The Benefice of East Lonsdale is the largest in the Diocese of Blackburn. It is situated partly in The Forest of Bowland (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and partly in the beautiful Lune Valley.

Location Map

There are six churches in the Benefice: St. Peter’s, Leck; St John the Baptist, Tunstall; St Wilfrid’s, Melling; St. James the Less, Tatham; Holy Trinity, Wray; and The Church of the Good Shepherd, Tatham Fells. The churches at Tatham Fells (our most southerly church) and Leck (our most northerly church) are over 12 miles apart.

We have three church primary schools at Leck, Melling and Tatham Fells and one non-church primary school at Wray.

There are two part-time clergy living in the Benefice, one retired Canon, and three Readers, who between them conduct a service in nearly every church each week.