St Mary’s Parish Church

Services are held at St. Mary's every Sunday at 11.15am Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. You can always be assured of a warm welcome.


Contact details for Slaley organisations you could help

Film Club

Slaley Shop

Slaley Commemoration Hall, email

Slaley Parish Council

May 25, 2024 - May 26, 2024

The Scottish School of Classical Art ... coming to Slaley to teach an intensive portrait painting course, designed to teach students the techniques of classical portraiture. This course focuses on replicating the methods of renowned portrait artists from the past.
The course will be taught by Michael J. Doherty, Michael is a contemporary representational artist, his works range in subject; figurative, portraits, and still-lifes. Michael has studied and taught representational painting for 10 years in four schools and his works have also exhibited across the UK.
the end of the course, students will have a strong foundation in portrait painting, and create a realistic portrait using traditional methods. This course is suitable for artists and painters looking to improve their portrait painting skills and delve into classical techniques.
Members of art clubs can recieve a £50 discount with the code "artclubdiscount" at checkout."

The Parish of Slaley

Set on a ridge six miles south of the Tyne valley, the village of Slaley provides an excellent starting point for visitors to this part of Northumberland. The area is still farming country, with woods, streams and fields, and a network of footpaths and bridleways.

At the eastern end of the village, Townfoot is the site of the village's Commemoration Hall, given to the village in commemoration of the safe return of the Hunting family's sons.

To the north lies Juliet's Wood, one of Northumberland Wildlife Trust's newest reserves, while further south are the grounds of Slaley Hall hotel, with two golf courses and a network of footpaths open to all. The southern boundary of the parish looks over to the Derwent Reservoir.

To the West, Townhead at the junction with the B6306 road from Hexham, is the venue for the annual Slaley Show in August. The Show began its long history in 1848 and carried on through two world wars to the present day.

From the Hexham road you look west over woods and fields towards the valley of the Devil's Water, while to the south lies the extensive Slaley Forest.

Within the forest is the Ladycross stone quarry, one of the last hand-worked quarries in Britain, producing stone and slates for restoration work in churches and cathedrals from Durham to Canterbury. The surrounding nature reserve is open to visitors by arrangement. Rough roads thread the forest, and a sculpture trail can be followed, while the southern edge of the forest leads on to the open Blanchland Moor.

Historical Information

There have been references to a settlement at Slaley since the time of the Norman Conquest. Slaley then became part of the Barony of Bolbec. In later centuries Scots invaders and the Border Reivers harried Slaley and towns nearby.

Local industries have included lead smelting, when packhorse trains carried the lead along the Lead Road. Quarrying, and farming were and still are important occupations.

The Parish of Healey

Healey Parish Council serves the neighbouring residents of Healey and Minsteracres.

Healey Parish Council serves the residents of the parish of Healey and Minsteracres.The Parish Council normally meets at 7.30 p.m. four times each year (March, May, September & December) in Slaley Commemoration Hall. An agenda is pasted on the Healey Notice Board (opposite Healey Church) and the Minsteracres Notice Board within the statutory notice period. The official minutes are posted on this website ( after their adoption by the Council.


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