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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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Foodbank -update

The Ark Church runs the Isleham Community Pantry which now collects and distrubutes donations of food made in Co-op stores in Isleham and Fordham. There is also always a need for toiletries - soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and so on - and pet food.

They supply those in need, and will deliver, in Isleham and Fordham.

Alternatively you may prefer to donate money to he Trusell Trust Ely Food Bank. You can donate either by cheque made payable to:
"Ely Foodbank" and sent to 10 Chapel Street, Ely, Cambs, CB6 1AD. 

Or if you prefer to donate online: 

Thank you.

A message from Rev'd Anna for May 15 - Easter 5

Dear all,


Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father. 


Mothers’ Union meet up - Wednesday May 18

MU branch members will be meeting for coffee, cake & chat at Scotsdales Garden Centre café on Wednesday May 18 at 10.30am. All welcome.

Contact Gill Savage (780218) for more information.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting - 18 May, 7pm

Advance notice of the Three Rivers Group APCM (which will include the election of your churchwardens) at Chippenham Village Hall on Wednesday 18 May at 7pm. Please make a note of this in your diaries.

The new Bishop’s Chaplain, the Revd Canon Simon Talbott, will be our special guest speaker, and refreshments will be served.

Reminder to PCC members  

All PCC members must be nominated to serve for another term. 

Please check your email for the nomination form, and bring a signed copy with
you to the APCM on Wednesday if you haven’t submitted it already.

Mid-week worship -update

It’s good to have resumed a settled pattern of worship on Sundays across all our churches after the disruption of the COVID lockdowns, and to have been able to retain an element of the new with our online Compline service on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. 

In order now to give priority to worship and other contact with the three schools in our villages, the mid-week eucharist at Fordham on Wednesdays will be suspended until the end of the academic year (late July). 

There are plenty of other opportunities to worship in company across the Group during the week (Morning Prayer is said most days at 8.15am; Compline in person at Snailwell on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, or online at 7pm), and hopefully we will all benefit in the longer term from whatever seeds are sown via school assemblies. 

Christian Aid prayer for Ukraine 

God of all peoples and nations, who created all things alive and breathing, united and whole, show us the way of peace that is your overwhelming presence. 

We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia, every child and every adult. We long for the time when weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares. When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.

We cry out to you for peace.

Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety. 

Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones
Be with those who are bereaved.

Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression and fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.

Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour and a passion for justice to prevail and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace. 

Creator of all hear our prayer and bring us peace. Make us whole. 


Teas at Netherhall Gardens - May 1 and May 7 and August 14

The gardens at Netherhall Manor, Tanners Lane, Soham CB7 5AB will be open to visitors again this year on the following Sunday afternoons: 1 May, 7 & 14 August. With thanks to the generosity of owner Timothy Clark, the proceeds of afternoon teas sold on these days will be donated to the Fordham Church Preservation Trust. Could you help out by baking a cake, or coming along to help serve teas on one or more of the days? Please contact Anne Mitchell to offer your services if so (email: 
or phone 01638 721545)

Services in the Three Rivers Group on Sunday -May 15 - Easter 5

  • 9.30am Isleham – Morning Praise
  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist
  • 11am Chippenham – Morning Prayer
  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist
  • 3.30pm Kennett – Family Service

All the orders of service can be found on our website at

Services in the Three Rivers Group on Sunday -May 22 - Easter 6

  • 9.30am Isleham – Eucharist
  • 9.30am Snailwell –Morning Praise 
  • 11am Chippenham – BCP Communion
  • 11am Fordham – Morning Prayer
  • 1.30pm Kennett – Baptism

In-person services in church

With due consideration to national guidance from the government and the Church of England in the meantime, I'm pleased to say that we are going ahead with services in-person in church.

However, it's clear that as in all things at present, we must be careful, of ourselves and each other, and for that reason we do ask for your cooperation and understanding where modifications have been made. 

We must, of course, leave the decision whether or not to attend to you and your judgment. While it is generally good to be with other people, we realise that this is not comfortable or sensible for everyone at present, and we continue to pray for and ask God's blessing on all in our parishes, not just those we see in person. 

Two important considerations:

Firstly, in common with all public indoor spaces, we ask that you do not attend an event if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any of the recognised symptoms of COVID. 

As the virus spreads successfully between people without symptoms, please also consider taking a lateral flow test before attending a service, especially if you have been in contact with people beyond your household in recent days.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in public spaces, but if you are not exempt, please consider wearing one while in church to help protect others as local infection rates remain high.

We will continue to ensure good ventilation in our churches, so please come prepared for draughts.

Save the dates - Gift Days

Gift Day at Fordham this year will be on Saturday 25 June, and at Isleham on Saturday 16 July. Please keep the dates free if you can, and more info to follow.



Noah Dodd on Sunday, May 8, at 1pm, at Isleham

Arthur and George Murfitt on Sunday, May 8, at 2,15pm, at Isleham


Oliver Turner & Stacey Rice on Saturday May 14, at 12 noon, at Chippenham


Monica Howes on Friday May 13, at 1pm, at Chippenham

Memorial Service:

Ralph Marshall, o nWednesday May 4, at 12 noon, at Chippenham
(following committal at crematorium – family only)


Isleham Coffee Morning -Tuesdays 10am-12noon 

The Tuesday morning coffee and bacon butty crew will be back at the St Andrew’s Social Centre from 11 Jan, from 10am-12 noon.  All welcome.

Compline at Snailwell - change of time during the winter

During the winter months, Compline will be said in church at Snailwell on Wednesdays at 6.30pm rather than 7pm. (Virtual Compline continues on Zoom at 7pm.)

Weekly notice sheet by email  

We still distribute a copy of the weekly notice sheet by email every Sunday to those who want to keep up-to-date with what's happening in the Group, even when they can't get to church. 

Please let Revd Anna know if you'd like to receive a copy.

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