Who we are
Photo: Mike Kuhl
Whitegate is a small village in Cheshire located between the towns of Northwich and Winsford, with easy links to motorways and mainline railways.
The ecclesiastical parish includes parts of Winsford, Hartford and Sandiway and has a population of 3281.
There is a mixed population of retired, middle-aged and young families which include professional, executive, manual and unemployed people. Whitegate has approximately 95% owner-occupied properties with approximately 5% being rented either from the local authority or privately. The parish also contains 4 residential caravan parks.
Whitegate Church of England Aided Primary School lies next to the church, at the heart of our community.
Brownies and Rainbows meet weekly in The Mews. They occasionally attend special services.
The Village has a strong WI Group which holds a monthly “Soup & Sandwich” in The Mews which a number of our congregation attend.
The Petty Pool Trust is an outdoor centre and college for young people with learning disabilities and is situated in the Parish.
The main hospital for parishioners is Leighton Hospital, Crewe which is approximately twelve miles away.
The nearest Care Homes are at Sandiway and Winsford both reasonably close by. The main Community Centre is Whitegate Recreation Room, although St Mary’s has its own building ‘The Mews’ which is hired for parties, meetings etc.
A daily pre-school is held in the Recreation Room.
Vale Royal Golf Club is close to the village centre. St Mary’s has strong links for parish and choir events.
We also have strong links with our local Pub/Restaurant, The Plough Inn, where we hold a very popular pastoral event “Hub in the Pub” in January each year.
The main industry is agriculture which continues to go through change.
A large proportion of the parish population commutes to outside the parish for work.
Winsford Rock Salt Mine is in the parish. Having a high degree of mechanisation the plant now employs fewer people than in previous years.