In 1989 a group of Henbury residents were alarmed by a proposal to extend the Blacksmiths Arms pub to a 32-bed hotel. Supported by a submission signed by 170 residents, they were successful at a Local Enquiry in opposing the proposal, and decided to form The Henbury Society with the following objectives:
(i) To promote high standards of planning and architecture in Henbury
(ii) To educate the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of Henbury
(iii) To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Henbury.
By way of fulfilling these objectives the Society has:
1. Published a book entitled Henbury — History of a Village, three booklets, Henbury Walks, Henbury Today and Memories of a Village School and a CD containing much of the archive material on which the book was based.
2. Played a major part in producing the Henbury Parish Plan that was published in 2011 and bringing to fruition some of the recommendations made in that Plan including the recent establishment of Henbury Online, this attractive and lively new village website which is funded by the Parish Council and operated by the Society. It is dedicated to keep Henbury residents up to date with all that's going in and around our village and it's linked to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HenburyCheshire so please use them and let us know how you like them.
3. Organised annual village clean-ups.
4. In conjunction with the Parish Council, twice been successful in the past in objecting to Local Authority Plans to create a "south west link road" and to build on the Green Belt that separates our Parish from Macclesfield. And throughout 2015 and 2016 we've continued to defend our Green Belt against the Cheshire East Council Local Plan in Consultations and at the Inspector's Examination. However it now seems inevitable that the green belt between Henbury and Macclesfield will be reduced but not completely lost and we are still fighting to preserve the whole of the Cock Wood Site of Biological Interest that lies south of Chelford Road between Broken Cross and our village. After the Local Plan is finalized we shall continue to monitor Planning Applications in line with our Objective (i) mentioned above.
We believe we should keep the Society alive because its declared objectives are as relevant today as they were in 1989. As mentioned above, we have further work to do in fulfilling our objectives and the more members we have the more effective that work will be. So please keep your membership up to date or join the Henbury Society for the ongoing good of our village.