Diocese of Portsmouth

St Nicholas, PO17 6HP


Church
St Nicholas, Wickham
Address
Southwick Road, Wickham, PO17 6HP
Deanery
Bishop's Waltham
Website
http://www.stnicholaswickham.org.uk
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. NICHOLAS

The Church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is a very striking example of a church built upon a large mound almost circular in construction. This particular mound had probably been sacred ground for centuries so what could have been more fitting than the building of a first Christina church upon the place hallowed by the people for untold generations? In all probability St. Wilfrid dedicated a church here before 670AD.

The present building therefore probably has an ancestry that was ancient when the Normal builders came in 1120 leaving behind them the now re-used west doorway, with its zigzag on the arch. Later changes were wrought in the thirteenth century through the church’s association with the Manor of Wickham and the Uvedale family so that by the mid 19th century it looked as shown in the illustration below.

The Victorian era then saw a fifteen year period of ‘makeover’. The Norman doorway was moved about ten feet to the west and fitted into the new tower, the north transept was rebuilt and the exterior walls clad in flints. The interior did not escape attention, or ‘spoilation’ as it underwent considerable alteration, including the introduction of an organ in the South Chapel and uniform seating.

More recent internal changes took place in the 1950s with alterations to the chancel and creation of the priest’s vestry. The organ was removed to its current position in 1957 from the South Chapel enabling its re-dedication as a Lady Chapel in 1961. This chapel has received further attention with the installation of engraved glass panels and doors and a lighting corona in 2004.
 

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Sunday


  • Holy Communion

    Common Worship Order One Traditional

    Every Sunday at 8 a.m. for 45 minutes

    Common worship

  • Parish Communion

    Common Worship Order One.
    Parish Holy Communion is a traditional service with robed choir.

    Every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Common worship, Coffee

  • Baptism

    Family Baptism is a family service designed to be warm and friendly for families bringing children for holy baptism.

    Every 3rd Sunday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Family friendly, Coffee

  • Quiet Time

    Reflective worship with choir, address and plenty of space for silence.

    Every 3rd Sunday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Family friendly, Coffee, Church

  • Matins

    Matins (BCP) with choir and sermon.

    Every 5th Sunday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Coffee

  • Family Communion

    All-age worship with children's activity and music group.

    Every 1st Sunday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Family friendly, Coffee

  • Parish Communion

    Common Worship communion service, with choir, hymns and sermon

    Every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Coffee, Communion, Church, Choirevent, Hymnsevent

  • Sung Evensong

    Evensong with sung responses, choir and sermon.

    Every 1st Sunday at 6 p.m. for 60 minutes

    Common worship

Monday


  • Morning Prayer

    Common Worship morning prayer in the Lady Chapel

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. for 25 minutes

Tuesday


  • Morning Prayer

    Common Worship morning prayer in the Lady Chapel

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. for 25 minutes

Wednesday


  • Morning Prayer

    Common Worship morning prayer in the Lady Chapel

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. for 25 minutes

Thursday


  • Morning Prayer

    Common Worship morning prayer in the Lady Chapel

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. for 25 minutes

  • Messy Church

    For children and their grown ups - bible stories, crafts, songs and celebration, along with a delicious home-cooked meal.

    Every 2nd Thursday at 3:30 p.m. for 120 minutes

    Family friendly, Messychurch

Friday


  • Morning Prayer

    Common Worship morning prayer in the Lady Chapel

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. for 25 minutes

Saturday