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Total Support to Save Youth & Community Centre


imageAt a gathering of Henley residents at The Hub on the 16th May, adults and young people endorsed the plan for the Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust to apply to Warwickshire County Council for the Centre to be transferred by lease to the community.

Following a presentation by Peter Crathorne (left), the chairman of the management committee steering group, of the outline of the plan and some discussion there was unanimous support from the meeting for the plan.

Standing out among the contributions to the discussion were statements made by the young people themselves who described the great part the youth club had made to their lives and the lives of many others as they were growing up. The meeting was also attended by County Councillor Mike Perry who said that that the original decision to close the youth service had been modified to severe cuts, but some of the highly qualified and valuable professionals would still be employed to provide the essential expertise to enable clubs like Henley to thrive. He went on to say that there was now £2.6 million in the County youth work fund. It was felt that there would also be financial support forthcoming from the Joint Parish Council, Stratford District Council and other local sources for grants. This when added to the splendid financial support the campaign had received from Henley itself meant that there was a convincing financial plan.

The chairman read out extracts from letters from some of the 85 people who had written to say they could not attend the meeting but fully supported the decisions that had been made, some of them from the 40 plus young mums who use the centre in the day to see their health visitor, obtain help and advice from many professionals who attended the daytime sessions and to share in the opportunities for social interaction that the centre provides.

Finally it was pointed out that there was an overwhelming need for additional members of the steering group whose work would begin in September and see through the transfer process which would conclude around Christmas time. The plans would simply not happen unless more residents were prepared to step forward and help. There was a need for members for a building management committee, a youth club organising group and the fund raising working party. Anyone who could spare some time was asked to contact Peter Crathorne; 5 volunteers stepped forward but there is a need for more.


The meeting votes to support the plan

Fund Raising report: Please contact Peter Crathorne if you wish to contribute.


JPC Election Drama at AGM

imageThe Annual General Meeting of the Joint Parish Council took place on Monday 9th May 2011 and was not without drama.  Tradition has been that every two years the Vice Chairman steps up to the top post and indeed Cllr Roger Hubbocks (pictured below right), the Vice Chairman, seemed to expect this to happen.  However, the retiring chairman, Cllr Les Goodman, surprised councillors by declaring himself to be a candidate to serve for another term as chairman and Cllr George Matheou proposed a secret ballot.

The parish clerk handed out voting slips which it seemed she had already prepared.  Once they were handed back for counting there was an abnormally long delay before the clerk declared that the votes were tied at 6 votes for each candidate.

It was then down to the casting vote of the Chairman, Les Goodman. Would he vote for himself or his Vice Chairman? Cllr Goodman announced that his casting vote would be for Cllr Roger Hubbocks. Cllr Chris Milsom was then elected as the Vice Chairman.

imageThe new Chairman takes over the Chairmanship of the parish council at a very difficult time. It has been declared "dysfunctional" and it does not have a balanced budget as it is spending 12% more than it is receiving in income. This is not a sustainable position and the new Chairman will have the difficult choice to make between increasing the precept (parish council tax) or cutting expenditure. Worse still for him, there are now many extra demands for additional expenditure such as support for the library, support for the youth club, purchase of the Croft car park, additional JPC office rent and utility costs to name but a few.

As the Parish Council is not capped, there will also be an even greater temptation for our local government politicians to pass over more and more responsibility for expenditure from the County and District councils which are both capped to the Parish Council.

Cllr Hubbocks could well be the first chairman of the JPC to have to recommend a six figure precept. In 2011/12, total income is forecast to be £75,900 and total expenditure is forecast at £84,950, with approx 40% of this expenditure being spent on administration.


There have been reports in the Stratford Observer and the Solihull News about the recent complaints concerning Cllrs Sue Osborne and Bill Leech being reported to Warwickshire Police and the Standards & Ethics Committee. These references were quickly dismissed.

Residents comment on the recent District Council Election

Just to say what a travesty that you were not elected - but hopefully the numbers show that you were a serious contender!!

With regard to the press release - the parish council appear to do nothing but bring shame and embarrassment upon themselves - disgraceful.

Keep fighting Bill, you are doing a fabulous job - democracy in action!!!!

Name & Address provided by a local resident

I have followed all of the local events within Henley over the last few years through your excellent website and I had high hopes that you would be successful. I can only assume that people have voted for Mr Matheou’s political party and not for the person. If, in the near future, I hear people in Henley complaining about the new housing project and the closure of the market (there are so many residents still unaware of this) I shall have to ask them for which member of the local council they voted.
Please accept this setback as a step in the right direction – you did after all beat the other 2 candidates - and focus/concentrate on the year ahead.
Please be ensured that there are still a large number of local residents who are behind you in the quest to achieve improved representation on both parish and local councils.

Name & Address provided by a local resident

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Opera comes to Henley


This performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor, was adapted by Tim Johnson with music by Otto Nicolai and was presented by Consensus in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 7th May.

imageHaving attended previous performances by this company we knew we would be in for a treat and so it was. The standard of singing was up to expectation and the music was excellent (persuading me that I must seek out more of Nicolai's compositions).

The costumes were colourful and of course the story line is amusing.

Congratulations to all the Company and especially to Page's last minute stand in who coped ably throughout with a large script.

During the interval a "picnic" was served to each table and such a picnic by Sue Dalby! Here I must confess the one fault of the evening was mine - I ate far too much!

As we had very generous sponsorship from ICOMM technologies, the evening made £1,100 which will go towards updating the heating system in the Memorial Hall.

Eunice Williams

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Ale Tasting


All sober and ready to set off on their important civic duty


Officers consider the quality of the ale


Nags Head approved


Three Tuns approved


Matricardi's ap-pp-proved


Bluebell ap-pp-pp-proved


Bl-Bl-Black Swan ap-pp-pp-pp-proved

On Wednesday 11th May John Rutherford, High Bailiff, accompanied by members of the Court Leet and a number of distinguished guests, undertook the Annual Ale Tasting.

This traditional event re-enacts the duties of the Court in ensuring that the ales for sale in the various Inns and Hostelries in Henley are of suitable quality for consumption. It is a very arduous task and this year our own Ale Tasters, Andrew Gardner and Graham Smith, were assisted by Ale Tasters from Alcester, Bromsgrove and Warwick.

Having completed their duties and proclaimed that the Ales in each establishment were of good quality, the Court and their Guests retired to the Black Swan to end the evening with food and good company.

John Tristram - Low Bailiff 

Guild Hall Festival 2011

September 2011

imageThe Guild Hall dates from the 15th century (1400s) and was the meeting place of the Guild of St John, a religious and social order. In 1441 Ralph Boteler inherited the building on the death of his brother and became Lord of the Manor.

W J Fieldhouse restored The Guild Hall in 1915 and he also revived the Court Leet. The Hall, together with the adjoining cottage and gardens, were put into a Trust for the residents of Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden by Nancy Barnard, the daughter of W J Fieldhouse, in 1957.

The property is looked after by the Guild Hall Trust which plans to raise £30,000 over the next four years to pay for its essential conservation and improvements. It’s hoped that it will become a centre for meetings and social gatherings in the Town, thereby ensuring an income and its survival for future generations.


Henley NEWS is sponsoring the Antiques Roadshow in the Guild Hall Garden and sponsors are sought for the remaining events.

New Publications by the Guild Hall Trust

imageGuild Hall Trustees Dawn Leech and Jonathan Dovey have produced a series of 4 booklets about the history of the Guild Hall and its benefactors.

The first in the series is about the Guild Hall and the Court Leet and traces the history of the building and the role of the Court Leet in ancient and modern times.

The second booklet contains pictures and information on all the shields in the Guild Hall and around in exterior.

The third booklet by Jonathan Dovey is about the De Montforts and the fourth booklet is about Ralph Boteler the founder of the Guild of St John.

These booklets will be on sale in the Guild Hall on Sunday afternoons in the summer when the Guild Hall is open for visits.

Photographs have been provided by Alan Robson, Dawn Leech, Sue Bridgewater and Bill Leech. Henley NEWS assisted with the layout.

Another Chance to See MYJO

imageFor those of you who were blown away by the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra's Christmas Concert in the Memorial Hall can I flag up the next chance to see them in Warwickshire. They are playing a new programme of Big Band sounds at the Shipston Music Festival on Friday 24 June at 7.30. Tickets are £10 and proceeds are shared by MYJO and the Townsend Hall Trust.

Please contact me for tickets on 795239 or

Please support these brilliant young musicians, who are in the form of their lives, and have a night out to remember.

John Latham
Fundraiser and Number One MYJO Fan

HADS Latest Production - Ladies Day


What a wonderfully refreshing experience it was to see this play.  It was heartening to see just how much fun everyone had watching it.
Following a day when 4 women from a fish packing factory go to York for Ascot Ladies Day (it was moved there when Ascot was being refurbished, I believe).  The escapades they got involved in (whilst stretching the imagination at times) made cracking entertainment (and loads of laughs).  A modern play, it was presented on a bare stage, using just lighting and a few props.  Up front I wondered how successful this would be, but in all honesty I didn’t notice, and I doubt if anyone else did either.  If anything it focused the attention on the action and not the set, which can only be a good thing.


The characterisations of the girls were cleverly thought out,  with each being a typical stereotype of modern society (brash, timid, loyal etc), and they contrasted well together.
The performances were excellent as we have come to expect now.  The ladies were played by Rosie Hammond, Bev Walker, Sheena Ison and Carol Robson.  Additional parts were handled by Phil Walker, Paul Thompson, and Eunice Bagshaw.  The play was directed by Ray Evans.  All are to be congratulated.
There is a sequel that has been written to this called ‘Ladies Down Under’.  I wonder whether we will be able to enjoy that in the near future?
It was a cracking evening, I am sorry if you missed it.

Tony Capps

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Almost a Triumph for Henley Rotary Club

imageThere are 70 clubs in Rotary District 1060 so when Henley Rotary Club reached the semi-finals of the District Quiz last week they were justifiably proud of their achievement.

The 4 clubs qualifying were Solihull, Rugby, Atherstone and Henley. The other clubs had upwards of 50 members to select from as against the 18 members of our own club so, in football terms, we were definitely the minnows. The event was held at the Park Inn West Bromwich supported by a vociferous bunch of supporters from each club. Henley was represented by David Snell, Tony Capps, Alan James and John Latham.

In the first semi-final Rugby thrashed the favourites Solihull 35 -15. Henley went on to the final with a comfortable victory over Atherstone. After Rugby’s fine performance there was little expectation of success however we got off to a flying start and after 4 rounds were still ahead by one point. Sadly in the final round the wheels came off to some extent and we lost 32.5 to 30.5 – by no means a disgrace.

Should anyone in Henley – ladies or gents – be excited by such intellectual pursuits, please contact myself or our secretary Mike Redman (01564 792491) for more information or visit Apart from having fun we also organise projects and raise funds for community schemes locally and across the globe. We meet every Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) at Henley Golf and Country Club to share a meal (costing £10.50) and try and make plans to make the world a slightly better place!

Rotarian John Latham - Rotary Club of Henley–in-Arden.

Chinese Lanterns - a hazard to our Farmers

imageA farmer’s wife in Henley has told one of our correspondents that local farmers are becoming increasingly concerned about the damage that Chinese lanterns can do to their livelihood.

Chinese lanterns have been found on local farms recently and are dangerous in two ways. Wire can end up in winter forage when it is baled and this can cause internal bleeding of livestock which leads to death. If an ignited lantern lands on a dry area e.g. straw, hay or thatch, this can lead to buildings being affected.

Please think before you buy these lanterns for social events – the farmers and their animals are at serious risk.

Annette Walker

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Henley Primary goes wild!

imageChildren in the Year Five class have recently been learning about ‘Rainforests’ and really wanted to find out more about the animals that live there. The children invited Paul Carpenter, an expert on insects that live in the tropics, to come into school to share his expertise.

The children decided to raise the money themselves as they had already been on a recent visit to ‘The Living Rainforest’ and organised a sponsored silence which consequently raised £400. With this money they were able to invite four other classes to take part in this session as well.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learned some new facts about the amazing creatures.

Elaine Field reporting

Johnson's in tune with local choir

imageOur local  coach & bus operators Johnson's have entered into a twelve month sponsorship arrangement with the Alcester Male Voice Choir. The company have agreed to support the choir in return for a package of marketing benefits which have been negotiated between the two organisations over the last few weeks.
Judith Land, the choir's founder and director of music said, "this is a first for the choir and we are very grateful to Johnson's for their help and support. We are of course delighted to be associated with a company that is so well respected within the region and by the wider coach and bus industry. We ourselves enjoy an excellent reputation and it is important that we work with  organisations that strive to be the best in their field."

John Johnson, Director of Johnson's Coach & Bus said "I have seen the choir in action and they are impressive, it's obvious that there is a natural synergy between them and their audiences  and Johnson's and our customers. Like us the choir enjoys an excellent reputation for quality and professionalism, so it seems to be a perfect fit and we are looking forward to working with them."

Our photograph shows John Johnson, Director, Johnson's Coach & Bus Travel with Judith Land, Founder and Director of Music of the Alcester Male Voice Choir.

Rob Kingscott reporting

Claverdon Get Closer


Claverdon Under 8s
From left to right back row; Josh, Tom, Elliot, Chris, Ben, Callum
Front row; Jack, Louie and Pierce

I am going to tell you about Claverdon Under 8s 7-a-side Mini Tournament. Like last year they got to the final but you will find how they did next. They played at Camp Hill RFC.

The first match was Camp Hill versus Claverdon. At full time the score was 4-3 to Claverdon. Tries by Jack, Elliot and two by Tom. The second game was Bournville versus Camp Hill, it was 4-4. The third match was Claverdon versus Bournville. For a while there was no tries until Chris scored a try. The full time score was 7-3 to Bournville. Tries by Chris, Tom and Elliot.

Next Claverdon play Camp Hill. It was 2-2 at half time in a close game. But then something went wrong , Camp Hill were 5-4 up but Lewie to the rescue, he scored a try to make it 5-5 at full time. Tries by Tom, Elliot, Jack, Chris and Lewie. Camp Hill then play Bournville, it is 1-5 to Bournville. The last match before the final, Bournville versus Claverdon. Claverdon came back to make it 4-4 at full time. Tries by Chris, Tom got two and Elliot.

The final was Claverdon versus Bournville. Both teams worked their socks off but the first try was scored by Bournville. Then Claverdon managed to equalise. Bournville made it 2-1 but Claverdon got it to 2-2. Chris scored two tries in the first half. Bournville were winning 3-2. Tom equalised for Claverdon to make it 3-3. After a while Bournville scored a try. Then Tom scored to make the full time score 4-4. Bournville had won more matches in the tournament so they won.

At the end there was a presentation for the Under 8; Camp Hill 3rd, Claverdon 2nd and Bournville 1st. It was fun and we all enjoyed it.

By Elliot Saltmarsh (a player of Claverdon and a year 3 pupil at St Mary’s)

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Please help marshal at The Moonlit Walk

imageThe Shakespeare Hospice is staging its second Moonlit Walk on Saturday 18th June 2011, commencing at 8.30pm from Stratford-upon-Avon High School. The Hospice is desperately seeking assistance with marshalling duties around the 10 km course. The walk starts at 8.15pm from the High School in Alcester Road and finishes after about 2 hours at the same venue. Depending on the marshalling location (which I arrange!!) the commitment would be for a period of between one to one and a half hours. A breakfast roll and drink will be available at the High School for all helpers.

If you can possibly help out, would you please email:

Martin Bartlett - Rotary Club of Stratford-upon-Avon

Congratulations to Marathon Runner

imageCongratulations to Emily Adams, Company Secretary of HENLEY ICE CREAM, on completing her first ever Marathon. She finished the Stratford Marathon, organised by the Rotary Club of Stratford upon Avon, in a very respectable 4hrs.25mins. and was still running at the end!

Well done from everyone at the Ice Cream Parlour.

Cindy Brittan - Managing Director Henley Ice Cream Limited

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John Garner's Business Column


John GarnerIn the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, with green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's bountiful gifts, Satan created Dairy Ice Cream and Magnums. And Satan said, 'You want hot fudge with that?’ And Man said, 'Yes!' And Woman said, 'I'll have one too with chocolate chips'. And lo they gained 10 pounds.

And God created the healthy yoghurt that woman might keep the figure that man found so fair.

And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 12 to size 14.

So God said, 'Try my fresh green salad'. And Satan presented Blue Cheese dressing and garlic croutons on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said 'I have sent you healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them'.

And Satan brought forth deep fried coconut king prawns, butter-dipped lobster chunks and chicken fried steak, so big it needed its own platter, and Man's cholesterol went through the roof.

Then God brought forth the potato; naturally low in fat and brimming with potassium and good nutrition.

Then Satan peeled off the healthy skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep-fried them in animal fats adding copious quantities of salt. And Man put on more pounds. God then brought forth running shoes so that his Children might lose those extra pounds.

And Satan came forth with a cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and started wearing stretch jogging suits.

Then God gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite.

And Satan created McDonalds and the 99p double cheeseburger. Then Satan said 'You want fries with that?' and Man replied, 'Yes, and super size 'em'. And Satan said, 'It is good.' And Man and Woman went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed ......... And created quadruple by-pass surgery.
And then ............ Satan chuckled and created the National Health Service.

Here endeth the lesson.

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, liasing 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: Liasing 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:

Required as soon as possible, volunteers with management and public relations expertise to join the Steering Group working to Save the Youth and Community Centre.

Without additional help and expertise the heavy workload is being carried by too few people. Just an hour or two per week over the next three months would be wonderful.

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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Community Newsletter


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


Crime in Your Area
Burglary dwellings are comparable with last year and remain low in comparison with other areas. One burglary dwelling has been recorded in St Johns Close, Studley where offenders stole various high value electrical items and jewellery. A burglary was recorded at Pettiford Lane, Wootton Wawen and in Langley where computers were taken. Car key burglaries were recorded at Henley Road, Claverdon where a BMW 3 Series was stolen and an incident was recorded in Buckley Green, Henley in Arden where an Audi RS6 was stolen. Parts of the Audi RS6 were later found by a member of the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team in Wood Lane, Earlswood. Burglary Other incidents have increased significantly, one incident has been recorded in Henley where a licensed premises was broken into and the contents of a fruit machine taken. Overall the majority of incidents have related to sheds being targeted and high value gardening equipment being stolen. Five sheds have been broken into in the Wootton Wawen area and a further five were targeted in the Bearley area.

Criminal Damage has increased on last year and on previous months this year. This is partly due to one weekend in Henley where property and vehicles were sprayed with graffiti in Station Road, Doctors Lane, Beaudesert Lane and New Road areas of the town. Other incidents recorded in Henley include damage to the front door of a bungalow at Riverside Gardens, a style was damaged at Edge Lane and a vehicle was damaged while parked at a licensed premises on the Birmingham Road. Elsewhere, in Wootton Wawen a window was damaged to a commercial premises on the Stratford Road. In Studley windows have been damaged at commercial premises located on the Alcester Road, Park Avenue and Brickyard Lane. Studley has also experienced problems with graffiti at the High School as well as two incidents recorded relating to damage to vehicles at Toms Town Lane and Manor Road. Residents are reminded to report all incidents ASAP so that officers can attend as soon as possible and have a better chance of identifying the offenders and/or securing evidence. If anyone has any information in relation to any of the above incidents, please contact your local officer or alternatively phone 01789 444816 or

Theft from Motor Vehicles has increased, with isolated incidents recorded in Preston Bagot and Wootton Wawen and a number of incidents have been recorded in the Studley area. In most cases items taken include handbags, clothing and sat navs which have been left on display. However in Icknield Street Drive, Studley three incidents have been recorded whereby catalytic converters have been stolen from cars parked up at a licensed premises. Residents are reminded to remove all items from display within a vehicle and to remove the cradle and suction marks left from sat navs. Theft of vehicles is comparable with this time last year and with previous months and remains low with just three incidents recorded, which include the theft of a caravan in Claverdon and the theft of a transit van which had its keys left in the ignition in the Studley area.

Anti Social Behaviour has increased with isolated incidents recorded in Henley and Bearley, however most of the incidents are recorded in Studley and are in some cases alcohol related. Officers are increasing patrols in the areas identified and making effective used of the alcohol restriction zone. Officers are also seeking to apply for an extension to the dispersal zone, which expired on the 31st March 2011.

Violence has increased, but is still lower than other areas with incidents recorded in Henley, Studley and Mappleborough Green. Those recorded are of a minor nature and have been dealt with accordingly 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);

Good News/Events

Officers from the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team stopped and vehicle and found the driver to be well in drink and in possession of a class B drug, the individual concerned has been dealt with accordingly for both offences. Thanks go to a vigilant member of the public who alerted the police regarding their suspicions that the driver was in drink.

Local officers and an officer from the Traffic Unit have visited a JPH Autos in Wootton Wawen to discuss and resolve the parking issues caused by the garage on the A3400 and Mayswood Road. Following the meeting the congestion and obstruction issues have eased, however the District Council are now taking this forward with regards to planning issues.

On Wednesday 20th April a vehicle was involved in the theft of fuel from the ACO petrol station on Shutt Lane Earlswood. Due to the vigilance of the owner, details of the vehicle were obtained, which transpired to be a vehicle stolen that morning in Birmingham. After giving information regarding the direction of travel West Midls Police were able to stop the vehicle, and a number of persons arrested in connection for the offences committed.

Officers for the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team assisted with the St Georges Parade in Tanworth in Arden by closing roads and controlling the traffic.


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 1st June & 22nd June, 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 23rd June 7pm, Henley Fire Station

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


Further information can be found at: The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area

Tristan Jelfs PCSO 6065
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Henley in Arden Police Station
Tel: 01789 762207 Ext: 4662
Voicemail: 16065

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More miles per gallon

imageWith diesel prices pushing close to £1.50 per litre and petrol not far behind, the cost of driving is becoming an issue, so how do we get the most miles per gallon. Below are a few things to help squeeze the most out of every gallon and reduce carbon pollution at the same time.

Firstly, if you are changing your car look for a small diesel. Modern diesels are not the noisy, rough, agricultural feeling vehicles that diesels used to be. They are lively, smooth and efficient and offer significantly greater miles per gallon (typically 40% more) than petrol cars of similar size and performance. This more than offsets the slightly higher price of diesel compared to petrol. The higher cost of a diesel vehicle is paid back in fuel cost savings in a year or two.

Having chosen your car, the way you use it can have a big effect on fuel consumption. A real economy driving technique is to minimise the use of brakes. Brakes take away energy used in getting the car moving so every time the brakes are applied some energy from the fuel is being thrown away (in the form of heat in the brake drums and discs). Getting the hang of this driving style takes some practice but essentially relies on reading the road as far ahead as possible, so speed can be reduced by lifting your foot off the accelerator early when a speed reduction is needed. An example would be lifting off before the crest of a hill and going over the crest a little more slowly so that use of brakes going down the far side is delayed or possibly avoided altogether. Similarly, a larger gap to the vehicle in front often allows you to just lift your foot off when they use their brakes.

Accelerate gently and change up as soon as possible; miles per gallon are always higher in a higher gear. If you have a rev counter, keep below about 2000 RPM for diesels and 2500 RPM for petrol. This can make such a difference to fuel consumption that all cars in the future are likely to be fitted with gear shift indicators that light a lamp on the dashboard to indicate the most efficient gear change points.

Drive as slowly as possible – leave an extra 5 or 10 minutes for your journey so that you can travel at a more relaxed speed. Dropping from a steady 70 mph to 60 mph can get you about 18% more mpg and dropping from 60 to 50 another 18% more mpg. ( figures based on What Car test data. Other sources quote smaller improvements)

Cut out idling as much as possible. An engine that is idling is burning fuel but the car is going nowhere as a result. It is best to start the engine and drive off straight away. Cars are now being made with stop - start technology where the engine cuts out when you put the gears into neutral and the engine restarts when you depress the clutch. However, you can replicate this in any car by turning off as you come to a halt and having your hand on the ignition switch so when the traffic starts to move, you can restart quickly. It helps if you put the car in gear and have the clutch depressed when you think the restart is imminent. The engine only needs to be stopped for 10 seconds to save fuel - i.e. the energy wasted during a restart is equivalent to 10 seconds idling.

Check tyre pressures regularly. A tyre that is below its recommended pressure flexes more and this consumes extra energy which is supplied by burning more fuel to maintain a given speed. Running at low pressure also reduces tyre life.

Air conditioning can reduce miles per gallon by 10% so should be used as little as possible. Cool a hot car by having the windows open at low speed but use air conditioning at speeds above 50 miles per hour. At high speed, open windows increase the aerodynamic drag and make the engine work harder.

Take all unnecessary items out of your car. The more weight the car carries, the more fuel it uses. This is especially true for town driving because every time the car accelerates, the engine has to work harder to move the extra weight. Roof racks and boxes cause extra aerodynamic drag that the engine has to overcome so take them off as soon as they are not required.

So, drive smart, pay less, pollute less !

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Newstone Premier Driveways

imageWarwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service would like to draw Warwickshire householders' attention to a business that is using an incorrect address on its advertising. Newstone Premier Driveways has been carrying out tarmac work and block paving in the Leamington Spa and Kenilworth areas.

The business has been advertising its address, both on signs displayed around the area and on paper work supplied to customers, as 23 Siddaway House, Rugby.

Warwickshire Trading Standards can confirm that Newstone Premier Driveways is not based at the address and the occupant has no connection at all with the trader.

Trading Standards Officers have been unable to find a valid address for Newstone Premier Driveways.

Improvements to homes and gardens can be expensive. If work isn’t up to scratch consumers need to be able to contact the trader to get things put right. When choosing a trader, Warwickshire Trading Standards Service advises the following:

  • Go on recommendation if at all possible and use traders family or friends have been happy with.
  • Ensure the business has a genuine address – find out how long they have been there for.
  • Ask to see examples of their work and verify it with the householder.
  • Get everything written down - don’t rely on spoken agreements.
  • Don’t buy from the first trader who comes to your door or be rushed in to making a quick decision - seek quotes from reputable local traders.

For more information visit our website:

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

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The next meeting will be in Ullenhall Village Hall on Tuesday, 24th May 2011 at 7:45. Timothy Walker, Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden returns, following a previous excellent talk. This time his talk is entitled, “On top, but never in control – Tales from a small garden.” Visitors and new members always welcome; gardeners are very friendly!

At St John’s Church Hall , Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden. Stalls include Tombola, Raffle, Cakes, Bric a Brac, Toys, Plants, Good as New Clothes, Books Jewellery and more! Enjoy our refreshments and lunchtime BBQ to the accompaniment of a jazz band. Annual prize winning Duck Race on the River Alne at 2.15pm. Come and have a fun time for all the family and help support church funds. Details from Barbara Colclough on 01564 793710 or Daphne Jones on 01926 793710.

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.

Friday 9th September
Gala Dinner at the Henley Golf and Country Club with entertainment by the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Pre-dinner drinks at 7 pm, dinner will be served at 7:30 pm. Carriages at 11:30 pm

Sunday 11th September 2.30 pm
There will be a PIMS and English Tea with an Antiques Roadshow in the Guild Hall Garden with a Celebrity Expert Paul Atterbury. Sponsored by Henley NEWS. Tickets £12.50

Wednesday 14th September
A Fashion Show with a glass of bubbly in the Memorial Hall will be the final event. A promotion by the fashion shops of Henley-in-Arden. Doors will open at 7 pm and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields

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 £5.00. 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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