Parish Separation

Notice

Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011

Draft Pastoral Scheme

The benefice of Blaydon and Swalwell; the benefice of High Spen and Rowlands Gill; the benefice of Swalwell and the benefice of Whickham.

19/10/2020

The Church Commissioners have prepared a draft Scheme in respect of proposals sent to them by the Bishop for:

  • the dissolution of the benefice and parish of Blaydon and Swalwell;
  • the creation of the new benefice and parish of Blaydon, for the parish church of the new parish, for the incumbent’s place of residence and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;
  • the creation of the new benefice and parish of Swalwell, for the parish church of the new parish and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;
  • holding of the new benefice of Blaydon and the benefice of High Spen and Rowlands Gill in plurality, the parsonage house of the benefice of Blaydon and Swalwell to be the place of residence of the incumbent of the benefices held in plurality and for the future patronage arrangements for the plurality;
  • holding of the benefice of Swalwell and the benefice of Whickham in plurality, the appointment of the first incumbent of the benefices so held in plurality, his place of residence to be the parsonage house of the benefice of Whickham and for the future patronage arrangements for the plurality.

A copy of the draft Scheme may be inspected at the church.

The draft Scheme is on our website www.churchofengland.org/consultation or you may obtain a copy from me. Large print and/or audio copies are available on request. Anyone may make representations for or against all or any part of the draft Scheme (pleaseinclude the reasons for your views) preferably by email or by post to reach me no later than midnight on 14 December 2020. If I have not acknowledged its receipt, please ring or e-mail me. For administrative purposes, a petition will be classed as a single representation and we will only correspond with the sender of the petition, if known, or otherwise the first signatory for whom we can identify an address – “the primary petitioner”. When making a representation, please indicate the nature of your interest in the proposals (e.g. parishioner, member of parochial church council, etc) and whether you would like an opportunity to speak to the Commissioners regarding your representation if they decide a hearing should be held regarding the case. If we receive representations against the draft Scheme, we will send them, and any representations supporting the draft Scheme, to the Bishop whose views will be sought. Individual representors and the primary petitioner will then receive copies of the correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and will be told whether a virtual Zoom hearing is to be held. They and individual petitioners may comment further to the Commissioners. Copies of all of the representations received and associated correspondence will be published on the Commissioners’ website if the matter needs to be considered by the Commissioners. If a hearing is held, anyone may attend the virtual Zoom meeting of the Commissioners’ Committee that considers the case and representors may have an opportunity to speak to it. Otherwise, if a hearing is not to be held, the case will be considered in private and you will be informed accordingly. When we acknowledge representations we will let individual representors (and the primary petitioner) know the next few dates of our Committee’s meetings. We will confirm the actual date if a hearing is to be held nearer the time. The Committee will decide if the draft Scheme should proceed when it considers all the representations on the basis of a paper prepared by the Commissioners’ staff and any points raised at the meeting. The Commissioners will notify all representors of their decision and give a statement of the reasons for it.

If they so decide, any representor or petitioner against the draft Scheme may seek leave from the Privy Council to appeal against the decision. Please see www.churchofengland.org/consultation for further information about the procedure.

James Davidson-Brett (Case Officer )

Tel: 01403 581025  Email address: james.davidson-brett@churchofengland.org

Church Commissioners, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ

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