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,...

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...

It’s anniversary time for churches across the diocese

During this autumn, many churches across the Diocese will be celebrating a range of special anniversaries including: Leadgate, St Ives on 16th September celebrating 150 years St Ninian’s Gateshead 17th September celebrating 50 years St Brandon’s, Brancepeth 17th September for the 1500th anniversary of Brendan’s expeditions. 8th October Bernard Gilpin 500 and Houghton-le-Spring’s Feast. Plus we...

Three in a row for Durham Cathedral!

Durham Cathedral has been crowned the UK’s most popular Cathedral, the third national accolade awarded to Durham Cathedral in just two months. In February 2017, Durham Cathedral was voted as Britain’s Favourite Cathedral in the LandLove Magazine Awards followed by the announcement that Durham Cathedral had been crowned BBC Countryfile...

Church receives double for the poor

PARISH NEWS The appeal for 1000 tins of food by St John’s Church in Shildon came to a dramatic close on Sunday night (October 22nd) as several young people raced to count the vast numbers received before the 7pm deadline. The 1000 can appeal was enthusiastically supported by...

Spennymoor church project set to bag a big cash boost

St Paul’s Church Spennymoor’s green spaces project has been shortlisted to receive a cash boost of up to £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The ‘Grow at St Paul’s’ project will create a new growing space around the building for local residents to use and benefit...

St Chads Church celebrates roof-completion

News from St Chad's Church - BenshamSpecial prayers were said at St Chad’s Church Bensham, in Gateshead, on Sunday to mark the end of four months work re-roofing the nave and tower of the church.St Chad’s is known by its octagonal tower which is lit up at night and...