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

12th December 2018





Christmas Lights & High Bailiff's Market


                                                                                                      Photo by Matt Degville







Christmas Tree Festival at St. Johns


Following the ‘Henley Lights Event’, St. John’s Church was packed with visitors for around two hours all eager to see the Christmas trees on display at our annual Christmas tree festival. Free mince pies and mulled wine were served during the evening and there was a ‘cookie tree’ for children too.


The trees were exhibited by nearly 30 local organisations and the standard this year was higher than ever. Some innovative ideas added extra interest including displays highlighting the need to reduce plastic waste and others incorporating the recent 100 year commemoration of those lost in the first world war.

The organisers would like to thank all exhibitors who supported this event and the many visitors who queued patiently to get in the church. The event was a great success and we hope more local organisations will join in next year. 


Malcolm Aldridge reporting




  •  The Lloyds Bank mobile bank branch has been using the Prince Harry Road (Medical Centre) Car Park to site the mobile branch for a few weeks now and it seems to be working well.

  • The JPC Annual Report & Accounts have been delivered to every household.

  • Details of the responses made by the JPC Planning Sub-Committee on planning applications are available to view on the SDC Planning Porta https://www.stratford.gov.uk/planning-regeneration/weekly-lists-of-planning-applications.cfm

  • The balances as at 10th December 2018 were Treasurers Account: £2,766.63 and the Deposit Account was £79,000.

  • The JPC agreed to continue discussions & negotiations on car parking in Henley.

The next JPC Planning Sub Committee will be meeting in the Heritage Centre on Monday, 7th January 2019 at 6.00 pm and the next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 21st January 2019 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road at 7.00 pm.  Both meetings are open to the public.

Clerk: Gill Peacock: tele: 01926 814491/07765 864588 email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.ukIn an Emergency, Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 or email: maint@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk


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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Happy Christmas from the High Bailiff


The High Bailiff, his wife Kate Smith and all the Officers present and past of the Henley-in-Arden Court Leet
would like to take this opportunity to wish the readers of Henley NEWS
a Merry Christmas and a Healthy/Wealthy New Year.

High Bailiff Graham Smith,
Henley Court Leet & Court Baron



The Court Leet Judges consider their marks.

Following an invitation to all High Street shops to take part, High Bailiff Graham Smith accompanied by the Town Crier, the Low Bailiff and some members of the Court set out on the Morning of Saturday 8th December 2018 to carry out the final Judging based on the stated criteria of: -

  • Originality
  • Composition
  • Colour and
  • Appeal

The subsequent summary of the members' individual score sheets resulted in a narrow victory for John Earle for their brilliant display of original Art supplied by pupils of the Henley primary schools in response to their Christmas prize competition.

Congratulations to new Butchers Simmonds on winning second prize for their excellent display and to Henley House men’s and women's wear, a close third.

Lemon Tree Flowers proprietor Sarah, as a member of the Court Leet, did not wish to be considered for the cash prizes of £25.00, £15.00 and £10.00 but scored very highly on the sheets and was awarded the “Highly Commended” Certificate.


First Prize - John Earle


Second Prize - Simmonds Butchers


Third Prize - Henley House


Highly Commended - Lemon Tree Flowers

Tom Mangan, Low Bailiff


New Hairdresser opens on High Street


High Bailiff opens Aesthetics a new hair dressing salon at 193 High Street

Aesthetics was delighted to be officially opened by the High Bailiff, Low Bailiff, the Henley-in-Arden Court and Henley News courtesy of Bill Leech. It was a lovely start to being part of the Henley community. A great day was had by all and we look forward to the future of our Flagship Hair Salon.

Painstakingly restored, the Grade ll listed building at 193 High Street has been reimagined to retain all that was and introduce it to all that can be. With two open fires, one courtyard garden, an abundance of natural light, space to work, read, and Just Be, our newest Salon has been designed with your time in mind. 

We're sensitive to time being a precious commodity to us all and have designed our Henley-in-Arden Salon to work around your needs. If plugging in and working is where you're at, be our guest, all stations have integrated sockets and chargers; if you want to bring your furry friends, please do, doggy treats are on demand, if you just want to curl up by the fire and Be, we're total advocates. If it's inspiration you're looking for, it goes without saying we have it on tap. 

Bring your children, meet your friends, grab some lunch, it's all good by us. We hope you'll  feel that our home is an extension of your home and be inspired, uplifted and delighted any time you spend here with us. 

We promise at Aesthetics to help you be your most beautiful version of you.

Sarah & Mimi Bowron reporting


GP Changes

Dr Green will be leaving the practice at the end of the year. She has been a GP at Henley since 2006. The decision to leave has not been an easy one for her to make but she has reached a time in her life where she would like to reduce her working commitment. I am sure that all of our patients will join us in wishing Dr Green all the very best in the future and I can safely say she will be very much missed by colleagues and patients alike.

In February 2019, we will be joined by Dr Dianne Wilkins. Dr Wilkins worked at Henley during her training years back in 2006 and is very much looking forward to returning to us.

Flu vaccinations

Help us to help you keep well this winter by receiving your free flu vaccination.

We still have vaccines available so, if you are eligible don’t delay, contact the surgery today to arrange an appointment.

Patients eligible to receive a free flu vaccination include: all patients 65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2019), those with chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetics, those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatments, pregnant women, the morbidly obese,  people in long stay residential homes and carers for the elderly or disabled.

Childhood flu immunisation
The surgery will be offering the nasal spray flu vaccination to all healthy children aged two and three (but not aged less than two or aged four or over on 31 August 2018.  i.e. born on or after 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2016, inclusive) and for children and adolescents in clinical risk groups.


Amanda Taylor


I am writing this just as the Government has announced postponement of the Parliamentary vote on the Brexit Act and am unable to guess how any decision may or may not impact the County Council.  Depending on the final outcome there will probably be an increase or a decrease in the ad hoc funds that are provided by Government to Councils for specific activities.  As we do not receive any general grant from the Government due to our relative wealth compared to the rest of the country  ad hoc funds are the only help we get from Westminster.

During December the officers have been presenting their view on how the budget for next year and a plan for the next four years will look to the different political groups.  Officers estimate that we will need to find an extra £40 million from our cost base.  I have been advising parish councils over the last few months when they have asked for more prompt action on various services that the tier one authorities are fast becoming dedicated social care organisations.  The funding for services other than care has to be provided from what is left over after social care has been paid.  Care costs are expected to increase and the shortfall after tax rises has to come from other services.

As there is currently a shortfall in what residents want in the way of traditional services, like traffic control, roads maintenance, pavements, footpaths and libraries things will only get worse and I have asked the County lawyers to provide the process where Parish Councils may take over certain services as empowered under the Localism Act.  I would expect that if a Parish Council took over a service there would be an equivalent rebate on the council tax paid by residents of that Parish, but the Parish precept would of course have to increase to pay for the additional services provided by the Parish.

On a positive note the Arden Division Clerks and Chairs meeting will be deciding their priorities for small road safety projects at the end of the month.  Decisions will be reported next month.  I have written to the two ministers involved to highlight the economics of using average speed cameras to enforce traffic calming and so avoid expensive engineering solutions that have limited effectiveness and real downsides and I have asked our MP, Nadhim Zahawi, to endorse the proposal.

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068

Refuse & Recycling Collections
for Christmas and New Year

Here are the changes to refuse and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year. 

There will be no collections of refuse, recyclables or green/food waste on Tuesday 25 December, Wednesday 26 December and Tuesday 1 January. 

Revised arrangements are shown in the table below.  

If your usual collection day is

If it is your refuse week your grey bin will be collected

If it is your recycling week your blue bin will be collected

If it is your recycling week your green bin will be collected


Mon 24 December

Normal collection

Normal collection

Normal collection

Tues 25 December

Thurs 27 December

Thurs 27 December

Sat 29 December

Wed 26 December

Fri 28 December

Fri 28 December

Sat 29 December

Thurs 27 December

Normal collection

Normal collection

Sat 29 December

Fri 28 December

Normal collection

Normal collection

Sat 29 December

Mon 31 December

Normal collection

Normal collection

Normal collection

Tues 1 January

Wed 2 January

Wed 2 January

Sat 5 January

Wed 2 January

Normal collection

Normal collection

Sat 5 January

Thurs 3 January

Normal collection

Normal collection

Normal collection

Fri 4 January

Normal collection

Normal collection

Normal collection

 Collections will return to normal week beginning Monday 7 January 2019.

Extra waste
If you have additional recycling, you can place it in a box or rigid container next to your blue-lidded wheeled bin for collection.  

Please note: No additional general waste (refuse) placed by or on your grey refuse bin will be collected.

The District Council offices are closed between 25th December and 1st January but the on line ‘report it’ forms will still be available and actioned on missed bins and street cleansing issues.

In the event of adverse weather affecting collections please check the District Council’s website at www.stratford.gov.uk/news/local-services-disrupted-by-severe-weather.cfm  or Twitter on @StratfordDC or the District Council’s Facebook page for all the latest updates.  

The revised collection information is available in the Council Tax booklet distributed in March this year, the Stratford View magazine distributed in November and is available on the District Council’s website.

"Hair Today - Gone Tomorrow"


My hair has grown quite a lot in the two weeks since the close shave!
Unfortunately, due to a rip roaring cough I was unable to go with Laura Yarham and Mike Owen to present "the Choir with No Name" with the cash and cheques that have been donated to contribute to the overall total we have raised of £1,563.30!
However, in the New year we will go to another of their practices and will take the warm hats with us so the choir members can choose one to wear and remember we are supporting them.

So if you have any woolly hats lurking at the back of your cupboard needing a new home, we would be very grateful to have them - please leave at "The Black Swan".

Thanks for all your support Henley! We're a great team! 

Annie Davies

HADS presents "Step into Christmas 2018"


Mandy Key, Sheena Ison, Karen Clements.

Henley Drama Society presents “Step into Christmas 2018” 13th - 15th December at 7.30pm at the Guildhall.

We have included a play for Christmas - “Keeping the Dream Alive”. Look out for toys that come to life on Christmas Eve and their quest to make sure that the boys and girls of Henley receive their presents on time. We will be performing songs and carols with the addition of our friends the “Baptist Babes”. So join us for an enjoyable evening to set you up for the festive season. Tickets £10 including a glass of wine ( Hads website or from Dukes Henley)

See you there!

Carol Robson reporting

Remembrance Day comments

I must agree with the Henley resident who feared for people’s safety during the Remembrance Celebrations.

As wonderful as the celebrations were,  there were apparently 1500 torches sold in Henley  - many people had one between a family – so you can imagine the number of not only naked flames but also the number of people in a small area.

Whilst you can’t cater for every eventuality the organisers must have been aware of the number of people likely to attend based on torch sales alone and safety measures and sensible torch disposal receptacles should have been available. 

Had an accident occurred I could see no way a crowd of that size could have dispersed to allow an emergency vehicle through. 

I started to watch the celebrations but became to nervous and had to leave.

Henley Resident

Do all the people who are praising the RBL realise that – NOT 1p of the money from poppy sales or the sale of torches goes to WW1 veterans or their memorials. There are very few WW2 veterans still alive and none of the RBL money goes to looking after their war memorials either. 

The RBL (so your poppy and torch money) goes in the main to their premises and career soldiers – these are people who signed up voluntarily and have been well paid, housed, their children well educated and have lifelong pensions.

Of course, people have the right to provide free food and praise to whoever they wish but don’t for one second believe your money or praise  goes to WW1 or WW2 veterans – take a look at the RBL site if you’re unsure.

Mr Bridgewater stated that some of the people in the remembrance parade were soldiers – but they were not in either World War – they chose the army as a career.

I did not attend the remembrance because I considered it insulting to the conscripted family members of mine who died (My Grandfather {WW1} and Paternal Uncle {WW2}).

Conscripted soldiers trudged for miles in the cold and wet in fear of their life the whole time and spent weeks on end in squalid conditions with awful food. How does walking 500 yards  - with even the traffic stopped and then sitting down to a cooked breakfast/ hog roast pay homage to that? 

Anne Evans

Further to the recent correspondence regarding the Armistice Day Centenary Celebrations, as a resident of Henley I feel compelled to write to express my view on this matter.

With regards to the difference of opinions regarding the organisation and holding of this event. I think the old adage of “you can’t please all the people all of the time” springs to mind.

We are a diverse community, but let us be clear, those who fought for us in those Two World Wars did so to uphold our liberty and freedom of speech. Without their sacrifice, none of us would be able to voice our opinions on this or any other matter.

I attended all three of the events that day, starting at 6.00am at the Market Cross and finishing in the evening with the Torch Light Procession. I was immensely impressed by the turn out of Henley residents to all of the events that day.

Early in the morning an hour and a half before dawn, over one hundred people joined a torch light procession behind a lone piper, from the Market Cross to St Nicholas Church Hall. Later that morning at the Remembrance Service in St Johns, the Church was completely full. There was standing room only, with even more people standing outside on the pavement.

That evening when I turned the corner into Beaudesert Lane, I was amazed when I saw the sea of people that had gathered there with their torches burning.  A sight that will stay with me for a long time. The 1,500 or more people that had attended, were respectful and there was a wonderful family atmosphere. The lighting of the Beacon on the Mount and the Firework Display capped off a very memorable day.

That evening as I walked back home with my family, I felt a tremendous feeling of pride on behalf of all the residents of Henley who had come to pay their respects to those brave men and women. I also had relatives who fought in both Wars, as no doubt did most of the residents of Henley. I thought this was a fitting tribute to their memory.

Henley - One Hundred Years On :- “WE DID REMEMBER THEM”.

Thank you to the residents of Henley and also the Royal British Legion for organising this event.

Graham Smith
High Bailiff
Henley in Arden Court Leet

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Wootton Report

Wootton Wawen Archive Centre.

Dec. 1st-2nd December.

It was a delight to have so many people attend the opening exhibition in Wootton Hall's Oak Room. The fire grates glowed with burning logs and coal, recreating the 1900s creating a warm welcome. Several exhibits had not been on public display since the millennium, others were new to the majority and many had been on display previously but it was good to see them together for the first time. Certainly, there was a lot of discussion and debate. "How things had changed".


The Edwardian kitchen made everyone think of the hard work involved just to cook a basic family meal. Mulled wine with mince pies were served throughout the two days the centre was open.

There are other exhibitions planned for the New Year and the Oak Room will be open for research, recording, filing or just calling in to read something that appeals to you. All most exiting!

Shirley Davies.




COOLSPORTZ Looking forward to the New Year!


With Christmas only around the corner if you are looking for some to relax in the New Year or you are wondering what to do with the kids before they go back to school you may want to contact local children’s sports specialists, Coolsportz.  They will be running their regular school holiday sports programme using the impressive Indoor and Outdoor Facilities at Warwickshire College, Henley in Arden with plenty of activities planned. 

The programmed is planned to keep kids aged 4 to 13 active and entertained before the kids go back to school and as we are OFSTED Registered we accept Childcare Vouchers.  Sessions will be running on Wed 2nd, Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th and Mon 7th January and children can attend half day Morning or Afternoon sessions or Full days sessions (full day only for 5 – 13yrs), as well as extended hours including trampolining on Mon 7th Jan  Excitingly, we are also running a football specific afternoon on Thurs 3rd Jan which you opt into if you like at no extra cost.


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

Book and pay by Fri 21st December and you will automatically receive the Early Bird Price.  For further information or to book please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk/henley or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email neil@coolsportz.co.uk.

Wootton Report


On 27th November, David Howell came to speak to the Ullenhall & Henley Gardening Club. He has always been one of the club’s favourite speakers and has spent his life in horticulture, having started an apprenticeship at the early age of 17. The talk this time was about the care of and attention to house and conservatory plants.               

David brought with him dozens of plants borrowed from a garden centre and commented on how many such centres do not keep their plants in as good condition as they should. One problem is that they need to buy in bulk to keep their prices down and that results in pots of plants been crammed together, so that watering them does not reach the compost in the pots properly. So, members were shown how to inspect a plant before buying. Also, some plants need putting in a different pot, if it is ceramic with no drainage hole. A plant should normally be in a flowerpot, placed on some grit in a ceramic pot such that the inner pot is proud of the outer and allows air to circulate. Once you have your plant, you need to know its requirements for light, direct sunlight, heat or cold and how and when to water it and feed it.

African violets should be watered from above and kept on an east facing windowsill, looking out at the stars at the night sky behind the curtains. Big bulbs like Amaryllis need to be soaked for an hour or so in a basin of water every so often, then taken out again. Cyclamen need to be on a windowsill where it’s cold, not by a radiator and keep it in the cool behind the curtains at night. When buying one, look into the leaf stems for rotting stems (bad) and new buds (good). Don’t over water; leave cyclamen til the flowers start drooping and then water from below the pot. When removing old leaves, use tweezers to ensure you have removed the whole stem and not just its leaf, otherwise the stem will rot and the rot spread to other parts of the plant.

If you want a poinsettia….and it’s that time of year…….look for a plant with small, young flower bracts. This is a plant that prefers to be kept on the warm side of the curtains at night.

Orchids need to be kept in the light, but not direct sunlight. Look for a plant with dormant buds on the stem. At the end of flowering, cut off the last two flowers, as the sap will still be rising and will help the dormant buds to start growing. Orchids should be fed fortnightly.

If you buy an azalea, it will often actually consist of 3 or four plants in the pot and may need a half hour soak in its pot, if dry. Give it a feed every two or three weeks. Come the spring, you can remove them  and pot them up individually and have a bigger display for free.

Variegated leaved plants need to be in a window in winter, but away from the light in summer.

However, wherever you normally keep your plants for their wellbeing, you can always put them somewhere else for display when visitors come, but remember to put them back. With David’s wealth of knowledge, there were many more useful tips, a load of most useful information and answers to club members’ queries.

The meeting finished off with tea and coffee, the raffle and a good chat. The next club event will be held in the Baptist hall on Tuesday 22nd January, when the club will have its New Year’s Pudding Party at 7:45 pm.

Penny Stott reporting


Mark Farrelly on biographical theatre and The Silence of Snow, his one man show about the life of Patrick Hamilton which comes to Henley in Arden Guild Hall on Friday May 3rd as part of the Henley in Arden Arts4All Week



Total immersion is the prime imperative for crafting any piece of biographical theatre. It’s not enough to read every word your subject wrote, stand where they once stood, or meet surviving relatives. This is necessary, but essentially hackwork that could be done by anyone. What’s required beyond this is the emotional honesty to deeply explore what attracts one to a subject, and the ability to identify emphatically with the way your subject thought, loved, fought and (often) failed.

I decided to write a solo play about the life of novelist and playwright Patrick Hamilton (1904­-1962) at a time when my own personal life was in a very Hamiltonian free fall. At the age of 35 everything had broken into sorry smithereens. Suddenly, I was sat in an empty London flat with no direction or purpose. Just a lot of silence. I had never experienced prolonged silence before; so easy to drown it out with booze, relationships, the internet or simply (dreadful human evasion) “being busy”. Of course, real solitude is actually the long­-delayed encounter with one’s own soul. A terrifying meeting. But until you’ve had it, you’re not living at much more than a quarter of your true emotional capacity.

This was my starting point for a sojourn into the psyche of Patrick Hamilton. I read Nigel Jones’ superb biography of Hamilton, Through A Glass Darkly, largely by chance. I was immediately struck by the fact that Hamilton, despite precocious literary talent, made of his life one relentless balls-­up after another. By the age of 25, Hamilton was an internationally famous playwright thanks to his gripping thriller Rope (later filmed by Hitchcock), and a critical success with novels like The Midnight Bell, his deeply touching saga about lives of quiet desperation in Soho publand

But underneath the tailored veneer, Hamilton was lugging around more unprocessed baggage than Heathrow. His childhood (egomaniac father, smothering mother) had dealt him hugely conflicting messages about love, and like so many humans he’d struggled into adulthood with no great affection for himself. This set the scene for a life of emotional chaos, with Hamilton time and again pursuing women who could not return his love (including a Soho prostitute, and two wives who ‘shared’ his life simultaneously for many years). Of course, it was always doomed because Hamilton did not love himself, and chose booze (“the neurotics’ microscope” he called it) to blot out this horrible truth.

Hamilton’s fiction (the riveting Hangover Square, the immensely moving Slaves of Solitude) is often veiled autobiography, and underneath the wit and dazzling verbal pyrotechnics, one senses a man desperately trying to understand himself before some final cataclysm strikes.

So. I had some great words. A life story with universal resonance (which of us doesn’t struggle with giving ourselves a break?), and a subject whose life at times reminded me uncomfortably, thrillingly, of my own. Bingo! Not quite. It took me a year to write what became The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton. It was my first attempt at play writing, and my constant aim was to make every line funny, true, or both. I also wanted the piece to mirror Hamilton’s life, being from the start energetic, kinetic, and vibrantly flowing ­ until the closing minutes when, dying of alcoholism, Hamilton is finally forced into silence, self-reflection, and the encounter with self that might have made all the difference to his time on the planet.

There are no immutable rules for creating a biographical play. I followed some established precepts, such as including as many of Patrick’s own words as possible, and playing numerous characters from his life (from his father to his lovers) to give the audience the feeling that they’ve seen a whole cast on stage. But rules, once respected, can be broken, and it’s certainly crucial to decide which aspects of the subject’s life interest one. For example, my piece barely mentions Patrick’s fascination with communism, mainly because I could make little dramatic capital out of it.

I’ve come to love Patrick. He was not an easy man to like, but I see the lost, uncertain child, the heart and the compassion, underneath the dysfunction and the three bottles of whisky a day. His talent blazed for only about fifteen years, but sometimes our minor literary figures have important things to teach us. This is what inspired me to have Patrick confide to the audience near the end of the play: “The great problem with life is that you can get from one end of it to the other without ever feeling that another human being ever truly knew you”.

Playing a real­life character carries with it a responsibility, but one shouldn’t be too slavish, because of course one is simultaneously telling one’s own life story. Every time I’ve played Patrick, this man who never entered solitude and silence until it was too late, I’ve been struck by how urgently essential it is for every one of us to develop a healthy relationship with self, and how fortunate I was to be hurled into my own personal wilderness.

As if I needed more proof, Fate gave it to me days after I finished my first draft. I passed it to a trusted friend, an actor called Tim Welling, to read. He would tell it to me straight, I thought. He did. He loved it. And then he committed suicide. He was 44 and I have lost an irreplaceable comrade. Tim could not “only connect” and tell me how chronic things were for him. That is a tragedy that makes me burn with passionate determination to know myself, and everyone in my life, with every fathom of depth possible. The Silence of Snow encourages the audience to do exactly the same, by depicting the thrilling, funny, tragic story of a man who could not. The play is dedicated to Tim, and I know that he sits somewhere in the theatre watching every single performance.

The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton by Mark Farrelly is at the Guild Hall on Friday May 3rd – Tickets from www.henleygh.co.uk



Henley and Beaudesert Society December 2018 Christmas Party



The Society’s traditional Christmas party was held on Thursday 6th December and as usual was a resounding success. The relaxed and informal nature of the meeting got off to a convivial start with everyone being greeted and offered a glass of wine. There then followed an excellent buffet prepared by members of the committee aided by a willing band of helpers. There was more than enough by way of refreshments and with everybody pleasantly replete and thirsts quenched, Barbara Colclough introduced the Coventry Cathedral Chorus to entertain us.

And what a treat we were in for. The choir, 26 strong, had come along together with their conductor Paul Eddington to give us a mixture of traditional Christmas carols and songs interspersed with appropriate readings. Audience participation was encouraged and we were moved to join in singing ‘O Come all ye Faithful’ and ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ amongst others. Mercifully none of the audience embarked on the descants – that was left firmly to the expert voices of the upper reaches of the choir. We all marvelled at the exceptionally high standard of the performers and your correspondent particularly admired the crystal clear notes which the soprano soloist brought to the opening bars of ‘Silent Night’.

photoThe Coventry Cathedral Chorus was formed in 1963, shortly after the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, and is regarded as one of the country’s leading choral societies. The choir has performed with many professional soloist, conductors and orchestras, as well as making several critically acclaimed recordings.
The chairman proposed a vote of thanks to the Conductor and Choir, and the evening wouldn’t of course have been complete without the customary raffle. All in all, it had been a wonderful occasion with everyone leaving in a happy festive spirit, their hearts gladdened and thoughts of a dull winter’s evening set joyfully aside. Particular thanks should go to Barbara Colclough who masterminded the evening, not only liaising with the choir, but also supervising the catering arrangements.

The Society’s next meeting is on Thursday 17th January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall when the speaker will be Richard Long on ‘Ataturk, Founder of Modern Turkey’.  Visitors and new members are always most welcome.

Andrew Yarwood reporting


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Claverdon’s Sam Turrell pulls away

A focused Claverdon pile on the points. Claverdon welcomed a travelling Greyhound on what started as a wet and miserable Saturday, only to be brightened by the team's performance. Claverdon played down the hill in the first half and knew they must start early having the disadvantage. It wasn’t long before Dunster cut across the field, through some traffic and into open space. Finally brought down just outside the Greyhound 22 he managed to off load to the supporting Captain, James Barton. With only the full back to beat quick footwork saw him run clear and under the posts. Williams converted. 7-0

Exchanges where made up and down the field after the restart, eventually Greyhound deciding to keep ball in hand and test the Claverdon defence. Rock solid tackling from Glover and Haynes pushed the big pack backwards. The ball was then shipped wide only to be intercepted by Williams who ran clear for Claverdon’s second. Kick converted 14-0

Claverdon managed to bag the bonus point with 2 scores from Fordy. Running round like a mad man, Greyhound were unable to bring him down. His pace and strength saw him bag 2 unbelievable individual tries within 5 minutes of each other. 28-0

Greyhound again started to make some headway after the restart through their big runners coming around the corner off the 9. Excellent work at the breakdown from Tomo and Green saw Claverdon turn the ball over in their own half. Quick hands through the backs from Dunster and Holden eventually saw Turrell stepping, dancing and handing off players to run 50 metres to score 35-0


Claverdon Captain James Barton goes over the line for a try

Whilst walking back to their half, the chat was to up the intensity and push for the 50 before the break.

Clean ball from the restart allowed Claverdon set up and work their way down field through their pace men TJ and Nathan. Working together down the right hand channel they ran Claverdon deep into the Greyhound half. Aggressive rucking Pollard and Lowe allowed the forwards to rumble forward after Lawton found himself caught in a ruck for the first time. working their way closer and closer it was Fordy in for his hat trick. 40-0

With Claverdon applying the pressure at line out and scrum time the well working front 5 turned the Greyhound scrum over allowing the backs to run at a disarranged Greyhound defence. More strong running from Dunster and Holden saw a ball back inside to Barton who this time was brought down by the covering defence but Lawton was on hand to collect the offload. 47-0
Claverdon's 50 came from Grimsley, a well worked lineout straight off the training pitch allowed the Claverdon pack to rumble over with Grimsley at the tail to touch down.. 52-0

Half time 52-0

Now playing up the hill Claverdon knew they must keep up the intensity and play in the opposition half. Greyhound piled on the pressure for the first 10 minutes of the half. Once again sending their big runner crashing up. After a couple of forward picks they found themselves crashing over. Only to be denied due to the ref being unsighted.

After several more attempts to cross the line, the Claverdon defence held solid, and once again great breakdown work from Haynes, Glover and Tomo saw the ball turned over and sent downfield. Claverdon finally got their hands on the ball inside the Greyhound half. With the defence spread wide, Johnson opted to feed Grimsley short who in turn sent a flat pass across the line to the hard running Barton to crash over for his second. 59-0


Jack Johnson scoring another try for Claverdon

Once again taking clean ball from the restart Claverdon built phases and Grey found himself in space, with support from the dancing feet of Gibney Claverdon found themselves in the opposition 22. Quick accurate hands from the backs put the supporting Skinner into space to go over following a strong handoff 64-0

It was time for Claverdon’s replacement 9 to get onto the sheet. More aggressive running and rucking saw gaps open up across the park allowing Johnson to snipe as good as he does to outpace the covering defence. 71-0

With the Claverdon pack dominating once again, another well worked driving maul from the lineout saw them rumble on. Tomo thought he was in for his first Claverdon try only to be denied by Grimsley who stole the ball to score himself. 76-0

Several phases from both teams and turnovers from both eventually ended in a Claverdon penalty which saw them kick into the corner. This time however a change of attack caught the Greyhound defence off guard. Quick ball off the top allowed the backline to show what they are capable of and score just wide of the posts.

Final score 81-0

A special mention to Greyhound for making the journey to Ossetts Hole Lane. At no point did the Greyhound boys show any sign of giving up or trying to turn the game into anything else. We look forward to the return fixture!

Report by James Barton
Photos by Will Barnes

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John Garner's Business Column

End of year summary

John GarnerThis is the last Henley News of 2018 so we look back at some of the year’s highlights.

Firstly, no review would be complete without discussing Brexit.  Well, this review won’t be complete either as I’m not going to discuss it; we’ve all had enough already.

So has Her Majesty, as per the new 50p coin which I am told is about to be issued.


Secondly, do you remember Project Fear?  No, not the Brexit ones (there have been several and they’re still going on) but the GDPR one?   We were supposed to be scared that we’d be incarcerated if we didn’t follow these extremely complex rules devised by the EU.  They were actually designed to curb the data breaches of Facebook and others (they failed) but managed to scare many of us into employing expensive consultants to tell us how to avoid gaol.

Unfortunately it is so widely misunderstood that some organisations try and hide behind the regulations.


Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to both my readers.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


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  1. Burglary Residential. Oldberrow Lane, Oldberrow, Henley. Offender(s) have gained entry to the property through a rear door. They have then attacked a gun cabinet at the premises, stealing three Shotguns. Between 3.15pm and 3.30pm Friday 30th November. 0283 30/11/2018
  2. Burglary Residential. School Road, Henley. Offender(s) have gained entry by smashing open the rear door. An untidy search of the house made and various items stolen including a Laptop and Jewellery. Between 9am and 6.30pm Thursday 29th November. 0356 29/11/2018
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Arden Road, Henley. White van driving around the area. Caller concerned that the occupants were up to no good and the vehicle did not have any valid documents. The last three letters of the registration number was ‘LJV’. Full details passed to police. 10.05am Thursday 29th November. 0107 29/11/2018
  4. Burglary Business. High Street, Henley. Offender(s) have broken through a door to gain entry. Cash stolen. Between 12 midnight and 11am Tuesday 27th November. 0150 27/11/2018
  5. Burglary Residential. Brook End Drive, Henley. Male Offender has used a brick to smash a window at the rear of the property. Entry not gained. The male ran off to the front of the property and got into a dark coloured VW Passat that was waiting for him. 2.30pm Saturday 8th December. 0271 08/12/2018
  6. Theft. Shop, Henley. Two items stolen from shop by way of shoplifting. Offender described as a white female with blond hair. 11.30am Wednesday 5th December. 0412 05/12/2018
  7. Vehicle Crime. Meadow Road, Henley. Rear number plate stolen from car. Found missing on the evening of Monday 3rd December. 0270 04/12/2018


  1. Vehicle Crime. St Marks Close, Ullenhall. Front number plate of car unscrewed and stolen. Found missing on the afternoon of Saturday 8th December. 0310 08/12/2018
  2. Burglary Residential. St marks Close, Ullenhall. Entry gained to house through rear doors. Untidy search made. Purse stolen. Four men wearing balaclavas seen running from the property and then getting into a dark coloured VW Passat estate. Between 2.30pm and 3pm. 0251 07/12/2018
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Ullenhall Lane, Ullenhall. White Transit pick up seen driving slowly in the area. The driver looking at properties. The last three letters of the registration number was ‘LZP’. 3.40pm Tuesday 4th December. 0276 04/12/2018
  4. Vehicle Crime. Church Hill, Ullenhall. Front and rear number plates stolen from car. Between 3rd & 4th December. 0091 04/12/2018
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. Two men seen in a private compound. When they noticed they were being watched they ran off. No offences disclosed at the time. 2am Saturday 8th December. 0037 08/12/2018
  2. Suspicious Circumstances. Pub car park, Station Road, Claverdon. Man wearing a mask and using a torch seen near to vehicles in the car park. Shortly afterwards a dark coloured VW Passat was seen to drive away. The last three letters of the registration number was ‘EWY’. (Believed to be a cloned plate). 8.50pm Friday 7th December. 0396 07/12/2018
  3. Burglary Residential. The Green, Claverdon. Entry to premises made via window. Search of the house made. Window in car also smashed. Nothing stolen. 4.55pm Wednesday 5th December. 0311 05/12/2018

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Henley Annual Events

January 2019 Rural Cinema
February 2019

AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
Rural Cinema

March 2019 Rural Cinema
April 2019

Arts for All Week in the Guild Hall
Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner
Rural Cinema

May 2019 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
Rural Cinema
June 2019

Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade

July 2019

Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden

August 2019

Henley Music Festival

September 2019 14th - Last Night at the Proms
Rural Cinema
October 2019

Consensus - an evening of music and words
Rural Cinema

November 2019

Scout Group Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

Rural Cinema

December 2019

Tree Bombing
Town Carol Service and Christmas Market, Switching on of Christmas Lights

hnol            Forthcoming Events
Tuesday 12th December AGM.

HENLEY IN ARDEN WILDLIFE SOCIETY Tuesday 18th December at 7.45pm in the Baptist Church hall. Members Annual General Meeting followed by refreshments and quiz.

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF HENLEY IN ARDEN meet at the Golf Club on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining a group of ladies who promote friendship and fellowship whilst raising money for charities at home or overseas please contact Joanne  794457.

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

ART ATTACK...Coming to the White Swan Cygnets Bar with a stunning exhibition of CONTEMPORARY ART from 6 leading artists. The show will be open from 10 - 5 Sat 17th & Sun 18th November. A unique opportunity to acquire modern art at eminently affordable prices. Don't miss out - be there.

Every 10 years a passion play is performed 4 times a week for 6 months and is visited by thousands from all round the world. Should there be sufficient interest the writer would like to take a group from Henley to make this Pilgrimage which is expected to cost about £2,000. I have been five times and can vouch it is a most rewarding experience. If anyone would like any further information please contact Graham on 794010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

HENLEY YOGA - Vinyasa Flow Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Memorial Hall, Station Road. New Beginners Class Friday 9.30am, St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden Come and learn about Asana (postures) and Pranayama. Contact me to find out more and to book. Eleanor 07932658719 Yogahenley@gmail.

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

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

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

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

Next Edition

9th January 2019

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

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

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

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

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. Please contact Alan Jones on 01564 793715
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley.
Visitors and potential new members would be most welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079
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
My German Beginners Course for Adults continues on Wednesday the 4th of July 2018 and is held every Wednesday evening at the Hub in Henley-in-Arden. If you are interested to learn a new language in a small and sociable group, please contact me for further details under susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk
Meets from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please phone John Townson on 01564 792407 or email Jon Butler on mpjbutler@gmail.com
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
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.
Neighbour WatchAt a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 and a Thursday afternoon 1-3 in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. It is run by Keith and Lulu. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
Thursdays, 11.15am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £6 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: Swantaichi website

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

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

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.

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

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