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The Three Villages Magazine: Issue 5 is coming soon…

Issue 5 is in the final stages of production, which means that in a few weeks it will be off to the printer! If you haven’t yet got a copy of Issue 4, make sure you do while they are still available!

At the start of March, Issue 5 will be available to purchase for £1 at various locations across the three villages. This issue includes our regular features along with the last in Our Historic Churches series; important information from the Parish Councils regarding the upcoming elections; and a feature on local animal charity, ALFS. We are also looking forward to showing you our new sports section, which will become one of our regular items.

If you have any questions about how to get hold of a copy, do please be in touch using the CONTACT US form, or directly by emailing

Thank you for your continued support.

Have you picked up your copy yet?

In case you missed it, Issue 4 of The Three Villages Magazine published on 1st December and is available to purchase for just £1 at various locations including:

St John the Baptist, Great Amwell
St Mary the Virgin, St Margarets
St Andrew, Stanstead Abbots
The Village Pharmacy
The Maltings Coffee House
Stanstead Abbotts & St Margarets Village Club

Pick up your copy while it is still available. If you are having trouble getting a copy, please do let us know and we will do what we can to help.

Issue 5 of The Three Villages Magazine is currently in production and will publish at the start of March!

The Three Villages Team

The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub: donation request

We have had an update from The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub. They are in need of the following:

  • Tinned rice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Toiletries

Donations can be made to Sue at 8 Millers Lane, Stanstead Abbotts or contact The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub (07487 350918). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub
A local Hub of the Hertford & Ware Foodbank based at St Margarets’ Parish Church

How you can help ALFS

ALFS, Animal Larder Food and Shelter, is a free food bank based in Hertfordshire providing food parcels and accessories for families with pets. They can also help with fostering or rehoming.

In the next issue of The Three Villages Magazine, there will be a feature on ALFS, but in the meantime do contact them if you need support or can donate:

Tel.: 07714 999581

Alternatively, should you wish to make a donation to support their work, this can be done via Paypal account:

Or you could make a donation via our Amazon wishlist:

Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook (search @alfsherts or visit for the latest information and updates.

We are looking for a cover image!

Once again we are looking for our next cover image for Issue 5 (March) of The Three Villages Magazine.

Are you a local photographer, amateur or professional? Would you like your work to appear on the cover of our local magazine?

We are looking for a seasonal photograph that showcases our beautiful local landmarks within the three villages.

If you would like to enter and showcase your work, please email


Do you follow us online?

The Three Villages is available in print AND online!

While our print magazine published quarterly, it is also available as a digital version about a month after print publication. You can find all previous print issues in our Magazine Archive.

But do you follow us online…? Check out what we offer and be sure to like, subscribe or follow!

Merry Christmas!

The Three Villages Team wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For those of you who may be struggling during the festive season, we share this poem by Lorna Gibson:

If Christmas is hard,
If you’ve lost someone dear.
Just look in your heart,
And you’ll know they’re still here.

That star in the sky,
The light falling snow.
The robin outside,
It seems like they know.

If this is a time,
When you’re struggling through.
Just do what you can,
For what matters, is you.

There’s no need to be merry,
There’s no need to be bright.
Just do what you can,
It will all be alright.

© Lorna Gibson

Congratulations to The Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline

Congratulations to The Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline who celebrated their 20th year in operation and also for receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Read the full story HERE.

Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline is a confidential, free, support and signposting service
for anyone affected by domestic abuse.
We are here to listen
Call 08 088 088 088
9am–9pm Monday to Friday and 9am–4pm weekends
Confidential email

Men’s Breakfast at The Wilshere Hall

In November, among a generous helping of bacon, beans, bangers and eggs, we were served a fascinating discussion on biblical building. Inspired by John’s excellent testimony on life in the building industry (October) we explored teachings in 1 Peter, Ephesians and Genesis. Surprisingly, the Bible became a very enlightening instruction tool on how to build; especially interesting and challenging when we learned we are the building materials being used to create the building. It certainly induces feelings of wonder, security and responsibility (to name but a few). The God that created the universe chooses to dwell in us rather than build himself some other, far more perfect, dwelling place.

Ever felt alone, unsure of your purpose or want to be more aware of the amazing role you have to play in our world? Then do join us for a full English breakfast served with a conference of cornflakes (sorry – what is the collective noun for cornflakes?) where, next, we will be examining what the Bible has to say about building roads.

We meet next on Saturday 31 December, from 8:30 in The Wilshere Hall, St Andrew’s Church. Email the benefice administrator ( to book your bangers.

Steve Wright

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