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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

11th January 2017

421st EDITION OF HENLEY NEWS

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Karl Loxley performs 'Nessun Dorma' - The Voice UK 2015

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Plans are well underway for the Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall Trust “Arts 4 All” Week which will take place from 3rd to the 9th April inclusive within the historic Guild Hall building on Henley High Street.

“The event will give local people young and old the opportunity to see quality performances on their doorstep and within a beautifully intimate and atmospheric location” says the Trust’s event organiser Laurence Marshall.

Opening at 7.30 pm on Monday 3rd April with a performance by Karl Loxley, who shot to recent fame appearing on the BBC One show The Voice singing the famous opera aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ to over 9 million viewers and receiving many standing ovations from all the coaches; giving Rita Ora shivers and rating his performance as “Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!” and prompting Sir Tom Jones to say “I like the sound of his voice, I like the timbre of his voice, you don’t learn that, that’s a sound within you”.

Wednesday 5th April sees the arrival of Edinburgh Festival sensation Dan Clews who since signing to Sir George Martin’s publishing label has performed to a “sold out” Albert Hall, played numerous sessions with Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and followed Mumford and Sons on stage at Glastonbury. Dan brings The James Taylor story to Henley in Arden in a show that follows the rise and fall of an icon whose music shaped a generation and the show is a mesmerising mix of incredible live renditions of hit songs and classics such as Fire & Rain, Sweet Baby James and You’ve Got a Friend.

Thursday 6th April brings an incredible drama double bill featuring Caroline Burns Cooke’s “And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet”, a one woman dramatisation of the Kerry Babies Scandal of 1984 in which Burns Cooke takes on multiple roles as she tells the story of a single mother erroneously accused of the murder of a new-born baby. This is a compelling performance of this shocking story of misogyny, police corruption and the intolerance of the Irish church that happened well within  living memory. In contrast, this is followed by Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? Written and performed by Claire Dowie and first presented in 1990 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, this is a fierce and subversive monologue about gender expectations and stereotypes, spoken by someone who doesn’t want to be a ‘girl’, doesn’t want to wear skirts, wants to be John Lennon. What begins as frustration at the impracticality of the compulsory school skirt – only good for showing off legs and no good for playing football – becomes an articulate and passionate invective against obligatory femininity. Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt? Is a powerful condemnation of society’s aggressive reinforcement of gender constructs, and the difficulties of finding a way to be who you want to be.

Specially created for the Arts 4 All week by local performing group HADS sees Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening performances of four of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues exploring four seemingly mundane characters each harbouring hidden depths.

“A Lady of Letters” features Bev Walker as Irene, a one – woman neighbourhood watch with a self-appointed duty to keep the world, or at least her small corner of it, on the straight and narrow. But when her letter-writing gets out of hand, the results unexpectedly transform Irene’s colourless life

“A Chip In The Sugar” is performed by Phil Walker whilst Sheena Ison takes on the Julie Walters role in “Her Big Chance” and Ray Evans completes the line up in “Playing Sandwiches” as well as directing and producing the show!

Saturday 8th April also sees daytime performances with Children’s Theatre in the morning, lunchtime Jazz, & Swing with a contemporary twist from Metz Jnr followed by a Poetry Slam hosted by Worcestershire’s former Poet Laureate Theo Theobald. The evening's Talking Heads performance by HADS is preceded by an opportunity to remember the music of Jim Reeves in Tony Wall’s authentic tribute to one of the most important performers in Country Music history. Jim Reeves undoubtedly played an important role in the worldwide acceptance of Country music opening the door for many of today’s leading entertainers.

Again, on Saturday 8th in a special performance at St John’s Church, Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust is pleased to have secured a performance by the Mulligan Sisters from Co Longford. The girls have been singing together since they were three years of age. Mary is a Mezzo Soprano and Aideen is a Soprano. They sing in beautiful harmony with a wonderful mix of classical, sacred, operatic and popular music. Their repertoire includes ‘O mio Babbino Caro’, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to mention a few. They studied singing in the London College of Music under vocal coach Soo Bee Lee & Irene Sanford of the Royal Irish Academy and guested with Ronan Tynan in the New York 911 Commemoration Concert for the New York Fire Department.

The Arts 4 All event concludes on Sunday 9th April with daytime performances from local talents including the Annie Davies Jazz Trio and Stevie T and an evening stand-up comedy event hopefully to be headlined by Lewis Schaffer who was one of the top comics of stand-up comedy, New York City, as house MC at the Comedy Cellar and the Boston Comedy Club in Greenwich Village.  A short visit to London in 2000 went very wrong when love and marriage took him from his beloved New York and gave him children, divorce and heartache in the UK. Now trapped in a multi-occupancy council flat in Nunhead, a suburb of Peckham, Lewis Schaffer is making the worst of a bad situation!

Unreserved tickets for all events are being released on 1st February 2017 via the Trust’s web site www.henleygh.co.uk

Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust thanks Creative Touch of Henley in Arden for their ongoing support to the Trust and Henley in Arden JPC for grant support but are still urgently looking for one or two Main Sponsors for this event who will feature extensively within promotional material and pre performance announcements. Please contact Laurence Marshall info@laurencemarshall.co.uk for more information.

Background
The Guild Hall & Gardens are managed by the Guild Hall Trust, an independent charity. The Guild Hall and its gardens are one of the town’s and indeed the County’s best kept secrets and residents of Henley in Arden and visitors alike are welcome to visit the Guild Hall and reflect on over 600 years of history or spend an hour or so in the magnificently created Jubilee Gardens, a peaceful haven in the centre of town. The purpose of the Arts 4 All week is twofold, firstly to encourage a greater use of this asset by all of the citizens of Henley in Arden, young and old alike and secondly to contribute towards the conservation work of the Guild Hall Trust so that the Hall and Gardens can continue to be cared for and enjoyed by future generations for years to come.

Businesses are invited to join the Trust’s growing group of supporters and for an annual fee of just £52.00 each company’s generosity will be acknowledged on the Trust’s web site Home Page Supporters Section which will feature their business logo and a link to their own web site. Individuals can also make donations by visiting our web site at www.henleygh.co.uk   and hitting the “Support Us For The Future” button attracting Gift Aid where applicable.

Laurence Marshall reporting


Perfect Walking with £11,000 donated to charities

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A cold sunny day led to near perfect walking conditions attracting record numbers of almost 2,500 walkers for the Lions Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House.

‘We apologise to those walkers unable to park at the property who had to walk to the start of the walks’, said organiser Lion Ute Smith. ‘We were really disappointed when we were unable to use the overflow car park at Baddesley, due to muddy conditions, which meant more car loads of walkers than ever were turned away. Many of these then found alternative parking and walked to the start.’

The parking difficulties certainly did not affect walkers' generosity with approaching £11,000 being donated for Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice as well as local causes.

As has become a tradition about a dozen runners started off for the 9 mile route at 8:30 as the Lions had brought the walks start time forward to 9:00 in the hope of encouraging walkers to burn off the Christmas pud earlier. This together with the ideal walking conditions encouraged more walkers to take on the longer 9 and 6 mile walks, the 3 miles being more popular with the late starters.

‘We have a great relationship with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton and they helped us throughout the day but they do have strict rules like not allowing us to park cars on the drive or in fields off the drive. We searched hard with them for a solution this year but local landowners were unable to help and we were unable to source such a great venue with more parking,’ said Ute. ‘Next year will be the 25th consecutive year for our walks at Baddesley Clinton and it will be a shame if we cannot accommodate everyone wishing to take part.’

You may walk the routes anytime. Download your own map to follow and you may make a donation to our charities via MyDonate.

Photo: One group of walkers setting off from Baddesley Clinton House on 9 mile walk


St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden

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St Nicholas Beaudesert

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Rector's Letter - January 2017


John Ganjavi writes:

photoA very Happy New Year to you all. 2017 is going to be an interesting year, politically, as a new USA president takes office and Brexit negotiations begin. Recently we have had another subject capture our attention when the Governor of the Bank of England pointed out the failings of globalisation.

Political and financial debates attract us but often we feel out of our depth, partly because the subjects are complex and partly because we sense we haven’t been given all the facts. One thing that I do know, however, is that every human being is part of the one human race, inhabiting the same one planet, and pretty much sharing the same hopes and fears. What is more, God calls us to see everyone as brother or sister; we are his family. Our recent Christmas celebrations have underlined our togetherness as we mixed national images of holly and ivy and robins with Scandinavian reindeer, German Christmas Trees, snowmen from who knows where, and of course Father Christmas who, originally, was Turkish. As 2017 progresses we might find ourselves drawn into national and international debates and decisions. On the other hand, we might feel helpless in the face of huge and overwhelming subjects. On such occasions we hear the advice to write to our MPs or go on marches. We share our concerns with a higher authority. We urge them to do what we can’t do on our own. Prayer is the ultimate petition. In prayer we can share our deepest concerns with God. The question is whether our praying is going to be any more effective than writing a letter to our MP. There is a general disillusionment with institutions and authorities so let me encourage you in your praying by sharing my experience of prayer with you:

It’s always good to talk, full stop. More than that I often find that in conversation with God I begin to see perspectives and possibilities that I hadn’t thought of before. I also start seeing what I can do to make good things happen. In prayer the fog of frustration and despair lifts and hope returns. But hang on, am I saying that I go to God, asking him to do something and somehow he turns it around and I end up having to do the work? Not quite. Whilst praying undoubtedly can energise us there is much going on in the world by God if only we had eyes to see it. Prayer, serious time spent in prayer, opens our eyes.

John Ganjavi  


JPC

On behalf of the Joint Parish Council may I take this opportunity to wish all the residents, businesses and visitors to Beaudesert and Henley a Very Happy New Year.

As you may already know, the Joint Parish Council is the tier of Local Government which is closest to the people of the Parishes of Beaudesert & Henley in Arden and we positively welcome input and feedback from everyone so that we can improve the area as best we can.

The Parish Council has been asked by the Pageant Master to consider whether Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden will be taking part in the commemoration and remembrance of the end of the First World War next year and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded. A chain of 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories at 7pm on the 11th November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent. The Joint Parish Council proposes to appoint a working party with representatives from the Parish Council, Court Leet, British Legion, Rotary Club and other organisations in the area to plan this event.

Another significant project that the JPC is considering for this year will be to consult on a flood alleviation scheme for the River Alne.  Meetings have already been arranged with Warwickshire County Council and the Honorary Vice President of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.  Once these plans are more advanced I will be reporting on them in Henley Focus and Henley NEWS.

Challenges that the JPC face in 2017 and which will be taking priority are setting a realistic budget so that we can continue our maintenance programme and support various community organisations through the annual grants programme, including necessary expenditure.

As we approach some of the coldest months of the year, we would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to be extra vigilant and to take a few minutes to look and see whether elderly and/or vulnerable neighbours are safe and well.  If you feel that someone in either Parish would benefit from extra support, in confidence, please contact either myself or Peter Crathorne via the contact details below.

Finally, and not least, may I thank all of those support volunteers that continually assist the JPC, particularly when an emergency occurs, their help and support is invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Gill

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

Clerk: Gill Bailey: tel: 01564 795499/07765 864588 email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk
Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 email: peter.crathorne@gmail.com


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

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Court Circular

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

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On behalf of Henley Court Leet, the High Bailiff Norman Kench would like to wish a Happy New Year to all the residents of Henley and Beaudesert. 

The  Court looks forward to the support of the Town’s people during the coming busy year particularly during Court Leet weekend, 3rd and 4th June when we have a full programme including the usual assizes, artisans market, family entertainment plus the unveiling of three historic plaques along the High Street. 

A detailed programme of events will be published in the near future.

Once again a Happy New Year from the Court Leet


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December Draw

The December draw of the Henley CFR 100 Club is a Christmas Bonus Special which took place on Saturday 31st December at The Three Tuns. The following numbers were drawn by Eve Lewis.

First prize of £75 - No. 92 - Nicky Ballard
Second prize of £30 - No. 62 - Barbara Gennard
Third prize of £15 - No. 50 - Graham Hamlyn

Congratulations to the winners. Many thanks to everyone who has purchased a number. Don't forget - it only costs £1 per month and the draw takes place at the end of every month. The subscriptions are paid annually either by cash, cheque or standing order. We have some numbers left if you or any of your friends wish to join the club.

Please contact Mandy Tuckley, 182 High Street, Henley-in-Arden or email henleycfr.fundraising@gmail.com.

For more information and rules about the '100 Club' please look at our website: www.henleycfr.org.uk


Affordable homes planned across Warwickshire

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Craig Felts, Company Secretary of WRHA with Derrick Dyas, Chairman.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) is set to develop a potential 42 much needed affordable homes in six Warwickshire villages this year.

All the new properties are being built specifically for local people to help enable them to stay in the villages in which they have been brought up.

Work will be starting on site in the South Warwickshire villages of Broom and Long Compton in February.

WRHA is working in partnership with developer, Linfoot Country Homes, to bring five properties for affordable rent and one for shared ownership to Broom.  While in Long Compton, five homes for affordable rent and four for Local Market sale are being developed in partnership with Heyford Homes.

Both these developments have been made possible through funding from Stratford District Council and the Homes & Communities Agency.

Plans are moving forward for a new development in Stretton on Fosse where five homes for affordable rent, funded through the S106 affordable homes obligation, are planned.  It is anticipated that work will start on site later in the year, along with WRHA’s first development in Claverdon.  Here, one home for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are planned on a site next to the village primary school.

It is also hoped that work will begin on a development of seven properties for affordable rent in Great Alne, subject to planning approval which is expected next month.

In Wootton Wawen, plans are now gathering pace for WRHA’s ground-breaking Passivhaus scheme, the first of its kind in Warwickshire.

Work should start on site in the Spring.  A total of 12 properties for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are being designed and built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard for ultra-low energy buildings, in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group.  The aim is to create homes which are as energy efficient as possible to reduce their ecological footprint and keep fuel bills low.

Company Secretary, Craig Felts, commented: “This promises to be a very exciting year for WRHA with many development plans getting underway.  These new developments will contribute to the future sustainability of Warwickshire’s small rural communities where affordable housing is in great demand and people are being forced to move away due to a lack of affordable properties.”

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) is committed to providing affordable homes in rural Warwickshire for local people and families who would not otherwise be able to afford to live within their own communities.

WRHA was established in 1989 and now manages over 500 homes in 43 rural communities in the county.


Wootton Report

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When the excitement of the Christmas season has died down, what better way could you cheer yourself up than to come along to the next Wootton Wawen Film Night on Thursday, 12th January?

Our next presentation is the romantic comedy "Love & Friendship". It stars Kate Beckinsale (as Lady Susan) who uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel).

Reviews of this film include descriptions such as "an adaptation that reinvigorates the breeches, buttons and bows cliches" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian); "a reminder that Austen was not only a brilliant architect of screen-friendly plots but also a very funny writer" (A.O. Scott, NY times); "Though the deliciously barbed dialogue stays firmly in period, the emotions bubbling up under the film's cultivated surface have a this-just-in tartness" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).



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The Rover - RSC's 1677 Restoration Romp

Swan Theatre until the 11th of February 2017

Director Loveday Ingram

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From the minute the music begins this wonderful revival fills your heart with joy and laughter.  The talent on the intimate Swan stage is truly breathtaking.  Joseph Millson is so perfect in the role of Willmore  that he fills the stage with a strength and a force that is outstanding.

A carnival fills the stage as three cavaliers arrive and meet up with three beautiful women who are looking for love and independence. The innuendoes, humour, farce and scintillating language fills the evening with laughter and romance.  The masculinity of the cavaliers and the sexuality of the ladies particularly Alexander Gilbreath as Angelica Bianca knots the play together.

The music, directed by Grant Olding, will have you dancing in your seat. Rumba, samba, all coming together with a force that is unforgettable.  As the actors dance together the rhythms reach out to the audience and you find yourself joining in!  A  particular mention must go to  Alex Brotherston, a Tony and Olivier award winning designer.  The sets work in such a way that a stage full of such amazing talent can dance, change sets and yet illuminate the magic in such a carefully crafted way.

I know people who have never been to the Swan Theatre. Well, shame on them for missing out on such an intimate, perfect theatre.  If you are part of this group then I recommend that you visit the RSC to see this wonderful production.  Through the main front door of the RSC, keep walking and you will find the Swan at the rear of the main theatre.  For all of the regulars, then I will assume that you have tickets, if not, run and buy them now. Such a romp, a truly outstanding evening!

Linda Paul reporting


Caregivers get crafty for Christmas

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Home Instead Senior Care, an at home care company which services clients in the Henley area, has gotten into the knitting spirit, making twiddlemuffs and twiddle cushions for clients living with dementia. The handmade crafts will be given to their clients in time for Christmas.

Hazel Howells, a caregiver at Home Instead, came up with the idea of making twiddlemuffs and cushions for clients with advanced dementia. Just recently, the team at Home Instead held a workshop for caregivers to help make as many cushions as possible.

Twiddlemuffs are knitted hand muffs with interesting bits and bobs attached. Many people with Alzheimer’s, arthritis and dementia find them comforting and therapeutic as they help encourage movement and brain stimulation.

Hazel commented on her crafty idea. She said, “The idea started when I began working with clients who had dementia. I once took my daughter to visit a client and she brought with her a coloured clown toy, covered in buttons and tassels, which the clients loved.  

“I saw how much stimulation and security the toy provided to my clients and got the idea of making my own twiddlemuffs and cushions to help provide that same stimulation they got with the toy. I am delighted we are doing more workshops now and I know our clients will be delighted to receive their handmade crafts for Christmas!”

Home Instead has started incorporating this into their dementia training have already made about 10 cushions for clients.

Hazel continued, “I want to encourage local people to learn how to make the simple cushions and hand muffs. We are starting to plan knitting sessions for the public and we are asking anyone interested to please get in touch!”

Home Instead Senior Care is changing the way care is delivered in the UK. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to meet clients’ needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on learning how to make twiddlemuffs or twiddle cushions, or on the services provided by Home Instead, please call 01564 741620 or visit http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/henleyinarden

Annie Dixon-Dunn reporting


Herb of the Month - Dog Rose/ Wild Rose

by Laura Yarham ND Dip Herb MURHP

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The author - Laura Yarham

This may not be the plant that springs immediately to mind at this time of the year. However, on my meanderings around the local countryside, I happened upon a thorny bush, with very little on it, but still bearing the juicy fruits of this wayside flower. This is not the usual time to be gathering rose hips and, of course, they are past their best in terms of efficacy, but their resilience to come through the winter so far struck me as rather appropriate given their use as an immune booster. I have a feeling they were also shouting at me to get my act together and take care of my own immune system as yet another cold was threatening to render me horizontal.

Message duly received, I decided to look a little deeper into the use of this plant through the ages.

Looking back to Roman times, dog rose was the standard remedy for rabies. According to Plinius, the use of dog rose was introduced by the mother of a centurion, who dreamed that her son had been bitten by a dog and that the root of the wild rose would cure him. He recovered with this treatment and so its usage became more widespread(1).

We are probably all familiar with rose hip syrup as a remedy for wintertime, because of its high levels of vitamin C, which protects against infections. In fact, it is in this plant that vitamin C was first discovered. What we may be less familiar with is that Rose Hips help to maintain a healthy collagen- the gelatinous substance that holds trillions of individual cells together and which offers protection against viral infection(2).

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So what else do these lusciously red hips contain? Tannins, flavonoids, sugars, pectin, fruit acids and fatty oil. All these ingredients add to their various uses as anti gall and kidney stone; diuretic, astringent and mild laxative (2,3). The petals and hips are also used for acute inflammatory conditions of the respiratory tract and for chronic inflammation. They make an excellent spring tonic and aid in general debility and exhaustion. They are indicated in the weakness of convalescence, old age and delicate children(1,3).

For me, as well, rose, either its petals or fruits, are linked to the heart. The flowers contain essential oils and anthrocyanides, the latter of which have a cooling effect to an overheated system. When the heart is feeling full of emotions and may become too 'hot', energetically speaking, rose brings calm and tranquility. It also delivers ease to a melancholic heart. It is why my herbal teacher always referred to his rose tincture as 'a hug in a bottle'. This, I think, is a perfect description of this multi- talented plant.

So, I listen to its message, as I sit by this beautiful bush, with its dagger like thorns and tempting ruby red rose fruits. I accept that I need its healing and its wisdom, even just to stop for a moment of the day and figure out how to look after myself better. We could all use its properties at this time of year, so take time to sip on a rose hip and hibiscus tea, as you go about your daily routines.

References:

  1. Wood M.(2008) The Earthwise Herbal  North Atlantic
  2. Hoffman D.(2002) Holistic Herbal Thorsons
  3. Bartram T. (1998) Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Robinson

Laura Yarham


Henley Rotary Club news

December was for Henley Rotary club, just like anyone else, a very busy time.

It started on the 12th December with our annual Christmas dinner. with guests coming from other rotary clubs, Inner Wheel and personal friends. The main guests, however, were our wives and widows of Rotarians. It took place at Henley Golf Club and after a splendid dinner of the normal Christmas fare we were entertained by a friend of The Presidents, Peter Morgan. Peter has recently learned to play the ukulele and bangelele and although, by his own submission was not a singer or professional player, he sang some of the good old songs suitable for his instrument. I think that, because everyone entered into the spirit of the thing, and Peter was driven by adrenalin it was really good fun.

There was one serious point to the evening and that was the President, Jeff Masters presented a cheque for £1500 to Mr Stuart Botterill of Shirley Golf Club. Stuart was a founder member of a charity which teaches mainly autistic children or children with disabilities to play golf. They are taught to play properly in every respect including going for a drink at the nineteenth hole, a soft one of course. The whole experience has a hugely beneficial effect on the kids. Ammusingly, the money came as part of the proceeds of our annual charity golf day, organized by Rtn David Brain and was the Past President,Rtn Keith Degville’s chosen charity for his year as President.

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The photograph above shows from left to right President Jeff Masters, Stuart Botterill and Past President Keith Degville. Mr Botterill said that the money was greatly welcomed and would be well used.

Next came our annual street collection on the following Saturday, well nothing much to say about that except to once again express our grateful thanks to the generosity of the people of Henley and surrounding places. We always manage to collect a useful amount of money despite the economic climate of the day, all of which goes to the many charities we in turn support, for instance, First Responders, Air Ambulance, Shakespeare Hospice, Myton Hospice, Books for All and many more.

Finally on Monday 19th, our other big extravaganza, The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert, organized by Rtn John Latham and held at The High School, Henley.  MYJO Is a charity based orchestra directed by Mr John Ruddick MBE which teaches/encourages youngsters to play music to a very high standard. This was the seventh collaboration between MYJO and HRC, which Rtn Latham has organized and was, once again the true extravaganza I described it as. The music was first class and the bar and raffle benefited from the generosity of patrons, first indications showing that we had made a healthy profit to be shared between MYJO and HRC.

I would finaly like to say, on behalf of HRC, that we hope that everyone has had a good Christmas, enjoys a Happy New Year and to remind you that we will always welcome new members  who should ring Alan Jones on 01564 794955

Keith Degville, President Henley Rotary Club


 

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Less is more for these ladies

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It has been an incredible award winning year for local Cambridge Weight Plan consultant, Helen Davies.

At their annual awards, held in Telford just before Christmas, Helen, who was a Slimmer of the Year finalist in 2013 after losing 9 stone and 7 dress sizes, was one of only 12 consultants to win an “Above and Beyond” award, out of 3500 consultants nationwide.

“It was a total surprise and great honour to be presented with this award”, said Helen. “It comes from direct feedback from my clients, who with the help of support and motivation have lost weight and found a new healthier, fitter and happier lifestyle and gone on to maintain it and am so extremely proud of this award”.

Out of 48 finalists in just 9 categories, Helen had 2 ladies in the finals.

Suzi Smythe, a local parish councillor from Wootton Wawen, won the Over 50 Slimmer of the Year category and received a Caribbean cruise as her prize. “I lost over 3 stone, which I have done before, but never managed to keep off. Helen is like my counsellor - my star – and she keeps me on track”, said Suzi, “I cannot believe I was a winner and I’m really looking forward to the cruise”.

Beckie Derbyshire, 24, from Solihull was a finalist in the “Family Spirit” category, after losing 8 stone. Whilst she did not win, Helen said, “Beckie did amazingly well to get so far. Everyone on that day who had lost weight, regardless of being a finalist, that had changed their life was a winner. The fact that this lovely young lady was able to utter the words, “This is the first time I have ever felt beautiful”, meant more to me than any award”.

Cambridge Weight Plan provides a flexible, nutritionally balanced, weight loss programme and is made up of a 6-step process, allowing clients to choose a step that fits into their day to day life. Using a combination of conventional food and Cambridge Weight Plan products, there is also consistent 1-2-1 support, guidance and motivation from a trained consultant.

The company has over 33 years of experience in the field of weight loss, with a dedicated Medical team headed by Professor Anthony Leeds, one of the original co-developers of the programme.

“We have a fantastic support team at Head Office”, says Helen. “After my weight loss journey, I was able to come off medication for high cholesterol and blood pressure, which are common problems associated with being overweight. The results on the benefits in losing weight on the reversal of Type 2 diabetes, is something that will become even more apparent as time goes on, from studies currently in progress”.

January 11th 2017 marks the start of “National Obesity Awareness” week. For more information on the Cambridge Weight Plan, Helen’s details can be found at www.cambridgeweightplan.com/HelenD


Sleepwalking into a Dystopian Future

The Ascent of Technology in Relation the Decline of the Power of Imagination

Here is an alarming statement which might very well come true,
 "In  the future we may not have the power be able to think for ourselves“

I cannot think of a worse dystopian society than this, and yet we are racing at full speed, unheeding, into this reality,
In 2007 I wrote a prophetic essay titled” A Creative View “
Highlighting the danger of an imbalance between evolution of technology and the capability of the human brain to keep pace with this rapid escalation.
At that time it was based on my observations as an Artist working with children for the past 35 years, and had noticed, since the advent of computers, a change and decline  in children’s ability to visualise and imagine as an internal visual process.
My feeling is
As our dependence on technology, information and communication continues to escalate  with screen based activity, overriding basic brain visualisation development function, so does the power of imagination continue to diminish, with ready-made images and language, available at such a rapid speed, replacing the child's natural brain activity and ability  to take an inner visual journey towards originality, imagination, and mental problem solving.

It is also my belief that if we do not take heed and continue on this trajectory,
Future generations will have a brain function that is robotic, sterile, and vacant of all original thought, not to mention loss of empathy, compassion, understanding and genuine communication: in short everything that makes us HUMAN
We are really beginning to see signs of brain dysfunction in children with rising ADHD syndrome which is the brain's natural response to being harnessed to tightly to the levels and constraints and demands made upon children today and other shut downs like autism.
As an artist, personally I am alarmed at the inability in children to be creative, given only a few props or just an idea to come up with an original image or a written piece of work,
To play, to be” bored ",to daydream, to roam physically and mentally into wonderlands and wonderment and simply to be in awe of  NATURE, To actually see and feel with all the senses.
There is much at stake here and I fear for the loss of these faculties in our future children.
I have always advocated Nature as our greatest teacher and healer and restorer on every level
I advocate books too and have founded Own Books, a way to give free books to children  www.ownbooks.co.uk
 as remedy to encourage early love of books and Reading.
 as I believe there is a direct connection to the power of visualisation, imagination  and literacy and developing intelligence ,plus creativity in the brain with expanded awareness in thinking  This also happens naturally (and there is much evidence of this) when the opportunities  are given to children when they connect directly with Nature in outdoor rambles and woodlands

It is also alarming for me to observe that in most primary schools today only a very small proportion of the curriculum is dedicated to the arts, and outdoor activities.

If this experiential connectivity to the creative arts and opportunities to explore the natural world  is squeezed out of existence in the lives of young children then the appreciation also dies and as a result I believe part of the Child’s imagination functionality and health dies with it.
We are on a slippery slope ushering in the kind of reality where we depend more and more on technology and less and less on our own inner resources,

I once read a prophetic short story that has stayed with me since first reading  it in school when  I was 15, it was called” The Machine Stops” by EM Forster written around the 1920s
That prophetic vision of the future  is now our reality today.
I also am very much inspired by the visionary artist Cecil Collins, who wrote a treatise “The Vision Of The Holy Fool”
Both well worth reading ....to stem the sweeping tides of our race to  mindless oblivion

Thank you for your time
J.de Bastion  2016


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A Happy New Year to both my readers!

At this time of year many journalists take great delight in making all sorts of predictions about what will happen in the coming year.  Mostly they hope no-one will check a year down the line to see how inaccurate they were.  2016 was a prime example of how wrong predictions can be.

So I’m not going to be stupid enough to make any, but there are a number of things affecting small businesses that I can say with certainty will change in 2017.

Expected early this year, a new scheme will allow working families to be able to claim 20% of childcare costs for children under 12. Claims will be capped at £1,200 per child per year. The new scheme will be operated centrally rather than by individual employers. 

With effect from 6th April employers with a total payroll which exceeds £2.8 million in the previous tax year will need to pay an apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their paybill. Businesses will then be given a digital voucher to exchange for apprenticeships in the government's bid to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.

The weekly rate of the following statutory employment payments will increase (figures in brackets show the current rates):

  • sick pay (SSP) will be £89.35 (£88.45)
  • maternity pay (SMP) will be £140.98 (£139.58)
  • paternity pay (SPP) will be £140.98 (£139.58)
  • shared parental pay (ShPP) will be £140.98 (£139.58)
  • adoption pay (SAP) will be £140.98 (£139.58)

These increases normally occur on the first Sunday in April, which would be 2 April 2017, although the government has suggested that the increases will take effect from 10 April 2017 (I’ve no idea why, especially as that’s a Monday).
In April the rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise as follows (figures in brackets show the current rate):

  • workers aged 21 to 24: £7.05 (£6.95)
  • workers aged 18 to 20: £5.60 (£5.55)
  • young workers aged under 19 but above compulsory school age who are not apprentices: £4.05 (£4.00)
  • apprenticeship rate: £3.50 (£3.40).

These used to go up in October each year causing great confusion with the NLW.

The National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and over will also increase in April 2017 from £7.20 to £7.50.  From April 2017 all rates of NMW and NLW will be uprated in parallel every 12 months.  Thank goodness for that.

Under new regulations, private and voluntary sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales with at least 250 employees will be required to publish gender pay gap figures.  These regulations are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017.

I could go on but I’m sure you’ve had enough by now.

John Garner - Business Correspondent


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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:

HENLEY IN ARDEN

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  1. Burglary Dwelling. Cherry Orchard, Henley. House entered and searched by offender(s). Several items stolen including jewellery. Ongoing incident at time of report. Between 12 midday and 1pm Thursday 29th December. 0143 29/12/2016
  2. Damage. Swancroft, Henley. 6 youths seen to damage fences and smash a bottle on their way to the train station, where it is believed they caught the train to Birmingham. 10.30pm Wednesday 28th December. 0370 28/12/2016
  3. Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Birmingham Road, Henley. Front and rear number plates stolen from Vauxhall Astra. Between 7pm and 9.30pm Saturday 24th December. 0375 24/12/2016
  4. Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Near to The Crab Mill. Rear window of car smashed and suitcase stolen. Between 5.30pm and 7.30pm Monday 19th December. 0379 19/12/2016
  5. Suspicious Circumstances. Bear Close, Henley. Male seen taking photos of house. Male drove off in a Black Audi Quattro. No offences disclosed. Details passed to the police. 2.15pm Sunday 18th December. 0231 18/12/2016
  6. Theft. High Street, Henley. Pedal Cycle stolen from rear of hairdressers. BMX, Black Matt in colour with Red wheels. Value approx £700. Between 17th December and 4th January. 0265 04/01/2017
  7. Theft. High Street, Henley. Heavy Oak Tub with a Tree in it stolen from front of house. Between 24th December and 2nd January. 0196 02/01/2017

WOOTTON WAWEN

  1. Burglary Dwelling. Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen. Offenders have forced open the patio doors of house and have gained entry. They have made a tidy search and Jewellery worth approx £3000 was stolen. Between 10am and 4pm Thursday 22nd December. 0295 22/12/201
  2. Damage. Salters Lane, Wootton Wawen. Damage caused to field by vehicle 'off roading'. Between 8pm & 9pm Wednesday 21st December. 0111 22/12/2016
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Male seen to try car door in pub car park. No offences disclosed at the time. 10.45pm Monday 19th December. 0446 19/12/2016
  4. Vehicle Crime - theft from. Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen. Both registration plates stolen from car. Between 18th & 19th December. 0125 19/12/2016
  5. Burglary Other. Club premises, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Offenders have smashed a window and pulled apart security bars at the club building. They have then gained entry and stolen keys for the clubs shed. This has then been entered and a Rotary Mower stolen. Between 29th & 30th December. 0175 31/12/2016

ULLENHALL

  1. Burglary Other. Crowley Farm Barns, Ullenhall. Offenders have unscrewed the bolts on a garage door and gained entry. Nothing stolen. 12.30am Wednesday 4th January 2017. 0078 05/01/2017
  2. Theft. Chapel Lane, Ullenhall. 500 litres of oil stolen from outside tank. 3am Thursday 5th January. 0039 05/01/2017
CLAVERDON
  1. Burglary Other. Glebe Road, Claverdon. Two garden sheds broken into but nothing stolen. Between 15th & 26th December. 0057 29/12/2016

Post Christmas Crime Prevention Advice - Over the next few weeks we will all be recycling the packaging that our Christmas presents came in. Items such as TVs, Computers and Game Consoles have large boxes that are usually left next to the recycling wheelie bins for collection. Unfortunately this advertises what may be in your house worth stealing. If possible cut down the packaging so that it fits in your wheelie bin or open the boxes up and fold them in a way that the details cannot be seen.

David Malin
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Wed 1st - AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
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March 2017  
April 2017

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

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

Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
Guild Hall Trust - Bookend for the Simon and Garfunkel Story
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade - 10.15 am Memorial Hall.

July 2017 Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
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Guild Hall Trust - Arts for All Week
The Great Henley Bake-off
Henley Music Festival

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

Consensus - an evening of music and words
Henley MOP

November 2017

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

December 2017 Sat 2nd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market

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ST JOHN’S CHURCH AFTER SCHOOL COFFEE CLUB (AT THE HUB) – Starting in January 2017. Do you have 1½ hours to spare on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm till 4.30pm to help out with either the snack bar or as a voluntary worker at this club, during school term times? If yes contact Laurence Marshall 07970 444363.

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY   Our next meeting is on Thursday 19th January in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Timothy Brain will give a talk on ‘A History of Policing in the United Kingdom’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

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. 

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The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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

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

logoHENLEY IN BLOOM
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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP
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

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN
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
ProbusTHE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
logoWe play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
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.
HENLEY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
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
Bowls ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
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
HENLEY KARATE CLUB
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
imageHENLEY YOGA CLUB
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
HENLEY TAEKWON-DO
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.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS
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
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.
scouts1st HENLEY and WOOTTON SCOUTS
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.

The HUB @ HENLEY
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

swanTAI CHI in 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

WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
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.

MasonsDE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
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.
logoHENLEY IN ARDEN SLIMMING WORLD
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

ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY IN HENLEY
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.

Bridge ClubHENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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.

Henley FocusHENLEY FOCUS
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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
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.

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