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

23rd August 2017






Introducing a new Trainee GP

Henley is a training practice. As a training practice we accommodate and provide training for doctors during their time in speciality training. These doctors are either placed with us for 6 or 12 months then move on.

We are very pleased to introduce a new trainee to the team: Dr Bushra Tabassum. Dr Tabussum is in her 2nd year of speciality training and will be with us until February 2018.

A little reminder of what a GP trainee is: all of the GP trainees who are attached to the Practice will have completed a minimum of three years of hospital posts after qualifying as a Doctor, often more. Five years are spent as a medical student and following this all Doctors are now required to work for two years as “Foundation Doctors” before entering specialist GP training. Specialist training in General Practice is currently three years, eighteen months of which is in a range of hospital or community posts.

News of our previous Trainees: Dr Marks finished his second year of GP training at the beginning of August and he has moved on to another GP Practice to complete his final year.   Dr Latham successfully completed his GP training at the same time and has moved to another practice to work as a fully qualified GP.

Changes to the nursing team

Sarah Smith, our Nurse Practitioner, has reduced her working days with us. She will now work just on a Tuesday and Friday. Sarah Smith deals with minor illnesses such as sore throats, ear and eye problems, chest infections, skin problems and the like. She is responsible for triaging requests for any urgent appointments on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

We have recruited a new nurse to the team, Janet Twizell. Janet is an experienced practice nurse and has worked in general practice for many years. Janet will work alongside Jan Newland, on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Amanda Taylor, Practice Manager


  • The JPC has received a Road Closure Order for Whitley Road, Henley and if you would like details, they have been posted on the JPC web site, or alternatively contact me and I will happily send you a paper copy.
  • The JPC has received permission for tree works to be carried out following the submission of two planning applications on the Willow Trees at Littleworth and the Hawthorn and Ash trees at the back of Warwick Road; the second application was for trees alongside the path between Alne Close and Riverside Gardens.  The JPC has instructed the work to be carried out in line with quotes received.
  • The JPC has received the results of the Speed Survey which was carried out on High Street recently and this continuing issue will be discussed at the next JPC meeting on 18th September.
  • Amendments & additions to various JPC policies will also be considered at the next JPC meeting, following members of the JPC attending a training course on the Code of Conduct and Declaration of Interests on 14th August.
  • I have received a communication from Warwickshire County Cllr John Horner confirming that Johnsons will be running their X20 service on Sundays until Christmas and this will be subsidised by WCC.  WCC will review/tender later in the year.
  • The JPC will be replacing their two Notice Boards with new ones later in the month.
  • Copies of the JPC Minutes & Reports will be available in the Library from September 2017.

Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council continues to receive a lot of complaints recently regarding dog fouling in Beaudesert & Henley in Arden.  Again, it is necessary to remind all dog owners to be responsible and to clear up after their dog has fouled.  As you may or may not be aware, it is illegal to ignore and not clear up your own dog’s mess and there could be a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice.  Non-payment could lead to a court fine of £1,000.
We would remind you that in order for members of the public, especially children and the elderly to avoid illness and disease, not to mention becoming covered in dog mess, please act responsibly and with care.  Please, please clear up after your dog. Please also note that livestock also get diseases from dog mess (tapeworm in particular). If you do see someone who has not picked up after their dog has fouled and you do not feel comfortable about approaching them, please do give me a ring on 01564 795499/07765 864588 or email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk  (all calls will be treated with the utmost confidence).
For problems with stray dogs and other related matters not dealt with by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, please contact the Dog Warden at Stratford District Council on 01789 260837.
Please also remember to keep your dogs on leads in public areas and where there is livestock. 

  • The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 18th September 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road. 
  • If anyone would like any further information about any of the points mentioned or would like a hard copy of the minutes or any other documents, please contact me – details below and I would be happy to send any information out.

Clerk: Gill Bailey : tel: 01564 795499/07765 864588 email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk In an Emergency, Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 or email: maint@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk





The committee of Henley in Bloom is considering the options for 2018 as the present vehicle used for watering is nearing the end of its days.

One of the options is to contract out some of the watering. If anyone knows of a business that would be interested in this will they please contact the Treasurer, Ian Fox on 01564794380.

Heritage Centre celebration at the Guild Hall


On Sunday 13th August a party was held in the Guild Hall Gardens for past and present stewards and trustees of the Heritage Centre to celebrate the 20 years since it first opened.  

This was a great opportunity for all the stewards to meet up, as they only ever meet the people they take over from, and discuss both the last 20 years and plan for the next 20 years. We were lucky with the weather and were able to sit out in the garden and enjoy a finger buffet prepared by Sue Dalby and a bar with drinks served by Pat Kench and Andrew Yarwood, all of which were supplied by a generous anonymous  benefactor.  

Norman Kench presented an engraved 20 year celebration vase to Rosemary Sharman who, with her late husband Derek, was largely responsible for laying the great foundations of the Heritage Centre.  A second vase was presented to Ray Holding who has finally stepped down from his role of custodian and trustee, but it is hoped that he will continue acting as a steward.

Anybody who could spare 2 hours per fortnight to join our team would be most welcome please contact Norman Kench on 01564 795419



August saw the launch of this year’s County Council community grants scheme.  This scheme invites community groups to apply for grants of up to £1,000 for schemes that will increase community cohesion.  The proposals need to be supported by the relevant Parish Council and will be ranked by Council officers on their impact on the community.  Details of the application and how to apply are available from your Parish Council Clerk.

A meeting of the parish Council Chairs from Arden Division was held last month and it was decided that it was worth holding quarterly meetings of Parish Council Chairs and Clerks.  Items discussed were the state of public transport in Arden, the role of Youth Clubs, the importance and recruitment of Special Constables in filling the gap in local police presence.
The Police are facing demands on their resources to tackle national and regional problems of organised crime, terrorism and cybercrime.  Although we do not see these crimes every day in the streets their impact overwhelms the more traditional crimes we tend the think about.  This means that there are fewer police available for local policing and it increases the importance of local men and women coming forward to serve as special constables. You can find out more about becoming a special constable by visiting he Warwickshire Police web site: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/specialconstables

John Horner


Comments on Rubbish Bins outside curry restaurant


Since publishing the above photo in the last edition, we have received comments from High Street residents:

"I am so upset that my lovely little house  is next to this!!! The flies and smell is so bad that I cannot open the windows and now this. I have had so many discussion with them and I think they waited till I was away to make it ten times worse. I have in the past contacted the council. I am at my wits end over this and prob couldn't even sell it."

"Very well done for highlighting the outrageous wheelie bin situation at the curry restaurant. I will never eat there until these are removed and i hope other residents will also boycott the restaurant."





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News from the Community First Responders

Would you like the monthly opportunity to win £30 or £15 with a chance to win £75, £30 or £15 in December for only £1 per month?

Henley Community First Responders have numbers available in their 100 Club Monthly Draw, the cost of which is only £1 per number per month payable annually.  For more details and our registration form please click on the link to the website Henleycfr.org.uk

The winners for the July prize were drawn by Georgie at Costa Coffee in Henley and were:

1st Prize £30 - no 16 Sarah Baker
2nd Prize £15 - no 68 Pauline Archer



Herb of the Month

ROSEBAY WILLOW-HERB (Epilobium angustifolium)

by Laura Yarham ND Dip Herb, President URHP

photoHave you ever thought of Nature as a medicine cabinet? This often comes into my mind as I am walking through the fields near to where I live. I look around and, especially at this time of year, see an abundance of plant life just waiting to give us what we need. The lowly 'weed' that you may not give a second glance to, could be your best healer. It's always struck me that classing a plant as a weed is to ignore its value and although some species need a bit of taming, I would recommend most heartily to have a 'wild edge' in your garden where anything can grow. You will not only be surprised by the beauty of these often self sown 'weeds', but they also attract bees and butterflies.

This brings me to Rosebay Willow-herb which happily springs up in my garden every summer in the wild corner along with its close relative, Great Willowherb. You will also find it brightening the scenery as it brushes our fields and riversides with its beautiful dark pink pallet. Its beautiful flowers can be different shades of pink from the lighter one to purple-red and violet. They are considered a symbol of rebirth as they stubbornly thrive on the least hospitable terrains, such as rocky and gravelly ones, and even on rubble.

It is known as Blood Vine, Blooming Sally, Purple Rocket, Tame Withy and French Willow, to name a few. Rose Bay willow herb is also called Fireweed, as it is a pioneer species, which is one of the first to sprout after a fire. It was a common sight on London bombsites during the Second World War. In the 16th century John Gerard writes that it was a rarity in Britain then, but it is much more commonly found now. In Britain it was cultivated in Victorian gardens because of its spikes of pink mauve flowers and perhaps it escaped from these gardens to become the prolific plant we have now. It can be seen along railway tracks and in waste ground almost everywhere(2).

It is a plant whose medicinal properties have been used down the ages. Culpeper used it in the 17th century for asthma and whooping cough and it has likely been used too in earlier times(1,2) Rosebay Willow-herb boasts many beneficial properties and it’s regarded today as a very useful resource in herbal medicine. Among its active ingredients  are flavonoids, gallic acid derivatives, mucilage, oleanolic acid, ursolic acid and sugars, but it is also rich in vitamin A and vitamin C and riboflavin(3). The leaves and flowers can be made into a tea to take freely (2 teaspoons of dried herb to a cup of boiling water) or the powdered root can be decocted using 1 teaspoon to a cup of water and simmered for 15 mins and half a cup taken 3 times a day(4).

With its constituents it is an astringent, an antidiarrhoeic, a demulcent, a haemostatic, a diuretic and a mild anti microbial(4). This means it has soothing and astringent properties, making it very effective against mouth infections, ulcers and respiratory problems, from oropharyngeal to bronchial, and those affecting the larynx, the nasal mucosa, the vocal organs and sinuses. It also has expectorant properties and helps to thin the phlegm. In some European countries it is used as a remedy for benign prostatic hypertrophy and diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract infections and as a restorative tonic(2,3).

Due to this astringent nature, along with its anti inflammatory properties, it is effective for a weak stomach, gastro-enteritis, dysentery, colitis, diverticulosis, stomach cramps and diarrhoea(4).

Besides the recommended internal uses (herbal teas and infusions), it can also be used externally for dermatitis or simply as skin cleanser. A poultice of the peeled roots has been used to heal burns and other skin problems and an ointment made from the leaves can be used for infantile eczema(3).

This lofty plant not only has a beautiful name and graces our local countryside and gardens with its charming colour and form, but holds within its leaves, flowers and roots the healing that we just might need.

(1) Grieve M.(2017) Willow-herb www.botanical.com
(2) Abbas (2011) Rosebay Willow-herb www.herbs.treatandtaste.blogspot.co.uk
(3) Galbiati V.(2017) Rosebay Willowherb www.artimondo.co.uk
(4) Bartram T. (1998) Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Robinson
For further information about the benefits of consulting a herbal practitioner, check out www.herbalist.org.uk

Wootton Report

Ullenhall Gardening Club


Members of Ullenhall Gardening Club enjoyed a visit to Ragley Hall and its gardens in early August. Besides touring the gardens they had a very informative guided tour of the house itself, followed by tea in the restaurant.

The gardens had many interesting features. The roses are not concentrated any more in just one flowerbed, but interspersed with other flowers over quite a large area. On one of the club’s evening meetings, a speaker who had been a previous Head Gardener at Ragley Hall explained how he had done this in order to bring the roses into better health. Mixing different types of plants can help counter diseases to which one variety is prone. It also helps keep the soil in better health as different plants use different nutrients from the soil. So it was good to see the outcome of that policy in what had been just a rosebed.


There were one or two smart and fun pieces of topiary and on the lower edge of the garden overlooking the parkland there was a very long, narrowish bed of pretty grasses, rudbeckia, red hot pokers and other plants giving a natural, almost wildflower look. The woodland sides to the garden shelter many interesting sculptures, too.


The club will be restarting its evening talks on 22 August with a talk called “Surprisingly Cuba” followed by one on 26th September entitled “The Answer Lies in the Soil”. These will be held in Ullenhall Village Hall starting at 7:45 pm. Ring Penny on 01564 792251 for details or just turn up. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Penny Stott reporting

Ullenhall Gardening Club move to Henley or Wootton Wawen?

The gardening club has been based in Ullenhall for many decades with great success. However, there are only 3 members who live there today. More members live in Henley, Woottton Wawen and further afield, so the committee is thinking of maybe changing the venue for meetings.

The club also needs some new members. This note is written with the intention of finding if there are readers out there who would join the club if it were to move to either Henley or Wootton Wawen. If you are such a person, please would you send an e mail or ring up Penny on 01564 792251   pjstott@uwclub.net  and let her know. The club is and has always been a very friendly club. It pays for some very good speakers; however, if the membership cannot be grown back to higher numbers, there will no longer be the funds to pay for such speakers.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Wootton Report



Their Finest is a 2016 British war comedy-drama film directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the 2009 novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Rachael Stirling, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, and Claudia Jessie. The film tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz.




To celebrate the launch of Ray’s new book ‘Churchill’s Boomers’ [Book Guild Press] on 28th September, and by popular demand, he has commissioned further reprints of his best-selling ‘Henley in Arden – A Splodge in the Arden Forest’ well in time for the Christmas season. It will be available on-line and over the counter at Dukes, High Street at the unbelievable special Henley price of only £10.00 per copy!

For those of you who may not be aware of this publication, it is a delightful whimsical account of the history of Henley from the Norman Conquest through to Brexit suitable for the whole family and magically illustrated by Colin Fisher our local artist.

Further information on both books can be found on www.bardofhenley.co.uk his latest book can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles and The Book Depository;  search for Churchill’s Boomers and buy for just £8.99 postage paid.

Ray Evans reporting.


photoOn a warm but cloudy evening on Tuesday the 25th July, the Henley rotary Club (HRC) had a very pleasant  time playing in a putting competition organised by Solihull Rotary Club.

The competition was held at John Woolman Gardens, a private home with a beautifully manicured full sized eighteen hole putting green at the rear. It was open to what are known as the sister clubs of Solihull R.C. which means that they all originated from that club. These included, Solihull St Alphege R.C., ourselves and Knowle and Dorridge R.C. who were the overall winners.

The competition was played in a very good spirit with a lot of inter club banter, sometimes during the actual putting !

photoIt was followed by a first class meal provided by Dorridge Cricket Club. We are all looking forward to next year.

On the subject of golf our (HRC) Annual Charity Golf Day is due to take place on Friday 22nd September at Stratford Oaks Golf Club. It is a great day out for golfers with a delicious carvery lunch and brilliant prizes. Profits go to Myton Hospice and other charities. There is still just a little time to enter the competition with details available from Rtn David brain on 01926 402404 but be quick.

On Tuesday 8th August we presented a cheque for £500 to Rtn John Latham who received it on behalf of The Mount Trust, Henley in Arden, of which he is a founder member. The organisation was set up to maintain and improve The Mount, a local site of historic interest and beauty spot. The trust aims to, amongst other considerations, improve pathways and access for the less abled.  

Keith Degville.
President HRC

Jollytots meet Marshall and Chase


Today at Jolly Tots we had Marshall and Chase from paw patrol cone to visit us. It was a great turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy it so much. This is just a handful of the children and parents that came to join the fun.

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.

Community and Voluntary Action in Warwickshire


Warwickshire CAVA (Community and Voluntary Action), has been awarded the contract by Warwickshire County Council as the countywide infrastructure organisation for Warwickshire providing vital support to the volunteers, groups, organisations, enterprises and charities who are working to strengthen all of our communities across the county. 

imageWe are committed to providing all of our services locally and accessibly so whether organisations need support recruiting and managing volunteers, developing a community group, accessing funding or strengthening their governance, we have a local office and dedicated team here to help.


Below you will find out details of the CAVA team here in Stratford, which may be of interest to you, particularly if you are interested in volunteering or you are involved in a local charity, group or organisation.

Please do get in touch if you want to know how we can support you!

The Stratford on Avon District team 

Jane Holdsworth Locality Manager: jane.holdsworth@wcava.org.uk
Mobile Number 07966 380 290

Verity Thompson Funding and Group Development Officer: verity@wcava.org.uk
Mobile number 07966 380 289

Liz Williams Volunteering Coordinator: elizabeth.williams@wcava.org.uk 
Mobile number 07966 380 288

The office telephone number is: 01926 413 611
and the address is :
Elizabeth House
Church Street
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6HX
Website:  http://www.wcava.org.uk/

Seeking lost friends - Jane & Brian Lester

I am trying to find old friends who lived in my village, Orchard Close, Bishop Sutton, N.E. Somerset in the 1960s and  moved to Henley in Arden sometime later;  it was then that we lost contact with them.

I remember visiting them but they moved from Henley in Arden sometime in the 1970s I believe.  

Does anyone remember this lovely couple please?  They had two sons, one was called Andrew.

If you remember them please email me suelmes@hotmail.co.uk

Susan Spear

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Henley in Arden Badminton Club

Over the summer break the club has enjoyed alternative events, such as countryside walks culminating in pub meals. On Saturday 19th August twelve members joined in an afternoon of croquet. This has become an annual event and is quite cut-throat! Croquet is a game where you use tactics to get other balls out of your way and at the same time use them to further your own progress around the lawn and through the hoops. Having a meal afterwards is almost essential to heal the rifts of this wicked game!

The new badminton season will be starting again at 8:00pm on Friday 8th September and Sunday 10th September in the Memorial Hall. The club has room for a few more members and if you are interested, please give Alan a ring on 01564 793320 or just turn up on a club night.

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John Garner's Business Column

A Future for Diesel?

John GarnerWe’ve been reading a lot lately about how bad diesel emissions are for us, mainly because of the high concentrations of NOx.  (That’s a generic term for the nitrogen oxides that are most relevant for air pollution, namely nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which, when emitted in high concentrations such as in cities, are a significant source of air pollution).  

We were all encouraged to buy diesels a few years ago, mainly by the government’s reduction in vehicle excise duty which was before anyone realised how bad these particulates are.  Suddenly the focus is on how we get rid of diesel vehicles in spite of the fact there are millions of them on our roads, and it’s not just in the UK, there are far more in France, Germany and Italy, for example, because diesel fuel has long been significantly cheaper than petrol there.

We now have proposals for a diesel scrappage scheme, possible punitive taxes and a concern that existing diesel owners will suffer because of reduced resale values.  Of course the media have jumped on this one with scare stories and even comments like “Volvo has announced that it will not be making any petrol or diesel cars after 2020”.  This is not what Volvo said, they’ll be making all-electric vehicles certainly but also hybrids and you need a  petrol or diesel engine for those. 

All this hype misses a very important point: there are huge numbers of diesel trucks, buses, construction and agricultural equipment in the world which produce more NOx than cars – no mention of a scappage scheme for them.  But the real problem is shipping, virtually all big ships (except those few which are nuclear) rely on diesel because it’s the only way they can carry enough fuel for the very long journeys they have to do, frequent refuelling is not an option.

If you have a business relying on the carriage of goods either across the country or across the world replacing your vehicles (even assuming there is a viable alternative) will mean huge additional costs which will have to be passed on to the consumer.  

So what realistically can be done without upsetting large swathes of the population or ruining our economy?  Obviously the move towards renewables is a positive step but there’s a long way to go before we can do away with diesel.  If we were to go all electric imagine the huge increase in generation capacity required, mainly from fossil fuels; solar and wind power doesn’t come close (yet), even with continuing improvements in their technology, and nuclear takes too long to bring on stream.

Fortunately there is a short term solution on the way for diesel which hasn’t received much publicity: there is now the capability to drastically reduce the NOx emissions at the exhaust pipe.  Combining a raft of existing technologies has been shown to cut a diesel’s NOx output by 60% with an improvement in fuel consumption and a reduction in CO2.  How about that!  And who has achieved this?  Why, VW of course!  Perhaps they had an incentive.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning Warwickshire residents to beware of 'pushy' door to door gardeners who won't take no for an answer. One resident reported receiving several visits, despite telling the caller that they were not interested.

Do not buy goods or services from unexpected doorstep callers. You can't tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep. Seek at least three quotes from local traders you know and trust. Otherwise, consider using a Trading Standards approved trader


"Watch out 3 men going around asking if you want your drives done so be careful. They came down Prince Harry Road and spoke to my husband. He said they were very suspicious and aggressive so much so he took their white pick up number plate NA60 EKN, very nosey and intimidating do not open the door to them."

Sign up for SCAM ALERTS

Trading StandardsAnyone can now sign up to the email alert system automatically and instantly, in the same way residents use other email alerts such as roadwork warnings etc. a WCC standard.

Click here for WCC Scam Alerts

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

email. simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


David Malin

  1. Suspicious Circumstances. High Street, Henley. Report of a male with knives hidden up his sleeves. Male also arguing with people in the street. Described as a white male, shaved head and beard, wearing hoody tracksuit top and bottoms. Male walked off from the area. Enquiries are being made to establish the offender who is believed to be local to Henley. 10.15pm Friday 11th August. 0442 11/08/2017.
  2. Found Property. Alleyway between Rose Avenue and Cherry Orchard. Kitchen knife found stuck into the ground by member of the public. Recovered by police. 12.15pm Saturday 12th August. 0166 12/08/2017
  3. Vehicle Crime – Theft of. Edge Lane, Henley. Offender(s) have stolen a Transit Van Tipper with an Orange Wood Chipper on the back. The van was driven off towards Lapworth. 5.30pm Thursday 10th August. 0320 10/08/2017
  4. Damage. Brook End Drive, Henley. Damage caused to the bottom part of garden gate. Possibly by someone trying to force the gate open in order to gain entry. 2.50pm Monday 7th August. Crime No:  23S6/32954U/17
  5. Found Property. High Street, Henley. Kitchen knife found in garden by member of the public. Collected by police. 0361 18/08/2017
  6. Robbery. Mount Road, Henley. Two males walking along the road have been approached by two males who have demanded they hand over their Gilets. One of the victims has been grabbed around the neck and thrown to the floor – as a result he has handed over his gilet (worth approx. £350) containing his wallet etc. A Stanley knife has then been produced by the two offenders and the second victim has been ordered to hand over his Gilet – he refused but was thrown to the floor. The first offender is described as a mixed race male, aged 17 years, 6’ tall, wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, light grey baseball cap and a navy blue man-bag. The second offender is described as a black male, 18 years, stocky build, wearing a black moncler jacket, blue jeans, black baseball cap and a black Versace belt. During this attack a person walking a dog walked past and the offenders ran off. 7.30pm Thursday 17th August.  Crime No:  23S6/34348J/17


  1. Burglary Residential. The Dale, Wootton Wawen. Offender(s) have entered a house and stolen the car keys to a BMW and a Peugeot parked outside. Both cars have then also been stolen and possibly driven towards Alcester in convoy with a third vehicle which the offenders arrived in. 1.10am Tuesday 15th August. 0013 15/08/2017.  The stolen Peugeot was later found in the West Midlands Police area.

  1. Vehicle Crime – Theft of. Hotel Car park, Claverdon. Blue BMW 320D stolen from the car park by unknown means. Found missing at 5.40pm Saturday 19th August. 0357 19/08/2017
  2. Vehicle Crime – Theft of. Hotel Car park, Claverdon. Black BMW X5 stolen from the car park by unknown means. Between 5pm and 8pm Tuesday 15th August. 0431 16/08/2017
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. A black coloured Volvo SUV seen driving up and down the road slowly. Caller thought this was suspicious. 9.15pm Tuesday 15th August. 0422 15/08/2017

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNTs

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Henley Annual Events

August 2017

Henley Music Festival

September 2017 The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub.
Thurs 28th - Rural Cinema
October 2017

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

November 2017

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

Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema

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

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

March 2018 Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema
April 2018

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

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

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

July 2018

Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
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hnol            Forthcoming Events

McMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Saturday Oct 7th Baptist Church Hall 10.30 – 12.00. Bacon butties, cakes etc.

HENLEY IN ARDEN WI  Tuesday 5th September at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. ‘Thermomix Demonstration’ Come along and find out about this unique way of cooking, visitors welcome. For more information please contact Barbara Warmington 793640.  

26th September 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall. Speaker Philip Aubrey ‘The Answer Lies in the Soil’. Visitors welcome. (Plant Stall).

12th September 7.30pm Baptist Church Hall. Demonstration Lee Berrill: ‘Lets Dance’. Competition: Music, Music. Music. Visitors welcome. 

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st September  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Ted Watson will give a talk on ‘Folded in Dreams’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

INNER WHEEL CLUB OF HENLEY IN ARDEN meet the third Tuesday in the month at Henley Golf Club. If you would like more information please contact Claire Mangan 01564 794684.

CONSENSUS’S annual visit to the Memorial Hall is on Saturday 14th October at 7.30pm when they will perform SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, Goldsmiths enduring comedy of manners to the music of Mozart. Tickets are £10 from Marijana Bainbridge 01564795149 arnoldbainbridge@btconnect.com. Bring an interval picnic and we will provide the Bar.  
Come and see the Hall’s wonderful new kitchen!

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.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH AFTER SCHOOL COFFEE CLUB (AT THE HUB) – 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.

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

6th September 2017

All contributions by the previous Sunday

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

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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

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

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

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

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

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact 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
flower clubAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden (in the Baptist Church Hall from 13th September onwards) so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Annette Walker on 01564 792837 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Andy Thompson.
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude of other activities which support performances. For information about the next meeting, please contact Tracy Humphreys (Chairman) on 01564 795219
Meets from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please phone John Townson on 01564 792407 or email Jon Butler on mpjbutler@gmail.com
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Vinyasa Flow, Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Memorial Hall, Station Road. NEW beginners class Friday 9.30am, St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Contact Eleanor: 07932658719 yogahenley@gmail.com
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train on Tuesdays 6:30-8pm at the Memorial Hall on Station Road. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
Neighbour WatchAt a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 and a Thursday afternoon 1-3 in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. It is run by Keith and Lulu. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.

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

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

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen except December at village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Keith Thomas  01564 794806.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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