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, serving the local community, pilgrims and visitors from further afield. St Nicholas Church has always been a place where people have come in search of meaning and purpose in their lives.
During 2020 there’ll be a year-long programme of special events, put together on your behalf by the St Nicholas’ 900 planning team and local community
groups, and made possible by the generous support of Wickham Parish Council and individual sponsors.
There’s a community recipe book, the Song for Wickham (specially commissioned from local musician Steve Knightley), displays in church featuring
highlights of Wickham life past and present, concerts to suit every musical taste from jazz to classical, lectures, drama, everyone’s favourite church fete and much, much more.’
Many of the events and activities will be free of charge, and ticket costs will be kept as low as possible.
See the parish magazine or the St Nicholas Church website for up-to-date news, a full list of the events on offer, and booking details.
There’s still time to get involved! If you have ideas to share or are interested in sponsoring an event during 2020, please contact the St Nicholas 900 planning team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for the diary
December 2019–June 2020
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.
Love is All You Need
Saturday 15–Sunday 16 February 2020 in St Nicholas Church
Valentine’s weekend special event with display of wedding dresses and wedding photos and a Celebration Service on 16 February at 2.00pm.
Saturday 4 April 2020, 7.00pm for 7:30pm start in St Nicholas Church
Pedigree Jazz Band present Praise Indeed! An evening of foot-tapping gospel jazz. Tickets £10 (includes programme and refreshments) from Pages of Wickham or call 01329 835 754.
Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir
Saturday 16 May 2020 at 7.00pm in St Nicholas Church
Enjoy a relaxing evening of favourite melodies performed by one of the South’s most acclaimed and entertaining choirs. Free entry; refreshments available.
900 Years of English Music
Saturday 6 June 2020 at 7.00 pm in St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Church’s very own choir, along with the choir of St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield, bring you a selection of nine centuries-worth of familiar songs – from sea shanties to showtunes, classical to folk! Tickets and cost to be announced.
St Nicholas’ Church Fete
Saturday 13 June 2020
A real highlight of village life, with a medieval theme for 2020!
And there’s more to come…
Looking ahead to the rest of the year, there’ll be a summer Open Gardens day, a quiz evening hosted by the Bishop of Portsmouth, an autumn craft fair designed with Christmas presents in mind, a jazz evening with local musician Neville Craig and friends in concert, drama and delight in October with the ever-popular Madding Crowd players and a return visit to Wickham by Botley Choral Society. The anniversary year will finish with a special event in Wickham Square in partnership with Wickham Parish Council.