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

22nd March 2017




SDC will be carrying out hot wash cleaning of the HIGH STREET footway
during the latter part of this week.

Serious Knife attack on The Mount

photoWarwickshire Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery by The Mount, pictured right, in Beaudesert Lane, on Tuesday 14th March.

The incident happened sometime around 5pm, when a woman in her 60s was approached by an unknown boy while walking her dog. The boy was reported to be holding a knife and demanded money and jewellery from the victim, who handed over her jewellery before the offender ran off in the direction of Beaudesert Place.

The offender is described as around 12-years-of-age, white, slim and 5’2” tall. He was wearing a dark t-shirt with a light coloured check shirt, light jeans and a light blue fleece. He had with him a small, dark backpack.

Detective Inspector Teresa McKenna of Warwickshire Police said: “Firstly, I would like to reassure the local community that incidents of this nature are very rare. The victim was thankfully uninjured but it was obviously a very distressing ordeal and officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be conducting reassurance patrols in the area.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area yesterday and seen anything suspicious to contact us. If you saw an individual matching the description then please call us on 101, quoting incident number 307 of 14 March. Alternatively, if you want to give information but don't want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers.org.uk . Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won't be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you."

At this time the offender has not been identified.

Henley Headmaster speaks to the Rotary Club

photoAt the last meeting of Henley Rotary  we were privileged to have as a guest speaker Mr Steven Jefferies, pictured right, Headmaster of Henley High School.

Mr Jefferies gave a very eloquent, informative and inspiring talk on The Joys of Being a Teacher. He started the talk by getting us all to do a little trick with paper and paper clips, which certainly grabbed our attention. Though amusing, this was a very clever way of demonstrating the many reactions and emotions shown by students to being taught something new, which of course was one of the joys of being a teacher Mr Jefferies wished to convey. The emotions ranging from being pleased with success and wishing to show the teacher, to what I must admit was my reaction, not being able to get home fast enough to show, in my case my grandchildren, what I had learned. Other reactions ranged from wanting to know how it worked and of course a few can’t do its.

Mr Jefferies told us of a computer program, which, used as part of a programme of literacy and reading lessons, helped pupils to improve their reading age.  This approach to learning is used particularly for pupils who begin secondary school below the accepted standard for literacy.  Mr Jefferies illustrated the motivational aspects of this approach with the story of "Billy" a fictitious name for a pupil, who, having had a very bad life thus far was far behind his reading age.  The programme the school uses allows us to track the number of words read by a pupil; it was moving to see how Billy, who had become accustomed to failure, felt enormous pride in being the first pupil to read over 100,000 words.  The bean bag on which he was allowed to sit as a reward seemed, to him, like a throne so pleased was he with the prestige of attaining a higher standard.

The recent school production of Suesical the Musical was talked about with many complimentary remarks coming from those of us who had seen it. Mr Jefferies said that although the pupils themselves had worked extremely hard and enthusiastically to produce the show themselves with, of course, help from equally enthusiastic staff, future productions were in danger of being curtailed due to the extra costs incurred when putting on such an event. He also said the cuts to school budgets would also mean that such things as  “Billy’s” computer program would not be afforded as well as many sporting and cultural extra curricular activities, all due to these cuts. 

Mr Jefferies told us that an appeal was being set up to buy an outdoor table tennis table and that help of any kind from parents and indeed any willing volunteers to help the school  was always welcome.

To end the talk on a lighter note, he told us a few amusing anecdotes from everyday school life which emphasized the overall joy of being a teacher.


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Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

The film stars Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, with Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara in supporting roles.

The film follows Sullenberger's January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived with only minor injuries, and the subsequent publicity and investigation.

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A blood bike is an emergency medical motorcycle courier that transports urgent items including blood, X-rays, samples, drugs, and documentation between hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland a network of largely independent registered charities, whose members are all unpaid volunteers, provides blood bike courier services in collaboration with their local healthcare authorities. Last year, 39,000 runs were made. So far this year there have already been 6,000 runs.

The 2017 parade is scheduled to arrive in Henley at 7.15 pm


The 2016 St George's Day Parade was welcomed by the Court Leet.


Report on the Council meeting on Monday 20th March 2017

  • David Tomlinson, who is a retired Chartered Surveyor and has lived in Henley for 19 years, was warmly welcomed as the newest, co-opted, member on to the JPC.
  • The JPC Grants Working Party met prior to the JPC meeting on 20th March to go through all of the applications.  They recommended that grants were awarded as shown in the table below:


  • I reported that there had been an incident on the Mount when a woman was held at knife point and a youth demanded her money and jewellery.  The perpetrator was a white youth, aged around 12 and was slim, wearing a dark t-shirt with a light coloured checked shirt, light jeans and a light blue fleece.  Anyone who has any information about this incident is to contact the Police.

  • I also mentioned that there has been a change in the date of the Annual Parish Council meeting from 15th May to 22nd May and the JPC Bank balances are: Treasurers Account: £1,452.60 and Deposit Account: £71,002.78.

  • A report was presented on the collaboration of the JPC, the Hub, Library and the HWMT.  The JPC agreed to award a grant to the Library of £8,000 per annum and £25,000 per annum to the Hub, both for two years until the end of this council’s term.  It was also agreed that there needs to be a more robust mechanism to organise and fund the HWMT.

  • The NDP is progressing well and has got to the stage where the JPC is appointing a consultant to carry out an initial ‘health check’ on the document.  The NDP should go out for public consultation at the end of the Summer.

  • The JPC Risk Assessment, Asset Register and Finance Regulations were amended slightly and ratified – copies are available on the JPC web site or by contacting me – see below.

  • Representatives of the JPC are still working with 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.

  • Tenders were invited for the grass mowing and maintenance contract in Henley and we received four Tenders which were opened together in front of two Cllrs, myself and an independent witness.  The contract is to be awarded to Jon Vale Gardens.

  • I reported that I had instructed SDC to withdraw the JPC’s request to conduct a Community Governance Review at the present time.  Following the resignation of a Cllr, there was the potential for two elections to be held in one year at a cost of £1,500 per election.  I advised that I had not been in a position to report more fully as I had been waiting to hear from SDC whether or not the withdrawal had been discussed and ratified by them.  Minutes of the SDC Council minutes relating to this meeting can be found via the link and it was their recommendation that the CGR be abandoned.   https://democracy.stratford.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=140&Year=0

  • 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 JPC agreed to arrange for an additional dual litter bin to be supplied and installed at the junction of Brookend Drive and the footpath that runs under the railway bridge to the field behind the Railway Station. 

  • The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 24th April 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm. 

  • Please note that the Annual Assemblies will be held in the Memorial Hall on 10th April, commencing with Beaudesert at 6.30 pm and Henley in Arden at 7.30 pm – All welcome.

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. 

Are you able to get Superfast Broadband?

broadbandCSW Broadband has been rolling out fibre broadband across Warwickshire and Solihull. Over 57,000 properties are now able to connect to the new network and to buy superfast broadband from a wide range of Internet Service Providers.

Because the project is reaching out to some of the most rural (and therefore most difficult) areas, different technologies are coming into play. So residents and businesses may have thought that they were excluded from the rollout because they are in very remote locations, or because they are connected directly to the local exchange.

The new technologies enable CSW Broadband to reach even these areas, and the project team is urging everyone to see if superfast broadband is already available, or if it is planned by the end of 2019.

In the first instance, to see if superfast broadband is planned in your area by the end of 2019 go to the unique property-level checker www.cswbroadband.org.uk/propertychecker. For the full list of areas which have been announced to date, please check the CSW Broadband Rolling 12-Month Plan www.cswbroadband.org.uk\rollingplan. If you are not sure which structure you are currently connected to then you will need to check the BT DSL Checker http://www.dslchecker.bt.com. There is also a useful page on the project website which explains how to use the BT Line Checker, and how to interpret the results.

If you are not included in the current rollout plans, then don’t despair. CSW Broadband is currently out to tender for up to £20m additional coverage, and should be able to map the results of the procurement by the autumn. If you register your details the team will keep you up to date with what is happening in your area.

Henley-in-Arden Neighbourhood Watch


The Henley Neighbourhood Watch Group has received a CREMARK Property marking kit, which will be loaned to any resident requesting it.

They also have a new Neighbourhood Watch Members' Guide which has been sponsored by the Co-op and contains 32 pages of crime prevention advice.

Details about both are available from Annette Walker, Secretary Henley Neighbourhood Watch, 01564 792837.

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff




High Bailiff presenting Ali, the Shop Manager, with the certificate commemorating the re-opening of the shop

On Thursday 16th March the High Bailiff and members of the Court Leet carried out a re-opening ceremony on the newly refurbished Myton Hospice shop on the High Street.  The CEO Ruth Freeman, Gary Bradbury – General Manager and Ali the shop manager, plus other members of her volunteer team were in attendance.  After the opening ceremony the guests were served with coffee and cakes.  The High Bailiff and members of the Court Leet wish the shop great success.  The High Bailiff was persuaded to be one of the first customers purchasing a football money box.


The High Bailiff making a purchase/donation for a football money box



Officers, Wardens, Corporate Members and Guild Representatives of the Freemen of England and Wales Association (FEW), photographed in the Guild Hall Garden at Henley-in-Arden with the High Bailiff Norman Kench, and the FEW President, Ron Leek on Saturday 18th March 2017. The occasion was the Annual Court of FEW. The Henley Court Leet is one of thirty eight Courts Leet and Guilds represented by the Association that exists to protect and defend the Freedom.

The Heritage Centre reopening


The Heritage Centre will re-open on Tuesday 4th April.  Prior to the opening we held three coffee mornings this week for the existing and new stewards where minor changes were discussed.

Sue Warner has again produced the rota for the coming season, but we still need a few volunteers.  If you could spare 2 hours once a fortnight we would welcome you into our team.  It is a great opportunity to promote the Heritage Centre and our Town. 

If you are interested could please contact Sue Warner on 01564 793445 or Norman Kench 01564 795419.

Nordic Walking for Comic Relief in Alcester & Stratford


This year Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March. Arrow and Arden Nordic Walking will have a Comic Relief week starting on Monday 20th March offering hot drinks and biscuits or cakes on all their activities throughout the week to raise money for Comic Relief.

Nordic Walkers can either donate directly to our justgiving page or donate cash on the day they are joining us, you can even join the team on that just giving page and get friends and family to sponsor you! Click here.

Nordic Walking Instructor Kathrin Foster says: “When you are Nordic Walking you can enjoy a piece of cake or biscuits without a guilty conscience!” Because 90% of muscles are working at all time Nordic Walking burns up to 46% more calories compared to ordinary walking. Once you've mastered the technique it is much easier than walking but twice as effective whilst gentle on the joints.
If you would like to join Arrow and Arden Nordic Walking and try one of the free taster sessions you can contact Kathrin directly on 07875 609324 or via www.arrowandarden.co.uk

Contact details: Kathrin Foster 07875 609324

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Sally Foster reporting


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The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure musical film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film of the same name, The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI film that tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan.




Henley revisits the Kerry Babies scandal

A national scandal in Ireland, the ‘Kerry babies’ story will likely be unfamiliar – and perhaps seem far-fetched – to most English audiences.

In 1984 a young unmarried woman was accused of killing her new-born child, which was found stabbed on a beach. When it was discovered that her actual baby had died at birth and been buried on her family farm, rather than abandoning their case, the authorities doubled their efforts, accusing her of having, and killing, both children. This resulted in a controversial investigation that threw into sharp relief the changing – and often conflicting –  attitudes around state, church and the role of women and their sexuality in a country where abortion is still (in the main) illegal.

It’s a smartly observed piece, where the bleak subject matter is undercut with well-placed humour that captures the drudgery of working-class life in a (then) failing economy, and deftly skewers the contradiction in terms that is Catholic sex education.

Written and performed by Caroline Burns Cooke, who adeptly plays multiple roles, it is a damning indictment of the toxic cocktail of repression, religion and misogyny that holds everyone accountable to impossible standards, but condemns women alone for falling short.

Double bill with “Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt” – Claire Dowie

A comic journey through female roles and dress codes via the “knicker factor” school discos and through the eyes of one young woman who wants to be a Beatle. An articulate and passionate invective against obligatory femininity.

Thursday 6th April Henley in Arden Arts4ALL Week at the Guild Hall 7.30 P.M.

For full programme and tickets visit www.henleygh.co.uk

Tickets also available from Lemon Tree Flowers

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Tickets also available from Lemon Tree Flowers on the High  Street

Henley & Beaudesert Society March 2017 Meeting

Roman Alcester


On 16th March, the Society held its AGM to which members were welcomed with a cheering glass of wine. After the formal business of the meeting, election of officers and a short address by the Society’s President and High Bailiff, Norman Kench, the members listened attentively to Lawrence Thatcher, pictured above, talking enthusiastically about ‘Roman Alcester’. Somewhat surprisingly, no written records survive from Roman times and indeed no one knows what the place was actually called in those days.

mapAlcester was founded by the Romans in around AD 47 initially as a fort near Primrose Hill and they remained in the area until AD410. The general location was important being close to the Salt Way to Droitwich and Icknield St, a Roman road that ran the length of Britannia from the north east near Hadrian's Wall to southwest England. The proximity of the junction of the rivers Alne and arrow was also significant because river transport was much more important in those days than it is today.

Some time later than AD 47, a fort was built on lower ground just north of Primrose Hill near Bleachfield St and nearer to the junction of the rivers Alne and Arrow. This settlement is located south of the current High St and there have been over 100 excavations revealing remains of buildings within and outside the fort wall. Roman Alcester was, in all probability, a prosperous market town. The discovery of high class pottery and expensive plaster work would indicate that there were several large dwellings. A well has also been found into which detritus has been thrown providing rich pickings for the archaeologists. Evidence has also been found of wharfs and jetties in the river banks.

Later still, a third enclosure with very substantial walls was built a little further north. It lies underneath much of the modern town. Indeed the carpark of the current Waitrose store has been marked out with red lines to show the extent of the underlying structures. Excavations underneath the Waitrose carpark also show that there was a very substantial granary. It is posited that the granary would later have been demolished, still in Roman times, and the walls of the third enclosure constructed. These walls were on a massive scale being some 10 to 12 feet thick and probably incorporated some of the masonry from the granary – recycling is nothing new. The exact purpose of the enclosure has puzzled experts since there is nothing to suggest that Alcester would ever have been under attack and opportunities to excavate are now rare.

Frustratingly, any archaeological work is prohibitively expensive and it is only when any new development takes place that an archaeological survey is carried out because it is a statutory requirement. It is speculated that underneath the current church some significant discoveries are waiting to be unearthed.

After the Romans left, Alcester like many other settlements went into decline for many centuries before becoming of significance again in the Middle Ages.

The Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday 27th April at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall when the speaker will be Graham Downie on ‘The Fairground Calendar’. Visitors and new members are very welcome and as always, further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Fairtrade coffee morning


To celebrate Fairtrade fortnight and to promote the concept of Fairtrade a coffee morning was held in the Baptist church hall hosted by representatives of the churches in Henley and supported by Henley Co-op. Fairtrade refreshments were served, cakes made with Fairtrade ingredients were sold and Fairtrade purchases made from the Traidcraft stall. Fairtrade ensures better prices, working conditions and a fairer deal for producers in developing countries.

Traidcraft is a charitable organisation which campaigns for fair trade and provides training and resources to help poor communities across the developing world achieve an income.

Cilla Pudney reporting

Tree Bomb outcome


Alison Keen, Laura Yarham and Annie Davies got together to make the "tree bomb" into scarves and can report that all your efforts made 12 beautifully coloured long scarves to brighten the lives of some homeless people. Well done Henley!

2 Scams to take your money

My computer was recently successfully hacked. The initial contact was by 'phone purporting to come from "BT-Technical" eventually gaining my confidence and remote access to my computer. Although I occurred no financial loss…...the prime aim of the attack!!.. and no Bank details were revealed, a good deal of personal data, E-addresses, NHS numbers, NI references, Driving licence details, family 'phone numbers etc etc were also available to the hacker. This knowledge could lead to the construction of a false identity, to be used illegally.

1. SCAM 1….. I know this scam to be current in USA, not sure of its extent in UK.

when answering the phone and being asked “Is that Mrs. Richards?” [for example]. Do not answer “Yes” but use something bland like “could well be”

“What is your business?” “Who is speaking?”

The recording of the voiced “Yes” can be used by criminals to effectively get you to “SIGN” a document on-line which will doubtless relieve you of cash.


2. SCAM 2….If told there is something wrong with:- your computer

your internet connection

your router

the BT exchange,

your BT line

your server having problems

hang up, however convincing or credible the caller seems to be, hang up,

do not engage in conversation, debate, questions.

The risks are very high that the call is bogus and is an attempt to get you off your guard and eventually reveal details of your credit card, or worse, your debit card or other bank details.

No respectable Bank, Building Society, Loan Arranger would contact you in this manner, and these companies usually issue their own literature outlining the risks of cold-calling with fraudulent intent.

Roger Skinner reporting


Henley-in-Arden School students volunteer to assist
Canal and River Trust regeneration project


Two groups of students from Henley-in-Arden School have been volunteering to help the Canal and River Trust regenerate areas of the Grand Union Canal at Hatton Locks. The two groups, from the school’s years 7 and 8, have undertaken the community work as part of their studies on UK education charity CVQO’s Schools Partnership Project.

On day one the year 8 group re-laid a stretch of towpath, removing surface water and potholes that have made this popular stretch of canal difficult underfoot.

The year 7 group continued on day two by reinstating the topsoil that had been eroded by walkers and cyclists. This topsoil was then re-seeded with grass by the students. The fencing around the Hatton Locks car park was repainted as time and weather had taken its toll.

The Department for Education-approved Schools Partnership Project, which takes place one day per-week across 12 weeks, builds character, resilience and self confidence in young people who may need a helping hand to achieve more from their school experience. Participants learn a variety of practical skills and competencies during their time on the programme, including teamwork, citizenship and volunteering, all of which are designed to help young people realise that their potential to achieve is not limited to their performance in the classroom alone.

CVQO received a grant from Warwickshire County Council’s ‘Skills for Employment’ fund, meaning 48 students at Henley-in-Arden School will able to take part over the course of two terms. Learners are identified and chosen at the beginning of the programme, according to who the school believes would benefit most from taking part. Upon completion, they achieve a BTEC Level 1 qualification in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.

Jack (year 7 pupil) said, “I love working outside and doing jobs like this. It’s even better when helping the community.”

Emily (year 8 pupil) said, “It was hard but I would do it again. I liked that people thanked us.”

Steve Lambert, from the Canal and River Trust, said: “All the students have done a great job and really made the area better. You can really see the improvements. Without volunteers, work like this would not be done. I’m looking forward to coming to the graduation.”

This work will contribute to successful completion of the students’ BTEC Level 1 qualification, which will be celebrated on Wednesday the 29th and Thursday 30th March at Henley-in-Arden School in front of parents, school staff and other guests from the community.

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Claverdon RFC first Ladies Vice-Presidents'  Luncheon


Guest of honour at the first ever Ladies Vice Presidents’ Luncheon, President Mr Basil Sayer

Basil kindly sponsored the Prosecco for the Ladies.  Basil  said that when he came down to Claverdon as a player 34 years ago, women were banned from the Club and were positively discouraged from attending -  except to pick up their partners to take them home!

Now, present, among 60 Ladies in his Club house, he was very pleased to welcome them and hoped that this would be the first meal of many.   He was delighted that this little Club in Warwickshire was leading the way forward, welcoming women into a men's domain.   He thought that Claverdon, and particularly Rugby in general, was the better for it.

The event which was a fund raiser, raised much needed funds to enable the Club to move forward with its plans to modernise the Clubhouse.

The Ladies and supporters watched the Claverdon/Harbury game which Claverdon Lions won. To round off a perfect afternoon, the England/Scotland game was screened in the Clubhouse and watched by some very happy supporters.

Sue Westmacott reporting

After the ladies' lunch, Claverdon welcomed local rivals Harbury to Ossetts Hole in the tail end of a season both clubs would like to soon forget. Claverdon off the back of successive defeats by Coventry Welsh, were keen to make amends for a one point defeat in the reverse fixture.


Ali Norman scoring a try for Claverdon

Claverdon opened the scoring before the ladies had even left their seats. Ali Norman enjoying a new role at number 8 powered over from close range. James Williams unable to add the extras. Claverdon's intent was set out early with kickable penalties declined and the ball sent into the corner in a hope to score 5! The Harbury line out however disrupted the ball all afternoon, making things difficult for the usually assured set piece.

Claverdon's discipline was poor all afternoon and allowed Harbury to stay in contention with the boot. 3 points from a penalty and territory made easy with persistent infringements, however, James Barton added to Claverdon's try tally with a powerful surge through the middle. Williams added the extras.

Harbury closed the gap with a second penalty taking the score to 12-6.

In what was a very scrappy affair, the Lions enjoyed dominance at the scrum which gave a good platform to attack. The heavier Claverdon pack wearing down their lighter opponents and Ali Norman shrugged off three defenders before touching down in the corner before being bundled into touch. The conversion missed from the touch line.

If the first half was scrappy, the second half was worse. Broken play with lots of handling errors, surprising in the near perfect conditions. Alain "Safa" Hammond added pace to the back row and came up with a smart finish bursting between defenders to extend the lead to 16 points and securing the bonus point.

Harbury did score a consolation try late on but not before both Jack Yates and Marc Spencer were injured by their own teammate in a maul. "The Ox" unfortunately breaking his forearm!

Final score 22-13 and Claverdon move up to 7th in the league and hoping to climb further with only the lower league sides to play in the run in.

Photo by Will Barnes



Tennis Club Open Day

Henley Tennis Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday 1st April 11:30am – 4:30pm - so why not come along and find out what’s on offer?  There’ll be lots of opportunities for free play for everyone.

Between 11am – 1pm children 3-10 years old can play Mini Tennis.

Cardio Tennis for kids and parents runs 12pm – 1pm and Tennis Xpress for adults of all abilities (even those with no experience!) from 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

There’ll also be a Junior court where 11-18yr olds can have fun with players of their own age.  Coaches will be on hand to offer tips to help their game and advice on how they can continue to play. 

You can also book now to secure your place on any of the group sessions at:

Henley-in-Arden Tennis club

Or you can just get on court with the family and have some fun and try out the facilities. Any queries, please email henleyinardentennis@gmail.com or call Neil Supperstone, head coach on 07912 664426.



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John Garner's Business Column

New Tax YearJohn Garner

It’s a good job I said last time that I wouldn’t make any Budget predictions!  I never foresaw the PR disaster of the self-employed National Insurance changes nor the subsequent U-turn.  It’s a pity it was handled so badly because, when you read the small print, many lower earning self-employed people would have been better off. 

However, back in January I did suggest a few changes that would soon be upon us and now they are almost here as April approaches.  Remember that these changes are, in general, the result of the 2016 Budget, not the one we’ve just had. 

So to summarise the changes that will take effect from 2nd April:

The weekly rate of the following statutory employment payments will increase (figures in brackets show the current rates):

  • sick pay (SSP) will be £89.35 (£88.45)
  • maternity pay (SMP) & adoption pay (SAP) will be 90% of weekly earnings for the first 6 weeks plus £140.98 (£139.58) for the next 33 weeks.
  • paternity pay (SPP) will be £140.98 (£139.58) or 90% of weekly earnings if lower for 2 weeks.

The rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise as follows (figures in brackets show the current rate):

  • workers aged 21 to 24: £7.05 (£6.95)
  • workers aged 18 to 20: £5.60 (£5.55)
  • young workers aged under 19 but above compulsory school age who are not apprentices: £4.05 (£4.00)
  • apprenticeship rate: £3.50 (£3.40).

These used to go up in October each year causing great confusion with the NLW.

The National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and over will also increase in April 2017 from £7.20 to £7.50.  From April 2017 all rates of NMW and NLW will be uprated in parallel every 12 months.  Thank goodness for that.

The employers’ National Insurance rate remains at 13.8% of weekly earnings above £157 for those over 21.

The VAT threshold (the rate of sales turnover over which a business must register for VAT) rises to £85,000 per annum.  The VAT rates remain the same, I’m relieved to say.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

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Trading StandardsAnyone can now sign up to the email alert system automatically and instantly, in the same way residents use other email alerts such as roadwork warnings etc. a WCC standard.

Click here for WCC Scam Alerts

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

email. simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


David Malin

  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Warwick Road, Henley. A White Van with two males on board seen hanging around the school coach park. Last three letters of registration number was 'EZT'. 3.20pm Friday 3rd March. Reported on the 10th March. 0274 10/03/2017
  2. Anti Social Behaviour. Riverside Gardens, Henley. Motorcycles being ridden along the footpath by youths. Ongoing problem. The Team will be monitoring the situation. Thursday 9th March. 0255 09/03/2017
  3. Drugs. Castle Road, Henley. A Police patrol came across a strong smell of cannabis coming from a house. The door knocked and an occupant spoken to. As a result the occupant was arrested at the door on suspicion of possession of Cannabis, and the house searched. A grow tent and several large cannabis plants were found and seized. Enquiries ongoing. Tuesday 7th March. 0110 07/03/2017
  4. Burglary Dwelling and Other. Oldberrow, Henley. House and outbuildings entered and items stolen including power tools, outdoor oil boiler and tank and stack truck totalling about £3500. Overnight night between 16th & 17th March. 0073 17/03/2017
  5. Damage. Brook End Close, Henley. Wheel arch of car scratched. Overnight 15th & 16th March. 0070 16/03/2017
  6. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Arden Road, Henley. Theft of White Ford Transit works van containing aprox £2500 worth of tools. Stolen after 11pm Wednesday 15th March. 0053 16/03/2017
  7. Robbery. Beaudesert Lane, Henley. Female dog walker approached by male with a knife. Male demanded money and then jewellery. Male ran off towards Castle Close. For further information please see the force website. 5.15pm Tuesday 14th March. 0307 14/03/2017


  1. Burglary Dwelling / Theft of Motor Vehicle. The Dale, Wootton Wawen. The property has been entered by offenders with the possible intention to steal a high value car from the drive. Keys to a second car were stolen and this car moved further down the road. It is believed that the offenders were disturbed by the owner's dog and as a result made off. Reported 6.50am Friday 10th March. 0046 10/03/2017
  2. Damage. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Ball bearing found embedded in house window. Reported Wednesday 8th March. 0076 08/03/2017
  3. Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Near to school, Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen. Window of car smashed and items on display taken from inside. Between 5.15pm and 5.35pm Friday 17th March. 0469 17/03/2017. The items stolen were reported found by a member of the public on a footpath near to Henley Golf Course, near to Bear Lane at 4pm 18th March. **This type of 'smash and grab' theft from vehicles parked near to schools at dropping off and picking up times has previously been an issue right across the area, although this is the first offence this year. We advise that valuables are not left in public view even if it is for a few minutes**
  4. Poaching. Gorse Lane & Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen. Reports of vehicles driving across private land. Gate to field also forced open. Ongoing problem. SNT Monitoring. 10.50pm Thursday 16th March. 0427 16/03/2017
  5. Theft. Edstone, Wootton Wawen. Aprox 20 sheep stolen from field. Reported morning of Thursday 16th March. 0081 16/03/2017


  1. Suspicious Circumstances. High Croft, Claverdon. Report of male trying door handles. On police arrival the man was found. It was established that he was a vulnerable 51 year old male from the West Midlands area who was absent from sheltered accommodation. He was treated by Ambulance and taken to Warwick Hospital as a precaution. 9.10am Friday 10th March. 0078 10/03/2017

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNTs

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Henley Annual Events

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 25th - 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
Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema

July 2017

Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Thurs 27th - Rural Cinema

August 2017

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

Thurs 24th - Rural Cinema

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

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
February 2018

AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema

March 2018 Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema


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JUMBLE SALE Monday 1st May in the church hall, Beaudesert Lane. 10.00am -12.30pm. Entrance 50p. Refreshments.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - July 1st Summer Fete in and around the Church Hall.

HENLEY WI – Tuesday 4th April at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Diane Slocombe will demonstrate ‘Making Something from Nothing’. Visitors welcome. For more information please contact Barbara Warmington 793640.  

HENLEY IN ARDEN FLOWER CLUB  Tuesday 11th April in the Baptist Church Hall. Lucy Allen Demonstration: Memories Competition: My Favourite Things.

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Our next meeting is on Thursday 27th April  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Graham Downie will give a talk on ‘The Fairground Calendar’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 25th April in Ullenhall Village Hall at 7.30pm. Brian Ellis will talk about ‘Texture & Foliage in the Garden. (Plant Stall). Visitors welcome.
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.

NEARLY NEW SALE  Shrewley Village Hall 8th April 1030-12pm.
Baby and children’s clothes, maternity clothes, baby and toddler equipment, toys, books and DVDs for sale. If you would like to sell items please contact us at shrewleyparents@gmail.com.  Or come along on the day to buy a bargain (cash only)!

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.

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

5th April 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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Social Correspondent Annette Walker
Court Leet and HADS
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