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Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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Edition 300 - 24th May 2012
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Henley's BIG Event - THE BIG LUNCH

Sponsored by MPA Financial & Henley NEWS



imageSue Osborne - Chairman of the BIG Lunch Organising Committee has told Henley NEWS that the preparations for Henley's biggest event to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are now nearly complete.

There will be plenty for every member of the family to do on the day which starts at 12.30 pm with a proclamation by the Town Crier Gordon Trinder.

A special children's entertainment area will provide games, face painting, craft tables and balloon modelling for all the young people. It is also hoped, subject to operational commitments, Henley's Fire crew with their Fire Engine will make an appearance.

For the older "young people", there will be a skittle alley, hoop-la, splat the rat to bring back memories of their youth. Live music will be provided by three jazz bands along with other entertainments from the stage area.

All residents are being encouraged to reserve their picnic pitches and bring their gazebos or picnic rugs. Bookings have already been received from over 30 parties with over 200 guests.

John Johnson will be organising the Johnsons Cycle Scramble. In addition, the Hub will be organising a traditional sports day with egg and spoon race, three legged race, sack race and running races.

There will be plenty for everyone, so please come along to Henley's biggest party this century.



imageThe Staff & Volunteers at The HUB @ Henley are looking forward to running a sports day style event at the Big Lunch Celebration. They hope to have as many staff & volunteers as possible and Debbie Binns, the new youth leader manager, is very keen to get out and meet people from the community. They are planning to run events such as egg & spoon race, three legged race, sack race, welly wanging, backwards relay and parents v children races.

So if you are interested in joining in please register at the control tent when you arrive & put your name down for a chance to become Henley’s very own Gold Medallist!

imageJohnsons Coach and Bus Travel have sponsored the Cycle Scramble event on Sunday afternoon 3rd June. Everyone is welcome to take part – the event is a series of exciting short races, for all ages. There are races for girls and boys separately, in each of these categories - U6, U8, U10, U12, and also for U14s and adults too. Even grandparents can have a race! The track will be easy and fun to ride – all you need is a bike - any bike will do, plus a crash helmet.

Each category will have 2 races each during the afternoon, with a rest in between of course. The riders with the highest place in each of the two races overall will win a prize. And also - everyone who takes part will receive a small prize too.

The event might jog the memory of some residents of the town – John and his colleagues used to run this event for 5 years down at Henley Junior and Infant School in the mid-nineties!

So there you go - just bring your kids plus bikes and your helmets – and, between your ‘big lunch’, the bands and other entertainments on the day, you can see just how fast you really are! You can enter on the day and we’ll be charging £1 per rider, with all money raised going to our chosen charity, The Alzheimer Society.

The races start at 2pm and the track is at the back of the scout hut - we look forward to seeing you there!

Diamond Jubilee - Proclamation & Crowning

imageProclamation 1pm by the Town Crier at the Market Cross followed by the crowning of the Jubilee Queen.

Edie Rose Clarke, who is 9 years old and attends Henley-in-Arden C of E Primary School Year 4, has been chosen to be the Jubilee Queen. Edie, pictured right, is a member of the Shirley 6th Brownie pack and as a sixer she has attained a large number of task badges over the last 2 1/2 years.

She also swims for the Stratford Sharks and has very recently joined the Henley Cub pack. She is a Bronze graded Tap dancer and dances for Solihull Young Dancers recently gaining Honours/Highly Commended in her recent exams.

The parade led by the Queen will go via Back Lane to a Fancy Dress Parade in the Riverlands gardens which will be renamed the Jubilee Gardens by the Jubilee Queen. This will be followed by an afternoon of fun.

imageThere will be a BBQ run by the Scouts. Henley Ice Cream will be there to keep you cool and there'll be lots of stalls.

Henley-in Bloom Balloon Race, guess the weight of the cake, Tombola, Lemon Tree Flowers, The Hospice Shops, W.I. Cakes, Face Painting, a chance to buy a duck for the Church Duck Race June 23rd. Torquil Pottery, The Allotment Association, a chance to buy a Torch for the Torchlight Procession, Beacon and Fireworks on Monday June 4th, 

The Fancy Dress Competition is open to all ages and will be judged at 3pm. Come on, get dressed up and see if you can win!! One prize for children and one for the adults

If you need a sit down and a cuppa, the Court Leet will be there to provide one. So come along and join the fun. For more information, please contact Val Johnston on 01564 792235.

Coronation Day Fancy Dress 1953

imageDoes anyone have a photo of the fancy dress at the coronation?

I won the first prize in the 8 years old category but the only photo we had got lost in our many house moves! I lived at the time above the garage which I think was called Bloods. My dad was a mechanic there at the time of the Coronation. On the big day, my dad made me a costume of a Regent petrol pump as its colours were red white and blue and we lived on a garage so he could get the transfers.

It was one of the few days to be dry but I had my mac and wellies on under my costume. I did run into a problem when we reached the field where the party was because my costume kept grounding on the bumps. I spent my winnings on a toy cash register and an Archie Andrews ventriloquist doll, although I never did learn to throw my voice!

I would be very grateful if someone had such a photo. (Henley NEWS will pass on all replies.)

Pat Wells

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Henley Independents seek debate on Parking

imageThe new Henley Independent councillors have asked for "Parking in Henley" to be included on the agenda of the next meeting of the Joint Parish Council on Monday 28th May, which will be held in the Baptist Church Hall at 7.15 pm. This will be the first of the focused debates, which were promised by the Henley Independents in their election manifesto.

If you have concerns about the parking in Henley, you are strongly advised to attend the meeting and express your concerns during the public session at the commencement of the meeting.

Are you concerned about the disregard of the parking regulations in the centre of the town? Do you want The Croft Car Park operated for profit by a commercial organisation? Do you think the JPC should provide more car parking?

To assist all the parish councillors, Henley NEWS is conducting a survey of residents, which will be presented to the council meeting.

Please complete the HENLEY PARKING SURVEY by Clicking Here

This is your chance to influence the JPC's Parking Policy

Responders nearly ready to Respond


John Pudney and Sue Osborne test out the new Henley CFR Vehicle

The Henley team of Community First Responders is almost ready to take 999 calls from West Midlands Ambulance Control Room. Eight members are now trained to be “First Person On Scene” to give medical assistance in response to emergency calls. Their marked car has been seen around in Henley for some weeks now.

A Formal Launch of this service for the people of Henley by Sir Graham Meldrum, Chair of WMAS, will be on July 21st. More details about this event in due course. The CFR team will be at the Jubilee celebrations with their equipment and available at the First Aid post and for medical emergencies should they arise.

When on call and activated by Ambulance Control, a First Responder attends an incident within a prescribed radius aiming to save valuable time ahead of the arrival of a Paramedic. Responders are trained to an Intermediate level in Basic Life Support, first aid, trauma, the use of oxygen and defibrillator.

The First Responder team that has been formed to serve the Henley in Arden area welcomes new members. We would very much like to hear from those who are interested in training as First Responders or to assist with the administration of the group.

If this attracts you or you would just like to find out more, please contact:

John Pudney or Ray Holding   
01564 797949     01564 792512

Flower Club’s Open Evening

imageFollowers of Kirsty Allsopp will be interested in Henley in Arden Flower Club’s Open Evening on the 14th June. Tan Strong, who taught Kirsty to design entries for regional shows in her recent series ‘Handmade Britain', will be sharing tips, ideas and demonstrating her floral skills.

Tan Strong is a competition winner herself, having exhibited at major national events including Chelsea Flower Show.

The event will be held at the Memorial Hall in Henley-in-Arden starting at 7.30 pm. The pre-purchase of tickets is advised - priced £8 available from Angela 01564 795918, email:

imageHenley-in-Arden Flower Club has a lot to celebrate this month as members contribute to the Flower Festival at Coventry Cathedral and win prizes in the Malvern Show.

Coventry Cathedral’s Flower Festival was held over the May Bank Holiday weekend earlier this month to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cathedral’s opening. The South Midland’s Area of the Association of Flower Arrangers was selected to work with the Cathedral as they were also celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Paula Pugh, Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Chairman, together with Club members Sue Ward and Wendy Heighway were invited to decorate a Pilgrim’s Bench. ‘It was quite a challenge’ said Sue ‘as we were asked to create a low level tapestry design along a 16 foot bench’. The team arrived at a challenging interpretation of the brief placing decorated balls of flowers across beds of ivy and eucalyptus leaves. Wendy commented on the weight of the trays which, once soaked in wate, were almost impossible to lift. ‘As there was limited access to water at the Cathedral we had to soak all the floral foam before we arrived at the Cathedral’ Wendy explained. ‘We were very grateful to the stewards who helped us into the Cathedral with our arrangements. We couldn’t have done it without them’.

imageIn addition to the arrangement constructed by the Flower Club a number of members exhibited at the Festival. Jean Carter and Margaret Smith provided a colourful display around the steps to the bell tower (pictured), Susie Hicks arranged flowers to compliment the famous ‘Cross of Nails’ (pictured above working on her design) and Ellie Meaking’s arrangement was created to enhance Christ’s head with the crown of thorns.

‘We are all extremely proud of the contribution Club members made to the Festival’ said Paula. Ann Horsley, also a Henley-in-Arden Club member, developed the outline designs for the floral displays which was without a doubt a complex and challenging task. The end result left visitors totally wowed by the exquisite displays.

Later the same week Club members Ellie Meaking, Susie Hicks, Jean Carter, Margaret Smith and Ann Horsley all won prizes at the Malvern Show. It seems that there is no stopping the creative skills of these Club members.

The Club’s Competition show will be held the Memorial Hall on the 28th July this year where visitors will be able to see floral designs from Club members and guests as well as craft items from children in the local community.

Further information, tickets and entry forms for all Club events are available from Angela on 01564 795918, email:

Paula Pugh reporting

Double Celebration at Henley Tennis Club


imageOn Thursday 17th May Henley Tennis Club hosted their very popular wooden rackets tournament. This is the third annual event that invites players to dress in traditional outfits and use wooden rackets! This year we had ladies playing in long skirts and plimsolls while the gentlemen donned their blazers and boaters, thankfully the weather was kind and allowed for a dry if slightly chilly evening of doubles tennis. It was an exciting final with Jane Palmer and Sarah Hancox beating Terry and Sian Corrie to become the eventual winners. They were presented with the Captain's Cup by the new club Chairman Simon Maddox.

After a traditional supper of cucumber sandwiches, Eaton mess and Pimms the club celebrated two important events. Firstly the forthcoming marriage of head coach Neil Supperstone to Lucy Webster, an active committee member and player at the club. The couple are planning to get married next month in Corfu. They were presented with a gift from the members and a cake in a tennis theme. Secondly the club acknowledged Judith Wilde’s hard work and dedication as she retired as club chairman last month after serving for eight years. She was given two bay trees and a beautiful glass trophy in her honour to be presented to the winner of a new tournament to be held at the club.

The night was well supported by members and their families who came to watch the elegant spectacle and join the celebrations. For information about how you can get involved please contact Judith Mathias - club secretary on: 01564 792378.

Winners of Cafe of the Year - Yew Tree Cafe

imageYew Tree Cafe in Wootton Wawen won two national awards at The Sammies on 17th May 2012 in London. The cafe is a converted barn situated within a rural courtyard shopping village Yew Tree Craft Centre on the edge of the Midlands waterways network near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Yew Tree Cafe was nominated by the British Sandwich Association for “Cafe/Coffee Bar Sandwich Retailer of the Year (Individual Outlet)” and was awarded the winning title at The British Sandwich Industry Awards at a prestigious dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel. Cafe owner Sue Price-Whittle and daughter Rachel were also finalists in the UK Sandwich Designer of the Year 2012. Sue won her category, Goddess Tuna, with a “Tuna Chiang Mai Wrap” which wowed the judges with its Thai flavours of coconut, cashew nut and chilli complementing the sponsors tuna ingredient perfectly.

The cafe was short listed after meeting tough criteria set by The British Sandwich Association (BSA). Undercover judges visited the cafe and looked at presentation, atmosphere, facilities, cleanliness, innovation and customer service. High scoring on all parts meant the Cafe beat off the stiff competition from the likes of Estro Cafe at Debenhams (Newbury), M&S Tasting Cafe (London) and Greggs Moment (Newcastle).

Sue said “We could not have won these awards without the support of my excellent team of staff, loyal customer base and the warm, friendly surroundings of the craft centre and its individual businesses.”

From simple fayre such as our ‘Cyclist Special’ (Bacon & Egg Bap & mug of coffee) to bespoke cupcake wedding and corporate displays, from frothy cappuccinos and morning pastries for the business executive to a freshly made sandwich or salad for the ladies who lunch, we have something for everyone. Our famous cream teas with home-made warm scones and clotted cream prove popular in the afternoon as well as a range of home-made sponge cakes, fruit cakes and brownies.

Yew Tree Cafe is also home to ‘Rachel’s Cupcakes’ a fast growing business known locally for its wide variety of cupcake flavours ranging from Very Vanilla to Rocky Road and Red Velvet to Jammy Dodger with a daily special always on offer.

Invitation from the Local Freemasons

imageDe Montfort Lodge is the only Freemason’s Lodge that meets in Henley-in-Arden. It was formed on 12th February 1930 and has met regularly since then, with its 500th meeting being held in October 2007. The Lodge is named after Thurston De Montfort who was the first Lord of the Manor of Henley and who built the castle on Beaudesert Hill.

It is a small but thriving lodge of approximately forty members. It is well-known that there are some ceremonial elements to Freemasonry and we all work hard to ensure that these occasions pass off smoothly. But Masonry is also a fraternity and there is a strong social side to the Lodge.

In recent years we have held many varied social events, including garden visits, a wine-tasting, golf days and several summer garden parties where we have normally been blessed with good weather. A large part of what we do is to raise money for worthy causes. We have raised considerable sums of money for many charities, including Acorns Children’s Hospice, Help for Heroes and The Wooden Spoon Society amongst others.

The highlight of the season is invariably the Ladies’ Evening. This is our end of season dinner, which is usually a black tie event and held at a local hotel. It is always a good evening, with a three course meal, a raffle and some after-dinner entertainment, such as a speaker or a comedian. It is a way of saying “thank you” to our wives and girlfriends for putting up with our absences throughout the year (which always seem to  end up in the White Swan on the High Street).

The Lodge meets seven times a year, from October to April. Meetings are held in the Guild Hall on Monday evening. In addition we meet a couple of other times a month to deal with other issues, such as the running of the Lodge and to rehearse for some of the ceremonial work.

Anyone interested in finding out more about De Montfort Lodge should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577.

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300th Edition of Henley NEWS

imageThis is the 300th edition of Henley NEWS which commenced in the summer of 2004. During the intervening years we have always tried bring our readers stories about local news and the many outstanding events in our community. On occasions we have had to report on some difficult issues. We will continue to assist our local councillors by reporting on the opinions of our community, such as  'Parking in Henley' which is being investigated in this 300th edition.

Thank you for your support.

Bill Leech - Editor

Former High Bailiff writes about the 300th 

imageI take great pleasure in this Olympic Year to congratulate our 'gold medal winning' Henley NEWS and its editor, Bill Leech, on the publication of its 300th edition.

During my time as High Bailiff I was always grateful for the opportunity offered by Henley NEWS to write a Court Circular and keep the town, and wider Warwickshire, informed of the events in the Guild Hall, the activities of the Court Leet and the antics of the High Bailiff!

Keep up the good work

Roger Sutton - Former High Bailiff

What a marvellous achievement

imageAs the Chairman of the Henley War Memorial Trust, I know what an impact this newsletter has had on the clubs and societies in Henley. The Clubs promote their events, recruit their members, share their successes and improve their public image using  Henley News. It has recently helped the community save the library, save the youth and community centre, get the Jubilee celebrations into the local consciousness, draw our attention to safety information, promote our local businesses, churches and community organisations and raise the interest in our local politics to an unbelievably high level. It can be controversial, sometimes amusing, always informative; it has become an essential part of Henley Life.

Bill Leech needs to be congratulated by everyone for this invaluable service he provides freely to our community. I hope that we will all keep bombarding him with irresistible articles for a long time to come.

Thanks Will Tick!

Henley Community First Responders & the 300th

imageThe Committee of the newly formed Community First Responders congratulate Henley NEWS on the appearance of its 300th edition.

From the rebirth of a responder group in Henley, we have had quite excellent publicity and information support and we are indebted to Bill Leech for his personal interest in this valuable organisation for the people of Henley.

John Pudney CFR

Choir and Coach operator hit the right notes


Judith Land, Founder & Director of Music for the Alcester Male Voice Choir with John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnson's Coach & Bus.

Following a successful first year, Henley in Arden based coach and bus operator Johnson's have agreed to sponsor the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a second year.

The 80 strong choir, which includes several Henley men, enjoys an excellent reputation not only locally but throughout the UK and Europe, performing regularly in front of packed audiences and helping to raise much needed funds for charities, churches, and societies. Judith Land, choir founder and Director of Music said, "As a choir we work extremely hard to make sure we deliver quality performances time after time, and to leave our audiences wanting more; it is important that when we enter into a sponsorship arrangement the company concerned has the same high standards and expectations of itself as we do and this is certainly the case with Johnson's. We are delighted that Johnson's Coach & Bus have agreed to continue the sponsorship for a second year. The arrangement has worked well and there have been benefits for both organisations."

John Johnson , Commercial Director of Johnson's Coach & Bus commented, "We are delighted to renew our sponsorship and support for the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a second year. The choir have been extremely active and successful with their latest concert programme. We wish them every success for 2012/2013"

Johnson's have provided some up front funding for the choir as well assisting in the promotion of specific major concerts such as the recent highly successful annual concert held at the Town Hall Birmingham in March.

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Henley Businessman Seeks Man Friday

imageRay Evans, Managing Director of GBE UK Limited in Henley, is seeking to take on a young electrical engineer to assist him in sales and marketing process in the UK for a large Italian transformer manufacturer.

The offices are in Forward House, Henley and full training will be given both in the UK and Italy; it is planned that the candidate will eventually take on more responsibility as the turnover grows.

Before going through a wider search, Ray would like to hear from any likely people, living in or around the area.

Apply by email to in the first instance.

Henley War Memorial Trust Volunteers Needed

imageThe Trust's activities and financial turnover have doubled in the last twelve months, therefore they urgently require the following volunteers:

  1. An assistant secretary to manage a total of four meetings a year of the Sports Grounds and Pavilion Management Committees and assist the secretary if necessary.

  2. An assistant treasurer, who will be a member of the finance sub- committee with a duty to monitor and review the expenditure and record- keeping of the four constituent activity groups of the Trust. He or she will also deputise for the treasurer if required. A knowledge of the Quickbooks accounting system would be helpful, but not a requirement.

For further information please contact Peter Crathorne on (01564) 795470, or e-mail:

Hub @ Henley SENIORS - Help Required

imageThe Seniors Group meets every Thursday from 10.00am until 1.00pm at the Hub@Henley Community Centre on Henley School Grounds. They take part in activities which support independent living.

This is a very friendly group with an average age of around 75. They have requested that I write on their behalf to ask if there is anyone who could volunteer to help them with improving their culinary skills, providing them with advice on the challenges of life and living, or just joining in with the enjoyable interaction that comes from friends meeting up together for a chat, a read of the newspaper or a game of pool or cards. We are also looking for a new organiser to keep the accounts, arrange to pay the bills and maintain the members' register. Commitment would be at whatever level a volunteer could provide, probably by working on a fortnightly/monthly rota. We are flexible on commitments.

The club is recruiting new members. Transport to and from the centre is available.

If you feel you could assist with this excellent and desperately needed community service or you would like to find out more about HHS and its activities please contact: Peter Crathorne 01564795470 or e-mail

Alternatively you could just call in for a visit any Thursday 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Many thanks in anticipation of your help.

News from the HUB@Henley Community Centre

'No one is born a good citizen. No nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.'

Kofi Annan - Ghanaian diplomat,
Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

Welcome to the first of quarterly newsletters to keep you updated with plans and fundraising activities for The Hub@Henley.

A massive thank you to all those who have enabled Henley's Youth and Community Centre to be taken over from the WCC by the Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust (HWMT), saving this essential community service from closure.

The official handover took place on the 31st March 2012. Presently, the Youth Club is open once a week running alongside a programme of activities for other community members (see programme list at base): we are in the process of planning a Grand Opening event in September which will be the start of many more activities and opening hours for the Youth Club. You will all be receiving invitations to this event and we would be delighted for all to attend to be able to personally thank you for your support. This will be a perfect opportunity for you to meet with the new management committee including the recently recruited youth club leader, Mrs Debbie Binns.

New Committee Structure for the HUB

Mr Mike Willmott has been elected as the new Chairman for the Hub Management Committee, supported by Mrs Jane Aldred as the Vice Chair. At its recent meeting the War Memorial Trust, our parent body and the group which will hold the lease and responsibility for the centre, confirmed these appointments. Mr Bob Morgan, who was elected as Chair earlier this year had to step down due to personal reasons,  expressed regret at not being able to continue his role and will carry on supporting the project in a less active role. We are very grateful for his huge input into saving our centre.

"With the help of our sponsors we will have the jewel of a self sustaining community centre for Henley-in-Arden" says Mike Willmott, Hub Chairman. "I am delighted to be elected to Chairman as it gives me the opportunity to put over 40 years of business management experience into good use in a local community project. I am thrilled to have Jane as vice-chair as she hassignificant experience and qualifications in youth and community work."

Jane Aldred has lived in Henley-in-Arden for the last 9 years, a strong believer in communities and an advocate for young people believing that their voice needs to be heard within the community. Jane says: "I have worked with young people for the last 19 years in a range of roles from teenage pregnancy coordinator, youth worker, sexual health training and development officer to lecturer and student counsellor. In that time I have worked in a variety of settings from traditionally based youth centre work to Outreach, detached and project work. I look forward to playing a part in developing an exciting future for the community of Henley-in-Arden."

A list of the members of the Hub committee can be obtained by contacting the address below.

New Appointment: The Hub Youth Club Leader - Debbie Binns

Following a series of interviews we are delighted to announce the appointment of a youth club leader - Mrs. Debbie Binns who said: "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to manage the youth club at the HUB; I have a number of years youth work experience and I hope to pass on some of this knowledge to the staff & young people who attend the club. I am looking forward to getting the wheels in motion and getting things started., Hopefully over the summer weeks I will be able to arrange some offsite activities for the young people to enjoy. The plan is to have the club opening three evenings a week by September following an open evening, which I hope as many people as possible will attend. Opening the club on three evenings will give the young people from the community more access to the services offered and give myself & the staff more opportunity to educate them with things we feel are necessary & appropriate.

Finally, I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone in the community, so if you're free or just passing please feel free to pop in, introduce yourself & say hello.


Residents and businesses who made pledges or offered business sponsorship will be, or may have already been, contacted by Lucy Lunt who has joined the new marketing and fundraising group. Already, cash in the bank stands at £32,000. Pledges, grants and donations to be collected will make this £42,000 in the first year. This is the most brilliant support for the project given by many residents. These generous supporters more than anyone else have saved The Hub. We are launching applications to a variety of
funding agencies and trusts for further funds. There is one way you could help: it's an ideal venue for a family party with discounted rates to those who are supporting us financially. Full cost £30.00. If you want to know more about the finances and the way the centre will work please use the contact at the end of this newsletter.

Marketing initiatives underway

There are a number of initiatives currently underway with the aim of promoting the Hub to all members of the community and to provide a knowledge source for all Hub members and supporters.

Website - a website is currently being developed that will provide a valuable source of information to all Hub members and will include a section specifically aimed at sponsors and supporters. The website is currently under construction, however in the meantime a landing page is available online at:

Twitter Account - with social media such a key method of communication, particularly between younger people, a twitter account has been set up so that regular updates can be released in the form of 'tweets'. The twitter account is @thehubathenley and is now live so if you are a twitter user please start following the Hub Twitter Account.

Black Swan triumph with National Award

imageThe Black Swan is one of the first pubs in the UK to have earned the award which is judged by Cask Marque, the national body that checks beer quality and the quality of the customer experience. Ian and Linda Jackson have been running the pub for just over two years. The Black Swan is renowned for its value-for-money, freshly cooked, food and range of real ales.

The pub was first assessed on how regularly it cleans its beer lines. It then received a mystery visit by a Cask Marque assessor who focused on first impressions, service, the bar, drinks, food and the toilets. After passing the mystery visit, a technical services team then checked the pub’s cellar standards and the pub received a point of sale pack, including posters and branded glassware, to promote and maintain its high standards.

Andy Slee, who heads central operations at the company, said: “The aim of the Quality Service Award is to recognise those pubs that achieve the highest standards. There are lots of excellent pubs in the UK and the scheme is a sort of kitemark provided by an independent assessor that recognises these outstanding pubs. The external accreditation body, Cask Marque, has a great track record in driving quality within the pub trade through recognition of good operators who are achieving excellent standards.

“The Black Swan is a fantastic example of a pub which delivers a brilliant customer experience and we’re delighted to recognise Ian and Linda’s hard work and dedication.”

Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust

Buying New Divides Energy Bills By Two!

imageRecent research has shown that house hunters who invest in a new build home could end up cutting their energy bills by half*!

By choosing a home at Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ Farriers Cross development in Henley-in-Arden, home buyers could potentially be saving up to 55%* on bills, according to the NhbC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub.

The two organisations have calculated the potential annual savings that may well come from living in a four bedroom new build home, compared with a similar sized Victorian property, could be up to 55% - meaning a saving of £1,312*!

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, comments: “A home is probably the most expensive investment you’ll ever make and it’s important to make the right decision, preferably one that’s going to give you the most house for your money now and incur as little future expense as possible.

“Choosing a new build can save homeowners thousands on DIY, maintenance and improvements, not to mention savings in fuel bills. Add to this the different financial incentives and assistance packages we can offer at the time of purchase, and the savings and benefits really do start to add up.”

Along with these new statistics, new homes offer low maintenance and flexible living, and are designed to accommodate modern lifestyles with features such as en-suite bathrooms, modern appliances and flexible three storey living space not often found in older homes.

Special financial and moving packages also mean you can take advantage of a host of incentives that wouldn’t usually be available with an older property. You could get your stamp duty paid, enjoy a house to home removals service, take advantage of a first time buyer scheme or get new furniture, fixtures and fittings included in the price.

Finally, ongoing structural maintenance of older properties can be a costly and time-consuming business and many owners are forced to bring in the professionals for major jobs. All new Taylor Wimpey properties come with an NhbC certificate so you can relax knowing that the structure of your home is guaranteed for 10 years.

Currently available at Farriers Cross is a range of two three, four and five bedroom homes, priced from £199,995. For further information visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log on to:

*Research carried out by the NhbC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub

Rachel Tillman reporting

WAYC Charity Golf day - 14th June 2012

imageThis spring, WAYC (Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs) will host its largest charity golf day yet - on Thursday 14 June 2012, with a goal to reach 15 teams or more on the day. The fundraising event, which raises additional funds for WAYC youth activities, has been a male domain on the greens in the past, however in this Jubilee year WAYC would like to attract additional mixed or female only teams. WAYC would also be interested in hearing from local businesses and organisations who may want to donate raffle prizes for the event or possibly sponsor a hole. The Golf Day takes place at the Henley Golf and Country Club in Warwickshire.

WAYC are looking for teams of four people (over 18 years), women with a maximum handicap of 28 and men with a maximum handicap of 26 - mixed teams are permitted. The cost for each team is £280 and includes a round of golf, brunch and a three course meal. Organisations can also sponsor a hole or drive, with prices starting at £50. Raffle prizes will also be up for grabs.

For further information on entering a golf team or sponsoring a hole, please contact Jan Goddard at WAYC on 01926 450156 or email:

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One of the reasons why aluminium is such a useful metal is that it does not easily corrode. It is often used without the need for special paint finishes. This resistance to corrosion is a clue to the reason why it is important to recycle aluminium.

imageHere’s the explanation. Nearly all metals react with oxygen in the air, often aided by moisture. Aluminium does too, but it does not corrode because the product of the reaction is an extremely thin and very stable adherent film of aluminium oxide which protects the underlying metal from further corrosion. This film is sometimes enhanced by a process called anodising which thickens and strengthens the oxide film. The extreme stability of the oxide film means that if you want to convert aluminium oxide to aluminium, it takes a lot of energy to separate the aluminium from the oxygen. Aluminium is made by an electrical process from an ore called bauxite which is solid aluminium oxide. So, making aluminium from its ore consumes extraordinary amounts of electricity and electricity is our most carbon polluting energy source. Making the aluminium from bauxite for one saucepan consumes enough electricity to light a low energy light bulb for about 3 years!

Recycling aluminium uses only 5% of the energy that would otherwise be needed to make aluminium from bauxite, so recycling aluminium saves a lot of energy. For example, recycling one aluminium drinks can weighing just 15 grams (¾ oz) saves enough electricity to run a low energy light bulb for four days continuously or a month of normal daily use. So, all aluminium should be recycled. All metals are energy intensive in their production from raw ore so they should also be recycled.

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Can you afford to be on Facebook?

John GarnerYou’ll have noticed that Facebook began trading last week on the Nasdaq exchange in New York. The offer price of $38 per share valued the company at a whopping $104,000,000,000 (£66 billion) though the price has now fallen nearly 5% (and looks like falling further).

How can it possibly be worth that much? Its profits are tiny in relation to its size - it makes only about $5 a year for each of its 900 million users - and how it plans to increase this is unclear.

So, is this just a repeat of the bubble in 2001, where any company with a website seemed to be valued at billions of dollars? Or, is Facebook really worth that much money? And if it is, how does it actually generate its profits?

Well, to put it bluntly, it makes its money from you, the user.  The more information Facebook knows about you the more valuable you are. Advertisers are willing to pay more money because they can display adverts that are much more targeted to your tastes and which you are therefore more likely to click on - and subsequently purchase their products.

The more information you post on your profile, the more a potential advertiser knows about you. The more an advertiser can find out about you, the more money Facebook can charge for displaying an advert on your profile.

With its launch on the stock market Facebook is likely to come under pressure from its shareholders to make even more money, so this means that it'll be trying to squeeze more adverts on to your profile page and find other ways to use your data to generate income.

It's in Facebook's interest that you share as much of your data as possible, so it doesn't exactly draw your attention to the small print.

If you're keen to remain a Facebook user, but don't like the thought of it prying on all your personal data and sharing it with other companies, then you need to drill down to the privacy settings and make sure they are set the way you want them.

To do this you can follow these steps:

    1. On the main Facebook page, click on the small downward facing arrow in the top right-hand corner of the menu bar and choose Privacy Settings.
    2. Under the Control Your Default Privacy heading, click on Custom.
    3. Choose Friends from the drop-down list of people to share with, then click Save Changes.
    4. Work through the different sections to ensure that only Friends are able to post things to your profile, and read the things you post.
    5. Click on Edit settings next to Apps, Ads and Websites, then click on Edit settings next to the Apps you use heading.
    6. Remove as many apps as possible, to prevent them from being able to access your data. If there is an app that you can't do without, make sure that you block it from accessing your private data.

There is of course a simpler way – that’s to manage without Facebook altogether. Let it make its money from someone else.

But perhaps I’m just getting old.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

Lock down scam
imageWarwickshire computer users have contacted Trading Standards after receiving an ‘official’ looking message on their computer screen, claiming to be from the Police. The message suggests that they have visited an inappropriate website and that their computer has been ‘locked down’. They are asked to send £100 in Ukash vouchers in order to ‘unlock it’. The scam is believed to be caused by an Internet virus.

We have money for you scam
If you receive a letter, telephone call or email claiming you are owed money, usually for payment protection insurance, a personal injury claim, a lotto win or tax refund – then beware! If you show interest you will be asked to send £100+ in Ukash vouchers in order to receive the bogus payment. One Warwickshire consumer sent £3,000 worth of Ukash vouchers to people he thought had obtained for him a refund for his bank charges.

Cheque scam
Warwickshire businesses have reported receiving orders for goods and services, paid for by cheques which are for a higher amount than the real cost. One Warwickshire trader received a cheque for £2450 for a pilate class worth £35. The trader was asked to use the remaining money to pay for an air ticket for the ‘consumer’ and keep the rest! In reality, these cheques or either forged or stolen. The cheque initially clears and when the money appears in the traders account, the scammers hope that they will send money or pay for the air ticket. However, when the bank discovers that the cheque is bogus, the money is removed from the trader's account and they have lost out!

More information on scams is available on our website:

You can also report a fraud to Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040 or visit:

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


Give the cold shoulder to unsolicited cold callers

imageResidents are being advised to be more cautious, by Worcestershire Regulatory Services Trading Standards Team following a number of complaints received from residents about suspicious telephone calls and doorstep callers in the past few weeks.

Residents reported receiving suspicious calls about will writing services, loft insulation and disability and mobility services. In all of these instances the consumer’s property has been visited following the unwanted telephone call.

In the case of loft insulation the trader claimed to be working on behalf of the local council but the resident challenged him for further information. The caller then went back to his car to get some ID but promptly drove off and has not since returned.

A will writing salesman called on an older resident and sold him a will writing package for £3,000. No paperwork was left with the resident but he was able to cancel the cheque he had made out due to the seven day cooling off period available for all contracts agreed in the home.

There have also been a number of incidents reported where older and vulnerable residents have been contacted by mobility sales people who pretend they are working on behalf of the NHS but provide goods which are often not required and excessively priced.

Head of Regulatory Services, Steve Jorden said “Worcestershire residents should be wary of any doorstep cold callers or telephone callers. If callers are not expected and uninvited, you are perfectly within your rights to turn them away or not enter into a conversation with them. If, however, a contract is agreed in your home you legally have a seven day cooling off period and can cancel. The trader must provide a written cancellation notice; if not, a criminal offence is committed”

For advice on your rights or to report a suspicious caller please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06

PC 0148 Simon Albutt
Local Police Officer & Wildlife Crime Officer
Wythall Police Station

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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 to 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 3.00 pm. OPEN TO EVERYONE. REGISTER FOR UPDATES

We are pleased to have some new members and hope that more will come along to our meeting in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday June 5th at 7.30pm. Our speaker is Mrs Patricia Justice and her topic is "Recognition of Antique Objects". Why not try WI? - visitors always are welcome.

June 19th is an outdoor meeting. Please be at the Market Cross by 6.30pm for a visit to Pepper Wood, Bromsgrove. If you require transport contact Dave Evason or Bob Riley.

12th June an Open Evening with Tan Strong (as seen on TV with Kirsty Allsopp). Contact Angela Pinnegar, 01564 795918. Advance booking would be helpful.

July 21st...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

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

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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.
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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

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.
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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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WCC Trading Standards
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Henley High School
C of E Primary School Elaine Field
St Mary's Primary School
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