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Welcome to Oakleaf Community

We are a Christian community based in Bishop Auckland and West Auckland who want to serve our local community and offer hospitality to people in need. That doesn't mean we offer emergency accommodation or a refuge, but people who do stay with us will experience a supportive family environment. If you think we can help you or someone you know please get in contact. If you would like to know more about Oakleaf Community we would love to hear from you.
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Recent posts

We invited our neighbours to a Macmillan Coffee Morning

We had a great time today at out our home in Bishop Auckland today. We invited everyone from the street and friends to come and take part in a Macmillan Coffee Morning which extended into the afternoon. People came and it was great meeting them while raising money for Macmillan. We even dropped off a few cakes to local businesses. Here are some of the photos, many taken by Christine Perceival.

Party in the garden

We invited people from the community to a party in the garden at West Auckland. There was a barbeque, bowls, and Kubb (a game from Sweden involving knocking down bricks with sticks). The afternoon was finished with a presentation of rosettes. We had lots of fun.


Karin Huerlimann a visitor from Switzerland teaching some of our younger people how to flag. According to Wikipedia Flagging is, "The art of flagging dance, often called flag spinningflag dancing, or rag spinning, but more commonly referred to as flagging, is the undulation, spinning and waving of flags in a rhythmic fashion to music. Practitioners of this form of performance art and dance are usually referred to as "flaggers" and "flag dancers", though until the 1990s this mostly referred to those waving flags to aid transportation professions."

pictures with permission from parents.

Goodbye and see you again

We say goodbye to Cynthia, Gertrude and Erel who are making their way back home to  Senegal and Ethiopia.

You never know what might happen if you ask

Gillian Gamble sent a cheeky social media message to Street Orchestra Live asking if they would like to perform in West Auckland as part of their North East tour. They said yes and arrived at Oakleaf Community in West Auckland on a bus to perform outside the Eden Arms with permission.

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Street Orchestra Live perform free street concerts in communities that don't usually get access to orchestral music. They also perform in prisons and hospitals. To find out more visit

Visitors from Ethiopia and Senegal

We have recently hosted a family from Senegal and Ethiopia. Welcome Cynthia, Gertrude and Erel. We had a lovely walk around the park at Auckland Castle.

Food Glorious Food

Here we can see our happy children at Oakleaf Community enjoying doing an impression of someone enjoying food. Particularly like the artistic application of food on the face.