Monthly Archives: May 2012

Benwell – St James

Newcastle West is a funny Deanery. For those of you not versed in Anglican structures, a Diocese is divided into Archdeaconries,  then into Deaneries, then into Benefices, then into individual parishes. So, for example, Matfen, Ryal and Stamfordham are one … Continue reading

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Felton – St Michael and All Angels

Having dropped Julie at work, Elaine and I drove to Cragside – stopping to photograph these bluebells just north of Netherwitton. Then the tulips and rhododendrons of Cragside itself – to say nothing of a good National Trust scone. We … Continue reading

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Holystone – Lady’s Well

My beloved wife is complaining. She receives an email every time I update this blog – and she has had six updates already today. I promise this is the last one today. I was going to spend a day off … Continue reading

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Holystone – St Mary

A fortnight later (28 April) we drove up towards Rothbury, but turned left, over beside Simonside, through the bustling metropolis of Great Tosson, then across a flood Coquet, and past Woodhouses Bastle. Sunday’s readings were sheep and shepherds, and Christ … Continue reading

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Alwinton – St Michael

Having skidded back down the valley we came through the hamlet of Alwinton, crossed the River Alwin, and turned up to the church (NT924057). Up being the operative word. The have an excellent magazine (“Over the Bridges) and a new … Continue reading

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Thropton – St Andrew

On Saturday 14 April, having had the taste for roman forts, I decided to go to the next camp north of Bremenium, Chew Green (NT787086), on the Border, high up in the Coquet Valley. First stop was Thropton, where Pevsner … Continue reading

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A Roman diversion – Bremenium

On Friday 13 April I had gone walking with Gordon and his walking group to see the roman fort at Bremenium and the tombs on the Dere Street (NY833986). The dating of the tomb fits in with Elsdon church tombstone … Continue reading

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Hartburn – St Andrew

Easter was extremely good in both my churches. We were up 20% up on Easter Sunday in St Mary’s Ponteland, while they got 70 into Holy Saviour, Milbourne (how??). On Easter Monday we went for a drive and stopped in … Continue reading

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Tweedmouth – St Bartholomew & St Boisil (again)

  Last time I went to Tweedmouth I said they needed a decent noticeboard. Box ticked. This time I got inside. They have a task on their hands. The north transept has a large, redundant, organ (only installed in 1988), and … Continue reading

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