St Cuthberts Church, Bellingham
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I also have a" Friends Of St Cuthberts," application for membership form, which is a way that help with funding for the church can be given. See below if you would like to contribute.
So here is your first one.
St Cuthbert’s Bellingham
Newsletter No. 4
From the Chairman:
At my parish church in Jesmond, St George’s, we are installing new lighting, and cleaning the interior stonework, mosaic and tiles. For this purpose scaffolding has been erected, filling most of the interior of the building. For over two months the church has been virtually inaccessible and most services have been held in the church hall. This has caused many of us to reflect on what it would be like not to have a beautiful church in which to worship.
These thoughts occur to me as I consider the aims of the Friends of St. Cuthbert’s church here in Bellingham. It is very easy to take our churches for granted; to expect that they will be there whenever we want to attend them – for a regular service, or perhaps for a wedding, a baptism or a funeral; to find a quiet place “where”, as T.S. Eliot has written, “prayer has been valid”, or just to look round.
You will see elsewhere in this Newsletter that St. Cuthbert’s is seeking to raise over £30 000 towards the repair of the roof and improvement of the lighting. We, the Friends of St. Cuthbert’s, will be helping to raise money for this necessary work. But the Friends do not exist just to assist with immediate fund-raising, important though that is; the Friends have a long term commitment to the preservation and maintenance of the building so that future generations will be able to enjoy it.
We are grateful for the support you are giving and we hope you will be able to enjoy and take part in the activities we are arranging for this summer and autumn. You will see details of these in the Newsletter. Please help to make these events as widely known as possible, and invite your family and friends to share in them.
With my very good wishes,
RIDE AROUND ENGLAND
During 2013 Wlliam Reddaway is riding his horse Strider to the 4 corners of England visiting 30 Cathedrals, including all the medieval ones. He is expecting to be in the North Tyne for 3 days towards the end of June, when he will be about 650 miles into his 2,500 miles plus journey.
There will be an opportunity to meet both William and Strider and to be able to hear about their journey on:
Sunday 23rd June - 6.00pm
THE RECTORY, BELLINGHAM
Refreshments will be available. Tickets (at £5) can be booked through Rev. Dr Susan Ramsaran at the Rectory.
Friday 6th September
Following the success of their previous concerts Hexham Brass will again be performing in Bellingham Town Hall. This concert will precede the
ST CUTHBERT’S FESTIVAL
Saturday 7th/Sunday 8th September
Saturday 7th September will once again be the pilgrimage from St Cuthbert’s Elsdon via St Cuthbert’s Corsenside and finishing at St Cuthbert’s Bellingham.
On Sunday 8th September the Annual General Meeting of the Friends
will be held in The Reed Hall at 4.00pm
VILLAGE HARVEST SUPPER
Bellingham Town Hall
Friday 20TH September
THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS
Harvest Festival weekend
21st – 24th September inclusive
Scribed in honour of St Cuthbert in the early 8th Century, the original volume is on display in Durham this summer on loan from the British Library. For the benefit of people in more remote areas of Northumberland, an official facsimile is to be exhibited in a few churches dedicated to St Cuthbert – including Bellingham. St Cuthbert’s, Bellinghamwill host the facsimile along with a “turn the page” slide-show, display boards and children’s material.
Thursday 10th October
at The Cheviot
In the last Newsletter we reported that there was TROUBLE AHEAD –
Despite extensive restoration to the church in 1997 damp continues to be an ongoing issue.
Scaffolding has been in place since January and some of the roof tiles have been removed to try and determine the extent of the problem.
This was a preliminary investigation/inspection of the void between the internal and external roofs which revealed some unexpected conditions in the void. The internal roof appeared to be covered with roofing felt.
An investigation into the archives indicated that during the early nineteen sixties the church was closed for a period while the internal roof was jacked-up, a coating of concrete was laid over the internal roof and finally the concrete was covered with roofing felt.
We assume that the roofing felt was to allow the water to ingress through the external roof
to run down to the eaves. However, there appeared to be no way for the water to run into the gutters. The result is that any ingress water runs down onto the top of the walls and soaks in, hence the dampness and flaking of the internal plaster.
The church architect, Dr Geoffrey Purves, and the English Heritage architect, Kevin Doonan, have agreed a procedure to address the problem and a contract for the work has been drawn up.
We are now in a position where an approved contractor has been appointed but until there are sufficient funds the work cannot proceed. The estimated cost is £70 000 and the PCC is urgently applying to various funders for grants. To date we have a grant from English Heritage of £49 000 so there is a shortfall of £21 000.
At the same time the PCC has concluded that the present light fittings need replacing. It is felt that this work should be done at the same time as the work on the roof in order that redecorating is only done once. This extra work is estimated to be in the order of £10 000 so, in fact, the PCC is seeking £31 000.
From the Rectors Blog
The Easter Garden – Some of the creators
The felt picture is to remind them of the story of Jesus' crucifixion and his greeting Mary Magdalene in front of the empty tomb
St Cuthbert’s, Bellingham
His Grace the Duke of Northumberland
Comments in the Visitors Book about the special atmosphere found in this Grade 1 listed building with its unique stone roof include:
Very peaceful – God is within.
Stunning roof, incredible building, lovely village.
It’s places like this that make this lost sheep want to return to the fold.
The responsibility for the upkeep of the building attracts NO financial support from government or church authorities.
The church congregation already raises more than £12 000 a year to support the church’s ministry.
The Friends scheme enables a wider group of people than the worshipping community to ensure that the building can be maintained for future generations. Maybe you were married, baptized or confirmed here. You may have celebrated the life of a family member in this church.
Perhaps you lived in the village or attended church here when at Brownrigg School and have memories of your time here.
The Friends of St Cuthbert’s Bellingham:
Provide an active link for those no longer living in the area but who still wish to retain some roots here
Organise social gatherings and other activities
Provide financial support for restoration work to the church building
As a Friend you will receive a periodic newsletter to keep you informed of activities which you may wish to participate in.
If you wish to become a Friend please complete the form below
Thank you for your support for St Cuthbert’s Bellingham.
We look forward to seeing you at our events
Application for Membership
(Copy & paste this onto A4, fill in details and send to address below)
I would like to become a Friend of St Cuthbert’s, Bellingham and wish to pay my subscription as detailed below.
I enclose my/our membership subscription of
Annual Individual (minimum) £10 □ Annual Family (minimum) £20 □
Life membership (one off payment) £200 □
Cheques should be made payable to:
The Friends of St Cuthbert’s Bellingham
If you would like to pay the subscription by Standing Order please complete the information below and we will send you the appropriate form.
Surname ………………………………….. First Name …………………………………..
E-mail ………………………………….. (an email address keeps distribution costs down)
For Family Membership please add other names:
Please return to:-The Friends of St Cuthbert’s Bellingham
C/o The Rectory