St Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon

Rev Lorna Gardner

As you know we have, following advice suspended all services of public worship and activities held at St Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and Holy Trinity Church, Swalwell in response to the Corona Virus Pandemic.  Please be assured our ministry of prayer for our communities continues.  

The churches are now open for private prayer.
Please follow this link for further details.

Weekly Reflections

Sunday service

Do join us each Sunday, after 10 am in this week’s service.


COVID 19 update


As a parish we are are committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Durham’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services. A copy of the Parish Safeguarding Policy is attached . . . . here

These services are suspended for the time being:

Sunday, Holy Trinity . . . . . . . 9:00 am Holy Communion
Sunday, St Cuthbert . . . . . .10:15 am Holy Communion
Wednesday, St Cuthbert . . . .9:30 am Holy Communion

A warm welcome to our website.

St Cuthbert’s Church

The Anglican church of St. Cuthbert serves the community of Blaydon. We’re here to help people find God and grow in their relationship with him.

In addition to our regular Sunday worship we have a range of small groups and, on the last Saturday of each month, run Messy Church for children and their parents.

The Churches offers refreshment and delicious home made cakes at the midweek ‘Litebite’. Do come along, regardless of whether or not you are a regular churchgoer. The congregation will give any newcomer or visitor the warmest of welcome.

The Community Hall in Blaydon is a venue for a variety of social activities. For young people the Air Training Corps, and for adults, yoga, zumba, pilates, sequence dancing and carpet bowls, all offer a healthy and enjoyable meeting place. The hall is available to hire for individual events or on a permanent basis at other times, with a capacity of up to 75 people.

St. Cuthbert is a Grade II listed church in Blaydon, Tyne and Wear.
The church was built in 1845 for the  Church of England. It was designed by George Pickering, and is made of local sandstone. The nave and porch were erected in 1844, the north aisle, chancel and tower added later.

The church seats approximately 350 people. Inside there is a large traditional worship space with a central aisle. This is a great setting for a wedding and for baptisms. Some of the pews at the back of the building have been removed to create a flexible space for less formal activities.

Community lunches and Pie’n Pea  suppers are held here, and after the morning service excellent filter coffee, tea and cake is served. There is a children’s area at one end, where our younger church members enjoy play and craft, and where younger visitors are welcome at any time during or after a service.

The church also has a meeting room beyond the vestry, which can be accessed from church or  separately.. The room is also used by outside groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous.

For further information on the history of St Cuthbert’s, please follow this link to Winlaton & District Local History Society :

Holy Trinity Church 

In 1892 the Rev Canon H. B. Carr, rector of Whickham opened negotiations with Sir Henry A Clavering in order to purchase a small amount of land, including an existing building known as Claxton Hall, for the purpose of opening a small mission in Swalwell village.

In 1893 Rev Carr left the property and land to a group of trustees with a view to building a new parish church.

The new church was built, linked to Claxton Hall, which later became known locally as the Church Hall and on the 15th December 1905 the church was consecrated. The first baptism took place later that month on the 21st, and the first marriage took place on the 22nd February 1906.

The church was built joined to a row of houses, now demolished, leaving a gable end to the church on the east side.

The Church hall was demolished in 1998 to create an enclosed garden. In 1999 a new vestry and kitchen was constructed inside the main building along with toilet facilities and a storage gallery. The re-ordering of the interior was completed in 2009.

The church was re-wired in 2012 and new lighting Installed along with new visual and audio technology. The programme of updating was completed in 2013, when the Church was redecorated.

In 2003 Swalwell church became part of the new Parish of Blaydon and Swalwell and continues to serve the community, as the only place of Christian worship in Swalwell

The building is small and also set back from the road, but the blue noticeboard opposite Lidl will help you spot this unassuming and much-loved church.

If you have not been inside for a number of years you may be surprised to discover that the heavy wooden choir and clergy furniture, together with the pews, have been taken out to create a flexible space better able to serve the community.

The soft cushioned chairs can be moved aside or re-arranged to make space for informal worship, children’s activities, and social events such as welcoming the community for hot drinks on a cold evening after the switching on of the Christmas Tree lights in December.

Sunday services generally have the expected formal lay-out of chairs with a central aisle, although there is an occasional special Sunday when we do something different to celebrate!

Follow this link for further information on Holy Trinity Church :

Do get in touch if you have any questions or would like further information, either via our ‘Contact’ page or by telephone.

St Cuthbert