Thank you to Sue Henderson and Pam Bartlett

The Parish Council was delighted to present Sue Henderson and Pam Bartlett with a small token of appreciation for their efforts in helping organise a wonderful Jubilee weekend. Each was given a David Austin shrub rose named ‘Elizabeth’, which hopefully will serve as a happy reminder of this ‘once in a lifetime’ event.

So many villagers freely contributed to make the celebrations such a great success (and we acknowledge and thank them all),  but every project needs a leader and it was Sue and Pam’s vision and enthusiasm that transformed a simple idea into a wonderful memory for us to all to treasure.

Photo of Sue Henderson and Phillip Cooke Photo of Pam Bartlett and Marcus Whewell

Hemlocs Display of local celebrations – St Margaret’ Church

Hemlocs Display of local celebrations – St Margaret’ Church

If you did not get the opportunity to see this display, or did not have enough time to see all the detail, then, by popular demand it will remain in the church for a few more days yet. It is a truly absorbing and informative exhibition and may evoke recollections, reminiscences or even recognition of yourself or your family in the text or photos. Not to be missed. Thanks to the Hemlocs group for putting this together.

Platinum Jubilee – the last word from the Jubilators

A message on behalf of the Jubilators – the aptly named group who staged the Joint Villages’ Jubilee celebrations.

We hope you enjoyed the festivities and that there was something for everyone to appreciate, remember, and enjoy through this village tribute to Her Majesty.

As the bunting sags, the flags flap tiredly, the balloons deflate and the church flowers fade, we draw to a close our celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  However a lasting legacy remains. In tangible, visible forms we can extend our memories and offer a lasting  tribute through:

– the commemorative bench for all to enjoy  – final position is yet to be decided.

– the tree planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – a Malus (crab apple) variety “John Downie” with pale pink to white flowers and then red and orange fruits. The tree is planted on Royal Oak Lane.

– a time capsule whose contents are currently being gathered by Hemlocs who have very generously sponsored the whole project. This will be buried within the boundary of the village hall and marked with a special ceremony (details to  be announced).

– the planters with red white and blue flowers  which will continue to bloom throughout the summer.

– the areas of wild flowers in every corner of the village which will delight, inspire and lift spirits through this year and hopefully in years to come.

The memories and the legacies go beyond the physical as we reflect on:

– a generation of children who will remember what they were doing at The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

– the community spirit which emerged as preparations gathered momentum and was clearly displayed through the four-day celebration.

–  friendships formed or renewed and families having fun together together.

The events of those four days and the months leading up to it embraced all that it is great and special about living in this village.

From the Jubilators Group, thanks to everyone who supported us in bigs ways, small ways, unseen ways and for coming out in your hundreds to be part of Hemingford Abbots’ small contribution in support of the national effort to congratulate the Queen on 70 glorious, unbelievable, years of service.

So, with happy memories, we take our final bow and disappear for a marmalade sandwich.

Happy and Glorious…. .the ‘Jubilators’.



 Residents of Hemingford Abbots know that they live in a beautiful village. They also recognise the diligence and selfless management of its custodians, the Parish Council (PC), led by people who really care and who commit significant time and effort over many years to that cause.

Two of those leaders, Bridget Flanagan and John Peters, are stepping down after the May elections, having given more than twenty years’ service to the Parish Council.

Bridget and John have both chaired HAPC, as well as serving in a number of other capacities, which they have discharged enthusiastically, loyally and with complete dedication. A profound debt of gratitude is owed to them both, so we want to say ‘Thank You’ on behalf of parishioners past and present – even though we appreciate that these words will never be enough to adequately repay your contributions.

Marcus Whewell


Looking for a volunteer to help with our village trees

Do you have a passion for the trees in our conservation area? The Parish Council would love to hear from you, if you were able to give a small amount of your time to be a voluntary Tree Warden.
Please click on the links below for more information and contact the Parish Clerk at if you would be willing to help: