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.

Coronavirus Update – 22 July 2021

Following the recent changes to Government regulations, we can slightly relax some restrictions.

From the 19thJuly please, when in church:

  • Maintain social distancing from those not in your household or care bubble,
  • Mask wearing is no longer obligatory, but is recommended.
  • Singing is permitted behind masks.
  • Continue to use the hand cleanser at the door.
  • Receive Holy Communion as current practice.

Please await further guidance on the serving of refreshments after services.

Please keep an eye on our website for the most up to date information

The Revd. John Russell, Vicar
22 July 2021

DENS High Needs List

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DENS have let us know that while they have a good supply of many food, hygiene and household items, there are some specific items that they are in need of and would be grateful to receive. Please see DENS’ High Needs List to find out more and to see if you can help. (Link opens in new tab.)

DENS is one of Little Gaddesden Church’s primary Outward Giving Charities.

Strawberry Cream Tea for Christian Aid

Thank you to everyone who supported Christian Aid by attending or helping at the Strawberry Cream Tea on Saturday 31st July. We are delighted to say that we raised £638 on the day. This means that Little Gaddesden has raised over £2,200 for Christian Aid in 2021.

Messy Church

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For Children: Being Bold and Making the Right Choices and Connected to Jesus – Jesus the Vine. Available on the Youth and Children’s page.

War Remembrance Pages

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We invite you to visit our recently competed War Remembrance pages, which record and commemorate the lives of all those named on Little Gaddesden’s Rolls of Honour and War Memorials. The locations in the churchyard of the the six war graves and the four family graves naming those who died in service overseas are included in the individual pages.

Scam Alerts!

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Beware of scams!

Please beware of a couple of scams that are currently circulating locally by email.

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NHS Vaccine Scam – there are some emails doing the rounds that are apparently offering you a coronavirus/COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  They look convincingly as if they come from the NHS.  Only when you read on that you find that you’re being asked for your bank or credit card details, your passwords or personal details for ‘verification’ or some other spurious reason.  Ignore the email – someone is trying to get hold of your financial or personal details for fraudulent purposes.  The NHS says:

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.

The NHS will never ask for:

  • your bank account or card details
  • your pin or banking password
  • copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Click here to see how the NHS say you will be contacted for your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

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Emails Apparently from The Vicar – other scam emails in circulation look as if they come from the Vicar.  Typically they will ask you to get in touch with him urgently by email, but not by phone, ultimately for the purpose of getting you to send money or gift tokens – which the Vicar would not ask you to do.  And often, but not always, they will be from a gmail.com address – which the Vicar does not have.  If you are in any doubt whether an email is from the Vicar, please check with him either by:

  • Phoning him (despite what it may say in the email); or
  • Sending him a fresh email (i.e. not by replying to the dodgy one) at an address that you know to be genuine.

Incidentally, we think that many of these emails come from the same source, and with each one that arrives we are getting more information that should help put a stop to them.  So if you do receive one, please forward it to scam-report@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk to help us in that effort.

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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 a Family Service, sometimes with communion, which offers a simplified form of worship and is aimed more especially at families and younger people. The Family Service takes the place of our recently introduced, informal ‘Café Church’ service during the coronavirus outbreak.

Children are very welcome: on Sundays other than the second of the month, a Sunday School is run during the morning service, and on the second Sunday there is a separate teaching activity for younger children during part of the service.

At least three times a month there is Sung Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) at 6:00pm, and 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.

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.

Dedication of The Thomas Field Hall
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Special Service

A special service for the dedication of The Thomas Field Hall in the presence of Michael, Bishop of Hertford, followed by buffet lunch  
Evening Eucharist at Nettleden
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Evening Eucharist at Nettleden in place of Little Gaddesden Evensong

Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall
Sep 21 @ 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.

Parents’ Forum: Love, Sex and the Teenage Years
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm

Parents’ Forum – Wednesday 22nd September, 7.30pm in The Thomas Field Hall.  Love, Sex and the Teenage Years.  How to help prepare children for adult, loving relationships.  There will be contributions from the LG School Head, Lorna Elkes and our Rector, John Russell.

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Sep 22 @ 7:55 pm – 9:30 pm

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom

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The Midweek Discussion Group meeting via Zoom on Wednesday evenings are now underway.

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

Midweek Holy Communion
Sep 23 @ 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.

Wedding of Henry Barker and Elizabeth Adam
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm

Rearranged from 5 September 2020.  Time to be confirmed

Parish Communion
Sep 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Parish Communion

An adapted service with social distancing.

In Normal Times

A Sung Eucharist with Sunday School.
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.  Sunday School for children is held in the adjoining vestry during the service, with the children joining in at the communion.  Refreshments are served afterwards.

Baptism of Elizabeth Scarfe
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Evening Prayer

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A service of Evening Prayer in place of our traditional evensong.

Today is
Thursday, 16 September 2021

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The full Parish Calendar shows all events.

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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

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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.

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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.


Barbara Sheard
Tel:  01442 843591
Email: churchwarden.bjs@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

David Scriven
Email: churchwarden.das@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


Gill Moore
Tel: 07970 868839
Email: reader.gm@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Anthony Archer
Tel:  07721 504125
Email: anthony.archer@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

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

PCC Secretary

Terri Adams
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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The September 2021 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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