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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

21st SEPTEMBER 2016



New Town Guide Book published


A much needed new Town Guide to Henley-in-Arden has been produced and will be distributed to every household in Beaudesert and Henley. Copies will also be available from hotels, guest houses, information centres and other places used by both local people and visitors.

The 48 page Guide has been produced by the Joint Parish Council in co-operation with Heritage Guides at no cost to the townspeople since the cost of production has been met by the advertisers included in the Guide.

The information included in a series of articles covering many aspects of life in the town has been developed by a volunteer group of contributors: this enthusiastic group was led by the Editor, Brian Twigg and consisted of:

Jonathan Dovey
Graham Hindley
Norman Kench
Sue Osborne

John Garner
Ray Holding
Bill Leech
Margaret Twigg

The work of this editorial group was generously supported by articles written by prominent townspeople with specialist knowledge of particular places and organisations in the town. We are particularly indebted to those contributors who gave their time and expertise to support the project.

This has been a joint operation with Heritage Guides and we are very grateful to Tim Pearce of that organisation for his patient co-operation and guidance. His advice on the general layout and structure of the publication has been invaluable, but the design of the front cover and the individual pages of text reflect the outcome of the many discussions of the volunteer team and we are proud of the result.

The intention has been to provide a source of reference for the residents of the town whilst also giving visitors a taste of life in the town, which will not only encourage them to visit, but will help them to enjoy the many pleasures that Henley-in-Arden has to offer. We hope that we have succeeded in both these objectives but as always, the “proof of the pudding” will lie in the use made of the Guide.

The team has made every effort to ensure that the information in the Guide is up-to-date and correct.

Forest of Arden Ploughing Match


Photo report of the 68th Forest of Arden Agricultural Society Ploughing and Hedging Competition at Bearley

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff




The annual Town dinner took place at the Henley-in-Arden Memorial Hall on Saturday evening 17th   September. It was organised by the Henley Court Leet under the leadership of Norman Kench, High Bailiff and Graham Smith, Low Bailiff.  This year 104 people attended, representing many of the organisations in the town.

Guests arrived from 7-00pm to be welcomed by a glass of Prosecco from Sarah Alcock, Mace Bearer and Sharon Smith, Juror. The High and Low Bailiffs and their Consorts then welcomed the guests who were  then guided to their tables by Alistair Price, Chamberlain.

All were invited to sit down for dinner at 7.30pm and then rise again for the traditional game of "Heads & Tails"; The Low Bailiff organised it well this year and after much excitement, Sally Harfield, guest of David Broadbent from the JPC was the winner. Her prize was a meal kindly donated by The Finest Catch. Proceeds from this event will be given to The Myton Hospice.


Grace was said by John Rutherford, Past High Bailiff and then all enjoyed a superb meal from Sue Dalby Catering – the menu was:- starter Duck pate, main course Paprika beef followed by the sweet,  Raspberry Meringue followed by coffee and mints. The meal was to Sue’s very high standard.


The Low Bailiff, who also acted as MC, then introduced Ruby Rouge, a mother and daughter duo whom many have seen at various venues in the town. Their repertoire was excellent.

At the end of the meal the Toast to the Queen was proposed by the High Bailiff and the toast to the town by David Lodder, Steward to the Court Leet. David in his usual entertaining  style talked about his love of Henley having been born here! He recalled the smell of leather from the local tannery.

There then followed short presentations by key groups in the town, whose activities it was felt should be highlighted during the past 12 months.

It was opened by the High Bailiff who gave a brief background to the Town Dinner and that this event is held to celebrate the achievements of the many organisations in Henley to bring a sense of "togetherness" to the community.

The first presentation was by Diana Haines from the Flower Club. She said they had first met in 1974 and were now celebrating 42 years. She said they had regular meetings with some fascinating and original displays. New members are always welcome.

The second presentation was from Judith Lindley, Henley Library, which is now based at the Methodist Church. She says it provides a great service to Henley and is run by volunteers – again always seeking more to help keep it open.

The third was from Sheila Davies from Henley in Bloom who thanked all the helpers throughout the summer on planting and watering duties, which make the town look so good during the year. She said she has a passion for Henley which was echoed by many at the dinner.

Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the HUB talked about the importance of its "service to the community"  not only young people with nowhere else to go,  it is  open to all age groups. He is always seeking partnerships with other organisations and  businesses in the town. Ongoing funding is crucial to its continuing existence.

Geoff Masters, President Henley Rotary, said they had recently raised a large sum of money at their golf day, which  would be donated to various charities. He said their numbers were quite small and they were always looking for new members. He said that they make an annual award to someone in the town who has made a contribution that deserves a particular accolade. This year the award goes to Andrew Yarwood for his service to the town over many years. He is Secetary of Probus, Publicity Secretary for the Henley & Beaudesert Society, Secretary to Henley in Bloom and he is also a volunteer driver for hospital and doctor visits, a volunteer at the Library and Baddesley Clinton.

The final presentation was made by Bill Leech, Chairman of the JPC, where he announced the publication of the new Town Guide and said every household in the Town would be delivered a copy.

The final activity was the drawing of the raffle – with quality prizes donated by, Co-Op, Cheals, Sans, White Swan and Johnsons Coaches. Again the High and Low Bailiffs ran this with military precision!

Norman Kench, High Bailiff, thanked all who had attended the very memorable evening and said what most already thought, that we are lucky and proud to live in such a lovely town as Henley-in-Arden.

Alistair Price, Chamberlain



Illegal parking outside One Stop, High Street Henley

Dear Editor,

I am a resident of Henley and regularly use the local shops to support our local community. I park in the car park behind the Co-op or behind One Stop in their small car park. More often in Beaudesert Lane near The Mount.

I do believe that one day very soon there is going to be a serious accident because of the lazy people who are fit and not disabled in any way who just park on the double yellow lines to go into the shops.

On Saturday 10th September I was pulling out of Beaudesert Lane indicating to go right towards Solihull. There was no traffic coming from my right and nothing to the left as cars were stationery at the traffic lights. The usual traffic hazard of parked cars caused me to be cautious and as I pulled out to turn right and was halfway across the lane which would have oncoming traffic, a big black 4 wheel drive or SUV with a female driver decided to pull out. As I hesitated to avoid a collision a car heading straight at me had to stop abruptly . I blasted the 4 wheel drive who was undoubtedly illegally parked and not impressed that I had sounded my horn. This quite easily could have been a three car incident just because of the car parked where they should not.

Apart from the lazy people who park where they should not I DOUBT IF ANYONE WOULD COMPLAIN IF YOU PUT CAMERAS UP AT THE LIGHTS TO TAKE THEIR NUMBER PLATES AND FINE THEM. Alternatively - use the chain link suggestion that was put forward recently.

As always the accident will happen and then something will be done when it's too late!

A Baker


The Joint Parish Council held a meeting on 19th September and I would like to report the following:

    1. The JPC Bank Balances as at 19th September 2016: Current Account: £1,961.51 and Deposit Account: £67,002.93.  The JPC unanimously agreed to donate the payment for the hire of the Memorial Hall for the fundraiser the Christmas Lights Committee held recently.  If you would like a copy of any of the finance documents, they are available to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from myself.
    2. The JPC agreed to look into the various maintenance issues which had been brought to their attention, particularly in relation to the rampant growth of Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, together with a growth spurt of all things green which are on and adjacent to JPC owned land!
    3. Concern was expressed, once again, about the amount of illegal parking outside the Co-Op and One Stop stores on the High Street.
    4. Thanks were recorded to the sterling service to the community and winding up the Parish Clock by Mr Brian Jackson.
    5. Unsightly fly posting has almost been eradicated in the Town and the JPC agreed to look into supplying larger notice boards outside the old Police Station and Beaudesert Lane which might assist community organisations with advertisements.
    6. The Children’s Facilities WP is investigating the redevelopment of the Play Area near to the Medical Centre.  Two quotes have already been received and we are waiting on a third.  Once received the WP will consult with the community.  Members are also looking into organising a Big Family Fun Day to be held in the summer of 2017.  If anyone is interested in volunteering for this WP, you would be very welcome!!
    7. The Traffic & Parking WP gave a presentation at the meeting which they will now take forward to the Town at a meeting to be organised for early November – ALL WELCOME !
    8. The JPC is considering modifying (slightly!) and enhancing the Market Cross railings in consultation with Henley in Bloom and Historic England.
    9. I reported the results of the survey which has been available in HNOL and Henley Focus about Henley and Beaudesert becoming a Town.  A whopping 86% of votes would like Henley to become a Town, with 14% of the votes wishing to remain a JPC.  74% of the votes wished to change the name of the JPC to Henley Town Council, 26% wishing the JPC to change to Henley & Beaudesert Town Council.  The JPC unanimously agreed to request SDC to undertake a Community Governance Review, which, if successful, will go out to a full consultation between 24th October to 17th February 2017.
    10. The JPC agreed to pay for a Traffic Survey to be conducted and this would come under the remit of the Traffic & Parking WP.
    11. Cllr Broadbent reported that the application for the demolition of existing day care centre and the erection of 6 dwellings (4 semi-detached houses, 1 terraced and 1 maisonette) at Little Nutkins, Cherry Orchard would require further investigation so that previous concerns could be taken into account.
    12. The JPC and the Clerk agreed to look into the repair or replacement options for the three Bus Shelters in Henley.

The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 17th October 2016 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Committee Rooms, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm. 


Set out below is document for the whole town.  Please send you comments or requests for discussions to the Parish Council Clerk.

1.1. This document is circulated to promote discussion that will lead to the parish council providing an effective and supportive framework for our vital trusts and groups to flourish and grow.  The council does not want to take over any group, the intention is to provide direct support at the levels required and a safety net for those who may struggle to achieve their responsibilities. The organisations are too important to our town to be left to wither away.

 1.2. It is clear from a range of discussions with our local organisations that the charities and other significant organisations in Henley share challenges to secure a sustainable future.

 1.3. The admirable model that emerged after the second world war and into the 50s and 60s, whereby talented residents who worked in and around or lived in the town who worked as engineers, lawyers, and other professionals were able to combine their principle responsibilities for their work with a reasonable time for volunteering within the community.  Thus our charities were able to recruit committed, young, active and appropriately talented trustees.  Those young entrants to our caring environment have stayed the course and our trusts are largely managed by the some of the same people who are now in their seventies.  Any planning for succession seems impossible as the modern version of those who fulfilled the need years ago are having to commit much greater time and level of performance to their work.

1.4. Whenever we face officer vacancies in our essential social organisations, it is really difficult.  Almost inevitably the group concerned ends up with someone who feels pressured into taking the post.  The Town needs these organisations to succeed and thus maintain the life of Henley that creates the treasured town we all appreciate.

 1.5. The purpose of this document is to generate a discussion on the level of involvement by the council in devising an approach that gives the sustainability, without which the quality of the of our town is under threat.

If we believe that taking no action is not an option then a widely accessible discussion needs to take place on the sensible level of involvement to be awarded to the council by the community.

The ideas set out below are three possible solutions.

Providing funds only to a scheme that groups the charities together to be administered by a centralized team/individual, possibly employed by the council.  Sufficient funds assembled to pay a suitably qualified administrator funded jointly by the council, and the supported organisations.

This would entail an increase to the precept.  A committee representing all participating groups and the council would manage the staff.  Instructions for specific work would remain with each of the organisations contributing to the scheme.

         2.2.1.Identify the charities delivering the essential aspects of our social and welfare activities.
         2.2.2. Separate out these organisations from the existing community grants system.
         2.2.3. Establish clear written council policies describing what the town would wish from these essential  groups and what they will deliver to the town. 
         2.2.4. Talk to each group about these objectives. 
         2.2.5. The council would then commission each organisation with sufficient funds to deliver the ambitions of the residents as crystalised by the council.

         2.2.6. These aims would be concluded in consultation with the residents.

          Built into these commissions would be targets that when met would generate additional funding. It should be possible, under this scheme, to agree three year contracts between the council and the organisations if this is done for next April’s budget. This is the impact of a new council being elected every 4 years. The third year would be after elections and allow for a renegotiation with the newly elected council.


    2.3.1. Identify any organisations that wish for direct management. 
    2.3.2. Where necessary reach agreements to take over the direct management of such resources as the Memorial Hall, the Memorial Playing Fields, the Library, The Hub@Henley Community Centre, Henley-in-Bloom, Christmas lights and celebrations.  (This is not an exclusive list.)

If after consultation the organisation felt that some aspects of the town’s social infrastructure were too important to be left to the higher risk volunteer management then the council would employ appropriate staff as well as co-ordinating the contribution of volunteers, manage the finances and maintenance. This would be funded by income generated by the use of the facilities where appropriate, fundraising from the community and grant applications and direct funding from the council provided by increases in the Precept.

2.4      The eventual plan for the town could be a combination of any or all of the above adapted to suit specific requirements of each individual organisation.  Any change would be at the instigation of the organisation after discussion and agreement with the council.


In the longer term, without action, the satisfactory provision of our Memorial Hall, Sports Grounds, Library, The Hub@Henley Community Centre, Henley-in-Bloom, Christmas festivities and decorations and lights and others may have a limited life as they are largely dependent on ageing groups of dedicated volunteers. Our modern and rapidly changing life styles determine that innovative management systems have to be considered.

Are we prepared to risk the essential groups disappearing because they have no managers?

We are consulting widely during August and September. Remember the council sees its duty to work alongside the town’s treasured organisations, not take them over.

Please contact Gill Bailey the Clerk to arrange a meeting with a councillor.


Artists of Henley - Special Feature

Henley-in-Arden 2017 Calendar







Peter Jackson is a familiar sight on the High Street, making his precision pencil drawings of the iconic buildings.

He now has his 2017 Calendar for sale. Please Call 01564 793770.

This year's drawings include the Heritage Centre (shown above), Old School building, Yew Trees, Three Tuns, High Street Shops, Alms Houses and many private houses.

Talented Young Henley Artist

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imageHenley-in-Arden talented artist and ex-Stratford Girls’ Grammar School student, Cassia Florence Smith, who lives on the High Street, has set up a Facebook page to take pencil portrait commissions:


Cassia told Henley NEWS:

If any reader wants a pet headshot portrait, please make sure you have a large, high-quality photo with good lighting, in-focus and very clear - the better the photo, the better the drawing! I can help work out what would work best for me if you need.

I can also do people portraits, but I will definitely need a close-up photo as a reference as it’s so important they are high-quality and well lit!

If you’re interested in anything else, please message me and I'm happy to work with you!

I can offer A4 and A3, or a custom size for you - to fit a specific frame for example. Prices start at £40 for A4. If you have any questions or interest let me know!

Message me on Facebook if you’re interested, or you can e-mail me at cassiaflorenceart@gmail.com


Brian Tovey - Henley Artist and Picture Restorer


Brian Tovey was born in Solihull in 1943. At an early age Brian's father encouraged him to draw and paint. Later Brian joined The City of Birmingham Parks Dept, where he studied at Kings Heath Horticultural College, and gained a thorough knowledge of botanical subjects. He travelled extensively around the rural communities of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. This is where Brian found his inspiration, particularly the fine way he paints landscapes and natural life.


In contrast Brian captures the energy, enthausiam and exhilaration of the moment with his paintings of farming, equestrians, dogs and wildlife subjects. Brian's work has been appreciated and admired by many celebrities throughout the world, this includes royalty. Brian's paintings hang in stately homes around the world, including The Senate in America and Palaces in Saudi Arabia.

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Brian has an established business of over 40 years in Henley-in-Arden at 131 High Street. This is where Brian paints his subjects. You can also find his original oil paintings, prints and a large selection of greeting cards. All details are on his website.




Henley Vintage teams up with Ministry of Upholstery


Henley Vintage and Interiors, based behind the newly refurbished Henley Bakery, have announced that they are now offering a new Upholstery workshop in conjunction with the team at The Ministry of Upholstery in Manchester (as featured on BBC1's 'Money for Nothing').

The new "Classic Footstool Course" promises to be a one day explosion of creativity combining both Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and upholstery techniques. Owner Julie Lowe said "We have had great feedback on our "Complete Chair Makeover" workshop and wanted to offer a more advanced course to our customers. Gone are the days where the only way to learn to upholster was at night school over several weeks – we aim to offer one day courses where you make a bespoke piece yourself and then take it home with you."

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On the new "Classic Footstool Course" You will be guided through the process of upholstery including an explanation of the tools, materials and techniques involved. In addition you will be introduced to Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan and the techniques to paint the legs of your footstool to compliment your fabric. By the end of the day you will have created your very own bespoke footstool which is then yours to take away.

Everything is supplied including a delicious lunch, all you need to bring is 1 metre of fabric suitable for upholstery!

The upholstery workshops are great fun and a real source of inspiration. The skills learnt on this fun day can be transferred to many small items of furniture - once you start the sky is the limit.

We provide the following:
The solid hardwood frame for you to work on
A full explanation of the tools and techniques to create you masterpiece
All Chalk Paint™ and upholstery materials
A delicious light lunch
Tea, coffee and lovely cakes!
All workshops can be booked directly online at: www.beatriceandclementine.co.uk

Best Regards,


m: +44 7974 438482
e: alowe365@gmail.com

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Bridget Jones’s Baby
Written by Emma Thompson, Dan Mazer and Helen Fielding
Length of movie-122 minutes
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Rating R
Directed by Sharon Macro

Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
Colin Firth as Mark Darcy
Patrick Dempsey as Jack
Emma Thompson as a Doctor Rawlings
Jim Broadbent as Bridget’s Dad
Gemma Jones as Bridget’s Mother

Bridget Jones is in our cinemas now in a much anticipated new movie.

Did Darcy and Bridget get married?  Surely Darcy and Bridget lived happily ever after.  The script miraculously keeps Bridget’s reputation intact and fills in the gaps in our knowledge of what has happened to Bridget since we last saw her.  Bridget finds herself pregnant but she does not know who the Father of her child is.  Is it Mark Darcy or Jack?  All the cast from the original film are on board apart from Hugh Grant who played Daniel Cleaver but the script still uses Daniel Cleavers reputation in a very amusing way.  Everyone has aged and Bridget Jones is still living in her flat in Borough Market, London.  The wonderful Darcy looks older but his role continues to attract the ladies, a classy performance by Colin Firth.

Renee Zellweger plays Bridget Jones with her usual scatty innocent humour, but she is older now and her polished performance adds a maturity to the film.  Bridget ’s friends continue to support her with language that allows the viewer to laugh and not be offended!  Bridget's mother, beautify played by Gemma Jones, is running for the council and as ever hopes to see Bridget married to Darcy.  Bridget’s parents as always bring the usual joy to the proceedings.  I met a lady yesterday who had never seen a Bridget Jones film.  I assured her that the first Bridget Jones movie was sheer delight and must be seen. The sequel was good but not in the same class as the first film and that Bridget Jones' Baby is very good.

One of the delights of the genre is the music. The music supports the humour and sadness of many of the scenes in the movie and the ending left the viewer with the thought that maybe there might be a further Bridget Jones film.

In the audience I witnessed men laughing out loud, openly having a good time so not just a film for a girls' night out.  Perhaps some supper, followed by a visit to the cinema to see a new Bridget Jones movie, sometimes life can be perfect, nice!

Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood

HADS AGM - Wed 5th October

Henley-in-Arden Amateur Dramatic Society (HADS) will hold its AGM at the Memorial Hall, Henley, on Wednesday 5th October at 8 pm.

HADS has been entertaining Henley audiences since 1954 both at the Memorial Hall and the Guildhall, as well as performing at the Shakespeare Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon.


Our next production will be "Step into Christmas" at the Guildhall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 15th, 16th and 17th December. The entertainment will include a mix of "Beatles" songs and memories, Christmas sketches, poems and songs for the festive season and a glass of wine to get you into the spirit! Keep a look out for posters around the town and visit our website www.hads.org.uk

We invite you to come to our AGM on 5th October and see if you would like to join us !

Carol Robson, Secretary HADS

Air Ambulance Coffee Morning at Guild Hall


A well attended coffee morning was held in the Guild Hall in Henley on the morning of Saturday 17th September, marking the start of Air Ambulance week. Over forty people attended and enjoyed home-made cakes in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in this delightful and historic building which was kindly made available to the charity by the High Bailiff and the Court Leet. A raffle, featuring prizes donated by the Black Swan and Lemon Tree Flowers, as well as simulation experiences from Warwickshire Flight Experiences and Adventure Golf at Four Ashes, Dorridge, helped to raise over £350 for this deserving charity.


The charity which is operated in conjunction with the Children’s Air Ambulance, receives no public funding and is totally dependent on public support to keep flying and bringing the hospital to the  patient as needed. The charity has attended more than 25,000 incidents since it started in 2003, several of which have been in the Henley area.

In its constant efforts to raise the money required to keep the helicopters flying, the Charity has shops, such as the one in Greenhill Street, Stratford as well as recycling banks at various locations in the area. All donations of good quality items are welcomed at the shops.

The charity always welcomes new volunteers to support this continuing and valuable service to the community. The next meeting of the local group is in the Black Swan on November 3rd at 7pm.

Peter Heywood reporting

Henley Society - September meeting report

The Runaway Wife, The Bigamist Earl and the Farmer’s Daughter

pictureThe Society reconvened after its summer break by welcoming back Professor Rebecca Probert to give an erudite, but at the same time, light hearted talk about Henry Cecil, 10th Earl of Exeter.

Henry was born in France in 1754 to the low born wife of the second son of the 8th Earl of Exeter. Being the heir presumptive to his uncle Brownlow Cecil, 9th Earl of Exeter, his parents sent baby Henry to Burghley House in Lincolnshire to be brought up by his uncle.

In 1776, Henry Cecil married Emma Vernon, daughter of Thomas Vernon of Hanbury Hall. Emma was an heiress and was able to bring a considerable income (her father had died in 1771) to the marriage as well as her inheritance of  Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire. But despite having a large income, the couple seemed to have got into debt. They had one son born in 1777 who died aged two months, but no further children.

In 1785 a new curate for Hanbury church, Rev. William Sneyd, was appointed, and soon afterwards Cecil's wife Emma started an affair with him. She eventually confessed what was happening to her husband in May 1789, pleading to be allowed to live with her lover, but Cecil resisted this. He eventually agreed to his wife having one last meeting with Will in Birmingham, and during that meeting the couple eloped together, forcing Cecil to return to Hanbury alone.

Henry was now deeply in debt, and decided to abandon Hanbury for good. He chose instead to buy a small holding in the Shropshire village of Great Bolas, and lived there under the alias of John Jones. A year later he married Sarah, the 16-year-old daughter of a local farmer. As Henry had done nothing about procuring a divorce from his first wife, the marriage was bigamous, a serious offence at the time.

Rebecca explained that in the late 1700s, divorce was obtained following hearings in three separate courts. First, Henry had to bring a case of ‘criminal conversation’ against Emma. This was an action by a husband for compensation for the breach of fidelity of his wife. His case was potentially compromised by Henry having agreed that his wife should meet William Sneyd at the gathering in Birmingham. However, the court ruled in his favour with a settlement of £1000. Second was the ecclesiastical court where his bigamous marriage, if it had been revealed, could have prevented him achieving a religious divorce but again, luck was on his side. Finally, he had to apply for an act of parliament to complete the divorce which, due to careful concealment of his bigamous marriage, was finally achieved in 1791. This court awarded Henry the use of Hanbury Hall for the rest of his life. To make his marriage to Sarah legal, he then went through a second marriage ceremony with Sarah at a church in London where they were not well known, thereby avoiding revelation of the original marriage. This was not quite the end of the deceptions since letters to his uncle announcing the birth of his son were dated months after the birth to avoid revealing that the child had been conceived before the wedding in London.

In 1793 Henry’s uncle died, and he inherited the vast Cecil estates, moving to Burghley House with Sarah. They had four children but sadly Sarah died aged 23 shortly after the birth of the fourth one. Perhaps because she was a humble farmer’s daughter, she never quite adapted to her role as the mistress of a great household. The episode is recounted in Tennyson's poem "The Lord of Burleigh".

In 1800 Henry took as his third wife a divorcee, Elizabeth Burrell. They had no children and Henry died in 1804, aged 50,

As usual after the talk, members had the chance to mingle socially over a cup of tea. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 20th October when our speaker’s other half Liam D’Arcy Brown will talk about ‘The Story of Anne Noble’.

Andrew Yarwood reporting


Audition Time for WAGS Gang Show 2017


Warwickshire Gang Show
(WAGS) is a variety show performed by members of Warwickshire Scouts and Guides each year at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa.  With a cast of 140 aged from 6 to 25 it is a vibrant, fast moving, colourful family show full of music, movement and mirth.  Any member of Warwickshire Scouts (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network) is welcome and by invitation Warwickshire Guides (Guides and Senior Section). The 2017 show will be performed from the 7th – 11th March 2017.

Members of the Scouts and Guides can preregister now at www.wagsgangshow.org.uk or can turn up on the day to Auditions which will  take place on Sunday 25th September at The Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa. Scouts and Guides at 1pm till 3pm.  Cubs at 3pm – 3.30pm.  Explorers, Network and leaders (age 14+) at 3.30pm till 5pm.

Auditions for Beaver Scouts will be announced in a later edition.

Wootton Wawen Film Night


Jo Usher reporting


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Henley Cricket Club - End of Season Updates


Henley Cricket Club crowned a successful season by gaining promotion to Division 4 of the Cotswold Hills League finishing as runners up to champions Mickleton with 10 wins and only 2 losses.  Veteran spinner Geoff Shepherd (pictured earlier this year) in his 70th year was the leading wicket taker and Rob German leading run scorer.

To mark the achievement the club is holding an Awards and Quiz Night on 15th October in the Memorial Hall. It’s open to all and full details are as per the featured poster.

In order to consolidate the achievement the club is appealing for new players of any age to join next year’s campaign. If you or anyone you know is interested contact club Treasurer Andy Thompson on andrewkthompson@yahoo.com

The Henley Junior Cricket team has enjoyed another fine season.


Coached once a week on Thursday evenings, standards increased noticeably throughout the Summer.

Sixes rained down on the parents’ picnics and all enjoyed the picturesque surroundings of Henley CC. They were invited to two tournaments at which they played against other local clubs and schools. Undaunted by their winless debut at Knowle, they regrouped admirably for the second and final event at Dorridge.

The skill levels and competitiveness of the opposition was striking, but in their final game some thunderous hitting by Henley Juniors meant that Dorridge were set a formidable total to chase down.

Our pacey, accurate bowling proved just enough to fend off their spirited reply. The boys were justifiably elated at their first win. They played with passion and sportsmanship and every one of them deserves enormous credit for what they have achieved this year.

All local boys and girls would be welcome next year; as would any potential sponsors of the team.

Any enquiries to Lillian Bishop tel 07855 956 338



Henley Tennis Club held its annual Junior Club Championships Awards event on Sunday 11th September.


Celebrating success in the Junior Tournament which was played in July, parents and children went for something different and enjoyed a fun-filled family game of rounders, where the competitive spirit was still evident.  Others also enjoyed a game of social tennis and watched the men’s singles final of the Adult Championships.

“It was a great day to celebrate everything that the juniors have achieved” said Neil Supperstone, Head Coach.  “They have really enjoyed the competition and it’s certainly helped them with their match play skills.  Well done to everyone who took part.”


There were six categories with awards for both winners and runners-up:

Mini Red:  
Mini Orange: 
Mini Green:                 
Parent and Child:        
Winner - Sam Courier, Runner Up - Lottie Wilson-Evans
Winner - Sidney Weir, Runner Up - Conor Ridley
Winner - Jack Quantrill, Runner up - Joseph Webb
Winner - Zain Ali, Runner Up - Jamie Messett
Winner - Louis Walsh, Runner Up - Alex Didlick
Winner - Sam & James Courier, Runner up - Kit & Mark Saltmarsh

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John Garner's Business Column

The Psychological Contract

John GarnerWhat's this?  I hear you say.   

Well, this is yet another aspect of employing people.

Everyone knows how vital the employment contract is to the relationship between the employee and the organisation. 

Less well known is the concept of the psychological contract  which sets out the beliefs employees have about the exchange or the deal between themselves and their employer.

Unlike an employment contract, a psychological contract is not explicit, not written down, and not legally binding. It's merely an understanding.  In spite of this, it can exert a strong influence on behaviour because it captures what employees really believe they will get in return for what they give.  Over the past 20 years or so the psychological contract has emerged as an important framework for understanding employee wellbeing, attitudes and performance.

Imagine you're an employee and you are made certain informal promises by your employer, such as more responsibility and a pay rise in the next few months.   This is an example of a psychological contract between you and your employer.

You are probably then motivated to work hard to achieve these benefits.   But what if, in spite of you putting in this extra effort, the benefits don't materialise?   Your employer makes excuses as to why they can't give you these things at the moment.

At this point your motivation diminishes rapidly and you feel like looking for another job.   Your employer has broken the unwritten contract between him and you.

As an employer you must be aware of this sort of contractual arrangement if you want to ensure that your employees remain motivated and give you their best efforts.

There are things you can do:

  1. Consider how you build the psychological contract during recruitment, and honour it during an employee's first weeks in a new role.
  2. Realise that every psychological contract will be highly individual and subjective.  Notice how it changes depending on professional and personal circumstances.
  3. Equip your managers with the right resources to manage the psychological contract they have with each member of their team.
  4. Act quickly if the employee feels a promise has been broken.  This is when the contract is at its most explicit.
  5. Understand that small violations of the psychological contract happen everyday.   Deal with these sensitively and you will strengthen the bond with your staff.

In other words: don't make promises to your employees that you can’t keep.   But  manage this properly and you'll have a highly motivated workforce.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


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  1. Burglary Dwelling. Tanworth Lane, Henley. Offender(s) have forced open a ground floor window and have gained access to house. An untidy search of the property was stolen and small items stolen. Between 8th and 9th September. 0406 09/09/2016
  2. Theft. St Nicholas Road, Henley. Working radiator left outside while work being done on house stolen by unknown offenders. Possibly taken by scrap dealer. 16th August. Reported 8th September. 0190 08/09/2016
  3. Anti Social Behaviour. Henley Grange, Henley. Eggs thrown at the side of the building. Tuesday 6th September. 0299 07/09/2016
  4. Anti Social Behaviour. Stratford Road, Henley. Group of about 15 youths seen to jump over the school fence and enter the grounds. A microwave oven was being dragged along by its lead by someone in the group. Details passed to police for further attention. 6pm Sunday 18th September. 0322 18/09/2016


  1. Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Near to Yew Tree Farm. Insecure works van parked on drive entered and various items stolen. 2 males from a Black Saloon car were seen to approach the van at the time of the incident. 5.10pm Friday 16th September. 0327 16/09/2016


  1. Attempt Burglary Dwelling. Preston Fields Lane, Preston Bagot. 2 males (described as Asian) disturbed at house (by resident) trying to break into patio doors with a piece of scaffolding pole. Males made off in a red car with the possible letters 'MPP' in the registration number. Both males were wearing hoodies and gloves. 10.30am Monday 5th September. 0109 05/09/2016


  1. Burglary Dwelling. Church Road, Claverdon. Patio doors of house forced open by offenders, who have then gained access to the property and stolen small items. Between 9am and 12.30pm Thursday 8th September. 0221 08/09/2016
  2. Suspicious Circumstances. Henley Road, Claverdon. 2 white males from a white Toyota pick up found on private farm premises. The males said they were looking for batteries to take. The males became verbally aggressive to the owner of the land before driving off into Kington Lane. The registration number of the pick up contained the letters ZSK. 1.30pm Tuesday 6th September. 0188 06/09/2016
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Breach Lane, Claverdon. Caller reporting a suspicious vehicle in the Lane - driving slowly etc. Vehicle described as an Audi A4 with personalised number plates. Details passed to police. No offences disclosed. 6.15pm Saturday 17th September. 0322 17/09/2016
  4. Suspicious Circumstances. Kington Lane. Claverdon. Caller reporting two young lads dressed all in black with head torches seen in the lane acting suspiciously. Police attended and stop checked two persons. All in order. No offences disclosed. 3am Saturday 17th September.
  5. Theft. St Michaels and All Angels Church, Claverdon. About 40 metres of lead flashing stolen from the church roof. Between 4th & 15th September. 0325 15/09/2016

David Malin
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Alcester Police SNTs

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September 2016 Thursday 29th, The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub.
October 2016

Sat 29th - Consensus - an evening of music and words
Henley MOP

November 2016

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

December 2016 Sat 3rd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
January 2017 AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
February 2017 Chinese New Year
March 2017  
April 2017

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

May 2017 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
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
Flower Club Competition - Memorial Hall
August 2017

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

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MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING will be held on Wednesday 26th October in the Baptist Church Hall 10.30 – 12.00.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th September  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Liam D’Arcy Brown will give a talk on ‘The Story of Anne Noble’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

Ullenhall village hall, 27th September at 7.30pm Marcel Floyd will talk about ‘Floyd on Climbers’. Visitors welcome.

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.
HENLEY WI – Tuesday 4th October at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Speaker Kat Lyan ‘Cakes for Casualties’. Visitors welcome.

HENLEY IN ARDEN FLOWER CLUB at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall Nigel Wyles will present 'The World of Clarice Cliff’'. Competition – Bold & Colourful'.

Ullenhall village hall, 25th October at 7.30pm Bill Laws will talk about ’Fifty Plants That Changed The World’. Visitors welcome.
HENLEY IN ARDEN INNER WHEEL Friday 7th October Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Fish & Chip Supper with entertainment by the ‘singing vicar’. Tickets £10.00 to include supper. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Please purchase tickets by 3rd October from Barbara Warmington 793640 or Claire Mangan 794684.
YOGA AT ULLENHALL VILLAGE HALL  Hatha Yoga and Relaxation Tuesdays 1.30-3.00pm suitable for experienced and beginners. Contact Gill Russel 07973575597, gilrus3@btinternet.com, www.yogill.com.  

HENLEY YOGA Thursdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley in Arden.  Suitable for beginners. Contact me to find out more and to book. Eleanor 07932658719 Yogahenley@gmail.com

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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5th October 2016

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

logoHenley 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.

imageWelcomes visitors and new members.
We meet at Henley-in-Arden CofE Primary School, Arden Road at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings (term time only). For further details please ring Pauline Barber on 01564 793320

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 Judith Mathias 01564 792378
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 Angela Pinnegar on 01564 792781 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
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
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 7:30pm at Henley High School, Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Becky for more details on 07718 989422

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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