Bishop Licenses Three New Readers

Three new Readers have been licensed in the Church of England Diocese of Durham today Saturday 21st September 2018. The Rt Revd Paul Butler Bishop of Durham, Licensed Stephen Gilbert (Willington, St Stephen & Hunwick, Saint Paul), Christine Richardson (Heworth, St Mary) and Heather Ross (Benefice of Upper Weardale). The service was...

Final Brick Laid On New School

The final brick has been laid in the building of Wynyard Church of England Primary School by the Revd Claire Gibbs ahead of its scheduled opening in January 2019. The school, which formally opened in 2015, and currently operates from a series of temporary classrooms will move into its new...

Ian Ramsey CE Academy Opens School Early

More than 160 Yr 6 Pupils who are transitioning to their new school in September have been treated to a week of activities to familiarise them with their new surroundings. Ian Ramsey Church Of England Academy in Stockton have opened their doors to pupils that will be joining them this...

Diocese Ready To Welcome New Diocesan Secretary

The Church of England Diocese of Durham has appointed its new Diocesan Secretary. The Rt Revd Paul Butler has announced that Edward Gorringe (55) will be the new Diocesan Secretary, (the senior executive officer of the diocese) and will take up his post on the 1st October 2018. Edward who...

Work set to start on new community hall following fire

A community that lost its hall facilities due to a fire in 2014 is set to break ground on a replacement community building this month. St John’s Church in Meadowfield had its adjoining parochial hall destroyed by a fire in March 2014. Fundraising began immediately to cover the shortfall from...

The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel is to be Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral

The successor to the Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy as Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral returns to the North East from his current ministry at St Paul’s Cathedral.  The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel will take up the position of Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral following Canon Kennedy’s...

Ordinations 2018 – Ordinands and Pictures

Twenty people from diverse walks of life and all ages from twenty-eight to seventy-two will be ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Durham at ceremonies to be staged at Durham Cathedral on June 30, 1st July and Seaham Harbour on the 2nd July 2018. Each one has...

Diocese to Welcome New Archdeacon of Sunderland

The next Archdeacon of Sunderland will be formally welcomed and installed as Archdeacon in the Diocese on the 3rd July at the 5.15pm Evensong in Durham Cathedral. The Revd Canon Bob Cooper, 50 who has been Vicar and Area Dean of Pontefract in the Diocese of Leeds for the last...

Ex Mining Engineer Called To Priestly Ministry

An ex-mining engineer will be ordained as a Priest in the Church of England Diocese of Durham in Durham Cathedral on the 1st July 2018. Seventy-two-year-old David Bond, who becomes a Priest at South Hetton, follows his calling to priestly ministry after a lifetime working as a mining engineer. David was...

Iranian Footballer Settles in the Church of England

A former Iranian footballer will be ordained as a Deacon in the Church of England Diocese of Durham in Durham Cathedral on the 30th June 2018. For Pouya Heidari, 33, who will serve his curacy at Bishopwearmouth St Gabriel in Sunderland, this something that is a far cry from what...