Diocese of Portsmouth

St Nicholas, PO17 6HR


Church
St Nicholas, Wickham
Address
Southwick Road, Wickham, PO17 6HR
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

  • Matins

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

    Coffee

  • Quiet Time

    Quiet Time is quiet, contemplative and accompanied by robed choir.
    To include Holy Baptism alternate months unless otherwise advised.

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

    Family friendly, Coffee

  • Family Time

    Family Time is a modern service designed with families and young children in mind. It is very participative (this is not a service for sitting still!) with drawing, drama & discussion. There are contemporary worship songs via the sound system and songs and prayers are projected on to the "˜big screen'.

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

    Family friendly, Coffee

  • Baptisms

    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

  • Choral Evensong

    Common Worship Evening Prayer.
    Choral Evensong is a traditional service with robed choir.

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

    Common worship

Monday


Tuesday


Wednesday


  • Morning Prayers

    Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (lay led)

    Every Wednesday , Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. for 25 minutes

Thursday


  • Messy Church

    Messy Church is especially for families of all shapes and sizes who find Sunday morning church difficult, who enjoy getting messy, who feel life can be a bit messy at times and who would like an evening without having to cook a meal!

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

    Family friendly

Friday


  • Morning Prayers

    Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (lay led)

    Every Wednesday , Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. for 25 minutes

Saturday


  • Morning Prayers

    Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (lay led)

    Every Wednesday , Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. for 25 minutes