Address: Church Lane, off Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands B92 0DN



 

The Church of England Parish Church of Saint Peter is Norman and was built in 1140.

The Parish covers the village of Bickenhill itself and the town of Marston Green. Also in the Parish are Birmingham International Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, and the National Motorcycle Museum.

The Parish is crossed by two major roads: the M42 and the A45. The A45 is referred to locally as the Coventry Road.

For more details about the history of the church refer to the History page.

 

From November 2018 St Peter's Services start at 11am Sunday (unless otherwise stated)

 

 

 

DATE

SERVICE

NAME

1st READING

2nd READING OR

GOSPEL

COLLECT

INTERCESSION &CHURCH PRAYER

4th November

4TH BEFORE ADVENT

G

MORNING SERVICE

FOR ALL THE FAMILY

 

CAROL LINFIELD

TBC

 

TBC

KEN Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises;

KEN

cont..through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

11TH NOVEMBER 10.45

3RDBEFORE ADVENT

REMEMBRANCE

RED

EUCHARIST

 

 

REVD STEPHEN MAYES

ALISON

 

TBC

STEPHEN

 

TBC

STEPHEN

PETER

18TH NOVEMBER

2NDBEFORE ADVENT

 

RED

MATINS

jubilate

(Psalm 16

ROGER HARRISON

PETER

DANIEL CH 12

V 1-3

KEN

MARK CH 13

V 1-8

ROGER

JOHN

25TH NOVEMBER

SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE ADVENT

RED

EUCHARIST

 

 

 

REVD STUART DIMES

LIZ

DANIEL CH 7

V 9 – 10, 13 - 14

STUART

JOHN CH 18

V 33-37

STUART

PETER

2ND DECEMBER

1ST ADVENT

PURPLE

MORNING PRAYER

Venite

(Psalm 25 V1-9)

 

STEPHEN RECORD

JOHN

JEREMIAH CH 33

V 14 - 16

STEPHEN

LUKE 21

V25 - 36

STEPHEN

 

 

KEN

9TH DECEMBER

2ND ADVENT

P

 

EUCHARIST

 

 

REVD STEPHEN MAYES

KEN

MALACHI CH 3

V 1 - 4

STEPHEN

LUKE CH 3

V 1 - 6

STEPHEN

PETER

16TH DECEMBER

3RD ADVENT

P

 

MATINS

Venite

(Psalm 146 4-End)

ROGER HARRISON

ALISON

ZEPHANNIAH CH 3

V 14 - END

PETER

LUKE CH 3

V 7 - 18

ROGER

JOHN

23RD DECEMBER

 

4TH ADVENT

 

P

 

 

CAROL SERVICE

REVD STUART DIMES

TBC

 

 

TBC

STUART

KEN

24th DECEMBER

MIDNIGHT MASS

11 PM

 

P

EUCHARIST

 

REVD JOHN BRADFORD

PETER

MICAH CH 5

V 2 - 5

REVD JOHN

LUKE CH 2

V 1 - 14

REVD JOHN

JOHN

30TH DECEMBER

 

NO SERVICE AT

ST PETER’S

 

 

 

MORNING PRAYER JOINT SERVICE AT

ST SWITHENS

BARSTON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Church Hall

 

 

 

The Church Hall and Field

 

The hall and field are about 100 metres from the church, separated by a private dwelling and a small office complex.

 The hall is of wooden construction. The main space measures about 14 metres by 7 metres. There is also a small side room and a kitchen with cooker, fridge freezer and a supply of crockery and cutlery. The hall has ladies’ and men’s toilets.

The field was purchased in the 1960s by the then Vicar Stanley Owen who donated it to the church. It is around 3.5 acres. It includes a playing field, children’s play area and a pond area at the rear of the field next to a pony paddock.

There is a hard surface area for parking.

The hall and field are currently managed by Ian Wasse, a member of the PCC, with help from the churchwardens and other PCC members when required.

 For bookings please contact Ian : Telephone : 01675 442184 Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Letting rates to the public are £16 - £18 per hour dependent on the time of year or £180 per day.

 

 

 

 

Bickenhill is an old Anglo Saxon settlement and its original name was Bichehelle (Bica’s Hill) named after the leader of the settlers. By 1086 it was owned by Edward the Confessor, and then by Turchil, also known as the Earl of Warwick who at that time was a major land owner. The village then had about sixty inhabitants. The descendants of Turchil, the Arden family, settled in the area and adopted the surname de Bickenhill, albeit under different spellings. The name developed into de Bickenhill in the 13th century.

 

In 1295, Alice de Langley gave herself the title Lady of Bickenhill. A manor then developed in Bickenhill and by the 15th century, there were two manors. The manors no longer existed by the end of the 16th century. By 1594 the Plague was in Bickenhill and during that year there were 24 burials; 1 in 12 of the population.

 

The area around the church was designated a conservation area in 1977 and most of older houses in the village are Georgian or Victorian. Several older farmhouses survive in the village, with later frontages but with fifteenth century beams remaining internally. The present Parish Church of St Peter dates from 1140 but little remains of that period.

 

Over the centuries many additions have been made, notably in around 1300 when the chancel was rebuilt, two lancer windows and a ‘leper’ window installed and a priest’s door inserted in its south wall. The church’s spire was struck by lightening in 1876 and rebuilt ten years later at a cost of £400. A huge sum of course in those days. Its most recent addition is the lighting on the tower to warn incoming aircraft of its presence.