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Preview of the April Dragon

Firstly I must say a Happy Easter from all the Dragon committee; hopefully we have seen the last of the snow and the sunny, Spring weather will continue, 

This months Dragon sees some serious issues discussed. Our never-ending planning issues continue with the latest incarnation by Persimmon Homes being rejected by the planning committee due to concerns of safety of our school children. However you might want to consider writing a letter about the application by Stansted Airport to increase its passenger numbers to 43 million, which is a substantial increase. If you wish to comment quote the reference UTT/18/0460/FUL and send to You will need to supply your name and address and comments have to be received by 30th April (deadline extended).

Another issue that is bothering Henham residents is dog poo! It is not only socially unacceptable to leave dog mess on the ground but can cause diseases that lead to blindness; it is also an offence! 

I am particularly pleased to report a lovely story in this month’s editorial. Just before Christmas a neighbour of mine, Dave George, had a bench stolen from his garden in the Row. The bench was thirty-six years old and was of great sentimental value to Dave who often sat in the garden on the bench with his late wife. Nicky Blatch wrote of the theft on Facebook and so began a campaign to get Dave a replacement. Many Henham villagers pledged money to the cause and soon there was enough to buy Dave the lovely bench that is now in his garden. This really illustrates what a lovely place we live in.

The Dragon magazine AGM will take place at OSCA on Tuesday, 10th April at 7.30pm; everyone is welcome to attend. The Annual Parish Meeting (5th April, 7pm in OSCA) is your opportunity to hear from the Parish Council what is happening in your village, to question Parish Councillors and make suggestions how we can improve our village. Please do go if you can.

Wendy Hogg
(Ros Heywood is the editor for May; please send your articles to by April 12th)

Village Calendar 2018 - Help us to avoid event clashes by letting us know of future events, and encouraging folks to put important dates in their diary.

Tuesday 3rd Garden Society Meeting Memorial Hall 2pm
Thursday 5th Annual Parish Meeting OSCA 7pm & Parish Council Meeting OSCA 7.30pm
Tuesday 10th Dragon Magazine AGM OSCA 7.30pm
Saturday 21st Afternoon Teas Church Hall 2 - 4pm
Saturday 21st Wine Tasting Evening OSCA 7.30pm
Sunday 22nd Tennis Club Finals

Thursday 3rd Annual Parish Council Meeting 7:30pm
Sunday 6th Royal Fayre (Henham Village Fete)
Sunday 13th Tennis Club Open Day

Saturday 16th Afternoon Tea
Friday 22nd Barn Dance for PhysioNet
Sunday 24th Henham 3k and 10k

Sunday 9th Village Garage Sale

Hall Bookings
Church Hall Isobel Brooks 850354
OSCA Jill Smales 850541
Village Hall Pauline Foster 850610
HUSCH Jane Smith 850016