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The latest news from across the Diocese of Durham. 

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Bishop Paul announces plans to retire

First published on: 14th July 2023

Bishop Paul has announced that he plans to retire from the role of Bishop of Durham at the end of February next year. He will have served as Bishop of Durham for 10 years.

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Inspirational George is honoured by Archbishop for service to church music

First published on: 11th July 2023

A long-serving organist and choirmaster in Durham Diocese has received a prestigious national award.


Successful Germany visit will build on existing links

First published on: 7th July 2023

A delegation from Durham have returned from a visit to a link diocese in North East Germany, which they hope will foster relations between churches and schools.


GATHER: A New Rural Church Plant for Teesdale

First published on: 4th July 2023

The Diocese of Durham is excited to announce the launch of GATHER: God's Tent in Teesdale, a new church plant that is part of the Diocese's church planting strategy.


Year 6 prayer spaces and leavers’ services at Durham Cathedral

First published on: 3rd July 2023

Each year we have the privilege of running an event for the Year 6 pupils in our Church of England primary schools across the diocese to mark the transition from primary to secondary education. 


Priest and Deacon Ordinations Petertide 2023

First published on: 2nd July 2023

Today, Saturday 2 July, Bishop Paul ordained ten priests in a service at Durham Cathedral.

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Nominations open for National Church Awards

First published on: 30th June 2023

Churches across the Diocese are being invited to enter nominations for this year's National Church Awards. 

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Durham church school is 'good' with outstanding qualities - Ofsted

First published on: 27th June 2023

Inspectors concluded that pupils at St Peter’s Elwick Church of England Primary School in Hartlepool benefit from an “exceptional” curriculum that prepares them well for life and they learn to do the right thing, even when it is difficult.  

Book recalls history of Bishop’s charity as it celebrates 750 remarkable years

First published on: 26th June 2023

The Hospital of God at the village of Greatham, near Hartlepool, has a long and fascinating history. Founded in 1273 to care for the poor and the elderly, it has survived unprecedented changes in society over the centuries.

Philip Plyming appointed as new Dean of Durham

First published on: 16th June 2023

His Majesty The King has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Dr Philip Plyming as the next Dean of Durham

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