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Edition 285 - 20th October 2011
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010


Walter (Wal) Collins    1924 - 2011

Former Chairman of Parish Council and Former High Bailiff

imageWalter Collins was born on 4th July 1924 in Tysley, Birmingham. He attended Yardley Grammar School, where he represented the school by playing rugby for the 1st XV and was also a member of the athletic team. His schooling was interrupted by the Second World War and he left and went on to train as a toolmaker.

In 1942 whilst working as an engineer for Midland Electric he met Kath, his future wife. Whenever he could, Wal would cycle out to the countryside, often with his friend Ken, sometimes with Kath in 'tow" visiting the Cotswolds, Worcestershire & even Snowdonia, North Wales.

In 1945 he was called up for National Service, which he served at RAF Benson. In 1946, still serving in the Air force, Wal married Kath and they set up home with her parents in Henley-in-Arden. Sadly they lost their first child Ann but before long their second child Jean arrived, and a couple of years later after moving into their first house together they celebrated the birth of their son, John. Shortly afterwards, he changed horses and went to night school to enable him to become a Local Government Officer with Birmingham City Council starting as a clerk in the architects department.

Wal, with his family, continued to live in Henley until the last few months of his life. He immersed himself in the life of the Town and played an active part as Chairman of the Parish Council in fighting the encroachment of the Green Belt land and also in updating the Town's street lighting. He was also a member of Henley Court Leet and was High Bailiff from 1976 - 79.

In his later years with Kath he travelled to Canada and Africa to visit family, he also enjoyed photography, visiting National trust properties and sequence dancing with the many friends they made when they joined Henley Dance Club.

In March 2011 ill health made it impossible for Wal to continue caring for Kath and so they moved to North Wales to live with their daughter Jean and her husband John. Sadly Kath died in June and at her memorial service in July. Wal somehow found amazing strength to give a memorable eulogy to Kath.

Afterwards his health continued to deteriorate and in the early hours of 11th October Wal passed away with his daughter at his side.


Chairman of Jubliee Committee Elected.

imageAt a meeting of Henley's organisations on Tuesday 11th October in the Guild Hall hosted by the Court Leet, John Alexander was elected as the Chairman of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations committee.

John has told Henley NEWS:

I'm really pleased to be chairing the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Committee for Henley-in-Arden & Beaudesert.

Our initial meeting in the Guild Hall last week saw us distribute our efforts into a number of committees. It was agreed that we would make the most of the 4 day Bank Holiday weekend with activities planned for 3 of the 4 days.

Watch for regular updates in Henley NEWS for how you can get involved and the plans in future editions.

John Alexander

Twinning with Montfort sur Risle in Normandy


imageMany of you will hopefully have seen my previous article regarding trying to twin Henley with appropriate towns overseas. In the intervening period, thanks to some excellent leads from a number of individuals in Henley, I have made tentative steps towards a twinning arrangement with a town called Montfort sur Risle in Normandy, France.

Those of you not up with your 12th century history will not be aware that the original castle which sat on the Mount was built by Thurstan de Montfort who, as his name suggests, originated from Montfort sur Risle. So, this already gives us excellent historic links with Montfort and provides the basis for a more meaningful twinning than would be the case with a town chosen at random.

If you want to find out more about the town of Montfort, please have a look at France voyage website

So, over the last few months I have been in email correspondence with a representative (Jean-Chistophe Bisson) of the town to see how we could proceed with the twinning process. It also transpired that we were only about 90 minutes’ drive from Montfort on our summer holiday in August so we took an afternoon out of our schedule and visited the town which culminated in a guided tour of their castle, (the highlight being the friendly and curious goats brought in to eat the brambles) by Jean-Christophe and his colleagues and finally dinner at the local creperie (which comes highly recommended).

The conclusions of our discussions were as follows:

Neither of us has any budget for twinning and we are both wary of setting up something which becomes little more than a junket for the few people involved with the twinning. Any meaningful twinning will start small and develop over time.

We feel the most obvious places to start will be:

  • School links – Monfort has both a primary and secondary school and both would be interested in pen pals (or the current equivalent) and exchanges of information.
  • Historical links – there are obvious historical links between the two towns and these could and should be explored further.
  • General tourism/travel links – Montfort is in a nice part of the world; it’s near Honfleur, Pont Audemer, Rouen etc. It’s easily accessible from Le Havre should you wish to visit.
  • There is interest from those I spoke to in visiting Henley and the surrounding area too.
  • Sporting and leisure links – Montfort has junior and senior football teams and a tennis club so it might be possible to arrange sporting tours in both directions. When we visited the local scouts were camping in the grounds of the castle, which looked excellent – there may be reciprocal scouting activities for example.

Next steps

I hope this whets your appetite. There are already a number of people who have expressed an interest in supporting the twinning process. If you would like to be involved, please drop me a line at or call 07977 482879.

The plan is to set up a meeting in the near future to discuss what we do next. If you would like to join us do let me know so that I can add you to the list.

Simon Watkins reporting

More Waste of Money and Spin by the JPC

Raiding the Reserves is not a cost saving

There can be no more obvious example of waste by the JPC than its quarterly JPC Newsletter, which has become a party political pamphlet on behalf of the Ruling Group, paid for by the residents. Stale news and self glorification do not make very interesting reading. This mini-newsletter has been supplanted by much more professional publications such as the Stratford Herald, Henley Focus and Henley NEWS, all of which circulate much more frequently. Is it not time to abolish it and save our money?

Otherwise, September was a good month for Henley with the four exceptionally well organised charity events by the Guild Hall Trust and the War Memorial Trust but not a mention of them in the JPC Newsletter.


Residents - Please Note.

The Autumn 2011 JPC Newsletter, like previous editions, has not been approved for publication by the Full Council.

The reduction in the Precept (Parish Council Tax) was achieved by utilising Reserves not by cost savings. This cannot be relied upon to reduce the Precept in future years. It is also valid to say that the JPC could achieve significant savings running into tens of thousands of £s and this must become the focus in future years

It is also improper to use a council publication for party political purposes.

This is not the first time we have reported on this improper conduct.

In August 2010, there were complaints about 'Wasting Our Money on Propaganda'

Henley Church of England Primary School

Cross of Nails Pilgrimage

This year is the 200th anniversary of Church of England schools in Britain. As part of these celebrations the Cross of Nails from Coventry Cathedral has been on a journey around the Diocese since the beginning of the year, visiting every Anglican church school in the diocese. The cross is a symbol of peace and reconciliation. It was Henley-in-Arden CofE Primary’s turn to receive it from Wootton CE Primary in September.

The children from Henley walked to meet children from Wootton at St John’s Church carrying the gift of flowers they had made to give to the Wootton children.

At the church the Wootton children said a litany as they handed the cross over to the Henley pupils. They also gave us a bookmark with a message of peace on it for each pupil. The Henley children gave them a flower each with a message of peace, love, joy and hope on it.


There was a joyful procession back to school carrying our school banner and the Cross of Nails which stayed in school until it was taken several days later to The Ferncumbe School in Hatton. Henley children made a cross-shaped bookmark for the Ferncumbe children with the message of peace and shalom on. We shall certainly look out for the Cross of Nails next time we visit Coventry Cathedral now it has become so special to us.

Festive Performance in The Guild Hall

imageChristmas is just around the corner and to get you in to the spirit, Henley Drama is again performing their seasonal and atmospheric show “Stepping in to Christmas” in the gorgeous Guild Hall. This year the compendium of fun is even bigger and better with a seasonal mixture of songs, sketches, readings and as a special treat, an extract from the forthcoming production of “Henley Market the Musical” which will be performed at the same venue in spring 2012.

The huge log fire will be ignited in good time for our performances on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of December, doors open at 7.00pm where we will greet you with a complimentary drink and mince pie. Go on, spoil yourselves!

Our posters will be on display around town but you can book tickets at the lip smacking price of £8.00 on our site or phone 07738 379 896.

Ray Evans - HADS

Advertisement Feature

A Blooming Marvellous Donation
For Henley In Bloom


logoThe streets of Henley in Arden will be blooming marvellous next summer thanks to a donation by Taylor Wimpey Midlands.

The leading house builder, which recently launched its Farriers Cross development in the town, has donated £250 to Henley in Bloom to help pay for new metal troughs for next summer's planting scheme.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, thinks everything will come up smelling of roses. She said: "We were more than happy to help out with this project, especially as we're building our Farriers Cross development here in Henley in Arden and so are keen to support the local community.

"Henley in Arden is already a prize blossom in Warwickshire's floral crown but the Henley in Bloom team makes it outclass the others. We hope these troughs help the town achieve top prize in next year's competition."

Gordon Trinder, chairman of Henley in Bloom, said: "It's a big thank you from us to Taylor Wimpey for making this donation, which we’re definitely going to put to good use. We're digging deep to create something spectacular for next summer and we hope the judges name us best in show."

There really is something for everyone at Farriers Cross, as the collection of just 30 homes comprises two bedroom coach houses, two bedroom apartments, three bedroom terraced houses and four and five bedroom detached homes. The development is situated just of the high street and prices start from £174,995 through to £419,995.

imageFarriers Cross is set in the heart of Henley In Arden, a charming village steeped in history and surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside. The High Street offers designer shops, refreshments and an array of gastro bars and coffee shops. Being a conservation area the town lists over 150 buildings as being of special architectural or historic interest. Close by is Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and the delightful towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.

Henley In Arden has first-rate communication links, with the M40 linking to the M42 and onto the central motorway network. Birmingham International airport is approximately 20 minutes away.

For further information visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log onto:

Rachel Tillman reporting

Lipstick Powder & Paint” on October 20th at 7pm

A fabulous evening of combining Art & Fashion by Jody Craddock & Studio 34

Jody Craddock, the Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer, started to paint as a hobby but it is has been evident for the past few years he has a unique talent that has been recognised by the likes of Beverly Knight, Suzie Perry, Dave Grohl and many more alike in the music industry and beyond. Jody's pieces are enjoyable and make a great investment. His work is collected now widely by both celebrities and private individuals ensuring his works will be appreciated and appreciate long into the future.

We at Studio 34 are delighted to be involved in such a fabulous exhibition at St Pauls Art Gallery Birmingham to showcase our Autumn/Winter Collections in an amazing runway fashion show produced by Fiona Kidd Productions. We specialise in exclusive luxury women's wear. We have various cutting edge styles from day wear, evening wear to something for the weekend.

Reception 7pm with complimentary drinks & food by The Curry Republic.  Whilst guests & press are arriving you will have the chance to look at the wonderful Art already in the gallery. 8pm you will take your seats for the fashion show & the unveiling of Jody’s work !

It’s a night not to be missed; tickets still available from Studio 34 or St Pauls Art Gallery @ £25.00

For further information please contact or

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The Town Dinner 2010


This evening salutes Henley’s Army of Volunteers.

Everyone is welcome.



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Bollywood comes to Henley CE Primary


Our Year 3 and Year 4 children have been learning about the customs, culture and geography of India. On Tuesday they dressed in different styles of Indian clothing and enjoyed the visit of a Bollywood dance teacher, Reena Tailor, who quickly taught a whole Bollywood routine which was later performed to their parents and the other children. They tasted Indian food and made felt elephants. It was a wonderful, busy day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Influencing policy makers

imagePart of the reason the TaxPayers’ Alliance was founded was to represent taxpayers in the corridors of power.

In recent weeks, there have been a number of policy announcements that have been heavily influenced by TPA's research and the hard work of our grassroots supporters, such as a move to stop taxpayer funding for trade union activists.

At Prime Minister's Questions one of the TPA's most successful reports, the Trade Union Rich List, was raised by Henry Smith MP. Here is the full text of the question..

Henry Smith (Crawley) (Con): A recent TaxPayers' Alliance report revealed—[Hon. Members: “Ahh!”]—that 38 union leaders were remunerated at more than £100,000 each, including Derek Simpson of Unite, who received more than £500,000. Does the Prime Minister agree that it is time for union boss pay restraint?

The Prime Minister: It is interesting that Labour Members always listen to the trade unions, but never to the TaxPayers' Alliance. One reason is that they do not want to hear about excessive pay in the public sector, local government or among their paymasters, the trade unions.




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Recent Property Sales in Henley

7 William James Way 
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GB
12th August 2011 £285,000

Pear Tree Cottage Orchard Rise
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5FL
5th August 2011 - £680,000

28 High Street- £475,000
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AN
27th July 2011 - £475,000

Flat 14, Blackthorn Court, Chestnut Walk
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GN
1st July 2011 - £108,000

24 Prince Harry Road
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5DD
18th July 2011 - £378,950

24 Castle Close
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5LR
4th August 2011  - £172,000

3 Chingley Bank
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5LX
30th June 2011  - £278,000

You can view all previous sales information by visiting

COOLSPORTZ Launches Sports Camp

imageParents stuck for inspiration when it comes to entertaining the children this October Half Term are being given a lifeline from local children’s sports and exercise specialists, Coolsportz.

The Henley in Arden based sports activity company is launching a special Multi Sports Camp with plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged 4 to 14 active and entertained through the holiday.

The Camp held at Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden is OFSTED REGISTERED and therefore accepts childcare vouchers. The Camp will be running all week from Mon 24th – Fri 28th October 2011 and children can attend half day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day only for 5 – 14yrs). It is based on a fun multi-sports programme offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball and much more. All children who attend will also have the chance to explore their creative side with art and craft workshops.

Coolsportz camps provide a fun, structured programme giving children the chance to improve hand eye co-ordination, footwook, balance and speed. Additionally, children can develop their cognitive, leadership and teamworking skills as well as the chance to make new friends.

Coach Neil Supperstone, who will be running the Camp, says: “Coolsportz camps provide children with a brilliant chance to have fun while taking part in different sports that help boost their fitness levels. Sessions are held in fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities, so the camps will be run no matter what the great British weather throws at us.”

For further information please visit or to book your place on the Coolsportz October Camp please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email

Lucy-Jane Webster reporting

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Cooking with an Aga! Not a good idea.

Warning - This might be controversial!

imageIts funny how events turn up. Because my wife Penny was playing in a gig with her saxophone band at Coughton Court, I ended up wandering round a marquee of specialist food promotions and, tempted into a tasting, bought a bottle of English red wine. Well it was raining so I had to take cover somewhere. At the other end of the tent was a cooking demonstration by AGA. I heard the demonstrator say the boffins at AGA had improved the electric AGA to make their ‘Total Control’ model. After Penny’s gig, I took her to the tent so she could taste the wine I had bought. Fortunately it met with approval. Being aware that the AGA is the kitchen equivalent of the American gas guzzler, I took the opportunity to enquire about the energy consumption of this new improved model. I was not impressed by the answer.

Here are the figures from the AGA website. The total control model is programmable, which is an improvement over earlier models. It has two basic operating modes known as slumber and manual. In slumber mode, the electric ‘Total Control’ AGA uses 8 kWh/day. This is only a little less than the UK average household domestic electricity consumption so if we all had AGAs and wanted to keep our electricity bills the same, we’d have to walk about in the dark, watch no TV and not use computers or washing machines etc and this is before we have done any cooking!!! If you decide to use your AGA like an ordinary cooker by turning it off completely except when you need to cook, then it will use a mere 5 kWh/day. This compares with an average of about 1.6 kWh/day for normal cookers. The latest AGA may have ‘total control’ but still uses lots of electricity.

Actually, I contest the ‘Total Control’ claim too. The AGA website gives the warm up times from cold for the two hotplates as 11 minutes and 8 minutes. This is hardly quick. We can cook potatoes in the microwave oven in 6 minutes from cold (using just 0.1 kWh). Our main oven gets to temperature in 25 minutes and our small oven only 15 minutes so the AGA baking oven at 22 minutes is not that far behind our small oven but the AGA roasting oven takes 45 minutes! Modern fan ovens are of course much quicker than our oven so the latest AGA oven technology is still rather a long way behind the times. Finally, compare the instant response of a gas or induction hob with the total control AGA and the AGA ‘Total Control’ doesn’t look too good. And by the way, the wasted heat (5 –1.6) = 3.4 kWh per day would cook enough potatoes in our microwave to feed 66 people per day.

So to get better warm up times, you keep the AGA in slumber mode and it heats the kitchen for you. This is of course a selling point as the AGA is in effect a room heater as well as cooker (which explains why it uses so much electricity). However, this is not a good idea because heat provided by electricity is about 3 times more expensive and 5 times more carbon polluting then heat from gas. Also, do you really want to heat the kitchen in summer!!

Frankly, I think the sale of AGAs should be banned. Even the latest ‘Total Control’ model is nowhere near as energy efficient as a basic electric or gas cooker and when you need to heat the kitchen, the heat should come from gas if possible or a properly controlled electric heater if not. And, having mentioned gas, a predecessor of the electric ‘Total Control’ AGA was the gas AGA and there were diesel, kerosene and coal versions too. All of these set the scene for the upgrade to the appallingly inefficient ‘Total Control’ electric model by being even more appallingly inefficient. A gas AGA consumes 60 kWhr per day if you can afford to run it, not to mention the carbon pollution !!!

If you like food cooked slowly at a low temperature as the AGA does, try a slow cooker? We get wonderfully tasty results in both our small and our large slow cookers. A small slow cooker uses 0.3 kWh in 5 hrs –not as low as a microwave oven but ever so much better than an AGA even if it does have ‘Total control’

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

I’ve been slammed!

John GarnerYou may recall, if you have a long memory, that I wrote about this a year ago.

Slamming is where you find that your telephone line has been somehow taken over by another provider without your knowledge. This can happen when you’ve had a cold call from another provider and they claim you’ve agreed to change to them even though you haven’t.

Well, it’s just happened to me! I received a letter from my internet provider (Virgin) saying “Sorry you’re leaving us”. I rang their help desk and, after about a day trying to penetrate their awful system, found someone who would talk to me. They told me that someone had put a “cease order” on my phone line but they didn’t know who; this meant that they wouldn’t be able to continue the internet service a few days hence.

I then phoned BT (ever tried that? it’s a nightmare!) and when I eventually spoke to someone they confirmed the line would cease but said it was nothing to do with them and that I should speak with my own provider (I don’t use BT). I now know they were lying.

The implications of all this began to dawn on me. It meant that within a few days my phone line would be cut off so I would have no land line and no internet: I use these for business so I’d have been completely stymied. Moreover it could take another week or more, and probably a large fee, to get me reconnected.

So I did phone my own provider (First Telecom) who confirmed there was indeed a cease order on the line but were adamant they couldn’t do anything about it. They did however confirm that the cease order had been put on by BT and were even able to give me the BT reference number. So much for BT’s honesty.

I pointed out that Ofcom say it’s down to the provider but First Telecom claimed that Ofcom is wrong! At my wits end I asked to begin their complaints procedure (you have to do that before you can get Ofcom involved) and they duly took note. Suddenly the conversation changed and their operative said “Hang on a minute, I think I can do something!” Whereupon he said “I think I’ve done it! I think I’ve removed your cease order!” Just like that!

I asked him how come he’d only just discovered he could do something after all and he claimed he’d only just found out. Make of that what you will.

Anyhow, he did indeed remove the cease order and the problem seems to have gone away – touch wood. It cost me at least two days work trying to get it sorted.

Morals of the story:

  1. Never believe what anyone tells you (except Ofcom of course) and if this sort of thing happens to you get straight on to your phone provider and insist they do something right away. Don’t wait as time may be of the essence.

  2. Make sure you only deal with providers who allow you to speak quickly and directly with a reasonably intelligent human being in a UK Call centre.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Warnings from Trading Standards

imageCan You Help Us to Clamp Down on Bogus Charity Bags?

Warwickshire Trading Standards Services are launching a bid to clamp down on bogus charity clothing collections (bags) – and they need your help.

Trading Standards Officers are concerned that some householders may be duped in to donating their unwanted clothing and bric-a-brac to private traders when they thought they were giving to a registered charity.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers want to investigate these types of bags and are calling on Warwickshire residents to help.

Householders can either post their bags (or flyers) to us, or scan them in and email them (in both cases, please inform us where they were delivered)

For more information visit our website:

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
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CHURCH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER in the Church Hall Beaudesert Lane from 11am to 3pm. Come and do your Christmas shopping and get some fantastic bargains. Stalls include homemade cakes and produce, gifts, jewellery, books, toys, raffle, bottle stall etc, as well as Father Christmas, teas and delicious homemade hot lunches.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Carl Sadler will be talking on ‘Trug Making by a Miserable Trugger’!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come along to Ullenhall Village Hall on 25th October at 7.30pm. Visitors will be most welcome at this very friendly club.

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th October in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Gerald Lesinski will give a talk on 'State Ceremonial'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

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 History
Henley in Bloom
Wild Life Society
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Henley Diary
Flower Club Annette Walker
Editorial Team
Proof ReaderJohn Garner
EditorBill Leech
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WCC Trading Standards
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
Henley High School
C of E Primary School Elaine Field
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
LibrarySue Osborne
Court Leet & HADSAlan Robson
Claverdon & RailwayClive Hanley

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