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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

17th April 2019


In "A Star Is Born," Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper ("American Sniper," "American Hustle," "Silver Linings Playbook"), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.

Ticket sales at Dukes close on Thursday 18th April, then contact Sally Harfield 01564 795909 or pay on the door.

The Rural Cinema would appreciate help with setting out the chairs and putting them away.

JPC Election
“Henley Together” – How did they do?

Four years ago a group of residents got together under the “Henley Together” banner to try to improve the way the Joint Parish Council was being run. They promised to reduce administration costs and make the Council more inclusive and its dealings more transparent. The group put up twelve candidates and, remarkably, they were all elected!


The councillors elected in May 2015

As their term in office comes to and end and we approach elections for a new Council, it’s a good time to ask – did they deliver on their manifesto?  
First, and easiest to identify, did they reduce administration costs? Well, in the four years of the previous Council a total of £173 600 was spent on administration and, on a like for like basis, the “Henley Together” Council spent £143,004 during its four years. So, despite inflation and increases in the Clerk’s salary and pension rates, the current Council has spent £30,596 less on administration than its predecessors.

On the issue of inclusiveness - I know from personal experience that, from the point of view of public participation, the previous JPC meetings were run rather like a strict schoolroom with members of the public wanting to make a contribution limited to three minutes per speaker and subject to a barrage of rules and constraints. During the public participation part of the meeting, dialogue with Councillors was discouraged.

Under the current JPC members of the public have been encouraged to speak and allowed enough time to get their point across and where appropriate receive an answer from Councillors there and then. Members of the public with relevant information have also been allowed to contribute during the main meeting. Minutes of the meetings show the extent and value of this increased opportunity for public input to the Council.

With regard to transparency, in addition to very detailed meeting minutes the JPC web site itemises every JPC receipt and payment for the year to date. In fairness, the previous Council also produced thorough minutes and the financial transactions were also shown, albeit monthly.

Where there is the biggest difference perhaps is in the amount of business conducted in private session – a regular occurrence with the previous Council but hardly ever taking place with the current Council.

So far so good but has it all been plain sailing? Well the Council spent £3,000 in a failed attempt to get permission to suspend the Christmas lights across the High Street and controversially increased the precept by £30 000 to ensure the continued survival of the Town Library and the HUB Youth Club and Community Centre after the withdrawal of support from WCC. This funding more or less fully supports the Library and meets 50% of the HUB’s costs. This works out at an average of 31p a week per household. This  doesn’t seem much for the benefit gained - but not all residents agree.

A big plus for the current Council is that they have bitten the bullet and actually started the process of taking ownership, and therefore control, of Henley’s car parks and avoided the imminent sale to a third party.

To sum up then – “Henley Together” delivered, by and large, on its manifesto commitments and has done a good job for Henley.

With only three of the original “Henley Together” Councillors standing again we must hope that the good work is continued by the incoming JPC.

Bob Morgan, Resident

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Stratford District and Parish Council
- 2 May 2019

Beaudesert returns 5 councillors.


Henley-in-Arden returns 7 councillors






Henley-in-Arden returns 1 councillor



County Councillor Year End Report 2019

The Council increased taxes for 2018/19 Financial Year by 2% general tax and 2% special levy for adult social care.  The general tax  rise was the highest allowed by Government before a requirement to hold a referendum and the 2% special levy was part of a programme by Government to allow Councils to raise 6% in total over three years.  So far the Council has raised 4% in levy.

The total social care budget, including children’s social care, adult social care and public health accounts for 63% of the council’s controllable budget.  Highways accounts for 9% of the budget.

Some highlights for the year were:

A recent survey of residents nationally identified Warwickshire as top for highway maintenance. 

Public Health activity during the year has been focused on prevention of obesity and stopping smoking.

During the summer holidays the County provided additional meals for children in receipt of free meals at school.  I expect the same service will be provided in 2019.

A promotion was run on WCC preferred trusted trader scheme called “No Rogue Traders Here”.  To obtain the name of a vetted contractor householders should telephone 0800 233 5000.

The Police introduced a new policing model in July and the Alcester North safer neighbourhood policing team comprises five officers, a sergeant, a constable and three PCSOs.  Crime, particularly burglaries, has increased last year but seems to be reducing following a series of arrests for burglaries. For 2019/2020 the Police will be recruiting 100 new officers.  Five officers will be allocated to a new rural crime investigation unit.

WCC is offering confidential support to people who care for others at home.  One in ten people in Warwickshire ia a carer and help and advice with issues is available by calling 024 7610 1040 – option 4.

County Councillor discretionary community grants fund and grants were awarded to Henley Library, Langley Village Hall, Tanworth PC for replacement fencing in Malthouse Lane, Henley in Arden Arts4All week, a replacement of a notice board in Claverdon, the Parenting Project for activities at Henley in Arden Hub, Stratford District Time Bank, VASA and “Lifespace” to train mentors.

Arden Division Chairs and Clerks meeting allocated funds from my County Councillor’s small road safety schemes budget for the exit from the Claverdon Surgery on to the A4189, traffic calming in Ullenhall, a Clearway along the Causeway in Earlswood, improved signage on Foreshaw Heath Lane and the Common and dropped curbs in Prince Harry Road, Henley in Arden.

On February 7 the full Council confirmed the Conservative budget proposals.  General Council tax will increase by 3% and there will be an additional 2% for the Adult Social Care levy.    The Council also accepted that some £30-£40 million savings will be needed over the next four years.   If all these savings are achieved social care, both adult and children’s, will account for about 65% of the Council budget.  

The Police have raised their precept by 10.5%, or £24 per year for a band D property.  On the positive side the Council has allocated £500,000 County wide to support community transport services in a move to support isolated communities and individuals.  A further £12.5 million capital is to be borrowed to fund road safety schemes, waste recycling compactors at the household waste recycling sites and improved cycle routes.

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068

Local Company crowned Business Transformation 2019


Delpreet Shergill receiving the award from Sue Moore, Managing Director of Bright & Beautiful

Henley-in-Arden based Bright & Beautiful is celebrating its recent accolade of being named ‘Business Transformation of the Year 2019’ by Neighbourly, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and properties.
Business owner, Delpreet Shergill, was presented the award at Neighbourly’s European annual Reunion held in Manchester at the end of March in recognition of delivering extremely high levels of client service, performance improvements and taking some brave decisions to drive efficiencies and grow her business significantly in 2018.
Trading since May 2017, Delpreet’s hard work has definitely paid off and now she has eight professional housekeepers working for the business delivering eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing services to the highest of standards of security and service in and around Henley-in-Arden.
Delpreet Shergill of Bright & Beautiful Henley-In-Arden, added: “I am overwhelmed to win this award, particularly when you know the other 60 franchisees you are up against in the network.  It is a huge endorsement for me both personally and professionally, particularly as we had many challenging times when we launched the business just under two years ago.  We have since grown and expanded the business exponentially and seen a 185% growth in our clients – we also have plans to open a drop-in laundry and ironing shop later this year . I am extremely proud to have built a business that has created so many roles for local people and to be delivering a premium service at the heart of the community.
“Bright & Beautiful is not just about me – I have a fantastic team of housekeepers who are continually delivering a world class service to our customers and a fantastic supportive family so without them I would not be celebrating this success today.  I would also like to thank Neighbourly, who has invested both time and money into the brand and provided me with the support and infrastructure needed to thrive.”
Sue Moore, Managing Director of Bright & Beautiful, selected Delpreet Shergill as ‘Business Transformation of the Year’ for 2019, adding: “Delpreet is the ideal franchisee and I’m so proud that she is part of our network.  She exemplifies the kind of franchise owner that we look for across our industry, delivering on our Code of Values as well as inspiring new franchise owners into the business.  Delpreet is continually looking for ways to delight their clients and this shows with her strong brand engagement and outstanding growth performance.”
Based in Henley-in-Arden, Bright & Beautiful covers the West Midlands, including Henley-in-Arden, Hollywood, Wythall, Tanworth in Arden, Dorridge, Knowle, Barnt Green, Alvechurch, Studley, Redditch and surrounding areas.  It is part of a national network of 60+ franchisees building their own local business, creating 600+ jobs and delivering more than 120,000 home cleans per year.
For further information about Bright & Beautiful and the services it can offer, visit www.brightandbeautifulhome.com/henley-in-arden or call 01564 339967.
Bright & Beautiful is one of the home service brands for Neighbourly.  For more information about Neighbourly’s service brands visit www.NeighborlyBrands.com


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On Wednesday 10th April the High Bailiff Graham Smith, the Town Cryer and officers of the Court Leet of Henley in Arden visited the new ladies outfitter to attend the official opening of COCO IVY - LIFE STYLE.


The owner of the company, Evonne Sargent, who has previously had fashion shops in London, confirmed this is the second of their stores in the midlands. Their first shop is at Stratford garden centre which opened five years ago and has been a tremendous success.

The shop manager, Julie Trinder, and her assistant Sally Roden will be looking after the Henley shop on a day to day basis.

They have a vast selection of affordable clothing in many different sizes and colours.


Please call in and have a look around, we all wish them every success in their new venture.


News from the Community First Responders

Sue Osborne recognised with Chairman's Award


Sue Osborne's three children attended the West Midlands Ambulance Service awards evening on 28th March. Sue was posthumously presented with the Chairman's Award by Sir Graham Meldrum - ‘In recognition or her outstanding service, dedication and enthusiasm in her role as community first responder. She will always be remembered for her service to the community.’

Our photo shows Sue's three children with Sir Graham Meldrum, Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Henley Community First Responders 100 Club

The lucky winners of the March draw were:

No 68 - I Stroop - £30
No 93 -  M Cannon - £15

The numbers were drawn by Annette Dukes at Dukes Stationers.

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.


Wootton Report

Book Club is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Bill Holderman, in his directorial debut, and written by Holderman and Erin Simms. It stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as four friends who read Fifty Shades of Grey as part of their monthly book club, and subsequently begin to change how they view their personal relationships.


Countdown to Henley in Arden's Arts4All Week
Spotlight on Wednesday 1st May at the Guild Hall



We may all be utterly exhausted by the unalloyed, unbelievable, unprecedented, unprofessional and appalling madness we have all seen and heard in Parliament recently. Euro-Meddling, however, is by no means a recent phenomenon as this fictional account of the last hours in the lives of Mr & Mrs Hitler reveals. Written and performed by Ray Evans and company, this thoughtful presentation gives witness to Eva’s futile efforts to make him admit to her, before his life closes, that his plans for a single European state were hideously flawed.

The plot, centred on the Fuhrer’s obsession for Lebensraum [living space] is littered with shocking factual statements by opposing WW2 high-ranking contemporaries which only goes to prove that we constantly live in danger of Armageddon if we invest too much trust in our politicians!  

Actors will read from a reimagined transcript, the narrative unwinds just hours before their demise in a bunker somewhere in Berlin in April 1945.

One performance only, Wednesday 1st May 8.00 P.M. (Running time 1 hour with 15 minute interval) by invitation from the Guild Hall Trust, a part of the presentation of ARTS4ALL this year.

Any similarities between the narrative contained in this reading and the factual events still unfolding in Westminster are purely coincidental.

Tickets www.henleygh.co.uk.



N.B. Programme amendments:

Tuesday 30th April will now feature
'When I Fall If I Fall' and 'See Primark & Die' in place of 'Testament of Yootha'.

Plus extra event on Sunday April 28th in the Guild Hall at 7.30 p.m.
A concert performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's magnificent comic opera
the Mikado or The Town of Tittipu.

Also one for the diary but tickets selling fast...
July 26th 7.30 p.m. at The Guild Hall
Dean Friedman in Concert

Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop icon status with chart topping hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Woman of Mine and more...

Tickets www.henleygh.co.uk.



From left to right is John James, Speaker secretary, Nick McKenzie, Chairman & Pablo Mason.

The Probus Club of Beaudesert, meeting at Henley Golf Club on 3rd April, was privileged to have Captain Pablo Mason as its guest speaker.

Forty- five members heard Pablo speak for nearly an hour without notes about his experiences flying Tornadoes in the first Gulf War in 1991. He was open and frank about the job they had to do in the region and came across as both charismatic and sensitive, particularly to the team who worked with him whilst "on tour".

He left the  RAF at the end of 1991 and wrote two books on his experiences - " Pablo's War " and " Pablo's Travels ". He became a civilian airline pilot in 1994  when he joined Thomas Cook - a number of Probus members recall Pablo walking down the gangway from the cockpit to meet passengers - it wouldn't  happen today! He retired from flying in 2007 and now lives in Claverdon, where he still maintains an active interest in aviation.

Probus is a club for professional and business people who are fully, partially retired or nearing retirement, who wish to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests.

The Probus Club of Beaudesert  meets on the first Wednesday of the month and welcomes new members. If you are interested please contact Andrew Yarwood on 01564-794079

Alistair Price, Committee Member

Aston Cantlow local history society archive exhibition

25th Anniversary Celebrations


Aston Cantlow and District Society celebrated its 25th year milestone with a weekend of activities. Displays from its extensive Parish archive were on view in the Medieval Guild room in Aston Cantlow Village Hall over the weekend 13/14th April. Twelve display panels covering the whole of the Parish including the villages of Wilmcote in the north, Aston Cantlow and the hamlets Newnham, Little Alne. Billesley and Shelfield stretching as far north as Wootton Wawen. It was extremely well attended with a continual flow of visitors on both days.

There were cries of glee when forgotten happy memories were rekindled amongst the many albums, scrap books and photos on display. One of the latest additions of memorabilia items from the Parish, and the focus of a display on transport from the industrial revolution, is one of the old Aston Cantlow halt oil lamps from the abandoned branch line to Alcester. It was purchased jointly by the village hall and the local history society and carefully restored, and now in use as a lamp – electric not oil! 

photoThe creator of the exhibition Margaret Twigg, pictured right, said she was delighted with the amount of visitors who visited to the exhibition and was pleased to receive some new items which were brought in to add to the archives.

On Saturday evening a lavish supper was served in the main hall and enjoyed by members of the society, village hall trustees and friends.

This was followed by an illustrated talk about the old Wilmcote signal box by Martin Quatremain and Paul Tilly who restored the lamp gave a presentation on the history of the lamp and local railways.


The Social History of the Teddy Bear

imageThe Society was delighted to welcome Gillian White to give us a fascinating talk about what every child must have had, the iconic Teddy Bear.

The teddy bear is a fairly modern toy having been around only since the early part of the 20th century. They were apparently developed simultaneously by toymakers Morris Michtom in the U.S. and Richard Steiff in Germany. The name ‘teddy bear’ comes from former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as ‘Teddy’, and originated from an incident on a bear hunting trip to which Roosevelt had been invited. Most of the other hunters had already killed an animal so a bear was caught, tied to a tree and Roosevelt invited to shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear, deeming this unsportsmanlike, and it became the topic of a famous political cartoon.

Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and was inspired to create a teddy bear which he put in a shop window with a sign ‘Teddy's bear’, the toys becoming an immediate success. At the same time in Germany, the Steiff firm, unaware of Michtom's bear, produced a stuffed bear from Richard Steiff's designs and exhibited it at the Leipzig Toy Fair in 1903. An order for 3,000 was placed by a New York buyer and within a few years output had soared. The Steiff company had originally been founded in 1880 by Richard’s aunt Margarete Steiff, a seamstress.

imageThe Steiff factory closed during World War I and this inspired several British companies to start production of Teddies, including Chad Valley. Now, though, only one traditional teddy bear company remains, Merrythought, which was established in 1930. While early teddy bears were covered in tawny mohair fur, modern teddy bears are manufactured in a wide variety of commercially available fabrics, most commonly synthetic fur and many are now washable.

Over the decades, teddy bears have inspired a plethora of characters. One of the earliest was Rupert Bear who first appeared in the Daily Express in 1920. The mantle of Rupert’s artist and storyteller was taken over by Alfred Bestall in 1935 and continued by him for the next 30 years. The comic strip is still published daily with many of these stories later being printed in books, and every year since 1936 a Rupert annual has also been released, (interestingly, these annuals appeal more to adults). Subsequently Winnie the Pooh appeared in 1924 created by A.A. Milne as a tale for his son Christopher. Winnie was apparently named after a Canadian black bear that Milne frequently saw in London Zoo. The popularity of the toy had also inspired the melody ‘The Teddy Bears' Picnic’ in 1907, with the lyrics added in 1932.

imageSooty, Paddington, and Pudsey Bear all became popular creations in the 1950s but eventually the cult of the Teddy waned only to be given a restorative boost in the 1980s by the TV series ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and its character Sebastian Flyte with his teddy Aloysius. Gillian concluded her talk by reading some lines by John Betjeman and revealing his constant companion Archibald Ormsby-Gore, better known as Archie, his teddy-bear.

The Society will now be having a break from its talks until it reconvenes on 19th September with a talk about the Great fire of Warwick.

Andrew Yarwood reporting




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Spring Tournament starts the tennis season at Henley


Tournament winners Mick Howard and Liz Fox with Dave Broadbent

The tennis season is officially underway at Henley and the ‘Season Opener’ Tournament took place on Thursday 11th April.
With a chocolate theme, as there was certainly plenty around, lots of players joined in including league players and experienced social players.  It was also a great opportunity for new members to mix in, taking part in their first club tournament. Everyone enjoyed themselves with some great matches all played in a great team spirt.  The winners of the most games during the evening were Mick Howard and Liz Fox who were delighted with their Easter Eggs and chocolates, all supplied by Henley Chocolates.  
Dave Broadbent, a club member and Henley War Memorial Trust representative, presented the prizes as the event was helping fundraising for the proposed Arden Recreational Centre - the ARC - at the sports ground.


In memory of Maureen Parkes
L to R: Eli Evans, Sheila Wallington, Pat Tanner, Annette Walker

It was also a special night for friends of the late Maureen Parkes.  Maureen was a member of the club for over 50 years and had a great group of friends who always enjoyed playing together in leagues as well as social events.  Annette Walker led the tribute to Maureen who left a kind bequest in her will and a new outdoor table with seating has been purchased, with an inscription in memory of Maureen. 

It was a fabulous evening, with lots of fun, merriment and happy memories, a great start to the tennis season.

If you would like more details about the club please email henleyinardentennis@gmail.com.  The club caters for all ages from under 5s upwards.

Henley Forest FC Under 15s Win Mid Warks Cup Final


On Sunday the 7th April Henley Forest FC under 15s played Hillmorton under 15s at Racing Club Warwick’s ground in the Mid Warwickshire League Cup Final.

Henley controlled the game up until the final 10 minutes, playing really good football and moving into a 3-0 lead which could have been more but for a disallowed goal and a saved penalty.

The last 10 minutes proved to be a really tense affair with Hillmorton pulling back 2 goals to make the score 3-2 going into the last couple of minutes, but Henley held on to win.

Congratulations to all the lads on what was a well-deserved victory!

Richard Ackland
Secretary Henley Forest reporting

Claverdon find the gears at Kings Norton

Claverdon’s Luke Rogers sprints past the opposition

Saturday saw a perfect day for running rugby, a mild breeze and the sun beaming down on a dry flat pitch.

Claverdon were soon on the score sheet after good interplay between Alex Holden and John Grey. Finding themselves breaking through the defence Claverdon were on the front foot. Clean ball allowed the ball to travel through the hands to find its way to Nick Green put wide who dotted down within minutes of the whistle. 0-5

Kings Norton sent the restart deep into the Claverdon 22, pilling on the pressure. Following some disagreements on the floor Alex Haynes and a KN player both saw yellow. KN pumped the ball into the corner, of the line out they set up the maul and moved forward. Claverdon managed to deal with the maul forcing KN to spread the ball wide. Good defence in the middle from Colin Marklew and Tom Hudson forced the knock on, scrum Claverdon. After soaking up the pressure Claverdon were able to clear their lines.

Ali Norman in the thick of it

Having soaked up the pressure from KN it was Luke Rogers who got the first of his hat trick. Another rampaging run weaving through defenders he worked his way over the line 0-12

With the wind beginning to pick up Williams pinned KN back by kicking into the corners. A clean line out take from KN was soon disrupted by the Claverdon defence, after turning the ball over Claverdon worked the ball tight through the hands and it was Steve Grimsley who took the final offload to dot down in the corner 0-17.

With 10 minutes left of the half Claverdon knew they needed a 20 point lead to help with the change in conditions for the second half. Sam Turrell soon got his hands on the ball, after stepping past a couple of tackles he put boot to ball. The bounce beating the full back and Turrell, however it was full back Tom Johnson who collected the ball to sprint clear. 0-22

With Claverdon now clicking together there was time for one final score. From a solid Claverdon scrum James Williams’ only pin point kick through allowed Grey to show his pace and gather to score out wide. 0-27

Half time 0-27

The half time huddle was buzzing but Barton’s words were to not get complacent and to turn it up another gear.

Club Captain James Barton scoring for Claverdon

The restart couldn’t have started any better for Claverdon. Holden gathering in the midfield burst through a hole to run 30 metres. With only the full back to beat a simple inside pass found Barton who finished off the 40m to score within the minute. 0-32

Kings Norton’s reaction to this early score forced Claverdon to concede several penalties. Opting for the line outs KN soon found themselves on the front foot and in the Claverdon half. Despite solid defence around the fringes Claverdon were sucked in giving the KN back line an overlap, putting the ball through the hands KN scored out wide. 5-32

The wind held the restart high in the air, Ali Norman collecting the high ball. With the defence rushing up high pick a hole and burst through, running 60m only to be brought down by the fullback 10 metres out. With the support cleaning up the ball it was Ed Smith who snipped down the blind side to score in the corner. 5-39

Having stepped off the gas for a split second Claverdon just saw what KN could do. From the high restart, Joe Turrell gathered the ball, his dancing footwork put Claverdon back on the front foot. A couple of forward picks drew in the KN defence, another strong carry saw Rogers go over for his second. 5-46

Alex Haynes collected the shorter restart and cut back across the park. Clean ball allowed Smith to push the ball wide and Turrell showed his pace once again. Pulling the ball back across the field centres Holden and grey were cutting through the defence. The forwards now kept the ball tighter to draw the defence in, a strong defensive effort from KN held the ball up. Claverdon continuing to move forward Rogers managed to rip the ball away and run in for his hat trick. 5-53

Now with only minutes on the clock Claverdon continued to pile on the pressure with more strong running from Green, Turrell and Marklew. Now in the KN 22 and more hard running lines it was Norman’s offload to Barton that allowed the skipper to go over for his second and Claverdons final score. 60-5

An excellent performance all round from Claverdon showed on the score board. Claverdon welcome Old Wheats to Ossetts Hole Lane for their final fixture of the season, it promises to be a corker! Kick off 3:00pm

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


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  1. Burglary Business. Bear Lane, Henley. Window of premises forced open and CCTV stolen. Between 4th & 5th April. 0020 05/04/2019
  2. Vehicle Crime. St Nicholas Road, Henley. Works van entered and items stolen including two Bosch Drills in their cases. Afternoon of Monday 1st April. 0312 01/04/2019
  3. Burglary Residential. Brook End Close, Henley. Entry gained to house and several items stolen including car keys, laptop and wallets. The car keys were then used to steal a vehicle from the property. Overnight 31st March and 1st April. 0040 01/04/2019
  4. Vehicle Crime. Cherry Orchard, Henley. Secure Red Ducati Motorcycle 980cc stolen from drive. Between 8pm 13th and 11am 14th April. 0154 14/04/2019
  5. Burglary Residential. Cherry Orchard, Henley. Lock forced off secure garden shed. Search made inside but nothing stolen. Overnight 13th & 14th April. 0118 14/04/2019


  1. Burglary Residential. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Property entered through the Conservatory. Untidy search made. 31st March. 0255 31/03/2019
  2. Theft. Pennyford Lane, Wootton Wawen. Red TGB Blade Quad bike stolen from private land. Police patrol was quickly in the area and disturbed the offenders trying to make off with the Quad. The offenders got into a VW Golf parked nearby and made off in the direction of Lowsonford. Enquiries ongoing to identify the Golf. The bike was returned to its owner. 2.40am Wednesday 10th April. 0021 10/04/2019
  3. Burglary. Wootton Wawen. Outbuilding on secure land broken into and a Wood Splitter stolen. This was later found in Claverdon. Daytime Monday 8th April. 0331 08/04/2019
  4. Burglary Residential. Boat, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Boat broken into and car keys stolen. Two vehicles from the premises then also stolen using these keys. Other thefts / damage at the location may have taken place and further enquiries are being made to identify other crimes and owners. Overnight 7th & 8th April. 0041 08/04/2019
  1. Anti-Social Behaviour. Langley Road, Claverdon. Report of door to door seller using aggressive selling techniques. Caller concerned for the vulnerable in the area. 11a, Wednesday 10th April. 0122 10/04/2019

David Malin
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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY June 22nd Church Fete.

Tuesday 23rd April 7.45pm in the Baptist Church hall. Carol Smith Choosing the Right Plants for a Shady Border.

Friday 17th May 7.00pm in the church hall, Beaudesert Lane. Teams of 4 tickets cost £8.00 each to include fish and chip supper. Bring your own glasses and drinks.

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 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane during term time. Lots of activities, toys, games, arts and craft for under 4s. For more information please contact Keith on 793925.

HIRE THE GUILD HALL and GARDENS     Perfect for special occasions, boutique weddings, Christening parties, private dining, funeral wakes. Visit WWW.HENLEYGH.CO.UK for more information and hire charges. 

We are hoping to hold a HENLEY’S HIDDEN GARDENS on June 16th 2019.
Is there anyone who would be interested in opening their garden for us? We have four volunteers already! Your garden doesn’t have to be large or immaculate, you just need to enjoy showing off your plot! Gardens open are very rewarding for the participants and a delightful entertainment for the visitor. We are hoping to raise money for The Samaritans and Henley in Bloom. For more information please contact either Sue Westmacott 793746 or Marijana Bainbridge 794987

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

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1st May 2019

Environment Agency - Henley Flood Gauge


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
My German Beginners Course for Adults continues on Wednesday the 4th of July 2018 and is held every Wednesday evening at the Hub in Henley-in-Arden. If you are interested to learn a new language in a small and sociable group, please contact me for further details under susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk
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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