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

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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.

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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.


Wednesday 1st December

9.30   am Holy Communion                                            ESSENDON

10.00 am Telephone Service

Sunday 5th December 2nd Sunday of Advent

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION & Sunday Club        ESSENDON

11.00  am PARISH COMMUNION                              BRICKENDON



Wednesday 8th December

9.30   am Holy Communion                                          ESSENDON

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 12th December 3rd Sunday of Advent

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                                     BAYFORD

11.00  am CHRISTINGLE SERVICE                    LT BERKHAMSTED

3.00   pm CHRISTINGLE SERVICE                                ESSENDON


Wednesday 15th December

9.30   am Holy Communion                                           ESSENDON

10.00 am Telephone Service

Sunday 19th December 4th Sunday of Advent

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                     LT. BERKHAMSTED

3.00   pm CHRISTMAS PRAISE                                 BRICKENDON

3.00   am NINE LESSONS                                  LT. BERKHAMSTED

6.30   pm NINE LESSONS and CAROLS                  PONSBOURNE

6.30   pm NINE LESSONS and CAROLS                       ESSENDON


Wednesday 22nd December

9.30   am Holy Communion                                            ESSENDON


Friday 24th December Christmas Eve


5.30   pm CRIB and CHRISTINGLE SERVICE                   BAYFORD

11.15 pm MIDNIGHT COMMUNION                                ESSENDON

11.15 pm MIDNIGHT COMMUNION                   LT. BERKHAMSTED


Saturday 25th December Christmas Day

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                             PONSBOURNE

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                         BRICKENDON

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                             ESSENDON

11.00 am FAMILY SERVICE                                LT. BERKHAMSTED


Sunday 29th December 1st Sunday of Christmas

11.00 am GROUP COMMUNION                                BRICKENDON 


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