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Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,  Kennett & Snailwell

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Easter 7

Alleluia Christ is Risen

He is Risen indeed Alleluia!

Looking forward – Learning the lessons of the present to build a better future - Group discussion opportunity – Thursday June 4 2020, 7.30pm

Much as we might long for things to get back to ‘normal’, there’s little doubt that some of what we took for granted before the Coronavirus pandemic will never be the same again. Some of that change will be sad and we will need to grieve over it. But there may also be opportunities to change some things for the better. This is an exciting prospect, and helps to give us hope as we navigate our way through these deeply unsettling wilderness times.

Revd Anna would be delighted if you would like to join her to think about some of these questions on Thursday 4 June at 7.30pm, via Zoom. The session will be based on material recently published by Tear Fund to help imagine ‘The World Rebooted: The role of churches in building back better’ ( 

Please contact Anna by email ( or phone (07751 032166) to express your interest and for further information about the session. (It would be helpful also to know if you’re interested but can’t make the advertised date/time, as this can be rescheduled if necessary.) 
Meeting ID: 819 6098 5722


Ten new Easter carols composed and sung by the Rev'd Christopher Goodwins

Click on the link to hear the carols



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

There is also always a need for toiletries - soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and so on - and pet food.

Alternatively you may prefer to donate money rather than food at the moment. 

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.

VE Day Virtual Service - Friday May 8

We marked VE Day with a Virtual Service on Youtube at 11am.

You can listen to a recording of the service, which was streamed live by David and Hannah Cleugh, on You tube at the link below.

You can download the order of service from the link below

Services in the Three Rivers Group

* Coronavirus epidemic updates for the Three Rivers Group *

All services are cancelled until further notice because of the coronavirus epidemic and our churches will remain locked.

However we have an order of Service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter  May 24, that you may wish to follow at home

We, as always celebrate Easter for 40 days after Easter Sunday, rejoicing in Christ’s presence amongst us as the disciples did at his resurrection appearances which we hear of each week in Eastertide.

As you prepare to join in worship you may wish to light a candle to remind us of the light of Christ which shines in the world. As you light it you may wish to pray: 

God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and has given us a place with the saints in light. We have received this light and are sent to shine as a light in the world to the Glory of God the Father. 

Click this link to jump to the full text  

You may download the service sheet from the link below:

And you may listen to Mark Liverside's sermon from the link below: xnhxx8

New Free Phone Resource

For those without internet in our parishes – Daily HOPE This is an excellent national CofE initiative for those who are especially isolated: 

This free national phoneline was launched last Sunday, will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. 

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. 

A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by Connections.

Virtual Church Coffee - 11-11.40am on Sundays during lockdown

We are continuing to have separate after church coffee for each of the churches. To make it fair they will all last for 40 minutes 11am-11.40am

Meeting ID: 845 9693 7798 

Meeting ID: 759 9921 2258 Password: 8FN6kF

Meeting ID: 514 703 4674 Password: 2405

To Download Zoom go to and select Zoom Client meeting,

Even if you struggle using the computer, you can still join in. You can dial into a Zoom meeting on your phone. Dial one of the numbers below and when prompted use the ID and Passwords above to join the fun.
0203 481 5240, 0131 460 1196, 0203 051 2874, 0203 481 5237 

Virtual Coffee Morning - on Tuesdays during lockdown

We continue our weekly Isleham Coffee Morning Virtually between 10.30-11.30am 

Meeting ID: 891 3261 8797 Password: 006650

Wednesday Compline on Zoom at 7pm

We continue to invite people to pray virtually together on Wednesday Evenings between 7pm-7.30pm. We email out the order of service on Tuesday to remind folk, let us know if you want to join the list.
Meeting ID: 839 7034 6065 Password: 003793

Understanding the Bible - a course via Zoom from Monday May 4 at 7-8.30pm

Responding to a request,  David is going to lead a course on the Bible, following a similar format the one which Anna ran on The Lord’s Prayer. 

The course on Monday evenings from 7-8.30pm on Zomm at the link beloow. 
Meeting ID: 828 1850 9505

We will be using the following book:

All welcome, no prior knowledge assumed, although we will be following the course as laid out, there is plenty of space to talk about what you are interested in/puzzled by/would like to know more about. 

If you are interested you can order your own copy of the book (physical or electronic) or if you give plenty of notice David will order a hard copy and try and deliver it as part of his daily exercise.

If you would like to take part but the timing doesn’t work please let me know, it would be easy to run the course at another time as well.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - Postponed indefinitely

The APCM has been postponed until further notice. Those of you who would usually write a report might like to do so to keep you amused during the lockdown, but will be chased once a new date is found.

Please start thinking about who might be good people to serve on the PCC or as Churchwardens and encourage them to be nominated.

Resources for Faith

For those of you who enjoy apps have you tried "Everyday Faith" or "Daily Prayer" both available from the Church of England wherever you get your apps. 

If books are more your thing, getting ready for Lent with some recommendations. "The Heart's Time" a poem a day for Lent/Easter by Janet Morley. The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book is "Saying yes to life" by Ruth Valerio. Rowan Williams books "meeting God in Mark", "meeting God in Paul".  

If bible is your thing, Tom Wright's series (fill in book of the Bible) for Everyone are reliable or for Old Testament John Goldingay. Or you could head over to Soham Books if you prefer to browse.

Website Events Page

We have just added a new events page to the Three Rivers website. If you have not visited before take a look.

Godly Play - 4th Sunday of the month at Fordham - suspended until further notice

Carol Taylor is going to start offering Godly Play sessions on the 4th Sunday of the month at the 11am Eucharist at Fordham. Children from 3 upwards welcome. The children will rejoin us to receive communion or a blessing.

Bridget has decided to resign from her lead role at Isleham on the Eco-Church. She has taken up a new position with Cambridge Christian Climate Action. She would like to thank all the people who have given so much help and joined in with events. If anyone is interested in taking on this role please let us know.

Evening Prayer - 5pm on Mondays at Isleham and Tuesdays at Fordham - suspended until further notice

David will be praying on Mondays at 5pm at Isleham and on Tuesdays at 5pm at Fordham, All are welcome to join him.

The Monday  Prayer Group - suspended until further notice

The prayer group meets at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer. We meet at 1 West Street, Isleham. 

Tuesday mornings - suspended until further notice

  • St Andrew's Isleham Coffee morning at The Social Centre
    Tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls, from 9am-12noon. 

  • Suspened until further notice

Fordham Day  Centre Lunch Club - suspended until further notice

Fordham Day Centre is a lunch club for older people and meets on the 1st and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

We meet at Withers’ Place community room for company, chat and food. Coffee and tea are provided on arrival, then lunch and a cup of tea before you leave.

We have a “mobility” taxi available, if needed, for transport to and from the meetings. The Day Centre is run by volunteers (not carers) who cook and look after the members.

Mums+ - suspended until further notice

Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome. For more details contact Laura Cox-Watson 01638 724839.

Upcoming dates - Meet at Scotsdales in Fordham at the Sunflower Café 9.15-10.45am 

  • Friday April 10

Contact: Laura Cox-Watson on 01638-724839 for more information.

New website for the Three Rivers Group

The Three Rivers Group has a new web site here's a link 

Andrew Stephens has 'retired' from looking after the website for the Three Rivers Group, but plans to continue to maintain the website for St Andrew's Isleham.

We have just added a new section to our website on Genealogy. At present we are only offering assistance in looking through records at Isleham. If anyone would like to volunteer for the other churches please let David know.


Bridget has decided to resign from her lead role at St.Andrew’s for the Eco-Church. She has taken up a new position with Cambridge Christian Climate Action. She would like to thank all the people who have given so much help and joined in with events. If anyone is interested in taking on this role please let us know.

Dementia Friendly Village - Fordham

Fordham is working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Village. 

Laura Cox-Watson has agreed to be our Dementia Friends Champion. and Has atteneded some training in Cambridge. and has held two sessions to share with the community what she has learned and discuss how Fordham can move forward with this. Laura is also very keen to gain insight from families who have direct experience of living with Dementia.

If anyone would like to contact Laura direct then please do so on either 
07974 409228 or

Thank You from Mel

I would like to thank everyone for my wonderful and deeply moving send off at each of the churches and a particular thank you to all those who contributed to my incredibly generous leaving gift. 

I hope to buy my first cassock from this and remember you all each time I wear it. It has been a truly wonderful two years at the Three Rivers Group, thank you so much for having me and encouraging me, and may God bless you all as you continue to follow God into His promised future for you. He who calls is faithful. 

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Baptism visitors

Having previously asked if there were people who were interested in helping us welcome the families of children being baptised by becoming baptism visitors, we'll mention it again in case anyone wants to come forward. 

Prayers for healing

We are also considering offering prayers for healing at some of our Sunday services. If anyone is interested in learning some more, please speak to David or Sue.

Learning more about our Faith

Take up for the Way of Life courses has not been as strong as we would have liked.  If our churches are to flourish they need to be places where we can all talk about our faith.  

What would help you to talk about your faith more confidently?  Bible study? Alpha course? Christian Basics? Prayer Group? 

If we don't speak about faith how will new people share it? Please speak to David or Sue.

Festival of Light at St Andrews Isleham 
November 30 December 1 & December 7and 8 
3-6pm with Community Carols at 4pm on Sunday December 8

Saturday 30th November, Sunday 1st, Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th December from 3 - 6pm.

Incorporating: Community Carols on Sunday 8th at 4pm.

Contact Kathy Carver 01638-781116 for more information


Report of Training Day ‘Caring for God’s Earth’
at Michaelhouse, 10 October 2018

Thanks to Bridget Newns-Copper. Click to download PDF (280Kb)

Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Reports for download

The ACPM held on Tuesday April 24 at Fordham School. A speaker from the Diocesan Stewardship Department made a presnetaion at the start of the meeting.

Reports (in PDF format) from the Group and the parishes can be downloaded from the links below:

Advice and guidance on security for places of worship

"The news from France and the random, cold blooded murder of the Roman Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel has been a shock to many of us. It is also very unsettling as it is a Priest doing what so many of us do, simply going about our normal ministry. However, that doesn't mean we should be fearful or overly concerned. We do need to be careful. "

The Ven Hugh McCurdy, Archdeacon of Huntingdon & Wisbech and The Ven Dr Alex Hughes, Archdeacon of Cambridge write: 

"The police have been working with church leaders in the UK to establish a communication network through which reassurance and guidance to the Christian community can be passed. Last week’s murder of a priest in France is a terrible tragedy, but we must use it to test our ability to communicate to this wider network and I want to offer the following advice. 

Church leaders and their congregations should remain alert not alarmed.
There is no current intelligence to suggest any attack planning of this nature in this country. However it makes sense for all church leaders to review their security plans and to encourage their flock to be vigilant. Any suspicious behaviour should be reported immediately through 999."

Church Schools

Our Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) is growing fast.  When schools become Academies, Church Schools have to go into a Church Trust.  So far in our Diocesan Schools’ family (83 Primaries and 1 Secondary), some 20 plus primaries are part of the Trust.  Canon Peter Maxwell is the Chair of the Trust and Mike is a Director.  The two schools in our Parish are considering Academy Status.

There will be a Government White Paper in a couple of months time and we expect it to propose that all schools become Academies very shortly.  If you would like to know more about Church Schools then do ask David or Peter.

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. 

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The Foodbank in Soham is open on Thursday mornings from 9.30-11am.


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.


At Isleham we welcome donations of food at the Co-op, 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 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.

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!' 

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.  

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.



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 David Cleugh, Rector Designate.
  • The Revd Sue Potts, Associate Priest.
  • Mrs Carol Taylor (Licensed Lay Minister).

  • Mark Liversidge is Authorised Lay Minister (Music) at Isleham.

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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

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