Events In and Around
Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England
11th January 2017
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Karl Loxley performs 'Nessun Dorma' - The Voice UK
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Plans are well underway for the Henley-in-Arden
Guild Hall Trust “Arts 4 All” Week
which will take place from 3rd to the 9th April inclusive within the
historic Guild Hall building on Henley High Street.
“The event will give local people young
and old the opportunity to see quality performances on their doorstep
and within a beautifully intimate and atmospheric location”
says the Trust’s event organiser Laurence Marshall.
Opening at 7.30 pm on Monday 3rd April with a
performance by Karl Loxley, who shot to recent fame appearing on the
BBC One show The Voice singing the famous opera aria ‘Nessun
Dorma’ to over 9 million viewers and receiving many standing
ovations from all the coaches; giving Rita Ora shivers and rating his
performance as “Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!” and
prompting Sir Tom Jones to say “I like the sound of his
voice, I like the timbre of his voice, you don’t learn that,
that’s a sound within you”.
Wednesday 5th April sees the arrival of Edinburgh
Festival sensation Dan Clews who since signing to Sir George
Martin’s publishing label has performed to a “sold
out” Albert Hall, played numerous sessions with Bob Harris on BBC
Radio 2 and followed Mumford and Sons on stage at Glastonbury. Dan
brings The James Taylor story to Henley in Arden in a show that follows
the rise and fall of an icon whose music shaped a generation and the
show is a mesmerising mix of incredible live renditions of hit songs
and classics such as Fire & Rain, Sweet Baby James and You’ve
Got a Friend.
Thursday 6th April brings an incredible drama
double bill featuring Caroline Burns Cooke’s “And The Rope
Still Tugging Her Feet”, a one woman dramatisation of the Kerry
Babies Scandal of 1984 in which Burns Cooke takes on multiple roles as
she tells the story of a single mother erroneously accused of the
murder of a new-born baby. This is a compelling performance of this
shocking story of misogyny, police corruption and the intolerance of
the Irish church that happened well within living memory. In
contrast, this is followed by Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?
Written and performed by Claire Dowie and first presented in 1990 at
the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, this is a fierce and subversive
monologue about gender expectations and stereotypes, spoken by someone
who doesn’t want to be a ‘girl’, doesn’t want
to wear skirts, wants to be John Lennon. What begins as frustration at
the impracticality of the compulsory school skirt – only good for
showing off legs and no good for playing football – becomes an
articulate and passionate invective against obligatory femininity. Why
Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt? Is a powerful condemnation of
society’s aggressive reinforcement of gender constructs, and the
difficulties of finding a way to be who you want to be.
Specially created for the Arts 4 All week by
local performing group HADS sees Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening
performances of four of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues
exploring four seemingly mundane characters each harbouring hidden
“A Lady of Letters” features Bev
Walker as Irene, a one – woman neighbourhood watch with a
self-appointed duty to keep the world, or at least her small corner of
it, on the straight and narrow. But when her letter-writing gets
out of hand, the results unexpectedly transform Irene’s
“A Chip In The Sugar” is performed by
Phil Walker whilst Sheena Ison takes on the Julie Walters role in
“Her Big Chance” and Ray Evans completes the line up in
“Playing Sandwiches” as well as directing and producing the
Saturday 8th April also sees daytime performances
with Children’s Theatre in the morning, lunchtime Jazz, &
Swing with a contemporary twist from Metz Jnr followed by a Poetry Slam
hosted by Worcestershire’s former Poet Laureate Theo Theobald.
The evening's Talking Heads performance by HADS is preceded by an
opportunity to remember the music of Jim Reeves in Tony Wall’s
authentic tribute to one of the most important performers in Country
Music history. Jim Reeves undoubtedly played an important role in the
worldwide acceptance of Country music opening the door for many of
today’s leading entertainers.
Again, on Saturday 8th in a special performance
at St John’s Church, Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust is pleased
to have secured a performance by the Mulligan Sisters from Co Longford.
The girls have been singing together since they were three years of
age. Mary is a Mezzo Soprano and Aideen is a Soprano. They sing
in beautiful harmony with a wonderful mix of classical, sacred,
operatic and popular music. Their repertoire includes ‘O mio
Babbino Caro’, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’,
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to mention a few. They
studied singing in the London College of Music under vocal coach Soo
Bee Lee & Irene Sanford of the Royal Irish Academy and guested with
Ronan Tynan in the New York 911 Commemoration Concert for the New York
The Arts 4 All event concludes on Sunday 9th
April with daytime performances from local talents including the Annie
Davies Jazz Trio and Stevie T and an evening stand-up comedy event
hopefully to be headlined by Lewis Schaffer who was one of the top
comics of stand-up comedy, New York City, as house MC at the Comedy
Cellar and the Boston Comedy Club in Greenwich Village. A short
visit to London in 2000 went very wrong when love and marriage took him
from his beloved New York and gave him children, divorce and heartache
in the UK. Now trapped in a multi-occupancy council flat in Nunhead, a
suburb of Peckham, Lewis Schaffer is making the worst of a bad
Unreserved tickets for all events are being
released on 1st February 2017 via the Trust’s web site www.henleygh.co.uk
Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust thanks Creative
Touch of Henley in Arden for their ongoing support to the Trust and
Henley in Arden JPC for grant support but are still urgently looking
for one or two Main Sponsors for this event who will feature
extensively within promotional material and pre performance
announcements. Please contact Laurence Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
The Guild Hall & Gardens are managed by the Guild Hall Trust, an
independent charity. The Guild Hall and its gardens are one of the
town’s and indeed the County’s best kept secrets and
residents of Henley in Arden and visitors alike are welcome to visit
the Guild Hall and reflect on over 600 years of history or spend an
hour or so in the magnificently created Jubilee Gardens, a peaceful
haven in the centre of town. The purpose of the Arts 4 All week is
twofold, firstly to encourage a greater use of this asset by all of the
citizens of Henley in Arden, young and old alike and secondly to
contribute towards the conservation work of the Guild Hall Trust so
that the Hall and Gardens can continue to be cared for and enjoyed by
future generations for years to come.
Businesses are invited to join the Trust’s
growing group of supporters and for an annual fee of just £52.00
each company’s generosity will be acknowledged on the
Trust’s web site Home Page Supporters Section which will feature
their business logo and a link to their own web site. Individuals can
also make donations by visiting our web site at www.henleygh.co.uk
and hitting the “Support Us For The Future” button
attracting Gift Aid where applicable.
Laurence Marshall reporting
Perfect Walking with £11,000 donated to
A cold sunny day led to near perfect walking
conditions attracting record numbers of almost 2,500 walkers for the
Lions Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House.
‘We apologise to those walkers unable to
park at the property who had to walk to the start of the walks’,
said organiser Lion Ute Smith. ‘We were really disappointed when
we were unable to use the overflow car park at Baddesley, due to muddy
conditions, which meant more car loads of walkers than ever were turned
away. Many of these then found alternative parking and walked to the
The parking difficulties certainly did not affect
walkers' generosity with approaching £11,000 being donated for
Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Birmingham St
Mary’s Hospice as well as local causes.
As has become a tradition about a dozen runners
started off for the 9 mile route at 8:30 as the Lions had brought the
walks start time forward to 9:00 in the hope of encouraging walkers to
burn off the Christmas pud earlier. This together with the ideal
walking conditions encouraged more walkers to take on the longer 9 and
6 mile walks, the 3 miles being more popular with the late starters.
‘We have a great relationship with the
National Trust at Baddesley Clinton and they helped us throughout the
day but they do have strict rules like not allowing us to park cars on
the drive or in fields off the drive. We searched hard with them for a
solution this year but local landowners were unable to help and we were
unable to source such a great venue with more parking,’ said Ute.
‘Next year will be the 25th consecutive year for our walks at
Baddesley Clinton and it will be a shame if we cannot accommodate
everyone wishing to take part.’
You may walk the routes anytime. Download
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Photo: One group of walkers setting off from
Baddesley Clinton House on 9 mile walk
St John's Henley-in-Arden
St Nicholas Beaudesert
Rector's Letter -
John Ganjavi writes:
Happy New Year to you all. 2017 is going to be an interesting year,
politically, as a new USA president takes office and Brexit
negotiations begin. Recently we have had another subject capture our
attention when the Governor of the Bank of England pointed out the
failings of globalisation.
Political and financial debates
attract us but often we feel out of our depth, partly because the
subjects are complex and partly because we sense we haven’t been
given all the facts. One thing that I do know, however, is that every
human being is part of the one human race, inhabiting the same one
planet, and pretty much sharing the same hopes and fears. What is more,
God calls us to see everyone as brother or sister; we are his family.
Our recent Christmas celebrations have underlined our togetherness as
we mixed national images of holly and ivy and robins with Scandinavian
reindeer, German Christmas Trees, snowmen from who knows where, and of
course Father Christmas who, originally, was Turkish. As 2017
progresses we might find ourselves drawn into national and
international debates and decisions. On the other hand, we might feel
helpless in the face of huge and overwhelming subjects. On such
occasions we hear the advice to write to our MPs or go on marches. We
share our concerns with a higher authority. We urge them to do what we
can’t do on our own. Prayer is the ultimate petition. In prayer
we can share our deepest concerns with God. The question is whether our
praying is going to be anymore effective than writing a
letter to our MP. There is a general disillusionment with institutions
and authorities so let me encourage you in your praying by sharing my
experience of prayer with you:
It’s always good to talk,
full stop. More than that I often find that in conversation with God I
begin to see perspectives and possibilities that I hadn’t thought
of before. I also start seeing what I can do to make good things
happen. In prayer the fog of frustration and despair lifts and hope
returns. But hang on, am I saying that I go to God, asking him to do
something and somehow he turns it around and I end up having to do the
work? Not quite. Whilst praying undoubtedly can energise us there is
much going on in the world by God if only we had eyes to see it.
Prayer, serious time spent in prayer, opens our eyes.
On behalf of the Joint Parish Council may I take
this opportunity to wish all the residents, businesses and visitors to
Beaudesert and Henley a Very Happy New Year.
As you may already know, the Joint Parish Council
is the tier of Local Government which is closest to the people of the
Parishes of Beaudesert & Henley in Arden and we positively welcome
input and feedback from everyone so that we can improve the area as
best we can.
The Parish Council has been asked by the Pageant
Master to consider whether Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden will be
taking part in the commemoration and remembrance of the end of the
First World War next year and the many millions who were killed or came
home dreadfully wounded. A chain of 1,000 beacons will be lit
throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK
Overseas Territories at 7pm on the 11th November 2018
– a century after the guns fell silent. The Joint Parish Council
proposes to appoint a working party with representatives from the
Parish Council, Court Leet, British Legion, Rotary Club and other
organisations in the area to plan this event.
Another significant project that the JPC is
considering for this year will be to consult on a flood alleviation
scheme for the River Alne. Meetings have already been arranged
with Warwickshire County Council and the Honorary Vice President of the
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Once
these plans are more advanced I will be reporting on them in Henley
Focus and Henley NEWS.
Challenges that the JPC face in 2017 and which
will be taking priority are setting a realistic budget so that we can
continue our maintenance programme and support various community
organisations through the annual grants programme, including necessary
As we approach some of the coldest months of the
year, we would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to be
extra vigilant and to take a few minutes to look and see whether
elderly and/or vulnerable neighbours are safe and well. If you
feel that someone in either Parish would benefit from extra support, in
confidence, please contact either myself or Peter Crathorne via the
contact details below.
Finally, and not least, may I thank all of those
support volunteers that continually assist the JPC, particularly when
an emergency occurs, their help and support is invaluable and greatly
The next full JPC meeting will be held on
Monday, 16th January 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall,
Committee Rooms, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm.
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High
HAPPY NEW YEAR
On behalf of
Henley Court Leet, the High Bailiff Norman Kench would like to wish a
Happy New Year to all the residents of Henley and Beaudesert.
looks forward to the support of the Town’s people during the
coming busy year particularly during Court Leet weekend, 3rd and 4th
June when we have a full programme including the usual assizes,
artisans market, family entertainment plus the unveiling of three
historic plaques along the High Street.
programme of events will be published in the near future.
The December draw of the Henley CFR 100
Club is a Christmas Bonus Special which took place on Saturday
31st December at The Three Tuns. The following numbers were drawn by
First prize of £75 - No. 92 -
Second prize of £30 - No. 62 - Barbara Gennard
Third prize of £15 - No. 50 - Graham Hamlyn
Congratulations to the winners. Many thanks to
everyone who has purchased a number. Don't forget - it only costs
£1 per month and the draw takes place at the end of every month.
The subscriptions are paid annually either by cash, cheque or standing
order. We have some numbers left if you or any of your friends wish to
join the club.
For more information and
rules about the '100 Club' please look at our website: www.henleycfr.org.uk
Affordable homes planned across Warwickshire
Craig Felts, Company Secretary of WRHA with Derrick Dyas, Chairman.
Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) is set to develop a potential 42 much needed affordable homes in six Warwickshire villages this year.
All the new properties are being built specifically for local people to help enable them to stay in the villages in which they have been brought up.
Work will be starting on site in the South Warwickshire villages of Broom and Long Compton in February.
WRHA is working in partnership with developer, Linfoot Country Homes, to bring five properties for affordable rent and one for shared ownership to Broom. While in Long Compton, five homes for affordable rent and four for Local Market sale are being developed in partnership with Heyford Homes.
Both these developments have been made possible through funding from Stratford District Council and the Homes & Communities Agency.
Plans are moving forward for a new development in Stretton on Fosse where five homes for affordable rent, funded through the S106 affordable homes obligation, are planned. It is anticipated that work will start on site later in the year, along with WRHA’s first development in Claverdon. Here, one home for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are planned on a site next to the village primary school.
It is also hoped that work will begin on a development of seven properties for affordable rent in Great Alne, subject to planning approval which is expected next month.
In Wootton Wawen, plans are now gathering pace for WRHA’s ground-breaking Passivhaus scheme, the first of its kind in Warwickshire.
Work should start on site in the Spring. A total of 12 properties for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are being designed and built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard for ultra-low energy buildings, in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group. The aim is to create homes which are as energy efficient as possible to reduce their ecological footprint and keep fuel bills low.
Company Secretary, Craig Felts, commented: “This promises to be a very exciting year for WRHA with many development plans getting underway. These new developments will contribute to the future sustainability of Warwickshire’s small rural communities where affordable housing is in great demand and people are being forced to move away due to a lack of affordable properties.”
Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) is committed to providing affordable homes in rural Warwickshirefor local people and families who would not otherwise be able to afford to live within their own communities.
WRHA was established in 1989 and now manages over 500 homes in 43 rural communities in the county.
When the excitement of the
Christmas season has died down, what better way could you cheer
yourself up than to come along to the next Wootton Wawen Film Night on
Thursday, 12th January?
Our next presentation is the
romantic comedy "Love & Friendship". It stars Kate Beckinsale (as
Lady Susan) who uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible
Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel).
Reviews of this film include
descriptions such as "an adaptation that reinvigorates the breeches,
buttons and bows cliches" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian); "a reminder
that Austen was not only a brilliant architect of screen-friendly plots
but also a very funny writer" (A.O. Scott, NY times); "Though the
deliciously barbed dialogue stays firmly in period, the emotions
bubbling up under the film's cultivated surface have a this-just-in
tartness" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).
2017 PRESENTATION DATES
June - NO PRESENTATION
July - NO PRESENTATION
August - NO PRESENTATION
December - NO PRESENTATION
From the minute the music begins this wonderful
revival fills your heart with joy and laughter. The talent on the
intimate Swan stage is truly breathtaking. Joseph Millson is so
perfect in the role of Willmore that he fills the stage with a
strength and a force that is outstanding.
A carnival fills the stage as three cavaliers
arrive and meet up with three beautiful women who are looking for love
and independence. The innuendoes, humour, farce and scintillating
language fills the evening with laughter and romance. The
masculinity of the cavaliers and the sexuality of the ladies
particularly Alexander Gilbreath as Angelica Bianca knots the play
The music, directed by Grant Olding, will have you
dancing in your seat. Rumba, samba, all coming together with a force
that is unforgettable. As the actors dance together the rhythms
reach out to the audience and you find yourself joining in!
A particular mention must go to Alex Brotherston, a Tony
and Olivier award winning designer. The sets work in such a way
that a stage full of such amazing talent can dance, change sets and yet
illuminate the magic in such a carefully crafted way.
I know people who have never been to the Swan
Theatre. Well, shame on them for missing out on such an intimate,
perfect theatre. If you are part of this group then I recommend
that you visit the RSC to see this wonderful production. Through
the main front door of the RSC, keep walking and you will find the Swan
at the rear of the main theatre. For all of the regulars, then I
will assume that you have tickets, if not, run and buy them now. Such a
romp, a truly outstanding evening!
Linda Paul reporting
get crafty for Christmas
Home Instead Senior Care, an at
home care company which services clients in the Henley area, has gotten
into the knitting spirit, making twiddlemuffs and twiddle cushions for
clients living with dementia. The handmade crafts will be given to
their clients in time for Christmas.
Hazel Howells, a caregiver at Home Instead, came
up with the idea of making twiddlemuffs and cushions for clients with
advanced dementia. Just recently, the team at Home Instead held a
workshop for caregivers to help make as many cushions as possible.
Twiddlemuffs are knitted hand muffs with
interesting bits and bobs attached. Many people with Alzheimer’s,
arthritis and dementia find them comforting and therapeutic as they
help encourage movement and brain stimulation.
Hazel commented on her crafty idea. She said,
“The idea started when I began working with clients who had
dementia. I once took my daughter to visit a client and she brought
with her a coloured clown toy, covered in buttons and tassels, which
the clients loved.
“I saw how much stimulation and security the
toy provided to my clients and got the idea of making my own
twiddlemuffs and cushions to help provide that same stimulation they
got with the toy. I am delighted we are doing more workshops now and I
know our clients will be delighted to receive their handmade crafts for
Home Instead has started incorporating this into
their dementia training have already made about 10 cushions for
Hazel continued, “I want to encourage local
people to learn how to make the simple cushions and hand muffs. We are
starting to plan knitting sessions for the public and we are asking
anyone interested to please get in touch!”
Home Instead Senior Care is changing the way care
is delivered in the UK. Their service is tailored to the needs of
individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation,
light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication
reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to
meet clients’ needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This may not be the plant that springs immediately
to mind at this time of the year. However, on my meanderings around the
local countryside, I happened upon a thorny bush, with very little on
it, but still bearing the juicy fruits of this wayside flower. This is
not the usual time to be gathering rose hips and, of course, they are
past their best in terms of efficacy, but their resilience to come
through the winter so far struck me as rather appropriate given their
use as an immune booster. I have a feeling they were also shouting at
me to get my act together and take care of my own immune system as yet
another cold was threatening to render me horizontal.
Message duly received, I decided to look a little
deeper into the use of this plant through the ages.
Looking back to Roman times, dog rose was the
standard remedy for rabies. According to Plinius, the use of dog rose
was introduced by the mother of a centurion, who dreamed that her son
had been bitten by a dog and that the root of the wild rose would cure
him. He recovered with this treatment and so its usage became more
We are probably all familiar with rose hip syrup
as a remedy for wintertime, because of its high levels of vitamin C,
which protects against infections. In fact, it is in this plant that
vitamin C was first discovered. What we may be less familiar with is
that Rose Hips help to maintain a healthy collagen- the gelatinous
substance that holds trillions of individual cells together and which
offers protection against viral infection(2).
Rosa canina (dog rose)
So what else do these lusciously red hips contain?
Tannins, flavonoids, sugars, pectin, fruit acids and fatty oil. All
these ingredients add to their various uses as anti gall and kidney
stone; diuretic, astringent and mild laxative (2,3). The petals and
hips are also used for acute inflammatory conditions of the respiratory
tract and for chronic inflammation. They make an excellent spring tonic
and aid in general debility and exhaustion. They are indicated in the
weakness of convalescence, old age and delicate children(1,3).
For me, as well, rose, either its petals or
fruits, are linked to the heart. The flowers contain essential oils and
anthrocyanides, the latter of which have a cooling effect to an
overheated system. When the heart is feeling full of emotions and may
become too 'hot', energetically speaking, rose brings calm and
tranquility. It also delivers ease to a melancholic heart. It is why my
herbal teacher always referred to his rose tincture as 'a hug in a
bottle'. This, I think, is a perfect description of this multi-
So, I listen to its message, as I sit by this
beautiful bush, with its dagger like thorns and tempting ruby red rose
fruits. I accept that I need its healing and its wisdom, even just to
stop for a moment of the day and figure out how to look after myself
better. We could all use its properties at this time of year, so take
time to sip on a rose hip and hibiscus tea, as you go about your daily
Wood M.(2008) The Earthwise Herbal
Hoffman D.(2002) Holistic Herbal
Bartram T. (1998) Encyclopedia of Herbal
Henley Rotary Club news
December was for Henley Rotary club, just like
anyone else, a very busy time.
It started on the 12th December with our annual
Christmas dinner. with guests coming from other rotary clubs, Inner
Wheel and personal friends. The main guests, however, were our wives
and widows of Rotarians. It took place at Henley Golf Club and after a
splendid dinner of the normal Christmas fare we were entertained by a
friend of The Presidents, Peter Morgan. Peter has recently learned to
play the ukulele and bangelele and although, by his own submission was
not a singer or professional player, he sang some of the good old songs
suitable for his instrument. I think that, because everyone entered
into the spirit of the thing, and Peter was driven by adrenalin it was
really good fun.
There was one serious point to the evening and
that was the President, Jeff Masters presented a cheque for £1500
to Mr Stuart Botterill of Shirley Golf Club. Stuart was a founder
member of a charity which teaches mainly autistic children or children
with disabilities to play golf. They are taught to play properly in
every respect including going for a drink at the nineteenth hole, a
soft one of course. The whole experience has a hugely beneficial effect
on the kids. Ammusingly, the money came as part of the proceeds of our
annual charity golf day, organized by Rtn David Brain and was the Past
President,Rtn Keith Degville’s chosen charity for his year as
The photograph above shows from left to right President Jeff Masters,
Stuart Botterill and Past President Keith Degville. Mr Botterill said
that the money was greatly welcomed and would be well used.
Next came our annual street collection on the
following Saturday, well nothing much to say about that except to once
again express our grateful thanks to the generosity of the people of
Henley and surrounding places. We always manage to collect a useful
amount of money despite the economic climate of the day, all of which
goes to the many charities we in turn support, for instance, First
Responders, Air Ambulance, Shakespeare Hospice, Myton Hospice, Books
for All and many more.
Finally on Monday 19th, our other big
extravaganza, The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert, organized by
Rtn John Latham and held at The High School, Henley. MYJO Is a
charity based orchestra directed by Mr John Ruddick MBE which
teaches/encourages youngsters to play music to a very high standard.
This was the seventh collaboration between MYJO and HRC, which Rtn
Latham has organized and was, once again the true extravaganza I
described it as. The music was first class and the bar and raffle
benefited from the generosity of patrons, first indications showing
that we had made a healthy profit to be shared between MYJO and HRC.
I would finaly like to say, on behalf of HRC, that
we hope that everyone has had a good Christmas, enjoys a Happy New Year
and to remind you that we will always welcome new members who
should ring Alan Jones on 01564 794955
Keith Degville, President Henley
Less is more for these ladies
It has been an incredible award winning year for
local Cambridge Weight Plan consultant, Helen Davies.
At their annual awards, held in Telford just
before Christmas, Helen, who was a Slimmer of the Year finalist in 2013
after losing 9 stone and 7 dress sizes, was one of only 12 consultants
to win an “Above and Beyond” award, out of 3500 consultants
“It was a total surprise and great honour to
be presented with this award”, said Helen. “It comes from
direct feedback from my clients, who with the help of support and
motivation have lost weight and found a new healthier, fitter and
happier lifestyle and gone on to maintain it and am so extremely proud
of this award”.
Out of 48 finalists in just 9 categories, Helen
had 2 ladies in the finals.
Suzi Smythe, a local parish councillor from Wootton
Wawen, won the Over 50 Slimmer of the Year category
and received a Caribbean cruise as her prize. “I lost over 3
stone, which I have done before, but never managed to keep off. Helen
is like my counsellor - my star – and she keeps me on
track”, said Suzi, “I cannot believe I was a winner and
I’m really looking forward to the cruise”.
Beckie Derbyshire, 24, from Solihull was a
finalist in the “Family Spirit” category, after losing 8
stone. Whilst she did not win, Helen said, “Beckie did amazingly
well to get so far. Everyone on that day who had lost weight,
regardless of being a finalist, that had changed their life was a
winner. The fact that this lovely young lady was able to utter the
words, “This is the first time I have ever felt beautiful”,
meant more to me than any award”.
Cambridge Weight Plan provides a flexible,
nutritionally balanced, weight loss programme and is made up of a
6-step process, allowing clients to choose a step that fits into their
day to day life. Using a combination of conventional food and Cambridge
Weight Plan products, there is also consistent 1-2-1 support, guidance
and motivation from a trained consultant.
The company has over 33 years of experience in
the field of weight loss, with a dedicated Medical team headed by
Professor Anthony Leeds, one of the original co-developers of the
“We have a fantastic support team at Head
Office”, says Helen. “After my weight loss journey, I was
able to come off medication for high cholesterol and blood pressure,
which are common problems associated with being overweight. The results
on the benefits in losing weight on the reversal of Type 2 diabetes, is
something that will become even more apparent as time goes on, from
studies currently in progress”.
January 11th 2017 marks the start of
“National Obesity Awareness” week. For more information on
the Cambridge Weight Plan, Helen’s details can be found at www.cambridgeweightplan.com/HelenD
Sleepwalking into a Dystopian Future
The Ascent of Technology in Relation the Decline
of the Power of Imagination
Here is an alarming statement which might very
well come true, "In the future we may not
have the power be able to think for ourselves“
I cannot think of a worse dystopian society than
this, and yet we are racing at full speed, unheeding, into this reality,
In 2007 I wrote a prophetic essay titled” A Creative View “
Highlighting the danger of an imbalance between evolution of technology
and the capability of the human brain to keep pace with this rapid
At that time it was based on my observations as an Artist working with
children for the past 35 years, and had noticed, since the advent of
computers, a change and decline in children’s ability to
visualise and imagine as an internal visual process.
My feeling is
As our dependence on technology, information and communication
continues to escalate with screen based activity, overriding
basic brain visualisation development function, so does the power of
imagination continue to diminish, with ready-made images and language,
available at such a rapid speed, replacing the child's natural brain
activity and ability to take an inner visual journey towards
originality, imagination, and mental problem solving.
It is also my belief that if we do not take heed
and continue on this trajectory,
Future generations will have a brain function that is robotic, sterile,
and vacant of all original thought, not to mention loss of empathy,
compassion, understanding and genuine communication: in short
everything that makes us HUMAN
We are really beginning to see signs of brain dysfunction in children
with rising ADHD syndrome which is the brain's natural response to
being harnessed to tightly to the levels and constraints and demands
made upon children today and other shut downs like autism.
As an artist, personally I am alarmed at the inability in children to
be creative, given only a few props or just an idea to come up with an
original image or a written piece of work,
To play, to be” bored ",to daydream, to roam physically and
mentally into wonderlands and wonderment and simply to be in awe
of NATURE, To actually see and feel with all the senses.
There is much at stake here and I fear for the loss of these faculties
in our future children.
I have always advocated Nature as our greatest teacher and healer and
restorer on every level
I advocate books too and have founded Own Books, a way to give free
books to children www.ownbooks.co.uk
as remedy to encourage early love of books and Reading.
as I believe there is a direct connection to the power of
visualisation, imagination and literacy and developing
intelligence ,plus creativity in the brain with expanded awareness in
thinking This also happens naturally (and there is much evidence
of this) when the opportunities are given to children when they
connect directly with Nature in outdoor rambles and woodlands
It is also alarming for me to observe that in most
primary schools today only a very small proportion of the curriculum is
dedicated to the arts, and outdoor activities.
If this experiential connectivity to the creative
arts and opportunities to explore the natural world is squeezed
out of existence in the lives of young children then the appreciation
also dies and as a result I believe part of the Child’s
imagination functionality and health dies with it.
We are on a slippery slope ushering in the kind of reality where we
depend more and more on technology and less and less on our own inner
I once read a prophetic short story that has
stayed with me since first reading it in school when I was
15, it was called” The Machine Stops” by EM Forster written
around the 1920s
That prophetic vision of the future is now our reality today.
I also am very much inspired by the visionary artist Cecil Collins, who
wrote a treatise “The Vision Of The Holy Fool”
Both well worth reading ....to stem the sweeping tides of our race
to mindless oblivion
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Coming up this year
A Happy New Year to both my readers!
At this time of year many journalists take
great delight in making all sorts of predictions about what will happen
in the coming year. Mostly they hope no-one will check a year
down the line to see how inaccurate they were. 2016 was a prime
example of how wrong predictions can be.
So I’m not going to be stupid enough
to make any, but there are a number of things affecting small
businesses that I can say with certainty will change in 2017.
Expected early this year, a new scheme will
allow working families to be able to claim 20% of childcare
costs for children under 12. Claims will be capped at
£1,200 per child per year. The new scheme will be operated
centrally rather than by individual employers.
With effect from 6th April employers with a
total payroll which exceeds £2.8 million in the previous tax year
will need to pay an apprenticeship levy of
0.5% of their paybill. Businesses will then be given a digital voucher
to exchange for apprenticeships in the government's bid to create 3
million new apprenticeships by 2020.
The weekly rate of the following statutory
employment payments will increase (figures in brackets
show the current rates):
sick pay (SSP) will be £89.35
maternity pay (SMP) will be £140.98
paternity pay (SPP) will be £140.98
shared parental pay (ShPP) will be
adoption pay (SAP) will be £140.98
These increases normally occur on the first
Sunday in April, which would be 2 April 2017, although the government
has suggested that the increases will take effect from 10 April 2017
(I’ve no idea why, especially as that’s a Monday).
In April the rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW)
will rise as follows (figures in brackets show the current rate):
workers aged 21 to 24: £7.05
workers aged 18 to 20: £5.60
young workers aged under 19 but above
compulsory school age who are not apprentices: £4.05
apprenticeship rate: £3.50
These used to go up in October each year
causing great confusion with the NLW.
The National Living Wage (NLW)
for workers aged 25 and over will also increase in April 2017 from
£7.20 to £7.50. From April 2017 all rates of NMW and
NLW will be uprated in parallel every 12 months. Thank goodness
Under new regulations, private and voluntary
sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales with at least 250
employees will be required to publish gender pay gap
figures. These regulations are expected to come into force on 6
I could go on but I’m sure you’ve had enough by now.
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Burglary Dwelling. Cherry Orchard,
Henley. House entered and searched by offender(s). Several items stolen
including jewellery. Ongoing incident at time of report. Between 12
midday and 1pm Thursday 29th December. 0143 29/12/2016
Damage. Swancroft, Henley. 6 youths seen
to damage fences and smash a bottle on their way to the train station,
where it is believed they caught the train to Birmingham. 10.30pm
Wednesday 28th December. 0370 28/12/2016
Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Birmingham
Road, Henley. Front and rear number plates stolen from Vauxhall Astra.
Between 7pm and 9.30pm Saturday 24th December. 0375 24/12/2016
Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Near to The
Crab Mill. Rear window of car smashed and suitcase stolen. Between
5.30pm and 7.30pm Monday 19th December. 0379 19/12/2016
Suspicious Circumstances. Bear Close,
Henley. Male seen taking photos of house. Male drove off in a Black
Audi Quattro. No offences disclosed. Details passed to the police.
2.15pm Sunday 18th December. 0231 18/12/2016
Theft. High Street, Henley. Pedal Cycle
stolen from rear of hairdressers. BMX, Black Matt in colour with Red
wheels. Value approx £700. Between 17th December and 4th January.
Theft. High Street, Henley. Heavy Oak Tub
with a Tree in it stolen from front of house. Between 24th December and
2nd January. 0196 02/01/2017
Burglary Dwelling. Alcester Road, Wootton
Wawen. Offenders have forced open the patio doors of house and have
gained entry. They have made a tidy search and Jewellery worth approx
£3000 was stolen. Between 10am and 4pm Thursday 22nd December.
Damage. Salters Lane, Wootton Wawen.
Damage caused to field by vehicle 'off roading'. Between 8pm & 9pm
Wednesday 21st December. 0111 22/12/2016
Suspicious Circumstances. Stratford Road,
Wootton Wawen. Male seen to try car door in pub car park. No offences
disclosed at the time. 10.45pm Monday 19th December. 0446 19/12/2016
Vehicle Crime - theft from. Alcester
Road, Wootton Wawen. Both registration plates stolen from car. Between
18th & 19th December. 0125 19/12/2016
Burglary Other. Club premises, Stratford
Road, Wootton Wawen. Offenders have smashed a window and pulled apart
security bars at the club building. They have then gained entry and
stolen keys for the clubs shed. This has then been entered and a Rotary
Mower stolen. Between 29th & 30th December. 0175 31/12/2016
Burglary Other. Crowley Farm Barns,
Ullenhall. Offenders have unscrewed the bolts on a garage door and
gained entry. Nothing stolen. 12.30am Wednesday 4th January 2017. 0078
Theft. Chapel Lane, Ullenhall. 500 litres
of oil stolen from outside tank. 3am Thursday 5th January. 0039
Burglary Other. Glebe Road, Claverdon.
Two garden sheds broken into but nothing stolen. Between 15th &
26th December. 0057 29/12/2016
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down the packaging so that it fits in your wheelie bin or open the
boxes up and fold them in a way that the details cannot be seen.
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As the Chinese new year is coming up
on the 28th of January, we are going to have dragon dance at Sans on
27th, 28th and 29th. It will start at about 7:30, and due to the
excellent support from you we are almost fully booked for 7:30 on the
28th. As a thank you to all your support and the fact we would like all
of you to enjoy the dragon dance we have decided to do a 2nd round at
about 9:30. so if you didn't manage to book for the 7:30. you can still
book for 9:30 before the space runs out again for the night. Looking
forward to seeing you all. Denise
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Wed 1st - AGM of
Henley War Memorial Trust Chinese New
3rd to 9th - Arts
for All Week in the Guild Hall
Court Leet Dinner -
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner
Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert
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.
Consensus - an
evening of music and words
1st Henley and
Wootton Scout Group Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar
Sat 2nd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
ST JOHN’S CHURCH AFTER
SCHOOL COFFEE CLUB(AT THE HUB) –
Starting in January 2017. 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.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT
SOCIETYOur next meeting is on Thursday 19th
January in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Timothy Brain will
give a talk on ‘A History of Policing in the United
Kingdom’. Visitors and new members are very welcome,
and further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.
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
£3). Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564
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
ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL
Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc.
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 Judith Mathias 01564
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 7:30pm at Henley High School,
Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Becky for more details on 07718
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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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