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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Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday - Agape at Kennett School at 6pm.

  • Monday - Compline and Address at Snailwell at 7.30pm.

  • Tuesday - Compline and Address at Fordham at 7.30pm with the Student Cross.

  • Wednesday - Tenebrae and Address at Chippenham at 7.30pm.

  • Maundy Thursday - Group Eucharist, Foot washing and Stripping the altar at Isleham at 7.30pm.

  • Good Friday - United service at St Andrew's Isleham at 10.30am with Pound Lane and High Street Churches.

  • Good Friday - Three Rivers Group - The Way of the Cross at Fordham at 2.3pm.

  • Holy week at Ely cathedral:

Easter Sunday

  • 5.15am Chippenham - Dawn Eucharist

  • 8am Fordham - Holy Communion BCP

  • 9.30am Isleham - Holy Communion CW

  • 9.30am Snailwell - Holy Communion CW

  • 11am Chippenham - Sung Eucharist 

  • 11am Fordham - Sung Eucharist 

  • 6pm Kennett - Songs of Praise 

Food Bank collections


The BBC reports that "Food banks see 'shocking' rise in number of users":

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 our churches, except in Isleham where there is no collection box in the church. 

At the moment our local Food Bank needs canned goods; in particular, meat, vegetables, tomatoes, sponge and rice puddings. But at present they have plenty of pasta and 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 goods you purchase 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

Mums+ - next meeting Thursday April 24

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

From 9.15am (after dropping older children off at school). All welcome.

Change of day to Thursdays:

  • April 24 at Fordham Garden Centre

  • May 29 at Fordham Garden Centre

  • June 26 at La Hogue

  • July 24 at La Hogue  

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. 

Advance Notices

  • Wednesday April 30 - Mothers' Union meeting at 10am at Chippenham Village Hall with Isabel Cross talking about Lepra.  There will be an enrolment for 3 new members and a welcome for a transferred member.  Followed by lunch at La Hogue Cafe.

  • Saturday May 10 - Spring Fayre at Fordham, Victoria Hall, 2 – 4pm.

  • Sunday May 18 - Band & Barbecue at St Andrew's Social Centre Isleham at 2pm.

  • April 29 Annual Parochial Church Meeting at 7.30pm at Fordham School.

Julian Prayer Group - next on May 12


The next meeting will be on May 12 at the Vicarage in Fordham at 7.30pm; and thereafter on June 16, and July 21. 

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.  

Weekly updates are linked from -rivers.html.  

We have not had requests for paper copies, but would be happy to provide them if wanted.  

There will be a break after 4 March, during Lent and Easter week.

Holy Land 2014

We are joining with Kate’s parishes on a joint pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2014.  There are some leaflets in church and if you are at all interested please do talk to any of the ministry team about this wonderful opportunity. The trip is in November when the weather is cooler.

Many have expressed an interest, so do talk to Mike or any of the Ministry Team about how to book.  

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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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Last updated April 16, 2014
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