St Mary's Church, Gainford and
St Andrew's Church, Winston
In the Diocese of Durham

What's on in the parishes

St Mary’s, Gainford is OPEN daily and St Andrew’s, Winston is open every Saturday throughout the winter months..


9am                 NO Morning Prayer                   St Mary’s, Gainford
6.30pm            St Mary’s Band practice          St Mary’s, Gainford

9am                 NO Morning Prayer                   St Andrew’s Winston
6pm                 Bell-ringing practice                  Bell Tower,
                                                                                   St Mary’s, Gainford
5.45pm            Youth Bible Group                      St Mary’s, Gainford
6.30-8pm         St Mary’s Youth                         St Mary’s, Gainford

9am                 Morning Prayer                         St Mary’s, Gainford
10am               Gainford Churchwardens’ meeting       @G&S’s

10.30am         St Mary’s CHRISTMAS MARKET  St Mary’s, Gainford
9.30 am          Holy Communion                      St Andrew’s, Winston
10.45am          Holy Communion                      St Mary’s, Gainford

Little Newsham Chapel celebrates Advent, 6pm on Sunday 15th December led by Rev’d Lloyd Evans, Associate Priest, Barnard Castle Deanery.

Christmas Market

We are preparing for the Christmas Market in Church on Saturday 7th of December at 10.30.
We have four stalls already booked including jewellery, cosmetics and crafts, if you
would like to have a stall please ring Sue on  01325 730379.  Stalls are £5. We also
have the usual gift stall, bric-a-brac, produce raffle, coffee and mince pies.
Please contact Nicky Pennel or Sue if you have any bric-a-brac.

Sunday 2nd July 2017
We're pleased to receive into our church family at Gainford and Winston our new Curate
Rev'd Frances Cooper.
The service was Durham Cathedral at its best, a wonderful blessing to the newly ordained and all who came to support them.

Photograph of Frances with her training incumbent (!) and Brian taken immediately after the service outside on cathedral‎ green.


Children's Ministry at Gainford
In addition to Christine Graham's dedicated leading of children's time at Sunday services, we are also glad to have a close relationship with the school. We want to develop this. Would you like to help and be part of nurturing our children in Christ? Please have a chat with Sue Taylor or Eileen.


Hand bell ringing :

There is  a wonderful set of handbells at St Mary's now being used!
If you would like to try them out, you are welcome to come along at 5.00 pm Wednesday evenings.
Come up to the church west end.
For  more information, please ring Peter on 730450 or message us via the church website here:



Our War memorial, which was erected to honour the men of Gainford who died in the First World War, has been listed English Heritage as a monument of national importance. This means it is protected from changes or being moved. It is has been listed due to its historical significance and design, being based on the Anglo-Saxon crosses that were carved here over a thousand years ago. The carving was carried by Charge Brothers, who are still working in the village. The memorial was cleaned up and the gravel renewed last year and it is looking splendid.
We have, in the Churchyard, two war graves.

One is in excellent condition, however the second, which marks the final resting place of 2nd Lt. Charles Farrow, is in a sad state and dishonours his sacrifice. Lt. Farrow came from Hartlepool and died after the war ended. We have no idea how he ended up in our churchyard, but he deserves our respect. Enquiries regarding restoration costs have been made and it will cost £372.00. The church council has many calls on its income and hopes that village people will donate the cost of this restoration, so we can go ahead. Please contact Geoff Taylor on 01325 730379 or the Vicar with any offers of help.
Thank you.


 The stone has now been restored and looks well. We have found out a little more about Lt. Farrow and his family and what a tragic tale it is. He was an orphan, his father dying before he was born and his mother in childbirth. His brother was killed during the First World War and he and his wife, Mary, were victims of the flu epidemic which swept the globe in 1918, killing millions. Mary was the daughter of a wealthy Hartlepool coal merchant and a graduate of Oxford University, very rare for a woman at that time. They left a daughter who was murdered, along with her children, by her husband, in the nineteen fifties. May they all rest in peace.
Whilst his grave has now been restored, we would still invite donations to cover the cost of £372.00, please contact the Vicar or Geoff Taylor on 730379