St Andrew's Church, Isleham

A member of the Three Rivers Group of parishes 
Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,  Kennett & Snailwell

The Diocese of Ely, The Church of England
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Becca's licensing - October 20 at Haslingfield

Rev’d Becca Gilbert was licensed in the Lordship Group on Monday 20 October at 7.30pm at Haslingfield Church.  Thanks to all who attended from the Three Rivers groups churches. 

Prayer changes everything... join our new prayer group...

Are you interested in co-operating with God in this venture? It can change the world, our five churches, those around in need and yourself too.

Following our inaugural meeting, we plan to meet on a weekly basis to pray together about current affairs and needs for approximately one hour, and would welcome any who would like to join us, whether you wish to pray aloud or in your heart.  

Venue: 96 The Causeway, Isleham.  Telephone:  01638 780481

Date: Every Thursday.  Time: 10.30am  

Julian Prayer Group 

We meet once a month on a Monday evening at 7.30pm.

We prepare for a period of silent prayer through a combination of words, music, and sometime images, then come out of the silence with music and prayer together.

Most of us find silent prayer on out own difficult. but prying together provides support and a profound sense of God's presence with us. If you would like to deepen your prayer life do come along.

Forthcoming dates; November 24, December 15, January 19 and February 16.  

We usually meet at Fordham vicarage.


Three Rivers Group Mothers' Union - next on October 28

We have been invited to a Coffee Morning to raise funds for Whitworth House, Cambridge (for homeless women 16 – 23 years.) on Tuesday October 28 from 10am – noon at the Jubilee Pavilion, Stapleford, with Bring and Buy.  Everyone is welcome.  Please support this Mothers’ Union cause.

Mums+ - next on October 31

Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome.  

We meet at the Fordham Garden Centre cafe from 9.15am (after dropping older children off at school). All welcome.

Change of day to Fridays:

  • 26 September

  • 31 October

  • 28 November

  • 12 December

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. 

All Souls November 2 at 6.30pm at Fordham

At this service, we mention by name, all those who have died who we wish remembered in prayer before God. There is a list and all are very welcome to add the names of those they wish to be read out. All are invited during the service to light a candle in their memory.

Soham Books at Isleham Social Centre - November 4

Soham Books will be at Isleham Social Centre on Tuesday November 4.

10am – 12noon  and 2.30pm – 5pm.

Christmas cards, calendars, books, CD’s, gifts etc.

All Welcome.

Messy Church - next on November 9

For families - Crafts, story/song session and a simple meal at Fordham church from3.30-5.30pm.

If you know anyone who would like to take part, or you would like to help in any way please do speak to one of the Ministry Team.  

Do encourage those you know to come along. It’s great.  

Children and Holy Communion

All five PCC’s have now agreed that our church family younger children (aged 7 and above) may be admitted to Holy Communion after appropriate instruction. 

Muriel Hood and Ruth Ogden have agreed to instruct our young people. If there are young people in your family who would like to receive communion, then please do speak with Mike or Jenny.

We have at least 3 children who want to prepare to participate in Holy Communion, and a first set of sessions will take place in August.  Others will take place later in the year as there is demand.  To join in either the August sessions, or to indicate that a later time would be better, please tell Mike, Jenny or Helen.

Holy Land Pilgrimage - November 2014


We are joining with Kate’s parishes on a joint pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2014.  

Full details of the final arrangements are being made so this promises to be a deeply inspiring and helpful journey on our own pilgrimage through life.



In Isleham we are now collecting an average of over 50 items a week - and one week we had over 100 items - thank you; your contributions are much needed and really valued.

Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of what’s wanted, you’ll find them by or in the pink box in church.  

At the moment the Foodbank needs canned goods; in particular, meat, vegetables, tomatoes, sponge and rice puddings. But already they have plenty of pasta or baked beans.

At Isleham we welcome donations at our Sunday service and at our Coffee mornings at the Social Centre on Tuesday mornings.

In Fordham and Isleham, we also have a box, bookmarks and leaflets in the Co-op, so you can also donate there.  

If you can’t see the box – ask the staff, it is there, and it would be good to make sure that they are used as much as possible.

Mike Banyard and Jenny Gage are voucher holders for the Three Rivers Group, and in Isleham Foodbank vouchers are also available from the Rev'd Christopher Goodwins, 102 The Causeway, or call 01638-780284. Please leave a message if you get the answering machine.

Reading the Bible

Reading the Bible starts again on October 1. The first week of October will be available on line with paper copies later.

Well done to those of you who are managing to keep up with the Bible reading, and to those of you who despite setbacks are still committed to it. It'll be over by Christmas!  

The website ( now has the schedule from October to Christmas, with notes for the first week in October, and a printed version is also available.  Feel free to get ahead!  

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Fairtrade at Isleham

Fairtrade has always played an important part of Isleham's shopping experience!  Our own Co-op in Isleham has an excellent range of Fairtrade goods.  Now at church, from November 4, there will be a selection of Christmas cards and gifts from around the world.  For more information contact Amy Bridgeman on 780539.  The Fairtrade 'shop' will also be at the Tuesday coffee morning in the Social Centre when possible.

Christmas is coming!  Take a look at the Fair Trade catalogue - you'll find gifts, decorations and everything you need for the Christmas puddings and cake.  And don't forget the basics - loo roll, kitchen roll, tissues, ...  

See Amy in Isleham or Lydia in Fordham and help support communities in need, while getting ahead in your own preparation.

Keyboard Lessons

Geoff Symon, professional organist and teacher, is keen to encourage church musicians living in the parishes.  He is happy to teach keyboard players in their own homes.  Beginners and all grades are welcome.  All styles of music are encouraged.  Give him a call on 0785 259 6351.


 We are experimenting with a new layout for the weekly pewsheet.

If you have items for inclusion in the pewsheet then do speak to any of the Ministry Team, or ring Carol Noble (Group administrator) on Wednesday mornings, when, usually, it is compiled on 01638-721616.

Bell ringing

Our bells are rung from just after 9am each Sunday to call people to worship at 9.30am, and again on Friday practice nights from 7.30pm for an hour or so (but always stopping by 9pm).

We also ring for weddings and other special occasions. 

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Thefts from our churches

Both Kennett and Chippenham have had substantial amounts of lead stolen from their roofs. A section of Fordham's lightning conductor was also taken, making the building unsafe and unprotected.  Do please keep an eye out for any illegal behaviour around our churches and report it speedily both to the Police and to Churchwardens. Vigilance is essential these days I am afraid.

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Regular Giving envelopes

if you would like Regular Giving envelope please see Robert Savage. If you are UK tax payer we can reclaim tax if you complete a Gift Aid form (also available from Robert).

St Andrew's is a member of The Three Rivers Group

The Three Rivers Group, a United Benefice, comprises the parishes of:

  • Chippenham - St Margaret
  • Fordham - St Peter & St Mary Magdelene
  • Kennett - St Nicholas
  • Isleham - St Andrew
  • Snailwell - St Peter

Each parish has its own Parochial Church Council (PCC), looks after its own finances and has its own style of worship.

The ministry team comprises:

  • The Revd Mike Banyard, Rector.
  • The Revd Kate Peacock, Associate Priest.
  • The Revd Dr Jenny Gage, Curate.

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Isleham history on-line

Read about the history of Isleham on the British History Online web site.

A visitor's view of our church

"St Andrew's is a wonderful church – a beautiful building filled with an array of treasures" .

"St Andrew's has the grandest clerestory we’ve encountered in Cambridgeshire."

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