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

13th November 2019


Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.

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The Crawleys are back, but this time they're venturing on to the big screen,
and The King and Queen are coming for tea!

Henley Rural Cinema is incredibly excited to announce that Downton Abbey
will be our January screening on Thursday 23rd January 2020.


    Thursday 7th November


The annual Remembrance Service took place at the Ardenhurst School Memorial led by Rev John Ganjavi with representatives of the Henley in Arden Branch of the Royal British Legion and town organisations laying wreaths. The Last Post was played by Cllr David Broadbent.


    Sunday 10th November


On Sunday there was the traditional parade from the Memorial Hall to St Johns church, followed by the Remembrance Service and Wreath laying.




    Monday 11th November - Remembrance Day



The Henley in Arden Fire Brigade took up their traditional position for the two minutes silence and last post.


Press pack supplied to Henley NEWS


The Chairman of the JPC reports on the latest developments
regarding the Henley Sports Facilities

I write with my Chairman’s hat slightly pushed back. It is clear that the initial and only meeting the JPC had with Warwickshire Colleges Group and WASPS Rugby, was brief and lacking in any final detail. We asked for a more exhaustive plan and, as I write, we have only received two emails, which merely reiterate the brief information presented to us at that meeting in Leamington.

The JPC have discovered far more about this venture from the investigations conducted by local people, many of whom, have brought facts and figures to our notice, which quite frankly, tend to clash with the brief summaries received from the participants of the sale of the WCG grounds, south of Henley.

If that was not significant enough, a number of JPC members were given a full tour of the facilities last Tuesday evening and I have to tell you, I was astounded by what we witnessed, starting with a packed car park, via a gymnasium where wheelchair basketball players shared space with a junior football group, then on to a filled Pilates class in the studio, a full house in the exercise and workout gym, ending with a view of the Astro-turfed pitches where I counted at least fifty youngsters playing ball games under the floodlighting.

There is no doubt about the requirements of WASPS and their intentions to provide a cutting-edge training facility on this 13-acre site, however, the JPC await details of the planning request and are most concerned that the conditions of the existing planning consent have been and will continue to be applied with.  If they are not, the JPC feel quite certain that this local asset will be destroyed, an asset which benefits something of the order of 1500 men, women and children, in an average week.

The JPC met again last night, with representatives of  the newly formed Henley Sports Centre Alliance [HSCA] and promised to take part in a closed meeting between HSCA,  HCG and the WASPS on the 18th of November next. The JPC, without detail of the planning request, cannot raise any objections and will be at the meeting merely to listen and take note. A further, extraordinary public meeting, will then take place at a date to be selected, following the 18th.


More information about the progress of these issues as they develop, can be found on the JPC website https://www.henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk/- and the HSCA site  -  www.twitter.com?HSCAlliance more information about the other parties can be found on https://www.wasps.co.uk/ and https://wcg.ac.uk/  

Ray Evans Reporting
Chairman - Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council

Wasps purchase of local sports facilities questioned


In the previous edition of Henley NEWS the announcement was made that Wasps Rugby have purchased the local sporting and leisure facility of WCG (Warwickshire College Group) with the intention of this becoming their main training facility.

Whilst this is great news for Wasps, the article does not mention the likely impact that this will have on the local community which is likely to be not so good news. If the facility is to be used by Wasps as their main training facility it is likely (although this is yet to be confirmed) that it will not be available for public use as it is currently.

I feel that there has possibly not been full disclosure of facts from WCG regarding the usage of the facility by the local community. In various articles WCG mention that there are only 100 members that use the facility which I believe to be wholly inaccurate. The gym facility is used by many locals including numerous elderly people, ill or disabled that have been referred by their G.P. In terms of keeping up their general fitness, these amongst others are people that cannot make it to the nearest gym in Stratford.

They also make no mention of the kids’ sports clubs run by Coolsportz that operate every single day of every school holiday. These clubs are a vital part of our local community and a great resource for the children who attend; teaching them a variety of different sports skills, social and leadership skills as well. Typically, each day there would be between 40 – 60 children at each session they run. The sports clubs are used by many local families who rely upon this facility as a means of locally based child care during school holidays

In addition to the above there are also various fitness classes again attended by many local residents. There are also numerous kids weekend football fixtures run at the site, a typical Saturday morning will see the car park fully used. Warwickshire Bears wheelchair basketball team also use the facility as a training facility!

When the original planning consent was granted to WCG on 13 December 2007 clause 12 very clearly states the following

No part of the development hereby permitted shall be used until a ‘Community Use Scheme’ including details of pricing, hours of use, access for non-college students/non-members, management responsibilities and the mechanism for review,  and a ‘Sports Development Programme’ have been submitted to and approved in writing by the District Planning Authority. Such approved schemes shall be implemented upon the first use of the development hereby permitted

My understanding of this is that planning permission for the development of the site was only given on the basis that the facility was available for local community usage.

There have also been numerous comments about how this will be good news for local businesses within Henley, which personally I can’t see makes much sense. Wasps intend to crate a canteen on site so that players will have their breakfast and lunches there, there are likely to drive in in the morning and drive home once their training day is done.

Whilst I have no problem with the purchase by Wasps, as a small town and close knit community we have few resources and funds at best to help the needy people, including children, under privileged, elderly, disabled and committed community sports teams. Wasps are a prosperous sports team. There are many brownfield sites nearby which if developed would enhance local communities. Surely it makes no sense to use a valuable community resource and deprive locals of a much used site.

Mike Meyrick reporting
Henley in Arden Resident and regular user of the facility

From what little I know of the proposal that Wasps move to the Warwicksire College sports ground that will have severe consequences to the chilfren and people of Henley.

As I read the information that has so far been disseminated many amenities which are currently enjoyed by the residents of Henley and its environs will no longer be available in this locality, viz:

Hockey clubs,
West Midland Foxes (aged 9, 11, and 12).
Mens football using the satro-pitch and sports hall.
Cricket clubs
Wheelchair basket ball
Local schools
Badminton club
Trampoline club
Weight lifting club
Karate & Tae Kwon Do clubs
Childrens parties
Childrens school holiday club
La Crosse
Indoor bowling
Weekly dogs club
The gym is used daily by people of all ages including some disabled.

There are also daily classes using the gym which I am told "is always busy".

If there are proposals that any developments which take place will accommodate these amenities it would be very refreshing to hear about them.

Judge Marten Coates



No part of the development hereby permitted shall be used until a 'Community Use
Scheme', including details of pricing, hours of use, access for non-college
students/non-members, management responsibilities and a mechanism for review,
and a 'Sports Development Programme' have been submitted to and approved in
writing by the District Planning Authority. Such approved schemes shall be
implemented upon the first use of the development hereby permitted.

Reason:   To secure a well managed, safe community access to the sports facility, to ensure benefit to the development of sport and to accord with PPG17.



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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff



All Jurors are hereby summoned to attend a Court Leet to be held in The Guild Hall, Henley-in-Arden at 7.30 o’clock in the afternoon of WEDNESDAY the 13th day of November 2019

J C L Dovey
Steward of the Manor
19 Chingley Bank
B95 5LX

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff



Notice is hereby given that a Court Leet of the said Manor will be held at the Guild Hall, Henley-in-Arden on Wednesday the 13th day of November 2019 at 7.30 o’clock in the afternoon.

The election of the following Officers will take place:            

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

Nominations for the above offices must be handed in to the Steward of the Manor by 12.00 o’clock in the afternoon on the 11th day of November 2019. Nominees must be proposed and seconded and must have been Burgesses of the Town for at least 3 years.

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

All townspeople are invited to attend.

J C L Dovey
Steward of the Manor
19 Chingley Bank
B95 5LX


Arden Division, County Councillors Report

The announcement of a snap General Election last month resulted in the County Council pausing all decisions that the Chief Executive considers politically sensitive.  So called “purdah” runs until Election Day.

There has been a great deal of road flooding due to blocked drains and the high rainfall over the last few months.  Most blocked highway drains are caused by rubbish thrown from cars.  The main culprit is still plastic bags although there was the hope that these will disappear due to plastic bag tax, but this does not seem to be happening quickly enough to stop blockages.  The only solution is jetting culverts on a regular maintenance schedule and, with the pressure on budgets due to social care costs, funding roads maintenance is increasingly challenging.  I am raising this as an issue for next year’s budget discussions.

Warwickshire Trading Standards has issued a warning that Warwickshire is being targeted by a mail shot promoting a Health Lottery UK scam.  A letter claims the recipient has won £420,000 and asks the winner to telephone to claim the reward.  A lot of people don’t remember entering but still ‘phone up and end up giving out personal bank details.  For more advice on combatting fraud please telephone Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

A couple of months ago I reported that Warwickshire had come out well in a District by District comparison of competiveness.  I recently received a report on Gross Value Added by public authority and Warwickshire came in the top third, but whilst we are much higher than the rest of the West Midlands we were below the national average.  I asked for more detail, and by GVA/per capita, and this showed that Warwickshire does well on a per capita basis as we are quite a small County.  Our economy is closer to that of the other areas that lie between Birmingham and London rather than our enforced partners in West Midlands.

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068

Johnsons raise £1,200 for local charities


Johnson's summer brochure launch was a fantastic success transporting nearly 600 customers for a fantastic day out at The Devonshire Dome in Buxton.

The event raised £1,200 for Helping Hands of Birmingham (who are a local charity which hand out food, blankets and other essentials to the homeless in Birmingham, for which our Driver Training Manager, Dave Williams is a volunteer) and in light of the rise in homelessness in Birmingham this is fantastic to raise so much for such a needed and worthwhile cause. As well as this the donation is being split with 1st Henley Wootton and Scouts (for their new scout hut) which is a charity very close to the Johnson family.

The Devonshire Dome was built in 1779 by John Carr of York for the 5th Duke of Devonshire and provided facilities for up to 120 horses and accommodation for the servants and ostlers.  The Devonshire Dome is now the home of the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. Measuring over 150 feet in diameter, the Dome is bigger than St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and is the largest unsupported dome in Europe. 



News from the Community First Responders

The lucky winners of the October 100 Club draw which was drawn by Michael McGarvie of Michael Peters Carpets were:

No 34 Mr and Mrs Kaines - £30
No 70 Mr and Mrs Capps - £15

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



This coming Sunday 17th, Henley’s first Independent Book Fair will be held at the Memorial Hall.

All the exhibitors are Independent, Self-Published Authors. They will be there to discuss their books and sign them. We have over 40 authors who have written fact, fiction, fantasy, children’s, teenage, memoirs, poetry and lots more. The books at our Fair are not available in book stores, so come along and buy a signed copy of a book that could become the next best seller!  A unique Christmas gift for yourself, family and friends.

The Book Fair is in the Memorial Hall, Henley in Arden this Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, and is free to the public. If it is a success with the public, it could become an annual event to add to Henley’s profile. So come along, bring your family and friends, and let’s make it a success!

Wootton Report


Fighting with My Family is a 2019 biographical sports comedy-drama film. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother, Zak, are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). When only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cut-throat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.





posterThis year’s Stepping into Christmas, features A Celebration of Women, and includes a short play “A Meeting of Minds” - an imaginary conversation between Elizabeth 1st & Margaret Thatcher. Set around Christmastime,  it is a snapshot of two strong female characters in history who faced both war and conspiracy during their time in power. It is a lighthearted observation which charts women’s progress in a man’s world and includes famous speeches from Emmeline Pankhurst, and Shakespeare’s women, followed by songs made famous by female stars of stage & screen.

There will be a selection of Christmas carols and readings in the second half and HADS invite you to “Step into Christmas 2019” amidst the historic surroundings of the Guildhall, Henley.

Carol Robson  Reporting

MARCH 2020
posterRay Evans and HADS are to stage a new play, Mother Nature on the Run, on March 21st next year, and will be looking to fill the Memorial Hall with mums, dads and kids of all ages. Inspired by the Brother Grimm’s tale The Queen Bee, the play is set a few thousand years ago in Planetarium and is a moral based story of greed and wastage of nature’s assets, though not relying on complicated scientific issues. Filled with comedic moments, but not dodging the serious side of  planet change, it is informative without being too hard to grasp.

The plot involves the errant behaviour of the King’s three sons whilst thrashing about Planetarium, then thousands of years later, brought to book for their dastardly deeds, when they are put on trial and judged by a young girl, who the audience might possibly recognise! The performance will be laced with live music dedicated to the need to recognise the now growing concern we all share about the ecology of our world.

It is planned for one night only, but if oversubscribed, may include a matinee performance. Watch HENLEY NEWS for more information in the coming months. Booking office will open in January.

Ray Evans Reporting

Stories Capture Schoolchildren’s Imagination at University Festival


Children from Henley Montessori Primary School were amongst thousands captivated by tales from a whole host of voices at the University of Worcester’s annual Storytelling Festival for Children.

A record number of schoolchildren took part in the two-week event, now in its 13th year, with around 5,000 youngsters from 55 schools around Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, the West Midlands, mid-Wales and beyond.

They were entertained by a wide variety of renowned storytellers, authors, illustrators and theatre acts, designed to engage children with stories, literature and learning.

Festival Manager, Steve Boffy, said: “Once again the Festival has proved hugely popular with our young visitors, with enthusiastic reactions to a whole range of storytellers and ways of telling stories.  I think it demonstrates the power of storytelling.  The University of Worcester is committed to helping inspire the wider community with a love of learning and hopes that the children that attended came away with a love of stories and literature that will extend well beyond the Festival.”

A whole host of different performers entertained the children, including renowned storytellers like Peter Chand, Ben Haggarty, Amy Douglas, Daniel Morden, Sally Tonge and Cat Weatherill.  Authors Abi Elphinstone, Caroline Lawrence and Kristina Stephenson, and the poet Atinuke featured, as well as shows from a number of theatre companies.  A range of workshops combined the talents of performers, artists and writers with the expertise of the University’s academics and students in Illustration and Graphic Design.  The Festival also included a family day open to the public.


November 2019 Meeting - What is Jazz

In a most comprehensive presentation, one of own members, Roger Skyrme explored the meaning of the word ‘Jazz’. Roger explained that the definition of the word ‘Jazz’ has always been controversial and presents different images to different people; even marketing managers use the term in branded products. Musically it has had a chequered history in popularity.

Taking an era starting from WW2 he explored questions such as why did the jazz style of the 30s fall out of favour in 40s. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands were popular which attracted stars such as Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell to exhibit their skills.

Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music towards a more challenging "musician's music" which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. The Big Bands fragmented and small combo groups came on the scene experimenting with more complex harmonies and rhythms. Our speaker likened the change in style to Picasso moving from traditional three dimensional painting to his two dimensional and cubist works.

Cool jazz developed near the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines with the revival of the New Orleans style. Arty film directors brought back public awareness of jazz.

The 1950s saw the emergence of free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures; it was a more laid back approach. And in the mid-1950s hard bop emerged, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues especially in the saxophone and piano playing.

In the 1960s jazz became danceable again with the arrival of the Bossa Nova, a lyrical fusion of samba and jazz. Jazz and disco music emerged with one of the principal exponents of this genre being Herbie Hancock and his best known piece ‘Watermelon Man’.

Our speaker had video clips, stills and soundtracks to show some of the sounds and structures of jazz together with important social influences on its history. Indeed he concluded his presentation with five video extracts featuring:

1) A 1914 version of ‘I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate’.
2) New York Voices with ‘It’s almost like falling in love again’.
3) Pete King and Friends and ‘Cry me a River’.
4) Cleo Laine singing ‘Perdido’.
5) The Hot Sardines with one from their vivacious and joyful repertoire.

The word ’jazz’ remains a controversial term simply because it embraces so many different styles. But probably it is characterized by its spontaneity within a certain structured form. However, without delving too deeply into all its different nuances, it was a most rewarding and nostalgic experience to simply let the musical extracts float over one.

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


After a busy 2 years work with exams and preparing for our performances we are ready to present our work in "Around the World in 25 Dances" at Core Theatre, Solihull, Sat/Sun 25th/26th January at 3.00pm. For tickets contact  Anne Bowman on 07775565186.


With pupils from 5 years to 16 years, you will be treated to a riot of Colour, Music and All Genres of Wonderful Dance!


Recently Grace Bartlett was awarded 3rd place in I.D.T.A West Midlands Ballet Championships and many pupils enjoyed spooky classes with Miss Anne on Halloween.


Hope to see you in January.

Anne Bowman School of Dance

Local Paramedic volunteering in Tanzania


photoMy name is Rebecca and I’m the niece of Cindy and Steve from the Henley Ice Cream Parlour. I worked there before I started to train to become a Paramedic with the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

As a Student Paramedic, Volunteer Medics have given me the opportunity to go to Tanzania and help build a hospital in the Rural village of Mistu wa Tembo in January 2020. This is what we will be doing: Continuing the work that was started early 2019. The work will encompass basic clinical training for the villagers as well as the medical caravan with around 250-300 rural patients and Maasai. We are building toilets and fitting wash basins for the children and providing clean water for them to reduce cholera outbreaks, as well as kitting out one of the wards as a Maternity and delivery unit.

As part of the team, we all cover our own expenses and 100% of donations go to Msitu wa Tembo, the village we will be working in. Any Contributions, however small, will be gratefully received. The Contributions links to my Just Giving page. I have already raised £685.00 towards my £999.99 target, with £55.00 from the Henley Rural Cinema.

Thanking you in advance.

Rebecca Potschacher

Grants available to help revive empty properties 

logoA common obstacle to renovating an empty property for rental, sale or occupation is lack of funding.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council is committed to reducing the number of empty properties across the district and has grants available up to a maximum of £20,000 towards the renovation or improvement of empty homes, or the conversion of an empty non-residential property into residential accommodation.
Cllr Jo Barker, People Portfolio says: “There is a real value in bringing empty homes back into use for our communities.  Empty homes are seen as blighting a neighbourhood because they are left to fall to rack and ruin and they can be a source of vandalism, antisocial behaviour or can become unsafe over time.

“There are many reasons why properties become long term empty.  Sometimes owners of homes need support in being able to face how to sell a home or bring it back into use, or alternatively resolve family issues.  The District Council offers support where it can to encourage people to bring their empty homes back into use and by using funding effectively to bring empty properties back into use, additional, affordable housing will be created for those in housing need.”

Contact the Empty Property Officer to see if you are eligible to apply for an Empty Property Assistance Grant - email sheree.johansen@stratford-dc.gov.uk or call 01789 260848.

Business Rate Relief reminder

logoStratford-on-Avon District Council is contacting around 60 businesses across the district this week to help ensure they don’t miss out on a reduction in their business rates.
In March all qualifying businesses were sent a declaration to complete and return with their reduced annual bill and a note on the bill to sign and return the form.  Reminders were then issued in July.
Cllr Jo Barker Portfolio Holder for Revenues says: “Unfortunately as the funding for this scheme comes from Central Government, there is a stipulation that the business must confirm it is eligible to receive the relief.  All they have to do is sign it and send it back to the District Council and receive 30% off their Business Rates.
“However, if no signed form has been received then the requirement from Central Government is for Councils to remove the relief and this in turn will generate an increased bill.
“We want to help these businesses receive the business rate reductions they are entitled to, but in order to receive it they need to complete the relevant paperwork and we are encouraging businesses to do this.”
If you are a business and want to find out more or to see if this affects your business please email: ndr@stratford-dc.gov.uk or call: 01789 260993.

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Claverdon grind out a hard faught win


Claverdon welcomed Coventrians on Saturday knowing they needed a win following a couple of losses in the league.

Claverdon receiving the kick off tidied up and Sam Turrell cleared the lines up to the halfway line. Coventrians' tidy lineout saw them feed a hard running forward to the centre field. However solid defence from James Williams and Josh Smallwood forced the penalty, allowing the Lions to move up the pitch.

Steve Grimsley found his man at the lineout and Claverdon mauled up the field. Jack Johnson then fed Williams who pushed the ball through the backs to wide man James Gibney who was brought down into touch in the corner. Coventrians with a tidy lineout cleared their lines.

With a wet muddy ball the match saw a high number of scrums. A solid front three performance from both sides saw evenly matched scrums all day.

The last ten minutes of the first half saw Coventrians pile on the pressure through their bigger pack and hard running centre. Claverdon soon crumbled under the pressure and conceded a penalty just wide of the posts. With the terrible conditions in the air and underfoot the Coventrians fly half hit the posts with the kick. The ball falling into Turrell's hands and the centre cleared for the half time whistle.

Half time 0-0

Williams started the half with a deep kick into the Coventrians' half, making them play out with the rain in their faces.

From a Coventrians lineout they shipped the ball through the backs, only for the ball to be dropped by the centre. Quick thinking saw Williams put boot to ball and race for the line, having crossed the line Williams was denied for not having control of the ball and applying downward pressure, Coventrians 5m scrum.

The engine room of Nick Green and Scott Alford caused a slight wheel in the scrum with caused problems for the Coventrians number 8. As he tried offloading to the scrum half quick reactions from James Barton saw him turn the ball over. Following the turn over Alex Haynes picked the ball up from the back of the ruck to bury his way through for the first score of the game 7-0.

Much of the second half was played in the centre of the field with both teams attacking and defending with great determination and neither gaining much advantage over the other.

Claverdon did increase their lead following a couple of penalties that allowed them to work their way up field. In the 22 Claverdon looked to attack however were halted by a strong defence. Claverdon did get 3 points as the Coventrians backline were deemed offside. 10-0

With 10 minutes to play Coventrians threw everything at Claverdon. After several phases and good ball retention Coventrians were awarded a penalty in which they kicked into the corner. Following a strong maul their forwards knew it was their time to score and after several picks from the ruck they found themselves over the Claverdon line. 10-5

With the weather playing its part the ball was being dropped all over the field and was eventually knocked on by a Claverdon player; with this the final whistle blew.

Claverdon 10 - Coventrians 5

James Barton reporting
Will Barnes photo

The Guild Hall bowls them over


On 27th September Henley Cricket Club held its 110th annual Captain’s Supper and fund raiser.

For the first time in its long history the event was held in the magnificent and historic surroundings of the famous Guild Hall.

photoOver seventy diners enjoyed a splendid evening catered for by Sue Dalby, Henley’s finest private caterer, who produced a delicious menu enjoyed by all. After-dinner entertainment of the highest order was supplied by Daniel Norcross the rising star of the BBC Test Match Special team, accompanied by highly respected cricket journalist George Dobell with the whole event kept in order by Master of Ceremonies and Club President John Latham.

The club would like to extend thanks to the Guild Hall for allowing the club to use this wonderful venue; club Chairman Pete Johnson of Johnson’s coaches for producing and sponsoring the match programme and to MPA Finance, High Street, Henley who sponsored the welcome drinks. We are also extremely grateful to Dorothy O’Brien and Kath Beck (pictured) for donating and presenting the new O’Brien Beck Trophy in honour of late husbands Kevin and Mel, both staunch and much missed members of the club. Here captain Chris Key accepts the award for outstanding service to the club.

Vital funds were raised to ensure the club continues to compete in the Cotswold Hills League and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Juniors Monster Smash

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   Tournment Winner Dawn Grennall                            Runner up Nicole Palmer       


Most scary costume Sonya Hauxwell and Lizzie Webb

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John Garner's Business Column

Goings on at McDonaldsJohn Garner

No, I’m not referring to the Shadow Chancellor and this is not an article about the upcoming election you’ll be glad to know, but McDonalds the fast food chain.

You will perhaps have read that their CEO, Steve Easterbrook, a Brit, has been sacked for having a relationship with an employee.   An internal investigation concluded it was ‘short-term and consensual’ but it raised questions about Easterbrook’s judgement.  As he has transformed the company’s fortunes since he was appointed in 2013 this might seem to be McDonalds shooting themselves in the foot.  Indeed their share price fell 7½% on the news, having previously doubled under his tenure.

He is currently single and the employee concerned (her name has not been disclosed) is apparently single too, so is this really McDonalds' business?  Maybe.  Allegedly he previously had a 2 year affair with a Denise Paleothodoros who at the time was seconded to McDonalds from a PR firm, but this was deemed not to violate McDonalds' policy on workplace relationships, presumably because she wasn’t technically an employee.  (This was reported in the Daily Mail so it must be true.)   
So was sacking him the right thing to do?  Well, if the company has a clear policy on the matter and an employee contravenes it then it would seem some sort of disciplinary action may be justified.  Shouldn’t this policy also apply to the CEO?  If the relationship is between a boss and subordinate (as in this case) then other issues might arise though we are not told whether they did in this case.

Interestingly his HR director, David Fairhurst a fellow Brit whom he knew well and had brought over from the UK with him, was also sacked because McDonalds believed he knew about his boss’s affair but took no action.  A difficult position for him; what action should he have taken?   Could this have been an excuse to get rid of both of them?  

Steve Easterbrook isn’t allowed to work for a competitor for 2 years but he won’t starve.  He is reported as leaving with 6 month’s pay (his annual salary was $16 million) plus bonuses and shares allegedly worth $27 million and will receive future bonuses as per his contract.  Much of this of course may be just press speculation.  He has been a McDonalds employee since 1993.

Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of this case, maybe it’s fair to say that someone holding the highest office in a company should be an example to others and his behaviour is reflected in the company’s image.  I’ll leave you to judge.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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November 23rd 11.00am – 2.30pm. Light lunches available. Home made cakes plus all the usual stalls. Rumour has it that Father Christmas will be there!

Henley in Arden & District Dementia Cafe invite you to join us at 11am on Wednesday 4th December at Ullenhall Village Hall B95 5NW for an informal carol service especially designed for people living with dementia and their families, friends and carers.
No need to book - just come along - we look forward to seeing you!
Contact Malcolm Aldridge (01564 794019) if you have any queries.
(In association with Henley Churches Together)

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.

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.  No commitment - just turn up and pay.  £6 per class.  Please bring a workout mat.  Contact :  pilateswithhelen@btinternet.com. Tel. 07843 348860.

November AGM Baptist Church Hall 7.30pm. For more information ring Barbara Warmington 793640.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st November  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Phillip Collins will give a talk on the ‘History of Punch & Judy’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
November 19th in the Baptist Church Hall  Henley Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm ‘A Lane in Eastern Europe’ with Mike Lane. Visitors welcome.

November 26th in the Baptist Church at 7.30pm Pauline Pears ‘Saving Seeds’. Visitors welcome.

A free "taster" session on Tuesday December 3rd from 2.00-3.00pm in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane. A chance to spend a relaxing and fun time to de-stress and feel better about life. Please arrive in time for a prompt start. See you there! Annie Davies


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

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.

LITTLE ACORNS NURSERY 'Stay & Play' Interested in finding out more about our nursery? Please come along with your child 9.15 – 10.00 on Wed 24th May and 12th July. Contact School Office on 792766.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB   We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320

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

HENLEY YOGA - 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.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc. Competitive rates,

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. 

Details of future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson for the Parish Church Newsletter at: henleyparishnews@btinternet.com

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27th November 2019

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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
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. 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:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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Gardening Club
WCC Trading Standards
Tennis Club
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
C of E Primary School
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
Henley Cartoon Colin Fisher
Court Leet and HADS
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