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Pupil places Sycamore Gap seedling at Chelsea Flower Show with Dame Judi Dench

First published on: 21st May 2024

A pupil from a church school in Newcastle Diocese has taken a seedling from Sycamore Gap to the Chelsea Flower Show, where she placed it on public display with Dame Judi Dench.

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'Regions like the North East have lots to offer,' says Bishop Helen-Ann

First published on: 20th May 2024

On Monday 20 May, Bishop Helen-Ann spoke in the House of Lords to support an amendment to the Media Bill.

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Church marks centenary with tree planting project in Malawi

First published on: 9th May 2024

When Holy Trinity Church in Jesmond celebrated their centenary in 2022, a plan to mark it by planting 100 trees in the UK was hampered by bureaucracy. They took the project to Africa where a reforestation initiative is supporting communities.

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Sense of pride as historic lychgate is restored and rededicated

First published on: 8th May 2024

A Victorian lychgate which was demolished following a road accident three years ago at St John’s Church in Longhirst has been restored to its former glory.

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Brother George gets on his bike for Hermitage refurbishment plan

First published on: 24th April 2024

A veteran cyclist is preparing to pedal from Holy Island to key sites around North Northumberland and Tyneside in a three-day journey of more than 100 miles.

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Organist completes first stage of 1,000-mile cycle ride for church project

First published on: 24th April 2024

An organist at a North Tyneside church has completed the first stage of a unique bike ride to raise vital funds for an ambitious fundraising project. 

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RNLI chaplain took the plunge by becoming a full crew member 

First published on: 19th April 2024

The Revd Anthony O'Grady took his chaplaincy duties with the RNLI a step further when he was invited to become part of his local crew.  

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Artificial Intelligence in Weapon Systems? Bishop Helen-Ann joins the debate

First published on: 19th April 2024

On 19 April, Bishop Helen-Ann spoke in the House of Lords during the debate on Artificial Intelligence in Weapon Systems Committee report.

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Bishop Helen-Ann joins horticulture debate

First published on: 19th April 2024

On 19 April 2024, Bishop Helen-Ann took part in the 'Horticulture' debate in the House of Lords.

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Bishop Helen-Ann speaks out during 'Children in Care' debate

First published on: 18th April 2024

On Thursday 18 April, Bishop Helen-Ann spoke during the 'Children in Care' debate in the House of Lords

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‘A fascinating insight’ – the Bishop’s city centre night shift with the police

First published on: 16th April 2024

Bishop Helen-Ann has paid tribute to the work of our emergency services after gaining first-hand experience of front-line policing.

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Bishop Helen-Ann appointed a patron of Newcastle Foodbank

First published on: 11th April 2024

Bishop Helen-Ann has accepted an invitation to become a patron of Newcastle Foodbank – describing the appointment as “a great honour indeed.”

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Churches collaborate for NCD Youth event

First published on: 11th April 2024

Young people joined together for a time of worship, prayer and pizza as part of an exciting new initiative.

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Four new non-residentiary canons announced

First published on: 8th April 2024

On 7 April, Bishop Helen-Ann was delighted to announce four new Non-Residentiary Canons who will be installed on 23 June 2024 at Newcastle Cathedral during a special service which will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in the Church of England.

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Maundy Money – recipients in Newcastle Diocese

First published on: 4th April 2024

There were two recipients from Newcastle Diocese as Queen Camilla handed out Maundy Money at Worcester Cathedral.

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National Easter Service from Holy Island

First published on: 3rd April 2024

WATCH AGAIN: The Church of England's Easter Day online service this year came from St Mary's Church, Holy Island with the Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills.

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Bishop Helen-Ann's Chrism Eucharist Sermon

First published on: 28th March 2024

Clergy and lay ministers from across our Diocese gathered together at Newcastle Cathedral on Maundy Thursday morning for Chrism Eucharist. You can read Bishop Helen-Ann's sermon from the service below.

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Pupils embark on Easter Journey during Holy Week

First published on: 27th March 2024

Pupils from a Church of England primary school have been on an interactive ‘Easter Journey’ during Holy Week.

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Celebrations as pre-school is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

First published on: 27th March 2024

A pre-school has received the highest possible rating of ‘outstanding’ by education watchdog Ofsted.

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Organist’s 1,000-mile cycle will support ambitious church refurbishment plan

First published on: 26th March 2024

An organist at a North Tyneside church is set to embark on a unique bike ride to raise vital funds for an ambitious fundraising project.

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Lent and Easter Services 2024

First published on: 22nd March 2024

There are a number of services and events happening across the Diocese of Newcastle during Lent and Easter. Find your closest...

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Richard Whaite licensed as new Director of Mission and Ministry

First published on: 19th March 2024

On Sunday 17 March, our new Director of Mission and Ministry, the Revd Dr Richard Whaite, was licensed by Bishop Helen-Ann during a service at Newcastle Cathedral, where he was also installed as a Canon of the Cathedral.

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Revd Dr Richard Briggs appointed as Principal of Lindisfarne College of Theology

First published on: 8th March 2024

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Richard Briggs as Principal of the Lindisfarne College of Theology.

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Survivors of church-based abuse host LOUDfence service at Newcastle Cathedral

First published on: 7th March 2024

A special service took place at New­castle Cathedral as part of a five-day LOUDfence event in support of victims and survivors of church-based abuse.

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Bishop Helen-Ann raises concerns in the Windrush debate

First published on: 29th February 2024

Bishop Helen-Ann today, 29 February 2024, raised concerns in the House of Lords about the effectiveness of the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

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Bishop Helen-Ann supports language provision in House of Lords' Media Bill

First published on: 29th February 2024

Bishop Helen-Ann spoke in the House of Lords yesterday, 28 February 2024, during the second reading of the Media Bill, where she asked the Government to strengthen language provision in public service broadcasting, particularly Gaelic.  

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Survivors of church-based abuse plan LOUDfence service at Newcastle Cathedral

First published on: 28th February 2024

A special service will be held at Newcastle Cathedral next month as part of a five-day LOUDfence event in support of victims and survivors of church-based abuse.

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Bishop Helen-Ann calls on General Synod for decisive response to the Jay Report

First published on: 26th February 2024

“I am proud to be bishop of a diocese that has pioneered work with victims and survivors.” Bishop Helen-Ann called on General Synod for a decisive response to the Jay Report on safeguarding in the Church of England. 

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Early years provision ‘sets our children up for life’ at education conference

First published on: 20th February 2024

The education of our youngest children took centre stage at a key meeting of church and school leaders in Newcastle and Durham dioceses.

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Broomhaugh First School ‘outstanding’ for Early Years

First published on: 13th February 2024

Broomhaugh First School has been graded outstanding – the highest possible rating – for its early years education. Rating the school “good” overall, Ofsted inspectors judged the Riding Mill school to be “outstanding” in the two of four assessment areas – early years provision and personal development of pupils.

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