Welcome to the parish website of the Binsey Mission Community, which is made up of 12 Anglican Churches and a Methodist Chapel in the northern area of the Lake District. The parish of Binsey covers a total area of 250 square miles and is situated between the towns of Keswick, Cockermouth and Wigton, with over half of the parish being in the Lake District National Park. The Mission Community takes its name from Binsey, which sits in the centre of the parish and is the most northerly of the Wainwright fells. From the summit each part of the parish can be seen.
Normally, all of our churches would be open during daytime hours for people to be able to visit and also to use for private prayer. However, due to the current lockdown restrictions, they are now only open for 2 or 3 days a week, and some not at all presently. Therefore, if you wish to visit any of our churches it would be sensible to contact the Team Rector or one of the Churchwardens beforehand to check when that church is open. Please bear in mind that you are required to wear a face-mask when inside the church building, observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving church. We also ask that you use the NHS Track and Trace QR code or record your contact details on the note pad provided. You should not visit church with anyone from outside your own household in this current lockdown.
Thankfully, we were able to hold Sunday services in our churches during December, and 10 of our churches hosted Christmas services. However, we have taken the reluctant decision NOT to have services in church during January due to the greater risk currently caused by the pandemic. We have not been able to resume services again in February as planned, but hope to be back in church before the end of March. In the meantime, a weekly service is being sent out via email, and most Sundays one of the clergy will also record the service at home, and make it available via YouTube and the Binsey Facebook page. If you would like to receive the Sunday service and reflection via email, then please let us know. Here is the link to the service for Ash Wednesday. In addition there is also a recording of the service available on YouTube via this link - https://youtu.be/MUUth230fD4.
Here in Binsey, it is our privilege to serve each of our small rural villages, and as a church community we seek to bring something of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ to all who live in our parish, along with those who work and visit here. It is encouraging that church services and activities are now happening again, and trust that one day life will become more straightforward again. We give thanks for the small steps we are now making and more importantly for the many ways in which our village communities are continuing to show their love, care and support for one another.
With our prayers and best wishes,
Stephen and Peter
Revd Stephen Banks
016973 71541 - Torpenhow Vicarage
Revd Peter Gilroy
016973 71430 - Ireby Vicarage
“He loves us beyond comprehension,
and we cannot diminish his love for us.”
The Binsey Team
The Binsey Team Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held on Monday 12th October, and a copy of the Team Rector's Report can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
The Binsey Mission Community takes its duty and obligation to protect all, extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. For more information or advice please contact the Team Rector, the Revd Stephen Banks, the Parish Safeguarding Adviser, or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Charles Proctor, on 07458016884 or
If you believe a child to be at immediate risk you must contact Cumbria Children’s Services 0333 240 1727 or the Police. Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District Adult Social Care office 0300 303 2704 or, out of normal office hours, the Emergency Duty Team 01228 526690, or the Police. Click the button below to find out more details.