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Outstanding 60s/70s Rock Festival for Henley

17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields


Local Organisations and Businesses to Share in a Great Opportunity

Our town has been selected to put on a 60s/70s rock music festival using the Memorial Playing Fields on 17th September 2011. This five hour music concert will feature top line 60s and 70s acts. Actual artistes are being booked as I write. Look out for an announcement soon; the star quality will astonish you.

Burntwood have a similar event - check out the website

imageHenley has secured this event because the Sports Grounds offer an excellent venue and the town is a very attractive place to visit. It presents us all with an opportunity to put Henley on the map.

There will be around 2,000 visitors to Henley for an open air show on the Saturday afternoon and evening. This will present a great opportunity for the clubs, organisations and businesses in the town to join with the War Memorial Trust to raise the profile of Henley across the country. We will need to feed and water this huge crowd; every club and society in Henley could have a stall which would generate funds. If you are interested in taking part contact Peter Crathorne - Closing date: 14th May 2011. After that date, pitches will be sold to commercial organisations. Although our main aim is to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Sports Pavilion, the event is also conceived as a huge public relations exercise for our town.



Peter Crathorne - Chairman, Henley War Memorial Trust
01564795470 - 07974573582

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


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Court Leet Annual Dinner - 2011


The High Bailiff and his guests in the Guild Hall garden


imageOn 14 April 2011 the High Bailiff, Mr John Rutherford, and the members of Henley Court Leet hosted the Annual Court Leet Dinner at the Guild Hall. The Court was honoured to receive a number of visiting dignitaries including Mrs Anne Henderson, Bailiff of Warwick accompanied by her Ale Taster Keith Hinton, Nick Dearling High Bailiff and Steve Payne Low Bailiff of Alcester, Mr Derek Austin Master of the Coventry Freemans Guild and Mike Honnoratty, Affeeror of Southwark.

After a wonderful meal prepared by Sue Dalby and her team, the guest speaker, Joe David, a Yeoman Warder from the Tower of London, regaled the guests with a thrilling account of centuries of intrigue at the Tower – from the number of executions held on Tower Hill and Tower Green (reserved for the nobility), the name ‘Bloody Tower’ was obviously well deserved

All together a wonderful evening which will be long remembered by those who attended.

Slideshow of the Court Leet Dinner by Alan Robson

John Tristram - Low Bailiff reporting 

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Henley Society donation to the Guild Hall Trust


At the end of the Court Leet dinner on Thursday 14th April 2011, John Stott, Chairman of the Henley & Beaudesert Society, presented a cheque for £636, the proceeds from the recent cheese & wine event, to The Guild Hall Trust.

A very generous and much needed donation towards the costs of maintaining the Guild Hall.

Royal Ascot comes to Henley!

We are in the thick of the racing season, what with Cheltenham and the Grand National just over, now there is an opportunity to be part of Royal Ascot in the year it was staged at York, by joining us in the Memorial Hall on four nights from Wednesday the 27th to Saturday the 30th of April.

Henley in Arden Drama Society is proud to present ‘Ladies’ Day’ a wonderful play by Amanda Whittington who on the debut performance by The Hull Truck Company was complimented by the Yorkshire Post as having “Yorkshire heart and soul, having all the warmth of Calendar Girls or The Full Monty”

Four ladies from a fish processing factory in Hull seize the chance to go to Royal Ascot with resulting hilarious, uncontrolled, venturesome, life changing consequences, the whole experience tinged with beautifully crafted pathos by the author. As if that wasn’t enough we are setting out tables so you can bring a bottle and nibbles and join in the show tote which gives you the chance to win a cash prize by picking the winner in a six card meeting, the winner of each race being revealed as the play runs.

You can book on-line as usual or 0773 837 9896 or just turn up at the door on the night that suits you, probably on Friday the 29th if you have had enough of the Royal Wedding!

The play is directed and produced by Ray & Sue Evans and the cast numbers the ‘usual suspects’ Phil Walker, Bev Walker, Rosie Hammond, Sheena Ison, Carol Robson, Eunice Bagshaw and a recently discovered gem, Paul Thomson, who are up for entertaining you!

We guarantee an unforgettable evening so come along!

Ray Evans - HADS

Johnsons Win Again at the Coach Awards 2011

imageJohnsons Coach and Bus Travel won the ‘Best Coach Operator (Large Fleets)' for the second year running at the UK coach awards.

Some 250 figures from the world of coaching and coach tourism gathered in the Ramada Piccadilly Hotel on the evening of Thursday 7 April for the Annual Presentation Ceremony of the UK Coach Awards. The event was once more hosted by BBC favourite Carol Kirkwood, and this year's guest of honour was Steve Whiteway, the President of the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

Johnson's commercial director and family member John Johnson said: “We’re delighted Johnsons quality of service has been recognised on the national stage for the second year running. The award is particularly special because being shortlisted for the UK coach awards is through nomination only – by customers and industry suppliers. The winner is then decided with the help of mystery shoppers who call operators to judge their customer service with enquiries for coach hire quotes, holidays and day trips.”

The judges were impressed by the range of coaching products, by the emphasis on training and support for staff and by the proprietors' enthusiasm, which comes across strongly.

Pictured John and Anne Johnson receiving the award.

Farah Baksh reporting

Latest JPC Newsletter - Economical with the Facts


It would be more accurate to say that the Precept (Parish Council Tax) will be £74,350 in 2010/11, rather than refer to it as the budget. The budgeted expenditure for 2011/12 is £84,950 compared to £88,450 in 2010/12. The savings in expenditure are not £8,300 as implied in the above article but only £3,500. The JPC has raided its reserves (JPC's piggy bank) so that it can bring down the Precept. This is an unsustainable strategy and is a blatant attempt to deceive the less financially astute that there has been good housekeeping and efficiency. Spending more than you receive in taxes is what Greece has been doing and is now having to be bailed out.

In fact, JPC expenditure on Salaries has again increased, up by 5.4% from £24,000 to £25,300 and up also is Communications (Newsletter and website) by a massive 33% from £1,800 to £2,400. The only cost savings are in Repairs and Maintenance expenditure which will probably mean there will be reductions in grass cutting and keeping the town tidy. The combined expenditure on administration, communications and employment now accounts for a massive 42% of the total expenditure. The JPC must be persuaded to cut this unnecessary expenditure and instead allocate funds to help worthwhile enterprises such as the War Memorial Trust or truly reduce the precept with real savings and allow Henley residents to spend more of their own money as they wish.

Residents have come to expect the JPC Magazine to be used for propaganda by the ruling group and this month was no exception. How can it be that a magazine that is supposed to inform residents can stoop to such sleight of hand in the interests of justifying the unjustifiable?

At the 2010 Town Assembly, Dr Bridgewater complained about the JPC website. Since then, no attempt seems to have been made to bring it up to date and correct the errors. The number of residents in Henley and Beaudesert is still wrong. Perhaps the Ruling Group wants people to think the JPC is serving 4,000 people not 3,000, possibly because it will make any cost comparisons look better.

Is it not time that the JPC's communications were subject to impartial scrutiny, or better still scrapped, which would bring a substantial cost saving to us the residents?

Mike Willmott - Party Leader, Henley and Beaudesert Independent Conservatives

Eric Pickles declares war on the council ‘Pravdas’

imageCommunities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles will limit council magazines like Southwark Life which has been accused of bias. Councils that publish propaganda newspapers and magazines face being taken to court by the Government for breaching strict rules on political propaganda. Opponents of the so-called council ‘Pravdas’ say many are politically biased.

Eric Pickles plans to limit council journals to four per year and to insist that only material directly related to council services should be included. The JPC Newsletter, which is produced 6 times a year, is in the view of many residents more often than not politically biased. If the 'ruling group' fail to comply with the new Council Code of Publicity, they will face legal action.

Mr Pickles said: ‘The explosion in town hall 'Pravdas' has weakened our free Press, undermining local democracy. For too long some local authorities were pouring money into propaganda sheets that peddled special interests. Our plans to crack down on the frequency of council newspapers will mean local authorities can now direct the cash into protecting frontline services.'

Henley Assembly - What Assembly?

imageAfter the Stratford Herald (right) reported the  chaos of last year's annual Town Assembly, when the doors had to be shut when over 100 residents wanted to attend and pass a vote of no confidence in the Management of the JPC, this year's Assembly passed off quietly with only 6 residents attending apart from councillors and speakers. This year's Henley Assembly was covertly publicised. One would have expected the parish clerk to have issued a press release or poster to Henley NEWS and put up posters all around the town.

The Henley Assembly was chaired by the Vice Chairman of the JPC, Cllr Roger Hubbocks, and the guest speaker was the Chief Executive of Stratford District Council, Paul Lankester, who told the mini-audience in a very informative speech about the improvements and cost efficiencies the District Council had implemented and would be implementing in future years.

He also forecast that the structure of Local Government would change within the next ten years and implied a reduction in the present 3 tiers of local government - County, District and Parish.

The Beaudesert Annual Assembly, details below, will be open to all residents and those Henley residents, who were unaware of the Henley Assembly, can attend the Beaudesert Assembly and hear Paul Lankester and the other speakers repeat their reports.

Beaudesert Annual Assembly

Tuesday 26th April 2011 6.30 pm

Henley CE Primary School, Arden Road

Guest Speaker: Mr Paul Lankester – Chief Executive, Stratford District Council

Henley Primary School lead in ICT


Following our successful application for the prestigious ICT Award in February, Year 5 children from Henley Church of England Primary School were invited to the county ICT headquarters in Warwick to trial a new teaching resource involving Apple Macs and Lego. They made their own robots which they could program and trial and also made films using green screens. They thoroughly enjoyed their day and are really looking forward to having this sort of equipment in school to use in ICT.

“This was the best day out ever,” said one boy.

Elaine Field reporting

Henley in Arden Twinning with the World?

imageI am trying to gauge interest from residents of Henley regarding twinning the town with similar communities across Europe (and further afield if the interest were there). If organised correctly, there should be educational and cultural benefits (school exchanges, sporting tours, group visits) and maybe even  commercial opportunities such as increased tourism to the town and region.
This could not be a one-person crusade however so I would be keen to hear from others who may be interested in preliminary discussions to see whether the project would be feasible or not.

I have a good working knowledge of French and a logical place to start the process might be with our closest neighbours. Seeing as Beaudesert was originally settled by the De Montforts from Normandy it has been suggested to me that it might be of particular interest to the town to try to twin with a French town from that area.

However if there is interest in twinning with towns from other countries it would be good to hear about that too.

You can find more information about twinning, the process and its benefits at

So, if you have any particular feelings one way or another, please either give me a call on 01564 793648 or 07977482879  or email   It would be good to hear your comments.
I should also point out that I am a complete amateur at this and have no experience in this area at all, so please don't ask me questions of a technical nature at this stage as you will only be disappointed by my lack of knowledge.
Simon Watkins

Join the Annual Walk through Bluebell Woods

And Help Raise Money for Charity


Come and join the scenic walk through beautiful Warwickshire woodland this year and help in the efforts to raise money for local charities. The annual Bank Holiday walk through Bluebell Woods has been held by the Haimes family of Yew Tree Farm, Wootton Wawen for the past 25 years and proceeds benefit different charities each year. In previous years, charities such as Macmillan nurses, Air Ambulance and Riding for the Disabled have benefited; this year all proceeds from the walk will go to the Shakespeare Hospice and to Shelterbox, which provides shelter and essential survival equipment for people following earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters. See the following article. Stratford Rotary Club will be providing a display for Shelterbox along the walk and members will be happy to explain more about this internationally active humanitarian charity.

What started out as a small charity walk to raise money for the local church now attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide each year. This is not a guided walk, participants can turn up any time between 10am and 4pm and follow a trail through the woods. The walk is roughly two miles long and it takes you through the most spectacular and the largest area of Bluebell Woods in Warwickshire. You will be able to enjoy a barbecue after the walk and refreshments will also be available for hungry walkers in the Yew Tree Farm café and the Yew Tree Farm shop.

Mr Haimes wishes to assure shopaholics that they won’t miss out and said, “There are 16 different shops around the farmyard selling a vast range of quality products from around the world, so you won’t miss out on your favourite treat.”

“Many people enjoy it so much they have made it their annual spring pilgrimage, introducing new friends and family each year. So come and join us this Bank Holiday, walk, eat, shop to your heart’s content and feel good about the fact that it will benefit charity.” There is ample free parking in a nearby field and while you are in the area why not check out what the nearby Garden Furniture Centre has to offer?

This year the walk will take place on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th of April and runs from 10am to 4pm. Walkers are advised to take suitable footwear. Children can take part free and there is a £5 charge for adults.

Rotarians Provide Shelter For Japanese

Henley Rotarians were among the many from local clubs to be seen collecting in Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square to provide desperately-needed Rotary ShelterBoxes for the many thousands made homeless from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in north-east Japan.


Families, who have seen their homes wiped out, have been living as best they can, many in the cars in which they fled to higher ground. They have expressed their thanks and amazement at the way Rotarians everywhere have responded so rapidly and effectively to the disaster through ShelterBox, each of which which gives shelter, sleeping bags and basic living equipment for ten people. 1500 of these amazing boxes are now in Japan where officials, including the mayors of five towns most badly affected, have expressed their deepest gratitude for Rotary’s help.

The Henley club responded immediately and, apart from helping with the Birmingham collection, funded the purchase of a ShelterBox themselves. “It’s the very least we could do,” commented club president Brian Mitchell. “It typifies the fantastic work Rotary can do, here and internationally”.

If you would like to know more of what your local Rotary club does, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our secretary Mike Redman on 01564-792491 or on line at

Michael Redman reporting



This year the Court Leet has received a generous donation from Stratford District Council for Court Leet Day.

Church - Petticoat Lane Sale - 2nd May

imageThe annual Petticoat Lane Sale is being staged again by the parishioners of St Johns Church Henley on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May, 10.30am until 12 noon

The sale takes place in and around the church hall in Beaudesert Lane to raise money both for church funds and several charities which the church supports.

A spokesman said  "the sale is very much part of Henley life, has been running for around 20 years and is always very popular with both residents and visitors alike. There will be plenty of bargains which will include home made cakes, as new clothes, toys, books, plants and small items of furniture. There will also be a raffle and entry to the event is free."
If the weather is bad then the sale will still go ahead in the church hall.

Organisers are asking that anyone wishing to donate items for sale should call in at the church hall on Sunday  1st May, between 5.00pm and 6.00pm  or call 01564 794308.

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Ullenhall Gardening Club activities.

imageOn 22nd March, Ullenhall Gardening Club held its AGM. Unlike many clubs, the UGC has a bumper turnout for this event.

The business was despatched promptly under the auspices of chairman Mike Flood, with old and new committee members being elected.

Cheese and wine followed and the members then sat down again to enjoy the slide show put together by Gerrie Bruce, using pictures taken by members throughout the year of club outings and the annual holiday.

This is a lighthearted review with laughter throughout, due to the humorous captions added to many of the pictures. A most enjoyable event, from which members returned home in good heart.

imageThe next meeting will be held in Ullenhall Village Hall at 7.45 pm on 26th April. The talk will be given by Dr Andrew Ward on the subject of “Marvelous Mints & Perfect Poppies”.

Newcomers are always welcome and anyone wishing to join the club, only needs to ring Margrit Johnson on 01789 488209 or turn up to a meeting and speak to any committee member.

Another impressive victory for the Lions

Saturday 9th April 2011


Try scorers – Tom Johnson x 2, Paul Daws x 2, James Barton, Steve Grimsley, Scott Conduit, Andy Wenborn, Mark O’Flaherty
Conversions – Doz Ward x 5, Ian Wyllie x 1
Man of the match – Tom Johnson


Fly Half Doz Ward trying to outrun the opposition

Claverdon welcomed Copsewood to Ossetts Hole for their last home game of the season. With the sun shining brightly and a huge expectant crowd, the setting was perfect for a game of fast flowing rugby. Chris Lowe moved in to the front row, Harry Cox came in at scrum half and Mark O’Flaherty made his first start on the wing. Dave Carruthers and Sam Murphy made up the bench.

The hosts started slowly but with 10 minutes on the clock they recorded their first points of the afternoon. From a pinpoint lineout to Tom Skinner, the backs worked a great move which saw inside centre Tom Johnson break the visitors' line. In yards of space he found Doz Ward who in turn fed the ball out to winger Paul Daws who made no mistake to score by the posts. Ward easily converted.

Copsewood did not let this score affect their game and they were enjoying a great battle up front. After the hosts conceded numerous penalties, the visitors kicked cleverly to find themselves deep in the Lions' half. Once again the Claverdon defence stood firm courtesy of big hits from Mark Tilson, Chris Edsall and Scott Conduit and the boot of Ward cleared the danger.

Halfway through the first period the Lions scored their second try. From a maul just inside the Copsewood half, scrum half Harry Cox fed the ball to flanker James Barton who found the gap in the defence to out sprint the chasing defenders and score in the corner. Ward kicked the touchline conversion.

Copsewood then kicked a penalty after Claverdon had again infringed but the revival was short-lived as the hosts extended their lead with the third try of the game. From a scrum only ten metres out, Conduit first gained some valuable yards before hooker Steve Grimsley found a gap to dive over a mass of bodies to touch down in the corner. Ward narrowly missed with the kick.

Outside centre Tom Bennett had to leave the field just before half time after a nasty collision but the scores remained unchanged to give Claverdon the half time lead.

19-3 Half Time


Number 8 Scott Conduit attempting to escape with the ball

With Bennett unable to make the second period, Sam Murphy came on to the wing with Paul Daws moving in to the centre. It wasn’t long before the half time team talk had taken effect and the Lions were soon celebrating their fourth and bonus point try. Flanker Andy Wenborn collected a pass fifteen yards out to outpace the defence and score an unconverted try in the corner.

Only moments later and Claverdon were again on the attack. A quick tap penalty only yards out found its way to Conduit who powered over for a converted try under the posts. This was soon followed by the Lions' sixth try through centre Johnson. From a ruck inside their own half Ward found Johnson who ran a great line and used his exhilarating pace to find a gap in the Copsewood defence and score next to the posts. Ward slotted his fifth conversion.

Dave Carruthers took to the field to replace Tilson and with twenty minutes remaining Claverdon still had plenty in the tank. A break from flanker Barton found supporting runner Johnson in space. He in turn fed Ward who found Daws out wide for him to touch down in the corner. Ward’s kick fell just short.

With ten minutes on the clock remaining Chris Lowe had to leave the field injured to leave the hosts playing with a man short. This didn’t affect the play and from a Claverdon scrum twenty yards out, replacement fly half Ian Wyllie changed the direction of play and found winger Mark O’Flaherty in space to score his first senior try. Again from a tricky angle the kick just missed.

Only two minutes on the clock remaining and Claverdon saved the best try till last. From just outside their own 22, Wyllie floated a flat pass to centre Johnson. He accelerated to cut a great line and carve open the Copsewood backs. With only the stand in full back to beat he dummied the pass and cut back inside to out sprint the covering defenders and touch down under the posts. Wyllie converted for his first points of the game and the final whistle was blown.

57-3 Full Time

Claverdon travel to Coventrians for their last league game this Saturday in an attempt to maintain their 100% record and notch their fourteenth win.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Pictures by Wil Barnes

Lions Help Family

imageKnowle and Dorridge Lions have responded to a request for help from Warwickshire Police to provide carpeting for a family recently re-housed in Henley-in-Arden.

"We were approached by their Domestic Abuse Unit last month asking if the Lions would fund new carpets for a house in Henley. As we understand it the family were re-housed with literally just the clothes they were standing in having fled from a violent relationship," said Lion Barry Dale.

"This unusual request was considered carefully and approved by our Club to be funded from the ‘local causes’ funds generated by last year's Knowle Fun Run."

PC Stephen Hill from Warwickshire Police Protecting Vulnerable Persons Department, who has been working with the family for some time, said "Henley-in-Arden is part of Knowle and Dorridge Lions area and we were delighted how quickly they responded to help this family. The carpet was bought and professionally laid for them within a couple of weeks."

Warwickshire Police works alongside partner agencies and specialist domestic abuse support services as Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse to support and encourage anyone affected by domestic abuse to come forward and seek help as early as possible.

Abuse can take many forms - physical, emotional, financial or sexual - and most victims will suffer many times over several years before taking the first step and talking to someone they trust.

If you’d like to talk to someone about your situation and the options available to you then please do look at the website as there’s so much information on it including the contact details of all the support agencies in Warwickshire. You can also call our helpline on 0800 408 1552 and please remember in an emergency always dial 999.

The secure website has secrecy controls and there is also a slimmed down 'mobile' version of the website, suitable for mobile phone users that makes it much easier to look at the information at a time and place convenient for them where they will not be disturbed.

"Our Lions club serves Henley-in-Arden, Claverdon, Lapworth, Hockley Heath areas and all the villages in between, although we are not as effective as we would like", said Barry. "If anyone from these areas would like to help us spread our fundraising and community service into these areas we would be delighted to hear from them."

Barry can be contacted on 01564 775899 or via

logoAlcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Community Newsletter


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


Crime in Your Area
Burglary dwellings have fallen when compared to last year and are lower than previous months with two burglaries recorded in Studley; whilst a further house was broken into in Mappleborough Green. Burglary others have increased slightly on last year and are just over double those recorded for February this year with garages, sheds and outbuildings being broken into in Henley, Wootton Wawen, Claverdon and Studley, with garden tools and machinery being targeted as well as a car and a vintage motorcycle. Residents are reminded to secure all garages, sheds and outbuildings when not in attendance. Overall since April 1st 2010 burglary dwellings have reduced on the Alcester North area by -7.7 % when compared to the same period last year.

Criminal Damage is comparable with last year and previous months this year. Henley, Wootton Wawen and Claverdon have experienced isolated incidents, with the majority of incidents being recorded in Studley. Of those recorded in Studley four relate to damage to vehicles, two incidents were recorded for damage to garden fencing, two incidents for damage to Studley in Bloom flower beds, two incidents relating to damaged windows at business premises and one incident for damage to bird hides at the conservation area. Residents are encouraged to report incidents asap so that officers can attend as soon as they can and have a better chance of securing evidence, identifying any witnesses and catching the offenders. If anyone has any information in relation to any of above incidents, please contact your local officer or alternatively phone 01789 444816 or e-mail

Theft from Motor Vehicles has increased on this time last year, but is comparable with recent months and much lower than other areas; incidents include one report of theft of number plates in Henley, theft of bags including an ipad, laptop and paperwork left on display in Claverdon. Two incidents have been recorded in Studley, which also involve items left on display, including a laptop and a sat nav was taken from the glove box of a vehicle in Mappleborough Green. Residents are reminded to remove all items from display where possible when vehicles are unsupervised including sat navs and suction marks. Theft of vehicles has increased slightly on last year, but is very low and comparable with pervious months, one incident has been recorded in Henley and another has been recorded in Studley. Overall since April 1st 2010 vehicle crime has reduced on the Alcester North area by -8.1 % when compared to the same period last year.

Anti Social Behaviour has fallen, isolated incidents have been recorded in Henley and Claverdon, but most of the incidents have been recorded in Studley, however officers have been making effective use of the dispersal zone and alcohol restriction zones. At the last Community Forum it was agreed that officers had had a positive impact on the area, although there were still a few issues, particularly in the Millennium Park area and outside Tesco Express. The dispersal zone expired on the last day of March 2011, and officers are considering applying for a further period for the zone to assist officers in dispersing individuals acting anti socially.

Violence has fallen considerably with only a few isolated incidents recorded in Henley, Studley and Mappleborough Green. Those recorded are of a minor nature and have been dealt with appropriately by officers.

If you would like further crime prevention advice, including how to obtain a protective marking solution such as SMART WATER or anti theft number plate screws, please contact your local officer, PCSO Tristan Jelfs on 07795231857 or e-mail (Henley in Arden, Claverdon, Wootton Wawen & Bearley areas); PCSO Garry Johnson e-mail

Distraction Burglary
Distraction burglary is any crime where a falsehood, trick or distraction is used to gain access to a property to commit burglary. 'Bogus callers', 'doorstep crime' or 'distraction burglary' is a crime that a lot of people fear. Follow our advice so that you can spot the signs of whether or not an unexpected caller to your home is genuine.

Top tips for deterring distraction burglars:

  • If you're not sure who is at your door, don't open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from ie gas, electricity, water, police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider – Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller – they may be bogus.
  • Telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them. Some areas in the country have “nominated neighbour schemes” you can sign up to. check with your local police to find out if there is one in your area.
  • Check ID properly – check the phone number matches the number in the yellow pages, phone Directory Enquiries or keep a list of useful numbers such as electricity and gas companies near your front door. Don't feel embarrassed leaving them on the doorstep – genuine employees expect their ID to be checked.
  • Many service providers provide password schemes, sign up to these. When unannounced callers knock at your door they should know the password if they are genuine. Sign up to the Priority Services Register with your utility providers. This will give you a unique password, among other things, that only you and they know – so you can be sure people at the door are who they say they are.
  • The “Waterboard” no longer exists, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.
  • Keep your garden preened and the front of your house looking neat – bogus callers are more likely to target houses which look unkempt as they think you're less likely to care.
  • Make sure you use your door chain when answering the door and keep it on until you've seen official identification – if you don't already have a door chain contact your local NEIGHBOURHOOD Police team and they will put you in contact with agencies who can help you.
  • Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times. Make sure your back door is locked if you go to answer your front door – thieves can work in pairs with one distracting you while the other slips in the back.
  • Don't keep large amounts of money in your home. If in doubt, keep them out.
  • Only let them in when you have double checked that they are a genuine caller.
  • Ensure that if you do let somebody in to your home, that you close the door behind them – distraction burglars often work in teams, where one will distract you whilst others sneak in through the insecure door.
  • If somebody asks for your help – needs to make a telephone call, lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or pen and paper for example, refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door. Alternatively, call a friend or neighbour to come and assist.
  • Not sure? Don't open the door.
  • If you think you have been targeted by a distraction burglary tell a friend, neighbour, caretaker, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH representative and the police.


  • Most people who come to your door will be genuine callers, but it's always best to make sure.
  • Fit a door chain or spy hole to help you check who the caller is.
  • If you were not expecting someone to call, a genuine caller will not mind waiting outside while you contact their company. Find the number in the phone book or on your latest phone bill. Most companies have a password scheme.
  • Genuine delivery personnel usually have uniforms and liveried vehicles and should not need to come into your home. Charity collectors will have identification and will not be offended if you ask to see it.
  • If you become uncomfortable after you have let someone into your home, even if it's someone you know, make excuses and leave. Go to a neighbour's house or ask a friend to come back home with you.

Did you know...?

In 4% of burglaries, thieves used a false pretence to gain entry to a property
Follow the ‘Lock, Stop, Chain and Check' procedure:

  • Lock – Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home
  • Stop – Are you expecting anyone?
  • Chain – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain on first
  • Check – Ask for the caller's ID and check it by phone

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, Millennium Park/Pool Road, Studley - 12 x targeted high visibility patrols.
  • Parking Studley School, Pool Road - Dangerous parking outside the school at drop off and collection times, 12 x targeted patrols to advise drivers and liaison with Stratford District Council regarding enforcement.
  • Speeding in Wootton Wawen, Mayswood Road – 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.

Priorities agreed completed by those attending the Community Forum on the 23rd March 2011:

  • Anti Social Behaviour, Studley Town Centre - 10 x targeted high visibility patrols. Since the last forum we have carried out 23 recorded extra patrols, these have been carried out by reactive officers, special constables and by members of the team. These patrols have yielded little in terms of offences but the alcohol restriction zone has been utilised on a number of occasions. An amount of alcohol has been seized and stop/search procedures carried out. Priority agreed completed by those attending the Community Forum on the 23/03/2011.
  • Parking outside One Stop/Co-op, Henley High Street – 12 x targeted patrols to give advice to drivers parking dangerously. Since the Forum we have carried out 16 patrols in the area around the One Stop shop in Henley. During the patrols 51 offending drivers have been given advice and moved on from the limited waiting lines. Priority agreed completed by those attending the Community Forum on the 23/03/2011.
  • Speeding in Wootton Wawen, A3400 – 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate. Since the last Forum the team have carried out 8 recorded speed checks on the A3400 at Wootton. The checks have been done by a mixture of Police officers and Community Support officers. During the period we have issued 6 cautions and sent a number of warning letters. The speed offences ranging up to 46mph. Priority agreed completed by those attending the Community Forum on the 23/03/2011.

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

Good News/Events

Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers arrested three males from Birmingham following an attempt to steal a Land Rover in Bearley, a farmer was unloading his sheep when the men struck. They made off in a transit van and were stopped at Walcote. Unfortunately no proceedings are being taken because of a lack of evidence.

Two males were identified in interviewed on suspicion of metal thefts in the Bearley area. Although not enough evidence was available to take further action, the males were advised accordingly.

A warning letter has been issued to a female and three males have been issued with 12 month bans by Henley Pub Watch.

Virtually all the team was involved in the Queen's visit to the RSC in early March with duties mainly being crowd control.

Following a house burglary in Ullenhall on Tuesday 11th January 2011, a vigilant member of the public helped police by calling us and giving vehicle details for the offenders. Within 40 minutes of attacking the house, four men were stopped in the car and arrested in possession of some of the stolen property.
In early March the three males appeared before Warwick Crown Court, one of the males was jailed for 4 years, a second male received 18 months imprisonment, and the male driver received a 12 month suspended sentence to include 150 hours unpaid work.

Three members of the team have been involved in policing English Defence league marches in Nuneaton, Luton and Peterborough.


The next Community Forum will be held 7th July, 7pm, Henley in Arden (venue to be decided) - 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, 25th May, 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 & 11th May, 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. 


All crime in Warwickshire is down again for the fourth year running

Crime has fallen again in Warwickshire during 2010-11. All crime has been reduced by 2.6% in Warwickshire during 2010-11 compared to 2009-10, which means a total of 892 fewer victims. More people have been protected from burglary and vehicle crime in the county.

Between April 2010 and March 2011 (compared to the same period the year before) the number of homes burgled fell by 10.8%, 244 offences. Vehicle crime (theft from and theft of vehicles) also fell by 8.3%, 364 offences. Warwickshire Police has also worked hard to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads resulting in a 1.6% decrease during the last year (5 fewer people).

Another of the force’s targets, set by the Police Authority last year, was to decrease the number of people injured as a result of violence and increase the number of detections for such cases. Between 2006-2010 the force recorded the largest decrease in incidents of violence by any police force.

During 2010-11 we exceeded our target (45%) for detecting offences of serious violence (47.1%), and although there has not been a further decrease in crimes of violence this year, significant policing initiatives have taken place to combat alcohol related town centre violence and domestic violence.

Another extremely pleasing result for the last year has been the 9.6% increase the force has achieved in the reporting of serious sexual offences meaning more victims have confidence to come forward and seek help. The force also has increased the number of serious sexual offences detected by 15.7%.

imageDeputy Chief Constable Andy Parker, pictured right, said: "These results are very encouraging and confirm that our focus on tackling those offences which cause people the most harm and target those individuals who cause the most harm is having a positive effect. Since 2006 Warwickshire has seen crime fall by 27.4%. Achieving such fantastic decreases in the current economic climate is no small feat. This has been down to some really hard work by our entire workforce in conjunction with local partners and communities.

"In addition our Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Teams have this year delivered 100% of agreed policing activities that protect people from harm and support community forum priorities. In order to better protect communities from harm, last year the force was set some extremely challenging targets by Warwickshire Police Authority. The force has made significant improvements in many of these areas which means more people in the county have been protected from harm. During 2011-12 we will continue to do everything possible, within the resources available, to protect our communities and meet the targets set by the authority.”

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John Garner's Business Column

Especially for Mac users!

John GarnerAt a recent computer conference Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the motor industry and stated, ”If the motor industry had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving cars that cost $25 and did 1,000 miles to the gallon.” 

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating that:

If the motor industry had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: 

  • For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........  twice a day. 

  • Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car. 

  • Occasionally your car would die on the motorway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all  the windows, switch off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.

  • Sometimes, while making a left turn, your car would shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine. 

  • The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light. 

  • The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying. 

  • Occasionally, for no apparent reason, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio aerial. 

  • Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 

  • Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads. 

John Garner

Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!

image  The Henley War Memorial Trust is provisionally planning a huge money raiser on 17th September 2011. 

We are looking for expressions of interest to help in the organisation in the following areas:

  1. Security: 20 individuals
  2. Ticket Sales: Supervisor and 6 helpers, liaising with the promoter on national ticket sales, local ticket sales and on the day ticket sales.
  3. Facilities and catering manager: not toilets (these are the responsibility of the promoter), but ensuring there is no duplication of catering from voluntary groups and then filling the gaps with commercial outlets who will pay a fee.
  4. Clear up team manager: plus 20 volunteers
  5. VIP arrangements manager: Liaising with local restaurants and transport etc, providing exclusive bar
  6. Car Park Tsar: Organising a team to supervise this wherever it takes place; plus team members.

Any club, society or voluntary organisation could also raise funds by their members volunteering to be part of a team. Probably on offer ¼% of profits for each volunteer, 2% of profits for a manager.

Contact Peter Crathorne 01564795470: MOB 07974573582:

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

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Energy Suppliers Hard Sell to Vulnerable Consumers

imageWarwickshire Trading Standards Service are warning householders in the Nuneaton area to beware of door to door energy supply representatives. The service has received complaints that some unscrupulous representatives have been targeting sheltered accommodation housing complexes. In one case two people with dementia were convinced to change their supplier. The reps, who typically work on commission, try to gain entry to the property and ask to see household bills.

Changing your energy supplier should not cost you any money, but if you don't do some research and shop around, you may find yourself switched to a more expensive tariff than the one you are on!

At there is a simple price comparison tool which can help you compare gas and electricity prices in your area for all energy suppliers.

Bogus Census Collectors

Those people have not yet returned their census forms will now begin to receive visits from census collectors. Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has received reports from neighbouring counties that complaints have been received about the activities of bogus callers trying to enter someone’s house by posing as a census official. Officials are only likely to call at householders who have not filled in forms and should have ID. If consumers are unsure about a caller - DON'T OPEN YOUR DOOR.

Call the census helpline on 0300 0201 101 to verify whether it is a genuine census call. More information is available at:

Bogus 'Hijack' Paypal Email

Warwickshire Trading Standards have been alerted to the latest bogus 'phishing' email. The bogus email states it has been sent by Paypal and claims that the recipient's Paypal account has been hijacked. The email contains a link to a bogus website from which personal or financial information could be stolen.

Avoid opening suspicious emails and never follow the links they contain or reveal any personal or financial information. For more information, please visit: .

  • The email alert system is a quick, simple and cost effective means by which Warwickshire Trading Standards can alert interested individuals, community organisations, businesses, charities and others to the latest Trading Standards issues/scams etc.
  • Please feel free to cascade this information to whomever you feel appropriate (including using the information in your newsletters/websites etc). 
  • The email alert system is designed to work as a two way communications system. Therefore, if you have any information you wish to provide to Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, either for our information, or to appear in future email alerts, please email me.
  • To add, amend or remove your details from this email circulation list, again, please email me.
  • A list of all the latest email alerts is available on our website:

Responding to unsolicited email and text messages is likely to lead to you receiving more.

Disability Equipment Scam

Householders are warned to beware of cold callers offering disability aids and equipment. Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has received reports of elderly people agreeing to meetings in their homes with salespeople who have cold-called them on the telephone. In some cases these individuals have falsely claimed to be working for genuine businesses or claimed to be working for businesses that have, unbeknown to the consumer, ceased trading. Some consumer have paid out thousands of pounds in cash for equipment that never arrives.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service advises consumers to think twice before asking a sales representative to visit your home. Look for local businesses with verifiable trade premises and go on recommendation if possible. Paying with a credit card for goods worth over £100 gives you protection if the business goes bust and the goods do not arrive.

Consumers signing a contract in their home following an unsolicited visit have 7 days in which they can cancel.

18/04/2011 American 'Green Card' Phishing Scam

Consumers are alerted to a scam email that falsely claims to have been sent by the US Government, inviting recipients to send $880 fees by Western Union transfer in return for entry to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.

The program is genuine, the congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

However, the email is one of a number of scams which attempts to lure people, desperate for a US visa.

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

imageMake Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Renewable energy sources - Who do you think is installing the most?

A recent report on the growth of sources of renewable energy reveals that in the US half of all electricity generation capacity built during 2009/10 was renewable and that in the same period China installed more renewable capacity than any other country.

And there is more to come. In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama called for a target of obtaining 80% of US electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. He also said that the US should aim to have 1 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2015 and 80% of US citizens should have access to high speed rail by 2035. These aims are backed by substantial increases in budgets. For example, a 30% increase for the US Department of Energy and a doubling of investments in energy efficiency. There will also be ongoing work to set stronger fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. Perhaps this is the beginning of the end of the American gas guzzler.

On the other side of the world the Chinese government has put a ‘clean industrial revolution’ at the heart of its 12th five year plan. They have set a national Carbon Intensity Reduction target of 17%. Commentators say that this is consistent with China ‘pulling its weight’ on international Climate Change targets.

Within the EU there are now suggestions that the current target of 20% reduction in carbon pollution by 2020 should be increased to 25% or perhaps even 30%. Analysis indicates that current policies can deliver the 20% target but the 2050 target of 80% reduction might not be met if we only achieve 20% by 2020.

Moving nearer to home, the UK has more offshore wind capacity than any other country, with a lot more in the pipeline. Also, the UK government has now launched the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’. This is similar in concept to the Feed in Tariff for renewable Electricity. Users of renewable heat obtained from ground source heat pumps, solar hot water or biomass boilers etc, will receive payments, which will make adoption of the technology financially attractive. The Renewable Heat Incentive is a world first so the UK is leading the way here.

Commentators on energy matters have said it is now clear that a clean energy technology race is well underway. Part of the race is to save energy. Are you part of that race? It is easy to save energy, insulation is cheap and really works and turning stuff off costs nothing and definitely delivers results.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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No changes to refuse & recycling collections over Bank Holidays

Stratford-on-Avon District Council would like to remind residents that there will be no changes to refuse and recycling collections over the Easter and Bank Holidays in April and May.

All collections will remain the same for every household.

The only time collections alter are during the Christmas and New Year period detailed in your refuse and recycling collection calendar found in your Council Tax booklet recently delivered with your Council Tax bill or on the District Council website.


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Henley Diary Dates

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Tuesday 26th April 7.30pm Ullenhall village hall. Dr Andrew Ward “Marvelous 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.

MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 2ND MAY 2011 10,30-12 noon in and around Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Home-made cakes, Bric-a-brac, As New Clothes, Toys, Paper backs, Plants, Raffle, Refreshments and free entry. In aid of Church Funds and Church Charities. Anyone with items to donate for sale including small items of furniture, please bring to Church Hall on Sunday 1st May between 5.0 and 6.0 p.m. Ring 794308 with any queries.

May is the month when we discuss the Resolutions and vote for which one goes forward for campaigning. Members please refer to the WI magazine before our meeting on Tuesday May 3rd in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm – social time will follow later.
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

May 10th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00. Claire Bond ‘The Art Gallery’. Competition ‘Cascade of Colour’.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Nick Martin is our speaker on Tuesday May 17th in the Baptist Church hall from 7.45pm and will tell us about the “Secret Life of the Cairngorms”. Visitors are welcome to join us.

Tuesday 24th May 7.30pm Ullenhall village hall. Timothy Walker (Director of University of Oxford Botanic Garden) ‘On top but never in control – Tales from a small garden’.

On Wednesday 25th May there will be a visit to Old Coventry. Travel will be by coach at a cost of £9 per head. Optional extra costs include entry to the new Cathedral (about £5) and lunch. We will also hope to visit amongst other places, the Herbert Art Gallery, the ruins of the old Cathedral and St. Mary's Guild Hall. To book or for further information please contact Lesley Eastwood on 793646.

Come along and enjoy the fete in the churchyard and church hall in Beaudesert Lane. This year we have a jazz band playing whilst you enjoy the BBQ. stalls, tombola, cakes, games etc. Come along and bring the family.

St Mary the Virgin Church in Ullenhall
has its origins over 20 years ago in a concert by the Kreutzer String Quartet that I put on in the Memorial Hall Henley. The then chairman, Hilda Bottoms, asked me to do a concert in the church in Ullenhall the following year and it has happened every year since, now being funded by a legacy left to Leamington Music by Charles Bottoms. The 2011 concert will be held on Saturday 25 June 7 30pm with the Wernberg Trio. Music by Milhaud, Mozart, Kreisler, Stravinsky, Howard Skempton, Brahms and Bartok. Tickets £10, children and students £1 from Shirley Clayton 01564 794760 or

“Gondoliers” in Tanworth
The Tanworth Singers will be performing “Gondoliers” with a strong cast of soloists on Friday & Saturday 15th & 16th July. Rehearsal information from Wendy Dillon 742464. Details of ticket sales in June Parish News.

July 23rd - Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve

2nd & 9th July (mornings) or 20th & 27th August (mornings or afternoons). Evening classes, 28th July - 22nd September, 7 - 9pm. Suitable for beginners. Telephone 01564 792174.

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
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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