Deanery News

Do Come and Welcome

Rev. Bill Dewing 

(new house-for-duty assistant priest in 

the Osmotherley and Hillside Parishes)

and his wife Anne

on Friday 7th July at 6pm 

at Evensong 

at St.Peter, Osmotherley when 

Bill will be licenced

by Paul, Bishop of Whitby

Everyone is invited 

and there will be Refreshments afterwards

Don't forget the 

Inaugural Deanery Synod Meeting 

on Wednesday 28th June at 7pm 

at Knayton School!!

Directions here!!

March 25th 2017




March 8th 2017

The March Training Bulletin of Courses and Events is available here

and the Free Will Offering figures for February 2017 are available here

January 8th 2017


Click the link which is just to the left to read about some of the good things which are happening in local churches!  If you want to post a Good News Story of your own then send it to Rev Ian Houghton. 


 The Archbishop of York has appointed the Reverend Derek Simpson as Rector of the benefice of Thirsk, which also comprises South Kilvington, Carlton Miniott and Sandhutton.

Derek Simpson grew up in Manchester, working as a property underwriter and parish administrator before training for the ministry at Oak Hill Theological College. Derek served as Curate then Associate Vicar at St James, Alperton, in the London Diocese. In 1995 he became Team Rector in the Parish of Brentford, also serving as Area Dean of Hounslow from 2002 to 2015, on the London Diocesan Strategic Policy Group, the Bishop of London’s Mission Fund Board, the Board of Pathways, and other local charities. 

Derek is married to Helen, who is from Yorkshire and has a portfolio career. They have three grown up children who live in Leeds and London, and a labrador called Sam. Derek’s interests include reading, food and wine and the theatre. 

Derek brings considerable experience with him in mission, pastoral care and leadership both within the church and in schools, and also with charities and community projects. 

Derek will be moving into the rectory at Thirsk with his wife Helen. The service to mark the beginning of his ministry among us will be on Saturday 13 May 2017 at 1500.

December 12th 2016

A vicar in Sheffield has set up a petition to Stop Unfair Lending.  

"Imagine paying £48 monthly interest for borrowing just £200?  Every week many people on low-incomes turn to pay-day loans and other borrowing just to survive."

If you want to sign the petition click this link.

December 2nd 2016

Establishing Sustainable Giving

A one day training event in early March 2017 (choice of venues) for anyone concerned about stewardship and giving.  More details here

November 25th 2016

Would you please communicate to your congregation(s) the following information on the Sundays before Saturday December 17th

Christmas carol singing to raise funds for Christian Aid 

is in Thirsk Market Place on Saturday, December 17th,

 between 11.00 am and 12 noon. 

Please join us if you can to help us make a big sound 

sharing Christmas joy with shoppers.


November 22nd 2016

Christian Aid in Northallerton presents a

Christmas Jazz Party

with the Savannah Jazz Band

on Saturday December 3rd

at New Life Baptist Church, Northallerton

Tickets at the door are £10

which brings in another £50 in matched funding for 

the Womens' Health in Ethiopia Appeal

Christmas Carol Service for the Local Farming Community at Thirsk Mart on Sunday 4th December at 6 pm led by Rev. Dianne Gamble (Mart Chaplain).  Please could you mention this to your congregations and if possible display the poster which you can download here.

November 8th 2016

Rev Trevor Lewis has accepted the full time stipendiary post of Associate Priest in the rural parishes of Hurstbourne Tarrant, Faccombe, Vernaham Dean and Linkenholt in the Diocese of Winchester. Trevor and Margaret will probably be moving in early February and Trevor’s last service will be on 29th January at 10.45 am in St Peter’s Osmotherley.

October 14th 2016

A good Deanery Synod meeting in All Saints, Northallerton last night. We welcomed Bishop Paul and Archdeacon Sam who gave a presentation on the Developing our Deaneries process and emphasised how it connects local churches and benefices to one another and engages us with the wider church in the diocese.  More details are on the Report on Latest Deanery Synod page - just click on the heading on the left hand side of this page.

October 2nd 2016

On behalf of the Archbishop, the Bishop of Whitby has appointed the Reverend Robert John Williamson to be Vicar of the parish of the Thorntons and the Otteringtons, and Chaplain to North Yorkshire Police.

Robert studied at King’s College London and at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.  He spent the early part of his ministry in the dioceses of Liverpool and Carlisle.  Since 2000 he has been Vicar of the parish of St Cuthbert, Darlington, in Durham Diocese.  He has also undertaken part-time chaplaincy with Durham Constabulary.

His wife Sheilagh is also ordained and will continue as minister of her own parish in Darlington.

Robert will be licenced at 3pm on Saturday 3rd December at St.Andrew, South Otterington and we look forward very much to welcoming Robert and Sheilagh to the Deanery