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Tree planting day, 21 February 2019

On a glorious and unusually warm February day (15°C plus,) 25 of us; community, staff, volunteers, friends and Tynedale Horticulture Services gathered to plant 30 oak trees.  Each tree is approximately 4 years old and has been planted in the parkland at Minsteracres.  Each year we aim to plant as many new trees as we Full Story

Time to say ‘Thank you and goodbye’ to Andy Pennington

Andy Pennington our conservation consultant is moving on to pastures new and in this article we wanted to say ‘Thank you’ to him and all the conservation volunteers who have worked so hard in all weathers to make the estate at Minsteracres a better place for all to visit and enjoy. Sitting in 110 acres, Full Story

Passionist Jubilee Icon

By Fr Jeroen Hoogland cp, Rector In 2020 we will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Passionist Congregation. November 22nd 1720 is considered to be the moment when it began. On that day St. Paul of the Cross was clothed in a black habit to mark the start of his life as Full Story


Daring Disciples are taking off…

By Elisabeth van Dijl During the first weekend of March we welcomed about 25 Friends of Minsteracres to our first ‘Daring Disciples’ retreat of the year. With this theme we want to connect with the missionary discipleship initiatives in the Hexham & Newcastle Diocese. The word ‘daring’ was added both as a dare to all Full Story

We are recruiting…

Our current Head Cook is retiring and we are seeking her replacement for this key role in our management team. We are also looking for a general assistant to help our catering and housekeeping teams. If you are interested in either of these roles please visit our Vacancies page where you can find further information Full Story

Daring Disciples

With this edition of our newsletter we are approaching the end of the year. It may just be me, but it feels like the year 2018 has passed very quickly. Some people say that this happens when you get older. That may well be true… However, I think it has also something to do with Full Story


The Hidden Life of Trees

Minsteracres is known for the magnificent avenue of Sequoias, but there are other beautiful mature trees. Unfortunately this year we have lost a few. The stunning old cherry blossom tree near the chapel came down earlier this year. The majestic horse chestnut lost one of its main branches and probably won’t live very long. The Full Story

A Huge Thank You to Free the Way!

Free the Way is a Seaham based charity, which helps people who have a history of addiction to drugs and alcohol, to establish a new way of life in recovery from addiction. The charity provides accommodation and programmes to help service users out of the trap of dependence and to move on to independent living. Full Story

Easy as ABC….!

It’s as easy as ABC ……….!  A night of great fun and fundraising for Minsteracres was held on the evening of Friday 19 October 2018 in St Bernadette’s Church Hall.  This was organised by the ABC Churches of Wallsend, which include St Aidan’s, St Bernadette’s and St Columba’s.  Parishioners and friends attended from all three Full Story


Stencils get a make over at St Elizabeth’s

This week we had four guest stencillers staying at Minsteracres, working in the Sanctuary of St Elizabeth’s Church – Karen Dundas, Shannon Miller, Rory Johnson and Annabelle Remnant.  Karen and Shannon work together as “Scottish Wall Painting Conservators“, whereas Rory and Annabelle are both freelance Conservators.  Rory, who is based locally in Humshaugh, Northumberland,  offers Full Story