Rural Churches for Everyone

A collective approach to securing sustainable futures for 42 historic Northumbrian church buildings.

Rural Churches for Everyone aims to secure a sustainable future for our much-loved church buildings in the least populated areas of Northumberland, and into County Durham.  The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and part of the Inspired North East programme to support people caring for historic church buildings. Project partners are Community Action Northumberland, the Centre for the Rural Economy at Newcastle University, Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland Coast AONB and the North Pennines AONB. 

Over the coming two years, people from the 42 churches involved in the project will come together to share ideas, skills and experiences. They will work in four geographical clusters: Upper Wansbeck, Pennine Moorland, Northumberland Coast and National Park. Each cluster will focus on a collective future for their church buildings as heritage and community assets, and receive intensive support to create a strategic development plan. In addition, a programme of training will build capacity and skills within the rural areas of the diocese. 

Through the project we can reconsider the historic church buildings that have stood at the heart of our communities for centuries. We hope to release their potential to serve community needs, adapt to rural change, and share our memories and stories of those who came before us.  

For more information about the project outcomes, click here

For a list and map of the project churches in their clusters, click here

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For more information on the project contact the RCfE Project Officer Philippa Craig, or 0191 2704123.