St Mary Bayford


Chapel of Holy Cross &

St Alban, Brickendon


St Mary the Virgin


little b.png

St Andrew’s

Little Berkhamsted


St Mary


The Benefice of Hartford Hundred (West) was established on November 1st, 1976 as a “united benefice” combining the four parishes of Bayford & Brickendon, Essendon & Woodhill, Little Berkhamsted and Ponsbourne (Newgate Street), with its centrally located Rectory in the village of Little Berkhamsted. In the years since then, the group has developed a coherence and a distinct identity whilst retaining the individuality of the separate churches.

We are part of the St. Albans Diocese within the Church of England and are united with the desire to welcome every person, young and older, into our wonderful community minded church families. We have 5 beautiful church buildings with various styles of worship, partnerships with three excellent Church of England Schools and a clear Bible based ministry.

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. Find out more here

Please bear in mind some sections of this website do not reflect the current situation whilst the coronavirus pandemic measures continue.

Telephone Services Jan 21.png


The loss of visitors and worshipping congregations in the last year has had a significant effect on the income each of our churches receives from the generosity of those who visit, admire, use, support and worship in our buildings.

It would be wonderful if you would consider making a difference by donating to us at this time to help with our day to day running costs and ministry. Thank you



Wednesday 2nd June

9.30   am HOLY COMMUNION                               ESSENDON 

10.00 Telephone Service


Sunday 6th June 1st Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                             ESSENDON

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                                PONSBOURNE

11.00 am PARISH COMMUNION                          BRICKENDON


Wednesday 9th June

9.30   am HOLY COMMUNION                                ESSENDON

10.00 Telephone Service


Sunday 13th June 2nd Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                               BAYFORD

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                                     ESSENDON

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                         LT. BERKHAMSTED


Wednesday 16th June

9.30   am HOLY COMMUNION                               ESSENDON

10.00 Telephone Service


Sunday 20th June 3rd Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                       PONSBOURNE

9.30   am MATINS                                                     ESSENDON

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                   BRICKENDON

6.30   pm Zoom Service


Wednesday 23rd June

9.30   am HOLY COMMUNION                               ESSENDON

10.00 Telephone Service


Sunday 27th June 4th Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                LT. BERKHAMSTED

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                         BAYFORD

6.30   pm EVENSONG                                              ESSENDON


Wednesday 30th June

9.30   am HOLY COMMUNION                                ESSENDON

10.00 Telephone Service


Weddings, Baptisms and other matters


Saturday Registration is held on the

1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

10.00 am to 11.30 am at Lt. Berkhamsted Church.

If you, or someone you know is interested in a wedding or baptism, or just have a question for our Rector we will be happy to see you.

All are welcome, you do not need an appointment, just turn up.


The monthly Parish Magazine contains all the church and village news from our parishes. It costs just 50p per copy or £5 for an annual subscription. Please contact Mike Wainwright at to subscribe.

Tues zoom bible study.png

The following churches are open for Individual Prayer:

Bayford Church every Wednesday

Brickendon Church every Thursday