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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Jenny Gage

Congratulations to Jenny Gage on the birth of her first grandson in the past week. Jacob is well, and expecting to be home soon.

Jenny has been considering her future ministry, and we have been reflecting together on the way forward. Jenny will be leaving our parish at the end of the year, and moving on. Her last Sunday with the Group will be the Ride and Stride on December 28th. There will be a lunch after the service, and details will be posted as soon as they are made! 

Reading the Bible

The website

Apologies for not updating the website recently, when I was in Norfolk supporting members of my family. 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



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


But donations have fallen off in the last couple of weeks. Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.

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 needs canned goods; in particular tinned tomatoes, veg, fruit, meat, and sponge puddings - but not beans, pasta or soup.

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 collection boxes in the Co-op stores, 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 Revd Christopher Goodwins, 102 The Causeway, or call 01638-780284. Please leave a message if you get the answering machine.

Julian Prayer Group - next on November 24

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 November 25

If you find the run up to Christmas very busy, then you might like to attend a Quiet Day at All Saints Church Milton on Tuesday November 25 from 10.30am and will end at 3pm.  The MU Chaplain, the Rev’d. Valerie Kilner is leading the day and the cost is £5.  Please bring a packed lunch.  Contact Helen Banyard 721616 for further information and you do not need to be a member to come, but we need to know numbers please.


 Calling all potential Flower Arrangers - November 25


Gaynor from Snailwell has kindly offered to give up an evening to demonstrate how to make a simple table arrangement for Christmas.  No previous experience necessary.  Tuesday November 25 at 7.30pm at Chippenham Village Hall.  


Please bring along a cheap bunch of roses (any colour) – everything else for your arrangement will be provided.  Refreshments will be provided.  


Please RSVP to Gaynor by November 20 on 01638 577703.

Prayer changes everything... join our new prayer group... next on November 27

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.  

We next meet on  Thursday November 27 at 10.30 am at the Vatcher's, 96 The Causeway, Isleham.

Mums+ - next on November 28

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. 

The Festival of Light - December 6/7 and 14/15

The annual festival of Light at St Andrew's Isleham will take place this year on the weekends of December 6/7 and December 14/15.

As usual there will be a stunning display of many decorated an illuminated Christmas trees. 

The church will be open between 3 and 6pm, it will otherwise be closed between December 6 and December 15.

There will be a Christmas Fair on December 6, and on December 14 a Carol Service at 4pm.

Messy Church - next on December 14

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.  

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.  

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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