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UPDATED 15 April 2021

The APCM and Annual Parish Meeting is THIS EVENING.

Please log in using the Zoom Link provided on the APCM page from 6.45pm.

Please read the documents provided in advance, they are intended to be recieved, as read, to make the most of the time for Q&A and keep the meetings to a reasonable time. The APCM page has been updated with all the Annual Report and Rectors Report plus documents for each of the PCCs as provided.

The page also contains links to nomination forms for Wardens and PCC members and Deanery representatives.

Zoom Meeting Link itself is now live.  Please don't use the link until 6.45pm on the day of the meeting. Thank you.

UPDATED 9thApril 2021

It is with great sadness we receive the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip RIP.

Bells will be rung at noon on 10th April at noon.

Books of Condolence would normally be made available in each of our churches. However, under the current circumstances to avoid unnecessary travel and risk of passing on infection the Government is encouraging messages of condolence to be left online instead using the special pages set up on the palace website: 

While we are happy for people to leave floral tributes at the churches, The Royal Family have asked that rather than spending money on flowers, the public makes donations to a charity of their choice in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh instead.

The Bishop of St Albans statement can be found here:

The Archbishop of Canterbury's statement can be found here:

UPDATED 7thApril 2021

All the readings for this coming weekend,  for the Second Sunday of Easter, are available on our Readings and Newsletter page.

This Sunday, 11th April our service of public worship will be a Holy Communion and held at Meesden. We plan to broadcast the 9.30am service via YouTube and Zoom. More details CLICK HERE.. We will also be restarting our Evening Serviices starting with a NEW SERVICE at 6pm for Brent Pelham.

Numbers are still limited due to social distancing requirements, and while we do hope there is room for all who want to attend,  please do book in so we know you are coming and let you know if we are over subscribed.



UPDATED 15 March 2021


Thursaday 15th April 2021 at 7pm.

I herby give notice that the APCM for the parishes of the United Benefice of Hormead with Wyddial, Anstey, Brent Pelham and Meesden, along with the Annual Parish Meeting will take place jointly on Thursaday 15th April 2021 at 7pm. This meeting will take place virtually using Zoom and our Telephone Conference facility. Details of how to join will be put on the dedicated APCM Page, along with meeting notes and reports.

To keep the meeting to a reasonable time, we ask you to read papers in advance. More details will be published in the coming days.


All our LENT  links on our dedicated LENT page.  CLICK HERE


Listen-in to church services live by dialing: 0330 336 0036 and input the passcode 776531

Calls are charged at the local rate, and for many people with free weekend  or unlimited calls will be included without a charge. Please check with your phone line provider and ask the bill payer's permission.


Easter services details have been posted on our Service Times pages. We'll still only have limited capacity this year due to social distancing rules.


PLEASE let us know if you plan to attend by using the booking forms on this page for the relevant service (or use the form in the weekly email). Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Sadly we cannot guarantee everyone will be able to have a place at the service of their choice. We will let you know if we are oversubscribed as soon as possible.

The Government regulations can be read in full on the government website here.

Lockdown restrictions are still in place and we must continue to be careful to keep our communities safe. Please help the vulnerable and lonely stay connected. Join a local What's App Group. Volunteer if you are able. Help keep me aware of people who need help.



As we carefully open up our churches, to keep people safe, please continue to observe the highest safety standrds.

When visiting for Priavte Prayer or services, please use the NHS Track and Trace App. QR codes are located on the doors of every church building.

You may use a churchyard as a public outdoor space to meet a person if they live alone.

Please maintain a space of 2m between households/individuals at all times.

You MUST wear a facecovering unless you have a medical dispensation or are under 11.

When visiting, please DO NOT gather in groups.  The rules of six do not come in to effect for a while yet.

Please continue to be mindful of the other hygiene and safety measures in place and wash your hands frequently, especailly having been out and in contact with others and where others may have touched.

To help keep everyone safe, please only visit the buildings or attend for Private Prayer or a church service if you know you are well and as sure as you can be that you and all the members of your household or 'bubble' are free of any virus infection.

You may also wish to look at:

Also  a Black Lives Matter statement form the Rector and links here.

Discover our services from previous weekends too.

Check out our Prayer and Worship Resources pages to find out all about what's happening this weekend with worship online. New resources and links added.

Thank you for visiting the website of The United Benefice of Hormead with Wyddial, Anstey, Brent Pelham and Meesden.

During the Covid-19 Virus outbreak we need to do 'Church' differently. But 'Church' has always been about people and not buildings. So while we are not meeting physically in large groups, to keep a safe, we are doing all we can to help our communities and stay connected in other ways. Please do register for our emails below.

We have worked really hard to reopen churches for Priavte Prayer from Monday 15th June. Please contact Revd James Sawyer if you are able to continue to assist with regular cleaning.

For Community links - See the Covid-19 Information page for more details.

For praying and worshiping from home, see the Prayer and Worship section.

In normal times you can discover all that's going on in our parishes by checking out our Service Times page or downloading the weekly bulletin and our bimonthly newsletter. Right now, we are trying to stick to a revised scheduled of services so you know when it's a good time to pray with others at this difficult time.
If you'd like to receive our regular email update, please register using the form at the bottom of this page.

The Quintet Churches are a group of five Anglican churches who work together and meet for worship in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside in the Diocese of St Albans. We are located just east of the market town of Buntingford and are part of the Buntingford Deanery.

Together we seek to serve our communities, worship God and live His values of love, peace and justice.

Christian have worshiped and ministered in this area for over 1,000 years. So it is our privilege to be the latest generation to continue the story of the body of Christ in our villages.

We are delighted you have found our website, we hope you enjoy browsing  these pages, and to meet you in person soon.

The Ministry Team

P.S. Our website name references both the river Quin which flows in our midst and the quintet or five churches in our benefice (group of parishes). 

If you would like to speak to a member of the ministry team, please call or email us. You can contact the Rector, James Sawyer on 01763 289 258, or email him via this link EMAIL. Please note, James's day of is normally Friday.  Calls may be montitored and/or recorded for training and security purposes.

You can also contact Mrs Patricia Hamilton on 01763 848536 for parish matters and pastoral care. Or you can contact Revd Paddy Cable on 01799 550466

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Join our churches

All are welcome to attend our churches as and when you wish. But sometimes it's good to deepen our reltionship and say we belong. If you are baptised, a member of the Church of England or another Christian church in communion with it, and live locally, you may like to join the Electoral Roll of one of the five churches in the benefice.

Its a first step to getting involved and shaping the church to be relevant for generations to come. To join, complete this form and drop it off or post it to the Vicarage. See also our Electoral Roll privacy notice here.

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The Vicarage 

Great Hormead 



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01763 289258