Edition 236 - 24th DECEMBER 2009
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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


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The Henley Christmas Market

photoWednesday 11th 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 John Love.

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 New Year.


And finally,


‘Merry Christmas and a more prosperous 2010’.

Roger Sutton, High Bailiff, and his wife Molly


Johnsons Grand ‘Firework Finale’


photoIn 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 appearance."

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

photoThe 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.

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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

photo2009 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 articles.

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 vouchers.

Postal Scam

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

Notified by George Atkinson

A Shakespearean Romance - The Questions

The answer to each question is the name of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

1Who were the bride and groom?
2When did he propose?
3What did she reply?
4From whom was the ring obtained?
5Who were the chief guests?
6Who were the bridegroom’s friends?
7Who prepared the wedding breakfast?
8Where did they live after marriage?
9What was the honeymoon like?
10How would you describe their first quarrel?
11What was their married life like?
12What was the bridegroom’s chief occupation?
13In return she gave him.....
14What did their friends say?

The answers appear further down towards the end of this edition.

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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 wait.
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 missed.

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.

Children - An Application for Santa to Visit

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Henley NEWS Online Christmas Cake Recipe.


* photo2 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

* Nuts
* 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.

Bingle Jells!

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 Crabmill.

Details of how to join the club can be obtained from secretary Judith Mathias 01564 792378.

Jane Palmer reporting

Henley Society Christmas Party

photoThe 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 amusement.

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 795419.

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 field.


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.

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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 going through.

Pete Johnson

Today’s NHS

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 improved?'

'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.'

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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, Coolsportz.

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 or to book your place on the Coolsportz Christmas camp please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email

The Lions Roar 4 Points Clear at the Top


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 Chaddesley outfit.

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.

1Who were the bride and groom?
Romeo and Juliet
2When did he propose? Twelfth Night
3What did she reply? As You Like It
4From whom was the ring obtained? The Merchant of Venice
5Who were the chief guests? Anthony and Cleopatra
6Who were the bridegroom’s friends? Two Gentlemen of Verona
7Who prepared the wedding breakfast? The Merry Wives of Windsor
8Where did they live after marriage? Hamlet
9What was the honeymoon like? Midsummer Night’s Dream
10How would you describe their first quarrel? Tempest
11What was their married life like?Loves Labours Lost
12What was the bridegroom’s chief occupation? Taming of the Shrew
13In return she gave him....Measure for Measure
14What 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.

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John Garner's festive Business Column

John GarnerEnd 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.


Performance Factors


Far exceeds job requirements

Exceeds job requirements

Meets job requirements

Needs improvement

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


Drinks 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.

John Garner

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Warwickshire County Council

Councillor Mike Perry reports

photoAfter 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 new year.

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 problems.

May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a very successful New Year.

Mike Perry

Stratford District Council

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Councillor Laurence Marshall reports

For 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 Christmas Carols?”.
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 Year!

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 County Council.
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 local area.
“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?

12th January at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall – Wine and Nibbles.

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.

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.

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

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 2.15pm. 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.
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

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

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 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 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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

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