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 January 19

  • 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 January 26

  • 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

Mid-Week Services

West Witton church: Morning prayer at 9am every Monday; Holy Communion at 9.30am on Thursdays January 16 and 30.


Wed 15th – 2pm, Wednesday Club Afternoon Tea Party, Redmire Village Hall

Wed 22nd – 11am, Deanery Prayer Meeting, St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham

Mon 27th – 2.30pm, Prayer Fellowship at The Priory, Worton

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.