Rural Affairs

Welcome to Rural Affairs in the Diocese of Newcastle

The Diocese of Newcastle covers the beautiful and deeply rural county of Northumberland, the most sparsely populated area in England. Small rural parts of County Durham and Cumbria are also within Newcastle Diocese.

The countryside is facing many changes and challenges. The Church, present in so many of our small and remote rural villages and hamlets where other services and facilities have vanished, is well-placed to play its part in supporting and strengthening rural community life. It does this most effectively when working in partnership with others.


Churches Together, with significant support from the Diocese of Newcastle, has been present at the County Show since 2008:

From left to right: Robin Gray, Mary Gray, Ven Peter Robinson (Archdeacon of Lindisfarne), Rhoda Curry, Sarah Robinson, and Sir Donald Curry.



The Diocesan Newspaper, LINK, has had a regular rural column which also appears in Latest News on this site.

The December 2014 includes an interview with Hans Pörksen, incoming Chair of the Northumberland NFU, and more on the NULAG LDS

The November 2014 article is about the Local Development Strategy of Northumberland Uplands Local Action Group (NULAG)

The October 2014 article is about CAP reform and the Farming Community Network (FCN)

The September 2014 article is about farmers' perspectives on Harvest this year.

The July/August 2014 article is about the churches' contribution to the Northumberland County Show.

The June 2014 article is about staffing and chaplaincy at the Northumberland Show.

The May 2014 article is about opportunities to contribute to the new LEADER development strategy.


The Revd Jonathan Mason became Rural Affairs officer for the Diocese in summer 2016.

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