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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, Engl21st

2nd October 2019


Sudden Resignation of
Parish Councillor over Car Parking

peterPart way through the Joint Parish Council's meeting on Monday last, Councillor Peter Cornford tended his immediate resignation, shook the Chairman and the Parish Clerk by the hand and then withdrew from the meeting.

It came about as the Joint Parish Council had voted to take over the ownership of the Croft Car Park but to be responsible for running this themselves for up to a year, although there are no plans in place currently as to how long this arrangement will continue.  

Councillor Cornford was very concerned about the Joint Parish Council occupying the Public Car Park as none of the members nor the Clerk have any expertise in running and managing Car Parks and there would be inevitably costs upon the Parish Councils limited resources to pay insurance premiums, business rates, the regular cost of cleaning, litter picking and maintaining the three car park areas together with the access road and the footpath that runs up to Brook End Close. He felt the Parish Council was ill equipped to take on this role and he feared that if there was an insurance claim would the Insurers stand by the Parish Council if the Car Park was not being properly managed on a very regular basis?  He was also concerned at the Croft Car Park has now become a place where rail passengers can park for free. All day parking at the Station Car Park now costs £3.

Henley News believes that further resignations may be expected.


Rocketman is a 2019 biographical musical film based on the life of musician Sir Elton John. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Eileen.


The annual Town dinner took place at the Henley In Arden Memorial Hall on Saturday evening 21st    September. It was well organised by the Henley Court Leet under the leadership of Graham Smith, High Bailiff and Tom Mangan, Low Bailiff.

This year 100 people attended, representing eighteen organisations in the town.

Guests arrived from 7-00pm to be welcomed by a Prosecco from Sarah Alcock, Mace Bearer and Sharon Smith, Butter Weigher. It was interesting that not many opted for the Orange juice alternative. The High Bailiff and his consort (wife) then welcomed the guests who were then were guided to the tables by Alistair Price, Chamberlain in his “meeter and greeter” role.

Les Long, Town Crier acted as Master of Ceremonies and introduced Graham Smith, High Bailiff, who set the scene for the evening. He made a particular point of referring to Les Goodman who sadly passed away in June and the great contribution he made to the town – this was recognised by a short silence.

Tom Mangan, Low Bailiff then introduced the necessary (but boring) stuff regarding mandatory safety announcements and moved swiftly on to the “Heads & Tails” game: the prize was a Food Hamper supplied by Henley Co-op. This was won by John Shuttleworth.

Grace was said by Alistair Price, Chamberlain and then all enjoyed a superb meal from Sue Dalby Catering – the menu was: - starter Chicken liver & brandy paté, main course beef cobbler, sweet Blackberry  Apple pie & custard. These were well prepared and presented.

Tom Mangan, Low Bailiff then introduced Michelle French an accomplished pianist, who had an extensive range of familiar songs. She performed both during the meal and at the end of the evening after the raffle.


During the meal tables were invited to fill in a form containing 23 questions on “How well do we know our town?” Later in the evening the Low Bailiff introduced Alan Robson, past High Bailiff, to run through the answers. The Quiz was won by Table 2 with 12 and a half points. This table received a complimentary bottle of wine.

At the end of the meal the Toast to the Queen was proposed by the High Bailiff and the toast to the town by Norman Kench, past High Bailiff. Norman stressed how lucky we are to live in such a lovely town.

There then followed short presentations by key groups in the town whose activities it was felt should be highlighted during the past 12 months.

It was opened by the High Bailiff who gave a brief background to the Town Dinner, its inception and why this event is held to celebrate the achievements of the many organisations in Henley:

Norman Kench on the Heritage Centre – who praised the “army“ of volunteers and said that they are always seeking new ones who might be able to give 2 hours per week.
Sally Harfield spoke about the Rural Cinema that has run films in the Memorial Hall since January 2017. Now having shown 25 films since they started.
Peter Crathorne, Chairman trustee of the HUB talked about the importance of its “service to the community“, not only young people with nowhere else to go, but it is also open to all age groups. He commented it is always seeking partnerships with other organisations and businesses in the town. He added that it was occupied 70% of the time. Apparently, the school is seeking to use the building; it would be a great loss for Henley if the Hub were to disappear.
Gail Shuttleworth spoke about the work of the “Inner Wheel”. She said it was for women who enjoy social company and seek to raise money for charity at the same time. They meet at Henley Golf Club on the third Tuesday every month. They get a range of interesting speakers and coming up shortly is Chris Duffin, who was the first lady governor of Strangeways prison.
Brian Westmacott said even with the sad loss of Les Goodman it would be “business as usual“ for the Christmas lights in Henley this year.
Tracey Humphreys, Chair of the Henley Am Drams – talked about how it was formed in 1955 and is still going today, albeit with reduced numbers – they are lacking in youngsters coming forward.
Ian Fox, Treasurer  Henley in Bloom, gave an excellent synopsis of their activities in the town. He thanked all the helpers throughout the summer on planting and watering duties, which make the town look so good during the year – although he said watering had become more challenging this year due to the demise of the water bowser.


The High Bailiff then introduced Keith Degville, Chairman of Henley Rotary, to present the annual Rotary Community Award. Keith said that this year the award would go to Dr Douglas Bridgewater for his major contribution to Henley – his work in leading the development of the Jubilee garden near the GuildHall and also many years on the Court Leet, as High Bailiff for three years and now an Honary Burgess.  He is also an active member of Beaudesert Probus and the British Legion.  Dr. Bridgewater then thanked the members of Rotary for the award.


The final activity was the drawing of the raffle – with quality prizes donated by, Cheals, Sans, White Swan, Nags Head, Henley Golf Club and Naya.  Tom Mangan, Low Bailiff ran this with military precision!

Michelle French then performed again until the end of the evening and was joined on stage by our own David Broadbent on trumpet.


At the end of the evening Graham Smith, High Bailiff, thanked Sue Dalby for the catering and Michelle for the music, as well as those who had donated raffle prizes. Finally he thanked members of the Court Leet who had helped and everyone who had attended  and said what most already thought, that we are lucky and proud to live in such a lovely town as Henley-in- Arden.


Alistair Price,

Slideshow of TOWN DINNER 2019 - Click arrow below centre


Travel Immunisations

As from 1st November 2019 we will be making some changes to the travel vaccinations we can provide.

If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

Vaccinations are available to protect you against infections such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.

In the UK, the NHS routine immunisation (vaccination) schedule protects you against a number of diseases, but does not cover all of the infectious diseases found overseas.

When should I start thinking about the vaccines I need?
If possible, see a practice nurse or a private travel clinic at least 8 weeks before you're due to travel.
Some vaccines need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity.
And some vaccines involve a number of doses spread over several weeks or months.

You may be more at risk of some diseases, for example, if you're:
•    travelling in rural areas
•    backpacking
•    staying in hostels or camping
•    on a long trip rather than a package holiday

If you have a pre-existing health problem, this may make you more at risk of infection or complications from a travel-related illness.

Which travel vaccines do I need?
You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you'll be visiting on these websites:
•    Travel Health Pro
•    NHS Fit for Travel

Not all travel vaccinations are available free on the NHS, even if they're recommended for travel to a certain area.

The travel vaccinations that are provided free on the NHS, which Henley can provide are:
•    Diptheria Tetanus and Polio (DTP)
•    Hepatitis A
•    Typhoid

The following vaccinations, if required specifically for travel, are only available on a private basis and will no longer be provided at Henley:
•    Japanese Encephalitis
•    Rabies
•    Meningitis ACWY
•    Hepatitis B
These vaccinations are provided by a number of private travel clinics in the area. Details can be obtained from the internet or patients can ask reception for some options.

For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/

Amanda Taylor

PC Brian Victor Saunders

Henley NEWS has been advised of the unfortunate death of Brian Victor Saunders, who was Henley’s first Police cadet in 1955.


SDC to consider introducing chargeable garden waste

logoOn Monday 7 October, Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Cabinet will be considering a proposal to begin a consultation on introducing a chargeable garden waste service.
Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “The District Council is facing significant financial and environmental pressures. As the government grant, which made up a large part of the council’s income, has been phased out, service provision needs to reflect the reduced funding available or fund existing services from other income sources.
“Many residents find the garden waste collection service very convenient, so by introducing a charge of perhaps around 80p a week, the District Council will be able to continue to provide a cost effective, efficient service for households that want it while minimising the overall cost of the service.
“As a local authority we also need to think about our environmental responsibilities and the impact of collecting garden waste across the district and encourage alternatives, such as home composting. We should also be mindful that not all residents take up this service.
“However before introducing a charge we need to carry out a consultation with residents to establish whether a chargeable garden waste service is viable in the district.”
The consultation would aim to find out:

·         Whether residents would continue to use the garden waste service if it became chargeable.
·         If so, how much would they be prepared to pay for the service.
·         If not, how would they dispose of their garden waste.

Options available to The Cabinet are:
·         To approve public and stakeholder consultation based on the proposal.
·         To decide not to proceed with the proposal and retain a free of charge garden waste service.
·         To decide no longer to provide a garden waste service from 1 August 2022 (the start of the District Council’s new waste collection contract).

Town Guide

Mike Bullard, Butchers Social restaurant, chaired a meeting recently, attended by a number of local business proprietors; their aim, to work together and exchange strategies that will improve the much-needed footfall in Henley.

Amongst the measures discussed was the need for an updated TOWN GUIDE, this would be used by local residents and visitors alike, to pinpoint the services available in our town.

Interested business participants can go to the new 2020 edition -  www.henleytownguide.co.uk click on BOOK SPACE to secure an insertion for their commercial enterprise. The guide will use existing artwork or bespoke designs and will carry narrative covering unique and fascinating facts about life in Henley. It will also contain an easy to follow map with locations for all businesses and places to of interest shown clearly.

The next meeting of the group is planned for 10th October next at Henley Kitchen & Bakery, 6.00pm, all traders are welcome.

The JPC has welcomed this initiative and a copy of the GUIDE will be available later in the year for download on the TOURISM page on Henley JPC website and Henley NEWS

Ray Evans Reporting

Wootton Report


Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Italian American bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard.


The Thunberg effect is coming to Henley


Widely reported in the media, 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg has dramatically raised awareness of the world’s climate problem.  Closer to home, the recent march in Stratford, featuring a stretcher bearing a dying planet Earth, was supported by hundreds of people.

photoOn Saturday 26th October 2019, Henley is having a rather different event to explore what can be done locally to limit climate breakdown. From 9:30 to 1 pm in the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden, there will be a public meeting to which all are very welcome.  The event, including refreshments, is free.  At the meeting, speakers on several subjects bearing on the question “what can be done?” will be followed by discussion groups, from which we hope to evolve some useful ideas.

The science is clear: to preserve a habitable world, particularly for today’s younger generation, urgent action is needed on many fronts. A view of the climate problem expressed by one local resident is “it won’t affect me in my lifetime – the kids can deal with it”.  If you don’t (or even if you do!) subscribe to that view, do come along!

This meeting is one of several being sponsored across the country by the Royal Society of Arts, www.theRSA.org and has been arranged by a small group of local volunteers. To help the caterers provide the cakes etc without waste, please register your wish to attend at Eventbrite or ring John Stott on 01564 792251.

John Stott reporting


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

Plans for Arts4All 2020 are well underway.  You can see the full programme to date
(more to be added) and even book tickets now by visiting www.henleygh.co.uk and clicking on the yellow "Book Tickets" tab - meanwhile here's a taster and be sure to click on the video clip below.

Next edition sneak preview of
The Dolly Parton Story
John Kirk
Quentin Crisp

The Carole King & James Taylor Story
The Carole King & James Taylor Story Following a critically acclaimed sell out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival The Carole King & James Taylor Story come...

About this Event
Following a critically acclaimed sell out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival The Carole King & James Taylor Story comes to the Guild Hall at Henley in Arden to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the six-time Grammy Award winner and twenty-time platinum hit maker Carole King and five-time Grammy Award winner & American folk legend James Taylor.
This new “show-umentary” format gives a fascinating insight into the lives behind the music.
Featuring passionate renditions of Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman, You've Got a Friend and many more this astonishing back catalogue is realised with authenticity by Phoebe Katis and Dan Clews, both well established artists in their own right.
“both guitar and voice took these fans back to The Troubadour in 1970” **** BroadwayBaby 2017
“Will leave any folk-rock fans wholly satisfied” **** BroadwayBaby 2016
“Wow, what an experience” BBC Radio
“performance was immaculate” **** Three Weeks
Edinburgh Fringe 2019 *****https://youtu.be/pvBExT0DZLc



Volunteers and award winners met on 21st September at the Baptist Church Hall. The awards were presented by Robin Russell.
First prize for the best hanging basket went to Paula Gee, pictured below


First business front to Number Three High Street, the prize was collected on behalf of Richard and Julie Graddon by Helen.The Chair's Highly Commended awarded went to Steve Aston and Martin Woods, those of you who queue on Warwick Rd on your way home will have enjoyed all these flowers.



Many thanks Robin for judging and supporting our lunch.

The lunch is held to thank our volunteers, without whom we could not survive.

We are coming to the end of another successful season. Watering ended on Sunday, clearing and autumn planting will take place during October.

In the last edition of News we thanked our financial supporters but there were also those who donated in kind and include, Victoria Claire, Bella Diva, Aesthetics, Studio 34, JSK, Coco Ivy and Simmonds Butchers, all of whom donated generous prizes to our Tombola Stall on Court Leet Day. Apologies to anyone I have forgotten.

We are also very appreciative of a cheque for £500 presented to Henley in Bloom at the Town Dinner by Henley Rotary Club.

Henley in Bloom's annual costs are around £9,000, so as you can see all donations are valuable to us.

Here’s to next season.

Sheila Davis

Wootton Report

Towards the end of September, Ullenhall & Henley Gardening Club joined with Henley Wildlife Society to go on a long weekend break based in Bournemouth. The first two days had glorious weather. On the way to Bournemouth, everyone visited the Cotswold Country Wildlife Park and Gardens. Plenty of interesting animals: giraffes, rhinoceroses, sloths, snakes, wolves, lions, fruit bats, lemurs to name but a few and the gardens were unexpectedly colouful and well laid out. There were even cacti of a kind normally grown in this country indoors, but there they were growing outside in the walled garden.

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The next day, the gardeners were taken to Apple Court Garden and the well known Compton Acres, a very large and beautiful set of gardens. The nature lovers took the ferry across to Brownsea Island for the day and did a fair bit of walking, seeing red squrrels, Sika deer, unusual wading birds from the various hides and just enjoying the heath, reeds, seashore and trees. In the evening, everyone took part in a very enjoyable quiz  organised by Dave Evason.


The third day commenced with rain and all went to Athelhampton house and gardens. This enabled people to go around the house when the rain was heavy, but tour the gardens when it was a little better. The weather cleared and the day was completed by taking a steam train ride from Corfe to Swanage.
photoOn the way home, the tour stopped for an hour at a very quirky garden in Wimbourne, known as the Secret Garden and Searles House. The house was like a mini version of Snowshill manor, with all sorts of Victorian / Edwardian knick knacks everywhere; amazing. The garden was long and narrow with several sheds furnished as sitting rooms, etc. There was a short fence made of old metal garden tools and there were dahlias seven feet high. The next stop  was at a large garden centre for lunch, then on to the Abbey Gardens in Malmesbury. It was raining quite hard, so several people went into shops and the lovely abbey, which has some beautiful old manuscript bibles. The tour finished in Henley with the happy group of holiday-makers being dropped off around 7:00pm.


Penny Stott reporting



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COOLSPORTZ Looking forward to the school holiday


With October Half Term already fast approaching you may be wondering what to do with the kids during this period, if so, why not contact local children’s sports specialists, Coolsportz.  They will be running their regular school holiday sports programme using the impressive Indoor and Outdoor Facilities at Warks Sports Centre, Henley in Arden with plenty of activities planned.  

The programmed is planned to keep kids aged 4 to 13 active and entertained before the kids go back to school and as we are OFSTED Registered we accept Childcare Vouchers.  Sessions will be running from Mon 28th Oct to Fri 1st November (plus During Christmas Mon 23rd Dec & Thurs 2nd & Fri 3rd Jan 2020) and children can attend half day Morning or Afternoon sessions or Full days sessions (full day only for 5 – 13yrs). We also run extended hours including late sessions from 3.30pm – 5.30pm such as Trampolining on the Mon/Tue, Zumba on the Wed and Bushcraft on the Thursday. Excitingly, we are also running a Young Leaders Course for 10 to 14yr olds on the Wed and Thurs morning (sign up separately) and a football specific session 1-3pm on the Tuesday and Archery 1pm – 3pm on the Wednesday which you can opt into on the day.

The holiday club is based on a fun structured multi-sports programme aimed at improving and gaining confidence in fundamental movement skills, developing vital co-ordination skills and of course meeting and socialising with different children.  The programme will allow children to experience many different sports such as tennis, football, unihoc, multi- skill games, parachute games, and much more.

Book and pay by Fri 18th Oct and you will automatically receive the Early Bird Price.  For further information or to book please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk/henley or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email neil@coolsportz.co.uk.


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Walkers climbing out of Bear Lane



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Para-dressage Sponsorship


Allens Caravans Estates Ltd is proud to announce its sponsorship of local Para-dressage rider, Sara Bates, in her bid to compete in the 2024 Paris Paralympic games, on her home bred horses Parsley and Tango.  
Fresh from her dazzling top places in her first para International event, Sara has high hopes for the coming years, with a big push to gain a place in the Para-dressage Olympic team.
Sara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012 and her determination and refusal to let anything get in her way is truly inspiring.
We hope that our sponsorship will lift the financial barrier Sara faces, to enable her to focus even more on her training and being the absolute best athlete she can be.
Everybody at Allens Caravans Estates Ltd is fully behind Sara, with her next challenge being Keysoe International in October, Good Luck Sara.
Jayne Cockerill reporting

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John Garner's Business Column

Is this the EU gravy train?John Garner

How much do Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) earn?  

Interestingly they all get the same salary, this is currently €8,757 per month pre-tax (as of July 2018).  MEPs do not receive any extra salary for chairing committees or taking up other special roles.

All MEPs pay EU tax and insurance contributions, after which the salary is €6.824,85 per month.  In addition, most EU countries oblige their MEPs to pay an additional national tax to their home country. The salary after taxes for an individual Member therefore depends on the taxation rules in the Member's home country. The MEPs' basic salary is set at 38.5% of the basic salary of a judge at the European Court of Justice, so MEPs do not, and cannot, decide on their own salary.  This was the level agreed with national governments.

Members are entitled to an old-age pension from the age of 63. The pension equals 3.5% of the salary for each full year’s service but not more than 70% in total. The cost of these pensions is met from the European Union budget.

On top of this they of course get reimbursed for their travel expenses, including travel to the European Parliament meetings whether they be in Brussels or Strasbourg.  They also receive a daily subsistence allowance of €320 to cover accommodation, provided that they sign a register to confirm their presence.  For meetings outside the EU, the allowance is €160 (again subject to signing a register) with hotel bills refunded separately.

Members also receive a flat-rate allowance intended to cover expenses resulting from their parliamentary activities, such as office rent and management costs, telephone and subscriptions, representation activities, computers and telephones, the organisation of conferences and exhibitions. This is called the “General Expenditure Allowance”. This is halved for Members who, without due justification, do not attend half the number of plenary sittings in one parliamentary year (September to August).  Currently the allowance is €4.513 per month.  They are also entitled to a reimbursement of two-thirds of their medical expenses.

Remember that of course many MEPs earn additional money from external activities; these are in some cases substantial.  For example the vehemently anti-Brexit Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt declares €426,000 while Nigel Farage (vehemently pro-Brexit of course!) declares €360,000 per annum as director of Thorn in the Side Ltd, a personal service company which deals with payments from his media appearances.  Very appropriately named!

I do hope you have followed all this. I wonder if it’s necessary to make the system so complicated.  Perhaps it’s merely evolved over time or was it designed to be complex so individual remuneration is not easily analysed?

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


David Malin

  1. Vehicle Crime. Warwick Road, Henley. Secure white Ford Transit works van stolen. Between 19th & 20th September. 0058 20/09/2019
  2. Vehicle Crime. High Street, Henley. Offender(s) have gained entry to works van and have then tried to start the vehicle by accessing the steering lock and wiring. This was unsuccessful. Between 24th & 25th September. 0322 25/09/2019


  1. Burglary. Henley Road, Ullenhall. Property broken into and search made. Unknown if anything stolen at time of report. Reported on the morning of 21st September. 0120 21/09/2019
  2. Vehicle Crime. Henley Road, Ullenhall. Front and rear number plates stolen from car. Overnight 19th & 20th September. 0119 20/09/2019
  3. Vehicle Crime. Private car park in Ullenhall. Front and rear number plates stolen from car. Overnight 24th & 25th September. 0049 25/09/2019
  1. Theft. Henley Road, Claverdon. Offender(s) have taken a field gate of its hinges and have removed two flower pots from the premises. The pots were discovered behind a hedge near to Breach Lane. Reported Thursday 19th September. 0262 19/09/2019

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hnol            Forthcoming Events

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

October 1st Baptist Church Hall 7.30pm Our speaker is Ruth Lowe information ring Barbara Warmington 793640.

October 8th Baptist Church Hall Emma Remington ‘As we go down to the Woods’. Competition ‘Autumn’Gold’. Visitors welcome.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 17th October in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Dr Timothy Brain will give a talk on ‘The Gunpowder Plot’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
October 15th in the Baptist Church Hall  Henley Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm ‘Wonderful Winter Wildlife’ with Ashley Grove. Visitors welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16th October 2019

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Town Organisations and Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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