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Little Gaddesden Parish Church


St Peter and St Paul’s –
Church of England

We are lucky enough to be the custodians of a beautiful, ancient church, tucked away in the Hertfordshire countryside, in an idyllic setting – the quintessential English Village Parish Church.

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Notices


Towards Net Zero

Little Gaddesden PCC is committed to a policy of Towards Net Zero – to reducing the carbon emissions produced by Church activities and is hoping to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.  To read more about how we’re planning to reach that goal, see our new Towards Net Zero page.

The Thomas Field Hall

Further details about the Thomas Field Hall, including a booking enquiries email address, are on The Thomas Field Hall page.


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Little Gaddesden Church Logo

The church of St Peter and St Paul, Little Gaddesden, has stood here for centuries and, just as it has always done, represents a beacon of hope and light in a world which isn’t always as we would like.

The congregation and community are thriving and full of life, so whether you’re a visitor or a new resident, you will always be welcome to our services. Our style of worship combines, we hope, the formal (delivered in a relaxed and friendly way) with opportunities for teaching and reflection.

Our principal Sunday service is Sung Holy Communion at 9:00 am most weeks – although on the second Sunday of the month we have an informal ‘Café Church’ service.

Children are always welcome. During school term time,  there are Sunday  School  activities for younger children, for part of the morning service. On the second Sunday, during Café Church, there is sometimes a separate teaching activity for the younger children.

On the first and third Sundays at 6:00pm there is usually an Evensong in Nettleden. Occasionally there are alternative evening services. Please see the Services page for details.

The church is open daily for private prayer and to light candles, should you so wish, and on most Thursday mornings there is quiet service of Holy Communion at 10:00 am.

On most Tuesdays from 10.30 till noon, coffee and delicious cake are offered, together with lively conversation, in The Thomas Field Hall.

The Churchyard is very important to our community. It is a place of respite for walkers and visitors to the church, who discover it to be very peaceful and tranquil. Not only is it a beautiful setting for just sitting and admiring the view, but it also provides the perfect place for people to come to remember their loved ones who are buried here, or whose ashes are interred here. For details about funerals, please first look here.

We welcome all those who would like to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism, (Christening), and many couples are married here or have their marriage blessed. If you would like to know more about Holy Baptism (discussed briefly here), please contact the Vicar. For more details on weddings, in the first instance please go to the Weddings page.

Ministry at Little Gaddesden is shared with the adjoining parishes of Great Gaddesden and Nettleden.

The Revd. John Russell
Vicar

Little Gaddesden Church
Church Road
Little Gaddesden
Hertfordshire
HP4 1NZ

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Coming Up…

Here are the services and other events coming up in Little Gaddesden Parish Church in the next few days.
Services are held at Little Gaddesden Church unless otherwise stated.

Apr
23
Tue
Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall
Apr 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall

Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall

Good company, home made cake, and really decent coffee!  Or, yes, of course you can have tea.
Apr
24
Wed
Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Apr 24 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

Zoom icon

The Midweek Discussion Group meets via Zoom on Wednesday evenings.

The sessions start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion often centred around a Bible passage, with a short time of prayer at the end.  Everyone will be considered to be fully present if they have signed in, but there is no need to say or share anything.  You can spend the whole time ‘mute’ if you wish!

There are the usual protocols about confidentiality, as anything shared must be respected as being confidential to the group. All are welcome, but if inviting others please contact Anthony first.

Do keep the ideas coming about topics that you would like to consider.

Sign is at 19.55 hrs and the sessions end at 9.30pm sharp.  The Zoom invitation is sent a few days beforehand, usually with some background material.

Please contact Anthony Archer on anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk or 07721 504125 with any questions

Apr
25
Thu
Midweek Holy Communion
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Midweek Holy Communion (Said Eucharist)

This midweek eucharist is a spoken service, based on a modernised Book of Common Prayer, generally held on Thursdays at 10:00am.  It lasts for a little under half an hour.

Pitstop Café
Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LG Folk, Roots & Blues Club – Folk Night
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

LG Folk, Roots & Blues Club – Folk Night

We are delighted to welcome the fabulous Lady Nade to our NEW VENUE FOR 2024, the intimate and atmospheric Little Gaddesden Church! Lady Nade will be appearing with her trio on Thursday 25th April 2024. With nominations for Artist of the Year at the AMAUK Awards in 2023 and a Song of the Year win at the UK Americana Awards in 2022, Lady Nade stands as one of the UK’s most distinctive voices. She is an award-winning songstress of extraordinary caliber. Tickets remain at the bargain price of £16 and doors will open at 7pm. Please subscribe to our Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/thelgfolkclub For ticket sales, please head over to: www.wegottickets.com/LGFolkClub All of our profit is donated to Little Gaddesden School and we really do value your support, and we wholeheartedly thank-you for helping to keep live music, alive!  Very much looking forward to welcoming you all to another full house on April 25th!
Apr
28
Sun
Parish Communion
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Parish Communion/Eucharist

A Sung Eucharist

Our most frequent Sunday morning service follows the traditional Anglican Communion, or Eucharistic, service. We have traditional hymns and the Gloria and Responses sung to the Patrick Appleford setting of the Mass in E.  The service lasts for almost an hour.  Refreshments are normally served afterwards.

Apr
30
Tue
Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall

Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall

Good company, home made cake, and really decent coffee!  Or, yes, of course you can have tea.

May
1
Wed
Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
May 1 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

Zoom icon

The Midweek Discussion Group meets via Zoom on Wednesday evenings.

The sessions start with a general welcome chat to hear how everyone is getting on, then some discussion often centred around a Bible passage, with a short time of prayer at the end.  Everyone will be considered to be fully present if they have signed in, but there is no need to say or share anything.  You can spend the whole time ‘mute’ if you wish!

There are the usual protocols about confidentiality, as anything shared must be respected as being confidential to the group. All are welcome, but if inviting others please contact Anthony first.

Do keep the ideas coming about topics that you would like to consider.

Sign is at 19.55 hrs and the sessions end at 9.30pm sharp.  The Zoom invitation is sent a few days beforehand, usually with some background material.

Please contact Anthony Archer on anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk or 07721 504125 with any questions

May
2
Thu
Midweek Holy Communion
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Midweek Holy Communion (Said Eucharist)

This midweek eucharist is a spoken service, based on a modernised Book of Common Prayer, generally held on Thursdays at 10:00am.  It lasts for a little under half an hour.

Pitstop Café
May 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Current Date and Time

15 February 2024

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How to Find Us

We’re on Church Road in Little Gaddesden, a few miles north of Berkhamsted, and the postcode is HP4 1NZ.

Church Road is off Nettleden Road, opposite the white gates to Ashridge College, at the north end of Little Gaddesden village green.

Location on Google Maps

Location on Ordnance Survey Maps

For your Sat Nav…

Postcode: HP4 1NZ

Latitude and Longitude: 51.814241, -0.554200
(51°48’51.3″N 0°33’15.1″W)

Full Address

Little Gaddesden Church
Church Road
Little Gaddesden
Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire
HP4 1NZ

Other Locators

OS Grid Reference: SP998138
(Landranger Sheet 165); SP99781382 (Explorer Sheet 182)
(Reading OS maps)

Plus code (what’s that?):
RC7W+M8 Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted

What3words (what’s that?):
///treble.highly.undulation

Parking

Parking for about 50 visiting cars is available in the church car park (green marker on the map below). There is an overflow car park (blue marker) five minutes walk from the church (red marker). The overflow car park is back down Church Road, opposite Bede Court and next to the bowls club.

Cycling and Walking

Little Gaddesden Church is on a network of country lanes, bridleways, footpaths and long distance trails, all visible on the 1:50,000 scale tiles of the OS map extract above.

The Chiltern Way logo

The Chiltern Way crosses Church Road halfway between Nettleden Road and the church.

Chilterns Cycleway sign

The Chilterns Cycleway runs through Little Gaddesden along Nettleden Road and Hudnall Lane.

Sponsored Bike 'n Hike logo

Little Gaddesden Church has long participated in the annual Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike organised by the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust on the second Saturday in September each year.

Please be sure to lock your car, and not to leave any valuables in it.

Public Transport

Rail

The nearest railway station is Berkhamsted, which has frequent trains from London Euston (30-40 mins journey time) and other stations on the West Coast Main Line. The bus service from Berkhamsted to Little Gaddesden is infrequent, but taxis are generally available at the station. Little Gaddesden Church is about ten minutes by car from Berkhamsted station.

Air

The nearest airports are:

  • Luton (25-45 mins by taxi, or 1-2 hrs by train via London to Berkhamsted) and
  • Heathrow (40-80 mins by taxi, or 1 ½ -2 hrs by train via London to Berkhamsted).

Airport taxi journey times are heavily dependent on traffic.

Little Gaddesden Weather

Our new style weather forecast is powered by Windy. It reports the current local weather and gives a forecast for the next few days:

Our old weather forecast was powered by Dark Sky, which has been bought by Apple. From 2023 it can no longer be embedded in websites, but lives on in the new Apple Weather app for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

Header image: adapted from an 1896 Ordnance Survey One-Inch map, reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Contact

The Vicar

The Revd. John Russell
St John’s Vicarage, Piper’s Hill, Great Gaddesden HP1 3BY
Tel:  01442 214898
Email: vicar@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Enquiries about baptisms, banns, weddings, funerals and memorials in the churchyard should be made to the Vicar. If the Vicarage phone is on voicemail please leave a message — it will be attended to as soon as possible. Alternatively, messages can be left with the Churchwardens.

Churchwardens

Terri Adams
Email: churchwarden.ta@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Jane Dickson
Tel: 07795 348938
Email: churchwarden.jd@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

To contact both Churchwardens
Email: churchwardens@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Treasurer

Allan Webster
Email: treasurer@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Accounts

Vanessa Connor
Tel: 01442 843274
Email: accounts@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Parish Administrator

Helene Hockings
Email: parish.admin@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Tower Captain

Virginia Westmacott
Tel: 01442 842428
Email: bells@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Website

Peter Leonhardt
Email: peter@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Andrew Sheard
Email: wp-admin@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Associate Priest

The Revd. Miranda Seldon
Email: associate.priest@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Readers

Anthony Archer
Tel:  07721 504125
Email: anthony.archer@bridgewaterassociates.co.uk

Heather Tisbury
Tel: 01582 842807
Email: reader.ht@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

PCC Secretary

Barbara Sheard
Tel: 01442 843591
Email: pcc.secretary@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Organist & Choirmaster

John Leonhardt
Tel: 01442 843550

Safeguarding Officers

Heather Tisbury
Tel: 01582 842807
Email: safeguarding@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Paulette Reed
Tel: 07786 707495
Email: safeguarding@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Flower Arranging Co-ordinator

Anne Isherwood
Tel: 01442 842780
Email: flowers@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

War Remembrance

Jane Dickson
Email: war-remembrance@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Little Gaddesden Church Contacts

Header artwork credit: Tim Hockings

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Week of Sunday 21st April, Easter 4

Services Sunday 21st April, Easter 4 9amLittle Gaddesden Parish Communion(JR/AG)11amGreat Gaddesden Parish Communion(JR) 2pmLittle GaddesdenWest Herts District Scouts St George’s Day parade from the Adelaide Cross on The Green to the church, for service6pmNettledenEvensong(RH) Tuesday 23rd April, St
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Week of Sunday 14th April, Easter 3

Services Sunday 14th April, Easter 3 9amNettleden Morning Prayer (DK-S)9amLittle Gaddesden Café Church(HT/GS)11amGreat Gaddesden Café Church(HT/GS) Tuesday 16th April 9amGreat Gaddesden Holy Communion (JR)10.30 am Little Gaddesden Coffee and Cake in the Thomas Field Hall (see below) Wednesday 17th A
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Week of Sunday 7th April, Easter 2

Services Sunday 7th April, Easter 2 9am Little Gaddesden Parish Communion(MS) 11am Great Gaddesden Parish Communion(MS) 6pmNettledenEvensong(MS) Tuesday 9th April 9amGreat Gaddesden Morning Prayer(HT)10.30 am Little Gaddesden Coffee and Cake in the Thomas Field Hall (see below) Wednesday 10th April
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