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

Campaigning for a better Henley

Edition 303 - 21st June 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

Henley Medical Centre

The Doctors at Henley-in-Arden Medical Centre have made the decision NOT to take strike action on Thursday 21st June, so your patient care will not be affected and a normal service will be provided.

Amanda Taylor
Practice Manager, Henley Medical Centre

Croft Car Park Survey

86% want JPC to take over Croft Car Park

imageThe Henley NEWS car park survey conducted between 20th May 2012 and 27th May 2012 received 122 responses, which is considered statistically significant with a sample error of 5.9%.

The results show a very high degree of unanimity and have been presented to the Joint Parish Council. The findings will be considered in committee, which will report back to the main Council on 16th July with recommendations.

On the key question of who should own and control the car park, 86% of responders voted for the JPC, only 8% chose a commercial organisation. There was a similar clear result in favour of the car park remaining as a Short Stay Shoppers' Car Park.

75% considered that there should be a FREE parking period of 30 mins, with the remaining time charged at a commercial rate. 74% were against season tickets being issued.

On associated parking issues, 90% considered there was a parking problem outside the Co-op and One Stop. 65% expected there to be a serious accident in this area.

Henley NEWS will report on the JPC's decision in our edition which will be published on 18th July.

Bill Leech - Editor

St Johns Church Annual Fete all set for 23rd June

imageOne of the permanent summer fixtures in the town's calendar of events is the annual Fete organised by the parishioners of St Johns Church, which this year takes place on Saturday 23rd June in and around the Church Hall in Beaudesert Lane.

The Fete runs from 11.00am through to 3.00pm and the emphasis once again will be on "fun for all the family".  In addition to the popular duck race on the nearby River Alne, which takes place at 2.15pm, there will a lunchtime BBQ, games, as new clothes, books, bric a brac, jewellery, cakes, teas, tombola, raffle, plants and a Pimms tent.

There will even be an opportunity to take a tour of the historic Belfry in St Johns Church. A church spokesman said "The Fete is always well supported by the town and the event does attract visitors from further afield; we are hoping for good weather and a good turn out." all proceeds will go towards Church Funds.

Help for Young Families in Henley

imageThe Surestart Children’s Centre outreach site for Henley is based at the ‘Hub’ which is the community centre on the High School site. We offer families with children 0-5 years, a range of services including Stay and Play, First Aid courses, Baby weigh in clinic, Weaning courses, Family support and much more!!! We operate mainly out of the Studley children’s centre but have been running services at the Hub for 2 years now. Over those two years our services have grown and the place is buzzing!!!

If you are expecting a child or have a little one aged 0-5 then please call the centre on 01527 850136 and ask for a timetable detailing everything we do.

Caroline Jacobs - Children’s Centre Manager for Studley and District

Johnsons cycling team's huge challenge

The renowned 140 mile ‘Coast To Coast’ cycle route - in just a day!


John Johnson has organised this charity fund raiser for this coming weekend. The Johnsons team of 9 plus another 10 friends have trained hard for the long ride and John has said “It will be hard! The route is hilly with almost no level cycling all day…we’ll have over 3,800 metres of climbing to do – But this does mean that there will be some great downhill’s too!”

“The route is the well-known Sustrans C2C route which is 140 miles, from Whitehaven on the west coast to Tynemouth on the east coast! We hope to be able to average about 12 – 13 mph which will give us a ‘somewhat testing’ 12 hours or so in the saddle! We’ve got accommodation booked each end and of course we’ve got our own ‘broom-wagon’ (our coach following behind) to help out anyone who ‘gets into difficulty’! “

“We are looking to raise much needed funds for our chosen charities, The Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK and we hope that you’ll support their valuable work. Can you please help us on our way? You can donate on line through Virgin Money Giving by visiting In total, from this site and direct donations we are up to just over £2,000 so far!

Or of course…you can just make send cash up to our Liveridge Hill offices – or send a cheque payable to ‘John Johnson Charity account’ and John will split the donation equally and send it on to charities.


50th Annual 100 Mile Canoe Test


The Jubilee holiday weekend (1st – 5th June) marked one of the most grueling challenges of the year - the annual 100 Mile Canoe Test and this year, Warwickshire Clubs for Young People (WCYP) celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The event, which is part-funded by Heart of England Community Foundation, takes place over four days and challenges young people from affiliated clubs to paddle 100 miles over the four days. WCYP had young people take up the challenge from the Bradby Club in Rugby, River House School in Henley in Arden and Coventry Boys’ Club. This year the test took place on the beautiful River Wye starting from Glasbury and finishing 100 miles downstream at Monmouth Rowing Club. The Canoe Test is a national event and this year attracted young people from all over the country with 140 paddlers taking part. The Warwickshire team was made up of young people ranging from 14 to 16 years old. The weather played its part with a full day of rain, a full day of sunshine and everything in-between. Despite the mixed weather, spirits remained high and all the young people involved enjoyed the challenge and made the most of the experience.

Graham Norman, WCYP Youth Development Officer, said: “This event was thoroughly enjoyable for everyone involved. We had a few days of good weather and a good group of young people on the water. As well as people on the water, we also had an excellent support crew who all helped make the test the success it was.”

For more information on WCYP and the activities they offer, please contact the County Office on tel: 01926 425191, visit the website at: or e-mail:

The Bluebell wins Major Award

imageThe Bluebell has been named as the Midlands regional winner in the prestigious The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Awards.

A record 44,500 food-loving members of the public put forward their favourite restaurants, pubs and cafés from around the UK for the annual awards. The Good Food Guide award judges have sifted through all the nominations to pick the winners and celebrate some of the best dining experiences around the country.

To qualify for these esteemed awards, aimed at championing local NEIGHBOURHOOD eateries, restaurants needed to be independently run and offer regional or local produce where possible. The Bluebell fought off stiff competition from others in the region to win the award for the Midlands.

Duncan & Leigh Taylor, owners of The Bluebell, were delighted to be named as the winners, saying: ‘We are thrilled to have won the Readers’ Restaurant of The Year for The Midlands, particularly so as this is voted for by the people that matter most to us – our diners. We’ve got a great team here at The Bluebell and some superb local suppliers and they all thoroughly deserve this recognition - a big thank you to them and to all who voted for us.’

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of The Good Food Guide, said: ‘Duncan and Leigh Taylor’s ancient inn has a quirky but appealing modern outlook, a genuinely lovely line in hospitality, and tempting menus giving local ingredients top billing. But it’s the robust, rustic cooking that draws the loyal following.’

The Bluebell is one of ten regional winners from around the UK, one of whom will go on to be named as the overall The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year. The winner of this revered award will be announced on 20th June 2012.

Pupil at Henley Primary breaks World Record

Edie Clarke in Face Britain Self Portraiture Project

imageThe Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is delighted to announce that a pupil from Henley in Arden C of E Primary school has helped to achieve a Guinness World Record for Edie Clarke for the Most artists working on the same art installation by participating in Face Britain.

The pupils are amongst 201,948 children and teenagers across the nation who are not only part of the UK’s largest art project, but are also officially acknowledged as Guinness World Records record-breakers. They achieved this record by creating self portraits and uploading them on to the Face Britain online gallery, brought to life by PhotoBox. At the end of the year they will also become part of history in the making when the entire collection of portraits will be handed over to The British Library, thereby providing a lasting legacy and a vibrant snapshot of the 2012 Generation.

The children’s self portraits were combined to form an image of HM The Queen that was projected on to Buckingham Palace for three nights in April, to coincide with Her Majesty’s Birthday. The Queen’s image and children’s portraits were showcased simultaneously on the national network of BBC Big Screens/Olympic Live Sites and across JCDecaux’s network of digital advertising screens in train stations and shopping centres across the UK. The children’s individual portraits will continue to be shown across 200 JCDecaux screens until the end of 2012.

This national self portraiture project, sponsored by B&Q, was developed by The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts an educational charity, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, to enable disadvantaged young people to access and engage with professional arts.

Edie’s mummy, Julie Clayton, from Henley in Arden said “It’s been wonderful to be involved in the UK’s largest ever art project and great to know that the portraits will become part of history. It’s so exciting to learn that our children have become Record Breakers as well. Edie, 9, drew a self portrait using felt pens incorporating the Union Jack.

Face Britain was open to anyone aged 4-16 years in the UK, regardless of drawing or learning ability. The Palace Projection was created by artist Ross Ashton of The Projection Studio and made possible with the generous support of Creative Technology. Ross' previous projection work has been seen during HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the London 2008 New Year's Eve celebrations

“We are delighted that Face Britain has been confirmed as an official Guinness World Records title,” said Jeremy Newton Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. “This would not have been possible without the overwhelming response from children and young people in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Face Britain encouraged participants to explore their creativity and to consider their own identity and place in history during the lead up to Jubilee and Olympic celebrations”.

The previous Guinness World Records title for the Most Artists Working on the Same Art Installation was set in Tel-Aviv in 2009 with 28,267 participants producing an artwork resembling the flag of Israel created out of fingerprints.

To view the record breaking portrait collection visit the online gallery on the Face Britain website

St Mary’s Visit to the Houses of Parliament!

imageOn Tuesday 22nd May, some pupils from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School went to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. Firstly, we had a tour of the rooms including an octagonal room and the robe room where the Queen walked just two weeks before our trip. The octagonal room was created for a monarch whose favourite shape was an octagon. The robe room contains Queen Victoria’s toilet – it has never been used since her reign however, it is still kept in working order. Did you know that Queen Victoria’s toilet was the first working flushing toilet?

Next on the tour was the House of Commons – these are the people from Parliament chosen by us. We learned: the House of Commons is the more powerful of the two parts of the British Parliament, the UK public elects over 650 MPs (Members of Parliament) and they can make up laws whenever they want but before they are made official they have to be decided by someone with a lot more power than them.

On the second part of the tour we visited the House of Lords which is less powerful than the House of Commons. The members of the House of Lords come from noble families or are appointed by the Queen as an honour of their life of public service. Elected members serve a single year, a non renewable 15 year term. The reformed House of Lords should have 450 members. Benches in the House of Lords Chamber are coloured red. In contrast, the House of Commons is decorated in green.

Once the tour had ended we walked around Westminster Abbey. We weren’t allowed to look inside however, we looked around the building and grounds. It is over 225 feet tall (65m)! We learned the Queen married the Duke of Edinburgh here in 1947. Everyone agreed the day was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

By Sophie and Holly

New Leaders Needed for Beavers


Janette Being presented her award by Wendy Williams – West Warks District Commissioner

After 15 years of service Janette Palmer has decided to step down from being the Beaver Scout Leader at 1st Henley and Wootton Wawen Scout Group. Janette was recently awarded the Scouting Medal of Merit as recognition of the exceptional dedication and commitment Janette has given to the young people of our area. Over the 15 years we estimate that Janette has supported over 1000 children and through fun activities helped them develop their mental and physical skills along with their community awareness. New leaders are urgently needed to enable the Beaver Colony to continue. Being a leader requires a time commitment to regular evening meetings, occasional weekend events, planning time, training and leaders meetings. In total it takes about 2 to 3 hours a week to be a Beaver Leader.

Training is available to support the new leaders and as our Chief Scout Bear Grylls would say – “Join the Adventure”

The Beaver Colony meets on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 pm in the Scout hut at the Memorial Sports Ground. Currently there are 18 Beavers, both boys and girls aged between 6 and 8 years.

Helping with Beaver Scouts is fantastic fun and all the children are really enthusiastic about Beavers. So far this term we have been pond dipping and insect hunting, learned new sports for an athletics challenge, made fruit kebabs for healthy eating and visited the fire station.

If you are interested in volunteering please call Jo Garstang (assistant Beaver Scout leader) on 01564 794411 or Graham Mallinson (Group Scout Leader) 07535233313.

See the sparks fly at Chedham’s Yard!


Chedham’s Yard, the BBC Restoration winning site in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire will be open for pre booked visits by the public on Saturdays from the 16th June. This well preserved ‘time capsule’ and former 19th-century blacksmith's and wheelwright's workshop won the television programme in 2006 and has since been restored and new oak visitor centre built.

June 16th is the first open day for visitors since the Restoration of the site thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the BBC Restoration Trust. There will be demonstrations from a blacksmith, and volunteer tour guides will be taking visitors back in time to hear all about the Chedhams Family who worked at the yard. The Yard will be open to pre booked visitors every Saturday over the summer until the end of October.

There will be plenty of activities for children including a quiz trail around the workshops and dressing up like a Victorian!

Heritage Project Officer Emma Banks said: “We cannot wait to welcome the public to the Yard and for them to see the restored buildings. Visitors can go on tour, try your hand a putting a wheel together and sample some delicious local cake in the cafe”

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Visit to 11 Group Operations Room RAF Uxbridge

by David Archer

In June 2012, Mike Huggins arranged for members of the South Warwickshire Flying School to visit the famous Battle of Britain Operations Room.


RAF Uxbridge was closed as an operational base at the end of March 2010, but the Operations Room has been retained as a 'living history' museum, with the main plotting table and squadron status boards set up exactly as they were at 11.00am on Sunday 15th September 1940. It is not open to the general public, but only to pre-arranged organised tours, partly as a result of the 70 steps down to the underground bunker which make it unsuitable for the infirm or disabled.

imageAt the beginning of September 1940, the Battle of Britain was reaching its climax, with large formations of Luftwaffe bombers and escorting fighters attacking from their newly acquired airfields in northern France. Defence of London and the South East was the responsibility of 11 Group of the RAF, commanded by Air-Vice Marshall Keith Park, and with the capital only 30 minutes flying time from the enemy airfields, it was essential that the defending Spitfires and Hurricanes were scrambled and vectored to intercept the enemy in the shortest possible time. This job was accomplished by ground controllers sitting in an underground bunker at RAF Uxbridge, a few miles to the north west of London.

On Sunday September 15th 1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited the bunker, and during the heat of the battle, famously asked what reserves were available. "There are none, Prime Minister", was Park's equally famous reply.

It was also here, during an earlier visit in August 1940, that Churchill first uttered his immortal words "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few", repeated to a crowded House of Commons four days later.

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Further Reports on the Jubilee Celebrations

The Tanyard High Street Henley in Arden on 3rd June


Cakes by Anna Butler

Some six months ago a couple of residents of the Tanyard discussed the possibility of marking the occasion of The Queens Diamond Jubilee with a Street Party, and plans began to evolve. The main issue confronted was “planning for wet weather”

Came the day, after numerous consultations of the BBC weather maps and forecasts, it was WET! Very WET! Undaunted, in various wet weather gear, under the direction of Jon Butler, work began on gazebo erection and in a surprisingly short time it was up. Next came the tables and chairs so many different shapes and sizes, layouts were tried and retried until eventually we were able to accommodate more than 40 people.

Neighbours and guests began to assemble at 12.00 Noon and by 1.00pm despite the weather, we had a full house, drinks were flowing , diluted by falling rain but an extra gazebo and “sun parasols” made an excellent reception area where the unmistakable smell of lighted BBQs began to fill the air followed by the aroma of BBQ’d meat.

Everyone was soon enjoying their lunch to sounds of patriotic music as they dodged the rain drips percolating through roof covering, whilst children seeming not to notice the rain, preferred to play out in the courtyard area, taking advantage of the smooth surface of the block paving with their scooters.

In the afternoon, there was a Royal quiz, devised by Steve & Michelle, The National Anthem was played, and sung with gusto, whilst others, probably ex-military, stood to attention. By 4.00pm we were all still there having a good time but the effects of the cold temperature was being felt by some and a patio heater was introduced, a few minutes later the whole gazebo was lifted up into the air, we believe that the hot air caused a balloon effect and coupled with a windy gust, it all took off. However reactions were quick and in no time the gazebo was restored to its fixings. This incident proved to be the cue to wind up the proceedings and so a most memorable event came to an end.

Bill Rees reporting


Parish Church Diamond Jubilee Website

Henley in Arden W.I.

imageOur June Speaker was Patricia Justice and her talk was on the recognition of Antique Objects. She brought along 20 items and we were asked to try and identify them. These included a Bodkin, a Heater which was used in horse drawn carriages, a towel to clean the udders of cows before milking and a strange looking wooden round object with inverted nails used for putting holes in biscuits. Pieces of coloured plastic in pairs were identified as being used to attach to spectacles to co-ordinate with clothes, these were just some of the objects on display. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. There was a lot of head scratching with no one getting even half of the objects right!

Jill Prosser is holding a Garden Party on 21st July, we can only hope the weather improves. Wendy is leading two walks this month, one being a shorter two mile walk and the normal 5 mile walk.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 3rd July at 7.30.p.m. in the Memorial Hall and our Speaker will be Ray Holding who will be talking about the History of Henley in Arden.


Recent Property Sales in the Henley area

33 The Croft

4th April 2012


66 Meadow Road

20th April 2012


20 Yew Tree Gardens

11th April 2012


4, The Old School, High St,

11th April 2012


8 The White House

5th April 2012


19 The Yew Trees

23rd March 2012


You can view all previous sales information by visiting


Henley and Beaudesert Society

Visit to Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey

imageInspired by a recent talk about the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch, the Society was keen to pay the museum an actual visit. And we were fortunate enough to be escorted round by two very well informed and amusing members of the museum staff.

Firstly we were told a little about the history of needle making in the Redditch area which goes back to the 17th century, but it was in Victorian times that the industry really took off and by the end of the 19th century Redditch was producing 90% of the world’s needles as well as fishing tackle and surgical instruments.

Needle production begins with coils of steel wire being drawn through a series of ever diminishing holes, before being cut and strengthened. Needles are produced two at a time with both ends of the wire being pointed before being divided. Originally needle pointing was done by hand. This was the best paid job in the factory, but it was also the most dangerous. Slivers of metal could fly up and blind the pointer, or the grindstone itself could shatter and cause fatal injuries. Not only that, but the pointer was always inhaling dust from the needles and the grindstone, and would often contract a crippling lung disease called “Pointers Rot”. It is not surprising that the life expectancy of a pointer was no more than 35 years.

imageAfter the double pointed needle left the pointer, it would have two eyes punched in it by a drop hammer before being split in half. Then the excess metal would be filed off and the actual eye made smooth; interestingly this process would often be performed by women or even children. The needles would then be hardened in a furnace before being quenched in an oil solution. After that the needles would be taken to the water powered scouring mill for an an eight hour procedure. After scouring, the needles were glazed to put an extra shine on them before being dried in sawdust in the barrelling shop and finally packaged.

As well as having a most informative guide, we were able to see models and recreated scenes of needle making in Victorian times. And as an added bonus, we watched the old water powered machinery in the scouring mill actually in action.

The museum has a comprehensive collection of needles going back through the ages including ‘golden eye’ needles. Apparently the golden eye makes it easier for a person threading a needle to see the hole. Besides needles, there are displays of fishhooks and specialist surgical instruments. The museum also has examples of some of the fruits of working with needles in the form of exquisite quilts and tapestries.

imageAdjacent to the Needle Museum are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey. In 1140 a group of Cistercian monks were granted land in the Arrow Valley enabling them to found Bordesley Abbey. Archaeological evidence shows that when the monks arrived, the valley was a very marshy and inhospitable place, unsuitable for the building of a large Abbey - so they dug a complex drainage system and diverted the River Arrow.

Excavations show that the first buildings were made of wood, but within a few years they replaced them with stone buildings and we could see evidence of how the Abbey changed as we walked around - from the early plain green sandstone to the more ornately decorated later red sandstone. In 1538 Henry VIII dissolved the monastic houses and Bordesley was demolished. However the site is being extensively excavated and many of the objects and findings of the excavation can be seen in the Visitor Centre.

A very worthwhile visit culminated in a most welcome cup of tea and cake.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

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Can you Dig it? Yes you can….

imageFamilies are invited to join Archaeology Warwickshire to dig St John’s Museum, Warwick on Saturday 28 July from 10am – 5pm.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to become an archaeologist and dig into the past to find the missing medieval gatehouse in the garden of St John’s.

Archaeology sessions are timed and early booking is advised so call the Heritage and Culture team on 01926 412069 to sign up. Cost is £3 per person, £1 for 5 and under.

Families can take part in an excavation and an art activity. It is suitable for children aged 6 and over but there is also an archaeology sandpit for the age 5 and under to explore.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions are at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

For more information about this and other events from Warwickshire Museum and Cultural Services visit:

Ullenhall Gardening Club & the Miserable Trugger


On 22nd May The Ullenhall Gardening Club had an entertaining demonstration and chat from Carl Sadler. He makes trugs and hurdles and several other things using his craft skills and is a regular at craft shows around the country.

Members leaned how the trug frames are made of sweet chestnut or english ash and that the body is made from willow. It is no good using chestnut once the sap has risen in summer, as the bark will detach from most of the wood and the frame of a trug needs the bark. However, English ash can be cut in summer and if the wood is stood up, the sap will run out quite quickly and  most of the bark will adhere to its wood. The frame and handle are steamed and shaped, after which the flat strips of willow are soaked briefly in hot water, then bent to shape by hand and attached to the frame using copper nails; essential, as the tannic acid in the willow would destroy other metals. Carl uses the willow that is not good enough for cricket bats, because it has knots or other imperfections, that make no difference to a trug. When completed, the trug is put to dry for a couple of days, then treated with linseed oil, after which it will last for decades of use.

Carl knows (and is known by) the Prince of Wales, as he supplies Highgrove with their trugs and hurdles, as this is near where he lives and works. He had many little tales to tell about this and other events in his life.

The name trug, trow and other similar ancient words mean boat-shaped and his trugs are made with overlapping strips like clinker built boats. The central strip of willow in the trug is, indeed, called the keel. There is a 4th century trug in the museum at Reading.

Carl’s son, when young, took a ‘phone call from someone wanting 300 hurdles to be made for a film. Carl initially thought this was a hoax, but was finally persuaded that it really was for a film set, after which, the provision of equipment for several other films succeeded, War Horse and Robin Hood, being two.

Coffee and tea was taken, notices declared, the raffle drawn and everyone went home in the seasonable (at last!) warmth of the evening.

In June, the club holiday to Floriade in Holland takes place and the club garden party lunch will be on 1st July (NOT 23rd June) in Ullenhall; details from Penny Stott on 01564 792251.

MYJO meets the Stars

imageThe biggest event for Big Band Music in the Midlands in 2012 has just been announced. Three members of the USA’s current favourite band, THE BIG PHAT BAND, are coming to the UK in July and who did they want to play with? The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) that’s who!

Leader Gordon Goodwin, saxophonist Eric Marienthal and trumpeter Wayne Bergeron will be in the UK for a concert in the North. They are amongst the best known players in the World so it was a great surprise when Gordon Goodwin emailed John Ruddick and suggested a concert during their stay. The response was immediate and positive. It is all organised for Sunday July Sutton Town Hall.

MYJO’s Director of Music, Dr John Ruddick explained “It is a brilliant opportunity for our young musicians to play with some of the world’s greatest jazz players so we felt we must seize the opportunity to bring them to town. It is also a huge opportunity for the fans to enjoy the music too.”

MYJO’S greatest achievements in 2011 included playing on BBC Radio Two with the BBC Big Band and concerts with Tony Christie and Jacqui Dankworth. It is hoped that Big Band aficionados in the Midlands will support and enjoy their latest adventure.

Tickets at £18 are available from MYJO on 01675 442050 or Sutton Coldfield Town Hall Box Office on 0121-464-8990.

Volunteers wanted by 2 Local Trusts


Henley War Memorial Trust

The 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:

Clerk to the Trustees' of the Seymour Fieldhouse Homes


The person appointed to take over these modest duties should be capable of recording Minutes of the Trustee’s meetings which take place twice a year. Duties also include simple letter writing and computing knowledge and availability of a computer would be most important.

This Honorary position arises due to ill health. Anyone prepared to give some time to this very worthwhile local Charity should contact the Chairman, Mr A Withnall on telephone 01564 792685 who will give further details and answer any questions that you may have.



Warwickshire - Annual road casualty Report

imageThe total number of reported road casualties in Warwickshire fell in 2011 for the fourth consecutive year.

Recently published figures show that 2,078 road users were reported killed or injured on Warwickshire’s roads in 2011. This is a small reduction compared to 2,091 casualties in 2010, but the annual number of road casualties has fallen by about a third over the last decade.

The number of road users killed or seriously injured rose to 313 in 2011, up from 301 in 2010 (the lowest ever recorded), with fatal casualties rising from 25 to 33. There were also noticeable increases in the number of deaths or serious injuries amongst motorcyclists, cyclists, older road users and 16-24 year old drivers and passengers.

Cyclist casualties rose by 24 to 163, however this figure remains below the recent peak of 168 experienced in 2008. There were 171 motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in 2011, which after 2010, when 150 riders were killed or seriously injured, is the second lowest number of casualties on record amongst this user group.

For the second year running, there has also been a slight rise in the number of 16 to 24 year old road users killed or seriously injured, however the total number of casualties in this age group fell for the fifth successive year.

The number of child casualties, at 144 is 22 per cent lower than in 2010; pedestrian casualties fell for the third successive year, down to 149, and the downward trend in car occupant casualties has also continued. All three of these road user groups experienced the lowest number of reported annual casualties in recent history.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “The 2011 road casualty figures present a very mixed picture. It is encouraging that there have been improvements in some areas, particularly a reduction in overall road casualties. On the other hand it is disappointing that fatal and serious injury casualties have increased. However, looking at the longer term picture, this is the first time fatal and serious injuries have increased since 1997, and the number of deaths and serious injuries is less then half what it was a decade ago. Our challenge now is to build on the areas where progress has been made and to work hard to ensure that the rise in fatal and serious injuries doesn’t become a trend.”

Superintendent Adrian McGee, head of Incident Resolution at Warwickshire Police, added: “Road safety remains a priority and Warwickshire Police and our partner agencies are continuing to work hard to prevent death and injury by educating road users to use the roads safely, enforcing traffic laws and making the roads safer to use through engineering. However, we also need road users to play their part by acting responsibly and being considerate to the needs and safety of others at all times.”

The 2011 edition of ‘Reported Road Casualties Warwickshire’, a report containing a detailed breakdown of road collisions and casualties is available at

Henley Flower Club Report

For the June Open Evening, members were delighted to welcome Tan Strong who, apart from being a National Demonstrator, had recently taught Kirsty Allsopp flower arranging for her recent television programme.

Her title was ‘Trading Places’ and Tan produced beautiful gerberas, lilies, ginger flowers, an abundance of foliage and original containers for her intriguing arrangements. Palm leaves and fatsia leaves were intertwined with hostas, chrysanths, roses to depict trading in South Africa, the fur trade and street traders – Eliza Doolittle being used as an example for the flower trade.

An enthusiastic vote of thanks was given by Helen Holt and Vice Chairman Angela Pinnegar invited members to enter the annual show and competition on July 28th when the title is ‘London Olympics 2012’.

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Sales Success Story at Farriers Cross


Taylor Wimpey Midlands has cause for celebration following a flurry of sales at its popular Farriers Cross development in Henley in Arden.

Farriers Cross has been a real hit with house buyers since its launch in June 2011, with 70% of plots already sold. As a result of this success, the development is selling ahead of schedule and house hunters in the area are being urged not to miss out on their dream home in Henley in Arden.

The two bedroom Lyndhurst apartments, priced from just £199,995, have been particularly popular and are the only new build apartments in Henley town centre. There are now just two plots remaining for sale: perfect for young professionals and first time buyers.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, comments: “To have over two thirds of the homes now sold at Farriers Cross is a great achievement and testament to the award winning quality yet competitively priced properties on offer. The stunning range of homes coupled with the development’s fabulous location close to the heart of Henley in Arden, means it is hardly surprising that Farriers Cross has been so popular.

“With homes selling faster than anticipated, I’d encourage anyone interested in buying at Farriers Cross to visit the development before it’s too late!”

Farriers Cross comprises just 30 private homes ranging from two bedroom apartments and coach houses to three, four and five bedroom homes. Prices start from £199,995 for the Lyndhurst apartments.

The development, located on Warwick Road, boasts an enviable setting, bordering scenic countryside whilst also being set right in the heart of Henley In Arden. The charming town is steeped in rich history and culture and also offers a buzzing social scene with a great selection of designer shops, eateries and bars nearby.

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

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Do No Evil?

John GarnerYou’re right, that’s the motto of Google (without the question mark). The question is, can we be sure they aren’t doing any evil? Read on.

You’ve probably heard of “cloud computing” recently: if you believe the IT press this is the answer to all your computing needs. The idea is that instead of installing software or hardware on your own computer you access what you need to use via cloud services across the Internet.

One of the main areas where cloud computing is making an impact is in data storage. Services like Dropbox (which I use frequently) allow you to store your data on a web accessible file system and access it from wherever you are - anywhere in the world.

Usually, these services are free to store small amounts of data but you have to pay if you want to store larger amounts. It seems that everyone is rushing to sign up for these services. But, can these companies really give all of this storage away for free?

Google has joined in too, and has recently launched a service called Google Drive, which offers similar features. With all of the fuss that has surrounded the launch of this new service, I started to wonder what was in it for them - and then I took a look at the Terms and Conditions that the services make you sign up to. When I read them, I was horrified. Shocked and appalled in fact.

When you sign up for an account Google makes you agree to the following (you have to drill down through the small print to find this):

"When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content."

It goes on, “This licence continues even if you stop using our Services…”

So what Google is saying is that as soon as you store your data using their service, they can do what they like with it! Can you imagine what that could mean?

For example, do you really want your holiday photos, that you've stored in your Google Drive, to be picked up by Google and sold to an advertising agency, so that they end up on a billboard on the other side of the world, advertising some product you've never heard of?

Think of the business implications if you use their service to store some of your data only to find Google has shared it with a competitor!

The Terms and Conditions of the service would allow them to do just those things. Of course, Google are banking on the fact that 99% of people never read the small print when they sign up for online services.

Until recently Dropbox had similar Terms and Conditions, but they have now modified them to say that they won't steal your data. That doesn't mean they're not going to change them in the future though.

By all means use these services for unimportant files or those you’ve properly passworded but if you have really important data that you don't want anyone else to access, don’t risk Google Drive or any other similar service - keep it in your pocket on a password-protected USB flash drive – because it seems these cloud providers can't always be trusted.

Do No Evil eh? Hmm.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

‘Ex- Offender’ Door to Door Dales Pitch

imageWarwickshire Trading Standards has again received information about young men selling household items such as dusters, tea towels and cloths door to door and claiming to be ex-offenders, just out of prison or on a probation scheme. This incident occurred in the Kineton area.

There were a number of callers, probably dropped off together from a white van and working in small groups. They were carrying black holdalls and had no ID.

Warwickshire Trading Standards is not aware of any probation scheme that involves door to door selling and suspects that the ex-offender pitch is a high pressure sales technique to elicit compassionate concern and encourage people to buy when they might not otherwise.

Unexpected Parcels Warning

Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers are warning residents to beware of unexpected package deliveries after two reported incidents in South Warwickshire.

A resident reported receiving two parcels that they weren't expecting. They didn't open the parcels but shortly afterwards received a phone call to say that there had been a mistake and that the parcels would be collected the next morning. However, a man called soon afterwards in a taxi to collect them. Fortunately a relative alerted the police when he discovered that the parcels contained mobile phones and the packages were not passed on. A genuine delivery firm later tried to recover the parcels.

This scam has been reported in other parts of the central region in addition to Warwickshire. Trading Standards Officers believe that fraudsters use the name and address of an unsuspecting resident as a delivery location for mobile phones which may have been purchased using stolen credit cards.

The fraudsters await the delivery by a genuine company and then phone and visit the resident, claiming the packages have been sent in error. The fraudsters collect the phones and disappear. Later when the phone company realises something is wrong and attempts to recover the packages, it is too late.

Anyone experiencing this scam may have been a victim of identity theft and should report the matter to the Police. In addition they should also check their bank accounts and credit record. For more information visit:

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

More information on scams is available on our website:

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
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Visitors will be welcome to join us at our meeting on Tuesday 3rd July from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall when Ray Holding will be telling us about the History of Henley.

We are going for a morning "Farm Walk" near Moreton-in-Marsh on Tuesday July 10th. Please note this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month and members should contact Dave Evason or Bob Riley for details.

Thursday 12th July 2.30 - 4.30pm at Alne House, Beaudesert Lane. Tickets £5 to include strawberries, cake and a cup of tea in aid of church funds. Tickets from Barbara Warmington tel: 793640

July 21st...Music, Dancing, Fizz ,Strawberries and Fireworks
For information phone Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 794987 eve 795149 day.

28TH July COMPETITION DAY and Flower Show from 2 – 6pm. Prize giving at 4.30pm. Entry details from Angela Pinnegar 795918.

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.

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Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
logoRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
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Rotarian Michael Redman
imageAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Paula Pugh on 015647 42781
2011 Programme

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 Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
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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