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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

29th June 2016



Pickpockets operating in Henley area


During a Walsall U3A visit to the Guildhall this afternoon, a young Eastern European Couple asked to join us, and then proceeded to pick one of the gentlemen's pockets and get hold of his credit card details and money. The incident has been reported to the police and we do have photographs of them in the Group.

Another highly respected correspondent has told Henley NEWS of another similar incident:

"It's reminiscent of my own experience approximately a month ago, when an Eastern European couple accompanied by a younger Asian man--all 3 with foreign accents--came to the General Store in Wootton Wawen and, under the pretext of asking for directions, attempted to pick pockets. They tried to extract my wallet from my knapsack. The woman held open a large A-Z over my bag, which I held in front of me, and asked me to write the directions in the book. I saw her companion attempting to reach into my bag for the wallet and shouted at him. He apologized, pretended not to understand, and made another attempt, which I likewise foiled. I went home, after watching them leave the shop and proceed to their car, and informed the police, who inspected the cctv film at the shop and concluded that indeed the group were attempting distraction thefts."

Posted on Facebook by Amanda on 18th June:

photoEveryone beware - some neighbours have just informed me of a couple in their mid 20s displaying some strange behaviour around School Road and Brook End Drive - loitering around and acting suspiciously. We have also had some graffiti painted on the back of our garden fence as if the house has been marked for something! So everyone be vigilant! This is the mark if anyone knows what it means or has had something similar painted on their property!

JPC Councillors discussed these incidents with the Police at a recent Community Forum meeting.


Successful outcome for the Red Lion at Claverdon


In March 2016, Henley NEWS ran a campaign "Will Claverdon lose a respected publican?" following the owners of the freehold of The Red Lion Claverdon suddenly issuing a Section 25 Notice terminating the occupation of the landlord Mr Ayman Zahran.

Jasper Carrott, the celebrated comedian, Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford on Avon, and over 100 residents from Claverdon joined the campaign, which was also taken up by the Stratford Herald.

Henley NEWS is pleased to exclusively report in advance of the general press release that the lease has now been extended. A press release will be issued shortly stating:

"Enterprise Inns and Mr Ayman Zahran are pleased to have agreed terms for an extension of the lease agreement at the Red Lion, whereby Ayman will remain in occupation. This will create some space for a variety of options to be explored for 2018 and beyond. Both parties are now looking forward to the future and maintaining a good working relationship together. "

Ayman has asked Henley NEWS to thank all his patrons who supported him and he looks forward to welcoming them to his excellent establishment.

St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden


St Nicholas Beaudesert

St Nicks

Rector's Letter - July 2016

John Ganjavi writes:

What a curious feeling: I’m writing this article before the referendum vote, but it will be read after the result is known. Therefore I can only stand back and consider the debate regardless of the outcome.

Over the past weeks we have heard people lamenting that they have been denied ‘the facts’ on which they could base a sensible judgement. And yet, despite the admitted confusion and ignorance, we have decided to make a huge decision based on a democratic simple majority vote. This means that theoretically 25 million and one people can outvote 25 million people.

Simple majority votes are a good way of forcing a decision, but they are not always helpful in determining what is right or best.

Imagine a family of five trying to decide where to go on holiday. Unfortunately a happy conversation turns into a row. A vote is taken and a destination is chosen by a vote of 3 to 2. I don’t think I’d want to be sitting on the table next to that family on holiday!

Compromise and consensus are almost dirty words to some whilst others swear by them. It would be a brave Parliament that states “The people have spoken but we’re not sure what they have said. So we are going to think again”. We admire decisive action…too much. By the time you read this article the voting will be over, the decision made and my thought will be dated.  But life is full of decisions and our experience of the referendum can be instructive as we deal with the everyday things of life.

How can my Christian faith help in in all of this? I am reminded that alongside Parliament we have the Judiciary. Alongside democracy we have the rule of Law. I therefore hear Jesus saying to me ‘Whatever your decisions, and however you make them, make sure you don’t forget the golden rule that says you must love your neighbour as much as you love yourself. Make sure your decisions reflect this Law’.

John Ganjavi  


The Patron’s Lunch – A Day to Remember


Sunday the 12th June 2016, it was finally here, not as sunny as we had hoped but at least it was dry! This was not your usual, typical run of the mill Sunday, this was THE Sunday that we would get to see Her Majesty, The Queen and hopefully meet some of the other Royal members.

It was the Queen’s Grandson Peter Phillips who came up with the idea that it would be nice if all the Charites that the Queen was Patron of could come together in Celebration of the Queens 90th Birthday and recognising that she was the longest serving Monarch, and so The Patron’s Lunch was launched.

Vicki and I were so lucky in that our names had been selected from the Official Ballot whereby only 2,000 members of the public would have the opportunity of celebrating along with 8,000 from all the charity members.


On arrival into London the weather was not what we had expected, it was absolutely pouring it down; however no one let it dampen the day or their spirit. People had certainly made such an effort with fabulous dresses and hats for the ladies and smart suits or blazers for the gentleman, it was a very Grand affair.

After a high security search and vetting system by the Police at our designated Gate we proceeded on to to our table; they were laid out in Tables of 10 seats both sides of The Mall. We collected our M&S Hamper which was fabulous, and the contents inside amazing with the most delicious picnic fayre that was indeed ‘Fit for a Queen’.

The Parade commenced and certainly kept us all entertained up until the Royal Walkabout, whereby the Sun came out for her Majesty and so managed to dry us off and we were so lucky to shake Prince Harry’s hand and chat about the British Weather and the Rugby! Peter Philips came back and we said a ‘Big’ Thank you to him for organising such a lovely party. Then Prince William and Kate walked past before being whisked away as the Queen and Prince Philip were making their way past in an Open Top Range Rover. I got some fantastic video footage and you can hear me shouting out 'Happy Birthday your Majesty'; it was all so exciting.

The Queen then gave a wonderful speech and we all sang the National Anthem before singing ‘Happy Birthday’, it was most surreal and just a wonderful experience.

They then drove back down The Mall to join the other members of the Royal Family on a special stage built upon and around the Victoria Fountain outside Buckingham Palace. We had more entertainments by Darcy Bussell and her dancers putting on a fabulous dance routine before the day came to a closure.

Did I mention that the Tickets actually cost us £150? But I can tell you it was money well worth spent and such a fabulous day and the most amazing memories to keep forever.


Happy Birthday Your Majesty, God Save the Queen!

Nicola Whitehead reporting

St John the Baptist Church Fete 2016


On Saturday a large crowd of people enjoyed the annual Summer Fete. Commencing at 11.00 am the many stalls that had largely been prepared the day before were soon busy selling their wares.

This year there were extra games for the young which gave the whole day an extra sense of fun. The Pimms tent, ice cream, hot dog and burger stalls were also popular with young and old alike.

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At the end of the afternoon many went home satisfied with their purchases having enjoyed a typical summer village Fete.
Well done to all the helpers for organising such a successful occasion, and to all the good people of Henley for their support. 

Graham Hindley reporting


The Joint Parish Council held an Ordinary meeting on 20th June 2016 and I would like to report the following:

  • The JPC Bank Balances as at 20th June 2016: Current Account: £948.88 and Deposit Account: £80,003.41.  All documents are available to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from myself.

  • The JPC agreed to pay the national salary award to their Clerk, making the hourly rate rise from £14.94 to £15.09.

  • The JPC reported that an Internal Audit had been carried out and all of the documentation and accounts have been submitted to the External Auditors, Grant Thornton.  The accounts will be published as soon as they are audited.

  • The updated Planning spread sheet is available to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from myself.
  • The JPC reported that the Henley Town Guide with the JPC Annual Report and Accounts is progressing well and the Wires Across the Street project is also moving forward.
  • The JPC Children’s Facilities WP is looking into the extension of the Riverlands Play Area and is consulting and liaising with three play equipment suppliers.
  • The JPC reported that it is liaising with WCC, Highways about traffic calming measures and the JPC Traffic & Parking WP is looking into various ways of reducing parking congestion and creating additional parking spaces in Henley.
  • The JPC reported that allotment holders had requested the JPC to purchase a strimmer, so that they could look after and maintain the unused allotments and footpaths at the site themselves, rather than employing a maintenance contractor. This purchase was approved.  The JPC agreed to look into various maintenance issues which had been brought to its attention.
  • The JPC agreed to approve the automation of the Town Clock.
  • The JPC agreed to approve two mini-grants; Own Books - £250.00 and the Dell Court Pond Group - £500.00.
  • Concerns were raised about the robustness and sustainability of various social organisations in Henley.  The JPC agreed that a report should be produced and circulated to all of the social organisations in Henley asking if they would be interested in liaising with the JPC over this issue.
  • The JPC agreed to look into whether it would be appropriate to list various Assets of Community Value (ACV) within the Beaudesert & Henley area.
  • The JPC agreed to review the maintenance and repair options for the Bus Shelters in Henley.
  • Cllr David Broadbent confirmed that he had completed some essential maintenance work in the Jubilee Play area to make it safer and he would be looking at the ridge walk next.
  • the possibility of adopting the name of Henley Town Council was discussed and the JPC would like to hear your opinions on this subject:


    The Joint Parish Council has asked me to research the process for the Joint Parish Council to become a Town Council.  The JPC believes that this would provide many advantages and in the medium to long term reduce costs.

    The JPC wishes to establish which of the shortlisted names would be preferred by residents.  Therefore, I have set up a voting form at: https://www.tfaforms.com/429762

    I would encourage all residents on the electoral rolls in Henley in Arden (HL) and Beaudesert (GW) to vote for the new name.

    The result will be announced at the JPC Council meeting scheduled for 19th September 2016, in the Memorial Hall Committee Rooms, commencing at 7.00 pm.

  • The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 18th July 2016 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Committee Rooms, Station Road. 

Gill Bailey, Parish Clerk

Clerk: Gill Bailey : tel: 01564 795499/07765 864588 email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk

In an Emergency, Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 or email: maint@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk


Warks Search and Rescue Now Recruiting Volunteers


Warwickshire Search and Rescue (WarkSAR) is now recruiting new members to its voluntary organisation.

The team provides assistance to the police forces of Warwickshire and surrounding counties looking for high risk vulnerable missing people, who can be at risk of injury or even loss of life, either through illness, their environment or through their own actions.  We are usually called out by Police Search Advisors and as we are working for the police, what we do is highly confidential, so many members of the public aren’t aware that we exist.

All team members are unpaid volunteers from all walks of life, from 18 to 80 years old.  We are available to respond to callouts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.  As well as search management personnel, team leaders and search technicians, Warwickshire Search and Rescue also has a search dog team and a specialist kayak team. 

If you are interested in joining our team, whether it is to be involved with searches on foot, as part of our trainee dog team, or in our kayak team, you would be most welcome to attend our open day on 17th July.

You will need to be reasonably fit, able to commit your time and work as a team member. All team members have to attend regular training sessions/exercises, and be able to attend organised fundraising duties.

In return we provide all required training and if you don’t already have such skills, navigation, first aid and communications (radio contact).

To learn more about the roles within our team, or to find out how to join the team, please visit our website www.warksar.org.uk
or contact Ian our membership secretary by emailing:   membership@warksar.org.uk
Alternatively, you can telephone 01926 530858 and leave a message on our answerphone. 

We are a registered charity and get no government funding, so when we’re not out searching or training, we are often at various locations in Warwickshire raising much needed funds for equipment for the team and also insurance costs in order to keep our team operational and able to continue to provide this valuable voluntary service.

However, we really appreciate support from local companies and schools too.  If you would like to help us save the lives of others by making a donation or organising your own sponsored event, please contact us:-  volunteering@warksar.org.uk or phone
01926 530858 and leave a message.

Maria Eardley


HADS Latest Production - The Hathaway Perspective


Living, as we do, within the precincts of the Bard’s kingdom, is seems almost compulsory to go into raptures at the very mention of Shakespeare. I am afraid I do not fall into that category, and the pleasures of watching a 400 year old play have somehow missed me. Being forced to study ‘Julius Caesar’ for O Levels did little to improve the situation.

It was, therefore, with some trepidation that I agreed to review Ray’s latest ‘play what he wrote’. Ray has a way with words and all his earlier works that I have been involved with have been excellent. There is never any effort required to enjoy the show, which is not something that can be said for many amateur (and indeed some professional) productions.

This was a wordy play, presenting (ficticious) conversations taking place just prior to Shakespeare’s death.

The first half consisted of one between Ben Jonson and Michael Drayton, interspersed with one between Anne Hathaway and Lizzie Quiney. The main thrust of this was that old nugget that Shakespeare did not write all his plays, but that they were the result of a ‘co-operative’ of all the then current playwrights. This is an interesting twist on the usual argument that they were written by someone else entirely.

The second half was a conversation between Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway immediately prior to his death (indeed we witnessed his demise on stage). The thrust of this debate was that the Bard had been unfaithful to Anne, and had probably sired a son by Lizzie.  The problem with this was that his daughter Judith was about to marry the said offspring, an event that was giving him some cause for concern. Unfortunately he died during the conversation, leaving Anne to deal with it in the future.

The acting was superb, and special mention must be given to Bev walker, playing Anne Hathaway, as her performance was beyond exceptional. It made the whole thing come alive. Second in the list of plaudits goes to Alan Nicholls as Ben Jonson. He gave the part a realism I did not expect.

All the actors played their parts well: Phil Walker as Shakespeare, Joe Cope as Michael Drayton, Tracy Humphries as Lizzie Quiney, and Mandy Key as the serving wench. Ray’s directing was up to his usual standard.

The setting in the Guildhall was very appropriate and gave the play a fitting ambience. It does not, though, lend itself to the technical side of theatrics.

All in all, a clever take on things Shakespeare.

Tony Capps - Drama Critic

Henley Sings!!


"The only thing better than singing is more singing" Ella Fitzgerald

Our 'Henley Sings' group loves to sing! And sing some more!

We all came along for the first session, which had been organised by Lezli Rees and Annie Davies, quite uncertain of what the next hour would bring. Within minutes, Annie had us laughing and connecting by working in pairs to warm our voices and standing back to back while we sang several notes to feel the vibration from the other person. This was followed by singing a note while our partner sang one that might harmonise. We then launched into a real song, under the expert and nurturing guidance of Lezli. We were all surprised at how good it sounded.

Since then, we have gone from strength to strength and incorporated many creative ways of warming up and hearing how simple it is to make a gloriously harmonious sound. We were brave enough to sing in front of family and friends on our final session before the summer break on 27th June. I don't think any of us would have dreamed of being able to do this just a few weeks before when we first began.

Both Annie and Lezli, who give their time freely, have the knack of making singing fun and enjoyable as well as encouraging us hugely to be brave and trust ourselves to do our very best. As a group we have grown in confidence and we always leave our practice venue (kindly given to us free by John Ganjavi) with big smiles, feeling bright, breezy and having had our sprints lifted. That's the beauty of singing. It not only sounds fabulous but it's so darn good for you!

We meet again on 26th September. Come and join us. There are no entry requirements, just a willingness to enjoy yourself in a wonderful community fun filled space!

You can find us on www.meetup.com and search for 'Henley Sings'.

Laura Yarham reporting


The Secret Life of Pets

Animation Comedy Movie
Written by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul & Brian Lynch.
Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
Universal Pictures

posterThe voices of the animated characters are:
Louis C.K. as Max
Eric Stonestreet as Duke
Kevin Hart as Snowball
Ellie Kemper as Katie
Lake Bell as Chloe
Jenny Slate as Gidget

The secret life of pets is the fifth fully-animated feature film collaboration by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.  The theme of the story has a Toy Story flavour, i.e. what happens when the humans are out of the way.  In this instance it is our pets and the daily goings on in our homes that hold together a script that is aimed at children.  Some of the humour smacks of bullying and the discussion of murder by innovative methods as a precursor to successfully joining the ‘baddies’ was unnecessary.

A new dog in the local community called Duke, a rescued mongrel from the pound, moves in with Max.  A well placed, spoilt dog,  Max has the run of the house until the arrival of Duke.  The odd-couple type problems arise and in pursuit of territory and ‘doggy rights’ the two dogs are kidnapped.  The film traces Duke and Max’s adventures as they try to get home. 

The friendship between the two dogs builds and the animal community come together to solidly support Duke and Max.  Again I question some of the script in regards to children.  I raised concerns with the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) movie Zootropolis.  Tom and Jerry was violent and Snow White was scary but they never seemed real.  ‘CGI’ has changed all that.  These animals seemed real, the sets reflected real life so the script writers really must be careful that the script reflects this realism  regarding what children should be watching and listening to.  Animals discussing putting humans in blenders: is this  something that perhaps the PG reflects but is it enough? 

The characters' voices are well cast with the many varied animals strongly representing stereotypes that children may or may not respond to.  The CGI was excellent and New York looked amazing in so many of the shots.  The scenes where the innocence of children is reflected, e.g. ‘the sausage dog going up the stairs’ and ‘the two dogs sharing a bed’ are amusingly put together. 

Exams are nearly over, are you thinking of taking the children to the movies this summer?  As an adult I watched the film and was able to see that it was animation and fun with some dark moments.  Could an impressionable child do the same?  As we know the film codes are there for a reason, this is a PG, which stands for Parental Guidance.  

‘This means a film is suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children’.  I second that.

Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood

Henley Flower Club

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‘Second Time Around’ was the title for the June meeting and Wendy Lawrence produced an oblong trough (acquired from a friend) into which she placed bergenia leaves, conifer, sisyrinchium, veronica, peonies and several different garden roses, honeysuckle and phlomis – a perfect garden arrangement. She then made use of a plastic bag by adding just contrasting orange ‘Confidential’ roses with mauve ‘Dancing Cloud’ roses.

A large silver vase was filled with phormium tenax leaves with ‘Green Goddess’ lilies and asparagus fern. Next a hand tied bunch comprising bear grass, peony leaves, mini red gerberas and ‘Burgundy’ roses was placed in an ‘up-painted’ baked bean can along with two similar arrangements. An ’all-round’ design made use of an old but pretty, azure dish with peony and actindia leaves complimented by deep pink ‘Canova’ lilies, gerberas, ‘Malibu’ pink roses and pink dendrobian orchids.

The final arrangement was in a handed down white vase containing stephanandra, bergenia leaves, eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ and peony leaves which formed the base for white stocks and peonies, alstroemeria, ‘Stallion’ chrysanths and fabulous ‘Avalanche’ roses.

Chairman Diana Haines thanked Wendy for a most amusing demonstration with fabulous flowers. The next event is the club’s annual show and competitions on Saturday 30th July at the Memorial Hall, when local National Demonstrator Margaret Rumens will be judging along with Mike Jones for the photography section. It is hoped this will not be the last competition as the club is struggling to find new members and the cost of demonstrators has increased dramatically. Anyone interested in coming along at 7.30 on the second Tuesday each month from September will be warmly welcomed.

Annette Walker

Wootton Report


The Hub@Henley Community Centre in co-operation with Barking Lodge Garden Services has sponsored this event as a great evening out and a chance to see a really lively and palatable version of this Shakespeare play.

If you do no like Shakespeare much, this may be the play for you. The children will enjoy the colourful costumes, the languageless humour, the magic and the drama. We will put on this production come what may and the Hub believes that it is worth the loss we will make for those who attend to engage with this professional production as it tours the country

This is really your last chance to get tickets. Speak to Peter if you have a largish family as he can offer some consideration to allow whole families to bring a picnic, their own chairs and enjoy this rare opportunity for an event with a difference. If the weather is inclement we have already booked the Wootton Wawen Village Hall. Parking is in the Church Field a short walk to the lovely garden where the play will be performed. My telephone number is 07974573582.

I really hope you will all feel able to support this new adventure in theatre and in doing so support the Hub.

Peter Crathorne




COOLSPORTZ Looking forward to Summer fun


Parents looking for inspiration for the 6 weeks of summer holidays are being given a lifeline from local children’s sports specialist, Coolsportz who will be running its regular school holiday programme. 

The Henley in Arden based sports activity company will be running their Multi Sports Camp with plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged 4 to 13 active and entertained throughout the summer

The Camp held at Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden is OFSTED Registered and therefore accepts Childcare Vouchers.  Sessions will be running throughout the whole 6 weeks from Mon 25th July – Fri 2nd Sept and children can attend half day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day only for 5 – 13yrs).  Excitingly, on certain days we are also running sports specific sessions for the longer hours clubs to include Trampolining, Dance through ‘Learning Curves’ and Karate.

The club is based on a fun multi-sports programme offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball and much more.


Coach Neil Supperstone, will also be running a Young Leaders Award for 11-16yr olds on Thurs 28th July and Fri 29th July from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.  Attendees will practise running sports sessions with the younger children and receive a recognised Sports Leaders UK certificate. Its an excellent way to build confidence, leadership and communication skills and maybe build for a future career in coaching or just put it into practice at school or sports sessions. 

Coolsportz will also be running tennis specific coaching at Henley Tennis Club during the summer holidays you can find out further information or o book for any of these sessions visit www.coolsportz.co.uk or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email neil@coolsportz.co.uk. Book and pay by Fri 15th July and receive a 10% discount. 

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Stratford Oaks Golf Club to become a members' club

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Stratford Oaks Golf Club, set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside at Bearley, will become a Members Club on 1st July.

The Club, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has until now been privately owned – however, the owners want to retire and wish to see the club continue to flourish. A Board of Directors has been formed to run the Club and it is intended that future profits will be reinvested to further enhance the course and club house facilities.

The Club has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its course, its friendliness and its informality. It has very active Men's, Ladies’ and Seniors’ Sections and now looks forward to welcoming new members. To encourage those who might be interested, the Club will not, for the time being, levy any joining fee for new members and is also offering a one month trial membership for £65. The full annual subscription for the current year will be £756 payable by monthly direct debit of £63.

The Club also welcomes non-members on the course (as pay-as-you-play and as members of Golf Societies), in the Clubhouse, where a range of food and drinks are served and on its Driving Range. The floodlit driving range is open 7 days a week and is home to the Andy Dunbar Golf Academy.
The Club’s private restaurant, overlooking the beautiful lake and the 18th green, is available for private functions, seating up to 120 guests with ample secure car parking.

For further information contact Nigel Powell, Director of Golf on 01789 732983 or visit http://www.stratfordoaks.co.uk/

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John Garner's Business Column

So, we’re going

John GarnerI said last week that Henley NEWS would announce the referendum result in case you’d missed it.  You can’t have missed it as it’s been wall-to-wall on the news since 7am on Friday.  Obviously there wasn’t any other news.  The country voted Leave by the way.

As many predicted, the pound and the FTSE both spiked downwards in early trading – and then promptly came back up again, though to be fair not all the way.  None of the other dire predictions from the “experts” have as yet come to pass – but of course there’s plenty of time. 

There’s one thing in particular that has really irritated me about this campaign.  And no, it’s not project fear, though that did, it’s the way that numbers have been bandied about.  Mainly, but not exclusively, by the Remainers.

It seems there's an ugly desire to use numbers to dazzle voters and misdirect them.  This is nothing new – the phrase "lies, damned lies and statistics" is well known.  You’d think making up numbers would be pointless these days when facts can easily be checked with a five second Google search.  Today we get half-truths, out-of-context numbers and outright falsehoods from people who surely must know they'll be found out.

The only conclusion we can draw is that they simply don't care. They don't care about getting caught because, in their world, facts and truth carry zero importance.  And, the most depressing thing is, they don’t get caught, at least not in any meaningful way.  If pulled up on one dodgy number, these sleazy operators have ten more to throw in your face. Plus a quote from an expert who may or may not be an expert and may or may not have actually said the thing they're supposed to have said.

As soon as a politician (yes, I’m talking about them) comes up with a prediction which is a specific number you know it can’t be true.  I’m thinking immediately of our Chancellor saying we’ll all be £4,233 worse off.  How can he be so precise?  Why won’t we be £4,300 worse off?  Or only £4,100?  It’s complete bunk. But of course the more specific the number the more it makes the speaker  sound precise and thorough like a scientist, even if he’s just pulled it out of the air.   The other way to be believed of course is to put your number in very large letters on the side of a bus, which is what the Leave campaign did!

There’s an old joke that goes: How do we know economists have a sense of humour?  They put a decimal point in their forecasts.

Businesses do forecasts as well.  If you look at a typical business plan you’ll see the numbers are remarkably precise.  That’s because they’ve been worked out very carefully and based on the known facts, with assumptions carefully stated.  If they weren’t the business would lose money, the shareholders would revolt and the finance director would get the sack.

There’s a thought. Who do you think we should sack?  There are several to choose from.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


    David Malin

  1. Theft / Distraction theft. High Street, Henley. (near to the flower shop) . Elderly Lady approached by female who said that she had dropped £10. While the lady was checking her purse it is thought that the female managed to take out a bank card during the distraction. The card was later used to withdraw money from the bank. The offender is described as a white female, foreign accent, aged in her 30s, wearing a navy blue raincoat with the hood up. 3pm Thursday 16th June.
  2. Suspicious Circumstances. Bear Lane, just off High Street, Henley. Lady approached by female asking if she could show her how to use a bank card in the Cash Point. The female asked the lady to show her using her own card. Fortunately the lady realised this was suspicious and refused to help further. Female described as a white female, 30s, glasses, European accent, scruffy looking. 3.30pm Thursday 16th June. (please also refer to other incidents).
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Brook End Drive, Henley. Graffiti found on gate of house. Appeared to be a triangle with three dots inside. Caller reporting this and the fact that the symbol could be being used by criminals to identify houses worth stealing from. Afternoon of Thursday 16th June.
  4. Theft / Distraction theft. High Street, Henley (near to the Guild Hall). Member of the public approached by a female asking to change some money. This female then went on to say that they had dropped £5 on the floor. While the member of the public had their wallet out checking, bank cards were taken during a distraction. The bank cards were cancelled before they could be used. Offender described as a white female, 20s, eastern European (possibly Polish), brown hair, wearing jeans and a blue jacket. 3.45pm Thursday 16th June.
  5. Theft. Liverage Hill, Henley. Digger stolen from building site. Tracked by police and recovered in a field towards Coventry. Offenders not found. Enquiries ongoing. Overnight 20th & 21st June.
  6. Damage. Whitley Road, Henley. Obscene word scratched into the paintwork of car. Reported evening of Sunday 19th June.


  1. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Public House car park, Station Road, Claverdon. Light Blue Jaguar XF Luxury stolen from car park. Vehicle had personalised number plates. Evening of Saturday 25th June. Incident number 0001 26/06/2016
  2. Burglary Other. Station Road, Claverdon. Secure Brick and Wooden outbuilding broken into. Offenders have gained access by removing the wooden panels of the door. Several items stolen, including a Suki 600 Motorcycle, twin axle aluminium trailer and garden tools. Overnight 23rd & 24th June. Incident number 0257 24/06/2016
  3. Burglary Other. Hall, Station Road, Claverdon. Window at the side of the building forced open and shop area entered. Several items stolen. Alarm and security lighting at the hall tampered with during the offence. Overnight 21st & 22nd June. Incident number 0044 22/06/2016

On 15th June Alcester SNT members conducted a traffic operation in Earlswood where 15 vehicles were stopped exceeding the 30mph limit. Drivers were also breathalysed (all negative). One of the vehicles stopped had no insurance so was seized by police.

On the 4th June patrol officers attended an address in Station Road, Studley. On searching the premises 5 cannabis plants were found and the occupant was arrested for cultivation of cannabis.

Alcester North Priorities - Voting Results.
Thank you to all those that voted online and on the night of the forum. The top three will be set as Team Priorities for the next three months. The results were:-

392 votes x Henley. Extra patrols of ASB hotspots
85 votes x Alcester North Area. Extra patrols to deter burglaries
28 votes x Earlswood. Extra ASB patrols.

27 votes x Sambourne. Extra speed checks in Middleton Lane
6 votes x Alcester North Area. Extra patrols to deter vehicle crime.
6 votes x Bearley. Extra patrols of ASB hotspots



Operation Leviathan
Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and partners have launched Operation Leviathan, a campaign to raise awareness of fish theft, illegal angling and anti-social behaviour around waterways. Illegal fishing gangs and unlicensed anglers are being targeted in a new operation led by Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police alongside other police forces and in partnership with key stakeholders.

Operation Leviathan will see officers from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police working alongside West Midlands Police, Gloucestershire Police, Cheshire Police, Gwent Police, Dyfed Powys Police and South Wales Police and the Angling Trust, Fish Legal, Environment Agency, Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Police National Wildlife Crime Unit, Natural Resources Wales and other partners to stop illegal fishing and fish theft across the region.

Part of the operation, which launched on Thursday, 11 June 2016, will educate anglers who may not understand British conservation-based angling law, that it is an offence to take fish from rivers, lakes and waterways without permission, supported by the Angling Trust's 'Building Bridges' education and integration programme.

Operation Leviathan aims to coordinate action to stop fish poaching and illegal fishing by:

  • Prevention - offering best advice and education to anglers, private water owners and partner organisations about actions put in place to prevent poaching.
  • Intelligence - asking anglers to be observant and report suspicious activity to allow police to target offenders.
  • Enforcement - with good intelligence the police can target poachers and anti-social behaviour and take action. Officers will patrol riverbanks to tackle crime in targeted operations with partner agencies.
  • Reassurance - by working together and publicising actions including activity, arrests, seizures and convictions.

Good results from Operation leviathan - On the morning of Sunday 26th June, members of the two Alcester Safer Neighbourhood Teams assisted Environmental Agency Officers in and around the Mereside Fishery area and the land around Earlswood Lakes. As a result of their patrol 5 people were reported for having no fishing licence, 1 person for fishing with more rods than their licence permitted and 1 person for possession of cannabis.

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNTs

Further information can be found at:  The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area

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Henley Annual Events

June 2016

Sat 4th - Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
Sun 12th - Queen's Birthday Party for 80 and 90 year olds at The Guildhall.
Sun 12th - Queen's Birthday Children's Party, St Nick's Church Hall.
Sat 18th - St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Sat 25th - Armed Forces Day Parade - 10.15 am Memorial Hall.

July 2016 Sat 23rd - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Flower Club Competition - Memorial Hall
August 2016 The Great Henley Bake-off
Henley Music Festival
September 2016 Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
Forest of Arden Agricultural Society Annual Ploughing Hedging Competitions.
October 2016

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

Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner

May 2017 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane

hnol     Forthcoming Events

STRAWBERRY TEA – July 14th in the Rectory Garden. Tickets £5.00 from Barbara Warmington 793640. Come and enjoy strawberries, cream and delicious home made cakes. Raffle. All proceeds to church funds.

Thank you to all those who collected envelopes door to door and to those who gave so generously. We raised £1894.00 . Gift Aid can be collected on £957.60 of those donations which will bring our total to £2,130.00.     

During July work will be done for internal alterations in the Methodist Church. This is to remove the fixed pews, to build a new suspended level floor, replacing some of the pews along the side walls, to give a more adaptable space suitable for Church and Community events. During the work in July we will be meeting for Sunday worship in members' homes. Details will be on the notice board, and transport will leave the Church front at 10.15 am each Sunday.

Tuesday 5th July. ‘Midsummer Medley’ 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. New members welcome. For more information call Jan Wright 793528.

29/30th July Competitions & Show.

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

Thursdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley in Arden. Come and learn about Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breath work), learn to practice Yoga in a safe and none judgemental environment. Suitable for beginners. Contact me to find out more and to book. Eleanor 07932658719 Yogahenley@gmail.com

The 20th Jazz in the Garden..a very special evening
Saturday 23rd July.  Jazz, strawberries, fizz and dancing.
Tickets £15.00 and information from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 795149 day 794987 eve or arnoldbainbridge@btconnect

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

13th July 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

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 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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