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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Kennett Clear up day - October 3

On Saturday October 3,  from 9am–12 noon. Please do come and help.  

Isleham working party - October 3

On Saturday October 3,  from 9.30am–12 noon, to clear gutters and downpipes.

Harvest Festival is Sunday October 4

Harvest services

Chippenham Sunday October 4, at 11am, Harvest Lunch after the service.
Fordham Sunday October 4,
Isleham Sunday October 4, at 9.30am.
Snailwell Sunday October 4, at 6pm, followed by Harvest Supper at 7pm.
Kennett Sunday October 4, at 3.30pm.

Harvest suppers at:

Chippenham Sunday October 4. Lunch after the main service.
Fordham Friday October 2 at the Bowls Club at 7.15pm. Bring & Share. Crockery & glasses provided. Bring your own drinks.
Isleham Saturday October 3. Bring & share setting up at 6pm in church to eat at 6.30pm. Please bring your own crockery, cutlery, glassware and drinks.
Snailwell Sunday October 4. Bring & Share after the service at 6pm, the supper at 7pm.

Building works - Isleham, Fordham and Chippenham

The builders hope to start on Isleham’s porch and chancel roofs towards the end of October.

At Fordham the builders are currently making the new choir vestry cupboard off site. 

At Chippenham we hope to present the plans to the DAC for approval so that we can start work there too.

Bishop of Ely's statement on Syrian refugee crisis

Thank you to everyone who focused their prayer last week on the refugee and migrant crisis. Please continue to pray for a sane and just solution.

Suggestions of what we can do as individuals and as churches are included in the Bishop of Ely’s statement on the crisis.

Speaking about the Syrian refugee crisis, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway said: ‘The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but many more times to love the stranger. The Syrian refugees, whether they have made it as far as Europe or not, are our sisters and brothers. We need to offer a Biblical welcome. The refugees’ burden of fear, loss and deprivation is our burden. We must find a language of welcome, not suspicion.

‘We should be proud of Britain’s ongoing commitment to overseas aid and humanitarian relief. We must support people in refugee camps in and around Syria. And we also have a responsibility within Europe to share the burden of countries like Greece and Italy, among the first entry points. 

‘Britain must participate fully in a European welcome for those who are vulnerable and fleeing violence and oppression. We must welcome all – Muslim and Christians equally; but we should remember that many refugees are Christians from villages which have lived the faith since Apostolic times.

‘I invite us all to continue to pray and to consider what other help we may provide, for example supporting one of the charities at work on the ground.’

A number of charities and non-governmental organisations have opened appeals specifically aimed at helping the plight of refugees.



Please don't forget to bring your contributions to church or the local Co-op shops. Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued. 

Serving the villages, including those around Soham, has depleted the stock held in Ely. 

At the moment the Foodbank particularly needs coffee, sugar, biscuits, tinned fruit and tinned vegetables - but has plenty of beans, pasta and soup in the central store.  


Prayer changes everything... join our prayer group... next on October 8 at 96 the Causeway, Isleham 

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.

We 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.  

On Thursday October 8 we meet at 10.30-11.30am at 96 The Causeway, Isleham.

Mums+ - next on October 9 at Fordham Garden Centre

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.

We meet on Fridays: 

  • October 9 at Fordham Garden Centre.
  • November 13 at Fordham Garden Centre.
  • December 11 at Fordham Garden Centre.

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. 

Three Rivers Group Mothers' Union - dates for your diary 

Friday October 9 at 2.30pm 
We meet at Chippenham Village Hall.  Our speaker is the Rev’d. Valerie Kilner, MU Diocesan Chaplain and the theme of her talk is praying!  Everyone is welcome and we have invited MU members from Soham, Burwell and Anglesey groups to join us.

Saturday October 10 at 9.30am–1pm  
MU Diocesan Autumn Festival at All Saints Church, Milton.  Discussion, Encouragement, Fellowship and Prayer.  Please bring a packed lunch.  Tea/Coffee provided.  Contact Jenny 720820 or Helen 721616 for more information and travelling arrangements.

Messy Church - next on October 11 at 3.30pm in Fordham

For families - Crafts, story/song session and a simple meal at Fordham church from 3.30-5.30pm on the second Sunday of the month.

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.  

Upcoming dates - October 11, November 8, and December 13.

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

Songs of Praise - Sunday October 11 at Fordham Church at 6pm


If you play an instrument and would like to be part of the ensemble for Songs of Praise, please do contact Revd Sue on 721662 by September 19th at the latest.  All ages and stages are welcome, and parts will be provided in good time for practising.


Etheldreda Medal for Terry Cross - October 17

The Diocese has instituted a new medal in recognition of the immense contribution so many make not only to their home church, but also to the local community. Terry Cross of Chippenham has been awarded one of the 11 medals given out this year and will receive it at our Cathedral on October 17, St Etheldreda's Day. Congratulations to him!

Healing Eucharist - next on October 18 

Healing Eucharist will always be on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.

Family Service at Kennett - next TBA
Harvest Festival

We now have a monthly service of the word, normally on the second Sunday of the month usually at 3.30pm.

Upcoming dates - TBA. 

Julian Prayer Group - next TBA

Most of us find silent prayer on out own difficult. but praying 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.

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.

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

70th anniversary of the end of WW2
events on September 12 and 20

A superb Veterans lunch at the Victoria Hall on Saturday with many from our five parishes present.  Huge thanks to Andrew Mead, who paid for it all, Louize Hurst, Yvette Hill and Anomi and her daughter for helping prepare and serve the food and for the willing band of volunteer helpers and the Fordham Guides who made the event so special.

That evening the concert in church was tremendous.  Thanks to John Pryke and the Charity Group for all their work.  The concert raised over £1600 for the Church, the Fordham Charity Group and The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Above all our thanks to Brenda Lee for her inspiration and detailed work in making sure everything went very smoothly.  

Our Commemoration concluded with the Group Service at Fordham, on Sunday September 20. A time with folk from all five churches in our parish, super music, and a good time to give thanks. 

We have purchased a commemorative mug for each primary school child in our parishes, and will give them out soon.





The Foodbank in Soham is open on Thursday mornings from 9.30-11am at the Salvation Army hall in Chapel Lane.


If you would like to find out more about the Foodbank operation in this area just drop in and introduce yourself to Howard Laver or one of the helpers who'll be pleased to tell you all about it.


Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.


In Isleham we have been collecting an average of over 50 items a week - and one week we had over 100 items - thank you.


Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of what’s wanted in church.  

Stocks are currently relatively low in the central store at Ely that supplies the Soham Foodbank distribution centre which serves Soham, Fordham, Isleham, Chippenham and the surrounding villages, which receive more food than they contribute.

At the moment the Foodbank particularly needs long-life fruit juice, jam, sugar and Smash instant potato- but not beans, pasta or soup.

At Isleham we welcome donations of food at our Sunday service and at our Coffee mornings at the Social Centre on Tuesday mornings; we can also accept donation of cash.

In Fordham and Isleham, we also have collection boxes in the Co-op stores, so you can also donate there.  

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

Mike Banyard is a voucher holder for the Three Rivers Group; and in Isleham Foodbank vouchers are also available from the Revd Christopher Goodwins, 102 The Causeway, or call 01638-780284. Please leave a message if you get the answering machine.

Reading the Bible

The website

The missing weeks, with commentary, are now up, and further weeks will be added as we come to them.  Remember - it'll be over by Christmas!  Well done if you're still with it - I'm a bit behind, but gradually catching up, so I too can say 'I read the whole Bible this year!'  Jenny

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.

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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 Dr Jenny Gage, Associate Priest.
  • The Revd Sue Potts, Curate.
  • Helen Banyard, Licensed Lay Minister.

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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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