St Nicholas’ Church Wickham
During the COVID-19 pandemic the church is open for private prayer from 10:00am until 4:00pm daily except for Sunday, when it is open from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.
A Sunday morning service with music and an address is held at either st John the Baptist Church or our sister church, St Nicholas, Wickham (PO17 6HP). The service starts at 10:00am. Please check the Being Church At Home page and/or A Church Near You www.achurchnearyou.com for the latest information. The wearing of face coverings is strongly recommended and please remember to use the hand sanitising station on entry and on exit. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should self-isolate and not come to church.
There is disabled parking in the car park behind St Nicholas, via B2177 Southwick Road and a level path from the car park to the West door, which has ramps into the church.
There is an inductive loop system for those with hearing aids.
We have a disabled toilet in the Church Room.
The organ loft and the bell-ringing chamber are reached by a steep, narrow staircase and it is not suitable for people with restricted mobility.
The church dates back to the 12th century. It stands in a commanding position overlooking the junction of the A32 and B2177 roads. Much of the church is in Early English style, with some significant 13th century features. The exterior flint wall, the tower and spire, and most of the stained glass were added during the Victorian era. The church is faced mainly with flint. It was extensively altered in Victorian times, when a tower was added to the west face. The nave has pew seating for 100, and there is room for a further 75 chairs in the two transepts. There are some fine examples of Victorian stained glass windows. The Lady Chapel, enclosed by a glass screen beautifully etched by a local artist, provides a place of sanctuary for private prayer or for small gatherings. It is furnished with an altar, a votive stand and a prayer board and 25 chairs. In the south transept there is a notable monument to a former Lord of the Manor; the priest’s vestry and a small commemorative case to William of Wykeham who was born here in 1324.
The churchyard has very few grave spaces remaining but contains a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes. There is a small car park opposite the rectory.
The Church Room, with kitchen and toilets, is adjacent to the North Transept.
Wickham Church of England Primary School
Wickham Church of England (Controlled) Primary School
Headteacher: Mr Graham Cutter
Address: Buddens Road, Wickham PO17 5HU
Phone: 01329 833 065
Wickham CofE Primary School is a very special place, with its own unique sense of community built on its core Christian values of love, courage and respect. Each child is valued as an individual whose talents and strengths are recognised, celebrated and developed. Learning opportunities at Wickham CofE Primary School are rich and exciting, and pupils are given every opportunity to be the best that they can be. The children are rightfully very proud of their school and so are we. To find out more visit: https://www.wickham-primary.co.uk/