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.


Coronavirus

Worship in our Churches

The church is now open again for services, subject to restrictions. Provisionally, and subject to currently awaited further guidance and requirements from the Church of England, we expect the following restrictions to apply:

  • Limits for communal worship will be set.
  • Little Gaddesden is subject to Tier 2 restrictions, and so people must not mingle indoors, including in church, with anyone they do not live with or have formed a support bubble with.
  • Face coverings are required by law to be worn in church. There are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in church, in particular those who are leading permitted services and those who assist them.
  • Social distancing must be adhered to. People should be 2 metres apart – or more than 1 metre apart as well as taking extra steps to stay safe (such as wearing face coverings).
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend church due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household.
  • On entering and leaving church, everyone should use hand sanitiser.
  • Please bear in mind that there are no toilet or hand washing facilities in church at the moment. This is because of the building works for the Thomas Field Hall, and is not a consequence of the coronavirus restrictions.
  • A QR code is provided for you to check in with the NHS app. If you don’t use the NHS app, you may be asked for contact details. A temporary record of visitors will be kept for 21 days. We will assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for data if needed for contact tracing and the investigation of local outbreaks.

All of this is subject to change, possibly more than once and possibly at short notice. Please keep checking back here for any updates.

2 December 2020

Little Gaddesden Church is 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 must 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

If you feel that The Archers and the Today programme have become a little unbelievable, then you need to listen to something you can truly believe in: The Berkhamsted Team Worship Midweek Podcast! Your chance to opt out of lockdown and escape the vale of tiers for a few contemplative minutes in the middle of the not-very-busy week.

Every Wednesday a ‘podcast’ is published on the Services page. It’s simply a radio programme on the internet, and 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 Florence Nightingale, amongst others. The Collect for the day, and the appointed Psalm are usually included, along with a Bible reading, before a short homily or contemplation by the Vicar, or one of our Readers. Interesting and challenging music choices are becoming a feature.

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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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 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
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.

Dec
6
Sun
Joint Parish Worship at Little Gaddesden
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Coronavirus restrictions apply

See the Front page.  
Online Sunday Eucharist
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Online Sunday Eucharist

A playable on demand recording will be available at on Sunday morning from about 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website will carry the service on the Services page, where you will also find the Order of Service and the week’s Pew Sheet/Bulletin.

 

 

Dec
8
Tue
Café Zoom
Dec 8 @ 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 Hilary Catchpole at h.catchpole@btinternet.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Dec
9
Wed
Online Midweek Podcast
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion

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

Dec
12
Sat
Cancelled: District Bellringing Meeting
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

District bellringing meeting, including service and tea.

Dec
13
Sun
Mattins at Nettleden
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Coronavirus restrictions apply

See the Front page.

Online Sunday Eucharist
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Online Sunday Eucharist

A playable on demand recording will be available at on Sunday morning from about 9:20am.

Little Gaddesden Church website will carry the service on the Services page, where you will also find the Order of Service and the week’s Pew Sheet/Bulletin.

 

 

Dec
15
Tue
Café Zoom
Dec 15 @ 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 Hilary Catchpole at h.catchpole@btinternet.com, preferably a day or so beforehand, to ask for joining details for this week’s Café Zoom.

Dec
16
Wed
Online Midweek Podcast
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Online Midweek Podcast/Devotion

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

Dec
20
Sun
Joint Parish Worship at Great Gaddesden
Dec 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Coronavirus restrictions apply

See the Front page.

Today is
Friday, 4 December 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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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. 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

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

Header artwork credit: Tim Hockings

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Week of Sunday 6th December, Advent 2

Services Sunday 6th December, Advent 2 9.30amLittle GaddesdenJoint Parish Worship in church(JR/HT-pr)9.30 amServices pageOnline Sunday Eucharist(JR/HT-pr) The service will be recorded and made available online on the Services page. Tuesday 8th December 10.30 amZoomCafé Zoom – Tuesda
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Thomas Field Hall: The Slate Floor

The walls have been plastered and dried out and the undercoats of paint are being rolled on.  The electricians are wiring up the light fittings and outlets.  And last weekend a team of tilers worked non-stop to lay the slate on the floor of the Ambulatory, lobby, kitchen and WC.  The
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December 2020/January Parish News

The December/January 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. There are a couple of corrections from the printed edition, as expla
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