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Edition 292 - 9th February 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010


John Brealey
a man who contributed

imageJohn Brealey who died last Saturday, the 4th of February, came to Henley in 1977.

He almost immediately started to make a contribution to the life of the Town and joined the Sports and Social Club where his great love was snooker and he chaired that section of the club for a number of years. He duly took his turn as the Chairman of Club where he was known for his organising ability and kindly charm.

One of his passions was the fortunes of Aston Villa which he followed through thick and thin and was known to have written to the Chairman at Villa Park pointing out how he felt they could improve.

Elected to the Court Leet in 1995 he quickly made the post of Ale Taster his own and would doubtless have hung on to it if he had not accepted the role of Low Bailiff. Sadly John was stricken with Parkinson’s disease before he could progress to High Bailiff.

Nevertheless, he remained on the Court and with great support from his wife Marion was indefatigable in keeping the accounts and helping publish the Town Directory. The Town will remember him as someone who, when he put his hand to a task, performed it well with kindness and courtesy.


Litter Police - Smokers Beware !


Children in the Year One class at Henley Church of England Primary School took to the streets last week in a bid to find litter. They are currently involved in a topic all about the environment and were looking to see the impact of litter in their local environment.

They walked to the park by the doctors' surgery and then on to the Jubilee Park. They were very pleased that neither park contained much rubbish, although they did find a fair amount between the two venues.

The children had predicted before they left about the sort of litter that they thought would be the most common and had decided that this would be chocolate wrappers. Imagine their surprise on returning to school, to find it was actually used cigarette nubs which littered the streets all around!

They are currently working on ideas of how this disgusting problem could be solved!

School closure information just a click away

imageWith a cold snap forecast Warwickshire County Council is reminding parents and carers how they can find out about emergency school closures.

There are a number of ways for parents to find out if their child’s school will be closed. They can go to, sign up for the council’s text and email alerts, tune in to their local radio station or even follow the tweets from @wccschoolclosed (become a follower online at

The website and Twitter feed provide an invaluable service if schools are forced to close due to severe weather conditions or through other emergency circumstances such as a flu pandemic.

Warwickshire County Councillor Heather Timms, portfolio holder for children, young people and families, said: “We’ve set up a number of convenient ways for parents to check if their child’s school will be affected and encourage them to visit our website or follow our tweets to keep updated.”

In addition to online information, Warwickshire’s free school closure text message service has proved popular with parents in previous years. The service automatically issues a text message to all users of the service when schools have had to close. It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up online through and up to three schools can be selected by each user.

Last year almost 3,000 people signed up for email and text message notification and approximately 18,000 text message notifications were sent out during the winter period. During the heavy snowfall in early January 2010 the website closure pages received over 76,000 visits in just one day. Subscription to the service expires at the end of the summer term each year, so parents and carers need to sign up at the start of each academic year to continue receiving updates.

At the same website people can also sign up to receive email alerts and link to the school closures RSS feed – a simple way of displaying text and importing it into other computer applications.

Henley Forest Football Club - 1904/5


Paul Jackson from Canberra, Australia would like to find any information regarding the identities of the 1904/5 Henley Forest Team. If anyone can identify players in the photograph can they get in touch with the editor?

Photo copyright is held by “Windows on Warwickshire”

Henley Forest Football Club U13s - 2012


Our photo of the all conquering Henley Forest U13s shows the team resplendent in their new kit. They are currently lying third in Div 2  of the Mid Warwickshire Boys League.

Pete Johnson has told Henley NEWS, "We think they were having a competition to pull the weirdest face. Despite all this they managed  to beat Norton Lindsey Colts 8-1! maintaining their position in the league and still leaving themselves with a great chance to finish as champions. Goals from Robbie Hardy and George Mason, who both scored a hat trick, Sam Muller and Oliver Didlick with the other goals."

In the photo are left to right are;Thomas Walsh, Alfie Wilson, Ruben Astheimer, Oliver Didlick, Sam Muller, George Mason, Oliver Wade, Kieran Mallinson, Chay Willmott, George Dunn, Joe Chamberlain, Daniel Wells, James Davenport and Robbie Hardy.

Pete added, "The manager Gary Wells and coach Phil Wakefield are missing from  the photo as it was deemed that they had too much of a head start in the weirdest face competition."

Minister's Letter about Enhancing Democracy

Support for Citizen Journals like Henley NEWS

imageBob Neil MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Dept for Communities and Local Government - pictured right, has written to all Council Leaders and Monitoring Officers, encouraging them to use modern communication methods.

He said, "It is essential to a healthy democracy that citizens everywhere are able to feel that their council welcomes them to observe local decision-making and through modern media tools keeps others informed as to what their council is doing.

"Councils are now faced with important budget decisions affecting the day to day lives of people living and working in their communities. Council meetings have long been open to interested members of the public and recognised journalists, and with the growth of online film, social media and hyper-local online news they should equally be open to ‘Citizen Journalists’ and filming by mainstream media. Bloggers, tweeters, residents with their own websites and users of Facebook and YouTube are increasingly a part of the modern world, blurring the lines between professional journalists and the public."

He continued, "There are recent stories about people being ejected from council meetings for blogging, tweeting or filming. This potentially is at odds with the fundamentals of democracy and I want to encourage all councils to take a welcoming approach to those who want to bring local news stories to a wider audience. The public should rightly expect that elected representatives who have put themselves up for public office be prepared for their decisions to be as transparent as possible and welcome a direct line of communication to their electorate. I do hope that you and your colleagues will do your utmost to maximise the transparency and openness of your council."

Henley NEWS welcomes this long overdue intervention by the minster. Our JPC has always maintained a very strict policy that all recording is "Forbidden".

The Chairman of the JPC was asked by letter and email on Tuesday 31st January to include the Minister's letter on the agenda for the council meeting on Monday 6th February. The item was not included on the Agenda.

Bill Leech - Your Citizen Journalist

"Election Flyer is not accurate" say Residents

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New Trustees for War Memorial Trust

Maintaining and developing Henley's cultural, leisure and sporting legacy
At the Annual General Meeting held on 25th January 2012 attended by 25 Henley residents, two new trustees were appointed.

Alan Jones was elected as the second of two town representatives and Mike Willmott, Vice Chairman of the Hub steering group, was co-opted to ensure that “The Hub@ Henley”, soon to be our new acquisition, was properly represented within the Managing Trustees.  

imageAffiliated organisations present at the meeting gave reports of their year’s achievements.  The tennis club told about the completion of the flood lighting project on three newly refurbished courts; the cricket club of their very impressive season going 14 matches unbeaten and finishing with promotion to the Cotswold Hills Premier League.  Henley Forest Football Club first team performed strongly in the Midland Combination, far outshining the normal expectations of a small town team.  The Memorial Hall was on the point of ordering a new heating system.  Many other teams and groups had reason to celebrate an outstanding year. A full report can be seen below. The Cricket Club won the cup of the most outstanding achievement and the High Bailiff, President of the Trust, presented the trophy to the club’s Treasurer Andy Thompson, photo right.

The Trust itself reflected on the success of its campaign to purchase land previously leased and adjacent to the sports grounds.  This had been made possible by the exceptional generosity of anonymous donors and had secured the future of the Shooting Club, the Scouts and the first team football pitch.   

More remarkable was the fact that overall the Trust’s financial position remained robust with fundraising showing a small profit when it was expected to show a reduction after the disappointing results from the Summer Music Festival.  Everyone was reminded that the Trust is a town trust and all residents and members of clubs and groups are members entitled to express a view about its work and future.  Detailed reports are available on request from the Chairman Peter Crathorne  

The Trust is always looking for new volunteers to work in its various activities.  This is more important than ever with the launch of the new youth and community centre; the present one is being closed by the County Council.  Just like the library, this project’s success rests entirely on the support of the residents and the town’s principle organisations.  The chairman, Peter Crathorne, said that the Trust looked forward to developing and enhancing the important partnerships with all the key groups in the town, hoping that they would continue to work together  making Henley an even better place to live, work and play.
The Henley War Memorial Trust manages the Memorial Hall, the Memorial Sports Grounds and shortly The Hub Youth and Community Centre.
Registered Charity 219334.

Annual Reports from the Clubs 
Meets first Tuesday of the month, has excellent speakers on a large range of subjects. In April 2011 hosted Warwickshire’s Federation of WIs Treasure Hunt around Henley. Visited the Olympic sites in London
Taking part in WFWIs mock Olympic Torch baton Relay to include all WIs in the country, Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations
Annual show and competition in July. Two excellent open shows, a visit to a demonstrator’s garden completed a successful year
To continue to bring the joy of flowers to as many people as possible
Some new players and social events. Survived the year better than hoped
Recruit to survive another 12 months
We have continued to maintain numbers. The primary were involved in a school film project run by the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry “My Perfect School” shown on the Big Screen in Coventry and will be re shown throughout 2012 during Olympic Period.
To continue to survive the cut backs! And delivering an excellent alternative to mainstream education.
1st team had best season yet in Div.2 Mid Combination. The alliance team beaten finalists in the R M Smith cup. Junior club u7, u8 won most matches, u10, u12 in 1st div of their league. There are 10 coaches and managers giving their time free.
Some concerns. improve changing facilities and room upstairs
Scouts membership is full; during the year organized camps and walks plus the annual bonfire. Desperate need for more adult volunteers to run the group.
Recruit more leaders
Play in Stratford league in 3rd place, although the two top teams are well ahead. The Club now has a web site.
Recruit more members, get more young people involved.
Completed our New Facility Project to light courts 1, 2 and 3. Rebuild court 3 and resurface all 3 courts with tarmacadam. Also replaced the netting surrounding these 3 courts and replaced the netting surrounding courts 5, 6 and 7 as well. Received the midlands and Welsh nomination from the LTA for the National finals for the SCOTY Awards (Sports Club of the Year Awards) and were Highly commended for our achievements. Annual service on all other lighting to courts. Continue to hold a full and increasing programme and have considerably increased our numbers of regularly competing juniors.
Continue our regular maintenance programme. Already instructed contractor to cut large hedge between courts and football field.
Completed the first phase of new toilets and entrance
Complete entrance and recover whole building
Runs 8 teams, no outstanding performances this year
Recruit some younger members
No report
2 productions: Ladies Day and Step into Christmas.
Further upgrades to lighting and sound systems plans for Henley Market Musical.
The First 11 promotion to premier division of Cotswold League. 15 consecutive matches unbeaten during the season. Increased sponsorship, worked very hard on the cricket square.
5 year plan to improve facilities, new covers, sight screens. Plans for junior section and to recruit younger players. Working towards the Club Mark status.
Created alliances with other clubs such as Ullenhall, shared ideas and produce; provided on line adviceContinue to develop membership numbers and support.
No report available



Air Ambulance Supporters' meeting in Henley

imageThe next Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Henley and District Supporters Group meeting will be held at the Black Swan, High Street, Henley-in-Arden at 6.45pm on Thursday 16th February.

Jo Payne, WNAA Fundraising Manager, will lead the meeting and would very much welcome anyone interested in joining the Group. Volunteers are essential to keep the fundraising alive locally and we need dynamic people to join the Henley and District Supporters Group. We will be setting out a plan for events to attend and new members will always be most welcome to apply. Any enquiries in the first instance to

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ambulance Car For Henley Community Responders

imageThe Henley Community First Responder (Henley CFR) Scheme has now been formed and has taken over from Henley Heartstart which ceased to exist about two years ago.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) policy is that their Responder Schemes should, where possible, have a direct radio link with their control room from a marked scheme car. Henley CFR has purchased a low mileage, second hand hatchback in excellent condition, with some of the funds passed on from the Friends of Heartstart.

This will soon be seen around Henley advertising this new 999 service available to local citizens.

About ten new responders are in the process of selection and training and the first members of the team should be operational in late March. A public and press launch is planned when the car and responders are fully operational.

imageHenley CFR welcomes new recruits to join them. The larger the team, the more effective it could be in saving lives in the local community. The team also needs volunteers to assist with administration activities and to help with essential fund raising. The work is voluntary, all costs and expenses (apart from certain medical items supplied and replaced by the WMAS) have to be funded from charitable donations.

A new management committee has been elected, comprising: John Pudney (Chairman), Anna Bartlett (Treasurer) , Sue Osborne (Secretary). Ray Holding ( Advisor).

If you feel able to offer help to serve our community in this important way please contact: John on 797949 or Ray on 792512 for more information.

Sign up for FREE home insulation

imageEvery single resident in Stratford-on-Avon District is being offered a fantastic energy saving opportunity – free loft and cavity wall insulation, regardless of age or income.

District residents have until the end of April 2012 to take advantage of this offer from Stratford-on-Avon District Council in partnership with ROCKWARM and Act on Energy.

Whether you’re a homeowner or renting your property, if you live in the Stratford-on-Avon District Council area, then you can get loft and cavity wall insulation installed completely free of charge. The free insulation measures will help keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Taking up the offer could save each household up to £265 on their fuel bill each year and reduce each household’s carbon emissions by 3,200 tonnes over 25 years.

Councillor Valerie Hobbs, Enterprise, Housing & Revenues Portfolio says: “This is a great offer which will benefit every single household in Stratford-on-Avon District. Installing energy efficiency measures is an effective way of reducing heating bills, as well as being good for the environment. I would encourage all local residents, who have not yet got their cavity walls or lofts insulated, to take advantage of this offer and have them fitted.”

Anyone who would like to take advantage of the scheme should contact ROCKWARM to arrange a free home insulation survey on 02476 345554 or call free on 0800 132689.

The offer is open to everyone living in Stratford District, but only when there is LESS THAN 60mm of existing insulation. The insulation measures are free for homes where the cavity is up to 120 square metres or 80 square metres for a loft. If a home is bigger, then the householder will have to pay the difference.

An Alpine Garden For Ullenhall Gardening Club

imageThe Contemporary Alpine Garden’ was the title of Dr Jean Page’s talk to Ullenhall Gardening Club on 24th January. Jean took us through the history of rock gardens, starting around the 1880s. Slides of alpine gardens showed changes in design over the last 100 years starting with an interesting slide of Sizergh Castle and its rock garden in 1920.

Alpines can be grown in stone troughs, in rock crevices, the walls of raised beds and in scree. Some alpines even require boggy soil, which was a surprise to some of us, as we tend to think of high, dry alpine meadows.

The key to successful growing is to understand the conditions in which the plants grow in the wild. Because alpines usually grow in rock crevices or scree, neither of which hold much in the way of nutrients or water, the plants have developed long roots, often one or two metres long. This gives them a better chance of soaking up what they need over a larger area than that used by similar sized plants grown in fertile soil.

Alpines grown in a greenhouse need to have a lot of air wafting through so they can feel that they are up a windy mountain. The plants tend to be low growing with a short but abundant flowering season. Surprisingly, several bulb species grow in an alpine environment but have adapted to have stems only 3 or 4 cm long and the tulips have crinkly leaves.

General advice was to grow alpines in a 1/3 grit : 1/3 John Innes No. 2 or 3 : 1/3 humus (sieved compost, peat or similar) and ensure that there is enough depth of this mixture so that the plants cannot become waterlogged. So, if you’re going to grow alpines, don’t just pop them in the garden anywhere and expect them to survive; find out what conditions they like in their home country and try to provide the same.

Jean’s talk and slides were much enjoyed and she was extremely informative. The meeting broke up after the usual coffee, chat and raffle.

The next talk will be held in Ullenhall Village Hall on 28th February at 7:45 pm. It will be given by broadcaster and writer, Val Bourne, on the subject of snowdrops. Visitors always welcome.

Torquil Reopens

81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden


Over Christmas and the New year we took advantage of the quiet time to completely refurbish the interior of Torquil Shop. Torquil has a new look interior and to celebrate the refurbishment we have mounted a new display of work by Warwickshire artists. This includes paintings by Julie de Bastion, Libby January and Jill Jeffrey; ceramics by Alan Birchall, Chris Carter, Katie Coston, Lucy Crisp, Louise Darby and Sue Dyer and photographs by Louise Darby.

There is also some work by the late Reg Moon and ceramics by Torquil’s resident artists, Carey Moon, Jayne Lucas and Gerry Rooney.

Come and have a look for yourself!

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Speedy Delivery for Henley Focus


It’s not often you discover someone who is delivering Henley Focus every month is actually a talented speed skater with a promising career ahead of them! Farrell Treacy is 16, lives in Henley and is currently studying for his A levels at Alcester Grammer School.

Short Track Speed Skating is a high adrenalin and excitement packed sport with racing between 4 to 6 skaters on ice. Skaters race against each other around a very tight 111 metre indoor track. There are separate events for men's, women's and junior competitions, as well as for relays. Speed skaters wear skin-tight suits made from lightweight, stretchy fabric. They also wear specially designed speed skates. The speed skate blade is longer than the figure skate blade, thinner, single edged and straight. It is compulsory for speed skaters to wear hard-shell helmets. Knee, shin pads and gloves also provide extra protection from accidents.

Farrell has been competing as a Short Track Speed Skater since the age of 11 and now competes all over Europe. Most recently he has been asked to represent Great Britain in Melbourne, Australia in the World Junior Championships, 24th - 26th Febuary 2012. Balancing training 9 times a week with school work hasn’t been easy, but all this training has paid off as this year as he has now achieved the required 'Medal Test Time' for the Great Britain team and has been invited to join the Great Britain Short Track Team full time from June after he completes his exams. This month Farrell came 5th in a European Star Class competition in Grenoble, France, with the help and support of his local club - Mohawks Ice Racing Club - based at Solihull ice rink.

On the 11th February, 2012 Mohawks Ice Racing Club are hosting a competition called the 'Solihull Open' at Solihull Ice Rink where many of the Short Track Speed Skaters, aged 6 to 60 from all around the UK will be attending. Admission is FREE for spectators, starts at 4.30pm and runs till 8.00pm.

If you want to see what Speed Skating is all about, or simply have time to support a local rising star, get along to Solihull Ice won’t be disappointed!

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Has Henley Got Talent?

imageYes, YOU, your friends, your kid brother or even your Granny!!

Can you juggle, do magic tricks, stilt walk, turn cartwheels, be a clown (in costume), play instruments or sing coooool pop, jazz, rock or whatever is your thing?

Henley and Beaudesert is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with three days of activities.

Sunday June 3rd is the day of Henley’s Big Lunch at the Riverlands.

Come and join in the big community picnic lunch down by the river: there will be stalls, side shows, pig roast and a fairground organ.

To help make the party go with a swing we are looking for entertainers.

This is a great opportunity to show your talents. Be brave – it’ll be fun.

Please contact:-

Sue Osborne     01564 79 4299
Kate Dale          01564 79 5215
Maggie Twigg    01564 79 3373

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History of the Court Leet by Jonathan Dovey


Part 1 - The Court Baron


As early as the thirteenth century, sheriffs and stewards could turn to a series of manuscripts that explained the procedures of local courts. While legal treatises by figures such as Bracton and Glanvill offered larger discussions of the common law, these smaller treatises were focused on practical matters. Following the invention of the printing press, the ease with which these guides were distributed helped standardise judicial institutions across the country. Adames's 1593 guide is the earliest of such manuals to appear in English instead of Latin. His guide reflected changes to the judicial system under the Tudors, explaining details of both common law and statutory law.

The 1977 Administration of Justice Act abolished extinct and antiquated courts. Thirty two courts were excluded from this statute including locally the courts of Bromsgrove, Alcester, Warwick and Henley-in-Arden. The Court Leet and Court Baron of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden are allowed to hold meetings and make presentments with respect to matters of local concern.

The Court Baron dealt with land transfer, the custom of the manor and enforced payment of services.

The surviving records of Manorial Courts or Court Baron appear in the 1230s but the practice of holding courts probably began earlier in the 12th Century. They were created in response to the growth in Royal jurisdiction and the development of Common Law. They chiefly dealt with civil litigation between tenants, land transactions, fealty to the lord of the manor, resolving property rights, collecting servile dues, finding new tenants, electing manorial officers, upholding customs and passing by-laws concerning agricultural practices.

“The Court was an administrative bureau as well as a judicial tribunal”.


574. Henley-in-Arden. (A month of Mich., at Reading.) Peter de Montfort, pl. by Hugh de Carleton, his attorney. Brice of Henlegh, def.

The customs and services which pl. exacted from def. for the freehold he holds of him in Henlegh, to wit, a yearly rent of 31d., which def. has not hitherto acknowledged to him. Def. acknowledged he would thenceforth pay the said rent (at the Annunc. And Mich.) and would do suit at the court of Henlegh 3 times a year without summons (on the Wednesdays after Mich., Hilary, and Hockday). Also he and his heirs will go once a year with pl. and his heirs to chase in their wood in co. Warwick, or will find a man to do so, whom they will provide with food – for all service. Pl. quitclaimed all arrears and damages.

'Warwickshire Feet of Fines’ 1240

Courts were held regularly, every 3 weeks or so. Attendance was compulsory for all un-free tenants and an occasion requirement for free tenants. The lord presided over the court but it was common for him to be represented by an estate official like a steward. Manorial Officials were active in presenting cases, implementing the court’s decisions and collecting fines. All officers were formally elected by the court and they were local tenants serving in an honorary capacity. Cases were brought before the court either by a tenant or through a presentment made by an officer. Cases could last several weeks, if not months, and those parties involved were expected to attend each session. Cases could be resolved in several ways: by trial by fire or water or by ‘wage law’ where defendant and plaintiff had to get as many fellow tenants as he could to swear that he had good character. Cases could of course be settled out of court or withdrawn. The final way was by the use of a jury. The court would appoint and swear in a jury of between 10 and 24 people. This use of a jury quickly became the preferred way of resolving cases in the manorial courts.

Once a case had been decided, the court fixed a fee as punishment. They were in the ‘mercy of the lord’ and amerced a sum of money determined by the steward and affeerers who were elected to help determine the level of fines and fees. The size of the amercement depended on several things including the type of offence, the custom of the manor and personal circumstances. Physical punishments were exceptional in a manorial court. Manorial courts also levied fines when tenants required the lord’s permission to do something eg change of tenancy after death (heriot), leaving the manor (chevage), and the right to graze pigs in woodland (pannage). Amercements were usually small – several pence for an offence. Fines were one off capital payments that were considerably larger – several shillings. A fine meant a fee for having a licence and did not carry the modern meaning as a punishment. Occasionally the steward waived an amercement or fine because of the poverty of the tenant or due to other circumstances like it being a powerful neighbouring lord.

“Manorial courts provided lords with a variable, but worthwhile, source of income. The court of a small lay manor probably generated a pound or so each year, and on most manors produced a few pounds.”

Henley-in-Arden & Beaudesert would have held separate manorial courts during the medieval period; however court records for Beaudesert only survive for the years 1441 & 1442 whilst for Henley they only survive from 1592. By this time both manors were holding Court Leets. In 1284 Peter de Montfort’s son, Peter, claimed liberties held by his ancestors including right of gallows and assize of bread and ale. This meant that Henley was holding a Court Leet early in the 13th Century, possibly earlier. A Court Leet was a Manorial Court that dealt with petty law and order; it regulated the vill rather than the manor and was a privilege granted by the Crown.

Part 2 – The Court Leet, will be in the next edition.


The property is located on the High Street in Henley in Arden and forms part of the Guild Hall building and has been used as a local Library for many years.  The accommodation is on the ground floor only and lends itself to a variety of different uses subject to planning permission.  It currently comprises largely open plan accommodation totaling 784 sq.ft.  

Interested parties are asked to make contact with the Letting Agents to discuss any proposed use and rent is on application.

For further information, please contact Tim Cox 01789 269 444

New Zumba Class starting in Henley

imageMy new zumba class is starting at Henley in Arden Sports College & Fitness Centre on Friday evenings at 6pm for one hour. First class will be 24th February. It will be £4 for the hour. Ages from 14 upwards welcome, however age 14 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult and no discount applies for children.

For those that are unsure as to what zumba is here goes:

Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music and contagious steps to form a "fitness-party" that is addictive.

imageSince its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest, and most successful, dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.

Its fun and you do not need to know how to dance to enjoy it, come along and burn some calories, bring plenty of water !

Valerie Willis 07775 740862

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Farriers Cross comes to life in Henley



Just six months after the initial launch of Taylor Wimpey’s beautiful Farriers Cross development in historic Henley In Arden, and the development is already starting to take shape.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, comments: “Due to the level of interest we’ve received for the properties at Farriers Cross our construction team is working exceptionally hard to build our exquisite houses to meet this continuing demand. Plus, as we’re ahead of our sales schedule, we now have a limited number of properties which are nearing completion and will be ready to welcome their first residents.”

Take for example the stylish three bedroom Salisbury design. The ground floor comprises a welcoming entrance hallway, kitchen with informal dining area and spacious living room with French doors leading to the rear garden. There is also a guest cloakroom for convenience. Upstairs visitors will find bedrooms two and three and the family bathroom, while the attractive master suite with en suite bathroom and storage is located on the second floor. The Salisbury is priced from £269,995.

Meanwhile a second three bedroom home which is nearing completion is the equally homely Conway design. The Conway hosts a large entrance hallway, a social kitchen with breakfast area, and a generous living room with French doors to the rear garden. Taking the imposing staircase to the first floor residents will benefit from three sizeable bedrooms, the master of which comes completed with an en suite, and the family bathroom. The Conway is currently priced from £239,995.

In addition to the three bedroom Salisbury and Conway house types Farriers Cross hosts a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom house types to choose from. The site has been appealing to a broad variety of differing purchaser groups including first time buyers, young and established families and commuters as well as those looking to downsize without compromising on space or character.

Anne continues: “With our show home now open visitors can truly experience the expert craftsmanship that goes into building a Taylor Wimpey property. Plus you might be able to pick up a few interior design tips for your own home!”

Within walking distance of the bustling town centre, the exclusive Farriers Cross development is the perfect choice for househunters looking to buy a delightful new build home, whilst being situated close to the heart of this truly sought-after location.

Farriers Cross, located in the stunning town of Henley In Arden, benefits from spectacular architecture and listed buildings. Sites such as the fifteenth century Guildhall, and the parish churches of St. Nicholas and St. John the Baptist, make up a small part of the town’s diversity of history and culture. Henley In Arden, surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside, is the height of luxury living. The High Street offers designer shops, refreshments and an array of gastro bars and coffee shops, and 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.

For more information on homes and financial schemes available visit Farriers Cross on Warwick Road, open from 10am - 5pm Thursday to Monday. Call the marketing suite on 0845 026 5159, alternatively visit 

Helen Mockridge reporting

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Graham Gooch to speak at Cricket Club Dinner

imageThe Cricket Club will be welcoming Graham Gooch to speak at their annual captain's supper at Henley Golf and Country Club on Friday 24th February.

With president John Latham as the master of ceremonies, it promises to be a memorable and enjoyable evening.

‘Goochie’ remains England’s highest Test runs scorer and is also the current England batting coach. He can truly be described as a legend in the game. He will also be bringing some unique memorabilia for auction.

Following the first team’s promotion as Champions to the Premier Division of the Cotswold Hills League, the club is faced with the uphill task of raising much needed funds to improve the facilities and ensure the team has a successful 2012 campaign, so don’t miss this opportunity to support your local club. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for local businesses.

Tickets are selling fast; to avoid disappointment contact the Club’s Treasurer Andy Thompson on 07967 139247 andrewkthompson@ or Vice Chairman Nick Sampson on 07769 671466.
The Club would also like to acknowledge the generous contribution of Naya, Henley’s premier Indian Restaurant, which is kindly providing the welcome bubbly.

Hospital Case notes

imageThese extracts are exactly as typed by NHS medical staff in the Greater Glasgow area.

1.The patient has no previous history of suicide.

2.Patient has left her white blood cells at another hospital.

3.Patient's medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

4.She has no rigours or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

5.Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

6.On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.

7.The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

8.The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

9.Discharge status:-  Alive, but without my permission.

10.Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert, but forgetful.

11.Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

12.She is numb from her toes down.

13.While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.

14.The skin was moist and dry.

15.Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

16.Patient was alert and unresponsive.

17.Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

18.She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.

19.I saw your patient today, who is still under our care for physical therapy.

20.Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

21.Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

22.The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

23.Skin: somewhat pale, but present.

24.The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

25.Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

26.Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

27.When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

28.The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of fuel and crashed.

29. Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

30.She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.

31.Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Smith, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

32.The patient was to have a bowel resection..  However, he took a job as a stock broker instead

33.By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.

 For the sake of your health - stay away from hospital 

Funding boost to keep people safe in cold weather

imageVulnerable people across Warwickshire are to get more help and support during cold weather, following a successful bid for a share of the Government’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund.

In Warwickshire more than 270 people die each year as a result of not keeping warm.

Warwickshire’s Affordable Warmth Group has recently been awarded £68,640 which will be used to run a number of schemes to help those at risk, including older people and those with long term conditions, to keep warm and safe and prevent them from needing to go to hospital.

The Affordable Warmth Group was set up two years ago to tackle the issue of fuel poverty, and members include Warwickshire’s County, District and Borough Councils, NHS Warwickshire, Act on Energy, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and voluntary organisations including Age UK.

The extra funding means the group can build upon its existing work and invest in initiatives including:

Practical aids such as: 

  • Thermo-cards which display the temperature in the home and offer information and advice on keeping warm and well
  • A rural community project which will target those living in the most isolated areas
  • A targeted benefits checks service to ensure that those in need are receiving all the funding that they are entitled to
  • Investment in a central referral scheme so that vulnerable people and those acting on their behalf are helped to access information and advice to obtain support
  • Training for community groups and volunteers (in addition to health, housing and social care staff) who come into contact with vulnerable people.

County Councillor Claire Watson, Chair of Warwickshire’s Affordable Warmth Working Group, said: “Cold weather can pose a significant threat to vulnerable people. This additional government funding will help us to strengthen the resources available to people in Warwickshire both this winter and next. We all have a role to play and what’s good about this investment is that we can work more closely with communities and individuals.”

Helen King, Deputy Director of Public Health at NHS Warwickshire, said: “Keeping warm is a vitally important part of staying healthy over the winter, particularly for vulnerable or elderly people. Family, friends and neighbours also have a part to play and should keep an eye on people they think might be at risk by checking their homes are warm enough, that they wrap up well and that they are eating at least one hot meal a day. We welcome any additional funding that can help us to prevent avoidable deaths caused by very cold weather.”

A freephone helpline has been set up in Warwickshire to help vulnerable and older people keep warm and well. The freephone number 0800 988 2881 is available from Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm to ensure people receive help and advice during periods of cold weather including:

  • How to keep you and your home warm
  • How to reduce fuel bills by improving the energy efficiency of your home
  • What to do if you’re worried about your fuel bills and you need debt advice and assistance
  • What to do if your heating system breaks down

A special Warm and Well leaflet is also available which highlights a number of simple steps to follow:

  • Keep internal doors closed to stop draughts
  • Have at least one hot meal and hot drinks throughout the day
  • Layer up – many layers of clothing are best
  • Close curtains at dusk
  • Ensure your heating is 21°C in your home
  • Keep your heating on overnight
  • Ensure your home is well insulated and your boiler is serviced
  • Contact your energy supplier about social tariffs or priority register schemes.

Residents can visit for more information and to download the Winter Warmth Leaflet.

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Incident Overview
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for January 2012:


Crime in Your Area
Burglary (dwellings) have fallen slightly when compared to this time last year but have increased slightly on last month, but overall remain low in comparison to other areas. An attempted burglary dwelling was reported on the Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen where unknown offender/s have attempted to force a wooden door to an integral garage. On Wootton Rise, Wootton Wawen the rear patio doors to a property were forced, once within unknown offender/s have taken nothing but have sorted though personal papers at the property.  Burglary (others) have increased on last year, but are comparable with last month. In Henley two incidents were recorded, the first in Cherry Orchard where a garage door was forced to gain entry and three high value cycles taken. On Blackford Hill, Henley, unknown offender/s have drilled out the locks to a property under renovation and once within have stolen garden and builder's machinery. On Manor Lane, Claverdon, a stable yard was broken into by force and a large quantity of horse equipment was stolen with a total approximate value of £7200. In Lye Green, Claverdon, the front door to a property under renovation was forced and garden equipment stolen from within and at the Ardencote Manor Hotel and Country Club outbuildings were accessed by force with unknown offender/s leaving with various items of gardening equipment and machinery. One incident was recorded in Moreton Bagot where an insecure garden shed was accessed and unknown offender/s have removed various power tools and garden equipment.

Criminal damage has fallen when compared to last year and last month and remains low when compared to other areas. 

Anti Social Behaviour is comparable with last month, but has fallen significantly when compared to last year. In Henley two incidents were recorded, the first during the New Year period where rowdy behaviour was experienced at one of the pubs on the High Street which resulted in violence. This was dealt with by officers accordingly and offenders have since been served bans by Henley Pub Watch. A further incident was recorded on the High Street in Henley were a dissatisfied customer attending one of the shops became threatening towards the staff. 

Theft of Motor Vehicles has fallen when compared to last year and is comparable to last month. 

Theft from Motor Vehicles has fallen when compared to last year and is comparable with last month. One incident has been recorded in Henley where number plates were stolen from a vehicle parked in the communal car park in William James Way. On Ford Lane, Langley a van was entered by force and a quantity of gardening equipment stolen from within. 

Violence has fallen when compared to last year and is comparable with last month with some minor incidents recorded in Henley  which have been dealt with appropriately by officers. There has been one more serious incident, which occurred in Claverdon, when a male was attacked by two other males with a lump hammer. The male was taken to hospital and treated for his injuries, enquiries are currently ongoing.

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

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

Tristan Jelfs PCSO 6065
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
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A rose for Valentines Day?

imageThis may come as a shock. A single rose weighing less than 50 grams (2 oz) grown in a heated greenhouse in the Netherlands creates 2.1kg (5 lbs) of Carbon pollution. In contrast, negligible pollution is produced by cut flowers from your own garden.

The single rose you buy will not significantly increase climate change. However, there will be thousands of people like you buying roses. So saying “my bit of carbon pollution doesn’t matter” will not be true.

The 2.1 kg ignores the fact that commercial cut flowers use land that could otherwise be used for growing food. Using land for cut flowers causes agriculture to look for other land, thereby driving deforestation, which creates additional Carbon pollution. So cut flowers also mean less rainforest too.

What to do? Give flowers from your own garden when they are in season. Admittedly, this may leave a problem for Valentine’s day, but perhaps giving roses on Valentine’s day is something that we could decide not to do; write a love letter instead. At 200 grams the Carbon pollution of the letter is just one tenth of that one Dutch rose and won’t the letter be a bigger surprise?

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Warnings from Trading Standards


Residents are warned to beware of a new bogus HMRC 'tax rebate' email. The emails carry attachments and a request for personal and financial details which have to be completed and sent before the 'cheque' is issued.

Warwickshire Trading Standards warn that these are phishing emails sent by criminal gangs with the sole purpose of stealing your personal and financial information.

There is no tax rebate and no money will be sent. Avoid opening phishing emails or any attachments they may contain. Never follow a link in a phishing email - delete them.

Clairvoyant or Psychic Scams

Warwickshire Trading Standards has received a number of complaints recently about clairvoyant or psychic scam letters. All such letters operate in the same way, offering the receiver 'magic objects', lottery number predictions and 'guaranteed' rewards etc in return for a small one off payment of £20 - £30. Some requests for payment are backed with 'occult threats' of 'future evil' for those failing to respond.

Whilst most recipients will consider such letters to be complete nonsense, a small number of very vulnerable people each year do fall for these scams and in return they receive every more scams through the post and by telephone. Never respond to a clairvoyant or psychic scam letter.

‘A Little Bird Told Me’ – Business Advice on Twitter

Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has launched its own business advice twitter as a quick and simple means to help provide Warwickshire businesses with information and advice.

Twitter will help Trading Standards Officers keep in touch with small and medium sized businesses. Officers will be able to provide the business community with help and advice and promote fair trading and safety.

The Trading Standards Animal Health Team are also hoping to use twitter as another means to communicate with the farming community.

For more information on all scams, visit our website:

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

John Garner's Business Column

Do your customers pay you on time?

John GarnerYou know how frustrating this can be. You’ve planned your cash flow carefully, you’ve got just enough money in the bank to pay the wages and then, just as the due date arrives, your biggest customer is late paying. This puts your bank account in the red, upsets your bank manager, costs you a lot in interest (all overdrafts cost a fortune these days) and raises your stress levels. It’s common for large companies to delay payments to suppliers to help out their own cash flow, although to be fair it’s often just an administrative delay.

The good news however is that, according to research from global information services company Experian, the situation is improving. They say that payment performance improved in the last quarter of 2011. “Large companies were responsible for the biggest improvement, as businesses with between 101 and 500 employees were three quarters of a day faster in paying their invoices than they were in quarter three 2011. Feedback from our larger customers demonstrates awareness and understanding of the struggles faced by some of their key SME suppliers so are prioritising payments to them, to better support them.”

So that’s alright then, “About time too,” you might say, though I’m not sure most small businesses have noticed an improvement yet.

So if you’re a small company what can you do to persuade your customers to pay you on time? Here are my Top Tips based entirely on personal experience:

  1. Start by building friendly relationships with your customers (always a good idea anyway) but particularly with the people in their accounts department. Find out who they are and get their direct phone number and email address.
  2. When you contact these people to chase payment always be friendly: it’s probably not their fault payment is late but they’ll be able to tell you who needs to sign off your invoice and how things are progressing. If you’re pleasant to them they won’t mind chatting to you.
  3. Often you can chase effectively by email; that avoids you having to hang on the phone for ages and needn’t make anyone feel under immediate pressure so that they try and fob you off; it gives them time to find out what is causing the delay.
  4. Keep a record of every single phone call and copy of every email sent and received from the very beginning of when you started; never delete anything. If you haven’t got a customer database system just use a spreadsheet and then you can sort on each customer very easily.
  5. If you really aren’t getting anywhere it may be time to begin charging interest on the unpaid debt. You are legally entitled to claim interest at 8% per annum over bank base rate for the period the invoice is overdue over 30 days (or whatever terms are stated on your invoice). To do this issue your customer with an invoice quoting the overdue invoices and showing how you’ve calculated the amount. Quote the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998; you shouldn’t add VAT to your invoice as the interest is exempt (but calculate the interest on the full amount of the outstanding invoices including VAT). This can be surprisingly effective; sometimes just the threat of doing it is enough and it may well alert someone senior in the finance department that there is something wrong.

In my experience it’s rare that things go further than this unless perhaps your customer is having severe financial difficulties.

You may need to consider engaging a debt collector or moving towards court action but these are beyond the scope of this article. Even then there are one or two tricks that might help; if there’s sufficient demand we could look at these in another article.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Many readers will have seen the 1956 movie, "The Man Who Never Was" which was about the true story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers.

Operation 'Mincemeat' involved the acquisition and dressing up of a human cadaver as a "Major William Martin, R.M." and putting it into the sea near Huelva, Spain. Attached to the corpse was a brief-case containing fake letters falsely stating that the Allied attack would be against Sardinia and Greece rather than Sicily, the actual point of invasion. When the body was found, the Spanish Intelligence Service passed copies of the papers to the German Intelligence Service which passed them on to their High Command. The ruse was so successful that the Germans still believed that Sardinia and Greece were the intended objectives, weeks after the landings in Sicily had begun.

At the JPC Council meeting on 6th February Cllr Nicholas Haycock produced a picture of a simulated advert (reproduced above), "The Advert That Never Was". Both Cllr Haycock and Cllr Les Goodman expressed their strong condemnation for the Henley Independents and the advert.

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Articles and news stories for HENLEY NEWS should be sent to the at any time. Future diary dates should be notified to Margrit Johnson at:

14th February Julia Mitchell will present a floral demonstration entitled ‘Sweet Romance’. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974 640994.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 16th February in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Jo-Ann Gloger will give a talk on ‘There is more to a Needle than Meets the Eye’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

On Tuesday February 21st from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall, visitors are welcome to join us for an "Ancient Tree Hunt" with Margaret Anderson from the Woodland Trust.

An Indian Evening in the Guild Hall. Thursday 23rd February at 7.30. An Indian Feast provided by The Arden Tandoori. Tickets £20.00 from Sue Bridgewater 793633 and Marijana Bainbridge 794987

QUIZ NIGHT IN AID OF INNER WHEEL CHARITIES Friday 24th February 7.30pm at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Cost £7 to include Fish & Chips. Phone 703640 or 792204 for tickets.

28th February Val Bourne (Garden writer (Telegraph) and broadcaster) will be talking on Snowdrops. Ullenhall village hall 7.30pm.

Saturday 3 March at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of church funds. Come and sing along to well known old time and other favourite songs. Bring your friends and have a home cooked meal and enjoy the music. Tickets only £6.50 (to include Hotpot Supper) from Barbara Warmington 01564 793640 or Daphne Jones 01926 843515. Cash bar and raffle.

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

For details of these events call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987
March 16th ..Dinner with Lord and Lady Grantham at Stockton House - dress the part
May 12th ....The Opera returns with 'An Ideal Husband'
May 26th ....Jubilee Dance with 'the Likely Lads' - dress in your 50s gear and dance
July 21st ....Jazz in the Garden

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 Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. 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 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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