Welcome to the Benefice of Upper Derwent

The Benefice of Upper Derwent is a group of five Church of England churches in the Diocese of York and part of the Deanery of Northern Ryedale. Four of our churches (Snainton, Brompton by Sawdon, Wykeham and Hutton Buscel) are scattered along the A170 between Pickering and Scarborough. The fifth at Langdale End is situated at the northern end of the parish of Wykeham not far from Hackness. All are on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Our Parishes serve the small rural communities of Snainton, Wydale, Brompton, Sawdon, Ruston, Wykeham, North Moor, Hutton Buscel, West Ayton, and Langdale End.


Vicar:    Revd Stuart G. Hill BTh (Oxon.)


Stuart has been Vicar here at Upper Derwent since 2006. As part of his role as Vicar he is also a Foundation Governor at both Snainton CE Primary School and Wykeham CE Primary School. He trained for the priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon (Oxford) prior to being ordained Deacon in 1997 then Priest in 1998 at Durham Cathedral. He served as Assistant Curate as part of the Usworth Team Ministry (Washington, Tyne and Wear) before becoming Team Vicar at the Parish of Monkwearmouth (Sunderland) in 1999 where he was responsible for St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth.




Reader: Mrs Pat Wood



Due the Vicar being on sick leave there may be some changes to the usual pattern of service across our churches. For the latest information please contact the appropriate Church Wardens.


Bob Williams – 01723 859130

St John Harris – 01723 850684


Don Jones – 01723 8594437

Mark Evans – 01723 859233


Robert Sword – 01723 862434

Anthony Tubbs – 01723 850620

Hutton Buscel

David Knowlden – 01723 864670

Beverley Waldie – 01723 863812

Langdale End

Diane Collins – 01723 882204

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