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Henham in Essex named in the Sunday Times' list of The 50 Best Villages in the UK



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Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of The 50 Best Villages in the UK.

The first that parish council chairman Cllr Nick Baker knew of the accolade was when he opened the newspaper and saw the village he has resided over as chairman for 13 years was the only one in Essex to be named and one of only six in the East of England.

He said he was delighted that Henham had been recognised for its community spirit and picturesque greens, shop and post office, pub, school, church and allotments, and the pride with which residents kept their homes looking tidy.

Henham Parish Council chairman Cllr Nick Baker. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51463156)
Henham Parish Council chairman Cllr Nick Baker. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51463156)

The legend of a 17th-century flying dragon captured the imagination of the Sunday Times writer: "All bright white fences, neatly clipped hedges and shaggy Labradors. Henham is the very picture of comfortable country living. Lush and green, it's certainly more des as a res than it was in the 17th century, when it was supposedly terrorised by a flying serpent.

"These days the only airborne nuisance is occasional aircraft noise from nearby Stansted."

Henham's good transport links and close proximity to London and Cambridge were also noted.

Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51463297)
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51463297)

Said Cllr Baker: "There's a real energy and enthusiasm to make the village as beautiful as we can, and when you look at what's going on and all the community groups, you realise what a nice place it is."

Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51463455)
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51463455)
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince
Henham has been named in the Sunday Times' list of the 50 best villages in the UK. Pic: Vikki Lince


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