Welcome to the official website St Mary the Virgin, Whickham

With Barry's retirement we are seeking a new website administrator. As this will take a little time to organise, we ask for your patience. Many thanks.

Congratulations to Maegan & Meli, recently married at St Mary's

Need more information about 

Services and the Centre?

 Then please Contact the Parish Office on 

0191 488 1553 or 07376 172181 

and leave a message. 

Calls are screened and, if possible, responded to during office hours 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

All post to: 

St Mary's Centre, Church Chare,

Whickham Newcastle upon Tyne

NE16 4SH 

Alternatively please email:


 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

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,  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: beth@bethmillerisw.co.uk or beth.miller@durham.anglican.org or tel. 07968 034075


For further information please also see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding pages: https://durhamdiocese.org/category/safeguarding/


Diocesan Safeguarding Policy 2023
Policy April 2023_2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.4 MB

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.