Diocese of Winchester

Newcastle Diocese is twinned with the Diocese of Winchester, the Diocese of Botswana and the Diocese of Møre in Norway.

The Winchester Link began in 1988 as a result of the "Faith in the City" report when Bishop John V. Taylor challenged the Diocese of Winchester to raise an equivalent amount to its parish share for needy dioceses.

Newcastle was one of the beneficiaries of this very generous gesture and the money has been a huge blessing to the mission of the church in the Diocese.

In more recent times the link has evolved to be more about developing relationships and providing opportunities to share and learn from each other.

In 2018 we celebrated 30 years together and to mark the occasion representatives met together to give thanks for what has been, remember those who have nurtured the link and look forward to our future relationships.

The Task Group

There has been a Task Group in Newcastle for many years with responsibility for nurturing the link. There is also contact between General Synod members from both Dioceses, who meet annually during the York Synod. The Cathedrals of both Diocese have contact with each other too.

The purpose of the Task Group is To enable, promote and encourage relationships between the Dioceses so that each may share, learn and develop for the growth of Gods Kingdom.


A group of people from Newcastle representing Diocese, General Synod and Newcastle Cathedral work in partnership with Winchester Diocese and have developed an action plan for the next three years.

The Newcastle representatives are Canon John Sinclair, Canon Shane Waddle and Canon Carol Wolstenholme. The Winchester co-ordinator is Archdeacon Peter Rouch.

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