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Fete 2014

night owl

'Night Owl' - the Henham moon was at its perigee (closest point to Earth, 19th March 2011 - about 356,577 kilometers). It was a 'Supermoon' (properly called 'perigee-syzygy' or 'perigee moon'), a new or full moon occurring when it was at or near (within 90%) of its closest approach to Earth. The Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line with the Moon at its closest to us. It seemed to grow by up to 14% larger and appear 30% brighter than at its most distant point from Earth. We are very grateful to our neighbour Dave Cutts for his permission to reproduce this stunning image. Click on it to enlarge.

The parish of Henham, comprising Henham, Little Henham and Pledgdon, is in the north-west part of Essex about seven miles south of the historical town of Saffron Walden and just minutes from Stansted Airport. We can trace our origins back to at least Roman times.

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 probably about 1250 in total, (902 on the electoral roll) and this compares with 809 persons in total according to the 1881 census. We are currently threatened by 'Dumpton' - up to 3,000 new homes on land to the north-east of Elsenham, bordering upon Henham.

Nina & Ray the current administrators