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 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.


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 31st March

10.00 am Telephone Service

Friday 2nd April Good Friday

11.30 am Good Friday ZOOM SERVICE


Sunday 4th April Easter Day

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                             ESSENDON

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                         LT. BERKHAMSTED

11.00   am FAMILY SERVICE                                 BRICKENDON


Wednesday 7th April  

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 11th April 2nd Sunday of Easter

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION               LT. BERKHAMSTED

11.00   am FAMILY SERVICE                               PONSBOURNE      

Wednesday 14th April

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 18th April 3rd Sunday of Easter

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                                BAYFORD

11.00   am FAMILY SERVICE                                     ESSENDON


Wednesday 21st April

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 25th April 4th Sunday of Easter

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                       PONSBOURNE

11.00   am FAMILY SERVICE                                 BRICKENDON


Wednesday 28th April

10.00 am Telephone Service

The following churches are open for Individual Prayer:

Bayford Church every Wednesday

Brickendon Church every Thursday


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.


is the

Annual Parochial Church Meetings

to look at the accounts and elect the Church Officers. All parishioners may attend and vote for Churchwardens and those on the Church Electoral Roll may vote for other officers.

Our Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) will be provisionally holding their meetings on the following dates. All meetings at 7.30pm

Wednesday 28th April       Bayford PCC at Brickendon Church

Monday 10th May               Essendon PCC at Essendon Church Room

Tuesday 11th May               Ponsbourne PCC at Ponsbourne Church

Thursday 13th May             Little Berkhamsted PCC at

                                                                        Little Berkhamsted Church

The above meetings are subject to change dependent on Government restrictions.

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.