Friends of St George’s Trustees

Our aims as trustees are to maintain and renovate the fabric of the Grade 1 listed church building to expand St George’s role in the community

Revd Canon Brian Hurst

Revd Canon Brian Hurst

Chair

Vicar of the parish of St George’s since early 2017, I have served all my ordained ministry in the diocese of Newcastle.

I have had the privilege of serving in some of the most beautiful churches in the diocese in both the city and the county.

As Vicar of this benefice, I am very much committed to working alongside the community of Jesmond.

Joan Trinder

Joan Trinder

Treasurer

I joined Friends of St George’s at its inception to contribute whatever I could to maintain a marvellous Grade II listed building and its cultural significance to the community of people living in Jesmond.

Along the way I’ve had a lot of fun and met a lot of lovely people at the fundraising events that the Friends run. Membership is great value at £10, the events are always great fun and the concerts are top-notch. Very soon after I joined in 2010 I was asked to join the committee as a community member and become Treasurer, a role I’ve been happy to perform ever since.

Barbara Peacock

Barbara Peacock

Secretary

I’ve been a resident of Jesmond and a regular worshipper at St George’s for over 50 years!

Set in the center of the community the church is a wonderful focal point for the people of Jesmond and with the Green for everyone to enjoy, one of the few green spaces in the area. It can never be built on.

I am hugely fascinated by the history of St George’s and have done a vast amount of research into its origins. I enjoy taking tours round this Grade 1 listed building and revealing some of its treasures.

Michael de la Hunt

Michael de la Hunt

I am a retired hospital healthcare worker and have lived in Jesmond for the last 35 years.

As a Friend of St George’s, I am committed to preserve and enhance these beautiful historic buildings, the Green and the valuable facilities they provide for the whole community

Hilary Pitkethly

Hilary Pitkethly

I’ve been going to St George’s for 40 years and have been on the FOSG Committee since its inception.

The Church is a living work of art and because of its design has wonderful acoustics for all kinds of performances. I strongly believe that it should be open to, and used by, local people whether or not they are churchgoers. That is why I like to help FOSG raise funds towards the upkeep of this special place.

Germaine Stanger

Germaine Stanger

I have worked in the arts throughout my life as a lecturer, a singer and a project manager, including a period as Head of Business Services at Northern Arts.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

I am a Chartered Engineer with thirty plus years international business experience. My volunteer roles include the NHS, Healthcare, Regional Theatre, Dementia Care and Newcastle Cathedral Trust.

Sarah Mercer

Sarah Mercer

Originally from London I have lived in Jesmond for over 30 years. I’m currently chair of trustees at Jesmond Library and committee member of the community orchard.

Dorothy Gregory MBE

Dorothy Gregory MBE

I am a retired headteacher with a background of working in early years education and parental and family support.

I have lived in Jesmond for over thirty years and now reside nearby in Gosforth. However I have continued to support the activities of the Friends of St George’s as a community member.

Support Us

Since establishing in 2008 the Friends has raised money towards two major projects:

  • the restoration of St. George’s West Window
  • Installation of new lighting in St George’s and cleaning of the interior

The Friends have contributed over £35,000 towards the costs to complete these projects but we need your help to continue the work we do supporting our Grade 1 listed church. Any donations are welecomed and appreciated

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