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Grants Awarded

St Giles Church, Netherwitton, Morpeth - Grant Awarded £1,500

St Giles Church, Netherwitton, Morpeth - Grant Awarded £1,500

NHCT recently awarded St Giles Church, Netherwitton, Morpeth a grant of £1,500 to go towards the replacement of the bell headstock.  The church is a Grade 2* Listed Building and was built in the 15th century but substantially rebuilt in the Victorian era. The font is 13/14 century.

St Giles Church serves the parish community of Netherwitton and the surrounding rural area. It is a member of the Upper Wansbeck Group of churches.

St Bede's Church, South Shields - Grant Awarded £10,000

St Bede's Church, South Shields - Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT recently awarded St Bede's Church at South Shields a grant of £10,000 to go towards a new roof.  The church is a Grade 2 Listed Building and was built in 1874.

The church occupies a prominent position close to the town hall and high street, and it’s imposing architectural design places it at the heart of the community. The church is located in one of the most deprived areas of the Northeast and ranks high on the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). The parish has welcomed a growing Catholic community since the 19th century and continues to provide spiritual and emotional support through pivotal life phases to an increasingly diverse population. Furthermore, the church stands as a reflection of our Catholic beliefs and traditions and has significantly contributed to the shaping of collective and individual identity within the local community. Rich in over a century of heritage, it serves as a stark visual reminder of the past whilst offering an accessible space in the present for continued worship, and community gatherings.

 

St Cuthbert's Church, Allendale - Grant Awarded £5,000

St Cuthbert's Church, Allendale - Grant Awarded £5,000

NHCT recently awarded St Cuthbert's Church, Allendale a grant of £5,000 to go towards restoration of stonework, replacement of rotten timber lintels in church porch and re-pointing. The church is a Grade 2 Listed Building and was built in 1804.

Restored in 1873 by Austin & Johnson with extra floors to tower, a full peal of bells and four clock faces. There is a centre nave with 2 side aisles, and behind the altar an elaborate alabaster and mosaic reredos. A well maintained organ is in regular use which supports a small and enthusiastic choir. The church is situated in the corner of the village market place, has a chiming clock for the benefit of the community and an active group of bellringers who ring for sunday services. Funerals are often well attended village affairs providing comfort for many. The community also attends the annual remembrance and Christingle services, whilst the church runs monthly coffee mornings and hosts music events.

 

St John's Church, Westerhope - Grant Awarded £2,500

St John's Church, Westerhope - Grant Awarded £2,500

St John's Church, Westerhope was recently awarded a grant of £2,500 by NHCT to go towards repointing and replastering works.  The church is unlisted and was built in 1866.

St John's Church lies in the Anglican diocese of Newcastle and is the parish church for the community of Whorlton and Westerhope. The church, and its congregation, has been a centre of worship and of service since 1866. Our congregation numbers are typically 25 - 35 for Sunday Services. We hold regular baptisms and around 5 weddings per year as well as 5 -10 funerals per year. Our church has close relationships with our local schools and is integrating the development of new housing around the church. Our church hall is in regular use.

St Luke the Evangelist, Wallsend - Grant Awarded £5,000

St Luke the Evangelist, Wallsend - Grant Awarded £5,000

NHCT have just awarded St Luke the Evangelist, Wallsend church a grant of £5,000 for repointing at the church.  The church is a Grade 2 Listed Building and was built in 1885.

The church is in the centre of the town, and is very visible just off the High Street, and was known as "The Shipyard Church" , the connection of course, with Swan Hunter's down the road, and Sir G B Hunter was a major benfactor in the building of the Church. The building is widely used for baptisms/weddings/funerals/concerts and the rear of the listed part of the building is used by History Society, Mothers Union, Walking With ( Asylum and Refugee Project) , Community Choir, OAP weekly Luncheon CLub.

 

St Mark's Church, Chapel Bank, Ninebanks, Hexham - Grant Awarded £1,300

St Mark's Church, Chapel Bank, Ninebanks, Hexham - Grant Awarded £1,300

NHCT recently awarded St Mark's Church, Chapel Bank, Ninebanks, Hexham a grant of £1,300 to go towards handrails for Infirm and Disabled access.  The church is Grade 2 Listed Building, built in the 18th. century and rebuilt in 1870s.

St Mark's is the church for the small rural village of Ninebanks, part of the West Allen Parish of Whitfield with Ninebanks within the benefice of Allendale. The church has long served its community, with services held monthly and on special occasions, and the natural place for funerals etc. It sits alongside the Church and Community Hall which provides the only social meeting place in the village.

St Nicholas with Christ Church, Gateshead - Grant Awarded £5,000

St Nicholas with Christ Church, Gateshead - Grant Awarded £5,000

St Nicholas with Christ Church in Gateshead was recently awarded £5,000 by NHCT to go towards new lighting. St Nicholas Church Dunston is at the heart of the community with a population of 10,000 people. It plays a significant part in the life of the local primary and secondary schools and is actively involved in the care homes in the community. The Church is central to baptisms, weddings and funerals. It also has a charity shop which helps the local community as a social hub.

St Mary the Virgin, Stamfordham - Grant Awarded £10,000

St Mary the Virgin, Stamfordham - Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT have just awarded St Mary the Virgin Church at Stamfordham a grant of £10,000 to go towards the works to underpin the tower bulge.  The church is a Grade 1 Listed Building. St Mary's is a largely Norman church, extensively restored in 1848 by Benjamin Ferrey. There was an early medieval Saxon church here in C8. An arch from this building can be seen in the Norman medieval tower, built in C13. The nave contains the armorial banner and desk of Lord Stamfordham and Lord Adeane's banner. The beautiful east windows are 19th century Kempe stained glass. The tower is 13 Century and has a serious bulge in the masonry which needs urgent pinning. We have 3 precious painted wall memorials dating back to 1744 which are fading before our very eyes. We are addressing damp issues but need funding to enable the conservation work to be done asap. There are many interesting relics both in the structure and in monuments, of both the C13th . There is a finely carved, waterleaf capital to one of the columns at the west end.

St James and St Basil Church, Fenham - Grant Awarded £10,000

St James and St Basil Church, Fenham - Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT recently awarded St James and St Basil at Fenham a grant of £10,000 to go towards toilet/kitchen facilities.  The church is a Grade 2 Listed Building. The building of the church began during the winter of 1927/28 with the generosity of Sir James Knott, a wealthy ship merchant. The church was built in memory of two of Sir James’ sons Henry (Basil) and James who were killed in the First World War. The church was designed by Edward Eric Lofting, Assistant Surveyor to the fabric of Westminster Abbey, who had been a pupil and assistant of Temple Lushington Moore (one of the leading church architects of late Victorian and Edwardian England). It is thought of as amongst the great churches of the Arts and Crafts movement. Construction took over three years, partly because the foundations were laid so thoroughly that it took one year for any sign of building appeared over the barricades but it was finally ready for consecration by June 1931. 

Christ Church, Shieldfield - Grant Awarded £8,000

Christ Church, Shieldfield - Grant Awarded £8,000

Northumbria Historical Churches Trust recently awarded Christ Church at Shieldfield a grant for £8,000 to go towards re-roofing and new ceilings. The church is a Grade 2* Listed Building. Christ Church is parish church serving the needs of a very diverse community from students to families from a wide range of nationalities, cultures and faiths, alongside a traditional indigenous population living within rented flats and housing. They have a Church School literally joined to the  church building (just recently rated as excellent in our SIAMS inspection, and good with OFSTED last year). Within the school and community they have a significant number of refugee and asylum seeker families, and generally within the wider community they seek to support those who are less privileged than in other parts of our city. They have good relations with the local Forum Cafe where members of the church volunteer, and support local community projects such as Dwellbeing, again supported by members of the congregation. 

St Andrew's Church, Spennymoor - Grant Awarded £5,000

St Andrew's Church, Spennymoor - Grant Awarded £5,000

NHCT have awarded St Andrew's Church at Spennymoor a grant of £5,000 to go towards the repair of the roof, guttering and downpipes. The church is a Grade 2 Listed building.

St. Andrew's Tudhoe Grange is the Anglican Parish Church for the eastern half of Spennymoor. The parish has an expanding population of around 6000 and includes a large portion of the town centre. The church is open every day for worship, including the Sung Mass, Mattins and Evensong every Sunday and a monthly 'Messy church' for children and families . There is a steady stream of occasional offices the church is regularly used by two local primary schools for collective worship and learning; and by Spennymoor Town Council for civic events. We provide regular holiday clubs and are in the process of setting up a playgroup and a parish nursing service.

St George's Church, Cullercoats - Grant Awarded £10,000

St George's Church, Cullercoats - Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT have recently awarded St George's Church at Cullercoats a grant of £10,000 to go towards works to the West Window.  St George's was designed by the internationally renowned architect John Loughborough Pearson and completed in 1884. Pearson's other works include Truro Cathedral and St John's Cathedral Brisbane. It is the only Grade 1 listed building in North Tyneside and is a prominent local landmark on the sea front. St George's has a large and active congregation with services on Sunday and during the week. Church music is a key part of the St George's tradition - there is a highly competent choir led by a Director of Music with this tradition benefiting from the nationally renowned TC Lewis organ. The church is a community asset being linked to Scout and Guide groups and links with local schools and the local RNLI lifeboat station. St George's provides a focus for social life including for elderly people and those vulnerable to loneliness. St George's is open daily for private prayer and reflection. In its 139 year history St George's has established itself as a centre of the community with many marriages, baptisms and funerals being conducted there. There is widespread local support for the Church including through the Friends of St George's.

St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh - Grant Awarded £5,000

St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh - Grant Awarded £5,000

NHCT recently awarded St Aidan's Church at Bamburgh a grant of £5,000 to go towards a new toilet and kitchen.

The church is a Grade 1 Listed Building.

The church was first built for St Aidan in 635 and rebuilt late 12th century by Augustinian canons, with the early Northumbrian history this church is of national significance. The church bell-tower provides for weekly bell-ringers. The Accessing Aidan project has a unique interactive digital ossuary of 110 Anglo-Saxon skeletons. The church is open 365/366 days per year, 10am-4pm. A shrine to St Aidan, near to where he is believed to have died, was erected in the chancel in 2013. There are weekly services, visitors from all over the world, pilgrims enroute from Durham to Lindisfarne, stained glass windows, one to commemorate Grace Darling plus a stone memorial.

Church of Our Lady, Seaton Deleval - Grant Awarded £8,000

Church of Our Lady, Seaton Deleval - Grant Awarded £8,000

The Church of Our Lady at Seaton Deleval was recently awarded £8,000 by NHCT to help with repointing works at the church. The church is Grade 1 Listed.

This heritage church has been a place of worship since Saxon times. The Normans extended the church in the 11th century and it has been used by the Delavals and local people ever since. Local families have a close affinity with Our Lady. It is popular for weddings, baptisms and funerals because of its timeless beauty and strong connection with past generations.

St Alban's Church, Earsdon, Whitley Bay - Grant Awarded £10,000

St Alban's Church, Earsdon, Whitley Bay - Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT have recently awarded St Alban's Church at Earsdon £10,000 to go towards various works including a disabled access ramp, toilets, small kitchen and also a small office.

St Alban's is a Grade II listed church and sits prominently on the hill at Earsdon. It is very early Victorian being built in 1836-7. St Alban's is by far the largest building in the village of Earsdon and is the most notable landmark in the village, which is a conservation area. St Alban's undoubtedly contributes to the character of the village and character of the village compliments St Alban's. The church is busily in use for baptisms, funerals and school tours; weddings are sadly less frequent at the moment.

St Andrew's Church, Haughton le Skerne, Darlington - Grant Awarded £10,000

St Andrew's Church, Haughton le Skerne, Darlington - Grant Awarded £10,000

St Andrew's Church has been awarded £10,000 from NHCT for new LED lighting/Lime render plaster works/window guards.  The church is located in Haughton-le-Skerne, Darlington and is a Grade 1 listed building. 

The church has been at the heart of Haughton-le-Skerne for almost 900 years. Local people and others from further afield attend weekly services and many more regard it as a place to celebrate significant life events.

Hetton Methodist Church, Hetton le Hole Grant Awarded £8000

Hetton Methodist Church, Hetton le Hole Grant Awarded £8000

Hetton Methodist Church, Hetton le Hole was recently awarded £8000 by NHCT for window frames replacement. The Church which is commonly known as "The Miners Chapel" due to the fact it was built by the miners is a significant part of the whole community not only as a place of worship but a place of many community activities. All Civic services are normally held here too. 

St Michael and All Angels, Felton Grant Awarded £2,000

St Michael and All Angels, Felton Grant Awarded £2,000

St Michael and All Angels, Felton was recently awarded £2,000 by NHCT for a new efficient oil-fired boiler. Located on the Western edge of Felton, St Michael’s is the only remaining church in the village and is the focal point for all religious ceremonies in the village. In addition to regular services, it provides for baptisms, weddings, funerals and other life events. It is used daily by villagers and visitors for prayer, quiet meditation and peace.  

Christ Church, North Shields Grant Awarded £5,000

Christ Church, North Shields Grant Awarded £5,000

NHCT recently awarded Christ Church, North Shields £5,000 towards repointing Tower, repair glass and frames. Christ Church is the Parish Church of North Shields with a mixed demography. There are over 20,000 people in the Parish. The congregation supports a wide variety of activities and organisations. It is estimated over 10,000 people come through the doors in one year via baptisms, funerals, weddings and community involvement. 

St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington Grant Awarded £5,000

St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington Grant Awarded £5,000

St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington was recently awarded £5,000 from NHCT for Roof Works. The church was commenced in 1180 by Bishop Le Puiset and largely complete by the mid 14th century. The distinctive grandeur stems from its collegiate role which is reflected in the prominent west doorway, provided for the solemn entry of the bishop and the spacious cross plan. St. Cuthbert’s Church is an iconic landmark in Darlington at the centre of the town for over 800 years serving worship,
civic and community needs of the people. It is seen as a special and important church, including by Darlington Council and Durham Diocese, both of whom have significant interests in its livelihood and sustainability.

Church of St John the Evangelist, Otterburn Grant Awarded £4,000

Church of St John the Evangelist, Otterburn Grant Awarded £4,000

Church of St John the Evangelist, Otterburn was recently awarded £4,000 for Guttering Works. The Church is a prominent feature on the main A696 through Otterburn (this route runs from Newcastle up over the border in the Scotland). The foundation stone of the church was laid in September 1855 and the church dedicated in October 1857. It has served the community since then, including the Otterburn Army Training Estate, built in 1911 and for many years featuring a significant permanent presence. Close links have always been maintained with the local primary school and with residents of local sheltered and social housing.

St Cuthbert's Church, Marley Hill Grant Awarded £5,000

St Cuthbert's Church, Marley Hill Grant Awarded £5,000

St Cuthbert’s Church, Marley Hill was recently awarded £5,000 to remove and replace boilers. St Cuthbert’s seats 120 people and is built in the Gothic style with the original influence being the Architecture of 12th Century France. The church was registered in 1869 and the Parish of Hillside was later established in 2004 when St Cuthberts, Marley Hill and All Saints, Lobley Hill were united under one incumbent. The official title for the two churches is the Parish of Hillside and the churches
are approximately three miles apart. The church aims to maintain a Christian/C of E presence in the community of Marley Hill and Sunniside and is well used by the local community for a variety of events. 

St John The Baptist Church, Alnmouth Grant Awarded £4,100

St John The Baptist Church, Alnmouth Grant Awarded £4,100

St John The Baptist Church, Alnmouth was recently awarded £4,100 by NHCT for providing 2 handrails and remove 2 protruding pew platforms at the front of Nave (to resolve health and safety issues and improve mobility access). The church is situated on Alnmouth’s main street, Northumberland Street, and in its Conservation Area, an imposing building surrounded by the only green space on the street. It is the third Anglican church to serve the community, earlier churches dating back to 10thC being on separate sites on either side of the estuary. A traditional parish church, it was built on land given by the 6th Duke of Northumberland. It holds community events e.g. Alnmouth Arts Festival hosting concerts, workshops and art exhibitions; village Christmas Lights Switch on from Church Green; Summer fete ; concerts and recitals; information for visitors including those on pilgrim trails; away days/quiet days by other parishes.

Fourstones with Warden Methodist Church Grant Awarded £3,000

Fourstones with Warden Methodist Church Grant Awarded £3,000

Northumbria Historic Churches Trust recently awarded the church £3,000 to go towards roof works. The Methodist Church that supports a congregation from the villages of Warden, Fourstones and Newbrough. Apart from weekly Sunday services (sometimes shared with a federated Methodist church in a nearby town). It holds a popular mid-week Messy Vintage - service with craft activity, mainly for pensioners. It holds regular outreach coffee mornings for charitable causes and is a collection centre for Ukraine refugee donations and the local foodbank. It is an emergency refuge for the Primary School across the road and is the centre for the school's presentation days.

Holy Trinity Church, Cambo, Morpeth Grant Awarded £5,000

Holy Trinity Church, Cambo, Morpeth Grant Awarded £5,000

Holy Trinity Church was recently awarded £5,000 from NHCT to assist with the replacement of electrical distribution system/electrical heaters.  Holy Trinity church is on the highpoint of the village, next to the community orchard.
It is Grade 2 listed and built in 1842 as a landmark to be seen across the newly created parish. Holy Trinity is a Parish Church within the Benefice of Kirkwhelpington, Kirkharle, Kirkheaton and Cambo with an electoral roll of 18, with two services each month with a congregation average of 22, and a seating capacity of 100. The church is used by Cambo Primary School for end of term assemblies and for holding choral concerts.  

St Michael and All Angels, Esh, Durham Grant Awarded £5,000

St Michael and All Angels, Esh, Durham Grant Awarded £5,000

St Michael and All Angels Church, Esh were recently awarded £5,000 from NHCT towards the costs of roof work/repointing.  The village church in Esh dates from 1283 although it was heavily restored in 1770 and again in 1850. King Edward I attended Mass on the 10th September 1306 while on his way from Durham to Hexham and left an offering of seven shillings. The church now consists of Nave and Chancel all under the one roof, South Transept and South Porch adjoining the Nave, and Vestry on the north side of the Chancel. A small stone bellcote surmounts the West gable.

Holy Paraclete, Kirkhaugh Grant Awarded £6,532

Holy Paraclete, Kirkhaugh Grant Awarded £6,532

NHCT recently awarded Holy Paraclete, Kirkhaugh £6,532 towards the costs to repair the boiler house roof.  Unique in its dedication to the Holy Paraclete, a church has stood on this site since the 13th century and a Saxon Cross stands in the Churchyard. The church is well supported by the scattered local community and is used as a quiet place for meditation and often used by walkers as a refuge from the weather and somewhere to make themselves refreshments. It is a popular wedding venue and the churchyard remains open for burials.

St Andrew's Church, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne Grant Awarded £7,326

St Andrew's Church, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne Grant Awarded £7,326

St Andrew's Church was recently awarded £7,326 by NHCT to go towards Stained glass window repairs. The original Chapel was built in 1905 with two storeys and was extended in 1937 to add the Community Hall. The Liddell Hall was added in 1957. Older parts of the building are constructed with solid stone walls with slate roofs. The main purpose of the Church is to advance the Christian faith in our local communities in accordance with the principles and practices of the Methodist and United Reformed Churches. It does a great deal with local communities, including (but not restricted to) the elderly, the young and other groups with particular needs.

St Peter's Church, Bishopton, Stockton on Tees Grant Awarded £5,000

St Peter's Church, Bishopton, Stockton on Tees Grant Awarded £5,000

NHCT recently awarded the church £5,000 towards the cost to repoint and repair the external stonework. The church stands proudly at the heart of a historic village. Bishopton's long history can boast earthworks of a motte-and-bailey castle which lie 500 meters from the church and are a scheduled (EH) monument. St Peter's is one of four churches within the Stockton Country Parish but is the only place of worship in Bishopton - the closest church having recently closed. The church has close links with the village school and reaches out to the needs of the local community and beyond. Sunday services alternate throughout the month, meaning that each church holds one service per month. However the church is always available for life events as required and is also used for school services and for community events, eg concerts and special Xmas celebrations.

St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth Grant Awarded £10,000

St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth Grant Awarded £10,000

St Mary the Virgin Church was recently awarded £10,000 from NHCT for various electrical works and redecoration. The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin is the parish church of Morpeth, having stood since the 12th Century, representing the traditional setting and forms of Anglican Christian worship in the town. Deterioration in the fabric of the Grade 1-listed building, and the changing needs of modern worship, make it increasingly urgent to modernise the electrical wiring, develop internet connectivity to support remote participation in worship and electronic giving, and to restore the décor of the building in all areas. Music is of central importance to the congregation, and the church building is currently used by the community for school events, weddings [rarely], baptisms and funerals.

St Cuthbert's Church, Bellingham Grant Awarded £7,500

St Cuthbert's Church, Bellingham Grant Awarded £7,500

NHCT recently awarded St Cuthbert’s church a grant of £7,500 towards a new heating system.  The church is set on a rise above the North Tyne River in the centre of the village of Bellingham. It is by far the oldest building in the village with foundations dating back to around 1180. The C17th barrel-vaulted roof is exceptional in Northumberland. There are regular services in the church and the tranquil atmosphere of this ancient church is something much loved by the congregation, the wider community and all those seeking a peaceful place in Bellingham. The heritage of the church and its connection with the Border Reivers make it important for local history. The legend of the ‘Lang Pack’ (an 18th century tale of a would-be robber whose grave is in the churchyard) features in many guides to Bellingham. The church has many visitors who come to see the unique stone roof and the nearby St Cuthbert’s (Cuddy’s) Well – a holy well said to have been blessed by St Cuthbert in the 7th century. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals are still important and well attended events and as such the church is of high significance to the local community. 

Holy Sepulchre Church, Ashington Grant Awarded £5,000

Holy Sepulchre Church, Ashington Grant Awarded £5,000

Holy Sepulchre Church was recently awarded £5,000 towards the costs for stonemasonry works to the church that are required.  Holy Sepulchre Church is a well-used place of worship in the heart of Ashington, and a beacon of hope and hospitality in a less privileged community. It is a much-loved parish church with strong clergy and lay leadership. It was built by the mining community, for the mining community in the 1800s, a fact that is still highly visible and relevant today; for example in the prominent miners chapel. The church's building is an important home to community groups, nearby school groups, concerts, and community fairs across the year. The graveyard is also home to a number of Commonwealth war graves. 

St Peter's Church, Stockton on Tees Grant Awarded £7,500

St Peter's Church, Stockton on Tees Grant Awarded £7,500

NHCT recently awarded St Peter's Church a grant of £7,500 towards upgrading the kitchen facilities at the church. St Peter’s is a Church of England parish church on Yarm Road in the south of Stockton-on-Tees. Originally situated in a wealthy part of the borough, the parish has experienced significant economic, demographic and social change since its founding in 1875. They now find themselves ministering in the context of pronounced urban poverty in an area that has also seen a large increase in asylum seekers and refugees from around the world.

St Luke's Church, Newcastle upon Tyne Grant Awarded £7,500

St Luke's Church, Newcastle upon Tyne Grant Awarded £7,500

NHCT recently awarded St Luke’s Church £7,500 towards the costs for repairs to the Bell Tower and Louvres, removal of flaking paint and redecoration.  St Luke's was re-established about 15 years ago as the only Charismatic Anglican Church in the centre of Newcastle. It has since been a significant space, particularly in establishing one of the region's most fruitful prison ministries, establishing a unique worshipping community made up of ex-offenders, those with a history of drug use, and others from the margins of society. After a more recent decline in numbers, St Luke's is receiving a church graft from St Thomas' Newcastle, the new diocesan resource church. A new church leader along with a small group from the St Thomas' congregation will graft into St Luke's to help sustain and revitalise the ministry there.

Holy Trinity Church, Jesmond Grant Awarded £5,000

Holy Trinity Church, Jesmond Grant Awarded £5,000

We are pleased to announce that Holy Trinity Church was recently awarded £5,000 towards a repointing project.  Holy Trinity is a multi-generational parish church based in Jesmond Vale and Sandyford. We seek to follow Jesus, serve and love our community. We have a weekly toddler's group, a weekly senior citizens lunch group and a monthly messy church activity. All of these activities are attended by members of the local community. Average weekly church attendance is 160.

St James Church, Benwell Grant Awarded £25,000

St James Church, Benwell Grant Awarded £25,000

St James’ Church was recently awarded £25,000 towards roof repairs. It has an impressive track record of serving this community, reaching many of the most vulnerable, whatever their background or beliefs. It is now open 6 days a week with hundreds of people visiting for welfare support, community cafe, art club, writing club, local history group, churchyard gardening group, asylum seeker support, and more! St James’ was built in 1833 to a design by John Dobson and is a sacred space that holds the stories of a community that has known much instability and trauma. As one of the few heritage buildings to have survived successive waves of demolition in Benwell, it is a key landmark in an area amongst the most deprived in the country.

St John the Evangelist, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear Grant Awarded £10,000

St John the Evangelist, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT recently awarded £10,000 to St John the Evangelist Church in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear for a new access ramp and toilet.  The Church Community was begun in 1932 to serve the then new housing being built to the north of Wallsend town centre. Originally the Church met in a hall (now the Wallsend Sea Cadet Hall) to the rear of the current Church. New housing is still being built in the parish which is primarily residential. The Church has strong links with the two state schools in the area, the Wallsend Sea Cadets, regularly welcomes local families for baptism and is developing a regular children's ministry.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Medomsley, Consett Grant Awarded £2,949.30

St Mary Magdalene Church, Medomsley, Consett Grant Awarded £2,949.30

St Mary Magdalene Church has recently been awarded £2949.30 for a new efficient gas boiler to replace the existing one.  The church is Grade 1 listed and built in the 12th. century. The church is central and focus point to village life. It is open for adult and children's art and craft groups, Warm Space, coffee mornings and fayres, as well as Services and Remembrance Day Services. The local church school uses the church regularly for school services such as Harvest, Easter, Christmas and Leavers Services.

St Mungo Church, Simonburn, Northumberland Grant Awarded £10,000

St Mungo Church, Simonburn, Northumberland Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT recently awarded St Mungo's Church, Simonburn, Northumberland a grant for the amount of £10,000 towards the costs for works to stabilise the kempe stained glass window. St Mungo's Church is Grade 2* listed and a 13th century village church, on the edge of the village green and was the church for the Greater Parish of Simonburn, stretching down the Tyne Valley from Carter Bar to Hadrian's Wall. It is the largest building in the village and is used, in conjunction with the old School (now Village Hall) for community events and celebrations.

 

St Hilda's Church, Lucker, Northumberland Grant Awarded £8,000

St Hilda's Church, Lucker, Northumberland Grant Awarded £8,000

St Hilda's, Lucker in Northumberland was awared a grant of £8000 towards roof works, rainwater goods and re-pointing at the meeting in April 2023.  There was a church here in Saxon times, St Hilda's is the 6th to be built on this site. It is a fine Grade 2 listed building, with notable interior features - stained glass of exceptional quality and a pulpit and chancel stalls, carved in oak by local craftsmen more than 100 years ago.  St Hilda's today is active and hard at work - the focal point of a community under increasing economic pressure. Income levels in the parish are among the lowest in the Newcastle diocese; the pandemic and the cost of living crisis have been difficult. It is open to everyone, 24/365, with services twice a week. During lockdowns it maintained a prayer corner, kept safe and sanitised, every day - "Thank you for being open" appears often in the visitor's book. They are sustained by generous giving and active fund raising. 

St John the Baptist Church, Greatham, Durham Grant Awarded £10,000

St John the Baptist Church, Greatham, Durham Grant Awarded £10,000

We are pleased to announce that St John the Baptist Church in Greatham, Durham was awarded £10,000 towards various works including a new drainage system, stonemasonry repairs, repointing walls and repairs to stained glass windows. The Church is Grade II* listed, dating back to 1246, and erected over an early Saxon building. The tower was built in 1909, and the bells cast by John Taylor of Loughborough in 1931. 

St Hild and St Helen Church, Seaham Grant Awarded £1,650

St Hild and St Helen Church, Seaham Grant Awarded £1,650

St Hild and St Helen Church, Seaham has been awarded £1650 towards the cost of a new boiler installation. The church is Grade 2 Listed and was built in 1912.  The church actively supports the local community with lots of different activities, including a free wedding service and additional wedding facilities, and also helps run a Food Bank.

St Ives Church, Leadgate Grant Awarded £5,000

St Ives Church, Leadgate Grant Awarded £5,000

A grant of £5000 has been awarded to St Ives, Leadgate  towards the structural repair of chancel walls. The church is Grade 2 Listed, designed by the architect Charles Hodgson, and was built in 1865. The church is known locally as the "Miners Cathedral". The church is made of sandstone, and has a Welsh slate roof. Currently, the church is registered as "at risk " by Historic England. Inside the church, in pride of place, is the Eden Lodge banner which was, in the past, proudly paraded at the Durham.  St Ives is the primary centre for worship in Leadgate. Church services are every Wednesday and Sunday, and average attendance is around 30. For major festivals such as Harvest the numbers swell to 150 or more. 

St Gabriel's Church, Heaton Grant Awarded £10,000

St Gabriel's Church, Heaton Grant Awarded £10,000

NHCT recently awarded St Gabriel's Church, Heaton £10,000 towards new lighting/wiring.  The church is Grade 2 Listed and was built in 1899.  The church was built on land given by Lord Armstrong at a time when Heaton was expanding to meet the needs of local industry. It is constructed in snecked sandstone with Westmoreland slate.  It is an active church hosting and running many religious and community activities. 

Holy Trinity Church, Wingate, County Durham Grant Awarded £3,000

Holy Trinity Church, Wingate, County Durham Grant Awarded £3,000

Holy Trinity Church, Wingate, County Durham received £3000 towards window repairs. The church is Grade ll Listed and was built in 1841. A traditional Victorian parish church serving an ex-mining community, it provides an important focal point.

St Saviour’s Church Shotton Colliery Grant Awarded £5,000

St Saviour’s Church Shotton Colliery Grant Awarded £5,000

St Saviour’s Church Shotton Colliery received £5000 towards re-plastering. The church was built in 1854 and sits within an ex-mining community. The church is well used and acts as a hub for the local community and groups.

The Church of St Philip and St James in Kimblesworth Grant Awarded £5,000

The Church of St Philip and St James in Kimblesworth Grant Awarded £5,000

The Church of St Philip and St James in Kimblesworth was awarded £5000 towards repair of the roof and water table. The church was originally built in 1892-3, with the east end being extensively altered in 1929-30. The church stands on the edge of the village in a prominent position and has strong links with the community and local groups.

The Church of St Michael in Heighington Grant Awarded £2,000

The Church of St Michael in Heighington Grant Awarded £2,000

The Church of St Michael in Heighington, County Durham, received £2000 towards an upgrade of their lighting system. The church is Grade l Listed. Built in the 12th century ,it is a place of worship for both Methodist and Anglican communities as well as providing a focal point for the community

All Saints Church Gateshead Grant Awarded £5,000

All Saints Church Gateshead Grant Awarded £5,000

The Trustees of NHCT awarded All Saints Church, Lobley Hill, Gateshead £5000 towards stonework. The church was built in 1939 on land owned by the Ravensworth estate and was built in memory of the Ravensworth Liddell family. The church holds a central and supportive role in the Lobley Hill Community and it is used regularly.

St Michael and All Angels Church in Felton Grant Awarded £3,000

St Michael and All Angels Church in Felton Grant Awarded £3,000

St Michael and All Angels Church in Felton received £3000 towards window repairs. The church is Grade l Listed and situated in a conservation area. The original church was built in the 12th century. The North and South aisles are thought to have been constructed in the 14th century. It is the only remaining church in the village and is used regularly by villagers and visitors.

St Helen’s Church, Cornhill-on Tweed Grant Awarded £5,000

St Helen’s Church, Cornhill-on Tweed Grant Awarded £5,000

St Helen’s Church, Cornhill-on Tweed received £5000 for window conservation. The church is Grade ll Listed and is of Saxon origin, rebuilt in the 18th century and extended in the 19th century. The East Window, memorial to the 11th Earl of Home, is by AO Hemming and has been noted as being of national heritage importance

The Church of St Philip and St James in Rock Grant Awarded £5,000

The Church of St Philip and St James in Rock Grant Awarded £5,000

The Church of St Philip and St James in Rock received £5000 towards re-wiring. The church is 12th century with Norman features. The church is currently the only building in the village available for community use.

St Mary’s Church Easington Grant Awarded £1,800

St Mary’s Church Easington Grant Awarded £1,800

The Trust awarded St Mary’s Church Easington £1800 towards electrical repairs. It is believed that St Mary’s is among the finest ancient churches in the county of Durham, having a stately grandeur commensurate with its status as one of the principal churches of the medieval Diocese. St Mary’s is a prominent landmark situated on high ground to the west of the old village of Easington.

The Church of St John of Beverley in Haydon Bridge Grant Awarded £5,000

The Church of St John of Beverley in Haydon Bridge Grant Awarded £5,000

The Church of St John of Beverley in Haydon Bridge received £5000 towards glass repairs. Built in 1872, it is a small well-executed ashlar church in Early English Gothic style. The east wall of the church houses a memorial three light stained-glass window depicting The Crucifixion; it is dated 1902 and signed the studio of Atkinson Bros of Newcastle. St John’s is central to the local Catholic community

St Cuthbert’s Church Allendale Grant Awarded £4825

St Cuthbert’s Church Allendale Grant Awarded £4825

St Cuthbert’s Church Allendale was awarded £4825 towards repairs to their entrance porch. Built in 1804, the church was restored in 1873 by Austin and Johnson. With a centre nave and two side aisles, it has an elaborate alabaster and mosaic reredos.

St Chad’s Church in Bensham, Gateshead Grant Awarded £5,000

St Chad’s Church in Bensham, Gateshead Grant Awarded £5,000

St Chad’s Church in Bensham, Gateshead received £5000 towards roof repairs. St Chad’s was consecrated in 1903 and built to a design by William Searle Hicks in a High-Victorian Gothic style with Arts and Crafts tendencies. It was built through the endowment of Emily Easton a local social philanthropist who wished to build a ‘cathedral of the working man’ for the Bensham community to equal the splendour of Durham Cathedral.

Darlington Northgate United Reformed Church Grant Awarded £5,000

Darlington Northgate United Reformed Church Grant Awarded £5,000

Darlington Northgate United Reformed Church received £5000 towards internal beam repairs. The Church building is Grade ll listed and was built in 1869 on a prominent position on the approach road to Darlington from the north.

Great Bavington United Reformed Church Grant Awarded £4498

Great Bavington United Reformed Church Grant Awarded £4498

Great Bavington United Reformed Church in Northumberland was awarded £4498 towards the cost of improved ventilation of the roof. The church was built around 1693, and is the second-oldest former Presbyterian church in England which is still used for worship.

Hexham Abbey Grant Awarded £10,000

Hexham Abbey Grant Awarded £10,000

Hexham Abbey received £10,000 towards Stained Glass window repairs. The Abbey is an important link in the Northumbrian chain of Christianity. Its outstanding character and association with St Wilfrid with original crypt dating back to 674AD, place it as one of the ecclesiastical jewels in the Diocese’s crown. 120,000 visitors attend the Abbey each yearly for services, heritage and quiet spaces.

St John’s Church Whorlton Grant Awarded £5,000

St John’s Church Whorlton Grant Awarded £5,000

St John’s Church, Whorlton which serves Whorlton and Westerhope in Newcastle, was awarded £5000 towards roof repairs. The church was built in 1866 initially as a chapel of ease to serve a congregation of 200 before eventually becoming a parish in its own right. The building, although not listed, has a unique design reflecting its evolutionary history.