church.

Wed 4th – 10.30am to 12 noon, Church Coffee Club, The Old Police House, Redmire

Fri 13th – 7  to 9pm, Wensleydale Filling Station, Thornborough Hall, Leyburn. Speaker: Helen Holland (Theme Joy) Helen has been overseeing the development of Hope House, a safe place for children to live in the Kiklizi Diocese in Uganda. (Note: no meeting in April)

Wed 18th – 2pm, Wednesday Club Afternoon Tea, Redmire Village Hall

Mon 23rd – 7.30pm, Prayer Fellowship, The Vicarage, Carperby

Wed 25th – 11am, Deanery Prayer Meeting, St. Oswald’s, Askrigg

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.