Edition 289 - 15th December 2011
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

Happy Christmas from the High Bailiff


Greetings from Montfort in Normandy


imageThe members of the association "Montfort Culture et Patrimoine" will join me in order to express our joy to connect with your community.

We take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and New Year, is confident that 2012 will achieve our twinning.

Jean-Christophe BISSON
Président de Montfort Culture et Patrimoine


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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


imageThe Court has been very busy during the past few weeks. We hosted the Annual Court Leet Church Service on the 27th November and were pleased to welcome the High Bailiffs from Warwick, Alcester and Bromsgrove, together with their Consorts. John Ganjavi gave a thought provoking sermon which was entitled ‘Why are we here?’ which caused much discussion at the reception which followed the service. Thank you John for such a well judged sermon.

The Christmas Lights ‘switch on’ in the High Street was followed by a Christmas Fayre in the Guild Hall Garden, organised by Carol Robson and her loyal band of helpers. The High & Low Bailiffs together with other members of the Court Leet attended and were pleased to note so much support from the residents of Henley. The proceeds of this event are being donated to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Funds are still coming in but the final total is expected to be in excess of £500.

The annual Christmas Shop Window competition for shops on the High Street was judged on Saturday 8th December. Each of the judges commented on the very high standard of entries, indeed the result was a very close run thing, eventually only one point separated 1st & 2nd places.

We would like to thank all the shops who participated and the tremendous effort they made to enhance the appearance of the High Street during the festive season.

RESULT - 1st Patinis, 2nd Honeys, 3rd Shakespeare Hospice


imageThe High Bailiff became a temporary member of HADS to compère Step into Christmas 2011, performed over three nights at the Guild Hall on the 8th – 10th December. The Company performed a variety of songs and sketches, together with Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol”. The concerts were a sell-out and raised important funds for HADS, who generously made a large donation to Guild Hall funds, for which we give grateful thanks. A report and slideshow appears below.

The High Bailiff and his Consort were delighted to be invited to the Evergreens Christmas Lunch. We enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Sue Dalby and were then thoroughly entertained by the Merlin Singers. We would like to extend our thanks to Gordon Trinder and John Johnson for all their work in organising such a spending day.

2012 will give cause for great celebration, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games taking place during the year. On behalf of the Court Leet, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Successful New Year.

John Tristram - High Bailiff 

Christmas Cheer Amongst The Gloom!


Henley Drama staged another successful offering “Step in to Christmas” at the wonderful Guild Hall on the nights of 8th, 9th and 10th December last.

Full marks go out to Carol Robson, Director, for organising a most entertaining and eclectic evening where everything from Dickens to The Two Ronnies kept the audience laughing, and a sprinkling of stories, carols and a crackling log fire and Disney could not have done better!

The High Bailiff, John Tristram, conducted the proceedings very professionally, bringing on over a dozen of the HADS regulars to perform their pieces to the audience.

We would never single anyone out on these dates as it only works if everyone pulls together, and as the second show of its type, we all sincerely hope it becomes part of the growing traditions that must prevail in this great town of ours.

Finally thanks to all of you that took the trouble to support us in the chilly winter gloom!

Ray Evans HADS

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WCC Terminates Library Lease

Friends of the Library offered Substantial Discount

imageThe Guild Hall Trust has received notice from Warwickshire County Council that they will terminate the lease for the Library in June 2012. The Trustees have continued to discuss the options with the Friends of the Library and made an offer of a significantly reduced rental, should they wish to take over the lease from WCC. The Trustees have not received any acknowledgement or response to this offer.

Since the Trustees have a legal obligation to maintain the Guild Hall, which requires a continuing income stream, they are now seeking a new tenant for the Guild Hall and have engaged a specialist commercial property agent to assist with this search.

The Trustees wish the Friends of the Library every success in their new venture and would particularly like to thank Warwickshire County Council for their assistance and co-operation during the many years of their tenancy.

John Tristram, Chairman GHMC

The Friends of Library were asked for a comment but none was received by the time of publication.


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Henley Christmas Lights 2011


The annual Town Christmas Carol Concert and Christmas Lights Switch On took place on Saturday 3rd December at the Market Cross. The carol singing was led by the Town Crier Mr Gordon Trinder.

A new feature this year was a Christmas Fayre held in the Guild Hall Garden to raise funds for the ACORNS Children’s Hospice.

Thank you to all the people who called in to the Guildhall Garden Christmas Market after the light switch-on last Saturday evening. This event was a just a "taster” this year to see if the idea would be a popular one. Because of the large number that attended the switch-on we had a very good crowd in the garden – the weather was excellent for such an event.

I would like to thank the members of the small committee for their help and we will be getting together in the New Year to swap ideas if we go ahead with this event for Christmas 2012.

The feedback was good and it was suggested that we might have hot food/hot chocolate next year. If you have any suggestions please get in touch with me.

The event raised almost £500 for Acorns and they send their thanks and Best Wishes for Christmas.

Carol Robson

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Henley-in-Arden Churches

Sunday 11th Dec
 Messy Church/Nativity from scratchSt Johns
Sunday 11th Dec
 CarolsDell Court
   (Followed by tea/coffee)  
Sunday 18th Dec
 Carols by CandlelightBaptist Church
   (Followed by tea/coffee mince pies 
Sunday 18th Dec
 9 Lessons & Carols by candlelightSt Johns
Saturday 24th Dec
 Candlelit Children’s ServiceSt Johns
Saturday 24th Dec
 Midnight CommunionSt Johns
Sunday 25th Dec
 Holy CommunionSt Johns
Sunday 25th Dec
9.30 am
 Christmas ServiceMethodist Church
Sunday 25th Dec
 Family CommunionSt Johns
Sunday 25th Dec
 Congregational participative service Baptist Church



Diamond Jubilee Update

imageA quick report on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
We met again to discuss our plans and I can report good progress and ideas formulating for two of the three days.
We urgently need more support for the parade committee as this will be the largest and most difficult to co-ordinate.
Anyone with good knowledge and contacts in and around Henley is invited to get in touch with us asap.
The communications and fund raising activities of the committee are moving apace and you should keep your eyes out for some “teaser” leaflets coming through your letter boxes in early New Year.

John Alexander, Chairman
Diamond Jubilee Organising Committee

Harry Hall RIP


Harry's mother and her family would like to thank everyone who attended his funeral on 21st November and for Peter Crathorne's kind tribute in the last edition of Henley News.

We would also like to thank all the kind friends, neighbours, teachers and professionals who gave Harry support, care, love, guidance and employment during his years living in Henley, at a time when Harry was reluctant to accept help from his mother and her family. It has been a huge source of comfort to know so many people cared enough to try and make a difference for him. We are devastated he is gone.

We also wish to thank Brian and Sue Westmacott for starting a fund to buy a seat to be placed in Henley Skate Park in Harry's memory. Harry loved skateboarding, and it would be wonderful for him to be remembered by his friends in Henley. We shall be supporting this fund, and anyone wishing to donate can do so by calling in to the shop.

Harry liked to be cheerful and fun loving. Please remember Harry with love and happiness.

Sally McCann and her family

St Mary's Bingo hits the numbers

St Mary’s festive activities kicked off early this year with their Festive Christmas Bingo on Monday 28th November. More than 80 local residents turned out for the annual festive event. It was a fantastic evening organised by “Friends of St Mary’s” as part of their ongoing fund raising activities for the school.


This event raised a tremendous £551.00 for the school. This was only possible because of the support of local residents and retailers of Henley. The children, staff and friends of St Mary’s would like to send them all a BIG thank you.

You really could feel the tension in the room as the residents played for the fabulous prizes donated by local retailers. Bingo caller Tina Harvey, (pictured below left, with pupil Ellen Rafferty and ex pupil, Hannah Terry) created a festive atmosphere with her traditional bingo calls and “unlucky for some – 13” didn’t apply to local resident Julie Taylor from Arden Road (pictured right). Julie won the star prize of a Technika 19" HD Ready LCD TV with built-in Freeview which was donated by MCS GROUP LTD.


Local Retailers who supported the school include: R S Mills the Butchers, Threshers, Headturners, ENV, Cafe 34, Arden Tandoori, The Curry Republic, Henley Ice Cream, Bella Capelli, Seaspray, Shirlee, The White Swan, The Co-operative, One Stop, The Royal China, Sue Dalby Catering, Elisa Hamilton Bridalwear and Henley Golf & Country Club.

Michelle Rafferty reporting

Henley-in-Arden Air Rifle & Pistol Club

imageWe offer indoor .177 Air Rifle & Air Pistol paper target shooting both at 6 yards and 10 metres, with club equipment available for beginners. We have experienced shooters who are able to offer assistance and coaching in both disciplines. We are affiliated to the NSRA and regularly participate in National postal competitions both summer & winter with our own 2 day Open Shoot held in November.

Our purpose built secure facilities are open 7 days a week 24 hours a day to senior members, Monday evening is our club night where a volunteer Range Officer is on duty to help and assist beginners, if you feel this is the sort of sport/hobby that might interest you and you are aged 10 years or over please come along any Monday evening from 7.30/8.00 p.m. (except Bank Holidays) for a no-obligation visit.

If you require any further information please contact Paul Lowe (Secretary) on 01789 400491 (home) or 01789 490528 (work).

Henley and Beaudesert Society Christmas Party

imageThe Society’s Christmas party was held on Thursday 8th December and was a rousing success. The relaxed and informal nature of the meeting got off to a convivial start with everyone being greeted with a glass of wine. There then followed an excellent buffet which had been prepared by members of the committee together with a willing band of helpers.

There was more than enough by way of refreshments and with everybody pleasantly replete and thirsts quenched, the tables were cleared for us to enjoy some lighted-hearted entertainment.

imageBarbara Colclough had done a splendid job in securing the services of Simon Topman, alias the Whistleblower, a most gifted raconteur and mimic. He is chief executive of the world famous Acme Whistle Company, founded in 1870 in Birmingham by Joseph Hudson and which has now manufactured close to 500 million whistles. The company’s first significant order was to supply the Metropolitan police with 21,000 whistles to replace rattles and was aided by a loan from the customer of £20 to buy materials. Soon after followed the iconic ‘Acme Thunderer’, a whistle still used by referees today, together with its integral pea. Indeed the pea gave Simon the excuse to embark on one of his hilarious anecdotes about how in a live radio interview he talked about the pea fields of Hockley only to be queried by a local listener who claimed never to have seen them. Quick thinking by Simon explained that peas were now genetically modified and could all be grown in a couple of window boxes.

We were introduced to a whole host of whistles ranging from the high frequency dog whistle, which humans can’t hear, to the loudest, the Tornado 2000 used by referees in modern football stadiums. Sound effects included bird calls, animal sounds and American railroad locomotives. Apparently early samples of a duck call whistle looked very like a grenade which caused Simon some difficulty when he tried to take some through German immigration. Ultimately the Germans were highly amused by the duck whistles which was more than could be said for the French on another occasion when he tried to demonstrate that it could play the Marseillaise.

Acme Whistles made both the original whistles for the Titanic and also for the blockbuster movie; and this has led to a huge demand for replica Titanic whistles. Loch Ness Monster whistles are another instance where the company have tapped into a lucrative tourist industry which has encouraged a healthy demand.

To cap his performance, Simon told us how on one occasion he had given his talk to a very unresponsive Women’s Institute and at its conclusion no one could be persuaded to give a vote of thanks. Ever the gentleman, Simon said not to worry; he would do it himself which he proceeded to do. This was acceptable to his audience until the tremulous voice of the secretary was heard to say ‘and what do I put in the minutes’.

The evening concluded with the customary raffle featuring some very acceptable prizes. All in all, it had been a wonderful occasion with everyone departing in a happy festive spirit.

The Society’s next meeting is on Thursday 19th January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. The speaker will be David Fowler on ‘Your Local cheese and its History’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

Andrew Yarwood reporting
John Love photos

The first edition of Henley NEWS in 2012 will be on 12th January

Happy New Year

Henley Forest FC - What a bunch of likely lads


Henley Forest U9s are pictured resplendent in their new kit with manager Tom Wale after their impressive 7 – 1 recent victory over St Peters Celtic: goals from Tom Clarke (who bagged four), Jude Jones, Jo Geldard and Jack Goode.

Also pictured are Elliott Saltmarsh, Ned Campbell, Josh Mander, Rhys Hill, Nathan Maine, Calvin Lynch & Chris Johnson all of whom had big parts in this victory. Manager Tom Wale felt this was an excellent display after a couple of disappointing results and he felt the boys now were at last learning to play for each other and more as a team. As the reader can tell all look happy with this result, even if looking at the camera in some cases was an issue!

These likely lads play in the first division of the Mid-Warks Boys' League  and train every Thursday evening at Henley College with other age groups from 6 to 13 years of age, so for further details on Henley Forest FC contact Peter Johnson on 07979 245033

Pete Johnson reporting

Henley Primary visit Coventry Cathedral


A group of ten Year Three and Year Four children from Henley Primary School had the fantastic opportunity of being part of a very special celebration at Coventry Cathedral last week.

The celebration was to commemorate 200 years of church schools and involved a special service with church schools from around Warwickshire.

The children had a wonderful time and enjoyed looking around both the new and old cathedrals.

Elaine Field reporting

Charities hope for Festive Fundraising Bonanza


On Tuesday 27th December Knowle and Dorridge Lions will be holding their 19th Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton NT House. This year’s walk will raise funds for the Alzheimers Society, Crossroads Care, Dorridge & Knowle Scouts as well as a variety of other local causes.

“We are delighted that the Lions have chosen the Alzheimers Society as one of the beneficiaries of their fundraising this year”, said Emma Dowler. “We hope that families will add their Festive Walk to their Christmas calendar and join us for this great fundraising opportunity and walk off the Christmas pud.”

“Last year we had record numbers of walkers. This year we are hoping to attract 1000 walkers for the first time, and hope to raise thousands of pounds for these very worthy causes” said Knowle and Dorridge Lions organiser Ute Smith.

“This year Baddesley Clinton House and gardens will be open on the day for the first time with free admission for all Festive Walkers. We hope that walkers will take advantage of the offer after they have completed their 4, 6 or 8 mile walk and join us for hot mince pies and mulled wine. All the walks pass through wonderful Warwickshire countryside using country lanes, public footpaths and canal towpaths. All ages are welcome especially if you get your efforts sponsored, but if arranging and collecting sponsorship will be a hassle you might prefer make a donation.”

Entry is free via Lions website at where you can obtain more details, download registration and sponsorship forms or telephone 08458 33 58 94.

Changes to refuse collections over the Xmas

SDCThere are changes to Stratford District Council’s refuse and recycling collections over the festive period. There will be no collections of rubbish, recyclables or green waste on Monday 26 December 2011.

Revised collections are shown below:


In the event of adverse weather affecting collections please check the District Council’s website at

Tree Felling - What's Happening


Dear Editor,

I have had no recent update re the Tree felling in Birmingham Road.
The matter was discussed at JPC on Monday 26th September, as was a letter I had submitted. Unfortunately I was in Spain and unable to attend the meeting.
As far as I am aware the District Council is not prepared to follow the felling any further and will not request the owner of the land to replant trees and so it seems that the battle to save/preserve the visible impact of the entrance/exit to Henley-in-Arden, north end, is lost.
However, the owner of the land has made further applications re the Mill (I believe before the same meeting as mentioned above). I understand that the application has been sent back to the applicant for various amendments and one can only hope that the wishes of the people of Henley-in-Arden will be met by the applicant and he will replace the trees with some mature ones.
Alan G Jones, Resident - High Street

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Farriers Cross Proving Popular With House Buyers



imageHouse hunters in Henley-in-Arden are being urged not to miss out on their dream home following a flurry of sales at Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ popular Farriers Cross development. Farriers Cross has been a real hit with house buyers, with a third of the development’s homes already sold. And the secret to its success is being put down to its enviable location and the collection of stunning, high quality homes on offer.

Spectacular architecture and listed buildings, including the 15th century Guildhall, along with a fantastic array of amenities, makes Henley-in-Arden one of the most sought after places to live in Warwickshire.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, said: “The opportunity to snap up a new home in the heart of Henley-in-Arden, a charming village steeped in history and surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside, doesn’t come around often, so the development’s popularity comes as no surprise.

“When we first launched we were inundated with enquiries and this level of interest has continued to gain momentum. Farriers Cross offers a fantastic range of contemporary homes and a stunning location – factors that are often at the top of a house buyer’s wish list. As such, we’ve had an incredibly successful year at Farriers Cross, demonstrating the strong demand for high quality homes in the area.”

The exclusive development comprises a collection of just 30 private homes, ranging from two bedroom coach houses and apartments, through to three bedroom terraced houses and four and five bedroom detached homes, priced from £174,995 through to £419,995. In addition to bringing these stylish homes to the area Taylor Wimpey is also keen to support the local community wherever possible. Most recently the house builder has spread some festive cheer by donating £250 towards the Henley-in-Arden Christmas lights. Contributions towards the restoration of the Guild Hall and Henley in Bloom were also made earlier this year to help keep the town looking its best.

“It’s wonderful to be able to help support the communities we build in. Henley-in-Arden has one of Warwickshire’s most unspoilt historic high streets and as such there’s a huge sense of community pride which we want to help build on and keep strong,” added Anne.

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

Rosie Marshalsay reporting

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The dangers of becoming an Apple fan…...

It all began with an iPhone.


March was when our son celebrated his 17th birthday, and we got him an iPhone. He just loved it. Who wouldn't?


I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad.

Our daughter's birthday was in August so we got her an
iPod Touch.


My wife celebrated her birthday in September so I got her an iRon.


It was around then that the fight started...

What my wife failed to recognise is that the iRon can be integrated into the home network with the iWash, iCook and iClean.

This inevitably activates the iNag reminder service. I should be out of the hospital next week!!


PS: iHurt!!!

Spring Business Show @ Ragley Hall

14 March 2012


Ragley Hall is the new venue for this 4th Annual Spring Business Show. Over 40 local and regional businesses will be exhibiting in this truly unique setting.

The Stratford Business Forum are hosting this exciting event bringing together local businesses to network in this very special environment. Exhibition space from just £100 for the day.

Also, plenty of outside space to use. Area in front of Ragley Hall main facade open to use. Ideal for car dealership as we can also use the Ragley estate to take test drives!

For booking form, email or call 07966512573

Tennis Tournament Final

imageHenley in Arden held their Annual Bunny Shepheard Tournament final this week.

Mother and son duo Heather and Rob West reached the final after a terrific win over the former title holders Sue Harbour and Ben Summers. In the final they met Neil Supperstone and Lucy Webster.

On a cold, wet blustery night a few braved the conditions to witness Neil and Lucy triumph 6-2 6-2, a score which defied the competitiveness of the match.

The Club are now getting ready for their numerous Christmas events including their Christmas Sparkle Tournament on Thursday 15th December.

For more information please call Judith Mathias on 01564 792378.

Claverdon battling performance against Ledbury

Saturday 10th December 2011


Man of the match – Fraser Knight


Tom Johnson makes a determined run

Claverdon travelled the long distance to Ledbury to face a side sitting in second place in the table. With several key players missing they knew that this would be an extremely tough game. Fraser Knight and Mark Tilson returned in the front row, Olly Thorndale in at flanker and Harry Cox slotted in to the full back role.

With a large crowd behind them the hosts started well with some strong running. They soon knew that they couldn’t simply run through the lions defence as they were knocked back with big hits from winger Tom Johnson and centre Tim Westmacott.

With fifteen minutes on the clock Ledbury did go ahead when a missed tackle saw their flanker make valuable yards. He had the simple task of offloading out of the tackle to the supporting fly half who scored an unconverted try.

The lions knew that this was undeserved and instantly ran the ball back with interest through strong running from full back Harry Cox and winger Conor Smith. Another break saw Tim Westmacott beat his man before offloading to fellow centre Sam Harris but unfortunately his pass was misplaced and the Ledbury winger picked up the loose ball on the run to score another unconverted try in the corner.

Claverdon were clearly the stronger team in the scrum and were winning many against the head courtesy of hooker Steve Grimsley and props Mark Tilson and Fraser Knight. The lineouts however were proving difficult with the strong wind and the lions possession was too easily given away to the hosts. Indiscipline from Ledbury again could not be capitalised on as the resultant penalty kicks did not find touch and the hosts were allowed to gather and run the ball back.

Second row Paul Carruthers was shown a yellow for an altercation with ten minutes of the half remaining to see the visitors play the half out with a man short. Just before half time a good kick from fly half Ian Wyllie saw Claverdon pin Ledbury deep in to their own half when Tom Johnson put the Ledbury full back in to touch as he tried to gain territory. As had been the case for most of the half, the lions lineout didn’t go to plan and Ledbury cleared their lines.

10-0 Half Time


Good line out win for Claverdon

The second half started with Claverdon very upbeat knowing that the home side had only scored through errors that they had gifted them. Playing up the hill and against the wind they knew it was going to be tough.

Both defences were kept busy and the score remained the same for much of the half. The back three of James Barton, Olly Thorndale and Scott Conduit were all kept busy at the back of the scrum as they made numerous tackles. Ed Williams and a debut for Anthony Jay gave the visitors the fresh legs they required and they both instantly made their mark with powerful hits up front.

Ledbury scored their third try late in the game as they moved the ball out wide quickly and another missed tackle saw them break the line and run the ball under the posts for an easy conversion.

The lions didn’t give up and quickly found themselves deep in the Ledbury half with only minutes remaining. The backs move unfortunately did not come to anything and a penalty for the hosts saw them clear the ball away to mark the end of the game.

17-0 Full Time

Claverdon now have a rest from league action until the New Year. They do however still face a tough friendly at home to old rivals Warley on Saturday so all support would be welcome.

Match report by Tom Johnson

The New Monk

A salutary tale about why you should not do something just because it has always been done.  

A new monk arrived at the monastery.  He was assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand.  He noticed, however, that they were copying copies, not the original books.
The new monk went to the head monk to ask him about this.  He pointed out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.  The head monk said: ‘We have been  copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point my son."
The head monk went down to the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.  Hours later, nobody had seen him, so one of the monks went downstairs to look for him.  He heard sobbing coming from the back of the back of the cellar and found the old monk leaning over one of the original books, crying.  He asked what was wrong.
The word is ‘celebrate’, not ‘celibate’ sobbed the head monk.

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Bogus Safety Magazines

imageWarwickshire Trading Standards are warning schools, businesses and other organisations about a number of new approaches by bogus publication companies who trick businesses and others into agreeing to advertise in their publications. These magazines, which usually purport to be safety related, have little or no circulation and are essentially worthless to the advertiser. However, the bogus publishers charge hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds for advertising space in them.

The bogus publishers usually cold call the organisations they target and often falsely claim to represent the Police or Fire and Rescue Service. They then ask the business, organisation or school if they want to advertise 'again' (even if they have never advertised before) or 'support' the publication. They hope that some people will be tricked in to thinking this is a regular event or that they will be supporting a worthwhile cause. Some rogues go as far sending the business a copy of an advert the latter had already placed in a genuine publication along with an invoice. They hope the recipient will confuse the request for payment with a genuine request for advertising payment.

For more information visit our website:

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

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Council prepares for adverse weather conditions this winter

During adverse weather conditions, some services provided by Stratford-on-Avon District Council may be affected and the District Council has taken steps in preparation for any snow or icy conditions over the coming winter months.

The District Council will endeavour to provide normal services wherever possible, however, where roads have become dangerous or impassable the decision may be taken to suspend street cleaning and refuse and recycling collection services until conditions improve.

Part of the proactive measures the District Council is taking includes a partnership approach between with the District Council’s contractor Biffa and Warwickshire County Council. In the coming months, if the street cleaning or refuse and recycling services have to be suspended due to snow or ice, the Contractor’s workforce will be utilised to help Warwickshire County Council to grit and clear snow off pavements in key areas of the District.

Cllr Mike Brain, Technical Services Portfolio, says: “The decision to suspend District Council services is not taken lightly but the health and safety of our staff, contractors and the public are of paramount importance to the District Council. This is really a partnership approach for using spare resources to grit walkways as it will make the best use of all the available manpower.

“I would ask that during any weather disruption that residents be patient and keep up to date with information on the District Council’s website or listen out for bulletins on the local radio stations. When conditions have improved suitably, services will be reinstated.”


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informal Annual Meeting followed by the Christmas Social and Quiz is on Tuesday December 20th in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm. Come and join the fun!

COFFEE MORNING AND BRING AND BUY - Saturday 28th January 2012 10.30-12 noon in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in aid of St. Basil's Centre for Young Homeless in Birmingham, Home-made cakes and Raffle, free entry, all welcome. This is a very worthwhile charity which St John’s supports.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 19th January in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when David Fowler will give a talk on ‘Your Local Cheese and its History’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

HENLEY WI are getting off to a good start of the year with “Fun and Games” on Tuesday 3rd January from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Why not join them?

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Roger Butler will be taking us “Through Wildest Russia” on Tuesday January 17th from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Visitors are welcome.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB 10th January Wine & Nibbles. A workshop with materials provided. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974 640994.

Tickets are now on sale for the Alcester Male Voice Choirs Annual Concert which to be held at the Town hall Birmingham, Saturday 31st March. Also appearing will be special guest artists including Orchestra of the Swan. Tickets range from £12.50 through to £20 and coach transport is available from Henley for an additional £10 return. For tickets or further information call AMVC box office 02476 971 929 or email

COMPUTING CLASSES FOR EVERYONE - SUITABLE FOR EVERY LEVEL. Course runs for 6 weeks (2 hours) and cost £52.00. For more details contact Jean Bunn 07849 810814 or email

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 Paula Pugh on 015647 42781
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
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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