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Historic England awards Delaval Parish £316,000

First published on: 2nd March 2021

Historic England has awarded a grant of £316,000 towards the restoration of Seaton Delaval Park and Garden.


Hexham Abbey wins grant for repairs to 1,300 year old Saxon Crypt

First published on: 24th February 2021

Hexham Abbey has received a financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help fund repairs during the coronavirus pandemic. 


Church and community come together to help children’s home-learning

First published on: 24th February 2021

The communities of the united benefice of Ovingham and Wylam have funded 17 laptops for Ovingham Middle School in just 36 hours.


Canon Professor Dr. John Bull RIP

First published on: 28th January 2021

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Canon Professor Dr. John Bull died on Friday 22nd January, 2021.


Canon Professor Dr. John Bull RIP

First published on: 28th January 2021

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Canon Professor Dr. John Bull died on Friday 22nd January, 2021.


New Bishop of Berwick consecrated at York Minster

First published on: 6th January 2021

The Right Reverend Mark Wroe, formerly Archdeacon of Northumberland, has been consecrated at York Minster as the new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick.


Bishop of Berwick's consecration to be live-streamed from York Minster

First published on: 21st December 2020

The Venerable Mark Wroe, currently Archdeacon of Northumberland, will be consecrated as the next Suffragan Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle at York Minster at 11am on Tuesday 5 January 2021, the Eve of the Feast of the Epiphany.


Christmas comes early for two churches!

First published on: 15th December 2020

Two much-loved churches in our diocese are to share in a £483,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust. 


Bishop's Christmas Appeal

First published on: 11th December 2020

A year ago, news came to us daily of the long journeys taken by refugees and asylum seekers who were travelling away from their homes which had been ravaged by war. 


Award for Street Zero founder’s bid to end homelessness

First published on: 9th December 2020

Bishop Christine has sent her personal congratulations to the founder of Newcastle Homeless Commission, Bob Eldridge MBE, who has been named Charity Leader of the Year in the North East Charity Awards.


Christmas in a Bag

First published on: 8th December 2020

Our wonderful Children and Youth Task Group are making sure youngsters in our diocese know ‘Christmas is not cancelled’ this year!


Festivals of Light appeal

First published on: 2nd December 2020

The Festivals of Light event – which is supported by the diocese – is still going ahead this year with some major changes.


Messy Church home invasion!

First published on: 1st December 2020

In the midst of the Covid pandemic, churches are creatively finding ways to continue engaging with people across their parishes. And the latest initiative by The Revd Benjamin Carter and his team from the Parishes by the Wall is certainly keeping the younger members of his community entertained.


Christmas is coming

First published on: 30th November 2020

Christmas is coming….. directly to the homes of school children in the Willington Team area this year.


Tributes paid to Canon Carol Wolstenholme OBE

First published on: 25th November 2020

Carol Wolstenholme had a sense of vocation: to serve God in every way she could as a lay person. 


The Venerable Catherine Sourbut Groves, collated as Archdeacon of Lindisfarne

First published on: 14th November 2020

The Venerable Catherine Sourbut Groves has been collated as our new Archdeacon of Lindisfarne by the Bishop of Newcastle.


Next Bishop of Berwick announced

First published on: 9th November 2020

Downing Street has announced this morning that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Mark Wroe, currently Archdeacon of Northumberland, as the next Suffragan Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle.


Hexham Abbey receives lifeline with £357,000 grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

First published on: 9th November 2020

Hexham Abbey is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.


Remembrance 2020

First published on: 9th November 2020

A video message from Bishop Christine


Canon Carol Wolstenholme OBE RIP

First published on: 5th November 2020

A message from Bishop Christine: It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Canon Carol Wolstenholme died today in hospital, where she was being treated for cancer.


Mark rewarded for lockdown efforts

First published on: 4th November 2020

A vicar who went ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ during lockdown has been rewarded for his efforts by the local community.


There's a pom pom for everyone

First published on: 3rd November 2020

Rainbows of pom poms are adorning the churches of Upper Pont, Northumberland thanks to a community project.


Trauma-informed Ministry in a time of COVID

First published on: 28th July 2020

Trauma-informed Ministry in a time of COVID, delivered by the Tragedy and Congregations Team:The Revd Dr Carla Grosch-MillerThe Revd Hilary IsonProfessor Christopher Southgate.Since 2017 the team has delivered 20 training days in various se


Easing out of Lockdown – what next?

First published on: 28th July 2020

Systemic facilitator and trainer Revd Hilary Ison offers further insights gained from her work as part of the Tragedy and Congregations team.Stress is exhaustingAs we ease out of lockdown, I wonder what your reaction was when it was announced that ch


Reopening of church buildings for public worship in Newcastle Diocese

First published on: 21st July 2020

Please see below a joint statement from the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman and the Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner


Jack Charlton RIP

First published on: 21st July 2020

The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, today issued this statement following the sad news of the death of Jack Charlton.


Archdeacon of Lindisfarne to become next Dean of Derby

First published on: 21st July 2020

The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Venerable Peter Robinson is to leave his role in the â?¦


A message for clergy spouses in the time of Covid-19 and beyond: No time to Breathe?

First published on: 14th July 2020

*Spouse: in the context of this paper I am using the term spouse to refer to, and be inclusive of, the diversity of partnerships which exist through being in relationship with a member of the clergy. Clergy mental wellbeing has, for some time, gather


A reflection on transitions

First published on: 14th July 2020

Helen Averill, who runs the Clergy Transitions Service, reflects on change and transition in relation to the effect of the Covid pandemic and the process of adjustment and gradual moving forward.TransitionNoun: the process or a period of changin


Jack Charlton RIP

First published on: 11th July 2020

The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, today issued this statement following the sad news of the death of Jack Charlton."Weve learned with great sadness that Jack Charltons life came to an end on Friday. Jack Charlton was a


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