Friends of St. Nicholas' Church

The Friends of St Nicholas
Patrons: The Duke of Wellington The Bishop of Chichester
President: Lady Bryson

Founded in 1994 the Friends of St Nicholas' Church Brighton work in partnership with the Parochial Church Council to care for the building and its history.

During the last twenty years the Friends have made grants of over £500,000 to the church council to support its work, which of course includes personal donations and legacies.

Maintenance and restoration of a medieval building is never-ending and major works have included the restoration of the Chancel ceiling, and Rood Screen, the Lady Chapel ceiling, the repair and restoration of the historical Kemp windows, the reordering of the church, repairs to the Wellington Memorial and further restoration of the stained glass and Shrine of St Nicholas in the south east corner of the church.

St Nicholas' was awarded the Sussex Heritage Award for 2009 for the restoration work carried out on the Medieval Screen and the East and West Walls. The church is open daily to visitors.

We hold regular events including: concerts, dinners, lectures which give the members the opportunity to come together and enjoy themselves whilst supporting Brighton's ancient Mother Church and helping to safeguard its future.

Thank you for your help.

To become a member of the Friends, please contact [email protected]

Please note that The Friends of St Nicholas' is a separate registered charity.

Friends' Forthcoming Events

Do have a read of our April Newsletter

Tuesday 12th May 2015, 7-8pm £5/£6 'Nathan In Conversation', Nathan Coley in conversation with Louise Purbrick, to be held at St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 3LJ. Tickets available from  

Saturday 6th June 2015 at 11.00am Friends AGM to be held in St Nicholas' Church, Brighton. Followed by refreshments.

Saturday 5th September 2015 'Summer Party'

Saturday 10th October 'Friends Supper Quiz Night' with a two-course meal at 7.30pm.

Saturday 28th November at 7.30pm 2015 Friends Annual Dinner. This candlelit, black-tie, culinary delight is an extremely popular event in the Friends' calendar. Book the date now.

Thursday 10th December at 7.00pm is the Friends' Concert of Carols by Candlelight when we are entertained by St Nicholas' Church Choir in the beautiful setting of the ancient Parish Church.

If you are not a member of the Friends you will need to book your ticket in advance by contacting [email protected]


Friends Past Events

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The Friends of St Nicholas celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a splendid dinner in the beautiful and most historic Parish Church on the 29th November 2014.

Lady Bryson, President, and Councillor Bill Randall, Chairman of the Friends, are shown here cutting the Anniversary cake made by a member of the congregation, Manuel Tavarez.

The Friends were entertained by cabaret artistes, Anthony Hawgood, Tenor Debra Skeen, Soprano and Peter Crockford, Pianist.


Friends' Chairman


In July 2014, the Friends elected a new chairman and management committee. Councillor Bill Randall, Brighton and Hove City Council's Heritage Champion said, I had the privilege of coming to this church several times during my year of office as Mayor of the City of Brighton and Hove and the atmosphere and great sense of community impacted upon me. While the church does much to involve the community, the Friends' focus is on the outstanding quality of the building, so everyone of any faith or none can be part of the St Nicholas' community and contribute to protecting this important part of Brighton's heritage and at the same time have fun together. Recently Sussex Historic Churches Trust awarded St Nicholas £5000 towards the cost of the repair and refurbishment of the Fleche and tower roof. The work is currently being carried out.


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