Welcome

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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 a 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 service is specifically designed for families and children. Children are very welcome: on Sundays other than the second of the month, a Sunday School is run during the morning 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

Scroll down to see four of our most frequently visited pages (Coming Up…, How to Find Us, Contact and News), or browse the menu above to see everything.

Photo credits: Barbara Sheard, Lyn Hyde. Peter Leonhardt

Coming Up…

Here are the services and other events coming up in Little Gaddesden Parish Church in the next few days.

Apr
22
Mon
Easter Monday
Apr 22 all-day
Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St Albans
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

COME WITH US TO THE CATHEDRAL ON EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 22nd

As mentioned in last month’s Parish News, this is traditionally a Youth Pilgrimage. Younger people are urged to help keep it so. Some of the older
ones can show you the way.

8am Be at Little Gaddesden church if you are prepared to walk 12 miles mainly by footpaths.

or 9am Be at Great Gaddesden church, catch us as we pass (by 9.30) and walk about 10 miles.

or Make your own way
Bring something to eat and drink.
Have clothes suitable for unexpected weather.
Wear comfortable walking shoes or boots, which will cope with mud.
(Take some sticking plasters to cover blisters if your feet are not used to long walks.)

Arrange in advance for someone to take you home, usually soon after 4pm.

On arrival in the cathedral grounds look out for the green and blue Gaddesdens Together banner.
From 2.30pm the congregation will begin to enter the cathedral.
3 pm The Easter-themed Service begins.

It is helpful to know if you are coming, but you can just turn up on the spur of the moment. The contact number is 01442 843550 (home of Peter and John Leonhardt).

Apr
23
Tue
Bellringing Practice
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Apr
25
Thu
Funeral of Ken Nash
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am
Apr
26
Fri
Choir Practice
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
28
Sun
Parish Communion
Apr 28 @ 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
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sung Evensong (Book of Common Prayer)

Our 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

Apr
30
Tue
Vicar on Extended Study Leave till 4 Aug
Apr 30 – Aug 4 all-day

The Vicar will be on Extended Study Leave from Tuesday, 30th April to Sunday 4th August 2019.  Contact email is vicar@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk or contact Helene Hockings (Parish Administrator) at parish.admin@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk.

Coffee and Cake
Apr 30 @ 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
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.


Useful Links


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

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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)

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 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).

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

Anne Wooster
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

Header artwork credit: Tim Hockings

News

Week of Sunday, 21st April, Easter Day

Services Sunday, 21st April, Easter Day 8.00am           Nettleden                           Holy Communion with hymns               (JR)9.00am           Little Gaddesden            Family Communion                                  (JR)10.45am        Great Gaddesden          Family Communion                                  (JR)No Evensong at Little Gaddesden

Holy Week

Services Sunday, 14th April, Palm Sunday 9.00am     Nettleden             Morning Worship with blessing of the Palms (AWA)9.00am     Little Gaddesden      Procession from Village Hall to church for Family Service (JR)10.45am    Great Gaddesden     Parish Communion with blessing of the Palms followed by APCM (JR) 6.00pm     Little Gaddesden      Evensong (AWA)