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Diocesan awards for Cumbrian schools and churches

Six Cumbrian primary schools and churches are to receive special awards from the Bishop of Carlisle in recognition of their strong partnerships.

The Bishop’s Church and School Awards are now in their third year. Those to be honoured at a special presentation are:-

Beetham C of E Primary
Calthwaite C of E Primary
Grange C of E Primary
Plumbland C of E Primary
St Bridget’s C of E Primary, Brigham
St Matthew’s C of E Primary, Westnewton

The awards recognise ongoing work in the development of Christian clubs in the schools to help create closer working ties with churches.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome said: “We’re delighted to build on the success of the last two years of these awards and all six schools are worthy recipients of praise.

“It’s a fantastic demonstration of the work that is ongoing in our Cumbrian communities to bring the light of Christ to our youngsters. In terms of fresh expression of church and community outreach their work also links in wonderfully with our God for All vision.”

Pupils and club leaders from all six winning schools have been invited for afternoon tea with Bishop James and members of staff from the Diocesan Board of Education at the Bishop Bulley Barn, Rydal Hall on Tuesday 30 June.

Children representing each school will give a short presentation to the adults about their Christian clubs.

Michael Mill, Director of Education said: “We are aware of some really innovative work between churches and schools and want to recognise good practice and encourage others to realise what might be possible in their communities.”

Application forms for the 2016 award will be available from the Diocesan website from September 2015. Any innovative church and school partnership is welcome to apply.

Photos of the presentation will be available by 1 July from

Notes for editors
Details of what has gone on at each school in terms of Christian clubs.

Beetham C of E Primary – a new after-school club with strong support from local church community and a good visible club presence within both school and church.

Calthwaite C of E Primary – a popular monthly Saturday morning club for the whole village community. A weekly lunch time puppet club, links well with school themes and has input into assemblies and church worship.

Grange C of E Primary – a strong local team running the termly after-school club, which links with the popular weekly lunch time BAM club.

Plumbland C of E Primary – a creative weekly after-school club, linking into collective worship themes and wider church life. Run by an ecumenical partnership between Bassenfell Manor and local churches.

St Bridget’s C of E Primary, Brigham - a fantastic example of an ecumenical after-school club, plus two lunch time clubs which caters for the whole school age range. All clubs link well into the benefice’s and Methodist Circuit’s shared vision for their work with children and families.

St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, Westnewton – a new weekly after-school club led jointly by the school and church, linking into the wider vision for the community.


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at


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