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

27th July 2016



Following the appalling attack on Bastille Day, the Joint Parish Council sent the following message to the citizens of Montfort-sur-Risle.

Dear Friends

We held our monthly Council meeting recently and it is with great sadness that we are writing to you again to express our heartfelt sympathy and regret following the appalling tragedy in Nice and the deaths of many innocent people who were killed by a terrorist attack on your beautiful city and the many more who were
injured on Bastille Day.

We were all appalled and horrified when we heard the news and our hearts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones and the family and friends of those who were injured. We would like to express our solidarity with all the communities in France and very much hope that we can all learn to live together in peace, acceptance and tolerance of everyone.

Kindest regards,

Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

The following response has been received.

Dear Friends,

On behalf of our mayor, Jean-Luc Barre, and the citizens of Montfort-sur-Risle, we wish to express our gratitude for your support of our country in these tragic times. As you know, a new tragedy has hit our country, and this time a small Normandy town a few miles from our village has been attacked by these barbaric criminals.

Again, we shall all stand united and strong and never yield to tyranny and obscurantism.

Warm regards,

M Yvon BENOIST, on behalf of M Jean-Luc BARRE, Mayor of Montfort-sur-Risle, Normandy,

The Joint Parish Council held an Ordinary meeting on 18th July 2016 and I would like to report the following:

  • The JPC Bank Balances as at 18th July 2016: Current Account: £5,325.24, which includes a VAT Refund of £4,868.55 and Deposit Account: £75,003.37.  All finance documents are available to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from myself.
  • The JPC agreed to look into various maintenance issues which had been brought to its attention.
  • The JPC agreed to allocate funding towards traffic calming measures in High Street and to pay for a Traffic Survey to be conducted.
  • Cllr Broadbent reported that the outline application submitted for Henley College was considered at an SDC Planning Meeting and the only change was to the Section 106 Agreement and an amount of £530 was to be given to the Library.
  • The JPC agreed to support planning applications 16/01505/FUL and 16/02120/FUL and 16/02121/LBC.
  • The updated Planning spread sheet is available to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from myself.
  • The JPC agreed to close the Communications & Events Working Party and task specific groups would be set up as and when needed in the future.
  • The Children’s Facilities WP agreed to look into the refurbishment of the Play Area adjacent to the Medical Centre.  Three companies have been approached and each one will give a presentation to be considered by Cllrs, parents and children.
  • The JPC agreed to apply for an Awards for All Grant towards the Big Family Day project for 2017.
  • The Traffic & Parking WP agreed to put together a presentation for the Town at the same time as the Neighbourhood Development Plan consultation.
  • The Clerk reported that the Henley Town Guide, with the JPC Annual Report and Accounts, is progressing and the Wires Across the High Street project is also moving forward.
  • The JPC reported that it would purchase a strimmer so that allotment holders could look after and maintain the unused allotments and footpaths.
  • Concerns were raised about the robustness and sustainability of various social organisations in Henley.  The JPC agreed that they would circulate a report with strategies they could consider.
  • The JPC agreed to look into whether it would be appropriate to list various Assets of Community Value (ACV) within the Beaudesert & Henley area. 
  • The JPC agreed to progress the maintenance or repair options for the three Bus Shelters in Henley.
  • The Clerk reported that an overwhelming majority (74%) of Parishioners who had completed the Survey so far had requested adopting the name of Henley Town Council instead of Beaudesert & Henley Joint Parish Council.    The JPC agreed that a wider audience should be consulted.
  • The next full JPC meeting will be held on Monday, 19th September 2016 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Committee Rooms, Station Road. 

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

Rural Housing Milestone Development Moves Forward


The development of Warwickshire’s first Passivhaus scheme moved an important step closer yesterday (14th July) when the official start on site event took place during Rural Housing Week.

The theme for Rural Housing Week is innovation and Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) invited local councillors to view the development site in Wootton Wawen and learn more about the techniques and technologies of Passivhaus for ultra-low energy buildings.

Passivhaus or ‘passive house’ principles involve creating a building which is as energy efficient as possible to reduce its ecological footprint.  By using superior levels of insulation and air tightness, and orienting the homes to maximise solar gain, the aim is to achieve space heating costs which are 70 per cent less than in standard house construction.

Twelve properties for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are being built to this rigorous standard.  With many residents struggling to meet the ever increasing energy costs, this cutting edge development will help to reduce fuel poverty as well as reducing residents’ carbon footprint.

The new properties, seven of which will be bungalows, are being developed on land owned by local family business Allens Caravans, one of the country’s top caravan park operators.  Following an introduction from WRHA Chairman Derrick Dyas at the site, Allens hosted refreshments at their beautiful headquarters in Wootton Hall, including home-made cakes.

WRHA Chairman, Derrick Dyas, explained: “This exciting project is community-led and will create innovative affordable housing for local people in Wootton Wawen.

“The Parish Plan states that residents believe new buildings should embody the latest thinking in quality materials and energy efficiency development.  This really struck a chord with our own objectives and the Passivhaus project was born.

“Local residents are being consulted every step of the way and have already selected the preferred site and given their views on the scheme layout.

“It has taken a real partnership approach to get this exciting project to this point.  We are very grateful for the strong support of Wootton Wawen Parish Council and our partners at Warwickshire Rural Community Council, and for the funding commitment from Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Waterloo Housing.”

The development is due to be completed in 2018.

St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden


St Nicholas Beaudesert

St Nicks

Henley Churches Together


On Saturday 16th July, Malcolm Aldridge, Lay Preacher at Ullenhall and St Johns Church Henley, organised an Ecumenical breakfast at the Memorial Hall Henley under the title "Henley Churches Together".

Nearly 60 tickets were sold to members of the Methodist, Catholic, Baptist and C of E churches in the area. As it turned out 45 turned up, so I guess that 08.30 on a Saturday could be challenging for some following Friday evening’s activities. The buffet breakfast was superb and would have done credit to  a 5 star hotel. It was overseen by Ruth Aldridge with help from Fiona from the Catholic Church and Cilla Pudney from St Johns.

Alistair Price introduced the guest speaker, Tim Varney, whom he has known for 20 years as a supplier to his vending business in Salisbury.

Tim’s talk was inspirational. He explained that he had been brought up on a council estate in Salisbury, being one of 6 children. He explained money was tight at the time. He went on to start work at a local vending company (he installs, cleans, fills and takes money from machines) as an engineer. In 1993 he and a colleague bought the business and 11 years later Tim became the sole owner of Revive Vending, which now turns over in excess of £2million per year.

He lives in Salisbury and is married to Sarah and they have four children. Two years ago he bought some apartments in Dalyan, Turkey which he manages from the UK.

He is a committed and active Catholic in Salisbury, from whence came the drive to set up Edukaid in 2003, a charity dedicated to helping educate children in deprived areas of Tanzania. He felt (and still does) that helping to educate children in terms of provision of classrooms/teachers/books/chalk for the blackboards will allow them to raise themselves out of poverty and become full contributors to the country, which benefits both the youngsters themselves and Tanzania in the medium term as well.

Through his presentation he showed what had been achieved by the charity and that all the money is channelled to areas of greatest need. The costs of the administration of the charity are funded by Revive Vending, so there are little or no overhead costs.

He concluded with short videos showing before and after at some of the locations.

Tim came across as a very genuine Christian person, who just wants to help others achieve their “life goals”.

Profit from the event raised £325, which was donated to Edukaid.

A great breakfast with a memorable speaker!

Alistair Price,
Sidesman, St Johns Church

Daylight Robbery

Last Monday, July 18th a builder was working at our property in the High Street. Between approximately 11 am and noon, his van was broken into and 4 boxes of tools were stolen, leaving him potentially unable to continue working as a builder, unable to make a living.

If anyone has any information regarding this issue, could they please inform the police.

If anyone has any unwanted tools e.g. drills, saws etc and feel able to donate them could they kindly contact me on this number and I will pass them onto our builder.

Phone: 07538433593

(name and address supplied)

Shakespeare Hospice ‘Passes Go’


Day Hospice and Hospice at Home nurses (left to right) - Yvonne Botterill, Carol Davis, Salma Sadler, Cathy Atkinson

First square on new Stratford-upon-Avon MONOPOLY board is revealed.

The public was invited to vote two charities to star on the new official Stratford-upon-Avon MONOPOLY board – and today the charity that received the most votes is named - It is The Shakespeare Hospice.

The hospice will now appear on a Community Chest square when the board is released later this year in time for Christmas.

Originally the games’ chiefs at Winning Moves UK, makers of the MONOPOLY: Stratford-upon-Avon Edition board under official licence from Hasbro, had promised just one square but so overwhelming was the response that they doubled the offer to two as a “thank you” to the public. The second charity will be named nearer the time of the launch of the board.

"Congratulations to The Shakespeare Hospice for topping the poll," says Natasha Rebuck, from the makers of this new board, London-based Winning Moves UK.

A delighted Vikki Calcutt – the Hospice’s Head of Income Generation – says: “We are honoured to have been voted and selected as one of the ‘Community Chest’ squares on the Stratford upon Avon MONOPOLY.

“Ever since we opened in 1999 the community has been behind us and for them to vote  for us to be the local charity shows us once again what an incredible community we live in. A BIG thank you to everyone who voted”. The charity has a 24-hr Hospice at Home service. Mrs Calcutt says her charity’s vision is for every young person and adult living in the community with a life limiting illness – and those who matter to them – to be “supported with the care and compassion they need.”

Natasha Rebuck - a Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK, producing the board under licence from MONOPOLY owners, Hasbro – added: “We would like to thank each and every person who has voted. The board - or ‘Bard’ as it has been coined - will be on shop shelves later in the year and well in time for Christmas. That’s both in Stratford-upon-Avon stores and widely online.

“It will be a world board of global appeal, bearing in mind all that has been happening in this milestone legacy year of William Shakespeare. The board will immortalise Stratford-upon-Avon and its heritage both past, present and pointing to the future.”
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, The Holy Trinity Church and the RSC were reported as being the three most popular landmarks voted for in general polling, just prior to voting closing. “We had two polls – one for general landmarks the other for charity,” adds Ms Rebuck.

“The response from the public has been overwhelming.”

The board will showcase and feature around 30 Stratford-upon-Avon landmarks.


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THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

Adapted by Melissa Mathison from a story by Roald Dahl
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Mark Rylance
Ruby Barnhill
Penelope Wilton as the Queen
Bill Hadder as Bloodbottler
Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater

As a film critic it is only right that any bias should be admitted. ‘I love Mark Rylance!’

The truth is out: my favourite theatre actor who has, in recent times, relocated into movies and TV, has now been discovered by Spielberg.  My review of Spielberg’s, ‘Bridge of Spies’ starring Hanks and Rylance forecast that Mark Rylance would win the Oscar for best supporting actor.  I was right, he is wonderful.

The BFG is a well tuned childrens book where giants eat human beings!  The Giants are not nice and Roald Dahl exploited children's love of ‘not nice’ in his successful children’s books.  Mark Rylance is the BFG and Ruby Barnhill is Sophie the girl the BFG kidnaps and takes to the land of the Giants.  The opening sequence of the Movie as the BFG runs through the streets of London and disguises himself in the shadows is amazing.  The CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is so real with London having the look that Americans love.  A cross between Dickens and Dick Van Dyke's London from Mary Poppins. 

Melissa Mathison, former wife of Harrison Ford and script writer of ET, who passed away on November 4th 2015, has produced a script which protects the viewer from some of the horror of the giants by merely mentioning the cannibalism of their lifestyle and referring in passing to the children that go missing.  The interpretation of the BFG by Mark Rylance has echoes of Stanley Unwin, (the eighties comedian and actor) in speaking the english language.  A language that has so enthralled children of the last thirty plus years.  Mark Rylance delivers a first rate BFG.  Gobblefunk, Frobscottle and Whizpopping are examples from the BFG dictionary.  Ruby Barnhill is perfectly cast as the lonely, unhappy girl from the orphanage.  She leads the BFG into a fulfilling life free from bullying, a world where dreams can come true.

The CGI is so real that the giants are still frightening, stereotyping caused me some concern as children are the viewers.  The magic of the story will be dependent on the viewer.  I felt the Computer Generated Imagery won, it was amazing.  A Spielberg/Rylance combination can only be good but magical, I’m not sure. Open for discussion.

Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood

Jazz at the Cowshed


Brilliant jazz performance and delicious food brings together local Warwickshire community in support of Wootton Wawen's St Peter's church repairs. A great turnout and a warm summer's evening; the sounds delighted the audience who danced and swayed to the cleverly arranged and delightful voice of Annie Davies. Even the local wildlife joined in! A small 'song' bird appeared numerous times on the Cowshed skylight and popped its head through to listen in and seemed to be enjoying the melody.

The audience were also entertained by Richard Fairlie whose rich voice and fluid guitar complemented the ambiance of the evening perfectly.

The success of the evening was underpinned by the generous sponsorship provided by Wootton Park and Johnson's coaches so our grateful thanks go to them.

A great night for all of us. We look forward to Annie and her band returning late summer.

Gaynor Phillips of Lichfield

Henley-in-Bloom Competitions

Troughs, tubs and hanging baskets in Henley are probably at their glorious best, the colour scheme is striking, thank you to all volunteers your hard work is paying off. Long may it continue but the plants are under more stress in the warm weather; if you are near a trough which has wilting plants, please if you can, give it some water.

July 9th was the annual cake stall and street collection, despite a cool quiet morning on the High Street £400 was raised towards the ongoing cost of planting.


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July 11th saw the reintroduction of hanging basket judging. We are grateful to the independent judges Mike and Joan Flood from Ullenhall Gardening Club. Wow factor, variety of planting, amount of planting basket showing and over all care were taken into consideration, the winners are.

First Place Tim Price
Joint 2nd Ross and Peter Hussey, Mrs Field
Third place Sarah Aldridge

Business frontages were also judged
First place The White Swan
Second place The Bakery
Third place Sans Oriental Restaurant

All competition winners and volunteers will be invited to the Summer Lunch on September 10th when awards will be given.



Seeds of nasturtiums and mint were issued to the two primary schools in May for the annual competition. Chairman Sheila Davis, Ginny Matheou and Annette Walker attended for the judging and the results are :

Henley-in-Arden Primary School
1st Charlie Winter 2nd Sophie Beck 3rd Oliver Evans Highly Commended Bailey Matthews
Unfortunately the flowers had suffered from blackfly but the 9 children who had taken part were congratulated on their efforts.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
1st Mellisa Taylor 2nd Angelique & Evie Brown 3rd Joseph Taylor Highly Commended Charlotte Mansfield
14 children took part and the plants had all survived well. The children who had decorated the pots were also congratulated.

Sheila Davis and Annette Walker reporting


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St Marys

Midday Supervisor Vacancy

Midday Supervisor
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Arden Road, Henley in Arden, B95 5LT
Permanent contract
Term time only (38 weeks per year)
6.25 hours per week (12 noon – 1.15pm Monday – Friday)
£7.52 per hour.
Would suit retired person.

Closing Date for Applications
7th September 2016
Please call in at the school for an application form.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed person to join our team to supervise and ensure the safety of our pupils during the lunch time period.

Escort children to and from dining room
Supervise collection of meals and assist with use of cutlery
Assist pupils when returning used plates, trays, cutlery, glasses/beakers and clearing tables
Supervise pupils eating food brought from home and ensure packed lunch equipment is cleared away
Attend to minor accidents or to pupils who become ill
Report to teaching staff if accident occurs or if pupil falls ill
Monitor pupil behaviour, intervening as necessary in accordance with behaviour policy

Literacy skills to be able to understand school policies and complete accident book
Be able to understand, comply and work within policies: e.g.  school behaviour policy, child protection policy, health and safety, confidentiality and other school rules
Be aware of cultural differences

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John Garner's Business Column

Self-employed or not?

John Garner There have been a couple of interesting cases in the news recently. 

The first is the claim by the GMB union that their members who are drivers working for taxi hailing app Uber should be classed as workers rather than self-employed contractors.  As you know, Uber is a smartphone app that lets the user call a taxi from wherever they are: Uber then contacts the nearest available driver.  Uber takes a percentage of the fare and the driver gets the rest.  Drivers provide their own cars and can work when they want.

At the moment they are self-employed and not directly employed by Uber; they are not entitled to holiday pay and the national minimum wage.  GMB lawyers believe that Uber is acting unlawfully by not providing drivers with such rights.

Self-employed people don’t have to pay the full rate of National Insurance Contributions; they can offset work-related expenses against their income tax which they pay in two instalments each year rather than have it deducted under PAYE. 

The other case in the news concerns the BBC.  It has been forced to bring 85 of its presenters on to its books as permanent members of staff, after coming under pressure to stop allowing stars to use personal service companies to minimise their tax bills.  The arrangement allows the broadcaster to avoid making employer’s National Insurance Contributions (a considerable saving), while the stars using these companies qualify for a range of tax reliefs and allowances.  A report published in 2012 found that the corporation paid more than 124 stars in excess of £150,000 a year via personal service companies.

A number of presenters have complained that they only formed service companies because they were told to by the BBC.  Indeed Jeremy Paxman had his own service company; he said the BBC “required me to form a company if I wanted to continue to present Newsnight. They claimed they had been told to do so by HMRC."

So what are the tax rules about whether a worker can be considered self-employed or not? 

HMRC says someone is probably self-employed and shouldn’t be paid through PAYE if most of the following are true:

  • they’re in business for themselves, are responsible for the success or failure of their business and can make a loss or a profit
  • they can decide what work they do and when, where or how to do it
  • they can hire someone else to do the work
  • they’re responsible for fixing any unsatisfactory work in their own time
  • their employer agrees a fixed price for their work - it doesn’t depend on how long the job takes to finish
  • they use their own money to buy business assets, cover running costs, and provide tools and equipment for their work
  • they can work for more than one client.

All a bit vague don’t you think?

If someone’s employment status for PAYE still isn’t clear, you can use HMRC’s Employment Status Indicator which asks you a series of questions and gives you a verdict depending on your answers. 

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


    David Malin

  1. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. St Nicholas Road, Henley. Van stolen from address and then found burnt out in Earlswood. 16th July. Incident Number 0181 16/07/2016
  2. Burglary Distraction. Whitley Hill, Henley. While assisting a customer in the shop, a purse has been stolen from the office area of the premises. The owner of the purse had then received a call from a male allegedly from their bank asking for the PIN number of the bank cards to be keyed in to the phone. As a result money was unfortunately taken from the owner's banks. Information is being gathered on the possible offenders. Enquiries ongoing. Reported Daytime 15th July. Incident Number 0201 15/07/2016
  3. Damage. Prince Harry Road, Henley. Car scratched along the entire length of the passenger side. Overnight 13th & 14th July.
  4. Theft. High Street, Henley. Garden shed entered and petrol strimmer stolen. Overnight 12th & 13th July.
  5. Vehicle Crime - attempt theft from. High Street, Henley. Front offside passenger door on Nissan van jemmied open. Entry gained but nothing stolen. This may have occurred around 1.30am Thursday 21st July. 0112 21/07/2016
  6. Theft. Shop, High Street, Henley. Theft of man's wallet, possibly by way of 'pick pocketing'. Offender may have been a white female, red shoulder length hair which was tied back, carrying a large shopping bag. 3pm Tuesday 19th July. 0302 19/07/2016
  7. Vehicle Crime - theft from. High Street, Henley. Near to Henley Ice Creams. Ford Transit works van broken into and a number of power tools stolen. Offenders have "popped open" the side door nearest to the footpath. Between 11am and 11.30am Monday 18th July. 0155 18/07/2016
  8. Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Prince Harry Road, Henley. Theft of both number plates off car. Between 9am and 9.30am Monday 18th July. 0104 18/07/2016


  1. Theft. Craft Centre, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. During opening times of the centre, offenders have forced open a glass display cabinet and have stolen 6 rings. Between 14th & 16th July. Incident number 0270 16/07/2016
  2. Burglary Other. The Dale, Wootton Wawen. Wooden shed broken into and tools and garden equipment stolen. Offenders have unscrewed the hasp and padlock from the shed to gain access. Between 4th & 8th July. 0098 22/07/2016


  1. Burglary Dwelling. Ullenhall Street, Ullenhall. Offenders have gained access via a first floor window. A search of the premises has been made. A window in the rear conservatory was also broken. Between 3.45pm and 6.15pm Wednesday 20th July. 0353 20/07/2016


  1. Burglary Other. Lye Green, Claverdon. Wooden garden shed broken into and power tools stolen. (Over £1000 worth). Offenders have unscrewed the hinges to the shed door to gain access. Between 15th & 17th July. 0345 17/07/2016

David Malin
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Alcester Police SNTs

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Henley Annual Events

July 2016 Sat 23rd - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Flower Club Competition - Memorial Hall
August 2016 The Great Henley Bake-off
Henley Music Festival
September 2016 Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
Forest of Arden Agricultural Society Annual Ploughing Hedging Competitions.
October 2016

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November 2016

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

December 2016 Sat 3rd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
January 2017 AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
February 2017 Chinese New Year
March 2017  
April 2017

Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner

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

Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade - 10.15 am Memorial Hall.

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From 13th September please note we are moving to Henley Baptist Church Hall. At 7.30pm Sue Munslow will present 'Treasures of the Severn Gorge'. Competition - a petite - 'Hidden Treasures'

Ullenhall village hall, 23rd August at 7.30pm Ross Barbour will talk about ‘Roses need friends too’. Visitors welcome.

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

Thursdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley in Arden. Come and learn about Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breath work), learn to practice Yoga in a safe and none judgemental environment. Suitable for beginners. Contact me to find out more and to book. Eleanor 07932658719 Yogahenley@gmail.com

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Next Edition

10th August 2016

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

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.

imageWelcomes visitors and new members.
We meet at Henley-in-Arden CofE Primary School, Arden Road at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings (term time only). For further details please ring Pauline Barber on 01564 793320

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please contact Alan Jones on 01564 793715
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 Angela Pinnegar on 01564 792781 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
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
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
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 during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
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 village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.

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 7:30pm at Henley High School, Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Becky for more details on 07718 989422

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

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

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

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

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

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