Henley Crest





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

17th October 2018


When 'Lady' Sandra Abbott (Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, Maleficent, Vera Drake) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones' Baby). The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance as she meets her sister's friends, Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman).




Even if you missed the recent stage show, you still have a chance to catch up on this wonderful homespun story of Henley in Arden during WW2.

Dorothy a young and troubled little’un from Birmingham is enlisted in the Women’s Land Army by her mother fearing that the city will be bombed. She was too old for evacuation and due to her learning difficulties, unsuitable for service in the WAFS or WACS.

Her life is turned around when she meets with her WLA colleagues a brisk, eclectic group of women from diverse and interesting backgrounds.

We see her develop into a confident free-standing young women but not without suspected child abuse and fifth columnist entrapment along the way.

Accurate localised and national issues support the heart-warming narrative, and like all good books, it has a beginning, a middle, and a happy ending, but not without several plot twists in between!

An ideal Christmas gift for Mum, Nan or even daughters, at only £8.99 for the paperback or, £2.75 for Kindle download. AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!

Ray Evans Reporting

Wootton Chocolate Firm seeks Crowd Funding


Henley Chocolates strive to bring about a return to real food.

photoWhat started as a hobby in Sally’s family kitchen over six years ago, local business, Henley Chocolates is now about to embark on the next stage of its incredible journey.  Everyone enjoys a piece (or whole bar/slab!) of chocolate now and again (or every day!), but Henley Chocolate’s mission is more than just about the tasty product!

Sally Daniels (boss and chief chocolatier) and her team of ‘chocolate fairies’ carefully hand craft artisan chocolates in their workshop in Yew Tree Farm Craft Centre, Wootten Waven.  ‘Real, Sustainable, Fun’ is the mantra at the heart of their business.  This means using ‘REAL’ ingredients, like locally grown raspberries and blackcurrants in the ‘Summer Berry Splash’ truffles; operating the business in a ‘SUSTAINABLE’ manner; and adding a sense of innocent ‘FUN’ to their products, which range from herds of chocolate dinosaurs to the award winning Amoretto or Passion Fruit Truffles.*

Henley Chocolates are currently crowd funding to buy the extra equipment they need to grow the business without compromising their core philosophies.  Crowd funding differs from the more traditional ways of raising business capitol (such as selling equity or getting a bank loan) in that it offers EVERYONE a chance to be part of their movement and journey.  Henley Chocolates are running a ‘rewards-based’ crowd funding campaign, thus every sponsor will be personally thanked and may also receive a chocolate-themed gift ranging from a box of 8 bespoke truffles (made specially to your individual recipe), to a corporate chocolate-making team away-day! 

The funding raised by the campaign will be used alongside their own investment to expand the range and capacity of production.  Not only do they plan to develop more exciting flavours and shapes, but they intend to offer more customised options for those with allergies and to be able to price ALL their products more competitively to their loyal customers, including you!

What is so exciting is that Henley Chocolates are hoping to show that it is viable for the food industry to offer fabulous-tasting food to a wide market AND to hand craft their produce in an environmentally conscious way from locally-sourced real ingredients.  You can help Henley Chocolates share their chocolate love across the country by donating to their crowd funding campaign (found here: https://igg.me/at/HenleyChocolates/x/19534761 ) or by simply spreading the word (by social media or by mouth!) of their latest venture to all your friends and family.

More information about the ethics at the core of Henley Chocolates and their current range of products can be found on their website (www.henleychocolates.co.uk ).

*Our Amoretto Truffles were the winner of the Great Taste Awards in 2017, while the Passion Fruit Truffles won the same accolade in 2018.

Louise Wright reporting

Johnson's confirm sponsorship for Alcester Choir


Alcester Male Voice Choir members Rob Kingscott & Mike Owen  both from Henley with
John Johnson, Director Johnson's Coaches and Judith Land BEM Choir founder & Director of Music

Henley in Arden based coach & bus operator Johnson's have confirmed that they will be sponsoring the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a further twelve months in exchange for promotional benefits.

The well established and highly regarded choir, which is in its 45th anniversary year, has enjoyed a close working relationship with Johnson's for several years  and during that time Johnson's has always been the coach operator of choice when transporting the choir  and its supporters to venues outside the region which has included European tours.

Judith Land BEM, the choir's founder and Director of Music, said "We are very grateful to Johnson's for all the help and support they give us and for sponsoring us once again. We have an excellent working relationship with them, they understand our exact and sometimes complex  requirements. They are a pleasure to work with."

John Johnson, Commercial Director, Johnson's commented, "As a company we have to choose carefully when entering into a sponsorship agreement with an organisation. We must ensure that the organisation in question reflects the same high standards that we strive for in our own business, with The Alcester Male Voice Choir that is certainly the case. There is synergy between their audiences and our customer base and we are therefore delighted to extend the sponsorship for another year. We are also delighted  that the choir will be performing for over 450 of our customers at our forthcoming 2019 holiday launch event on 3rd November at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Rob Kingscott reporting

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Official Opening of New Butchers


On Saturday the 6th October, the Court Leet carried out the traditional ceremony of flesh tasting at the opening of the newly refurbished Simmonds Butchers & Deli shop, on the High Street. The new proprietor Gary Simmonds provided samples of pork pie for the Court Flesh taster Sarah Alcock to taste. The goods supplied were pronounced be of good quality and fit for the consumption of the Town's folk of Henley in Arden.


The High Bailiff then awarded the proprietor a certificate to hang on his wall, to prove to all and sundry that,his wares had been approved by the elected officials of the ancient manor. The shop was then pronounced officially open.

Court Leet Annual Meeting and Elections


On the 14th November, the Annual Henley in Arden Court Leet elections will be held in the Guild Hall at 7.00 pm. All Court members, prospective candidates, Jurors and residents of Henley and Beaudesert are we!come to attend. If you are a resident and would like to become a Juror, please contact our web site for details. www.henleygh.co.uk

Town Dinner 2018


On Saturday the 1st September, the Court hosted the Town Dinner in the Memorial Hall. Thanks to the generosity of the local restaurants and pubs, who donated the raffle prizes. The White Swan, Cheal's, and Sans Restaurants, The Nags Head, The Blue Bell and Henley Golf Club. The Court was able to donate a sum of £550.00 to local charities. My thanks also go to the Court members who worked hard to make the evening a success.


Notice is hereby given that a Court Leet of the said Manor will be held at The Guild Hall, Henley-in-Arden on Wednesday the 14th day of November 2018 at  7.30 o’ clock in the afternoon.

The election of the following Officers will take place:-

High Bailiff
Low Bailiff
Mace Bearer
Ale Tasters (2)
Butter Weigher
Brook Lookers (2)
Affearors (2)
Leather Sealer

Nominations for the above offices must be handed in to the Steward of the Manor by 12.00 o’clock in the afternoon on the 12th day of November 2018.  Nominees must be proposed and seconded and must have been Burgesses of the Town for at least 3 years.

Resident townspeople of the Town who are not on the list of jurors may apply to the Steward’s office for enrolment on to the list of jurors.

All townspeople are invited to attend.

D S D Lodder DL
Steward of the Manor

Graham Smith
High Bailiff of Henley in Arden


Could you benefit from Gigabit Vouchers Scheme?


Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses, and the local communities surrounding them, to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.

One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project, which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

Vouchers can be aggregated so that if, for example, a village or wanted to upgrade its connectivity then as long as there are businesses involved the vouchers can be pooled together to form one project covering the entire area. This would ensure best value for all concerned and would reduce costs overall.

To set up a local project it would be necessary to go through a supplier (as with single user vouchers). It is expected that the combined value of vouchers claimed by businesses in a scheme will be greater than the combined value of the residential vouchers.

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme is administered centrally by DCMS and all interface with suppliers is usually carried out on online. Not a lot of help when you have a very poor Internet connection!

In order to help those thinking of setting up a project we are running Gigabit Voucher Events, in partnership with some Borough and District councils. Around 60 people attended the Gigabit Voucher event in Stratford. There were 20 suppliers and partner organisations present, so that visitors had the opportunity to speak to a good range of providers about their requirements.

A further event is planned for 27th November in Nuneaton. It will run from 11-3 at the Town Hall on Coton Road. If you are a supplier and would like to take a stand, or just want to find out more, please contact either Matthew Bird or Chris Lawes at: econdev@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

To find out more about the Gigabit Voucher Scheme visit https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk



Henley Community First Responders 100 Club

The lucky winners of the September Draw were:

Mr K Howe - No 46 £30
Miss N Tuckley - No 96 £15

The numbers were drawn Sarah Allcock of the Court Leet.

Many thanks to all our members who contribute by participating in our 100 Club and please do get in touch if you would like to join: www.henleycfr.org.uk.




The quarterly Arden Division Parish Clerks' and Chairs' Meeting was held at the Henley in Arden Fire Station last month.  The Police attended and local concerns were discussed with them.  It appears the Police are putting some effort into an anti-burglary operation over the next few months.  Additional ANPR cameras have been installed to monitor movements and the comment from the Police was that it is re-offenders who cause most crime.  Although the Chief Constable’s official position is to oppose average speed cameras as a deterrent for speeding he has applied to the Government for a grant to install cameras at locations where there is a history of injury accidents.  It is unlikely this will include any location in Arden Division.

The Meeting also considered allocations from the County Councillor discretionary community grants fund and grants were awarded to Henley Library, Langley Village Hall, Tanworth PC for replacement fencing in Malthouse Lane, Henley in Arden Arts4All week, a replacement of a notice board in Claverdon, the Parenting Project for activities at Henley in Arden Hub, Stratford District Time Bank, VASA and “Lifespace” to train mentors.

County Highways has recently appointed a new manager for its road safety work who has experience of working in London. The Chairs and Clerks confirmed the following projects for consideration for the County Councillor’s small road safety schemes budget.  Exit from the Claverdon Surgery onto the A4189, the junction at the Green on the A4189 in Claverdon, 20mph speed zone for Henley in Arden High Street, junction with the A4189 and Pettiford Lane, speed alleviation on the A3400 at Wootton Wawen and Mayswood Road and chicanes in Ullenhall.  Dropped curbs on Prince Harry Road are already being funded.  The Councillor’s budget is very small and most of these schemes will require additional funding from other sources.  Usually this would be from Section 106 monies provided by property development, but as Arden is in the Green Belt and development in limited this avenue is not available to us.

I have recently engaged a driveway contractor through the Warwickshire sponsored “No Rogue Traders Here” scheme and I will report on how I find the process as it develops.  The organisation can be found online at https://www.noroguetradershere.com/ or by freephone 0800 233 5000.

Support for carers is provided in Warwickshire by the Carers Trust.  One in ten people in Warwickshire are carers and a free confidential service is available to help with any issues a carer might be having.  The telephone number is 024 7610 1040 – option

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068

Wootton Report





The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 historical romantic-drama film directed by Mike Newell and written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha. The screenplay is based on the 2008 novel of the same name, written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set in 1946, the plot follows a London-based writer who begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was under German occupation during World War II.



Consensus returns to Memorial Hall

advertConsensus is a group from Stratford which has been coming to Henley for several years now and entertaining us with delightful  productions of well  known classics such as ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ and ‘The Rivals’.

Singing is cleverly inserted into the play giving us an unusual but fascinating combination of music and words. We have had some lovely evenings.

This year Consensus is giving us something a bit different, a concert version of ‘The Mikado’. This  Victorian comic opera with a slightly ridiculous plot has music that you want to sing along to. A bit like Mama Mia!!

Tickets are £12.50. You bring an interval picnic and we provide a bar.


Marijana Bainbridge reporting

Adopt A Tree


Sat. December 1st 10-12 is "Tree Bombing Day"  - ready for the Christmas lights turn on that evening (Les's 25th year of lighting up Henley!)

I have heard whispers of "Operation PomPom Tree Bomb" already happening at the school, preparing for their tree / trees this year; Susie Smythe has already made some new "bollard bombs" to add to her collection from last year; the Thursday Club at the Henley Hub is making another covering for a tree as well as reviewing the ones from last year and Jan and Derek have great plans for the tree on the traffic lights - so a lot of creativity is underway!

If you want to join together with your friends, family or workmates to create something for your own special tree, let me know which tree you want to "adopt" and "bomb" by taking a photograph showing clearly the location and sending it to me annie@anniedavies.com.

Don't forget - nothing can be used which will harm the tree so no plastics - and decorations must be substantial enough to be able to survive the weather and still look good (we know from last year that just tinsel or streamers wrapped around don't last.)

If you just want to enjoy the fun, when we all come together to change the look of Henley for a few weeks over the Christmas period, be sure to put December 1st in your diary!  (For the tree bombing in the morning and the carol singing and lights early evening).

Annie Davies reporting

Arts4All 2019

Plans for Henley in Ardens Arts4All Week 2019 are well underway and feature some top quality drama with Mark Farrelly's performances of Quentin Crisp:Naked Hope and Silence of Snow both directed by EastEnders star Linda Marlowe. Top quality Stand Up Comedy features highlg on the schedule with additional performances in November headlined  by Sol Bernstein (Australian TV and alongside Al Murray The Pub Landlord) and in February headlined by Smug Roberts from Phoenix Nights, Mrs Browns Boys and That Peter Kay. 

On the 4th May we are pleased to have Beyond the Barricade making a return visi to St John's Church. The show stars principal performers from Les Miserables and is an evening of absolute musical theatre magic.

Looking ahead to July 2019 (Tickets on sale now though!) you can get in early to snap up a ticket to see Dean Friedman who arrives in the UK en route to the Edinburgh Festival. His concert features many of his classic hits including Ariel, Lucky Stars, Well, Well Said the Rocking Chair & Woman of mine.

Interesting facts.....Friedman's single McDonalds Girl was officialy banned by the BBC because it contained the name of the fast-food chain. In 2011,thirty years after the song was banned by the BBC, the McDonald's Corporation licensed McDonalds Girl for a national TV/Radio campaign. 

Friedman has written, performed and produced the theme music for several TV series including Boon and starred Michael Elphic who used to own the pub immediately opposite the Guild Hall - The White Swan!!





WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY MARK FARRELLY    DIRECTED BY EASTENDERS STAR LINDA MARLOWE                                                                        “ASK YOURSELF THIS, IF THERE WERE NO PRAISE OR BLAME WHO WOULD I BE?”   **** An uncanny feat of resurrection..Farrelly’s mastery of his audience is total….TIME OUT


Fascinating insight into the life of Yootha Joyce                                                                                         

“Ralph Allin is a revelation – There is no finer Jazz Violinist in the country” – toured with Van Morrison and performed with Joolz Holland & Andre Previn. Jazz Musician of the Year has entertained Prince Charles at his home, Highgrove. Performed at Ronnie Scotts ……..   MAY 2ND  – THE SILENCE OF SNOW WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY MARK FARRELLY    DIRECTED BY EASTENDERS STAR LINDA MARLOWE “THE GREAT PROBLEM WITH LIFE IS THAT YOU CAN GET FROM ONE END OF IT TO THE OTHER WITHOUT FEELING THAT ANOTHER HUMAN BEING EVER TRULY KNEW YOU”.                                                                                 ****You won’t be able to take your eyes off this actor, he inhabits the character of Hamilton with blazing fluidity –THE TIMES                                                                        MAY 3RD   CHILDRENS' SEMI STAGED STORY TELLING FOR SCHOOLS FOLLOWED BY TEDDY BEARS PICNIC.

THE UK’S LONGEST RUNNING MUSICAL TOUR STARRING PAST PRINCIPLE PERFORMERS FROM LES MISERABLES                                                             *****An evening of absolute musical theatre magic”


"Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek         

*****“Dean Friedman's songs are the soundtrack of our lives" – The New York Times.



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John Garner's Business Column

It’s OK to be grey

John GarnerGone are the days of reaching 65 and retiring. The thought of a leisurely retirement, basking on a beach in the Mediterranean or Caribbean is a far cry from reality for many Britons.  

We hear a lot about discrimination these days but it’s usually centred upon ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability; discrimination over age is often overlooked.  It can be particularly serious in employment as people over 65 may still need to work.  Many are facing much greater financial insecurity with the rising cost of living, inadequate pensions, a higher state pension age and a prolonged life expectancy.
The Equality Act makes it illegal to force a worker to retire at any specific age or discriminate against employees, job seekers and trainees based on age, but of course it’s often easy to circumvent.  Age discrimination in the job market is not unusual and needs to be treated on a par with other discrimination, or we stand to face huge economic and societal issues in the UK.

There is a misconception that older candidates will be a drain on a business financially, not only demanding a higher wage due to their experience, but taking more sick days and perhaps not being as productive or innovative as their younger colleagues.

A report published in February by the Centre for Ageing Better UK (I admit they may be a little biased!) found that older workers are just as productive and perform as well as in the workplace as younger people.  Older people tend to say longer whilst younger people change employers frequently, that means higher costs associated with recruitment and training.  Retaining your older staff makes good financial sense and there’s no substitute for experience.

Apparently one in four people aged between 50 and state pension age are out of work in the UK, and once you’re out of the game it’s becoming nearly impossible to get back. This is creating an unemployment vacuum of sorts with people over the age of 50 struggling to bridge the gap until they’re eligible for the state pension. Not only are employers missing out on perfectly good talent, but these workers have no option but to seek welfare to sustain them while they’re out of work.  This affects the entire UK economy.  The average life expectancy is growing year on year and this rapidly growing ageing population is set to become a sap on our economy if we don’t make critical changes now to ensure they’re able to stay well and contribute.

So what should we do?  We have to encourage employers to take responsibility for creating more age-friendly workplaces – not only for the sake of our economy, but because it could truly add value to their business. 

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


David Malin

  1. Vehicle Crime. Hotel car park, Tanworth Lane, Henley. Citroen Berlingo works van broken into. Search made but nothing believed stolen at the time. Overnight 1st & 2nd October. 0054 02/10/2018
  2. Burglary Business. Whitley Hill, Henley. Secure compound and cabin broken into. Two lighting transformers stolen. Between 13th & 14th October. 0149 14/10/2018
  3. Burglary Residential. Area near to Preston Road, Henley. Patio doors forced open and an untidy search of house made. Several items stolen including car keys, TV, Ipods and perfume. Between 7.30am and 4.45pm Wednesday 10th October. 0353 10/10/2018
  4. Burglary Residential. Camp Lane, Henley. Gates to house forced open and entry gained to house. Search made and several items stolen including, money, jewellery and car keys. Found and reported at 2pm Wednesday 10th October. 0259 10/10/2018
  5. Burglary Residential. Tanworth Lane, Henley. Secure brick shed broken into and items stolen including a leaf blower, chainsaw and strimmer. Overnight 8th & 9th October. 0106 09/10/2018


  1. Burglary Residential. Ullenhall Street, Ullenhall. Occupant heard the front door bell and when they have gone to answer someone has started to kick the door in. Realising someone was home two men have then run off from the front and got into a Red Citroen with a registration number ending in ‘ETR’. Full details passed to police. 2.40pm Tuesday 2nd October. 0230 02/10/2018
  2. Burglary Business. Hall, Ullenhall. Offender(s) have broken into the hall via a rear door. Doors and cupboards damaged. Electric Meters have then been attacked and the change stolen. Overnight 13th & 14th October. 0157 14/10/2018
  3. Vehicle Crime. St Marks Close, Ullenhall. Front and rear number plates stolen from car. Between 9th & 10th October. 0127 10/10/2018
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Church Lane, Claverdon. Black BMW seen in the area. Caller concerned that the occupants were up to no good. The last three letters of the registration number was ‘LHN’. Full details passed to police. 2.05pm Sunday 7th October. 0213 07/10/2018
  2. Burglary Residential. Park Drive, Claverdon. Garden outbuilding broken into and two pedal cycles stolen. White / Mustard coloured Weir ladies bike and a Matt black / Pewter coloured Wilier Cento bike. Overnight 5th & 6th October. 0087 06/10/2018
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. Men from a Green Van going door to door selling fish. Caller concerned that one of the males (Liverpool accent) was getting angry when turned away. 2pm Friday 5th October. 0220 05/10/2018


  1. Burglary Residential. Preston Bagot. Access gained to premises though window. Untidy search made. Money taken. Between 3pm and 7.10pm Tuesday 2nd October. 0368 02/10/2018

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Henley Annual Events

October 2018

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

November 2018

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

Rural Cinema

December 2018

Tree Bombing
Town Carol Service and Christmas Market, Switching on of Christmas Lights

January 2019 Rural Cinema
February 2019

AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
Rural Cinema

March 2019 Rural Cinema
April 2019

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

May 2019 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
June 2019

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

July 2019

Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden

August 2019

Henley Music Festival

September 2019 14th - Last Night at the Proms
Rural Cinema

hnol            Forthcoming Events

23rd October in the Baptist Church Hall at 7.45pm. Speaker Val Bourne ‘Bombproof Roses’. For more information please contact Penny Stott 795521.

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF HENLEY IN ARDEN meet at the Golf Club on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining a group of ladies who promote friendship and fellowship whilst raising money for charities at home or overseas please contact Joanne  794457.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th October  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Peter Simpkin will give a talk on ‘It Happened to me at the BBC’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Andrew Yarwood on 794079.

PILATES WITH HELEN focuses on balance, posture, strength and flexibility.  All abilities welcome. Mondays 9.30am & Thursdays 7pm at St. John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley. No commitment - just turn up and pay. £6 per class. Please bring a workout mat. Contact :  pilateswithhelen@btinternet.com. Tel. 07843 348860

ART ATTACK...Coming to the White Swan Cygnets Bar with a stunning exhibition of CONTEMPORARY ART from 6 leading artists. The show will be open from 10 - 5 Sat 17th & Sun 18th November. A unique opportunity to acquire modern art at eminently affordable prices. Don't miss out - be there.

Every 10 years a passion play is performed 4 times a week for 6 months and is visited by thousands from all round the world. Should there be sufficient interest the writer would like to take a group from Henley to make this Pilgrimage which is expected to cost about £2,000. I have been five times and can vouch it is a most rewarding experience. If anyone would like any further information please contact Graham on 794010.

Have you ever thought of having an allotment? We have over 40 plots by the station. It’s a smashing pastime to grow your own veggies and keep fit as well. We have wonderful camaraderie up there. If you feel interested and would like a look contact Nick Haycock on 07719 345115.

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

Next Edition

31st October 2018

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

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
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on 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
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 7:45pm, except for a couple of months. The Club organises speakers and visits to gardens. This is a very friendly club; if you are interested in joining or attending as a visitor, please just turn up. More information from Penny on 01564 792251 or e mail pjstott@uwclub.net 
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
My German Beginners Course for Adults continues on Wednesday the 4th of July 2018 and is held every Wednesday evening at the Hub in Henley-in-Arden. If you are interested to learn a new language in a small and sociable group, please contact me for further details under susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk
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.
Thursdays, 11.15am 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 2pm 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 Wootton Wawen Social Club, commencing at 7.00pm 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 Baptist Church Hall, 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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