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  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village AL7 7TR

    Our friendly church is prominently located in the village of Lemsford, Hertfordshire. The village of Lemsford itself is well known throughout the area for its large mill on the River Lea which winds its way through Brocket Hall Park.

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  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    Members of our lively congregation live in Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and elsewhere in the surrounding area. We also have a special concern for Hatfield Garden Village as well as our own parish.

    What's on at St John's Church Lemsford
  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    Our main Sunday Service is at 11 am. Each Sunday we also have an 8.00 am Holy Communion (Prayer Book) and a 6.30 pm Evening Service, variable.

    What's on at St John's Church Lemsford
  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    Without the early involvement of Mr Geoffrey Dodds, M.A., of St Albans Abbey, the installation of the Lemsford Bells may never have happened. His dedication and inspirational search for suitable bells, his overseeing of the volunteer construction team and the many hours of hard practical work was an amazing achievement.

    What's on at St John's Church Lemsford
  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    Our friendly church is prominently located in the village of Lemsford, Hertfordshire and was built in 1859 giving it a solid history.

    What's on at St John's Church Lemsford
  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    Our church is supported by our curate and the Church Officers. Members of our lively congregation live in Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and elsewhere in the surrounding area. We also have a special concern for Hatfield Garden Village as well as our own parish.

    What's on at St John's Church Lemsford
  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    we have an active Children and young people congregation. St John's School, also in Lemsford, is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School with close links to the church.

    What's on at St John's Church Lemsford
  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    Children are welcome in church and are a valued part of our church family. All ages join for the whole service in church once a month and on other occasions.

    What's on at St John's Church Lemsford
  • Welcome to St John's Church Lemsford Village

    We are part of the Bishop's Hatfield Team Ministry within the Diocese of St. Albans. Other members of the Team Ministry are the four churches in the parish of Bishop's Hatfield - St. Etheldreda's, St. Michael and All Angels', St. John the Evangelist's, St. Luke's and St. Mary's, North Mymms.

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St John's Church - The Village of Lemsford

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St John's Church Lemsford

Our friendly church is prominently located in the village of Lemsford, Hertfordshire. You can find us north of Hatfield, close to Welwyn Garden City on the B653 at the South East side of Brocket Hall Park. The village of Lemsford itself is well known throughout the area for its large mill on the River Lea which winds its way through Brocket Hall Park.

Brocket Babies Memorial in St. John's
On Saturday 9th April 2016 a memorial service was held at St John’s Church, Lemsford in memory of the Brocket Babies.

Who are the Brocket Babies?

At the outbreak of war in 1939, the London Maternity Hospital in City Road was badly damaged by bombing. The decision was made to equip and staff Brocket Hall, a country house near Welwyn Garden City, as a 50 bed maternity unit for expectant mothers. Between 1939 and 1949 expectant mothers who were willing to leave London were evacuated and a total of 8,338 Brocket Babies were born within the safety of Brocket Hall. Sadly, during this period some of the babies died, including a number which were stillborn. The Burial Register of the local parish church, St John’s Lemsford, shows 62 entries for babies born at Brocket Hall Maternity Hospital who died shortly after birth, the youngest being just 5 minutes old. There are were no gravestones.

Reverend Ron Ingamells, former Vicar of Lemsford, welcomed the congregation which included relatives of 2 of the stillborn babies believed to be buried in the churchyard of St John’s. The choir of St John’s accompanied by organist Tim Armstrong Taylor led the congregation with the hymn ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’.

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Andrew Chapman, LLHG member, talked about the background to the service and Julie Appleby, Brocket Hall staff, read from the Bible - Mark 10:13-16.

Readings and prayers were said and Stephen Foster performed JS Bach Cello Suite 1 – Sarabande and Menuet as a viola solo whilst relatives placed the names of 62 babies known to be buried in St John’s on the church altar.

The service moved outside to the memorial and concluded with a short service of dedication.

The memorial service was conducted by the Reverend Ron Ingamells, former Vicar of Lemsford.

The organist was Tim Armstrong Taylor. The JS Bach Cello Suite 1 – Sarabande and Menuet was played by the soloist Stephen Foster.

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Members of our lively congregation live in Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and elsewhere in the surrounding area. We also have a special concern for Hatfield Garden Village as well as our own parish. Children are, of course, always welcome in church and are a valued part of our church family. All ages join for the whole service in church once a month and on other occasions.

Our main Sunday Service is at 11 am. Each Sunday we also have an 8.00 am Holy Communion (Prayer Book) and a 6.30 pm Evening Service, variable.

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