ST NICHOLAS’ CHAPEL - PILLEY VILLAGE’S MODEST GEM
St Nicholas’ Pilley is situated right in the heart of Pilley Village. Made of wood, with a shingle roof, it is modestly and beautifully modern. It fits harmoniously and beautifully into well kept gardens. Low windows enable worshippers to enjoy the lawns, black birds, rooks and garden as they give thanks to their Creator.
1964 Wing Commander and Mrs Nigel Norris and their family built the chapel in memory of their son, Nicholas, killed in a flying accident whilst training with the Fleet Air Arm. They donated it to the Diocese and it is now a valued part of our Benefice. In 1997 it was extended to provide a well equipped Benefice Office and so in a sense is our Benefice’s hub.
Built on a site adjoining the Boldre War Memorial Hall it is dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. There is a Wednesday 10.30am Communion service there every week and on Sundays a simple, said and very lovely 8.00am celebration of the Book of Common Prayer Communion Service.
For those who prefer more quiet and contemplative worship the services at St Nicholas’ are ideal.