Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ringing the bells to welcome Reverend Tom Birch

I would like to welcome the Reverend Tom Birch, who is the new parish priest of St Oswin’s Church in Wylam and St Mary the Virgin Church in Ovingham. He is the first vicar to be the incumbent of both parishes, and on Monday evening he was welcomed into the community at a packed St Mary the Virgin Church, where he was licensed by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Rev. Christine Hardman. Mr Birch was previously assistant curate at St Nicholas’ Church in Gosforth.  I wish him, his wife Jessica and their three children the best of luck in their new community, and I look forward to getting to know him over the coming years. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Just when you thought it couldn't get better ...

Rory McIlroy has added his name to the already exciting list of top golfers who will be playing at next week's British Masters, which will be played at Close House in Heddon-on-the-wall. McIlroy will be joining tournament host Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, and many more when the tournament tees off on Thursday 28th September, and it promises to be a fantastic few days for the North East!

If you're lucky enough to have a ticket for the British Masters then why not make the most of your time in Northumberland? The area around Close House is home to some brilliant restaurants and pubs- try out The Swan in Heddon or go down the road to the Black Bull in Wylam for some delicious Northumberland cooking.

More information about the 2017 British Masters is available here-

Monday, 18 September 2017

Hidden Treasures- Aydon Castle

You've heard of Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick too, but just outside the centre of Corbridge is Aydon Castle- one of the finest examples of Northumberland's long and fascinating history.

Surrounded by beautiful and peaceful woodland, Aydon Castle is a stunning 13th century fortified manor house. Built by wealthy merchant Robert de Reymes in 1296, the building was initially a residence but was fortified on the outbreak of the Anglo-Scottish wars and was occupied by both the English and the Scots during the 14th century. Aydon Castle later became a farmhouse in the 17th century which was lived in until 1966, and it is largely unaltered from its medieval appearance to this day.

Aydon Castle is full of history and makes a fascinating day out, especially with its secluded and peaceful setting which is perfect for a picnic when the sun is out! There is so much history in Northumberland, and Aydon Castle is a great place to discover some of Northumberland's fascinating past!