Many in our community will remember Stanley Prins, who died recently aged 88.  Stanley retired to Scroggwood with his wife Marion after serving for many years as the Vicar of Humshaugh.  In a packed St Peter's church in Humshaugh on Monday 16th June, there was an opportunity for his many friends to come together to celebrate his life.  With well loved hymns and eulogies which gave a flavour of his range of interests and drew out his humour and his love of people, the service was a fitting tribute to him.  The sermon was preached by our Vicar, Rev'd Dr Benjamin Carter.  Over tea in the village hall, there was a display of some memorabilia of Stanley's life, including photos of his early life as a schoolboy in India and his connections as a Chaplain in the Territorial Army.

On Tuesday July 10th, ten of us gathered in the beautiful setting of Shepherd's Dene Retreat for a "Day of Reflection". This was a follow - up to the contemplative meetings held during Lent.

Our thoughts and discussions were led by Gill Alexander. Doreen Palmer and Jenny Sadgrove also  led sessions on different aspects of prayer.

Some of our time was spent outdoors in the extensive grounds surrounding the house.

Everyone agreed that it was an uplifting experience to be able to share our time and thoughts in such a relaxed atmosphere.shepherds dene


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On another lovely sunny day last Saturday, St Cuthbert's Church Haydon Bridge held its church fete.  There were cream teas, competitions (flowers in a jam jar, guess the weight of the cake), produce and plant stalls, a raffle and tombola, and plenty for the children to do.  This was also an opportunity to check out the display board with the architect's drawings showing how the Church could be developed to provide greater amenity.  God's Tent was also pitched in the churchyard, HB church feteVisitors at HB church fete

enjoying teaSurrounded by family, friends and visiting clergy, our Curate Gill presided at her first Eucharist on Saturday 7 July following her ordination the previous week.  At 5 pm, St Cuthbert's Beltingham in the sunshine was the setting for the service, followed by drinks and afternoon tea in the church grounds.  The Rt Rev'd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain, Bishop of Grantham, was the preacher.  At the end of the service, there was a presentation of gifts to Gill.  Many thanks to all who worked to make this such a joyful and memorable occasion

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We regret to inform you that the Revd Canon Stanley Prins died peacefully on 28th June following a short illness.

During his lifetime, Stanley served across our diocese and was much liked and respected. He was husband to Marion, father to Lucy, Kath and Simon, and grandad to Lucas, Megan, Sam, Josh and Dan.

He was former Vicar of Humshaugh, Simonburn and Wark and previously of Chapel House, St Thomas' Newcastle and Benwell Newcastle, also former Padré to 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery. He retired to Bardon Mill.

His funeral will be held at St Peter's, Humshaugh on Monday 16th July at 2pm. Refreshments will be served in the village hall afterwards. Retiring collection will be for The Children's Society and SSAFA.

Please hold his family in your prayers.