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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: Revd Tom Ringland - Tel 01969 663235

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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 David Ineson – Tel: 01969 624631

Ian Ferguson – Tel: 01969 650685

Gillian Vyner


Methodist Ministers

Revd Melanie Reed

Revd Leslie Nevin  – Tel: 01748 823149


Due to the Covid-19 situation the Benefice Administrator Christine has relocated from the benefice office to her home and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Tel: 01969 624542)

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

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