St Thomas Heathery Cleugh, Cowshill

St. Thomas is the parish church of Heathery Cleugh Parish, Benefice of Upper Weardale. The church is located in the centre of the village of Cowshill, having been rebuilt there in 1912 after an encroaching quarry forced abandonment of the nearby original site. 

Sunday services are held in Cowshill on the second and fourth Sundays of every month, with the service taking place in neighbouring St. John's Chapel on the first and third Sundays. In months with 5 Sundays a special service at various locations is held on the fifth Sunday. Choose Services and Events in the menu for times and locations of all services.

The church is open every day, and visitors to the area are cordially invited to stop in to visit. Copies of the church registers are available to look through, and the simple but aesthetic interior provides a welcome place for quiet reflection. Choose Find Us  in the menu for information on obtaining a key should the church be locked.

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Rev Heather Ross

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Bishop Auckland

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Rev Heather Ross
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Sunday Morning Eucharist at Cowshill

Monthly. Every Second, Fourth Sunday at for 1 hour
St Thomas Heathery Cleugh, Cowshill
Cowshill Bishop Auckland, DL13 1DA, United Kingdom

A Traditional Eucharist service takes place Sunday mornings alternating between the two churches at the head of the dale, St. John the Baptist in St. John's Chapel and St. Thomas Heatherycleugh in Cowshill. The service takes place at St. John's Chapel on the first and third Sundays of each month and at Cowshill on the second and fourth Sundays. When there is a fifth Sunday in a month the service is a joint service of all parishes in the Benefice and rotates amongst the churches. The services start at 10:00 am and are followed by coffee and fellowship in their respective halls.


The parish of Heathery Cleugh is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Durham’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs.

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

For information or to discuss any matter relating to safeguarding please contact the Benefice Safeguarding Office Ms Liz Walsh: [email protected] or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ms Beth Miller: 07968 034075 [email protected].

For further information click here to see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding pages