Whalton Church reopens for Services


St Mary Magdalene Church, Whalton

Sunday July 19th at 11am will be the first service in Whalton church since March this year.  This little church has been welcoming people for more than a thousand years.  It’s been lonely and empty since March (although we have welcomed two families of Jackdaws into their nests in the tower.  All successfully fledged now).  The flowers are done, the church is cleaned, the 18th century church clock is ticking and chiming once again, , please come along and celebrate together. 

Things to you might want to know: 

There is a one way system through the church – the entrance is through the main porch, the exit through the side door. 

Pews are clearly marked as open or closed, as social distancing measures dictate we maintain space between family groups/households.  Here’s a plan of what you can expect. 

In line with Government guidelines, Holy Communion will be celebrated in the form of bread only.  The Ministry Team are following the Government and Diocesan guidance on this very closely.  There will be only two people, properly socially distanced, at the altar rail at any one time. 

If you don’t feel comfortable taking Communion that is no problem.  Many are unsure and, understandably, anxious.

Chalk marks on the floor will help to guide us all through the church and identify social distancing measurements. 

There will be music but there won’t be any singing in church as Government guidelines prevent that for the moment.  

Service Sheets will be provided.  These will be in your pew when you arrive and please leave them there or take them home with you after the service. 

Contact details:  To assist with Track and Trace, we are asked to provide names and contact details.  There will be a sheet in your pew – and a pen – which you should complete and leave in your pew at the end of the service. 

Hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance and exit.  Please use it.  Or bring your own if you prefer to do that.    

Masks are not mandatory. Feel free to bring and wear your own mask if you would like to. 

Shopping: from Belsay Shop or Brown’s Lakeside Larder
Belsay Shop  From Saturday 21st March 2020, until further notice during the Coronavirus pandemic, and with many thanks to our friends from Belsay Shop, you can order what food and goods you need and have them delivered to Whalton Village Hall or to your home.  There is a £3 delivery charge.  You can collect your order from Whalton Village Hall between 2pm and 3pm every day (except Sunday). Or we can arrange to have it delivered to you by volunteers from the community. The shop are now doing fruit and veg boxes at a cost of £15 each plus delivery.  Illustrated on the right.  
Brown’s Lakeside Larder at Kirkharle Courtyard, including home baked, delicious scones, soups, quiches and traybakes and can deliver your shopping to your door free of charge. They have a full stock of groceries too.  
Placing and paying for your order:
Belsay: Please place your order 24 hours in advance of your needing it.   It’s much easier for the shop to have your order in writing.  So please text Jane Sym on 0771 3325358, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
You will need to pay for your order either by credit or debit card when you place the order, or pay online.
Brown’s Lakeside Larder: has an easy online order form https://forms.gle/LmhWS81m2ZzteZTq7 which lists most items they have.    
you can pay by credit or debit card and they will call you to get the details when your order is ready to come out.  
Requesting volunteer help and delivery to your home:
If you don’t have access to the internet or email please call a volunteer and we will arrange your order for you.  We can also deliver your order to you, please call the Village Hall Caretaker, Linda Willis 775411, Lucy Bird 775071 or 07808 490004, Andrew Potter 07429 339886, or Richard or Julie Potter 775528.  
We will do all we can to help you.  
Post Office: The travelling Post Office will continue to be in Whalton Village Hall from 0915 -1045* every Thursday until further notice.  All the usual Post Office services are available. * Please note change of time.   

Regretfully we have taken the decision to postpone our Music Night which was to be held on 28th March 2020. We will keep you posted with a new date in due course.

We are delighted to welcome 3 bands who will play live - Saturday 28th March - Tickets £10 in advance (£12 on the night).

The NRC formed around 3 years ago and are a 5 piece acoustic band playing and singing tunes influenced by the music of Old Timey, Appalachian, Americana and Country.  You’ll also catch them mixing other folky foot tapping tunes along with original material.  With a mix of instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and banjo ukulele, coupled with great vocals and harmonies they create a very distinctive sound and style.  One thing is for sure, like them, you will certainly enjoy yourselves.

Beautiful Poison is a four-piece acoustic band playing a mixture of covers and original compositions with a folky, bluesy, jazzy theme.  The slick guitar work, occasional Banjo and Harmonica from Derek mixed with the keyboard skills from Mary gives the band the foundation for Yiota and Debbie to then lift the sound skywards with their incredible vocals.  They’ve been together for about 2 years playing all over the North East.  Their Mantra is “We bring cakes and chaos!”.

Rupert and Kate – Rupert usually plays and sings with North East “Newgrass” bands The Kentucky Cowtippers and The Often Herd and is a very talented young musician and plays and teaches many instruments from guitar to mandolin.  Kate is a wonderful vocalist and usually sings with Newcastle based band The Teacups.  More recently, they have teamed up to perform together mixing both their styles and influences to create a new and fun sound.