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.

 

 

St Peter's Services start at 11 am Sunday (Unless otherwise stated)

 

DATE

SERVICE

NAME

1st READING

2nd READING OR

GOSPEL

COLLECT

INTERCESSION &CHURCH PRAYER

6TH January

The Epiphany

 

W

MORNING PRAYER

 

(Psalm 72 v 10-15)

SUE DILWORTH

PETER

ISAIAH CH 60

V 1-6

 

ALISON

MATTHEW CH 2

V 1 TO 12

KEN O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face;

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

 

13TH JANUARY

Epiphany 2

THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST

w

EUCHARIST

REVD STEPHEN MAYES

JOHN

ISAIAH CH 43

V 1-7

STEPHEN

LUKE CH 3

V 15-17, 21-22

STEPHEN

JOHN

20TH JANUARY

Epiphany 3

W

 

MATINS

 

(Psalm 36 V5-10)

ROGER HARRISON

LIZ

ISAIAH CH 62

V 1 - 5

KEN

JOHN CH 2

V 1 - 11

ROGER

PETER

27TH JANUARY

Epiphany 4

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EUCHARIST

REVD STUART DIMES

PETER

NEHEMIAH CH 8

V 1-3,5-6,8-10

STUART

LUKE CH 4

V 14-21

STUART

KEN

3RD FEBRUARY

5TH Before Lent

GREEN

MORNING PRAYER

(Psalm 48)

PAUL RAYMER

ALISON

EZEKIEL CH 43

V27 to End then CH 44 V1 - 4

LIZ

LUKE CH 2

V 22 - 40

PETER Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace;.

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

10TH FEBRUARY

4TH Before Lent

G

EUCHARIST

REVD STEPHEN MAYES

JOHN

ISAIAH CH 6

V 1 - 8

STEPHEN

LUKE CH 5

V 1 – 11

STEPHEN

KEN

17TH FEBRUARY

3RD Before Lent

G

MATINS

(Psalm 1)

ROGER HARRISON

PETER

JEREMIAH CH 17

V 5 - 10

KEN

LUKE CH 6

V 17 - 26

ROGER

JOHN

24TH FEBRUARY

2ND Before Lent

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EUCHARIST

 

 

REVD STUART DIMES

LIZ

GENISES CH 2

V 4 - 9, 15 - END

STUART

LUKE CH 8

V 22 - 25

STUART

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.