02:42, Thursday by John Thorn

Both Puddle Wharf Lane and Rectory Lane will be closed for roadworks (currently shown as starting on the 12th July 2018). 

These roadworks will last for up to 7 days.

Details can be found at (Rectory Lane)

and (Puddle Wharf Lane)

02:35, Thursday by John Thorn

The Parish Council will meet on Monday 25th June at 19:30 in the village hall. The Agend can be viewed by clicking the link Agenda250618

17:51, 18 Jun 2018 by John Thorn


17:36, 14 Jun 2018 by John Thorn


17:35, 14 Jun 2018 by John Thorn


17:29, 14 Jun 2018 by John Thorn

In a speed watch over 90 mins on Wednesday morning  (06/06/18) 24 vehicles were observed over 36MPH (in a 3OMPH limit) in Ashdon.

5 vehicles were over 40MPH with the top speed being 43MPH.

One van was seen speeding for the second watch in a row.

Action will be taken and hopefully police will be visiting these drivers

21:48, 07 Jun 2018 by John Thorn

If you travel around the world, you will find Christians worshipping God in all sorts of different ways. Some worship services are formal, others are informal, some use printed books, others rely on the worshippers’ memory, some use modern music, others sing songs that are unchanged for centuries. I am sure God enjoys this diversity, we only have to look at creation to see that he is infinitely creative.


Most churches in this country take a middle way between formality and informality, the modern and the traditional. We British are known for this; as Oscar Wilde said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation”. At All Saints’ Church, we are no exception, generally we use the Church of England service book published in 2000 called Common Worship, but twice a month the 1662 Book of Common Prayer comes out for Communion and Evensong.


However, sometimes it is good to go back to our roots and see how the first Christians worshipped. When we look in the New Testament we don’t find much in the way of detailed instructions, but we do find just a few interesting snippets. For example, Jesus said to the woman at the well:


...a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23-24)


We are to be ‘true worshippers’, i.e. those whose motivation is simply to praise God; and as ‘God is spirit’, we are to allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead.


The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in the Greek city of Corinth:


When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. (1 Corinthians 14:26)


This is the only verse in the New Testament that describes the corporate worship of the early church. It implies that we can all be active participants.


At All Saints’ Church we have started some new services which we hope will offer an alternative closer to the New Testament model. Twice a month we will be gathering in the South Chapel of the church building for worship that is more spontaneous and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We have called these services ‘In Spirit and Truth’ and they will be led by Steve and Sam Rademan. The dates for the next few months are:


6:30pm Saturday 7th July, 11am Sunday 8th July

6:30pm Saturday 11th August, 11am Sunday 12th August

6:30pm Saturday 1st September, 11am Sunday 2nd September


Do come and join us at these services, or at any of the others (dates and times unchanged).


As Paul also wrote:


Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-20)


Every blessing

Richard Spencer

Team Vicar, All Saints’ Church, Ashdon

The Vicarage, Radwinter Road, Ashdon CB102ET

Tel. 01799 584171



16:15, 31 May 2018 by Richard Spencer


Towards the end of last year the Local Strategic Partnership, chaired by our local District Councillor, Howard Rolfe, organised a conference for those involved in pastoral care in Uttlesford. There were lots of interesting presentations, including one from Judith Hasler on the work that the churches in the area are doing to alleviate social isolation for all the residents.


The presentation that caught my attention was by Isabel Young who described the Uttlesford Community Action Zones project. In this project, researchers spoke to residents in three communities about their view of life in their village or town. The project produced a weighty report (which can be downloaded from, but the really attention-grabbing result of the project was three very large artworks illustrating the people’s perspectives on their communities. The one from Takeley and Little Canfield is shown here, although this reproduction is too small-scale to see the details.


This seemed to be an inspired idea, and something that a community like Ashdon could do for itself, with some help from local authority officers. So, we arranged a meeting with John Starr and Faye Butler of Uttlesford District Council, plus representatives of the Parish Council and the school. From that meeting, it seems that the best way forward is to have an open meeting where everyone who is interested can discuss how we can take this forward. John will explain how we should conduct the interviews and other information gathering, and we can plan out the artwork, inspired by the examples from Takeley, etc.


Therefore, you are warmly invited to come to All Saints’ Parish Rooms, (the building on Church Lane that looks like a cricket pavilion next to the churchyard and graveyard) at 7:30pm on Tuesday 24th July. Do come along even if you just want to find out more about this idea. Please do ring (01799 584171) or email ( me if you have any questions.


Richard Spencer

Team Vicar, All Saints’ Church, Ashdon


15:47, 31 May 2018 by Richard Spencer

Sadly, we have been informed of a burglary at the bottom of Dorvis Lane.

A house was ransacked at approx 1pm yesterday (Sat 26th May).

If anyone has any info regarding this please contact Essex Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111

We do not have a reference no at the moment.

23:42, 27 May 2018 by John Thorn