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Reporting on Events In and Around
Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

7th August 2019


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St Nicholas Beaudesert

St Nicks

Rector's Letter - August 2019

John Ganjavi writes:

photoThe school holidays are upon us.

As is customary the weather, on the first day of the holidays, was overcast. But temperatures soon started climbing and the news is of records being broken for the hottest day and night in our country. Recently I have conducted weddings here and elsewhere on days that should have guaranteed good weather. But instead cloudy skies and the occasional drizzle marked the occasions. The weather does not always bow to our wishes, and despite humorous suggestions none of us can control it. It is a strange combination of thoughts that on the one hand nature is governed by absolute laws whilst it can still be unpredictable.

There are many people who can be moody and unpredictable although at the same time they come good in the end and always deliver. Maybe that is how we see our new Prime Minister! But how about you and me? What are we like? In my job I am often asked to explain what God is like.

The typical Victorian image of God was of a deity unmoved by the turmoils in human life. Pictures were painted of Jesus with an expressionless face, looking up to heaven rather than down to earth. In contrast, the Bible paints a very different picture. In the Old Testament we come across a God who engages with people, arguing with them, caring for them, and occasionally persuaded to change his plans by them. In the New Testament the shortest verse is two words: Jesus wept. Here we have the Son of God deeply moved by events. So, did the Victorians get it all wrong? I guess the point they were making was that God’s true character remains the same at all times and in all circumstances. So, here is our God: passionate and caring, open to being moved by events, and yet always true to his core character – Love. God is surprisingly approachable and utterly dependable whatever the weather.

John Ganjavi  

Henley’s Big Day Out at Weston Super Mare


On Wednesday 31st July Henley must have seemed a little emptier than usual.  93 residents and friends climbed aboard two Johnsons coaches and headed out to spend the day in Weston-super-Mare.  The aim of the adventure was to provide opportunities for a really economical day out to the seaside for all generations.  This was possible because of the generous sponsorship by Johnsons Coaches and MPA plus several donations from local residents who all supported the idea of targeting families who were not able to have a holiday this year.  Most important for the Hub at Henley Community Centre management team was to provide a platform for bringing the generations together and by any measure, this was done.


Everyone agreed the day was a huge success, of course the good weather helped! Among the passengers were representatives of our two youth clubs, the Thursday Club and Hub-a-bubbas.


The Thursday Club, the Hub’s group that caters for the older person, met up at the end of the pier for a lovely lunch then in small groups enjoyed the open top bus tour, the big wheel, the pony and cart trips on the beach, the sand sculpture exhibition and sunning themselves on the promenade.

Young People enjoyed riding their scooters along the promenade as well as visits to the amusement arcades, chips, candy floss and ice cream and several of the children and families from our Hub-a-bubbas group made the most of picnics and play time at the beach as well as exploring the pier and the fair rides. Other families and friends took advantage of the transport to spend the day pottering around town and on the beach, no doubt there is plenty of Weston sand in Henley now!


A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event through funding, attending, organising and by joining in the great atmosphere generated by the trip.  The children were wonderfully behaved, the parents were shattered and the seniors even stayed awake.   Everyone agreed that this is an event that should be repeated.

To find out more about what goes on at the Hub contact Rachel

01564 794042   thehubathenley@gmail.com

or Peter  07974573582 peter.crathorne@gmail.com


The Transport Planning team is consulting on its revised draft Passenger Rail Strategy 2019-2034. The consultation opened on 27thJuly and will run until 20thSeptember 2019.
Why has the Rail Strategy been reviewed?
The previous Rail Strategy, as contained within Warwickshire’s Third Local Transport Plan, is out of date. The County Council has taken the decision to produce a new Rail Strategy to maximise opportunities to enhance rail provision in Warwickshire. This is a non-statutory policy document supporting the existing Local Transport Plan; it is intended it will form part of the Fourth Local Transport Plan in due course when that is prepared.
Who is being consulted?
Anyone who is interested in local transport and the local rail offer can comment on the draft strategy. Responses are invited from a range of partners, stakeholders and people who live or work in Warwickshire. We particularly encourage responses from our elected members.
How to respond and briefing
The draft strategy and online questionnaire can be accessed by visiting https://ask.warwickshire.gov.uk/communities/draft-warwickshire-rail-strategy-2019-2034/ 

If you have any questions in the meantime please get in touch.

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068

The New and Improved X20 Bus Service


Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel of Henley-in-Arden is delighted to announce that its current 20 bus service will soon be changing back to the X20 with some new and improved alterations.

The firm’s bus operation began in 2000 and now the company operates many key routes in the Midlands including buses to Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry and Redditch. Changes are being made to the 20 service which should secure the future of the service and most importantly provide enhancements to the many loyal members of the public who frequently use it.

The changes made to the service will be as follows:

The Service 20 will be renumbered back to X20 and will operate between Stratford upon Avon & Solihull, continuing on an hourly basis and operating as on the current route as far as Morrisons in Shirley, where it will turn right via Solihull Road, Sharmans Cross Road and Streetsbrook Road to Solihull Interchange.

The Service 82 will also be renumbered as the X20 and will operate on its current route via Solihull Touchwood shopping centre to Coventry, providing a through service between Stratford upon Avon and Coventry, again on an hourly basis.

This new X20 Solihull to Coventry service will have some timing alterations in the afternoon peak times to provide one additional journey in each direction, providing later links between Solihull and Coventry than are currently available.

Home to School travel services that are provided within the service will be unaffected, and will still operate as normal. Johnsons can also confirm that seniors will still continue to receive free bus travel.

Johnsons company motto is ‘Travel with Johnsons… Travel with Friends’ and this culture has successfully been maintained within everything they do, and they hope that this news will bring happiness to users of the service.

John Johnson, Commercial Director, comments ‘We are ever grateful for the public's support and we hope that the loyal patronage from the villages and surrounding areas of Bearley, Wootton Wawen, Henley-in-Arden and Hockley Heath will increase due to the attraction of an hourly service through Solihull to Coventry. We are always looking for ways to improve so we welcome passenger suggestions and feedback for how we can make our services even better.’

Provisional timetables are available to view online now and paper copies will be available near September. If you have any questions or queries, please contact the bus team at Johnsons Excelbus on 01564 797040 or email businfo@johnsonscoaches.co.uk .

Keeping our streets safe with CCTV

PhotoStratford-on-Avon District’s CCTV scheme has again received national accreditation for its excellent CCTV system.
The District Council’s CCTV system has received the British Standard Accreditation BS7958 which recognises good management and practice of CCTV and also the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code following a recent audit.
Cllr Sarah Whalley-Hoggins Community Portfolio Holder says: “These awards demonstrate the high calibre team that is in place overseeing CCTV and the high priority that is the security and safety of residents and visitors to the District. Safety and Security is of paramount importance to Stratford District Council and its residents. Our investment in both obtaining and maintaining the highest quality system and training for operators will always be one of our top priorities and I thank all those who work tirelessly in our control centre and behind the scenes that help to keep our streets a safer and more secure place to work, live and enjoy.”
Accreditation under British Standard 7958 follows a comprehensive assessment based on 120 separate criteria.  The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice sets out 12 guiding principles which strike a balance between protecting the public and upholding civil liberties.
The District’s CCTV is operated in partnership with local towns and parishes. There are 87 cameras, installed at strategically positioned locations in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour, Alcester, Southam, Bidford-on-Avon, Henley-in-Arden, Wellesbourne and Studley recording real time footage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which is monitored from the central control room in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The District Council is investing £796,000 over the next 15 months on upgrading the Council’s CCTV scheme and infrastructure

Henley in Arden Charities

The Johnson Houses

The Trustees are looking to appoint a Clerk/Treasurer for the above, to be responsible for taking over  the main responsibilities and dealing with the Charity Commission with regards to investments.

If you feel you could offer your services please apply in first instance to,  The Chairperson of the Trustees.  Mr Gordon Trinder, 30 Berkeswell close. Church Hill North. Redditch.  B98 8SF.

A small  renumeration will be paid.



News from the Community First Responders
Supported by the people of Henley to Support the people of Henley

Many of you will know that our team are all volunteers with funding to keep us running coming from the people of Henley.  What you may not know is that the CFRs also play a large part in providing and maintaining the Public Access Defibrillators around the area which has cost implications that also need to be met.

Everyone in the town and surrounding area benefits in some way from the work that the CFRs do and one way of helping to support us, support you, is to buy a 100 Club number which provides us with regular, invaluable financial assistance.

Just £1 per month is all it takes to make a difference - and you could also get lucky and win yourself one of our 25 annual prizes,  just like the winners of the July draw who were:

No 9 M Tuckley - £30
No 105  K Lodder - £15

The numbers were drawn by Andy Gilroy Manager at Costa Coffee.

Many thanks to all our members who contribute by participating in our 100 Club and please do get in touch if you would like to join.

www.henleycfr.org.uk or 07714187423.




Arts4All Week 2020 Monday 20th April till Sunday 26th April - Henley Guild Hall


Turn back the clock!


A new fitness class designed specifically for the over-60s is starting in Henley-in-Arden as part of a campaign to help people to stay young by improving strength, balance and overall health as we age. The first class is at 11.15am on Monday 9th September at The Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane.

Lesley Natrins is on a mission to keep the over 60s moving by encouraging them to go along to an exercise class with a difference designed by Move it or Lose founder Julie Robinson who was seen on BBC's “How to Stay Young”. This class is known as FABS, which stands for Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength.

The FABS programme combines exercises that have been scientifically proven by the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham to turn back the clock. Lesley explains how her Move it or Lose it class can help older people feel fabulous about life:

“I’m thrilled to be part of the FABS family. I want to make a real difference to the community and to get this age group feeling great about themselves again. There’s so many classes and clubs aimed at the under fifties and very little for baby boomers who still want to feel great but don't like going to the gym to keep fit. It’s a fantastic way to get together with other people in the area, keep fit and have fun whilst doing it!

“The exercises we do in the classes are easy to follow and fun. This isn’t about people dressing in lycra ready to hit the gym or do a high intensity session, FABS is for people who want to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

“We ensure there's a warm welcome for everyone who attends and the first session is free.” See advert for details of classes

For more details or to book a class, please contact Lesley on 07801 265599 or email Lesley.natrins@moveitorloseit.co.uk

Toddle at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park!


The Shakespeare Hospice Sponsored Toddle at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park will be a stunning day out for all the family. Held on Tuesday 24th September, the route is 700m and all children are welcome, whether they are in a pushchair, wheelchair, crawling, waddling or walking!

Children can explore the route through the beautiful park, looking for wildlife hidden along the way. Spot the wildlife and children will receive a certificate and goodie bag for finishing.

Registration is FREE for children participating with an agreed minimum sponsorship of £20 and adult entry is £5 each.

After taking part in the Toddle, explore the adventure playground, have a wander through the six stunning family-friendly collections, discover wildlife at the pond dipping platform and bird hide and loads more! Not to mention, a lovely cafe for refreshments - or why not bring a picnic and choose a spot in the 120 acres of Compton Verney?

The Toddle registration allows you entry into Compton Verney and you will have the luxury of being able to spend the day exploring!

Join The Shakespeare Hospice sponsored Toddle at Compton Verney by visiting: www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/event, email fundraising@theshakespearehospice.org.uk or call 01789 266852.

Funds raised from registration fee and sponsorship will play an important part in helping The Shakespeare Hospice provide caring and compassionate support to adults and young people living with a life limiting illness in South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds, and those who matter to them.

"Community Together"


Following the vandalism on the High Street last night with all the flowers tossed around, I think it's brilliant how the members of Henley are coming together with their CCTV footage to share and build a case for the police.

I believe it is timely that this community takes the power back as it is a far more effective tool to deter future incidents that a Bobby on the Beat.

I have put this picture up as a reminder of another side of our community: coming together with a shared cause.

From pre-schools, schools, "Jollytots" to "Henley Rocks", clubs, individuals, friends, families and groups like the "Thursday Club at the Henley Hub", members are dusting off their creative ideas and working towards dressing their chosen tree (or bollard) along the a High Street - just to stay up for the 12 days of Christmas.

The sense of excitement and anticipation people feel as the time draws near when the have to choose a tree, measure it up ( because they are, like us all, endowed with bumpy bits which need to be accounted for in any costume). And plot and plan the design.

On the morning of the day when the lights Switch On, we "bomb" the trees and people come and drive through town from miles around to join in the fun.

It is "Community Art/People's Art" if you like - and it is the heart behind the Art that makes the whole thing tick!

So if you want to join in the fun start eyeing up the trees!

I would be especially grateful if you would like to help me organise it this year - please let me know.

Annie Davies reporting

Ready, Steady, Sing

Ever listened to the singing at The Last Night of the Proms or a choir performance and thought, “I’d like to see what it would be like to sing at an event”?

On Saturday 7th September ’19 from 2.00pm READY, STEADY, SING! will take place in Alcester and you can find out what it is like to sing at a public performance. Absolutely no singing experience is necessary.

The Singing Workshop will start at 2.00pm. The participants  will be allocated to one of three voice sections, Soprano, Alto, and Tenor/Basses. With skilled teachers you will learn the part which your voice section will sing. You will be learning a selection of traditional, stage musical, and well-known classical pieces.

The Workshop will end with the three voice sections coming together in a full rehearsal of the pieces.

At 6.30pm you and the other Workshop participants will perform the pieces in Concert in St Nicholas Church, Alcester. The audience will attend the concert for free. All your friends and relatives can attend to admire your performance.

The event will be under the overall direction of Dr Helen Smith, musical director/conductor of The Alcester Singers. Members of Alcester Singers will be involved in the singing.

The fee for the Workshop is £5. All materials are included. So, why not join in and experience the fun of singing?

Email: events@alcestersingers.co.uk



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Henley in Arden Bowls Club's Open Afternoon


imageHenley in Arden Bowls Club's next Open Afternoon will be on Saturday 17th. August, at its Bowls Green adjacent to the Tennis Club, at Henley Sportsground, Stratford Road, Henley in Arden, B95 6AP. The gate will open at 1.45 pm. for a 2.00pm. start and continue until 6.00pm.

All are welcome to try or watch the nice, enjoyable sport of bowls.

All that you need to bring is flat soled shoes; the Club will provide everything else, including free tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits, etc. Anyone from 8 to 100 years old can try, so why not bring the family?

Henley in Arden Bowls Club Internal Championships are nearing the Finals Stage. The Singles Championship will be between James Heesom and Norman Stephens. Jon Butler & Tom Hart will play Charlie Heesom & Norman Stephens in the Pairs Championship.

The Handicap Pairs will see James Heesom & John Langford play Sandie Butler & Norman Stephens.

The Semifinals of the Handicap Singles will be played on Thursday evening, 8th. August, starting at 6.30pm. Aubrey Dipple will play James Heesom, while Charlie Heesom will play Norman Stephens. Entrance for spectators and fans will be free!

For more details please contact Norman Stephens on 01926 512166, or Email n.stephens@btinternet.com

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John Garner's Business Column

Electric Vehicles part 2 – hybrid transportJohn Garner

In our last edition I briefly discussed the future of electric vehicles.  I concluded that it would be a long time before battery power would totally eclipse diesel, if it ever does, and in any case new technologies are always appearing.

I mentioned how electric is currently not economic for big road transport (trucks) as battery capacity is inadequate.  The same applies to the world’s most prolific user of diesel – shipping.  For example, a medium size cruise ship (90,000 tons) can carry 3,000 tons of diesel fuel and consumes 12 tons per hour.  So at its cruising speed (let’s say 20 knots) it can travel 5,000 nautical miles on a tankful.  

Batteries to provide that sort of range are not viable, nor would the charging time be, nowadays ships spend a very short time in port.  It should however be pointed out that many modern ships are electrically powered, the electricity being  provided by on board diesel generators, so they are hybrids.  This avoids the need for long and heavy propeller shafts, facilitates the use of bow thrusters and azimuth propellers which aid manoeuvrability and can avoid the need for tugs.  Various combinations of multiple engines can be used as needed, all leading to greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions.  

That brings us to hybrid road vehicles which would seem to be the most likely short term motoring solution.  Most manufacturers now produce hybrid cars: they have lower emissions and do not rely on the national grid to produce electricity.  Some have a significant range on electric power only which makes them suitable for urban environments but with the capability of long distance travel so there’s no range anxiety.  The same goes for hybrid buses although battery powered buses are used in some cities; their batteries can be recharged overnight when the buses are not in use.

It seems to me that the concept of an on-board powerplant with near-zero emissions is the way to go which brings us back to hydrogen as a power source.  Or should it be nuclear?  Currently all nuclear powered ships are military although there are several Russian nuclear powered ice breakers and one Russian cargo ship, the Sevmorput, which is used in the Arctic for military purposes.  

At the moment the up-front cost of nuclear powered cargo ships is prohibitively high for commercial use and the safety risks are deemed too great.  So are the risks of terrorism: imagine the Iranians hijacking a nuclear cargo ship so they can get their hands on the reactor!  Let’s not go there.

One thing is certain: technology will continue to improve rapidly and I’ll bet that if we revisit this subject in a year’s time this article will need a re-write.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


David Malin

  1. Burglary Residential. Edge Lane, Henley. Property broken into and car keys stolen. Intel from the area suggest that a Blue VW Golf may have been involved. The registration number ending in ‘TWG’. 1.30pm Wednesday 24th July. 0206 24/07/2019
  2. Burglary Business. High Street, Henley. Roller shutters to business forced open and access gained to premises by at least three males. Items were then stolen from inside and put into a waiting vehicle which was a dark coloured Audi or BMW. The vehicle then drove North towards Birmingham. 1.55am Tuesday 23rd July. 0023 23/07/2019
  3. Damage. High Street, Henley. Numerous plants pulled from containers and hanging baskets damaged. CCTV footage to be assessed regards the offender who is described as a male, mousey coloured hair in a crew cut, wearing a grey hoodie with words on and shorts. 5.30am Sunday 4th August. 0125 04/08/2019
  4. Burglary Residential. Station Road, Henley. Garden shed on allotment broken into and strimmer stolen. Reported 31st July. 0276 31/07/2019
  5. Burglary Business, High Street, Henley. Premises entered and items stolen including cash and alcohol. Reported Monday 29th July. 0166 29/07/2019
  1. Theft. Preston Fields Lane, Preston Bagot. Garden shed broken into and a petrol strimmer stolen. Reported 31st July. 0136 31/07/2019

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNTs

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hnol            Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 27th August 7.30pm in the Baptist Church hall. Speaker Philip Aubrey ‘Labour Saving Gardening’.

Our coffee mornings on Wednesday & Saturdays 10.30am to 12.00pm are open to all. We do look forward to seeing you and you will receive a very warm welcome.

Thursdays 1.30pm – 4.00pm. For more information contact Colin Fisher 794339.

LLOYDS MOBILE BANK is on the Medical Centre car park at the following times.

MONDAYS 2.00PM – 3.15PM
WEDNESDAYS 9.45AM – 12.15PM & 1.00PM – 3.15PM

Have you ever thought of having an allotment? We have over 40 plots by the station. It’s a smashing pastime to grow your own veggies and keep fit as well. We have wonderful camaraderie up there. If you feel interested and would like a look contact Nick Haycock on 07719 345115.

Why not join Henley Neighbourhood Watch by going to  www.ourwatch.org.uk  and entering your postcode Information about crime in the area direct to your computer/tablet? Also available by joining  the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service (CMS)  Go to www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms and follow instructions.

CLASSIC X-R-CISE CLASS. Monday mornings (parish hall). 10.30-11.30am. Working on mobility, balance, coordination, etc, for maximum body health. £15.00 per session. (Introductory 1st session £10.00). For more info. please call Paul on 07906337623 for more information or to book your place.

LITTLE ACORNS NURSERY 'Stay & Play' Interested in finding out more about our nursery? Please come along with your child 9.15 – 10.00 on Wed 24th May and 12th July. Contact School Office on 792766.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB   We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320

YOGA AT ULLENHALL VILLAGE HALL  Hatha Yoga & Relaxation Tuesdays 1.30-3.00pm suitable for experienced & beginners. Contact Gill Russel 07973575597, gilrus3@btinternet.com, www.yogill.com.  

HENLEY YOGA - Venue: St Johns Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Mixed ability. Fridays 9.30 am - 10.45am
£7.00 per class. Contact Alex Brown Tel: 07966516914 . Email: yogawithalexbrown@gmail.com.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc. Competitive rates,

JOLLYTOTS meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane during term time. Lots of activities, toys, games, arts and craft for under 4s. For more information please contact Keith on 793925.

HIRE THE GUILD HALL and GARDENS     Perfect for special occasions, boutique weddings, Christening parties, private dining, funeral wakes. Visit WWW.HENLEYGH.CO.UK for more information and hire charges. 

Details of future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson for the Parish Church Newsletter at: henleyparishnews@btinternet.com

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21st August 2019

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Town Organisations and Clubs

Henley CrestThe Court Leet and Court Baron dates from a Royal Charter and was a Court authorised to deal with matters relating to the duties and services owed by the peasants or villains (not Freemen) to the Lord of the Manor. It exercised the peacekeeping jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s twice yearly tour of the hundred courts. It received presentments about obstructions of the highway and watercourses. It regulated the weights and measures.

Today, the Henley Court Leet is one of only 32 recognised Court Leets in the Administration of Justice Act 1977 and it is responsible for continuing the traditions and ceremonial of the town. More information about the Court Leet

logoHENLEY IN BLOOM Henley in Bloom is the organisation behind making Henley an even more attractive town by a colourful display of flowers in the High Street and elsewhere in the town. There are over 100 planters and flower beds which are filled with blooms every year and all members of the community are encouraged to help not only with the initial planting but, even more important, the ongoing maintenance and watering. Anyone interested in helping this organisation please contact Sheila Davis on 07779 157580.

logoJoin our team of volunteers who assist West Midlands ambulance service to give emergency medical services to our local communities. Full training will be provided. If you can drive and can dedicate 4 hours a week, please contact Malcolm Aldridge 794019 or Peter Neville 793978 web:henley cfr.org.uk for more info

Henley SocietyThe Society meets every third Third Thursday - September to April. In the summer, there are normally two visits to historical sites.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley Society website

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. Secretary of Henley Rotary Club - Mike Redman  01564 793491.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley.
Visitors and potential new members would be most welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 7:45pm, except for a couple of months. The Club organises speakers and visits to gardens. This is a very friendly club; if you are interested in joining or attending as a visitor, please just turn up. More information from Penny on 01564 792251 or e mail pjstott@uwclub.net 
flower clubAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden (in the Baptist Church Hall from 13th September onwards) so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Annette Walker on 01564 792837 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Andy Thompson.
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude of other activities which support performances. For information about the next meeting, please contact Tracy Humphreys (Chairman) on 01564 795219
Sprechen Sie Deutsch - Would you like to learn to speak German?
I am hoping to set up a new evening class for German Adult Leaners. If you are interested in learning not only  a new language, but also about the customs and culture of Germany,  in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, then please contact Susanne, either via email at susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively via mobile on 07525365469.
Meets from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please contact Jon Butler on 01564 795216 or email mpjbutler@gmail.com
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Vinyasa Flow, Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Memorial Hall, Station Road. NEW beginners class Friday 9.30am, St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Contact Eleanor: 07932658719 yogahenley@gmail.com
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train on Tuesdays 6:30-8pm at the Memorial Hall on Station Road. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
We are a not for profit group organisation of women meeting on the third Tuesday of each month for mutual friendship and to raise funds for local and national charities. New members are very welcome. Contact: Kate Dale, 01564 795215
Neighbour WatchAt a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 and a Thursday afternoon 1-3 in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. It is run by Keith and Lulu. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
Thursdays, 11.15am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £6 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: Swantaichi website

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen except December at village hall at 2pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Keith Thomas  01564 794806.

De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 247 6140 or 07952 780096 or email johnpollard1966@virginmedia.com for further details.
Love Life, Love Friends, Love Food then you’ll love Slimming World. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Henley Slimming World. The group is held every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Henley High School, Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Sarah Jones for more details on 07922 670959.

ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY IN HENLEY If you have dementia, or are caring for someone with dementia, Alzheimer's Society welcomes you to join us at our Dementia Cafe in Shipston-on-Stour at Stour Court, Old Road, Shipston-on-Stour, CV364HF on 1st Friday of the month from 2 - 3.30pm, Dementia Cafe in Stratford at St Andrew's Church Hall, Church Lane, Shottery, CV379HQ on 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm, Day Care which runs weekly in Henley in Arden (charges apply for this service).
For more information contact the Warwickshire Office on 01926 888 899 or email southwarks@alzheimers.org.uk.

Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at The Wootton Wawen Social Club, commencing at 7.00pm and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7pm promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points. For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993 or the Treasurer on 0777 887 1930.

Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge. Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email karen@henleyfocus.co.uk more information.

Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

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