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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England
22nd January 2020
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Arts4All Week 2020 Monday 20th April till Sunday 26th
April - Henley Guild Hall
Special anniversary year for St Nicholas' Church
The Revd John
Ganjavi outside St Nicholas’ Church
Parishioners of our much loved and ancient Norman
church are making plans
to celebrate a very special anniversary later this year when St
Nicholas' Church will be 850 years old. The church stands at the foot
of the town's historic Mount and within sight of Henley's main parish
church St John's. Henley is divided into two parishes Beaudesert and
Henley. Originally St Nicholas’ Church served Beaudesert and
Arden was served by St John's but the Benefices were combined in 1915. The celebrations will
take place over 10 days this summer starting on
July 10th and events being planned include concerts, special
services, celebratory bell ringing, a Baptism party and the opportunity
for couples to renew their marriage vows. The Revd John Ganjavi
Rector of both churches said "St Nicholas' Church
is a wonderful building with a lot of history. The church attracts
visitors not only from this country but from overseas too and we
receive many comments regarding the sense of history that exists once
you enter the building. The church has changed very little since it was
built and we want the celebrations to be really special. We have a team
working hard planning events and it is our intention to make further announcements soon as to exactly what the programme
Rob Kingscott reporting
in Arden War Memorial Trust – AGM Monday 3rd February 2020 - 7:30 PM at the Memorial Hall
All Residents are Invited to attend
you know that as a resident of Henley in Arden, you are automatically a
voting member of the Trust? Do you know what the Trust does?
Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust was set up in 1947 by public
to ensure that the community had a public hall and open space for sport
and recreation. Residents raised sufficient funds to buy the Memorial
Hall and land on the Stratford Road, just on the edge of Town.
over seventy years later, we have a well-used and maintained hall and
the playing fields play host to a Tennis Club, a Bowls Club, a Rifle
& Pistol Club, Henley Forest Football Club, a Cricket Club, a Table
Tennis Club and the local Scouts.
flooding of the playing fields in 2016 left the Trust with only one
usable full-size football pitch, but thanks to an insurance pay-out a
new pitch has been laid and is now available for use. This new pitch
has been produced to a much higher standard than the one it replaced as
attested to below by Solihull Academy FC who have just
started using the Trust’s pitches.
building housing the changing rooms – The Pavilion – is
a makeover with the first floor once again being able to operate a
kitchen and bar to provide much needed refreshments to both
year the AGM will be asked to make an important decision and approve
the Trust changing its status from Charity to become a Charitable
Incorporated Organisation – thereby giving Trustees limited
If you have a view on this proposal or
simply want to find out more about the Trust, come along on the 3rd
Bob Morgan Trustee
First Matches on the new pitch
played 2 games at the ground on Saturday and had an excellent feedback
from the visiting teams, our u15s played Halesowen Town and won 5-0 and
our u13s played Aston Villa Development 17-1.
As you know we currently have 5 teams playing in the prestigious JUNIOR
PREMIER LEAGUE which is the only National junior league in the country,
all teams are development teams for Professional Clubs and youth teams
for semi professional clubs so the standard is very high.
The criteria require changing facilities and a Club house to provide
food and beverages; I know the league very well and have explained this
is work in progress at Henley and they are happy with my proposal.
The facility was very busy and had a nice atmosphere; as soon as the
bar and kitchen are up and working the place will be buzzing and
attracting a lot of publicity to Henley via the JPL
Tommy Byrne (Chairman) Solihull Academy FC
Arden Division, County
Councillor's Report January/February 2020
The new Government announced its
2020/2021 financial settlement for local councils just before
Christmas. General council tax increase before a referendum
is limited to 2% and there is permission to levy an additional 2% for
adult social care. Warwickshire will get £17 million
grant for social care. New Homes bonus arrangements remain the
same so Stratford District Council will do well given the continued
housing boom in the Avon valley.
Overall Warwickshire will see its revenue increase by 6.3%, which is
growth above the average for England and Wales and this is due to the
high levels of house building in the county.
County is working on its budget for the next four years and will review
proposals in February. I have made a couple of suggestions
towards the budget and am waiting to see the response from other
One suggestion is to tackle the significant discrepancy in road safety
statistics in Warwickshire compared to the national
average. In England 3 people in every 100 are likely to be
killed or seriously injured on the roads in their lifetime. In
Warwickshire it is 4 in every 100 and in Stratford District it is 5 in
every 100. I have proposed the County borrows an extra £7
a year for 4 years and spends it tackling the worst 50 accident black
spots in the County.
The other is to put some weight
behind the declaration of a climate emergency we made last
summer. As transport is the largest sector for greenhouse
emissions and as WCC is the transport authority I believe this is where
we should focus our efforts. Vehicles produce the least emissions
if they run at a steady speed. Accelerating and braking as well
as sitting in traffic jams produces excess emissions. I have made
a few suggestions such as average speed cameras over the main commuter
routes from outside the county through Arden Division and congestion
charging for through division traffic to limit traffic in Henley in
Arden during school time.
Tel. 01926 842068
Alex is back for another special
Alex Woods Quartet at the Guild Hall Henley
on Sunday Feb 23rd 2020
“Modern Music in a Medieval setting”
October 13th 2018? It was a memorable night when international and
hugely talented young musicians entertained us so superbly in our
beautiful Guild Hall. It was the Alex Woods Jazz Quartet straight
from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Ever since I have been
asked “when are they coming back to Henley?” And now that
After serving his apprenticeship with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra
(MYJO) Alex was offered a scholarship at the Manhattan School Of Music
in New York – the world’s leading Jazz academy. During that
time he was
tutored by some of the finest musicians in the world of jazz. He
graduated in 2017, since which he
has been touring the globe with his quartet playing some of the most
beautiful modern jazz. If you would like a reminder of Alex’s
please visit his website and listen www.alexwoodsmusic.co.uk. Or just Google his name.
So here we are. Please join me on Sunday Feb 23rd. at 7pm for 7.30 in
the beautiful setting of the Guild Hall to hear some of the most
talented young musicians on the planet.
is raising funds for local and international charities supported by
Henley Rotary Club and to celebrate World Rotary Day.
£15 from me at firstname.lastname@example.org
OR call 01564 795239
(Mobile 07719 618843) Cheques payable to Henley Rotary Club.
There is a licensed bar.
Thank you in anticipation of your support for this evening of world
John Latham 15 Riverside Gardens,
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JX
Stratford District Council Cabinet budget proposals
District Council is now entering the budget setting phase and a great
deal of work has gone into reviewing the finances for the year to come.
This year Central Government, within their spending calculation assumed
that council tax would increase by £5, which equates to a 3.6%
increase. The District Council’s Cabinet has recommended an
£5 in line with this assumption.
That equates to an increase of less than 10p per week on a Band D
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has been able to maintain a
relatively low level of council tax as a result of years of prudent
financial management, whilst retaining reserves which will be used in
This year’s budget proposals include:
Financial Support for the Fred Winter Project - £60,000 ongoing
A partnership of public, private and voluntary sector agencies in
Stratford-upon-Avon has been established to create an innovative new
solution to rough sleeping and homelessness. The Fred Winter
Housing Plus Centre will offer, for the first time, high quality
affordable accommodation and ‘joined up’ services for
people who are
homeless or at risk of homelessness.
UBUS Contract Extension - £109,000 ongoing
The Cabinet resolved to support the enhanced scheme, and to include the
costs in the revenue budget from 2020/21 onwards. The Funding is split
into two elements, approximately £89,000 which contributes
Warwickshire County Council vehicle procurement and the balance
which will fund the booking centre and registration provision which,
subject to the outcome of this Growth Bid, will be tendered following
confirmation that the 2020/21 budget includes sufficient allocation of
Core Strategy Review – £1.6m one-off
The Council has committed to reviewing, and replacing if necessary, its
current adopted Core Strategy from summer 2020. The Council is obliged
to assess whether its strategic policies require reviewing every five
years, and if it concludes that they are out of date, to then commence
a review of those policies. The current Core Strategy was adopted in
July 2016 and as such, will require a review assessment to be complete
by July 2021 at the latest. It would be prudent not to wait until then
in order to ensure that policies could be replaced in good time. In any
event, the Portfolio Holder has expressed a desire to commence a review
of the Core Strategy, irrespective of whether the policies require
reviewing. Such an approach would enable the Council to fully embed
climate change mitigation and adaptation into the Council’s
Housing Register IT Platform Upgrade - £35,000 one-off
The current Abritas platform supporting the Council’s Housing
Homelessness & Homelessness Prevention, Housing Register and Choice
Based Lettings IT Platform has been in place since 2007 when the
Council joined the Home Choice Plus Partnership (HCPP) in a
sub-regional housing register and allocations scheme. The IT
underpinning this can now be further developed to enhance customer
interaction, offering self-serve functionality, and eliminating human
validation and data entry.
In order to support the process of re-tendering the Council’s
contracts, a suitably qualified and experienced external consultant is
required to lead on the procurement of new waste collection, recycling
and street cleansing contracted services. The consultant will be
required to provide the expertise and market knowledge which cannot be
supplied by internal resources. The selected consultant will be part of
the project team and a member of the evaluation panel for the new
At its meeting in July 2019, the Council declared: A Climate Emergency
as a pledge to take local action to contribute to national carbon
neutral targets through the development of their own practices and
policies with an aim to be carbon-neutral in Stratford District by
2030. The Council also agreed to ask the Overview and Scrutiny
Committee to convene a task and finish working group to consult with
and invite input from representatives of local environmental groups,
residents and businesses, and report back to The Cabinet and Council by
January 2020. In order to facilitate the work and proposals of the
Climate Change Task & Finish Group, a one-off budget has been
Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford District Council says:
likes to pay more tax. However, we are between a rock and a hard place.
Our funding is being cut, we are constrained in our ability to raise
council tax and we have to demonstrate that we are financially
sustainable in the medium term. District Councils are at the bottom of
the list when government funding is distributed – over the next
years we’re losing big chunks of our revenue. District Councils
don’t have the revenue levers to pull. Of the council tax we
we keep only 7.8%. We are taking a strategic and prudent view given the
funding issues we face. We have taken some tough decisions this year
and we think that we will have to take more tough decisions next year.
We believe that what we are doing represents the least worse
Following The Cabinet’s decision, the proposals will now go out
consultation – a questionnaire will be sent to the
Panel, seeking views on a range of issues including Council Tax and the
The results of the consultation will be considered by The Cabinet at
the next meeting before the final budget recommendations are made to
Council on Monday 24 February.
Ultra low-energy home brings a new year cash boost
Harry and Maureen Stevenson are starting the new year with an
unexpected cash boost and it’s all down to their ground-breaking
ultra-eco Warwickshire home!
At a time when money is tight for most people post-Christmas, the
Stevensons have been told that their energy payments can be
substantially reduced thanks to the cutting edge renewable heating
technology in their two-bedroom bungalow.
In 2018, the couple moved into Warwickshire Rural Housing
(WRHA) Keyte Gardens development in Wootton Wawen, the first Passivhaus
affordable homes scheme in Warwickshire.
Developed in Germany in the early 1990s, the Passivhaus model focuses
on creating buildings which are as energy efficient as possible.
WRHA worked with market-leading heat pump manufacturer, Mitsubishi
Electric to provide the 14 properties with the latest renewable air
source heat pumps to fuel their heating and hot water, in place of a
traditional boiler. And 12 months on, the figures speak for
“We’ve been surprised our heating bills have been so
low,” says retired
Maureen. “And we’ve now been told by our energy
supplier that we
can reduce our direct debit payments to £36 a month. When
renting a two bedroom house previously, we were paying £69 a
it’s a big saving.
“The bungalow stays lovely and warm during the day and night and
turn the heating right down. We manage as we are but it
definitely helps to save money as it means you can have a little
holiday or something.”
Keyte Gardens was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in
September 2018 and the aim was to achieve space heating costs which are
70 per cent less than in standard house construction.
WRHA used the most up-to-date renewable technology which involved
siting a small air source heat pump outside each property instead of a
large traditional boiler inside the property. This has helped to
ensure running costs are kept to a minimum for residents, and also
reduced the carbon footprint of the development as no pipelines needed
to be laid to supply gas or oil to the properties.
The homes also have perfect North – South orientation for maximum
gain during the winter months, have superior levels of insulation and
air tightness, and include innovative features such as a mechanical
ventilation heat recovery system to provide constant filtered fresh air
and recessed and shaded tripled glazed windows to reduce overheating
during the summer.
Warwickshire Rural Housing Association Company Secretary, Richard
Mugglestone, commented: “Our vision was that Keyte Gardens would
ultra low energy affordable homes to local people, helping to tackle
fuel poverty and protect our climate. We are delighted that
residents are now reaping the benefits of these cutting edge
First Electric Bus Trials In Warwickshire
state-of-the-art electric bus took to roads around Warwickshire last
week and was greeted with a thumbs up by users. Local coach and
operator Johnsons of Henley-in-Arden received the demonstrator full
electric bus from the UK distributor for the Chinese manufacturer
Yutong and put the vehicle through its paces with some of its potential
Over three days potential contractors for the buses, like National
Grid, NFU Mutual and Warwickshire County Council had the opportunity to
travel on the vehicle and find out all about the many advantages that
electric buses have offer over conventional diesel-powered models.
The response was very positive. “Passengers and drivers alike
immediately recognised the benefits an electric vehicle offers”
John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnsons. “A much quieter
smoother ride, improved driver experience and zero gas and particulate
emissions to the local environment – even the heating and air
conditioning is powered from the bus battery! Based on the trial,
appears the cost of electricity to operate the bus is less than a
quarter of the equivalent diesel cost”
Richard Crump the Managing Director of Pelican Bus & Coach, the UK
agent for Yutong said; “There are now over 100,000 similar buses
operation in China and around the world and have been for over 10
years. These buses are Zero emission – future proof.”
The rise in sustainable travel has increased over recent years with
passengers looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly.
Environmental sustainability is of great importance to many potential
contractors including National Grid who are passionate about running
their business in an environmentally responsible way. Johnsons
out an on-board questionnaire with employees travelling on the electric
vehicle with many mentioning that they would “adapt their
habits to become more environmentally friendly”.
Sara Habib, Head of Workplace Services for National Grid said
colleagues at National Grid were very positive about the electric bus
and their journey. The trial reflects our commitment to encouraging and
supporting colleagues to reduce their impact on the environment, this
includes reducing CO2 emissions and finding more sustainable ways of
travelling to work to help stem climate change and create a cleaner,
Peter Johnson, Operations Director for Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel
said; “For three years now, we’ve invested heavily in the
cleanest Euro 6 diesel engines for our coach and bus fleet, but zero
emission electric vehicles has to be the future. And bus and
coach travel, with both Euro 6 and EV can help provide solutions to the
congestion and air quality issues that we all face”.
Annual Inner Wheel Day January 10th
in Arden Inner Wheel celebrated our National Inner Wheel Day with a 3
course sit down lunch at the home of the President Margaret
Twigg. The event was in aid of Margaret’s chosen charity
“KISSING IT BETTER”.
Jill Fraser a former nurse and joint founder of the charity kindly
joined us for lunch and entertained us with stories about the valuable
work of the charity. Kissing it
is a caring charity which takes young people into hospital wards
and care homes, and channels young talent to make a powerful
difference. It was started in the Midlands in 2009 with young drama and
beauty department students from local colleges and schools visiting
local hospitals and care homes to interact with the patients as a
therapy, and to encourage interaction between the young and the old for
mutual benefit. It set up a website for sharing ideas and advice
for enriching the life for patients who are in hospitals, nursing homes
and long term sick in the community. Since it was set up it has spread
to all parts of the country, and now has training courses to pass on
expertise and knowledge to a new generation of health care workers and
meeting was a relaxed and friendly occasion, unfortunately due to
illness and hospital appointments several members were unable to
attend, even so with the help of a raffle we are pleased to be able to
donate £120 to the charity.
The Probus Club of
Beaudesert January 2020 Meeting
Stalag Luft 3 and the Great Escape
In a fascinating presentation complemented by several illuminating
slides, one of our own members, Alistair Price, explained the special
interest he had in the subject. His father was a bomber navigator
in World War II and after being shot down over Holland in July 1943 was
captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft 3 until being liberated in May
Stalag Luft 3 was a Luftwaffe-run prisoner of war (POW) camp which held
captured Western Allied air force personnel. The camp was established
in March 1942 near the town of Sagan, 100 miles south-east of Berlin.
The site was selected because its sandy soil made it difficult for POWs
to escape by tunneling. The North Compound of the site housed British
airman while the South Compound was for USAAF prisoners. Each compound
consisted of fifteen single-story huts. Each 10-by-12-foot bunkroom
slept fifteen men in five triple-deck bunks. Eventually the camp grew
to approximately 60 acres in size and housed about 2,500 Royal Air
Force officers, about 7,500 U.S. Army Air Forces. And the huts were
raised about 2 feet off the ground to make it easier for guards to
Life in the camp wasn’t too uncomfortable thanks in a large part
receipt of Red Cross parcels and the humanity of the Camp Kommandant,
Colonel von Lindeiner. Sporting activities were well catered for as
well as theatre productions; the German thinking being that if the
prisoners had plenty of activities, they would be less bored and liable
to cause mischief. Although there were hospital and dental facilities,
it still had its deprivations with for example showers only being
available bi-monthly. A substantial library with schooling facilities
was available, where many POWs earned degrees.
Great Escape’ was a plan conceived by Squadron Leader Roger
pictured right, for a mass escape from the North Compound on the night
of 24/25 March 1944. Three tunnels codenamed ‘Tom’
‘Harry’ were dug simultaneously because it would become an
any one of them was discovered: the guards would scarcely imagine that
another two were well underway. ‘Harry’ was the tunnel
chosen for the escape; it was 336 ft. long, 28 ft. deep and 2 ft
it was planned for 200 men to escape but unfortunately it
was discovered that the tunnel had come up short of the nearby forest
making detection much easier. A further problem was that an Allied air
raid at the time of the escape knocked out the camp’s (and the
tunnel’s) electricity thereby slowing the escape. In addition
many escapers were
unable to find their way to the railway station at Sagan until daylight
and consequently missed their night time trains. Finally, to add to
these setbacks, it was the coldest March for thirty years, with snow
several feet deep. In the event, 76 prisoners got away; however, all
but three were recaptured and of those 50 were shot. The photo below
shows the memorial to the 50 paid for by the Camp Commandant.
Probus is an
informal club for retired business and professional people
and meets usually on the first Wednesday of the month. We are always
delighted to welcome visitors and potential new members. For further
details please contact Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Price interviews Captain Vyvyan Howard RN, DSC
Tuesday 14th January 2020
Alistair Price had the opportunity to interview Captain Vyvyan Howard
in a Banbury nursing home on Tuesday 14th January. Vyvyan is the
last known survivor of Stalag Luft 3 prisoner of war camp in Poland
during WW2. He was 100 years old in November 2019.
The reason that Vyvyan gave Alistair an interview was that his own
father – Squadron Leader Kenneth Price – was also in Stalag
Luft 3 for
nearly two years.
Sadly Vyvyan never met Alistair’s father, but there were nearly
RAF officers in the North compound alone, so it wasn’t
Vyvyan didn’t take part in the Great Escape ( in terms of the 200
come out of the tunnel called Harry) but took an active role in
vaulting the wooden horse, dispersing sand from the tunnels and also
distracting guards, as he could speak fluent German.
Alistair said that Vyvyan belied his age. He was, smart, lucid and very
matter a fact about his time (3 & half years) in Stalag Luft 3.
There were many anecdotes that Vyvyan related to Alistair during their
1.5 hour meeting. Too many for this piece, however a few that Alistair
found particularly interesting:-
In 1939, he realised a war was looming and decided to join the Royal
Navy and train as a pilot. He gained his pilot’s wings in May
1940. In September 1940 he joined an operational squadron N0 828
based at Lee-on-Solent and in 1941 he was deployed to the Orkney
Islands on Convoy patrol and anti aircraft duties. This was at the time
of the Allied convoys to Murmansk in Russia.
June 1941 he joined the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious. On the night
of 30th July, he was on a mission in a Fairey Albacore Biplane –
fairly dated, slow torpedo bomber – to sink one of Hitler’s
battleships, the Tirpitz, when he was shot down at a fjord in Northern
Norway close to the Russian border. He comments on this experience:-
“We launched our torpedo at a German ship in the harbour and as
turned to make our escape we heard a roar of cannon fire from below us.
We were hit and the aircraft broke up around us. The next thing I knew
was that I was in a fjord swimming to the shore and captivity.”
Vyvyan then was in captivity from August 1941 until the end of January
1945. He was in the North Compound of Stalag Luft 3 from mid 1942 and
was moved to the East Compound (there being five at the camp), which
was mainly housing Poles, where he learnt to speak Polish, which
enabled him to become a Polish interpreter after the war.
Vyvyan had to endure the Long March from the end of January to end
March 1945 in atrocious conditions, the coldest winter for 50 years at
-25c. The Germans decided to move the POWs on foot from the advancing
Russians. The press said this was a disaster for those on the march,
but he said they were always billeted and had adequate food on the way.
He commented that the Polish told him never to take his boots off, as
he wouldn’t have got them back on again due to the freezing
It was the Germans who suffered most as many were in their late 50s
(against the POWs early 20s) and the cold and daily marching took
He was eventually liberated on 10th May 1945.
In his time as a POW he said he was never bored, as there was always
something to take part in – learning a new skill, language,
theatre groups. He said that in the main the Germans treated them with
politeness and respect (most were too old to fight, having been
solders in WW1). The Camp Kommadant Colonel Von Lindeiner was a
Prussian, who was deemed by the prisoners to be fair in his dealings
with them. The prisoners had Red Cross parcels every week, so they were
always able to feed themselves adequately, even towards the end of the
war. Two of the essential items in these parcels were Chocolate
and Cigarettes. These were used to barter with the German guards to get
“ useful “ items for escaping (eg a Compass). Vyvyan said
that after the
Great Escape, all the guards felt sad about Hitler’s orders to
escapees – even Herman Goring who was in overall charge of Flyers
camps, advised Hitler that he should not take such action.
He said his most amusing time in camp was to set up an anti snoring
machine in the hut he was in for fellow inmates and his most
frightening experience was when a German guard shot his rifle at the
POWs for no reason and the bullet missed him by just inches.
The Germans in the West surrendered on 30th April 1945. He got
back to England on 10th May 1945.
Vyvyan commented in his time in POW camp, that he met Rupert Davies,
Peter Butterworth, Roy Dotrice and the legendry Douglas Bader.
After the war he re-joined the Fleet Air Arm and saw service in the
Suez Crisis in 1956, where he flew Wyvern aircraft and was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry in this conflict.
He bears no animosity to the Germans, whom he felt were doing their
job, as was he. Alistair’s father took a different view as he was
down in July 1943, when the attitude to Allied Bomber flyers was very
different from two years earlier.
Henley and Beaudesert
Society January 2020 Meeting
The Tudor Bishops of Worcester
was delighted to welcome Philip Bowen to share with us his profound
knowledge of the subject delivered with fluency, enthusiasm and at
times a light hearted touch. The bishops under discussion formed an
eclectic bunch of saints, sinners, heretics, refugees, Italians (and a
poisoner). It is important to remember that in this country the Tudor
period witnessed the seismic shift from Catholicism to Protestantism.
first bishop we heard about was John Alcock. He was a man of deep
learning and also of great proficiency as an architect. In addition,
and this is typical of a number of subsequent bishops, he held various
offices of state including that of Lord Chancellor, Master of the Rolls
and ambassador to the court of Castile. Our next bishop was Robert
Morton, again a man of many talents and possibly a composer of some
We then had a succession of four Italian bishops who at the time acted
as papal go-betweens and resided almost entirely in Rome rather than
Worcester. Among them was Silvestro de' Gigli, who was implicated in
the 1514 murder by poison of the Archbishop of York, Christopher
Bainbridge. Guido de Medici held the post of bishop 1521/22; he was the
nephew of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the Florentine Republic and
a major sponsor of Michelangelo.
Hugh Latimer 1535/39 was the first protestant bishop to hold the
position. He was in favour of Henry VIII’s divorce of Catherine
Aragon and decried the prevalence of so much iconography. He was one of
the Reformation’s great reformers, preaching publicly on the need
the translation of the bible into English. However when the Catholic
Mary I succeeded to the throne in 1553 he rapidly fell out of favour,
was tried for his beliefs and teachings and imprisoned. In October 1555
he was burned at the stake outside Balliol College, Oxford.
Nicholas Heath who served two terms as bishop of Worcester
1540s & 50s turned against the move to Protestantism and as Lord
Chancellor refused to crown Elizabeth I because
she would not have the
coronation service accompanied by the elevation of the Host (the
lifting up of the bread) during consecration. Ecclesiastical ceremonies
and doctrine could not, in Heath's view, be altered or abrogated by any
mere national authority. He did though understand the antipathy towards
foreign control, perhaps being the original Brexiteer.
John Whitgift 1577/84 was a very capable man who
Archbishop of Canterbury. He was not popular however, having some
controversial theological views and often indulging in somewhat
ostentatious habits. His legacy remains in the name of the Whitgift
shopping centre in Croydon and the Whitgift foundation, which supports
3 schools and some alms houses. Mention must also be made of Richard
Fletcher 1593/5, whose main claim to fame was his presence at the
execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587. Whilst attempting to pray out
loud he was overcome by extreme nervousness and made 7 attempts to
start the payers. He did not recover until the decapitation had been
completed. His son John Fletcher collaborated with Shakespeare in the
writing of plays.
Our speaker concluded that Worcester cathedral, begun in 1084, has
survived through the centuries, seeing the breeze of history blow
through it, of which we were privileged to hear only a small part.
The Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday 20th February in
Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm. when the speaker will be Andrew Lound
on ‘When the Lights went out, Birmingham goes to War’.
Visitors and new
members are always very welcome.
Beaudesert Society visit to
Shakespeare Company’s prop store.
Henley In Arden Flower Club
Henley Flower Club
Sapphire Anniversary at the Annual General Meeting in December when
founder members Shelia Nicholson and Mary Stickley cut the celebration
cake. There followed a demonstration by Alan Keech on how to wrap
festive bottle. Retiring President Margaret Cottrell
was presented with a gift for her services to the Club, and members
Rosie Stoakes, Jean Forsyth and Caroline Moore were welcomed on to the
committee. The remaining members were re-elected and Chairman Lola
Phillips gave a brief report on the plans for 2020. These include
a Strawberry tea, coach trip and a Celebration lunch. Programme
Secretary Jo Waddams reprised some special demonstrations in 2019 and
confirmed that the diary is complete for 2020 with dates booked for
2021. It looks promising for some exciting demonstrations ahead.
Members then enjoyed a buffet of delicious Christmas fare.
held a workshop for our January meeting – an arrangement in a
and despite the very wet evening the hall was full. Members
produced some very decorative results( as shown.) The club
provided the flowers and foliage, members just brought scissors and it
is hoped that the four visitors who took part will be joining us
Annette Walker reporting
Supporting the young homeless
are a pile of scarves I have made up from the tree bombing
- for St. Basil's shelter for the young homeless. They are visiting St.
John's Church on Jan 26th and will be giving a talk on their work
during the 10.00 am service so I am taking along the contributions from
"Adopt a Tree".
If you have any
clean children's clothing etc you would like to contribute please leave
under the table at the back of the Church between 10.00-3.00 on
Saturday or bring to the Sunday service.
There is also a bring and buy coffee morning on Feb 1st 10.30 - 12.00
in the Church Hall.
Your contributions will be very welcome.
Annie Davies reporting
Moonlight over the
Mount - Carol Robson
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Tennis Club reports on successful
season in 2019
Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club held its
AGM on 15th January and members heard highlights of a successful 2019
and plans for the year ahead.
The Open Day early in the season attracted lots of juniors to try out
the tennis on offer, with a mix of fun sessions and coaching.
full team on hand to run sessions and provide coaching support,
everyone had the opportunity to try something new.
Coaching remains a big part of the Club, and it’s very
over 20 different junior groups each week there are sessions for all
ages. Adults can also get involved, with different types of adult
coaching groups that run each week.
Over the summer the club had eight junior teams with over 40 players
representing Henley. The Mini Tennis winter league is also really
popular with 10 teams in action. The Club also continues to field
wide range of adult teams in the Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed
The Adult Club Championships - a regular fixture on the club calendar -
was a great competition, with league and non-league players all joining
in. A fabulous finals day took place during the middle weekend of
Wimbledon, alongside the Junior Club Championships. Lots of
friends gathered to watch the great tennis and enjoy a day in the
A group of juniors also had a fantastic day out at Wimbledon watching
some great matches, and enjoying the atmosphere.
There were lots of social events during the year, including a
fundraiser for Macmillan and the annual Hallowe’en event.
juniors had their festive family fun session in December with around 40
parents and juniors joining in.
The Club provides a great combination of social sessions and
competitive play, so there’s something for everyone. With
floodlit courts, social tennis, tournaments and other activities run
throughout the year.
Claverdon made the short trip to Civil
a wet and windy Saturday. Following some early morning drop outs
captain Barton was forced to make some last minute changes. James Kirby
found himself in his old position out on the wing whilst Jordan Simpson
and James Bush made their first starts in their preferred positions.
After losing the toss Claverdon played down the slight slope but with
the wind behind them. They knew they would need to pile on the pressure
in the first 40 minutes if they were going to hold the civil service
attack in the second 40.
Claverdon started as well as they could have. After keeping CS pinned
in their own 22 from the kick off, the CS fly half was forced to kick
into the wind. Giving possession to Clav just outside the 22. Steve
Grimsley found Ben Webster who then set for a driving maul, after
making some head was Mikey Jay sent the ball wide to Simpson, a hard
line from Matthew Dunster saw the centre crash over the line in under 5
minutes after some time out. 0-7
With the wind blowing a gale the restart fell short of the 10m line.
Scrum centre field to Claverdon. With a dominant scrum Barton fed Tom
Johnson on a hard line. A quick switch saw Simpson feed Sam Turrell on
the opposite side of the scrum who beat his opposite man, then stepped
the covering tackle, before handing off the full back to score a great
individual try under the posts. Converting his own try the lions were
14 points clear, 0-14.
Half way through the half CS looked to their bench for some experience.
This showed when their scrum held solid allowing them to attack from
centre field. Following several penalties from the lions CS were soon
deep in the Clav half. A quick tap penalty saw the CS flanker crash
Words behind the posts from Barton were that 20 points with the slope
was a minimum, and with not long left Claverdon soon to charge once
again. A solid scrum just inside the CS half gave the backs a good
platform to work off. Working the ball wide James Kirby found himself
barrelling over in the corner for his first of the game, 5-21.
Half time 5-21
Clav knew they now had to work that little bit hard against the wide
and up slight slope. Continued strong scrummaging from Colin Marklew
and Tom Hudson allowed the backline to have good attacking ball. Good
yards from Joe Turrell put Clav on the front foot once again. However
good forward defence from CS snuffed out the attack, allowing them to
clear their lines.
An onslaught of pressure came from CS as they played well with the wind
against their backs. The results favoured the home side who went over
twice to bring the scores close with just 5 minutes left to play. 17-24.
Claverdon knew they needed to regain possession from the restart if
they were to have any chance of reaching the bonus point. A deep kick
followed by a good chase from Luke Ford forced the knock on from CS.
Jay found himself gathering the ball and with a basketball pass fed
Barton who was stopped a metre short. Carries from Chris Glover and
Nick Green took Claverdon over the line only to be held up. Scrum 5m
out, the ball was once again shipped through the back and Kirby found
himself in the corner, only to be deemed held up. One final scrum saw a
ball fed from the back to Johnson on a short line. A quick switch of
play allowed Barton to send Kirby over the line unopposed for the
flanker turned winger to score his second, 17-29.
The Lions travel to Old Yardleians on Saturday for their first
encounter following a postponement before Christmas.
James Barton reporting
John Garner's Business Column
French robot wars?
may have forgotten that French train drivers are still on
strike, so far it’s been 49 days and counting. This
applies to the French
railway network and also the Paris Metro but some trains are
running. Our Paris correspondent, my daughter, says that
people are getting used to the disruption but it’s still very
inconvenient; the bus drivers are not on strike but inevitably the bus
network is very stretched through overcrowding.
However, Metro lines 1 and 14 are running normally. That’s
are fully automated and don’t have drivers. Line 14 has
been driverless; it connects Saint-Lazare with stops across the Seine
and was opened in 1998. Line 1, the capital’s busiest link
East to West, was converted to driverless in 2012 to allow trains
to run at a higher frequency than would be possible with human
operators. That’s the interesting bit of course.
You may wonder about safety when there is no driver but the Paris
trains are continually monitored by supervisory staff who just
happen to be on the train. The most obvious difference for you as
passenger is that when you walk on to the platform there is a glass
wall between you and the rails, much safer. When a train stops
its doors are positioned exactly in line with sliding doors in the
glass wall and both open and close together. I doubt if you could
achieve this, certainly not every time, with a human driver.
Inevitably unions have long been worried that automating public
transport could cost jobs, but the ongoing standoff in France between
workers and the government over pension reform is highlighting the
potential advantages of replacing humans with machines. As the
strikes drag on, public opinion is shifting against workers while
enthusiasm grows for driverless trains. Some fed-up Parisians have
launched an online petition calling for a full automation of the Metro
network and it has gathered over 10,000 signatures.
The technology to fully automate railways has been around for some time
now and indeed there are many examples of this around the world, eg
Kobe, Japan (the first in the world), Singapore (the longest network in
the world), Vancouver, Toronto, Las Vegas, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Hong
Kong, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lille, Turin. And that’s
mentioning airport shuttles (as at Birmingham airport).
I suspect that, the longer French train drivers remain on strike, the
more likely it is that they’ll do themselves out of a job.
the same could apply to train drivers in the UK eventually.
Garner - Business Correspondent
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Behaviour. Brook End Close, Henley. Several males seen riding up and
down the Close on bikes. One of them tried to kick the wing mirror of a
car. 2.45pm Saturday 18th January. 0385 18/01/2020
Vehicle Crime. Car Park,
Birmingham Road, Henley. Number plate stolen from car. Between 8am and
12 midday Friday 17th January. 0266 17/01/2020
Glenhurst Road, Henley. Man seen taking items from skip on private
property. White Van seen parked nearby. 3.50pm Wednesday 15th January.
/ Suspicious Circumstances. Business premises, Pettiford Lane, Wootton
Wawen. Live Electric cables cut on the side of the building. Found and
reported morning of Friday 10th January. 0121 10/01/2020
Burglary. Edstone, Wootton
Wawen. Two outbuildings entered and items stolen including gardening
equipment, an Ifor Williams 10’ twin axle trailer and a Blue
Terrain 500cc quad bike. Between 10pm 16th & 8.30am 17th January.
Burglary. Church Road,
Ullenhall. Offender(s) have entered the house by the conservatory and
then rear door. A tidy search has been made and a handbag stolen.
Daytime Tuesday 7th January. 0323 07/01/2020
Circumstances. Station Road, Claverdon. Two males with torches seen
looking around private property. Both ran off when challenged. No
offences disclosed at the time. 1.10am Thursday 9th January. 0006
09/01/2020 . Details of a vehicle that was seen in the area at the time
was passed to police by the Claverdon Area Safer Environment CCTV
system – the driver of which has been spoken to by police.
Theft. Langley Road,
Claverdon. Secure building site broken into and items stolen including
a cement mixer. Between 15th & 16th January. 0139 16/01/2020
Glebe Road, Claverdon. Door handle rattled and bang heard at front of
house. On later inspection a crack was found in the door itself.
10.30pm Sunday 12th January. 0094 13/01/2020
Burglary. Common Lane,
Yarningale Common. Secure shed broken into and items stolen including
hedge cutter, chain saw and a bright orange Trek Mountain Bike.
Happened at approx. 10.30pm Saturday 4th January. 0152 07/01/2020
TOGETHER BREAKFAST Saturday
22nd February in the Memorial Hall. Freshly cooked full English or
continental. The speaker is James Holden whose new found Christian
faith led him to set up a charity in Africa providing hospitals and
schools. Tickets cost £10.00 (including charity donation),
free, available from Dukes Stationers or Malcolm Aldridge 794019.
HENLEY IN ARDEN & DISTRICT DEMENTIA CAFE A friendly social
meeting place for people living with dementia and their families and
friends. Activities, coffee, tea & cookies at Ullenhall Village
Hall B95 5NW on the second Wednesday of the month from 10.30am to
12.30pm. 12th Feb icing craft with Jean, 11th Mar singalong with
Margaret, 8th April Easter egg painting. Just come along or contact
Malcolm on 07767354456 for further information.
BAPTIST CHURCH 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. The winners of the Christmas tree competition were
Helena Spridgeon and Barnaby Morgan.
HENLEY ART GROUP Thursdays 1.30pm – 4.00pm. For more
information contact Colin Fisher 794339.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Our next meeting is on
Thursday 20th February in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when
Andrew Lound will give a talk on ‘When the Lights Went Out,
Goes to War’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and
details are available from Andrew Yarwood on 794071.
HENLEY WI if you are interested in joining, a meeting is being
held in the Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm on February 4th.
ALCESTER MALE VOICE CHOIR…..MUSIC FOR EVERYONE This
amazing choir, that has sung at the Royal Albert Hall and St
Chapel Windsor is coming to Henley on the 14th March at the Memorial
Hall starting at 7.30.pm. Tickets £12.50 from Norman Kench
Warner 793445. and Marijana Bainbridge 795149.Bar and Raffle. A joint
fund raising event between the Heritage Centre and Memorial Hall. This
should be a wonderful evening…join us! Book early as seats will
MOVE IT OR LOSE IT! Specialist Exercise class for 65+. Improve
your balance and flexibility, coordination and mobility, strength and
independence. Monday mornings 11.15-12.15 at the Parish Hall in
Beaudesert Lane. Contact Lesley on 07801 265599 or email
HENLEY CRAFTERS Wednesday 12th
February, 2 - 4 pm. Baptist Hall.
Come and join our friendly group, all abilities are welcome! This month
we will be making ‘ HEARTS FILLED WITH LAVENDER’ For
contact Jessie Lindon 793863.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Tuesday 11th February in the Baptist Church
hall at 7.30pm. Demonstration Jo Davis ‘A winter through
INNER WHEEL Claire Mangan is collecting unwanted bras for
Breast Haven, a wonderful charity based in Olton but working in our
area. If you have any or require any further information please contact
Claire on 794684.
ULLENHALL AND HENLEY GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 25th February at
7.30pm. , ‘Trees’ Dr John Page.
HENLEY WILDLIFE Tuesday 18th Feb, Baptist Church Hall 7.45pm.
‘Tree species with moths’ David Brown. Visitors welcome.
COFFEE MORNING 10.30 am to Noon on SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY, 2020 in
Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in
aid of ST. BASIL’S CENTRE FOR HOMELESS IN BIRMINGHAM.
Refreshments, Home made Cakes, Raffle, Books and Gift Stall. Free
entry, all welcome. On the Sunday before, 26th January, at the
10.00 am service at St. John’s Church, a speaker from St.
tell us about the work they do for young people in Birmingham and
A NOTE FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL If we get extreme weather don't be shy
to use the Council's salt/grit in the bins when public roads and paths
LLOYDS MOBILE BANK
is on the Medical
Centre car park at the following
HENLEY IN ARDEN
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
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
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
Paul on 07906337623 for more information or to book your place.
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
Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320
on balance, posture, strength and flexibility. All abilities
welcome. Mondays 9.30am and Thursdays 9.30am & 7pm at St.
John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley. Also Mondays
Henley C of E Primary School, Arden Road. No commitment - just
turn up and pay. £7 per class. Please bring a workout
mat. Contact : email@example.com. Tel. 07843
YOGA AT ULLENHALL
VILLAGE HALL Hatha Yoga & Relaxation Tuesdays
1.30-3.00pm suitable for experienced & beginners. Contact Gill
Russel 07973575597, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yogill.com.
- 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:
We’re now at henley C of E Primary school in
Arden road. We open from 9 - 11:30. Every second and fourth Tuesday of
the month we have the health visitors come to weigh babies and answer
any questions. The new contact number is 07789271774 and that’s
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
HENLEY IN ARDEN COURT LEET and COURT BARON The 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
HENLEY 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.
COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP
Join 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
THE HENLEY AND
The Society meets every third Third Thursday -
September to April. In the summer, there are normally two visits to
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley
TENNIS CLUB Open
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 email@example.com Henley
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN Rotary 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
THE PROBUS CLUB
OF BEAUDESERT 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
ULLENHALL AND HENLEY GARDENING CLUB
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FLOWER CLUB Are 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
BADMINTON CLUB We play at the
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Fridayand 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.
CRICKET CLUB 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.
AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
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
Deutsch - Would you like to learn to speak German?
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
or alternatively via mobile on 07525365469.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB 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 email@example.com
HENLEY KARATE CLUB 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
HENLEY YOGA CLUB 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:
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.
INNER WHEEL CLUB OF HENLEY IN ARDEN
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
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS
At 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 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
HENLEY and WOOTTON SCOUTS 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.
TAI CHI in HENLEY 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
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP 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.
MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details.
HENLEY IN ARDEN SLIMMING WORLD
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 HENLEYIf 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 email@example.com.
BRIDGE CLUB 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.
FOCUS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org more
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB Meetings 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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