Welcome to the Benefice of Upper Derwent

UPDATE: Currently all services, events, groups and activities are suspended. To find out more please click here.

The above mentioned link also includes details regarding funerals and weddings. Alongside, information on The Church of England online video broadcasts, worship by radio, social media and the Prayer app.

Daily Prayer – At nine pm each night please pause and say the Grace so that we are ‘Gathered in Grace’: The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, The love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore, Amen.

For more information on collective prays please click here.

Our churchyards remain open for individual private reflection and walks.

To ensure each church and The Diocese of York can continue to pay their essential bills and remain financially viable, you are welcome to make your normal donation (which will also help pay clergy wages) direct into the relevant church bank account by bacs or cheque (click here for more information: Brompton, Wykeham, Langdale End, Snainton and Hutton Buscel).

We urge everyone to keep following the latest official guidance online from the Government and Public Health England on how to stay safe and look after each other as we all face the challenges ahead together.

The Benefice of Upper Derwent is a group of five Church of England churches (that are also independant exempt charities) 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.


This role is currently vacant, however, our Deacon and Area Dean is ensuring continuity and coordinating the support of retired clergy.

Area Dean of Northern Ryedale:

The Revd Tim Robinson, Vicar of Helmsley and Upper Ryedale.

Address: The Vicarage, Baxtons Road, Helmsley,YO62 5HT

Tel: 01439 770983

Email: Tim.robinson@btinternet.com


Revd Pat Wood

Address: The Nook, Dale End, Hutton Buscel, Y013 9LR.

Tel: 01723 862227


Benefice Treasurer & Lay Chairman:

Mr Robert Sword

Address: Upper Derwent Benefice C/O North House, Main Road, Wykeham, Y013 9QB.

Tel: 01723 862434


Benefice Safeguarding Leads:

Mrs Janet Crossley

Tel: 01723 864285


Mr Bob Williams

Tel: 01723 859830

Email: robertwilliams.kingsbrooke@btinternet.com

Benefice Data Protection Lead:

Vacant position, please contact the individual church with any queries.

Benefice Health & Safety Lead:

Vacant position, please contact the individual church with any queries.

“The Messenger” Editor & Disclosure & Baring Service (DBS) Administrator:

St John Harris

Tel: 01723 850654


We also have a Benefice Facebook page: @upperderwent

The Charity Commission is the governing body for each Parochial Church Council (PCC) as exempt charities. For more information click here.

Church legislation can be found here.


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