We are grateful for the generous support of these local organisations and businesses

We are Keeping the Spire on Northgate!

On Monday 4 July 2022 work started on Phase 1 of our project to restore our magnificent building to its former glory and purpose.

Our JustGiving campaign has been instrumental in providing the funds to support our efforts. We pray that it will continue to be supported by the local community, as well as people and organisations in surrounding areas.

We are now turning our attention and energy to our “Phase 2” plans for the downstairs areas of the Church building.

A slideshow presentation created for a Church Meeting held on 28th January 2023 seeking approval to proceed with Phase 2 can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Keeping the spire in Northgate!

We intend to make the building more suitable for use as a venue for concerts, exhibitions, meetings, club activities etc. Northgate area is changing.

New housing developments are promised to surround our Church building.
Land bordering the Skerne has new amenities and development planned.
We will see existing structures replaced to create a more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing approach to the centre of our wonderful town.

Your support for Northgate United Reformed Church restoration can help to keep our building part of this exciting future.

About Phase 2

It has recently been discovered that some of the floorboards in the hall underneath the church are rotten.

We have decided to start a new project which will take the opportunity to replace the floor and change the shape and arrangement of the downstairs rooms to provide more flexible modern facilities.

Local community leaders have already expressed a lot of enthusiasm for being able to use our building for some of their activities.

Proposed New Layout

Work Required

Remove existing non-weight bearing walls and flooring.
Renew flooring.
Create a larger main hall for use by community groups which can be divided, if necessary, into two rooms.
Create a larger kitchen suitable for cooking and serving meals.
Create a small meeting room accessible from the entrance without going into the main hall.
Improve the entrance to the hall from the outside to make it more welcoming.

***** Latest News *****

12 November 2022

Festive Fair – 12 November 2022 – Success

A grand total of £1,728.42 was raised at our Annual Festive Fair! Cath Lindsay won the Christmas Cake Draw Maranny Jones won the Sweets...
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7 July 2022

We have lift off!!

Work started on Monday 4th July to repair the beams and the roof of our historic building. We anticipate work...
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12 April 2022

Work on Phase 1 starting soon!

A pre-start meeting has now taken place and the contractors are set to start work on the essential roof and...
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10 April 2022

Andrew Randle on BBC Radio Tees

Mike Hill interviewed Andrew and brought Teesside up to date with our campaign to restore and develop our Church building...
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3 April 2022

A Fantastic Result!

The total raised from the "Easter Fair and Coffee Morning" was £1489.41. This includes £125 raised by Melanie Barker from...
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About Us

About Us

During the 18th Century Congregationalists and Presbyterians were already worshipping together as “Darlington Independents” in a yard just off Northgate. In 1806 a split took place, and the Congregationalists moved to a room in Union Street. This became Bethel Chapel



We are pleased to advise you that we are now able to hold our services back in our Church building on Northgate every Sunday morning at 10.45am. During the Covid crisis, Zoe Mather faithfully provided a live video for us

The Binns Organ

The Binns Organ

The three manual and pedal pipe organ in The United Reformed Church, Northgate, Darlington was built by the firm of J J Binns of Leeds in 1891 at a cost of £600.00. It was placed in a chamber at the