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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

22nd January 2020



Excitement is high at Downton Abbey when the Crawley family learns that King George V and Queen Mary are coming to visit. But trouble soon arises when Mrs Patmore, Daisy and the rest of the servants learn that the king and queen travel with their own chefs and attendants -- setting the stage for an impromptu scheme and other shenanigans.

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Arts4All Week 2020 Monday 20th April till Sunday 26th April - Henley Guild Hall

Special anniversary year for St Nicholas' Church


The Revd John Ganjavi outside St Nicholas’ Church

Parishioners of our much loved and ancient Norman church  are making plans to celebrate a very special anniversary later this year when St Nicholas' Church will be 850 years old. The church stands at the foot of the town's historic Mount and within sight of Henley's main parish church St John's. Henley is divided into two parishes Beaudesert and Henley. Originally St Nicholas’ Church served Beaudesert and Henley in Arden was served by St John's but the Benefices were combined in 1915.

The celebrations will take place over 10 days this summer starting on July 10th and events being planned include concerts, special church services, celebratory bell ringing, a Baptism party and the opportunity for couples to renew their marriage vows.

The Revd John Ganjavi Rector of both churches said "St Nicholas' Church is a wonderful building with a lot of history. The church attracts visitors not only from this country but from overseas too and we receive many comments regarding the sense of history that exists once you enter the building. The church has changed very little since it was built and we want the celebrations to be really special. We have a team working hard planning events and it is our intention to make further announcements soon as to exactly what the programme will include."

Rob Kingscott reporting

Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust – AGM
Monday 3rd February  2020 - 7:30 PM at the Memorial Hall

All Residents are Invited to attend

Did you know that as a resident of Henley in Arden, you are automatically a voting member of the Trust? Do you know what the Trust does?

The Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust was set up in 1947 by public demand to ensure that the community had a public hall and open space for sport and recreation. Residents raised sufficient funds to buy the Memorial Hall and land on the Stratford Road, just on the edge of Town.

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Now, over seventy years later, we have a well-used and maintained hall and the playing fields play host to a Tennis Club, a Bowls Club, a Rifle & Pistol Club, Henley Forest Football Club, a Cricket Club, a Table Tennis Club and the local Scouts.

Severe flooding of the playing fields in 2016 left the Trust with only one usable full-size football pitch, but thanks to an insurance pay-out a new pitch has been laid and is now available for use. This new pitch has been produced to a much higher standard than the one it replaced as attested to below by  Solihull Academy  FC who have just started using the Trust’s pitches.

The building housing the changing rooms – The Pavilion – is also receiving a makeover with the first floor once again being able to operate a kitchen and bar to provide much needed refreshments to both players and spectators.

This year the AGM will be asked to make an important decision and approve the Trust changing its status from Charity to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – thereby giving Trustees limited liability.

If you have a view on this proposal or simply want to find out more about the Trust, come along on the 3rd February.

Bob Morgan

First Matches on the new pitch

badgeWe played 2 games at the ground on Saturday and had an excellent feedback from the visiting teams, our u15s played Halesowen Town and won 5-0 and our u13s played Aston Villa Development 17-1.

As you know we currently have 5 teams playing in the prestigious JUNIOR PREMIER LEAGUE which is the only National junior league in the country, all teams are development teams for Professional Clubs and youth teams for semi professional clubs so the standard is very high.

The criteria require changing facilities and a Club house to provide food and beverages; I know the league very well and have explained this is work in progress at Henley and they are happy with my proposal.

The facility was very busy and had a nice atmosphere; as soon as the bar and kitchen are up and working the place will be buzzing and attracting a lot of publicity to Henley via the JPL

Tommy Byrne (Chairman)
Solihull Academy FC


Arden Division, County Councillor's Report  January/February 2020

The new Government announced its 2020/2021 financial settlement for local councils just before Christmas.   General council tax increase before a referendum is limited to 2% and there is permission to levy an additional 2% for adult social care.  Warwickshire will get £17 million additional grant for social care.  New Homes bonus arrangements remain the same so Stratford District Council will do well given the continued housing boom in the Avon valley.

Overall Warwickshire will see its revenue increase by 6.3%, which is growth above the average for England and Wales and this is due to the high levels of house building in the county.

County is working on its budget for the next four years and will review proposals in February.  I have made a couple of suggestions towards the budget and am waiting to see the response from other councillors. 

One suggestion is to tackle the significant discrepancy in road safety statistics in Warwickshire compared to the national average.   In England 3 people in every 100 are likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads in their lifetime.  In Warwickshire it is 4 in every 100 and in Stratford District it is 5 in every 100.  I have proposed the County borrows an extra £7 million a year for 4 years and spends it tackling the worst 50 accident black spots in the County.

The other is to put some weight behind the declaration of a climate emergency we made last summer.  As transport is the largest sector for greenhouse emissions and as WCC is the transport authority I believe this is where we should focus our efforts.  Vehicles produce the least emissions if they run at a steady speed.  Accelerating and braking as well as sitting in traffic jams produces excess emissions.  I have made a few suggestions such as average speed cameras over the main commuter routes from outside the county through Arden Division and congestion charging for through division traffic to limit traffic in Henley in Arden during school time.

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068

Alex is back for another special evening..................

Alex Woods Quartet at the Guild Hall Henley

on Sunday Feb 23rd 2020

“Modern Music in a Medieval setting”

posterRemember October 13th 2018? It was a memorable night when international and hugely talented young musicians entertained us so superbly in our beautiful Guild Hall.  It was the Alex Woods Jazz Quartet straight from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Ever since I have been asked “when are they coming back to Henley?” And now that hope has materialised.

After serving his apprenticeship with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) Alex was offered a scholarship at the Manhattan School Of Music in New York – the world’s leading Jazz academy. During that time he was tutored by some of the finest musicians in the world of jazz. He graduated in 2017, since which he has been touring the globe with his quartet playing some of the most beautiful modern jazz. If you would like a reminder of Alex’s skills please visit his website and listen
www.alexwoodsmusic.co.uk. Or just Google his name.

So here we are. Please join me on Sunday Feb 23rd. at 7pm for 7.30 in the beautiful setting of the Guild Hall to hear some of the most talented young musicians on the planet.

The concert is raising funds for local and international charities supported by Henley Rotary Club and to celebrate  World Rotary Day.

Tickets are £15 from me at its.john.latham@gmail.com OR call 01564 795239
                       (Mobile 07719 618843) Cheques payable to Henley Rotary Club.
There is a licensed bar.
Thank you in anticipation of your support for this evening of world class music.

John Latham
15 Riverside Gardens, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JX

Stratford District Council Cabinet budget proposals

logoStratford-on-Avon District Council is now entering the budget setting phase and a great deal of work has gone into reviewing the finances for the year to come.

This year Central Government, within their spending calculation assumed that council tax would increase by £5, which equates to a 3.6% increase. The District Council’s Cabinet has recommended an increase of £5 in line with this assumption.
That equates to an increase of less than 10p per week on a Band D property.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has been able to maintain a relatively low level of council tax as a result of years of prudent financial management, whilst retaining reserves which will be used in future years.
This year’s budget proposals include:

1.    Financial Support for the Fred Winter Project - £60,000 ongoing

A partnership of public, private and voluntary sector agencies in Stratford-upon-Avon has been established to create an innovative new solution to rough sleeping and homelessness.  The Fred Winter Housing Plus Centre will offer, for the first time, high quality affordable accommodation and ‘joined up’ services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

2.    UBUS Contract Extension - £109,000 ongoing

The Cabinet resolved to support the enhanced scheme, and to include the costs in the revenue budget from 2020/21 onwards. The Funding is split into two elements, approximately £89,000 which contributes towards Warwickshire County Council vehicle procurement and the balance £20,000 which will fund the booking centre and registration provision which, subject to the outcome of this Growth Bid, will be tendered following confirmation that the 2020/21 budget includes sufficient allocation of funding.

3.    Core Strategy Review – £1.6m one-off

The Council has committed to reviewing, and replacing if necessary, its current adopted Core Strategy from summer 2020. The Council is obliged to assess whether its strategic policies require reviewing every five years, and if it concludes that they are out of date, to then commence a review of those policies. The current Core Strategy was adopted in July 2016 and as such, will require a review assessment to be complete by July 2021 at the latest. It would be prudent not to wait until then in order to ensure that policies could be replaced in good time. In any event, the Portfolio Holder has expressed a desire to commence a review of the Core Strategy, irrespective of whether the policies require reviewing. Such an approach would enable the Council to fully embed climate change mitigation and adaptation into the Council’s planning policies.

4.    Housing Register IT Platform Upgrade - £35,000 one-off

The current Abritas platform supporting the Council’s Housing Advice, Homelessness & Homelessness Prevention, Housing Register and Choice Based Lettings IT Platform has been in place since 2007 when the Council joined the Home Choice Plus Partnership (HCPP) in a sub-regional housing register and allocations scheme.  The IT underpinning this can now be further developed to enhance customer interaction, offering self-serve functionality, and eliminating human validation and data entry.

5.    Waste Contract Renewal – Consultancy Advice - £50,000 0ne-off

In order to support the process of re-tendering the Council’s major contracts, a suitably qualified and experienced external consultant is required to lead on the procurement of new waste collection, recycling and street cleansing contracted services. The consultant will be required to provide the expertise and market knowledge which cannot be supplied by internal resources. The selected consultant will be part of the project team and a member of the evaluation panel for the new contract.

6.    Climate Change Strategy Funding – £0.5m one-off

At its meeting in July 2019, the Council declared: A Climate Emergency as a pledge to take local action to contribute to national carbon neutral targets through the development of their own practices and policies with an aim to be carbon-neutral in Stratford District by 2030.  The Council also agreed to ask the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to convene a task and finish working group to consult with and invite input from representatives of local environmental groups, residents and businesses, and report back to The Cabinet and Council by January 2020. In order to facilitate the work and proposals of the Climate Change Task & Finish Group, a one-off budget has been included.

Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford District Council says: “No one likes to pay more tax. However, we are between a rock and a hard place. Our funding is being cut, we are constrained in our ability to raise council tax and we have to demonstrate that we are financially sustainable in the medium term. District Councils are at the bottom of the list when government funding is distributed – over the next few years we’re losing big chunks of our revenue. District Councils just don’t have the revenue levers to pull. Of the council tax we collect we keep only 7.8%. We are taking a strategic and prudent view given the funding issues we face. We have taken some tough decisions this year and we think that we will have to take more tough decisions next year. We believe that what we are doing represents the least worse option.”
Following The Cabinet’s decision, the proposals will now go out for consultation – a questionnaire will be sent to the Council’s Citizens’ Panel, seeking views on a range of issues including Council Tax and the proposed budget.
The results of the consultation will be considered by The Cabinet at the next meeting before the final budget recommendations are made to Council on Monday 24 February.

Ultra low-energy home brings a new year cash boost


Harry and Maureen Stevenson are starting the new year with an unexpected cash boost and it’s all down to their ground-breaking ultra-eco Warwickshire home!

At a time when money is tight for most people post-Christmas, the Stevensons have been told that their energy payments can be substantially reduced thanks to the cutting edge renewable heating technology in their two-bedroom bungalow.

In 2018, the couple moved into Warwickshire Rural Housing Association’s (WRHA) Keyte Gardens development in Wootton Wawen, the first Passivhaus affordable homes scheme in Warwickshire.

Developed in Germany in the early 1990s, the Passivhaus model focuses on creating buildings which are as energy efficient as possible.

WRHA worked with market-leading heat pump manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric to provide the 14 properties with the latest renewable air source heat pumps to fuel their heating and hot water, in place of a traditional boiler.  And 12 months on, the figures speak for themselves.

“We’ve been surprised our heating bills have been so low,” says retired Maureen.  “And we’ve now been told by our energy supplier that we can reduce our direct debit payments to £36 a month.  When we were renting a two bedroom house previously, we were paying £69 a month, so it’s a big saving.

“The bungalow stays lovely and warm during the day and night and we turn the heating right down.  We manage as we are but it definitely helps to save money as it means you can have a little holiday or something.”

Keyte Gardens was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in September 2018 and the aim was to achieve space heating costs which are 70 per cent less than in standard house construction.

WRHA used the most up-to-date renewable technology which involved siting a small air source heat pump outside each property instead of a large traditional boiler inside the property.  This has helped to ensure running costs are kept to a minimum for residents, and also reduced the carbon footprint of the development as no pipelines needed to be laid to supply gas or oil to the properties.

The homes also have perfect North – South orientation for maximum solar gain during the winter months, have superior levels of insulation and air tightness, and include innovative features such as a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system to provide constant filtered fresh air and recessed and shaded tripled glazed windows to reduce overheating during the summer.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association Company Secretary, Richard Mugglestone, commented: “Our vision was that Keyte Gardens would bring ultra low energy affordable homes to local people, helping to tackle fuel poverty and protect our climate.  We are delighted that residents are now reaping the benefits of these cutting edge homes.”

First Electric Bus Trials In Warwickshire


A state-of-the-art electric bus took to roads around Warwickshire last week and was greeted with a thumbs up by users.  Local coach and bus operator Johnsons of Henley-in-Arden received the demonstrator full electric bus from the UK distributor for the Chinese manufacturer Yutong and put the vehicle through its paces with some of its potential customers.  

Over three days potential contractors for the buses, like National Grid, NFU Mutual and Warwickshire County Council had the opportunity to travel on the vehicle and find out all about the many advantages that electric buses have offer over conventional diesel-powered models.

The response was very positive. “Passengers and drivers alike immediately recognised the benefits an electric vehicle offers” said John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnsons. “A much quieter and smoother ride, improved driver experience and zero gas and particulate emissions to the local environment – even the heating and air conditioning is powered from the bus battery!  Based on the trial, it appears the cost of electricity to operate the bus is less than a quarter of the equivalent diesel cost”   

Richard Crump the Managing Director of Pelican Bus & Coach, the UK agent for Yutong said; “There are now over 100,000 similar buses in operation in China and around the world and have been for over 10 years. These buses are Zero emission – future proof.”

The rise in sustainable travel has increased over recent years with passengers looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly. Environmental sustainability is of great importance to many potential contractors including National Grid who are passionate about running their business in an environmentally responsible way.  Johnsons carried out an on-board questionnaire with employees travelling on the electric vehicle with many mentioning that they would “adapt their commuting habits to become more environmentally friendly”.

Sara Habib, Head of Workplace Services for National Grid said “Our colleagues at National Grid were very positive about the electric bus and their journey. The trial reflects our commitment to encouraging and supporting colleagues to reduce their impact on the environment, this includes reducing CO2 emissions and finding more sustainable ways of travelling to work to help stem climate change and create a cleaner, greener Britain.”

Peter Johnson, Operations Director for Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel said; “For three years now, we’ve invested heavily in the latest cleanest Euro 6 diesel engines for our coach and bus fleet, but zero emission electric vehicles has to be the future.  And bus and coach travel, with both Euro 6 and EV can help provide solutions to the congestion and air quality issues that we all face”.  

Annual Inner Wheel Day January 10th


Henley in Arden Inner Wheel celebrated our National Inner Wheel Day with a 3 course sit down lunch at the home of the President Margaret Twigg.  The event was in aid of Margaret’s chosen charity “KISSING IT BETTER”.  Jill Fraser a former nurse and joint founder of the charity kindly joined us for lunch and entertained us with stories about the valuable work of the charity.

imageKissing it better  is a caring charity which takes young people into hospital wards and  care homes, and channels young talent to make a powerful difference. It was started in the Midlands in 2009 with young drama and beauty department students from local colleges and schools visiting local hospitals and care homes to interact with the patients as a therapy, and to encourage interaction between the young and the old for mutual benefit.  It set up a website for sharing ideas and advice for enriching the life for patients who are in hospitals, nursing homes and long term sick in the community. Since it was set up it has spread to all parts of the country, and now has training courses to pass on expertise and knowledge to a new generation of health care workers and volunteers.

The meeting was a relaxed and friendly occasion, unfortunately due to illness and hospital appointments several members were unable to attend, even so with the help of a raffle we are pleased to be able to donate £120 to the charity.

Margaret Twigg reporting


A new Town Guide has been published by The Bard of Henley - Ray Evans.

Click here to download the new Town Guide.

Wootton Report


Beauchamp Sinfonietta forthcoming *Afternoon Tea Concerts

Saturday 25 January 2020
The Grange Hall, Southam, Afternoon Tea Concert at 3:00pm

Sunday 26 January 2020
Town Hall, Leamington Spa, Afternoon Tea Concert at 3:00pm  

imageGuest Conductor:  Roger Coull
Leader: Susan Meteyard
Soloist: Joel Roberts (Horn)


Schubert      Symphony No. 3
Strauss     Horn Concerto No. 2
Mozart     Symphony No. 40
Tickets available on the door - £14, £12 (concessions), £2 (students and children)


The Probus Club of Beaudesert January 2020 Meeting
Stalag Luft 3 and the Great Escape


In a fascinating presentation complemented by several illuminating slides, one of our own members, Alistair Price, explained the special interest he had in the subject. His father was a bomber  navigator in World War II and after being shot down over Holland in July 1943 was captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft 3 until being liberated in May 1945.

Stalag Luft 3 was a Luftwaffe-run prisoner of war (POW) camp which held captured Western Allied air force personnel. The camp was established in March 1942 near the town of Sagan, 100 miles south-east of Berlin. The site was selected because its sandy soil made it difficult for POWs to escape by tunneling. The North Compound of the site housed British airman while the South Compound was for USAAF prisoners. Each compound consisted of fifteen single-story huts. Each 10-by-12-foot bunkroom slept fifteen men in five triple-deck bunks. Eventually the camp grew to approximately 60 acres in size and housed about 2,500 Royal Air Force officers, about 7,500 U.S. Army Air Forces. And the huts were raised about 2 feet off the ground to make it easier for guards to detect tunneling.

Life in the camp wasn’t too uncomfortable thanks in a large part to the receipt of Red Cross parcels and the humanity of the Camp Kommandant, Colonel von Lindeiner. Sporting activities were well catered for as well as theatre productions; the German thinking being that if the prisoners had plenty of activities, they would be less bored and liable to cause mischief. Although there were hospital and dental facilities, it still had its deprivations with for example showers only being available bi-monthly. A substantial library with schooling facilities was available, where many POWs earned degrees.


photo‘The Great Escape’ was a plan conceived by Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, pictured right, for a mass escape from the North Compound on the night of 24/25 March 1944. Three  tunnels codenamed ‘Tom’ ‘Dick’ and ‘Harry’ were dug simultaneously because it would become an advantage if any one of them was discovered: the guards would scarcely imagine that another two were well underway. ‘Harry’ was the tunnel eventually chosen for the escape; it was 336 ft. long, 28 ft. deep and 2 ft square.

Originally, it was planned for 200 men to escape but unfortunately it was discovered that the tunnel had come up short of the nearby forest making detection much easier. A further problem was that an Allied air raid at the time of the escape knocked out the camp’s (and the tunnel’s) electricity thereby slowing the escape. In addition many escapers were unable to find their way to the railway station at Sagan until daylight and consequently missed their night time trains. Finally, to add to these setbacks, it was the coldest March for thirty years, with snow several feet deep. In the event, 76 prisoners got away; however, all but three were recaptured and of those 50 were shot. The photo below shows the memorial to the 50 paid for by the Camp Commandant.


Probus is an informal club for retired business and professional people and meets usually on the first Wednesday of the month. We are always delighted to welcome visitors and potential new members. For further details please contact Andrew Yarwood on 794079.  

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Alistair Price interviews Captain Vyvyan Howard RN, DSC

Tuesday 14th January 2020


Alistair Price had the opportunity to interview Captain Vyvyan Howard in a Banbury nursing home on Tuesday 14th January.  Vyvyan is the last known survivor of Stalag Luft 3 prisoner of war camp in Poland during WW2. He was 100 years old in November 2019.

The reason that Vyvyan gave Alistair an interview was that his own father – Squadron Leader Kenneth Price – was also in Stalag Luft 3 for nearly two years.

Sadly Vyvyan never met Alistair’s father, but there were nearly 2,000 RAF officers in the North compound alone, so it wasn’t surprising.

Vyvyan didn’t take part in the Great Escape ( in terms of the 200 to come out of the tunnel called Harry) but took an active role in vaulting the wooden horse, dispersing sand from the tunnels and also distracting guards, as he could speak fluent German.

Alistair said that Vyvyan belied his age. He was, smart, lucid and very matter a fact about his time (3 & half years) in Stalag Luft 3. There were many anecdotes that Vyvyan related to Alistair during their 1.5 hour meeting. Too many for this piece, however a few that Alistair found particularly interesting:-

In 1939, he realised a war was looming and decided to join the Royal Navy and train as a pilot. He gained his pilot’s wings in May 1940.  In September 1940 he joined an operational squadron N0 828 based at Lee-on-Solent and in 1941 he was deployed to the Orkney Islands on Convoy patrol and anti aircraft duties. This was at the time of the Allied convoys to Murmansk in Russia.

photoIn June 1941 he joined the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious. On the night of 30th July, he was on a mission in a Fairey Albacore Biplane – a fairly dated, slow torpedo bomber – to sink one of Hitler’s pocket battleships, the Tirpitz, when he was shot down at a fjord in Northern Norway close to the Russian border. He comments on this experience:- “We launched our torpedo at a German ship in the harbour and as we turned to make our escape we heard a roar of cannon fire from below us. We were hit and the aircraft broke up around us. The next thing I knew was that I was in a fjord swimming to the shore and captivity.”

Vyvyan then was in captivity from August 1941 until the end of January 1945. He was in the North Compound of Stalag Luft 3 from mid 1942 and was moved to the East Compound (there being five at the camp), which was mainly housing Poles, where he  learnt to speak Polish, which enabled him to become a Polish interpreter after the war.

Vyvyan had to endure the Long March from the end of January to end March 1945 in atrocious conditions, the coldest winter for 50 years at -25c. The Germans decided to move the POWs on foot from the advancing Russians. The press said this was a disaster for those on the march, but he said they were always billeted and had adequate food on the way. He commented that the Polish told him never to take his boots off, as he wouldn’t have got them back on again due to the freezing conditions. It was the Germans who suffered most as many were in their late 50s (against the POWs early 20s) and the cold and daily marching took its toll.

He was eventually liberated on 10th May 1945.

In his time as a POW he said he was never bored, as there was always something to take part in – learning a new skill, language, sport, theatre groups. He said that in the main the Germans treated them with politeness and respect (most were too old to fight, having been solders in WW1). The Camp Kommadant Colonel Von Lindeiner was a Prussian, who was deemed by the prisoners to be fair in his dealings with them. The prisoners had Red Cross parcels every week, so they were always able to feed themselves adequately, even towards the end of the war.  Two of the essential items in these parcels were Chocolate and Cigarettes. These were used to barter with the German guards to get “ useful “ items for escaping (eg a Compass). Vyvyan said that after the Great Escape, all the guards felt sad about Hitler’s orders to shoot 50 escapees – even Herman Goring who was in overall charge of Flyers POW camps, advised Hitler that he should not take such action.

He said his most amusing time in camp was to set up an anti snoring machine in the hut he was in for fellow inmates and his most frightening experience was when a German guard shot his rifle at the POWs for no reason and the bullet missed him by just inches.

The Germans in the West surrendered on 30th April 1945. He  got back to England on 10th May 1945.

Vyvyan commented in his time in POW camp, that he met Rupert Davies, Peter Butterworth, Roy Dotrice and the legendry Douglas Bader.

After the war he re-joined the Fleet Air Arm and saw service in the Suez Crisis in 1956, where he flew Wyvern aircraft and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry in this conflict.

He bears no animosity to the Germans, whom he felt were doing their job, as was he. Alistair’s father took a different view as he was shot down in July 1943, when the attitude to Allied Bomber flyers was very different from two years earlier.




Henley and Beaudesert Society January 2020 Meeting
The Tudor Bishops of Worcester

The Society was delighted to welcome Philip Bowen to share with us his profound knowledge of the subject delivered with fluency, enthusiasm and at times a light hearted touch. The bishops under discussion formed an eclectic bunch of saints, sinners, heretics, refugees, Italians (and a poisoner). It is important to remember that in this country the Tudor period witnessed the seismic shift from Catholicism to Protestantism.

photoThe first bishop we heard about was John Alcock. He was a man of deep learning and also of great proficiency as an architect. In addition, and this is typical of a number of subsequent bishops, he held various offices of state including that of Lord Chancellor, Master of the Rolls and ambassador to the court of Castile. Our next bishop was Robert Morton, again a man of many talents and possibly a composer of some merit.

We then had a succession of four Italian bishops who at the time acted as papal go-betweens and resided almost entirely in Rome rather than Worcester. Among them was Silvestro de' Gigli, who was implicated in the 1514 murder by poison of the Archbishop of York, Christopher Bainbridge. Guido de Medici held the post of bishop 1521/22; he was the nephew of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the Florentine Republic and a major sponsor of Michelangelo.

Hugh Latimer 1535/39 was the first protestant bishop to hold the position. He was in favour of Henry VIII’s divorce of Catherine of Aragon and decried the prevalence of so much iconography. He was one of the Reformation’s great reformers, preaching publicly on the need for the translation of the bible into English. However when the Catholic Mary I succeeded to the throne in 1553 he rapidly fell out of favour, was tried for his beliefs and teachings and imprisoned. In October 1555 he was burned at the stake outside Balliol College, Oxford.

photoNicholas Heath who served two terms as bishop of Worcester in the 1540s & 50s turned against the move to Protestantism and as Lord Chancellor refused to crown Elizabeth I because she would not have the coronation service accompanied by the elevation of the Host (the lifting up of the bread) during consecration. Ecclesiastical ceremonies and doctrine could not, in Heath's view, be altered or abrogated by any mere national authority. He did though understand the antipathy towards foreign control, perhaps being the original Brexiteer.

John Whitgift 1577/84 was a very capable man who subsequently became Archbishop of Canterbury. He was not popular however, having some controversial theological views and often indulging in somewhat ostentatious habits. His legacy remains in the name of the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon and the Whitgift foundation, which supports 3 schools and some alms houses. Mention must also be made of Richard Fletcher 1593/5, whose main claim to fame was his presence at the execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587. Whilst attempting to pray out loud he was overcome by extreme nervousness and made 7 attempts to start the payers. He did not recover until the decapitation had been completed. His son John Fletcher collaborated with Shakespeare in the writing of plays.

Our speaker concluded that Worcester cathedral, begun in 1084, has survived through the centuries, seeing the breeze of history blow through it, of which we were privileged to hear only a small part.

The Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday 20th February in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm. when the speaker will be Andrew Lound on ‘When the Lights went out, Birmingham goes to War’. Visitors an
d new members are always very welcome.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Henley & Beaudesert Society visit to

Royal Shakespeare Company’s prop store.


Henley In Arden Flower Club

Henley Flower Club celebrated its Sapphire Anniversary at the Annual General Meeting in December when founder members Shelia Nicholson and Mary Stickley cut the celebration cake. There followed  a demonstration by Alan Keech on how to wrap a festive bottle.    Retiring President Margaret Cottrell was presented with a gift for her services to the Club, and members Rosie Stoakes, Jean Forsyth and Caroline Moore were welcomed on to the committee. The remaining members were re-elected and Chairman Lola Phillips gave a brief report on the plans for 2020.  These include a Strawberry tea, coach trip and a Celebration lunch.  Programme Secretary Jo Waddams reprised some special demonstrations in 2019 and confirmed that the diary is complete for 2020 with dates booked for 2021. It looks promising for some exciting demonstrations ahead. Members then enjoyed a buffet of delicious Christmas fare. 

We held a workshop for our January meeting – an arrangement in a teacup, and despite the very wet evening the hall was full.  Members produced some very decorative results( as shown.)  The club provided the flowers and foliage, members just brought scissors and it is hoped that the four visitors who took part will be joining us permanently.

Annette Walker reporting

Supporting  the young homeless

photoHere are a pile of scarves  I have made up from the tree bombing  - for St. Basil's shelter for the young homeless. They are visiting St. John's Church on Jan 26th and will be giving a talk on their work during the 10.00 am service so I am taking along the contributions from "Adopt a Tree".

If you have any clean children's clothing etc you would like to contribute please leave under the table at the back of the Church between 10.00-3.00 on Saturday or bring to the Sunday service.

There is also a bring and buy coffee morning on Feb 1st 10.30 - 12.00 in the Church Hall.
Your contributions will be very welcome.

Annie Davies reporting

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Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club held its AGM on 15th January and members heard highlights of a successful 2019 and plans for the year ahead.

The Open Day early in the season attracted lots of juniors to try out the tennis on offer, with a mix of fun sessions and coaching.  With a full team on hand to run sessions and provide coaching support, everyone had the opportunity to try something new. 
Coaching remains a big part of the Club, and it’s very popular.  With over 20 different junior groups each week there are sessions for all ages.  Adults can also get involved, with different types of adult coaching groups that run each week.

Over the summer the club had eight junior teams with over 40 players representing Henley.  The Mini Tennis winter league is also really popular with 10 teams in action.  The Club also continues to field a wide range of adult teams in the Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed Tennis Leagues.

The Adult Club Championships - a regular fixture on the club calendar - was a great competition, with league and non-league players all joining in.  A fabulous finals day took place during the middle weekend of Wimbledon, alongside the Junior Club Championships.  Lots of family and friends gathered to watch the great tennis and enjoy a day in the sunshine.

A group of juniors also had a fantastic day out at Wimbledon watching some great matches, and enjoying the atmosphere.

There were lots of social events during the year, including a fundraiser for Macmillan and the annual Hallowe’en event.  And the juniors had their festive family fun session in December with around 40 parents and juniors joining in.

The Club provides a great combination of social sessions and competitive play, so there’s something for everyone.  With seven floodlit courts, social tennis, tournaments and other activities run throughout the year. 

For further information, please visit the club website www.henleyinardentennis.co.uk
or email henleyinardentennis@gmail.com

Lions pull through a wet and windy afternoon

Claverdon made the short trip to Civil Service on a wet and windy Saturday. Following some early morning drop outs captain Barton was forced to make some last minute changes. James Kirby found himself in his old position out on the wing whilst Jordan Simpson and James Bush made their first starts in their preferred positions.

After losing the toss Claverdon played down the slight slope but with the wind behind them. They knew they would need to pile on the pressure in the first 40 minutes if they were going to hold the civil service attack in the second 40.

Claverdon started as well as they could have. After keeping CS pinned in their own 22 from the kick off, the CS fly half was forced to kick into the wind. Giving possession to Clav just outside the 22. Steve Grimsley found Ben Webster who then set for a driving maul, after making some head was Mikey Jay sent the ball wide to Simpson, a hard line from Matthew Dunster saw the centre crash over the line in under 5 minutes after some time out. 0-7

With the wind blowing a gale the restart fell short of the 10m line. Scrum centre field to Claverdon. With a dominant scrum Barton fed Tom Johnson on a hard line. A quick switch saw Simpson feed Sam Turrell on the opposite side of the scrum who beat his opposite man, then stepped the covering tackle, before handing off the full back to score a great individual try under the posts. Converting his own try the lions were 14 points clear, 0-14.

Half way through the half CS looked to their bench for some experience. This showed when their scrum held solid allowing them to attack from centre field. Following several penalties from the lions CS were soon deep in the Clav half. A quick tap penalty saw the CS flanker crash over, 5-14.

Words behind the posts from Barton were that 20 points with the slope was a minimum, and with not long left Claverdon soon to charge once again. A solid scrum just inside the CS half gave the backs a good platform to work off. Working the ball wide James Kirby found himself barrelling over in the corner for his first of the game, 5-21.

Half time 5-21

Clav knew they now had to work that little bit hard against the wide and up slight slope. Continued strong scrummaging from Colin Marklew and Tom Hudson allowed the backline to have good attacking ball. Good yards from Joe Turrell put Clav on the front foot once again. However good forward defence from CS snuffed out the attack, allowing them to clear their lines.

An onslaught of pressure came from CS as they played well with the wind against their backs. The results favoured the home side who went over twice to bring the scores close with just 5 minutes left to play. 17-24.

Claverdon knew they needed to regain possession from the restart if they were to have any chance of reaching the bonus point. A deep kick followed by a good chase from Luke Ford forced the knock on from CS. Jay found himself gathering the ball and with a basketball pass fed Barton who was stopped a metre short. Carries from Chris Glover and Nick Green took Claverdon over the line only to be held up. Scrum 5m out, the ball was once again shipped through the back and Kirby found himself in the corner, only to be deemed held up. One final scrum saw a ball fed from the back to Johnson on a short line. A quick switch of play allowed Barton to send Kirby over the line unopposed for the flanker turned winger to score his second, 17-29.

The Lions travel to Old Yardleians on Saturday for their first encounter following a postponement before Christmas.

James Barton reporting

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John Garner's Business Column

French robot wars?John Garner

You may have forgotten that French train drivers are still on strike, so far it’s been 49 days and counting.  This applies to the French railway network and also the Paris Metro but some trains are running.   Our Paris correspondent, my daughter, says that people are getting used to the disruption but it’s still very inconvenient; the bus drivers are not on strike but inevitably the bus network is very stretched through overcrowding.

However, Metro lines 1 and 14 are running normally. That’s because they are fully automated and don’t have drivers.  Line 14 has always been driverless; it connects Saint-Lazare with stops across the Seine and was opened in 1998.  Line 1, the capital’s busiest link from East to West, was converted to  driverless in 2012 to allow trains to run at a higher frequency than would be possible with human operators.  That’s the interesting bit of course.

You may wonder about safety when there is no driver but the Paris trains are continually monitored by supervisory staff who just don’t happen to be on the train.  The most obvious difference for you as a passenger is that when you walk on to the platform there is a glass wall between you and the rails, much safer.  When a train stops its doors are positioned exactly in line with sliding doors in the glass wall and both open and close together.  I doubt if you could achieve this, certainly not every time, with a human driver.

Inevitably unions have long been worried that automating public transport could cost jobs, but the ongoing standoff in France between workers and the government over pension reform is highlighting the potential advantages of replacing humans with machines.  As the strikes drag on, public opinion is shifting against workers while enthusiasm grows for driverless trains. Some fed-up Parisians have launched an online petition calling for a full automation of the Metro network and it has gathered over 10,000 signatures.

The technology to fully automate railways has been around for some time now and indeed there are many examples of this around the world, eg Kobe, Japan (the first in the world), Singapore (the longest network in the world), Vancouver, Toronto, Las Vegas, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lille, Turin.  And that’s without mentioning airport shuttles (as at Birmingham airport).

I suspect that, the longer French train drivers remain on strike, the more likely it is that they’ll do themselves out of a job.  And the same could apply to train drivers in the UK eventually.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


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  1. Anti-Social Behaviour. Brook End Close, Henley. Several males seen riding up and down the Close on bikes. One of them tried to kick the wing mirror of a car. 2.45pm Saturday 18th January. 0385 18/01/2020
  2. Vehicle Crime. Car Park, Birmingham Road, Henley. Number plate stolen from car. Between 8am and 12 midday Friday 17th January. 0266 17/01/2020
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Glenhurst Road, Henley. Man seen taking items from skip on private property. White Van seen parked nearby. 3.50pm Wednesday 15th January. 0429 15/01/2020


  1. Damage / Suspicious Circumstances. Business premises, Pettiford Lane, Wootton Wawen. Live Electric cables cut on the side of the building. Found and reported morning of Friday 10th January. 0121 10/01/2020
  2. Burglary. Edstone, Wootton Wawen. Two outbuildings entered and items stolen including gardening equipment, an Ifor Williams 10’ twin axle trailer and a Blue Quadzilla Terrain 500cc quad bike. Between 10pm 16th & 8.30am 17th January. 0103 17/01/2020


  1. Burglary. Church Road, Ullenhall. Offender(s) have entered the house by the conservatory and then rear door. A tidy search has been made and a handbag stolen. Daytime Tuesday 7th January. 0323 07/01/2020

  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Station Road, Claverdon. Two males with torches seen looking around private property. Both ran off when challenged. No offences disclosed at the time. 1.10am Thursday 9th January. 0006 09/01/2020 . Details of a vehicle that was seen in the area at the time was passed to police by the Claverdon Area Safer Environment CCTV system – the driver of which has been spoken to by police.
  2. Theft. Langley Road, Claverdon. Secure building site broken into and items stolen including a cement mixer. Between 15th & 16th January. 0139 16/01/2020
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Glebe Road, Claverdon. Door handle rattled and bang heard at front of house. On later inspection a crack was found in the door itself. 10.30pm Sunday 12th January. 0094 13/01/2020
  1. Burglary. Common Lane, Yarningale Common. Secure shed broken into and items stolen including hedge cutter, chain saw and a bright orange Trek Mountain Bike. Happened at approx. 10.30pm Saturday 4th January. 0152 07/01/2020

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CHURCHES TOGETHER BREAKFAST Saturday 22nd February in the Memorial Hall. Freshly cooked full English or continental. The speaker is James Holden whose new found Christian faith led him to set up a charity in Africa providing hospitals and schools. Tickets cost £10.00 (including charity donation), children free, available from Dukes Stationers or Malcolm Aldridge 794019.

A friendly social meeting place for people living with dementia and their families and friends. Activities, coffee, tea & cookies at Ullenhall Village Hall B95 5NW on the second Wednesday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm. 12th Feb icing craft with Jean, 11th Mar singalong with Margaret, 8th April Easter egg painting. Just come along or contact Malcolm on 07767354456 for further information.

BAPTIST CHURCH Our coffee mornings on Wednesday & Saturdays 10.30am to 12.00pm are open to all. We do look forward to seeing you and you will receive a very warm welcome. The winners of the Christmas tree competition were Helena Spridgeon and Barnaby Morgan.

Thursdays 1.30pm – 4.00pm. For more information contact Colin Fisher 794339.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th February  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Andrew Lound will give a talk on ‘When the Lights Went Out, Birmingham Goes to War’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and further details are available from Andrew Yarwood on 794071.

if you are interested in joining, a meeting is being held in the Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm on February 4th.

This amazing choir, that has sung at the Royal Albert Hall and St George’s Chapel Windsor is coming to Henley on the 14th March at the Memorial Hall starting at 7.30.pm. Tickets £12.50 from Norman Kench 795419. Sue Warner 793445. and Marijana Bainbridge 795149.Bar and Raffle. A joint fund raising event between the Heritage Centre and Memorial Hall. This should be a wonderful evening…join us! Book early as seats will be limited…

Specialist Exercise class for 65+. Improve your balance and flexibility, coordination and mobility, strength and independence. Monday mornings 11.15-12.15 at the Parish Hall in Beaudesert Lane. Contact Lesley on 07801 265599 or email Lesley.natrins@moveitorloseit.co.uk.

HENLEY CRAFTERS Wednesday 12th February, 2 - 4 pm. Baptist Hall.
Come and join our friendly group, all abilities are welcome! This month we will be making ‘ HEARTS FILLED WITH LAVENDER’ For information contact Jessie Lindon 793863.

Tuesday 11th February in the Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm. Demonstration Jo Davis ‘A winter through time’. Competition ‘Winter’.

Claire Mangan is collecting unwanted bras for Breast Haven, a wonderful charity based in Olton but working in our area. If you have any or require any further information please contact Claire on 794684.

Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm. , ‘Trees’ Dr John Page. 

Tuesday 18th Feb, Baptist Church Hall 7.45pm. ‘Tree species with moths’ David Brown. Visitors welcome.

COFFEE MORNING 10.30 am to Noon on SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY, 2020 in Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
in aid of ST. BASIL’S CENTRE FOR HOMELESS IN BIRMINGHAM.  Refreshments, Home made Cakes, Raffle, Books and Gift Stall.  Free entry, all welcome.  On the Sunday before, 26th January, at the 10.00 am service at St. John’s Church, a speaker from St. Basil’s will tell us about the work they do for young people in Birmingham and further afield.

If we get extreme weather don't be shy to use the Council's salt/grit in the bins when public roads and paths get icy.

LLOYDS MOBILE BANK is on the Medical Centre car park at the following times.

MONDAYS 2.00PM – 3.15PM
WEDNESDAYS 9.45AM – 12.15PM & 1.00PM – 3.15PM

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.

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 £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320

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

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 - Venue: St Johns Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Mixed ability. Fridays 9.30 am - 10.45am
£7.00 per class. Contact Alex Brown Tel: 07966516914 . Email: yogawithalexbrown@gmail.com.

JOLLYTOTS We’re now at henley C of E Primary school in Arden road. We open from 9 - 11:30. Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month we have the health visitors come to weigh babies and answer any questions. The new contact number is 07789271774 and that’s mine. Lulu Simpson.

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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Town Organisations and Clubs

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.

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
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rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. Secretary of Henley Rotary Club - Mike Redman  01564 793491.
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 £4).  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
Sprechen Sie Deutsch - Would you like to learn to speak German?
I am hoping to set up a new evening class for German Adult Leaners. If you are interested in learning not only  a new language, but also about the customs and culture of Germany,  in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, then please contact Susanne, either via email at susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively via mobile on 07525365469.
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 contact Jon Butler on 01564 795216 or email 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.
We are a not for profit group organisation of women meeting on the third Tuesday of each month for mutual friendship and to raise funds for local and national charities. New members are very welcome. Contact: Kate Dale, 01564 795215
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 Sarah Jones for more details on 07922 670959.

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.

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.

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

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