Churches in Broomhaugh and Riding Mill

St James Church


Anglican ChurchSt James Parish Church, Church Lane, Riding Mill – 01434 682120

Methodist Church, Broomhaugh. Minister Rev Stephen Caddy, Eastrig, Appletree Lane, Corbridge – 01434 632151

Roman Catholic Church, Minsteracres – 01434 673248

Baptist Church, Main Road, Stocksfield – 01661 842393

The Religious Society of Friends, The Quaker Meeting House, Main Road, Stocksfield. Clerk to the Meeting: Roberta Ritson – 01661 853989

United Reform Church, Hexham – 01434 673413



St James Parish Church, Church Lane, Riding Mill

St James Church

St James Church

Priest in charge:

The Rev Canon Alison White – 01434 682120

Curate: The Revd George Proud
Readers: Mrs Dorothy Dryden, Mrs Yvonne Greener, Mr Peter Ryder
Reader Emeritus: Mrs Cynthia Wood
Churchwardens: Mrs Lynda Padgett, Mr Sandy Gardner

St James Church website.

Sunday Services
8.00 amHoly Communion
10.00 amParish Eucharist (coffee afterwards in the Church Cottage or Millennium Hall)
Weekday Services
Wednesday 9.30 amHoly Communion


Mid-week study group
Alternate Tuesdays at 7.30 pm at Holly House, Sandy Bank. Contact for further details: Pam Pritchard 01434 682684. Anyone who attends St James Church is welcome to come to the group at any time – no need to arrange to come or to reserve a place.

Sunday School
Creche facilities and Sunday School (Year 1 upwards) are provided each week during term time. Whether you live in Riding Mill and might want to join us every week, or you are visiting the area and would like to be with children of a similar age, you will be made most welcome. For more information, see contact details.

The choir leads singing every week in the Parish Eucharist. New members would be very welcome. If you are interested, contact the choirmaster.

St James Fair Trade
On each first Sunday of the month, Fair Trade coffee and biscuits and Traidcraft catalogues are available in the Millennium Hall at 1115 am (after the 10 am service). This is open to all (irrespective of whether you have attended the service), and orders can be placed on a monthly basis, saving postage costs on any items from the Traidcraft catalogue. Contact Elaine Ryder 01434 682644

Community and Environment Prayer Walk
Laminated sheets describing variations on a walk around Riding Mill, starting and ending at the church and providing focal points for prayer and reflection about the community and the environment, are now available by the font at the back of St James church, to be borrowed at any time that the church is open.


St James Church – Contacts
RoleNameContact details
Priest-in-chargeRev Canon Alison White01434 682120
Sunday SchoolMrs Paula Stienlet01434 632053
ChoirMr Michael Pritchard01434 682684
Organist (first contact)Mr Marc Bryant01434 682630
Stewardship SecretaryMr Eddie Magee01434 682088
Church Flower coordinatorMrs Susan Law01434 682397
PCC Secretary and Church Cottage bookingsMrs Elaine Ryder01434 682644
ChurchwardensMrs Lynda Padgett
Mr Sandy Gardner
01661 886785
01434 682005


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See also: History of the Church


History of St. James Church

St James Church

St James Church

A History of the Church and the building.

When St James Chapel of Ease was built on land gifted by Joseph Wilson to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1858, it consisted of the nave with apsidal chancel, spire porch and vestry. It was designed by Matthew Thompson of Newcastle upon Tyne, built by J D Thompson at a cost of approximately £900 and was consecrated by the Rt. Revd. The Bishop of Durham, Dr Langley on April 22nd, 1858.

Within two decades, the nave was lengthened, the chancel made longer and enlarged with a new transept added at a cost exceeding £1,000. This extended building was re-opened for worship in August 1878.

A new vestry appeal was launched by Revd. W. J.Hinkley in 1962 and this addition was dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt. Revd. Hugh Ashdown on Sunday, 8th December 1963.

Until 1975 St James was a Chapel of Ease for St Andrew, Bywell and it was only when that church was made redundant, that St James became the Parish Church of Riding Mill.

Behind the altar is a beautiful reredos made in 1900 by J Powell & Sons of London which was designed by Ada Carry. The five stained glass windows in the Sanctuary are by Shrigley & Hunt, the artist being Karl Almquist, whilst the small window in the South side of the chancel is by Waites of Newcastle, donated as were the altar rails and the East windows.
“The light of the World” window in the South transept is by Atkinson of Newcastle, whilst the most recent window dedicated to St Luke was designed and made by Andrew Taylor in 2006.

Powell & Sons made all the early 20th Century windows in the nave and E. Evett those in the Baptistry.

These colourful memorials dedicated to those who have worshipped here in the past, lend a sense of calm and serenity to this well loved church, which is usually open between 9am and 5pm each day.

See also: St James Church

Churches Together


St Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish Church, Minsteracres

St James Parish Church, Riding Mill

Riding Mill Methodist Church


Churches Together

MinsteracresRiding Mill Churches Together is led by a committee representing the three churches which serve the parish. The aim is to create opportunities for Christians in the area to share life and worship, beyond their own traditions. To this end, the RMCT committee puts together a varied programme each year, including elements of worship, study, witnessing to our faith and serving the community on an ecumenical basis.

St Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish Church, Minsteracres
St James Parish Church, Riding Mill
Riding Mill Methodist Church
Stocksfield Quaker meeting

The present members of the committee are:

St James' ChurchDavid Kilner (Chair, Methodist Church)
Elaine Ryder (Secretary, St James Parish Church)
George Proud (St James Parish Church)
Rev Stephen Caddy (Methodist Church)
Fr Jeroen Hoogland (Minsteracres RC Church)
Eileen Carew (Minsteracres RC Church)
Sylvia Chainey (Stocksfield Quaker meeting)


Riding Mill Churches Together Café Church

An introduction

What is café church?

It is an occasional opportunity to worship and to explore the Christian faith in an informal setting, whilst sharing food. It includes both items to watch / listen to and opportunities for discussion with those sharing your table.

Methodist ChapelHow is it happening in Riding Mill?

Riding Mill Churches Together are hosting occasional café church ‘services’. The first was held on 13 May 2007 in the afternoon in the Millennium Hall. At this one, around 30 people (including a number of children) focussed on the theme ‘rescued’.

Afternoon tea was provided free of charge, including sandwiches, savoury items and lots of cakes! Tea and coffee were ‘on tap’ throughout the session. Elements of the afternoon included a background slide loop of pictures, an illustrated song about people being moved from St Kilda, Bible stories (including audience participation), and opportunities for discussion and reflection. Alongside, the children came and went from their own table, where they built structures with spaghetti and marshmallows, and made bookmarks (and everyone received a reminder bookmark at the end of the session).

If you would like to be involved in preparing the material, setting up the hall or providing food, please contact Elaine Ryder 01434 682644.

Parish Council Minutes December 2011

You can download a copy of these minutes here (PDF file).

Broomhaugh and Riding Parish Council

Minutes of meeting held on Monday 12th December 2011 in the Supper Room of the Parish Hall.

Present: Cllrs Mills (in the Chair), Reid, Dunhill, Howe and Eakins. Also present were County Cllr. Dale and 4 members of the public.

1. Apologies: None

2. Cooption of Councillor: Eileen Carew offered herself as a Councillor and this was unanimously agreed. She joined members at the table.

3. Declaration of interests: None

4. Minutes of the previous meeting: Agreed as a true record

5. Handyman Report: This was presented by Mrs Stephenson and is available for viewing. There was discussion about the fence/hedge between the Playpark and VHT garden and the replacement of the fence prior to a new hedge being put in place. This will be considered when the quote is in and when others from the VHT and neighbouring houses have been consulted. It was agreed that the hedge be cut for now on the Play park side.

6. Matters Arising: a) Car Park: This is now complete. Planting will take place in the Spring and a small working group of Cllrs Howe and Reid, Mrs Shepherd, Alan Thomson and Mr or Mrs Steimet from the Police House will decide on trees and shrubs.

b) Weir: This is still deteriorating slowly with the bad weather. The original allocation of £3000 should be kept in the budget for next year.

c) Millfield Road bridge: There was some discussion again on the options and Cllr Reid had reservations about the possibility of a 40 tonne bridge being a viable option unless the road was upgraded and adopted as well. It was agreed that further informed discussions would take place after a meeting which was due to take place with BT Bell.

d) Replacement bench at Bobby’s: Following the generous offers from four families and groups to replace this, it had been decided to accept the offer from the family of Ben Wilson, who died aged 9. The family were in the process of selecting a bench and they had also agreed to retain the plaque from the original bench. The other families and groups had all been personally contacted and thanked for their kind offers.

e) Bus shelter: A site meeting was held with representatives from the County Council, the Clerk and Eileen Carew and Cllr Howe. Because of the location of the footpath, bus stop and the exits from the Slaley Road and the Nick, visibility is poor at the best of times and a stone shelter is out of the question. After measurement, it was agreed that there would be room for a glazed shelter by moving the footpath slightly. The total cost would be in the order of £9/10 thousand pounds. This was felt to be high when considering the strain on next year’s budget. It was agreed in principle and it was noted that as £3500 had already been included in the budget, grants could be sought to make up the difference. MA

As an adjunct, it was noted the footpath at the bus stop was in poor condition and this was referred forward to the Highways authority.

f) Parking at the Millennium Hall: the new double yellow lines process was ongoing albeit slowly

g) The fence at the Playpark: a quote is being sought for this to take to the working group

h) Celebrations: The Olympic Torch, the Jubilee and the Festival of the North east are all taking place in the next 2 years. No volunteers had responded to the plea in the Parish News to help organise events around the Torch in the village. Cllr Mills suggested finding out what the school were doing and Cllr Eakins suggested the Councillors ring a few people who might be willing to help by organising a group. Cllr Eakins would coordinate this. JM/JE/ALL

i) Street lighting at the new Car park: Cllr Dale reported that the County Council was looking at lighting on a health & safety basis. Standard lights were very expensive and the car park had been designed with additional lighting in place. It could be possible to have lower height lighting. The Clerk would make enquiries as to options. MA

j) Cllr Dale raised the issue of a request for a new grit bin near Beauclerc. She had been told this would be the responsibility of the Parish Council now but it was not part of the Charter. The Clerk would follow up on this. MA

7. Speed into village: The flashing road signs were now working but subject to a few teething problems. They were set at 34mph before registering in line with County Council Policy. Cllr Dale would forward the email explaining this. Cllr Dunhill would like to see a ‘gateway’ into the village especially at the eastern end of the village as a further deterrent to speeding motorists. Cllr Dale suggested that Dale Romney be contacted from the County Council to discuss the options and the costs that might go with such options. ADe/MA

8. Blind entrance at Wentworth Grange: Following the recent roadworks, the verge near the south bus stop had been tarmaced over having the effect of completely removing the footpath and letting people park more easily. Visibility is already very difficult at that junction. Cllr Dale was due to meet to discuss this matter and would report back. The Council felt that it should be easy to mark up the footpath properly on the tarmac. Cllr Dunhill suggested looking into the purchase of part of the adjacent field to provide car parking. MA

9. Planning: 

11/02191/LBC Listed Building consent at the Lodge, Shepherd’s Dene; this was granted under delegated powers

11/00903/FUL House at land west of Kingmead, Sandy Bank – still pending according to the Planning website

11/02202/FUL Extension at Lyndene, Millfield Road withdrawn

10. Correspondence: a) the general file contained two large consultations for Councillors to consider.

b) Vodafone Mobile Trial: this related to G3 mobiles and was to make expressions of interest through the local MP. Cllr Dale had forwarded the village as being interested in participating in the trial.

c) The Hexham Courant had asked for a short report to go into next year’s Tynedale Visitor. Cllr Dunhill agreed to do this.

11. Finance: a) The financial statement was accepted – it was in line with the budget and as expected.

b) the following payments were authorised:

Northumberland Rivers Trust (re Weir) – £800.00
MFAnderton/Salary/November/Dec. and expenses November) – £918.68
Homevend (Handyman/16) – £70.00
SLCC annual subs 2012 – £97.00
Marchburn Lane Residents Assn. (ex gratia) – £50.00
RM Cricket Club/grass cutting – £746.00
Sign & Design (keys) – £48.00
Northumbrian Water – £12.04
Debmat (car park) – £16,741.20

c) Budget and Precept: The figures were reviewed again. The footbridge over the Weir and the bus shelter could be considered over two years. Accepting a deficit budget again, the Council agreed that the Precept would be £47,000. Whilst a large increase in percentage terms, it is relatively small at the Band D level

12. Minor matters: Cllr Mills had written a short note for the Parish News referring to the vandalism and to the bench at Bobby’s.

The meeting closed at 9.59pm