Henley Crest





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

18th March 2020
500th and Last Edition
Since 2004


If you are concerned that you may have symptoms suggestive of coronavirus the advice is to stay home and contact NHS 111 online where they have a symptoms checker or, if this is not possible, by telephone. 

Please do not attend the surgery if you have a new cough, high temperature or new shortness of breath.

In order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and in line with NHS guidelines we are trying to minimise attendance to the practice where possible. We have now offering telephone consultations with a GP’s and nurses who will either deal with your problem over the telephone or arrange a face to face appointment for you. In order to ensure the call is arranged the most appropriate health care professional reception will ask you for a brief outline of your problem. Please be aware that reception will NOT be able to book any face to face appointments.

We cannot test for Coronavirus here at the surgery. Tests for Coronavirus will only be done on hospital inpatients.

Do not call the GP surgery unless you need to. The surgery phone lines are facing high demand. Please use the online 111 tools to try to self-manage first.

DO NOT attend the surgery for any reason unless you have been advised to.

YOU NEED TO REGISTER for the NHS app ASAP! (<https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/>) to be able to book telephone consultations over the phone, request prescriptions and look at test results. The identification process can occur completely online and you do not need to come into the surgery to do this.

For patients that are unable to use these online tools, and all self-care measures have been exhausted or your symptoms are worsening or you have a significant health concern, please call the surgery. All appointments have been switched to telephone/video consultations and only patients that really need to be seen face to face after being assessed on the phone by a clinician will be.

The practice will continue to have processes to ensure childhood immunisation and other essential care continues.

Dr C Taylor

500th and Final Edition of Henley NEWS

After 500 editions over the last sixteen years I have made the decision that it is time to organise an orderely handover to a new editior. The new publication will be called "Henley EXPRESS" and will be almost identical to the present "Henley NEWS".

We will be arranging for the new publication to be sent to all readers, who are on our alert database, on Wednesday 25th March and I would ask that all our contributors send their regular reports to news@henleyexpress.co.uk. The editor will be Andy Jones, who has been, and will continue as, Editor of the Ullenhall Parish Magazine, which is a high quality printed publication. Andy will set his aims and objectives in his first edition.

Finally, I would like to thank all our contributors for their support and in particular John Garner who has written over 350 articles for his Business column and acted as the Proof Reader.

Bill Leech



Invitation To Join The Telephone Support Network Run By The Hub.

The Thursday Seniors Club have a telephone network that operates 24/7 as well as meeting at the Hub every Thursday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.  Although we are expecting numbers attending to be lower the club will remain open through this present crisis because for some it is the only face to face opportunity to meet friends during the week.  This makes the telephone contact system even more important.

The Hub is inviting anyone who is not a club member to join the network.  Being part of this means that if anything happens, particularly those annoying little things, like the TV not working, that affect your everyday life and you find yourself alone you can phone any time and arrangements will be made to get assistance to you as soon as possible.  WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU UNLESS INVITED.

You can join the network by sending your contact details to Peter Crathorne, the coordinator of this project. We normally ask for address, telephone number, email address and one emergency contact number. Everything will be treated in the strictest confidence and within GDPR rules. A copy of our policy is available on request.

If you know someone who does not have internet who might benefit please give them my number.

peter.crathorne@gmail.com Tel. 07974573582

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


500th and Final Edition of Henley NEWS

High Bailiff Tom Mangan on behalf of the Henley-in-Arden Court Leet CONGRATULATES and THANKS BILL LEECH
and all who have assisted Bill at HENLEY NEWS ONLINE over the years on the great occasion of the 500th and Final Edition.

The headline article in the earliest Edition linked to the current Issue (Edition 27) invites all residents of Henley in Arden to attend the Court Leet AGM in 2004 and informs readers of “Juror Eligibility conditions”.

This advice holds good today and The Court Leet would remind readers that Residents of 3 years standing in the Parishes of Beaudesert and Henley in Arden, upon registration with the Steward of the Manor become “Jurors” of the Court Leet and are entitled and encouraged to attend Court Leet Events and in particular to attend and vote at the Court Leet AGM on the 2nd Wednesday of November of this and every year.

HENLEY NEWS ONLINE has been essential in helping the Henley-in-Arden Court Leet to keep Henley in touch with our Court Leet activities over the years!

Tom Mangan, High Bailiff

Wadsworths Solicitors opens on the High Street



The High Bailiff accompanied by Officers of the Court Leet and the Chairman of the Joint Parish Council formally opened a new solicitors John Wadsworths at 129 High Street.


John Wadsworth, Managing Director, introduced his staff.

Bill Leech, Innovator & Great Publicist of Henley

Long admired by me as a pioneer of online news in our town, Bill has for five-hundred editions kept us all informed and championed just about every group and society in the area. For my part, I thank him in particular for his support of the local arts, that is if I can describe the efforts of HADS, as art! He was never stinting in his coverage of our modest works and helped the society thrive on his watch at Henley News.

Somehow, news service in Henley will never be the same, he had the knack of getting a whole brigade of would-be reporters contributing regularly to his news sheet, often with a little advice on how to pitch their copy.

Quite apart from being a worthy editor, Bill has been part of the tapestry of Henley for as long as I can remember, taking an active role in civic life as well as such august gatherings as the Court Leet and Probus, to name but a few.

He has fought hard to expose hypocrisy and wrongdoing in many areas of our society and has collected his fair share of dissenters in so doing, he has never shirked from the responsibility of editing a news organ which has found its way into just about every household in the area, and he will be remembered as a great arbiter.

On a very personal note, I remember how generous he was in accommodating my fantasies in a play I wrote some ten years or so ago, called ‘Henley Market – The Musical’ in which I characterised him as a snooping journalist called Will Tick, which he quickly latched on to and, I’m glad to say, took in good part.

Thanks Bill, every success to you in all you do in the future and to your successor, may this online phenomenon long continue.

Ray Evans  - Reporting
The Bard of Henley

Community Thanks to HNOL 

Peter Crathorne writes on the occasion of the 500th edition of Henley NEWS.

In 2012 the Hub@Henley was closed by Warwickshire County Council.  The community of Beaudesert and Henley came together successfully raised £35,000 and with the Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust placed a bid with the county to take over the Hub. This campaign would have failed without the support of Henley News.  Bill’s support for this endeavour galvanised the whole community.  In the articles at the time he included the picture below of the meeting that changed the community centre’s and the joint parishes’ future.


Over the intervening years bringing us right up to date Bill’s unwavering enthusiasm for the Hub has helped to ensure that despite some worrying moments there was always sufficient cash in the bank to deliver the essential services that have faithfully supported everyone but in particular those in our joint parishes who are in danger of falling by the wayside. The hundreds of people who have benefitted from the Hub and the facilities it has provided thank Bill 500 times for every edition that help to secure the service from which they gained so much.


There will be so many organisations in our lovely locality that owe their success, in part, from the wide-ranging publicity available to them through Henley News.  This was recognised in 2007, when Henley NEWS was presented with the Warwickshire Rural Community Council’s Village Ventures winner for being the best example of a brilliant local news provider in the County.

Now Bill has decided to pass the baton to the new Henley EXPRESS this significant event should not go unmarked without a suitable celebration.


The Wednesday Crew that have met for a number of years and sometimes acted as unofficial editing consultees, have arranged a meal at the Sans Restaurant on Wednesday 8th April 2020 7.30pm for 8.00pm. £25 per head for a table buffet (excluding drinks).  Places are limited to 30.

We are asking that you pay on the night but book as soon as possible. Given present uncertainties please book now we can always change arrangement nearer the time.

You can book by phone 07974 573 582. Or by email peter.crathorne@gmail.com

Heritage Centre Reopens


Henley-in-Arden Museum & Heritage Centre re-opens to the public for the new season on 1st April.
logoThe Centre is run by an enthusiastic band of volunteers who between them enable the doors to be open to the public for six days each week. We are always looking for more volunteers who would be willing to spare two hours a fortnight as house stewards, to greet visitors and answer their enquiries.  

The Centre, which tells the story of the town’s history, is open from 1st April to the end of October.  Anyone is interested in volunteering should contact the Centre on 01564 795919.

A re-branding of the Centre has taken place over the winter with new leaflets and a new look website. The website has been re-developed from scratch to be responsive, accessible and clearly legible on all devices. At the same time the look and feel of the site has been redesigned to make it more contemporary, generally more appealing and easier to read and navigate.

A new feature to the site is a ‘this week in history’ section which has been introduced to communicate the rich history of the town.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In accordance with measures taken today (16 March) by the UK Government to reduce the risk of infection, it has been decided that the Heritage Centre will not open on the 1st April. The Trust has an obligation to look after our volunteers, the majority of whom are classified as vulnerable, as well as visitors. We will continue to review the situation but hope to open on the 1st May.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Henley gets a Timebank to encourage volunteering


Henley in Bloom Annual Report


I must begin by thanking volunteers, helpers, financial donors, anyone who has contributed in any way to another successful Henley in Bloom season.

Special thanks to John Earle for their ongoing sponsorship. Henley Rotary Club for £500 and 500 crocus corms. Henley Hidden Gardens £800. JPC £1800.

Following a fully resolved incident in August when plants were damaged we have recently received £1034 from a crowd funding project set up by a Henley resident.

You will hear from our treasurer Ian Fox that due to hard work and the generosity of donors and the continued support of John James, we have a healthy bank balance as a result of which we will not receive a JPC grant this year. The committee’s aim is to work towards a prudent reserve of one year which will ensure the future of Henley in Bloom.

Last but not least thank you the Committee for your ongoing support without which I would have drowned long ago.

Once again they plants were supplied by Botany Bay nurseries, the plants continue to be of good quality. Some planters were replaced, including round the Market Cross, to those with reservoirs to facilitate watering.

This was the first season we had contracted out the watering of the outer areas. Lakeside carried out watering twice weekly, you might have noticed their red van and yellow bowser on the High Street. The centre of Henley continued to be watered by volunteers using the mobile bowser, the system seems to have worked well, and will berepeated in 2020

Adopt a Pot, spot the participants cards in residents windows,Court Leet Stall, Cake Stall and Street collection continued.

Henley Primary Schools were joined by Montessori School in a Henley in Bloom themed competition, the enthusiasm of the children is amazing.

For the planting grand finale we were for the first time joined by Henley Beaver Scouts, who learned something about HIB and helped with the last planting outside St Johns Church. All these activities involve the community and boost our income.

Once again RHS Judge Robin Russell judged the hanging baskets.

Future plans are to continue making Henley beautiful and work towards a prudent reserve for 2021.

Sheila Davis
Chair Person




In response to the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, I regret to inform you that the Arts4All 2020 event has been cancelled.

I understand that this decision comes as a disappointment, and a massive inconvenience, but ultimately we all want the same thing: the health and safety of our communities and performers and I believe this is the correct decision to make and that an early decision provides clarity and less inconvenience.
For now, I would like to sincerely thank you in anticipation of your understanding and patience, and to recognise the incredible efforts and support of producers, artists, partners and performers over this difficult period. Refunds will be made over the next 4/5 days.

Laurence Marshall
Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust

Wootton Report



Alcester  Choirs annual concert cancelled due to Coronavirus emergency

Following Government guidelines the Alcester Male Voice Choirs annual concert, scheduled for Saturday 9th May at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been cancelled. A choir spokesman said  “ we  have sold many tickets in the Henley area and  are now working hard to refund, as quickly as possible,  all monies paid for both concert tickets  and coach transport but would ask those who have purchased tickets  to be patient and bear with us while we get the refunds organised."




At a recent Probus meeting, John James is shown as being installed as chairman

for the ensuing year by outgoing chairman Nick McKenzie.

Update on Alcester Court Leet

badgeWe know some Henley residents have been following the developments with Alcester Court Leet, this might be of interest.

An open letter was sent to The Marquess of Hertford and the High Bailiff of Alcester Court Leet, still awaiting reply. Below are also a couple of FAQs that we are trying to address with Alcester residents and Equa-Leety 4 Alcester ‘s mission statement.

If you have any questions or need any clarification on anything please don’t hesitate to contact me or Emma Randle.

Kathrin Foster

Here is a copy of the letter:

“We, Equa-Leety 4 Alcester, would like to invite Alcester Court Leet Officers together with the Marquess of Hertford to an open debate in Alcester to discuss the reasoning for including or not including women on Alcester Court Leet.

As a group of over 290 supporters, that love Alcester’s community and traditions, we would like again to take the opportunity to state our full support of the great work that Alcester Court Leet do, the volunteers that give up their time and effort they put in.  We want to enhance that and help it to meet the challenges of the 21st century whilst maintaining links to the past – Bromsgrove, Henley and Warwick Court Leet are thriving through their diversity and inclusivity.  Every other Court Leet in the country – apart from one other – have found a way forward to involve men and women equally. Alcester Court Leet has modified its tradition from being an institution of white church going men to allowing men of any ethnicity, faith and sexual orientation / identification. There should be no reason for continuing to discriminate in 2020.

The campaign that started in October 2019 has resulted in an overwhelming response from Alcester residents, men as well as women, and they have come up with a whole host of ideas about how the group can raise awareness. Supporters of the group agree that there will be no disruption to Court Leet charitable events.

We would like to organise jointly with you an open debate and invite you, the Marquess of Hertford, the Steward of the Manor as well as Court Leet officers to debate the reasoning for actively continuing discrimination in Alcester publicly as well as have the opportunity to discuss Equ-Leety 4 Alcester’s concerns for the mutual benefit of Alcester people. We would welcome your suggestions on format, dates and venue for this dialogue to take place.  We would be grateful for a response by the 23rd of March.

Best regards
Equa-Leety 4 Alcester”


I hope that by the time you read this report the unwanted bollards in Langley Road will have been removed on March 14.

As I suggested last month the Council did increase the county council tax by 4%.  This increase comprised a special social care levy of 2% and a general increase of 2%.   Social care costs absorb 70% of the budget and must be considered the County’s core business.  Funding for all the other services (non-core) increasingly comes from special one-off grants from central government.  For example, the highways maintenance budget has been squeezed so that road markings which should be refreshed every 5 years are now waiting 8 to 10 years.

I have been urging the Council to consider new ways of funding the “non-core” services rather than just accepting a smaller and smaller budget.  I feel that there is the belief amongst members that the squeeze from social care is short term and somehow Government will magically find extra money to restore non-core services.  My guess is that Government will find it easier to leave social care being funded by Council tax rather than raise income taxes and make continue the practice of additional contributions as one off payments when finances allow.  One possible indication of the way Government thinking is developing is the restructure of Northamptonshire after social care costs drove the County Council into bankruptcy.  It seems there is a plan for a county wide social care agency and I will report more on this next month.

I have also been raising the issue of the Amazon warehouse at Redditch Eastern Gateway (Wynate Triangle) and the possibility that the HGV running goods into the warehouse might not follow the agreed traffic plan and route through Arden Division on the A4189.  So I have not made much headway is getting officers to take the risk seriously.  

John Horner reporting

Walking paths and access

Not sure who to contact but could something be done about making the legal public footpath through the churchyard passable as the muddy footpath is awful. Either putting down stones or other material along the path would be a great improvement.

Also, the legal footpath alongside the stream from the Mount to the the top end of Henley  is not only really muddy which is understandable in this weather but there is a a fallen tree which is blocking the path which needs clearing to make the path accessible.

Perhaps more of an effort could be made by the Parish Council to be aware of these sort of issues so that everyone can benefit from the lovely benefits that potentially the area has to offer.

Tojan Davies reporting

Thanks HNOL on your 500th edition

This is just to congratulate you, Bill, on your 500th edition of Henley NEWS and to say how very much I have appreciated receiving this informative news every fortnight
I’m not a Facebook fan, so will really miss it. I hope that someone may attempt to step into your shoes, but you’ll be a hard act to follow!

Jan Crathorne

Celebratory wall hanging


The community wall hanging to commemorate the 850th anniversary of St Nicholas Church is well underway.

We had intended to hold a get together to compare notes on how people' s contributions are going but are postponing it for the moment until we feel more comfortable meeting together without the danger of the virus hanging over our heads.

However, we still will be making this wall hanging so please keep going with you "squares" and let me/us know by email  etc how things are shaping up for you so we can keep the process ticking along.

If you have finished your "Square" please feel free to leave it for us at Hemmings and Peace, who are helping out as a collection point.

Below are the contributions from some very talented people - mine is far more basic so please don't feel daunted - more inspired!





Annie Davies reporting



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Crossing the line

John Garner

Yes, I know Henley News has been said to have crossed the line a few times in its 500 editions but this time I’m talking about crossing the equator.

Now, all those of you who did physics at school will remember Ferrell’s Law. This explains how water flowing down a plughole goes anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern.  I recently had the perfect opportunity to see if this is true but, more importantly, to see what happens as you actually cross the equator.  Does the water suddenly change direction?  I was rather exercised by this question but, strangely enough, all those I consulted about this didn’t know  and were completely indifferent.  I even asked the Editor of Henley News who replied that I should ask the ship’s navigation officer how wide the equator is!  As if!  Obviously I was being set up. That’s the sort of thing our Editor does to his loyal columnist.  It is just an imaginary line, of course, of zero width but I suppose you could say it’s 25,000 miles long.

The Captain announced that we would be crossing the equator at precisely 10.56pm so there I was in the gents running the tap to see what happened.  Nothing at all!  This was very perplexing and I kept watching for another 15 minutes.  I did get some funny looks.  But then I realised, of course!  The ship is moving at 20 knots so its movement will have far more effect than Ferrell’s Law.  I therefore had to wait until the next day to see if it changed when the ship stopped. It was the next day that the Captain announced that we had in fact not crossed the equator until 11.17pm!  So I’d been patiently watching a running tap all that time and we   been crossing the line then at all.

I’d like to report that all became clear when the ship docked, unfortunately it didn’t.  It seems the design of the sink and the position of the tap are also significant factors.  At that point I gave up.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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logoAlcester North Safer   NEIGHBOURHOOD Team

David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


David Malin

  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Beechcroft, Henley. Drone seen hovering over houses. Caller concerned that the user was using the camera to watch the houses. 8.20pm Friday 6th March. 0491 06/03/2020
  2. Burglary. Arden Road, Henley. Premises broken into and car keys stolen. Subsequently a White BMW and a White Mercedes has then also been stolen from the property. Overnight 2nd & 3rd March. 0038 03/03/2020


  1. Burglary. Chapel Lane, Ullenhall. Two storage containers broken into and various stools stolen. Reported 5th March. 0085 05/03/2020
  2. Burglary. Chapel Lane, Ullenhall. Two sheds broken into. Damage caused, nothing stolen. Overnight 4th & 5th March. 0075 05/03/2020

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNT's

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There will not be a Parish Newsletter for April

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH We need your help! We are making a community wall hanging for St Nicholas Church as part of the 850th Anniversary celebrations. This is going to be made up of "squares", each displaying a different facet of our community - and could be made by using embroidery, tapestry, appliqué or other media. We will give you the square to be worked on which could have a stencil on it if you like. If you are interested please email annie@anniedavies.com with your contact details letting us know your choice or sign the list in the Church. We will also need people to help us by raising money to pay for the materials  - and others to compile a record of the project to be made into a book including the names of everyone involved.
If you fancy getting together with others to share the experience and support each other, let us know whether morning, afternoon or evening and preferred days.

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY  Our next meeting is on Thursday 19th March in the Baptist Church Hall. The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm followed at 8.00 pm by a talk entitled ‘The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and its Successor’ by Lt Col A.J.M. Rice. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details are available from Andrew Yarwood on 794079.

NETBALL Back to Netball group?  Sessions run on Monday evenings Henley High School for one hour between 8:30pm to 9:30pm.  First taster session free thereafter £4 per session.
Very friendly and welcoming group of ladies who enjoy fun, movement and team spirit on the netball court. 
Also COMING SOON : Walking Netball Group.
For more information please contact Denisemarkfamily@gmail.com or 07771657882

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT! Specialist Exercise class for 65+. Improve your balance and flexibility, coordination and mobility, strength and independence. Monday mornings 11.15-12.15 at the Parish Hall in Beaudesert Lane. Contact Lesley on 07801 265599 or email Lesley.natrins@moveitorloseit.co.uk.

INNER WHEEL  The Return of the Singing Vicar. Friday 3rd April. Tickets cost £12.00 (including fish and chips) from Margaret Twigg 793373 or Barbara Warmington 793640.


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

Specialist Exercise class for 65+. Improve your balance and flexibility, coordination and mobility, strength and independence. Monday mornings 11.15-12.15 at the Parish Hall in Beaudesert Lane. Contact Lesley on 07801 265599 or email Lesley.natrins@moveitorloseit.co.uk.

Claire Mangan is collecting unwanted bras for Breast Haven, a wonderful charity based in Olton but working in our area. If you have any or require any further information please contact Claire on 794684.

Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm. , ‘Trees’ Dr John Page. 

INNER WHEEL Claire Mangan is collecting unwanted bras for Breast Haven, a wonderful charity based in Olton but working in our area. If you have any or require any further information please contact Claire on 794684.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PILATES WITH HELEN  focuses on balance, posture, strength and flexibility.  All abilities welcome.  Mondays 9.30am and Thursdays 9.30am & 7pm at St. John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  Also Mondays 6pm at Henley C of E Primary School, Arden Road.  No commitment - just turn up and pay.  £7 per class.  Please bring a workout mat.  Contact :  pilateswithhelen@btinternet.com. Tel. 07843 348860.

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

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

JOLLYTOTS We’re now at henley C of E Primary school in Arden road. We open from 9 - 11:30. Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month we have the health visitors come to weigh babies and answer any questions. The new contact number is 07789271774 and that’s mine. Lulu Simpson.

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

Details of future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson for the

Parish Church Newsletter at: henleyparishnews@btinternet.com

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1st April 2020

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Town Organisations and Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
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rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. Secretary of Henley Rotary Club - Mike Redman  01564 793491.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley.
Visitors and potential new members would be most welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 7:45pm, except for a couple of months. The Club organises speakers and visits to gardens. This is a very friendly club; if you are interested in joining or attending as a visitor, please just turn up. More information from Penny on 01564 792251 or e mail pjstott@uwclub.net 
flower clubAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden (in the Baptist Church Hall from 13th September onwards) so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Annette Walker on 01564 792837 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Andy Thompson.
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude of other activities which support performances. For information about the next meeting, please contact Tracy Humphreys (Chairman) on 01564 795219
Sprechen Sie Deutsch - Would you like to learn to speak German?
I am hoping to set up a new evening class for German Adult Leaners. If you are interested in learning not only  a new language, but also about the customs and culture of Germany,  in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, then please contact Susanne, either via email at susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively via mobile on 07525365469.
Meets from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please contact Jon Butler on 01564 795216 or email mpjbutler@gmail.com
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Vinyasa Flow, Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Memorial Hall, Station Road. NEW beginners class Friday 9.30am, St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Contact Eleanor: 07932658719 yogahenley@gmail.com
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train on Tuesdays 6:30-8pm at the Memorial Hall on Station Road. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
We are a not for profit group organisation of women meeting on the third Tuesday of each month for mutual friendship and to raise funds for local and national charities. New members are very welcome. Contact: Kate Dale, 01564 795215
Neighbour WatchAt a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 and a Thursday afternoon 1-3 in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. It is run by Keith and Lulu. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
Thursdays, 11.15am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £6 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
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Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen except December at village hall at 2pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Keith Thomas  01564 794806.

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

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

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

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

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

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