Jane Easterby leaving to become Spiritual Care Chaplain

After five years and four months leading the Edwardian ‘Arts and Crafts’ retreat house, Shepherds Dene in the Tyne Valley, Warden/Director, Jane Easterby, will be leaving to move on to pastures new at the end of April.

Jane, who has been training for ordination with Lindisfarne College of Theology over the last two years, will be moving to Stockton-on-Tees to take up the role of Spiritual Care Chaplain at the University Hospital of North Tees and will serve her curacy in Durham Diocese. Jane’s ordination as Deacon will take place on Sunday 30thJune at Durham Cathedral at 10am.

“My time at Shepherds Dene has been extremely rewarding and I will be very sad to leave behind such a beautiful place and so many lovely people. I hope that many of our paths will continue to cross in the future, as I begin the new ministry to which God has called me in Durham Diocese. I leave Shepherds Dene in the safe hands of a wonderful staff team, who will continue to offer warm Northumbrian hospitality to all who come to the house.”

Jane has overseen a period of significant growth at Shepherds Dene, at a time when many retreat houses have succumbed to financial pressures and have been forced to close. Despite this achievement, such a valuable local resource which serves the spiritual needs of visitors from all over the country, remains a local charity in need of continuing support in these difficult times.

Jane’s last day at Shepherds Dene will be Tuesday 30thApril.

New Archdeacon of Northumberland

Many congratulations to Revd. Mark Wroe, who will shortly take up the appointment of Archdeacon of Northumberland. As Archdeacon, Mark will join the Board of Trustees of Shepherds Dene and we look forward very much to welcoming him.

Refurbishment of lift at Shepherds Dene

We are very pleased to announce that the trustees have approved a project to upgrade and refurbish the lift at Shepherds Dene. The refurbishment should be carried out before Easter and will provide guests and staff with a more reliable and pleasurable journey between floors! Thanks to the All Churches Trust and the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Church of England Institute Trust for their kind donations towards the refurbishment project.

Warden to complete her ordination training

Warden, Jane Easterby, will complete her two years of ministerial training in June this year and will be ordained at St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne at 11am on Saturday 29th June. Jane will continue as full-time Warden of Shepherds Dene and will serve a curacy in a Parish in the Newcastle Diocese on a part-time basis. Jane would like to thank everyone for their prayerful and practical support over the last few years and would be very happy to see you at the ordination service.