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

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 

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.