Bedhampton Parish

Hall Hire

St Nicholas' Church has two halls for hire - The Main Hall and The Gwatkin Hall. 

You can hire a hall for your meeting, wedding reception, children's party, bazaar or jumble sale. The building is in a residential area, so discos are not permitted. 

The halls are regularly in use by local groups, so not all dates and times are available; however there are plenty of vacancies if you are able to be flexible and book well in advance.

Main Hall: 50 ft x 37 ft (15 m x 11 m) with a raised stage (not shown in photo)

The Hall is licensed for music, singing & dancing and has a well-equipped kitchen.  Up to 250 people can be accommodated - seated accommodation is 175. If you wish to stage a play you must obtain an Occasional Theatre Licence.

Gwatkin Hall: 41 ft x 22 ft (12.5 m x 6.5 m).

Up to 100 people can be accommodated.

Please note : neither Hall is generally available for Sunday hire.

For details of availability & charges and current hiring conditions contact the Parish Office

St Thomas the Apostle

This has been a centre of Christian worship and witness in Bedhampton since Saxon times. The present building was begun in the mid 12th century including the beautiful Chancel Arch (dated c1140). In the late 14th century work was done on the windows, walls and roof timbers and a remodelling of the Chancel. In the 19th century the building fell into disrepair which led to a major restoration which included the removal of the box pews and gallery, the installation of the painted East Window and the replacement of the wooden bell tower with a stone one. In 1878 the north aisle was added and also a Vestry. This latter was enlarged in 1993 with the addition of a Parish Room, kitchen and toilets. After nearly 1000 years, St Thomas’ continues to be at the heart of the spiritual life of this community.

Have a look round St Thomas' interior on the 360 degree tour below!

St Nicholas'

The present building was originally part of the old naval camp based on Belmont Park. Purchased in 1950, the existing building was extended by the construction of a new hall including a Sanctuary and a stage. It was opened and dedicated in 1959 by the then Bishop of Portsmouth. The building acted as a centre for both church and community to meet. St Nicholas' is still very much used by local organisations and people from Bedhampton. At the heart of the life of the building is the weekly service which draws all ages from the local community. We are embarking on an exciting redevelopment of the building to support the ministry of the church to our local community.

Have a look round the interior of St Nicholas' on the 360 degree tour below!

More information on the history of the buildings can be obtained from the Parish Office.