Events In and Around
Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England
13th November 2019
A FREE NEWSPAPER
HENLEY RURAL CINEMA
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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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We've been expecting you!
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
will be our January screening on Thursday 23rd January 2020.
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
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 -
The Henley in Arden Fire Brigade took up their traditional position for
the two minutes silence and last post.
The Chairman of the JPC reports on the latest developments
regarding the Henley Sports Facilities
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.
PLEASE NOTE, THE MATTER OF THE SPORTS CENTRE WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE
AGENDA FOR THE JPC ORDINARY MEETING WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 7.00PM
LATER ON THE 18TH. THE ORDINARY MEETING WILL ADDRESS OTHER TOWN
BUSINESS ONLY. THE AGENDA CAN BE FOUND AT -
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
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
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
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
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
part of the development hereby permitted shall be used until a
‘Community Use Scheme’ including details of pricing, hours
access for non-college students/non-members, management
responsibilities and the mechanism for review, and a
Development Programme’ have been submitted to and approved in
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
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
what little I know of the proposal that Wasps move to the Warwicksire
College sports ground that will have severe consequences to the
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
Netball The gym is used
daily by people of all ages including some disabled.
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
Judge Marten Coates
No part of the development hereby permitted shall be used until a
Scheme', including details of pricing, hours of use, access for
students/non-members, management responsibilities and a mechanism for
and a 'Sports Development Programme' have been submitted to and
writing by the District Planning Authority. Such approved schemes shall
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
Authority of the High Bailiff
THE MANOR OF
COURT LEET ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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 email@example.com
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High
THE MANOR OF
COURT LEET ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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.
election of the following Officers will take
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Arden Division, County
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
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.
Tel. 01926 842068
Johnsons raise £1,200 for local charities
summer brochure launch was a fantastic success transporting nearly 600
customers for a fantastic day out at The Devonshire Dome in Buxton.
raised £1,200 for Helping Hands of Birmingham (who are a local
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
Scouts (for their new scout hut) which is a charity very close to 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
for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. Measuring over 150 feet in
diameter, the Dome is bigger than St Paul’s Cathedral in London,
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:
34 Mr and Mrs Kaines - £30 No 70 Mr and Mrs Capps -
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.
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,
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.
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
come along, bring your family and friends, and let’s make it a
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.
HADS UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS 2019 -2020
year’s Stepping into Christmas, features A Celebration of Women,
includes a short play “A Meeting of Minds” - an imaginary
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
in a man’s world and includes famous speeches from Emmeline
and Shakespeare’s women, followed by songs made famous by female
of stage & screen.
will be a selection of Christmas carols and readings in the second half
and HADS invite you to “Step into Christmas 2019” amidst
surroundings of the Guildhall, Henley.
Carol Robson Reporting
MARCH 2020 Ray
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
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
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.
plot involves the errant behaviour of the King’s three sons
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
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
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
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
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
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
definition of the word ‘Jazz’ has always been controversial
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
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
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
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
A 1914 version of ‘I wish I could shimmy like my sister
2) New York Voices with ‘It’s almost like falling in love
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
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
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.
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
Local Paramedic volunteering in Tanzania
name is Rebecca and I’m the niece of Cindy and Steve from the
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
Grants available to help revive empty properties
A 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
homes, or the conversion of an empty non-residential property into
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
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
Contact the Empty Property Officer to see if you are eligible to apply
for an Empty Property Assistance Grant - email
email@example.com or call 01789 260848.
Business Rate Relief reminder
District Council is contacting around 60 businesses across the district
this week to help ensure they don’t miss out on a reduction in
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
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
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
they are entitled to, but in order to receive it they need to complete
the relevant paperwork and we are encouraging businesses to do
If you are a business and want to find out more or to see if this
affects your business please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call:
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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
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 -
Barton reporting Will
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.
seventy diners enjoyed a splendid evening catered for by Sue Dalby,
Henley’s finest private caterer, who produced a delicious menu
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
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
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
Juniors Monster Smash
Tournment Winner Dawn Grennall
Runner up Nicole Palmer
Most scary costume Sonya Hauxwell and Lizzie Webb
John Garner's Business Column
Goings on at McDonalds
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
but it raised questions about Easterbrook’s judgement. As
transformed the company’s fortunes since he was appointed in 2013
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
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
action. A difficult position for him; what action should he have
taken? Could this have been an excuse to get rid of both of
Steve Easterbrook isn’t allowed to work for a competitor for 2
but he won’t starve. He is reported as leaving with 6
(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
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
image. I’ll leave you to judge.
Garner - Business Correspondent
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ST JOHN’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
November 23rd 11.00am – 2.30pm. Light lunches available. Home
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.
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
- just turn up and pay. £6 per class. Please bring a
workout mat. Contact : email@example.com.
Tel. 07843 348860.
November AGM Baptist Church Hall 7.30pm. For more information ring
Barbara Warmington 793640.
THE HENLEY AND
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
welcome, and further details are available from Andrew Yarwood on
November 19th in the Baptist Church Hall Henley Baptist Church
Hall at 7.30pm ‘A Lane in Eastern Europe’ with Mike Lane.
HENLEY GARDENING CLUB
November 26th in the Baptist Church at 7.30pm Pauline Pears
‘Saving Seeds’. Visitors welcome.
HEALTH AND HAPPINESS”
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
HENLEY IN ARDEN
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
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
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
Paul on 07906337623 for more information or to book your place.
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.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yogill.com.
- 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:
CHURCH HALL Available to hire for parties, receptions,
classes, meetings etc. Competitive rates,
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.
HENLEY IN ARDEN COURT LEET and COURT BARON The 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
HENLEY 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.
COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP
Join 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
THE HENLEY AND
The Society meets every third Third Thursday -
September to April. In the summer, there are normally two visits to
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley
TENNIS CLUB Open
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 email@example.com Henley
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN Rotary 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
THE PROBUS CLUB
OF BEAUDESERT 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
ULLENHALL AND HENLEY GARDENING CLUB
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FLOWER CLUB Are 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
BADMINTON CLUB We play at the
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Fridayand 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.
CRICKET CLUB 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.
AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
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
Deutsch - Would you like to learn to speak German?
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
or alternatively via mobile on 07525365469.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB 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 email@example.com
HENLEY KARATE CLUB 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
HENLEY YOGA CLUB 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:
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.
INNER WHEEL CLUB OF HENLEY IN ARDEN
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
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS
At 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 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
HENLEY and WOOTTON SCOUTS 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.
TAI CHI in HENLEY 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
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP 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.
MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details.
HENLEY IN ARDEN SLIMMING WORLD
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 HENLEYIf 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 email@example.com.
BRIDGE CLUB 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.
FOCUS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org more
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month
in the Baptist Church Hall, at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members
and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you
are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
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