Welcome to The United Benefices of Thornton Dale & Upper Derwent

UPDATE: In light of COVID-19 many of our church groups, activities and services have had to change or be suspended. Please refer to our “Latest Updates” page for details of any changes or amendments, alongside, the general information on our “Services” page.

In line with Church of England Guidance we are offering anyone who enters one of our church buildings the option to leave their details to aid the NHS COVID Test & Trace program, in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Church of England have released various guidance and information on COVID-19 regarding services, Weddings, Funerals and online broadcasts, including details on the exemptions to the six person rule. Please click here to find out more.

Revd Joe Kinsella’s broadcasts his online services via YouTube, click the button shown to view his page.

Thornton Dale Benefice

The Benefice of Thornton Dale is a group of five churches (excepted charities) situated in North Yorkshire on the A170 out of Pickering towards Scarborough. Each of the Churches is cared for by dedicated local folk, and each is a testament to their commitment as they are all little gems in their own right.

Upper Derwent Benefice

The Benefice of Upper Derwent is a group of five Church of England churches (excepted 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.


The Revd Joe Kinsella, Priest In Charge of The Benefice of Upper Derwent & The Benefice of Thornton Dale, Allerston, Ebberston, Ellerburn and Wilton.

Address: The Vicarage, Cayley Lane, Brompton By Sawdon, YO13 9DL

Tel: 07792023428

Email: revdjoe@upperderwent-thorntondale.co.uk

Assistant Minister

(House For Duty Volunteer)

Revd Sally Gough, licensed to The Benefice of Upper Derwent & The Benefice of Thornton Dale, Allerston, Ebberston, Ellerburn and Wilton.

Address: The Rectory, High Street, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering, YO18 7QW.

Tel: 01751 474244 / 07505255950

Email: revdsally@upperderwent-thorntondale.co.uk



Revd Pat Wood, licensed to Upper Derwent Benefice.

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

Tel: 01723 862227

Email: RevdPatricia@upperderwent-thorntondale.co.uk

Benefice Safeguarding Lead – Upper Derwent


Mr Bob Williams

Tel: 01723 859130

Email: robertwilliams.kingsbrooke@btinternet.com

Safeguarding LeadThornton Dale


Information Pending

DBS Administrator – Upper Derwent


St John Harris

Tel: 01723 850654

Email: stjohn@skeltonharrisinteriors.com

DBS AdministratorThornton Dale


Information Pending



To make a donation online please select your Parochial Church Council and follow the instructions:

Hutton Buscel PCC 

 – Wykeham PCC 

 – Brompton PCC


Thank you for providing the resources to enable us to continue our work in the local community and to maintain our much loved historic buildings and grounds.