Shenley Parish News – December 2017

Vol 36 No 12 – December 2017

A Christmas Present for You

I love Christmas! I love Santa! I love all the tree decorating, and endless Michael Buble Christmas songs! I love it all!! But the one thing I love the most is the reason for the season: Jesus.

Christians believe all round the world that God became a human 2000 years ago, 2000 miles away! I find this amazing and incredible that Jesus aka ‘God with us’ is ‘with us’ today, in our hearts, churches,
homes and communities.

Below, as gift to you, I have given you all a small early Christmas present! It’s a short list of some of the amazing benefits Jesus gives everyone. I encourage you to cut it out and remind yourself everyday in December of the true wonder of Christmas.

The birth of Jesus shows us that God did not mess up when he made us but, like an awesome parent, he is a father who loves to parade us!

Revd Daniel McCarthy
Vicar of St Martin’s

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Shenley Parish News – November 2017

Vol 36 No 11 – November 2017


Over the years, November has become the month for remembering, with the Christian celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day at the beginning of the month, followed by Guy Fawkes Night on 5th November and then
Remembrance Day. It seems as if, with the putting of the clocks back by one hour at the end of October, we become drawn into looking to the past. As the darkness begins to encroach into the middle of the afternoon, we become
more reflective and our memories are reawakened. We remember past events in our own lives and in those of our nation.

For all of us there will be memories that bring us joy, a smile to our face and even make us laugh out loud; those that make us feel ashamed; and others that bring great sadness. Some of us need healing from or reconciling with
the events of the past. For others, memories have enabled lessons to be learnt and become a catalyst for change.
Jesus, through his teaching and actions, showed people that God is compassionate and knows us, forgives us and loves us despite our cracks and crevices. When memories are painful, you may find it helpful to use the
following prayer from Sri Lanka:

Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Living God,
breathe in us, on all that is inadequate and fragile.
make living water spring even from our hurts themselves
and transform the valley of fears into a place of wellsprings,
in an inner life with neither beginning nor end,
may your continual presence make new freshness break through.

Revd Ali Facey

Shenley Methodist Church

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the WI - Inspiring Women

Shenley Women’s Institute

Shenley WI was formed in 1919. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall, except for August when we go on an outing.  Being a fairly large WI with over 60 members, we are lucky to be able to attract some very good external speakers for our meetings.

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1st Shenley Cubs – Jan 2018 Report

Take twenty-four extremely enthusiastic Cubs, throw in a selection of hammers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and even the odd power tool and its enough to make even the hardiest of leaders come over slightly queasy!

Yes, for some crazy reason we decided to spend the Autumn term tackling the DIY badge, and I’m delighted to announce the pack incredibly managed to achieved this with all fingers and toes intact.

They learnt how to safely operate  a wide range of tools, and really loved getting stuck in hammering, sanding, drilling and sawing. They then took their new found skills and each produced a handmade wooden photo frame to present to their parents for Christmas.

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Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter is somewhat of a misnomer and we have thought of renaming the group Craft and Chatter as the within the group we have knitters, crocheters, quilters, dry felters and ladies who bring their adult colouring books. However, old habits die hard and we have a knitted banner saying Knit and Natter that we used on Apple Day and we do not want to make a new one!

We meet every Monday morning (except for bank holidays) at the Orchard Tea Rooms, in Shenley Park from 10.30am till noon. Alex and his staff make us most welcome and many of us stay on for lunch afterwards. We seem to attract a lot of attention and we have had wool and a marvellous collection of vintage patterns given to us by other customers who have seen us there.

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Shenley Bowls Club – 2018

Normally, the article from the Shenley Bowls Club is all about trying to recruit new members, but this season we have managed to enlist 4 new bowlers.  The club is extremely happy, but we would like to encourage a few younger people to the game.

The picture above was taken at Braughing Bowls Club, last week.  Braughing is famous for sausages and is about 15 miles from Cambridge.  Shenley has entered a county competition which has both a home and away component. There are 4 teams from each club playing against each other. One team is made up of four players, one of three players, one with two and then a single. Our players are wearing canary yellow tea shirts and are shown playing in the triple event.  Unfortunately, we lost 3 games to one, but we hope we will do better at the home return match at the end of the month.

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Yoga Practice with Sharòn

I have been practising yoga for over 20 years & was lucky enough early on, to discover how deeply supportive & enriching it could be & continues to be, in my everyday life, physically, emotionally & spiritually.

I share a gentle & restorative Hatha yoga practice, with physical postures alongside Meditation & Relaxation, a reconnection of mind, body & soul.

Yoga is a process of self-enquiry, a choice to explore how you feel, greater awareness of your Breath & a deeper understanding of Yoga philosophy.

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Elstree District Explorer Scouts usually meet at Well End Scout Activity Centre on Thursday evenings at 8pm during term time.

The explorers are aged 14-18 and take part in a range of activities, both at the Scout Centre and also at other locations.

Activities are diverse, and in the past few months have included: bell boating, cooking, a talk on mental health, camp fire lighting and a night hike.

In the Autumn we attended a District Camp in The Peak District, which included cycling, climbing and walking activities, as well as a trip to Alton Towers.

One of our explorer scouts has been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019.

We currently have spaces and would welcome new members.


On Tuesday 14th November we held the annual Christmas Lights switch on. Community support was brilliant and twice as many attended as last year.

Ben Caplan our charming local celebrity kindly came along to press the magic button to turn on the lights after an enthusiastic countdown.  To our delight it all worked.

A big thank you to Gristwood & Toms who donated a big Christmas Tree and kindly installed it and to the Shenley Fete Committee for donating money to buy the new Christmas lights which Gristwoods installed.

It was a wonderfully festive occasion much appreciated by all present.   The Parish Council laid on a delightful free reception with wine, soft drinks and nibbles for all who came along to watch and Novita kindly donated delicious pizzas and bottles of wine for everyone to enjoy after the switching on ceremony.

It was another well supported enjoyable community gathering.  Quite a tradition now!


Special thanks to Amanda Leboff our lovely Parish Clerk for organising everything so well as always, William Susman for setting up the sound system and ‘plunger’ and being master of ceremonies, Guy Beaton for taking photos and to all helpers who helped organise the refreshments and cleared up afterwards.

Don’t forget to come to

  • Channukah at the Cage on Saturday 16th December 5.30 – 6.30pm
  • Santa at the Cage on Sunday 17th December 5.30 – 6.30pm
  • Santa will be riding round Shenley, starting his journey from the Cage at 11.30am in the morning on Sunday 17th December.

Cllr. Nicky Beaton

On behalf of Shenley Parish Council