Henley Crest





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

22nd February 2017




Over 400 readers sign CFR Petition

The Henley Community First Responders would like to say a huge thank you to each person who took the trouble to support the petition about the Co-op defibrillator.

As yet we have no progress to report, but we have sent the petition, with a wonderful 415 names, to the officer at West Midlands Ambulance Service who is negotiating with the Co-op on behalf of themselves and the Henley CFRs.

We hope that an amicable solution will be reached very soon.

Sue Osborne

logo New sweetshop opened by Court Leet


The High Bailiff, Mr Norman Kench, Low Bailiff, Mr Graham Smith and members of the Court Leet were pleased to be invited to perform the opening of the Henley Treats. 


The Court carried out a traditional assizes sampling both the drinks and sweets offered for sale to the people of Henley.  Ale Taster, Mr Tom Mangan took responsibility for sampling and testing the Milk Shake which was a rare diversion from his usual Ale Tasting.  He reported that the taste and flavour were exceptional good and he had no hesitation in giving his recommendation. 


Sharon Jones, Butter Weigher to the Court sampled the fudge which was offered and reported that this also was of excellent quality and fit for the good people of Henley.

The High Bailiff then presented a certificate to proprietor, Dominik Regan and his lovely partner Becci, recommending the produce to the people of Henley, he also wished them the best of luck for the future and said that the shop would be a great asset to the town. 

At the end of the proceedings the Town Crier, Mr Les Long raised the traditional cheer to the Queen, the Lord of the Manor and the proprietors


The first customers at the Milkshake Bar.



  • The JPC Grants Working Party will be meeting prior to the Ordinary JPC meeting scheduled for 20th March to go through all of the applications.  They will then make recommendations to be ratified at the March meeting.

  • Representatives of the JPC and myself are working with WCC, SDC and Taylor Wimpey to continue to try and find a solution to alleviate and ease the parking issues in Henley and we will report back when we have made some progress.

  • An informal meeting was held with residents of Glenhurst Road and those that may be affected by flooding in Warwick Road, and were asked if they would like to consider participating and becoming involved in a Brook Maintenance Association.   The meeting was held on 2nd February at 7.00 pm at the Hub and we feel that it was a well-attended, positive meeting with those present contributing to the discussions.  If anyone wished to come along to the meeting on the 2nd Feb and couldn’t make it but would like some further information, perhaps you could contact either myself or Cllr Peter Crathorne – details below.

  • I have reported in previous issues that the JPC is considering upgrading the three Bus Shelters in Henley to make them more pleasing to the eye and practical for the bus user. We have now met one of the preferred contractors and will make contact with a further two, prior to making a decision.  If there are any bus users who would like to have an input into the kinds of shelters they would prefer, I would be grateful if you could contact me, either by telephone or email – please see below.

  • The Film Night held in the Memorial Hall on 26th January appears to have been a huge success and we are looking forward to further screenings in the future.

  • Tenders have been invited for the grass mowing and maintenance contract in Henley and the deadline for tenderers to respond is Wednesday, 1st March.  Tenders will be opened together in front of two Cllrs, myself and an independent witness.

  • I have received a number of complaints recently about the amount of dog fouling in Henley at the moment.  Dog Fouling is one of the biggest environmental issues for residents in Henley and it is time to take action, clamp down on culprits and promote responsible dog ownership.  Failure to clean up after your dog could result in a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice.  There is no defence to claim ignorance of your dog’s actions.  Sadly, a number of dog owners let Henley down.

The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 20th March 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm. 

Clerk: Gill Bailey: tel: 01564 795499/07765 864588 email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 email: peter.crathorne@gmail.com

Dog Fouling
Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council has received a lot of complaints recently regarding dog fouling in Beaudesert & Henley in Arden.  Again, it is necessary to remind all dog owners to be responsible and to clear up after their dog has fouled.  As you may or may not be aware, it is illegal to ignore and not clear up your own dog’s mess and there could be a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice.  Non-payment could lead to a court fine of £1,000.

We would remind you that in order for members of the public, especially children and the elderly to avoid illness and disease, not to mention becoming covered in dog mess, please act responsibly and with care.  Please, please clear up after your dog. Please also note that livestock also get diseases from dog mess (tapeworm in particular).

If you do see someone who has not picked up after their dog has fouled and you do not feel comfortable about approaching them, please do give me a ring on 01564 795499/07765 864588or email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk  (all calls will be treated with the utmost confidence).

For problems with stray dogs and other related matters not dealt with by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, please contact the Dog Warden at Stratford District Council on 01789 260837.

Please also remember to keep your dogs on leads in areas where there is livestock. 





During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing.

Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man,

THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

Roll up, roll up, The Henley Rural Cinema is flourishing.

Opening night was great, lovely atmosphere and two guys in dinner suits, recruited to the role of ‘Bouncers’!

Sweating by the technical crew who were testing the equipment. Would the sound system and new digital projector work? It did and a sigh of relief was the response from the audience.

Our lovely Town Crier announced the opening of the evening and 120 people settled down to watch the film. The cinema screen and projection was impressive. Everyone agreed that we have a modern cinema right on our doorstep. The audience liked the intermission, lots of chat, tea, coffee, wine and nibbles. A note came up on the screen asking us to take our seats and we all settled down to watch the rest of the film. It is nearly time again for local people to use their new cinema in the Memorial Hall.

Our Rural Cinema is showing ‘The Imitation Game’ on Thursday the 23rd of February. Wine, Henley Ice-cream and luxury chocolate and popcorn will be on sale. Henley bakery is also providing sandwiches for those cinema goers who have come straight from work. Doors open at 7pm and the view of the screen, from all parts of the hall, is excellent. Tickets will be on sale on the door and a great movie will be seen by all.

The Imitation Game is about Alan Turing, superbly played by Benedict Cumberbatch and how his team cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park during the second world war. The film only deals with this period of time. It is an excellent film and well worth seeing at the Henley-In-Arden Rural Cinema.

I’ll have a Sauvignon Blanc, what's yours?

Linda Paul

Wootton Reportposter

Bridget Jones's Baby is a 2016 romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, based on the fictional columns by Fielding. It is the third film in the franchise and a sequel to 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The film stars Renee Zellwegger as Bridget Jones, who after becoming pregnant is unsure if Mark Darcy (Colin firth, also reprising his role) or Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) is the father. (Wikipedia)


Spotlight on Dan Clews


The James Taylor Story

Relive the incredible music of the five-time Grammy Award winner, in this Edinburgh Fringe ***** sensation: The James Taylor Story.

Featuring a backdrop of imagery, stories from the life of James Taylor and hits such as ‘Fire & Rain’, ‘Sweet Baby James’ and the unforgettable ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, the show has been leaving lasting impressions on audiences.

Created by Dan Clews, the show follows the rise to fame of an icon whose music shaped a generation and the influences that moulded his music. The James Taylor Story is a mesmerising mix of incredible live renditions of hit songs and classics. Rediscover the music and go behind the scenes of one of the most iconic songwriters of popular music.

Since signing to George Martin’s recording label Dan has performed to a ‘sold out’ Albert Hall, played numerous sessions with Bob Harris on Radio 2 & followed Mumford & Sons at Glastonbury.

For such large accolades, Dan’s music is quietly profound. Described by Bob Harris as ‘Landscape Folk’ it goes from deeply introspective subjects like the tragic beheading of David Haynes (British Aid Worker)

His new album; While Middle England Mows Its Lawn is out now.

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Wednesday April 5th.

Doors at 7.00pm, show starts 7.30pm (2 hours approx. including interval) Over 16s.


photoHenley in Arden Drama is to perform the iconic monologues which are now regarded by many as a standing testimony of life in the eighties in England. Talking Heads by Alan Bennett, first performed for BBC television by such giants of the theatre world as Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and Penelope Wilton, were greeted at the time with very mixed reactions by viewers. Phil Walker will perform A Chip in the Sugar highlighting the plight of an ageing son coping with his mother’s dementia. Sheena Ison plays Lesley a bit-part actress conned in to making a blue movie in the naïve piece entitled Her Big Chance, whilst Tracy Humphreys takes on A Lady of Letters, a suburban busybody who’s intervention in to other people’s business leads to unbelievable consequences.

Perhaps the most controversial of the four performances is Playing Sandwiches, where Ray Evans portrays a reformed paedophile who struggles to suppress his misguided behaviour. Following the recent exposure of a series of luminaries during the Yew Tree investigations, this piece has become even more distressing for the listener and, as such, certain graphic passages within the narrative have been removed.

No doubt the performances on Tuesday 4th April, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of April will be well attended by Bennett followers however younger members of the community may find the experience quite edifying about life in England 30 years ago. Full information on the festival week’s show running order and ticket purchase can be found on www.henleygh.co.uk and www.hads.org.uk the festival runs from the 3rd to the 9th of April.

Ray Evans
Drama Correspondent

WAGS Gang Show Cubs ‘Off around the World’


Cub Scouts performing in this year’s WAGS 2017 Gang Show were treated to a special visit to Leamington Spa Station on Saturday joined by Chiltern Railway’s Station Manager Leanne McCarthy and Customer Host Nick Rees.  As the Cubs are performing a sketch ‘Around The World’ which starts at the Station and it was an ideal photo opportunity. 

The Cubs Producer Paul Wakeley says “It is always a delight to work with such fantastic young people. The rehearsals have been going really well, and I know the Cubs are looking forward to showcasing what they have achieved on their whirlwind tour of the world.”

WAGS Gang Show wish to thank Chiltern Railways for the help and support.

The Gang Show will be performed at the Royal Spa Centre from the 7th – 11th March with evening performances and a matinee on the Saturday. 

130 young people are in their last weeks of rehearsing to make this a fantastic show.  The gang have also been fundraising for their chosen Charity ‘GUY'S GIFT’ which supports bereaved children and young people and their families in Warwickshire. Bereavement in childhood can have a huge impact on the day-to-day lives of those affected.  Children and young people who have experienced a significant bereavement often feel isolated, like nobody understands what they are dealing with. Their social interactions, school work and participation in activities can suffer. 

Guy’s Gift has been supporting bereaved children, young people and their families in Warwickshire since 2009, in a variety of ways including one-to-one support, group workshops and activity weekends.

Service Co-ordinator Lisbeth Bakewell says “We’re thrilled to be supported by the young people from WAGS, and we think that this is a great example of young people in the community reaching out to support others in their time of need.”

There will be collections at the end of each performance.

Tickets for this year’s show can be booked on line.

Sandra Bromley reporting



At the Hub@Henley Community Centre the coffee bar is open 6 times a week.

It relies totally on volunteer staff; they serve coffees, sweets and soft drinks, join in some of the activities - helping with cooking for example.  All the volunteers really enjoy this informal interaction with the young people and often comment how polite and friendly they are especially when they meet up with the young people in the streets around our town. 

There are normally two volunteers on duty together with opportunities in the quieter moments to have a chat.  It is a sociable and enjoyable session for everyone. Full training is given and checks are required.

There is a fortnightly rota for the youth club evenings and substitutes are available for holidays and other commitments.  There are vacancies on some for these sessions:

Monday 6.30-8.30pm  9-11 yrs youth club, 
Tuesday after school coffee bar  2.45-4.45pm  All ages; 
This coffee bar will close at Easter unless we are able to find at least two volunteers to step in and help.
Tuesday Club 6.30pm–8.30pm 11-13 yrs  youth club;
Wednesday 13+ yrs youth club 7.00-9.00pm;
Thursday after school coffee bar 2.45–4.45pm  All ages

If you like the idea of helping the young people of Henley for a couple of hours a fortnight and would like to know more please contact Peter Crathorne  07974 573582  or chairhhcc@gmail.com

Henley and Beaudesert Society February 2017 Meeting

Market Towns

photoThe society was pleased to welcome Robert Bearman to tell us about market towns, with particular reference to towns within a 15 mile radius of Henley.

A Royal Charter was required to permit a town to hold markets; i.e. to be a market town. Charters increased greatly in numbers in the two and half centuries after the Norman Conquest. This was a period during which population and agricultural production increased, before the plagues of the fourteenth century checked population growth and agricultural expansion.  A new market could be set up only with royal consent which was not always readily obtainable, if there was an existing market near the proposed site on the same day, the criterion being that markets should be separated by six and two thirds miles, the distance a person could comfortably travel.

Just as today, medieval markets competed with each other so some were very successful; others did not develop at all whilst others declined after a period. Wellesbourne for instance had a charter but little market activity. Kenilworth’s market flourished for a while before declining, while Chipping Camden was positively a boom town by virtue of its wool trade. Small villages with large churches such as Brailles are indicative of places where markets boomed and then withered away.

Market towns often grew up close to fortified places such as Henley with its castle. Additionally, markets were located where transport was easiest, such as at an important crossroads, a good example being Moreton in Marsh. Market town status affected the development of the town in that space had to be provided for the market, so such towns would have at least one wide section of street, Moreton in Marsh (pictured) and the northern half of Henley being good examples.

Market stalls would normally be set up as temporary structures on market days either in streets or squares. However stalls would sometimes be allowed to remain from one market day to the next and ultimately be replaced by permanent timber-built booths. The next stage would be a range of more substantial structures, typified by a market hall often with open arches and here Chipping Camden springs to mind. In this way, what were originally spacious market places or wide streets often became partly encroached by island blocks of permanent buildings, sometimes threaded by alleys. There are many examples of infilling of original market places such as Alcester or indeed our own town of Henley with its Guildhall, adjacent buildings and St. John’s church.

Related to market halls, but more ornamental than utilitarian were the market crosses, often erected to provide God’s blessing on the market trade. Few have survived the destruction of the Reformation, the zeal of Puritans or the forces of decay. Henley’s 15th century market cross is a fortunate one which has survived albeit in truncated form.

The most successful markets were those towns such as Stratford and Alcester lying on major roads and forming a trading border between the Cotswolds to the south and the Forest of Arden to the north.

As usual after the talk, members had the chance to mingle socially over a cup of tea. The next meeting will be the Society’s AGM at 7.30 pm on Thursday 16th March in the Baptist Church Hall.  Immediately after this, Laurence Thatcher will give a talk entitled ‘Roman Alcester’. Visitors and new members are very welcome and further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.


A market hall. The arches were originally open to provide space for market traders but as markets declined, they were filled in to make enclosed spaces with other uses.

Report by Andrew Yarwood




Review by

Linda Paul

Film Critic


Genre - Drama, Fiction
Written by August Wilson
Director - Denzil Washington
Starring- Denzil Washington
Viola Davis
Stephen Mckinley Henderson
Mylelti Williamson
Russell Hornsby

Cert- 12A 140minutes

‘Fences’ the movie is an adaption for the big screen of August Wilson’s 1983 play, for which James Earl Jones and Mary Alice won Tony Awards for their performance on the New York stage, on Broadway. Denzil Washington and Viola Davis also won Tony awards for their 2010 revival in America and Lenny Henry played the lead in the UK achieving excellent reviews for his performance as Troy Maxson.

The story is of a Black family struggling to make a living in Pittsburgh in the 1950’s. Denzil Washington plays the Father of the household Troy Maxson. Troy is a deeply flawed person who in his younger years failed to fulfil his dream of becoming a baseball player. We meet him as he is heading for retirement from his position as a garbage man. Troy has two sons and a disabled brother and time has taken its toll. This is a film of lost hope and broken dreams but ultimately hope for the future through family. Troy’s life involved prison, missed relationships and an ongoing eighteen year relationship with his wife Rose. Viola Davis brilliantly plays the part of Rose. A woman whose life revolves around the family of which Troy is the centre. She has given up so much of herself that the enormity of her situation resonates long after the film has finished.

The bulk of the play takes place in the house and outside in the back garden. As on the stage, the action is dependent on emotional responses to the spoken and unspoken word. The vocabulary is the force behind the film and the filming is lifted from the theatre which can seem restricted within a film. The hard realism hits home to the viewer with a respect and a validation to the characters we are watching.

Denzil Washington is passionate and committed to his role but this film belongs to Viola Davis, an outstanding performance, she will win the Oscar! Tony Maxsons close friend Bono, superbly played by Stephen McKinley Henderson brings to the production a realism that is illuminating in its expression of love for a close friend.

‘Fences’ is worth seeing, a serious evening out, a long film, honest and heartbreaking but classy.

Linda Paul, Film critic

Herb of the Month


Dandelion (Taraxicum officinale)

Although the bright yellow flowers of the Dandelion are a long way from springing up this time of year, if you look closely along the paths by the roadsides and in your lawns, you will see the young leaves nestling amongst the blades of grass. To many, this plant is seen as a weed that must be eradicated at once! This really is a shame, as this humble herb has many uses for us today. The leaves can be collected for use at any time of the year but generally the roots are best harvested between June and August(2).

Looking back in history, the first time we hear of the Dandelion as a medicine is in the works of the Arabian physicians of the tenth and eleventh centuries. But, its recorded use is believed to date back to Ancient Rome and the Anglo Saxons. It first appeared in European history in the 13th Century when it was used by the Welsh. Dandelion roots have long been largely used on the Continent, and the plant is cultivated largely in India as a remedy for liver complaints(1)

Its constituents are glycosides, triterpenoids, choline,flavonoids,carotenoids and potassium (up to 4.5% in the leaves). Its main actions are as a diuretic (the French used to call it pis-en-lit!), anti- rheumatic, liver cleanser, laxative and tonic.(2)

Dandelion has been used over the centuries for its diuretic effect, and its action is comparable to that if the drug,'Frusemide'. In this action, it stimulates  kidney function, but unlike diuretic pharmaceutical drugs which generally cause a loss of potassium for the system, Dandelion contains one of the best sources of potassium and so this effect is balanced out by what is naturally found in the plant(3).Sometimes it really is true that nature knows best! This action is often needed in people who have heart failure resulting in retention of fluid. As always, it is important to ensure that there are no contraindications for any medication you might already be on, if you decide to use Dandelion.

Dandelion has long been used to slowly cleanse the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, regarded as one of the finest liver remedies, both as food and medicine (the leaves can easily be added to a mixed green salad, for example). Studies have shown that dandelion enhances the flow of bile,improving such conditions as liver congestion, bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, gallstones and jaundice(3).

It is the ideal spring cleanser (and that time is only just round the corner) and is a valuable general tonic. Its mineral content makes it efficacious in this area and in springtime, the leaves are less bitter.

Dandelion has also been used successfully in as varying conditions as insomnia and lethargy to rheumatoid arthritis and PMS.

There are studies presently being carried out on its effect on cancer cells. Click here to check this out

So it may be that next time you find yourself beginning to groan at the familiar leaves growing in your lawn, you may think again before you throw it on the weed pile and perhaps harvest it instead and make use of its beneficial properties.


  1. Ourherbgarden(2017) dandelion history www.ourherbgarden.com
  2. Hoffman D. (2002) Holistic Herbal Thorsons
  3. Wood M. (2008) The Earthwise Herbal North Atlantic

Laura Yarham reporting

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The New Executive Principal

photoNow that I have been appointed as the new Executive Principal (on a temporary basis for the next two to three terms), I thought it might be useful to introduce myself to the wider local community.

I am currently the Principal of Knowle CE Primary Academy in Knowle, a position I have held since 2004. Under my leadership the school was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in 2012 and converted to an academy in April 2013. Since that time we have continued to develop our capacity to provide school to school support which has enabled us to offer both challenge and support to a number of schools in Solihull, Staffordshire, Birmingham and Warwickshire with very positive outcomes.

Henley-in-Arden Primary is the quintessential small town school; at the heart of its community serving the local children and their families, providing that essential ‘something’ that only a small town school can. When you visit you cannot fail to both see and feel this as you walk around. Children are confident, happy and ready and willing to learn.  Everyone at Henley is on a mission to ensure that this delightful ethos is complemented by the highest standards of teaching and learning so that children in our care thrive and develop and are more than ready to then take on the next stage of their education……….and beyond!

We warmly welcome visitors and if you are looking to place your child in a safe, secure and caring environment in which they can flourish, then please give us a call.

Jenny Godsall

St Marys

Speed Skating Assembly


On Tuesday 14th February St Mary’s Catholic Primary School were treated to a visit from Will Dobson and John Fry. Will is a member of the GB youth national inline speed skating team. John is the coach of Birmingham Wheels which is the club Will skates for and an ex champion in the same sport. John brought along his torch from the 2012 London Olympics which the children absolutely loved. After an introduction from John about the sport of speedskating there was an open question and answer session for both John and Will where they discovered Will has been skating for 7 years and his top speed is 35 miles per hour! The children were then treated to a demonstration of Will’s skills as he did a few skating circuits on the playground.

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This visit along with many other ‘nice to know’ pieces of information was tweeted on the St Mary’s twitter feed. If anyone wishes to follow us our username is @cpstmarys.

Rachel Saltmarsh reporting



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Club reports on a successful 2016 season

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Open Day Cardio Tennis                                                     Juniors get involved in the games

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Junior Club Champions 2016                                                    Spooky fun at Hallowe'en Tournament

Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club held its AGM on 15th February and members gathered to hear highlights of a successful 2016.  This included the Open Day in April as well as continuing success with junior membership and competitive play in local leagues.  Club competition success was also recognised with the award of several trophies.

The Open Day, held in early April, attracted over 70 people to join in the fun and games with family and friends.  Parents joined in cardio tennis, older juniors were able to benefit from tips and guidance from a qualified coach and learn more about improving their game, while the younger ones got involved in mini tennis. 

Coaching has always been a priority at the Club, and the numbers in the junior section remain high.  The Club has entered more junior mini tennis leagues than ever before and runs nearly 40 different group coaching sessions for adults and juniors throughout the week.

One of the main objectives for the Club is to provide a good balance between social and competitive play and with seven floodlit courts, social tennis, tournaments and other activities run throughout the year.  The Club also continues to field teams in the Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed Tennis Leagues.

The next Open Day is on Saturday 1st April 11:30am – 3:30pm when the Club will welcome potential new members to come along and join in a range of tennis based activities.

For further information visit the club website www.henleyinardentennis.co.uk or email henleyinardentennis@gmail.com

Rebecca Rodgers reporting

Henley Cricket Dinner Saturday April 8th.

@ The Butchers Social Henley High Street

photoIt gives me great pleasure to invite all the readers of Henley NEWS to this years’ dinner.

Perhaps the most popular speaker in the history of our dinners has been Jeremy Coney, the former New Zealand all rounder and captain, who spoke in 2014. He has agreed to come back this year with some more hilarious stories of his life in cricket. We know it is going to be another night to remember.

We also have our first dinner for many years at a new venue; The Butchers Social (formerly Matracardi).The reception will be in the restaurant and the Dinner in a marquee in their lovely garden which looks out over the river and the Mount. A superb spot and most of us we can leave the car at home and stagger home afterwards.

The evening starts at 7 pm with a champagne reception. Dress code is jackets and ties for the boys and posh frocks for the girls. Tickets are £35 and £20 for juniors (cheques payable to Henley Cricket Club) and are available from me on 01564 795239 or its.john.latham@gmail.com

The success of the evening is so important to the future of cricket in Henley. We do hope you will be able to join us to enjoy the return visit of the lovely and amusing Jeremy Coney. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

John Latham President

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John Garner's Business Column

Business Rates changes

John GarnerAs a small business owner who has owned commercial property I can assure you that business rates are just about the most iniquitous tax that businesses have to bear.  They have risen steadily over the years and have become a significant business overhead. 

Domestic rates include things like rubbish collection, street cleaning, street lighting, the police; a small amount (the precept) goes to local councils including our own Parish Council.  Business rates only cover some of these (for instance businesses have to pay for their own rubbish collection) and not a penny goes go back to local councils. 

We are now about to see the first revaluation of Business rates for seven years. The government says the changes will be revenue neutral: some will pay more but others with benefit.  Either way, the changes will have an impact on all businesses when the changes come into effect in April.

Rates are charged in proportion to the value of a property as estimated by government surveyors about 26 years ago. The controversy arises because these changes are usually outside the control of the business operating inside. So businesses in areas that are supposedly up and coming will see their rates bills increase, regardless of their ability to pay.  This is because it’s a good way to raise a substantial amount of money for the exchequer, it’s difficult to avoid paying and has high collection rates.

The valuations on which bills in England and Wales are based are supposedly updated every five years in line with the changing property market. By law this is done so as to raise no extra money so there are always winners and losers. The government delayed the latest valuation by two years from 2015 to 2017 to avoid it coinciding with a general election. This means the swings in rates bills this time have been especially large.

Some London businesses face increases of more than 100% while others in areas where property values have fallen, such as the Midlands and north of England, have been paying too much for the past two years.  Hence businesses with a presence across the country will see rises and falls in different places offset each other, but small independent shops in prosperous areas could struggle.

Many online retailers (e.g. Amazon) will see a cut to their business rates because their out-of-town warehouses have either fallen in value or increased by much less than high street  shops, reinforcing the threat their business models pose to traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers, the sort of retailers we like to see in Henley High Street.  Something tells me the government has got it wrong.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


David Malin

  1. Burglary Other. Arden Road, Henley. Wooden garden shed broken into and pedal cycle stolen. Offenders have forced the wood around the mortise lock to gain entry. The cycle is a two year old Grey Carrera Hybrid, 28 inch frame, disc brakes. Between 11th & 12th February. 0125 12/02/2017
  2. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Brook End Drive, Henley. A white custom Ford Transit van stolen from driveway by unknown means. Overnight 6th & 7th February. 0021 07/02/2017
  3. Attempt Theft. Barley Close, Henley. Parcel delivered to house and left outside. A large white van was then seen to pull up at the address and a male get out. He went over to the parcel and was about to pick it up when he saw that he was being watched. He got back into the van and drove off. Last three letters of registration number was DYX. Male described as Asian, beard, wearing a woolly hat and a hi-vis coat. There was also a passenger in the van. 10.15am Monday 6th February. 0233 06/02/2017
  4. Burglary Dwelling. Barley Close, Henley. Offender(s) have smashed open rear patio doors to house and entry gained. An untidy search of house has been made and items taken. Between 16th & 17th February. 0431 17/02/2017
  5. Burglary Dwelling. Oldberrow Lane, Henley. Offenders have gained access to house through the conservatory and have stolen keys. As a result a Blue Honda Jazz vehicle was also stolen from the premises. Between 6.30pm and 10pm Wednesday 15th February. 0401 15/02/2017
  6. Anti Social Behaviour. Castle Road, Studley. Youths kicking a football against garages and playing loud music. SNT will monitor situation. 6pm Monday 13th February. 0341 13/02/2017
  7. Burglary Dwelling. Arden Road, Henley. Lock on front door to house found damaged. Offender(s) have tried to force the lock open without success. Between 12.25pm and 2.30pm Monday 13th February. 0254 13/02/2017
  8. Damage. Whitley Hill, Henley. First floor window of house smashed. Between 12th & 13th February. 0148 13/02/2017
  9. Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road, Henley. Two males seen acting suspiciously in the road. Also seen to run to rear of premises. Both stop checked by police and details taken. No offences disclosed at the time. 11.40pm Sunday 12th February. 0413 12/02/2017


  1. Suspicious Circumstances. High Croft, Claverdon. Caller reporting suspicious vehicle driving slowly up and down the cul de sac. Three white males on board. Last three letters of vehicle was LDA. No offences disclosed. 1pm Sunday 12th February. 0230 12/02/2017
  2. Suspicious Circumstances / Attempt Burglary Dwelling. Park Drive, Claverdon. Alarm activation at house. Neighbour has seen two males go around the property and then over the back fence. Police attended and searched area but no one found. 1.45pm Tuesday 7th February. 0141 07/02/2017
  3. Suspicious Circumstances, Langley Road, Claverdon. Two males with covered faces seen to walk up private driveway of house. When challenged they ran off, possibly getting into a White Van with a part registration number of HU08. No offences disclosed. 2pm Wednesday 15th February. 0284 15/02/2017 . Further information received via Claverdon NHW - The van was a small white Ford Connect Van which drove off towards Breach Lane then back towards Langley.

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNT's

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Henley Annual Events

February 2017

Wed 1st - AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema

March 2017 Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema
April 2017

3rd to 9th - Arts for All Week in the Guild Hall
Thurs 20th - Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner
Thurs 27th - Rural Cinema

May 2017 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
Thurs 2 - Rural Cinema
June 2017

Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
Guild Hall Trust - Bookend for the Simon and Garfunkel Story
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade - 10.15 am Memorial Hall.

July 2017 Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
August 2017

Guild Hall Trust - Arts for All Week
The Great Henley Bake-off
Henley Music Festival

September 2017 The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub.
Thurs 28th - Rural Cinema
October 2017

Consensus - an evening of music and words
Henley MOP
Thurs 26th - Rural Cinema

November 2017

1st Henley and Wootton Scout Group Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema

December 2017 Sat 2nd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
January 2018 Thurs 25th - Rural Cinema


hnol            Forthcoming Events


HENLEY IN BLOOM AGM 7.0 p.m. at Baptist Church Hall on Monday 27th February, 2017.  A brief roundup of last year’s activities and plans for this year. Anyone wanting to hear more about our friendly group is very welcome to come along. (794308)

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 28th February Howard Drury will tell us about ‘Switzerland – Flower Hunting in the Bernese Oberland’. 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

ST. BASIL’S CENTRE FOR YOUNG HOMELESS IN BIRMINGHAM is one of the charities St. John’s Church supports.  The Coffee Morning on 28th January raised £356, thanks to all who supported.
Help to prevent youth homelessness in North Warwickshire. Join The Shakespeare Sleepout Friday 7th April, king Edward VI School. More information is available from
www.stbasils.org.uk/shakespearesleepout or 0121 772 9614.

LITTLE ACORNS NURSERY Stay & Play’ Interested in finding out more about our nursery. Please come along, with your child 9.15 – 10.00 on Wed 29th March, 24th May and 12th July. Contact School Office on 792766.

HENLEY WI – Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Annie Dixon –Dunn will talk about ‘Home Instead’. Visitors welcome. For more information please contact Barbara Warmington 793640.  

HENLEY IN ARDEN FLOWER CLUB  Tuesday 14th March in the Baptist Church Hall. Kerry Artess Demonstration: Oranges & Lemons. Competition: Here Comes Spring.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 16th March in the Baptist Church Hall. The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm followed at 8.00 pm by a talk entitled ‘Art and Plunder: the Spoils of War’ by Douglas Sharp. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH AFTER SCHOOL COFFEE CLUB (AT THE HUB) – Do you have 1½ hours to spare on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm till 4.30pm to help out with either the snack bar or as a voluntary worker at this club, during school term times? If yes contact Laurence Marshall 07970 444363.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB   We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 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

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Next Edition

8th March 2017

All contributions by the previous Sunday

crestDetails of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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
Further details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on 795419.

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 Monday evenings at 7pm. 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
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
logoWe play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
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
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 every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
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 during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
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.

HubThe centre is open every weekday. Surestart and the Parenting Project operate many supportive activities for mothers with babies. There is a club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the older generation and regular computer classes on Fridays. There is a Youth Club (13+) on Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and a Junior Youth Club for Year 5 to Year 8 on Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You can book the centre for your family parties at the weekend, its superb facilities are ideal for this. Check out the Web Site for a lot more information at The Hub at Henley

Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £6 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: Swantaichi website

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.

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 Claire Bishop for more details on 07793890237 c.bishop@hotmail.co.uk

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 White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7pm promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points. For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993 or the Treasurer on 0777 887 1930.

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 Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

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

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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Henley News ReportersHENLEY NEWS is looking for additional correspondents to send in stories and pictures. Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed? Please always try to include a photo in jpg or png format. Letters, articles, pictures sent to the Editor are always welcome. Please do not use the following file formats 'Publisher' or 'Serif'. 'Microsoft Word' is the preferred format. Please send to editor@henleynews.co.uk

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Make Henley Greener
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Henley History
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Editorial Team
Proof Reader
Ullenhall Gardening Club
WCC Trading Standards
Tennis Club
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
C of E Primary School
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
Henley Cartoon Colin Fisher
Social Correspondent Annette Walker
Court Leet and HADS
Claverdon and Railway


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