CHANUKAH PARTY AT THE CAGE

Wednesday 28th December at the Cage Pond seating area – organised by Shenley Parish Council

The annual lighting of the Chanukah candles was held on the evening of Wednesday 28th December at the Cage Pond seating area.   The area glittered owing to the pretty lights in the bench tree and around the railings all reflecting on the pond beautifully.   Many locals braved the cold to join in the celebrations.  We were delighted to have Hertsmere Borough Council Mayor Cllr. Peter Rutledge and his partner Cllr. Jane West as guests of honour.  The candle lighting service was led by Rabbi Alan Garber in conjunction with the Shenley United Jewish Community.  Music was provided by Jacqueline Curzon playing the accordion to which everyone sang beautifully.   Before the lighting and afterwards those present were offered doughnuts, dreidels, light sticks and chocolate coins courtesy of the Parish Council.

Special thanks go to Bob and Fay Gough for coming early to sort out the electrics and arrange the Christmas lights.  They also helped clear up after the event.   Thanks to Guy Beaton for setting up the sound system and helping to take photos.  Cllr. Anthony Spencer collected the doughnuts earlier in the day and helped hand them out, thank you.   Amanda Leboff’s organisation was superb as always.  Cllr. William Susman was unable to attend but that morning he put up the barriers which protected the flower beds and took them down the next day!    As with any event there is always a lot that goes on behind the scenes!

For those who do not know much about Chanukah, as I didn’t,  it is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights” or “Feast of Dedication”, celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.  The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication” and it is so named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple.  You will also have seen it spelled Hanukkah or variations of that spelling.    In the second century 164 BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observation and belief in G-d.  Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth at that time and drove the Greeks from the land so reclaiming the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d.

When they sought to light the Temple’s Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil had escaped contamination by the Greeks.  Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared.

Chanukah is observed for 8 nights and days starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

Thanks to all helpers and everyone who supported the event.    HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Cllr. Nicky Beaton

 

 

Shenley Parish

Tue 7th February 2017 – Shenley Parish Meeting Minutes

shenley parish council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2017, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

PRESENT: Councillors Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan, Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan, Peter Wayne and William Susman (Chair)

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

 

92/16.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillors Annette Edel, Robert Perlmutter, Anthony Spencer and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

93/16.           Declarations of Interests

PERSONAL – Councillors Gilligan and Susman declared a personal interest in the item concerning Shenley Park Trust.

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

94/15.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 3rd January 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 3rd January 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

 

95/16.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

96/16                        Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The Chairman welcomed Mr Chris Griggs, Mr James Craig and Mr Charlie Buckingham-Smart who would be addressing the meeting concerning a proposed planning application. The chairman also welcomed Mr Vezey and Mr Hunter who also wished to address the meeting on the same matter and finally Dr and Mr Davies who had asked for several points to be discussed at the meeting.

 

Mr Griggs began by presenting the proposed planning application for 6 houses on the current site and explained they have been in discussions with Hertsmere Borough Council Planning department since 2015 regarding the proposed development which has included 2 formal pre-applications.  The proposed development will consist of 2 detached 5 bed houses and 4, 4 bed semis. Mr Griggs confirmed that none of the buildings on the current site are listed.

 

The Chairman invited questions from the floor and Mr Vezey addressed the meeting, saying it was a great shame if Rest Harrow is knocked down as it is felt that the village will lose its village appeal and requested that the Parish Council object to the proposed application.  The Chairman explained that the Parish Council would discuss the application later on in the meeting.

 

The Chairman then took the opportunity to welcome Dr and Mr Davies and asked them to address the meeting concerning several points.  Firstly it was requested that the Christmas Lights are extended further down Porters Park Drive.  The chairman explained the costs involved.  Following a discussion it was agreed to add this matter on to the financial points of the March meeting and request that an increased amount of money is put into the Christmas lights over several years enabling the lights to be extended through Shenley.

 

The condition of the car park at Tesco was discussed; however this is a privately owned carpark.  It was agreed the Parish Council would continue to put pressure on the management company to carry out improvements.

 

Finally the item concerning the roundabout at Black Lion Hill. The Chairman ran through all the signage that is currently positioned around the roundabout.  The chairman then advised that the Parish Council have requested a grant for 2 smiley face speed cameras for Shenley.  One of which would be placed on Black Lion Hill.

 

The Chairman thanked all the residents for attending.

 

The Chairman then welcomed Mr Tai Tsui, Principle Planning officer from Hertsmere Borough Council to the meeting to answer any questions concerning Green Belt and Shenley.  Mr Tsui ran through what it meant for an area to be in the Green belt and also explained why Hertsmere Borough Council were looking to release Green Belt land. Following a discussion the Chairman then thanked Mr Tsui for attending the meeting.

 

97/16.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Local Plan – Hertsmere Call For Sites And Updates Of Housing And Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

The meeting were informed that this would be addressed as part of the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan.

 

  • Christmas Lights – Request to be discussed by resident that the lights should be extended along Porters Park Drive

See point 96/16

 

  • Car Park by Tesco – Request to be discussed by resident that the car park is in poor condition

See point 96/16

 

  • Roundabout at Black Lion Hill/Porters Park Drive – Request to be discussed by resident concerning the safety here.

See point 96/16

 

  • Complaint from resident concerning parent drivers of Manor Lodge School

Following a discussion it was AGREED that the Parish Council would write to Manor Lodge School and ask them to remind parents to be more considerate when driving to access the school.

  • Public Rights of Way

The information as NOTED

 

  • Pursley Field

Nothing to report.

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

The confirmation of which benches need replacing is ongoing.

 

  • Allotments

The date of the next allotment committee meeting is to be changed from 14/02/17 to 02/03/17.

 

  • Shenley Fete

Cllr Beaton informed the meeting that the plans are going well.

 

  • Future Initiative

Nothing to report.

 

  • Media Committee

The minutes of the meeting held on 16/01/17 were NOTED. The meeting were informed that issue 9 of Shenley Village Matters is currently being printed.

 

  • CSP

The minutes of the meeting held on 16/10/16 and the agenda for 15/02/17 were NOTED.

 

  • Police Update

The Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter was NOTED. The meeting discussed the issue concerning anti-social behaviour in Fielders Way and AGREED to chase PCSO Chris Ramdeen.

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

Cllr Susman informed the meeting that the AGM will take place on 13th March 2017.

 

  • Neighbourhood Plan

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that the steering committee will be meeting on 21st Feb 2017.

 

98/16.           Correspondence

  • Receipt of the following correspondence was reported and noted:

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission Electoral Review of Hertsmere

 

99/16.           Planning Applications

The following planning applications were before the meeting. The meeting AGREED that;

  • Subject to Hertsmere Borough Council taking into consideration any comments of neighbouring owners/occupiers, the Parish Council raises no objection to the following proposals.
Application No. Address Proposed Development
17/0049/LBC Nell Gwynn Cottage, Salisbury Hall Drive, London Colney, Hertfordshire Retrospective application for replacement windows and doors (Application Listed Building Consent)
17/0074/FUL Black Lion, London Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire Installation of extract flue for kitchen ventilation.
17/0022/HSE 22 Nell Gwynn Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9JA Conversion of garage into habitable room with associated alterations to the front elevation.
17/0072/HSE Thatched Lodge, Green Street, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9BA Demolition of existing garage & shed & erection of detached timber frame garage block with accommodation over to be used incidental to the main dwelling
*17/0184/HSE 15 Cox Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire WD7 9JQ Part conversion of garage to habitable room.
*17/0198/VOC The Chapel Porters Park Drive Shenley Hertfordshire Variation of condition 2 attached to planning permission reference TP/96/0670

to include use as a place of worship.

 

With regards to;

16/2423/FUL 26 Woodhall Lane, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9AT Demolition of existing house and construction of replacement detached 2 storey 5 bed dwelling with garage to include parking, bin storage and new access

The Council OBJECTED on the grounds of overdevelopment from a 4 bedroom property to a 5 bedroom property.

 

With regards to;

16/2482/FUL Woodhall Farm Office, Woodhall Lane, Shenley, Hertfordshire Change of use from agricultural barn to offices (B1)

The Council OBJECTED on the grounds that is an inappropriate development.

 

With regards to;

16/2414/HSE 3 Black Lion Hill, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9DE Erection of two storey front gable extension; two storey side extension and part single, part two storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory

The Council OBJECTED on the grounds of overdevelopment.

 

With regards to;

17/0047/HSE 61 London Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9BW Conversion of loft to habitable room with roof alterations to include rising of the ridge height, insertion of front and side roof lights and a rear dormer: and alterations and extension to front porch roof from pitch to flat roof with overhang.

The Council OBJECTED as they are concerned that raising the ridge height will alter the character of the street scene adversely.

 

With regards to;

17/0078/FUL 25 London Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9EP Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuildings and erection of 6 dwellings (2 x 5 bed detached dwellings and 2 pairs of 4 bed semis) each to include an integral garage with associated landscaping and access.

Shenley Parish Council would like it NOTED that they would prefer to see the two 5 bed properties as pairs of semi-detached dwellings instead.

 

With regards to;

17/0151/HSE 1 Old Nursery Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9FD Erection of single storey infill extension to rear of existing car port. Resubmission flowing approval on appeal reference app/n1920/d/16/3158578 (16/1258/HSE – refused)

Shenley Parish Council OBJECT to this application on the grounds that this is a new development only recently completed and further development was not appropriate. The Council also NOTED that it was sad that the inspector had not stood by the original decision.

 

(i)Other planning matters were noted, and

(ii)The council instructs the Clerk to advise Hertsmere Borough Council accordingly.

(*Denotes that at this point, the Council moved to discuss planning applications which had been brought to its attention at the meeting. They were proposed and seconded.)

 

100/16.         Financial matters

  • Accounts for payment –January 2017 meeting
  • The following accounts for January 2017 meeting were received:
Payment To Reason Total Amount
Petty Cash Petty Cash 200.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Reimburse for gift for Mr and Mrs Gough 50.00
BT Office phone and broadband – December Bill 84.30
AGA Bioengineering Systems Limited Extensive pond maintenance 2976.00
Waverley Driving Group RDA Donation – Appreciation of driving Santa at the Christmas Event 100.00
St.Martins Church Choir – CANCELLED to be re-written (see chq no:004148) Donation – Appreciation of singing at the Christmas Event 0.00
E.ON Harris Lane Pavilion 158.98
John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Grounds Maintenance 87.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff January Wages 1103.98
HMRC January  Payment 222.29
Bob Gough Grounds Maintenance  x2 cuts 758.00
Fay Gough Cleaning toilet, office 40.00
BT Office phone and broadband – January Bill 80.55
HAPTC – CANCELLED to be sent later in the year Councillor training – Basic Training 0.00
Shenley Primary School Deposit for Hiring hall for launch of Neighbourhood Plan 200.00
E.ON The Cage 9.72
St.Martins Church Choir – (see chq no:004137) Donation – Appreciation of singing at the Christmas Event 100.00
  TOTAL 6170.82

Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-

RESOLVED that the January 2017 meeting accounts totalling £6,170.82 be approved for payment.

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring report be approved
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report be approved
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: There were none
  • Following a proposal and a seconder it was AGREED to purchase a new sign through the Village Sign People as these are one of the few companies who do the particular format required. It was AGREED to spend a maximum of £3,500. Councillor Susman will consult the village on the final format.
  • Following a proposal and a seconder it was AGREED to use Caprin printers for Shenley Village Matters.
  • The purchase of 2 new permanent goal mouths for Rookery Field was discussed. It was AGREED that this would be added to the February agenda
  • The purchase of a permanent basketball hoop for Rookery Field was discussed. It was AGREED that this would be added to the February agenda
  • Following a proposal and a seconder it was AGREED to use the

Great outdoor company for outside gym equipment and spend £14,000 plus VAT on the project (£12,000 of which is coming from the Tesco Bags for Life Scheme).

 

101/16.         The meeting ended at 9.10p.m.                                                       Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 7 February 2017

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk Actioned
Pond lights Hire of lighting designer to plan what is needed Clerk & Cllr Susman ASAP
Benches Harris Lane & Rookery Field – Look at exactly which benches need replacing & add to February agenda Cllr Edel March meeting
Village Sign Confirm with Village Sign people we will be using them and ask for 2 options to be done in colour Clerk ASAP
Rookery Field Costs and grants for 2 new permanent goal mouths and permanent basketball hoop & add to March agenda Cllr Edel March meeting
Outdoor Gym Equipment The Great Outdoor Company-  get start of work date Cllr Susman March meeting
Police Chase PCSO regarding anti-social behaviour Clerk ASAP
Manor Lodge School Contact school regarding inconsiderate driving approaching the school. Clerk ASAP
Christmas Lights Quotes for additional lights Clerk March meeting

 

Shenley Parish

Tue 3rd January 2017 – Shenley Parish Meeting Minutes

shenley parish council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 3 JANUARY 2017, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

PRESENT: Councillors Nicky Beaton, Robert Perlmutter, Anthony Spencer and William Susman (Chair)

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

 

82/16.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillors Annette Edel, Rosemary Gilligan, Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan, Peter Wayne and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

83/16.           Declarations of Interests

PERSONAL – Councillors Spencer and Susman declared a personal interest in the item concerning Shenley Park Trust.

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

84/15.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 6th December 2016

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 6th December 2016 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

 

85/16.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

86/16                        Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The Chairman welcomed Mr Ben Sampson to the meeting.  Mr Sampson enquired as to why the Parish council had objected to his planning application for 122 London Road and asked what the process was with regards to planning applications. Cllr Susman gave an overview of the process and informed Mr Sampson that his planning application had been discussed at the December Parish council meeting. The Chairman thanked Mr Sampson for attending.

 

87/16.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Public Rights of Way

The information was NOTED. The meeting then went on to discuss the fly tipping that has occurred at The Spinney as this has been investigated by both Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council and both have confirmed the land is privately owned. The clerk will contact environmental health to chase.

 

  • Pursley Field

Nothing to report.

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

Following a discussion it was AGREED that Councillor Edel and the Clerk would look at the benches in Harris Lane and Rookery Field and see which ones need replacing. To discuss at the February meeting.

 

  • Allotments

The date of the next allotment committee meeting is 14/02/17.

 

  • Shenley Fete

Cllr Beaton informed the meeting that the stall holder emails are currently being sent out. The date of the fete is Sunday 18th June 2017.

 

  • Future Initiative

The meeting discusses locations for the cultural trip and agreed on 1 of the following – Bletchley Park, Highclare House or Highgrove in April 2017.  It was agreed that the Clerk would look into these.  It was also AGREED that the summer trip would be to Brighton.

 

  • Media Committee

Cllr Beaton informed the meeting that Matt Finn is joining the committee which is great news. The current Facebook page was discussed and it was AGREED that it will be looked into becoming more formal. It was also agreed that more professional photos of the Councillors were needed and Cllr Susman will contact a potential photographer.  The meeting went on to discuss Shenley Village Matters and following a lengthy discussion it was AGREED that the current format should remain the same.  It was also AGREED that 12 adverts would be added to the publication bringing in a potential £1800. It was also AGREED that a new printers need to confirmed.

 

  • CSP

Nothing to report

 

  • Police Update

The Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter was NOTED.

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

Cllr Susman informed the meeting that 2 new Trustees have been appointed to the trust. The issue concerning overage was discussed and the meeting were informed that the trust have sent a draft report to Hertsmere Borough Council for comment.

 

  • Neighbourhood Plan

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that the steering committee will be meeting on Wednesday 11th January at 6.30pm in the Methodist Church.

 

  • Village Sign

The Clerk informed the meeting that she was still waiting for the quote.  Cllr Susman took the opportunity to inform the meeting the boardwalk has been cordoned off due to the boards’ rapid deterioration. He has a meeting with AGA on Thursday 5th January to discuss the matter.

 

88/16.           Correspondence

  • Receipt of the following correspondence was reported and noted:
Hertfordshire County Council – News Release “We were just rowing and we were not discussing things”
Open Spaces Society “Save our Spaces”
Hertfordshire County Council Transport Data Report

 

89/16.           Planning Applications

The following planning applications were before the meeting. The meeting AGREED that;

  • Subject to Hertsmere Borough Council taking into consideration any comments of neighbouring owners/occupiers, the Parish Council raises no objection to the following proposals.
Application No. Address Proposed Development
*16/2422/FUL Land At Rear Of Summerhill And Northfields, King Edward Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire Construction of a detached, 2 storey 3 bed house with parking, amenity space and bike store.
*16/2416/HSE The Barn, Kitwells Farm, Green Street, Shenley Single storey side extension.

 

With regards to;

16/2338/HSE 8 Anderson Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9EQ New front porch, two storey side extension and single storey rear extension

The Council OBJECTED on the grounds of overdevelopment.

(i)Other planning matters were noted, and

(ii)The council instructs the Clerk to advise Hertsmere Borough Council accordingly.

(*Denotes that at this point, the Council moved to discuss planning applications which had been brought to its attention at the meeting. They were proposed and seconded.)

 

90/16.           Financial matters

  • Accounts for payment –January 2017 meeting
  • The following accounts for January 2017 meeting were received:
Payment To Reason Total Amount
Petty Cash Petty Cash 200.00
Hertfordshire County Council Stationary 23.54
M.PAVLICKOVA Gardener 180.00
Banner Group Printer cartridges 122.61
Sir Richard Cox Charity Grant for the 2016 distribution list 440.00
Herts CCTV Partnership ltd spur on Cage Pond Road and annual SIM 2016/17 1152.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff December Wages 1053.14
HMRC December  Payment 222.29
Petty Cash Petty Cash 200.00
E.ON The Cage 7.78
John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Grounds Maintenance 87.00
Bob Gough Grounds Maintenance  x2 cuts 758.00
Fay Gough Cleaning toilet, office 32.00
  TOTAL 4478.36

Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-

RESOLVED that the January 2017 meeting accounts totalling £4,478.36 be approved for payment.

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring report be approved
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report be approved
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –
  • St Martin’s Church choir £100 donation as way of a thank you for performing at the Christmas event at the Cage. Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve the request.
  • The Waverley Driving Group £100 donation as way of a thank you for taking Santa around Shenley. Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve the request.
  • The purchase of 2 new permanent goal mouths for Rookery Field was discussed. It was AGREED that this would be added to the February agenda
  • The purchase of a permanent basketball hoop for Rookery Field was discussed. It was AGREED that this would be added to the February agenda
  • The final quote from the great outdoor company for outside gym equipment is still waiting to be received.

 

91/16.           The meeting ended at 9.10p.m.                                                       Chairman

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 3 JANUARY 2017

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk ASAP
Pond lights Hire of lighting designer to plan what is needed Clerk & Cllr Susman ASAP
Benches Harris Lane & Rookery Field – Look at exactly which benches need replacing & add to February agenda Cllr Edel February meeting
Village Sign Quotes needed & add to February agenda Clerk February meeting
Rookery Field Costs and grants for 2 new permanent goal mouths and permanent basketball hoop & add to January agenda Cllr Edel February meeting
Outdoor Gym Equipment The Great Outdoor Company-  get definitive quote Cllr Susman February meeting
SVM Quotes from printers Clerk ASAP
Cultural trip Finalise destination and date Clerk ASAP

 

SANTA DAY IN SHENLEY!

A SANTA DAY IN SHENLEY!

SUNDAY 18TH DECEMBER

Organised by Shenley Parish Council

 Santa riding round the Village

A Santa Day in Shenley!  The day kicked off at around 11am on Sunday morning with Santa (Steve Bury) arriving at the Pond followed by Rudolf (Guy Beaton), who met children waiting to see them off on their ride round the Village. The newly revamped Santa’s carriage arrived driven by Chief Elf, Maureen Keegan with her assistant Elf Peter Buttle and Mrs Santa (Susan), and pulled by the lovely Dolly who was on her best behaviour throughout the morning.

At 11.30am cheered by a crowd of children and parents the Christmas party set off down London Road towards the Post Office. Going down as many roads as possible they then made their way back down London Road and onto Porter’s Park Drive where they again visited as many side roads as possible.  Everyone gave Santa and his team a great welcome. Dolly is getting very experienced pulling Father Christmas’ carriage so this year Santa had a smoother ride. Drivers were also very considerate when passing and gave us lots of waves!    Rudolf’s journey was more precarious as he had to stand up and wave through the sunroof of the Christmas car.  The big moose head meant Guy had to leave the photography to Nicky this year, hopefully it is ok!   The ride ended at Orchard Tea Rooms with Santa distributing sweets to children then Dolly went off home to have some well earned carrots.

 

Christmas at the Cage

5.30 – 6.30pm

Sunday evening at 5.30pm was another opportunity for the children (and adults) of Shenley to meet Father Christmas - this time inside the Cage. Santa (William Susman) chatted with the children and parents and assisted by Rudolf (still Guy!) gave the children presents. His evening Elf assistant (new Councillor Helen Hussain) chatted with the children and parents as they waited to see Santa and collected money for the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance – Thank you to all who made donations.

No Christmas event would be complete without Christmas Carols and St. Martin’s Church Choir kindly came along this year to sing for us, which brought a very Christmassy atmosphere to the gathering.

At a table next to the Pond railing children could busy themselves writing letters to Santa, or make Christmas cards and Christmas labels using tons of glitter!   I am sure lots ended up on their clothes and maybe on the pond ducks later.

Mince pies and sweets were freely available and parents enjoyed the mulled wine as much as ever, as did the helpers! Thanks to Anthony Spencer, Alex and Amanda for serving it.

Surrounding the pond were attractive coloured Christmas lights adding to the festive atmosphere. They reflected beautifully on the pond.

What a wonderful day!

 

 

 

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Maureen Keegan and Peter Buttle and their Waverley Driving Group Charity (Riding for the Disabled) for providing the horse and carriage and for dressing up so superbly as Elves and also Steve Bury who made a very authentic Santa.  Also thanks to Roy Monk for repainting Santa’s carriage panels.  The carriage with its new panels and other decorations looked brilliant.

Big thanks too to Bob & Faye Gough for getting the Cage ready and decorating the area. They also helped clear up after the event. They are always so generous with their time, coming from Borehamwood to help at most of our events.

Special thanks go to St. Martin’s Church choir for singing for us again this year- much appreciated.

Alex Black who runs the Orchard Tea rooms kindly provided the mulled wine to help along the festive spirit – thank you very much. Another lovely person who supports many Shenley events.

The day was a big success thanks to all our helpers and I think you will agree it helps to foster a warm village atmosphere and that’s what makes Shenley Village so special.  The more people do to help the better the Village gets.

Finally a huge thank you to Amanda Leboff, our Parish Clerk, who did a great job organising the day.  She is an absolute treasure.

Best wishes from Shenley Parish Council

Cllr Nicky Beaton.