St Mary Bayford

Chapel of Holy Cross &

St Alban, Brickendon

St Mary the Virgin


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 42 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

A Joyful Celebration

Services this month


Saturday 2nd November

9.30   am Prayer Share                                 Lt. Berkhamsted Church

Sunday 3rd November All Saints Day

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION [Sunday Club]             ESSENDON

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                                         PONSBOURNE

11.00 am PARISH COMMUNION                                   BRICKENDON

Wednesday 6th November

9.30   am Holy Communion                                               ESSENDON

Sunday 10th November  Remembrance Sunday                         

9.30   am FAMILY COMMUNION                                        BAYFORD

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                                              ESSENDON




Wednesday 13th November

9.30   am Holy Communion                                               ESSENDON

Sunday 17th November 2nd Sunday before Advent

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                                PONSBOURNE

9.30   am MATINS [Sunday Club]                                      ESSENDON

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                            BRICKENDON

Wednesday 20th November

9.30   am Holy Communion                                               ESSENDON

Sunday 24th November Christ the King

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                         LT. BERKHAMSTED

9.30   am Sunday Club                             St. Mary’s Room, Essendon

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                                   BAYFORD

6.30   pm COMPLINE                                                         ESSENDON

Wednesday 27th November

9.30   am Holy Communion                                               ESSENDON

Friday 29th November

7.00   pm St Andrew’s Night Service                  LT. BERKHAMSTED

The monthly Parish Magazine contains all the church and village news from our parishes. It costs just 60p per copy or £6 for an annual subscription. Please contact Mike Wainwright at to subscribe.

The 5th of September was a day with a difference! To read the full article click here

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