The Parish of Ponteland

750th Anniversary

750th Anniversary Year

17th December 2017 – New Year’s Eve 2018

Today the Parish of Ponteland is happy to announce the official launch of its 750th Anniversary Celebrations. Giving thanks for the faithfulness of God to our church and community over many generations, thankful for our link with our Patron Merton College Oxford.

The history of our Parish Church and community has been touched by raids, sackings, floods, disease, decline, restoration, reformation and renewal, reflecting a rich and varied tapestry of human experience often marked on the fabric of the church building, in stone, glass and heritage.

This year launched today the 17th December will come to completion on New Year’s Eve 2018. It will be an opportunity to work with all people of good will to restore and renew the Church, serve the community through upgraded facilities and through concerts, festivals, challenges, prayer and worship celebrating God’s goodness over 750 years.

We are all called to participate in this Jubilee year. All support will be gratefully received. Hold our celebration in your prayers, for with God’s help all things are possible.

Revd Captain Paul T Allinson (Vicar)



On 25th October the Royal Northern Sinfonia performed La Mer at St Mary's Church to a full capacity audience.

On 13th October the Ponteland Repertory Company performed at St Mary's Church.

On 9th December the Royal Northern Sinfonia performed the Baroque Christmas by Candlelight concert. The concert was well attended and enjoyed by all.



On 10th February the Rock Choir held an amazing concert, despite the atrocious weather, and raised £545.

An article featured in the Hexham Courant discusses the 750th Anniversary and all the events that are being planned to celebrate the occasion over the coming year.


Hartlepool Ladies' Choir gave a splendid performance in St. Mary's on Saturday evening, 24th March. Thanks also to the social committee for the refreshments. This concert continued the events celebrating the 750th Anniversary link between our Parish Church and our Patron, Merton College, Oxford.   


On 28th April Andrew and Margaret Watchorn performed a concert using Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle.


On 19th May Clarsach performed a concert using celtic harps.


On Staurday 30th June we enjoyed a Concert given by Northern Praeclassica, in St. Mary's Church, Ponteland, as part of our 750th Celebratory link with our Patron, Merton College, Oxford.

On 1st July we received a much-anticipated visit from Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College. Simon has been Chaplain of Merton College since 2002 and as well as his Chapel responsibilities, has played a part in the process of our interviewing and selecting candidates as Vicar of St Mary’s both last year and ten years ago. It was good to welcome him back and he preached at our 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Eucharist. He also dedicated the small committee room in the Parish Centre as the ‘Bishop Merton’ Room and joined us for a Faith Lunch.


Eucharist this morning, with visiting preacher, Revd. Mark Wroe.

Here is Isabella with her doll Emilia.

There was over a hundred people in the audience at August’s concert Nordic Summer Nights by the Royal Northern Sinfonia. The music included:

Rasmussen   Wind Quintet in F

Mozart          Oboe Quartet (substitution for Grieg's String Quartet)

Lindberg        Arabesques

Nielsen          Serenata in vano

Berwald         Grand Septet in B flat


A good audience enjoyed an excellent concert on 24 August, given by the Girl Choristers of Merton College, Oxford. This young choir was formed in 2016 and tonight's concert was the first they had given outside Merton College. They did themselves proud. Photos show them arriving, the College Chaplain talking about Merton College and finally being thanked by David Comeskey of St. Mary's Church.

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