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Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,  Kennett & Snailwell

The Diocese of Ely, The Church of England


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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.

Return of Tuesday Coffee and Bacon Butties
at St Andrew's Social Centre, Isleham

Back due to popular demand, though outside only with table service and suitable Covid-19 precautions in place. Tuesday mornings 10-12 in the garden to St Andrew’s Social Centre.

Please bring a mask and bring your own mug.

APCM - Annual Parochial Church Meeting

These meetings will be coming shortly. Dates to be confirmed at this stage. Worth starting to think about whether you could serve as Churchwarden or on the PCC. Or if you might suggest to someone they should think about it. David Potts is hoping to step down as safeguarding officer. We would be particularly interested in anyone willing to take on that role.

Services in the Three Rivers Group

Mothers’ Union Prayers - 11am in Thursday September 3

Next on Thursday September 3 at 11am .

Meeting code 82767474410. Phone number 0203 4815240

Bible Book Club - next on Tuesday September 8

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday September 8 from 7.30-9pm. We will be discussing the letter of James. It will help greatly if you have read the book before coming and perhaps made notes of any thoughts. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 828 1850 9505

Anna’s Ordination - at Wisbech on Tuesday September 29

Anna will be ordained priest on Tuesday September 29 at Wisbech. Sadly people will not be able to attend. 

We will celebrate Anna’s priestly ministry with four first Eucharists. On October 4 at Snailwell and Fordham and the on October 11 at Isleham and Chippenham. 

If you would like to contribute towards a present please speak to Sue or David

Zoom Course on Race, Equity and Belonging - from September 15

The Black Lives Matter Deanery Course has now ended. It has been a successful pilot. Nikki is planning to run a revised version of the course on September 15, 22 and 29 at 7-8.30pm. Contact David for more details.

Worship in Church - an update July16

Following the announcement that people will be required to wear face coverings in shops we are asking people to wear face coverings in church for services. 

It will give you an incentive to go outside to chat to your friends outside where you will be able to take your mask off again! 

Please do let folk know to bring a facemask.

We have returned to some of our regular midweek services

  • 8.15am Tuesday Morning prayer at St Andrews Church Isleham
  • 7pm Wednesday Compline at St Peter’s Snailwell
  • 8.30am Thursday BCP Communion at St Peter & St Mary Magdalene Fordham
  • 8.15am Friday Morning Prayer St Peter & St Mary Magdalene Fordham 

Sunday services in the Three Rivers group

We continue our tentative steps of worshipping together in church, trying to stay as safe as possible and take precautions. 

Following the announcement that people will be required to wear face coverings in shops we are asking people to wear face coverings in church for services. 

It will give you an incentive to go outside to chat to your friends outside where you will be able to take your mask off again! 

Please do let folk know to bring a facemask.

Please remember that anyone who has Covid like symptoms (Cough, temperature, loss of smell) should not attend church and should isolate and get tested.

Sunday August 23 - Trinity 11

  • 9.30am Isleham –Eucharist

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Eucharist

Parish Eucharist - Sunday August 16 at 9.30am at St Andrew's Isleham

We continue our tentative steps of worshipping together in church, trying to stay as safe as possible and take precautions. 

Following the announcement that people will be required to wear face coverings in shops we are asking people to wear face coverings in church for services. 

It will give you an incentive to go outside to chat to your friends outside where you will be able to take your mask off again! 

Please do let folk know to bring a facemask.

Please remember that anyone who has Covid like symptoms (Cough, temperature, loss of smell) should not attend church and should isolate and get tested.


Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A reading from Isaiah (56.1, 6-8)

Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans (11.1-2a, 29-32)

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Psalm 67

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,
2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God let all the peoples praise you.
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God let all the peoples praise you.
6 The earth has yielded its increase God, our God, has blessed us.
7 May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Matthew (15.21-28)

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

Post Communion Prayer

God of our pilgrimage, you have willed that the gate of mercy should stand open for those who trust in you: look upon us with your favour that we who follow the path of your will may never wander from the way of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Worship at home

An order of Service for Trinity 8 Sunday August 16, that you may wish to follow at home, with some notices of upcoming events..

You may download and view, and optionally print, the service sheet from the link below:

Wednesday Virtual Compline - streamed on Zoom at 7pm on Wednesdays

We continue to invite people to pray virtually together on Wednesday evenings between 7pm-7.30pm. 

Please email a member of the Ministry Team if you’re not on the mailing list for the service sheet and would like to be.

Voluntary suggestions

For lovers of the Anglican choral tradition and Isaiah 6: John Stainer, ‘I saw the Lord’

Part of the current wave of recorded musical Blessings providing comfort and inspiration from different perspectives, here’s one from Ireland, using an ancient text very apt for Trinity Sunday:

Early music fans with time on their hands may like to revel in the glorious sound of John Taverner’s ‘Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas’:

And another chance to hear our very own David Poulter playing J.S. Bach’s ‘Fugue’ in C major (BWV 545)

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.

Work with Children

With the current Covid-19 restrictions likely to be in place for some time, we think it might be a good time to explore the future of ministry with children across the Three Rivers Group. 

We are holding a Zoom meeting on Tuesday August 11 at 7.30-9.00pm. All welcome, 

Meeting ID: 677 594 2821 Passcode: 79797

Zoom course on Race, Equity and Belonging

The Black Lives Matter Deanery Course has now ended. It has been a successful pilot. Nikki is planning to run a revised version of the course on the 15th, 22nd, 29th September 15,22 and 29 at 7-8.30pm 

Contact David for more details

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. 

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.

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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