Local Groups

Click on your region on the map below to see local groups in that area. Groups on the page are organised north to south.

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North East

There are two Groups in the North East, Newcastle and Durham.

Newcastle Group

The group combines housing estate and urban and is known as the “Estates and Urban Task Group”. We meet 3 or 4 times a year for support an discussions on various relevant topics. We also try and visit another Diocese once a year to meet with estate practitioners to share ideas and good practice. We also send delegates to the NECN Conference. There are about 25 people on our mailing list.

For more details please contact:

 Rev’d Canon Alan Paterson CMP

Vicar of St Peter, Cowgate & Priest in Charge of St Wilfrid, Newbiggin Hall

0191 286 9913



Durham Estates Ministry Group

The Durham Diocese stretches from the Tyne to the Tees and the dales to the sea. The estates and Low Income Communities practitioners forum meeting in the diocese was formed in response to the recognition that in these places lie some of their richest assets: people who are extraordinarily gifted and able.

Meetings aim to be quarterly and the contact is Revd. Canon David Tomlinson at david.tomlinson@durham.anglican.org.

North West

There are two groups in the North West, Manchester and Blackburn.


The Manchester NECN group, “Manchester Estate and Urban Ministry Network”, was established in 2016.

They meet once or twice a year for sharing resources and stories, support and prayer and have guest speakers. They also aim to set up smaller local groups in Greater Manchester.

They have no strict geographical area, although the focus is generally on ministry within Greater Manchester. Members of all Christian denominations are welcome.

For more information please see their website or contact

Name: Rev’d Kate Gray
About: URC minister in Wythenshaw
Phone: 07910 974 355

Email: revdkategray@viginmedia.com


The Blackburn Group meets regularly.  For more information contact the Revd Linda Tomkinson at Mereside in Blackpool



Yorkshire has two groups, Hull and Leeds.


The ‘not only outer-estates group’ a.k.a coming to some common understanding of what it means to be the body of Christ on outer estates (and anywhere else too). We meet every few of months for a couple of hours.

The meetings began about 25 years ago. They have always been very informal, have included generally more lay people than ordained and are also very ecumenical. At each meeting we usually get about a dozen-ish out of thirty members. There is a high degree of honesty, probably because most people know each other pretty well. but at the same time it doesn’t feel like a clique. Most people bring a bit of lunch and chat for a while at the start. Example topics covered:

  • ‘Fatherlessness’ and ‘attachment issues’
  • The effects of Hull being UK City of Culture
  • What we think about Diocese plans to ‘reach’ ‘people in poverty’.

Name: Andrew Dorton
Phone: 01482 821242
Email: andrew@dorton.karoo.co.uk


The Leeds Estates Group has been running for three years. They have an annual conference day with keynote speakers such as +Philip North and Revd Dr Stephen Edwards. The group is currently looking at how to facilitate support networks around the area.  You can contact us or sign up for the email list at leedsestates@saintly.com.

The group is also on Facebook and twitter at @estatesleeds.

Name: Revd Robb Sutherland
About: Vicar of Mixenden and Illingworth
Email: robb@priest.com or leedsestates@saintly.com

Get the latest news from NECN Leeds


Wales does not yet have an NECN groups – learn how to create a group here.

East Midlands

East Midlands does not yet have an NECN groups – learn how to create a group here.

West Midlands

West Midlands has several NECN groups, with three in Birmingham and one in Lichfield.


Birmingham has three groups, detailed below. Get the latest news from NECN Birmingham.


Strengthening Estates Ministry is a group for estate church leaders within Church of England Birmingham.  There is an annual residential, along side a couple of other events in the year.


The Birmingham NECN Group meets about three times a year for lunch. At each meeting, one of the members introduces discussion around a particular theme.  Anyone involved in estate churches is welcome.


A group for anyone involved with children’s work in estate churches. We meet once every school term on a Saturday afternoon to share ideas, resources and for mutual support.

Name: Canon Andy Delmege
About: Vicar of St Bede’s Brandwood, Urban Estates Mission Enabler for Birmingham and Chair of National Estate Churches Network.
Phone: 0121 693 0217
Email: andydelmege@hotmail.com

Get the latest news from NECN Birmingham.


The Lichfield Diocese Urban Estates support group has 15 members including an Archdeacon with experience of estates and the Director of Mission. They meet two or three times per year for mutual sharing, support, news and discussion. Issues / ideas – both local and national – are passed on to diocesan senior staff. There is a also weekly prayer email where a member is asked for their prayer requests and these are then sent round the group, with the option of anyone using this to highlight prayer needs at any point. The group is also aiming to organise gatherings for a wider group of those who minister on urban estates with an outside speaker every 18/24 months.

Name: Fr Mark McIntrye
Email: stgabriels.frmark@gmail.com

East Anglia

There are three NECN groups in East Anglia: Chelmsford, Norwich and Peterborough.

Chelmsford (Barking)

Carol Richards co-ordinates the Chelmsford Diocese NECN Group, which was set up in May 2018 following a visit by Andy Delmege (NECN chair) to the diocese. The aim of the group is to support clergy and lay workers on the Estates in the diocese and to share learning and encouragement. As a 1st step the group is looking to map the significant Estates in the diocese and raise awareness in deanery plans. Carol also manages a wonderful resources page on the Chelmsford Diocesan website.

Name: Carol Richards
About: Carol works part-time for Chelmsford Diocese as Mission in Regeneration Adviser.
Email: c.richards475@btinternet.com


“People ministering in what we call ‘Magnificat’ communities (where we work towards the lowly being lifted, the hungry being fed and the powerless growing in power to change) are invited to be part of a Missional Learning Community.”

The groups meets 4-5 times a year and together use Action Learning to grow in their practice. They pray together too. The groups has intentional focus on evangelism and mission generally. The learning needs met through the Mission Enabling Team.

Name: Heather Cracknell (Revd.)
About: Diocesan Mission Enabler and Vicar of Heartsease
Email: heather.cracknell@gmail.com
Phone: 07969564508


NECN Peterborough has informal gatherings of 10-15 people. These are an opportunity to network with fellow ministers who work in similar settings, ask questions of each other in terms of ideas and resources, share good news stories and be honest about difficulties and disappointments too. They also run an annual Diocesan Urban Day, with guest speaker which has 35 in attendance.

Name: Roger Woods
About: Diocesan Urban Support Officer & Vicar of Church on the Heath, Kings Heath
E-mail: roger.woods@peterborough-diocese.org.uk
Phone: 01604 887053.



A new NECN group is forming in London at the moment.

Contact NECN London

Please contact Helen Shannon for more info. helenshannon@stbarnabas.co.uk



A new Group in Southwark has just formed and is convened by Paul Warren at Bermondsey.  Please contact Paul on 020 3091 1117 or warren_paul2@sky.com for more information

South West


The Bristol Diocese Estates and Urban Ministry Network.  Contact the Revd Linda Fletcher, 07852 911598 revlindafletcher@live.co.uk


South East

There are no NECN groups in the South East yet. Learn how to create a group here.

Other groups

  • Bath and Wells
  • Guildford

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