25th March 2005
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Happy Easter

Message from Revd John Ganjavi
Rector of Beaudesert with Henley in Arden & Ullenhall

Happy Easter everyone!

At this time of the year, so many people are looking forward to so many things! Those who have given up chocolates, biscuits and alcohol for Lent are looking forward to feasting; children and teachers are looking forward to holidays.

I hope the whole world is looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the message of healing and hope that he brings into our world.

John Ganjavi

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Easter Saturday Events

Easter Saturday morning sees two important events in the Henley social calendar:

High Bailiff's Easter Bonnet Parade and Competition. The High Bailiff, supported by members of the Court Leet, will be holding an Easter Bonnet Parade and Competition for ladies of all ages on Easter Saturday Morning at 11 am in the Guild Hall Garden.  There will be two competitions, one for under 18's and another for over 18's with three prizes in each category.

There will also be another competition for the best dressed shop window. Henley NEWS on-line is tipping 'Courtyard Accessories' to win.

After the judging, there will be a procession from the Guild Hall garden to the Market Cross where the prize giving will take place.

Heritage Centre stone Unveiling. At 12.30pm, after the Easter Bonnet Parade, the High Bailiff will unveil a large piece of dressed stonework at the Heritage Centre. Weighing half a ton, it has been lying at the foot of the Mount for centuries and is thought to have been part of the outer defensive wall of the castle. With the permission of English Heritage, the Stone was recently removed from the foot of the Mount where it had probably fallen off the 'back of a cart' centuries ago.

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Richard Jago - Beaudesert's Poet

“O BEAUDESERT! * Old MONTFORT'S lofty seat!
Haunt of my youthful steps! Where I was wont to range.”

Edgehill by Richard Jago, Book 1, lines 379-80

Richard Jago was born at Beaudesert’s Old Parsonage house on the 1st October 1715. He was the third son of Richard Jago Snr. Rector of Beaudesert and was educated at Solihull school and University College Oxford. He was appointed to the small livings of Harbury and Chesterton and was later made vicar of Snitterfield, a position he held until his death. In 1771 Lord Willoughby de Broke appointed him to Kimscote in Leicestershire. The sermon he gave at Harbury on ‘The Causes of Impenitence Considered’ was published in 1755.

“Britannia's rural charms, and tranquil scenes,
far from the circling ocean, where her fleets
like Guardian Spirits, which round Paradise
Perform'd their nightly watch, majestic ride.”

Edgehill by Richard Jago, Book 1, lines 1-4.

However, it was Jago’s poetry that gained him his recognition and patronage. He wrote several elegies including ‘The Blackbirds’ and ‘The Goldfinches’ and the fable ‘Labour & Genius’. His greatest and longest work written in 1767 was the rambling ‘Edgehill or The Rural Prospect Delineated and Moralised’. In it he described the Warwickshire landscape observed at various times. In 1769 he composed ‘The Roundelay’ for David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee.

“ On Avon’s banks, where Shakespeare’s bust
points out, and guards his sleeping dust;
the sons of scenic mirth agree,
to celebrate the Jubilee.”

The Roundelay by Richard Jago, lines 5-8.

Jago became part of Lady Luxborough’s set that included William Somerville, William Shenstone and Richard Graves. This group were interested in landscaping and poetry and occasionally met at Barrells Hall. Somerville (1675-1742) lived at Edstone Hall and wrote about hunting and field sports. Richard Graves (1715-1804) a novelist was born in Mickleton who became rector of Claverton, near Bath. Shenstone (1714-63) was a landscape gardener and minor poet who landscaped his gardens at Leasowes (now Halesowen Golf Club). In 1744, Shenstone wrote ‘my wood grows excessively pleasant. I have an alcove, six elegies, a seat, two epitaphs, three ballads, four songs and a serpentine river to show you when you come’. Shenstone’s garden was to be seen via a route that you took around to his house. It is a mark of Shenstone’s friendship to Richard Jago that he placed a bench inscribed to him at the end of the route, next to the house.

“With leaden foot time creeps along”

Absence by Richard Jago

Richard Jago died on the 8th May 1781 at Snitterfield and was later buried in the church. He left his leasehold estate at Spernall to his second wife Margaret, while he left his freehold farm at Crowley’s Ullenhall for the benefit of his children.

A Collection of Richard Jago’s Work

Jonathan Dovey
Part of the 'History of Henley' series

Footpath 'Sunday'

Forgotten Heroes of Henley - New Series

Dr. Douglas Bridgewater has been researching the gallant men of Henley-in-Arden, who gave their lives in the two World Wars. He is now concentrating on the Great War and is hoping to publish a book on the history of Henley from 1914 to 1919, including an account of its Red Cross VAD Hospital and as much biographical material as he can find on the men of the town (well over 150 of them) who were on active service.

Douglas has offered to write a series of articles for Henley NEWS on-line on the "Forgotten Heroes of the Great War". We hope to publish the first article in the next few weeks.

Hastilow to speak at Business Club

Business ClubThe Warwickshire Business Club will be holding its April meeting on 21st April at the Judges' House, Warwick. The magnificent Judges' Dining Room contains many fine portraits including ones of Henry VIII and Charles I. This building is without doubt the finest banqueting hall in Warwickshire and a visit is thoroughly recommended.

The speaker will be Nigel Hastilow, former Editor of the Birmingham Post and Conservative candidate for Edgbaston at the last general election. He will be talking about:


Nigel has recently published The Last of England: How Tony Blair and the New Establishment Are Destroying a Nation.

With a General Election forecast for May, this will be a topical and informative meeting.

The Warwickshire Business Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 11.30 am, normally at Henley Golf and Country Club.

For further information: www.swbc.co.uk

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Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to p_hammond@tiscali.co.uk. All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia by not later than Wednesday 16th March. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

Henley-in-Arden W.I. Sharon Hedges will show a video of “Operation Christmas Child - Moscow 2004” when shoe boxes were given out. Visitors  welcome to join us from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 5th April. Thanks to all who helped and gave at our Souper Lunch when £94 was raised at the Fair Trade Stall.
Rotary/Bridge Supper Evening - 8th April-Claverdon Church Centre. In aid of Hope & Homes for Children. £40 for table of four. Details shortly.
Blood Pressure Tests - The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden in conjunction with The Stroke Association, is holding a Blood Pressure Testing session at the Baptist Church Hall on Saturday 9th April between 9.30am and 12.30pm. The testing is free and carried out by experienced & qualified nursing staff. By detecting high blood pressure, which often has no visible symptoms and taking appropriate action to reduce the pressure to within a normal range, the incidence of a stroke can be reduced. PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER
Art in Henley - Spring Exhibition Mystery Celebrity to open the event. A heady mix of browsable/buyable original works. Entrance £1 Light refreshments included (under 12 ‘s free) Sat. 9th/Sun 10th April 10am - 4pm. The society meets every 2nd Monday at Henley Fire Station. Weekly Wednesday workshops at The Hub/Henley High School. Enjoying Art is our aim. Details/Membership Colin Fisher 01564 792715
Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Tuesday 12th April in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for ’E for Elizabeth’ with Janine Hall. Competition: ‘Modern Design’
The Warwickshire Association for the Blind (WAB) is organising a fundraising collection in Henley High Street on Saturday 16th April 9am - 4pm. Could you spare an hour to help raise money for the Blind & Partially Sighted? Contact Judy Murdoch 01564 792855 or business 01926 888789.
Henley Wildlife Society Members are looking forward to seeing Rosemary Morris’s slides of ‘People & Wildlife in Tanzania’ on Tuesday 19th April in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm. Visitors welcome £1.00
Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society On 21st April at 8.00pm for an illustrated talk with Dr. Chris Upton on ‘Victorian Asylums’
Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church Our April Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 23rd from 10am till noon. Please call in for a coffee, a chat and to browse the bring & buy stalls.
The Parish Church AGM will be on Wednesday 27th April in St. John’s Church starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome to attend to hear what we have achieved and what we hope to do. As usual there will be time for your questions  and comments.
Petticoat Lane Sale - Monday 2nd MAY - 10.30am till 12 .00 noon in and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Proceeds shared between Cord & Church funds. Good quality White Elephant stall, books, plants, toys & Small  items of furniture etc. Please ring 794308 for enquiries or if collection needed. NO jumble please

Double G & S Concerts in Tanworth This is an invitation to tenors & basses to come aboard “H.M.S. Pinafore” and attend a “Trial by Jury” on July14, 15 & 16th. Note three performances by popular demand. Rehearsals on Tuesdays in Tanworth Village Hall at 7.45pm Men only on May 24th & 31st. Full chorus from June 7th through to the final one (a must) on July 12th. Details of ticket sales will appear later. I look forward to seeing you, ladies & gentlemen for this 28th year. Any enquiries (at this stage) to Wendy Dillon 01564 742464

Bell ringing!! Who would like to ‘have a go’ at ringing a Church Bell? ‘Have a Go’ on any Thursday evening at 7.45pm in St. John’s Church, for £1.00 donation to the High Bailiff’s Flood Relief Fund. Henley ringers will match all contributions.

THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic.
THE ROTARY CLUB of Henley-in-Arden meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org
Events for future Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia Hammond by email or by post to 132 High St marked ‘Tricia’s Diary’. Please tell all your friends about Tricia's Diary.

Warwickshire's Parks are ready

Stratford Ramblers invites anyone to join their gentle pace walks every 1st and 3rd Tuesday; starting Tuesday 5th April. Ring Penny Stott on 01564 792251 or go to www.stratfordramblers.com for details. Walks start at 10:00am and will normally be 4 to 5 miles long, taken at a pace to suit those new to walking, or those who can no longer walk as fast as they used to. We aim to take time to look at the view and the newborn lambs and so on. As a sociable group, several of us normally call at a pub afterwards for a drink or light lunch. We try to share cars where practical, to reduce the problem of many cars at one parking place.

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