Our People, Our Priests, Our Parish

The History of Our Lady & St. Columba, Wallsend

This interactive timeline provides a glimpse into the history of our parish and includes a record of our priests which have served here.

Our People

A Couple of Gems….

We’ve known for a long time that our parishioners, old and young, are as good as gold or  diamonds, but now we can claim to have a couple of Rubies as well! Pictured here are our two Rubies. Amazingly, both Baby Ruby Laska and Ruby Durkin were born within an hour of each other on […]

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Whitty on White……………

Our very own Veronica Whitty has published a most engaging CD about Estelle White (pictured). Estelle White will have composed, we bet, some of your favourite hymns. The CD includes a number of her compositions and an interview with Estelle and Fr. John Skivington. in her home parish of St. Gregory’s, South Shields. Next spring, […]

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Iona 2015.

How do you celebrate the 130th anniversary of the founding of St. Columba’s parish in Wallsend? Why, you jump in the minibus and shoot off to Iona to see where St. Columba began it all!! So it was that Fr. Anthony and eight parishioners boarded the Church Minibus bright and early on June 15th bound […]

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Our Man in Oxford………hard at work in Hilary Term…..

Our man in Oxford, Matthew Speirs, tells us about his second term. Big challenges all round…………… “Having just come back from my second term at Oxford University, I realise that I am enjoying the experience more and more! The Easter term, or Hilary term as it is known in Oxford, is definitely the most relaxed […]

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow………….

“Parting is such sweet sorrow”, so they say and it was with mixed emotions that our parish and primary school said farewell to our much admired and appreciated Head Teacher, Rob Meek (Seen here with Fr. Anthony after a special Mass of thanksgiving) at the end of the autumn term. While we are delighted that […]

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Bill Lawrence: History Sleuth!!

We have enjoyed parish links with  Minsteracres for many years, visiting for retreats and days of reflection and to recharge our spiritual batteries in those beautiful surroundings. Few of us have wondered about the people who used to live there, the Silvertops, but when parishioner and historian Bill Lawrence saw the name Silvertop on monuments […]

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Gordon Matthew Sumner (AKA Sting) Rock Star of this Parish.

Not many people will realise that global rock star Sting is a native of our parish. Here, a fellow classmate reflects on their childhood and more….. Sting photo 1964 gordon-sumner-sting-of-this-parish

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Celebrating a Ruby Anniversary

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Monsignor Kevin Nichols

Monsignor Kevin Nichols: Priest, Poet and, we are proud to say, a son of our parish. Read about his life and work in the link: Monsignor Kevin Nichols  

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