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

19th October 2016


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Stratford MONOPLY Edition Launched


Stratford upon Avon has passed GO and collected its very own Monopoly board.

Over 30 local landmarks, businesses and charities have taken up residence on the squares of the town’s board which was officially revealed last week.

The Shakespeare Hospice and Heart of England Mencap have secured their places as Community Chest squares. Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage landed Mayfair and Park Lane respectively in the public vote, which makers of the board say was the ‘most keenly fought’ race they have ever seen.


The board also features Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and the Guildhall, the MAD Museum, the High Street, Henley Street and Stratford Butterfly Farm and Holy Trinity Church. The Stratford Observer has also been lucky enough to lay claim to a Chance square.

Monopoly spokeswoman Natasha Rebuck said: “The board is a celebration of Stratford and we would like to thank everyone who has voted for the landmarks that appear and star on it. We are sure it sums up the heritage and spirit of what we have been told over the last six months is ‘the world’s most famous town’. We certainly wouldn’t argue with that and the great and good of the town is now for all to play and enjoy!”

The board is now available to buy in store and online at retailers including Waterstones, WH Smith, The Works, Amazon and at both the RSC and Shakespeare Birthplace gift shops.





Mrs Johnson Hangs up Her Clipboard!


From her first tour to Fort William to her last in Llandudno, Joan Johnson has travelled the length and breadth of Britain, but now after 60 years it’s finally time to hang up her clipboard.

Joining the business in 1956, when the firm was only operating 3 coaches, a furniture removal lorry and a taxi, Joan juggled bringing up her 5 children with office work and coach driving, becoming one of the first female coach drivers in the UK.

Her career as a holiday courier started in 1981 when she and her son John operated the company’s first inclusive tour. Since then she has escorted more than 350 tours to places all over the UK, Europe and the world. With Joan Johnsons as their courier, passengers know to expect “service with a smile, even if things go a bit wrong!” 

Since then, Joan has watched the business develop from strength to strength; it has won many coach industry awards; it celebrated 100 years in business in 2009 and now it’s well known blue, yellow and white livery on its buses and coaches can be seen near and far – from Stratford-on-Avon to Switzerland! 

Mrs Johnsons also adds “I have enjoyed every minute of it and will miss working with our friendly drivers, lovely customers all the friends I have made over the years”.

John Johnson, Joan’s son and fellow director added “Mum’s probably done an average of just about 10 tours a year for the last 35 years, so that must be about 350 tours!  And to just about everywhere in Britain and Europe and many places worldwide too.  Mum has always been available to help at short notice too, so she may need her clipboard again at some time!” 

Joan will be missed by all of the many customers that she has escorted on holidays, and by the whole team at Johnsons! Happy Retirement Joan.

Kate Kinson reporting


The Joint Parish Council held an Ordinary meeting on 17th October and I would like to report the following:

The JPC was fortunate to be able to invite Philip Seccombe, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire to the JPC Meeting.  Mr Seccombe introduced himself and gave an overview of his role as the PCC.  Questions from the public were encouraged and a lively debate took place.

  1. The JPC Bank Balances as at 17th October 2016: Current Account: £2,059.27 and Deposit Account: £101,003.00.  If you would like a copy of any of the finance documents, they are available to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from myself.

  2. The JPC suggested last month that they could pay for the cost of the hire of the Memorial Hall for the recent Christmas Lights Committee fundraising event.  Following the payment being made, members of the Christmas Lights Committee have requested that the payment be returned to the JPC.

  3. The JPC agreed to look into the wide variety of maintenance issues which had been brought to their attention, including works on various trees in Henley.  The JPC reported that the Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam had been treated. 

  4. The Cllr responsible for maintenance, Cllr Crathorne agreed to set up a Riverlands Working Party, which would comprise of Cllrs and a group of enthusiastic volunteers to tidy up the Pool by the Medical Centre.  If you are interested in supporting or contributing to this project, please let me know!

  5. The JPC agreed to replace the existing Notice Boards outside the old Police Station and Beaudesert Lane.

  6. The JPC agreed to object to two current planning applications – 16/02555/FUL and 16/02333/FUL – please see JPC web site for further details.

  7. Concern was expressed, once again, about the amount of illegal parking outside the Co-Op and One Stop stores on the High Street.

  8. The Children’s Facilities WP is looking into the redevelopment of the Play Area near to the Medical Centre and is waiting for a third quote. 

  9. The Traffic & Parking WP will give a presentation at a meeting which will take place on 31st October at the Memorial Hall in Station Road – ALL WELCOME!

  10. The JPC agreed to meet with representatives from Henley in Bloom to review the issues with modifying (slightly!) and enhancing the Market Cross railings.

  11. I reported that following two pre-application meetings, a planning application had been submitted to SDC for Wires across the Street and a Christmas tree to be installed in the High Street.

  12. I reported that SDC had advised that their Audit and Standards Committee had agreed to   recommend to the Council meeting on 24 October that a Community Governance Review be commenced with final recommendations being put to the Council meeting on 27 Feb 2017.

  13. The JPC advised that a Traffic Survey would be conducted in November and would report on the analysis of the results in due when they are received.

  14. Terms of Reference for the Internal Auditor were ratified and will be placed under the ‘policies’ section on the JPC web site.

  15. I reported that replacement options for the three Bus Shelters in Henley are on-going.

Please note that I will be on Annual Leave from 7th November to 24th November, inclusive.  If there are any emergencies, please contact Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 or email: maint@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk

The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 28th November 2016 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Committee Rooms, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm. 

Clerk: Gill Bailey: tel: 01564 795499/07765 864588 email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk


This is a very important meeting about the future expenditure of the JPC
and the amount of Parish Council Tax.

Norton Lindsey residents buying local pub


Norton Lindsey residents are trying to save their local pub and have raised half the money needed.

The New Inn at Norton Lindsey closed in July and has been put up for sale.

Lucy Boyes, one of the fundraisers, said there had been an "overwhelming response" from villagers who had pledged half of the £350,000 needed. Campaigners are hoping to create a "community pub" which may also offer facilities such as a cafe and shop.

Ms Boyes said: "We feel very strongly that it needs to be retained as a community hub for the local residents." The campaigners, called the New Inn Salvation Squad, will be launching a share offer at the end of October and hope people from further afield will get involved. They surveyed villagers to ask for investment and for feedback on what facilities the building should offer.

Camra, which has backed the campaign, said the 266-year-old pub was a "historic landmark". Camra said the parish council had registered the pub as an Asset of Community Value and the villagers had until early December to submit their bid to buy the premises.

Have you received your new co-op card yet?

The Hub@Henley Community Centre hopes so!


The Hub is pleased to announce a new partnership with our local Co-op store.  They have agreed that the Hub will receive a proportion of the fund generated by 1% of customer purchases of Co-op.  You have to use the Henley store and be buying Co-op Own Brand items. 

The Hub is working very hard raising every penny it can to ensure its survival. We hope you will be able to support us not only by using your Co-op card wisely but also if you shop on line use “easyfundraising”  See the link below.

We need your help. Join us on easyfundraising, it's a free way to collect extra donations for The Hub@Henley Community Centre CIO with your online shopping! It doesn't cost you a penny extra, its very easy to use of you add the button to your browser, it accesses all the main retailers and you'll be helping to keep our centre open.





The Henley Rotary Club recently invited two of the Henley CFRs, Becky Froggatt and Bobby Keogh, to attend one of their weekly Monday evening meetings. After chatting to the Rotarians, and having been treated to an excellent dinner, the pair was then presented with a substantial cheque.

In her vote of thanks, Becky said that, as always, the whole CFR team was extremely grateful for this help towards their running costs. This year, some of the money will be spent on a specialist hard hat, so that they, in their liveried car, are able to attend road traffic collisions. The remainder will mostly be used for petrol to keep the car available at all times.



How to choose a secure password……
                                          and one you will remember


We’ve all been there, on line trying to make a purchase, obtain information or login to email and asked to create an account/update password before you are able to go any further.  No problem until it asks you to create a password!

We all need to do our bit to reduce cybercrime and we know the most secure passwords are as long as possible, using both upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols……..but how do you remember such complex passwords, how many times have you clicked the link “forgotten password”?

Here at Synium IT we recommend to our customers they choose a favourite song lyric they will remember, take the first letters of each word from the title and substitute with symbols and numbers where they're easy to remember.

As an example, the Beatles classic song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and the first line becomes…….

Lucy in the sky with Diamonds

Instead of using the letter I we have used number 1,  and used number 5 to replace S (in sky) and added special characters £ at the end because Diamonds cost a bit of money!!

What is a special character?

Question Mark

^    Circumflex

,     Comma

]     Right Square Bracket

@   Commercial at

+    Plus sign

!      Exclamation Mark

|    Vertical line

.      Full stop

_    Underscore

#     Hash mark

{     Left curly bracket

[      Left square bracket

*    Asterisk

$    Dollar sign

: -   Colon

/    Forward slash

}    Right curly bracket

A bit of trivia for you……In 2012 Splashdata, a leading provider of password management solutions put together a list of the 10 worst passwords: 



123456 letmein
12345678 dragon
abc123 111111
qwerty baseball

Probably best to avoid any of the above if you want to remain cyber secure!

Secure passwords are just one aspect of a secure and safe IT infrastructure - for more information about other aspects take a look at our IT Security page.

Janet Tonks reporting


Superfast Broadband in William James Way

CSW Broadband has now brought superfast broadband to the William James Way area of Henley in Arden! Cabinet Henley in Arden 8 has been upgraded, meaning that many properties connected to the upgraded cabinet can now order the improved service.

Wootton Report

Wootton Wawen's next film night is on Thursday, November 10th. The film chosen is Brooklyn.


Wootton Report

Country Market
Saturday 12th November 2016

A Country Market will take place on Saturday 12th November, at the Dorothea Mitchell Hall, Claverdon. Open from 9.30am till 2.30pm and admission is free.

The event has been organised by Claverdon Gardening Group to raise funds for the garden group and selected charities.

Over 20 stalls booked so far include sale of   hand painted canalware, jewellery, beads, wood turned items, cards, crafts, metal art, handmade gifts, hand knitted gifts, flowering bulbs, cakes, pickles & preserves, Stratford Gin, luxury chocolate, sausages, cheese, etc

Many of the food and drink stalls are local producers or retailers. Hand crafted items are made by talented people in the area. The market is a great opportunity to stock up on artisan food and gifts for Christmas.

There will also be a raffle on the day with some great prizes.

Coffee and cake refreshments will be available from a Coffee Shop on the day.





Wootton Report

Ullenhall Gardening Club


Ullenhall Gardening Club welcomed Marcel Floyd to its meeting on 27th September. He gave a very interesting talk about climbers.

Honeysuckles are usually good for perfume and like a bit of shade. They can be cut back hard and will produce new growth each year. Lonicera Sensation will flower from May right throough to October. Marcel demonstrated taking cuttings; you can propagate a honeysuckle by taking internodal cuttings or hardwood ones. Using a sharp craft knife to cut will increase your success rate from 50% to 90%. An internodal cutting is one taken from near the end of a stem (usually); you cut the top off just above a leaf, cut away part of the leaf leaving just part attached to the stem, then cut the stem again about 2 inches lower down. Stick it in a pot and wait! A hardwood cutting is taken lower down the stem where it is fairly hard and woody. Cut above a leaf and about 6 to 8 inches lower. Remove all leaves except the top one. Put it in the ground and leave it. Marcel says he doesn’t use hormone rooting powder, he just pops it in the ground.

Wisteria should be bought on a good rootstock. Leave alone for three years then start an annual prune. If you suddenly have flowers of a different colour, look for suckers coming from the root stock and cut them off.

Jasmine flowers June / July / August and has a lovely heady scent; different scents for different varieties. Planting in the clay soil of Ullenhall should be done with two or three handfuls of horticultural grit and all will be well.

Hydrangea Semanii is evergreen and grows well on a north wall. Marcel suggests growing a spring flowering clematis through it.

If you want more flowers from your wisteria, try chopping up banana skins and scattering them at the base of the plant, this will provide extra potassium.

People generally think of climbers as growing upwards, but many will show to advantage or provide ground cover if allowed to grow along the ground, particularly Virginia Creeper.

These are just a few of the useful tips given by Marcel. He answered many questions as he went along. Several members bought some of the very healthy climbers that he had brought with him. The meeting finished with the usual chat and coffee.

The next meeting will be held in Ullenhall Village Hall on Tuesday 25th October at 7:45 pm when Bill Laws will talk about “Fifty Plants That Changed The World”. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Penny Stott reporting




Alcester choir on board again with Johnsons Coaches


Johnsons coaches have once again agreed to sponsor the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a further twelve month period.

This will be the fifth year in succession the choir and Johnsons have worked together and it is an arrangement that has worked well for both organisations.

John Johnson , Director Johnsons Coach & Bus  said “ as a company we have a built an excellent reputation for delivering high standards of service to our customers on holidays, excursions and coach hire and with our bus services,  and it is vital that any organisation we support mirror those high standards, and with The Alcester Male Voice Choir that is certainly the case. The choir work very hard to ensure they deliver top quality professional performances time after time and over the years have raised many thousands of pounds for charities. The profile of our customers and the choirs audiences is a natural fit  therefore the arrangement works well and we are delighted to support the choir once again”

Judith Land BEM, FRSA Director of Music and Founder said “ we are once again grateful to Johnsons for their sponsorship.  Apart from the sponsorship they are always available with sound and reliable advice when we need coach transport and always put a lot of effort into ensuring our trips go well, both home and abroad, they are a pleasure to work with”



Justin Osborne as the DIY-challenged, but well-meaning, Malcolm

Alan Ayckbourn’s sparkling comedy Bedroom Farce, presented by Second Thoughts Drama Group, is coming to The Bear Pit Theatre to brighten up November evenings!

Says Director Bernard Hall “This is a gem of a comedy, full of Ayckbourn’s customary wit and arch observation of human nature. There are four couples, one crazy night, and lots of laughs”.

The mayhem unfolds as high-maintenance Trevor and Susannah blunder their way through the lives of long-married Ernest and Delia, endearing Malcom and Kate, and long-suffering Nick and Jan.


The Director continues “It’s probably not too much of an exaggeration to state that many of Ayckbourn’s works are household names – Relatively Speaking, How The Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Norman Conquests, and (of course!) Bedroom Farce, to name but a few.  

"Bedroom Farce was written in  the 1970’s, and one of the plus-points of setting the production in that decade is that I have been able to relive my youth, choosing music which I hope audiences will enjoy as they enter and leave the auditorium. We have a great cast onboard – Roger Gowland and Annette Stocken are the mature and pilchard-eating Ernest and Delia, Rick Allen is the bed-ridden Nick, Rachel Alcock plays his feelings-divided wife Jan, Justin Osborne is the DIY-challenged Malcolm, with Sophie Jukes as his loving spouse Kate, and last-but-not-least we have Ollie Heward and Hannah McBride as Trevor and Susannah, who blaze a chaotic trail through the proceedings. I have a great affection for Bedroom Farce, having played Nick in a production many moons ago – I felt then that it’s a show that ‘gives you a big hug’, and I still do”.

Bedroom Farce is at The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th November 2016 (evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm)

Tickets (£12, £10 concessions) available:-

Henley Youth Work - An Endangered Species?


A paper published by Unison, the union for public service employees, provides sobering statistics for the future of youth service provision across the UK. Unison data compiled through a freedom of information request to all local authorities (180 out of 210 responded) and survey results from Unison members working in youth services cites cuts of £387 million since 2010, resulting in the loss 3,652 youth worker jobs and 603 youth centres closed. The impact on young people is the greatest concern with Unison citing the loss of 138,898 places for young people.

Just a few areas in the country have been brave enough to rescue their youth provision. The Hub is one of them. The cost of our provision in Henley has risen to £40,000 and the building needs an additional £10,000 of improvements. The national survey confirms what everyone had been thinking. As a nation we have agreed that the supportive and essential informal guidance available to young teenagers as they grow up in an increasingly confusing world should be cancelled.  Youth Service is finished; it closed with only a whimper of protest.
Youth work in Henley is part of an endangered species fighting increasing reduction in grants and the virtual disappearance of government and local authority support.  It survives by the brilliant support of the local community and the parish council.

In order to continue this fight, the Hub @ Henley needs more volunteers to work just two hours in the evening on a fortnightly rota to support the work of our precious youth workers.  We would also like to increase the number of our £5 a month regular donors. Another 100 persons joining this valued group would generate £6,000 per year in income, giving the rare and essential youth work in Henley a better chance of survival against all the odds.

If you feel you may be able to help either as a volunteer or a donor then please contact Peter 07974573582 or chairhhcc@gmail.com

rotaryRotary Club Chinese feast

Monday, 31st. October sees the Henley in Arden Rotary club's annual visit to The Sans Oriental Restaurant, 7pm for 7.15pm at a cost of £16.00 per person for a comprehensive 'buffet' meal.

Rotarians, partners, friends and families are all invited to join the members of Henley Rotary Club for an evening of good food and fellowship. There will of course be the usual fund raising raffle. 

It would be helpful to advise me of numbers attending at the earliest please and No later than the 24th October if at all possible.

Rtn. David J Brain
e-mail : djb.ccwks@hotmail.co.uk

01926 402404 / 07778860213


Yours Truly are pleased to be hosting a Meet and Match event at Dolce Cafe on Saturday 12th November, 7.30 for 8pm start.

If you are over 45, single and fed up of online dating sites and looking for love then this is for you!

Designed to take the stress out of dating and put some fun back in your life.

The evening will start with free prosseco on arrival, break the ice fun, followed by Italian tapas and live music from Tom Hayes, tickets
£20.00. This is an exclusive event and tickets are limited.

For more information call Sue on 07984677002 or Dale on 07979881626 or call in to Dolce Cafe and purchase a ticket from Jimmy.



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Royal Mail in Henley are now recruiting

Royal Mail are now recruiting for delivery postwomen and postmen with Driving at Henley In Arden DO.

Job Reference Number 52176

logoAs the face of Royal Mail you will work from 09:00 to 14:00 as part of a team, ensuring we continue to deliver the high standards of service our customers expect.

When you think of jobs at Royal Mail, the first thing you might think of is the postwomen and men who deliver mail to your home day in, day out. From exam results and tax returns, to wedding invites or online purchases, joining Royal Mail gives you the opportunity to deliver much more than mail. It allows you the chance to deliver smiles and successes; new toys and old memories – making a real impact in the heart of your community, while working for one of the UK’s most well-loved brands.

About the Role

Delivering mail and parcels to houses and businesses within a set area. You’ll be the face of Royal Mail in your local community, and work flexible hours to deliver the outstanding levels of service our customers have come to expect.

You’ll start your day in the local delivery office, sorting the mail for your route. You will then need to complete the necessary checks on your vehicle, guidance on how to complete these checks will be covered during your initial training, before joining a colleague in a shared van to start your round. You’ll each be given a hand-held computer device to capture customer signatures for deliveries and the round will take around four hours to complete. Light weight trollies are supplied to carry your mail as you walk on foot between delivery points. You will move to new delivery areas throughout the day, driving your vehicle in a responsible manner and parking safely at all times before returning back to the delivery office.

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Love thy neighbour…..

Those of us fortunate enough to live in and around Henley-in-Arden appreciate the landscape and facilities it has to offer. We are often reminded of this when meeting people from other places. Indeed I remember meeting a couple from Eastbourne whilst on a trip to Botswana.  Conversation went something like, “…and where do you live?” The default when abroad is to say near Stratford upon Avon on the assumption they would never have heard of Henley or assume it was the other one on the Thames. This time my response was met with “where exactly? Then “Where exactly in Henley?”  By now I was intrigued. It transpired that the husband had grown up in Henley and although he’d moved away many years ago he fondly remembered in impressive detail his childhood here.

Apart from its physical attributes we take for granted the good people of Henley. Most of us live in harmony and can watch programmes on TV such as “Neighbours from Hell” and sigh at their plight and wonder why it got that far out of hand. The distress it causes can be the ruination of people’s lives. These disputes are frequently over what others see as trivial matters. It could be over, for example, inconsiderate parking, perhaps an encroachment over a boundary? Noise, light pollution, etc. but people can become obsessed by it and spend disproportionately thousands in legal fees arguing over it. These costs are not always recoverable and even if you have legal expenses insurance cover it can be very difficult to persuade an insurer to stand the cost of litigation. The risks of unrecoverable legal costs are too great. They are however far more receptive to mediation fees.

Description: Image result for angry neighboursOnce it gets to litigation I’m told it has to be declared if your property is sold at a later date and that could have a detrimental effect on the price or even saleability. You could even be sued by the new owner if you don’t. So, you could win the argument but lose out big-time financially. What if you stay? The dispute goes on and arguments flare or people fall out, others take sides or get caught in the cross-fire.

As an Accredited Mediator I am called upon to mediate such matters. I frequently find that each neighbour has argued themselves into a corner and fear losing face. Sometimes it can simply be that the neighbour being perceived as causing the problem doesn’t realise how significant it can be to the other. When you are angry or upset tact and diplomacy go out of the window. Road rage anyone?

Who has ever heard of someone receiving a letter from another party’s solicitor and not being incensed by the legalese and allegations? They are written to provoke a response but rarely result in compliance or an apology. Litigation is by definition confrontational.

Mediation is designed to find common understanding through a neutral third party. As that person the mediator doesn’t entertain the blame game but listens and communicates in a way that people respond positively to. Dialogue that engages not enrages. Isn’t it better for all concerned to find an amicable solution? Perhaps even a compromise that suits all parties?

Even when disputes reach court judges will now increasingly refer the dispute to mediation because they realise that determining a win/lose scenario isn’t going to restore harmony.

Now peace-making between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be a stretch too far for many a good mediator (we don’t have a magic wand) but we have been known to restore harmony where once all hope had gone.

Some of you reading this will relate to a niggle in your lives at some point that could have been handled more amicably and I’m pretty sure right now you are thinking of neighbours around you that could do with a bit of mediation.

All it takes is an open mind and a willingness to contribute to the process.

Mike Faulkner is an accredited mediator. He has wide ranging experience in commercial and in particular workplace mediations.
Description: Mike Faulkner 

MyForte Solutions Ltd
Tel: 07892 404520:    01564 794807:
mike@myfortesolutions.com: www.myfortesolutions.com 
Twitter @myfortesolution

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Warwickshire County Council

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


David Malin

  1. Theft. Store, High Street, Henley. Theft of bottle of wine by way of shoplifting. Offender described as a white female, late 30's, stocky build and long hair. 5.40pm Saturday 8th October.
  2. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Meadow Road, Henley. Honda 125 black and red motorcycle stolen from drive of house without keys. Between 7th & 8th October. 0274 08/10/2016
  3. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Liverage Hill, Henley. Blue Ford Fiesta ST stolen without keys. Overnight 4th & 5th October. 0051 05/10/2016


  1. Burglary Other. Pettiford Lane, Wootton Wawen. Two pedal cycles stolen from garage. Between 30th September & 1st October. 0123 04/10/2016


  1. Attempt Burglary Dwelling. Henley Road, Ullenhall. Following an alarm activation on house, neighbour checked property to find that a ground floor kitchen window had been smashed and entry to house had been attempted. Access not gained. Nothing reported stolen at time. No one seen at time. 4pm Saturday 15th October. 0267 15/10/2016
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Kington Lane, Claverdon. 2 mini-bus type vehicles seen in the area acting suspiciously. Both vehicles had several people inside. No offences disclosed. 11pm Sunday 2nd October. 0413 02/10/2016

Some parking myths:

•It's ok to park on double yellow lines if it's only for a few minutes

Not true. Unless you have a disabled parking permit you are not permitted to park on double yellow lines at any time and the restrictions apply 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are a very few exceptions to this and there will be signs to indicate times/dates where it may be permitted. You could face a fine if you park illegally or you could even have your car towed away.

•I've only parked on the pavement to leave more room on the road

Parking a vehicle on the pavement could lead to an offence of obstruction being committed. This could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued to offending vehicles. It can also cause danger / nuisance for pedestrians and wheelchairs users.

•I'm parked on a grass verge, so I should be ok

Again, this is not always true. Vehicles cannot park, either fully or partly, on council-owned grass verges. Often there are local by-laws in place to prevent this, due to the damage vehicles can cause to grass or the need to keep access to properties clear. If the land is privately owned and the landowner gives permission, then you may be able to park on a grass verge lawfully.

•I'm dropping off my kids to school, so it's ok to park on the zigzag lines outside.

Please park considerately when dropping off children at schools. If you park on zigzag lines, you could be committing an offence of obstruction, be liable to a fine and even have your vehicle impounded.

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNT's

Further information can be found at:  The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area

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Henley Annual Events

October 2016

Sat 29th - Consensus - an evening of music and words
Henley MOP

November 2016

1st Henley and Wootton Scout Group Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

December 2016 Sat 3rd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
January 2017 AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
February 2017 Chinese New Year
March 2017  
April 2017

3rd to 9th - Arts for All Week in the Guild Hall
Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner

May 2017 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
June 2017

Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
Guild Hall Trust - Bookend for the Simon and Garfunkel Story
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade - 10.15 am Memorial Hall.

July 2017 Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Flower Club Competition - Memorial Hall
August 2017

Guild Hall Trust - Arts for All Week
The Great Henley Bake-off
Henley Music Festival

September 2017 The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub.

hnol     Forthcoming Events

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING will be held on Wednesday 26th October in the Baptist Church Hall 10.30 – 12.00.

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.

Ullenhall village hall, 25th October at 7.30pm Bill Laws will talk about ’Fifty Plants That Changed The World’. Visitors welcome.

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

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

Posters and articles should be sent to: news@henleynews.co.uk



Next Edition

2nd November 2016

All contributions by the previous Sunday

crestDetails of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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 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
Further details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on 795419.

imageWelcomes visitors and new members.
We meet at Henley-in-Arden CofE Primary School, Arden Road at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings (term time only). For further details please ring Pauline Barber on 01564 793320

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 Judith Mathias 01564 792378
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 Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please contact Alan Jones on 01564 793715
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
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 Angela Pinnegar on 01564 792781 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
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
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 phone John Townson on 01564 792407 or email Jon Butler on 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
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 every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
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 during term time between 10am and 11.45am 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. 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.

HubThe centre is open every weekday. Surestart and the Parenting Project operate many supportive activities for mothers with babies. There is a club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the older generation and regular computer classes on Fridays. There is a Youth Club (13+) on Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and a Junior Youth Club for Year 5 to Year 8 on Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You can book the centre for your family parties at the weekend, its superb facilities are ideal for this. Check out the Web Site for a lot more information at The Hub at Henley

Thursdays, 11am 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 village hall at 2.15pm 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 Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.

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 7:30pm at Henley High School, Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Becky for more details on 07718 989422

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 White Swan Hotel 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 Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane 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.

crestDetails about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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Court Leet Alistair Price
Make Henley Greener
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Henley History
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Flower Club
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Community Library
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Editorial Team
Proof Reader
Ullenhall Gardening Club
WCC Trading Standards
Tennis Club
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
C of E Primary School
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
Rugby Football
Henley Cartoon Colin Fisher
Social Correspondent Annette Walker
Court Leet and HADS
Claverdon and Railway


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