We're looking for an organist to play weekly at St Andrew's Sunday morning services (1st, 2nd, 4th Sundays Holy Communion, 3rd Sunday Family Service). There is a two manual organ with full pedal board and a small RSCM affiliated adult choir.
There is also scope to establish an ancillary community choir which would augment the regular choir at festival services. Expenses will be paid and a stipend is negotiable.
If you can help or if you know someone else who might be able to help, please contact the Revd Canon Sue Groom on 01462 700248 or
Church Open: In addition to our regular services (please see the Services & Events page for details), the church is usually open for visitors at set times over the weekends during the summer months: please see the Weekly Notices for details. There is a children's area at the back of the north aisle which may be used by parents and children whenever the church is open.
Opening is subject to the availability of volunteers from the congregation: please contact us if you'd like to volunteer or to check before travelling, especially if you are coming a long way.
Friday Morning Coffee: Please join us in the Church Hall on any Friday morning, from 10.30am, for coffee and cakes. These are served alternately either by church and village volunteers or by adults with learning difficulties from Biggleswade Adult Training Centre. The coffee, cakes and service are all excellent: not to be missed!
Memorial Flowers: If you would like flowers placed in church for an anniversary, birthday or other occasion in memory of a loved one, please contact Katie Browne or another member of the Flower Guild. £25 for a large pedestal; £15 for a smaller arrangement.
THIS LATE 14TH CENTURY CHURCH, dedicated to God in honour of St Andrew, stands at the
heart of the old village of Langford. Medieval wall paintings were discovered on the north wall
during preparations for internal redecoration in 2004; the consecration cross on the west wall (pictured) was restored in November 2005.
The inner doors at the main entrance, leading from the south porch into the south aisle,
were a memorial gift from the late Mr Roger Hawken of High Street, in memory of his wife Eveline. They are made of English oak with glass panels etched with the cross of St Andrew and the St Albans Diocesan coat of arms; they were dedicated on 21 May 2006.
2014: This year we are raising funds for Outside-In, a local project providing support and information for families and professionals dealing with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ASC (Autistic Spectrum Conditions) and related conditions.
2013: Our fundraising in 2013 was for two local specialist palliative care centres: St John's Hospice, Moggerhanger, and Keech Hospice, Streatley. Please see the notice boards in church for details of the totals raised.
Langford Welfare Trust
The Langford Welfare Trust is a small charitable trust (Registered Charity Number 205355) which exists to help people in need in the Parish of Langford, either through gifts in kind or by grants of money.
If you live in Langford and are having difficulty with paying for something that is important to you and your family, why not see if a payment can help you out?
Our organ plays an important part in the life and worship of the parish, but inspections revealed its inner workings (see below) to be in a sorry state. Initial estimates for a full restoration were around £30,000, and as of March 2012 we had £12,611.63 available towards this, including more than £2,000 reclaimed in gift aid: thank you to everyone whose kind generosity helped to raise this amount.
Using these funds, Phase 1 of the restoration work was carried out in the autumn of 2012, although more funds are needed if a full restoration — including essential repairs to the bellows (Phase 2) — is to be achieved. Further fundraising ideas are being drawn up to help us raise the amount needed. Details of the work carried out and the work still outstanding will be posted here in due course, but if you would like to know more in the meantime or wish to make a donation or to offer assistance, please contact us. Thank you.
Organ Pipe Deterioration A few pictures showing the sorry state of our organ before the Phase 1 repairs...
WELCOME to the St Andrew's photo gallery. If you have photographs of St Andrew's, old or new, of people or events such as baptisms or weddings, that you'd like to see featured here, please contact Phil Groom, our webmaster, at the Vicarage or online via his blog, facebook or twitter. If your photo includes children, please ensure that you have parental or guardian permission for the picture to be used here. Thank you.
Each year at St Andrew's we hold an evening Carol service shortly before Christmas with refreshments in the form of mulled wine and mince pies. Since 2012 the service has been accompanied by Bedford Brass and has become a not-to-be-missed event on the Church calendar: look out for the date of this year's service on our Services and Events page.
Part of St Andrew's Churchyard in the early November sunshine (2014)
The Lady Chapel
For more pictures inside St Andrew's, please visit our History page.
Fair Trade Stall
Our Fair Trade Stall is usually available after the morning service on the second Sunday of each month, in the church hall. We stock a variety of fair trade products, mostly from Traidcraft, including tea, coffee, breakfast cereals (muesli), chocolate, Geobars and cookies.
A massive thank you to everyone at St Andrew's who helped to decorate the church for this year's Harvest Festival: the displays of flowers and produce were — as always — magnificent, as shown in the photographs below, courtesy of Jim Dickson...