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 Chickney Road, due to commence on 3rd February 2020 for 5 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while UK Power Networks undertakes installation of new electricity supply for customer.

Abbotsford Bridge – planned road closure for gully works:Essex Highways will be commencing work on Monday 27 January 2020 at Abbotsford Bride, Hall Road to install a double gully and to extend the kerbing to resolve excessive water pooling in the carriageway. Work is expected to take approximately five days to complete.

In order for this work to be carried out in a safe manner, a road closure at the bridge is required during working hours. The road will be closed to all traffic with the exception of buses from 8am to 5pm. 

There will be no change in bus service for passengers using the 7/7a route as buses will be guided through the closure during working hours.

After each shift, barriers will be put in place to protect the work area and the road will reopen to all traffic. We urge all drivers to take additional care and observe traffic management and signage in place during the works. In particular, please be aware the width of the carriageway may be reduced to accommodate barriers during non-working hours.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Details of other works in the area can be viewed from (formerly

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Visit the Essex Police website for their top five safety tips for a number of main crimes that are committed around this time of year:

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

Proposal for new homes – Land East of Mill Road
Many residents received a flyer regarding a proposed housing development on Mill Road for 40+ homes.
The developer is inviting residents to comment.
Henham Parish Council strongly advises that you DO NOT respond until a formal application is received and our advisors offer advice. If you respond now, they will deal with your concerns within their application.

Henham Parish Council will advise you further at the appropriate time.
Thank you
Henham Parish Council.

Gigaclear Update: We have been informed by Gigaclear that they have received a permit to work down Old Mead Road earlier than they thought – Essex Highways have plans to carry out roadworks further south which would cause a confliction in road diversions, so they have given Gigaclear a permit to complete the work on this stretch of road before they start, preventing any delays to us bringing fibre to Henham.  

The Parish Council has received the following update about Gigaclear work in Henham:

Gigaclear is working with Superfast Essex to build a full fibre broadband network in certain parts of Essex. As part of this programme, a small number of properties will be enabled by Gigaclear in Henham. To see if your property is included, please check your property's status at . Not in the plans? You can register your demand at

Just like other utilities, building the network involves digging trenches in private land (with permission), highway, the carriageway, verges and paths. We are currently aiming to continue our network building through to June and this will include parts of Chickney Road being closed as part of these works. Our contractors will provide a letter drop to residents who live on the affected road closure informing them of the work which will be undertaken, and updates will also be provided to the Parish Council.

If you have any queries regarding the network build, please contact our Network Build Care team on 01865591137 or e mail

Nick Baker
Chair HPC

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