Church of England Diocese of Carlisle The Black Combe Churches

St Mary's Whicham

St Mary's is a attractive Grade 2 listed church sitting at the foot of Black Combe in the picturesque Whicham Valley.The churchyard is particularly spectacular in spring, when it is filled with snowdrops, crocus and daffodils.   It is at the start of a popular path for walkers up Black Combe and the church is illustrated in Wainwright's fellwalking guides (Outlying Fells, p 166)..

The congregation is mainly drawn from the villages of Silecroft and Kirksanton as well as from the farms and houses of the Whicham Valley. The congregation is friendly and welcoming and the services offers a mixture of traditional, family and more modern. 

The church is part of the parish of the Black Combe Churches, sharing worship with the churches of St Michael's Bootle, St Mary's Whitbeck and St John's Corney.

You're invited

You are very welcome at our Advent and Christmas services and events – bring your family and friends or come along on your own. Whether it will be your first time at church or you have been before, we look forward to welcoming you!

Get in touch

Revd Angela Overton-Benge

The Rectory
Main Street
Cumbria LA19 5TH

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Evening prayer

Every Second Sunday at for 1 hour
St Mary's Whicham
Whicham, Near Silecroft Millom Cumbria, LA18 5LS, GB

A service of quiet reflection with prayers and hymns
Please Note - This service will start at 4pm throughout the winter months.


Our parish of The Black Combe Churches is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Our Diocese of Carlisle’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the PSO or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (Joanna Van Lachterop on 07458 016884 or Email: [email protected]) If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services.
The Black Combe Churches website has additional contact information.

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