THE DIOCESE of Hexham and Newcastle has fallen on harder times and is having to cut back on the amount of money it pays out from its central fund to projects in poorer parishes. It is also unable to contribute to the fund which helps other dioceses in England and Wales.
However, the diocesan accounts, published this week, also show that it is still financially sound.
The major part of diocesan spending in 1980 — £4 million was on building and maintenance. Wherever possible local firms and products were used to help boost employment in the area.
The accounts also include details of diocesan investments.