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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

18th October 2017




Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Ile-de-Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla, a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.

Certification: 12A Runtime: 104 mins

logo     Inner Wheel Club of Henley in Arden

photoThe Inner wheel Club of Henley in Arden is sad to relate the news that our founder president, Marion Dowler, died on 6 September 2017 aged 93.

Inner wheel is an international charity set up to promote women in action, working together to make a difference and improving lives. Marion and friends in Henley set up the first Inner Wheel Club in our town in 1975. Marion herself became our first president from 1975 to 1976 and served again from 1989 to 1990. So successful were she and her colleagues that the club is still operating to this day, meeting every fourth Tuesday at the Golf Club.

Thanks to the active founding group we still actively support local and international charities and our membership continues to grow. Our current president Claire Mangan welcomes any women who are interested in joining us in our work.


Henley WI Birthday - 90 Years

1st President 1927 - 1936 Mrs Haddlesey    

We are a small group who meet once a month for a business meeting followed by refreshments and at most meetings a speaker on a variety of subjects.

We enjoy various outings to theatre, also we support the local Drama Group. The federation of W.I. based at Warwick organises lots of events throughout the year that we join in.

We find the group very social and educational.

We meet the first Tuesday in every month in the Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm.

We have an outing in August instead of the meeting to various places of interest.

Jan Wright, President



SDC to support businesses with business rate relief

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council’s Cabinet has today, Monday 9 October, agreed a new Business Rate Relief Policy designed to help those businesses adversely affected by the 2017 Business Rates increases.

There were just over 27% of businesses in the area who saw an increase in their business rates from the revaluation.   

£382,000 of funding from Central Government has been provided following the Spring 2017 Budget to help those businesses facing the largest increases.  Each district has been handed money to help businesses as they transition to the new rates over the next 4 years.

There are three schemes which the District Council’s new ‘Discretionary Non-Domestic Rate Relief Policy’ will support.

Discretionary Relief Scheme
This will offer eligible businesses a 40% discount on the increase of their 2017/18 business rates bill.  It is anticipated that this policy will assist around 900 businesses.

Public House Relief
This is for pubs that have a rateable value of below £100,000.
Over 100 Public Houses in the District will receive a one-off £1,000 discount on their business rate bill for 2017/18.

Small Business Scheme
This is for businesses that faced a large increase as a result of the loss of small business or rural rate relief.

Cllr Dave Riches, Enterprise and Revenues Portfolio says: “This is good news for our businesses, ensuring the allocation of this vital funding given to us is used to minimise the impact on our vital small and medium enterprises in the district.  In addition, there are no financial implications for the Council as the Discretionary Policy is allocating funding issued by the DCLG as a direct result of the Revaluation of Business Rates.”

Eligible businesses will be contacted shortly to notify them of their grant funding, with their share for the financial year 2017/18 backdated to April 2017.


Would You Like to be a Community First Responder?

West Midlands Ambulance Service is currently advertising for CFRs in the Henley area. Training is given by the ambulance service and is free, uniform is provided by the Henley scheme and kit, equipment and the ambulance car is shared between the team. You need to be 18 or over and have a full driving licence with no more than 3 points on it. You also need to be able to commit to 4 - 5 hours a week 'on call', at a day and time to suit yourself.

Being a CFR is possibly one of the most rewarding volunteer roles in the community and, one day, you may save someone's life.

If you would like more information or want to sign up to join, please contact the scheme Co-ordinator, Peter Neville on 01564 793978, or go to our website, www.henleycfr.org.uk



Wootton Report

Country Market
Saturday 11th November 2017

imageA Country Market will take place on Saturday 11th November, at the Dorothea Mitchell Hall, Claverdon. Open from 9.30am till 2.30pm and admission is free.

The event has been organised by Claverdon Gardening Group to raise funds for the garden group and selected charities.

Over 20 stalls booked so far include sale of  fabric bags, tye dye tops, small fabric crafts, hand woven hand bags, leather purses, jewellery (freshwater pearls, natural stone and crystal costume jewellery), handmade ceramic items (dried flower canes, mushrooms, small animals, large flowers, soap dishes), knitted items, wood turned items, cards – including encaustic art cards, Christmas cards, occasion cards, crafts, handmade gifts, scarves, children’s craft kits, Aloe Vera health products, flowering bulbs, homemade pies, sausages, cookies and cakes, honey, beeswax, beeswax candles, beeswax firelighters, homemade jams and  preserves, Gin, handmade luxury chocolate, etc

Many of the food and drink stalls are local producers or retailers. Hand crafted items are made by talented people in the area. The market is a great opportunity to stock up on artisan food and gifts for Christmas.

There will also be a raffle on the day with some great prizes.

Coffee and cake refreshments will be available.

Dawn King reporting


Wootton Report


Tom Hanks stars in this portrait of airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, which depicts his successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in January 2009. In the aftermath of this unprecedented and heroic feat, the traumatised pilot must endure second-guessing by investigators, the weight of sudden fame, and his own doubts about his actions that fateful day. Anna Gunn, Laura Linney, and Aaron Eckhart co-star.

Directed by Clint Eastwood.






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So far we have 12 trees 'adopted' (recognised by the labels attached to them) with another 4 groups/ people/ businesses still to select their chosen tree. We look forward to others joining in.

Thanks to the hard work of Sue Westmacott, we have also had offers of sponsorship from some local businesses which means that every tree adopted will be entered into a prize draw which will take place just before Christmas.

Select a tree (other than those below - we expect to label all adopted trees to help make it easier to choose one)

Send a photo, clearly showing the location, to annie@anniedavies.com - to register your tree.

Plan to knit/crochet/ sew a decorative covering for your tree (it doesn't need to cover it and can be wrapped like the scarf we used for the holly tree last year or your tree measured with panels or covering made to fit).  The covering should be a cosy fit to withstand the weather over the Christmas period (no plastics please which can look tatty and not good for the tree) and designed to be removed easily and stored so you can perhaps use it again to "bomb" your tree to brighten up the town for the Arts4All and Henley Festivals.

We are asking that all trees are "bombed" at the same time - on the morning of Saturday December 2nd ready for switching on the lights and carols in the evening.

The Bluebell is hosting some refreshments for all those involved in the "bombing" between 11.00 -12.00 so we can all get together, celebrate our successes and have a fun morning. We will be holding a similar social event for "un-bombing " at the end of Christmas.

The NFU staff want to "bomb" the tree outside their office - but as it is a bit wonky I haven't included it here as I didn't know if it is staying or going!

I also was wondering if the parishioners of St John's Church are going to be "bombing" the holly tree this year?

Annie Davies reporting


A forgotten vocabulary, an utterly austere environment, gone forever, never to be seen again unless it’s in a BBC documentary about the fifties in Britain. Worried by a need to write down the narrative that surrounded him as a nine year old living next to a bombsite in Birmingham, and for the benefit of his own grandchildren, Ray, inspired by the words of Professor Carl Chin in a recent edition of his publication The Brummagem, Every person has made their mark upon history and each and every person has a story to tell - but even now too few actually tell it” did just that, sat down and wrote a book!

Now, you can read his hilarious account in his latest offering ‘Churchill’s Boomers’ available at Waterstones, Amazon, Foyles and Ray’s website shop for just £8.99.

The book carries the most charming and amusing contemporary illustrations by his pal Colin Fisher, and no matter where you live in the Midlands there will be something in the book to take you back, particularly if you now get a free TV licence! Your children and your grandchildren will get an insight into how the introduction of the NHS and a reformed educational act changed our social landscape forever without a hint of Wi-Fi or streaming involved!

This would make an ideal Christmas present for bods from 5 to 95, and in late November, Ray and Colin will be ensconced at the Guild Hall to sign copies of both Churchill’s Boomers and a reprinted edition of Henley in Arden – A Splodge in the Arden Forest, are available at Dukes Print on the High Street at just £8.99. Look out for more details on HNOL and www.bardofhenley.co.uk  in the coming weeks.

If you have a burning ambition to write your own book, visit Ray’s website for an introduction to self-publishing.

Ray Evans reporting


Golfers Play for Rotary Charities

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A few days ago Henley Rotary Club HRC held our annual Charity Golf Day at Stratford Oaks Golf Club. “The Oaks” has hosted our competition for some years now and as always provided a perfect venue and a wonderful meal to be enjoyed by the golfers after their golf.

Around 68 male and female golfers played in the competition which was conducted under the Stableford rules. There were prizes for various categories of teams, male, female and mixed and such things as longest drive and nearest the pin, all of which were keenly contested. The weather was extremely kind to us with bright sunshine only replaced by heavy rain as the last golfers returned to the clubhouse and that delicious meal. It could have been planned, but I wouldn’t claim that.

There was also a raffle with prizes kindly donated by many local firms and individuals, the main prize being an overnight stay, kindly donated by Macdonald Alverston Manor.

Thanks to the generosity of all those who donated prizes, gave cash sponsorship or helped in any way, and of course the generosity of those taking part in the competition and buying tickets, though the complete figures are not yet collated, we are confident that we shall be able to donate £1500 to The Myton Hospice which, as President, is my chosen charity for the year, with quite a bit left over for many other charities such as the Rotary International project to eradicate polio worldwide, Shelter Boxes and locally First Responders and Own  Books to name just a few. 

Our next venture is our Annual Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO)

To be held at Henley High School at 7pm on Monday 18th December 2017, tickets are £12.50 and can be obtained from me Keith Degville on 01564 793870 or pay at the door. It is always a great evening, the youngsters playing in a most professional manner.

Keith Degville, President HRC

"Henley Seniors" afloat


On October 4th, a perfect day for messing about in boats, a group of 20 members of the Thursday Club at The Hub (also known as Henley Seniors) headed off in 2 canal boats for a day trip between Wootton Wawen and Lowsonford, including lunch at The Fleur de Lys.

After our two skippers (John Garner and David Broadbent) had received a quick training in how to manoeuvre the boats in a straight line and in and out of locks, we set off. We travelled in convoy, negotiating the locks with Peter Crathorne and his team wielding the mechanism for the lock gates with great efficiency.


The first couple of locks were quite exciting but soon other challenges were encountered as we hit some shallows which had grounded a boat ahead of us and held us up for a while. Occasionally we had to wield long pointed poles, rather reminiscent of gondoliers, which made for some good photos as our boats had to be pushed away from the banks or shallows - all adding to the fun of the day.

We enjoyed a rather hasty but very good meal at the Fleur de Lys (as our trip had taken longer than anticipated) and the return journey was accomplished in reasonable time without the dramas of the outgoing trip.


The Thursday Club has a vibrant membership averaging 18 people attending each Thursday morning (10.00-12.00). At the moment the women are engaged in designing and knitting ready to bomb at least one tree whilst the guys carry on drinking coffee, reading the newspapers and playing pool!

Peter also holds computer sessions helping people to learn or improve their skills on the laptop or iPad. Add into the mix the occasions when Owen cooks sausage rolls or the team makes soup and we have very convivial and varied mornings with lots of fun and laughter.  We have volunteers who provide door to door transport to help those with limited mobility.  We are always happy to see new faces “of a certain age”!

Annie Davies reporting


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Reflection Day


We held a Religious Education Reflection Day on the 11th October; we focused on a wonderful story called ‘Only One You’ by Linda Kranz.

‘Only One You’ is an inspirational children’s book about a little fish who is about to go and explore the ocean on his own. His parents tell him some of the important lessons they have learned throughout their lives in hope that it will help their son on his journey. It shows a deep love between parents and their child, sharing wisdom they have gained over the years, which we as parents hope will be embraced and stored away until they are needed.


The story encourages children to make meaningful connections and understanding that they, in their own way, can truly make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others around them.


One of the activities the children took part in was designing and decorating a stone to celebrate their own uniqueness which will be displayed around the school grounds.

Sally Foster reporting



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Henley Forest FC U14s Step Out in New Kit


The newly formed U14s team from Henley Forest Football Club reveal new club sponsor and kit to celebrate a flying start to the season.

The boys, backed by infamous chalk board commentator, Dermot Corrigan of Wootton Wawen General Stores posed for photographs to show off the new colours and design following their match with Racing Club Warwick at the weekend. 

Russell Cox, Chairman of Henley Forest said “We are incredibly grateful to Dermot for sponsoring this new team and are very pleased with the new look, which the boys chose themselves after much deliberation!  Henley Forest is working hard within the Henley area to provide a quality grass roots football club that can bring a sense of worth to young people of all ages.  We will attain FA Charter Standard before the end of the year which will affirm our commitment to the sport and are now actively inviting children under 7 and 8 to train with us to form a new youth team.

The Henley Forest junior teams train every Thursday evening either at the Henley Memorial Ground or Warwickshire College Astro pitches – please contact Russ Cox for more information on 07711 350970.

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John Garner's Business Column

Amazon in trouble now

John GarnerYou may recall that, back in July, I wrote about the European Commissioner for Competition, one Margrethe Vestager, who was gunning for Google.  She is attempting to fine them the sum of €2,424,495,000 (although no-one has explained how this exact figure has been worked out).  Google has recently filed an appeal.

Well, it seems she’s at it again.  This time it’s Amazon, although this time she’s only attempting to fine them a paltry €250m; chicken feed to them.

She is claiming that around three quarters of Amazon’s profits were not taxed by Luxembourg under a deal agreed between the company and the Duchy between 2003 and 2011.  This allowed the company to gain an unfair advantage by paying four times less tax  than other companies over a period of 8 years.

Amazon recorded its sales across the EU in Luxembourg, but was able to move its profits to a separate entity that allowed it to send money to the company's headquarters in the US, the commission said.  Ms Vestager said this was illegal under state aid rules and ordered Luxembourg to recoup the money, plus interest.

Ms Vestager said: "Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Amazon. As a result, almost three quarters of Amazon's profits were not taxed. In other words, Amazon was allowed to pay four times less tax than other local companies subject to the same national tax rules.  This is illegal under EU State aid rules. Member states cannot give selective tax benefits to multinational groups that are not available to others."

Amazon has of course said it will appeal but Luxembourg could be in trouble.  Now, who do you think was the Prime Minister and Finance Minister for Luxembourg at the time of the alleged deal?  Why, none other than Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, currently President of the European Commission!  This could become a tad embarrassing for him, though on past form he’ll manage to slither out of it.  It seems Ms Vestager is no respecter of persons, I wonder how her career will progress.

It’s not just Amazon and Google though.  In a separate announcement the Commission said it would take Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recoup €13bn in taxes from Apple.  It comes a year after Ms Vestager said that Ireland had given Apple preferential treatment that allowed it to avoid taxes on European profits.  There was also the matter of a €110m fine for Facebook over its 2013 acquisition of WhatsApp, again mere petty cash to them.  Ms Vestager denied that she was deliberately targeting US companies.

Perhaps if the EU can recoup all this unpaid tax they might relent a bit on our Brexit bill?  Not a chance!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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The rogues are reported to be charging between £1300 and £1700 for work that is overpriced and is more likely to damage the roof (and the solar panels) than clean it.

Homeowners are advised not to allow people to pressure wash their roofs. Pressure washing roofs can lead to the roof tiles lifting.

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


David Malin

  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Station Road, Henley. Three males in a silver Mercedes heard to be verbally abusive to two women walking along the road. Males described as Asian, all in their 20s, with Birmingham accents. 12.05am Saturday 7th October. 0002 07/10/2017
  2. Vehicle Crime. High Street, Henley. Car park of pub. Renault Traffic Works van broken into and various tools stolen. Rear door lock and handle damaged. Between 5th & 6th October. 0113 06/10/2017
  3. Damage. High Street, Henley. First floor single glazed window smashed by unknown means. Between 20th & 21st September. 0180 03/10/2017
  4. Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road, Henley. Report of the driver of a Silver car, possibly a Honda taking a photo with his mobile phone of two youngsters walking along the road. Nothing was said by the occupant of the car. 5.45pm Monday 2nd October. 0362 02/10/2017
  5. Burglary Residential. Station Road, Henley. Secure garden shed broken into. Shed searched but nothing stolen. Between 1st and 2nd October. 0236 02/10/2017
  6. Burglary Residential. Chestnut Walk, Henley. Garden shed entered and a can of petrol taken from inside, which was then left on the lawn. Sunday 1st October. 0309 01/10/2017
  7. Burglary Residential. Chestnut Walk, Henley. Garden shed entered and a items stolen, including three drills, strimmer, ratchet set and drill bits. Offenders have also removed the lock off the gate in order to gain access to the garden. Between 25th September and 1st October
  8. Suspicious Circumstances. Liveridge Hill, Henley. Male seen looking through the window of house near to Café. Male stopped checked by police and full details taken. No offences disclosed. 1.40pm Saturday 14th October. 0248 14/10/2017
  9. Vehicle Crime – Theft of. Café, Liveridge Hill, Henley. Male walked into the Café and asked for directions to Stratford. At the same time he lent over the counter and stole a set of car keys. He immediately went out into the car park and stole the car with the keys. The vehicle which is a Grey Mercedes 220 was last seen travelling towards Hockley Heath. Offender described as a white male, scruffy appearance, 30 – 35 years, 5’ 5”, dark hair and of stocky build. 2.05pm Friday 13th October. 0239 13/10/2017
  10. Burglary Residential. Birmingham Road, Henley. Offender(s) have jumped over a garden fence and then have tried to break into a secure garden shed. An alarm has activated and the offenders have made off in a light coloured small van. 12 midday Thursday 12th October. 0144 12/10/2017
  11. Suspicious Circumstances. Brook End Close, Henley. Persons from a white van disturbed trying to take metal from the side of a house. Metal was not scrap. The last three letters of registration number was ‘KTF’. 9.10am Wednesday 11th October. 0086 11/10/2017
  12. Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Millfield Court, Henley. Offender(s) have cut a hole in the door of a VW Transporter Van and have tried to gain entry. The vehicle's alarm has activated and the offenders have made off. Nothing stolen. Afternoon of Monday 9th October. 0279 09/10/2017


  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen. A red van with several men on board seen to stop outside a property being renovated. It then appeared that the males were taking items off the site and putting them into the back of the van. No offences disclosed at the time of the report. 9.20pm Wednesday 4th October. 0437 04/10/2017


  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. While a van was passing a horse and female rider the van driver showed the rider a pornographic picture. Driver described as an Asian male, 30s with a beard. Van described as a large white transit type. 9am Saturday 7th October. 0114 07/10/2017
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. Man from a White flatbed lorry going to houses asking if they want their drives tarmaced. 11am Friday 6th October. 0179 06/10/2017
  2. Burglary Residential. Lye Green, Claverdon. Offender(s) have removed timber at the rear of a garage in order to try and gain access. Entry not made and nothing stolen. Between 1st & 2nd October. 0274 02/10/2017
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. St Michaels Close, Claverdon. Male seen to come out of private garden and walk along the road, towards Langley Road. No offences disclosed. 10.40pm Monday 9th October. 0430 09/10/2017

David Malin
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Alcester Police SNTs

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Henley Annual Events

October 2017

Consensus - an evening of music and words
Henley MOP
Thurs 26th - Rural Cinema

November 2017

Scout Group Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema

December 2017 Sat 2nd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
January 2018 Thurs 25th - Rural Cinema
February 2018

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

March 2018 Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema
April 2018

Arts for All Week in the Guild Hall
Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner
Rural Cinema

May 2018 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
Rural Cinema
June 2018

Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade
Rural Cinema

July 2018

Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Rural Cinema

August 2018

Henley Music Festival
Rural Cinema

September 2018 he Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub.
Rural Cinema


hnol            Forthcoming Events

Our October meeting is on Thursday 19th October  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when John Baker will give a talk on ‘The Lost Railway’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419

24th October 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall. Speaker Bill Laws ‘Artists Gardens from Barbara Hepworth to Monet’. Visitors welcome.

THE WAGEN TRUST presents: "The Gunpowder Plot in the Midlands " With Historian Mairi McDonald Friday October 13th In St Peter's Church, Wootton Wawen. Pig Roast from 7.15 pm History talk at 8.15 pm Tickets: Adults £10.0 to include ' Pig roast bap' Discounts for children Contact P Phillips 01564 793114

CROWLEY QUILTERS   Autumn Exhibition, which will be held on Saturday 28th October 10 – 4pm at Ullenhall Village Hall.

Why not join Henley Neighbourhood Watch by going to  www.ourwatch.org.uk  and entering your postcode Information about crime in the area direct to your computer/tablet? Also available by joining  the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service (CMS)  Go to www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms and follow instructions.

CLASSIC X-R-CISE CLASS. Monday mornings (parish hall). 10.30-11.30am. Working on mobility, balance, coordination, etc, for maximum body health. £15.00 per session. (Introductory 1st session £10.00). For more info. please call Paul on 07906337623 for more information or to book your place.

LITTLE ACORNS NURSERY 'Stay & Play' Interested in finding out more about our nursery? Please come along with your child 9.15 – 10.00 on Wed 24th May and 12th July. Contact School Office on 792766.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB   We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320

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

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

ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc. Competitive rates,

JOLLYTOTS meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane during term time. Lots of activities, toys, games, arts and craft for under 4s. For more information please contact Keith on 793925.

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

Details of future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson for the Parish Church Newsletter at: henleyparishnews@btinternet.com

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crestDetails of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

Henley CrestThe Court Leet and Court Baron dates from a Royal Charter and was a Court authorised to deal with matters relating to the duties and services owed by the peasants or villains (not Freemen) to the Lord of the Manor. It exercised the peacekeeping jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s twice yearly tour of the hundred courts. It received presentments about obstructions of the highway and watercourses. It regulated the weights and measures.

Today, the Henley Court Leet is one of only 32 recognised Court Leets in the Administration of Justice Act 1977 and it is responsible for continuing the traditions and ceremonial of the town. More information about the Court Leet

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

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

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

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
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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 Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. 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
We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
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 on Tuesdays 6:30-8pm at the Memorial Hall on Station Road. 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 9:30-11:30 and a Thursday afternoon 1-3 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. It is run by Keith and Lulu. 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. 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 except December at 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 Keith Thomas  01564 794806.

De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 247 6140 or 07952 780096 or email johnpollard1966@virginmedia.com for further details.
Love Life, Love Friends, Love Food then you’ll love Slimming World. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Henley Slimming World. The group is held every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Henley High School, Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Claire Bishop for more details on 07793890237 c.bishop@hotmail.co.uk

If you have dementia, or are caring for someone with dementia, Alzheimer's Society welcomes you to join us at our Dementia Cafe in Shipston-on-Stour at Stour Court, Old Road, Shipston-on-Stour, CV364HF on 1st Friday of the month from 2 - 3.30pm, Dementia Cafe in Stratford at St Andrew's Church Hall, Church Lane, Shottery, CV379HQ on 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm, Day Care which runs weekly in Henley in Arden (charges apply for this service).
For more information contact the Warwickshire Office on 01926 888 899 or email southwarks@alzheimers.org.uk.

Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7pm promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points. For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993 or the Treasurer on 0777 887 1930.

Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge. Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email karen@henleyfocus.co.uk more information.

Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

crestDetails about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on:

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