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Edition 277 - 30th June 2011
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010



Two candlesticks disappeared from the altar in St John’s between Sunday 12th & Wednesday 15th June.

If you can help, please contact the Rector.

Tel: 01564 792570

Schools strike action on Thursday 30th June

imageHenley NEWS has been advised of the following arrangements:

Henley Primary - Open as usual.

St Mary's Catholic Primary - Unfortunately, it has had to close.

Henley High School - Partial closure. School open only to Year 10.

Yet another successful awards night for Johnsons


The happy Johnsons team receiving their award for ‘Coach Holiday Programme of the Year’

Yet again Johnsons have beaten off competition from coach operators from across the UK to win two national tourism awards at the Coach Tourism Awards, held recently at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Firstly they won ‘UK Coach Holiday Programme of the Year’ for their latest Express Breaks brochure. Entry was open to any UK coach operator that operates a programme of UK coach holidays. The judges were looking for a programme that demonstrates innovation and creativity together with a good mix of destinations.

This is what the judges said. “We felt that the winner of this award stood out with a small, dedicated, no-frills programme that both targets and attracts a younger age of customer. Started four years ago and featuring two, three and four-day breaks, the programme has seen the number of departures grow each year.”


Adrian receiving his ‘Coach Driver of the Year award

John Johnson added “What made our night really special was that our longest serving driver, Adrian Pointon won the Coach Drivers’ Club award for ‘Coach Tour Driver of the Year’. Adrian has lived in Henley here for over 30 years and has been with us for over 25 years now. Although he must have done millions of miles for us over the years he still does a fantastic job every day and is still a big star with our customers!”

Entry was open to any coach driver who is mainly employed on coach tour duties. Again, these were the Judges' comments: “The judges felt that this year’s winner demonstrated all the attributes of a first class coach tour driver. They made special mention of his ability to adapt to every type of customer, from school children to senior citizens.”

Many congratulations to Adrian on a thoroughly well deserved win from all his friends in Henley.

Guild Hall Festival - New for 2011

This September will see the first Guild Hall Festival to raise £30,000 over 3 years to pay for essential conservation and improvements to this magnificent listed building. This year’s Festival will comprise 3 prestige events:



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Friday 9th September
imageGALA DINNER at the Henley Golf and Country Club with outstanding entertainment by MIDLAND YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA. This acclaimed orchestra will recreate all the excitement of the great musical battles of the swing era. Join them as they feature classic scores from the great bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chick Webb, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman. Reception at 7pm. Tickets £27.50. Sponsored by Henley Golf and Country Club

Sunday 11th September
imageANTIQUES’ ROADSHOW with Celebrity Expert - Paul Atterbury, the popular TV personality from Antiques Roadshow, who will give a short talk on Antiques and then will be available for a mini Roadshow. This outstanding event starts at 2.30pm in the Guild Hall Garden and includes a traditional English Tea. Pimms will be available to purchase. Tickets £12.50.
Sponsored by Henley NEWS

Wednesday 14th September
imageFASHION SHOW, not to be missed. Glass of bubbly and mouthwatering nibbles. Choreographed by Fiona Kidd, with professional models. Catwalk, music and dancers, showcasing Henley fashion and including Italian shoes and bags from Henley's latest boutique. The Memorial Hall doors open at 7pm. Tickets £15.00
Sponsored by Henley Golf and Country Club

imageThe Guild Hall dates from the 15th century and was the meeting place of the Guild of St John, a religious and social order. In 1442 Ralph Boteler became Lord of the Manor on the death of his brother and inherited the building which he restored in 1449.

W J Fieldhouse again 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 WJ Fieldhouse, in 1957.

Today the property is looked after by the GUILD HALL TRUST and the trustees plan 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.

Dawn Leech reporting

Where is the Olympic Flame going?

imageThe Olympic Torch Relay route is coming to Coventry and Warwickshire, and Stratford-on-Avon Council is inviting residents to nominate potential torchbearers.

The London Olympics torch relay begins on 19 May 2012 at Land's End and ends 70 days later at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium.

Birmingham and Coventry will be hosting evening celebrations on 30 June and 1 July 2012 and there is a good chance that the torch could well pass near to Stratford-upon-Avon as it travels on. The Olympic Flame will travel right around the UK and the aim is to have Torchbearers carrying it as near to their local area as possible so friends and family can cheer them on.

All the information about the towns and cities hosting celebrations on each evening of the Torch Relay, as well as daytime island visits, is on the London 2012 website.

Find out more about where the Flame is going

Do you know someone who is truly inspirational? Someone who always strives to do their best? This is your chance to give them their moment to shine.

With less than one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, the search is on for 8,000 Torchbearers. They will be individuals whose personal stories will inspire millions of people as the 70-day Relay travels the length and breadth of the UK.

Find out more about nominating someone you know

War Memorial Trust launch 60s Music Festival

17th September 2011 on the Memorial Playing Fields

imageThe Sports Pavilion Management Committee launches a spectacular Event to be held on September 17th 2011 from 3.00pm until 8.00pm. Starring Bev Bevan, Tony Crowe, Raymond Froggatt, Dave Berry, Trevor Burton, Chip Hawkes, Geoff Turton, The Dakotas, Danny King, Hartley Cain and the Move. This is the biggest concert to be presented in Henley for some time. It will receive a national response with fans coming from all parts of the country to our town.

The Sixties Music Festival makes its debut in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Henley in Arden War Memorial Sports Ground (Tennis Club) on the outskirts of the town, with all profits from the concert going towards the building of a new community sports pavilion.

So get your picnic baskets out, your tickets in your back pocket, your dancing shoes on and come and see some of the biggest stars of the Swinging Sixties in this five hour show with hit record upon hit record which will have you singing and dancing into the night!! (Licensed bars and food stalls) - At the brilliant price £27.50.

Tickets are available from Solihull Arts Complex 0121 704 6962 or online at (see below). Alternatively check out our sumptuous VIP packages by contacting the local restaurants directly. Details will be announced in the next edition of Henley NEWS.

Grounds open from 2.00pm, accompanied children under 14 free of charge. Free dry weather car parking at the site. If the field is wet then parking will be provided free of charge at a site away from the Sports Grounds with a free shuttle bus to and from the grounds. Follow the signs. You can come on the X20 Bus: we have arranged for it to stop at the Sports Grounds - hourly from Birmingham (depart Moor Street 1220 and 1320, arriving 1315 and 1415. A special after hours X20 service will return from the Sports Grounds to Birmingham at the end of the concert. Call into Henley town and sample one or more of a dozen restaurants and pubs.

Since launching the tickets last week interest has been incredible so the advice is to get your tickets early. Local Residents in Henley and Wootton should contact Jan Crathorne who can arrange discounts (£25.00) and group Bookings (10+) at the £25.00 rate will qualify for one free ticket.

Further information from Peter Crathorne: 01564 795470 or



Henley-in-Arden showed its support for Armed Forces Week with The Black Swan holding an Armed Forces day on Saturday 25th June. A total of £731 was raised from generous donations, the sale of wrist bands and a raffle.

The Coop have supported the fundraising through donated items from their customers, which will be placed in “shoe boxes” and will be send directly to individual soldiers serving on the front line.

The local publicans at The Three Tuns & The Nags Head also kindly assisted with selling raffle tickets showing a community spirit in raising funds for such good cause. With a special mention to Dean Holtham Community Director at Birmingham City Football club for the donation of 4 football shirts & 2 one week soccer camp places.

imageSupport was also welcomed from John Ambler from the British Legion with their standard, who had held a march down Henley High street earlier in the morning.

All funds raised will be donated to Troop Aid for the purchase of 30 “Grab Bags”. Troop Aid are a registered charity whose object is to supply “basic essentials” when service casualties return from serving their country overseas. When troops return to the UK from the war zones they arrive back without their personal effects or clothing so the grab bag provided by Troop Aid includes t-shirts, shorts, a washing & shaving kit, towel, face flannel, toothpaste & brush, shower mules, socks, underwear, mobile phone with £10 credit, pen and paper, with a few other essentials for female requirements!. The grab bags are currently being sent out to the UK Military hospitals in Afghanistan, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham & other Ministry of Defence Hospital units in the UK. More information can be found at

Keith & Helen Davies from The Black Swan who arranged this event first became aware of Troop Aid when their son Marc – who is currently serving in Afghanistan with the 3rd Mercians - was brought back to the UK and received one of these Grab Bags on his admission to the QE Hospital. At that time Marc only had the uniform he was wearing (he was lucky some don’t even have that) that's why this was very welcome and made a huge difference.

Thank you again to everyone for showing your support.

Jennie-Louise Williams reporting

Another Henley folly



Dear Editor,

Perhaps you could enlighten me with regards to the strange structures around Henley-in-Arden.

Not content with the obsolete riot/ bomb/ apocalypse proof cctv camera pole, we now seem to have some sort of viewing platform at the pond by the Doctors Surgery. I regularly walk past this and am amazed with the standard of build but assumed that it was some sort of school project and they forgot some of their tools, especially the spirit level.

Imagine my surprise when I found out it was installed by grown-ups!....

This has been going on for about 6 months now and the structure is still unsafe. the top rail is too low, there is no middle rail to stop toddlers going straight through and falling in and the ramp leading to it is pointless.

Is this platform needed or is it an un-necessary solution to a non-existent problem and at who's cost?

I am impressed that they have used recycled plastic in the form of timber but as a contracts manager for a fencing company, I am also aware of the cost of these products and the labour involved. I assume that all work has been voluntary, if not then the work should be corrected at the cost of the installer.

I do not usually get involved in these sort if issues but find as I get older the more exasperated I become with local government wasting time upon the needless issues and neglecting the more pressing matters which have a impact upon the parish.

Dave Cowling resident

Henley NEWS has been advised that health & safety inspectors have required further work to be carried out before it can be used.

A Greek Evening at The Ferryman

The new Ferryman Restaurant at the top of Liveridge Hill is hosting a spectacular Greek evening on Saturday, 9th July, with some of the proceeds going to the Hub @ Henley.

This should be a truly memorable event, with waiters in Greek costume serving a Greek aperitif on arrival, Greek dancers with participation encouraged, Greek singers and a sumptuous dinner of Greek mezze.

The Programme for the evening

image7.00pm Greek aperitifs on arrival
7.30pmGreek mezze is served
9.00pm Live Bazouka music and Greek songs
10.00pm Interval
10.30pm Greek dancing, including Zorba’s dance
11.00pm Greek island dancing, including the famous glass dance
11.30pm Greek music and songs
Midnight Modern Greek disco music


The proprietors and chef discuss the menu for the night


Simona, the daughter of the proprietors, shows the extensive restaurant

Booking is essential, as places are limited. The price for the whole evening’s entertainment with dinner is £28.95, including a traditional welcome drink. The proprietors have generously offered to make a donation to the Hub @ Henley for every person who attends. Therefore, you should not only have an excellent evening but at the same time will be supporting Henley’s youth and community centre.

The restaurant is situated on the A3400, 2 miles north of Henley at the top of Liveridge Hill, B95 5QX

Please contact The Ferryman direct on 01564 785884 to make your booking.

Sue Osborne reporting


Henley's entries for this year's competition


The front covers of the six Henley entries


The Warwickshire Rural Community Awards each year recognise outstanding achievements in the County's rural communities. This September, Henley-in-Arden will host the awards ceremony which is being sponsored by Warwickshire College and held in the auditorium of the Warwickshire College Henley Centre. The date will be announced shortly and as usual the Queen's representative in the County, the Lord Lieutenant Martin Dunne, will present awards and the silver cups.

There are 6 categories and Henley has entered 5 categories with a total of 6 entries.

Community Projects - Dr Douglas Bridgewater has prepared an entry about the Riverlands Garden project and Carol Robson has prepared another entry for the category from HADS about the Henley Chronicles production which took place in the Guild Hall last November.

Sustainable Environment - This is a new category and John Stott from Make Henley Greener has entered the series of articles published in Henley NEWS during the last 12 months.

Community Heroes - This category recognises the special part businesses play in the life of a community and in Henley this could only be one company, Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel. The entry has been prepared by John Latham and describes the important contribution that the Johnson family have made to Henley and the outstanding achievements of the company as a national exemplar in the coach and bus industry.

History & Heritage - A series of booklets has been prepared by Dawn Leech and Jonathan Dovey to support the opening of the Guild Hall on Sunday afternoons. These 4 booklets detail the history of the Guild Hall and the Court Leet, the Shields in the Guild Hall, Ralph Boteler and the history of the De Montforts. Already some of these publications have been reprinted, such has been the demand.

Communication - The Town and all the last 12 month's editions of Henley NEWS have been entered in this category.

The only category which the Town has not entered in this year's competition is the Community Buildings category and it is hoped once the new sports pavilion has been built it will be entered in a future year.

Last year, Henley-in-Arden won a bronze certificate in the Communications category and in 2007, Henley was the overall competition winner with Henley NEWS.

Tree Surgery at north end of the High Street

imageAlan Jones, one of the residents overlooking the tree stumps has told Henley NEWS, "The issue of the Birmingham Road trees was discussed in considerable depth at the last Joint Parish Council meeting.
"The views of the Parish Council about impressing on the District Council of the importance and seriousness of the issue have been forwarded to District Council by the Parish Clerk and indeed by District Councillor Thirlwell. I feel that the Parish Councillors have been very pro-active since they were made aware of the felling of the trees.
"There is to be a meeting regarding the issue by officials of the District Council this week.
"Unfortunately the street scene remains an eyesore for people entering or leaving the north end of Town as the picture shows."

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From our Youngest Correspondents

Henley Primary School goes to Coventry Cathedral

On Friday 10th June, Year 4 went to Coventry Cathedral to celebrate 400 years of King James Bible. We performed some freeze frames of our favourite Bible stories like Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, true giving and the good Samaritan. It was lots of fun. The new cathedral was massive, very beautiful and the christening stone was designed like a shell – the rock it was carved from was off a cliff near Bethlehem.

During World War II, the ceiling of the original cathedral was by bombed by accident at night when it was thought to be a factory! We could still see the ruins but we loved the fact it was connected to the new cathedral. The best bit was the “Charred Cross” which still remains there now. Coventry Cathedral is massive and it is the most bold and beautiful place we have been to.

By Laura Pentecost and Elisha Harris - Year Four pupils, Henley Primary School

Henley Primary School goes to The Black Country Museum

imageOn Friday 10th June, Year Five and Six went to The Black Country Museum. First we went to the iron cast house. It had running water and a bathroom inside. Next, Year Five walked down to the dark gloomy draft mine. It was pitch black and in Victorian times they wouldn’t have had torches so they would use candles which weren’t as bright as a torch. After that we all went to the park and had our delicious chips and had our lunch.

Before we went to the school to have our lesson, we went to the high street and had a look in several shops. The first one we went into was the hardware shop; one of the products they sold which caught my eye was a carpet beater or a child beater and if you got hit by it, it would make a pattern on you!

We also went into the chemist and the grocery shop. While we were in the high street, we went by the canal and had a look inside a canal boat, which they used in the Second World War to get gun powder and food from London to Birmingham while it was being bombed.

At the end of the day, we went to the school, where we were taught by a very strict teacher. I wouldn’t have liked to have been a child in Victorian times!

The whole day was so amazing that I can’t choose a favourite part!

By Olivia Cox Jones, Year Five pupil, Henley Primary School

Henley Tennis Club wants you!

imageHenley in Arden Tennis Club held its annual Open Funday on Saturday 25th June 2011. The 7 court tennis club based on the Stratford Road has a whole range of coaching sessions available for members and non members and a number of mens and ladies teams and organised sessions for members. So if you want to re-start playing tennis or just fancy having a go for your first time then why not give it a go, just come wearing sports clothes and bring a racket if you have one!

The Club has just also held the Primary school’s Mini Tennis Schools Competition with 50 children taking part from 8 schools across the local area. It was a great day with some fantastic matches taking part. A number of trained tennis leaders from local secondary schools did a great job helping organise and register the kids and umpire. Wootton Wawen Primary School were the winners for both the boys and girls competition in years 3 & 4 and Tanworth in Arden primary school were the winners for the boys and girls competition in years 5 & 6. Both schools will now go on to represent the area in the Warwickshire County Finals at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre in July.

For further information about any of the sessions we run please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 66 44 26
or email Please also visit for further information.

Neil Supperstone
07912 66 44 26

Recent Events in Henley


Contractors resurfaced the High Street last week. Many residents are delighted with the quieter surface.

Dear Editor,

I know that the issue of speed camera's for the high street has been kicking about for a number of years, with no real result to date but I wondered if we could take the opportunity when they start to mark out the new road surface (i.e. the white lines etc) to add in some speed camera measuring lines onto the road surface.

If these were laid at the Stratford end of the high street as you come up the small hill & on our side of the road as it narrows many drivers would make the assumption that a speed camera was in place & slow down. As we know anything under 30mph is fine but many cars accelerate out or in to the high street to get across the lights while still 'green'.

You could also lay these lines at the other end of the high street, as in both directions the speed camera signs are in place before you enter Henley.

Anyway just a thought, anything to help slow the traffic would be good for all. I'm sending my idea to the councillors using your "Ask your councillor" service. I'll let your readers know what the councillors say.

Marc Bailey, resident High Street


Farriers Cross sales office opens


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Car Share (lift) needed due to office move. Balsall Common or along train route: Coventry - Canley - Tile Hill -  Hampton-in-Arden - Birmingham International.  Flexible on time – currently employed 20 hours/week.  Expenses paid.  Please contact Sally on: 07846167001, or e-mail:

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John Garner's Business Column


John GarnerWe’ve heard a lot in the news recently about youngsters working in their back bedrooms and hacking into government or large company websites. The hackers usually see this as a an intellectual exercise and it always seems to be big institutions that are compromised because they appear to present the hackers with a greater challenge.

There is however a much more sinister side to this. Hackers are not always young nerds with nothing better to do, they are often very successful cyber criminals and cyber crime is very much on the increase.

I don’t want to be unduly alarmist but do you realise that your own company's details could be "hijacked" and your company's credit rating affected? Without you knowing, someone could try to change your director's details or the location of your registered office and take control of your company's good name.

Trying to set the record straight after a hijacking can be time-consuming and expensive but there are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wherever possible file documents electronically; electronic filing needs electronic passwords which add a layer of protection for your company.

  • Companies House has a scheme to help reduce the risks of being hijacked: it’s known as PROOF (PROtected Online Filing) and is simple to use. It can be used for filing appointments, terminations and changes of officers’ details, changes in the registered office and annual returns. Best of all, it’s a free service. You'll need to register for the scheme using WebFiling which is easy. Once you have registered you will need to remember to tell anyone who files documents for you that you have done so. If you don't, you will find that some paper documents are rejected and returned to your registered office which can cause delays and extra work.

  • Sign up for the Companies House "Monitor" service. This service enables you to know about any new documents sent to Companies House which relate to your company. Companies House will email you giving you the option of downloading the document image. This may give you advance warning if an unauthorised third party is trying to change your company’s details without your knowledge or consent. There is a small fee to download any document image but it's free to receive the monitoring e-mails for your company for 12 months.

So, using a combination of PROOF, the Monitor service and electronic filing, you should be able to cut the risk of your corporate identity being hijacked.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Energy Hard Sell Warning - South Warwickshire

imageResidents have complained to Warwickshire Trading Standards after receiving underhand approaches by on-commission door to door energy sales people wanting to switch them to another gas or electric provider.

One resident reported that a caller representing an energy company had first claimed he was there to 'read the meter'. When the householder challenged the caller (as the caller did not represent the householder's own provider), he then said he had been sent by his head office because the householder had been 'over-charged'. In reality, the caller was looking for ways to get the householder to agree to switch his supplier.

Some door to door energy sales people have been known to make misleading statements and use underhand sales tactics to get householders to change their supplier. Whilst changing energy supplier is a straightforward process, consumers who are unwittingly switched on the doorstep may end up paying more for their gas or electricity than they were already doing.

The cost of energy varies widely between suppliers depending upon how much you use and how you pay. Rogue energy sales people are only interested in signing you up to their company and earning commission, they don't care if you end up paying more for your energy.

Warwickshire Trading Standards advise consumers to shop around for the best energy deals. Don't change your contract with the first person who comes to your door, whatever they say. Use a price comparison website to find the best deal.

‘Slamming’ Warning

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has received complaints about the practice of ‘slamming’. ‘Slamming’ occurs when consumers are switched from one service provider (such as a gas or telephone company) to another, without their consent. Consumers may be tricked in to switching their provider on the doorstep or have their signature forged by unscrupulous sales staff working on commission.

The most recent complaints relate to the provision of broadband and telephone services. A consumer contacted the service after being informed by his service provider that they had received notification from him that he was moving to another provider and that they were therefore treating this as a cancellation. The consumer had made no such request to switch!

More information of the practice of ‘slamming’ and details of how consumers can complain is available on the Ofcom (regulator) website.

If you have been ‘slammed’, take this advice:

·        Contact your current provider and get them to cancel the unwanted move.

·        If the service has already transferred, ask your original provider to transfer you back to them.

·        If you’re aware of the ‘new’ company involved and want to take the matter further, you should follow their official complaints procedure.

For more information visit our website:

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

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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

Rod Quilter is the speaker for July 5th with an intriguing subject “Remarkable Restraints”! Come along and join us to find out what it is all about from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

“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.

Meet at the Market Cross at 6.30pm on Tuesday July 19th for a visit to Henley Sidings Nature Reserve. Visitors who are interested in natural history are welcome.

Come and join us for strawberries and cream in Barbara Warmington’s lovely garden at Alne House, Beaudesert Lane on Thursday July 21st 2.30 – 4.30pm. Raffle and cakes, cost £5.00 – everyone welcome. Proceeds to St John’s church.

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

Tuesday 26th July. Philip Aubrey Successful Fruit Growing – grown your own ‘five a day’. 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall everyone welcome.

Friday 29th July Preparation for Saturday 30th July Competition Day.

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  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
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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Henley in Bloom
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Henley Diary
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Editorial Team
Proof ReaderJohn Garner
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Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
Henley High School
C of E Primary School Elaine Field
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
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Court Leet & HADSAlan Robson
Claverdon & RailwayClive Hanley

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