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.

Christian Aid Week: 15-22 May 2022

Christian Aid Week takes place from 15 to 21 May 2022, this year assisting with the Climate Crisis in Zimbabwe and Ukraine and other areas facing crisis.

Christian Aid e-Envelope Logo

Instead of a house to house collection in Little Gaddesden, an ‘e-envelope’ has been set up to allow donations to be made online. Please support the week by going to the Little Gaddesden Christian Aid fundraising page and clicking on the ‘Donate’ button.

Last year Little Gaddesden’s e-envelope raised over £1,400. We are very much hoping to exceed that figure in 2022.

Strawberry Cream Tea for Christian Aid

Strawberry Cream Tea Poster 2022

Save the Date: Strawberry Cream Tea for Christian Aid will take place on Saturday 28th May, 3pm- 5pm in the Thomas Field Hall.

The Ethics Forum – Ukraine and the Morality of War

The second meeting of The Ethics Forum on the subject of Ukraine and the Morality of War will be held in the Thomas Field Hall on Tuesday, 17 May at 8pm (wine, tea, coffee, refreshments served from 7.30pm).

The evening will be chaired by Roger Bolton, BBC Radio Presenter, and he will be joined by:

  • Major General Timothy Cross CBE, Latterly General Officer Commanding, Theatre Troops, Iraq and Reader, Diocese of Guildford;
  • Possibly another speaker, and
  • Anthony Archer, Reader, Berkhamsted Team Ministry

This is not a ticketed event but as space is limited, please RSVP to Anthony Archer on 07721 504125 or aw.archer@btinternet.com.

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.

St Peter’s, Berkhamsted 800th Anniversary Celebrations


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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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.

Christian Aid Week
May 15 – May 21 all-day
The fundraising week takes place from 15 to 21 May 2022, this year assisting with the Climate Crisis in Zimbabwe and Ukraine and other areas facing crisis. Christian Aid e-Envelope LogoInstead of a house to house collection in Little Gaddesden, an ‘e-envelope’ has been set up to allow donations to be made online. Please support the week by going to the Little Gaddesden Christian Aid fundraising page and clicking on the ‘Donate’ button. Last year Little Gaddesden’s e-envelope raised over £1,400. We are very much hoping to exceed that figure in 2022. We are also planning a ‘Strawberry Cream Tea’ to raise funds for Christian Aid on 28 May 2022 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at The Thomas Field Hall – so please save the date.
Coffee Morning in aid of Aching Arms
May 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Thomas Field Hall – Coffee Morning – Friday 20th May 9.30-11.30 am in aid of Aching Arms (a charity who support parents through miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss).

Baptism of Laura McCann
May 21 @ 12:00 pm
Baptism of Freddie Smith
May 21 @ 2:00 pm
Parish Communion
May 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Parish Communion/Eucharist

A Sung Eucharist, with Sunday School in School Term Times

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.  During School term times,  Sunday School for children is held in the adjoining Thomas Field Hall during the service.  Refreshments are normally served afterwards.

Sunday School
May 22 @ 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.

Coffee and Cake in The Thomas Field Hall
May 24 @ 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 Discussion Group on Zoom
May 25 @ 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
May 26 @ 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
May 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Today is
Thursday, 19 May 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@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.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 15th May, Easter 5

Services Sunday 15th May, Easter 5 9.30 am Little Gaddesden Parish Communion (with Sunday School)(JR) 11.00 am Great Gaddesden Parish Communion (JR) 4.30 pmNettledenEvensong (please note different time)(JR)6.00 pmLittle GaddesdenConcert in the Church Tuesday 17th May 9.00 amGreat Gaddesden Holy Comm
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Week of Sunday 8th May, Easter 4

Services Sunday 8th May, Easter 4 9.00 am Nettleden Morning Prayer (AWA)9.30 am Little Gaddesden Café Church (JR) 11.00 am Great Gaddesden Café Church (JR) 12.45 pmLittle GaddesdenBaptism of Henry Hopkinson2.30 – 4.30 pmGreat GaddesdenCream Teas served in the Church Tuesday 10th May 9.00 amGreat Gad
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May 2022 Parish News Out Now

The May 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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