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

18th May 2016



JPC totally against Warwickshire College revised plans


Following an extensive and robust discussion and review of the above planning application, the Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council has commented to Stratford District Council about the proposed amendments as follows:

  • It is noted that the proposed numbers of dwellings has increased significantly, therefore the JPC considers that the current proposals are an over intensification of the development. The original application was for a maximum of 45 dwellings, this new application appears to be for 27 Terraced, 12 Flats plus the apartments in Arden House (not specified).


The lane is too narrow for cars, emergency vehicles and ramblers to pass safely

  • The JPC also considers that the applicants have not addressed the traffic issues which have been mentioned numerous times. Emergency and large service vehicles will not be able to traverse along the private Lane safely and the Lane cannot be improved to adoptable standards. There appears to be no overspill parking facility for visitors and delivery/service vehicles, which will result in the narrow loads being obstructed during deliveries. The Lane is a quarter of a mile in length and runs alongside the proposed development. The Lane serves existing private housing, and whilst it is appreciated that the Lane has been widened, it is still not suitable for two large vehicles to pass. Furthermore, if the application were to be approved, there would be a significant increase in the traffic generated and this would exacerbate an already unsafe route into and out of the proposed development.

  • The JPC made reference in its original response to the application to the fact that the applicants should give consideration to the Sports facilities which exist on the site and which are owned by the College. The JPC feels that the Sports facilities should be either donated or leased in an appropriate and sustainable way, in perpetuity, for the benefit of the community.   This is borne out by both current policies and the SDC emerging Core Strategy.

  • Henley in Arden College is within the Green Belt. In the emerging Core Strategy, The Green Belt is a strategic policy designation that seeks to prevent inappropriate development and urban sprawl. The fundamental purpose of Green Belt policy is to maintain land as permanently open, i.e. undeveloped. Within the Stratford on Avon’s Site Allocations Plan – Regulation 18 which is currently undergoing a consultation process, it states that ‘Building in the Green Belt is generally inappropriate’

Finally, the JPC fundamentally objects to the revised plans in this Outline application and would request the applicants organise a further Town Meeting, along similar lines to the one that they held last Autumn, due to the fact that the number and size of the dwellings has changed significantly, which in turn changes the context of the application. The JPC strongly feels that the community in Henley in Arden should have the opportunity to review the revised application and that this would encourage the applicants to be open and transparent regarding their intentions for the site.

If you wish to object to these changes and request a further town meeting, add your comments at:


A Resident Comments

This morning, I visited some of the residents who are very concerned about the newly amended plans that have been submitted by En Plan for the proposed construction of a The Henley-in Arden Care master plan.

The original plans have been modified to enable more properties to be built, and there will be substantially less landscaping, which is a major change that raises concerns, but their overriding objection focuses on access.

Local resident Warren Harding notes ‘The lane is very narrow and although the new plans have made some accommodation for widening it by about a yard in some areas, there can be no major changes to the structure of the lane, as part of it has a listed wall, which cannot be removed and the land on the side belongs to other owners. The developers suggest that there will be a ‘side road’ to enable access, but it is improbable that drivers will take a detour when they can just drive straight down the lane onto the Stratford Rd. This will inevitably not only cause traffic chaos, but is downright dangerous as even with the modifications there will be insufficient room for two cars to pass side by side, and it will be impossible for heavy vehicles- collisions will be the outcome.

'A new Care Home Village will require access for the removal of garbage, deliveries etc and as it is mandatory that there should be adequate space to enable emergency vehicles to enter unimpeded, we are dumbfounded that outline planning permission could be considered until a full survey has been undertaken and a viable traffic management scheme is proposed.’

I walked this lane with them and from a lay person’s point of view, I have no option but to agree with their concerns. Two cars are unable to pass- and even if the developers can add another yard in places, it will still not be viable for large vehicles to have access- particularly if there are pedestrians to consider.

Both Sylvia Doyle and Warren Harding understand that it is inevitable there will be a development on the site, and are not simply objecting on the basis of any degree of nimbyism; but they envisage an untenable situation for the current and future residents. As Sylvia pointed out, ‘The question of access is crucial, it has to be resolved as not only will it be a problem for ourselves, but will be an issue for the community who will be living in the new development.’

I would suggest that any local resident who is interested in gaining a greater understanding of this issue, should take a walk and see for themselves - then be sure to lodge an objection on the web-site. It is an easy process-I have just done it.

If you wish to object to these changes and request a further town meeting, add your comments at:


Jayne Bridges reporting

Is Henley a Town or a village?

Almost everyone who lives in Henley believes that Henley with three royal charters is a Town. The Rector at this week's Civic Service referred to celebrating our identitity as a Town. Stratford District Council in its publications, and on its website, refers to Henley as a Town. However, Henley is technically two parishes and this causes confusion.

The District Council has confirmed that the choice of style between Parish Council or Town Council can be decided by the elected council, with a simple majority of councillors deciding the future title of the Council.

The Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council will consider if it should become a Town Council at its Council meeting being held on 20th June 2016 at 7 pm in the Memorial Hall committee room.

All residents are invited to attend and make their opinions known to councillors prior to the Councillors' vote. If a change were to be authorised, there will be no significant cost implications and the need to duplicate such things as the parish assemblies would disappear.

At the Annual Meeting of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council held on Monday 16th, Cllr Bill Leech was re-elected Chairman for another year.


There will be two identical Parish Assemblies on Tuesday May 31st in the Memorial Hall

Henley-in-Arden 6.30 pm

Beaudesert at 7.30 pm




New Chairperson for Henley-in-Bloom

photoSheila Davis has been appointed as the new Chairperson of Henley-in-Bloom and will be supported by Ian Fox of Brookend Drive as Financial Director.

On Thursday May 12th Sheila and three ladies representing Henley-in-Bloom met children and staff at Henley Primary School. The children were invited to take part in a seed growing competition, which will be judged in July.

Nasturtium seeds were planted and watered in pots of compost by the pupils and taken home to be grown on. The visit was enjoyable and the children took an enthusiastic part in the planting and a question and answer session.

Over the Spring Bank Holiday 3,000 plants will be planted in pots and troughs along Henley High St, Warwick and Redditch Roads. Sheila told Henley NEWS, "We have some willing helpers but if you wish to help for an hour or so, the planting dates are Thursday 26th May 2.30, 27th 9.30 & 2.30, 28th 10.00 & 2.30, 29th 2.30, 30th 2.30, 31st 9.30 & 2.30, and 1st June 9.30 & 2.30.

All residents are requested, if possible to water the flower containers adjacent to their property throughout the summer.



Books for the Memorial Hall stall at the Court Leet Fare Day on Saturday 4th June

If you have any unwanted books, CDs or DVDs in good condition, please phone
Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day 794987 eve or arnoldbainbridge@btconnect.com

Call for Business Telephone Numbers

Also Charities, Sports Clubs, Town Organisations, etc


Call for Telephone Numbers

The JPC is producing a quality town guide which will be circulated to all residents in about August. It will be in colour, around 40 pages and describe many aspects of the town. The print run will be circa 7,000.

500 copies will be given to each estate agent to go in their welcome pack for new residents. It will also be available free at the Heritage Centre, the Guild Hall and other tourist locations, e.g. Henley Ices. The last few pages will contain the JPC’s report and accounts.

There has been an unexpected large response for advertising. Please contact Alision Brown if you want to book an advert.

Included in the Guide will be a free Business / Charity / Town Organisations telephone directory.

Because of copyright rules all organisations which want to appear are asked to complete the simple Telephone Listing Input Form now.

Call for Business Telephone Numbers

Also Charities, Sports Clubs, Town Organisations, etc



imagePeter Clarke has opened a new branch in Henley-in-Arden in a joint venture with David Hawkins FNAEA.

David has lived and worked in the local area for over 25 years. He is a well-known face and personality, respected for his knowledge and professionalism.

Pictured with David are office manager Serna Lowe, Megan Shrimpton Lettings Manager, and Aimee Clifton, Partners Peter Clarke, Andrew Clarke, Jonathan Clarke, Michael Hawkins, Sarah Jayne Hart and Stephen Werner.

Trading from the existing offices in the High Street Peter Clarke & Co will serve Henley-in-Arden and the surrounding areas from north of Stratford upon Avon to Solihull to including villages such as Hockley Heath, Lapworth, Rowington and Tanworth in Arden.

This adds to the existing branch network of 5 offices in Stratford upon Avon, Leamington Spa, Wellesbourne, Shipston on Stour and Chipping Campden serving Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds.

Peter Clarke comments “I welcome David to the Peter Clarke & Co and look forward to working with him and expanding our business in the area. For my part I am particularly pleased that the family business is returning to Henley-in-Arden following in the footsteps of my Grandfather Frederick Cooper who was land agent in Henley until his death in 1932. Frederick and our family also lived in Henley-in-Arden in what is now the Heritage Centre.”

Peter Clarke & Co offers a range of services including Estate agency, residential lettings with a local property management centre, dedicated new homes department, commercial property agency and professional services including valuations and appraisals.

The office address is 66 High Street, Henley In Arden, B95 5BX
Telephone 01564 795757
or email Henley@peterclarke.co.uk Web www.peterclarke.co.uk

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


The Annual Henley-in-Arden Ale Tasting

Dating back 600 years, when ale was sometimes suspect, the annual Henley In Arden Ale Tasting organised by the Court Leet took place on Thursday evening 12th  May. It was led by the High Bailiff,  Norman Kench and Graham Smith, Low Bailiff. It was superbly organised by Tom Mangan, Ale Taster, who prepared a detailed schedule of timings for each of the six pubs visited, together with the name and description of each of the two beers to be tasted at the venues. He had clearly done his homework!

Thirteen robed members of Henley Court Leet, and fifteen guests from Alcester, Bromsgrove and Warwick Courts met in the Guildhall at 6-30pm. All were given the schedule by Tom, Ale Taster and at 7-05pm  the group then proceeded to the first pub – Nags Head , where Town Crier, Les Long introduced the High Bailiff and entourage to the landlady and customers in the pub. High Bailiff Norman Kench then said why they were there – to make sure that the beer they are serving is good enough for the people of Henley In Arden. The tastings at the Nags were ales from Scotland – Caledonian Pale Ale – tasted by our own Ale Taster Tom Mangan, which he after much tasting and comment passed fit to drink. Tom then introduced Alan Whitehead Ale Taster from Alcester Court to taste another beer – Nags Head Own Brew, also brewed by Caledonian Brewery – Alan also gave the beer the “thumbs up”.  The High Bailiff then announced to the Landlady that her ale was good for the people of Henley and duly awarded her a Certificate together with a fern which would indicate to people who couldn’t read, that the beer was good.


White Swan receives its certificate

The Group set off for their second stop at the White Swan, with Peter Vanplew, Brook Looker in the lead who was charged with making sure that the Ale was served and ready to drink on the arrival of the group. 32 half pints of ale were ready to drink, which was split between Black Sheep  and Purity Gold. Tasters on this occasion were Laurence Marshall, past Ale Taster and now Constable Henley Court Leet  and Hamish Wilson, past Ale Taster from Bromsgrove Court Leet. Both passed the Ale as good to drink.


Three Tuns receives its certificate

This process was followed at the Three Tuns, where Graham Sutherland Ale Taster from Warwick Court Leet and Tom Mangan again passed the brews as fit for consumption. Slightly more challenging was the tasting at Matricardis , where both brews would come under the title of lagers. However Keith Hutton, Ale Taster Warwick and Laurence Marshall from Henley, again rose the occasion, and said that as “official ale“ was unavailable the two lagers – Carling and Lawless were excellent alternatives. At the next stop – the Blue Bell – Vaughan Blake and Peter Neili, Ale Tasters from Alcester found the HPA Wye Valley and Hook Norton Bitters excellent beers and recommend them both to their fellow visitors.

Our final stop for the evening was the Black Swan, where Timothy Taylor's Landlord Ale was tasted by our own Andrew Gardner, past Ale Taster and now Hayward on the Court, and a Doombar produced by Sharpes Brewery Cornwall  was tasted by Tom Mangan. Both beers were given a “clean bill of health”. At around 9-15pm the Group were joined by partners, wives and  lovers, where  Ian Jackson, Landlord and his team  provided a superb hot meal.

In Medieval times, ale to be tested would be poured on to a wooden stool and one of the (unfortunate) ale tasters had to sit on it. If the stool stuck to the Ale taster's posterior, the ale had not fermented properly and would not pass the test. If the Ale taster found the stool came away, the ale was fit to drink. I would hope at the time each Taster took it in turns to action this test, otherwise one of them would have finished the job with a very wet bum. In Henley at the time, there were at least 13 pubs, whereas now there are just six.


Nags Head receives its certificate

Every pub we visited was busy, which certainly added to the “theatre “ of the event. All who attended, agreed it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile evening and it was good to know that the residents of Henley could be assured about the quality of ale they drink in the town.

Ancient and Modern

The annual Henley-in-Arden Civic Service representing the ancient Court Leet and the modern Parish Council, took place on Sunday 15th May at St John’s Church in the High Street. It was organised by the High Bailiff, Norman Kench and the Chairman of the Joint Parish Council Cllr Bill Leech and was conducted by the Rector, John Ganjavi.

Members of the Court Leet and the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council with representatives of other groups in the town, including Beavers, First Responders, Warwickshire Fire Service, British Legion and the Police met at 0945 in the Guildhall Hall. Dignitaries from the adjacent Courts of Alcester, Warwick and Bromsgrove attended, including Cllr Ann Grainer, Mayor of Warwick.

At 0950, Church wardens lead the group into St Johns Church. It was great to see the church was full and certainly represented and gave thanks for all bodies in the town.

John Ganjavi, the Rector opened the service by welcoming everyone together to celebrate our town, its history and all who serve it through their employment or voluntary contribution.

Lessons were read by Norman Kench, High Bailiff and Bill Leech, Chairman of the JPC. In between the two lessons the Rector interviewed Walter Goodman from Christian Aid about the plans for this year’s Fund raising (which starts today). Walter has been involved with Christian Aid (CA) since 1981 and now travels the Midlands telling churches about the activities. He commented that CA works in 40 countries and 500 organisations throughout the world. He went on to say that this year their focus is on 5 million people living on islands (below sea level) on the River Bramaputra in Bangledesh. These people suffer flooding at least 7 times a year, when their houses (shacks) can often be washed away and they have to survive on less than £1-00 per day. The aim with CA monies raised is to erect 10 foot poles under the houses so that when the area floods they will remain dry.

We were also privileged to hear 15 members of the C of E Primary School sing two hymns – the first without help from the CD and the second when the CD worked and helped bring to life ”This little light of mine”.

The theme of the rector’s sermon (or brief thoughts) was based on Expectations. He related this word to marriage, High Bailiff and Chairman of JPC. He went on to say that expectations were built on trust and wanting to know about other human beings He concluded his sermon by saying for him the key thought was for people to go away from this service respecting and at peace with other people in Henley.

The Service ended with a rousing rendition of God Save The Queen, after which all were invited to take wine and snacks in the adjacent Guildhall, provided by the Court Leet and the Joint Parish Council.

Alistair Price, Chamberlain

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – come ‘Rain or Shine’


Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by ‘The Stage’ asone of the best companies touring open air theatre", are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their production of Shakespeare’s magical and hilarious comedy masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

With well-loved characters such as Bottom and Puck, Rain or Shine invite audiences into the intoxicating dream world of fairy queen and king, Titania and Oberon. This fast-paced jaunt through the Bard’s best loved comedy is filled with magic and mischief, inspired by warm nights, young love and ‘An Elizabethan Carnival’ atmosphere.


Sure to delight family audiences from 6 to 96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event, bringing classical theatre into the heart of local communities as they travel across the UK during June July and August from the Devon to Northumberland, and Wales to Norfolk, visiting some of the country’s most picturesque castles, stately homes and gardens along the way.

The tour includes a performance at Upper Mill Garden, Wootton Wawen on Thursday 30th June at 7.30pm. For tickets phone 07974 573582 or go online via www.rainorshine.co.uk

Any profits from this event will be donated to the Hub@Henley Community Centre’s fundraising.

Audiences are requested to bring along low-backed seating or rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances. Full details of the tour and venues can be found on the Rain or Shine website and tickets can be purchased from each venue, through Ticketweb via www.rainorshine.uk, or by ringing 0330 660 0541.

Wootton Report

Wine, fashion, flowers and music.


Wootton Wawen parish church of St Peter’s is the venue from 11-18 June for four performances honouring the Queen’s Official 90th birthday, taking the theme Music Fit for a Queen. .

To launch the week-long Wootton Festival there is a special Saturday performance at 7.30 pm by the Alcester-based Tarantara Singers, pictured above, whose 60 members are drawn from many communities around Henley from Solihull to Stratford and Warwick to Redditch.

Sunday afternoon, 12 June from 2.30 pm features fashion and other exhibits reflecting the Queen’s nine decades with teas, lace-making, floral displays and organ favourites as background.

The link between wine and music is explored on Thursday 16 June at 7.30 pm when wine critic Oz Clarke narrates to the harmonies of the Armonico Consort and the audience samples classic wines offered in the ticket price.

Modern jazz classics played by graduating students and earlier graduates of Birmingham Conservatoire round off the week on Saturday 18 June at 7.30 pm..

Tickets (£5-25) and details from Pat Phillips 01564 793114, patphh@btinternet.com



Shakespeare 400 by the Bard of Henley

Some thoughts from the author of a play about Shakespeare’s final hours in Stratford

Part 3 –The Erudite Kit Marlowe

imageA little like Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe was virtually unknown outside of the renaissance movement in London in the late fifteen hundreds.

This man has tested the imagination of scholars for the last four hundred years, his short life was an enigma, he was overtly atheist, which at his time was considered to be profoundly heretical, and such offenders were regularly burned at the stake.

It is thought that he was openly gay and formed relationships within the theatrical community as well as the establishment; one such liaison regrettably was to prove fatal. He was indeed handsome, erudite, driven and charismatic.

Had he lived amongst us now, I am certain his images would have emblazoned young girls’ and possibly, young boys’ bedroom walls and tee shirts!

Quite apart from his canon of literary skills, Dr Faustus, Tamburlaine and the Jew of Malta etc., he led a double life, employed by Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s security advisor, to gather intelligence in Rome and Madrid as to how the Catholic zealots might be plotting assassination of the English monarch.

The Marlovian movement would have us believe that his untimely death in Deptford in 1593 was faked and that he took on the mantle of Shakespeare in writing plays and poems for the London stage. I don’t think so. One thing is certain: the circumstances of his death were constructed by the establishment and filled with inaccuracies and doubts.

If we press the analogy that Kit was indeed akin to the modern film idol or rock star, he certainly shuffled off this mortal coil at the right age, just twenty nine years old, and just like the many prodigies we have lost in the past fifty years or so at such a young age. Who knows what greatness this man may have created within the renaissance, had he survived in to maturity?

However, you have two options to learn more of this man, this Elizabethan double-agent. The first is that you get hold of a copy of Anthony Burgess’s novel, A Dead Man in Deptford, where in summary he quotes “Ben Jonson knew what he was talking about when he referred to the mighty line. Shakespeare may have outshone him but he did not contain or supersede him”. The second option is to come along to the Guild Hall in late June and hear more of his untimely death.

Look in on the forthcoming episodes which form the background of the play, published only on HNOL; then, learn all of the facts on June the 23rd, 24th and 25th! Tickets are on sale now on-line, www.hads.org.uk and Dukes Stationers on the High Street. Due to the very limited seating in the Guild Hall, seats must be reserved.

Next time: The Bankside 1599 

Ray Evans – www.bardofhenley.co.uk



Starring Meryl Streep
Hugh Grant
Simon Helberg

Directed by Stephen Frears

The movie, which is based on a true story, is about an amateur opera singer called Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy, cultured New York Socialite and Arts Patron.  She is married to a handsome younger man called St Clair Bayfield.  He is devoted to his wife but because of her Syphilis he leads a double life, looking elsewhere for love.  Florence Foster Jenkins was given the disease by her first husband and the treatments of the time, which included mercury, did not bode well for her health.  Florence loves to sing but her singing is in fact awful!  Her pianist and the society she moves in allows her to believe that she is a good singer.  St Clair Byfield, her husband champions her singing, protecting her from the truth.  He allows this lie to fester through love and duty.  Florence decides to help the Armed Forces, as the film is based on the period around 1944.  She does this by performing at Carnegie Hall, the famous venue in New York and donating to the armed forces a thousand tickets.  The film is built around the lead up to and subsequent performance by Florence Foster Jenkins and its outcome.

The performance yet again allows Meryl Streep to shine as her interpretation of Florence Foster Jenkins is vividly real.  Meryl Streep is obviously a good singer, thinking Mama Mia; but to perform so badly is a real skill.  Her interpretation is funny but eventually wearing.

Hugh Grant brings to the film a very fine performance as St Clair Byfield, the Husband of Florence Foster Jenkins.  He brings to the role a dimension that at times is very moving and this allows a level of realism that contributes to the flow of the movie.  Her reluctant pianist is beautifully played by Simon Helberg, a musician who dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, an ambition he achieves with humour and pathos.

Florence Foster Jenkins is a nice movie. The direction by Stephen Frears does justice to the story but the film does not lend itself to movie magic.  The film is 110 minutes long and moves through a time when the world was in turmoil.  The tragedy of Florence Foster Jenkins is well told, a pleasant evening out.

Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood

Like To be Beside the Seaside?

Day trip from Henley Station to the Welsh coast for less than £30


Aberdovey beach

There can be few places that are further from the sea than Henley-in-Arden but many residents would welcome the opportunity for an economical day trip to the coast.

Henley-in-Arden's railway station has excellent rail links to the Welsh coast and these services are heavy subsidised by the Welsh Government. You can travel from Henley, with only one change at Smethick Galton Bridge, to the Welsh coast and the cost will be less than £30, or £20 if you have a rail card. Leaving Henley at 7.35 you will arrive at Aberdovey at 11.13 having enjoyed the delightful scenery on route. After a bracing walk along the beach, you will be able to enjoy a fish and chips lunch at one of the brightly painted seafront shops. The return train journey at 15.35 via Shrewsbury will bring you back to Henley by 19.05.


Aberdovey harbour


Great views of the Welsh countryside

The 20th Jazz in the Garden … a very special evening


Saturday July 23rd Jazz, strawberries, fizz, dancing and fireworks

In the Guild Hall Garden

Sponsored by John Earle and Sons and Lodders

For information and tickets contact Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge
795149 day 794987 eve…. arnoldbainbridge@btconnect.com


A call a day to keep the doctor away


Residents of Henley can currently take advantage of a new daily telephone befriending service which aims to keep them socially independent and away from the doctor’s waiting room.

The Charity Age Trust (1124019) is working alongside Home to Home Calls to create a unique befriending service that works by carefully matching each user with their own daily phone friend who will provide warm conversation and companionship on a regular basis. The idea is special in the way that it encourages positive healthy friendships to develop with the same guaranteed befriender at a pre agreed time every day. 

The vital service also provides a link to the outside world for those who experience loneliness and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support. The topic of discussions can range from a simple welfare check and medication reminder, to a friendly discussion about somebody’s day, the weather or the news.

If you would like to benefit from the variety of befriending services they provide please call 0800 316 8802.

St Johns Church organ concert - tickets now available!


Tickets are now available for what promises to be a memorable evening of organ music played by renowned organist Keith Hearnshaw. The event is being organised by the parishioners of St John's Church, to raise money for the church and to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday. Keith is very much "in demand", and is one of the top organists in the area having played at many prestigious venues throughout the UK and abroad, to sell out audiences. He has also performed on television and played regularly on national radio.

For this concert Keith has prepared a varied programme designed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes and of all ages and the concert will include works by Bach, Offenbach and Mozart as well as music from the films Titanic and Saving Private Ryan. To help create a special atmosphere and add to the audience's enjoyment, Keith will use a large HD screen on to which images will be projected which relate to the music being played.

A spokesman for St Johns Church said, we are delighted that Keith has agreed to perform in Henley, he really does bring the organ to life with his unique style of playing, it promises to be a wonderful evening.

The concert takes place on Saturday 11th June, starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £10 which includes light refreshments and are available by calling 01564 794010

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The HENLEY Photo


I stopped on the road to Warwick and was amazed to come across these guys in the field next to me!

Photographer Annie Davies

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Geoff reaches 70 not out


Last Saturday a milestone was reached by Henley in Arden CC's demon spinner Geoff Shepherd (pictured front and centre) when the club played its Cotswold Hills League fixture at the picturesque  Winchcombe Cricket Club. The slow left armer celebrated reaching his 70th birthday by taking 3 wickets for a mere 19 runs before Henley chased down Winchcombe's total of 149 all out in a mere 15 overs thanks to quick fire half centuries from John Perry and Mitchell Colby. The club is very keen to know if Geoff is currently the oldest cricketer still playing regular League cricket.

The early finish ensured the team had plenty of time to indulge the Grandfather of 4 in one of his other hobbies, sampling some local real ale at the host side's pub sponsor, the Corner Cupboard.

Originally from Leyton in East London, businessman Geoff moved to Henley in 1990 when he began playing for Fillongley CC on Saturday and Henley on Sunday before eventually devoting himself to Henley. Surprisingly he hadn't taken up the game seriously until the age of 42 and attributes this as the main reason he is still keen to turn out every week.

Geoff is also an accomplished Stratford upon Avon District League table tennis player keeping him fitter than many of the team, most of whom are more than 20 years his junior. He also boasts a collection of vintage cycles and can often be seen peddling around Henley on bikes even older than he is!

In his early career Geoff was a dashing David Goweresque batsman who scored several centuries before gradually slipping down to prop up the order at number 11. He has taken several 7 wicket hauls and been leading wicket taker for the club on numerous occasions.

Geoff told us "I'm still enjoying my cricket and though I'm not quite as mobile as I used to be in the field I know I can still do a good job for the team". As for how long he intends to carry on? "I'm just taking it season by season. I'm sure my team mates will be the first to let me know when it's time to hang up the boots". Is the club worried about Geoff retiring in the future? Not at all. They blooded a new spinner on Saturday. Welcome to Henley CC Mr Alan Stevens, aged 56.

Andy Thompson, captain

Henley Forest Win the Cup


On Thursday 5th May, Henley Forest 1st team met arch rivals Badsey United in the final of the Division 1 KO Cup at Stratford Town’s ground.

It really was a clash of the titans as Badsey United had finished top of Division 1 with Henley Forest taking the runners up spot. In fact Badsey Utd had finished the league season unbeaten, highlighting the scale of the task Henley Forest faced.

On a bobbly pitch Henley started brightly and quickly dominated possession; the combination of wily old veterans and willing young runners being too much for Badsey to handle. Two first half goals in quick succession, from Sam Churchley and Henri Lewis, meant Henley went into the half-time break with a healthy lead.

The second half saw Badsey try to get back into the match but the Henley defence held firm and the Henley goal was rarely threatened. In fact, Henley looked much more likely to extend their lead, with several good chances on the counter attack. Eventually Badsey ran out of steam and the final few minutes played out pretty comfortably for the boys in blue.

So all in all a relatively straightforward 2-0 win for Henley to cap a fantastic season: League runners up and Cup Winners!


The tennis season has started at Henley!


Henley Tennis Club opened its courts to everyone on Sunday, along with many other clubs up and down the country, when it celebrated the Great British Tennis Weekend – an LTA scheme designed to get more people involved in tennis.

With coaching sessions for Mini Tennis and Juniors and free play for adults, everyone was able to enjoy the tennis and refreshments in the beautiful sunshine! Thanks to everyone who supported the event.

The tennis season is now well underway and the first Club Tournament of the year took place last Thursday. Once again the weather was kind and encouraged people to join in the Spring Mixed Doubles.

The matches were close and it went right to the wire, but in the end Kieran Ryan and Liz Fox won the deciding game - but well done to Rose Depper and Emma Lange – worthy runners up.

The Tournament finalists enjoy a welcome drink after the match. From L-R: Rose Depper, Emma Lange, Kieran Ryan, Liz Fox

If you missed the Great British Tennis Weekend but are interested in finding out more about the Club and what’s on offer, please contact the Club Secretary: JudithMathias@aol.com

Heart of England Bike Ride – Sun 17 July 2016


Packwood NT House

Knowle and Dorridge Lions hope you will join them for this year’s 11th Heart of England bike ride from Packwood House National Trust property around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside on Sunday 17 July. Gear up, get your friends and family together and take on the challenge of the 12, 18, 30 or 60 mile (20, 30, 50, 100 kms) routes, and help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Organiser Lion Paul Wheatley says: “This ride seems to be going from strength to strength with over 700 participants last year, who enjoyed the lovely atmosphere, getting fit, completing a challenge and raising over £19,000 for charity, all at the same time. After your ride why not visit the Lions BBQ and enjoy free entry to Packwood House and gardens. It’s a great day out for everyone!”

Discounted advance entry costs £10.00 Adults, £5 Children on the day an entry fee of £15.00 Adult and £7.50 Children. More details and register online via www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/bikeride

If you would like to help the Lions organise this and other fundraising events please contact info@knowleanddorridgelions.com or 08458 33 58 94 now

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John Garner's Business Column

Update you may have missed

John GarnerOn 6 April this year the Employment Allowance increased from £2,000 to £3,000.  You will recall this is where employers are not liable for the first £3,000 (in the current tax year) of their employers’ National Insurance Contributions in the year.  They are of course still liable to pay the employees’ contributions which are deducted from salary.

Most employers qualify to claim the NI employment allowance: businesses, charities and community amateur sports clubs – but not parish councils - paying employers’ Class 1 National Insurance.  If your business is part of a group of companies only one company can claim the allowance.  Note however that businesses with a sole employee who is also a director can no longer claim the allowance (last year they could).

You can’t claim if you employ someone for personal, household or domestic work (eg a nanny or gardener) - unless they’re a care or support worker.  Nor if you’re a public body or business doing more than half your work in the public sector (eg local councils and NHS services) - unless you’re a charity.

If you are eligible for the employment allowance and your business has multiple PAYE schemes, you can only claim for one PAYE scheme. To ensure that you can claim the most of your allowance, you should select the scheme where you think the Class 1 NI liability will most likely amount to at least the annual employment allowance amount. You must notify HMRC of the relevant chosen PAYE scheme for which you will claim the allowance.

Normally you don’t have to worry about the mechanics of claiming for this as your payroll software will automatically adjust for it, providing it’s been set up properly, and HMRC will automatically be notified when you submit your electronic return under RTI each payday. 

But beware, HMRC do make mistakes so it’s essential to check regularly on their website that their records for your business are accurate.  Go to their website at https://www.gov.uk/paye-online-log-in.  If you don’t already have a User ID and a password you should click on “Register” and they’ll send you one.

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. Male entered store and stole various meat products, by way of shoplifting. Described as a white male, late 20s / early 30s, short cropped dark hair. Wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket. 7.30pm Friday 13th May.


  1. Burglary Other. Pound Field, Wootton Wawen. Door to garage has been unscrewed and entry gained. Various tools stolen. Overnight 3rd & 4th May.
  2. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Salters Lane, Wootton Wawen. White Citroen Berlingo van stolen. Overnight 12th & 13th May. Van was later found by police and recovered.


  1. Burglary Other. Ullenhall. Window in garage smashed and entry gained. 2 pedal cycles and various tools stolen. Overnight 6th & 7th May.

Police warning following scam phone calls in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Police are urging people to be vigilant following a series of scam phone calls made to Warwickshire residents.

Several people from the Stratford area and rural villages have reported being called this week Tuesday 10th May to Friday 13th May 2016. On each occasion the scammers purported to be from the police in London, that they were the fraud squad and had a arrested a male in an Apple store with stolen credit cards.

Scammers typically target elderly people, and have on a couple of occasions have asked the victims to withdraw money from the bank and hand it over to a courier who had been sent to their address.

Fortunately the majority of the victims have realised this is a scam and have not given of their bank details nor withdrawn money.

Police are issuing the following advice:

Do not give out any personal details over the phone.

The banks and police will never ask you for your PIN or for money

If you receive a call like this, please hang up immediately and call 101 from a different phone. If there is a crime in progress, please call 999.

Please share this message with any elderly friends and relatives.

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

May 2016 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
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 Nicks Church Hall.
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Sat 25th - Armed Forces Day Parade - 10.15 am Memorial Hall.

July 2016 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

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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

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HENLEY and BEAUDESERT SOCIETY There will be a guided tour of Compton Verney on Wednesday 25th May at 1.45 pm at a cost of £16 per head. To book or for further information please contact Arthur Gennard on 794209

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 24th May Ullenhall Village Hall 7.30pm ‘No plot – no problem’ with Philip Aubury. Visitors welcome.

HENLEY YOGA Thursdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley in Arden. 
Come and learn about Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breath work), learn to practise 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

WOOTTON WAWEN FESTIVAL Music fit for a Queen plus fashion, flowers and wine feature in Wootton Wawen Festival from 11th – 18th June. Tickets for events at St Peter’s Church from Pat Phillips 01564 793114. Opening night sees Tarantara, a choir of 80 voices with a programme of light music. Sunday afternoon sees an organ concert with afternoon tea. Wine sampling on June 16th and the festival closes on the evening of June 18th with modern jazz classics.

HENLEY IN ARDEN FLOWER CLUB  Tuesday 14th June. 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Demonstration ‘Second time around’ Wendy Lawrence. Competition: ‘Round and round we go’.

The HENLEY IN ARDEN EX SERVICES SOCIAL FUND will be holding a Children’s Street Party on Sunday 12th June 2016 to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday and would like to involve you in the celebrations. If you are a resident and are 90 years old this year please contact Les Goodman on 793439 or Denis Cox on 794449 so you can be involved.

COURT LEET AND JPC Are you in your 80s or 90s? The Court Leet and the Parish Council will be holding a 90th Birthday Party on Sunday 12th June in the Guild Hall Garden for 80 and 90 year old residents to celebrate Her Majesty's Official Birthday. Applications for tickets to Mrs Annette Walker, Secretary of SCAN (Senior Citizens Action Network).

The Henley in Arden Royal British Legion will be holding a Candlelit Vigil at the Market Cross on Thursday 30th June at 9.00pm to mark ”Zero Hour” in the battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Your support for this Vigil would be very much appreciated.

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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 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

HENLEY WI  Tuesday 7th June . ‘Work of the Dog’s Trust’ at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. New members welcome. For more information call Jan Wright 793528.

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

1st June 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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Henley News ReportersHENLEY NEWS is looking for additional correspondents to send in stories and pictures. Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed? Please always try to include a photo in jpg or png format. Letters, articles, pictures sent to the Editor are always welcome. Please do not use the following file formats 'Publisher' or 'Serif'. 'Microsoft Word' is the preferred format. Please send to editor@henleynews.co.uk

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