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North East born Clergy appointed Canon Chancellor at Durham Cathedral

Announcement from Durham Cathedral The Reverend Charlie Allen, born in Sunderland, has been appointed to the Chapter of Durham Cathedral, its governing body, as Canon Chancellor in succession to Canon Rosalind Brown who is retiring after her distinguished service to Durham Cathedral and the wider church.  The Reverend Allen grew up...

Burnmoor Church celebrates 150 years

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, is to visit Burnmoor Church near Chester-le-Street, the 10 a.m. service on Sunday 25th February.  The date is exactly 150 years since the Church was consecrated in 1868 by one of the bishop’s predecessors, the Rt Revd Charles Baring.   Burnmoor Churchwarden Harry...

Durham Features in Songs of Praise

In case you missed yesterday’s BBC TV broadcast, do take a moment to watch Songs of Praise for Epiphany Sunday which features extensive footage from the recent Durham Lumiere Festival and particularly the Cathedral’s role in it. There are excellent interviews with our very own Marie-Therese Mayne (Open Treasure Exhibitions...

THE SINGULAR MINISTRY OF A FORMER CHADSIAN

Canon Maurice Simmons (89) whose funeral in the Cathedral is at 2.15pm on Tuesday 19th Dec. was a distinguished alumnus of St Chad’s, a friend and contemporary of Mervyn Ellis, both matriculating in 1948. Maurice was ordained in 1952 and served in the Diocese of Durham for 64 years,...

New Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer appointed for Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has appointed a new Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer.  Amanda Anderson, currently Director of Strategic Development and Operations at Bradford Cathedral will arrive in Durham early 2018.  Her recruitment follows the announcement that the incumbent, Philip Davies, is retiring from the position in March next year.  Philip...

A church of a thousand lights

When the town council approached the church to create a deep and memorable town lights switch-on event, they were delighted to pick up the theme of 1000 lights.  They chose the carol “Now light 1000 Christmas lights” as the schools’ joint anthem and 3 other carols to sing on...

Woollen Poppy Tribute for West Cornforth

Holy Trinity, West Cornforth gets involved in a woollen poppy act of remembrance. From a story in the Northern Echo THERE were gasps of amazement and a round of applause as the curtain dropped on a breath-taking display of almost 20,000 knitted poppies on Saturday. More than 100 people gathered in West Cornforth, near...

Shildon Named in Winners of Church Times Green Awards

St John's Shildon has been awarded the national Green Congregation Award in a ceremony held at Lambeth Palace. Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, announced the winners of the Church Times Green Church Awards at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace on 16 October. The ecumenical awards, which were last held ten years ago,...

Woollen Poppy Tribute for West Cornforth

Holy Trinity, West Cornforth gets involved in a woollen poppy act of remembrance. From a story in the Northern Echo THERE were gasps of amazement and a round of applause as the curtain dropped on a breath-taking display of almost 20,000 knitted poppies on Saturday. More than 100 people gathered in West Cornforth, near...

Display of God’s gifts proves to be big hit with young people

It is good to be able to share an encouraging weekend of 'Encounters with Hope' in Bishop Auckland.   The Town Council approached me to help with a dilemma: their nationally renowned, champion allotment growers'‎ annual Horticultural Show was receiving little interest from families and children.   The growers expressed their passionate desire for the younger generation to appreciate where their...