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


On Sunday 12th November at 10.45 a large number of Villagers gathered at the War Memorial near the Cage Pond to take part in the annual remembrance ceremony to honour all those brave men and women who gave their lives for us in World War 1 and 2 and in other conflicts round the world since then.

Hertsmere Borough Councillors Peter Rutledge and his partner Jane West were in attendance representing the Mayor of Hertsmere.

They walked down London Road from St Martin’s Church with Rev. Daniel McCarthy and many other villagers.  Daniel lead the Ceremony with Rabbi Alan Garber and representatives from the Methodist Church.

There was also representation by the Emergency Services and many other local organisations including our local schools and scouting groups.

After the ceremony many went back to the Village Hall to enjoy refreshments provided by the Parish Council and served by the WI.  It was so interesting to be able to look at the display of Shenley Archive material, photos and books organised by Liz Trott.

Many thanks to all those who took part, to the WI, to Liz Trott, Amanda Leboff and all other helpers.