Welcome to the Washburn and Mid-Wharfe Valleys, our churches and communities

The United Benefice of Washburn and Mid-Wharfe comprises the four parishes of Farnley, Fewston with Blubberhouses, Leathley, and Weston with Denton.


In 1984 the three parishes of Fewston with Blubberhouses, Farnley and Leathley became a United Benefice. In 1996 the Priest-in-Charge of the three parishes became the Vicar of the parish of Weston and Denton in nearby Wharfedale. The four parishes formally became a United Benefice of Washburn and Mid-Wharfe in June 2008.


The Benefice is blessed to be situated in the southern part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located between Wharfedale and Harrogate, the area is home to some of the most beautiful countryside Yorkshire has to offer, and is well placed for access to the thriving university cities of Leeds and York.

Parishes and Churches

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Fewston with Blubberhouses
St Michael and St Lawrence, Fewston
St Andrew, Blubberhouses
All Saints, Farnley
St Oswald, Leathley
Weston with Denton
All Saints, Weston
St Helen, Denton
Meet the Team
Vicar – Revd Teresa McLaughlin

In March 2023, the Benefice welcomed Revd Teresa McLaughlin as interim priest-in-charge. Teresa may be contacted by email at [email protected] or on 01943 818113.


Revd Stewart Hartley

Revd Barry Miller

Licensed Lay Ministers

John Charman

Fran Dale

Paul McLaughlin



Anna Bowman

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Finance & IT

Rachel Boggs

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Rebecca Campbell