Weston and Denton: Celebrating a unity of spirit.
To the north of the river Wharfe lies the parish of Weston with Denton, home to two friendly churches – All Saints’ Weston and St Helen’s Denton.
Welcome to Weston, Askwith and Denton
This rural parish can be found between the towns of Otley and Ilkley and is comprised of three distinct villages: Weston, Askwith and Denton.
Askwith is the largest of the villages in the parish, and is home to a primary school, village hall, public house, several significant farms and the Vicarage.
Weston consists of scattered dwellings and farms, a Manor house and Weston Hall, a grade 1 listed building with extensive grounds to the south east of the village, but also includes a modern housing estate of around 50 homes on the outskirts of Otley called Throstle Nest Close.
Similarly, Denton is characterised by scattered dwellings and farms, and many couples are attracted to the church here to exchange vows and celebrate their marriage at the Grade 1 listed Denton Hall, now a popular luxury wedding venue.
Worship at All Saints and St Helen’s
All are welcome to worship at our churches; we are a friendly, young at heart community, aged between 0-100. There is excellent cooperation between the churches, with the congregations attending each other’s services. The services alternate between the two sites. Wedding couples and their families regularly increase the numbers at Denton where the church enjoys sharing this meaningful occasion with them as they enter into a union before God.
What’s special about our parish?
The parish and the local communities are closely linked through fundraising and community events such as the Harvest, Beetle Drive and Dominos Suppers. There is a Christmas Walk with carols and readings, Mary and Joseph in costume, a real donkey, and as there is no room at the Inn, it finishes at a stable! The Easter Monday walk and egg hunt is always popular. Open gardens are held biennially and are a tremendous local team effort. Teas and Tours at Weston Hall provide an interesting and busy day. There has often been a Parish Tombola at Askwith Show.
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