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Confusion, Chaos and Comedy

imageLatest JPC meeting is another farce

Rebekah Smith, a journalist with the Stratford Herald who has reported on many JPC meetings, distinguished herself with her latest report of the meeting on Monday 14th March. This report reads more like an article in Private Eye and we are grateful for the permission of the Herald's editor to allow her report to be reproduced in full.

The confusing story below of the Chairman's endorsement of the Cattle Market planning application is considered by many residents to be a flagrant abuse of power. The Herald's article also includes reference to the JPC logo fraud debate. Councillors are not allowed to use the JPC logo, even on draft documents. Those councillors that do get reported to the police. This bigotry extends to a total prohibition on the press using the "Pontefract cake" logo because the JPC has paid hundreds of pounds to trademark its new logo, even though it is not in trade.

imageThis fiscal year, the JPC has charged the 1,500 households in Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert £82,650 for the parish precept.

After reading these reports, many of the residents will probably be wondering if the JPC's trivial pursuits have been a good use of taxpayers' money and thinking, "What would I prefer to do with my hard earned cash?"


During this fiscal year, Band F property owners
have had to pay £82.49 precept (parish council tax),
which was collected by Stratford District Council.

In-fighting “Is stopping council doing its job”

Report by Rebekah Smith - Stratford Herald

TRIVIALITY and in-fighting dominated this week's meeting of Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council when another meeting got bogged down dealing with petty issues at the expense of discussing issues for the benefit of the town. Cllr George Matheou summed it up neatly when he said towards the end of the nearly 90-minute meeting on Monday: "Instead of getting on with our jobs to serve this community we're dealing with pettiness."

Trouble began in the public participation session when resident Mike Willmott asked chairman Cllr Les Goodman to explain why he had spoken in support of the cattle market application at Stratford District Council's planning committee meeting the previous week as the council had not supported the application. Cllr Goodman refused to answer, prompting resident Stephen Dorow to ask incredulously: "Why don't you reply? Is it not decent of you to reply to the question?"

Cllr Les Goodman

Cllr Goodman retorted: "Are you saying I'm not decent?" To which Mr Dorow argued: "I'm saying it was a decent question." Cllr Goodman cut short the verbal sparring by agreeing with Mr Dorow but adding: "The rules are I don't have to answer."

However, Cllr Goodman later addressed the question by denying he had said he supported the cattle market application. He said: "I said we didn't object in principle to the development but we still had concerns over certain items not being addressed."

Some time was then spent debating the minutes of the previous meeting and whether two votes had been taken or just one, something one would think would be fairly straightforward. Two weeks ago councillors voted to seek police advice into a potential fraud committed by two of their colleagues, Cllrs Bill Leech and Sue Osborne, who had produced a draft letter using the council's letterhead and logo without consent.

Council clerk Jenny Walsh

The confused debate started this week when Cllr Sheila Roy said she had not voted to contact the police but had voted to report the incident to Stratford District Council's standards and ethics committee. Council clerk Jenny Walsh informed her only one vote had taken place for both those decisions, to which a number of councillors agreed. But Cllrs Roy, Leech and Osborne, and indeed the vocal Mr Dorow who had attended the last meeting, remembered two votes taking place. Cllr Roy said she had not known what she was voting for and even Mrs Walsh admitted councillors were often confused about what they were voting on.

The council soon faced this danger again during a lengthy debate on whether to renew its annual membership of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Two councillors argued the CPRE had never helped the council, but Cllr Osborne argued the CPRE had done a lot to prevent inappropriate development in the town.

After a proposal to renew membership had been defeated a seemingly academic proposal not to renew membership was made. As even the clerk got confused about whether councillors were voting for or against paying the annual subscription of £29. Mr Dorow chipped in: "Shall I pay it?" The council eventually voted not to renew the membership.

Among the petty issues was some good news for the town. Cllr George Matheou updated councillors on progress with ideas to deal with the derelict buildings at Henley Railway Station and put forward his idea to set up a committee to look at alternative sites for the market, to ensure Henley remains a market town. Cllr Chris Milsom reported on the success of the flood exercise held on Saturday as part of the national Watermark exercise, and a resident asked councillors to add their names to a petition to save the town's library—already up to nearly 500 signatures.

Page 5, Stratford Herald Thursday 17th March 2011

The Official Joint Parish Council Minutes

Matheou stressed "JPC DOES NOT ENDORSE THE SCHEME" & Asked for an Apology

“Cllr Matheou reported that in relation to the Planning Application for the development of the cattle market, his understanding was that the JPC only agreed to present to SDC a list of issues raised by residents and the Parish Council had not endorsed the scheme or expressed approval of the plans. The Council confirmed that Cllr Matheou’s understanding of the matter was correct. Cllr Matheou then asked Cllr Leech to apologise to the Council and the people of the town for misleading them in his Henley News website where he stated that the Council had endorsed the Planning Application.”

Minutes of JPC meeting 20 December, 2010


“. . . . . . Cllr Matheou also stressed that references made in Henley News to the Parish Council having endorsed or supported the cattle market proposals were untrue, the Council had made comments relating to the application, but not stated that they were in favour of the scheme.”

Minutes of JPC meeting 28 February, 2011

SDCThe Draft Stratford District Council Planning Committee (West) Minutes



imageThe 'Midweek Herald' reports on the SDC planning meeting

The Joint Parish Council Chairman Cllr Les Goodman told members on Wednesday

Page 9, Midweek Herald Tuesday 15th March 2011

Letters to the Editor regarding the MARKET REDEVELOPMENT

Dear Editor,

imageThe report in your 10th. March edition about the voting pattern at the District Council's Planning Committee is, at best, misleading. The impression given it was Conservative Councillors alone who supported the Officers recommendation to approve the plans of Taylor Wimpy. That is untrue. Of the 10 voting members on the committee 8 were in favour and 2 against, it was a cross party vote by Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and an Independent,  the 2 against were from the principle party's but their objections were not disapproval to the development but the proportion of affordable houses. Instead of 25% they preferred the general policy of 35%.

The inference in your complaint about the Chairman of the J.P.C. unilaterally supporting the application 'in principle' hardly squares with your edition of 14th. February and your heading 'JPC FAILS TO OBJECT TO MARKET DEVELOPMENT'. He had a mandate and compared with the 5 objectors got across a positive attitude with recommendations that will benefit the community and which obviously impressed the committee. Your claim that 80% of residents objected to the application appears to be a figment of imagination because residents comments to me are that no comprehensive survey was conducted therefore the claim is spurious, not the sort of thing the Big Society aims at. It seeks genuine representation not the opinions of a minority pressure group having, in some instances, a self interest cause.

Cllr. George Atkinson - Chairman, Conservative Party - Henley Ward

( I prefer my identity to be shown rather than hide, for one reason or another, behind the anonymity of some of your supposed correspondents.)

imageDear Editor,

I’m completely baffled now.

How can the chairman of the parish council have had a mandate if the parish council never voted? .  

Cllr. Sue Osborne - Parish Councillor

Dear Editor,

imageI'm not sure that George Atkinson was at the same meeting. The Councillor from Studley made it very clear that he objected on the grounds of Density, Traffic (he didn't believe that Warwick CC Highways calculations were a true reflection of the actual impact the market  Development would have) and the Height and Impact of the Block on the Warwick Road/Prince Harry Road. Sue Adams' objection was the lack of adequate parking for the houses fronting Prince Harry Road. Neither mentioned Affordable Housing.
The Councillors who questioned the amount of affordable housing included in the development voted in favour of the application.

Good job we have got all the data from the surveys which were carried out. In fact the electronic survey and the door-to-door survey resulted in over 90% against the development. The surveys were carried out right across Henley and Beaudesert, with many residents in the Arden Road / Meadow Road area expressing concerns about increased traffic. Many residents at the north end of the High Street and along Birmingham Road also expressed their concerns about increased congestion at the junction of High Street / Warwick Road. These cannot be represented as the views of a minority pressure group, there was absolutely no pressure to participate in any of the surveys and the views of those in favour of the proposals were recorded completely impartially.

Poor old George, he really should keep up.
John Tristram - Market Action Group

Dear Editor,

At last Wednesday's Stratford planning meeting, the committee approved the building of 40 dwellings to replace the market at Henley. Refering to the loss of the market, the planners' report stated - "I cannot conclude that it will lead to any material planning harm to the vitality or viability of the town".

Most residents use the market for greengroceries, fish, horticulture, pets, ironmongery, clothing, habberdashery and an excellent breakfast, among other things; -- these facilities are not available elsewhere in the town. The liveliness, comraderie and hassle is a basic human amenity; -- it brings many visitors to the town, which greatly helps local trade.

In other words the market DOES bring vitality and viability to the town. You don't need to be a town planner to realise this, and in my opinion it is gross irresponsibility to include the above negative statement in a report without evidence. You won't find the truth looking at a land-use map or reading the formal line from councillors. Go out and see for yourself !

Our planning procedures are probably the most cumbersome in the world. This application was so full of verbal explanations and claims that only one of the committee members expressed the foresight to imagine how these proposals would be unsympathetic to the traditional architecture of Henley. At this meeting, I had the impression that as long as the paperwork was in order and correct procedures were followed, the actual built appearance was of secondary importance. 

There were 3 options in planning terms regarding the Henley market development : -

  1. Keep it as it is, resulting in an untidy, unattractive environment and unresolved traffic problems, as J S Shorte quite rightly pointed out in last week's Observer.
  2. Replace it totally with housing. This would not be so bad if the housing design had any sympathy with Henley's historic architectural inheritance. Unfortunately it is worse than ordinary but good enough for Henley-in-Arden, the District Planning Committee affirmed last week.
  3. Keep a market and the new housing by proper planning to overcome the problems that were created by the oversized cattle market and replacing it with a smaller, purpose-designed tree-lined market square that would have other amenity values. New housing could have been designed to fit in with this traditional space giving the buildings and the place some meaningful identity.

The town has been let down by the developers, the Parish Council, the Distict Council, the District Planners and the District Planning Committee, all whose official line was not to encompass the merits of the third option, even though it was the prefered solution of the residents of Henley.

Vincent  Ford - Castle Close

Resident complains about Lack of Democracy from SDC Councillors


The DRAFT Joint Parish Council Meeting Minutes for 14th March 2011


"The Chairman commented at no point during his statement at the Planning Committee did he say the Council supported the proposal."

Draft Minutes of JPC meeting 14th March, 2011

Extract from my diary - "My First JPC Meeting"
Monday 14 March - 7pm.

imageWork finished, horses put to bed, spare hour before I cook dinner.

Will go to the JPC meeting – should find out what’s going on now I’ve moved back into Henley. What a great way to spend an hour or so.

First the Chairman refused to answer a question from a member of the public - Odd.

Then confusion over the minutes of the last meeting. Was there one vote or two, who voted for which proposal? Why don’t they record the whole thing, then there wouldn’t be any doubt?

Then the debacle of the vote about the CPRE; have we voted for it or against it? Or for the first one and against the second one. But there wasn’t a vote against the first one - Oh pleeeease.

Then a long, rambling statement from the Clerk which I couldn’t get my head round, what was she on about?

Thank goodness one councillor said that the whole thing was a complete waste of time and should be ignored - Bravo to hiim.

Checked my watch - 8 pm. JPC or Eastenders? Nah, got to stay, this is much grittier than Eastenders. Well, hats off to the JPC. They turn a mundane business meeting into some of the best tragic-comedy I’ve heard for ages.

District Councillor Election - 5th May 2011

SDCThe next election for a District Councillor for the Henley Ward (Beaudesert, Henley & Wootton Wawen) will take place in 5th May 2011 for the seat currently held by Conservative District Councillor Jem Jones.

Request for nominations by the Stratford District Council will shortly be advertised. You CAN stand for election for the Stratford District Council if:

  • You are over 18;
  • You are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen;
  • You are registered to vote in the council’s area (or if you have lived, worked or owned a property in the area for at least 12 months).

You CANNOT stand for election if:

  • You are bankrupt;
  • You have been sentenced to three or more months in prison in the last five years;
  • You have been disqualified for corrupt and illegal practices;
  • You are an employee of the council, or if you hold a politically-restricted post in any council.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE on 4th April at 12 noon

What do councillors do?

Councillors help make decisions about the way local services are provided, and how the council tax and government grants are spent. The matters they are involved in depends on the type of council. Stratford-on-Avon District Council provides major local services such as refuse collection and recycling, housing benefits, planning and development control, parks and leisure services, car parking, food hygiene and environmental protection.

Download the SDC Guide to becoming a councillor

Stratford District residents encouraged to register to vote

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is encouraging residents to register to vote in the forthcoming local election and national referendum on the voting system.

Darren Whitney, Democratic Services Manager said: “Registering to vote is really easy. I would encourage everyone who is eligible to make sure they register as it will only take a few minutes.

“You can register by downloading the registration form on our website by visiting the council and democracy section or by calling the council directly. Act now if you want to have your say.

“Once you've filled in a registration form, make sure you send it to us as soon as possible to secure your vote. If you don’t register you will lose the right to have your say on who is elected, what services are provided in your area and how your MP’s are elected in the future.”

The deadline is April 14 for voting on Thursday 5 May.

If you want to register call Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260208 or visit and click on the council and democracy section to download a registration form.


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Henley and Beaudesert Society

Cheese and Wine Evening in the Guildhall


John Stott Chairman of the Henley Society, Ray Holding who gave the talk and the High Bailiff John Rutherford

On the evening of Saturday 12th March the Guildhall was packed to listen to Ray Holding, former High Bailiff, tell us a little about the heritage and architecture of Henley’s historic High street. The evening was being held as part of the Henley Society’s commitment to aid the Guildhall Fund.

imageThe first part of Ray’s talk took us through the centuries, highlighting the various buildings to be found along the mile long High Street. The earliest known building is from 1185 and was a mill at the north end of the town of which sadly there are no longer any remains. However, the oldest timber in the Heritage Centre has been dated to 1345, although the exterior is from the sixteenth century. Out of the many historic buildings in Henley, St. John’s Church dating from the fourteenth century, is the only one listed as Grade 1.

Moving into the fifteenth century, we have a plethora of fine examples such as the Guildhall itself, the Gables, the Bluebell Inn and the Yew Trees. The Market Cross also dates from this period and originally stood over 20 feet high. The sixteenth century provides us with the White Swan, originally a coaching inn, the Old School House and the Nag’s Head. Deceptively, Lloyds Bank also dates from this period, but was extensively altered about 100 years ago. Indeed, many buildings have been modified and altered over the years. Moving into the seventeenth century we have Cromwell house, formerly an inn, and the Three Tuns, still an inn. The eighteenth century produced Burman house, a former asylum, and the Stone House. Then the nineteenth century bears witness to The Elms, the Methodist Church and the School House, while the twentieth century shows us Johnson’s Alms Houses.

After this tour down 800 years of history, visitors were able to partake of the excellent buffet provided by the Society, as well as enjoy the odd glass of wine. It also gave a chance for people to reminisce and mix socially with friends old and new.

The second half of the talk was a virtual walk up and down the High Street pointing out buildings not already alluded to, such as the police station, which boasted three cells. The Black Swan, a wonderfully atmospheric pub, dates from the seventeenth century with nineteenth century alterations. Milestone Cottage with its recently restored historic milestone showing London to be 102 miles distant is another little gem. Many buildings have of course changed their use over time but it is remarkable how many were former pubs. And curiously Henley seems to have had more than its fair share of lunatic asylums. The walk down the High street particularly stirred nostalgic memories for many of the older inhabitants of Henley.

Ray concluded by pointing out that while Henley has no vernacular architecture of its own, it does have a marvellously eclectic mix of buildings giving residents and visitors much to savour and enjoy.

John Rutherford, the current High Bailiff, thanked the society for providing this enjoyable event and for raising funds to help the Guildhall.

Henley and Beaudesert Society March Meeting

What is a River?

On 17th March the Society held its AGM, to which members were welcomed with a convivial glass of wine. After the formal business of the meeting and the election of officers, the society listened with rapt attention to Brian Draper expounding on the subject of ‘What is a River ?’.


'Old Plodder' - The Avon at Stratford

In his own inimitable style, Brian told us of the many joys and uses of rivers. Firstly though we learnt that, like humans, no two rivers are the same. Indeed rivers can reflect many of the characteristics of people. Some, like the Thames are important, while the Severn is a very busy river. The Wye is good-looking but can be treacherous and our local river the Avon he described as an old plodder. And rivers pass through stages like humans, from bubbling youthful exuberance into maturity and confidence before finally emptying into the sea in stately splendour.

Fish of course dwell in rivers and, here again, they can echo human traits. Salmon are athletic while pike can be aggressive. Sticklebacks are pretty, but bullies, and then there are minnows which are of course little fish in a big pond. There is not only a natural world within the water but also along the banks with varied bird, animal and plant life. Particularly through towns, rivers can provide green corridors which have, for instance, helped in the spread of the otters.

Rivers can be an amenity for boating, white water rafting and even swimming or simply for relaxing or perhaps fishing. A river can be a source of inspiration to artists and photographers and many a good walk can be enjoyed along the banks of a river. For some a river can be a place of work, dredging or bridge building for example. Some rivers are regarded as holy places, particularly in India. For other folk rivers are a vital source of irrigation without which crops would fail. And more prosaically, rivers are essential for drinking water and other everyday household uses.

Over the years rivers such as the Rhine have provided great highways. They have also been sources of energy, firstly for powering water wheels and latterly hydro-electric schemes. Rivers can be used to enhance the scenery: one only has to think of the iconic cascades at Chatsworth House. Sadly, rivers are sometimes depositories for effluent, from both rural and urban sources, and a dumping ground for unwanted items like shopping trolleys and even cars. Only humans pollute rivers, not nature.

From the enthusiastic way in which members applauded Brian’s talk, it was obvious it had been hugely enjoyed. Like many of his rivers, it had flowed effortlessly and serenely to its conclusion, but with many interesting diversions along the way.

The Henley Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday 21st April, when the speaker will be Ned Williams on ‘The History of Dividends’.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Riverland Garden project enters 'Final Phase'


The development of the Riverland Garden has now entered its final phase. Last weekend the Garden Committee and other willing helpers put some 300 plants in place. The beds had been prepared beforehand by energetic digging in all weathers, followed by a good going over with a rotavator.

Now that these trees and shrubs have been planted the land is really beginning to look like a garden. Purple crocuses are flowering, having been given by Henley Rotary Club to commemorate the campaign to abolish polio and planted last October. The first tree to be planted this year was a beautiful magnolia which has been donated in memory of Diane Bayley. It will be formally dedicated at a later date.


The weather was perfect last weekend, the only cloud being a parking ticket awarded to Geoffrey Smith our Landscape Architect for working too long!


We hope for similar weather this coming weekend, when we intend to plant a further 400 shrubs and herbaceous perennials. In early April we are taking delivery of 6 garden benches: we then hope to be able to sit back and watch the garden grow! Given a following wind, the garden will be open to the public in late April or early May.

Douglas Bridgewater

High School Netball Tour To Barbados 2012

Henley High School Year 7 Netball team have recently won the U12 South Warwickshire Netball Tournament and the year 8 team, also won the U13 South Warwickshire Netball Tournament. Last Saturday the year 8's entered the Warwickshire County Tournament and made it to the final, beating many strong netball schools cross the county.

imageBuilding on from their success Miss Katie Conram James intends taking the team on a Netball Tour to Barbados in 2012.

  • This is the first ever sports tour Henley High have organised.
  • Leaving Easter (end of March) 2012.
  • Open to Netball girls in the current year 7 & 8 will be in Year 8 & 9 in 2012.
  • We hope to raise £7,000 to cover extras on the trip.
  • We are currently running fund raising events...already had raffles, discos, bag-packing and cake sales.
  • We are looking for local businesses to help sponsor us… if anyone is interested please contact Miss Katie Coram James at Henley High School.

If anyone would like to make a donation to help funds along, there will be a collection box in Westmacott’s shop, 95 High Street.

Sue Westmacott - Community Governor



Home urgently wanted for a Ginger Cat


Sadly, the owner of a 9 year old healthy ginger cat can no longer care for him.

Can you give him a good home?

The cat is friendly but not keen on children.

For more information call 01564 794252

Busy Time for Henley Heritage Centre

imageBehind closed doors at Henley Heritage Centre work has been going on apace  to make sure all is in order when the Centre  opens again for the new season on Friday 1st April. In addition to checking every exhibit and ensuring all is in good order, a new display has been added using recently donated Edwardian costumes marking the history of the suffragette movement. The trustees are also holding a special Hoteliers' Day on Wednesday 30th March, when local hoteliers and bed and breakfast owners are invited to come along and have a look round and enjoy light refreshments so that they will be able to let their guests know what is on offer.

Then on Saturday 2nd April the Centre will be holding its annual Residents' Open Day when locals and their friends can come along to visit the Centre, see what's new, chat to volunteers and again enjoy light refreshments.

Ray Holding who runs the Centre said "We never stop: it is important to keep up to date and introduce new exhibits in order to keep visitors interested in what is a unique attraction - the history of a medieval town. 2010 was an excellent year for visitors and we need to build on that success for the coming season".

For further information log onto or call 01564 795919

Rob Kingscott reporting

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Public sector pension reforms

imageAfter a long wait, Lord Hutton's report on public sector pension reform this week announced plans to reduce the cost to taxpayers. The key recommendations have been much discussed in the media: ending final salary schemes and instead linking pensions to career average earnings; lifting the retirement age to 65; imposing a cap on the cost of public sector pensions to the taxpayer. The TPA has carried out lots of research in this area including NHS, local government and other public sector pensions, so we think that reform is long overdue and badly needed. A liability of £1.3 trillion for unfunded public sector pensions hangs over the heads of taxpayers, both now and in the future, and continuing with the status quo is simply not an option. The current arrangements aren't sustainable so we welcome these proposals and recommend that the Government implement as many of them as possible, as soon as possible.

Reflecting on the report, our Research Director John O'Connell said:

"Reform of public sector pensions is desperately needed, and these changes are long overdue. Taxpayers face a liability of over a trillion pounds to pay for unfunded public sector pensions and this is simply unsustainable. Hard-pressed families can no longer afford to prop up final salary schemes, subsidising million pound retirement benefits for the public sector elite while seeing the value of their own pensions plummet. It's not right to lumber future generations of taxpayers with a bill that they can't afford so the Government should look to implement as many of Lord Hutton's recommendations as possible, with a view to switching to a defined contribution scheme in the longer term."

Town Hall Rich List

imageThe TPA has launched one of its biggest reports – The annual Town Hall Rich List. It is the most comprehensive list of council pay packets, showing all council staff across the UK who are in receipt of pay and perks worth over £100,000. A record 2,295 council workers were listed this year, that's up 1 per cent from last year. The report also shows that salaries for individual senior staff had increased by a staggering 3.8 per cent; a particularly shocking number considering our report covered a period of recession. Whilst much of the private sector workforce had their pay frozen or even cut, town hall staff were still getting pay rises.

At a time when councils across the country are making very necessary spending cuts, this new research raises important questions about where senior council workers' real priorities lie. The numbers show that council management has remained relatively well cushioned from the recession, and there is plenty more to be done before councils complain that they have no choice but to cut services.

The Squashed Bottle Story

imageBetween 1969 and 1971 local artist Reg Moon made hundreds of Squashed Bottle Ashtrays in the pottery at the rear of the Torquil Shop in Henley-in-Arden.

Reg enjoyed his gin and one day (maybe after one too many) he tried firing an empty gin bottle in the kiln. The result was a rather pleasing “Squashed Bottle”. After much experimentation, Squires gin bottles seemed to melt into the most aesthetically pleasing Salvador Dali-like shape, which could be used as an ash tray.

They proved to be very popular so Reg began to buy the empty bottles by the gross from the manufacturer. They were on sale in the shop for 7s 6d (about 35p) but also distributed wholesale to other shops around the country, including Heals in London. Soon the whole family (including daughter & son aged 11& 13) were engaged in wrapping and packing these bottles into specially made cardboard boxes which had “The Squashed Bottle” printed in purple all around.

One day Reg received a phone call from a very well spoken gentleman called Gilbert (or was it George) who wanted to order a gross or 2 of these bottles. Reg had never heard of this couple but of course, Gilbert & George were emerging artists of the time and to become household names in the 70s, with their slogan ‘Art for All’. They adopted the identity of ‘living sculptures’ in both their art and their daily lives, becoming not only creators, but also the art itself.

Reg therefore decided to deliver the consignment himself, so drove down to London in his Landrover with his then assistant, Patty. They found their way to the Fournier Street address in East London. Reg was cordially greeted by the artists and when he presented his bill, George said “My dear man, there seems to be no charge for carriage”. Reg implied that it was ok, but they insisted and suggested that the price could be in guineas instead of pounds to compensate for the carriage costs. And the deal was done!

Being the talented and innovative artist that he was, Reg soon tired of melting hundreds of glass bottles every day and went on to become one of the country’s best studio potters of his generation. How surprised and tickled he would have been to hear that a Squashed Bottle Ashtray, produced here, then signed and numbered by Gilbert and George recently sold at Sotheby’s for £4,750!!

Although Reg passed away in 2009, the Torquil pottery in Henley-in-Arden continues in the capable hands of daughter Carey Moon who also runs “The Gallery Upstairs” with her brother Paul. They too are now promoting “Art for All” by running ceramics workshops and courses to the general public at Torquil year round. They also hold two art exhibitions each year featuring work from little known emerging and nationally renowned artists alike. Their next exhibition opens on May 24th 2011.

For more information visit the pottery shop on Henley High Street or click

Tribute to Sir Elton at Bluebell

imageNigel John, the country’s leading tribute artist to Sir Elton John, is no stranger to Henley-in-Arden.  He has performed in the town previously and is due to play the magnificent Guild Hall as part of his Step into Christmas tour 2011.  He will also be in town on the Royal Wedding weekend on Sunday 1st May when he will appear at The Bluebell for their special Red, White & Bluebell Bank Holiday Bash.
Nigel said "Henley-in-Arden is such a special place for me, I just love the place; its traditional High Street, its wonderful buildings, the place just oozes class.  It’s like a slice of real England. I am so looking forward to performing in the town again. Sunday 1st May should be a great party night. Everyone will be in celebration mode and what better place to toast the Royal couple than at the award winning Bluebell."
Tickets for the show are £10 from the venue.

Full size poster on notice board below.

WCC approves libraries consultation

imageWarwickshire County Council's cabinet agreed to conduct a 12 week public consultation on the proposed library service changes so people's views can be considered before any final decisions are made.

Every person living in the county has the opportunity to air their views on the proposals: the details will not only be on the web but there will also be displays, posters, roadshows and community events.

The consultation will run from March 18 to June 9 2011.

Click here for the consultation questionnaire.

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The census is 6,000 years old

imageThe 2011 Census will include innovations like online completion, accessibility options and questionnaire tracking. But census-taking itself is anything but a new idea.

The next UK census will be held on 27 March. The aim of a census is universal – they’re carried out worldwide in order to better understand a country and its needs. By counting everyone in an area and finding out a few things about them (whether they are men or women, how old they are and so on), it’s possible to plan, develop and improve that area based on what is known about the people who live there. This has always been the case, as it was when it all began – at least 6,000 years ago.

Yes, the census is older than the pyramids, the Roman Empire and even Jesus – it actually began with the Babylonians in 4000BC. Regular censuses gave the Babylonians an essential guide as to how much food they needed to find for each member of the population. Evidence suggests that they would note census records on clay tiles – an example is held by the British Museum.

It wasn’t long before the Egyptians were at it. From around 2,500BC they used censuses to work out how much of a labour force they would have to build their pyramids. They also used the information to plan how they would share out the land after the annual flooding of the Nile.

The Romans conducted censuses every five years, calling upon every man and his family to return to his place of birth to be counted in order to keep track of the population. Closer to home, in 1086, it was William the Conqueror who initated what is now considered to be England’s first census with the creation of the Domesday Book. He ordered a survey of land and assets over a vast area covering England as it was then (as far north as Cumbria and including some parts of what is now Wales). This painstakingly throrough survey – the results took a year to handwrite on sheepskin parchment in two huge books – provides us with a remarkable picture of life in Norman Britain.

A couple of centuries later, convinced that the crown had lost many of its assets under his father’s rule, King Edward I commissioned an investigation into property in March 1279. The results were grouped by the hundred, which gave them their name ‘the Hundred Rolls’. Although the majority of these have since been lost or destroyed, the remaining rolls are a goldmine for social and economic historians interested in the period, especially for the insight they give to the way in which individual manors were structured. While both the Domesday Book and the Hundred Rolls focused on land and assets, in Tudor and Stuart times it was people that were counted, with bishops being made responsible for counting the number of families in their diocese.

By the 17th century, formal census-taking had begun in earnest across the globe – but not in Britain. Some people believed that conducting a census was wrong in the eyes of God after King David and the Israelites were severely punished for doing so, according to the Bible. Others thought it would threaten national security if enemies knew the make-up of the population and numbers of men in the armed forces.

It wasn’t until essayist Thomas Malthus observed in his essay ‘The Principle of Population’ in 1798 that Britain would soon have more people than it was able to feed – leading to famine, disease and other disasters – that the need for more formal census-taking was finally acknowledged.

2011 Census stats:

  • The 2011 Census questionnaire includes 14 questions about the household and 43 questions about the individual (such as language spoken, work habits and health).
  • It takes approximately 10 minutes per person to complete the census questionnaire, much less for children.
  • The 2011 Census takes place on 27 March 2011.
  • Census statistics are used by a range of organisations from local authorities to charities, the commercial sector and academics.
  • The 2011 Census is confidential and secure.

2001 Census population statistics:

  • In 2001 there were 25.3 million men in England and Wales and 26.7 million women
  • The most common age was 36 (834,652 people)
  • The population owned over 23 million cars and vans
  • Almost 1.5 million people worked 60 hours a week or more
  • 8,560 people were aged 100 years or older
  • The population of Henley-in-Arden was 2,011
  • The population of Beaudesert was 919

What the census means for your community:

  • County councils, such as Hampshire County Council, use census statistics to help forecast the number of pupils who’ll be going to school
  • Fire brigades, such as the London Fire Brigade, use census statistics to allocate resources and plan home fire safety visits
  • Members of the public use census data to research their family trees using records that are over 100 years old
  • Supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s, use census data to help plan what food to stock
  • Banks, such as Barclays, and other commercial businesses use census data to help locate their businesses in appropriate places
  • Water companies, such as Yorkshire Water, use census statistics to help plan the infrastructure for fresh and waste water pipes
  • The police, such as London’s Metropolitan Police, use census statistics to help map out where their crime prevention efforts should be focused

Ladies’ Pamper Evening

The Best Mother’s Day Gift!

imageThe Welcombe Hotel Golf Club and Spa is offering an evening of pampering , luxury and relaxation as specialists in massage, reflexology, aloe-based cosmetics, alternative healing and more demonstrate their skills – and give you and your mum a chance to try them out on Wednesday 6 April from 7- 9.30pm.

Tickets for the event at £8.50 including a glass of bubbly are available from the Hotel Golf Club and Spa .The evening is being run in conjunction with Cord, the Leamington based peace-building charity and their vital work with women and children affected by violent conflict in Africa and Asia.

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Incident Overview
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for February 2011:


Crime in Your Area
The burglary rate is similar to this time last year, however there has been a reduction compared with recent months and the area is still experiencing low levels in comparison with other areas. Earlswood has seen three crimes recorded for car key burglaries and residents are reminded to leave their keys in a safe place out of view, however it is not advisable to take them to bed with you in case an offender is persistent enough to enter your bedroom. It is advised to leave them in a normal place, but out of view. The Henley area has experienced the most burglary other incidents where sheds have been accessed with gardening equipment and machinery taken, residents are reminded to secure all shed and outbuildings when not in attendance and where possible protectively mark your equipment with a marking solution such as SMART WATER. Overall since April 1st burglary dwellings have reduced on the Alcester North area by -5.9% when compared to the same period last year.

If you would like further crime prevention advice, please contact your local officer on 01789 44816 or E-Mail:

Criminal Damage has reduced slightly when compared with last year, the majority of incidents have occurred in the Studley area with damage to vehicles, fencing and windows. However Henley, Claverdon and Bearley have experienced isolated incidents concerning damage to vehicles. One of the offenders for an incident in Henley has since been identified and is being dealt with accordingly by local officers.

Anti Social Behaviour is comparable with this time last year, but has reduced when compared with recent months. The majority of incidents have been recorded in the Studley area, mainly rowdy youths, which in some cases appear to be alcohol related. Local officers are continuing to make use of the dispersal zone and alcohol restriction zone in tackling the problem.

Theft from Motor Vehicles has increased when compared with this time last year, but has reduced when compared with recent months. Incidents have been recorded in the Earlswood, Tanworth, Studley and Mappleborough Green areas. Residents are reminded to remove all items from display where possible when vehicles are unsupervised. Theft of Vehicles is comparable with last year; two vehicles have been taken this month from the Studley and Mappleborough Green areas. Overall since April 1st vehicle crime has reduced on the Alcester North area by -6.6% when compared with the same period last year.

Violence has increased when compared with this time last year, however it is comparable with recent months. Those recorded are of a minor nature and have been dealt with appropriately by officers.

Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities

Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 16th December 2010:

  • Anti Social Behaviour, Studley Town Centre - 10 x targeted high visibility patrols.
  • Parking outside One Stop/Co Op, Henley High Street – 12 x targeted patrols to give advice to drivers parking dangerously.
  • Speeding in Wootton Wawen, A3400 – 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.

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.

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Good News/Events

A male youth has been identified and is being dealt with accordingly by local officers for causing criminal damage to two vehicles in Henley.

A member of the local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team has visited a Nursery and Primary School in Henley to talk to children about Road Safety and Stranger Danger.

A member of the local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team has visited Tanworth Primary School and Cubs to talk to children about working for the police as well as talking to the children about personal safety.


The next Community Forum will be held 23rd March, 7pm, Studley 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, 30th March, 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 20th April, 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 21st April, 7pm, Henley Police Station

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


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John Garner's Business Column

Employment update

John GarnerIt’s around this time of year that a number of regulations and parameters change so it’s appropriate to list them here. Make sure you are up to date.

Here is a summary of the main ones.

From 1 February 2011 the following increases were applied to employment tribunal awards:

  • a “weeks pay” increased from £380 per week to £400 per week
  • maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increased from £65,300 to £68,400
  • “guaranteed pay” increased from £21.20 a day to £22.20 a day.

From April the following increases will apply to statutory payment rates:

  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) rates will increase from £124.88 to £128.73
  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will increase from £79.15 to £81.60.

The weekly lower earnings limit (LEL) for SMP, SPP and SAP payments will also increase from £97 to £102.

Also from April:

The Default Retirement Age (DRA) is abolished. Employers are no longer able to issue notifications for compulsory retirement using the DRA procedure. Employers must be able to objectively justify why a given employee should retire when they want them to.

The removal of the DRA of 65 in the UK doesn’t necessarily mean that an employer can’t dismiss an employee through retirement when that employee reaches the age of 65 or any other age. However, asking an employee to leave their job because the employee has reached a certain age is direct discrimination and is contrary to the Equality Act 2010.

Watch out for these:
Employers' National Insurance Contributions are increasing by 1% to 13.8%. National Insurance Contributions will also increase by 1% for employees, and the primary threshold increased by £570. The threshold at which employers pay National Insurance is raised by £21 per week.

Employees of companies with fewer than 250 employees are granted a statutory right to request time off for training or study. This rule has already been in place for businesses with more than 250 employees; the change means all employers have to seriously consider any training requests received.

Of course, by the time you read this the Chancellor will have presented his budget to the nation and this might have changed some of what I’ve mentioned. Whatever happens make sure you check the precise regulations before taking any actions which might leave you vulnerable to a tribunal claim.

John Garner

Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!

imageWould 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. Please contact Jan or Peter Crathorne if you are able to help. Again, many thanks.


Residents who are prepared to join the campaign to save the Youth club: delivering leaflets, writing letters, press officer, committee members are all needed. This is a short term commitment until the youth club is saved. This has to be done by July 2011. Contact Peter Crathorne at or phone 01564795470.

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

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Insurance Scam

imageWarwickshire Trading Standards Service has received a report from a consumer regarding an unexpected phone call she received this week. The caller claimed to represent her insurance company and told her they were phoning to provide her with a rebate on her insurance premium. The caller requested her bank details so that the 'money' could be paid in. The recipient of the call refused and the callers number was withheld. This is very likely to have been an attempt at theft.

Trading Standards Officers are warning consumers not to provide any personal or financial details to callers, however genuine they may sound and however much information they may already appear to know about you.

If you think a call is genuine, ask the caller for their name and phone the company back on a publicly listed telephone number, for example on their website or in a telephone directory.

Call Blocker

Some Warwickshire residents have reported receiving cold calls from companies selling call blocker devices! Residents reported receiving silent calls prior to the approach, which may or may not be related.

This is our advice: before embarking on any of these products it is always worth shopping around first and checking to see if your telephone provider (BT or other) can provide similar services as part of the overall service you already pay for.

We would also advise consumers to register with the Telephone Preference Service. This is a free service:
TPS can reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you receive.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service also has details of other ways in which you can reduce unwanted/silent calls.

Lillington Tarmac/Paving Gang

Local residents are warned that rogue traders have been operating door to door in the Lillington area offering block paving work. It is possible that they are using false names and addresses. Residents are urged not to agree to work from the first person who comes to your door, but rather to shop around, consider local traders and where possible go on recommendation.

Urgent Rogue Trader  Warning

The Trading Standards Service is issuing another urgent warning to residents living in Cubbington, Lillington and Kenilworth to beware of a gang of rogue traders operating in these areas. The rogue traders are door knocking, leafleting and fly posting offering tarmac, block paving and home maintenance work. The service are dealing with a number of complaints from elderly and vulnerable people who have fallen victim.

The service has carried out a leaflet drop in some of the affected areas and it is attached for your information/further distribution.

For more information on scam calls, visit our website:

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

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Save Money - Help Save the Planet

All those little things.

It doesn’t use very much so it's OK to leave it on. Perhaps this is true for small items like mobile phone chargers, TV on standby etc. However, the average home has over a dozen little things each not using very much and a dozen little things do add up to a big saving if you turn them all off. Many things, in fact most things, are not off unless you switch them off at the wall socket or unplug them.

Below is a list of the power in watts of many little things. Different makes and models vary so the list gives typical values and sometimes the maximum, found by taking measurements from a group of items of different makes:-


Is it easy to achieve savings? Yes. Professor David Mackay reports that just by turning off two stereos, a DVD player, a cable modem, a wireless router and an answering machine he saved 45 watts and about £47 per year.

We saved a similar amount by switching off at the wall an old PC and monitor (that we hardly ever used) and our newer PC, its monitor, speakers and printer.

Some ideas:-

  1. imageUse BT answer and put the answerphone away.
  2. A switched extension can overcome the problem of inaccessible socket switches.
  3. Reduce pocket money if stuff is left on.
  4. Pay extra pocket money for reminders from the kids to switch stuff off that you left on.
  5. Learn how to reprogram the time in video/dvd recorders. Practise a few times so you can do it quickly without having to refer to the book. Our old recorder used 14 watts so there was a good saving here by being able to quickly re-enter the time if we wanted to record something when we were out.
  6. If you need to leave your PC with something half done, save it and put the PC into standby. That will change 100 watts to just a few watts while you are away. When you come back hit a key to wake up the PC and log in again and within a few seconds you are back where you left off .
  7. Turn off your outside light during the day to save 4 Watts.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Stratford District Council

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Council tax bills for Stratford-on-Avon District are being distributed this week and district residents are getting more for less this March.

With no increase in council tax from Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police the District Council has joined together with the other public bodies to produce a new joint council tax booklet at no cost to residents.

All the regular information is contained in one booklet and not the usual separate selection of leaflets which is supported by outside organisations with some local businesses offering discount vouchers.

The booklet contains useful information from the refuse and recycling calendar to a complete listing of hospitals, GP practices and dentists from NHS Warwickshire and also includes a direct debit form for your council tax payments.

Cllr Stephen Gray, Leader of Stratford District Council says: “This is the first time that we have been able to join forces with other public bodies to produce one useful booklet and is a first for the whole of Warwickshire. This is very much the future of public services and as a District Council we have been able to reap efficiency savings of over £4,000 this year by not producing separate leaflets. Our partners in turn have also made savings as they haven’t been required to print a separate leaflet for Stratford District.”


Last year 13,962 parking fines were issued in the Stratford-on-Avon area and a total of £355,270 was raised from them, according to data revealed to a local resident following a Freedom of Information inquiry.


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The Tanworth Singers in St Patrick’s church, Earlswood. Saturday 2nd April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6.50 (inc. 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.

from 10am-4pm on either Friday 8 or Saturday 9 April and pick up some wonderful bargains and provide a much-needed boost to church funds at the same time!
(Also please contact Lesley if you have a clothes rail we could borrow for the two days.)

Tuesday April 5th Madge Smith will entertain us with “My Life as a Dance Teacher”.  Madge usually warms us up for 10 minutes at the beginning of our meetings and we look forward to hearing her in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to join us.

Tuesday April 19th we are visiting the “HIMALAYAS” with Ray Charlton. Baptist Church Hall at 7.45pm, visitors £2.00, juniors 50p.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st April in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Ned Williams  will give a talk on 'The History of Dividends'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

April 12th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00.
National Demonstrator Rosemarie Tree ‘One Moment in Time’. Competition “In the Picture” 

Tuesday 26th April 7.30pm Ullenhall village hall. Dr Andrew Ward “Marvellous Mints & Perfect Poppies”.

Next production - "Ladies Day" by Amanda Whittington on 27 - 30 April at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall.  Tickets £8. "A play with all the warmth of a Calendar Girls or the Full Monty" Yorkshire Post.
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 is looking for 200 singers for its 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 we 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

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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