Reporting on Events In and Around
Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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Edition 299 - 10th May 2012
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District & Parish Council Elections 2012

On a freezing cold May 3rd, 40% of the electors of Henley and Beaudesert voted in the District Council and Joint Parish Council elections.

Stephen Thirlwell secured 68% of the votes and was returned as a district councillor for the Henley ward which includes Wootton Wawen.

District Council Election
Result - Henley Ward

Tracy Doherty
Stephen Thirlwell
Diane Walden
Lib Dem
Turnout 39% - 1,409




Cllr Stephen Thirlwell

The Joint Parish Council election was contested for the first time in 12 years for Beaudesert and 16 years in the case of Henley. The new Henley Independents contested all 12 seats and secured the largest share of the vote in Henley, which resulted in them gaining 3 more seats to bring their total on the JPC to 5. Control still remains with the JPC Group which campaigned for the first time as group.

The retiring JPC Chairman, Roger Hubbocks, David Hadley and Sue Osborne all failed to be re-elected.

The first parish council meeting of the new council will take place on Monday 14th May in the Baptist Church. It will be proceeded by the Annual General Meeting at 7 pm when a new chairman and vice-chairman will be elected.

JPC Election Results


Mike Willmott, Chairman of the Henley Independents, writes to residents:

imageDear Residents of Beaudesert and Henley,

With all of the votes counted I am pleased to say we have partially succeeded in our goals. 5 of our 12 candidates have been elected to the Joint Parish Council. In Henley, the Independents polled more votes than the opposition. Unfortunately, 7 of our excellent candidates did not get elected but I thank them for their tireless work and commitment to our cause.

We obviously don't have a majority on the JPC so we won't be able to carry out our manifesto pledges (reducing costs and bureaucracy, increasing transparency and listening more to what people want) without the support of other members of the JPC. We do hope that those members of the JPC who have been re-elected will listen to what the voters of Henley and Beaudesert have said and will work with us to create a dynamic and functional JPC that really tries to cater to the needs of all the residents of our town. It is time to put the bickering and in-fighting that dogged the JPC behind us and move forwards as a whole.

However, we do still firmly believe that the structure of the JPC with its myriad meetings is inefficient, expensive and intimidating. We remain committed to the concept of a streamlined JPC, with fewer meetings and substantially reduced costs - and that these cost savings can be used for the benefit of the town in the future. At least now we have 5 members of the JPC who can influence these decisions from within.

Thanks once again to everyone who has supported us.

Mike Willmott
Henley Independents

Reprinted from 'Henley Times'

As in any election it is sad to lose old colleagues and friends.

imageRoger Hubbocks was a very hard working and dedicated Councillor and Chairman who always focused on the key issues of the town and tried to steer the Council in a position of being close to the people it represented. The same applies of course to Sheila Roy during her Chairmanship and during the time she served as a Councillor. David Hadley was always ready to provide commonsense advice in any of the issues that were being discussed. He was always ready to help as indeed he did in the project to improve the pond situated close to the medical centre. I am sure I can say this on behalf of every resident in Henley-in-Arden. Thank you to you all for your service to the town.

Equally, I should like to say a few words to candidates who entered the election for the first time and did not win. You must be disappointed but don’t lose heart. If you love this town there will be other opportunities for you to contribute in the future.

Henley NEWS is pleased to endorse these positive sentiments by George Matheou, editor of Henley Times.

We would also like to add our grateful thanks to Sue Osborne who has served on the JPC for the 2 years since her election and has put an enormous effort into her role as Councillor.

Update on Physiotherapy in Henley

imageGlen Burley, Chief Executive of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust told Henley NEWS last week, "I have met with the GP practice to discuss ways that we can work together to keep a physiotherapy service running in Henley whilst also allowing the Trust to make the necessary efficiencies required. We are likely to agree the detail about this in the coming weeks so that we can enter into a pilot phase."

He was provided with a copy of the petition by organised by Henley News which contained 264 names. There were many comments in the petition expressing appreciation of the excellent work done by the Medical Centre. There were also many comments stressing how difficult it would be for many patients to travel to Warwick.




A vacancy exists for a

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated person to join our team at Henley Medical Centre.

Applicants should be confident, caring and enjoy working with the public.

You should have excellent organisation and communication skills as well as strong IT skills.

Approx. 20 hours per week over 4 days – ability to be flexible required.

If you feel you are the person we are looking for, please call us on 01564 794311
for an information pack and application form.


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BIG Plans Announced for the BIG LUNCH

Henley's Biggest Event this Century


Last year's Music Festival at the same venue

imageSue Osborne, chairman of the BIG Lunch Organising Committee writes, "I am now able to tell you about The BIG Lunch, which the organising committee is planning for Henley-in-Arden's contribution to this important national celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June 2012.

"As a result of the donations we received after my appeal for funds, I am pleased to tell you that this FREE EVENT for all members of the Town will now take place at the Memorial Playing Fields by kind permission of the Trustees of the Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust. A children's sports day is also planned.

"We are inviting all the street parties already planned for this day to relocate to the Memorial Playing Fields, where there will be a reserved plot for each party which has notified us. If you are not part of a street party, please come to our party and bring your friends. If you have a business in the town, why not organise an office party? All the PTAs are encouraged to organise their own parties.

"Bring a rug or a gazebo and a picnic and also enjoy the food and drink which can be purchased from the many caterers on site, including a pasta bar, pig roast and of course Henley Ice Cream.

"We have 3 Jazz bands, 2 bouncy castles and a fairground organ, plus a host of special attractions and entertainment especially for the children. Safety is of paramount importance and was a major factor in our decision to change the venue.

"I do hope you will join us and I can promise you a enjoyable afternoon.

"The provisional site plan below, shows the party sites, children's play area and the catering area.

"If you want to reserve your party plot, please register at: and one of our committee will contact you."

Sue Osborne - Chairman of the BIG Lunch Organising Committee


Ian Bell joins Henley Golf and Country Club


England and Warwickshire cricketer Ian Bell MBE has enrolled as a member of Henley Golf and Country Club. Pictured here with the Club's Director and General Manager Graham Waller soon after Warwickshire's victory over current County Champions Lancashire, the accomplished single figure golfer told Henley NEWS "I am delighted to be able to join Henley as a playing member which will give me the opportunity to relax and enjoy my golf away from the hectic and pressurised world of International and Domestic cricket".

Graham Waller added, "We are delighted to welcome Ian Bell to Henley Golf and Country Club and hope he will take full advantage of the excellent facilities the club has to offer."

Prospective members who are interested in joining HGCC should contact the club on 01564 793715. For full details of the facilities and amenities the club has to offer visit their website at

Henley Forrest FC Awards Dinner

imageOver 110 people attended Henley Forest’s Awards Dinner in the Memorial Hall. The dinner was a combined awards night to celebrate the success of Henley’s 3 adult football teams and a fundraiser to raise much-needed funds for the club.

An excellent three course meal was provided by Sue Dalby Catering and thanks go to her and her team of young waiters and waitresses for their efforts. The highlight of the evening though was the after dinner speech by ex premier-league referee and all-round top bloke, Dermott Gallagher. Amongst stories about unusual football matches in obscure places we discovered the contenders for the thickest footballer and what to do if you have to try to keep up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gabby Agbonlahor in quick succession…. Dermott was also happy to present the awards and stay around after his speech to discuss the finer points of the offside rule with anyone who cared to listen, and to answer the many questions fired at him, with good humour. Many thanks Dermott.

Thereafter, tables were moved back and the disco commenced. We were then treated to the spectacle of John Colby (manager of our Midland Combination team) strutting his very funky stuff on the dance floor until the doors closed on a memorable evening.

Peter Johnson, Chairman of Henley Forest FC said “Given the success of the night, we hope to make the Awards Dinner an annual event. As importantly, we have raised a decent amount of money for the club. My thanks go out to everyone who made the night such a success”.

Henley Forest FC – Kids Awards

The awards for all of our junior teams will take place at the football club on Friday 11th May at 6.30 pm. Weather permitting, we will have a few Dads (& Mums) vs players matches, followed by presentations at about 7.30pm.

There will be a BBQ and bar; if parents can bring some nibbles too, that would be great.

Hope to see you all there.

Peter Johnson, Chairman Henley Forest FC

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Taylor Wimpey Confirms Commitment to Henley


logoWith new communities often comes new investment and Henley In Arden has already benefitted from over £200,000 thanks to Taylor Wimpey Midlands.

The leading house builder, which is currently building its Farriers Cross development in the area, has already contributed to many projects and causes in Henley In Arden, including affordable housing, education, roads and maintenance. As well as improving on the towns amenities, Taylor Wimpey has also donated to local deserving causes including, Henley Guild Trust, St Mary’s School, Henley in Bloom, Henley In Arden War Memorial Trust and Henley In Arden Christmas Lights.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, states: "At Taylor Wimpey we are very committed to the areas where we build and take our role within the communities extremely seriously. We create jobs, provide affordable housing and make financial contributions that help enhance and improve certain facilities which will benefit our residents and the wider community.”

In addition to making contributions to amenities and local causes, Taylor Wimpey has also sponsored local events such as the Henley In Arden Fashion Show 2011.

Anne comments: “These events showcase how Henley In Arden is a fantastic example of a rich, vibrant community, and highlights the community spirit the town prides itself on.”

“We’re delighted to have been able to support so many services, causes and events in Henley In Arden. As the development continues to grow so does the town, meaning we will strive to continue to support the community wherever possible to help retain the fantastic sense of local pride in the area.”

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

Rachel Tillman reporting

Probe reveals lamb kebab rip-off

imageAn investigation has revealed customers ordering curries and kebabs at Warwickshire takeaways and restaurants may not be getting what they paid for.

Consumer watchdogs found some food outlets claiming to sell dishes containing lamb had none of the meat in them. Undercover officers at Warwickshire County Council’s trading standards visited 20 random restaurants and takeaways across Nuneaton, Rugby, Leamington and Stratford-upon-Avon and purchased 39 lamb curries and kebabs.

They were tested to see what meat was actually in the so-called lamb dishes, and were shocked to discover four of the curries contained no lamb whatsoever. Instead they featured a mixture of pork, beef or chicken – all cheaper cuts of meat, leaving consumers both duped and ripped off, said officers.

The findings would also cause concern for people who would unwittingly find themselves eating certain meats they are prohibited from consuming due to their religious beliefs or health issues, officers added.

Incredibly, none of the 20 lamb kebabs sampled contained just lamb – instead they were all made up of lamb mixed together with either pork, beef or chicken. Of the 19 lamb curries tested, only three contained just lamb.

Paris Runner from Henley Ice Cream


On behalf of all the 'scoopers' and staff at Henley Ice Cream, we would like to congratulate Emily, our Company Secretary, on completing the PARIS MARATHON last week-end, in a magnificent time of 4 hours 2 minutes.


4 tickets for 'WESTLIFE THE GREATEST TOUR' at the LG Arena on June 4th at 7.30. They are for Block 14, seats Q443 - 446. This is their last ever live tour. Unfortunately owing to work committments I am unable to go. I would like the cost price for these (Total £185 ono). Tickets and confirmation of order can be seen following a phone call to Henley Ice Cream Parlour on 01564 795172 or email: Ask for Cindy or Karen.

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Habitat Survival Trust appeal

imageMolly Corfield, founder of the Habitat Trust, has asked Henley NEWS:

"I am wondering if there is anyone locally who would be willing to bring along a Tarantula or a pet snake to a talk. This might last up to an hour and we will pay a modest fee."

Please email Henley NEWS and we will pass on your details.

Line the Streets of Warwickshire for the torch


The Olympic Flame starts its epic 70 day journey around the UK this month and to mark the occasion Warwickshire County Council is urging as many people as possible to ‘Line the Streets’ when it arrives in the county on July 1.

Local Leaders of the 2012 Games and community groups are already getting their neighbours, friends and family together to support their Local Torchbearer and show the world how proud they are of the place where they live.

Games organisers are urging people to make maracas and shakers, hang bunting, bake flame ‘cone-cakes’, plant golden marigolds, dress up in gold and make some noise to welcome and celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch. Downloadable toolkits, posters and save the date cards are available to help along the way from the Line the Streets webpage at 

Julie Crawshaw, Warwickshire County Council’s Olympic co-ordinator, said: “The Warwickshire weekend on July 1 is our opportunity to get into the Olympic spirit and welcome the torch as it makes its way through the county. There are many events being planned and we hope our residents will line the streets in their thousands.”

On Sunday 1 July and Monday 2 July communities in Alcester, Newbold-on-Stour, Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth, and Rugby will share in the excitement of the Relay as it travels through Warwickshire.

The route takes in major streets in the county including Shipston Road in Stratford, West Street in Warwick, The Parade in Leamington, Castle Road in Kenilworth and Lawford Road into Rugby.

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay can be viewed in full at:, which gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Warwickshire. Residents living in and around the county can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

The county council is encouraging as many people as possible to sign up as Local Leaders at: and help organise the celebrations in your local area.

Residents are also being asked to tell the Games organisers how they are celebrating, so they can use their examples to inspire others. To do this all they need to do is email:

A Survey for a New Business in Henley-in-Arden


Tara and Lucy, both local residents, have asked Henley NEWS to assist with a survey for a new business in the town. They have said:

Cheese is one of the most concentrated sources of key nutrients, including calcium, protein, and vitamins A, B12 and D. Cheese is purchased by more than 98% of British households and the average person eats 30g of cheese per day.

But how many of the 700 named British cheeses have you tried?

It's because of our love of cheese that we want to create an experience for everyone in order to tantalise your taste buds. We will do this by introducing you to some amazing hand picked cheeses that will literally blow your cheesy little socks off!

In such a tough economic climate we want to do our homework in order to create a business that fits the needs of the local people and visitors to Henley-in-Arden. We would greatly appreciate your feedback through completing online questionnaire.

Tara & Lucy

Late Breaking News

Already over 100 readers have completed Tara's online questionnaire with some interesting results. A report on the findings will appear in our next edition. This is the first ever detailed survey about shopping in Henley and all residents are encouraged to take part.

Tara and Lucy have emailed Henley NEWS, "Thank you to everyone who has completed the new business idea questionnaire, your honest feedback and thoughts have been really useful and truly appreciated. You have just helped us to be a step closer to being able to bring amazing cheeses to the people of Henley in Arden!"

Click here to complete the survey

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Henley and Beaudesert Society April Meeting

A Year in the Life of a Lord Mayor of Birmingham

imageThe Society hugely enjoyed Jim Whorwood, former Lord Mayor of Birmingham, giving an unassuming and light hearted account of his year in office. Stamina seems to be an important prerequisite of the job; Birmingham is the largest local authority in Europe with a turnover of £4 billion, so Jim found himself attending some 1,400 functions in the year or roughly four a day on average.

The lord mayor’s year runs from May to May and normally the mayor elect would shadow his predecessor for 6 months to learn the ropes, although in Jim’s case he was denied this privilege. The normal pattern is for the lord mayor to be given a briefing on a Friday about the engagements for the ensuing week. And what a variety of occasions they could be, ranging from a solemn Armistice Day service and wreath laying, to enjoying colourful occasions such as the Hare Krishna parade. Schools feature prominently on the mayoral circuit, but then also does royalty with a senior royal visiting on average once a month. The mayor also attends election counts, the Birmingham Walkathon, plenty of dinners, and his year of office saw the tenth anniversary celebrations of Symphony Hall. Speech making can be a problem because, as Jim put it, people don’t want to listen to a lord mayor; they want to be entertained, but the dignity of the office can preclude this. And in any case political correctness demands that one has to tread very carefully – e.g. no ‘mother-in-law jokes’! There are now more and more centenarians and every one will have a visit from the lord mayor or his representative.

As a figure-head and ambassador for the city, one’s appearance is most important whether it is a simple matter of sporting a bowler hat rather than a top hat, or observing the local customs and etiquette of a particular ethnic group. The number of ethnic parades can be myriad, attracting huge crowds, but pleasingly never any trouble. The chain of office is probably the most visibly important part of the regalia and is literally priceless, going back to 1838 and being encrusted with many jewels. As Jim with typical self-deprecation said, the protection officers one sees around the mayor are not for his benefit but to safeguard the chain.

In his year of office our speaker visited South Africa, and New York shortly after the 9/11 atrocity. A trip to Jamaica prompted the donation from Birmingham of some invaluable cataract operating equipment. Indeed, charitable works featured prominently in Jim’s consciousness and on one occasion, terrified as he was, he took part with the city coroner in a parachute jump to promote organ donations. Jim still supports charities and has donated the speaker’s fee we paid him to St Basil’s charity for the homeless.

The Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday 31st May when there will be an afternoon visit to the Needle Museum in Redditch and Bordesley Abbey. The cost will be £8.50 including afternoon tea. Numbers are limited so to book or for further information please contact Arthur Gennard on 01564 794209.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

John Earle Auction - April Results / May Lots

John Earle are pleased to boast a 100% success rate for all lots in their April Auction which kicked off the 2012 season.

Results include;
19 Stourton Close, Knowle
60 Silver Street, Wythall
Land at Knowle, 4.92 acres



Since the inception of John Earle in 1935, land and property auctions have been a main feature of John Earle's professional approach to selling cottages, houses, farms and land.

Richard Abbey conducts the property and land auctions on a monthly basis which are held in Henley Golf and Country Club.

The firm had, in the 2011 season, 100% success rate. All Lots offered for sale in the room either sold under the hammer or on one or two occasions, contracts were exchanged after the conclusion of the auction by funded and willing purchasers.

The next John Earle Auction will take place on 22nd May 2012 at The Henley Golf & Country Club and include the following lots:
Primrose Lodge
Lower Field House
Barn at Ashford Manor
Lakeside Cottage 
Springfield Croft 
Land - Radford Road 
Land - Rouncil Lane 

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For more information and to arrange a pre-auction viewing, visit: or call 01564 794343.

3rd Alcester and Forest of Arden Food Festival

imageAward winning fine food and drink providers will be well represented at the 3rd Alcester and Forest of Arden Food Festival on Saturday 19th May from 9:00am until 5:30pm. Everyone who loves good food and drink will delight in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of this food festival. It is an ideal day out for all the family.

The Food Festival takes place in the heart of the historic market town of Alcester, Warwickshire. There is no admission price for visitors as the stalls are situated in the heart of the town in and around the High Street.

Visitors can expect to find OVER 100 STANDS providing a wide range of specialty food and drink on offer. There will be more than enough to satisfy all tastes and diets, including locally produced specialty oils, vinegars, preserves, confectionary, veggie treats, wines, beers, ciders, meat, fish, game, bread, cakes, cheeses, teas, coffees and much more to tempt the palate. More details can be found on the Festival website.

This is a marvelous opportunity for visitors not only to purchase but also to sample the amazing food and drink produced by these local companies. The High Street has a variety of specialist small shops, cafés and restaurants providing a range of services – all of which will be open on the day of the Food Festival.

Apart from the main attraction of food and drink stalls, the free Park and Ride will again be available from the Moat House on the A435, Birmingham Road. Also, the ancient Town Hall will be open to provide a welcome rest area for those wishing a ‘comfort break’. Visitors to the Town Hall should take the opportunity to look around and experience the building’s history.

Festival Chairman, Peter Pritchard said: “We are delighted that so many producers have chosen to return to show off their marvelous products at the Festival. We also welcome some for the first time. Good quality, locally produced food and drink are something we are good at in this country and it should be celebrated. The Midlands seem to be particularly blessed with an array of fantastic fine food companies - some big, some small, some famous, some little known – and that is before you start taking into account the superb public houses, retailers, restaurants and chefs we have in the area. We know that this event will give food and drink producers and suppliers a successful platform to showcase what they do. It is vital that, particularly in these difficult times, we support what is Best of Britain.”

Further information about the event is available on the website:

Puns for Educated (or not so) Minds

    1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's Round Table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
    2. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.
    3. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
    4. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road ... and was arrested for littering.
    5. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
    6. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
    7. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
    8. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
    9. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
    10. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
    11. I wondered why the football kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
    12. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab centre said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
    13. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
    14. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
    15. A backward poet writes inverse.
    16. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
    17. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
    18. A vulture boards an aeroplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'
    19. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'
    20. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it.
    21. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
    22. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused anaesthetic during a root canal filling? His goal: transcend dental medication.
    23. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
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Warnings from Trading Standards

May is Scams Awareness Month
If you have ever received a lottery ‘winners’ letter for a competition you hadn’t entered or an offer from a mystic clairvoyant to change your fortunes (for just a few pounds) then you are one of the many thousands of people targeted each week by mass marketing scams.

May is National Scams Awareness Month and Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service wants Warwickshire residents and businesses to forward any potential scam letters, emails or details of phone calls to them at the following FREEPOST address:

Warwickshire County Council
Trading Standards Service
Old Budbrooke Road
Mark your letter ‘Scams Awareness Month 2012’.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Scam Advice

1.Never send money to anyone who says you’ve won a prize or the lottery
2.Never give out your bank account details or other personal information to people you do not know or trust.
3.Never feel pressured to respond immediately, however enticing the offer may seem.
4.Never send money in response to bogus psychic mailings.
5.If something sounds too good to be true it probably is!

More information on scams is available on our website:

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

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Crime in Your Area

Burglary (dwellings) are comparable with last month and last year and remain low in comparison with other areas.

At Bearley Cross, Wootton Wawen, a property was broken into by smashing the patio windows; once within offender/s have taken two LCD televisions. On Edge Lane, Henley, the alarm to a property was disconnected by pulling it away from the wall, offender/s have then forced the rear door with a spade in order to gain entry; once within a search was made with offender/s taking money and a black BMW convertible.

Two properties were broken into on Park Drive, Claverdon, the first where an integral garage was forced open and a mountain bike was removed, however offender/s left leaving the bike propped up against the garden wall. The second incident in Park Drive also concerns an integral garage being forced and on this occasion the garage lock was taken as well as a Phillips DVD player; a van parked on the drive was also accessed by force and searched, but nothing was taken. On Church Road, Claverdon, the rear patio doors and rear door were smashed in order to gain entry to a property, once within offender/s have stolen a quantity of Victorian Jewellery. Some property has since been recovered from the side of the road in Lowsonford and is believed may be in connection with this burglary, enquiries are currently ongoing.

Burglary (others) are lower than last year but have increased on last month. Two burglaries and one attempt have taken place in Kyte Green, Edge Lane, Henley with garages, sheds and outbuildings being targeted; items taken include garden equipment and builders' tools. In Park Close, Claverdon, offender/s have accessed the rear garden of a property via an insecure side gate; once at the rear of the property offender/s have accessed an insecure shed but taken nothing, however entry was forced to a blue Mazda parked at the front of the property and a laptop was stolen from within. A further incident was reported at Park Close where another insecure shed was broken into and garden equipment was taken. On Kington Lane, Claverdon, a garage and barn were broken into by force and a motorbike was stolen.

Criminal damage has decreased when compared with last month and decreased significantly when compared with last year. Three vehicles have been scratched in Henley, one on Camp Lane and two down Beaudesert Lane by unknown offender/s. 

Anti Social Behaviour is comparable with last month, but has decreased significantly when compare with last year. In Riverside Gardens, Henley, youths have thrown apples and carrots at a property. On the High Street, Henley, two parties were involved in an argument which resulted in officers giving appropriate advice to all parties concerned. At the Croft Car Park a disagreement took place between two parties concerning private parking and at School House Mews, Henley, a dispute between neighbours took place concerning noise; all parties concerned were given suitable advice by officers.

Theft from Motor Vehicles is comparable with last month, but has fallen when compared with last year and remains low in comparison with other areas. On the Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen, a bag was left in a caravan show home and when the owner returned it had been taken.

Violence is comparable with last month and last year and remains low when compared with other areas. Some minor incidents have been recorded in Henley which have been dealt with appropriately by officers.

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
Mobile: 07795231857
Voicemail: 16065

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HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Ian Butler will be getting us into the holiday mood with his presentation of ‘Sun, sea and Sanderlings’ at our meeting on Tuesday May 15th. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Memorial Hall at 7.45pm.

May 26th put on your 50s gear and dance to the Likeley Lads. £20.00 to include Buffet supper.

There will be a visit to the Needle Museum at Redditch and Bordesley Abbey on Thursday 31st May at 2.00pm at a cost of £6.00 per head. To book or for further information please contact Arthur Gennard on 794209.

Music and Strawberries Mark Diamond Jubilee
More than 30 parishes and villages in the Alcester deanery, among them Beaudesert and Henley, are being invited to join in festivities linked to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Warwickshire's oldest church including a last night "world first" performance. Enquiries about tickets costing £15 via Pat Phillips at (tel 01564 793114).

Saturday 2nd June 1.00 pm at the Market Cross, where the Jubilee Queen is to be crowned. Judging afterwards in the new Jubilee Gardens, Beaudesert Lane around 3.0 pm. OPEN TO EVERYONE. REGISTER FOR UPDATES

July21st...Music, Dancing, Fizz ,Strawberries and Fireworks
For information phone Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 794987 eve 795149 day.

Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278.

At a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.

A Flat has become vacant at Johnson House, Henley in Arden. Applications are invited from person or persons born in Henley. Apply in writing to Mrs S Nicholson Flat 3 Whitehouse Mews Henley in Arden B95 5GA by 30th April 2012.

Diary Dates for WARWICKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE - Henley & District Volunteers

Warwick Heroes Fun Run13th May 2012
Hilton NEC Metropole19th May 2012
Queen’s Jubilee Stall - Henley3rd June 2012
Henley Primary School Fete7th July 2012
Nuthurst Grange Coffee Morning10th September 2012
Henley Primary School Assembly26th September 2012
Co-op Henley - Bucket Shake6th October 2012
WNAA Volunteer Conference3rd November 2012

We are always looking for new members to join our group to support this vital service. Please contact Mandy Hollands




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JUBILEE DANCE - Saturday 26th May
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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.
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
imageRecently handed over from Warwickshire County Council to the Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust. A grand re-opening event is currently being planned for September 2012 In the meantime the Youth Club is open every Wednesday night during school term time from 19:00 – 21:00. Teenagers from Henley in Arden and surrounding villages aged 13+ are very welcome to attend. Many exciting plans are underway... we are hoping the youth club will be open at least 3 times a week from September.
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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We are delighted to publish the list of our correspondents:

Make Henley Greener
Rotary Club
The Henley Society
Henley History
Henley in Bloom
Wild Life Society
Warwickshire College
Henley Diary
Flower Club Paula Pugh
Editorial Team
Proof ReaderJohn Garner
EditorBill Leech
Ullenhall Gardening ClubPenny Stott
WCC Trading Standards
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
Henley High School
C of E Primary School Elaine Field
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
Court Leet & HADSAlan Robson
Claverdon & RailwayClive Hanley

Special Correspondents

Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School

Our team of Newshounds



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