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.


 

The roof and beam work is extensive (and expensive). The repair work is anticipated to be completed by the end of October 2022.

At this point we can resume services in the upstairs sanctuary.
 

 

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 *****

9 November 2021

Still a bit to go!

Our donations received total is now starting to look much better! We have reached 86% of the original target for...
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8 November 2021

Christmas Fair

Raising funds for our essential repair work on our Church building
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29 October 2021

Essential safety work is under way!

Scaffolding is being erected at the rear of the Church to allow work to start on making our chimneys safe....
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24 October 2021

Featured on BBC Radio Tees

Mike Hill of  BBC Radio Tees  interviewed Andrew Randle (Chairman of the Church managers) on Sunday 24 October about current plans for our...
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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

Services

Services

We are pleased to advise you that we are now able to hold live services at Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall each Sunday morning at 10.45am. Our thanks go to the congregation of Elm Ridge for making this possible and

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