St Nicholas 900

Remembering the past

Celebrating the present

Looking to the future

‘St Nicholas Church, Wickham, celebrates its 900th anniversary in 2020. Sited at what’s now the junction of the A32 and Southwick Road, it’s been the church at the crossroads since 1120. What a great opportunity to remember the past, celebrate the present and look to the future!

During 2020 there’ll be a year-long programme of special events, put together on your behalf by the St Nicholas’ planning team and local community groups. There’s the village recipe book too, along with the specially-commissioned Song for Wickham, exhibitions in church featuring highlights of Wickham life past and present, concerts from jazz to classical, lectures, drama – and much,
much more!

Most of the events and activities will be free of charge, and any ticket costs will be kept as low as possible. All the latest news and booking details can be found on the church website and in the parish magazine.

And if you’ve ideas to share or you’re interested in sponsoring an individual event during this special anniversary year, please email me at: pjisaac@btinternet.com‘

Revd Jane Isaac, Rector of Wickham

Special 900th Anniversary Launch Service

Sunday 8 December 2019 at 10.00am in St Nicholas Church

Celebrate the feast of St Nicholas at a special service with the Bishop of Portsmouth and pupils from Wickham Church of England Primary School.

2020 Dates for the diary

The PCC and the St Nicholas 900 planning team would like to thank Wickham Parish Council, Page’s of Wickham, Quob Park Wickham Vineyard, Amplify Creative and many individuals for their generous support of the anniversary year’s events.

February

Love is All You Need

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020 in St Nicholas Church

Valentine’s Weekend special event

Saturday 15th, 10.30am – 2.00pm / 3.00pm – 6.00pm and Sunday 16th, 11.30am – 4.00pm
Display of wedding dresses and wedding memorabilia.

Saturday 15th, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Service, followed by Prosecco and wedding cake.

March

World Day of Prayer

Friday 6 March, 2.00pm in St Nicholas Church

Hosted by St Nicholas Church on behalf of the CofE churches in the Bishops Waltham area.
Speaker: The Revd Dr Ruth Howlett-Shipley.

Call my Bluff

Friday 20 March 2020, 7.00pm at Wickham Community Centre

Remember the BBC TV show?
John Landaw presents Call My Bluff Wickham-style.
£10.00 per person, including 2-course evening meal.

April

Praise Indeed!

Saturday 4 April 2020, 7.00pm for 7:30pm start in St Nicholas Church

Radio broadcaster and trad jazz clarinettist Chris Walker and the Pedigree Jazz Band present an evening of gospel singalong favourites. £10.00, to include programme and interval refreshments.

Song for Wickham

Thursday 30 April 2020, 6.30pm at Wickham Comunity Centre

Wickham’s community song, specially commissioned for 2020 by Wickham Parish Council and written by Steve Knightley, launches at the Parish Assembly 2020. Refreshments.

May

Hampshire Police Choir

Saturday 16 May 2020 at 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church

A relaxing evening of favourite melodies performed by one of the South of England’s most acclaimed choirs. Refreshments.

June

900 Years of English Music

Saturday 6 June 2020 at 7.00 pm in St Nicholas Church

Nine centuries-worth of specially selected songs and music, performed by the parish choirs of Wickham and Shedfield.

2020 Summer Lecture Series – Summer Lecture 1

Friday 19 June 2020, 7:00pm in St Nicholas Church

1: Glass and Eye

Tracey Sheppard

Tracey Sheppard designed and engraved the glass windows in St Nicholas Church’s Lady Chapel. Her inspiration is the natural world, a love of architecture and a delight in words and well-designed lettering.

The lecture begin at 7.00pm in church and is free of charge.

Open Gardens afternoon

Saturday 20 June 2020, 1:00pm to 5.00 pm starting at St Nicholas’ Church

Visit prize-winning Wickham gardens, open by special arrangement. Tickets / map £7.00. Refreshments.

2020 Summer Lecture Series – Summer Lecture 2

Friday 26 June 2020, 7:00pm in St Nicholas Church

2: The Sinking of the Laconia

Lt Col (rtd) Jeremy Prescott

Acclaimed keynote speaker Jeremy Prescott tells the story of the sinking of the troop ship RMS Laconia by a U-boat in September 1942 and the bravery of the three U-boat commanders who came to the rescue of the survivors.

The lecture begin at 7.00pm in church and is free of charge.

July

2020 Summer Lecture Series – Summer Lecture 3

Friday 3 July 2020, 7:00pm in St Nicholas Church

3: England in 1120

Prof Robert Bartlett

Professor Bartlett is Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews. His lecture sets our parish church’s 900th anniversary in a broader twelfth-century context.

The lecture begin at 7.00pm in church and is free of charge.

2020 Summer Lecture Series – Summer Lecture 4

Friday 10 July 2020, 7:00pm in St Nicholas Church

4: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Prof Dave Goulson

Specialist in the conservation of insects and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, Dave Goulson is the author of several books including the bestseller Bee Quest.

The lecture begin at 7.00pm in church and is free of charge.

August

Wickham Festival Fringe – Acoustic guitar and harp

Wednesday 5 August 2020, 7:00pm at St Nicholas Church

Specially for 2020 and the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening and get into that Festival mood! Refreshments.

Look out for the Autumn — Winter edition of 2020: A Special Year for Wickham, available in June 2020