St Helens Church, High Street, Wheathampstead, St Albans, AL4 8AA. Worship Times: 10am every Sunday

30-Nov Midweek Email





  • Advent and Christmas events and services
  • New Canons installed at St Albans Cathedral
  • Messy Christingle on Sunday! A festive beginning to the Christmas season – all welcome for this atmospheric service which is especially suitable for small children.
  • Support Scheme for households
  • Reverse Advent Calendar – donate to the Food Bank
  • Book Launch – Terry Holden’s “Links Across the Common”
  • Scout Christmas Post







New Honorary Canons and Order of Alban Awarded
On Saturday 26th November six new Honorary Canons, two lay and four ordained, were installed at St Albans Cathedral.  In addition, Tony Boon was awarded the Order of Alban.

The new Honorary Canons are: Johny Jonathan, who is based at Grassroots in Luton, Julian Bowery a warden at St Albans Cathedral, Rob Marshall, Rector of Digswell, Jenny Gray, Rector of the Beane Valley Benefice, David Kesterton, Vicar of All Saints, Luton and Richard Banham, Rector of Wheathampstead.

To read the full story please click here



St Albans City and District Council have been given funding by Hertfordshire CC to distribute to individuals and families who require additional support with food and fuel costs. Please click here to email Helen or Richard if you would like to refer individuals and families for support. The following groups will be prioritised but you can refer anyone to us if you feel they require help. They do not have to be claiming state benefits to be entitled to help from the household support fund.


  • Families and individuals recently placed in temporary accommodation.
  • Families and individuals on a low income who have recently moved into new accommodation and who require basic essentials as a result.
  • Individuals who have recently left prison or a long term hospital stay.
  • Individuals who have no recourse to public funds.
  • People on zero hour contracts who are suffering a reduction in their hours and income.
  • Individuals and families who are waiting for a decision on a benefit application.
  • Individuals and families whose benefits have been ‘capped’ or sanctioned.
  • Individuals and families who have additional expenses, especially high energy costs, due to an illness, disability or mental health condition.
  • Individuals and families on a low income where an essential appliance has failed which they cannot afford to repair or replace.
  • Individuals and families fleeing domestic violence or who have been the victim of a crime.
  • Individuals and families who are entitled to state benefits but who have not received payments from previously announced energy support schemes.
  • Individuals and families on a low income who are in severe debt, especially those in arrears with their energy suppliers.
  • Individuals or families who have not previously received help from the Household Support fund.



The St Albans & District Foodbank
Reverse Advent Calendar has started!
For 25 days, pop an an item from the list in a box or bag and then on/from the 16th December, deliver your donations to the foodbank. There is a drop-off point in the glass porch of St Helen’s Church

Cash can be donated on line via the link

Launch of a book of 20th Century social history written by member and local resident Terry Holden centred around
Mid Herts Golf Club in Gustard Wood

The story is written from Terry’s unique perspective of this attractive and historic golf club where he has been a member for some 60 years, with his father having been Course Manager between 1963-1973.

The book covers a wide variety of different subjects, ranging from Nature and Wildlife to High Profile past members, and from Neighbours and Buildings surrounding the Common to Club Officers, Trophies and Champions, all woven together by Terry’s narrative of his personal experiences, and generously illustrated with coloured maps and photographs.

All contributions from the sale of this book, after expenses, will be donated to THE BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY, being very poignant to Terry having been diagnosed with a brain tumour himself in 2001, as was his late daughter Emma at the age of 15, who flourished for a further 17 years, before passing away in 2004.

200 copies of the book, which is being sold for CHARITY, are now available to purchase at a cost of £20 each. Payment can be made via BACS transfer to T S Holden via Sort Code:20 74 09 Account No:30515280

Please then confirm by email transfer has been made to

Collection can then be arranged from 55A The Gatehouse Ash Grove Wheathampstead AL4 8DF, or alternatively local delivery can be an option.


The post box will be in the church from 24th November



Events and Activities this week (at St. Helen’s Church unless otherwise indicated).
Please ask if you need further details




Monday 28th November9.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel
11.15am – 12.15pm  Following the Message Study Group
7.30pm – 9.15pm  Bell Ringing Practice

Tuesday 29th November10.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel

Wednesday  30th November9.30am – 11.00am  The Ark Parent-and-Toddler Group
10.30am – 11.30am  Coffee NOT in the Chancel via Zoom12.00pm – 1.00pm  Burial of ashes of t/l Mrs Ann Hayes
1.30pm – 3.00pm  English Lessons for Ukrainians



Thursday 1st December2.45pm – 4.15pm  St Helen’s Fellowship at Mead Hall

Friday 2nd December2.30pm – 3.30pm Burial of the  late Mr Philip Dodd
7.00pm – 9.00pm Choir Practice

Saturday 3rd December9.15am Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel

Sunday 4th December
10.00am – 11.00am Parish Communion
3.30pm – 4.30pm Messy Christingle