All posts by Margaret Doyle

Heritage Open Days

On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September, between 10am and 3pm, our church will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Days event ( .

The church will be open to visitors, a small exhibition will be in place and light refreshments will be available. If you could support our existing stewards and help staff the church for 30 minutes or more during the day, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or

Partnership Open Afternoon at St. Cuthbert’s

On Sunday 15th September, we especially invite all our friends from across the Finchale Partnership to come and visit our community, to have a look, a chat and an opportunity for us to learn more about each other. This will be the fourth of a series of Open Afternoons across the partnership. We will need people to greet, to befriend, to make teas and coffees and generally to ensure that all feel welcome.

We will also need some savoury and sweet nibbles for our guests! If you can help in any way, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle.

Church Cleaning

To get ready for the Heritage Open Days and Partnership Open Afternoon, it would be good to have a cleaning blitz in the Church and Parish Room in particular. So, if you can help, please come along from 2.00pm on Saturday 7th September, ready to dust, sweep, polish and generally spruce up our beautiful church.

Finchale Partnership Open Afternoons

In our area, and especially to the people of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Newhouse, Esh Winning, St John Boste is ‘a local lad’.  At a time when it was illegal to be a Catholic priest John Boste was arrested in what is now our parish, and then executed in Durham in 1595.  More recently mining has played a big part in building up our community, though, obviously, all of the collieries are now closed.  You are welcome to come and visit our Church and Parish Centre in Newhouse on Sunday 7 July, 2.00 – 4.00 pm (DH7 9LF). We’ll be delighted to meet you and show you our Church.

Partnership Day at Ushaw

The Finchale Partnership are organising a Partnership Day at Ushaw on Sunday 30 June.  There will be Mass at 12.30pm (including children’s liturgy), followed by activities and prayer for the rest of the afternoon.  Because of the Partnership event, there are changes to Mass times in many of our churches, so please take a sheet with the revised Mass times for the weekend of 29/30 June.  There will be a schools’ choir concert and games for families, information about all the parishes in the partnership, a Memory Cafe for those affected by dementia, treasure trails and guided tours. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, where you will also find sign up sheets for guided tours or if you need a lift to Ushaw on the day.

The café in the Refectory will not be serving a full menu but you will be able to buy light refreshments.  Why not bring a packed lunch or a picnic? Or treat yourself to one of Ushaw’s picnic hampers – see poster for details and phone Ushaw on 0191 3345119 by Tuesday 25 June to order your hamper.
A number of people are planning to cycle to Ushaw. The plan is to leave St Cuthbert’s by 10:30am on Sunday 30th June, in order to have some time before Mass to cool off and everyone is welcome to join us. 

Guidelines for the Parish’s Councils and Committees

The Guidelines for the Parish Pastoral Council and the other groups and committees have recently been amended. The changes reflect the fact that the parish is now part of the Finchale Partnership, and they were discussed and accepted at the meeting of the Parish Assembly on 23 May 2019.

The guidelines can be found here –