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Introduction to our Village

Henham remains a rural community although now perhaps better described as a 'community in a rural setting.' As with most other villages in the area, there are few whose income is dependant on the land and the majority of working residents travel away from the area to seek a living. However on the positive side we retain our own church, primary school, village shop with a post office, public house, village hall, church hall and community centre. Our population is approximately 1250 plus.

The history of Henham now has its own website at Click here.

Transport News
Road Closure Notices

Intended closure of North Hall Road, due to commence on 23rd July 2020 for 252 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes retaining wall works

Update North Hall Road: The Parish Council has been in touch with Ray Gooding our Essex County Councillor following the news that North Hall Road will be closed until the end of March 2021. The PC shares the concerns of residents that this is the main route to go North from the Village and the present diversion through Patmore End is unsatisfactory and dangerous. 
Cllr Gooding has explained that the banks of the river in North Hall Road need to be structurally contained and the entire road needs to be rebuilt. At the moment the design of all that work is being completed and that has needed to take into account further structural works that have been identified from the investigations recently completed.
This is obviously a very unsatisfactory situation, the road has already been closed since July, and a further closure until the end of March at best will cause a great deal of inconvenience to residents having to work or take children to Saffron Walden and surrounds. The PC will continue to press Essex Highways for more information and liaise with Ugley Parish Council (NHR is in Ugley Parish) to find some mitigation to help residents. 
Nick Baker, Chair, HPC

M11 junction 7 to 8: drainage renewal: 
Highways England have confirmed they will becarrying out essential drainage renewal works at the above location, in both directions.
They plan to complete this work over eleven weeks, from Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December, working between the hours of 7.30am to 6pm, subject to weather conditions. The work will be carried out under lane closures which will be in place 24 hours a day, alongside our weekend closures detailed below. 

There will be four weekend full closures on the M11 northbound between junctions 7 and 8 from Friday 6 November to Monday 9 November, Friday 13 November to Monday 16 November, Friday 20 November to Monday 23 November, and Friday 4 December to Monday 7 December, working between the hours of Friday 10pm to Monday 5am.

Diversion routes: Traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 7 to join the A414, along the A10 northbound and onto the A120 eastbound, to re-join the M11 at junction 8. We expect this will add approximately 35 minutes to your journey.

Please be aware, there are also works taking place on behalf of Essex County Council on the M11 at junction 7a, this work will continue once our works are completed on Friday 18 December. If you have any queries about this work, please contact Essex County Council directly.  If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to

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For more information on Winter security click here

For more information on home security click here

For more information on vehicle security click here 

Village News
The Parish Council continues to thank all residents for supporting our community during the pandemic

Covid 19 Council Tax Relief Information: click here

FOR LATEST CENSUS 21 NEWS: see Census 2021 information site at 

Notice of virtual Fairfield Appeal Hearing
commencing on 9th November 2020 on Teams commencing at 13:30
click here for further details
18/11/20: To see Joint Parish Councils Henham and Ugley Barrister closing statement: click here

Please note that the virtual inquiry is also being live streamed and can be viewed using the following Link to the PINS YouTube channel:
Anyone wishing to view the live stream only does not need to pre-register with the Planning Inspectorate.

Chickney Road proposed 16 houses development - Appeal dismissed click here for the decision notice


Government face mask guidance: click here

ADVICE FROM UDC: With the development of Track and Trace, many people have been asking for advice around how this works.
Please find below the official advice from the GOV.UK website on how the system works and advice on how to avoid being the victim of any possible scams as a result of the implementation of this system:

If the NHS test and trace service contacts you, the service will use text messages, email or phone.
All texts or emails will ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website.
If NHS test and trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number: 0300 013 5000.
All information you provide to the NHS test and trace service is held in strict confidence and will only be kept and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018.
Contact tracers will:
• call you from 0300 013 5000
• send you text messages from ‘NHS’
• ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating
• ask if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
• provide advice on what you must do as you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
Contact tracers will never:
• ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
• ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product of any kind
• ask for any details about your bank account
• ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
• ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
• disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
• provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
• ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
• ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS
For the full guidance/information please check the GOV.UK website -

Remember our advice
If in doubt use the A, B, C of scam awareness:
A- Never Assume a caller, email or text is genuine.
B- Never Believe a caller, email or text is genuine.
C- Always Confirm by contacting a trusted number, family member, friend, your bank’s fraud department or the police to check if it’s genuine.

Bonfires -  Residents are reminded that the UDC website states that residents should not light bonfires during the coronavirus period if it is likely to cause problems with neighbours or residents. There is a report form on the UDC website to report anti-social bonfires.
HPC asks residents to consider other residents when thinking of lighting a bonfire. During this lockdown it is unreasonable to subject neighbours to smoke and smell when they are adhering to Government guidelines by staying indoors. Please do not light bonfires during this lockdown period.
Nick Baker,  Chair of HPC

 For help and assistance during the pandemic please click here:  

UDC message regarding how to report low-level Anti-Social Behaviour:

Please use the Report Form to report Issues such as noise, littering, gathering of groups causing a nuisance, are an example of what can be reported here, and which are on-going, affecting the quality of life for UDC residents.

This report goes directly into the inbox of the Community Safety Team, and will be investigated and discussed via the Uttlesford Community Hub in partnership with the relevant agencies.

We would still urge members of the public to use the 999 system for emergencies, and 101 for reporting of issues that are currently happening.

For the REPORT FORM- click on this link:

Coronavirus - please see Government Guidelines:
Handwashing Techniques: Click here
Home Isolation Advice: Click here

Please also refer to the following link for further information:

Due to COVID-19 all HPC meetings are postponed until further notice. HPC will continue to conduct parish council matters via appropriate social media.



Link to our Facebook Page

We have a fun and informative Facebook Page.
Click here to join as it is a closed group.

Henham and Ugley Primary School Events:
Click here for the new school website: 

Ofsted Report following one day inspection on 26th March click here

Essex Police