The Hartford Hundred West Group
The Hartford Hundred West Group comprises five churches in four parishes in rural south Hertfordshire (see map). On this website you can find information about the Group and each of our churches which are :-
|Bayford & Brickendon||St Mary, Bayford|
Holy Cross & St Alban, Brickendon
|Essendon & Woodhill||St Mary the Virgin, Essendon|
|Little Berkhamsted||St Andrew, Little Berkhamsted|
|Ponsbourne||St Mary, Ponsbourne (Newgate Street Village)|
A Tourist Trail guide to our churches is available here.
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Hartford Hundred Group Lent Lunch
with Bring & Buy Stall
Saturday 12th April 12.00 till 2.00pm
at Hartford Hundred Rectory, Little Berkhamsted
Proceeds to Shelter & Christian Aid
St.Mary's Ponsbourne Organ Restoration Project
The Official (but Informal) Opening Recital
will be held on Tuesday April 29th, starting at 7:30p.m.
Dr. William McVicker (our consultant on the Project) will play music in a wide range of styles allowing us to explore and enjoy the sounds available from the organ. He will also be joined by Mr. John Pike Mander (from Mander Organs of London, responsible for the restoration ) who will give some insights into the life and work of the organ-builder. Refreshments will be available.
The project was made possible by local fund-raising over many years and by a generous grant from the "Your Heritage" Lottery Fund. We are planning for this concert, in celebration of the organ's restoration, to be followed by a number of others through the year.
Sunday services are usually held during each month as follows:-
|1st Sunday||2nd Sunday||3rd Sunday||4th Sunday|
|9.30 am||Family Service
|Family Service |
During August a single Group Communion service is held at 10.15 am.
When a 5th Sunday occurs in a month, a Group Communion service is held at 10.15 am as follows: 29th December 2013: Brickendon
Sunday Clubs for children meet
on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays in the month at 9.30 - 10.30 am in Essendon Church Room
on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month during the Family Service in Bayford Church
Weekday services are held as follows:-
|Monday 10.15 am - 1st Monday in the month.||Holy Communion, Little Berkhamsted|
|Wednesday 9.30 am||Holy Communion, Essendon|
Healing and Wholeness Services
Every month in our group of Churches, a service of Holy Communion for Healing and Wholeness is held. In odd months (Jan, Mar etc.) the service is held at St Andrew's Church, Little Berkhamsted usually on the second Sunday at 6.30 pm. In even months (Feb, Apr etc.) the service is held at St Mary's, Essendon on the second Wednesday at 9.30 am.
At these services, we remember all those in particular need of our prayers because they are ill in body, mind or spirit. Not only do we share in the bread and wine of Holy Communion, but, for those who would like to do so there is "laying on of hands" in Jesus name [the person praying puts their hands on a person's head and prays specifically for God's healing for them.] We never know how God will answer those prayers - sometimes there is physical healing; sometimes there may be great peace of mind and a deepening of faith in the God who is love and who holds us in His everlasting arms, but we know that God hears our prayers either for ourselves or for others. All are welcome to these services.
See here for a detailed Calendar of all services and other meetings and events in the Group.
|Rector:||The Revd Canon Pauline Higham, Hartford Hundred Rectory, 1 Little Berkhamsted Lane, Little Berkhamsted, SG13 8LU. Telephone 01707 875940|
The group also has a Lay Local Ministry Team and a Bereavement Visitors Group.
The senior churchwarden is Mr T M Sutcliffe, School Cottages, Newgate Street, SG13 8RA. Telephone 01707 874388. Details of all other churchwardens may be found with their respective churches.
The parish magazine editor is Mrs J Byrne, Rose Cottage, Little Berkhamsted Lane, Little Berkhamsted, SG13 8LU. Telephone 01707 876674
Some of the regular activities in our Group are:-
|Monday 11.00 - 12 noon||Tiny Tots, St Andrew's, Little Berkhamsted|
|Thursday 2.00 - 4.00 pm||Study Group, St Mary's Church Room, Essendon|
Ever thought of discovering more about the Christian Faith?
What about those promises made when I was christened?
What exactly happens at a Holy Communion service and how can I take a fuller part in this?
What does it mean to "confirm" my baptism promises?
How can I live life to the full even when there are difficult issues to be faced?
Does Jesus have a part to play in my life now and in the life of our world today?
If these are some of the questions you have, or you may have others, and would like to know more about confirmation, please contact Pauline on 01707 875940.
The Hartford Hundred West Group was formed in 1977 as a 'united benefice' combining the four parishes of Little Berkhamsted, Bayford & Brickendon, Essendon & Woodhill, and Ponsbourne. Ponsbourne had been under the charge of the Rector of Little Berkhamsted since 1971.