Welcome to the parish church of St Nicholas, Wells-next-the-Sea
(Please bear with us as this website is currently under construction and some of the pages are not yet complete!)
Our parish is part of a benefice of four with Holkham, Warham & Wighton in the Diocese of Norwich and we are proud to be a partner in Churches Together in Wells and District. The church is on the southern edge of the town and is part of the vibrant community which is Wells-next-the-Sea.
PLEASE NOTE: From November 5th 2020 public worship in church has been suspended. Revd Brenda will resume livestreaming worship on Sunday and Wednesday. This Sunday she will live-stream a service at 11.00am.
However, our church buildings remain open for private prayer at the following times:
St Nicholas, Wells-next-the-Sea 10.00am-4.00pm daily
Warham All Saints 10.00-4.00pm daily
Holkham St Withburga Thursday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Wighton All Saints church on Sundays only 10.00am – 4.00pm
Celebration of Wells Fire and Rescue Service:
In September 2020 we held a very successful Wells Fire and Rescue Service in St. Nicholas churchyard, which was attended by many local people including the Wells fire fighters with their Fire Engine, on what turned out to be a lovely evening. This was the first annual follow up to the launch of our Restoration Project. After the service, thanks to the generosity of Frenchs Fish Shop, who provided delicious fish and chips to the Wells PCC, many of those attending enjoyed a delicious supper and the amazing amount raised, of £458, was donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.
National Lottery Heritage Fund Development Phase progress
In October 2020, as part of the Wells PCC’s Development Phase of our National Lottery Heritage Fund grant we had two days of investigation work carried out on the south aisle roof and medieval tower to establish exactly what restoration work is required when we apply for a Delivery Phase Grant. As you will see, we had to have a high level cherry picker on site for the consultants to access the tower. This enabled detailed inspection of the stonework and four of our bell ringers were on hand so that movement in the structure could be monitored. On the aisle roof three scoffolding towers enabled us to examine the state of the woodwork under the roofing surface.
All Souls Service:
Churches Together in Wells and District were glad to be able to go ahead with our annual All Souls service this year, a chance for family and friends of those who have died to remember their loved ones. It should have been at Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church this year but St Nicholas is the biggest space making social distancing easier. The service was led by Fr Tom Goohan and representatives of the different denominations took part in the service and sang in our little choir. The church was floodlit for the occasion and we’re grateful to Vicky Yaxley for this lovely photo.
Under normal circumstances at St Nicholas there would be self-service refreshments, a book exchange and children’s area. These are currently not available. But you can still take the opportunity to explore the building or relax both inside and out in our pleasant churchyard, a quiet green space away from the busyness of the Quay. Parts of the churchyard are Norfolk Wildlife Trust designated areas.
Other activities, including a summer concert season, guided history walks and activities during Carnival Week including an ‘Open Tower’, a chance to have a go at bell-ringing, our parent and toddler group ‘Little Fishes’ meeting twice a month and Messy Church on the 2nd Saturday of each month will hopefully resume in due course.
For now you can take a look around St Nicholas by using the virtual tour below, and we look forward to seeing you in person. When you visit you will notice a few changes since this was done. Enjoy!
Thunderbolts & Fire
140 years ago, on the night of August 3rd 1879, lightning struck the tower and the entire church burned down, with only the shell of the tower surviving! To celebrate this and also to launch our major restoration appeal we held an exhibition from July 27th to August 11th, 2019 and more events, including a community play Crossfire, are planned. Full details can be found here.
The parish of Wells-next-the-Sea: St Nicholas is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.