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Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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Edition 260 - 4th November 2010
Warwickshire Village Competitions
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Croft Car Park Ownership Survey by JPC

All residents are being asked to vote on the future ownership of the Croft Car Park. If the JPC takes over the ownership of the Croft Car Park, the JPC will then have to be responsible for paying all the costs of running the car park and its maintenance and eventually its resurfacing. The revenue from the parking fees would probably not meet these charges and so the precept (parish council tax) would have to rise to meet any shortfall. If FREE parking continues, all the charges will probably have to be recovered from an increased precept. The JPC leaflet clearly warns that accepting the ownership may increase the parish precept.

Your voting document must be returned to the Heritage Centre by 5th November. No closing time is stated.


You are recommended to

Vote 'NO'

Henley Primary visit the fire station

imageChildren from Year One and Year Two recently visited Henley Fire Station as part of National Fire Safety Week.

The children had the opportunity to sit in the fire engine and learn about all the equipment that is kept on the fire engine. They also learned how to use the hose and used it to clean one of their teacher’s cars! The children were delighted when the fire fighters turned the lights and sirens on, although many of them agreed that the siren was too noisy! The children had a great time and used all the information they had found out to complete work back at school.

A big thank you to Henley Fire Station for providing this fantastic learning experience. Pictured Fire Fighter Adrian Field with Year One children.

Elaine Field reporting

St Mary's gains funding from Eon

imageSt Mary’s Catholic Primary School have been fortunate enough to gain funding from Eon, enabling them to develop there existing conservation area, into an outdoor classroom. On Monday 18th October the school turned out to witness the formal presentation of the £2000 cheque from Eon.

The money has already provided tree stumps for a seating area, a canopy providing shelter from light rain, a bird house, a hedgehog and ladybird house for the re-named Eco Zone. A large portion of the remaining funds will be spent on staff training.

imageThe grant provides an excellent opportunity to equip the outdoor learning area and eventually St. Mary’s hopes the Eco Zone can achieve Forest School accreditation, although this can take some time. Once achieved the area will hopefully be a great benefit, not only to the school but to the local community.

In the interim the school plans to run an after school club, improve the pond area in order to attract more wildlife and provide a watering hole for birds and hedgehogs. The school is also trying to source an old rowing boat, which the children can use for fun and imagination play.

Michelle Rafferty reporting

Shakespeare & The Henley Chronicles

Guild Hall - Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th November Curtain 7:30pm


Tickets still available for all nights - please come along and pay at door for this once in a lifetime opportunity to see what William got up to in Henley in a building which he may have visited!
Ray Evans - HADS
Photo - Alan Robson

Youth service cuts 'could lead to social unrest'

imageThis headline was to be found on the BBC Website over an article by Hannah Richardson, BBC News education reporter. She quoted Sir Paul Ennals who warned youngsters could become progressively disengaged. Cuts to youth services could lead to France-style social unrest happening on England's streets, a charity head has warned.

Head of the National Children's Bureau, Sir Paul Ennals said, “Youth clubs were likely to be hit hard by spending cuts. Along with unemployment and college cuts, it could mean young people become "progressively disengaged from their own communities".

The Department for Education said schools were its biggest priority. In the Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne said the schools budget was being protected but that 12% savings would have to be found in other areas of the DfE spending. Local councils, which fund youth services, are also faced with cuts of about 25%. NCB chief executive Sir Paul said youth services were already being cut ahead of the Spending Review because they are non-statutory.

And he predicted there would be a "significant decline" in the number of youth clubs and other youth services as councils grappled with the cuts. "Mainstream youth services seem at enormous risk - and this simply confirms the actions many local authorities have already been taking. At a time of rapidly increasing youth unemployment the reductions in educational maintenance allowances, coupled with cuts to further education funding, paint a worrying picture for young people's employability and their engagement in their communities." He said youth services were key tools for preventing young people from slipping into crime and drugs and cutting them "stored up trouble for the future". He added: "My concern is that young people may become progressively disengaged from their local community in the way that we are already seeing in France. "Much of the street activity that's been happening in France has been driven by young people who are alienated from their community."

“There are people (in Henley) whose whole lives are changed by youth work.” Councillor Rita Krishna, a member of the Children and Young People's board of the Local Government Association, said there was a risk that the long-term gains of youth work were lost to short-term cuts.

The Management Committee of the youth club has been told that Warwickshire Youth Service has been forced to introduce a recruitment freeze. This means that if any of our 8 part time leaders leaves their post, they will not be replaced. Since the rules say, quite rightly, that there are minimum staffing levels required to open our youth club, if one leader leaves and no cover is available, the club night closes. The management committee has been careful to save sufficient funds to provide equipment and materials for three nights per week; however we cannot possibly afford the salaries for the part time leaders. A closure of one night for the youth club will have a direct affect on the quality of life for our town. The youngsters who presently spend their Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights productively at the club with the guidance of skilled and dedicated leaders will be out on the streets getting bored and being tempted into illegal activity of all kinds.

We need volunteers, willing to give about two hours per week to support our dwindling paid leaders. These generous persons would receive training and support in carrying out work which gives real reward contributing to the safe upbringing of our younger generation. On Saturday 6th November, International Youth Work Day, between 12.00 and 3.00pm The Hub is holding an open day. Why not come along, meet some leaders, visit the Centre and see if you are the one who could help rescue our youth club, but more particularly and importantly our young people from potential disaster? Volunteer now! It can take from 8 to 16 weeks to process the necessary checks and complete the required induction training before you can start work in the club.

For more information contact Peter Crathorne the chairman; 795470 or e-mail

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


imageIt has been a busy last few days for the old Court as it comes to the end of its year in office.

Last Thursday saw the High Bailiff, Low Bailiff and the Town Crier attending the re-opening of the Co-operative Super Market where we were welcomed by our ‘old friend’ manager, Paul Wright. Paul kindly introduced us to two of his new area bosses who were in Henley to observe how well the new shop went down with the customers.

On Thursday night, the Court met at The Black Swan to make merry at the High Bailiff’s Supper; his last supper, excuse the pun! A good evening was had by all, steak and ale pie and a few pints being the order of the night. During pauses between pints the High Bailiff was able to thank the Court for their support during his term in office, treating them to a few old jokes from the bag of the renowned Yorkshire wit, Enoch Entwhistle of The Pig & Partridge, Pateley Bridge

Friday evening saw the High Bailiff and two Court guests attend the dinner of the Warwick Chapter of the Commanderie du Taste Saumur. Naturally, the wine overflowed! The food was filling, and the speeches successfully delivered – if somewhat blurred round the edges!

imageOn Saturday afternoon the High Bailiff and Town Crier were invited to a party (he loves ringing that bell!) to celebrate the joint business ventures of Crystal Beauty and Structures Hair Salon. Wendy of Crystal Beauty was celebrating her first year of trading and Sally of Structures was celebrating five years of successful trading in Henley. Before leaving the party the High Bailiff was pleased to drink a toast to both businesses and wished them every success in the future.

Finally on Sunday morning the High Bailiff turned High Wizard for a Halloween Party in Café 34. The High Wizard’s gold and black outfit, complete with a skull tipped cane, was quite the 'high fashion' of the party. The party-poppers were able to see a different side to the High Bailiff, a dark side, a mysterious side, watching him magic a trick or two from the depths of his big black bat of a hat!

What a way to finish being High Bailiff: being High Wizard for the day!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for making my two years in office a most rewarding and satisfying time. I have really enjoyed representing and promoting this talented town. May it continue to prosper well into the future.

Remember the new Court is elected on 10th November at 7.30 pm in the Guild Hall.

Register as a Juror for the AGM Election

Are you interested in preserving the rituals and traditions of this historic town? Yes? Well, please finish reading this short circular.

Have you lived, worked or run a business in the town for longer than three years? If the answer is ‘Yes’ then you should give some thought to becoming a juror. A juror? Yes, a juror! Jurors are ‘freemen’ of the town; of free mind and will.

The people of Henley have for 800 years taken the responsibility of electing, on an annual basis, the members of the town’s ancient Court Leet. The Court would like the town to continue to uphold this ancient tradition of electing the Leet.

Our photo shows the present Lord of the Manor, Mrs Robin Hardy-Freed, with the Steward of the Manor, Mr David Lodder and former High Bailiff, Brian Jackson at the AGM in 2004.

It will cost you nothing but a few minutes of your time to read and register your name as a juror. Just click the link and complete the application form. You will then receive the simple instructions to complete the process.

If you require more information on the background to the Court Leet, the Court Leet website will give further information.

Roger Sutton - High Bailiff 

Riverland Garden Project

A team of volunteers assembled at the garden on Saturday, 23 October to begin the work of preparing the ground for the first shrub and flower beds. Fortunately the weather held up and some significant progress was made. It will be noted that most age groups were represented.


If you are willing and able to take part in a working party at some future date, please contact Sue Bridgewater on 793633.

image Henley Rotary Club has donated 500 crocus bulbs, which will flower in February, to celebrate the conclusion of the 25-year Rotary International campaign to eliminate polio worldwide.

I am pleased to report that we did remember to take the bulbs out of the bag before covering them up!

The Buy a Brick campaign to raise funds to complete the Riverland Garden is progressing well. Over 150 bricks have now been bought.

During this month (November) the third panel of bricks will be installed and will include the following:


The brick panels will be a significant point of interest in the garden for visitors and townspeople alike. If you have not already contributed, please contact Douglas Bridgewater for a form (phone 793633, email

It is intended that the Riverland Garden will be opened in the spring/summer of next year. The more support we get, the earlier it will be!

Douglas Bridgewater

Cala Homes Moves Into New Offices

imageAward-winning, premium residential developer CALA Homes (Midlands) has moved into new office accommodation in Henley-in-Arden.

CALA Homes (Midlands) has taken a 10 year lease on Brook House on Birmingham Road, Henley-in-Arden, a 5,607 sq ft, two storey, self-contained office building from Louis Group Property Services, which was represented by Tim Cox Associates and Knight Frank. CALA Homes represented itself.

“Our lease was up at our existing accommodation, but Brook House is a superior and self-contained office in more exclusive and accessible setting, much more in keeping with the CALA brand,” explained Darren Humphreys, managing director of CALA Homes (Midlands). It is a well located springboard for our land team who continue to look for new development sites, especially along the M40 corridor, and for our sales team who are presently selling at developments from Shrewsbury, Wombourne and Eckington to Kirby Muxloe, Peterborough and Milton Keynes.”

CALA Homes (Midlands) new address and contact details are: Brook House, Birmingham Road, Henley-in-Arden, Solihull, B95 5QR. Tel. 01564 797640. Fax. 01564 797641. Email.


The annual winter exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs starts on Tuesday 9th November and this exhibition celebrates its 25th year. The gallery was set up by the late Reg Moon with the help of Louise Darby in 1985, and started with an exhibition of work by family and friends. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and is well known in the Midlands for regular exhibitions of contemporary paintings, sculpture and ceramics.

This is a group exhibition of work by over 40 artists including ceramics, paintings, prints, stained glass, sculpture and jewellery. This show includes many ‘big’ names from the ceramics world and two new ‘artists-in-residence’ - Lucy Crisp and Gerry Rooney. There are many new painters and printmakers along with lots of beautiful, collectable treasures!

The exhibition will continue for three weeks from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 27th November. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5.30 pm. Access is free via Torquil Shop and visitors are welcome to just come in and browse. Torquil is situated on the right side of the road if you are headed towards Birmingham, a few doors down from the Blue Bell.

The Gallery Upstairs, Torquil, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5AT Tel 01564 792174

The improved National Health Service 

The British Medical Association has weighed in on Prime Minister David Cameron's health care proposals. 

The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. 

The Gastroenteritis team had a sort of a gut feeling about it, but the neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve. 

The Obstetricians felt they were all labouring under a misconception. Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted. 

Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, Grow up!" 

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

The Phlebotomists said, “It’s bloody stupid.”

Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing. The ENT specialists wouldn’t hear of it. 

The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter...." 

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. 

The Anaesthetists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no. 

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Congratulations on 2 Half Marathons

Through Henley News, I would like to congratulate Emily (Co. Secretary & Cindy's daughter) at Henley Ice Cream for completing her 2 half marathons.  

Visitors to the Parlour will have noticed a donation box for Warwickshire Air Ambulance; this and Birmingham Children's Hospital were the recipients of the money raised by Emily completing both runs.  She raised just over £1,000 and competed the Gt North Run in 2.05 hours and the following weekend completed the Run to the Beat in London in 1hr 55.    


Cindy Brittan - Managing Director, Henley Ice Cream Limited

Expecting?? – Free Early Pregnancy Class

imageSarah Cossey, a Henley resident for the past seven years, has recently launched her company “Birth and Baby Reality” providing Antenatal courses to pregnant couples. After completing her University qualification two years ago, Sarah has taught approximately 1,000 couples for a national organisation, and has also attended 50 births.

Birth and Baby Reality currently offer a well-attended Free Early Pregnancy class in Warwick to ALL expecting couples, and are now expanding this service to Stratford Upon Avon - they will be hosting their first free class in Rother House Medical Centre on 20th December. The course has been created with input from Community Midwives, and focuses upon the growth and development of the baby and how to maintain a healthy pregnancy. “Couples always enjoy this session as they will have announced their pregnancy some weeks ago, and are in “limbo” awaiting for the babies arrival – still some time away!!” This is a lovely opportunity to recognise the exciting time that pregnancy is for most couples, and share experiences with others in the session.”

Sarah understands that parents-to-be want a realistic and non-judgemental approach to prepare them for birth and the early days with a newborn. “Our full antenatal courses are competitively priced, and we do not ask for a membership fee to access our local support network. Our sessions are taught to a consistently high standard by myself, Helen Knight – a highly respected antenatal teacher (who also lives in Henley!) and Andrea McFadden, a qualified midwife and antenatal educator.”

Birth and Baby Reality believe “Parents want an opportunity to meet other local people in the same situation and form new friendships, whilst feeling they are learning new skills ready for their baby’s arrival. Not only do our classes provide this, but our post-natal support continues long after the course ends. Becoming new parents is of course a wonderfully exciting time, but it can also be very scary! We are always available by phone, text and email, and can guarantee a speedy response to client’s needs.

Birth and Baby Reality also offer drop-in weekly coffee mornings with a speaker, held in Hatton Park Village Hall. Bumps and Babies are welcome!

For more details visit the website or call 01926 731621

Sarah Cossey



Henley and Beaudesert Society October Meeting

Bess of Hardwick and Hardwick Hall

imageIn a wonderfully fluent and stimulating lecture, Dr. Gillian White gave the Society an intriguing resumé of the amazing life of Bess of Hardwick and her final home at Hardwick Hall. The talk was enjoyed enormously by a packed hall.

Bess was born in 1527 at what is now known as Hardwick Old Hall, in modest yet comfortable surroundings. And yet from these relatively humble origins she became by dint of good fortune, personality, charm and above all four propitious marriages, the second wealthiest woman in the country after Queen Elizabeth.

At the age of twelve, Bess was sent to live in the household of Lady Zouche at Codnor Castle, where aged 14 she contracted the first of her four marriages to Robert Barlow, heir to a neighbouring estate. However, Robert died two years later and so Bess was a widow for the first time at 16.

She remained single until 1547 when she married the 40 year old widower Sir William Cavendish, Treasurer of the King's Chamber, and became Lady Cavendish. Probably acting on her advice, Sir William sold his lands in the south of England and bought the Chatsworth estates in Derbyshire for the sum of £600. It was obviously a happy time in Bess’s life with eight children being born in the ten year marriage, six of whom survived into adulthood. Shortly before his death in 1557, Sir William had been charged with embezzling £5,000 but fortunately for Bess the new Queen Elizabeth was a good friend and let her off all but £1,000 of the debt.

In 1559 Bess married her third husband, Sir William St Loe, a wealthy gentleman with a good position at court. He was a pleasant man and good stepfather and enabled Bess to pay off the remaining £1,000 of her debt before he died five years later.

imageWith the approval of Queen Elizabeth, Bess was married in 1568 for the fourth time to George Talbot Earl of Shrewsbury, one of the premier aristocrats of the country and hence Bess became the leading countess in the land. During this time George acted as jailer (for 16 years) of Mary Queen of Scots and was present at her eventual beheading.

Bess’s relationship with her husband deteriorated and she was thrown out of Chatsworth. However the Hardwick Estates were then vacant and Bess took possession. Old Hardwick Hall was not to Bess’s liking, so in 1590 she built a new hall of which it has been said that "Hardwick Hall, is more glass than wall", because of the number and size of its windows. The new Hall is clearly well worth a visit, with particular features being the High Great Chamber and 167 feet long gallery. Also not to be missed are the thirteen enormous tapestries that Bess bought second hand for £325.

The remarkable Bess died in 1608, aged 81, and is interred in a vault within Derby Cathedral where there is a memorial to her. But, perhaps, her true monument is the magnificent Hardwick Hall.

The vote of thanks by Jonathan Dovey was followed by the usual tea, biscuits and chat. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 18th November in the Baptist church hall; Ian George will tell us about the role of English Heritage.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Stratcast productions host their own take on the BBC’s Children in Need 2010.

imageChildren in Need has always been one the year's biggest charity events in the UK.

In the previous year the online company Stratcast TV and Radio have produced and filmed their own take on Children In Need. Stratcast invites you to view and be apart of this charitable event in aid of Children In Need on November 19th. As well as a televised production Stratcast have also produced a radio show that will air on the 18th and 19th on our Stratcast website.

With only four weeks of production last year we raised over £700 but as always we plan to raise a lot more and produce a lot more shows for your viewing pleasure.

With such high expectations this year we hope to make this year's show the best yet. This years shows include

    • imageMost Haunted museum
    • Never mind the fuzzcocks
    • Glee Spoof
    • Live house bands
    • Irish dancing
    • Wayne Bartlett chatty Man
    • Hairspray musical performance
    • Cooking countdown
    • 12:34 Story telling at local primary schools
    • Music through the Times
    • Live new and unsigned bands
    • Local benefiters of children in need
    • Live appearance on Gems TV
    • And many many more!

We will also be broadcasted on the BBC national show! Stratford College does…Children In Need 2009 was the most viewed television production we aired last year and we hope to reach even more viewers this year by conducting a more thorough promotional campaign; this is where you come in. We would appreciate it if you could tune into the live televised programme and radio programme online at

For more information on the upcoming event contact us at:

logoAlcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Community Newsletter


Incident Overview
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for October 2010:


Crime in Your Area
Whilst Burglary Dwellings remain low and stabilised in general, the majority of Burglary Other incidents have been recorded in Tanworth/Earlswood. Offenders are targeting sheds, garages, outhouses and barns and in most cases items taken include garden equipment and high value cycles. Residents are reminded to secure their property at all times and ensure that when insecure it is supervised.

Although Theft from Motor Vehicles has reduced when compared to last year, it has increased slightly on previous months this year. All residents on the Alcester North Area are reminded to be vigilant as the night’s draw in and the hours of darkness increase. It is at this time of year we usually experience higher volumes of theft/burglary related incidents. Please ensure that your property is secure at all times when not supervised and never leave anything in your vehicle on show, even a coat may cause someone to break into you vehicle to see if there is anything of value in the pockets.

Anti Social Behaviour has seen an increase on last year with most of the incidents being recorded in Studley, incidents recorded include youths throwing objects at vehicles, running out in front of vehicles, running across gardens and rowdy behaviour associated with underage drinking. Officers have increased patrols in known hotspot areas and continue to make effective use of the Alcohol Restriction Zone and Dispersal Order in place. Officers are also organising test purchases for retail outlets to try and identify any underage alcohol sales in order to minimise underage drinking and associated anti social behaviour. Operation Orleans, which was in place to combat anti social behaviour during the Halloween period was a success on the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Area with just one minor incident of egging in Bearley. The Operation will continue in order to cover Bonfire Night.

Criminal Damage has fallen when compared to last year although Studley has experienced problems with windows being smashed at commercial premises, damage to vehicles around the town and damage to Studley in Bloom pots. Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers are increasing high visibility patrols in hotspot areas and taking measures to combat underage drinking in the town. Henley has experienced an increase in damage related incidents when compared to recent months with a number of vehicles being damaged in the vicinity of the High Street and nearby car parks. Henley has also experienced problems with graffiti, which appeared at a number of locations around the town in the form of silver and black Swastikas. Officers are currently involved in ongoing enquires concerning the graffiti, which occurred sometime between 10pm 28/10/10 – 8am 29/10/10. If anyone has any information in connection with any of these incidents please contact Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team on 01789 444816 or E-Mail:

Although Violence appears to have increased slightly on last year, the incidents are minor in nature. Most of the incidents have been recorded in Studley, and seem to be alcohol related of which three incidents have been recorded at the same address. Where appropriate officers are liasing with local pubs, making effective use of the Alcohol Restriction Zone and arranging test purchases at retail outlets.

Information & Advice

Bonfire Night Advice

  • It is ilegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age. Maximum penalty of £5000 and/or six month in prison.
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (Bonfire night extended until midnight and New Years Eve 1am)
  • It is illegal for a member of the public to possess a “display” style firework. (Category 4 fireworks, can only be used by professionals)
  • It is illegal to let off any firework in a public place and this carries a fine of up to £5000. Police may also issues an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice.
  • All fireworks sold to the public must comply to British Safety Standards BS 7114
  • The Police have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks
  • The sale of banger, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically (Squibs, helicopters etc), areial shell and maroons is illegal.
  • Fireworks can only be stored for private use for up to 14 Days, subject to thembeing stored in a safe place.
  • It is illegal to cause unnecessary suffering to animals with fireworks. Maximum penalty £5000 and/or six months in prison.

Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 7th October 2010:

  • Anti Social Behaviour, Pool Road/Crooks Lane, Studley - 8 x targeted high visibility patrols and test purchases in relation to underage alcohol sales.
  • Parking outside One Stop/Co Op, Henley High Street – 12 x targeted patrols to give advice to drivers parking dangerously.
  • Speeding in Claverdon B4189/Langley Road – 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.

Agreed completed priorities at the last Community Forum held on the 7th October 2010:

  • Speeding Vehicles, Earlswood Common - 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate. 8 x targeted speed checks completed with Warning Letters and Fixed Penalty Notices issued. Agreed completion 7th October 2010.
  • Anti Social Behaviour, Studley Town Centre – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers to conduct 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols in the area after 10 pm on Friday/Saturday evenings. 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols completed with appropriate action taken against youths including the seizure of alcohol. Agreed completion 7th October 2010.
  • Anti Social Behaviour, Henley Medical Centre, Prince Harry Road - Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers to conduct 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols in the area after 10 pm on Friday/Saturday evenings. 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols completed with appropriate action taken against youths. Agreed completion 7th October 2010.

Feedback on the above priorities will be given at the next Community Forum (see below for details), feedback will also be given in the next newsletter together with details of the new priorities. For further information please visit or

Good News/Events
Following preparation work by your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team and the support of the local schools and retail outlets there was only one recorded incident of anti social behaviour during the Halloween period. On the day itself officers took part in an operation to combat any problems and provide a high visibility presence. Leading up to the day school pupils were given advice and retail outlets were asked to restrict the sale of eggs and flour, with anyone under the age of 18 years being refused unless accompanied by a responsible adult. The only incident reported were eggs being thrown at a property in Bearley. Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team would like to thank everyone who assisted us in ensuring Halloween was an enjoyable event without high volumes of anti social behaviour and criminal damage being reported.

The Community Speed Watch Initiative has been launched in Earlswood whereby members of the public have volunteered to be trained by members off Warwickshire Police to use the speed gun device. Once trained appropriate areas are identified to carry out speed checks and those identified by members of the public as contravening speed limits will be recorded and receive advisory letters. Schemes have so far proved successful in Sambourne and Henley.

Police Surgeries have been reintroduced to Claverdon and will run on a drop in basis for 30 minutes before each NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting, giving residents the opportunity to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team. The first meeting will be held 8th December, 7pm – 7:30pm, Dorothea Mitchell Hall.

Following work by local officers, members of Claverdon Primary School and members of Claverdon Parish Council; parents and children have been reminded of Road Safety Issues when dropping off and collecting their children. Observations suggest that the parking in and around the school has improved with less offences being committed. Work will continue to improve child safety in the area and local officers would like to thank all those who have been involved including parents who have assisted by parking more considerately.

The next Community Forum will be held 16th December, 7pm, Wootton Wawen Village Hall- If you have a specific concern then come along to the local surgery, where you will be able to speak to your local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford District Council Officer.

The next Henley Community Surgery will be held, 24th November, 11:30am, Henley Baptist Church Hall - The surgery gives you the opportunity to speak to members of the Parish Council & Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team about the issues that concern you, while giving you feedback regarding what is happening in the community.

The next Henley Police Surgery will be held 17th November, between 11am – 1pm, Henley Police Station - A drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.

The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 7th December, 7pm, Henley Fire Station

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


Claverdon goes top with victory over rivals

Saturday 23rd October


Man of the Match – Chris Lowe
Try scorers – Steve Grimsley, Tom Bennett, Scott Conduit
Penalties – Ian Wyllie


James Barton in front of the large crowd of vice presidents

Claverdon played host to Old Wheatleyans for this top of the table clash in front of a partisan VP’s crowd. With Old Wheats in pole position the lions knew that this would be their toughest encounter of the season to date. Claverdon had a strong squad to choose from with only fly half Doz Ward, prop Mike Watts and centre Matt Blay missing through injury.

The game was delayed by 45 minutes due to the referee so both teams had to prepare again after initial warm ups. Old Wheats started the stronger team and a few well placed kicks saw them gain good possession in to the Claverdon half. As has been the case all season, the Lions defence held firm. While trying to run the ball out of their own half however, Claverdon went one pass too many and the Old Wheats fly half gathered an interception to run in a converted try under the posts. This small error did not worry Claverdon and they were soon firmly camped in the Old Wheats half. Strong running from full back Rob Horsfall and scrum half Conor Smith gained valuable yards and an infringement from the visitors saw Ian Wyllie kick the penalty to the corner. A training ground move saw the lineout thrown to the big Tom Skinner who started an effective rolling maul for hooker Steve Grimsley to peel off the back to crash over for Claverdon’s first points of the game. Wyllie missed the tricky conversion to leave the score at 5-7.

The Claverdon scrum was driving Old Wheats back at every opportunity courtesy of the front three of Chris Lowe, Steve Grimsley and Dave Carruthers and ball was won against the head on several occasions. The lineout too was clinical with James Barton used to great effect. Old Wheats knew they were in for a battle and that the lions were here to gain back the top spot. It wasn’t long before Claverdon took the lead with a try from centre Tom Bennett. Quick hands in the backs saw the ball worked to Sam Horswill at inside centre who broke his tackle and offloaded to Bennett to dive over in the corner to a massive cheer from the huge Claverdon crowd. Again Wyllie missed the conversion. He did however make no mistake only minutes later when he slotted a penalty from in front of the posts to extend the lions lead even further.

The rest of the half went without any further points being added in this tight encounter although on reflection Claverdon should have secured a further three points on the stroke of half time but decided instead to take a quick tap penalty. Half Time 13-7.

The second half saw the return of Pete Richards who came on to replace Wyllie at fly half. Claverdon started in much the same vain as they had finished the first half. They were pressing Old Wheats at every opportunity and always looked dangerous when the ball was shipped out wide to wingers Tom Johnson and Harry Cox. Chris Edsall, Andy Wenborn and James Barton were constantly stopping any flowing rugby that the visitors were trying to play. From the back of a maul deep in to the Old Wheats' half, scrum half Smith kicked perfectly through for Johnson to outpace his opposite man and touch down but with the ref unsighted he couldn’t award it.

Old Wheats then enjoyed a period of 10 minutes where Claverdon indiscretion let the visitors right back into the game and they made no mistake converting two penalties to take the game all square. But for excellent covering tackles from Pete Richards and Rob Horsfall Old Wheats could have taken an undeserved lead.

Claverdon responded well to this pressure and were soon back in the opponents' half and looked like taking back the lead. A surging run from Sam Horswill saw him crash over the line with two defenders in tow only for the ref to have adjudged that the ball was held up. A further surge from the back of a scrum from number eight Scott Conduit was again ruled not to have been grounded and Old Wheats were again let off the hook. Conduit made no mistake from the next scrum though when he superbly peeled off the back to crash over the line unopposed which gave Claverdon back their much deserved lead. Pete Richards uncharacteristically missed the fairly straightforward conversion.

The remaining ten minutes of the game were played out with both teams looking for the crucial next score. Old Wheats were trying everything but resolute defending kept them out summed up by a massive hit by winger Johnson on the Old Wheats flanker. Claverdon too pressed but just couldn’t do enough to get the vital bonus point score and deny the opposition their losing bonus point. The full time whistle blew with a huge roar from the sodden crowd and Claverdon knew that they had once again recaptured the all important top spot.

18-13 Full Time

Claverdon face another tough test when they host Wellesbourne this weekend in another home league game, kick off 3pm.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Photo by Will Barnes

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New pension scheme

John GarnerFor many years now successive governments have avoided getting to grips with the demographic time bomb which is the increasing cost of providing the state pension.

When National Insurance Contributions (designed to fund a pension for everyone) were introduced in 1911 average life expectancy was only about 57. As life expectancy is now about 40% higher than that the sums no longer add up. Added to which, governments have quietly subsumed National Insurance Contributions into the tax system and spent the money on other things.

One way around the funding problem is apparently to persuade everyone to save for their own retirement rather than rely on the government to provide it. An abdication of their responsibility you might think. The problem is that many people aren’t interested in (or can’t afford) to save for a pension and the young just can’t see the point, so governments try to think of ways of persuading them and making it easy to do.

There’s now another initiative. The pensions minister, Steve Webb, has announced that from 2012 millions of employees will automatically be enrolled in their company pension scheme. The idea, known as “NEST” (see below), was first proposed by Labour but has now been adopted by the coalition. From 2012, unless employees specifically opt out, they will take part in their company pension scheme (which all companies with more than 50 employees will be obliged to provide) and contributions will be taken from their salaries.

“But this sort of thing has been tried before!” I hear you say. Yes, and not long ago. Remember stake-holder pensions? They’re still around but whether they integrate with or are replaced by this new system is not immediately clear.

So what is “NEST”? Well, it stands for National Employment Savings Trust. According to its website “NEST Corporation is the trustee body responsible for running NEST. It is a non-departmental public body that operates at arm's length from government and is accountable to Parliament through the Department for Work and Pensions”.  It “will be a new workplace pension scheme that's being designed specifically to meet the needs of low-to-moderate earners and their employers”. “It is planned that NEST will launch in spring 2011 on a limited basis with volunteer employers and their low-to-moderate earners.”

So we’ll have to see how effective all this will be. Looks a bit like another quango to me though.

John Garner

Warnings from Trading Standards

Computer 'Full'

imageThe Trading Standards Service has received reports that PC users have been contacted by someone claiming to represent Microsoft (by phone unsolicited) to say that their computer is 'full' and to log on to it so the 'problem' can be fixed.

Trading Standards are advising PC users that this is likely to be a scam or similar underhand sales technique, perpetrated by a third party. Microsoft will never make an unsolicited (unexpected) call to fix your computer.

It is possible that these calls are from someone who may want to gain remote access to your PC. Giving access to someone you don't know could lead to your PC becoming infected with viruses and other malware, or your personal or financial information being stolen and used fraudulently. Or you may have software downloaded on to your PC or 'work' done for which you may then be asked for payment.

  1. If you do think there is something wrong with your PC contact a local repair service and go on recommendation
  2. For information on how to protect your PC from viruses etc. visit:
  3. Never allow anyone you don't know or trust to take control of your PC
  4. Never download any software on to your PC if you are not certain what it does, where it comes from and that it is safe
  5. Never give your credit or debit card number to anyone from whom you receive an unsolicited call  - they could be criminals and could steal your card details.

Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

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The Carbon Footprint of Milk and Orange Juice

imageTesco is putting carbon footprint information on some of its products. The Carbon footprint on the labels is the total amount of greenhouse gases associated with the product during its lifetime. This ‘cradle to grave’ footprint consists of the pollution created during production, eg from fertilisers, tractor fuel,  transport, etc, the pollution during use, such as energy used in cooking and the pollution arising from disposal, eg landfill gases as the remains of the product or its packaging rot. The figure quoted is in equivalent Carbon Dioxide grams. This means that a product that is responsible for say 200 grams of Carbon Dioxide pollution and 20 grams of Methane pollution will be reported as 700 grams of Carbon Dioxide equivalent because a gram of Methane is about 25 times as damaging as a gram of Carbon Dioxide. Using the equivalent makes it simpler to get a perspective on the effect of a product.

imageSo what is the Carbon footprint of Milk? Tesco gives 900 grams, 800 grams and 700 grams per pint respectively for whole milk, semi skimmed and skimmed. What does this mean in practice? Well, I drink about a pint a day of semi skimmed. So, over a year my milk is responsible for about 365 x 0.8 kg = 292 kg (640 lbs) of Carbon pollution. To put this in perspective, the average UK citizen has an annual food footprint of about 2,100 kg so my daily pinta is about 14% of my food footprint (and about 3% of my total footprint). These are not insignificant, so can I do anything about this other than cut down or give up milk? Well, at only 110 grams of CO2 per pint, soya milk has a much smaller footprint than dairy milk and I’ve found it tastes really good on breakfast cereal, so that’s my plan going forward. Not only is this helping to cut carbon pollution, but it is good for me because soya milk has only 0.2% of saturated fat compared to 1.1% in the semi skimmed milk I was using. Soya milk also uses only 20% of the land required to produce cows’ milk and only 10% of the water.

imageWhat about my breakfast glass of 200ml of orange juice? The Tesco label says 150 grams of CO2 per 250 ml (= a large glassful) of juice. This is the same as 340 grams per pint so orange juice isn’t as polluting as the milk and I drink less of it. We buy ‘orange juice from concentrate’ (the type that is sold unrefrigerated). Tesco also sells chilled orange juice from concentrate and chilled orange juice not from concentrate. The carbon pollution from these are respectively 240 grams and 400 grams per 250 ml. The additional footprint arises from the refrigeration and in the additional transport costs and additional refrigeration when the orange juice is transported in unconcentrated form. Notice that a pint of the chilled juice not from concentrate has a carbon footprint of about 900grams; the same as a pint of whole milk

So knowledge is power and it allows us to make better choices. Full marks to Tesco for making this type of information available. It will be interesting to see what else emerges as more products are labeled.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Stratford District Council

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Stratford District Council to ask residents – your money, you decide

Researchers working on behalf of Stratford-on-Avon District Council are undertaking face to face interviews with residents about how they think the Council should spend its money.  The District Council has also commissioned an on-line survey so that a greater number of residents can take part in the same exercise by clicking the survey link.

Councillor Stephen Gray, Leader says: "The aim of this exercise is to let the public have their say on where they think we should concentrate our spending over the next few years.  The Simalto methodology gives very reliable results which we can use to help protect the areas that are most important when we are considering next year's council budget.”

The independent market research company called Research for Today will conduct more than 250 face-to-face interviews with residents from every council ward in the District.  The researchers will carry formal identification (which they are happy to have checked prior to any interviews) and an introductory letter from the District Council. The methodology being used is known as SIMALTO (Simultaneous Multi Attribute Level Trade Off) and has been used by over 90 councils in the country.  It gives residents a real insight into the kind of difficult decisions the District Council has to make and allows them to decide where their own priorities lie based on real information. People are given a set ‘budget’ (made up of points) to prioritise the services delivered by the District Council that they feel are most important to them.  The points are then converted into money which reflects the District Council’s budget.  Residents can choose to spend their points on keeping things as they are, cutting back or investing in the service areas that matter most to them.  The results will be used as part of the process to set the District Council’s 5 year budget.  The scenarios online are exactly the same as those being undertaken in the face to face interviews.

There is also an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win £50 worth of shopping vouchers.

Background information
The researchers will be in Stratford District during October.  It is anticipated in that time over 250 interviews will take place and importantly they will take place in early evenings and at weekends as well as the day.  A letter from Stratford District Council is given to those agreeing to be interviewed to give legitimacy of the survey work.  Traditional face to face interviews take place in residents’ homes and last approximately 40 to 45 minutes, with a representative sample selected to reflect the population and proportionately split by ward, age, and gender.  As well as the Household Survey, residents are being invited to complete the same questionnaire online, councillors themselves will be able to complete it in a session before Full Council on October 18th, and District Council staff who live in the district have been encouraged to give their views.

Simalto is where each attribute (a Council service) is then given a cost and the resident is required to make a ‘trade-off’ or compromise between attributes to improve and those to cut back on.  The cost of the attributes must be balanced to match either the original selection, meet a set budget or allow a reduction.  The trade off shows which of the attributes are important and which can be sacrificed for improved service elsewhere simultaneously.  This is how the method gets its name – SIMALTO.  More importantly, it shows how much the resident is prepared to pay for the changes and how this might impact on their satisfaction.  A common complaint when consulting on the budget is that people don’t have enough information to make realistic decisions.  Using this system they do.

Chairman fails to answer the Council Tax Questions

imageThe Chairman of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council, Cllr Les Goodman, was asked by Mike Willmott, Chairman of Democracy 2012, in a letter the following questions. In his reply, the Chairman stated, "Notwithstanding the issues raised above, the statistics used in your revised survey and the methods of data analysis are so fundamentally flawed that they do not warrant a response".

Mike Willmott writes, "The Chairman has again disgracefully used the JPC Newsletter for his own political campaign and justifies the parish expenditure by comparing it with the other worst offenders. Henley JPC is nearly twice as expensive per elector than the best and nearly 50% more expensive than the average."

Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said, "Residents want to see their council tax spent on improving services, not on lobbyist loud-hailer propaganda to sidestep transparency laws or peddle more regulation or secure special favours. That only weakens democracy."

The sources for the data were public records from the 2001 National Census for Warwickshire Parishes and the Stratford District Council website..


Mr Willmott's questions were:

  1. The Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council has the highest precept for 2010/11 of all the mid-sized parish councils in the Stratford area at £82,650.
  2. Tanworth-in Arden, which has a similar population with 3,017 residents compared to Henley’s 2,930, (2001 census), raises a precept of £45,500 compared to Henley’s £82,650. Tanworth’s cost per 1,000 residents is £15,081, in Henley the cost is £28,152 per 1,000 residents. Why do Henley residents pay 86% more than Tanworth residents?
  3. Tanworth Parish Council has increased its precept by 0.55% during the last 3 years? Why has Henley increased its precept by 33.8%?
  4. Tanworth-in-Arden is not an isolated example of a local parish council running at a fraction of costs of the Henley JPC. The average precept for medium sized parishes (populations of >1,000 and <3,999) in the Stratford area is £31,262 per 1,000. Why is Henley’s precept at £82,650 more than 2.6 times the average?
  5. 48% of the parishes in the Stratford area have had either no increase or a reduction during the last 3 years. Why has Henley increased its precept by 33.8%?
  6. Many of the JPC’s activities are excessive, such as having 2 council meetings per month and 7 sub-committees. The norm appears to be, one council meeting per month and one sub-committee. Why can’t Henley do the same?
  7. The JPC has salary costs of around £24,000 and PR costs of around £5,000, both of which are excessive. The JPC’s expenditure costs will probably have to be reduced substantially when the Localism Bill becomes law later this year. How will the JPC introduce economies!

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CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HENLEY. All the churches in Henley are represented at regular meetings. At the last one in October preparations were made for a series of meetings for ADVENT as we prepare for Christmas. These start with a united Candlelit service at St Nicholas Church in Beaudesert Lane at 6 pm on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28th. Tea and Cakes will precede the service from 5 pm in the Parish room next door. There will be three united Advent meetings on Tuesdays November 30th and December 7th and 14th in the Methodist Church. They start at 7.30 led by three different local Ministers and will be followed by refreshments in the hall. Come and prepare for Christmas with us, all are warmly welcome to one or all of these gatherings.
TOYS FOR THE BIRMINGHAM CITY MISSION will be brought by members of the congregation to the 10am service at St John's on DECEMBER 5th. These will go to disadvantaged children in Birmingham and be distributed by THE BIRMINGHAM CITY MISSION. Over 2,500 toys for children aged from 0-15 are given to over a thousand families in 48 of the 76 Birmingham postal districts. If you would like to help please bring toys, small and unwrapped and new or nearly new, to the service or leave them at the back of St John's from Dec 1st. There is a notice in the Church porch giving more details on appropriate items that can be distributed.

QUIZ EVENING Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm to be held in St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of Church Funds. Tables of four people. A prize for the winning table. Book your table now. Tickets £6, to include a Ploughman’s Supper. Cash bar and raffle. To book call Daphne Jones on 01926 843515.

HENLEY WI AGM followed by refreshments. November 2nd, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Laurence Kimpton will be talking to members on Antarctica on Tuesday November 16th in the Baptist Church hall. Visitors are welcome to come along and join us from 7.45pm for only £2.00.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB November 9th OPEN SHOW, Pam Lewis, National Demonstrator. ‘A WHITE CHRISTMAS’. Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome (£5.00).

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Thursday 18th November in the Baptist Church Hall 8.00 pm. Ian George will give a talk on 'The Role of English Heritage'. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB 23rd November, Ullenhall Village Hall. Tony Russell. Writer and broadcaster (head gardener at Westonbirt) will talk on Spetchley Gardens. Visitors welcome (£3). For more details contact Margrit Johnson 01789 488209.

THE COURT LEET AND COURT BARON OF THE MANOR OF HENLEY IN ARDEN Wednesday 10th November 2010 7.30 p.m,Guild Hall. An invitation is issued to all inhabitants of Henley in Arden to attend at the Guild Hall to witness the annual general meeting of the Court Leet. You will see the Court in action, understand its functions, witness the election of the High Bailiff, Ale Taster, Town Crier and many others. Participate in an occasion which dates back to the 13th Century.

1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUT TROOP BONFIRE Saturday 6th November at 6.00pm. Admission charge applies and no sparklers please.

RIVERLAND GARDEN The Garden Committee is organising two further events to complete the Riverland Garden. On Tues 25th Jan, Burns' Night, a four course meal will be provided by Sue McDalby. Tickets £25 each will shortly be available. On Wed 23 March, TV gardener Chris Beardshaw will give a talk on all aspects of gardening and answer questions. Further details will follow, so reserve the dates in your diary.  Now would also be a good time to Buy a Brick as the third brick panel will be installed shortly.  Further details on all of these from Douglas and Sue Bridgewater on 793633. 

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.
logoRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
Please email Rotarian Michael Redman

imageThis association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in the affairs of the town.   
You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration

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
A Town Meeting was held on 17th August 2010, when many residents expressed their concerns about the proposed development on the old cattle market site. As a result, a committee has been formed to prepare for the formal application being submitted and any necessary representations. Read more about the aims of the Market Action Group website If you wish to show your support, please register at:
 For further information contact the Chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email:

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
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837.  Meeting programme
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 Baptist Church Hall, High Street. 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.

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