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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Quilts and quilting display at St Andrew's Isleham - August Bank Holiday weekend

  • Saturday - refreshments at the Social Centre from 10am-5pm.

  • Sunday - quilting exhibition in the church & refreshments at the Social Centre from 10am-5pm.

  • Monday - quilting exhibition in the church & refreshments at the Social Centre from 10am-5pm.

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Farewell to Becca, Rich and family - August 17

A super time last Sunday afternoon with over 65 turning up at the Vicarage to say fare well to Becca and Rich, Minty and Benedict.

As you will know Becca is leaving us at the end of her curacy and moving to the Lordship Group, west of Cambridge.

Becca and Rich have made a tremendous difference in the parishes and will be sorely missed. 

Becca moves this week and her licensing will be on Monday October 20, at 7.30pm at Haslingfield. 

It will be good to support Becca in her new church.  

Discipleship Group - next on August 28

The next meeting will be on August 28 at the Vatcher’s 96 The Causeway, Isleham.  All are welcome.  Talk to Jenny to find out more.

Mums+ - next on August 29

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:

  • 29 August

  • 26 September

  • 31 October

  • 28 November

  • 12 December

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. 

Messy church - next on September 2


Rev'd Sue Potts to join the Three Rivers Group


It will be good to welcome the Rev’d Sue Potts as our House for Duty Curate in September. Her first Sunday will be September 28. Sue and her husband will move into the Vicarage at Chippenham in early September.

Prayer for the World

People in Isleham have indicated that they would value an opportunity to pray together for our world, and for the many people suffering at present. If you would like to join in, please go to the Lady Chapel after the morning service - it doesn't have to be for long, so you needn't miss your cup of coffee!  Feel free to pray aloud or silently as you prefer - where two or three are gathered, Jesus is in the midst of them.

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.

Fordham Flower Festival  - September 19 and 20

Brenda Lee, the organiser of the festival is looking for further entries for this festival, inspired by our national commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War. If you can help in any way please speak with her or Mike.


Healing Eucharist at Fordham at 6.30pm - next on September 21

Julian Prayer Group - next on September 22

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; September 22, October 13. We usually meet at Fordham vicarage.


The next meeting will be on August 18 at Fordham Vicarage at 7.30pm.


Holy Land Pilgrimage - November 2014


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

There are a few places still available so if you would like to come please speak to Mike. It is now cheaper than advertised.  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

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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