Welcome to the Moorland Group!

In common with plenty of rural communities at the present time, small parishes are grouped into a larger unit with one priest in charge and at least one assistant.

Our group consists of eight churches: Blanchland, Edmundbyers, Healey, Hunstanworth, Muggleswick, Slaley, Waskerley and Whittonstall.

Slaley is our biggest and most quickly growing congregation. It’s also where Methodists and Anglicans worship together, every week. Blanchland Abbey welcomes around 40,000 visitors every year – it is the very special heart of a village where the the former monastic buildings have been transformed into the modern village. As such it is unique in Britain.

The vicar is the Revd Dr Helen Savage.  You will find more information about Helen on this page.

Please contact Helen for enquiries about baptisms, marriages and funerals, by phone on: 01434 676852, or by email to: helensavage1@gmail.com

What information can you find here?

Each church features a brief description, details of services, and contact numbers for the PCC (Parochial Church Council) and churchwardens. In many cases, information about the history and architecture of the church will be included, along with details of notable features.

A list of services and coming events will be found on individual church pages. You will also find a list of contacts for the Parochial Church Councils and churchwardens on a separate page.

Several of our churches are listed under the National Heritage List for England, the official database of all nationally designated heritage assets. Extracts from the List may be included for those churches.

We welcome suggestions and contributions, which can be made on this page entitled “Can you help?”