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

Contact Name: Reverend Anne Hinks - Assistant Priest

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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.

All Services start at 10am unless stated otherwise

 

 

 

DATE

SERVICE

NAME

1st READING

2nd READING OR

GOSPEL

COLLECT

INTERCESSION &CHURCH PRAYER

24TH SEPTEMBER

TRINITY 15

GREEN

EUCHARIST

 

 

REVD ANNE HINKS

PETER

JONAH CH 3 V10 then CH 4 to END

ANNE

MATTHEW CH 20

V 1 – 16

ANNE

ROGER

1ST OCTOBER

TRINITY 16

 

GREEN

MORNING PRAYER

VENITE

 

PSALM 25 1 - 8

 

PAULINE GRIFFITHS

ALMA

PHILIPPIANS CH 2

V 1 – 13

JOHN

MATTHEW CH 21

V 23 - 32

PETER Collect

O Lord we beseech you to mercifully hear the prayers of your people who call upon you and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them, through Jesus Christ your son our lord who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit one God, now and for ever. Amen

PETER

DATE

SERVICE

NAME

1st READING

2nd READING OR

GOSPEL

COLLECT

INTERCESSION &

CHURCH PRAYER

8th OCTOBER

TRINITY 17

 

GREEN

EUCHURIST

 

 

 

REVD STEPHEN MAYES

JOHN

PHILIPPIANS CH 3

V 4b - 14

 

STEPHEN

MATTHEW CH 21

V 33 – 46

STEPHEN

ROGER

15th OCTOBER

TRINITY 18

 

GREEN

MATINS

(JUBILATE)

Psalm 23

 

ROGER HARRISON

LIZ

PHILIPPIANS CH 4

V 1 – 9

ANTHEA

MATTHEW CH 22

V 1 - 14

ROGER

KEN

22ND OCTOBER

TRINITY 19

 

GREEN

EUCHURIST

REVD ANNE HINKS

JOHN

1 THESSALONIANS CH 1

V 1 – 10

ANNE

MATTHEW CH 22

V 15 - 22

ANNE

PETER

29TH OCTOBER

LAST SUNDAY AFTER

TRINITY

GREEN

EUCHURIST

REVD ANNE HINKS

DOREEN

1 THESSALONIANS CH 2

V 1 – 8

ANNE

MATTHEW CH 22

V 34 - 46

ANNE

JOHN

5TH NOVEMBER

4TH BEFORE ADVENT

ALL SOULS DAY

RED

MORNING PRAYER

(Venite)

 

PSALM 107 V 1 - 8

PAUL RAYMER

ANTHEA

1 THESSALONIANS CH 2

V 9 – 13

ROGER

MATTHEW CH 23

V 1 – 12

KEN

God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age: as we rejoice in the faith of your saints, inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord

KEN

12th NOVEMBER

3RD BEFORE ADVENT

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

RED

EUCHURIST

REVD STEPHEN MAYES

KEN

1 THESSALONIANS CH 4

V 13 - 18

STEPHEN

MATTHEW CH 25

V 1 - 13

 

STEPHEN

PETER

 

 

 

 

 

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.