All posts by Margaret Doyle

Partnership Day at Ushaw

The Finchale Partnership are organising a Partnership Day at Ushaw on Sunday 30 June. There’ll be more information about the day soon, but in the meantime, can you help?

Each parish will have a stand to share information about the parish, and we are also asked to organise activities. Some parishes have already volunteered to provide face painting and a tombola. If you have ideas about what St. Cuthbert’s could contribute, or if you would like to volunteer to welcome people to Ushaw, to help supervise children’s activities or to help on our parish’s stand, please contact Margaret Doyle on 0191 3783660 or

Finchale Partnership open afternoons

People often say they would like to know more about the other parishes and churches in the partnership.  So, the parish of Bl. Edmund Duke will be hosting an open afternoon on Sunday, 5th May, from 3.00 – 5.00pm.  They are looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the partnership at St Joseph, Coxhoe, DH6 4DA, to look around, chat over refreshments, learn a little about the parish and experience the spirituality of Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.  You don’t have to sign up in advance, but if you need a lift to Coxhoe, or if you are able to offer someone else a lift, please leave your details on the sheet on the noticeboard.

Lent 2019: Collections for Prisoners being released from Durham and Low Newton Prisons

Nepacs is a north east charity which has been supporting people affected by imprisonment for over 135 years. This Lent we would like to collect items for nepacs to make up Toiletry Packs for prisoners being released who are in particular need.  Our previous support to Low Newton has been greatly appreciated.

Useful items to contribute to the Toiletry Packs are toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, shower gel, soap, deodorant (roll-on or spray), flannels, combs and wet wipes. Packs for anyone who is homeless on their release also include socks, plasters, waterbottle/flask, bacterial gel, and a dry food pack (coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate powder, cup-a-soup, cereal bars, sugar, stirrer, Mars Bars).  In addition, the packs for HMP Low Newton need lip balm and Sanitary Pack (STs, tampons, panty liners), and those for HMP Durham need disposable razors and shaving foam.

Please put donations in the boxes in the narthex throughout Lent.

Finchale Partnership

The minutes of the recent meeting of the Partnership Development Group are on the noticeboard.  The meeting reviewed our progress against the Diocese’s list of ‘Partnership Must Haves’.  We also agreed our approach to Confirmation programmes for this year, and decided to set up a Partnership Facebook page and a new Liturgy group to organise Partnership level services.  The full minutes can also be found on the Partnership webpages.

Finchale Partnership Dinner

The Partnership has organised a dinner at Ushaw, on Saturday 30th March.  The cost is £35, and Canon Bob Spence will be the after dinner speaker.  See the poster on the noticeboard for details.  Please complete a sign-up slip and hand it, together with a deposit of £10 per person, to Margaret Doyle by Sunday 17th March.