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Edition 208 - 27th  November 2008
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New High Bailiff & Court Leet Elected at AGM

Court Leet

High Bailiff, Roger Sutton congratulates Low Bailiff, John Rutherford.

The Court Leet, Jurors, members of the public and many distinguished quests, including the High Sheriff of the County, Anna Trye, assembled for the Annual General Meeting in the Guild Hall Henley on the evening of Wednesday 12th November ’08. The meeting was chaired by Honorary Burgess, Derek Sharman, representing The Lord of the Manor, Mrs. Robin Hardy-Freed of Pennsylvania, and conducted by her Steward of the Manor of Henley in Arden, David Lodder. It is the steward’s responsibility to summon the various officers of the Court to present their reports on the year’s activities and oversee the process of electing the Court officers for the coming year.

Court Leet

Members of the Court Leet with their distinguished Guests at Henley’s Court Leet AGM, November ’08.

The Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, declared the Court in session and the Chaplain, the Reverend John Ganjavi, opened the proceedings with a prayer. The Lord of the Manor being absent it was left to Hon. Burgess, Derek Sharman, to welcome all present and convey a message to the Court on behalf of the Lord of the Manor. The message contained her intention to visit Henley at some time in 2009. Former High Bailiff, John Latham, gave a vote of thanks to the Lord of the Manor.

The Steward read the minutes and made his announcements pointing out what a difficult year it had been for Henley in light of last year’s floods. The lower rooms of the Guild Hall had suffered considerable damage and put the town’s library out of action. The damage resulted in a new floor and new electrical circuits having to be installed. The library was back and fully functional. He was also pleased to announce that, although the replacement costs had been high, the Guild Hall Trust Fund was now ’back in the black!’

Two presentments were made to the Court. The first, by Marijana Bainbridge, concerning the state of the market site – lots of litter, broken fences, etc. The Court agreed to take up the matter with the town’s JPC and the sites owners. The second by Eunice Williams concerning the escalating vandalism in the town, in particular to the fencing around the children’s play area which had been ‘axed’ by a body or bodies unknown. The Court agreed to bring the matter to the attention of the District Council and the local Police Authority.

Next on the agenda were the year reports from the Court officers. Andrew Gardner, Ale Taster, was pleased to pronounce that all ale tasted by him in the town’s taverns was of the “finest quality and fit for the people of Henley to drink !” He was also present at a number of other courts’ ale tastings where he found the ale “to be pleasing on the eye and a pleasure to drink! “. Brook Looker, Barry Tulloch, reported that the state of the water in the River Alne was good and free flowing, although devoid of crayfish, but he believed this had something to do with the Court Leet Day play put on by the pupils of Henley High School. The Court Leet Day Duck Race had again proved a popular event with the public. Lawrence Marshall, the Hayward, reported that the town’s boundaries were secure and intact. And, that none of the town’s children had had to be ‘beaten on the boundary‘ in the course of his duties.

The Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, was pleased to report another successful year in office, with his voice being as much in demand as was his colourful robes and ‘big bell!’ A new venture for this year had been the sale, through the Heritage Centre, of a picture postcard of Gordon in full cry! He mentioned that he had a few signed copies about his person and he would be pleased to offer them for sale.

A report on the activities of Henley Heritage Centre was given by Ann Holding. She said that visitor numbers were up again this year, bucking regional statistics which have shown a down turn in visitors to the County. Although school visits had dropped visits from adult groups had increased. She also announced a new venture for next year in that she would be working with a researcher from Warwickshire County Museum Service analysing the type of group visiting local attractions. The results of this work should help revitalize the County’s flagging tourist trade.

Court Leet

The Guild Hall with Ray Holding, retiring High Bailiff, giving his yearly report to the Court.

The High Bailiff, Ray Holding, gave his report naming a number of high profile events that he had attended during his year of office, one in particular, being the High Sheriff‘s Service in Warwick. The High Bailiff also mentioned that it had been a testing year in many ways, having to deal with the flooding in the Guild Hall and the repairs to the Hall’s south wall. However there had been good times, especially the annual Court Leet Day and the link fostered this year with the Henley Arts Group. Again, the Court’s year had been concluded with a Town Dinner in the Memorial Hall. This is the third year this function as been held and is fast becoming an established event. He paid tribute to Past High Bailiff, Douglas Bridgewater, who had initiated the Town Dinner in his year of office. The High Bailiff was sorry that he had to report that the Court had had to accept the resignation, through ill health, of one of its Ale-Tasters, John Dalman. He thanked John, for his many years of valuable service to the Court and wished him a speedy recovery to full health. This was to be the High Bailiff’s final report and he thanked all Court members for their support in his two years in office. He particularly wished to thank his Low Bailiff, Roger Sutton and his wife Molly for their loyal support and friendship shown to him and his wife Ann while he was High Bailiff.

In reply, Butter Weigher, John Rutherford, said that as a relative new comer to the Court he had been grateful to Ray for his professional and profound leadership, not only in his role as High Bailiff but also, as said by others, for the many years he had willingly served on the Court. He, personally wished to thank Ray for the courtesy and friendship shown to him as a new boy on the block. He hoped that Ray would enjoy his new role as a Past High Bailiff and remain in service with the Court for many more years to come.

The Steward, David Lodder, called the Role of the Jury and asked them to withdraw from Court to elect a foreman and to elect the Court officers for the coming year 2008/9. On return to the Guild Hall the foreman of the Jury announced that the following persons had been elected to the Court to serve as:

High Bailiff - Roger Sutton.
Low Bailiff - John Rutherford.
Mace Bearer - Gerald Smith.
Constable - John Love.
Ale-Tasters - Andrew Gardner and Barry Tulloch.
Affeerors - John Brealey and John Tristram.
Butter-Weigher - Lawrence Marshall.
Brook-Lookers - Graham Smith and Stephen Thirwell.
Hayward - Jonathan Dovey.

The High and Low Bailiffs were invested with their chains of office by Honorary Burgess, Derek Sharman, followed by the taking of the Oath of Allegiance, administered by the Steward, David Lodder.

The High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, gave his acceptance speech in which he promised to the serve the people of Henley with honest vigour, building on established values while maintaining the town’s honoured customs and traditions. He thanked the Past-High Bailiff, Ray Holding, for the two good years he had spent serving as his Low Bailiff. The High Bailiff congratulated John Rutherford on his election to Low Bailiff and welcomed the two new members to the Court, John Tristram and Jonathan Dovey.

Court Leet

The Steward, David Lodder, congratulates the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton. Low Bailiff, John Rutherford is congratulated by
Hon. Burgess, Derek Sharman.

Court Leet

The Low Bailiff, John Rutherford welcomes , new member, John Rutherford and  new member, Jonathan Dovey, is welcomed by
High Bailiff, Roger Sutton.

The Town Crier was nominated by the Steward and the Chaplain, John Ganjavi, by the High Bailiff who invited those present to attend the Court Leet service at 10:00am in St. John’s church on Sunday on the 23rd November ’08. Alec Halliwell, Burgess, and President of the Rotary Club of Henley made a Rotary Vocational Award to Sue Dalby for outstanding service to the community.

In Any Other Business, Past High Bailiff, Douglas Bridgewater, was pleased to announce that the proposed work on the riverside gardens should start next year. There being no other business, the Steward asked the Town Crier to close the Court.

Report by The High Bailiff, Roger Sutton.
Photos by Former High Bailiff Alan Robson

Theft at St John's

PhotoThe service on the 23rd November to celebrate the election of High Bailiff Roger Sutton had been a joyous occasion. When Rector John Ganjavi announced that two silver chalices and other silverware had been stolen from the vestry some of the joy went out of the event.

Since learning the time and circumstances of the theft, I asked myself, how did the thief know where the chalices were kept? How did he/she open the safe? How were they so sure that they would not be interrupted? It was a crime well thought out.

The Rector felt there should be an element of Christian forgiveness in the matter even though the police are now involved. Perhaps the Rector feels the items will be returned. My opinion is that they will be melted down - a sorry end for the chalices used in the most sacred rite of the Christian Church.

Churches are an easy target for the criminal element by virtue of their solitary situation, unattended and very often with poor security. Plenty of hiding places etc. The Church at Wootton Wawen was attended by a gang stripping the lead from the roof. Fortunately, due to the prompt action of the owner of the village store, the police were alerted. The gang got away leaving behind the fruits of their labour. This scenario has been repeated all over the country, the lead being sold to China.

The midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, in some parts of the country is unsafe for the churches to hold. It seems to me a blow to our freedom to worship as we wish. In spite of all these bad things, Christianity is still a force for good, brave aid workers helping poor people in dangerous situations. We must take heart from these courageous people even as others took heart 2000 years ago.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

Let There Be Light

Invitation to the Xmas Lights Switch On

For the past 15 years, the residents of Henley have enjoyed Christmas Lights on the Northern End of The High Street. This year 2008 should see both the Northern and Southern End of the High Street a blaze of colour. The Parish Council have always supported the Christmas Lights and as in past years have been kind enough to give a grant towards the cost of the lights on the Northern End,

Xmas Lights

For the last 4 weeks Parish Councillors Chris Milsom (left) and Les Goodman (right) assisted by
Les Phyllis and Brian Jackson have been putting up the Christmas Lights on the High Street.

After many trials and tribulations and with the kind permission of residents, we have erected Christmas Lights on the Southern End from Barclays Bank to the Traffic Lights and back again, and also to erect a Christmas tree in the recess between the Heritage Centre and the Ice Cream Parlour. With the help of a Awards for All Lottery Grant and a number of Social Functions we have managed to raise a substantial amount towards the cost of the new lights for the Southern End and also the balance of funds to complete the Northern End.

We are conscious of the cost of energy and climate change and so our new installation will be using new 2W 18 LED lamps. The main problem this installation is that these lamps come at a cost, and are 10 times more expensive that the 25w GLS coloured lamps currently used on the Northern End installation.

The Carol Service and Double Switch On will take place on Saturday 6th December at the Market Cross starting at 5.00PM

PhotoThe Alcester Silver Band will once again accompany the carol singing and the Henley and District Royal British Legion and Henley and District Ex Services Social Fund will provide Mince Pies·and Mulled Wine. We hope the community will enjoy all our efforts. (Our photo top right taken by John Love shows the 2006 event.)

The committee thanks all the residents who have supported our efforts, especially Sue and Brian Westmacott who generously gave all the proceeds from the Christmas Lights Garden Party to our funds

Cllr L G Goodman - Chairman of The Beaudesert & Henley Christmas Lights Working Party

Sue Dalby Presented with Top Citizen Award

Rotary AwardAsking the Honorary Burgess Derek Sharman to present the Rotary Award for outstanding service to Henley in Arden, Rotary President and Honorary Burgess Alec Halliwell said in choosing the recipient for the award Rotary had in mind the Rotary motto “Service above self”. The club sought out individuals who quietly and, often without acknowledgment, served the Town.

This year the award was to Sue Westmacott (Dalby). Everybody in the Town at some time or another had eaten and enjoyed immensely her food at various functions but many did not know that she, supported by husband Brian, had quietly used these skills to support many good causes. He could remember himself in particular the dinner she had given to raise funds for the Warwickshire Firemen`s appeal for those killed the tragedy at Atherstone, the Youth Club skate park, the Police Assistant’s bicycle and most recently The Town lights and he was pleased to note that she had now branched out as a Governor of Henley High and, more surprisingly, if you did not know she came from farming stock, Secretary to the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society.

Town Crier is First Patient for New Dentist


High Bailiff Roger Sutton welcomes the town's new dentist Dr M.D.Jones attended by the Town Crier Gordon Trinder

On Friday 21st November, High Bailiff Roger Sutton and Town Crier Gordon Trinder formally opened the new dental practice 'IVORY BESPOKE DENTISTRY' at No 215 High Street. The Principal dentist Dr M.D.Jones BDS MSc (General Dental Practice) MFDS RCS (Eng), offered the Town Crier a quick check up as the first patient.

Dr Matt told Henley NEWS On-line, "I look forward to forging close links with the town over the years to come as I shall be the principal dentist working in the practice and will not be running it from a distance."


Town Crier Gordon Trinder the first patient


Special after care by Abby and Caroline

After his check up Gordon was given some special after care by Receptionist Abby Nicholson and Practice Nurse Caroline Alexander. The practice opened on Monday 24th November for business. The premises have been extensively reconstructed and much improved by Building Contractor John Fitzgerald of Stratford upon Avon.

John Love - Constable of the Court
Reporting and Photos

The Henley Hotel Joins Best Western

PhotoThe Henley Hotel in Tanworth Lane has recently become a member of the BEST WESTERN group of independent hotels.

The chain is the largest association of privately owned and managed hotels in the world. In line with other members the re-named Best Western Henley Hotel had to undergo a rigorous inspection visit to ensure that guest bedrooms, public areas and facilities met the minimum standards required by the group.

The company directors hope that being part of such a high profile brand will make the hotel accessible to a far wider audience of potential customers. Almost immediately staff received reservations from the Best Western booking service, as well as a number from other customers who called the hotel direct because they have regularly stayed at other Best Western hotels.

Details about the hotel can be found on the new website Henley Hotel

Recession Hits Henley

From 15th November

PhotoStefano Matricardi's gastropub and restaurant in the village of Henley-in-Arden, was until recently a thriving business attracting professional couples from Birmingham and Solihull's southern suburbs.

But over the past few weeks he's found himself staring at an increasing number of empty tables. On some occasions he's had to shut the restaurant for lack of customers, keeping only the bar area open. And he's not looking forward to Christmas. "A lot of companies have phoned me up to say they are canceling their usual Christmas party," said the 32-year-old. "That's something we'd normally rely on at this time of year. But they just can't afford to spend money on their staff because their own businesses aren't doing so well and we'll suffer the knock on effect of that.

Mr Matricardi, who specialises in modern British cooking with an Italian flavour, has had to cut staff hours and spend more time in the kitchen himself in order to reduce overheads. He added: "January will be even worse than normal this year."

ATAC & Warwick Hospital Breast Care Unit - £98,000

ATACWe have reported on ATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer - regularly over the last four years and last month [October - Breast Cancer Awareness month ] several residents of Wootton Wawen [amongst others totaling about 106 ladies] attended the annual Charity Ladies Lunch at Hogarths Hotel at Dorridge which included Christmas Bazaar Stalls and an enjoyable meal. A massive sum of about £740 was raised on the raffle and Debbie Ensor a specialist breast care nurse from Warwick Hospital gave an interesting and informative address - including updated statistics, NHS cancer strategies - and how treatment for breast cancer patients is improving and currently managed.

ATAC was formed just four years ago and due to the diligence and hard work of the committee members over that period, a total to date of around £104,000 has been raised. A highlight of this luncheon at Hogarths was the presentation by the Chairman, Virginia Haynes, to Jayne Blacklay Director of Development from Warwick Hospital of a cheque for £98,000. This money is to be used for the purchase of a scanning machine which works in conjunction with digital mammography . On receiving this cheque Jayne expressed her sincere thanks to ATAC and their supporters for such a tremendous sum and said this donation would be the start of the new Breast Cancer Care Unit at Warwick Hospital which is planned to be located adjacent to and in support of the new Ambulatory Cancer Unit which has recently been opened. ATAC will continue their fund raising activities in order to provide future support and more equipment to the Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital.

Patricia Phillips Reporting


Scouts Big Bonfire Night

The rain came down just as the one of the largest audiences ever had gathered at Henley Sports and Social Club to watch the Scouts’ annual grand fireworks display. The timing was unfortunate to say the least, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the many supporters who came along. The event was still a great success and John Johnson, one of the organizers for Henley and Wootton Scouts said, “we had one our best attendances ever, people kindly turned out in their hundreds to watch and we really appreciate their support” He added, “The firework display was a little disjointed because we struggled to light many of them in the rain, but the way the rain came on later in the evening things could have been much worse!” “

However, first estimates suggest that we have managed to raise just over £1200 and this money will be put to good use helping to provide fun and adventure activities for the 70 scouts, cubs and beavers of Henley and Wootton Scout troop, so thanks to everyone who came along and thanks for your support.”

The troop is running at record numbers at the moment so the troop is looking to recruit an extra scout leader. If you can help out at all please call John Johnson on 01564 792073.


….and this is not for publication!

WoottonSo said Shirley Davies several times during her talk entitled ’70 years of Wootton Wawen’, presented on 20th Nov to the Henley and Beaudesert Society. The “not for publication” parts of the talk were about or by notable residents of Wootton Wawen that Shirley knew. As Brian Twigg said in his vote of thanks,’ they brought the talk to life, because they showed that people, as much as places, were what were important.’

The talk centred on the inhabitants of the major buildings of Wootton. Namely, Wootton Hall built in 1687, Field House Farm, the Mill and Austy Manor. In various ways, the owners had been benefactors to the village. Mr Fieldhouse, who lived at Austy Manor, was a patron of the Seymour alms houses, named after their son who had been killed in Ceylon. He also supplied the Henley High Bailiff’s chain. Mr Mansel, a later owner of Austy, had given the organ to the church in 1958 and provided the first village hall, a second hand building from Henley railway sidings. The owner of Wootton Hall had donated the original gates of the Hall to the church. A later owner had prevented the loss of a rare 1748 ‘black letter bible’ by freeze drying it at Atomic Weapons Research Establishment Harwell, after it accidentally got wet.

By 1902, Wootton Hall, pictured right, had become empty and was let out as rooms. It was bought by a Mr Capewell Hughes, who refurbished the interior. In 1905, before moving in, he held a party there for 200 members of the Birmingham Archaeological Society who, according to a published newspaper article, arrived at Henley Station at 2:33 pm precisely. (The line from Birmingham then reached only to Henley.) The next owners of the Hall were the Guinnesses, and their son Richard, lived at Fieldhouse Farm. From this period, there were tales of the butler having to test the ice on the lake, to see if it was safe for the children to skate; also tales of the cook’s temper boiling over whilst preparing for the children’s party, to which the whole village seemed to be invited.

Other features of the talk included mention of Victorian Ladies’ Underwear parties, steam powered fire engines, the 28 volumes of Wootton WI scrap books and water powered electricity generators at the mill (Author’s comment - this is something that could be reconsidered to reduce Wootton’s carbon footprint). There was also mention of an American visitor being shown around the church, who thought that having a Lady Chapel meant that UK women worship differently from men. All these things, presented by an engaging speaker and rounded off by a video of Wootton Wawen in recent history, made for an excellent evening. The usual tea and chatter followed.

The next meeting is the members’ Christmas party on 11 Dec (only 12 places left). Contact Pat Kench 01564 795419 to get tickets.

Bees & Honey

BeesHenley Wildlife were entertained this month by Celia Davies, who gave us a talk on 'Honey Bees'.

Celia brought with her a bee hive to demonstrate how the hive was constructed and the process from the Queen bee producing the worker and drone bees to the production of honey. Celia also mentioned the disease that is prevalent all over the world reducing the volume of honey produced and resulting in a world shortage of honey. She reported on how the producers are trying their best to combat this major problem.

The chairman David Evason thanked Celia for the excellent talk and she was thanked in the usual manner. On a sadder note, David announced that one of our longest established members, John Knowlson, had passed away the previous day.

John Love - Photo & Report

Henley in Bloom

PhotoFirst of all, a big thank you to all those residents and businesses that watered the pots outside their premises and the displays in Arden Road and elsewhere, which greatly assists the small team of volunteer waterers .Also special thanks to the owners of properties on the High Street who did keep their frontages free of weeds, which makes such a difference to the look of the street and saves our volunteers with weed killing.

We have received many complimentary comments about the displays and colour scheme this year which is always encouraging to hear. The summer weather has been somewhat against us, except for the possible side effect of very little vandalism experienced. We are grateful to the Joint Parish Council and Stratford on Avon District Council for their generous grants and all the businesses and private individuals who gave donations to Henley-in-Bloom this year. A notice of names has been displayed throughout Henley.

The Market Cross and some of the central pots have been planted with plants to add some colour during the winter, but elsewhere anyone with an empty pot or trough outside their premises is very welcome to plant winter plants if they wish. There will be further information about the Annual General Meeting next February and next year's colour scheme to follow.

Any information, ring Secretary on 794079.

Report & photo supplied by John Love on behalf of Henley-in-Bloom Committee

Arden Auto-Val Moves to Wootton

PhotoArden Auto-Val have now moved from the market site in Henley and opened up in Wootton Wawen at the Navigation Garage. We have had great support from Henley and surrounding areas since 2002 and, since the market was sold, we have had to look for new premises. We finally moved on the 12th November and wish to let the Henley people know. We still offer the drive-thru car wash (at the same prices!) together with a selection of valeting services and professional polishes.

In addition to this we offer a FREE Car Care Club where each customer will get a FREE car wash. We are now open 7 DAYS! Monday - Friday 8.30am till 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 8.30am till 2pm Further details of our services can be found at

Maria Smith
Arden Auto-Val Professional Car Valeting

A Natural, Free and Happy Life - Not so

Within the last thirty years a quarter of the world's species has disappeared through farming practices, expansion of cities and excessive hunting and this has been accomplished by stealth, wealth and without a thought for those sentient creatures who share this planet and who also have a life to live.

A new victim of raw economics is the public's growing taste for game. It's healthy, it's lean and best of all, it's wild; therefore we are led to believe this latest addition to our menu must live a natural, free and happy life. Not so; most edible game is neither wild nor welfare friendly.

Instead, millions of unfortunate game birds are kept in raised wire cages similar in size and condition to those in which battery hens are kept and which should have been banned years ago. The same horrific conditions exist for factory farmed ducks which live their miserably short lives standing on wire mesh in dark sheds, without space in which to move. Shooting syndicates keep natural predators at bay by setting fen traps and snares, both of which cause agonising deaths and, in the case of rabbits, probably provide another source of income.

Asked by a visiting journalist if he thought the caged birds looked happy, one farmer replied 'These conditions are natural to them; they've known nothing different, so of course they're happy.' Popped into an equivalent sized cage for a few weeks and then released only to be shot down just as he feels the wind beneath his wings, I should like to ask that farmer if he is still of the same opinion!

Grumpy Old Woman.

One Stop's New Shop Front


One Stop, the convenience store in the High Street owned by Tesco, has allegedly put up a new sign without a planning application. The Henley Society is now contacting the JPC to voice their concern over this blatant breaking of planning regulations in a conservation area. Two years ago, the Henley Society led a successful campaign to have the inappropriate sign board replaced. They now will have to start all over again.

Register your views with the JPC at the next meeting on Monday 1st December at 7.15 pm in the Baptist Hall.

November Property Auction

PhotoOn 18th November John Earle & Son held their last land and property auction of 2008. The success rate of properties sold in the room has been exceptional through a very troubled year for the residential and landed property market.

Two Lots were on offer:; a late 1920s house in Solihull and a small parcel of land with a pond between Knowle and Lapworth. Mr Richard Abbey, a Partner of the firm, firstly offered Selwyn House to a room of some 40 people and asked for bids of £300,000. The opening bid was £200,000 and after 19 bids from a cautious room the gavel finally fell at £370,000.

Mr Abbey then offered the 0.80 acre of land with a pond off Bakers Lane and with an opening bid of only £2,000 expectation within the room was limited but competition from a number of parties resulted in the gavel falling at £7,500.

Mr Abbey, after the auction, was pleased having achieved 100% success rate in line with results the firm had achieved in the auction room throughout this year. He went on to say there are no further auctions planned before Christmas but has provisionally reserved the 24th March and the 21st April as the firm’s likely dates to commence land and property auctions in 2009.

Warwickshire Business Club

LogoWarwickshire Business Club, the leading networking forum for Businesses in the county, is holding its next networking lunch on Thursday 18 December. The club meets at the Henley-in-Arden Golf & Country Club and guests are always very welcome. This lunch will have a real Christmas feel to it and the event will start at 11.30am with an hour of networking, followed by a quality 4 course lunch and an entertaining presentation entitled: From Pinstripe to Greasepaint. The speakers are Tim Lyon and Ken Norman and they are highly experienced trainers, specialising in presentation skills training. Between them they managed to clock up no less than 50 years with the NatWest Bank when they decided it was time for something completely different.

Pooling their resources, they set themselves the challenge of writing, producing and performing a two man comedy variety show. They chose as their venue Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End of London. They are joining us on the 18th of December to describe briefly how they set about this project and to perform a sketch written by Ronnie Barker who helped them along their way.

The Warwickshire Business Club can trace its history back to the 1980’s when it was called the Henley-in-Arden Business Club. The format of the monthly lunches provides a serious opportunity for members to network, build business relationships and exchange business ideas. The club has also established a convivial atmosphere for friendships to form. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Further information about the Club and its monthly meetings can be found at

Plot 13 – Lucky For One

PhotoPlot 13 at David Wilson Mercia’s Henley Point development within the desirable Warwickshire town of Henley-in-Arden will be lucky for one, thanks to a huge 35 per cent discount on the two-bedroom apartment.

The Leet is a one-bedroom, first floor coach house and despite its plot number, there will be no superstitions about the price which has just been reduced to £110,650 from £170,525.

That means a massive saving of £59,875 for the lucky purchaser, who will also receive one of the most sought after postcodes in the area.

The property, which looks out onto open fields, boasts a luxury fitted kitchen including oven, hob and extractor, a lounge dining room and a contemporary bathroom, plus an allocated parking space. Moving is made easy as carpets, laminate flooring, light fittings and curtains are all part of the package.

Our picture right shows sales negotiator Pauline Armstrong with a ‘Lucky for one’ swingboard at the new development.

Henley Crime Report
This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Claverdon and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

Between 0900 hours on 6th November and 0915 hours on 12th November 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Biddles Hill, Earlswood. They have then unscrewed the hinges to the garage door and removed power tools from within.
Incident 157 of 12th November 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours and 1850 hours on 10th November 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on The Green, Tanworth-in-Arden. They have then reached in through the front door and removed a handbag.
Incident 623 of 10th November 08 refers.

Prior to 15th November 08 unknown offender/s approached a property in Aston Cantlow. They then smashed a ground floor window to gain access and carried out a very untidy search of the property. Two television screens were found to be missing, along with a Range Rover vehicle.
Incident 200 of 15th November 08 refers.

Between 1630 hours on 7th November and 0730 hours on 10th November 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden. They have then gained access to a storeroom and removed items from within.
Incident 209 of 10th November 08 refers.

Prior to 17th November 08 unknown offender/s approached a property in Bearley. They have then smashed off the padlock to a shed and removed a ride on mower and garden tools.
Incident 343 of 17th November 08 refers.

At approximately 0320 hours on 17th November 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Henley Road, Claverdon. They have then forced a ground floor window and removed a cigarette machine.
Incident 48 of 17th November 08 refers.

At approximately 1105 hours on 7th November 08 unknown offender/s have stolen a vehicle from Blind Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden.
Incident 224 of 7th November 08 refers.

Prior to 1700 hours on 11th November 08 male offender approached a female on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. He then forced her to leave her vehicle and drove off with it. Offender described as a black male aged around 30 years.
Incident 364 of 11th November 08 refers.

Between 1600 hours and 1630 hours on 10th November 08 unknown offender/s have approached a vehicle on Earlswood Common and removed both front and rear number plates.
Incident 533 of 10th November 08 refers.

Between 1100 hours and 1930 hours on 16th November 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. They have then removed an Ifor Williams four-wheel car transporter.
Incident 480 of 16th November 08 refers.

Prior to 17th November 08 two males were seen attempting to gain access to a vehicle on Earlswood Common. The offenders were thought to be connected with a blue Land Rover Discovery.
Incident 136 of 17th November 08 refers.

Henley In Arden Police will be holding a ‘drop in’ facility at Henley Police Station for you to come and discuss any issues or problems, within the community, with your local policing team! The next surgery date will be:

Wednesday 10th December between 1100 and 1300 hours
Wednesday 24th December between 1100 and 1300 hours

If you did have information regarding the displayed incidents, but for whatever reason do not wish to contact the police directly, then you can ring 0800 555 111 and give the information to the Crimestoppers Charity. Crimestoppers will then pass the information to the Police without revealing any details of the caller. You may also receive a reward.

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.


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Laurence Marshall
Laurence Marshall
S Thirlwell
Stephen Thirlwell

District Councillors' Report by Laurence Marshall Ward Member for Henley
Tel: 07970 444363  

Welcome back to Henley News On Line!  

Your District Councillors’ have been actively involved as members of a working party that has helped shape the new Draft Core Strategy which has just recently been published for consultation purposes.  

The Core Strategy is the first and most critical part of the Local Development Framework which will eventually replace the Local District Plan. Once adopted it will have a major bearing on how and where development takes place in Stratford District over the next 20 years as it will set out the key planning principles on which other planning documents and decisions will be based. The document has been sent to a wide range of organisations including our own Parish Council and numerous other consultees in the private, public and voluntary sectors but obviously members of the public can comment too.  

Where to see the Draft Core Strategy documents
The Draft Core Strategy can be viewed at all District Council Offices and Libraries in the District during normal opening hours. A summary leaflet and comment form are also available in the same ways. Public Consultation - send us your views The consultation period runs from Thursday 13 November 2008 to 5:00pm on 9 January 2009.

Complete On-line Comment Form or Downloadable Comment Form

You will need to use a different form for each topic/policy you want to comment on. For further information please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260314, by emailing, or by fax on 01789 260330.

And what’s happening with the CCTV Scheme for Henley
The Head of Community Services has admitted they made a mistake with the way our scheme was handled originally and as you are no doubt aware one of the poles was removed because of traffic safety concerns whilst the whole scheme is being re assessed. That’s taken a lot longer than was anticipated but one thing’s for certain this time round, the District Council will apply for planning permission but before doing so the Head of Community Services has promised to offer all the available options to the Parish Council for consideration first.

And some good news in this time of economic gloom
Warwickshire College have just announced that they have secured some funding to run Free gym sessions for 15-19 year olds at the Warwickshire College Gym. The plan is to run a 10 week course starting Tuesday 13th January 3.15 p.m.  - 4.45 p.m. Students will have to sign up for the 10 week course and places are limited to a maximum of 15 places. The criteria for applicants is that they must be in full time education and are supposed to not predominantly be already involved in sport. Contact Helen Pennells –Sports Facilities Manager Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden 01564 797819  

Housing News
Putting choice at the top of the list Stratford-on-Avon District residents will soon have a wider choice of housing association homes as Stratford-on-Avon District Council introduces Home Choice Plus.   The District Council, in partnership with Orbit Heart of England, will join the new Home Choice Plus scheme at the beginning of December, providing members of the community with more choice in social housing, 2 years before the government deadline of 2010.  

From the 2 December 2008 applicants on the Council’s Housing Waiting List who have recently renewed their applications will be able to consider vacancies across six local authority areas including towns like Evesham, Pershore, Worcester, Malvern, Bromsgrove and Kidderminster as well as Stratford-on-Avon District.   Home Choice Plus provides applicants with the opportunity to choose where they wish to live by placing bids for properties.

Applicants using the Home Choice Plus website can learn more about the properties before they bid on them, including the location, property type, amount of rent and service charges, and much more.    Vacant properties across the Home Choice Plus area will be advertised through the Home Choice Plus website at Applicants can also find out about properties available in Stratford-on-Avon District via the Property Line telephone service on 01789 260840, and at council offices.  

Laurence Marshall              

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Saturday 29th November 2.00 p.m. in the Church Hall. All the usual goodies – bargains galore! Home-made cakes, produce, books, bric-a-brac, teas, etc. with Father Christmas at 2.30. Do come along and support this splendid fundraising event and get ready for Christmas at the same time. If you feel you can help run a stall or provide any goods to sell, please contact Daphne Jones on 01926 843515 as soon as possible.

Wednesday 10th December 1.00 p.m. there will be a short concert by the High School. Saturday 13th will be our Christmas Coffee morning from 10.00 a.m. till noon.

The double Switch On of the new and existing Henley Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 6th December at 5.30 p.m. at the Market Cross. This will be preceded by a Carol Service at 5.00 p.m. accompanied by the Alcester Silver Band.

Christmas Dinner and AGM on 9th December at Henley Golf Club for members only.

Is again returning to Henley Fire Station on Saturday 13th December between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to see the children of Henley and arrive around 10.15 a.m. Come and join us to make it a morning of festive cheer.

Tuesday 16th December at 7.45 p.m. AGM and Christmas Social at the Baptist Church hall.

Thursday 11th December – Christmas Party. Contact Maggie Twigg on 793373 for tickets.

Welcomes players who may be interested in joining the club. Club nights are Friday and Sunday from 8.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. Further details: Chairman 793320. Visitors welcome (£2).

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. 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.

Arc 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 Hal, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself. Visitors are always welcome £3.00. 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 Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837

Welcomes players who may be interested in joining the club. Club nights are Friday and Sunday from 8.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. Further details: Chairman 793320. Visitors welcome (£2).
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 Kevin O'Brien on 01564-794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A34 just outside Henley. The Club welcome new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.

Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.

There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a coordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Holds its 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 an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription. More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.

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 are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 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.

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