Director Job Vacancy


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to lead and manage Shepherds Dene, the Christian retreat house for the Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham, set in the heart of beautiful Northumberland yet close to the vibrant city of  Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the historic cathedral city of Durham.

This is a full time permanent post requiring a practicing Christian with experience working in the customer care/hospitality industry.

For further details please email

Closing date for receipt of applications: 31st July 2023

Date of interviews: 16th August 2023

Laura’s Bench

Thanks to the generous gift of a bench in memory of Laura by the Northumberland Cancer Support Group. Laura’s bench is located in the Walled Garden. The bench was dedicated on Saturday 1st October 2023. Add photos as per attached.

The appointment of the new Bishop of Newcastle

We are delighted to hear about the appointment of the Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, currently Bishop of Ripon, as the next Bishop of Newcastle. We look forward to welcoming her to Shepherds Dene in due course.