Please note there is no Evensong this coming Sunday. This is because the Churchwardens of Diocese, including Ann Wilson & Joan Porteous (St Mary's) and David Royal & Brian Stoneman (Holy Trinity) are to be 'sworn in' at the Bishop's Visitation at the Cathedral this Sunday afternoon. Please hold them in your prayers with thanksgiving for the gifts they bring and the work they do... thank you!

The late David Peacock and his beloved daughter Sharon were honoured by family and friends at the Hermitage Garden, Whickham. Liz Twist, MP for Blaydon unveiled a plaque to mark Dave & Sharon's shared vision, dedication and hard work in making 'an idea' to create the Hermitage Garden a reality ... one which Dave said 'will never be finished' ... though I'm sure it will be one which will continue grow. 


A Big thank you to Asda and to all their staff  for their very generous donation towards our Jubilee Summer Fair. The photo shows Ann Wilson, (one of our hard working churchwardens) receiving the gift from Donna, who holds the role of 'Community Colleague' at  Asda in the Metrocentre. When Ann's daughter Katherine, (also of Asda) mentioned that we were having a Jubilee Summer Fair Donna offered to give us a raffle prize. It is much appreciated and will be put to good use. To reciprocate the kindness everyone working at Asda gets free entry to the Jubilee Fair, along with everyone else of course! Join us on Saturday 25th June, starting at 10.30am in the St Mary's Centre, Church Chare, Whickham. Great Fun, Great People,see you there!

 Church of England 
‘Daily Prayer click here
     Your support for the Gateshead Food Bank is very important. 
The demand is ever present. 
We have Collection points in Church, 
the St Mary’s Centre and at Tesco in Whickham. Many thanks, Barry

Messy Church get ready to lead the way at our 

Palm Sunday Procession

Play and Praise meet 

and have fun every 

Thursday in term time

Need to contact us? 

Please ring Mrs Lynda Potts our Centre Assistant on 07376 172181 and

leave a message. Calls are screened and, where possible responded to during office hours (9.00 am - 12.00 noon).

Alternatively, please email us at

All post to: 

St Mary's Centre, Church Chare,

Whickham Newcastle upon Tyne

NE16 4SH 

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Safeguarding policies and practice

The Parochial Church Council of St Mary the Virgin, Whickham is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for everyone, especially for children, young people and vulnerable adults. It has adopted and approved the Church of England policy for promoting a safer church. This policy deals with all aspects of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. A full text can be found here.


The Parochial Church Council have also adopted and are following the complementary Diocesan Safeguarding Policy for Adults, Children and Young People.  All our policies and associated guidance have been adopted, and can be viewed and downloaded from our Policies page and can be found here. 


To discuss any safeguarding concerns relating to St Mary the Virgin, Whickham please contact either our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Carole Dixon via the Parish Office on 0191 4880139, or through the Parish Office 0191 488 1553 or 07376 172181, or via 

Similarly you can also contact our Rector, the Revd Barry Abbott on 0191 488 7397 or through the Parish Office  0191 488 1553/07376 172181 or via


Concerns can also be raised with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Mrs Beth Miller. She can be contacted as follows: Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY

Email: or or tel. 07968 034075


For further information please also see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding pages:


If you still have questions check out our contact details or visit us at the St Mary's Centre, Church Chare, Whickham, NE16 4SH Mon - Fri 9am - 12noon. There are good car parks situated behind the Front Street shops with several paths connecting to both Front Street and Church Chare. The distance should be no more than a 5 minute walk. Please note the car parks operate on a Pay & Display basis and depending on the time of day a small charge may be required.