The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene in Whalton dates from the 13th century, having been developed from a previous Norman building. A detailed guide of its history and architecture by Dr Geoffrey Briggs is available in the church for a small donation.
St Mary Magdalene is open every day from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and welcomes visitors, many of whom come to see the historic church and “The Whalton Christ”, a unique combination of photographs of the Whalton community created for the Millennium that together make an image of the head of Christ.
One of five churches in the Benefice, the others being St Andrew’s, Bolam, St Giles, Netherwitton, St Andrew’s, Hartburn and St John the Evangelist in Meldon, that are all in regular use, of significant historic interest and extremely picturesque.
Whalton Village School is a Church of England School and the children have designed guides to the village which are available in the church.
The church plays its part in the annual Whalton Village Show and various other fundraising events.
Regular services in Whalton are curtailed because of the Coronavirus pandemic The next service will be Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday October 11th 2020. Please note that in line with UK Government directives, wearing masks in church is mandatory until further notice.
During the pandemic, the church is open for private prayer every Wednesday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. The exceptions are the Sundays when a service takes place. The church opens at 10am but closes immediately after the service at approximately 1230pm.
Associate Priest: Revd Fiona Sample South Middleton, Morpeth, NE61 4EB
Associate Lay Minister: Mrs PamWalker: The Tower House, Hartburn,
Parochial Church Council members and Church Wardens:
Prof Gary Holmes
Wendy Sheldon (secretary)
James Rainbow (treasurer)
Lucy Bird (lay chair)
Rev Jonathan Mason
Rev Fiona Sample (Chair)
Mrs Pam Walker MBE
“The Benefice News” covers St Mary Magdalene, Whalton and the other four churches in the Benefice.
To the latest edition of the Parish Newsletter is available here:
Articles and information for inclusion in the News should be sent to the editor by 15th of each month 6pm
at £5 for the year (hand delivered), £12 for the year (postal) and £3 for the year (email).
The Whalton Christ
As part of the Millennium celebrations in 2000 every household in Whalton was given a disposable camera to enable each family to record images of what Whalton meant to them. The 2850 images were exhibited in the Village Hall and a set of the prints was then used by artist Ian Johnson from Broomhill, Northumberland, to create a montage of the head of Christ now on display in the church.
To view the church from above please click on this link: Aerial View of Whalton Church