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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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The Church under the Northern Lights

Northern Lights over Little Gaddesden Church - Photo by Roger Robinson

This wonderful photo was taken by Roger Robinson of Ashridge Media (www.ashridgemedia.com), who has kindly let us reproduce it here.

Roger writes: “The photo was shot on Friday 10th May at 23:20 on a Sony A7IV (4) with a Sigma 24-70 Art Lens. It was a 10 x second exposure at F3.5 at 3200 ISO. While the shutter was open, I ‘light painted’ the church with a small torch. The depth and vibrancy of the colours are due to a long exposure, not post production.”

Notices


Churchyard Biodiversity

Please visit our new page on Churchyard Biodiversity and see the plan for increasing biodiversity in the churchyard.

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.

Jul
14
Sun
Café Church
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 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 is 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.
Jul
15
Mon
LG School Leavers’ Service
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Jul
16
Tue
Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall
Jul 16 @ 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.

Jul
17
Wed
The Ethics Forum: AI – One Year On
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm

The Ethics Forum – AI – One Year On

Ethics Forum.  AI – One Year On.  Canon Dr Tim Bull returns to update us on the progress of AI and the moral dilemmas it is presenting.  Wednesday 17th July in the Thomas Field Hall from 7.30pm.  Refreshments.  All welcome.

 


The Ethics Forum

A series of discussions covering difficult topics of conversation.

Jul
18
Thu
Midweek Holy Communion
Jul 18 @ 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
Jul 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jul
19
Fri
LG School End of Term Service
Jul 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Jul
20
Sat
Pilgrimage Walk to St Margaret’s
Jul 20 @ 2:15 pm

Pilgrimage Walk to St Margaret’s

Saturday 20th July – do join us for a Pilgrimage Walk to the historic site of St Margaret’s in Boscoe at St Margaret’s, Great Gaddesden, leaving at 2.15pm from Little Gaddesden Church. Distance 3km (1.9 miles) each way, on field paths and lanes – or meet us at St Margaret’s. Dogs on leads welcome. Be prepared for all weathers! Remember any necessary medication or inhalers. For more details contact Heather Tisbury, Heather@greatgaddesdenchurch.com or Jane Dickson rjmd@btinternet.com

Jul
21
Sun
Parish Communion
Jul 21 @ 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.

Evensong at Nettleden
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Traditional evening service.

Current Date and Time

15 February 2024

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Header image credit: All Drone Services Limited

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

Original site: Peter Leonhardt
Email: peter@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Current site: Andrew Sheard
Email: webmaster@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 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

Header artwork credit: Tim Hockings

Latest News

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Latest News

  • Week of Sunday 14th July, Trinity 7

    Services

    Sunday 14th July, Trinity 7

    9am Nettleden Morning Prayer (HT)
    9am Little Gaddesden Café Church (JR)
    11am Great Gaddesden Café Church (JR)



    Monday 15th July

    2pm Little Gaddesden LG School Leavers’ Service

    Tuesday 16th July

    9 am Great Gaddesden Holy Communion (JR)
    10.30 am Little Gaddesden Coffee and Cake in the Thomas Field Hall (see below)

    Wednesday 17th July

    7.30 pm TFH, Little Gaddesden Ethics Forum discussion (see below)

    Thursday 18th July

    10am Little Gaddesden Holy Communion (JR)

    Friday 19th July

    9.15 am Little Gaddesden LG School End of Term Service
    9.15 am Great Gaddesden GG School Service for Sarah Wickens, Head Teacher

    Saturday 20th July

    2.15 pm Little Gaddesden Pilgrimage from church to St Margarets (see below)

    Sunday 21st July, Trinity 8

    9am Little Gaddesden Parish Communion (JR)
    11am Great Gaddesden Parish Communion (JR)
    1pm Great Gaddesden Baptism of Oliver Carty (JR)
    2.30 – 4.30 pm Great Gaddesden Cream Teas and Cake in the Church
    6pm Nettleden Evensong (AWA)

    Please Check for Updates!

    As changes are sometimes made at short notice, please check on the News page whether the above information has been changed or superseded.

    Notices

    Tuesday Morning Coffee and Cake

    Tuesday morning’s Coffee and Cake sessions are in the Thomas Field Hall – Tuesdays from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Any enquiries to Hilary Catchpole at h.catchpole@btinternet.com .

    Ethics Forum

    Ethics Forum.  AI – One Year On.  Canon Dr Tim Bull returns to update us on the progress of AI and the moral dilemmas it is presenting.  Wednesday 17th July in the Thomas Field Hall from 7.30pm.  Refreshments.  All welcome.

    Pilgrimage to St Margarets

    On the feast day of St Margaret of Antioch, Saturday July 20th, there will be a Pilgrimage walk leaving from Little Gaddesden Church at 2.15pm to the historic site of St Margaret’s in Boscoe, the Ivinghoe Benedictine Priory, at St Margaret’s, Great Gaddesden. The distance from Little Gaddesden is 3km each way. There will be opportunities on the way to pause for reflection and a short act of worship will be held at the site. Come along and learn more about St Margaret of Antioch and the Priory where Benedictine Nuns lived and worshipped for almost 400 Years. Please join us if you can for the walk or meet us at St Margaret’s. Remember any necessary medication or inhalers. Dogs are welcome on leads. For more details contact Heather Tisbury, Heather@greatgaddesdenchurch.com or Jane Dickson churchwarden.jd@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk 

    Cream Teas & Cake

    Sunday 21st July. Cream Teas and Cake in Great Gaddesden Church. 2.30 – 4.30 pm. Funds raised go to Great Gaddesden PCC. All welcome.

    Open Garden

    Bishop of St Albans – open garden raising funds for Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust.  Sundays between 2pm-4pm until 11th August.  Entrance £5.00 (children free).  Abbey Gate House, Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans AL3 4HD

    Regular Giving

    If you normally give weekly in church, you may like to consider paying direct through your bank account.    Click or tap here to visit the Donate Page to find out more. For those who do give this way, tokens to signify you have donated by this method are available on entry to the church, and they can be placed in the collection bag at the appropriate time.

    Pay by Text

    We now have the facility to donate to Little Gaddesden church by text. Just text LITTLEGADD plus the amount you want to donate (between £1 and £20) to 70470, for example ‘LITTLEGADD10’ to donate £10.  

    Texts will cost the amount donated plus one standard rate message.

    The Little Gaddesden Charities

    The funds of The Little Gaddesden Charities are there to help and support those in financial need in the parish, especially at times when budgets are under particular pressure.

    We also support young people in their endeavours, as well as the bereaved.

    Please apply in confidence to:

    The Vicar, The Revd. John Russell  vicar@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk (01442 214898)  or
    Mrs Pat Catchpole (01442 842544)

  • Week of Sunday 7th July, Trinity 6

    Services

    Sunday 7th July, Trinity 6

    9am Little Gaddesden Parish Communion (MS/AG)
    11am Great Gaddesden Parish Communion (MS)
    6pm Nettleden Evensong (MS)



    Tuesday 9th July

    9am Great Gaddesden Holy Communion (MS)
    10.30 am Little Gaddesden Coffee and Cake in the Thomas Field Hall (see below)

    Wednesday 10th July

    9.30am – 5pm Little Gaddesden Quiet Day with Bishop Jane
    (CHURCH CLOSED)
    7.55 pm Zoom Midweek Discussion Group (see below)

    Thursday 11th July

    10am Little Gaddesden Holy Communion (JR)
    11.30 am Little Gaddesden Funeral and burial of Patricia Hammond
    3pm Little Gaddesden Pitstop Café

    Friday 12th July

    3.30 pm Little Gaddesden LG School Piano Concert for Parents

    Sunday 14th July, Trinity 7

    9am Nettleden Morning Prayer (HT)
    9am Little Gaddesden Café Church (JR)
    11am Great Gaddesden Café Church (JR)

    Please Check for Updates!

    As changes are sometimes made at short notice, please check on the News page whether the above information has been changed or superseded.

    Notices

    Tuesday Morning Coffee and Cake

    Tuesday morning’s Coffee and Cake sessions are in the Thomas Field Hall – Tuesdays from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Any enquiries to Hilary Catchpole at h.catchpole@btinternet.com .

    Quiet Day with Bishop Jane

    Quiet Day with Bishop Jane, 9.30am – 5.00pm.  LITTLE GADDESDEN CHURCH CLOSED.

    St Margaret’s Pilgrimage

    On the feast day of St Margaret of Antioch, Saturday July 20th, there will be a Pilgrimage walk leaving from Little Gaddesden Church at 2.15pm to the historic site of St Margaret’s in Boscoe, the Ivinghoe Benedictine Priory, at St Margaret’s, Great Gaddesden. The distance from Little Gaddesden is 3km each way. There will be opportunities on the way to pause for reflection and a short act of worship will be held at the site. Come along and learn more about St Margaret of Antioch and the Priory where Benedictine Nuns lived and worshipped for almost 400 Years. Please join us if you can for the walk or meet us at St Margaret’s. Remember any necessary medication or inhalers. Dogs are welcome on leads. For more details contact Heather Tisbury, Heather@greatgaddesdenchurch.com or Jane Dickson churchwarden.jd@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk 

    Ethics Forum

    Ethics Forum.  AI – One Year On.  Canon Dr Tim Bull returns to update us on the progress of AI and the moral dilemmas it is presenting.  Wednesday 17th July in the Thomas Field Hall from 7.30pm.  Refreshments.  All welcome.

    Bishop of St Albans’ Open Garden

    Bishop of St Albans – open garden raising funds for Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust.  Sundays between 2pm-4pm until 11th August.  Entrance £5.00 (children free).  Abbey Gate House, Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans AL3 4HD

    Midweek Discussion Group

    The Midweek Discussion Group meets on Wednesday evenings.

    Please contact Barbara Sheard at barbara@sheard.com with any questions.

    Regular Giving

    If you normally give weekly in church, you may like to consider paying direct through your bank account.    Click or tap here to visit the Donate Page to find out more. For those who do give this way, tokens to signify you have donated by this method are available on entry to the church, and they can be placed in the collection bag at the appropriate time.

    Pay by Text

    We now have the facility to donate to Little Gaddesden church by text. Just text LITTLEGADD plus the amount you want to donate (between £1 and £20) to 70470, for example ‘LITTLEGADD10’ to donate £10.  

    Texts will cost the amount donated plus one standard rate message.

    The Little Gaddesden Charities

    The funds of The Little Gaddesden Charities are there to help and support those in financial need in the parish, especially at times when budgets are under particular pressure.

    We also support young people in their endeavours, as well as the bereaved.

    Please apply in confidence to:

    The Vicar, The Revd. John Russell  vicar@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk (01442 214898)  or
    Mrs Pat Catchpole (01442 842544)

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