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Penhill Benefice - Benefice

Penhill Benefice

Living and Sharing the Love of Jesus Christ in the Community

The Penhill Benefice is committed to show the love of God and the saving grace of Jesus. We share together as the body of Christ, in prayer, worship, ministry and fellowship. In the power of the Holy Spirit we are called to mission and outreach and to be a support and comfort in the community.

Penhill Benefice (see map) was formed in 2006 and consists of four parishes: Aysgarth, Bolton-cum-Redmire, West Witton, and Preston under Scar with Wensley. The communities it encompasses include the villages of Aysgarth, Thornton Rust, Thoralby, Newbiggin in Bishopdale, West Burton, West Witton, Wensley, Preston under Scar, Redmire, Castle Bolton, and Carperby. It is part of Wensley Deanery in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

The benefice's communities are a mixture of those families which can trace their histories back for several centuries in and around Wensleydale, and those who have moved in since the mid 19th century. One big attraction is the beautiful landscape for this is part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

In the benefice churches the skills and experiences of this diverse range of people are shared not only in worship but also to help and support their communities. The reason for its Mission Statement (above) is especially apparent at Easter.

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 Penhill (above) stands like a sentinel over this benefice in mid-Wensleydale.


Vicar: in interregnum after December 2

The Vicarage, Carperby, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4DQ

Associate Vicar: Revd Penny Yeadon – Tel: 01969 663505

Dale Cottage, Aysgarth, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3AB


Clergy & Readers
Revd Graham Dear – Tel: 01969 623960
Revd David Ineson – Tel: 01969 624631

Ian Ferguson – Tel: 01969 650685


Methodist Ministers
Revd Janet Park – Tel: 01969 667268
Revd Leslie Nevin  – Tel: 01748 823149


To contact the Benefice Office please see the Contact Page.

The Benefice office is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 

 For the details of those to contact in each parish please see the pages for individual churches.

Christmas fund raising

At carol services at Christmas 2018 the following was raised:

at Wensley - £45 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and £45 for Churches Conservation Trust

at Thoralby - £101.16 

at Aysgarth - £270.18 shared between Caring for Life and St George's Crypt

In Addition

Bolton cum Redmire has raised £114 for the Children's Society and £1,265 for St George's Crypt

West Witton church raised £158 for the Children's Society Coffee Morning



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