I found myself in the northern end of the Ryedale deanery at the weekend.
It stretches from Great Edstone in the west to as far as West Ayton in the east, down south to Great Habton and up as far as Levisham in the north.
In between this oval-shaped geography, there are some fantastic churches.
The deanery is a reminder of the cultural and historical importance of our heritage, even if some churches are not as well-packed as they were when first constructed.
The particular church I went to was StHelen and All Saints at Wykeham, with its 14th century tower that stands proud off the Pickering road.
The event was the fifth evening of opera, with voices from English National Opera.
It was a special treat – and it was full.
Proceeds went to supporting the church and will help to maintain its significance in the upper Derwent benefice.
> Ed Asquith, Editor