St Mary's Dinner Group


Would you like the opportunity to meet with like minded people over a reasonably priced meal in a pleasant environment - followed by a talk from a high-calibre speaker on a topic of relevance to our beliefs? If so, we can promise you some enjoyable evenings. The cost of £14 per person (collected on night) includes a two course meal (main and dessert) and tea/coffee.


The coming months will bring us guest speakers dealing with a variety of topics. Watch this space!!


Time & Venue: 6.45pm Redwell Inn, Harmire Road, Barnard Castle DL12 8QJ


Hopefully you may be interested in joining us for an evening of good company, good food and great conversations. There is no commitment to attend all talks. Come along to one and give it a try – you may well want to come to more.

Put the dates in your diary now!


Previous speakers have included:

  • Rev Canon Glyn Evans - Chaplain to Newcastle City Centre and Newcastle United AFC
  • Rev Adrian Gatrill - Chaplain to Durham Constabulary
  • Kevin Wake - CEO of Teesdale YMCA
  • Rev David Tomlinson - vicar of St John's, Shildon, who spoke about the "Shildon Alive" project
  • Professor Tom McLeish - the distinguished physicist, who spoke about his widely acclaimed book Faith & Wisdom in Science
  • Neil Collin - former police officer, voluntary chaplain to Northumbria Police and project co-ordinator for the organisation Redeeming our Communities

  • Peter MacLellan - founder and co-ordinator of County Durham Foodbank
  • Lesley Richardson, CEO of the Prince Bishops Community Bank
  • Naomi Tomlinson, co-founder of the Fairplay for All Foundation, who spoke of her work amongst the Payatas community in the Philippines
  • Graham Young who played a pivotal role in the development of the Fair Trade movement
  • Superintendent Kerrin Smith, Durham Constabulary
  • Rev Martin Jacques, vicar at Gainford and Winston and missioner for the Barnard Castle Deanery
  • Alistair Jenkins, Regional Manager of Charity Bank
  • Captain Stephen Ramshaw, Church Army, working at St Paul's Willington Quay
  • Paula Ford (Head Teacher) and Jackie Tweedy of Green Lane C of E Primary School, Barnard Castle
  • Michael Banks, former Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary
  • Cllr Mrs Sandra Moorhouse, Town Mayor of Barnard Castle
  • Rev'd Alison Wallbank, Associate Minister Eggleston Holy Trinity, with St Mary's Middleton-in-Teesdale
  • Tony Vickers and Norma Bain, Darlington and District Samaritans
  • John Little, Managing Chaplain, HMP Holme House
  • Karenza Passmore, Director NE Religious Resource Centre
  • Rev Anne Freestone, chaplain to the MoD at Catterick Garrison and chaplain to the Howard family at Castle Howard
  • Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Department of Geography, University of Durham who spoke about her recent    book Hunger Pains: Life inside foodbank Britain
  • Richard Bell, Durham County Councillor for Barnard Castle West
  • Rt Revd Paul Butler, The Bishop of Durham
  • Richard Betton, Northern Regional Director of the Farming Community Network
  • Rev Bryony Taylor, author of the book More TV Vicar
  • Gerald Blake, Emeritus Professor of Geography at Durham University
  • Ivor Stolliday, Chapter Member and Treasurer of Durham Cathedral; Chair of Visit County Durham
  • Rev'd Darren Moore, Chaplain at Barnard Castle School
  • Dr Jon Warren, Department of Geography, Newcastle University
  • Ray Leonard, Bridging the Gap officer, Diocese of Durham
  • Helen Goodman MP
  • Sharon Hanson-Cooper, Public Sector Chartered Accountant

See their photographs by clicking here!


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For more information, click here to send an email to the Dinner Group co-ordinator bcctalks@gmail.com