The Hartford Hundred (West) Group of Churches in the Diocese of St.Albans

The Hartford Hundred West Group

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 :-

A Tourist Trail guide to our churches is available here.

Friday 25th November 2016
7.15pm St Andrew's Night Service in Lt. Berkhamsted Church
8.00pm St Andrew's Night Supper in Lt. Berkhamsted Village Hall
Tickets for the Supper from
Sandie 01707 875221 or Pauline 01707 875940

Lt. Berkhamsted Church, 3rd December 10.30-12.30pm
Reserve this date in your diary for Coffee and Mince Pies.

Essendon Churchyard, 3rd December 1.30pm
Churchyard Leaf Cleaning for all the family. Can we beat last year's record time?


Sunday services are usually held during each month as follows:-

  1st Sunday  2nd Sunday  3rd Sunday  4th Sunday 
8.00 am      Communion 
Little Berkhamsted 
9.30 am  Communion 
Little Berkhamsted 
9.30 am  Family Service 
Family Service 
11.00 am  Communion 
Little Berkhamsted 
Family Service 
Family Service 
Evening Tea Service 5.00 pm
Little Berkhamsted 
    Evensong 6.30 pm

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 May 2016: Ponsbourne  

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. Email
Reader:  Rod Higham

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 Michael Wainwright (Dr), 12 Church Road, Little Berkhamsted, SG13 8LY. Telephone 01707 875970. Email


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.

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