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Recent Years

The Church hall was demolished in 1998 to create an enclosed garden. In 1999 a new vestry and kitchen was constructed inside the main building along with toilet facilities and a storage gallery. In 2003 Swalwell church became part of the new Parish of Blaydon and Swalwell and continues to serve the community, as the only place of Christian worship in Swalwell. The re-ordering of the interior of Holy Trinity was completed in 2009. 

The church was completely re-wired in 2012 and new lighting Installed along with new visual and audio technology. The programme of updating was completed in 2013, when the Church was redecorated.  

In 2019 after a wide ranging discussion within the Deanery it was decided that the churches in the area should be realigned which resulted in the separation of the current Parish. Each Church in Blaydon and Swalwell became part of different groupings and Holy Trinity Church, Swalwell became part of the East of Deanery Grouping with Whickham, Hillside and Dunston. Each church in the group retained it’s PCC and financial independence but there is a strong desire to work together, sharing resources and activities to the benefit of the whole group. 

While continuing the role of Rector of St Mary’s Church Whickham, Revd. Barry Abbott became Vicar of Holy Trinity Swalwell in 2021, working with retired Vicar, Revd. Brian Howell, in the new Parish of Swalwell. In 2022, Gill Abbott was licenced as Reader in the Parish.