The St Mary's Centre and Rectory Hall

If you have a need to contact us, please ring Lynda Potts on 07376 172181 and leave a message. Calls are screened and, where possible responded to during office hours (9.00 am to 12.00 noon). Alternatively, you can email

God in Community: The St Mary's Centre & Rectory Hall

The St Mary's Centre is a an older building with a modern personality to complement the needs of our community. Recently refurbished it is home to many groups and organisations. Check out our halls and beautiful garden. Want to make a booking or find out more ring our Parish Office on 0191 488 1553. The Centre is for the community.

Do you want to publicise your group on our website? Yes, then download the form below and return to the Parish office.
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Enjoyed and loved by many! The St Mary’s Centre is owned by St. Mary's Parish Church and is managed by the Centre Committee with elected representatives from both church and user groups. Sited in Church Chare, Whickham it comprises a large hall and theatre, a smaller hall, kitchen facilities and meeting rooms. The Centre is open seven days a week. Over 28,000 people visit and use the Centre each year; enjoying good facilities accessible to both disabled and abled bodied alike. A Home for everyone!


The St Mary’s Centre & Rectory Hall is used by a large number of groups. There's a diverse range of activities including all the usual favourites from coffee mornings to Beavers, Cubs & Scout meetings, as well as some wonderful surprises. For example we have theatre group promoting the dramatic arts;  and did you know we're a fully licensed theatre open for hire. Could we host your show?  There's Community Music Whickham & Swalwell offering the finest tuition in cello, violin and viols. And if you're a little older and want to learn new stuff why not try out the University of the Third Age? Also we have one of the longest standing voluntary Day Care Centres in the North East; offering lunch and entertainment for elderly people once a week on a Tuesday. There are Childminders’ and Carers' weekly meetings, Slimming World, indoor bowls, bridge, whist and much more. Interested, try out something new today! Groups are always looking for members.


Perhaps your club could find a good home at the St Mary's Centre? Contact us at our website. The premises can also be booked for community and private functions such as children’s parties, wedding receptions, school discos, lunches, meetings, ceilidhs, suppers and so on. Check out our competitive rates and Centre Booking form.