Events In and Around
Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England
22nd February 2017
424th EDITION OF HENLEY NEWS
Over 400 readers sign CFR Petition
The Henley Community First Responders would like
to say a huge thank you to each person who took the trouble to support
the petition about the Co-op defibrillator.
As yet we have no progress to report, but we have
sent the petition, with a wonderful 415 names, to the officer at West
Midlands Ambulance Service who is negotiating with the Co-op on behalf
of themselves and the Henley CFRs.
We hope that an amicable solution will be reached
New sweetshop opened by Court
The High Bailiff, Mr Norman
Kench, Low Bailiff, Mr Graham Smith and members of the Court Leet were
pleased to be invited to perform the opening of the Henley
The Court carried out a
traditional assizes sampling both the drinks and sweets offered for
sale to the people of Henley. Ale Taster, Mr Tom Mangan took
responsibility for sampling and testing the Milk Shake which was a rare
diversion from his usual Ale Tasting. He reported that the taste
and flavour were exceptional good and he had no hesitation in giving
Sharon Jones, Butter Weigher
to the Court sampled the fudge which was offered and reported that this
also was of excellent quality and fit for the good people of Henley.
The High Bailiff then
presented a certificate to proprietor, Dominik Regan and his lovely
partner Becci, recommending the produce to the people of Henley, he
also wished them the best of luck for the future and said that the shop
would be a great asset to the town.
At the end of the proceedings
the Town Crier, Mr Les Long raised the traditional cheer to the Queen,
the Lord of the Manor and the proprietors
The first customers at the
The JPC Grants Working Party will be meeting
prior to the Ordinary JPC meeting scheduled for 20th March to go
through all of the applications. They will then make
recommendations to be ratified at the March meeting.
Representatives of the JPC and myself are
working with WCC, SDC and Taylor Wimpey to continue to try and find a
solution to alleviate and ease the parking issues in Henley and we will
report back when we have made some progress.
An informal meeting was held with residents of
Glenhurst Road and those that may be affected by flooding in Warwick
Road, and were asked if they would like to consider participating and
becoming involved in a Brook Maintenance Association. The
meeting was held on 2nd February at 7.00 pm at the Hub and we feel that
it was a well-attended, positive meeting with those present
contributing to the discussions. If anyone wished to come along
to the meeting on the 2nd Feb and couldn’t make it but would like
some further information, perhaps you could contact either myself or
Cllr Peter Crathorne – details below.
I have reported in previous issues that the JPC
is considering upgrading the three Bus Shelters in Henley to make them
more pleasing to the eye and practical for the bus user. We have now
met one of the preferred contractors and will make contact with a
further two, prior to making a decision. If there are
any bus users who would like to have an input into the kinds of
shelters they would prefer, I would be grateful if you could contact
me, either by telephone or email – please see below.
The Film Night held in the Memorial Hall on
26th January appears to have been a huge success and we are looking
forward to further screenings in the future.
Tenders have been invited for the grass mowing
and maintenance contract in Henley and the deadline for tenderers to
respond is Wednesday, 1st March. Tenders will be opened together
in front of two Cllrs, myself and an independent witness.
I have received a number of complaints recently
about the amount of dog fouling in Henley at the moment. Dog
Fouling is one of the biggest environmental issues for residents in
Henley and it is time to take action, clamp down on culprits and
promote responsible dog ownership. Failure to clean up after your
dog could result in a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice.
There is no defence to claim ignorance of your dog’s
actions. Sadly, a number of dog owners let Henley down.
The next full JPC meeting will be held
on Monday, 20th March 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm.
Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council has received a
lot of complaints recently regarding dog fouling in Beaudesert &
Henley in Arden. Again, it is necessary to remind all dog owners
to be responsible and to clear up after their dog has fouled. As
you may or may not be aware, it is illegal to ignore and not clear up
your own dog’s mess and there could be a £75 on-the-spot
Fixed Penalty Notice. Non-payment could lead to a court fine of
We would remind you that in order for members of the public, especially
children and the elderly to avoid illness and disease, not to mention
becoming covered in dog mess, please act responsibly and with
care. Please, please clear up after your dog. Please also note
that livestock also get diseases from dog mess (tapeworm in
If you do see someone who has not picked up after their dog has fouled
and you do not feel comfortable about approaching them, please do give
me a ring on 01564 795499/07765 864588or email: firstname.lastname@example.org(all calls will be treated with the utmost confidence).
For problems with stray dogs and other related matters not dealt with
by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, please
contact the Dog Warden at Stratford District Council on 01789 260837.
Please also remember to keep your dogs on
leads in areas where there is livestock.
THIS THURSDAY EVENING
OR PAY AT THE
DOOR ON THE NIGHT
During the winter of
1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician,
cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to
investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing
himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead
to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality
- little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the
pioneer of modern-day computing.
Famously leading a
motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence
officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes
of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting
portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man,
GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to
shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
Roll up, roll up, The Henley Rural
Cinema is flourishing.
Opening night was
great, lovely atmosphere and two guys in dinner suits, recruited to the
role of ‘Bouncers’!
Sweating by the
technical crew who were testing the equipment. Would the sound system
and new digital projector work? It did and a sigh of relief was the
response from the audience.
Our lovely Town Crier
announced the opening of the evening and 120 people settled down to
watch the film. The cinema screen and projection was impressive.
Everyone agreed that we have a modern cinema right on our doorstep. The
audience liked the intermission, lots of chat, tea, coffee, wine and
nibbles. A note came up on the screen asking us to take our seats and
we all settled down to watch the rest of the film. It is nearly time
again for local people to use their new cinema in the Memorial Hall.
Our Rural Cinema is
showing ‘The Imitation Game’ on Thursday the 23rd of February.
Wine, Henley Ice-cream and luxury chocolate and popcorn will be on
sale. Henley bakery is also providing sandwiches for those cinema goers
who have come straight from work. Doors open at 7pm and the view of the
screen, from all parts of the hall, is excellent. Tickets will be on
sale on the door and a great movie will be seen by all.
Game is about Alan Turing, superbly played by Benedict
Cumberbatch and how his team cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park
during the second world war. The film only deals with this period of
time. It is an excellent film and well worth seeing at the
Henley-In-Arden Rural Cinema.
I’ll have a
Sauvignon Blanc, what's yours?
Bridget Jones's Baby
is a 2016 romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire and written
by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, based on the fictional
columns by Fielding. It is the third film in the franchise and a sequel
to 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The film
stars Renee Zellwegger as Bridget Jones, who after becoming pregnant is
unsure if Mark Darcy (Colin firth, also reprising his role) or Jack
Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) is the father. (Wikipedia)
Spotlight on Dan
The James Taylor
Relive the incredible music of the five-time Grammy Award winner, in
this Edinburgh Fringe ***** sensation: The James Taylor Story.
Featuring a backdrop of
imagery, stories from the life of James Taylor and hits such as
‘Fire & Rain’, ‘Sweet Baby James’ and the
unforgettable ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, the show has
been leaving lasting impressions on audiences.
Created by Dan Clews, the
show follows the rise to fame of an icon whose music shaped a
generation and the influences that moulded his music. The James Taylor
Story is a mesmerising mix of incredible live renditions of hit songs
and classics. Rediscover the music and go behind the scenes of one of
the most iconic songwriters of popular music.
Since signing to George
Martin’s recording label Dan has performed to a ‘sold
out’ Albert Hall, played numerous sessions with Bob Harris on
Radio 2 & followed Mumford & Sons at Glastonbury.
For such large accolades,
Dan’s music is quietly profound. Described by Bob Harris as
‘Landscape Folk’ it goes from deeply introspective subjects
like the tragic beheading of David Haynes (British Aid Worker)
His new album; While
Middle England Mows Its Lawn is out now.
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in Arden Drama is to perform the iconic monologues which are
now regarded by many as a standing testimony of life in the eighties in
England. Talking Heads by Alan Bennett, first performed for
BBC television by such giants of the theatre world as Maggie Smith,
Julie Walters and Penelope Wilton, were greeted at the time with very
mixed reactions by viewers. Phil Walker will perform A Chip in the
Sugar highlighting the plight of an ageing son coping with his
mother’s dementia. Sheena Ison plays Lesley a bit-part actress
conned in to making a blue movie in the naïve piece entitled Her
Big Chance, whilst Tracy Humphreys takes on A Lady of Letters,
a suburban busybody who’s intervention in to other people’s
business leads to unbelievable consequences.
Perhaps the most controversial of the four
performances is Playing Sandwiches, where Ray Evans portrays
a reformed paedophile who struggles to suppress his misguided
behaviour. Following the recent exposure of a series of luminaries
during the Yew Tree investigations, this piece has become even more
distressing for the listener and, as such, certain graphic passages
within the narrative have been removed.
No doubt the performances on Tuesday 4th
April, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of April will be well
attended by Bennett followers however younger members of the community
may find the experience quite edifying about life in England 30 years
ago. Full information on the festival week’s show running order
and ticket purchase can be found on www.henleygh.co.uk
the festival runs from the 3rd to the 9th of April.
WAGS Gang Show Cubs ‘Off around the
Cub Scouts performing in this year’s WAGS 2017 Gang Show were
treated to a special visit to Leamington Spa Station on Saturday joined
by Chiltern Railway’s Station Manager Leanne McCarthy and
Customer Host Nick Rees. As the Cubs are performing a sketch
‘Around The World’ which starts at the Station and it was
an ideal photo opportunity.
The Cubs Producer Paul Wakeley
says “It is always a delight to work with such fantastic young
people. The rehearsals have been going really well, and I know the Cubs
are looking forward to showcasing what they have achieved on their
whirlwind tour of the world.”
WAGS Gang Show wish to thank
Chiltern Railways for the help and support.
The Gang Show will be performed
at the Royal Spa Centre from the 7th – 11th March with evening
performances and a matinee on the Saturday.
130 young people are in their
last weeks of rehearsing to make this a fantastic show. The gang
have also been fundraising for their chosen Charity ‘GUY'S
GIFT’ which supports bereaved children and young people and their
families in Warwickshire. Bereavement in childhood can have a huge
impact on the day-to-day lives of those affected. Children and
young people who have experienced a significant bereavement often feel
isolated, like nobody understands what they are dealing with. Their
social interactions, school work and participation in activities can
Guy’s Gift has been
supporting bereaved children, young people and their families in
Warwickshire since 2009, in a variety of ways including one-to-one
support, group workshops and activity weekends.
Service Co-ordinator Lisbeth
Bakewell says “We’re thrilled to be supported by the young
people from WAGS, and we think that this is a great example of young
people in the community reaching out to support others in their time of
There will be collections at the
end of each performance.
At the Hub@Henley Community Centre
the coffee bar is open 6 times a week.
It relies totally on volunteer staff; they serve
coffees, sweets and soft drinks, join in some of the activities -
helping with cooking for example. All the volunteers really enjoy
this informal interaction with the young people and often comment how
polite and friendly they are especially when they meet up with the
young people in the streets around our town.
There are normally two volunteers on duty together
with opportunities in the quieter moments to have a chat. It is a
sociable and enjoyable session for everyone. Full training is given and
checks are required.
There is a fortnightly rota for the youth club
evenings and substitutes are available for holidays and other
commitments. There are vacancies on some for these sessions:
Monday 6.30-8.30pm 9-11 yrs youth
Tuesday after school coffee bar 2.45-4.45pm All ages;
This coffee bar will close at Easter unless we are
able to find at least two volunteers to step in and help.
Tuesday Club 6.30pm–8.30pm 11-13 yrs youth club;
Wednesday 13+ yrs youth club 7.00-9.00pm;
Thursday after school coffee bar 2.45–4.45pm All ages
If you like the idea of helping the young people
of Henley for a couple of hours a fortnight and would like to know more
please contact Peter Crathorne 07974 573582 or email@example.com
Beaudesert Society February 2017 Meeting
The society was
pleased to welcome Robert Bearman to tell us about market towns, with
particular reference to towns within a 15 mile radius of Henley.
A Royal Charter was required to permit a town to
hold markets; i.e. to be a market town. Charters increased greatly in
numbers in the two and half centuries after the Norman Conquest. This
was a period during which population and agricultural production
increased, before the plagues of the fourteenth century checked
population growth and agricultural expansion. A new market could
be set up only with royal consent which was not always readily
obtainable, if there was an existing market near the proposed site on
the same day, the criterion being that markets should be separated by
six and two thirds miles, the distance a person could comfortably
Just as today, medieval markets competed with each
other so some were very successful; others did not develop at all
whilst others declined after a period. Wellesbourne for instance had a
charter but little market activity. Kenilworth’s market
flourished for a while before declining, while Chipping Camden was
positively a boom town by virtue of its wool trade. Small villages with
large churches such as Brailles are indicative of places where markets
boomed and then withered away.
Market towns often grew up close to fortified
places such as Henley with its castle. Additionally, markets were
located where transport was easiest, such as at an important
crossroads, a good example being Moreton in Marsh. Market town status
affected the development of the town in that space had to be provided
for the market, so such towns would have at least one wide section of
street, Moreton in Marsh (pictured) and the northern half of Henley
being good examples.
Market stalls would normally be set up as
temporary structures on market days either in streets or squares.
However stalls would sometimes be allowed to remain from one market day
to the next and ultimately be replaced by permanent timber-built
booths. The next stage would be a range of more substantial structures,
typified by a market hall often with open arches and here Chipping
Camden springs to mind. In this way, what were originally spacious
market places or wide streets often became partly encroached by island
blocks of permanent buildings, sometimes threaded by alleys. There are
many examples of infilling of original market places such as Alcester
or indeed our own town of Henley with its Guildhall, adjacent buildings
and St. John’s church.
Related to market halls, but more ornamental than
utilitarian were the market crosses, often erected to provide
God’s blessing on the market trade. Few have survived the
destruction of the Reformation, the zeal of Puritans or the forces of
decay. Henley’s 15th century market cross is a fortunate one
which has survived albeit in truncated form.
The most successful markets were those towns such
as Stratford and Alcester lying on major roads and forming a trading
border between the Cotswolds to the south and the Forest of Arden to
As usual after the talk, members had the chance to
mingle socially over a cup of tea. The next meeting will be the
Society’s AGM at 7.30 pm on Thursday 16th March in the Baptist
Church Hall. Immediately after this, Laurence Thatcher will give
a talk entitled ‘Roman Alcester’. Visitors and new members
are very welcome and further details are available from Pat Kench on
A market hall. The arches were originally
open to provide space for market traders but as markets declined, they
were filled in to make enclosed spaces with other uses.
Report by Andrew Yarwood
Genre - Drama, Fiction
Written by August Wilson
Director - Denzil Washington
Starring- Denzil Washington
Stephen Mckinley Henderson
Cert- 12A 140minutes
‘Fences’ the movie is an adaption for
the big screen of August Wilson’s 1983 play, for which James Earl
Jones and Mary Alice won Tony Awards for their performance on the New
York stage, on Broadway. Denzil Washington and Viola Davis also won
Tony awards for their 2010 revival in America and Lenny Henry played
the lead in the UK achieving excellent reviews for his performance as
The story is of a Black family struggling to make
a living in Pittsburgh in the 1950’s. Denzil Washington plays the
Father of the household Troy Maxson. Troy is a deeply flawed person who
in his younger years failed to fulfil his dream of becoming a baseball
player. We meet him as he is heading for retirement from his position
as a garbage man. Troy has two sons and a disabled brother and time has
taken its toll. This is a film of lost hope and broken dreams but
ultimately hope for the future through family. Troy’s life
involved prison, missed relationships and an ongoing eighteen year
relationship with his wife Rose. Viola Davis brilliantly plays the part
of Rose. A woman whose life revolves around the family of which Troy is
the centre. She has given up so much of herself that the enormity of
her situation resonates long after the film has finished.
The bulk of the play takes place in the house and
outside in the back garden. As on the stage, the action is dependent on
emotional responses to the spoken and unspoken word. The vocabulary is
the force behind the film and the filming is lifted from the theatre
which can seem restricted within a film. The hard realism hits home to
the viewer with a respect and a validation to the characters we are
Denzil Washington is passionate and committed to
his role but this film belongs to Viola Davis, an outstanding
performance, she will win the Oscar! Tony Maxsons close friend Bono,
superbly played by Stephen McKinley Henderson brings to the production
a realism that is illuminating in its expression of love for a close
‘Fences’ is worth seeing, a serious
evening out, a long film, honest and heartbreaking but classy.
Linda Paul, Film critic
Herb of the Month
Although the bright yellow flowers of the
Dandelion are a long way from springing up this time of year, if you
look closely along the paths by the roadsides and in your lawns, you
will see the young leaves nestling amongst the blades of grass. To
many, this plant is seen as a weed that must be eradicated at once!
This really is a shame, as this humble herb has many uses for us today.
The leaves can be collected for use at any time of the year but
generally the roots are best harvested between June and August(2).
Looking back in history, the first time we hear of
the Dandelion as a medicine is in the works of the Arabian physicians
of the tenth and eleventh centuries. But, its recorded use is believed
to date back to Ancient Rome and the Anglo Saxons. It first appeared in
European history in the 13th Century when it was used by the Welsh.
Dandelion roots have long been largely used on the Continent, and the
plant is cultivated largely in India as a remedy for liver complaints(1)
Its constituents are glycosides, triterpenoids,
choline,flavonoids,carotenoids and potassium (up to 4.5% in the
leaves). Its main actions are as a diuretic (the French used to call it
pis-en-lit!), anti- rheumatic, liver cleanser, laxative and tonic.(2)
Dandelion has been used over the centuries for its
diuretic effect, and its action is comparable to that if the
drug,'Frusemide'. In this action, it stimulates kidney function,
but unlike diuretic pharmaceutical drugs which generally cause a loss
of potassium for the system, Dandelion contains one of the best sources
of potassium and so this effect is balanced out by what is naturally
found in the plant(3).Sometimes it really is true that nature knows
best! This action is often needed in people who have heart failure
resulting in retention of fluid. As always, it is important to ensure
that there are no contraindications for any medication you might
already be on, if you decide to use Dandelion.
Dandelion has long been used to slowly cleanse the
liver, gallbladder and pancreas, regarded as one of the finest liver
remedies, both as food and medicine (the leaves can easily be added to
a mixed green salad, for example). Studies have shown that dandelion
enhances the flow of bile,improving such conditions as liver
congestion, bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, gallstones and
It is the ideal spring cleanser (and that time is
only just round the corner) and is a valuable general tonic. Its
mineral content makes it efficacious in this area and in springtime,
the leaves are less bitter.
Dandelion has also been used successfully in as
varying conditions as insomnia and lethargy to rheumatoid arthritis and
So it may be that next time you find yourself
beginning to groan at the familiar leaves growing in your lawn, you may
think again before you throw it on the weed pile and perhaps harvest it
instead and make use of its beneficial properties.
Wood M. (2008) The Earthwise Herbal North
Laura Yarham reporting
The New Executive Principal
Now that I have been
appointed as the new Executive Principal (on a temporary basis for the
next two to three terms), I thought it might be useful to introduce
myself to the wider local community.
I am currently the Principal of Knowle CE Primary
Academy in Knowle, a position I have held since 2004. Under my
leadership the school was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in
2012 and converted to an academy in April 2013. Since that time we have
continued to develop our capacity to provide school to school support
which has enabled us to offer both challenge and support to a number of
schools in Solihull, Staffordshire, Birmingham and Warwickshire with
very positive outcomes.
Henley-in-Arden Primary is the quintessential
small town school; at the heart of its community serving the local
children and their families, providing that essential
‘something’ that only a small town school can. When you
visit you cannot fail to both see and feel this as you walk around.
Children are confident, happy and ready and willing to learn.
Everyone at Henley is on a mission to ensure that this delightful ethos
is complemented by the highest standards of teaching and learning so
that children in our care thrive and develop and are more than ready to
then take on the next stage of their
We warmly welcome visitors and if you are looking
to place your child in a safe, secure and caring environment in which
they can flourish, then please give us a call.
Speed Skating Assembly
On Tuesday 14th February St Mary’s Catholic Primary School were
treated to a visit from Will Dobson and John Fry. Will is a member of
the GB youth national inline speed skating team. John is the coach of
Birmingham Wheels which is the club Will skates for and an ex champion
in the same sport. John brought along his torch from the 2012 London
Olympics which the children absolutely loved. After an introduction
from John about the sport of speedskating there was an open question
and answer session for both John and Will where they discovered Will
has been skating for 7 years and his top speed is 35 miles per hour!
The children were then treated to a demonstration of Will’s
skills as he did a few skating circuits on the playground.
This visit along with many other ‘nice to know’ pieces of
information was tweeted on the St Mary’s twitter feed. If anyone
wishes to follow us our username is @cpstmarys.
Rachel Saltmarsh reporting
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Henley War Memorial Trust.
Club reports on a successful
Open Day Cardio
Juniors get involved
in the games
Spooky fun at
Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club
held its AGM on 15th February and members gathered to hear highlights
of a successful 2016. This included the Open Day in April as well
as continuing success with junior membership and competitive play in
local leagues. Club competition success was also recognised with
the award of several trophies.
The Open Day, held in early April,
attracted over 70 people to join in the fun and games with family and
friends. Parents joined in cardio tennis, older juniors were able
to benefit from tips and guidance from a qualified coach and learn more
about improving their game, while the younger ones got involved in mini
Coaching has always been a priority at the
Club, and the numbers in the junior section remain high. The Club
has entered more junior mini tennis leagues than ever before and runs
nearly 40 different group coaching sessions for adults and juniors
throughout the week.
One of the main objectives for the Club is
to provide a good balance between social and competitive play and with
seven floodlit courts, social tennis, tournaments and other activities
run throughout the year. The Club also continues to field teams
in the Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed Tennis Leagues.
The next Open Day is on Saturday 1st April
11:30am – 3:30pm when the Club will welcome potential new members
to come along and join in a range of tennis based activities.
gives me great pleasure to invite all the readers of Henley NEWS
to this years’ dinner.
Perhaps the most popular speaker in the
history of our dinners has been Jeremy Coney, the
former New Zealand all rounder and captain, who spoke in 2014. He has
agreed to come back this year with some more hilarious stories of his
life in cricket. We know it is going to be another night to remember.
We also have our first dinner for many years
at a new venue; The Butchers Social (formerly Matracardi).The reception
will be in the restaurant and the Dinner in a marquee in their lovely
garden which looks out over the river and the Mount. A superb spot and
most of us we can leave the car at home and stagger home afterwards.
The evening starts at 7 pm with a champagne
reception. Dress code is jackets and ties for the boys and posh frocks
for the girls. Tickets are £35 and £20 for juniors (cheques
payable to Henley Cricket Club) and are available from me on 01564
795239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The success of the evening is so important
to the future of cricket in Henley. We do hope you will be able to join
us to enjoy the return visit of the lovely and amusing Jeremy Coney.
Your support will be greatly appreciated.
John Latham President
John Garner's Business Column
Business Rates changes
a small business owner who has owned commercial property I can assure
you that business rates are just about the most iniquitous tax that
businesses have to bear. They have risen steadily over the years
and have become a significant business overhead.
Domestic rates include things like rubbish
collection, street cleaning, street lighting, the police; a small
amount (the precept) goes to local councils including our own Parish
Council. Business rates only cover some of these (for instance
businesses have to pay for their own rubbish collection) and not a
penny goes go back to local councils.
We are now about to see the first
revaluation of Business rates for seven years. The government says the
changes will be revenue neutral: some will pay more but others with
benefit. Either way, the changes will have an impact on all
businesses when the changes come into effect in April.
Rates are charged in proportion to the value
of a property as estimated by government surveyors about 26 years ago.
The controversy arises because these changes are usually outside the
control of the business operating inside. So businesses in areas that
are supposedly up and coming will see their rates bills increase,
regardless of their ability to pay. This is because it’s a
good way to raise a substantial amount of money for the exchequer,
it’s difficult to avoid paying and has high collection rates.
The valuations on which bills in England and
Wales are based are supposedly updated every five years in line with
the changing property market. By law this is done so as to raise no
extra money so there are always winners and losers. The government
delayed the latest valuation by two years from 2015 to 2017 to avoid it
coinciding with a general election. This means the swings in rates
bills this time have been especially large.
Some London businesses face increases of
more than 100% while others in areas where property values have fallen,
such as the Midlands and north of England, have been paying too much
for the past two years. Hence businesses with a presence across
the country will see rises and falls in different places offset each
other, but small independent shops in prosperous areas could struggle.
Many online retailers (e.g. Amazon) will see
a cut to their business rates because their out-of-town warehouses have
either fallen in value or increased by much less than high street
shops, reinforcing the threat their business models pose to
traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers, the sort of retailers we like
to see in Henley High Street. Something tells me the government
has got it wrong.
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Burglary Other. Arden Road, Henley.
Wooden garden shed broken into and pedal cycle stolen. Offenders have
forced the wood around the mortise lock to gain entry. The cycle is a
two year old Grey Carrera Hybrid, 28 inch frame, disc brakes. Between
11th & 12th February. 0125 12/02/2017
Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Brook End
Drive, Henley. A white custom Ford Transit van stolen from driveway by
unknown means. Overnight 6th & 7th February. 0021 07/02/2017
Attempt Theft. Barley Close, Henley.
Parcel delivered to house and left outside. A large white van was then
seen to pull up at the address and a male get out. He went over to the
parcel and was about to pick it up when he saw that he was being
watched. He got back into the van and drove off. Last three letters of
registration number was DYX. Male described as Asian, beard, wearing a
woolly hat and a hi-vis coat. There was also a passenger in the van.
10.15am Monday 6th February. 0233 06/02/2017
Burglary Dwelling. Barley Close, Henley.
Offender(s) have smashed open rear patio doors to house and entry
gained. An untidy search of house has been made and items taken.
Between 16th & 17th February. 0431 17/02/2017
Burglary Dwelling. Oldberrow Lane,
Henley. Offenders have gained access to house through the conservatory
and have stolen keys. As a result a Blue Honda Jazz vehicle was also
stolen from the premises. Between 6.30pm and 10pm Wednesday 15th
February. 0401 15/02/2017
Anti Social Behaviour. Castle Road,
Studley. Youths kicking a football against garages and playing loud
music. SNT will monitor situation. 6pm Monday 13th February. 0341
Burglary Dwelling. Arden Road, Henley.
Lock on front door to house found damaged. Offender(s) have tried to
force the lock open without success. Between 12.25pm and 2.30pm Monday
13th February. 0254 13/02/2017
Damage. Whitley Hill, Henley. First floor
window of house smashed. Between 12th & 13th February. 0148
Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road,
Henley. Two males seen acting suspiciously in the road. Also seen to
run to rear of premises. Both stop checked by police and details taken.
No offences disclosed at the time. 11.40pm Sunday 12th February. 0413
Suspicious Circumstances. High Croft,
Claverdon. Caller reporting suspicious vehicle driving slowly up and
down the cul de sac. Three white males on board. Last three letters of
vehicle was LDA. No offences disclosed. 1pm Sunday 12th February. 0230
Suspicious Circumstances / Attempt
Burglary Dwelling. Park Drive, Claverdon. Alarm activation at house.
Neighbour has seen two males go around the property and then over the
back fence. Police attended and searched area but no one found. 1.45pm
Tuesday 7th February. 0141 07/02/2017
Suspicious Circumstances, Langley Road,
Claverdon. Two males with covered faces seen to walk up private
driveway of house. When challenged they ran off, possibly getting into
a White Van with a part registration number of HU08. No offences
disclosed. 2pm Wednesday 15th February. 0284 15/02/2017 . Further
information received via Claverdon NHW - The van was a small white Ford
Connect Van which drove off towards Breach Lane then back towards
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Wed 1st - AGM of
Henley War Memorial Trust
Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema
Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema
3rd to 9th - Arts
for All Week in the Guild Hall
Thurs 20th - Court Leet Dinner -
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner
Thurs 27th - Rural Cinema
Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert
Thurs 2 - Rural Cinema
Court Leet Day and
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.
Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Guild Hall Trust -
Arts for All Week The Great
Henley Music Festival
The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub. Thurs 28th - Rural Cinema
Consensus - an
evening of music and words
Henley MOP Thurs 26th - Rural Cinema
1st Henley and
Wootton Scout Group Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar Thurs 23rd - Rural
Sat 2nd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
Thurs 25th - Rural Cinema
HENLEY IN BLOOM
AGM 7.0 p.m. at Baptist Church Hall on Monday 27th February,
2017. A brief roundup of last year’s activities and plans
for this year. Anyone wanting to hear more about our friendly group is
very welcome to come along. (794308)
GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 28th February Howard Drury will
tell us about ‘Switzerland – Flower Hunting in the Bernese
Oberland’. 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall 7.30pm. Visitors
ST. BASIL’S CENTRE FOR
YOUNG HOMELESS IN BIRMINGHAM is one of the charities St.
John’s Church supports. The Coffee Morning on 28th January
raised £356, thanks to all who supported. Help to prevent youth homelessness in
North Warwickshire. Join The Shakespeare Sleepout Friday 7th
April, king Edward VI School. More information is available from www.stbasils.org.uk/shakespearesleepout
or 0121 772 9614.
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 29th
March, 24th May and 12th July. Contact School Office on 792766.
HENLEY WI –
Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Annie Dixon
–Dunn will talk about ‘Home Instead’. Visitors
welcome. For more information please contact Barbara Warmington 793640.
HENLEY IN ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 14th March in the Baptist Church Hall. Kerry Artess
Demonstration: Oranges & Lemons. Competition: Here Comes Spring.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT
Our next meeting is on Thursday 16th March in the Baptist Church Hall.
The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm followed at 8.00 pm by a talk entitled
‘Art and Plunder: the Spoils of War’ by Douglas Sharp.
Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat
Kench on 795419.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH AFTER
SCHOOL COFFEE CLUB(AT THE HUB) –
Do you have 1½ hours to spare on a Tuesday or Wednesday
afternoon from 3.00pm till 4.30pm to help out with either the snack bar
or as a voluntary worker at this club, during school term times? If yes
contact Laurence Marshall 07970 444363.
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 £3). 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yogill.com.
YOGA- Vinyasa Flow Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm,
Memorial Hall, Station Road. New Beginners Class Friday 9.30am, St
John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley In Arden Come and
learn about Asana (postures) and Pranayama. Contact me to find out more
and to book. Eleanor 07932658719 Yogahenley@gmail.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL
Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc.
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
for special occasions, boutique weddings, Christening parties, private
dining, funeral wakes. Visit WWW.HENLEYGH.CO.UK for
more information and hire charges.
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
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
FIRST RESPONDER GROUP
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 BEAUDESERT
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
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
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 Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.Please contact Alan Jones on 01564
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
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 £3). 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
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 phone John Townson on 01564
792407 or email Jon Butler on firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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: 07932658719 email@example.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 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.
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
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.
1st 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 /
The HUB @ HENLEY The 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
TAI CHI in 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
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP 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.
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 Claire Bishop for more details on
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 email@example.com.
BRIDGE CLUB 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.
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 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.
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