Henley Crest





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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

30th November 2016


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Disappointing Town Christmas Tree

The Town Christmas Tree has been installed outside the Old Police Station in preparation for the Christmas Lights Switch On on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at the Market Cross.


Residents' comments

There has been a discussion on Facebook - Henley Matters

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Is this the Christmas Tree for Henley in Arden this year?
It is very sparse and looks like it is about to fall over!
Is this the best we can do for our lovely Town?,
There are going to be some very disappointed children.

Comment and photo by Sally Harfield

Whilst I was taking this photo a passing lady said "It looks better in the dark". She did not say whether that was with the lights on or off.

Comment and photo by Malcolm Coulter

Stormy JPC Meeting - Council resolves to make official Complaint

During the Joint Parish Council meeting held on Monday 29th November 2016, Councillors reviewed the project to provide a Christmas Tree at the Market Cross and illuminations across the High Street. They concluded that because of planning approval delays, the JPC would be unable to make the improvements this year despite there being massive support from residents. The consultation decisions made by the Warwickshire County Highways came in for particular criticism. The Highways' refusal to allow the existing flagpole socket to be used was seen as illogical especially when the Highways Authority was prepared to allow a Christmas Tree outside Barclays Bank adjacent to one of Henley's most dangerous junctions.

JPC Councillors first consulted WCC Highways on 13th June 2016 and on two further occasions before WCC decided that a Section 178 application form would be required. Despite the form being requested three times during early November, it was not provided until 25th November. The technical details required appeared to be a duplication of information which had been provided to Stratford District Council some months earlier. (It was also noted that the form had only been created on 25th November 2016.) The form stated that WCC required 8 weeks prior to the installation to process the application which made it impossible to provide the decorations for this year.

These matters were discussed by Councillors with County Councillor Mike Perry who tried to defend the Highways department's actions before storming out of the meeting. Parish Councillors agreed that if WCC had been more helpful by providing the form in June and that their comments about the locations had been more sensible, the displays could have been provided this year.

Therefore, Councillors resolved unanimously, at the suggestion of the Vice Chairman, to make a formal complaint about Warwickshire County Council's management of the application. In summary, JPC Councillors considered that the advice given during the summer was inadequate and the reasons to reject the flagpole location were not sound.

Cllr Peter Crathorne then drew councillors' attention to a leaflet which had been circulated by the Christmas Lights Committee to residents. The leaflet conveyed the impression that the council had failed to support the Christmas Lights project.  The council felt that this misinformation needed correction. The following support has been offered by the JPC and rejected by the Christmas Lights Committee.

  1. The erection of a Stage of sufficient size to accommodate the planned performance (JPC prepared to pay for this)
  2. The installation of a high quality PA system so everyone will be able to hear  (JPC prepared to pay for this)
  3. The installation of extra  lighting for the evening so everyone will be able to see (JPC prepared to pay for this)
  4. The power to run all systems (JPC prepared to pay for this)
  5. To encourage the role of the Court Leet in particular the role of the Town Crier and High Bailiff.
  6. To encourage the participation of the primary school children choir.
  7. To encourage the presentation of the shop window certificates with the Court Leet, celebrating the contribution made by our town’s shops.
  8. The Council was also prepared to ensure that there are sufficient funds to pay for this year’s lights.  The council has already approved £3500 to be held in reserve if required. This or any amount up to this maximum could be made available immediately.

Whatever is presented to the residents in comment on this issue, remember that the parish council has never wavered in its appreciation of the Christmas lights group. 

We have frequently offered to discuss the issues highlighted in this article and such proposals have been refused.  These approaches have been made in the belief that this extra support would help the Committee to adopt an approach of constant improvement on an already successful operation and to work towards a sustainable model for managing the long term future of this important event in our town.

Despite the rejections and the misrepresentation of the Parish Council’s good intentions, the Council has remained constant and is prepared to meet the Christmas Lights Committee to plan an even brighter future for the lights in 2017.


Recommended Flood Warnings for Henley Residents


The first storms of the winter arrived last week in Henley and the River Alne rose quickly to 0.95m. Fortunately it did not reach a level to threaten properties and subsided from its peak just as quickly. During the last major flood in July 2007, the river rose to 2.43m.

You can view the Henley Flood Gauge which is located near William James Way, at:


We suggest you may wish to bookmark this website.

The Environment Agency operates an excellent free flood warning service which can be sent to any phone, mobile or landline. We recommend that all residents in flood risk areas sign up at: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings


Photos of 20th July 2007

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Proposed Sale of Garages near the Primary Schools





There has been much in the Press recently about antibiotic overuse. This is a serious problem and the medical profession is working hard to reduce antibiotic prescriptions, especially unnecessary ones for conditions that will get better anyway. If we do not reduce the use of antibiotics now, then we will not have them to use in the future as all bugs will become resistant to them.

In South Warwickshire a great deal of hard work has been put in to reduce antibiotic prescribing. I am pleased to report that there has been a 7.5% reduction in the number of prescriptions for antibiotics in the last 12 months.

There are some conditions which DO require treatment with antibiotics. Every year we receive new guidelines on which antibiotics to use for certain conditions, and these change from year to year. The idea is that by changing recommended antibiotics we stay one step ahead of the bugs and avoid them developing resistance (ie no longer working)

The other problem with antibiotics is that they can CAUSE infection. There is a bug called C.difficile that is caused by antibiotic use. The symptoms are severe diarrhoea after a course of antibiotics. Some antibiotics are more likely to cause this problem and are therefore no longer routinely recommended. These antibiotics are:-


In South Warwickshire there has been a big drive to reduce the use of these particular antibiotics, and there has been an amazing reduction of 37% in the prescribing of these antibiotics.
If your GP gives you an antibiotic that is different from one you have had previously, then it may be because recommendations have changed.

There are many conditions that are self-limiting and can be treated by patients at home
These include:

  • Coughs and colds
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Chesty coughs in otherwise healthy adults
  • Urine infections in fit and healthy patients
  • Sinusitis
  • Earache without discharge
  • Sore throats

Some groups of patients SHOULD have a lower threshold for seeking help and may require antibiotics including:

  • Patients with Asthma or COPD
  • Elderly patients with underlying conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease and neurological conditions
  • Babies and very young children
  • Patients who are taking medication that suppress the immune system such as chemotherapy and steroids, and methotrexate
  • Elderly patients who are confused or unwell

If you are fit and well normally and develop one of the self-limiting conditions above, then please try and treat yourselves at home or ask the advice of the pharmacist.
If you are unsure then you can ring our Nurse Practitioner Sarah Smith, or one of the GPs for advice.

Please help your GP to help you by not insisting on antibiotics if you doctor has decided they are not necessary.

Dr Catherine Taylor

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Court Leet Service 2016

The annual Henley in Arden Court Leet  Service took place on Sunday 20th November at St John’s Church in the High Street. It was organised by the High Bailiff, Norman Kench and the Rev John Ganjavi.

Members of the Court Leet, Chairman of The Parish Council – Bill Leech,  the Mayor of Warwick – Chris Cross and dignitaries from Alcester, Bromsgrove and Warwick Courts, as well as Derek Austin from the Freemen of England and Wales, met at 9.45am in the Guild Hall. The past High Bailiff John Rutherford, assisted by Alistair Price, Chamberlain organised two processions into St John's – the first comprising the Consorts and the second officers and dignitaries.

All gathered in the Church by 10.00am for the start of the service. It was great to see an attendance of nearly 140 people in the congregation. This included twenty six youngsters from Henley Church of England School.

John Ganjavi, Rector welcomed everyone and introduced the Service. The theme of the service was Christ the King. The Old Testament reading was read by Past High Bailiff John Rutherford and the New Testament reading by High Bailiff Norman Kench.

The congregation was entertained to a lovely rendition of Amazing Grace by the Henley Church Of England school choir. They were led by Carleigh O’Boyle, who is a teacher at the school and on the piano Jon Lucas, who is the Church’s regular organist.

The Rector’s sermon was, as ever, worth a good listen and he started by giving credit to High Bailiff Norman Kench for the work that he had done in the past year for the town. He also said it was a year of Elections – the Court Leet having taken place ten days previously. He said that if Shakespeare could be brought into 2016 he would be pleased to see that many of the traditions of medieval times had been preserved by the Court Leet. He also commented that each High Bailiff interprets the traditions in his own way, but still maintains the antiquity of the Court.

photoAfter the final hymn and blessing, the Rector invited members of the Court and congregation into the Guild Hall Gardens to witness the unveiling of the Bench in memory of Dawn Leech (pictured right at The Birthday Parade in April 2014), who was to have been the first female High Bailiff, but sadly past away at the beginning last year. John Ganjavi, Rector introduced the ceremony and then handed over to High Bailiff Norman Kench who gave a very moving tribute to Dawn. He said he was to have been her Low Bailiff, but circumstances prevented her from taking up the role.  He went on to say that all the High Bailiffs are remembered by the plaque in the Guildhall therefore it was fitting that Dawn’s contribution to the Court should be remembered by the bench and the plaque in the garden along with a beautiful white climbing rose named New Dawn.

After this ceremony all were invited back to the Guild Hall for wine and snacks. Wine served by the Ale Tasters Tom Mangan and Mark Bailey with snacks by provided by Court Members and their Consorts

Alistair Price, Chamberlain


The Joint Parish Council held an Ordinary meeting on 28th November and I would like to report the following:  The JPC took the opportunity to thank Mr Brian Jackson for his years of service in winding up the Town Clock, which is owned by the JPC.  Rev Ganjavi said how much the Town residents appreciated the dedication, strength and commitment that Mr Jackson had displayed over decades to keep the clock wound up and chiming.  He said that the JPC and the wider community wished to show their appreciation by presenting Mr Jackson with gifts on his retirement.  Mr Jackson thanked everyone for their generosity and kindness.

  1. The JPC agreed to look into the concerns of residents over the parking along Arden Road by both primary schools to see whether they could help to facilitate the alleviation of the congestion of traffic.
  2. The Chairman said that the JPC Annual Report and Accounts had been well received by members of the public and he thanked the Team for all their hard work and effort in producing the publication.
  3. The JPC Bank Balances as at 28th November 2016: Current Account: £1,482.74 and Deposit Account: £93,004.05.  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.  It was also resolved to ratify the updated Financial Regulations.
  4. The Children’s Facilities WP is looking into the redevelopment of the Play Area near to the Medical Centre and has received three quotes.  Each supplier will be asked to make a presentation to a small group, including local families and that grant funding is available to help to fund the project.
  5. Following the Traffic & Parking WP presentation on 31st October at the Memorial Hall, Cllr Crathorne thanked those members of the public who had put their views forward. The JPC agreed to continue to investigate the proposals to alleviate the long term parking issues in Henley.
  6. There are two allotments available on the Allotments Site by the Station and it was suggested that a change of use of the community plots N25 & N26 were utilised for additional plots.  A vote of thanks was expressed to Nick Haycock for all his tireless hard work managing the allotments.
  7. The JPC agreed to investigate the budget process and any requirements necessary to increase the precept.
  8. It was noted that the BT payphone situated in Liveridge Hill is scheduled for removal.
  9. The JPC reported that it had submitted two planning applications to SDC.  One for a Variation to a Condition allowing for a Christmas Tree to be installed into the existing flagpole socket at the Market Cross and the other one for a Christmas Tree to be installed outside Lloyds Bank, together with Catenary Wires.  He went on to say it was unlikely that planning permission would be received until 1st December which would be too late.
  10. Cllr Crathorne advised that the Christmas Lights Committee had circulated a leaflet to households in the town claiming that the JPC had refused to give a grant this year.  This was not true because all of the social organisations in the town had had the opportunity to apply for a grant earlier in the year and the Christmas Lights Committee had not applied for one.  There is an amount allocated to the Christmas Lights Committee of £3,500 if they were to approach the JPC and request a grant. 
  11. Two mini grant applications for funding were approved for the Guild Hall Trust for the erection of historical plaques and also the Guild Hall Arts for All Festival.
  12. The JPC confirmed that there had been an overwhelming response in favour of supporting social organisations in the town and it was agreed that a budget preparation group be formed.
  13. I reported that replacement options for the three Bus Shelters in Henley were on-going.
  14. The JPC agreed to look at three quotes from companies to supply a video projector and screen for future JPC and NDP presentations, along with the provision of a Rural Cinema.

The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 16th January 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm.

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

Henley-in-Arden - A Splodge in the Arden Forest


If you are a Henley resident, new or old, take a look at this NEW publication by Ray Evans and Colin Fisher. Henley in Arden – A Splodge in the Arden Forest.

Rambling through Henley’s past from the Anglo Saxons to the Brexiteers, you will stumble upon a hundred or so facts of which you may, or may not, have been aware of!

It touches on distant, as well as more recent history, dealing in some detail with the Court Leet, the Battles of Evesham and Crecy, World Wars I and II, and the closure of the Cattle Market, as well as an array of notable and local heroes and villains.

Its compass invariably draws in local people and businesses which still operate in our town today, watch out you may well be featured!

The illustrations are of a very high standard and any of them would be a prized possession framed and hung in your lounge. These signed and numbered limited prints can be obtained using the contact directions in the book.

Finally, in the last paragraph of this little tome, the author makes a notional proposal for your future consideration. Not just fanciful rhetoric, but a plan that may, just may, elevate Henley’s aspirations to the heights the townsfolk of Hay-on-Wye enjoy annually?

Available now at Dukes Stationers, High Street, and at the book signing this coming Saturday between 11.00am and 6.00pm, in and around the Guild Hall, in league with the Christmas lights switch-on, carol service, mulled wine and craft market the Guild Hall gardens advertised by other local august organisations!

Oh, and if you can’t make any of the above, the book can be purchased on line at the shop at:


Ray Evans reporting

Stratford District Residents Bin Slimming Challenge


An innovative new scheme encouraging Warwickshire’s households to recycle more and throw away less has launched for Stratford-on-Avon district.

Slim Your Bin is a community focused scheme, free to all residents living in Stratford-on-Avon district as well as North Warwickshire, Warwick district and Nuneaton and Bedworth borough. Through an engaging community education initiative, the scheme aims to reduce waste and get people recycling more, while benefiting local community projects and promoting community spirit.

To make this initiative possible, Warwickshire Waste Partnership has teamed up with Local Green Points to recruit ‘bin dieters’ across Warwickshire who will take part in the Slim Your Bin scheme. The initiative begins with 4 weeks of training, where dieters will be sent 3 emails a week packed with tips and advice to get them recycling more and wasting less. Each week residents will learn about a new theme, such as tackling contamination and recycling food waste, and get the chance to take part in different waste minimising activities.

Warwickshire residents (the ‘dieters’) will be rewarded with prizes for earning points, with the three top dieters each month receiving a £20 voucher from a choice of popular brands including Marks & Spencer and National Garden Gift Vouchers.

During the course of the 18-month initiative, residents from the four communities will have the chance to vote for a charity or community project from a choice of five. Every six months, the community with the most points overall will win a £650 donation for their favourite project. The five charities being supported in the first year are: Veterans Contact Point, Bo Children’s Hospital, Oral Health Foundation, Lifespace and Parkinsons UK.

Councillor Jeff Clarke, Chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership and Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We’re excited to get this initiative underway and encourage residents to think differently about the waste they produce. Slim Your Bin not only provides a reason to reduce your waste but gives practical tips on advice on how to do so, which we hope will help our residents see not only a difference in their bins but in their pockets too.”

Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “We continue to work in partnership to find innovative ways to encourage Warwickshire residents to recycle more of their waste and reduce what goes to landfill. I look forward to seeing the results of this scheme.”

Mike Brain, Stratford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Technical Services and Warwickshire County Councillor for Bidford on Avon, said: “Stratford-on-Avon District residents are already recycling responsibly which has put us in 5th place in the country; this shows we are very serious about the need to reduce the amount of rubbish thrown away into landfill because it’s bad for our tax payers and bad for the environment. Slim your Bin is a positive way of helping us improve even better results by carefully selecting the correct bin.”

Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Local Green Points, said “It’s great to see a waste authority embracing the benefits of joined up communications to get messages across to their residents and we’re looking forward to seeing reactions to this initiative. The focus on waste minimisation is one that can save councils a lot of money in gate fees so we’re confident that the scheme will have a positive impact.”

Local Green Points themselves are a specialist waste minimisation and recycling scheme provider, currently working with 15 Councils in the UK to promote behaviour change.

Steam hauled excursion train


A steam hauled excursion train passed both ways through Henley in Arden recently – in the dreadful wet weather!

My first location for the outbound trip to Stratford on Avon was at Wilmcote. I then drove into Stratford to take a few more shots, then to Henley in Arden for the return run.

Sadly one of the two locomotives – bear in mind the loco is 71 years old – suffered a hot axle box that resulted in the special departing Stratford almost an hour late which scuppered my plans to photograph it passing through Henley. However after uploading my photo collection to my website I was contacted by one of the passengers who was on board. He wanted to use a photo that I’d taken from the footbridge at Henley looking north for a “Then & Now” item on his own website. His explanation was that EXACTLY 50 years ago to the day an excursion train organised by the LCGB (Locomotive Club of Great Britain) had made a photo stop at Henley and as he was on board he had taken a shot from the bridge in almost exactly the same place as my photo. The special was hauled by Britannia Class loco no 70004 William Shakespeare which sadly went to the great scrap yard in the sky in the 60s.

More pictures of the event                  See also

Clive Hanley Photography

Wootton Report

Claverdon Gardening Group

imageDespite the weather, CGG held a very successful Country Market on Saturday 12th November. As you can see from the pictures crowds came early to choose that special gift, that unusual gift, that quirky gift not seen in the High Street shops. Foods of all sorts were available too: cheeses, preserves, pies, specialist meats, honey, chocolate, not to mention a stall devoted to all varieties of gin. There was a lucky dip catering for men, women and children, cards, jewellery, wood turnings, canal ware, and even an up cycling stall that turned throw away materials into works of art or cleverly made objects (I liked the tea pot that had been made into a bird box). It was impossible to walk around and not make purchases and then end the visit with a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake. 

The stall holders went away satisfied and will have to book early next year if they are to be lucky enough to secure a table for the next show.

On December 13th (NB the second Tuesday of the month) Timothy Walker’s talk is entitled   “Plant Hunting in Australia”

Paul Dryhurst reporting


Wootton Report

Ullenhall Gardening Club Meeting

Ullenhall Gardening Club welcomed the return of Ken Whitaker on 22nd November to talk on the subject “Make Your Greenhouse Work For You.” He had good basic advice and a few tips that will definitely help greenhouse users. Here are the most important things he told members to do:-
  • Ensure you have both bottom and top ventilation
  • Use water at the same temperature as the soil...or as close as you can to it
  • Have space inside to move around without bumping into plants
  • Provide seedlings and mature plants with plenty of space for the air to move around and for the sun to reach leaves
  • Turn seedlings regularly and repot as they get bigger, giving more room to the new pots every time.

The first roots that a seed puts out are to anchor the seed down. Putting a little sharp sand or top soil with seed compost helps this. The next roots are the feeding roots. These need to develop properly before you provide significant food by potting up into multipurpose compost.

When you dib holes for the seedlings, be sure to leave ¼ inch or more of compost below  the bottom of the hole; this is to prevent the roots getting soggy at the bottom.

If the sun is hot after potting up, provide shade for about four days whilst the seedlings get their roots settled. An easy way to do this is to attach a string across inside the greenhouse and peg up a strip of fleece; this can be quickly taken down or put up according to the sunshine.

There was a lot of discussion as well as more handy hints.

The meeting finished with the usual chat, coffee and raffle. The club will be meeting next time in Ullenhall Village Hall on Tuesday 24th January at 12:30  pm for its New Year Party.

Penny Stott reporting




Click right facing arrow above to play trailer




From Edition 394 - 9th December 2015


image                                 Bridge of Spies

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance

The bridge that the film refers to is the Glienicke Bridge in Germany where in 1962 America exchanged a Soviet Spy for an American U2 spy-plane pilot captured by the Soviets.

'Bridge of Spies', tells the story of this event. The script is written by the Coen Brothers and it lives up to expectation. This classy movie evokes the period with a subtle elegance and the issues of the potential for nuclear war are vividly captured by showing how Americans lived and contributed to the paranoia of the time.

Mark Rylance as the Russian Spy, Rudolf Abel, and Tom Hanks as the all American guy, are brought together to create an emotional connection that allows the viewer to care that both protagonists achieve a successful outcome. Their mellowing relationship in the face of abject rejection from all sections of society, allows for the development of humour, understanding and warmth of feeling that permeates the film.

Tom Hanks plays the role of James Donovan, a lawyer, who profoundly believes in the American Constitution. A highly respected, honest man whose belief in 'The American Way' leads his professional and family life. Mark Rylance brings to this cinematic role all that is admirable from such a revered Theatre actor. Rylance and Hanks together bring a depth of acting to the film that contributes to make 'The Bridge of Spies' very special.

The film is particularly relevant today as Spielberg shows us the wisdom of standing by what we believe in and the Standing Man scene on its own should lead to an Oscar nomination in 2016 for Mark Rylance. The moments such as when the beaten Nazi's handshake is rejected or the dismay of watching indifference by fellow countryman to a potential war hero, stay with you long after the film has finished.

I expect the film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The last scene is so Spielberg; holding your breath as you wait for a precious moment in time, brilliant direction from a gifted director. I recommend a 'Bridge of Spies', to you.

Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood




Henley and Beaudesert Society

Visit to the Leamington Guide Dog Training Centre on 3rd November 2016

photoApproximately 25 members of the Society recently enjoyed a fascinating afternoon at the RNIB guide dog training centre in Leamington Spa. The visit started with a short introduction provided by several members of staff many of whom were volunteers. We learned amongst other things that only dogs with white harnesses are actually guiding a blind person. A brown harness means the dog is under training. If a blind person with a dog encounters uncertainty about their surroundings they put the guiding handle down and just hold the lead. If ever you see this, it is time to ask the blind person if they need assistance. When a dog is guiding, it should not be distracted by petting or attracting its attention.

After the introduction, we were taken to look around the centre. We saw dogs in training, dogs having a break from training and play spaces for the dogs. The training demonstration took place in a very large garage, firstly with a dog that had only three weeks training. The dog was supposed to guide its trainer round a course containing various obstacles but it wasn’t that attentive, instead preferring to concentrate on sniffing everything. Then, a dog with eight weeks training gave a much better demonstration of how it should be done. This was followed by a lively question and answer session with the trainers. After this we were given the opportunity to experience what it is like to be guided by a dog. Those who took part were blindfolded, then given the handle of a dog harness, the dog end of which was carried round the obstacles by one of the trainers. Some other people were taken past obstacles wearing glasses that represented different types and degrees of impaired vision. We next visited some large outdoor garden sized areas containing logs, tyres, etc where groups of dogs are allowed to play and explore on their own and this was followed by a viewing of four very friendly dogs in large indoor enclosures during a break from their training. One of the staff gave us an outline of how the dogs were cared for, involving periodic medical checks etc.


The site tour was completed by a visit to the RNIB shop where some people made purchases and this obviously helps fund the training. Finally we returned to the original briefing room for a cup of tea and a biscuit followed by several short talks about the dogs and how the puppies are looked after and trained prior to the main guiding training.

Although the dogs are trained principally to guide blind and partially sighted people, some are found not to be suitable. Instead they can be trained to help deaf folk or for aiding the improvement of autistic sufferers and those with Asperger’s syndrome. Providing a young person with a guide dog can have a life-long effect, increasing their confidence and self-esteem and giving them a positive start to adult life; and for this reason there is no minimum age for guide dog ownership. Specially trained staff work with a young person and their family assessing that person’s ability to get around, and preparing the family for the responsibilities of owning a guide dog.

photoMost of the dogs are Labradors or Labrador crosses, although Retrievers and Alsatians can also be effectively trained. Interestingly, it appears that female dogs are better learners than male ones. This dark grey dog is a cross between a large poodle and a labrador; a very lively, intelligent dog, which was therefore difficult to photograph!

An army of dedicated and skilled volunteers play a vital role in the breeding and training of the dogs. Many of the puppies are born and reared in volunteers’ homes before going to the National Breeding Centre at six to seven weeks old for health checks, vaccinations and microchipping. From seven weeks to just over a year old, the puppies are looked after by another group of volunteers (puppy walkers) who spend invaluable time familiarising them with as many different experiences as possible to prepare them for the world they will work in as qualified guide dogs. There are a myriad of things that we all take for granted that the dogs must cope with without being distracted. Traffic, police sirens, cats, crowds of people, flights of steps which they must learn to negotiate photoat a steady pace without jumping down the last 3 or 4 steps. Once the dogs pass their advanced training, they are carefully matched with prospective owners and together they complete three to five weeks of intensive work before qualifying as a working guide dog partnership. All the dogs deserve a well-earned rest at the end of their working lives. When the time is right the decision to retire a guide dog is made with the guide dog owner and usually the dog will remain with the guide dog owner living alongside the new guide dog.

The guide dogs story started in 1931 and the training school at Leamington has been going since 1941, training 220 dogs a year. Overall the organisation has helped over 29,000 people to achieve life-changing independence. The average working life of a guide dog is about nine years and there are nearly 4,800 guide dog owners in the UK. They are currently responsible for around 8,000 dogs and breed more than 1,300 guide dog pups each year. The lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £55,000 of which the major cost is the actual training. And a recipient of a guide dog has to pay a mere 50p. Naturally there was an opportunity to donate at the end of the visit.

The visit was conducted in a very professional manner and we were made to feel most welcome. Anyone who would like to visit can arrange to do so by calling 0118 983 8228.

Click here   for further info

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Henley and Beaudesert Society November 2016 Meeting

Transport Strategy, Motorway or Cul-de-Sac


Robin Cathcart gave a detailed and well illustrated talk on transport strategies and in particular the impact of emissions. Robin is a retired transport planner who has worked on many projects including transport networks as far apart as the Black Country and Jakarta.

Robin revealed that the U.K. doesn’t have and never has had a long term strategy for transport integration. The government likes to build roads and there is strong lobbying for this. However there has been no growth in transport use for 10 years and the distance travelled had declined. Roads are seen by government to underpin economic growth despite research showing this refers to interstate highways in the USA rather than roads in the U.K.


The government ignores the issue of Air Pollution and this is why Greenpeace protested recently by putting a gas mask on Nelson’s column. The U.K. is not meeting the EU targets for air pollution and has not done so for several years. Global warming has also been ignored. Current predictions are for the temperature for the world to rise 4°C by 2100. 2015 was the warmest year on record and 2016 is set to beat this. There is currently 405 parts per million of Co2 in the atmosphere and 450 is regarded as the tipping point in being able to control and reverse the warming process.

Britain is part of the World and will be affected by Global Warming. We import a lot of our food from countries that will be affected from flooding or drought. Current government figures reveal that 1.8 million people living in the U.K. are at risk of flooding. If global warning continues as predicted this will rise to 3.3 million.

Robin stated that the transport department is not meeting its emissions targets because the proposals in the U.K. are very weak. He gave a brief outline of his ideas on how to improve this:

  • No increase in road capacity;
  • Reduce demand for road transport by a carbon tax;
  • Control of land use in order to remove out of town retail and office developments;
  • Higher density of house building;
  • Improve public transport in order to encourage less car usage;
  • Better Walk and Cycle networks.  

After the talk there were many questions and discussions on the topics raised: especially on traffic issues and on Henley being fortunate to have better transport links than most small towns. Robin was also asked about HS2; he was amazed at the lack of research done on how best to spend £80 billion to improving the rail network. He highlighted that digital signalling will increase capacity on our current network by 40% but due to lack of funds it will take over 50 years to complete. He saw much more benefit to the transport network by spending £80 billion on digital signalling rather than HS2.

As usual members mingled socially over a cup of tea. The next meeting will be the Christmas Party and the first talk in 2017 will be on the History of Policing in the U.K. by Dr Timothy Brain on 19th January. 

Jonathan Dovey reporting

Report on Rotary Event

photoAt lunchtime on Tuesday 8th November 2016 a party consisting of most of the members of Henley in Arden Rotary Club (HRC) joined members of Moseley and Sparkbrook Rotary Club (M&SRC) for their meeting held at Hall Green HG Club, Doveridge Road, Hall Green, Birmingham.

It is quite a common practice for Rotarians to visit different clubs for a variety of reasons, the main one being simply to enjoy each others' company, known as fellowship; indeed most clubs have a dedicated Fellowship Officer. Another common reason would be to discuss projects which the two, or even more, clubs have undertaken together, either for reasons of using different skills from each club, or just to share the costs of said venture. A good example of this is an annual project undertaken by these very clubs who join together to take a coach load of inner city children to Hatton Country World.

M&SRC organised the coach and kids and HRC sorted out the costs with Hatton, who it must be said are helpful to us both with the cost and supplying guides to help ensure the kids, some of whom have never had the opportunity to visit the country and come into contact with animals, have a great day. I have to say that us "Big Kids" sorry Rotarians who turn out to help at the park really enjoy ourselves too, it is a wonderful feeling to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they leave the coach and to know you are partly responsible for this. It would be great if we could take many more but as our clubs rely on the generosity of members of the public supporting our various money-making ventures, we can only take so many.

However, on this occasion, the reason for our visit was both fellowship and to listen to a talk given by Anna Kasmir and Ed Barnes about Young Carers in the Birmingham area. Anna and Ed are from Spurgeons, a faith based charity founded in 1867 by Charles Hadden Spurgeon to provide aid and shelter for orphans abandoned children in London. Over the years it has grown to build orphanages for boys and later girls before, in 1991, branching out to aid children in Africa.

It has 18 projects ongoing and is mainly funded by charitable donations. More information and ways of donating can be found on line. The unit that Anna and Ed belong to are presently attached to Birmingham Young Carers Unit which, like many other local government departments, has had its funding cut. Anna and Ed presented their talk in a manner which was laid back but as the talk flipped seamlessly between one and the other, held the interest of the audience.

Anna and Ed talked of the young carers they supported, defining them as children from a very young age to eighteen years of age who wholly or partially care for elder members of their families who are incapable of doing so themselves because of reasons such as illness or addiction to various substances. These carers are sometimes called on to work from early mornings to late at night doing tasks which range from housework and cooking to tasks of a personal nature. The effects on these youngsters can range from sheer exhaustion through to mental problems. Depression is quite common as the children feel they have no one to turn to. Anna and Ed, who are themselves quite young people, have a responsibility firstly to identify the children and then to provide or secure help of whatever nature is required. They also said that a large part of their job was to give them respite which could be anything from a couple of hours to go to a youth club or just hang out with friends to a few days away, all of which means such a lot to the youngsters and helps them to cope. Anna and Ed are always on the lookout for new things to do.  If anyone can help I have no doubt that it will be a matter for discussion at both clubs at some stage as to what we can do to help.

The meeting ended with Laurie Taylor President M&SRC presenting a club banner to Keith Degville Snr Vice President HRC, another pleasant little Rotary nicety.

Keith Degville reporting





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UK Parliament Week


Mr Nadhim Zahawi Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon talks to the children

UK Parliament Week took place this week across the country and here at Henley in Arden C of E Primary School. This was a great way to engage young people with Parliament and Democracy. The week also offered opportunities to highlight the work and history of Parliament and to encourage them to become active citizens.


Year 3 turned their classroom into the Houses of Parliament

Year 3 turned their classroom into the Houses of Parliament and had a debate about ‘Healthy Eating’ with Miss Payne being ‘The Speaker’. In Collective Worship, the children were read ‘The Election’ story to help them understand the differences between different parties.

The week ended with a visit from Mr Nadhim Zahawi Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, where he took part in a whole school Question and Answer session. Some of the tough questions he faced from Year 6 were;

  • What’s your main goal in Parliament?
  • Do you agree with Democracy?
  • Are you following your manifesto?
  • What’s the worst thing you have had to do as an MP?

Thank you Mr Nadhim Zahawi MP for visiting us and supporting our UK Parliament Week 2016.

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Claverdon run riot at home


Claverdon captain James Williams looks for a gap

Claverdon Lions welcomed Keresley on Saturday in what was a bottom of the table clash. Claverdon find themselves at the bottom of the table following a tough start to the season through injuries and retirements. Saturday was a day near perfect for rugby - brisk but dry and no wind whatsoever.

The Lions started with a bang. Receiving the kick off and returning the ball to the Keresley 5 metre, Claverdon's line-out was able to exert some early pressure. With the ball turned over, and a couple of phases in the midfield, Steve Grimsley found himself on the opposite wing for an easy run in with less than 5 minutes on the clock. James Williams added the extras from the touchline.

Keresley were unable to establish a foothold in the game save for the scrum which was their only asset throughout the whole game. They soon levelled with their first of three carbon copy scores. A 5 metre scrum shunted towards the line with Keresley's Captain and No 8 showing his football skills to dot down. With the conversion added, the game was tied.

The first quarter of the game was a scrappy affair with Claverdon's ill-discipline and errors with ball in hand kept Keresley in the game, however, the Lions looked sharp  and with the pace of Thomas Williams, Tom Johnson and Jack Johnson the outside backs enjoyed a fine afternoon with the ball in hand.

Thomas Williams retook the lead for Claverdon. A chip over the onrushing defenders bounced kindly into his hands before sprinting clear to touchdown under the posts, with James Williams adding the extras. Thomas soon doubled his tally with a scintillating score, bursting through a couple of weak tackles out wide before darting past 3 defenders to score under the posts. James again adding the extras to extend the lead to 21-7.

Keresley again enjoyed pressure at the scrum. Another silly penalty conceded allowed Keresley to pack down 5 metres out. Their captain picking up his second with strong work from the base of the scrum. 21 - 14.


Mike Jay in the thick of it

Claverdon would seal the bonus point before half time with another silky score. Playing at a high tempo with quick recycling of the ball, Keresley could not live with the Lions. James Kirby taking contact with a couple of defenders before a sublime offload to openside James Barton in support who ran round and touched down under the posts. Williams maintaining 100% from the tee.

Half Time 28-14.

The second half was a much more one-sided affair, especially after 10 minutes when the Lions managed parity in the scrums. Before this however, James Barton enjoyed a 10 minute rest for standing up in the scrum allowing Keresley their third try. Their captain having an enjoyable afternoon at the base of the scrum.

The remaining 30 minutes would have been difficult watching for any Keresley supporter with Claverdon scoring 40 unanswered points.

Thomas Williams registered his third after the forwards had tied the Keresley defence in following a number of phases from the lineout. James feeding brother Thomas for an easy run-in. James unable to add the conversion to his tally. The only blotch from the 10 attempts.

Mike Jay got in on the action with a blind break from the base of a ruck - who knew he had the pace to go over from half way!


Claverdon’s Jack Johnson sprints ahead

Thomas scored his fourth, a copy of his first, latching on to a grubber before diving under the posts. James Barton added to his earlier score with a powerful burst through the middle in what was, despite Thomas Williams' try haul, a man of the match display. The try securing the 50 points.

Thomas scored his fifth before Charlie Byrd, on the anniversary of a nasty broken ankle, finished the scoring in bizarre circumstances after nearly everyone had stopped play bar Byrd who came up with the ball and dived over the line. James Williams taking his tally to 18 with the conversions.

Claverdon 68 - 21 Keresley

Claverdon now have a week off from league rugby before heading to Hopwood to face Kings Norton.

Report by James Williams
Photos by Will Barnes

Stratford District Sports Awards 2017 – Nominate now!

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council will once again host a district wide Celebration of Sport to recognise the success and hard work that takes place within sport across the Stratford on Avon District.

The Awards Ceremony, now in its 15th year, will be held on Friday 17 February 2017 at the Stratford Artshouse.

The 2017 Sports Awards will recognise not only the sporting triumphs of 2016 but also the hard work and commitment from volunteers, coaches and supporters in clubs and schools across the district.

Nominations are now open and the search is on for sports stars and enthusiasts to be part of the 2017 Sports Awards.

Nominations can be made in the following 9 categories:

  • Community Award
  • Junior Sports Person of the Year
  • Junior Team of the Year
  • Alternative Sport Award
  • Senior Team of the Year
  • Coach or PE Teacher of the Year
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Senior Sports Person of the Year
  • Service to Sport Award

All nominations need to be submitted by Monday 3 January and can be made online at www.stratford.gov.uk/sportsawards

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John Garner's Business Column

The Gig economy

John GarnerThis has been in the news a lot recently, so what is it exactly?  It can be defined as “an environment in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.”  In other words, it’s a way of working that is based on people having temporary jobs or doing separate pieces of work, each paid separately, rather than working for an employer.

The trend toward a gig economy has certainly begun. There are a number of forces behind the rise in short-term jobs. For one thing, in this digital age, the workforce is increasingly mobile and work can increasingly be done from anywhere. That means that freelancers can select among temporary jobs and projects around the world, while employers can select the best individuals for specific projects from a larger pool than that available in any given area.

Businesses can save resources in terms of benefits, office space and training. They also have the ability to contract with experts for specific projects who might be too high-priced to maintain on staff.  From the perspective of the freelance worker, a gig economy can improve work-life balance over what is possible in most jobs.

However, as mentioned, this gives the Government some concern because self-employment and casual work is starting to hit government revenues by cutting into the tax take; the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates that in 2020/21 it will cost the Treasury £3.5bn.  In last week’s Autumn Statement Chancellor Philip Hammond said he would find more effective ways to tax workers in the shifting labour environment.  "Technological progress is changing the way people live, and the way they work," he said. "The tax system needs to keep pace." 

The nub of the problem is that hiring self-employed workers means that employers can avoid the National Insurance Contributions (NICs) that they have to pay for everyone on their payroll. On average this amounts to 13.8% of salary, so you can see why the government feels it is missing out.

There is of course another side to this.  Self-employed people are not entitled to receive the  minimum wage, nor are they entitled to paid holidays and sick pay.  It seems that some companies are exploiting the situation to save costs and the unions are now getting involved because they see this area as a fertile recruiting ground.  Companies such as Hermes, Sports Direct, Deliveroo and of course Uber have all been in the news recently for allegedly exploiting the situation.

We hear that HMRC has now launched a specialist unit to track down companies who opt out of giving workers employment protections by calling them self-employed.  It doesn’t help that the rules on how you decide whether or not an individual should be self-employed are somewhat vague.

This will run and run.

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. Store, High Street, Henley. Two males and One female have entered store and have filled a bag with meat before leaving offering no payment. 5.50pm Saturday 26th November. 0345 26/11/2016
  2. Suspicious Circumstances. Chingley Bank, Henley. Male called at house offering to do basic home improvements. Male returned several times to try and talk householder into employing him. No offences disclosed at time. Afternoon of Thursday 24th November. 0360 24/11/2016
  3. Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Arden Road, Henley. White Ford Transit works van broken into and approx £3500 worth of power tools stolen. Including drills, grinders and saws. No forced entry made so offenders may have used an opening device.


  1. Vehicle Crime - theft from. Near to the Village Stores. Front and rear stick on number plates stolen from white BMW. Between 20th & 21st November. 0088 21/11/2016
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Glebe Road, Claverdon. Unknown person has banged a glass panel in front door of premises - possibly with the intention to break it. No one seen. 5.30pm Thursday 17th November 2016. 0107 19/11/2016
  2. Suspicious Circumstances. Farm premises, Henley Road, Claverdon. Male entered the farm premises and asked questions about the animals available. Caller believed that this person may have been checking the premises out for possible theft. The male left in a maroon coloured Land Rover Discovery with the last three letter 'YOP' in its registration. No offences disclosed. 10.15am Friday 18th November. 0330 18/11/2016
  3. Vehicle Crime - Theft from. School Car Park, Langley Road, Claverdon. Offenders have smashed the offside rear window to gain entry to the car and boot area, where several items in a TKMaxx bag were stolen, including a gold and white coloured iPad, Medication, Bible and clothes. The car alarm was triggered at 1.40pm and a Silver Estate car was seen to leave the area. Friday 18th November. 0193 18/11/2016
  4. Vehicle Crime - theft from. Station Road, Claverdon. Secure but unattended grocery delivery van entered and four blue trays of food stolen from inside. A white Ford Transit Van with the last three letters of 'PLU' was seen to drive away from the area at the time. 3.05pm Saturday 26th November. 0267 26/11/2016

David Malin
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Alcester Police SNTs

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Henley Annual Events

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
August 2017

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

September 2017 The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub.
October 2017

Consensus - an evening of music and words
Henley MOP

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HENLEY WI – Tuesday 6th December at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Christmas Party.  

HENLEY IN ARDEN FLOWER CLUB 13th December AGM and Dinner. .

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Our Christmas party will be on Thursday 8th December in the Baptist Church Hall at 7.30 pm.  Members and non members are very welcome to come and enjoy a light buffet supper, a glass of wine, a free raffle and entertainment  for a modest charge of £6.00 for members or £7.00 for non-members.  Applications please to Pat Kench on 795419 but as numbers are limited,  allocation of places will be on a first come, first served basis.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc. Competitive rates, excellent kitchen facilities, limited parking. For details contact 795218.

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

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

HADS "Step into Christmas". Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th December at 7:30pm in the Guildhall. Tickets £8 available from Dukes or online. -  hads.org.uk

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.

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

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14th December 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

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

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

Henley SocietyThe Society meets every third Third Thursday - September to April. In the summer, there are normally two visits to historical sites.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley Society website
Further details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on 795419.

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching. For details of membership please contact 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 Annette Walker on 01564 792837 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
logoWe play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Andy Thompson.
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude of other activities which support performances. For information about the next meeting, please contact Tracy Humphreys (Chairman) on 01564 795219
Meets from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please phone John Townson on 01564 792407 or email Jon Butler on mpjbutler@gmail.com
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Vinyasa Flow, Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Memorial Hall, Station Road. NEW beginners class Friday 9.30am, St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Contact Eleanor: 07932658719 yogahenley@gmail.com
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
Neighbour WatchAt a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.

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

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

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

De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 247 6140 or 07952 780096 or email johnpollard1966@virginmedia.com for further details.
Love Life, Love Friends, Love Food then you’ll love Slimming World. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Henley Slimming World. The group is held every Wednesday at 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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