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'U' Turn on Police Station CCTV Pole by JPC


Signs and columns destroying the Henley landscape.

Victor would say "I don't believe it!"

imageThe Joint Parish Council voted by a majority decision to recommend the installation of a CCTV camera on the massive pole in front of the Police Station; this is because the Warwickshire Police Authority are unhappy to allow a discreet CCTV camera to be installed on their police station as they might want to sell the building. The JPC considered this column totally unacceptable three years ago. The JPC were told three months ago that it would be removed within a fortnight.

Residents have told Henley NEWS that the trees in the area will have to be lopped each summer so that the camera can read the number plates. Concern has been expressed that the column outside St John's church may now be re-erected.

Stratford District Council has recently considered reducing its budget for CCTV monitoring. Henley NEWS understands that the current CCTV monitoring is already being run with a reduced staff and there is no guarantee that the service will not be closed down in a future round of cost cutting.

If you believe this decision is WRONG, follow the advice of the CPRE,

"Lobby your ward members, parish council and your MP. Write a personal letter of objection to the District Council."

John Johnson comments

John Johnson

If this is true, I don’t believe it either!

2 questions from me please:

  1. On what grounds have the Parish Council decided to change their mind?
  2. More importantly, can the Parish Council, Stratford District Council, Warwickshire County Council, or indeed anybody else, please remind me:
    • Exactly why do we need CCTV here in Henley High Street?
    • Tell me, do we have a crime problem just there on the High Street?
    • If so, does anyone really think that this great big camera sat there is going to make a blind bit of difference? 

And finally, I thought we now lived in an age of cost cutting?  How can anyone justify this complete waste of money, either now or in the future?   Get rid of it, or properly justify the reasons for it.  
My ‘Victor’ rant is now finished and I feel better for it!

John Johnson

JPC fails to OBJECT to Market Development Revisions

imageHaving attended the meeting of Beaudesert & Henley JPC on 14th February 2011, I found it very frustrating to sit through the discussion on Taylor Wimpey’s revised plans for Henley Market redevelopment and find that the key issues were not addressed. Eventually the height of the 2½ storey houses (that’s 3 storeys to you and me) was discussed, but the key point was missed. Allowing buildings of the height proposed, even though they are shown as 2 storeys or 2½ storeys, would enable Taylor Wimpey to apply for a variation to the planning permission to increase the 2 storey house to 3 storeys, which they could achieve within the overall height.

The developer claims that the roof line would remain the same even if the plans indicated all the houses were reduced to 2 storeys; is that really true? Where do planning guidelines insist on a minimum height? The developer claims that their proposed roof line matches adjacent properties, have they actually visited the surrounding area? The adjoining properties in Prince Harry Road and the south side of Warwick Road are lower than those included in their proposals for the new properties.

The JPC has ‘commented’ on Taylor Wimpey’s plans,

but has not specifically objected to any of the developer’s proposals.

Therefore, they have effectively condoned the plans.


28th January 2011

1. Hooped-topped railings
Hoop-topped railings are an improvement to the scheme but we ask that the developers consider extending the railings to incorporate the boundary of the open space fronting onto Prince Harry Road (PHR).

2. Parking at Plot 9, PHR
The JPC recognise the improvements to parking provision for properties 7 and 8 PHR. However, Parish Council still believe that the open space to the side of plot 9 could be utilised to create off-road parking alongside the property thus avoiding visitors from parking on PHR.

3. Open space area seating
It is understood that the horse trough currently on Warwick Rd will be re-located as a feature in the open space. The majority of Councillors felt that the benefit of seating in the open space area outweighed the potential risk of anti-social behaviour and therefore ask that the seating is retained in the final scheme. We understand that a residents' Management Committee will be established.

4. Double yellow lines on PHR and Warwick Road (WR) - fronting properties
The Parish Council acknowledge WCC Highways recommendations but still wish to express a preference for double yellow lines as stated.

5. Tree-planting and Footpath
The JPC are pleased to see the amended landscaping plan and accompanying footpath.

6. Houses fronting WR Road 24-34
We note that reducing these properties from 2.5 storey to 2 storey would not materially affect the overall height as roof space is used for the top floor. However, Councillors still felt that the line of the new properties was higher than the existing ones from the traffic lights on WR and should therefore be lowered to present a consistent pattern

7. Apartments on PHR
The amended plans now incorporate the reduction of the number of apartments to 4. The position of the apartment block has been rotated to face more towards Warwick Road. (thus no longer directly overlooking PHR properties) and the side wall facing the block has now incorporated 4 windows as opposed to none previously shown. These revised proposals meet the JPC's previous requests - there are no further comments.

8. Pedestrian Footpath
The Parish Council acknowledge the ownership issues but would still ask for a pedestrian footpath to be pursued if at all possible.

9. Main vehicular access from Warwick Road
The Parish Council acknowledge that WCC has conducted extensive surveys on road usage and traffic flows in the immediate area but our concerns remain regarding congestion and road safety especially during peak times if the access road is not widened to allow two-lane turning in/out of the access road.

10. Design of dwellings
Extensive alterations to the original scheme are now incorporated into the amended plans which now include a variety of gabled features, bay windows and facings which will give a more aesthetically pleasing look to the development. Of the brick samples shown to the Council, designs ‘Autumn Glow' and ‘Breckland multi-reserve' were the preferred choices rather than the more ‘spotty' types.

11. Density of dwellings
Whilst the reduction of 2 units in the apartment block is accepted, the Council still has notable concerns regarding density of the development and would prefer a less dense scheme.

12. Affordable housing
The Council is pleased to see an additional 2 units have been designated as affordable housing. However, the majority of Councillors believe there should be more rented housing to meet local housing needs.

13. S106 gain
We thank the developers for their contribution of £10,000 towards the cost of providing a new market facility for the town. We understand that the cost of providing a pedestrian crossing on WR would be met by the developers separately to the sums set out in the S106 Agreement. Due to the threat of closure of the local library, we ask that additional financial support should be given in support of the library.

14. Environmental/Flooding issues
Significant changes to minimise flood and other environmental risks have now been incorporated into the plans. The JPC will abide by the Environment Agency and WCC expert opinion on these proposals.

15. Construction traffic
The existing requests previously stated remain unchanged, in particular, in relation to establishing set times when heavy/noisy works are undertaken and parking for site workers being contained within the development site itself not on WR or PHR. Proposed times for heavy or noisy work would be 7am - 6 pm Monday to Friday, 7am - 1pm Saturdays and no Sundays.

16. Properties 21-22 (New request)
The Council acknowledges the changes to roof lights on these dwellings to ensure that they do not enable over-looking of adjacent properties but would ask that the glass in the roof lights is obscured glazing, not clear.

The only Councillors who raised specific objections at the meeting were Cllr George Matheou and Cllr Bill Leech; more power to their elbow. If only the JPC would take account of these two councillors' views, take a stronger line, listen to the opinions of residents and put forward those objections in a strongly worded letter, then Henley may get a development that actually has the approval of residents. Remember that Taylor Wimpey will use the tacit support of the JPC as support for their proposals when the Planning Committee meets in March to discuss the approval of the plans for the Market.

John Tristram - Market Action Group

Henley Architect writes to Stratford Planning Dept

Dear Mr. Horton,   

I am still unaware of any comments your urban design team have made regarding the comparative merits or otherwise of my alternative layout for the above scheme. Having seen the revised application, it would appear the developers are hoping to get away with the absolute minimum of concessions to the residents of Henley.

My objections to the scheme still remain

imageThey are totally disregarding any reference to the retention of retail space for the market, despite our governments edict that the 'BIG SOCIETY' is supposed to involve the community in saying how they want their environment shaped, and we are almost unanimous that the market is a vitally integral part of our town's raison d'etre. THERE IS NO GOOD REASON WHY IT SHOULD GO! - particularly when I have shown that its retention would involve no loss of dwellings (see below).

Also, how can any respectable architect, developer, planner or councillor be happy with the low-spec., mundane, could-be-anywhere, standard of building design that the applicant is imposing on a town with special historic interest?  

I sincerely hope the planning committee will have more integrity.

Vincent  Ford,  Architect - 30 Castle Close


An alternative scheme by Vincent Ford, which has not been considered.

CPRE Chairman warns Henley Residents

imageEvery planning application proposes a physical change to the town or countryside and because every change is either for better or worse every planning application is a challenge. The redevelopment of the Henley-in-Arden Cattle Market is a challenge that occurs once in a lifetime. In a very short space of that time that site will be covered with flats and houses, which will, to a greater or lesser degree, improve the ambience of the town or mar it.

Who will take up the challenge?

The planning officers will apply the relevant policies in the Local Plan Review and those policies demand that developers shall not merely refrain from doing harm but strive to achieve a positive good.

Thus, PR 1: “All development proposals should respect and, where possible, enhance the quality and character of the area.”

And DEV 1: “Development proposals will be required to have regard to the character and quality of the local area through the layout and design of new buildings.”

There is some hope here. The case officer and at least one other will apply these policies to the case and the developers will have due regard to them when submitting plans. The officers and the developers will surely also meet, more than once, and there will be some tacit bargaining. The developers will sense how far they can go; the planners will sense what they can demand.

Also taking up the challenge will be, I hope, your Parish Council, the two district ward members, the county ward member and your MP.

This case is bound to go to the Planning Committee because it is so large, but if it were not an objection by a ward member or the Parish Council would send it there. The ward members and a representative of the Parish Council can speak at the Planning Committee Meeting and influence the decision.

Bodies such as the CPRE can give their opinions.

In our opinion this application is second rate.

It is not good enough for Henley. You deserve better.

Finally, there are the residents of Henley-in-Arden, either individually or collectively, and their views, properly expressed, are very, very important indeed.

Let me give you some examples.

Having been refused permission by the District Council to use the Rainbow Nurseries at Welford-on-Avon as a residential caravan site, first by the Planning Committee and then by the Audit and Regulatory Committee, the Applicant has done precisely what was formally and firmly denied him. He is using the Rainbow Nurseries at Welford-on-Avon as a residential caravan site.

The authority of the District Council was flouted. What might it do? What did it do? The Council’s officers recommended that no action should be taken and that might well have been the end of it.

Unhappily for the Council’s officers, the incident provoked such widespread anger in Welford-on-Avon that a special meeting of the Audit and Regulatory Committee was convened to deal with the matter. Irate Welfordians occupied every seat in the Council Chamber and action was taken. With one voice, the Committee voted to issue an enforcement notice.

This will send a clear message to all the other travellers in the district, those who have already set up illegal camps and those who are about to do so, and indeed to the numerous developers, large and small, whose principle intentions are to flout or circumvent the laws that are intended to safeguard the countryside.

For two decades the residents of Tanworth-in-Arden have had their lives blighted by the stench of rotting chicken remains and the passage of lorries through country lanes too small to contain them, the offspring of a slaughterhouse that was built illegally and then weakly and wetly allowed. Thanks to a determined band of residents who have secured two public inquiries this nuisance is coming to an end. The battle has been very hard and very long; it has been won by the inhabitants of the village, particularly the Cank Farm Action Group. Left to itself, the District Council would have let this nuisance continue and multiply.

A residents' association at Claverdon has fought with equal determination to control the expansion of the Heart of England Farm and, again, after years of hard, detailed prodding the District Council is beginning to realise that this enterprise must be contained.

However, it was in vain that the residents of Admington, the parish council and the ward member, bombarded the Council with e-mails, letters and telephone calls about a developer who was given permission to build a two storey house with four bedrooms and built a three storey house with six bedrooms. The then Head of Planning Services, Pat Reid, finally came to inspect the house and uttered the immortal remark, “I don’t normally deal with planning applications. Seeing it makes me wonder whether we should be approving buildings on this scale.” There were protests, but not enough of them and they were not sufficiently well organised. Admington, after all, is only a tiny hamlet that consists, pretty well, of a single street, one that is now effectively spoiled for present and future generations. Take a look at it.

Mr. Reid’s successor, Tony Perks, looked at a new house in Binton, which was larger than it ought to have been, and told two residents that he did not realise it would be as big as that. They protested, these residents, but not soon enough or strongly enough and at the time of this incident the parish council was exiguous.

A developer who duped the Long Itchington Parish Council, the ward member and local residents, has just built a house at Bascote that is much larger than anyone expected and added three gables on to the stop storey. What will be done about it? Bascote, like Admington, is a tiny hamlet.

To make things even more difficult

Enforcement at Stratford-upon-Avon is always tardy, often lackadaisical and quite frequently non-existent. Yet without enforcement the policies in the Local Plan Review are worthless. The CPRE wants the Enforcement Department to be efficient and effective. We will not accept the hardness of these hard times as an excuse for delaying the change. It must happen now.

And to make things harder still, the whole planning system is currently in a mess. The previous government introduced the completely unnecessary local development frameworks and the result is a set of vapid, nebulous policies in a document called a Core Strategy which, cuckoo-like, could oust the well drafted policies in the Local Plan Review and the leave local planning authorities defenseless against the developers. To this troubled situation the present government is bringing in a Decentralisation and Localism Bill, allegedly to transfer power from the state to local communities and individuals. It is a threat, this bill, because nobody knows either what its real intention is or what its effect will be.

The plans for Cattle Market site.

The application was presented to the public and received such a drubbing that eleven amendments have been made to it. It still will not do. If those forty flats and houses were built the area would be horribly overcrowded, there would be tailbacks of vehicles along the A3400 and those who could not find room to park their vehicles would leave them in Prince Harry Road, which would become very cluttered. The houses do not fit in with the buildings in Prince Harry Road and the block of flats is one storey too high. It calls itself a two storey building, but it is 9.6 metres high and were the application passed then so surely would the developers return with a demand to put a third storey in that high roof. However, this is an improvement on the four storey block that masqueraded as three storeys, before being reduced. There are to be ten affordable units. There should be more. The designs for the houses are rather twee and do not properly reflect the vernacular of Henley-in-Arden .

These plans are inadequate. These plans will not do.

82% of you who have expressed an opinion on them think so.

However, if this were Admington, Binton or Bascote the chances are that the plans for this development would be passed in their present form. Happily, you are a town with enough residents to stand up in a body and demand something better, a plan that will enhance – that is the verb in Policy PR.1 – Henley-in-Arden, not detract from it.

So – lobby your ward members, parish council and your MP. Write, each and every one of you, a personal letter of objection to the District Council. Unite under the aegis of the team that wants the best that can be found for the town. On Wednesday, 9th March, when this application will be considered by the Planning Committee, turn up at Elizabeth House. Fill the Council Chamber and the foyer, and jump up and down on the pavement outside.

If it can happen in Tahrir Square it can happen here!

James Steele - Chairman, Warwickshire CPRE
41A Smith Street, Warwick, CV34 4JA,
01926 494597 (phone/fax)
E-mail -

Douglas Bridgewater comments on JPC Secrecy

Dr Douglas Bridgewater, a former county councillor, addressed the parish councillors during the public session prior to the JPC meeting on Monday 14th February on the habit of going in to private session. He said:

image"It seems to me and to many others that the JPC exclude the public from far too many items on their agenda. It is true that legislation provides for this where it is not in the public interest for the matter to be discussed before them. However, the legislation says that such matters may be referred to private session, it does not say that they must. In the great majority of cases the overwhelming public interest is in transparency of decision making by councils. 

"The legislation is not intended to be used as a fig leaf to cover the embarrassment or potential embarrassment of individual members of the council.

"I hope the JPC will bear this very firmly in mind when considering any items on which they are invited to make this decision in future."

The parish clerk claimed that the matter to be considered by the council at the meeting was "sub judice". In law, "sub judice", Latin for "under judgment," means that a particular case or matter is currently under trial or being considered by a judge or court. This was not the case in respect of the matter on the agenda.

Another Complaint at Council Taxpayers' Expense Possible!

At the next JPC meeting (Monday 28th Feb at 7.15pm Baptist Hall), Councillors will be considering making another complaint to SDC Standards & Ethics Committee about the 2 councillors who requested that a resident's complaint concerning the Chairman should be included on the agenda of the previous JPC meeting. This request was declined by the parish clerk. To date, complaints to the S&E Committee have cost SDC around £10,000 and none has so far been successful.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles speaking about the Standards & Ethics complaints procedure has said:

"The standards board regime became the problem, not the solution. Unsubstantiated and petty allegations, often a storm in a teacup, damaged the reputation and standing of local government, as well as wasting taxpayers' money.

"But by abolishing the failed standards committees we're not letting councillors off the hook. Failure to register or declare an interest, or deliberately seeking to mislead the public about an interest, will become a criminal offence while a newly empowered Local Government Ombudsman will investigate incompetence on behalf local people.

"The Government will also legislate to make it clear that councillors can campaign and vote freely on their issues. Councillors who have been prevented from speaking on the very issues they had been elected on, such as planning matters, will now have the freedom to express their views."

County Council decimates the Youth Service


posterIt is said that it takes a village to raise a child. In our democracy we would normally deliver this responsibility by paying our taxes and volunteering in various ways to make a difference with the young people in our community. We elect our councillors to make wise decisions, we vote for our MPs to make available the resources so that our society can educate, support, make healthy citizens of our wonderful, wild and unpredictable young people. We understand that some of the youngsters need more patience and care than others; this is why we believe Henley should have a Youth and Community Centre where the vulnerable and those of low self esteem meet with well trained and experienced youth leaders who can guide and encourage, steering those headed for disasters into better paths for their lives, helping those who in increasing numbers cannot get training or a job move into more hopeful channels that will rescue them from a life of disappointment and problems. This is too important a responsibility for a little thing like the removal of funding to bring to an end.

Does Henley have the will, the strength of character and the cash to make sure these young people now abandoned by our elected and caring councillors, short changed by a government who make the weak and vulnerable pay for the foolish decisions of the powerful and rich, continue to receive the support they need? Those who have gained our support through the ballot box are sowing the seeds of failure and despair amongst some of the future citizens of our town. Should we not be tearing up the seedlings, which are now beginning to grow, shouting from the roof tops “Enough is enough!” and begin to plant in our society people, who will grow into responsible and caring residents in the future. To do this we need lots of people; some to volunteer the time and patience, others to provide the resources to pay for the buildings and activities.

There are forty people so far all offering their support, we need many more. Register your interest with Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the Youth and Community Centre Management Committee and let us see if Henley can plug the disastrous gap our councillors and MPs have created. Please reply by 1st March as we have an important meeting of the managers shortly after.

Peter Crathorne

Letter to Local MP about Youth Club

Dear Nadhim
posterI am a resident of Henley in Arden.  
You will no doubt have seen that the Henley in Arden Youth Club, The Hub @ Henley, is in danger of closing shortly because of funding cuts.  You will also be aware that The Hub provides an invaluable service to the town of Henley - there are simply no other places for the young people of Henley to go to.
If, as seems likely, The Hub were to close then the result would be more of the youth of Henley disaffected, with nowhere to congregate. Inevitably this will lead to an increase in the minor crimes and petty vandalism that are associated with bored teenagers.
At the same time, the Home Secretary, Theresa May has said this week:

"It is time for us to stop tolerating anti-social behaviour. We must turn the system on its head. There is no magic Whitehall lever we can pull simply to stop anti-social behaviour. No magic button to press or tap to turn to stop the flow of misery. The solution to your community's problems will not come from officials sitting in the Home Office working on the latest national action plan. We will put power into the hands of our citizens and we will put our trust into the professionals."

We already have an excellent youth centre which is generously run by 'our citizens' yet the proposed funding cuts are likely to see it closed down. Hopefully you can see the obvious gap in logic here.
I would be most grateful if you could give this issue your full attention - I would also be pleased to hear how you feel this situation could best be resolved to the mutual benefit of all.
Simon Watkins

RSPCA rescues Horse in Henley

imageRSPCA animal welfare officer Adrian Langley last week came to the rescue of a horse that had his leg trapped in barbed wire.

The charity received a call about the distressed animal from the police. The horse was lying on his back after his leg had become entangled in a barbed wire fence.

Adrian was worried that the horse may lash out when approached but he was exhausted after struggling for freedom. Adrian managed to cut all the wire and get the horse back on his feet. The horse had a nasty cut to his leg but after enquiries Adrian found the owner of the horse who called out the vet.

AWO Langley said: "I was pleased with the outcome of this job as I was immediately able to prevent further suffering to the horse by alleviated his distress as quickly as possible. I was really relieved that the horse got back onto his feet and I was able to identify his owner so that veterinary treatment could be sought for his injured leg."

Calls concerning trapped or injured animals can be made to the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

Report & Photo - RSPCA

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Fairtrade Fortnight 28 Feb - 13 March

imageEvery year Fairtrade enthusiasts in Henley join the national Fairtrade Foundation campaign. The purpose of this is to remind people of the importance to poor communities around the world of the power in our pockets to help them to produce and sell, in a competitive mass market, those products which can enable them to find a way out of poverty and the abuses that accompany it.

This is not just a nice idea; buying Fairtrade goods really does make a difference. We have seen this for ourselves on our recent visit to Nepal with Traidcraft. This is an organisation which works directly with these communities: trading with them, supporting them with training and information, and influencing the policy makers to pull down the barriers to their getting their fair share of world trade. The success in Nepal of the “Get Paper Industry”, for example, who also make bags for Body Shop, means that about 700 women a year are saved from being trafficked to India for the sex industry; they are provided with health care, fair wages and working conditions and education for their children.


Much has been achieved already through the introduction and support of a variety of Fairtrade products in mainstream retail outlets but still much campaigning is needed to make trade fair for the most needy producers. This year The Fairtrade Foundation is highlighting the plight of 10 million West African cotton farmers locked in poverty because of huge subsidies paid to cotton farmers in the U.S. and European Union: for example, one farm in the U.S. was paid $24.3 million in subsidies over the past 14 years while one Mali cotton farmer earns $322 a year from which to feed his family. In Mali 77% of people live on less than $2 a day, only 43% children go to school and life expectancy is 48.

In Henley there will be a Big Brew Tea and Traidcraft stall at the Methodist church on Wedn.2 March at 3pm and the usual Traidcraft and publicity stall outside St. Johns on Wedn. 9 March 10am-3pm. The Henley Cooperative store, which now stocks a range of Fairtrade goods, will also be highlighting the event.

Please remember that the few pence more you may choose to pay for a Fairtrtade product can make a real difference.

Cilla Pudney - Henley Fairtrade Group.

Census 2011

imageThe countdown continues with just weeks to go until the 2011 Census, where residents in Warwickshire will take part in the nation’s biggest survey.

Every ten years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales, and about the make-up of local NEIGHBOURHOODs, taking a numerical snapshot on a single date to gain an accurate picture of the population. The next census will take place on Sunday 27th March 2011, when ONS will be sending out questionnaires for around 25 million households to complete.

The census asks about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, marital status and so on. These statistics are then used to build a picture of today’s society.

Like all local authorities in England and Wales, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwickshire County Council, relies on census population statistics to get the government funding we need for public services. How much we get is directly related to how many and what kind of people the census says live in our area. So even if the census were to end up just a few households short, it could make a very real difference to people’s lives. The census needs to include everyone, everywhere – and that’s why everyone has to take part.

In March 2011 your questionnaire will come by post and can be returned using the pre-paid envelope or for the first time ever you will be able to do it online.  You must complete it and everything you tell the census is in strictest confidence, it should only take around 10 minutes to complete for each person and the information will only be used to produce statistics. ONS will not share your personal information with any other government department or organisation.

The census needs everyone to take part in helping tomorrow take shape – and this is your chance to make a difference. 
There has been a census every ten years since 1801, except in 1941 when the country was at war. No-one has yet found a better way to build a picture of a diverse and changing population. 
So what’s new for 2011?

  • Your questionnaire will be posted or delivered to you by hand. In 2001, all the questionnaires were hand delivered
  • You'll be able to complete and submit your questionnaire online
  • You'll be able to get help with your questionnaire online
  • You'll be asked to answer new or revised questions to reflect recent changes in society

The 2001 Census populations were for Beaudesert 919 and for Henley 2,011, giving a combined population for the Joint Parishes of 2,930. The 2001 census population for the Henley Ward, which includes Wootton Wawen and is used for the District Council, was 4,176.

Forward House Business Centre Proving Popular

imageUnited Business Centres at Forward House on the High Street, has been receiving a lot of attention recently, as increased demand for office space has pushed for a large expansion project on the ground floor of the premises.

Debby Andrews, Customer Service Manager has commented “On reaching full capacity on the 1st floor last year, phase 1 of the ground floor expansion project went underway and was completed ready for new tenants on 1st November 2010. Within only 2 months, the new offices have all been let and phase 2 is already underway and due for completion by 1st March 2011!“

New tenants to Forward House include the PGA (Professional Golfers' Association), which has relocated from  their Midland Region’s administrative office in Leicestershire.   The owners of Forward House, along with Henley Golf and Country Club, have a relationship with the PGA team which goes beyond just that of Landlord and tenant and covers the facilities on offer at the golf club, a key factor in the decision to re locate to Forward House.
Jon Sewell, PGA Midland Region secretary has commented “ We are very much looking forward to a new era at Henley”.

United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd
Forward House, 17 High Street, Henley in Arden B95 5AA
Tel: 01564 330600

Have you got cash in the attic?

imageHenley Antiques Centre might have the solution. If you have wondered what to do with family heirlooms, treasures, or even vintage china, why not call in to see us and have a friendly chat? Following a refurbishment we have managed to accommodate extra cabinets, so why not consider renting one from us?

We stock small items, from a pair of earrings, to large pieces of antique or contemporary furniture, plus household furnishings, lamps mirrors, paintings, silver, glassware, etc.  You will be able to browse and see that we stock a very extensive range of products, something for everyone, with a price tag to match.
We have built an excellent reputation, with the contemporary silver jewellery we stock being sold at a fraction of  High Street prices. We have many customers who visit regularly to take advantage of the value we offer. Please call in, it costs nothing to browse and we know you will be pleasantly surprised.
Henley Antiques Centre,
92 High Street, Henley in Arden B95 5BY. (rear of Henley Bakery).
Tel: 01564 795979.

Henley and Beaudesert Society February Meeting

The History of Morris Dancing


Photo Alan Robson       

The Society was treated to an entertaining lecture by Alan Benjamin complete with musical accompaniment and numerous anecdotes.

Although the talk was titled ‘The History of Morris Dancing’, there is in fact very little known about its origins. The earliest written records date from about 1500 but the dances could be from earlier times because each village tended to have its own tradition, merely handed down from generation to generation. Where the word ‘Morris’ comes from is open to dispute. There is a strong body of opinion that thinks it is a corruption of the word ’Moorish’ but even if this is the case our speaker thought it doubtful that the dancing originated from North Africa. It was often the custom of Morris dancers to darken their faces and this would have contributed to a ‘Moorish’ appearance.

That Morris dancing is still performed is largely through the efforts of Cecil Sharp. About 1900, Sharp saw a group of Morris dancers performing at a time when Morris dancing was becoming virtually extinct. He became interested and it is principally through his efforts in collecting and collating the music and dances that we still have a tradition going today.

Morris dancing tends to occur in pockets throughout the country, with the Cotswolds having a particularly strong tradition. Each area will have its own variation on their attire with the Cotswolds usually having white trousers, baldrics, tabards and straw hats. The captain of the team is referred to as the ‘squire’ and frequently a team will have a ‘fool’ who usually blackens his face and although appearing not to be part of the team is in fact an integral part of it. Quite often villages have their own interpretation of a dance with the actual music being the same but the dance steps being their own local variation.

The Border region between England and Wales is also an area of keen Morris dancers where they tend to wear rag jackets and exercise a more vigorous form of dance. Staffordshire has some tradition of Morris dancing with it being especially popular in Lichfield and Abbots Bromley. Lancashire and north Cheshire tend to have a more urban tradition and favour wearing clogs. Interestingly the south of England is practically devoid of Morris dancers.

The musical offerings included tunes played by Alan with great versatility on a melodeon, a flageolet (a type of whistle), a mandolin and a violin which of course epitomized the wide range of instruments used by Morris dancers.

The vote of thanks was given by John Stott who echoed the pleasure the meeting had in learning of the mostly limited history of Morris dancing but appreciating enormously Alan’s many and varied digressions.

The next meeting will be the Society’s AGM and will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 17th March in the Baptist church hall. Immediately following this Brian Draper will talk about ‘What is a River’.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Golden Jubilee of Aston Cantlow Village Hall


The village of Aston Cantlow is sometimes best known for duck suppers at the King’s Head, and as the village where Shakespeare’s parents are thought to have been married. But this Warwickshire village has another secret up its sleeve: it possesses what is arguably one of the most attractive and best equipped village halls in the county, and which is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2011.

imageThe early sixteenth century Guild Hall, which has been used as the base for the Village Hall, is a timbered building with an overhang and close set timber studs. In the middle ages Guilds were founded for the mutual support of their members and to provide help for the needy. At a time when the fate of the soul after death was a source of much anxiety, Guilds were also important in ensuring that proper funeral rites were observed, and so chaplains were appointed to chant masses and pray for the souls of dead members. In Aston Cantlow the Guild, dedicated to St Mary, elected a master and two wardens, and maintained a chaplain to celebrate mass in the parish church for the good health of the King and Queen together with the brethren and sisters of the Guild, and to pray for their souls after death.

The ground floor of the Guild Hall has served several purposes over the subsequent years; in the nineteenth century, for example, it served as a butcher's shop and as the village lock-up. The upper floor is now converted into a flat, but in the seventeenth century and as late as 1770 the Manorial Courts were held there. It was during the period of the Second World War and afterwards that the villagers began to hold money raising efforts in an attempt to convert the Hall into a village hall for the benefit of the community. The Guild Hall was restored to its original form and in 1960 the foundation stone for the extension was laid, with the enlarged Hall being reopened the following year, at which time it became the property of the Charity Commissioners.

imageThe new Village Hall was opened on March 11th 1961 and a week of special events was held in the new Hall, including a grand opening concert, bumper bingo, a special mannequin parade, and a grand opening ball. With the facilities of the new hall many new activities started up, and over the years the Hall has been maintained by the local community, providing a fine amenity which is much enjoyed and appreciated.

The last 50 years have seen a steady improvement in the facilities available in the Hall which provide for comfortable meetings in both the main hall and the medieval Guild room. A fully fitted kitchen and a well situated bar provide excellent facilities for entertaining, whilst the stage and well equipped dressing room are regularly used by theatrical and musical companies. Outside, the large car park leads to two modern tennis courts, and beyond those there is a large and secure children’s playground.

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee a weekend of events has been organised, including an art exhibition, Local History Society exhibition of archive and photographic material, WI and lace displays, Tennis events, a village walk with lunch, children’s activities and other entertainment. For details see the poster in this edition of Henley-NEWS.

For further information contact Margaret Twigg; 01564 793373.

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Individual tax codes longer than War and Peace

imageTaxPayers' Alliance have launched a new report as part of our 2020 Tax Commission project. The study looks at just how long Tolley's tax guides have become. We found that the lengths of books giving guidance on Corporation Tax, Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax had all increased significantly over the last decade, with the guide for Corporation Tax now taking the world's fastest speaker a whopping 20 hours to read aloud.

The Income Tax guide is 54 per cent longer than it was in 1999-2000 and would take him 19 hours to get through. Three of the individual guides are much longer than the classic War and Peace (pictured) – and all of this means the UK's tax system is far too complicated. That places a huge burden on families and businesses across the UK and it means costly administrative errors are made.

TaxPayers' Alliance Bulletin - 11th February 2011

Claverdon in eleventh heaven with an emphatic win

Saturday 19th February 2011


Try scorers – Chris Lowe x 2, Tom Skinner, Tom Bennett, Paul Daws, Steve Grimsley
Conversions – Ian Wyllie x 5
Penalties – Ian Wyllie x 3
Man of the match – Conor Smith


Chris Lowe on his way to scoring one of his tries for Claverdon

Claverdon travelled away to play a Wellesbourne team who had a good home record and were in front of their vice president's crowd. With a tiny pitch, Claverdon knew exactly how the hosts wanted to play them but such is the strength of the lions then this did not trouble the visitors. Mark Tilson, Jean Visser and Harry Cox returned to the starting line up with Matt Warren and David Birch taking a place on the bench.

The lions started very much on the ascendancy and quickly made good yards. From a ruck 20 yards out fly half Ian Wyllie weighted a lovely inside pass to Chris Lowe. He broke through the Wellesbourne defence and with only the tiny full back to beat he made no mistake to score under the posts for Wyllie to convert.

The hosts reacted instantly to this wake up call and made good progress into the Claverdon half. Resolute defending from Scott Conduit, Jean Visser and inside centre Tom Johnson was enough to keep them off the score sheet.

With this brief storm now weathered, Claverdon attacked with belief and purposely kept the ball in tight. Multiple phases and offloads out of the tackles saw the visitors deep in the Wellesbourne half and with the hosts struggling to contain these waves of attacks they could do little more than concede a kickable penalty. Wyllie made no mistake from 30 yards.

Claverdon and Wellesbourne then exchanged a penalty each and Wyllie then added his third of the game when Paul Daws was chopped down at neck height. With the first half drawing to a close and the Claverdon backs not seeing much of the ball it was again a forward who got on the score sheet. Good, strong running from James Barton and scrum half Conor Smith got the lions in space and when captain Tom Skinner got the ball he still had work to do. With lots of options outside him he chose to go alone and with the help of his team mates he crashed over for another converted try.

3-23 Half Time


Tom Johnson makes a break for Claverdon

The second half started just how the first had with Claverdon pressing the hosts at every opportunity. A break from full back Rob Horsfall found centre Tom Bennett in space. In typical style he jinked his way through the Wellesbourne defence before offloading for winger Paul Daws to go over in the corner. Wyllie missed the tricky conversion.

Unlike the opening period, the Claverdon backs were now seeing more of the ball and inside centre Johnson was making yards from every attack with his strong, darting runs. Deep in their own half the hosts infringed and the lions decided to kick for the corner from the resultant penalty. A training ground lineout move saw the ball worked to the back of a driving maul and hooker Steve Grimsley, in typical style, was the man to ground the ball for the all important bonus point try. Wyllie again converted.

From the restart, flanker Jean Visser found Johnson in space who made 30 yards with another strong run. Quick ball to Wyllie and a long miss pass found Bennett in space. He saw a gap in the defence to out-sprint two defenders and score under the posts for Wyllie to convert.

With the game now won, Warren replaced Carruthers, Birch came on for Harry Cox and Andy Wenborn let flanker James Barton have a rest. With ten minutes remaining, the visitors seemed to step off the gas and invite Wellesbourne pressure on to them. The hosts made good yards and found themselves with a penalty only 5 yards out. They looked certain to score but Claverdon having only conceded an average of 5 points a game were simply not having it. Big tackles from Mark Tilson and Tom Skinner kept Wellesbourne firmly at bay.

Claverdon turned this defence in to attack with David Birch taking the ball in to the Wellesbourne half. Further phases of fast flowing rugby left Claverdon only 10 yards out and a quick pass from Conor Smith and a great line of attack by Lowe saw him go under the posts for his brace. Wyllie took his points tally for the game to 19 with the conversion.

3-49 Full Time

Claverdon have a break from league action this weekend but will look to keep the winning momentum going with Warwickians the visitors on the 5th March. If victorious, the lions will win the league and be promoted so all support is very much needed and welcome.

Match report by Tom Johnson
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The origins of the Internet

John GarnerYou may think you know how the Internet started, but here is the TRUE story ...

And it came to pass in the land of Israel that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dorothy.

And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: "How, dear?"

And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price.  And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price without ever  having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was called Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS) and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of
Abraham's business. But he was soon discovered, arrested and prosecuted for insider trading.

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known. He said: "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.""YAHOO,"  said Abraham. And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

And that is how it all began.

John Garner

Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!

imageDoes anyone know of a semi/recently retired person who might be interested in giving something back to the community by becoming a Trustee of Henley War Memorial Trust?  HWMT is responsible for the Memorial Hall (which is already wonderfully managed by Duncan Bainbridge and his team)  and the Sports Grounds and Pavilion. It’s the Sports Grounds and Pavilion team that could use some extra help in the management of this part of the organisation. Replies to: or or phone us on 795470. Many thanks.

Would anyone be willing to become Auditor of the Youth Club accounts? It is not an onerous task and the accounts are presented in good order. As above, please contact Jan or Peter Crathorne if you are able to help. Again, many thanks.

HWMT need a Volunteer Quantity Surveyor to give advice on architect’s drawings for the proposed refurbishment of the sports pavilion, in order that the project management team might arrive at a reasonable figure for the cost of the project. For more details, please contact Peter Crathorne, as above.

Required, a volunteer driver to join a rota to pick up three seniors from Dell Court and Blackthorn Court and deliver to The Hub @ Henley, on the High School Grounds at just before 10.00 am term time on Thursdays.  Collect at 12.00 noon and return home.  You could also stay for a cuppa!  Contact Peter Crathorne at or phone 01564795470. Thank you

If you have a vacancy, please advise the Sits Vac Editor, Jan Crathorne or 01564 795470.

Warnings from Trading Standards

Diamond Jubilee Warning

imageSchools and other organisations are warned to beware of bogus calls from publishing companies falsely claiming to represent St. James’ Palace, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has announced. Trading Standards Officers have received complaints that Warwickshire schools have been cold called by an as yet unknown company selling advertising space in a leaflet for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The bogus callers are falsely claiming to be phoning from St. James Palace and are offering advertising space at the cost of £3,400. Warwickshire Trading Standards Service can confirm that these approaches are in no way associated with St. James Palace or Her Majesty’s official Jubilee celebrations.

Rogue publishing companies use high pressure sales techniques to sell advertising space in publications that have very small (if any) circulation. People who take advertising but don’t pay up are then usually chased for payment using very aggressive techniques and threats. Rogue companies will use national events such as the Diamond Jubilee, Royal Wedding or Olympic Games to sell their bogus advertising.

Trading Standards Officers are warning organisations and businesses to take adequate precautions to ensure that staff members of aware of the practices of rogue publishers and don’t fall for their tricks.

  • Register with the telephone preference service:
  • Circulate information to members of staff who take external calls.
  • Audit your systems/procedures for invoicing and payment to satisfy yourself that you are adequately protected from practices of this nature.

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Alarm Seller

The Trading Standards Service has had brought to its attention telephone cold calls from an alarm sales company offering external alarms at £1.00. Residents should be aware that this sort of approach, which can be accompanied by a high pressure sales pitch, loads the cost of the alarm system on to its fitting and monitoring. This can lead to consumers purchasing unsuitable alarm systems that cost many thousands of pounds to run.

If you do sign a contract in your home following an unsolicited visit, or a visit arranged following an unsolicited phone call, you have 7 days within which to cancel the contract.

For information on crime prevention, please contact your local Police Crime Prevention Officer

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

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image‘Which?’ magazine has just reported on some cars that have relatively low Carbon pollution. They take their first look at electric cars and although these have lower Carbon pollution than conventional cars, they are currently very expensive: nothing under £20,000. Equivalent sized diesel cars come in at 50 to 70% of the price. The fuel costs of the plug in electrics are lower than those of the diesels (approx. 30% of diesel costs), but this is not enough to balance out their higher initial price in a reasonable number of years. However, for a 3 year old 36,000 miles second hand Nissan Leaf electric, ‘Which?’ quotes a price of £11275 (down from £24000 new). At this price, it starts to look competitive, because the savings on fuel equate to the price difference of its competitor car, the VW Golf Blue Motion diesel, after about 4.5 years. The true situation should be better than this, because electric cars have significantly lower service costs than diesel and petrol cars; the 4.5 years is based on recharging with daytime electricity rather than off peak. So the break even time could be around 3 years by buying second hand.

The carbon pollution from the electric cars is about 70 to 84 g/km so they are at least 20% better than similar diesel cars. Considering the high initial prices of the electric cars, this is a relatively small improvement but, as more renewable energy comes into our electricity system, the carbon pollution reduction they offer will improve.

So, perhaps now is not the time to go electric. Perhaps, wait a few years until there are more second hand ones to choose from and the price has come down a bit. If buying new, consider a small diesel. The Which? report comments very favourably on the VW Golf Blue Motion and at a claimed 74.3 mpg and road tax exempt, it is relatively cheap to run and reasonably low in carbon pollution.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Saturday 26th February at 7.30pm in St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Come and sing along to well known old time and other favourite songs. Bring your friends and have a home cooked supper and enjoy the music. Tickets £5 to include Hotpot Supper. Cash bar and raffle. For tickets call Barbara Colclough on 01564 793710 or Barbara Warmington on 01564 793640.

Fortnight 28 Feb. - 13 March. Take the opportunity to support poor communities in the developing world in trading their way out of poverty by making a positive choice for Fairtrade goods and learn more about the difference it makes. Henley Methodist Church members are having a BIG BREW TEA in their church room on Wednesday 2nd March at 3pm. Please join them for tea and cake (£2.50)and see what is on offer on the Fairtrade stall. On Wednesday 9th March a Traidcraft stall will be outside (10am-3pm) St. John's church. Henley WI are having a “souper lunch” in the Baptist Church hall from 12.30pm on Wednesday March 16th. Please join them for a bowl of soup & bread. Cakes and Fairtrade goods will also be for sale

Tuesday March 1st speaker Clive Garner whose speciality is “Silk Painting”. Visitors welcome in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm.

EXERCISE WATERMARK Activation of Parish Emergency Plan on Flooding on SATURDAY 5th MARCH From 10.30am to 13.00pm In the Baptist Church Hall.

March 8th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00. Fashion & Flowers Demonstrator Joan Southerton ‘Occasions’ Competition “A Drift Away”

Has your community done anything it is particularly proud of in the last 12 months, which is worth celebrating? Come along and find out how to nominate people you know for community awards at our Henley-in-Arden drop-in session. 10am – 1pm Saturday 12th March - Guild Hall, Henley-in-Arden.

Tuesday 15th March John Roberts will be speaking on “FUNGI ARE FUN”. Baptist Church Hall at 7.45pm, visitors £2.00.

The next meeting in the monthly series "TIME OUT WITH GOD" will be held on Thursday March 17th at St John's Parish Room, for prayer and meditaton at 12 noon, followed by a simple meal of soup and bread.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 17th March in the Baptist Church Hall. The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm followed at 8.00 pm by a talk on 'What is a River' by Brian Draper. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

The Garden Committee is organising two further events to complete the Riverland Garden. 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. 

The Tanworth Singers in St Patrick’s church, Earlswood. Saturday 2nd April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6.50 (incl. Coffee) from Jean Brown 702367 or on the door.

Saturday Workshops Saturday 26th March and 2nd April 2011 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.
8-week Thursday Evening Workshops commencing 17th February - 14th April, 7.30 to 9.30pm for further details please contact Carey Moon 01564 792174

Friday & Saturday 8/9 April. Make money on your new or nearly new clothes! Good quality – preferably clean and on hangers – ladies or gents clothes required. You will receive 40% of the sale price with 60% for church funds. Contact Lesley Eastwood 793646, Barbara Warmington 793640 or Daphne Jones 01926 843515. More details nearer date.

Saturday 7th May. Henley's answer to Glyndebourne. Consensus, the group who gave us the delightful A School for Scandal last year, will return with The Merry Wives of Windsor. A picnic supper will be provided by Fortnum and Dalby. Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve
July 23rd - Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve

The Shakespeare Hospice are looking for 200 singers for their BIG Sing 2011 in the Civic Hall, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September 2011. Barry Todd has agreed to be the Musical Director! This will be a fun packed weekend - during the Friday evening and Saturday morning will learn popular pieces from musicals and in the afternoon and evening put on two concerts! 01789 266852

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
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

imageAre 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
  2011 Programme
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:

imageThe 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
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
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.
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.
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.

The Wednesday Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and a delicious tea together.  The Club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or 01564-792138.

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

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