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We’re busy working on the September issue!

We are now busy working on the September issue of The Three Villages Magazine and our copy deadline is looming.

Do be in touch if you have a item you’d like to submit. We are particularly looking for:
* A short poem (to fit a half page)
* Autumnal photographs of the local area for the front cover
* Tried-and-tested baking recipes

Please send items to by 4th July.

The Three Villages Team

Great Amwell Village Stocks

The previous stocks in the St John the Baptist’s Churchyard had deteriorated and the specialist advice was to replace them. Great Amwell Parish Council have employed the local building firm, Between Time, and the stocks have just been put in place.

The children from St John the Baptist School had a first look in, as the carpenters were installing them just as the school visited church for their Pentecost Service. There were some very wide eyes as the children walked past and they were beautifully behaved in church! As they always are… nothing to do with the stocks, I’m sure!

Rev’d Dr Sarah Forrest
Priest in Charge, The 3 Churches Benefice

What a Platinum Jubilee Party!

On Friday 3rd June, in the glorious sunshine, crowds of you came along to the Platinum Jubilee Party held at The Stanstead Abbotts and St Margarets’ Village Club.

A fantastic time was had by all who attended – and there were a lot of you! Live music, a delicious BBQ, dance performances, tombola, cake stall, face painting and ice creams made for a brilliant afternoon of celebration.

Huge thanks go to Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council, The Village Club and the army of volunteers who made it all happen.

Community Hub Drop-in *Starts 8th June*

Are you struggling financially?
Are you worried about how you are coping?
Do you just need someone to listen and point you in the right direction?

Come and have a cuppa with us at the new Community Hub Drop-in at St Mary’s Church, St Margarets and we’ll see how we can help.


Meeting weekly every Wednesday at 10.30 to 11.30am.

See attached Poster for more details…

The Three Villages Magazine: Issue 2 out NOW!

Issue 2 of The Three Villages Magazine has published and is now available to purchase for £1 at various locations across the villages, including:

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

We hope you enjoy reading this June issue, which has some great articles, a new puzzle page, the winners of our Children’s Art Competition in honour of the Platinum Jubilee, updates from Girlguiding and Scouting in the villages, and much more!

The Three Villages Team

Coming soon… The Three Villages Magazine: Issue 2!

The Three Villages Magazine: Issue 2 is on its way to the printer and will be publishing at the start of June.

This is our Jubilee Issue, which includes some wonderful artwork from our Platinum Jubilee Children’s Art Competition winners, a new puzzle page alongside interesting features from local businesses and community groups including Scouting and Girlguiding. The cover of Issue 2 features our photograph competition winning entry from Katy Smawfield.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you grab a copy of Issue 1 while you still can!

The Three Villages Team

Great Amwell Carpet Bowls Club

Very sadly, after more than 30 years, the Great Amwell Carpet Bowls Club has closed its doors.

Mr Alan Ball, who has set up the mats for the club’s members every Tuesday for many years, is no longer able to do so and the club have been unable to find someone else to take on the job. Thank you to Mr Alan Ball for his hard work, and to everyone who has been a member of the years.

The hall management committee would give much encouragement to anyone who wants to take on running the club. If you are interested and are able to volunteer some time, please be in contact with The Three Villages ( or Great Amwell Parish Hall directly (01920 467927).

Rogation Day Service and ‘Beating the Bounds’ Walk on Sunday 22nd May 2022

Service at St James’s Church

Join us for the Annual Rogation Day Service at St James’s Church, Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbotts, on 22nd May 2022 at 10.30am.

All are welcome to this service thanking God for the land and praying for a blessing for the harvest.


‘Beating the Bounds’ Countryside Walk

The ‘beating the bounds’ walk, which was traditionally an opportunity to re-establish the Parish boundaries, is a fantastic opportunity to explore the extreme edges of your Parish on foot.

Maps and instructions will be available at about 11.30am, after the service at St James’s Church.


And our cover photo competition winner is…

We had a really fantastic number of entries for the photography competition. The photographs were of such high quality that it made it really hard to choose a winner.

Congratulations go to our winner, Katy Smawfield! This wonderful image features Sophie Smawfield taking a photo on the tow path just beyond Stanstead Abbotts.

Katy’s photograph will be used on the cover of our second issue, which is due out at the start of June. Keep an eye out for it in a month’s time!

If you would like your work to be considered for the cover of our September issue, please send entries to

The Anne Robson Helpline

Introducing the Anne Robson Helpline if you or someone close to you is dying, you can talk to us.

At the Anne Robson Trust we aim to be there to listen to anyone who faces dying or the imminent death of someone they care about. We know that facing the end of life can leave you feeling isolated and alone.

Being able to access support is so important. Gaining knowledge of what may happen towards the end of life and being prepared helps both the person dying and their loved ones to feel a sense of control.

Calls are free and confidential. Call us on 0808 801 0688 we have time to talk

Please visit to find out more.

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