Welcome to the Benefice of Upper Derwent

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 Lead:

Mrs Janet Crossley

Tel: 01723 864285


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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