The St Mary's Centre & Rectory Hall

The St Mary's Centre is a an older building with a modern personality. Recently refurbished it is home to many groups and organisations.


We are here for the whole Community. If you need a place to meet we have wonderful facilities from individual rooms, kitchen, lounge, a large multi purpose Hall and a beautiful garden (see below). Our hire fees are competitive and we can accommodate most groups and their needs.


Want to make a booking or just to find out more, then contact us on 0191 488 1553 or 07376 172181. If we don't pick up straight away, please leave us a message and we will get back to you. Calls are screened and, if possible, responded to during office hours 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. 

Alternatively please email:

If you have a need to contact us, please ring the Parish Office on 0191 488 1553 or 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

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.  There's Community Music Whickham & Swalwell offering the finest tuition in cello, violin and viols… and handbells! And if you're a little older and want to learn new stuff why not try out the University of the Third Age? We have a ‘drop in’ too, open to all people once a week on a Tuesday 10am-12noon….it’s called ‘Mary’s Place’. There are see so many things going on, 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.


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Do you want to publicise your group on our website? Yes, then download the form below and return to the Parish office.