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 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.

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 August 18

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

Sunday August 25

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

Mid-week services

At West Witton church: Morning Prayer every Monday at 9am;   and Holy Communion at 9.30am on Thursday August 15.


At the coffee morning at Aysgarth church on Tuesday August 6  over £170 was raised for flood relief in Swaledale and Wensleydale.

Mon 19th – 7.30pm, Prayer Fellowship at Thornton Rust Mission Room

Wed 21st – 2pm, Wednesday Club Afternoon Tea in Redmire village hall

Wed 28th – 11am, Deanery Prayer Meeting, St Matthew’s Church, Stalling Busk


Aug 24th – The Vacation Chamber Orchestra’s concert at Aysgarth church at 7.30pm on August 24th includes Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll’, Mozart’s ‘Symphony no 25’, Richard Strauss’s ‘Serenade in E-flat major’ and Charles Ives ‘The Rainbow’.  The conductor is Xenophon Kelsey and the soloists are Layla Kohler (oboe) and Ben Finlay (cello). Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for students and free for those under 16. These are available at the door from 7pm, or from

Aug 31st – Mark Viner presents a piano recital at Aysgarth church at 7.30pm on Saturday August 31st. Tickets cost £15 (£1 for under 18s and full time students) from the Wensleydale Concert Series, tel 01960 663026. Parking at the pay and display car park in Church Bank at evening rate of £1.50. If you have limited mobility there is some parking adjacent to the church via the main entrance on Church Bank.

Sept 27-29 – Yorkshire English Music Festival at Aysgarth church. The music will range from violin sonatas by Elgar, Bliss and Howells through to piano music by Bax, Dyson and Ireland, and English anthems and motets by Purcell and Blow performed by the Yorkshire Bach Choir. There will also be songs by composers such as Finzi and Britten from top students at the Royal Northern College of Music – Restoration songs for soprano and harpsichord, and songs by Holst, Walton and Lambert. This is the fourth such festival at Aysgarth and again features violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and pianist Duncan Honeybourne.  For the full programme see See the box office on that website for information about buying tickets. These cost £17 (£12.50 for Dales’ residents) and will be available on the door.

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.