Welcome

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.

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 the ‘Café Church’ service is in a new, informal style. 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
Vicar

Little Gaddesden Church
Church Road
Little Gaddesden
Hertfordshire
HP4 1NZ

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NEW for 2020: Most second Sunday Morning Services are now ‘Café Church’.

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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.

Feb
25
Tue
Coffee and Cake
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee and Cake
Good company, home made cake, and really decent coffee!  Or, yes, of course you can have tea.
Bellringing Practice
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
26
Wed
Ash Wednesday
Feb 26 all-day
Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
27
Thu
Midweek Holy Communion
Feb 27 @ 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.

Feb
28
Fri
Choir Practice
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
1
Sun
Parish Communion
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Parish Communion – 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.

Evensong
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sung Evensong (Book of Common Prayer)

Photo of church after sunsetOur usual Sunday Evensong follows the traditional Book of Common Prayer service.  It includes a sung Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis and Psalm as well as sung Responses and traditional hymns.  This service is often conducted by one of the Readers.

About four times in the year there is an alternative form of Evensong, often following the Ionia pattern.  These are advertised separately.

Mar
2
Mon
PCC Meeting
Mar 2 @ 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Mar
3
Tue
Coffee and Cake
Mar 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee and Cake

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

Today is
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

The 'Coming Up...' calendar is an interactive version of the complete Parish Calendar in an 'Agenda' style list. It shows what's happening in the near future.

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
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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

Readers

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

Nikki Warr
Email: pcc.secretary@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Organist & Choirmaster

John Leonhardt
Tel: 01442 843550

Safeguarding Officer

James Mitchell
Tel: 01442 842710
Email: safeguarding@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Flower Arranging Co-ordinator

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

Little Gaddesden Church Contacts

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Week of Sunday 23rd February, Sunday next before Lent

Services Sunday, 23rd February, Sunday next before Lent 9.00 amNettledenMattins(AWA)9.00 amLittle GaddesdenParish Communion(CR)10.45 amGreat GaddesdenParish Communion(CR)6.00 pmLittle GaddesdenEvensong(AWA) Tuesday, 25th February 9.00 amGreat GaddesdenHoly Communion(JR)10.30 amLittle GaddesdenCoffee
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Week of Sunday, 16th February, 2nd Sunday before Lent

This news item has been updated twice. See entry for Thursday 20th February. Services Sunday, 16th February, 2nd Sunday before Lent 9.00 amLittle GaddesdenParish Communion(JR)10.45 amGreat GaddesdenParish Communion(JR)6.00 pmNettledenEvensong(JR) Tuesday, 18th February NO MID-WEEK COMMUNION SERVICE
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Week of Sunday, 9th February, 3rd Sunday before Lent

Services Sunday, 9th February, 3rd Sunday before Lent 9.00 amNettledenMattins(GM)9.00 amLittle GaddesdenCafé Church(JR)10.45 amGreat GaddesdenCafé Church(JR)6.00 pmLittle GaddesdenEvensong(HT) Tuesday, 11th February 9.00 amGreat GaddesdenHoly Communion(JR)10.30 amLittle Gadde
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