The Three Rivers Group of Parishes
Church of England - Diocese of Ely

Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett, Snailwell



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. 

At the moment the Foodbank particularly needs long-life milk, soup and tinned meat - but has plenty of beans, pasta and soup in the central store.  


Tony Brown

It was with huge sadness that we learned this week of Tony Brown’s untimely death this past week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marie, Reg and Anita. Details of his funeral will be known soon. Tony had served as Secretary and Treasurer at Fordham some years ago now. His funeral will be at Soham on Monday October 24 at 2pm.

Peter Welch 

More sad news, in announcing that Peter Welch died late this week. All our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey and all her family. His funeral is at St Peter’s Fordham, Friday October 28 at 2pm.

John Fenn

Also John Fenn of Mildenhall Road, but lately in a care home in Cambridge, died on October 17.

New Parish Profile

The church wardens are preparing a draft Parish Profile for next year. 

The churchwardnes are meeting with Mike and Sue on Sunday October 30 at 3.30pm to discuss the Parish Profile and the way forward.

We have to prepare one so that priests discerning the possibility of ministering with us can have some idea about our parish. John Bridges is co-ordinating and collating all this information and we hope PCCs are fully engaged in this process. 

If you have any ideas about the qualities you would look for in our new Rector, please speak to your church wardens as soon as you can. 

Three Rivers Mothers’ Union 

Monday 24 October – Coffee at Scotsdales in Fordham at 10:30am.
Monday 31 October – A quiet time for reflection. Arriving at 9:30am at Emmanuel Church, Chatteris for coffee. Bring a packed lunch. The morning will be led by Rev. Valerie Kilner. (MU Diocesan chaplain). Lunch at 1pm.
Wednesday 9 November – An evening for Quiet Reflection. Meeting at St John’s Church, Waterbeach 6:30pm for 7pm. (Similar to Chatteris but an evening opportunity). Contact Jenny 720820 or Helen 721616 for further information and lifts. 

The Three Rivers Prayer Group - next on October 27

We now 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 October 27 we shall meet at 10.30am at the Vatchers', 96 The Causeway, Isleham.

Mums+ - next on Friday November 11

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

Upcoming dates - Friday November 11 and Friday December 9 at Fordham Garden Centre, (Scotsdales) from 9.15am.

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. 

Messy Church - next November 13

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 - November 13 and December 11.

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

Healing Eucharist - next on November 20

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

Fordham School expands

As many of you may have noticed if you are passing Fordham School, work has started on the buildings, which will provide enough classrooms to double the size of the school. This is an exciting opportunity in our communities and means that all the children in our villages will be able to go to their local school.  

Fordham School new build extension is going very well. The contractors have removed asbestos from the present school, so that work can continue during the rest of the year.

New Head Teacher at Isleham

The new Head at Isleham, Mrs Sarah Skillern, started at Isleham in September. We are looking forward to welcoming her to our parish.

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."

Fees account - help sought...

We are looking for someone to run our fees account. Some knowledge and ability with figures would help. Time needed probably an hour and a  half a week. Do speak to Mike or Sue if you can help.  

Parish profile

The Churchwardens met with Mike and Sue last Sunday afternoon to talk through the processes involved in identifying our parish profile and what the churches feel they need in a new priest. So do talk with them about this matter, and also pray for us all. John Bridges from Chippenham has volunteered to collate a new and up to date Parish Profile.  

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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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.

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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 needs canned goods; in particular tinned tomatoes, veg, fruit, meat, and sponge puddings - 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

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.  

Church cleaning at Fordham

We need some more people to help keep our lovely Church clean and tidy.  If you feel you could spare about 1 hour a month to join one of our cleaning teams, please contact Jenny on 01638 720820, to decide where and when you can help.

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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.

St Peter and St Mary Magdalene, Fordham

  • More 100 Club Members needed. If you would like to join, or know anyone who would like to join, please speak to our PCC secretary Jane Foulds for more details.

  • Roger Palmer and the bell ringing team would be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to ring. Bell ringers meet on Thursdays in the tower; please speak to Roger about this.

  • Lydia would welcome new members for the choir. The choir meets for rehearsal on Fridays, in the early evening during term time, and sings at the principal service on Sundays and Choral Evensong once a month.

  • If you would like to help with reading or intercessions then please do speak to Mike or Kate.

Fordham Day Centre

Is looking for volunteers to help at the weekly meeting for senior members of our community. If you would like to help then please talk to Judith Wood, Doreen Rule or Mike.


There have been many baptisms in our churches these past few months. It is so good to welcome the newly baptised into our churches. We are trying to maintain a balance between baptism as a major part of the main service on a Sunday and giving space for families to gather at other times either on Saturdays or Sundays. Thanks too to our Baptism Visitors who are making such a difference in welcoming and helping at baptisms.

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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Volunteers are needed to read, lead intercessions, take up the collection, arrange flowers, ring bells, make coffee, welcome newcomers, visit Baptism families etc etc in all our churches. If you would like to help, then please do be in touch with Mike or Kate and we will provide training if necessary and encouragement in any case.

News page added to the web site to accommodate information from the new weekly pew sheet.

Youth Group page added to the web site.

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