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

Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett, Snailwell



Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed. Alleluia!


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 their is a particular need for small bags of sugar and instant coffee.


Mike and Helen’s last service will be a special Group Service on Sunday April 30 at Isleham at 10.30am

Mike and Helen’s last service will be a special Group Serivce at Isleham at 10.30am on Sunday April 30 followed by bubbles and canapes in the Social Centre.

This will be the only service in the Group on this Sunday.

On Monday May 1 we will hold a Fare Well lunch at Chippenham Park. 

Fare Well Lunch for Mike and Helen - Bank Holiday Monday May 1

Mike and Helen fare well lunch at Chippenham Park. Lunch at 12 for 12.30 is being arranged at Chippenham Park in their wedding marquee. Many thanks for this very kind and generous invitation. 

If you would like to attend, then please let your parish representative know soon please, so that we can have some idea of how many to cater for.  The lunch is free! Please also make sure that those in your village who would like to come know.

Evensong at Jesus College - Tuesday May 2

The patron of Fordham and Kennett, Jesus College, have invited us to attend choral Evensong in the College Chapel in Cambridge on Tuesday May 2nd. We would travel to the college on the Tuesday afternoon, for a short talk from the Dean of College, at 5 pm in his rooms, with tea and coffee and then a 45 minutes Evensong at 6.30. We could share transport I am sure. 

If you would like to go please let Mike know as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements.

The 6th Annual Spurgeon Trundle - Saturday May 6 at 3pm in Isleham

On Saturday the 6th of May at 3pm, join us on a leisurely walk, starting at the pond, East Fen Road Isleham, making for the River Lark.

We gather there by the stone monument to the Reverend Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who was famous as The Prince Of Preachers. He was baptised there in the river in 1850, and some of us have tried to keep this occasion marked by the Trundle (as we call it), with a very short act of worship there.

It is supported by all the Churches in Isleham, and if the weather is good, makes for a very pleasant get-together. The walk takes about half an hour, and we travel at a very easy pace! 

So - we look forward to the pleasure of your company! And it's free, of course! Contact Rev Christopher Goodwins is you have any questions, on 780284 and leave a message.

Berkeley Castle to Berkeley Close 1500 miles in just over a week in a Berkley T60 with Geoff Dabrowa - May 8-14

After spending the weekend camping near Stroud for “Wheel Nuts” Charity Car Show and The Club AGM Barry Jones and myself start off on Monday morning May 8 from Berkeley Castle in our standard 328cc motorcycle engine three wheel Berkeleys to replicate as near as possible a drive that was done in 1960 by Bob Currie and Andre Baldet that took them all round the UK, as far north as Inverness in a NEW Berkeley, (ours are 57yrs old !!). 

Their finishing point was Berkeley Square but that would not be practical for us so we are finishing at Berkeley Close in Biggleswade on Sunday afternoon May 14, (the site of the old Berkeley factory). We have a tight schedule but hope to get a little sightseeing done in the evenings (if we are not too tired). Hoping our preparations means no major breakdowns.

Download an A4 flyer which shows the route and planned daily schedule (PDF file).

Me and my wife Geraldine have been active members of our village church, St Andrew's Isleham for 40years. Geraldine had great support from the Church family and Macmillan Nurses, since being diagnosed and successfully treated for breast cancer last year.

We are hoping to raise £1500 for Macmillan Cancer Support (one £ for every mile of our journey. 

Anyone wishing to donate can do so on my “Just Giving” site and gift aid if possible. 

Alternatively post a cheque to me made out to “ Macmillan Cancer Support”. 22 Beck Rd, Isleham, Ely, Cambs. CB7 5SA tel 01638-780500.

I hope to update the Berkeley Owners Facebook site daily whilst on the journey: 

Advanced notice - Annual Band & Blossom Concert 
Sunday May 14 at St Andrew's Social Centre

The Annual Band & Blossom Concert featuring the Newmarket Town Brass Band, with a BBQ, will be held in the Isleham Social Centre Garden on Sunday May 14 at 2pm. 
Concert & BBQ - Adults £10 Children £5. Concert only - £5.
Tickets from Angela Wells 780583 or Mary Wightman 781022.

Fordham Day Centre lunch club - next on May 3

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.

If you are interested and would like to know more about the Day Centre please contact Judith Wood. Tel: 01638 720328.

The Thursday Prayer Group  - next on May 4

The Thursday Prayer Group will next meet on May 4 at 96 The Causeway, Isleham.

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.

Section 12 Meeting with the Archdeacon - May 9

The Section 12 meeting with the Archdeacon, the Ven Dr Alex Hughes, to discuss the Parish Profile, what the parish would like in a new priest and so on will be on Tuesday May 9 at 7.30pm, in Fordham School.

Three Rivers' Eco group - next on Friday May 12

The next meeting of the Eco group will be held on Friday May 12 at 8pm in Isleham. Please check with Mike or Nigel if you are thinking of being there.

Messy Church - next on May 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.  

Upcoming dates - 

  • May 14

  • June 11

  • July 9

  • August: No Messy Church.

Mums+ - next on Friday May 19

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

Upcoming dates - at Fordham Garden Centre, (Scotsdales) from 9.15am.

  • Friday May 19

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616.

Healing Eucharist - next May 21

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

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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