Welcome to Project 16, a new phase in the 800 year history of St Nicolas Church. In 2016 we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the completion of our parish church, a place of worship that has been in constant use in nine centuries. St Nicolas’ is the oldest building in Pevensey still in use for its original purpose. Only the castle is older, and it’s a long time since that was last used as a fortress. See below for a little of the church’s history
Advance notice for December. On Sunday 4th of December we will be celebrating the Feast of St Nicolas, our Patron Saint. The Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester will celebrate and preach at our morning Sung Eucharist, giving thanks for the 800th anniversary of our church. And that afternoon Vivace!, the well-known and popular choir of a capella singers, will be giving us a concert in their eclectic style. You can find details of this concert in the Calendar page of this website. Come and join us.
NOVEMBER This month will appear to be rather quiet compared with the rest of the year: no major fund-raising events are planned for November. But the end of October saw the best, biggest and most popular concert we’ve ever put on: the King’s Singers. The church was filled to capacity and we were all enthralled by not only the masterful performing of a great eclectic programme of songs, but also by the friendly and informal behaviour of the singers. You can experience a taste of their skill by watching a small selection of their songs on the MEDIA NEWS page of this website.
During this month a lot of activity will be happening behind the scenes, preparing for the work to be carried out when the grant is received from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We expect to hear the result of our application before the end of November.
WE have already received the necessary consent from the Diocese of Chichester to carry out all the works planned: any news about the project will be posted on our FaceBook page, which you can access by clicking the F button in the right margin of this page. There will also be frequent reports on Twitter @StNicolas800
Since St Nicolas’ was built people have come here Sunday by Sunday to worship and praise God. And they still do. And all through the week there are many visitors who come into the church to pray or to meditate or to weep, to find peace or consolation, or just to admire the Early English architecture and wonder at the skill and dedication of the craftsmen who worked here all those years ago. Their work was so good that the building has needed very little alteration during its history.
This gravestone, still visible in our churchyard, is dated 1610, about the time that Baron De La Warr, ancestor of our Patron, landed in Jamestown VA. It is from him that the bay, the river and the state received the name Delaware.
In the late nineteenth century the tower was raised and some restoration was carried out on the roof timbers of the nave, but the general layout, and much of the roof structure of the chancel, are as they were in 1216
Externally it has shown signs of wear from the constant buffeting of the salt-laden prevailing south-westerly winds, to the extent that moisture had penetrated to the inner surface, disturbing the plaster and painted finish.
In 2007 we commissioned a major restoration of the exterior, particularly of the tower and the east and south walls, after which we were advised to allow at least five years for the masonry, (in places four feet thick), to dry out. Now we intend to proceed with a programme of restoration of the interior to culminate in the Church’s 800th anniversary. Look in our “Works” page to find out what we are going to do, and what you will be able to take part in with us.