Tudor Family Fun Day Saturday 4th March 2017 10am-2pm

Enter the world of Bernard Gilpin, Tudor Rector of Houghton-le-Spring

Saturday 4th March from 10.00am-2.00pm

in St Michael and All Angels Church, The Broadway, DH4 4DN

Join us for a free day of activities for all the family to include:

  • Storytelling
  • Crafts
  • Wool spinning demonstration
  • Tudor dance
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Refreshments

Bring the family and experience Tudor Houghton.

Visit our Beer Festival – Fri 10th Feb 7pm, Sat 11th Feb 12noon, band The Grumpies at 7.30pm #gilpin500

Our Gilpin 500 Beer Festival takes place in the Kepier Hall (behind the church on the Broadway in Houghton-le-Spring, postcode DH4 4DN) this weekend.

Tickets are £10, ring John Lambton on 07917 817879 to reserve tickets or buy on the door.

Ticket includes a commemorative half pint glass and 5 half pints of beer or cider.

Doors open Friday 10th February at 7pm.

Saturday 11th February the festival will run from 12noon with local band The Grumpies playing a gig at 7.30pm.

If you come the Friday night you can return with your glass on Saturday and have free entry. Further drinks tickets can be bought at £1.50 or 5 for £6.

9 ales are available to try and 2 ciders including our very own Gilpin 500 limited edition ale from Maxim Brewery.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Mini Beer Festival for Gilpin 500 – 10-11 February 2017, Houghton-le-Spring

Join us at the Kepier Hall from 7pm on Friday 10th February and 12noon on Saturday 11th February for our unique Mini Beer Festival.

Sample 7 craft beers on tap, including the limited edition Gilpin 500 ale, and a selection of ciders.

Entry is £10 and that includes 5 half pints and a commemorative glass to take home.

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Free Gilpin 500 School Resource Pack

Bernard Gilpin was passionately committed to education – he founded the first grammar school in Houghton-le-Spring and paid for boys to attend Oxford University. We are equally passionate about education!

We have produced a resource pack for any schools wanting to take part in the Gilpin 500 commemorations. Not only is there scope for enlivening your history curriculum but also for looking at themes in RE, citizenship and SMSC.

Download the pack here.

If you would like someone from the church to come and deliver assemblies or lessons on Bernard Gilpin, please contact Curate Rev’d Bryony Taylor.

If you are looking for supplementary materials for your lessons such as DVDs, topic boxes, books etc. please contact the North East Religious Resources Centre: https://www.resourcescentreonline.co.uk/

Part of our West Window at St Michael's depicting school boys supported by Gilpin
Part of our West Window at St Michael’s depicting school boys supported by Gilpin

Gilpin 500 is launched!

2017 is finally here and along with it our year of commemorating and being inspired by our former Rector Bernard Gilpin. We launched our celebrations this morning at St Michael’s with a special cake and a prayer for Gilpin 500. Join us for our events – download the calendar here and pray for God’s blessing on us and our town of Houghton-le-Spring using the words of our Gilpin 500 prayer:

God of love and compassion,

we give you thanks for the

life and witness of Bernard Gilpin.

May we be inspired to follow his example

of faith, generosity and service to

transform our community today;

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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