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.


Worship in our Churches

  • Since Sunday 12 July 2020, services to which congregations may come are generally held at 9.30am in Little Gaddesden, but sometimes in Great Gaddesden or Nettleden.  See the Services Calendar for more information.
  • Spaces will be limited, to approximately 35, due to the need to maintain social distancing.
  • Please understand, that once the designated number of places are filled, we won’t be able to allow any more people to enter the church.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand and be aware that there will a ‘one way’ system in operation. The wearing of a face mask is obligatory for those not exempted. Once seated we ask you to remain in your seat for the duration of the service. Recorded hymns will be played, but you are asked not to join in.
  • If the service is one of Holy Communion, for the time being the sacrament is administered in one kind only.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and will change arrangements as necessary, but the aim is to enable you to worship and keep you as safe as possible.
  • Sunday services will be Joint Services for all three churches for the time being and will continue to be at 9.30am irrespective of the church used.
  • If you are shielding you will need to consider very carefully whether you should attend, but  be assured, we shall continue to record the services which we will try to make available on the websites by 12 noon on the given day, to ensure that participation on some level will be possible. 
  • We will take a register of those attending worship.
  • There are no toilet facilities at Little Gaddesden Church.
  • From time to time the church may have to be closed for 72 hours, for everyone’s protection, to avoid contamination and a lot of cleaning.
  • These measures will remain under constant review.

The Revd. John Russell, Vicar
Updated 14-09-2020

Little Gaddesden Church is now open daily between 10:00am and 4:00pm

  • Please use hand sanitiser on entry to and exit from the church.
  • No more than five visitors are to be in the church at one time.
  • Facemasks should be worn.
  • Social distancing is to be observed.
  • Opening times are subject to change.
  • The building works for the Thomas Field Hall are underway, but should not significantly interfere with permitted church access.
  • There are no toilet facilities and no running water because of the building works.

Video/Audio Recordings: Sunday Morning Services and Wednesday 10:00am Podcasts

Video recordings of Sunday services, and pre-recorded midweek podcasts on Wednesdays, are made available on the Services page. See Coming Up… or the Calendar on the Services page for details of these and any other live or recorded services. Read on for mode details about our…

Wednesday Podcasts

Tired of Woman’s Hour? Fed up with The Archers? Do you find yourself shouting at The Today Programme? Then you need the Berkhamsted Team Worship Wednesday Podcast!

Every Wednesday a ‘podcast’ is published on the Services page. It’s simply a radio programme on the internet, it’s no more difficult to tune in to than switching on your kitchen radio! The advantage is that you can listen at any time from 10am on Wednesday. After a few days it will then be accessible on the Services Archive page.

The programme is usually 15 to 20 minutes in length. The theme of each programme is centred on festivals and saints’ days in the church calendar. So far, we’ve heard about St Swithun, Mary Magdalene, and lately, Florence Nightingale. The Collect for the day, and the appointed Psalm are always included, along with a Bible reading, before a short homily or contemplation by the Vicar, or one of our Readers. We always begin and end with music.

Don’t be scared of ‘podcasts’… they are your friend! POD = ‘programme on demand’… it’s just like catching up with your favourite programme on the BBC iPlayer. If you want to comment or complain about the content, just add your thoughts to the comments section on the Services page of the website.

Jonathan Kempster

Messy Church At Home – Autumn Activity Sheets Now Available

Messy Church at home logo

Messy Church at Home has new resources on the Youth and Children’s page. You’ll find activity sheets there for September, October and November 2020.

Heather Tisbury, Reader

Coronavirus Precautions

Updated 14 September 2020:

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SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Image: CDC.
  1. Little Gaddesden Church has a limited schedule of services and is usually open daily (see above).
  2. Everyone is urged to follow the Government’s current instructions in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  3. The current practice of hand hygiene is to be rigorously maintained and physical contact of all kinds should be avoided.
  4. We should be vigilant in keeping a close eye on those around us for signs of illness.

Further official guidance and advice for churches is available on the Church of England’s website.

  • For health advice, visit NHS.UK.
  • For government advice, visit GOV.UK.

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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.
Events that have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak are not included.

British Summer Time Ends
Oct 25 all-day
Clocks go back one hour at 2:00am on the last Sunday in October.
Café Zoom
Oct 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Zoom iconTuesday Morning Coffee and Cake is back!

Get together on Zoom for conversation, coffee and cake.  Bring your own coffee…and cake.

Contact Barbara Sheard at barbara@sheard.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Online Midweek Devotion

An audio podcast for Wednesday mornings, in place of the usual midweek communion.

Midweek Discussion Group on Zoom
Oct 28 @ 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 restarting.

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.

The next series of ‘meetings’ are as follows:

  • 26 August           Pacifism and the Just War Theory
  • 2 September      Some Women in the Old Testament
  • 9 September      Some Women in the New Testament
  • 16 September  Women in the Bible
  • 23 September Women in the Bible
  • 30 September   Women in the Bible
  • 7 October           Philippians 1
  • 14 October Philippians 2
  • 21 October BREAK
  • 28 October Philippians 3
  • 4 November Philippians 4

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

All Saints’ Day
Nov 1 all-day
Joint Parish Worship at Great Gaddesden
Nov 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Coronavirus restrictions apply

Service of The Commemoration of All Souls
Nov 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Commemoration of All Souls

In 2020 this will be a recorded service, available on the Services page.

All Souls’ Day
Nov 2 all-day
Café Zoom
Nov 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Zoom iconTuesday Morning Coffee and Cake is back!

Get together on Zoom for conversation, coffee and cake.  Bring your own coffee…and cake.

Contact Barbara Sheard at barbara@sheard.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm

Today is
Sunday, 25 October 2020

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The full Parish Calendar shows all events.

See the Using the Calendars page for more.

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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

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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. There is an overflow car park five minutes walk away. It’s back down Church Road, opposite Bede Court and next to the bowls club. Click on the markers on the map below.

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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.


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

Michael Carver
Tel: 01442 842658
Email: churchwarden.mnc@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: 01442 842054
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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Week of Sunday 25th October, Last Sunday after Trinity

Services Sunday 25th October, Last Sunday after Trinity 9.30 amLittle GaddesdenJoint Parish Worship(JR/SO-pr) The service will held in church (see the Front Page for details). It will be recorded and made available online on the Services page by lunchtime. Tuesday 27th October 10
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Thomas Field Hall: Wrapping up Warm!

One of the major features of the building renovation is putting in insulation.  We nearly wrote ‘increasing’ but in fact, there was no insulation in the original building, which explains why it was always so cold!  So now there are thick insulation panels fixed to all the outsi
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Week of Sunday 18th October, Trinity 19

Services Sunday 18th October, Trinity 19 9.30 amNettledenJoint Parish Worship followed by APCM at 10.30am.We apologise if we are unable to run a live-stream of this service today on Facebook due to the unreliable signal in Nettleden.(JR) The service will held in church (see the Front Page 
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