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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Війна в Україні – The War in Ukraine

Ukraine Map/Flag

Thank you for your generous donations to support those affected by the situation in Ukraine. By 20th March £5,725 (excluding Gift Aid) had been donated through collections in church and Charities Aid Foundation payments to the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal though Christian Aid. In addition, collections for British Humanitarian Aid raised £128. No doubt there will be additional donations that have been made directly to the charities.

The DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal raised over £200 million in its first two weeks, including £25 million in matched funding payments from the Government. On reaching the £200 million milestone, the DEC Chair of Trustees commented: “This amazing total shows what’s possible when we all come together as charities, as communities, as a country, to help people who are facing unimaginable hardships”. “Thank you so much to everyone who has leant their support to this appeal.”

The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. It then distributes the funds raised to its member charities who specialise in different areas of disaster response. Christian Aid has now established its own Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to raise further funds as the situation evolves. It is working with partner organisations in the ACT Alliance (a global faith-based coalition) to offer assistance to Ukraine refugees fleeing deadly violence. Christian Aid was founded in 1945 by British and Irish churches to help refugees after the Second World War. Back then, the organisation worked with partner churches to alleviate suffering by raising the equivalent of more than £3 million in today’s money. They supported, equipped and enabled partner churches in mainland Europe to provide what people needed. Nearly 80 years later, they are doing the same.

We will be making collection buckets for Christian Aid’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal available in church in the coming weeks for those who have not yet made a donation and wish to do so, or for those who wish to make a further donation. We can take donations by cash or cheque in church. If you wish to make a contactless card donation please see Annabelle Grassini. You can also donate online at: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/ukraine-crisis-appeal.

If you wish to make a donation to British Humanitarian Aid, cheques can be made out to British Humanitarian Aid and sent to BHA, 11 Devon Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1RP or bank transfers can be made to:

  • Sort Code: 23 05 80
  • Account: 37221139 (Metro Bank)
  • Name: British Humanitarian Aid

Don’t worry if, when making a bank transfer, your bank tells you that there’s a mismatch between the sort code/account numbers and the account name. BHA tell us that it’s because they bank with Metro Bank, and other banks can’t confirm that the details match.

Sunday School

Sunday School logo

Sunday School is held during Parish Communion at 9:30am on most Sundays.

See ‘Sunday School’ on the Youth and Children page for more details. The Services Calendar shows specific dates.

Farewell Service for Bishop Michael

There is a farewell service for Bishop Michael on the 16th July at 5pm at the Cathedral in St Albans. All are welcome and there is no need to book or confirm attendance.

Fundraising for Christian Aid

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraising for Christian Aid Week in May through donations and support for our Strawberry Cream Tea. We are pleased to say that over £950 has been raised this year.

The Thomas Field Hall

The Thomas Field Hall is now open and in use. Further detals, including a booking enquiries email address, are on The Thomas Field Hall page.

From the Archives: Parish Magazine, July 1900

A somewhat age-specked copy of the July 1900 edition of Little Gaddesden Parish Magazine recently came to light and is reproduced on the Parish News Magazine 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 9:30 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 Sunday of the month at 6:00pm there is an Evening Service. 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

Little Gaddesden Church
Church Road
Little Gaddesden

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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.

Patronal Festival Service
Jul 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Parish Communion for the Patronal Festival
Sunday School
Jul 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sunday School

Sunday School logoSunday School is taking place during the morning 9.30am service this week.   All children under 11 years old are welcome to attend and those under 5 should be accompanied by a parent please.  There will be crafts and fun in the Thomas Field Hall whilst the service is going on in church.  For more details or to see how you could help, please contact Claire Beard on clairerdonovan@googlemail.com.

There’s no Sunday School in school holidays.

Evening Worship
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Evening Worship

Photo of church after sunset

An evening service which may or may not be evensong.

Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall
Jul 5 @ 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.

Midweek Holy Communion
Jul 7 @ 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 Coffee Club
Jul 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Café Church
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am – 10:10 am

Café Church

Image of coffee cup for Café ChurchCafé Church is a new type of service being offered in Little Gaddesden on the second Sunday of most months of the year, unless there is a clash which makes it impractical.  The format will be entirely different from our other services, including the Family Service that used to occupy the ‘second Sunday’ slot:

  • Wonderful fresh coffee and pastries upon arrival.
  • Informal seating at tables.
  • Accessible worship on screen.
  • Lively music.
  • Time to think.
  • Time to pray.
  • No formality.
  • Time to discuss (no boring sermon!), just an opportunity to ask questions and share, if you wish, in a non-threatening environment.
  • There will be a separate teaching activity for younger children during part of the service.
  • Service should last no more than 40 minutes.
  • Stay after and finish the pastries!

Image of coffee and cupcake for Café Church


Café Church is inspired by ‘Reaching New People’ (RNP), one of St Albans’ Diocese’s key initiatives.  We are exploring new ways of reaching people who aren’t currently engaged with the Church, whilst at the same time inspiring, refreshing and enriching all those who are already part of the congregation. We also want to encourage those who used to come to church on a Sunday, but for whatever reason have let churchgoing become less of a priority in their lives, to return.

Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall
Jul 12 @ 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.

Midweek Holy Communion
Jul 14 @ 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 Coffee Club
Jul 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Today is
Sunday, 3 July 2022

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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

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?):


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


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.


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

This is a ‘hyperlocal’ report, giving the weather right now as well as a forecast for the next few days:

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


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.


David Scriven
Email: churchwarden.das@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

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

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


Allan Webster
Email: treasurer@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk


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


Peter Leonhardt
Email: peter@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

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


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
Email: pcc.secretary@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Organist & Choirmaster

John Leonhardt
Tel: 01442 843550

Safeguarding Officer

Heather Tisbury
Tel: 01582 842807
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

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Week of Sunday 3rd July, Festival of St Peter & St Paul

Services Sunday 3rd July, Festival of St Peter & St Paul 9.00 am Nettleden Morning Prayer (HT)9.30 am Little Gaddesden Patronal Festival (with Sunday School)(JR) 11.00 am Great Gaddesden Parish Communion (JR) 2.30 – 4.30 pmGreat GaddesdenCream Teas and Cake in the Church6.00 pmLittle GaddesdenEvenin
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July/August 2022 Parish News Out Now

The July/August 2022 issue of Parish News is out for delivery. Subscribers to the print edition should be getting their copies through their letterboxes any day now. The online edition is available on the Parish News Magazine page.
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Week of Sunday 26th June, Trinity 2

Services Sunday 26th June, Trinity 2 9.00 am Nettleden Special Eucharist welcoming the pupils from Boutcher School with Michael, Bishop of Hertford (JR) Little Gaddesden No Service today 11.00 am Great Gaddesden Patronal Service (HT/RH-pr) Tuesday 28th June 9.00 amGreat Gaddesden Holy Communion (JR)
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