Welcome to the home page of St Nicolas' very own fitness programme for lovers of the outdoors!
St Nicolas' Church is surrounded by roughly six acres of churchyard containing hundreds of graves and about 120 trees. It is much-visited, not only because it has become the last resting place of so many local people but also because of its historical interest. Saint Nicolas' Place, which stands beside it, and the Old Grammar School, set within it, have, since their restoration in 2006, become tourist attractions in their own right.
The problem is that churchyards do not look after themselves.
Add to this the hundreds of people who pass through on their way to services, meetings, weddings, baptisms and funerals at St Nicolas' Church each month and you have some powerful reasons why this corner of Kings Norton needs to be kept clean, tidy, safe and welcoming for all. The problem is that churchyards do not look after themselves.
We have a paid team who cut the grass on a regular basis during the spring and summer and a tree surgeon who comes when needed. Community Payback teams overseen by the Probation Service also provide valuable help on a regular basis. In spite of all this support, however, there are many tasks which would remain undone if it were not for the dedication of a small number of volunteers.
Fresh volunteers are always needed. In fact, the number who turn out regularly to keep the churchyard in good order has been too small for a while. If you live within striking distance of St Nicolas', you have an hour or so to spare from time to time and you like fresh air, this could be just what you have been looking for. It provides exercise and good company in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. You do not have to be a church member. The only limitation is that you must be between 18 and 80* to take part.
If you'd like to give it a try, you would be most welcome, and we can offer you three options: a Wednesday evening, a Thursday morning or, if you are only free in November, a Saturday morning.
To Get Involved...
If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office, who will put you in touch with the organisers. You might also be interested to read the annual report, which gives more details of what is involved.