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With One Voice

The Catholic Parishes of St Agnes’ Crawcrook, St Joseph’s Highfield and Our Lady of Lourdes Chopwell

Part of the Ovingham Parish Partnership in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle


Fr Adrian Tuckwell (Partnership Dean -  Winlaton)    0191 414 2654

Fr John James (Crawcook) 0191 413 2766

Fr Jonathan Rose (Stella)  0191 413 2749

Fr Michael Whalen (Prudhoe) 01661 832298

Deacon Derek Gallagher   01207 561445 


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Across the diocese Partnerships are looking at plans to help our communities to grow given the circumstances that they are facing.

The Ovingham Partnership priests and Partnership Development Group have considered how our parishes could be served in the coming years with fewer priests and deacons. This discussion has been going on since June 2018 and has also involved presenting our ideas to the Episcopal Council. We feel it is now time to share the proposed plan with everyone in the partnership.

We present it to you as a plan which we feel will work only with the support of you the parishioners. It may be that parts of the plan do not come into operation for some time, if ever, but we feel that by having such a plan we are taking a step towards being ready for the future. It is presented in three stages of which only stage one has a commencement date.

 Father Adrian Tuckwell , Partnership Dean

 Click HERE to download the Partnership Proposal document



The PDG meet again on Thursday 12th July. Here are the highlights from the meeting which discussed the outcomes of the three open committee meetings;

Communications—agree to communicate as much information as possible in as many ways as possible. 

Strategy—a good open and thoughtful meeting produced many ideas to explore. These will be taken to a meeting which will come up at proposals for future organisation of grouped parishes. 

Youth—four young people met with some members of the PDG and other parishioners. They have agreed to form a Youth Action Group which will lead events for younger members of the communities and add to the PDG discussions.