Pastoral Life

Ashburton Cemetery

Records of this closed cemetery are kept in the Presbytery.
Written enquiries relating to searches should be addressed to:

Deborah Birney
St Charles Presbytery
Church Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Bereavement Support Group

The Bereavement Support Group meet regularly and offer support to families who have experienced a bereavement.


Contact Dorothy Parker  on 0191 597 8487

Burma Link UK

Burma Link is a charity set up by Anne and Tony Stokle. It supports health, education and human rights projects inside Burma.


All funding goes directly to transparent projects helping Burmese people to help themselves.


St Charles supports these projects directly by hosting an "Annual Fundraising Concert for Burma".


For any further information please contact Anne Stokle at or telephone 07746 720721


A committee of 5 meet quarterly to oversee the Parish finances.


Contact Jim Early (Chair) on 0191 285 7851

Gift Aid Organiser: Veronica Goatman

Parish Accountant: Peter Coombes

Justice & Peace

The Justice & Peace group meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

Download the latest Newsletter


Contact Helen Coyne



The Parish is well served with Lay Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Welcomers, Altar Servers, Musicians and Choirs.


7 Diocesan trained volunteers provide 'Leaders of the Word' in the absence of the Priest.


The buildings and grounds are maintained by volunteers

Pastoral Care

St Charles provides pastoral care at the following hospitals:

Freeman hospital
RVI, Newcastle
St Oswalds Hospice

and also to residential homes in the Parish.

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Council advises and assists the Parish Priest in the management, development and pastoral care of the parish. The council is made up of parishioners who represent various ministries within St Charles' Parish e.g. liturgy, pastoral, educational and social. The Finance Committee is also represented on the Parish Council.


The minutes of Parish Council meetings are available to view and download here


A team of safeguarding volunteers are totally committed towards safeguarding procedures and make sure that St Charles is a safe environment.


St Vincent de Paul

The SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need. Visiting the sick, lonely, housebound, the addicted, the imprisoned and those suffering from disabilities forms a large proportion of the Society's work.


The SVP operates in small groups called 'Conferences' which are generally based in local parishes. Our own parish group meets regularly (every fortnight) to review their work as well as allocating future work in a spirit of prayer and mutual support. The main work of St Charles' Conference is concentrated on visiting within the parish.


Contact John Doyle
Tel: 07933 005840


A dedicated group of volunteers offer their services in various ways.


Church Cleaners:
Contact Anthea Kidd

Flower Arrangers:
Contact Veronica Mackell
Tel: 0191 2841249