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 June 9

  • Preston under Scar church – Holy Communion Penhill Together at 10.30am

Sunday June 16 – Trinity Sunday

  • Aysgarth church – Holy Communion at 11am
  • Wensley church – Holy Communion at 9.30am

Sunday June 23

  • 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

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 Thursday June 20.


Tues 4th – 2pm to 4pm, Afternoon Tea at The Rambles, Thornton Rust, in aid  of Medicine Frontier

Wed 5th – 10.30am to noon, Church Coffee Club, Redmire village hall

Fri 14th – 7 to 9pm, Wensleydale Filling Station at Newton le Willows village hall. Speaker: Linda Maslen, Regional Director of Halifax/New Wine

Wed 19th – 2pm, Wednesday Club Afternoon Tea at Redmire village hall

Mon 24th – 7.30pm, Prayer Fellowship at Thornton Rust Mission Room

Wed 26th – 11am, Deanery Prayer Meeting at St Mary’s Hornby.


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.