St Mary’s, Haddenham Community
Haddenham is a large, historic village surrounded by farmland in Aylesbury Vale District. Far from being a rural backwater, with its Chiltern Main Line railway station and ready access to the M40, Haddenham is well connected and also forward thinking. Amongst many assets there are two infant schools and a junior school, a youth and community centre, Scout centre, play areas, library, medical centre, allotments, nature reserve, community orchard, pubs, cafes and an Indian Restaurant! You will also find business and industrial areas with several internationally recognised firms.
Central to many village activities, the village hall is the venue for St Mary’s own Cafe Plus+ every first Sunday morning in the month, freely offering children's activities, a quiet zone and a complete breakfast. Founded as a Fresh Expressions of Worship initiative some fifteen years ago, it has become a great meeting place for villagers and visitors of all ages.
St Mary’s Church crowns the area of Church Green, featuring the largest of several village ponds, a grassed space and the war memorial. Here is where a range of celebrations, commemorations and remembrances take place surrounded by some of the village’s charming built heritage. Behind the church, along the footpath through the churchyard, is St Mary’s Church of England School.
1000 new homes are allocated for three new village developments and the population is set to grow from around 4,500 to 7,000 over the next decade. This thriving community benefits from villagers’ membership of a multitude of local organisations alongside interest and faith groups and there is strong support for the many facilities on offer for sports, fitness and recreation. In the 21st century, Haddenham is still growing, still adapting and is still a great place to live.
St Mary’s, Haddenham Buildings
Our magnificently situated church building has been home for many years to a thriving Christian community. Our church services offer a variety of worship styles and activities to suit everyone. Children are very welcome. There is a crèche room for the very young in church, and also Children's Church during the Sunday mid-morning service twice a month. There is a loop system in church for those with hearing difficulties.
St Mary's also has a centre located in the historic St Mary's school building which is used by many local clubs and organisations to hold events and is available for public hiring.
St Mary's Haddenham is part of the Church of England (Anglican) and is the parish church for Haddenham village, Buckinghamshire. It is the largest parish in the Wychert Vale Benefice and is part of the Diocese of Oxford.
Register for the Electoral Roll
Anyone who is not currently on the Electoral Roll and would like to be a Church member will be required to fill out an application form. Please do consider this carefully as this is a wonderful way to be part of St Mary’s membership. Forms are on the website, and should be completed and returned to the Electoral Roll Officer at the benefice Office.
Useful Community Information collated during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Restaurants, pubs and many other businesses and organisations, including the library, will soon be able to start reopening, subject to social distancing. Arrangements for each will differ, and so please check with the organisation concerned before you make a journey there.
Haddenham.net has useful updates on local businesses and organisations easing lockdown and is an excellent source of information.
The Parish Council has a Helpline for those who need or can offer help. Please email; email@example.com. If you are unable to email the number is; 07760 458079. The Parish Council also has available an informative electronic Village Newsletter. You can subscribe to it by giving the Parish Council your email details via this link and read about it.
To renew your bus pass call the automated renewal line on 01296 873011. You will need your old bus pass and your National Insurance number. You can renew up to 90 days before and 180 days after your birthday.
Haddenham Hamper ‘things you need from the people you know’.
This site has been designed to help local residents place orders (online or by phone) with retailers they know and trust in the local area by providing information about local shops and what they have on offer in a single place. The desire to shop locally became apparent during the lockdown and it is hoped that the website will encourage a sustainable long-term local shopping experience.
Have a look at the website: https://haddenham-hamper.co.uk/