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Edition 294 - 8th March 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

Exceptional Honour for Former High Bailiff


John Latham, a former High Bailiff of the Court Leet and President of the Henley-in-Arden Cricket Club, last week was invited to a reception at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital at which a plaque was unveiled in his honour, naming a room to acknowledge his achievements in fundraising for the Centre for Clinical Haematology.

During his 6 years as fundraiser in chief for Cure Leukaemia, he raised £3.5 million to build and fund a world class research centre for Clinical Haematology, including the nurses, drugs and equipment. He also attracted £13 million of free drugs for the life saving trials and most importantly these trials are still on-going. Although John retired in 2010 he still uses his skills for the benefit of many organisations in Henley.
Professor Charles Craddock, Professor of Haemato-Oncology at the University Medical School, said at the reception; "It is an appropriate tribute to recognise John's enormous contribution in getting Cure Leukaemia to its current position of strength. We will always be in his debt".

Henley in Arden’s Jubilee Garden


imageThe Guild Hall Garden Committee have decided to rename “The Riverland Garden” as “The Jubilee Garden”, in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen in June of this year. This decision has been generally welcomed and has the added benefit that it will avoid confusion with the Riverland near the surgery. It is also worth noting that the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 was marked by the planting of a mulberry tree in the neighbouring Guild Hall Garden.

Working parties will shortly be seen in the garden tidying up, pruning roses and preparing the next stage of development. It is good to see it having so many visitors. Retired people enjoy its beautiful and peaceful atmosphere, children and their mothers enjoy its safe environment and people working in the town enjoy it as a quiet place for their lunch break.

We still need funds to develop and maintain the garden. A recent Indian Evening in the Guild Hall with a meal provided by the Arden Tandoori raised over £600. A fifth panel of bricks is to be laid, with a double brick in its centre commemorating the Diamond Jubilee. If you would like your name, your family’s name, your society’s name or your businesses’ name to be in this panel contact Douglas Bridgewater on 01564 793633 or for a form. The panel will be limited to 60 engraved bricks.

Susan Bridgewater

Latest from Henley Ice Cream.

imageHenley Ice Cream are delighted to announce that they now have in stock some lovely gifts and souvenirs to celetrate both the DIAMOND JUBILEE and THE OLYMPICS.

Why not pop down and see what we have on offer. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL.

Cindy Brittan Managing Director Henley Ice Cream Limited

Henley Poppy Tin Thief Jailed

imageLast November, the theft of poppy tins from the Co-op and One Stop stores in Henley was branded as 'despicable' by Dennis Cox the Chairman of the Henley British Legion.

Tyrone McDermott, 31 pictured right, of no fixed address was charged with the offences earlier this month - along with the theft of two other poppy collection boxes in Stratford and in Solihull. McDermott was jailed for 32 weeks after pleading guilty in front of Solihull Magistrates and he was also ordered to pay the British Legion £50 in compensation.

McDermott distracted a staff member at Thresher's Wine shop in Station Approach, Dorridge, on November 12 last year before swiping the collection tin and passing it to an accomplice.

When quizzed by police McDermott admitted the offences plus another poppy tin theft from The Corner Shop in Stratford on November 7. Magistrates told McDermott stealing from a well respected, public supported charity left them with no option but to impose a prison sentence.

1% Council Tax reduction by SDC

Councillors have set the district element of the council tax in the Stratford-on-Avon District, at a full meeting of the Council on Monday 27 February.

The average Band D figure for Stratford-on-Avon District Council households for the 2012/13 financial year has been reduced by 1% to £128.05, the lowest in Warwickshire.

The council tax from Stratford-on-Avon District Council for residents for each of the valuation bands will be:

A - £85.37 B - £99.59 C- £113.82 D- £128.05
E - £156.51 F- £184.96G- £213.42 H - £256.10

imageCllr Chris Saint, Leader of the Council says: “We live in challenging times, when it's not so easy to make ends meet. As a District Council we are very conscious of the need to keep down costs for our residents, so our share of the Council Tax has been reduced by 1%. We continue to face challenging financial times and the District Council had put into place some significant efficiencies and service changes with our aim to ensure we are as lean and effective an organisation as possible, identifying how best to deliver the services that residents in the District want. However with the additional Government funding and our sound financial management we have been able to reduce the council tax level which I’m sure will be welcomed by residents. This is the work of new leadership in the District Council providing a cautious budget with good news. Stratford District Council has a strong record of low council tax while providing good services. My plans are for this to continue.”

Warwickshire County Council has already announced that county council tax for 2012/13 has been frozen at the rate of 2011/12. Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council has announced it will be increasing its precept (parish council tax) by 5%.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy stated that no council tax increase should exceed 4%.

Guild Hall Library closes for the last time

The library at the Guild Hall on High Street shut for the last time last Saturday and will not reopen in its new location until early April at the earliest. For the next four weeks a mobile library unit will visit Henley every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-4:30pm outside the fire and police stations on the High Street.

Judith Lindley, secretary of the Henley Community Library charity, has signed a five-year lease for the Methodist Church Hall, despite the Guild Hall Trust offering Henley Community Library charity very competitive terms to remain in the Guild Hall.

According to informed sources, the cost savings for the town by moving to this new location are believed to be "only a few hundred pounds per year at the most". The Guild Hall Trust has now lost its main source of income and the Fundraising Committee is organising a series of events for essential conservation and improvements.

Removal of the To Let sign from the Guild Hall


For those in Henley wondering if the former Town Library (which is the ground floor of the Guild Hall) has now been let because the agent's sign has been removed, the answer, sadly, is no. Apparently, it has been taken down on the orders of a member of the JPC who discovered that it was slightly larger than the norm and therefore needed planning permission.
This means that the Guild Hall Trust's efforts to lease the property in order to bring in an income enabling them to pay for much needed repairs and refurbishments to this beautiful old building are being thwarted. The saddest part of the story is to realise that this petty behaviour, which serves no useful purpose and is to no one's benefit, is still going on in the governance of our small town.
Does no one look at the broader picture before instigating these childish, point scoring manoevres? Roll on May 3rd when we have the chance to vote for grown up governance of our town.

John Latham

Superfast Broadband for Rural Areas

imageWarwickshire County Council is leading on the project to improve the broadband across the sub-region and we need your help. Clearly the money available from public funds will not be sufficient to solve the problem for the whole sub-region, and so telecoms providers who tender for the work will be expected to make their own investment of at least twice the amount that is available from public funds. They will not be doing this out of the goodness of their heart, and so are likely to prioritise those areas that are able to show the greatest demand.

What can you do to help?

Complete our survey: If you have not already done so please complete the broadband survey that is located at: - there is one survey for domestic use and one for business use, so if you run a business or work from home please do both – and encourage your neighbours to do it as well because the more people that respond from a given area the higher priority it will be.

Become a Champion: Could you help to bring faster broadband services to your local area? We are looking for Community Champions to help us to get our message out to rural communities. The role will include putting posters up on local noticeboards, delivering flyers to households, providing hard copies of the surveys to those who are unable to access them on-line and delivering presentations to local groups about the project (but only if you feel comfortable with this!)

All material will be provided through the project website and in hard copy (it is currently being prepared and as soon as we know that the money is all in place we will start the print runs).

To express an interest in becoming a Champion, please email your name, address (with postcode) and telephone number to:

Your support could make all the difference to Henley getting superfast broadband!



Thurs April 5th Methodist Church 12-00 pm Communion
Thurs April 5th Baptist Church 7-30pm Communion
Fri April 6th Market Cross 10-00am Joint Service
Fri April 6th Baptist Church 10-30am Joint Service
Fri April 6th St Johns Church 2-00pm Service
Fri April 6th St Nicholas Church 3-00pm Catholic Service
Fri April 6th Ullenhall Church 7-00pm Service
Sat April 7th St Johns Church 8-00pm Easter Candle
Sun April 8th The Mount 8-00am Communion
Sun April 8th Methodist Church 9-30am Service

All denominations are welcome to any of the above services. The service at St Johns on Easter Saturday is for the lighting of the Easter Candle. The Communion service on the Mount, (weather permitting) will be lead by the Baptist Church.

103rd Successful Cricket Dinner

imageHenley in Arden Cricket Club’s 103rd annual dinner held at Henley Golf and Country Club on 24th February 2012 proved to be a roaring success. Visiting speaker Graham Gooch OBE, pictured right, regaled over 150 diners with jokes and hilarious anecdotes from his distinguished playing career. One of the biggest laughs came when he likened his table of Henley dignitaries, including Low Bailiff Fred Dowling and Club President John Latham, to the cast of Last of The Summer Wine!

The club would like to sincerely thank all that attended for their support and digging deep to raise well over £2,000 towards running the club this coming season. In particular they would like to thank Mohosin Ahamad of Naya Tandoori for sponsoring the welcome glass of sparkling wine. Another highlight was the formal presentation of the Henley War Memorial Trophy for Henley’s most outstanding sporting achievement by Chairman Peter Crathorne to members of the first team.

The Club is looking forward to a successful campaign in the Cotswold Hills Premier League and is seeking match sponsors. New players at any stage of their careers are always welcome as are spectators. The season begins on 5 May with a fixture against Shipston on Stour.

For further information please contact Treasurer Andy Thompson on 07967 139247.

Guest Speaker at Henley Forest FC Awards Dinner

imageEx-premier league referee Dermot Gallagher will be the special guest speaker at Henley Forest FC’s Awards Night Dinner on Saturday May 5th. ¬†Dermot was one of the inaugural referees at the inception of the Premier League and has refereed the FA Cup Final, the Charity Shield and 139 international matches amongst others. He is an accustomed public speaker and will regale us with his stories of keeping overpaid football stars (mainly) under control!

The dinner will take place in the Memorial Hall, from 19.00 onwards. There will be a 3 course meal (provided by Sue Dalby), Disco and Awards Presentation. There is also a bar, of course! Tickets are priced at £20.00 (or £180 for a table of ten) ¬†All are welcome to attend, ladies and gents, players and non-players alike.

All profits from the night will go to the football club.
For more information and to book tickets, please call Peter Johnson on 07979 245033.

CCTV monitoring may now be part-time

imageThe installation of the 2 CCTV cameras in Henley is still awaited. It is expected to happen within "the next 2 weeks" but this has been the position for the last two years. Now it seems that unless the JPC contributes, the monitoring will only be part-time.

At its meeting in January, the Cabinet of Stratford-on-Avon District Council supported the initiative by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Bill Dowling, to keep CCTV as a local service, funded as a partnership between the District Council and the local Town and Parish Councils where CCTV cameras are located.

Following a number of on-going meetings at the Town Hall, a conclusion was reached to provide full time coverage of CCTV with funding assured for a three year term. An application for funding has been made to Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust following agreement by the Local Partnership Working Group to fund full time coverage.

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council has pledged £25,000 towards the initiative, with further funding from the other partner parishes, including Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon and Studley. The District Council has promised to 'plug the gap' if a deficit still remains.

Henley-in-Arden, Shipton-on-Stour and Wellesbourne are still reviewing their position, but not all parishes in the working group pledged support. Where Councils chose to make a contribution of less than their allotted amount, pro-rata arrangements will be made, and those choosing not to participate in this joint venture will continue to have their cameras monitored solely at times covered by Stratford District Council funding. It has been agreed that Henley will not have to make a contribution during the first year of operation and will receive 24 hour cover.

In the meantime, the grotesque CCTV column stands outside the police station in a designated conservation area, a monument to the worst managed local project this century. It is now supposed to be switched on by 20th April, but one might ask which year.

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Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:

This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust
and receives no money from public funds.






Jubilee Edition of the

Henley Telephone Directory

Click Here to register your FREE LISTING (Business or Residential)

imageHenley Focus and Henley NEWS are joining forces to produce a new Henley Telephone Directory covering Henley, Beaudesert, Wootton Wawen and Ullenhall to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The last directory was produced by the Court Leet in 2006, and this new publication will be completed by autumn 2012. It will contain a photographic report of all the Diamond Jubilee activities, along with articles about the history of Henley, sports and cultural activities. It will also contain telephone listings of residents (only if you register) business listings, details of community groups and organisations and business advertising.

The publishers will be making donations from the proceeds to the Church Bells and The Hub Youth Club.

If you do not have access to a computer then please call 01564 794898 and leave a request for a manual input form to be delivered to your address.

The publication will have a life of approximately 4 years and can be purchased at a cost of £5 or £4 for pre-order copies. It will be printed in an A5 format and contain approximately 96 full colour pages. A free copy will be offered to all paying advertisers.

Advertising Rates:
Every business that registers will receive a FREE business listing.

In addition to this you are invited to take one of the following opportunities:

  • Sponsorship of the back cover plus a page of editorial: Reserved
  • Sponsorship of the inside front cover plus a page of editorial: £400
  • Full page advert: £250
  • Half Page Advert: £135
  • Quarter Page Advert: £80

To book your advertising, please contact Karen Topham-Steele on: 01564 774748 or 07979 228385
or email:


Click Here to register your FREE LISTING (Business or Residential)

Part Time Administrator wanted - Central Henley

imageSales Administrator role for a small recruitment company based at our office on the High Street in Henley-in-Arden. We are looking for a part time sales support person to assist with the day to day running of a small recruitment agency servicing both the IT and Engineering sectors.

The role will involve qualifying potential candidates for jobs over the telephone, dealing with clients on the telephone, writing job adverts to put on the Internet and searching Internet job boards/company database for potential candidates for jobs that we have registered. There will also be some general admin work involved with the job such as writing the odd letter, filing etc. This is a varied job where no two days are the same. You will need to be self motivated and have excellent communication skills as well as an excellent telephone manner. Salary Negotiable.

Please apply to Jessica Diamandis at with your CV or 07801 065747.

New Wildlife Information Board at the Pool


Henley Wildlife and Warwickshire Wildlife have recently almost finished the Riverlands Pool. Last week, a new signboard was installed which details the various forms of  wildlife that normally exists in the area around the pool.

Pictured during the installation were John Love - Treasurer, Robert Riley - Secretar, David Evason - Chairman, all of the Henley Wildlife Society, with Julie Turner of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust who coordinated the work on the Pool. The work was made possible with a grant  of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

John Love reporting

Appeal for more at air ambulance shop

imageThe Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance store, which opened in December, is appealing for more volunteers and donations at the town's charity shop in Greenhill Street, Stratford.

It has been a great success. But they now need new stock and more volunteers to man the store - from which all profits go to the running of the air ambulance.

Shop manager, Phil Moss, photographed with Volunteers Bill Hazzledine and Sue Mason, said: "We had a great Christmas trading here and had some wonderful reactions to the atmosphere and brilliant customer service in the shop. We have been so busy that we are now desperate for new stock.

"So as people start to spring clean their homes in the warmer weather we hope they will think of us. Perhaps you are buying some new season clothes for the holiday you have just booked and need to clear some space in your wardrobe? Or maybe you are doing some decorating at home and that vase or those ornaments just don’t go anymore? At the heart of our store are our volunteers. As donations come in we need more people to keep stocking the rails and shelves and serving our growing band of regulars. So if you have any time to spare once a week, even just a few hours, we would love to hear from you. We offer customer facing and back room roles too so there is something for everyone."

For more information contact Phil on 07702 563 629.

Henley Sports Pavilion Survey

imageKatie Johnson, who is a university undergraduate, is currently working on her final year dissertation. She has kindly agreed to assist the Henley War Memorial Trust with a needs survey for the new Pavilion project.

The aim of this survey is to investigate whether the proposal for a new sports pavilion to be built on the sports and social club site in Henley in Arden would be a viable and sustainable solution to the current issues surrounding the existing club house. It is important to get the opinions of the local people of Henley and district.

Peter Crathorne told Henley NEWS, "This is a very exciting and innovative project; it is essential that we end up with a building that serves the community well.  I hope that local residents and club members will give a little time to respond to this questionnaire."

Katie commented, "I hope the research I carry out will help when deciding the future of the pavilion. As a local resident, I have an added interest in the pavilion and its success."

Please click to complete the on-line survey form


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Mary Rhodes for Fun Run


Knowle and Dorridge Lions are pleased to confirm that this year's VIP starter for the Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 13th May will be Mary Rhodes.

Mary needs little introduction having been on our BBC TV screens for over 20 years. She is best known for the ten years spent as sports news presenter having covered major events including Olympics, Commonwealth Games, European football, Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon, and now presenting the current affairs programme ‘Inside Out’ from Birmingham and a regular presenter on Midlands Today and the Politics Show.

The Running Lion showing off this year's navy & yellow t-shirt met up with Mary Rhodes at Arden school last week

‘As a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society I was delighted to be asked to support this year's Knowle Fun Run,’ says Mary. It is a cause close to my heart as my mother-in-law was diagnosed with it two years ago. The Knowle Fun Run gives us a great opportunity to really make a difference to those who are living with dementia in the local area.

The Lions confirm that the work constructing the MUGA at Arden school will be completed well before May and they are working with the Principal Martin Murphy to ensure the MUGA will have a minimal effect on the ever popular event.

This year’s Fun Run will raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society, Crossroads Care, the local scout groups as well as other locally determined causes. Online entry and full details of the Fun Run & Mini Run can be found at

Monteverdi Vespers 1610

Solihull Choral Society (SCS) performs at Olton Friary, Solihull

imageFor the Society’s spring concert, the SCS’s chosen piece is Monteverdi’s “Vespers of the Blessed Virgin”, a monumental and majestic work split into as many as 10 vocal parts. Combining dramatic and spirited movements with other quieter, more meditative, ones this choral work has spellbound its audiences since its publication over 400 years ago. We hope that this performance elicits the same emotional response in our own audience.

Conducted by Andrew Fletcher, Baroque specialists 'The Musical and Amicable Players' and 'The Quintesential Sackbutt and Cornett Ensemble' will be our orchestra. We are fortunate to have a fine group of 7 vocal soloists assembled by David Clegg who sings with The Sixteen. They are sopranos Helen-Jane Howells and Zoe Brown, countertenor Daniel Colins, tenors Sam Furness and Matthew Long, baritone Jonathan Brown and bass Callum Thorp.

Combine all this with the fabulous acoustics of Olton Friary and we have what promises to be an unforgettable musical experience.

Ticket prices: £15 adults, £5 students and under 18s. Family ticket (2 adults, 2 students) £32. Ticket includes programme and interval refreshments. Telephone 0121 704 3147 for tickets.


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


Recent Property Sales in the Henley area

122 High Street
B95 5BS
25th August 2011

64 Brook End Drive
B95 5JD
21st December 2011

149 High Street
B95 5BA
8th December 2011

7 The White House
B95 5GA
13th January 2012
Flat 32, Aspen Court
Chestnut Walk
B95 5GP
2nd December 2011
Uplands Farm
Preston Road
B95 5EY
5th January 2012
1, Swancroft
Brook End Close
B95 5JE
16th January 2012
22 Brook End Drive
B95 5JA
7th November 2011
Meadow View
Buckley Green
B95 5QE
18th January 2012

You can view all previous sales information by visiting

Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust

Quality Homes From A Quality Sales Advisorlogo

imageHaving been in sales for over ten years, Sara Herbert, sales advisor at Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ popular Farriers Cross development in Henley in Arden, knows the ins and outs of home buying and why Henley in Arden is the perfect place to live.

Sara started life in sales working for Bryant Homes then began working with Taylor Wimpey six years ago. She previously worked at the company’s The Hedgerows development in Dudley, but moved to Farriers Cross last year. Her passion for the development and love of the area has made Farriers Cross one of the leading house builder’s most successful developments in the area.

Sara comments: “I joined Taylor Wimpey as the company has a reputation for being the best house builder to work for in the UK. I have to say, I haven’t been disappointed. I love the homes at Farriers Cross and as the area is so appealing, it makes going to work a joy!” Sara’s ongoing commitment to Farriers Cross means that since opening in June 2011 she has sold over 13 homes.

Sara continues: “The homes here really are spectacular and the launch of our recent show home proved overwhelmingly successful. I think it’s important for people to know exactly what is available to them. Here at Farriers Cross we always try to give people as much information about buying a new home as possible. This includes detailed information on all the homes and financial schemes available to them. If you’re looking for a home in the area and don’t know where to start I’m always happy to help. Even if you just want to look into your options for the future, or just have a look at the development, drop in and have a chat.”

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, adds: “Sara is a true testament to the fantastic qualities we look for in a sales advisor. She runs Farriers Cross with experience, pride and an enormous amount of enthusiasm, which is wholly reflected in the feedback from our customers.”

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

Currently available at Farriers Cross is a range of two bedroom coach houses, priced from £174,995, and three, four and five bedroom homes, priced from £239,995. For more information visit the development, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, or call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively visit 

Rachel Tillman reporting

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Reports from St Mary's

The Bug Man comes to St Mary’s

imagePaul Taylor, the Bug Man, came to St Mary’s just before half term to show us his collection of bugs and insects. He has some interesting creatures.

First, he showed us lots of butterflies, ants and moths. There were two really unique butterflies, so rare we were not allowed to photograph it.

imageSecondly, he showed us a praying mantis. Paul took it out of the box to show us but we couldn’t touch it because they don’t like being touched. We were allowed to touch the stick insects though which seemed to like being held.

Then we heard a hissing sound from a box and had to guess what was inside. None of us guessed that is was cockroaches. Paul told us they hiss to keep predators away. The sound is really quite loud.

Finally after we had all learnt about reptiles and stroked the snakes, frogs and geckos he showed us a tarantula and let us hold it. It had very hairy legs which tickled my hand.

It was a bugtastic day, one of the best I’ve had at school and we all want Paul to come again.

By Elliot Saltmarsh, Ethan Gray and Holly Williams.

World Book Day


imageSt Mary’s Catholic Primary School had a tremendously successful World Book Day on Thursday 1st March.

All of the children participated and came to school dressed as their favourite book character.

We have some very special pupils and parents who put a sterling effort into their original costumes.

Everyone looked fabulous but a special mention must go the following winners:

Oskar the pirate, Serenha as Minnie Mouse, Harrison as puss in boots (see photo), Honey as Honey the sweet fairy, Elliot as Willy Wonka and Olivia as a vampire.

Reports from Henley Primary

Plants for the next generation


Mrs Lancina (Head of Eco) and Isabelle Norman (Reception) planting one of the trees

Children at Henley Primary School have been busy planting lots of trees this week. They were donated by The Woodland Trust and the school has 70 trees in total. To celebrate, the children had a planting ceremony whereby one child from each class was chosen to plant a tree for their class.

The trees are different English varieties and include rowan, birch and cherry. It is hoped that the school can create a little copse at the end of the field and also allow the grass to grow longer to create a wild meadow.

World Book Day


Year Two pupils ‘strutting their stuff’ on the catwalk


Tracey Hedderman (Teaching Assistant as Camilla) and daughter Molly Hedderman (Year Five pupil as Charles)

Children at Henley Primary School have been celebrating World Book Day this week, with an opportunity to dress like royalty, to also link with the Jubilee celebrations later in the year.

The dress up day saw the children and adults arrive in school in a variety of regal costumes.

In assembly, a makeshift catwalk was created and everyone had a fabulous time strutting their stuff and showing off their costumes to each other.

The children had also been set ‘Do-what-you-like’ home learning across the school to provide a piece of work about royalty. This saw many great pieces of work delivered by the children, ranging from information texts to making royal cakes to creating castles and puppets!

A winner from each class was selected by the Literacy Subject leader, Mrs Robinson and the winning children were allowed to choose a book from the ‘Travelling Book Fair’ which was also resident in school during the week. The children were then awarded their prizes in the weekly Celebration Assembly.

Reception – Molly Vondrak
Year One – Luke Johnson
Year Two – Emily Woore
Year Three – Molly Poole
Year Four – Annabel Bevan
Year Five – Laura Pentacost
Year Six – Georgia Litwinko

Ullenhall Gardening Club and £500 per bulb

imageAfter this month’s talk by broadcaster and writer Val Bourne, no-one can say ‘all snowdrops are the same’.

This interesting and personable speaker entertained almost 60 members to a delight of snowdrop facts and figures, along with a wonderfully detailed computer slide presentation. Snowdrops or Galanthus nivalis as our ‘British’ (introduced by the Romans) natives are properly called, are widespread throughout Europe. Galanthus, which means milk-flower in Greek has three main species: G. nivalis, G, elwesii and G. woronowii.

It would appear that unusual snowdrops are highly sought after and can, like the tulips of yesteryear, fetch prices of over five hundred pounds, per bulb! Collectors who are batty about snowdrops are called galanthophiles. Val told us that, unfortunately, the desire to have the rare crosses has led to prized bulbs being stolen to order from the growers and from collections. However, it would also seem that as long as you have more than one of the three snowdrop species, then they cross so readily, that you too may find a rarity growing in your garden.

Val gave us a handy tip for splitting up bulb clumps in order to spread your snowdrops around your garden; in her experience, splitting after flowering is more likely to give better survival rates than moving them whilst still in flower. She also said that Murphy’s law was true when splitting bulb clumps, in that it was always her most prized bulbs that died when she tried to move them!

With her author’s hat on, Val signed copies of her four new books for us in the coffee break. All in all, an excellent evening and we look forward to Val Bourne returning to Ullenhall to speak to us again.

Our next meeting is the AGM and social evening on 27th March in Ullenhall Village Hall – always very enjoyable and well-attended, as the business part of the evening is dealt with very promptly. Visitors welcome.

Joan Flood reporting

Claverdon secure win despite early set backs

Birmingham Exiles 12 - Claverdon 20

imageA much changed Claverdon side headed over to Solihull to take on a fired up Exiles on Saturday short of several key players. With open side Andrew Wenborn missing from the pack Olly Thorndale stepped in for a much overdue start. In the backs it was all change with player coach and fly half Doz Ward, tough tackling centre Tim Westmacott and top try Scorer Tom Johnson all missing it meant a first start for Gregg White and Harry Cox with Wyllie filling in at 10 for Ward

Claverdon started slowly conceding a well worked try from Exiles in the first few minutes thankfully the extra points were missed. Things then got even worse for Claverdon when tight head Dave Carruthers was at first yellow carded for hands in the ruck and then red carded for dissent. Down to 14 men with 70 minutes still to play made for an interesting game.

Away skipper Conor Smith rallied his troops under the posts as the home side ten men missed the resulting penalty. From the restart the Lions stepped up a gear and soon took the lead after a good line out win secured good ball on the edge of their own 22 and the resulting crash move with fly half Wyllie timing an inch perfect pass to inside centre Sam Harris who broke through the defence at pace and drew the full back before off- loading to Barton who ran in under the posts despite attention from covering players. The extra two points were added by Wyllie.

Claverdon were now on the front foot and strong running from Lowe and Tilson were making good yards, and tough tackling from Thorndale and Edsall kept Exiles in check. It wasn’t long before Claverdon scored again this time through a good line out and great forward drive, with the ball secure at the back of the maul the Lions forwards drove towards the home line before Hooker Grimsley flopped over the line to score near the corner. The conversion was missed into a tricky wind.

Claverdon continued to attack and from another line-out quick ball to the backs gave room out wide, and despite the mercurial Wyllie’s bullet pass the Exiles centre read the situation and intercepted the ball in his own twenty two and ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts. The easy conversion was added. Making the half time score 12 – 12

With the slope and the wind now in their favour the second half started well for the away team and no.10 Wyllie kept Exiles pinned in their own half with some arrow like kicking. Determined chasing from wings Cox and White constantly put the home team under pressure from these kicks and they soon gave away a difficult penalty. Despite concerns from skipper Smith the Claverdon kicking machine Wyllie called for posts and slotted an inch perfect 3 points 15 – 12.

Claverdon made the changes now bringing on the fresh legs of Williams and Warren to help the fourteen men push on. Exiles were finding it difficult to break down the Claverdon defence and now playing up hill and into the strong wind were always up against it. Despite this they fought hard in the second half and some fantastic tackling not least from their diminutive 10 who not only stopped the charging Claverdon Lock Lowe and actually smashed him backwards several feet. No mean feat when you consider the 10 was 5’6’’ and 10 stone and Lowe is nearly 22 stone.

Although they fought hard it was Claverdon who were fashioning all the chances and they scored their third try with an almost carbon copy of the first try. Again Wyllie drew his man before finding Harris who again timed his run to perfection beating both centres and finding Daws to score out wide. The conversion was missed. 20- 12

Claverdon saw out the game chasing the bonus point fourth try but blew two or three good chances with wayward passes from Daws and Wyllie. Still winning a game in tough conditions with 14 men for 70 minutes against a side much better than their league standing suggests is a good result.

Claverdon Team. Smith, Cox, Daws, Harris, White, Wyllie, Jay, Carruthers D, Grimsley, Tilson, Edsall, Lowe, Thorndale, Barton, Conduit, subs, Williams, Nealon, Warren

Tries. Daws , Barton, Grimsley
Cons, Wyllie x 1
Pens. Wyllie x 1
Sent off Carruthers D
Man of the Match Tilson

Match report by Ian Wyllie
Pic by Will Barnes

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Warnings from Trading Standards

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Warwickshire Trading Standards has recently been made aware of some phishing scams which seek to exploit people's good nature to steal money. The latest is an email which purports to come from the 'Rev. David Lacy'. He claims to be stuck in Madrid having had his wallet stolen and only needs you to lend him 2000 EUR in order that he can get home safely!

Such emails prey on the vulnerable and should be deleted immediately on receipt.

Beauty and Health Product Scam
Warwickshire Trading Standards Service is warning consumers to beware of ‘free’ sample offers for face creams, detox pills and other beauty and health products advertised on social networking and other Internet sites after receiving complaints. Trading Standards Officers are particularly concerned that social media users are sharing these offers and people are signing up without thinking because they trust recommendations from ‘friends’ when they might be more wary otherwise.

The offers are also often mixed in with genuine promotions from well established businesses, making it harder for consumers to distinguish the good from the bad and downright ugly! Consumers are registering their debit or credit cards with these beauty product businesses, believing that the only cost to them is a few pounds for postage and packing. However, many people are not reading the offer small print and do not realise that they have in fact signed up to an expensive monthly subscription! This only becomes apparent to them when they receive more of the product and are charged over £70 a month.

Be extremely wary of signing up to any ‘free’ offers on the Internet, especially when you are asked to share bank account or credit card details. Make sure you trust the company fully before going ahead.

Business Invoice Scam
Businesses are warned to check the invoices they receive for payment after a retired businessman received a request for
payment for £321.84. The invoice appeared to suggest the retired individual's business (which was no longer trading) had an existing account and warned that if payment was not received 'services would be cancelled'. On closer reading of the document it would appear that the invoice was in fact a demand for payment to appear on business web directory. The retired individual's business had no pre-existing agreement with those who sent the invoices.

Warwickshire Trading Standards are concerned that some larger businesses may pay the invoice without realising they don't actually take the service in question. Details of the scam have been passed to fraud investigators.

BT Calling Scam
Consumers are warned to beware of bogus calls from people falsely claiming to represent BT. One Warwickshire resident had an unexpected call from someone who claimed he was calling tell the consumer that his PC had been hacked. The consumer allowed the caller to take control of his PC who then demanded a payment of £49.99. Warwickshire Trading Standards advise consumers to never grant access to your computer to anyone who phones you unexpectedly.

Beware of Bogus Email From Your Friends!

Warwickshire Trading Standards is raising awareness of bogus emails that appear to come from your friends. A Warwickshire resident reported to the service that she had had what appeared to be a genuine email from her friend to say that she had been attacked abroad and her money and passport stolen. The email asked for money to be sent.

At first glance the email looked potentially genuine as it used her friend's own email address and signature and mentioned a location abroad, close to where her friend had genuinely been on holiday.

These types of bogus emails are usually sent out when an individual's email account is hacked (broken into). If a hacker breaks into your email account he can send out bogus emails to all the people on your email contacts list. He may also have access to your email correspondence. If you use the same email address or email/password combination for other websites such as social media sites (twitter & facebook), banking websites and commercial websites it won't take a determined hacker long to gain access to these websites as well!

How do I know if my email account has been hacked?

  • Your friends receive bogus or spam email from you
  • You begin to receive lots of 'bounced' emails from random email addresses you don't know indicating that your email address is being used to send spam email out
  • You can't access your email account at all or your settings have been changed
What can you do?
  • If you can access your account, go in to it and change your password and settings. Do this for all accounts where you use the same email address/password combination. You may also need to use a different email address for these accounts.
  • Visit your email services help page. This will give you additional guidance
  • Warn your friends (and others as necessary) that your email account has been hacked
  • Run anti-virus software on your PC to ensure it is clear
Preventing problems in the future
  • Avoid listing your main email address publically on-line
  • Don't use public computers to check your emails. You have no means of knowing if they are infected with malware designed to steal your email address and password. Warwickshire library computers' anti-virus software is regularly updated and external devices are virus checked before use.

For more information visit our website:

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

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The Energy Fair Comes to Town

posterMarch is energy saving month for residents of Stratford District with a programme of six community energy fairs taking place at six locations during the month. Henley’s fair will be at the Baptist Church Hall on the morning of Saturday 17 March. The fairs will provide help and advice on energy saving and showcase products and services available from local businesses.

The programme is being organised by Wellesbourne-based energy advice service Act on Energy, following a successful bid for money from the Government’s Local Energy Assessment Fund. Act on Energy is being helped with the organisation of the events by Stratford-based energy co-operative Community Energy Warwickshire. Act on Energy Chief Executive David Jullien said: “Energy prices have risen substantially faster than inflation in the last few years and that trend looks set to continue. So we want to provide local people with information about ways to save energy and give them the opportunity to talk to businesses offering energy efficiency and renewable energy products which are active in the district.”

In addition to the opportunity to meet the representatives of energy businesses, visitors to the energy fairs will have the chance to find out more about energy saving from Act on Energy and from Community Energy Warwickshire. There are also plans for short talks on energy saving in the home based on sessions that Act on Energy has been running with local community groups. The usual coffee morning will be happening alongside the Energy Fair so you can enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit as well as visiting the various exhibits.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Advertising – 2012 style

John GarnerWe’ve heard a lot recently about Google tracking our web browsing, collecting data about us and using it to specifically target adverts at us. There’s a lot of sophisticated marketing going on and most of it is hidden from us. However, here are two items that are most certainly not hidden.

Gender discrimination

An electronic hoarding which utilises facial recognition technology to distinguish women from men was launched a couple of weeks ago. The prototype is located at a bus stop on Oxford Street in London; its display dynamically alters its message depending on the gender of the passer by.

This is achieved by technical wizardry using a camera which calculates the probability of the gender it is looking at by measuring key facial features of anyone standing at the screen such as the distance between the eyes, nose width and cheekbone shape. (I’d have thought it’d be easier to measure other physical features – but what do I know?).

Apparently It gets it right 90% of the time. I wonder how I would feel if I was one of the 10% it got wrong.

Smelly ads

In another report the US company McCain, once famous for its oven chips, has unveiled its latest advert which attempts to make commuters' mouths water by making its ads smell like freshly baked potatoes.

Commuters waiting at bus stops in London, Nottingham, Glasgow, York and Manchester will be treated to 3D adverts that emit the smell of baked potatoes at the press of a button. And not only that, the adverts will issue money-off vouchers for everyone who presses the button!

These adverts work by containing a hidden heating element which keeps the image of the potato warm (apparently). The potato aroma took three months to develop; McCain used a specialist scent lab to ensure they got the potato smell just right.

McCain say, "When consumers press a button, a hidden heating element gently warms the potato and releases the mouth-watering aroma of a slow oven-baked jacket potato throughout the bus shelter."

Some readers may be tempted to ask how much carbon dioxide is emitted per button press!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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13th March Nick Grounds will provide a floral demonstration ‘An Auctioneer's Lot’. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974 640994.

Dinner with Lord and Lady Grantham of Downton Abbey. A 6 course Candlelit Dinner at Stockton House prepared by Mrs Dalby Patmore on Friday 16th March. Tickets £30.00 available from Mrs Hughes (Marijana) 01564794987/ 01564795149.. Dress the part (upstairs or downstairs)

Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th March in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Roger Pringle will give a talk on ‘Shakespeare and his Local Background’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

On Tuesday March 20th Laurence Kimpton will be presenting "Spitzbergen". Come and join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm - all are welcome.

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 about these events call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987

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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.
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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

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  • 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.
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
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.

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