St Mary Bayford


Chapel of Holy Cross &

St Alban, Brickendon


St Mary the Virgin


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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.

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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



Sunday 2nd May 5th Sunday of Easter

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                             ESSENDON

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                                PONSBOURNE

11.00 am PARISH COMMUNION                           BRICKENDON

Wednesday 5th May

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 9th May 6th Sunday of Easter

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                                BAYFORD

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                                      ESSENDON

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                          LT. BERKHAMSTED

Wednesday 12th May

10.00 am Telephone Service

Sunday 16th May 7th Sunday of Easter

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                       PONSBOURNE

9.30   am MATINS                                                     ESSENDON

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                   BRICKENDON

Wednesday 19th May for Ascension Day

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 23rd May Whit Sunday

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                LT. BERKHAMSTED

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                          BAYFORD

6.30   pm EVENSONG                                              ESSENDON

Wednesday 26th May

10.00 am Telephone Service

Sunday 30th May Trinity Sunday


11.30 am Zoom 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.

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APCM 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 holding their meetings on the following dates. All meetings are at 7.30pm.

Thursday 13th May          Little Berkhamsted PCC on Zoom*

Tuesday 25th May          Ponsbourne PCC at Ponsbourne Church

Wednesday 26th May    Bayford PCC at Brickendon Church

Thursday 27th May         Essendon PCC at

                                                         Essendon Church/Church Room

*Zoom joining instructions will be available at

The following churches are open for Individual Prayer:

Bayford Church every Wednesday

Brickendon Church every Thursday