The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
The Henley Christmas Market
Dec 09 saw the annual Henley Market Show and Sale hold their
traditional Christmas Poultry Competition. This year the poultry
competition was not the only attraction at the show. The market
management decided to sponsor a ‘best dressed Christmas
Stall’ event, inviting the High Bailiff to be the judge. In
accepting the challenge the High Bailiff took along with him fellow
judges: Low Bailiff John Rutherford, Town Crier Gordon Trinder and
Court Member Dawn Leech.
The judging was a real pleasure
as so many individuals had taken the time and trouble to decorate their
stalls for Christmas. The eventual winner was ‘John’s
Stall’. The stall holder, John, as well as receiving a
certificate and champion’s rosette was presented with a Christmas
hamper by David the market manager. The runner-up’s prize of a
bottle of scotch went to Vonnie of ‘Vonnie’s Stall’.
The judging compete, it was time for the High Bailiff to move on to the
‘Turkey Competition’ where he was to present the
prize-winning bird to the highest bidder. This year’s
prize-winning turkey went for £105. The winning bid was made by
Simon Woodman the owner of the ‘Arrow Mill Hotel’,
Alcester. In keeping with tradition the winning bid of £105 was
donated to charity, Warwickshire Air Ambulance, and the turkey? Well,
its destination was, as you can imagine, to be the centre piece of the
Christmas Carvery at the Arrow Mill Hotel.
The High Bailiff was in action
again on the morning of Saturday 19th December when he fronted the
judges in the annual Court Leet , Henley High Street Christmas Shop
Window Competition. The panel of judges this year was led by Court
Member Fred Dowling and included members Dawn Leech, Gordon Trinder and
The judges had to judge the windows under the following headings and award marks accordingly:
•Originality: marks out of 10
•Composition: marks out of 5
•Colour: marks out of 5
•Appeal marks out of 5
It was pleasing to see that so
many traders had taken the time to decorate their shop windows for
Christmas. The standard of presentation was high and the judges looked
at 28 shop window displays before retiring to the Henley Bakery for a
coffee and a bacon sandwich. It was during the coffee break that the
marks were finalised. It must be noted that the judges had already
visited the High Street the previous evening to see the effects of the
lighting in each shop window. The judges could also refer to
photographic evidence supplied by Fred Dowling, to help them remember
what they had seen in eachwindow.
The first prize of
£25 and winner for the third year in a row went to the
‘Shakespeare Hospice’. The runner-up, and the prize of
£15 went to ‘The Lemon Tree Flower Shop’ and the
third prize of £10 went to ‘The Bella Cappelli
Salon’. The Court Leet would like to wish all the shops and
businesses in the High Street a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous
‘Merry Christmas and a more prosperous 2010’.
Roger Sutton, High Bailiff, and his wife Molly
Johnsons Grand ‘Firework Finale’
spite of one of the coldest nights of the year, they turned up in their
hundreds to watch a spectacular firework display staged by Henley Coach
& Bus Operator Johnson’s, at their Liveridge Hill
headquarters, to celebrate the end of what has been a momentous year.
Rob Kingscott, Marketing Manager for
Johnsons, said “We have had a fantastic year, celebrating 100
years in business and as a Henley based family firm. Celebrations have
included a Gala dinner, a highly successful family fun day and numerous
other events all staged to raise funds for Warwickshire &
Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. We wanted to end the year in grand
style and we did, the fireworks were spectacular! And in spite of
the cold weather, visitors enjoyed themselves and entered into the
spirit of the occasion by taking part in the attractions and sampling
seasonal goodies which included a tombola, raffle, children’s
rides, mulled wine and warming food and even Father Christmas put in an
Our picture, right, shows John Johnsons welcoming all the visitors.
The event added another £1,800 to our fund raising which currently stands at over £14,000.
Christmas Greetings from The War Memorial Trust
The Managing Trustees of the Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust
(TIC) wish to convey to the members of associated organisations their
best wishes for an excellent time this Christmas and New Year. The
residents of Henley are the privileged owners of the Memorial Hall and
the Memorial Sports Grounds. We are the fortunate users of these
precious resources and the guardians of the heritage handed down
through the Trust since the Second World War. The Trustees wish to
celebrate with you the successes and achievements of the past year.
The successes come as a series of
partnerships. The new Sites and Services Committee run by all clubs has
taken over the management of the sports grounds. The Memorial Hall
Committee has taken greater control of its affairs. It is embarking on
a conservation plan to better meet the need to reduce energy use for
the future. Linking up with the Cricket, Table Tennis and Football
Clubs, HWMT has revitalised the management of the sports pavilion and
embarked with them on a journey that will see the building redeveloped,
modernised and equipped to provide much improved facilities. Plans are
being discussed for a cooperative fund raising project with the Lawn
Tennis Association, the Tennis club and the HWMT to fund three floodlit
courts. The Shooting Club working with HWMT will be redesigning their
entrance area to better accommodate their disabled members. The TIC has
affiliated two new organisations and welcomes the Henley-in-Arden
Allotments and Garden Club and the Henley-in-Arden Table Tennis Club.
The Trust itself is launching a plan to draw in the residents of Henley
to a better understanding of what they stand for, at the same time
encouraging participation in support for the wonderful assets which
exceed what a town of our size could rightly expect to be available for
those who live here.
Our Associates and friends are invited to
tackle our attached Christmas Quiz. The more competitive among you can
enter your answers for a prize or just use it for fun as you relax over
Christmas. Good Luck. Please pass this quiz around.
Download the Christmas Quiz
In February we are reaching out to the
sports fans of the town to support our Pavilion Development Fund,
asking that they join us at the award winning Naya Indian Restaurant on
February 8th for a fund raising evening. See the poster. (Please feel
free to copy this and pass it on.)
This message describes but a fraction of the
Trust’s plans. We can only build this future with the direct
support of the town and our many members. As you relax this Christmas
time you will no doubt reflect on many aspects of life and living. I
hope you will spare a minute or two and think about what the trust and
its resources can offer you or perhaps you might feel inclined to share
the opportunities with others. Thank you for the support you give to
the cultural and sporting assets you own.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
Peter Crathorne - Chairman
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
Xmas Greetings from Warwickshire Police
Tristan Jelfs - PCSO 6065
Xmas Greetings from Henley News Online
2009 has been another good year for Henley NEWS Online.
This year, we received another award, a gold award from The Warwickshire Rural Community Council. We believe we can now claim to be one of Henley's biggest community activities.
Our readership has continued to increase and we estimate from our web stats that each edition is now read by around 3,500.
I would like to thank all our contributors,
photographers and our support team, mentioning particularly our proof
reader John Garner, who has ensured we produce accurate and quality
The Town website, which is now top of all major search engines for 'Henley-in-Arden', continues to be sponsored by the Town Improvement Committee and Peter Crathorne has done an excellent job since he took the chair of the Henley War Memorial Trust.
We will return on Thursday 14th January with the first edition of 2010
A Happy Christmas to all our readers and contributors.
Bill Leech - Editor
Lost & Found - Another Success
We reported in our last issue that
a wedding card had been found in pouring rain on the High Street.
Cindy Brittan of Henley Ice Cream, has now told Henley NEWS Online
that there was also £100 worth of vouchers. As a direct of our
article, the owner has reunited with his wedding card and the gift
A card is posted through your door from a
company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were
unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906
6611911 (a Premium rate number).
DO NOT call this number as this is a mail
scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to
hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for
the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details then please
contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or ICSTIS (the Premium rate
service regulator) at www.icstis.org.uk
Notified by George Atkinson
A Shakespearean Romance - The Questions
The answer to each question is the name of one of Shakespeare’s plays.
|1||Who were the bride and groom?|
|2||When did he propose? |
|3||What did she reply? |
|4||From whom was the ring obtained? |
|5||Who were the chief guests? |
|6||Who were the bridegroom’s friends? |
|7||Who prepared the wedding breakfast? |
|8||Where did they live after marriage? |
|9||What was the honeymoon like? |
|10||How would you describe their first quarrel? |
|11||What was their married life like?|
|12||What was the bridegroom’s chief occupation? |
|13||In return she gave him.....|
|14||What did their friends say? |
The answers appear further down towards the end of this edition.
HADS Production of The Three Musketeers
Last week saw HADS put on
‘The Three Musketeers (le Panteau)’. This was the
first Pantomime from them for a number of years but was well worth the
The Three Musketeers is not a story one would normally associate with
Panto, and this was born out in that it was more of a story along
the lines of one, rather than a ‘proper’ one. None
the less, it was an excellent production with a large cast who kept the
action going with no let up in the pace. It was
relatively short, thereby keeping your attention
with quick snappy scenes, colourful (the costumes were extremely good)
and well acted. Special mention must be made of Kiera Cox
who took on the role of Porthos (one of
the Musketeers) on Dress Rehearsal night when illness struck! She
performed extremely well.
Audiences were on the light side but those who did come thoroughly
enjoyed it. It is a shame when a local group who go to so
much trouble to provide such high quality entertainment
are not supported as well as they might be.
HADS next production will be at Easter when they will be presenting the
comedy ‘Humble Boy’. That is one definitely not to be
Tony Capps HADS
Alan Robson photos
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HNOL 'Restaurant of the Year' Award
Henley NEWS Online continues its Christmas tradition of nominating its 'Restaurant of the Year' award. In 2008, it was given to The Bluebell.
This year, NAYA the new Indian Restaurant on the High Street near the Heritage Centre, has been chosen by Henley NEWS Online as its Restaurant of the Year 2009. Our photo below shows the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, presenting the award in the restaurant.
Although NAYA only opened for business in
July of this year it has in the opinion of the judge achieved an
exceptionally high and consistent quality standard. The decor of the
restaurant has been tastefully improved. Finally, the judge remarked on
the genuine warm welcome from the staff over a number of visits.
This is the second award that NAYA has won this year. In November, it won the Best Newcomer of the Year at the Midlands Curry Awards 2009.
Henley NEWS Online Christmas Cake Recipe.
* 2 cups flour
* 1 stick butter
* 1 cup of water
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 cup of sugar
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 cup of brown sugar
* Lemon juice
* 4 large eggs
* 2 bottles wine
* 2 cups of dried fruit
Sample the wine to check quality. Take a
large bowl, check the wine again. To be sure it is of the highest
quality pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric
mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon
of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure the wine is
still OK. Try another cup... Just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy.
Break 2 eggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the fruit up off floor. Mix on the
turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it
loose with a drewscriver. Sample the wine to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Check the wine. Now shift
the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of
sugar, or some fink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the
cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off
the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the wine
and wipe counter with the cat.
Go to Tesco and buy cake.
Seasonal Weather for festive fun
It was minus 2 when the stoic crowd at Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club arrived for their annual Christmas tournament.
Despite the freezing weather spirits were
high and so was the turnout. Members battled away in pairs supervised
by Head Coach Sarah Baker who was ready with mugs of steaming coffee
and hot mince pies when they finished play.
The winners, Jane Palmer with her partner
Caroline Gionis, and Anne Crooks with her partner Judy Wilde were
treated to a round of applause by their opponents.
This bought to a close the festive fun at
Henley where their annual children’s party last week had a large
waiting list and a successful Christmas lunch was enjoyed at the
Details of how to join the club can be obtained from secretary Judith Mathias 01564 792378.
Jane Palmer reporting
Henley Society Christmas Party
Society’s Christmas party was held on Thursday 10th December and
was a rousing success. The relaxed and informal nature of the meeting
got off to a convivial start with everyone being greeted with a glass
of wine. There then followed an excellent buffet which had been
prepared by members of the committee together with a willing band of
helpers. There was more than enough by way of refreshments and with
everybody pleasantly replete and thirsts quenched with additional
glasses of wine, the tables were cleared for us to enjoy some festive
Barbara Colclough had done a splendid job in securing the services of Alan Heath. We
were led to believe that the two of them had originally met on the top
of a Stratford tour bus, a tale which Alan embellished with much
hilarity during the course of his entertainment. Not only was Alan a
wonderful raconteur and mimic but he also showed us what a fine voice
he had. And he also had that wonderful ability to engage fully with his
audience so that even the most self conscious threw their inhibitions
aside and joined in the sing alongs.
Vice chairman John Stott thanked Alan for
his marvelous contribution in making the evening such an enjoyable
success. John also thanked Barbara for all the hard work she had put in
helping to organise the evening, and also the invaluable contributions
from many other members. The raffle for the Christmas cake made by Pat
Kench and splendidly decorated by her daughter was drawn by the High
Bailiff, Roger Sutton.
The Society’s next meeting is on
Thursday 21st January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. The
speaker will be Richard Abbey on 'An Audience with the King'. Visitors
and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Ellie Johnson writes about 'Her Road to Recovery'
My daughter Ellie Johnson was involved in a
serious road accident in June 2008. Thankfully, Ellie is doing really
well and has completed her degree with a 2:1 in Bio-Veterinary Science.
She has been travelling for the last two months in Australia, Fiji
& New Zealand and is currently searching for a job in her chosen
Ellie has also been helping other families with the sort of problems she has faced and has written an article for Headway, the Charity magazine & website.
Download Ellie's Article
So all in all things are very positive; we
as a family have so much to be thankful for especially all the good
wishes we received through the dark days. Now we realise Ellie's
accident has pulled us even closer together as a family and it had a
sort of purpose that I'm sure we will understand more fully as time
goes on. We believe part of that purpose is the challenge of how we can
help support others who may be going through those same life changing
circumstances. We hope that by reading Ellie's words others will find
support & encouragement in understanding the experience they are
A 75 Year Old Lady rings her local NHS hospital and this is the conversation that follows:
'Hello I'd like some information on a
patient, Mrs Tiptree. She was admitted last week with chest pains and I
just want to know if her condition has deteriorated, stabilised or
'Do you know which ward she is in?'
'Yes, ward P, room 2B'
'I'll just put you through to the nurse station.'
'Hello, ward P, how can I help?'
'I would just like some information on
a patient, Mrs Tiptree, I was wondering if her condition had
deteriorated, stabilised or improved?'
'I'll just check her notes. I'm pleased
to say that Mrs Tiptree's conditioned has improved. She has regained
her appetite, her temperature has steadied and after some routine
checks tonight, she should be well enough to go home tomorrow.'
'Oh that's wonderful news, I'm so happy, thank you ever so much!'
'You seem very relieved, are you a close friend or relative?'
'No, I'm Mrs Tiptree in room 2B. Nobody tells me anything in here.'
For the most Comprehensive Information
Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
This website is sponsored by the TIC and receives no money from public funds
COOLSPORTZ Launches Christmas Camp
Parents stuck for inspiration when it comes
to entertaining the children this Christmas are being given a lifeline
from local children’s sports and exercise specialists,
The Henley-in-Arden based sports activity
company is launching a special Christmas Sports Camp with plenty of
activities planned to keep kids aged 4 to 14 active and entertained
through the holiday.
The Coolsportz camp will be held at
Warwickshire College in Henley-in-Arden on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd
and Wednesday 23rd December. It is based on a fun multi-sports
programme offering tennis, football, hockey, cricket, parachute games,
extreme dodgeball and much more. All children who attend will also have
the chance to explore their creative side with art and craft workshops.
Coolsportz camps provide a fun, structured
programme giving children the chance to improve hand eye co-ordination,
footwook, balance and speed. Additionally, children can develop their
cognitive, leadership and team working skills as well as the chance to
make new friends.
Coach Neil Supperstone, who will be running
the Camp, says: “Coolsportz camps provide children with a
brilliant chance to have fun while taking part in different sports that
help boost their fitness levels. Sessions are held indoors and
outdoors, so the camps will be run no matter what the great British
weather throws at us.”
For further information please visit
www.coolsportz.co.uk or to book your place on the Coolsportz Christmas
camp please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email email@example.com.
The Lions Roar 4 Points Clear at the Top
CHADDESLEY CORBETT 7 – CLAVERDON 30
Man of the match – Bennett
Try scorers – Johnson x 2, Bennett, Noble, Knight
Conversions – Barton
Penalties – Barton
League leaders Claverdon travelled away to
face a strong Chaddesley Corbett side that had only lost a single game
all season. Claverdon had always struggled at this venue and it was
here that they had recorded their last competitive defeat in the final
game of last season.
Claverdon were able to field a very strong
side with the only noticeable absentee being captain Horswill who was
sidelined with illness. Such strength of the team meant that usual 1st
team regulars Brannon, Horsfall & Wyllie dropped to the bench.
Flanker Gill came back from injury, Noble replaced Horswill at fly half
and Wilding returned to the wing with Barton continuing his kicking
duties. After some intense preparation from coach Gray and wise words
from stand-in captain Skinner, Claverdon started the game with a
ferocious intensity. Good lineout work from Grimsley and excellent
place kicking from Noble soon saw Claverdon camped deep in to
Chaddesley’s half. From the resultant lineout Claverdon fed the
ball to Westmacott who broke 2 tackles to feed to the looping Noble. He
drew the full back to feed centre Johnson to score an early try under
the posts. Barton converted, 0-7.
Man of the match Tom Bennett scoring a try for Claverdon
Claverdon continued to shine and Chaddesley
struggled to contend with the determination and sheer pace of
Claverdon’s attacks. Every time Chaddesley tried to clear the
danger the back trio of Wilding, Bennett and Barton ran the ball back
with interest. Any time Chaddesley did try to run the ball at Claverdon
they were met with crunching tackles notably from flanker Gill and
centre Johnson. Time and time again Claverdon pressed and should have
made Chaddesley pay but for the odd knock on or misplaced pass. Smith
in at scrum half was linking the play excellently and his determined
running nearly put Claverdon further in the lead after he broke his
tackle to create a break down the left flank. Quick phases of play
between forwards and backs saw Bennett go over in the corner only for
the final pass to have been judged as forward. With half time drawing
close, Noble found himself in the pocket but his drop goal attempt
narrowly missed the right post. The whistle blew with Claverdon again
on the ascendancy and after all their possession, territory and
outright domination they found themselves only seven points to the
good. Half time 0-7.
Coach Gray’s words at half time were simply to keep up the
intensity and be more clinical in the final third. Claverdon have had a
tendency to go off the boil in previous games and they were determined
not to let this happen and finish off what was now a tired looking
The 2nd half started in much the same way as
the 1st half had with Claverdon on top of their rivals straight away.
Strong running from second rows Joyce and Skinner gave Claverdon a good
platform to work off. The scrum was solid as it had been all season and
Austin at number 8 was creating his own chances. One such chance saw
him crash over from close range but Chaddesley’s scrambling
defence managed to hold him up, with a 2nd chance being knocked on as
he went to ground the ball. With eight minutes of the half played,
Chaddesley conceded a penalty just outside their 22. Barton duly
stepped up and put it smack between the posts to ease Claverdon’s
nerves, 0-10. Westmacott had been suffering a knock to his ankle and
was unable to continue, being replaced by full back Horsfall. Bennett
slotted in at inside centre and Barton to the wing. The change around
bought an immediate response as the ball came out to Noble who found
Bennett cutting a great line to take the ball at pace and beat two
Chaddesley defenders. Barton narrowly missed the conversion, 0-15.
With Claverdon now in a comfortable lead
they were able to show some of the brand of rugby that had seen off
previous opposition. Again, good lineout work with a Williams catch saw
a quick ball out to Smith and Noble. With a side step and Chaddesley
players drawn towards the centres, Noble was able to glide in under the
posts to potentially secure the points for Claverdon with 20 minutes
remaining. Barton saw his conversion bounce back off the post, 0-20.
Skinner carrying a facial injury was replaced by energetic prop Brannon
which saw Knight move to second row and the experienced Wyllie took
over scrum half duties from young Smith. The switches gave Claverdon an
extra boost and an excellent rolling maul involving all eight forwards
saw Knight crash over in the corner. Conversion missed, 0-25.
With the game coming to an end and again
Claverdon camped in Chaddesley’s half, centre Johnson picked up
the ball from the back of a ruck. With 2 defenders to beat, he
chipped over them and with a favourable bounce touched down for
his 2nd score of the game. Conversion missed, 0-30. With only minutes
still on the clock, Claverdon cleared from inside their own 22 only to
find the Chaddesley winger who collected and with some unorthodox poor
Claverdon tackling, he ran through to score in the corner. Try
converted, 7-30 Final Score.
The fact that Claverdon were so upset by
this breach in their defence on the stroke of full time just shows how
far they have come and how high their expectations now are. Claverdon
are back at home this Saturday to face Tenbury in the League. With
Tenbury’s recent run of good form this will be a tough test for
the league leaders.
Report by Tom Johnson
Photo - Will Barnes
A Shakespearean Romance - The Answers
The answer to each question is the name of one of Shakespeare’s plays.
|1||Who were the bride and groom?||Romeo and Juliet|
|2||When did he propose? ||Twelfth Night|
|3||What did she reply? ||As You Like It|
|4||From whom was the ring obtained? ||The Merchant of Venice|
|5||Who were the chief guests? ||Anthony and Cleopatra|
|6||Who were the bridegroom’s friends? ||Two Gentlemen of Verona|
|7||Who prepared the wedding breakfast? ||The Merry Wives of Windsor|
|8||Where did they live after marriage? ||Hamlet|
|9||What was the honeymoon like? ||Midsummer Night’s Dream|
|10||How would you describe their first quarrel? ||Tempest|
|11||What was their married life like?||Loves Labours Lost|
|12||What was the bridegroom’s chief occupation? ||Taming of the Shrew|
|13||In return she gave him....||Measure for Measure|
|14||What did their friends say? ||All’s Well That Ends Well|
This quiz was first seen at the recent Quiz Night organised by St John's.
John Garner's festive Business Column
End of Year Appraisal
I’ve mentioned before the importance of carrying out a regular appraisal on all your staff.
You should list the attributes required and make a note of how well each employee measures up to the standards you have set.
Below is an example to help you.
Far exceeds job requirements
Exceeds job requirements
Meets job requirements
Does not meet minimum requirements
Leaps tall buildings at a single bound
Must take a long run up to leap tall buildings
Can leap over short buildings only
Crashes into buildings when attempting to jump over them
Cannot recognise buildings at all
Is faster than a speeding bullet
Is as fast as a speeding bullet
Not quite as fast as a speeding bullet
Would you believe a slow bullet?
Wounds self with bullets when attempting to shoot
Is stronger than a locomotive
Is stronger than a bull elephant
Is stronger than a bull
Full of bull
Smells like a bull
Walks on water consistently
Walks on water in emergencies
Washes with water
Passes water in emergencies
Talks with God
Talks with the angels
Talks to himself
Argues with himself
Loses those arguments
With this advice we trust your business will prosper in 2010.
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Warwickshire County Council
Councillor Mike Perry reports
the completion of all the surveys on the A & B roads, all the
relevant speed limits and changes have now been implemented and there
will be a final analysis next year as to the success of the project.
With regard to the C & D roads in the area, there were no funds
available for a major survey which would cost in the region of £1
million. However, we are going to put speed tapes down to check the
speed limits on the C & D roads at an approximate cost of
£30,000. We should, hopefully, start this project sometime next
year and I will keep you informed of its progress.
Another major item, during the last few weeks has been the Fire and
Rescue Review. There have been twenty public consultations all over the
County with tremendous interest from the public regarding possible
changes to the service. The results of these consultations and any
changes implemented were due to be announced at the County Council in
February next year. However, due to the tremendous response from the
public and the various alternative suggestions and technical
information submitted, the Chief Fire Officer Graham Smith has decided
he will issue his Report when he has had more time to analyse the
proposals and to have further discussions with the County Council.
Due to the on-going traffic problems and safety concerns for the
children at the two primary schools at the end of Arden Road in
Henley-in-Arden, I arranged a meeting at the school with an Officer
from WCC, the two Headmistresses from the schools concerned, local
Parish Council members and PCSO Tristan Jelfs to try to find a solution
to these problems. It was a very productive meeting and we are trying
to arrange for the coach that takes children to the schools to go via
Meadow Road and drop the children off in Mount Road with an escort to
the school and try and extend the zig-zag yellow lines from the school
entrance to the corner of Mount Road. Also, the Police have agreed to
make more visits to the school to monitor the situation over the next
few weeks. Again, I hope to have more information on this in the
I have just received the results of a survey for a proposed Puffin
Crossing at Wootton Wawen on the A3400 crossing from Wootton Hall to
the shop opposite. Unfortunately, the survey did not give us the
required criteria of 90%. We actually achieved 78%. However I am still
pursuing this matter to see whether is is possible to obtain some extra
funding from the minor works programme for 2010 to install the crossing.
Finally, it is amazing that six months have already elapsed since my
election as your County Councillor in May of this year. I must say I
have really enjoyed representing you and trying to help with your
May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a very successful New Year.
Stratford District Council
Laurence Marshall Stephen Thirlwell
Councillor Laurence Marshall reports
me the switching on of the lights will be a memory that stays with me
for some time. I was lucky to have all five of my grandchildren with me
and had to laugh when the youngest (Larry Aged 3) pointed to our Town
Crier Gordon Trinder and asked “Why is that pirate singing
We are all so lucky to live in such a beautiful town so I’d just
like to say a big thank you to all of the Christmas Lights Working
Party for making Henley so amazingly beautiful
and wish everybody a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New
Events and Festivals Supporting Economic Vitality
Thirteen events across
Stratford-on-Avon District will take place thanks to a grant from
Stratford-on-Avon District Council in partnership with Warwickshire
Stratford-on-Avon District Council together with Warwickshire County
Council recently invited applicants to apply for small amounts of
funding to support local events and festivals
held within Stratford-on-Avon District before 1st October 2010.
Applicants had to demonstrate that their event or festival would
support the local economy and specifically involve businesses from the
“I am delighted that Henley-in-Arden’s application has been
successful and hope we can continue to “buck the trend” and
keep our High Street and local businesses
active!” said Local Ward Member Laurence Marshall.
The successful applicants are:
· Stratford Christmas Lights – 26 November 2009 – 5 January 2010
· Victorian Street Fair, Shipston – 4 December 2009
· Southam Christmas Food Fair - 6 December
· Official Opening of Alcester Fairtrade Town – 23 January 2010
· Henley-in-Arden Business Festival – Spring 2010
· Local Producers Fair, Shipston – March 2010
· Harbury Village Hall Beer Festival - 13 March 2010
· Alcester and Forest of Arden Food Festival – 24 April 2010
· Southam Carnival – 31 May 2010
· Shipston Mid-Summer Festival – 27 June 2010
· The Bards Party, Snitterfield – 20-22 August 2010
· Food For Thought, Studley – September 2010
· Ettington Real Ale Festival – 24-25 September 2010
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“How well do you know Birmingham?” is the theme for our
meeting on Tuesday 5th January when Mary Moore, who is a tour guide, is
our speaker. Visitors are welcome to come
and join us from 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall. Why not try WI at the
start of our new year?
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
12th January at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall – Wine and Nibbles.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Our new year starts on Tuesday 19th January with a talk by Nick Martin
from RSPB titled “Birds of Prey”. Nature lovers are very
welcome to join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 pm for a small
charge of £2. We meet monthly with excellent speakers and have
outdoor trips in the summer.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist
Church Hall. The speaker will be Richard Abbey on “An Audience
with the King”. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
BURNS NIGHT - Monday
25th January 2010 in the Memorial Hall. Haggis, whisky and a piper. A
Scottish evening to remember – if you haven’t been to one
before, find out what you’ve been missing! Proceeds in aid of
Guild Hall Garden Project. Further details in due course.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 26th January in Ullenhall Village Hall,
7.30 for 7.45 pm. Our speaker is the author David Cropp on “The
Lost Gardens of T.W. Sanders”. Visitors are welcome (£3).
COFFEE MORNING, Bring and Buy,
Home-made cakes and raffle, 10.30am – 12 noon on Saturday 30th
January in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of St.
Basil’s Centre. Please call in for a coffee when you come to shop.
COME AND EXPERIENCE A CANDLEMASS
SERVICE in St. Nicholas’ on 31st January at 6.00 pm. A joint
service with Ullenhall Church and the other churches in Henley. All are
welcome to this special occasion.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane 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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on
the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station
Road, Henley-in-Arden 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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
- To create a network where members
can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange
produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.
The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams
in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly
fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on
the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone
interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
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
A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes 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 your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly lunchtime
meeting on the 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 www.swbc.co.uk
|TAI CHI in HENLEY
Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773
318830. Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk|
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
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.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership
consists of retired professional and business men residing in the
vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details
please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
WRVS LUNCH CLUB
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell
Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10. For further
details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Plays Duplicate Bridge of
intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel
and usually finds 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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