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

Campaigning for a better Henley

Edition 304 - 5th July 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

Olympic Torch passes through Warwickshire


Thousands of people gathered on the High Street in Alcester (above) to witness the London 2012 Olympic Torch pass through the district on Sunday morning.

Founder of Modern Games twice visited Rugby School

imageOn Monday morning, the Olympic flame was carried through Rugby School.

The School was one of the main sources of inspiration which led to the revival of the modern Olympic games. It was the Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who founded the games in 1896.

As a child, he had read the novel 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' which was based at Rugby School during the reign of Head Master Dr Thomas Arnold. He was so taken by Arnold's ethos of personal achievement through sport, that he visited Rugby School twice, and stayed overnight in the chapel where Arnold was laid to rest.

imageWhilst the torch was at the School, today's pupils recreated a game of Rugby Football dressed in clothes and caps of the 1860s. The game of football which was played at the School between 1750 and 1859 permitted handling of the ball, but players were not allowed to run with it in their hands towards the opposition's goal. With no limit to the number of players per side, hundreds would participate in an enormous rolling maul. The innovation of running with the ball was introduced between 1859 and 1865.

A plaque (left) "commemorates the exploit of William Webb Ellis who with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time first took the ball in his arms and ran with it thus originating the distinctive feature of the Rugby game. AD 1823". Rugby School produced the first written rules for their version of the game in 1845.


Rugby School 1859, note the number of players (Credit: Rugby School)

Heart of England in Bloom Town Judging

Friday 6th July is Judging Day


Henley-in-Bloom volunteers are pulling out all the stops this week preparing for the judging by Heart of England in Bloom on Friday morning 6th July.

As well as the flower displays and community participation, the general appearance and cleanliness of the town wins points, so residents, businesses and shop owners are asked to help the Town to win by tidying up their frontages.

Everyone should be vigilant against litter dropping and a special appeal to dog owners to keep the pavements clean.

Please help our Chairman and our committee and our band of helpers to show our lovely town to its best advantage.

John Love, Treasurer - Henley-in-Bloom

Please Keep Henley Tidy on Friday 6th July

HSBC Branch in Henley-in-Arden to Close

HSBC has announced that its branch in Henley-in-Arden will be closing permanently on 21st September 2012.

A spokesman for HSBC UK media relations told Henley NEWS:

imageOur branches are an important way for our customers to bank with us and we are spending around £30 million each year upgrading and improving them.

However, we need to ensure that our branches are in the right locations for our customers and on occasions this means that we need to close a branch where customer footfall has fallen dramatically or there has been a shift in customer shopping patterns. Unfortunately our branch in Henley in Arden is a case in point and customer usage has fallen very significantly over the past few years.

Our customers are now increasingly using branches where they work, or they are using the 24 hour convenience of internet or telephone banking. Our network has to be 'fit for purpose' and we have to ensure that our branches are located in areas where they are used.

This wasn't an easy decision to make, but we are now working with the small number of customers who use the branch to help and advise them on their banking options ahead of the planned closure on September 21st. The two members of staff who man the branch will transfer to other local branches.

Local residents will still have banking and 'fee free' ATM access in the town.

Both Lloyds TSB and Barclays have branches in the town and no doubt will be inviting local HSBC customers to transfer. A spokesperson for Lloyds TSB told Henley NEWS:

imageThe Henley-in-Arden branch of Lloyds TSB has recently undergone refurbishment and been fitted with new facilities, all designed with the needs of customers in mind.

Last year, we committed to keeping the same number of branches on a net basis, over the next three years, and we also commit not to close a branch if we are the last one in a community. The branch network will continue to play a vital part in our future plans.

24 High Street Drains Blocked

Swift Action by JPC and Warwickshire Highways

imageIt is almost five years since there was major flooding in the town but with recent heavy rain the town must remain ever vigilant to the risk of flash floods. April to June this year has been the wettest quarter in the UK since records began in 1910.

Cllr Chris Milsom told councillors at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 25th June that he had carried out a survey of the drains on the High Street at the request of a Henley Independents Councillor and that 24 drains were found to be blocked.

Councillors resolved to request Warwickshire Highways to arrange for the problem to be resolved swiftly.

Paul Cowley, County Highways Manager told Henley NEWS: "We addressed this matter this morning (29 June) and a team from County Highways cleared the High Street drains which were causing problems. We are always ready to respond to local concerns and aim to fix problems as quickly as possible."

Far From the Madding Crowd

A Recital in the Guild Hall


At the end of another week of stressful news (banking crises, Andy Murray playing Wimbledon etc) two beautiful young musicians created an oasis of calm to soothe our battered brows - or, at least, the brows of those attending a Guild Hall recital on Saturday night by Rita Schindler (harp) and Dominika Feher.

The Hungarian youngsters, who met as students at the Birmingham Conservatoire, were playing to a most attentive audience to raise funds for the Guild Hall’s refurbishment fund. They played music composed for the harp between the 17th. and the 21st. Century. Many felt that our 15th. Century Hall warmed more to the sounds of the former rather than the latter.

Of the many emotions captured by the music none was more poignant than the piece by Marius Flothuis written while the Dutchman was being held in a Nazi Death camp in the Forties, more dramatic than the De Falla Spanish Dance No 1, more beautiful than the Prokofieff Harp Prelude or more stirring than the finale created by Saint-Seans’ “Fantaisie”.

The combination of the grand old lady which is the Guild Hall and the talented young ladies from Hungary was a heady cocktail which brought pleasure to all those who attended.

Many thanks and congratulations to Dawn Leech, Sue Osborne and all those who worked hard to make the evening so enjoyable.

John Latham reporting





Register for tickets at Henley Ticketing below

Henley Tennis Club Championships

Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club Championship took place last Sunday against some pretty tough competition from the local Olympic Torch procession and the Euro Cup final.

The weather proved kind for this annual family event allowing a packed programme of junior and adult competitions. Free games were available to residents from Henley and Wootton Wawen to encourage new members. The club is currently promoting ‘cardio tennis’ as part of a fitness regime together with social and competitive matches and coaching for children and adults.


The junior winners and finalists were:

Eight and under - James Price (Claverdon) (r/u Leo Bartlett)
Nine and under - Alex Didlick (Wootton Wawen) (r/u Millie Fenwick)
Twelve and under - Fraser Kent (Henley) (r/u Max Beishon)
Sixteen and under - Emma Hancocks (Bearley) (r/u Hannah Raper)

The senior winners and finalists were:

Ladies singles - Karen Foort (Redditch) (r/u Jane Palmer)
Men’s singles - Max Retallack (Henley) (r/u Rob West)
Ladies doubles - Dawn Grennall (Henley) & Sarah Rowan (Wootton Wawen)
Men’s doubles - Neil Supperstone (Henley) & Phil Bishop (Henley)
Mixed doubles - Rob West (Wootton Wawen) & Molly Eyre (Henley)


Simon Maddox, Henley Tennis Club President,
and Max Ratallack, Men's Singles winner

The event was sponsored by Hemming and Peace funeral services. Their representative, Nigel Peace, and club chairman, Simon Maddox, presented winner’s cups and prizes. The Judy Wilde Junior Award Trophy was won by Grace Turner for her on-court decorum and club contributions and Harriet Holmes was awarded the most improved junior player.

For further information on how to join the club contact Judith Mathias Tel. No. 01564 792378

Olympic Themed Sports Camp for Summer Hols


Parents stuck for inspiration when it comes to entertaining the children this Summer are being given a lifeline from local children’s sports and exercise specialists, Coolsportz.

The Henley in Arden based sports activity company is running an Olympic Themed Sports Camp with plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged four to fourteen active and entertained through the holiday.

The Ofsted Registered Camp which accepts childcare vouchers is held at Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden and will be running for the whole 6 weeks from Mon 23rd July – Fri 31st August. Children can attend half day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day only for 5 – 14yrs).

The Camp is based on a fun multi-sports programme offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball and much more. All children who attend will also have the chance to explore their creative side with art and craft workshops. During the Olympic themed summer club we will also be offering specific Olympic sports including trampoline afternoons and Football Only Day Camps which you must sign up separately for.

Coach Neil Supperstone, who will be running the Camp, says: “Coolsportz camps provide children with a brilliant chance to have fun while taking part in different sports that help boost their fitness levels. Sessions are held in fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities, so the camps will be run no matter what the great British weather throws at us.”

To book your place or for further information please visit or please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email Book and pay before Fri 13th July and receive a 10% discount.

Johnsons Coast to Coast Success



Despite the terrible weather, with floods, road closures and wading through knee high water, last weekend the 9 strong JOHNSONS cycling team made it across the country, coast to coast - 140 miles in a day. John Johnson, company director and team leader said, "Our team of 9 performed heroically; one member survived a nasty crash and still finished, and two others got rather lost and ended up doing over 150 miles and taking over 19 hours...from 5am until midnight!"

imageBut all 9 in the team successfully completed the epic challenge from Whitehaven on the Irish Sea, to Tynemouth on the North sea, which went up and over the Lake District and the Pennines and included over 3,800 metres of climbing.

Even more fantastically... the team have now raised over £3,000. They want to say thanks to all Johnsons' friends, family and customers who have very kindly donated, to help raise funds for Alzheimer's Society and Dementia UK, two great causes. And it’s not too late to contribute either! Just Click here:

Attached are a couple of shots; the 'finish line photo' was taken at 8.15pm...15 hours after the start. Shown from left to right are Andy Thomas, Matt Sheppard, Lewis Jacklin and John Wagstaff, then John and Richard Johnson. The three other members of the team, Anne Johnson, Jimi Day and Adrian Davies are not pictured it was dark - nearly midnight when they crossed the line!

For the most Comprehensive Information
about Henley-in-Arden

Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:

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


Armed Forces Day


Armed Forces Day differs from the annual November Remembrance Sunday in that it is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and, secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to cadets.

Saturday 30th June 2012 was the fourth such Armed Forces Day and the second to be celebrated in Henley. The parade, consisting of members of the Royal British Legion, members of local Emergency Services and Civic Dignitaries, started outside the Memorial Hall from where it proceeded to the Parish Church, led by the Shirley Pipe Band.

A Service of Celebration was conducted by the Rector of St John’s, Revd. John Ganjavi. In his address the Rector reminded the assembled congregation of the events leading up to D-Day in June 1944; how all the major leaders involved in the preparation of the Allied forces had a declared testimony of their faith in Almighty God, and believed that their actions were directed by God’s motivation; and how the Deputy Chaplain General had said that “the consecration of our armies had not been a last minute effort”. He went on to declare that “Not all of our forces are necessarily church-going men, but all are God-going men”.

After the service the congregation were invited to retire to the Guildhall Garden for light refreshments where they were entertained by the Shirley Pipe band.

To hear Revd. Ganjavi’s Armed Forces Day Address in full, please click here.

Click here for the full photo report

Rotary Club Gets Steamed Up


imageHenley-in-Arden Rotary Club members and friends took a journey back to the 1940s when they rode the Severn Valley steam trains last week. Nostalgia ruled!

The rail company went into great detail to re-create the railway stations along the 16 mile track between Kidderminster and Bridgenorth as they would have been in the war-torn Britain of the 1940s. Old-fashioned bobbies, fire wardens, Army and RAF personnel (all in period uniform), German POWs, refugee school children, spivs selling nylon stockings, army vehicles trackside and sandbags at the windows all helped to add to the authenticity of the day.

As if this wasn’t enough, authentic English Beef and Yorkshire pudding with apple pie and ale was on the menu and most enjoyable. The backcloth for the lunch was a display of full-size steam locomotives and rolling stock which is housed in the Highley Engine House halfway along the line.


It was felt that the day was made very special not just by the beauty of the Severn Valley and the lovely station gardens along the way, but also by the enthusiasm and commitment of all the volunteers of the Severn Valley Steam Railway Company who wanted us to enjoy the Steam experience as much as they obviously do.

John Latham

Have You Registered Yet?

Diamond Jubilee Henley Telephone Directory


We now have a large number telephone numbers but we need more to make the new directory a definitive reference which all the previous editions have been.

Unfortunately, we cannot use the previous editions, so if residents want to be included they must provide us with their details.

We hope to publish this autumn but we must insure that we have the majority of residents listed and we are not there yet.

Please will you encourage all your friends and neighbours to register.

If they do not have access to a computer, there are manual input forms at the Library and Heritage Centre.

Karen Topham-Steel and Bill Leech


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


Annual Parish Church Fete


After one of the wettest Junes on record preparations were made to hold our annual St John’s Church Summer Fete in the Church Hall in Beaudesert Lane. In the event we need not have worried – on Saturday 23rd June the weather was kind to us and for a while the sun even shone.

At 11.00am the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, officially declared the fete open, and over 350 people attended, enjoying tea and home-made cakes, trying their luck on the various games outside, and having a cooked BBQ lunch. In addition they were able to buy plants, bric-a-brac, gifts, pictures, or win bottles and other prizes on the tombola, all the time being entertained by music from Brian Jackson’s traditional hand-operated barrel-organ.

One of the highlights of the day was the famous Duck Race on the River Alne, with nearly 1000 ducks floating down in the swollen water towards the finishing line in Beaudesert Lane. As usual it was a very close finish and the first duck home won £50 for its sponsor, Elaine Field. This event alone raised over £900 towards the fete total of £3,125, which was a fantastic result for church funds.

A key to this success was the effort put in by all the helpers and stall holders, and our thanks go out to all our sponsors and individual helpers who helped in any way to make the fete such a success. Thank you to you all.

Click here for the full report

Henley Websites Co-operate

David Archer, webmaster of the Parish Church website, has provided Henley NEWS with some excellent 360º panorama photos taken in the summer and winter from the top of St John's Church tower for the home page of the Town Website - 'This is Henley-in-Arden'. This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust.


Click here to view the new photos

All organisations which have information or pages on the Town Website, are asked to check that their information is up to date. All changes should be advised to Henley NEWS.

Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust

Opportunity To Snap Up Your Dream Apartment


Aspiring house hunters looking to own a stunning new build apartment in the heart of a highly desirable location, should head to Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ Farriers Cross development in Henley in Arden, where just two apartments have been released for sale.

The stunning two bedroom Lyndhurst apartments feature a spacious open plan living/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom with en suite, second bedroom, modern main bathroom and allocated parking.

“The Lyndhursts are currently the only new build apartments available in Henley in Arden,” comments Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands. “This makes them incredibly desirable and, being set just around the corner from the high street of Henley in Arden, perfect for both first time buyers and downsizers who want to be close to all the amenities.”

As well as owning an incredible new home, those purchasing a property at Farriers Cross will benefit from living in a town rich with history and culture. An array of spectacular architecture and listed buildings, including the 15th century Guildhall, makes Henley in Arden one of the most sought after places to live in Warwickshire.

Anne concludes: “The opportunity to snap up a new build apartment in the heart of Henley in Arden, a charming village surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside, doesn’t come around often, so those interested should act fast to avoid disappointment.”

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.

For more information on homes and financial schemes available visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log onto:

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

Rachel Tillman reporting

For Late Breaking News - Follow Henley NEWS on image

Top Quality Rating for Henley Hotel

After Luxury Upgrade


Following a luxury make-over the Best Western Henley Hotel has been awarded the group’s Plus standard, joining only 23 other properties included in the portfolio of independently owned hotels across the UK.

The hotel, which has been recently taken over by the team that run the Henley Golf and Country Club, has been transformed into a rural hideaway complete with 27 en-suite rooms, including the sumptuous Honeymoon Suite and five executive/ family rooms.

imageAiming to provide the perfect accompaniment for couples and guests enjoying the bespoke wedding day packages at their sister business, the hotel now boasts carefully selected tub chairs, leather seats, mirrors and chandeliers. Plus all rooms are equipped with TV, radio and free Wi-Fi access for all customers. The highlight of the renovation is the Honeymoon Suite which features a king-size bed, sitting area and bathroom complete with double shower and large roll top bath.

On site, a range of tasty bar meals are served at affordable prices. In addition, the hotel boasts a delicious Full English Breakfast served every morning to ensure that guests have the best possible start to their day.

A complimentary shuttle bus runs between the two venues (one mile) providing the perfect excuse for hotel guests to play a round of golf or pamper themselves at the on-site beauty salon. All golf and salon prices are listed on the website and bookings can be made in advance via telephone.

Graham Waller, General Manager, comments; “This is really great news for the hotel. We are thrilled that Best Western has recognised that we now offer our guests a totally different and much more refined experience. The Best Western Plus status will enable us to reach a new audience and position the hotel as a quality stay. Most importantly it enables us to offer our wedding, business and golfing customers a great place to stay that is affordable and convenient. A shuttle bus between the two venues will mean guests can travel between with ease.”

Prices for the rooms will start from £70.

For more information please visit Henley Hotel website

Don’t lose your vote!!

You could also be fined £1,000

imageVoter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across Stratford-on-Avon District and residents are being urged to return them as soon as possible to make sure their voice is heard not only in next year’s County elections but in the new Police and Crime Commissioners election in November.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Elections team will be sending forms to around 55,000 households in the District over the coming months to compile the electoral register.

Normally forms are sent out in August but due to the elections in November the Government has brought forward the publishing date of the register to 16 October so there is an up to date register for the Police and Crime Commissioners election.

Darren Whitney, Stratford District Council’s Democratic Services Manager said: “Registering to vote is very simple and should only take a few minutes to complete. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply by phone or by internet.

Some people may not realise that they have to register every year and you are not automatically entitled to vote because you pay council tax or have voted before. By law, the registration form is required to be completed and returned from all households. Also returning the form or registering by phone or internet quickly will help to keep down costs and reduce the number of reminders that will otherwise have to be sent out.

It is important that you complete your registration so you’re able to take part in the upcoming elections enabling you to vote for the people who will make decisions that affect your everyday life.”

On the electoral registration form residents can opt to have their details excluded from the edited register. If you wish to opt out, even if you have done so in the past, you must tick the box in the relevant column or follow the instructions on the phone or internet. This will mean that details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations. If you wish to opt out on a permanent basis you must make this clear on the form.

For further information or if you haven’t received your form after 13 July please contact the District Council on 01789 260208.

Stratford Parkway Railway Station

imageWarwickshire County Council is pleased to announce that an official agreement has been reached with London Midland for the new Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway Station.

The county council has been supported in the negotiation of the deal with London Midland by its rail delivery consultants SLC Rail. The agreement confirms that the county council will develop and deliver the new Parkway station and that London Midland will operate the station when it opens and run new train services between both Stratford stations and Birmingham.

Following the accord, the county council will now focus on letting the construction contract for the new station while London Midland will work towards  providing new Saturday and evening train services between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham in May 2013. The agreement also confirms that the train operator will work towards providing new weekday off-peak train services in December 2013.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, said: “Reaching this agreement between Warwickshire County Council and London Midland marks a major step forward in the delivery of the new Parkway station scheme. The key stakeholders are all working hard to deliver this project as quickly and efficiently as possible. The sooner the station opens, the sooner the town of Stratford will benefit from the new station and, importantly, the new train services it will provide.”

London Midland’s Head of Franchise Management, Nicola Moss said: “We are pleased to be involved in this exciting project. The approach to this scheme underlines the importance of partnership working in delivering projects in the rail industry. With the help of Warwickshire County Council, Centro and Network Rail this scheme will bring huge benefits to rail passengers in Stratford.”

Warwick Parkway sees £2.5m car park expansion

imagesWork on a £2.5m car park deck is under way at Warwick Parkway railway station following a rise in passenger numbers.

The new decking area will create 222 additional spaces, bringing the number at the station, which is on the outskirts of Warwick, up to 959.

Chiltern Railways said the number of people using Warwick Parkway was 32% higher following the launch of the faster Chiltern Mainline service. Its fastest service now takes 90 minutes between Birmingham and London.

Warwick Parkway opened in 2000. The car park expansion has been funded by Chiltern Railways, with £1m from the Department of Transport.

Subscribe to Henley NEWS on-line

imageMake Henley Greener
Our Award Winning Column
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Last chance for low cost/no cost insulation.

If you are thinking of insulating your home to reduce energy bills, now is definitely the time to act. The reason is that at present, insulation costs for homes are kept low by means of heavy subsidies so you pay only a fraction of the real cost (and sometimes nothing at all – see later). This makes insulation a fantastic deal because the typical outlay of a hundred pounds or so (depending on the size of house) pays for itself in less than a year and is worth many thousands of pounds over time. The diagram below shows a real example from a home in Henley that was insulated in 1989.

imageConsumption here has fallen from nearly 50,000 units a year to under 40,000 units a year. Savings at current gas prices are £410 a year – or over £8,000 since the insulation was installed. And 47 tonnes of CO2 pollution have been saved over the same period. For a typical 3-bedroom semi, savings will be smaller – about £140 a year at current gas prices. But energy costs are expected to rise, so savings will get bigger over time.

Can you afford it? Cavity wall insulation typically costs £100-£150 for a three bed semi – and is usually free for those over 70 or on certain benefits. There are also free offers for everyone if you apply now – see below.

So why insulate now? The answer is that the subsidies are about to be replaced by an arrangement known as The Green Deal. On the face of it, The Green Deal is very attractive, because a home having energy saving improvements installed will pay out nothing at all at the time of installation. However, the cost of the energy saving improvement is gradually recovered in energy bills from the money saved by reduced energy consumption. This will typically take years, so there is no immediate large financial benefit. This is quite different from the present arrangement for insulation, where the full financial benefit kicks in immediately if the insulation is free or after only about a year if you have to pay for it.

So, my advice is do not wait for The Green Deal to get your cavity wall and loft insulation. Get it now. The Green Deal is scheduled to start in October, so there are only three months to get insulated under the present scheme with its more rapid financial benefit. There will be a last minute rush of homes wanting insulation, so some may be disappointed if requests for insulation are left too late. Investing in insulation is one of the best financial deals on the planet; even if you have to pay for it; 100% rate of return, which is loads better than money in a savings account. So, act now before The Green Deal kills the golden goose.


John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Trouble at ’bank.

What a week it’s been for banks!

imageFirst we had the NatWest/RBS computer problems. According to one report these were caused by a junior technician in India inadvertently deleting some key files when doing an upgrade – but I don’t suppose we’ll ever get the real story as it smacks of incompetence. Perhaps they shouldn’t be outsourcing to India.

Incidentally I read that there are now phishing emails appearing which appear to be from NatWest (and signed by Stephen Hester, their chief exec who dare not now accept his bonus this year). These say that a security upgrade requires you to confirm your bank details. As usual, if you get one just delete it. Entering your account details on this fake site will give the fraudsters access to steal your money (that’s assuming of course that the system is working again!).

Then we have the Barclays problem that hit the headlines last week; this got them fined £290million.  Somehow I didn’t think Bob Diamond would last much longer.  As I write this he has just resigned: by the time you read it on Wednesday I wonder what else will have happened.  It now appears the other major banks are being investigated for this too.  What a mess!

But worst of all, beside which the above pale into insignificance, is the decision of HSBC to close its Henley branch. This will have far more impact on the lives of many people in Henley than the shenanigans at NatWest, Barclays, the Vatican Bank or even the European Central Bank. (OK, I exaggerate just a little). Even those who do their banking on line have a need to pay cheques or cash into their account: modern electronic banking doesn’t allow this: you have to physically get to a branch  – and branches of other banks won’t usually accept payments into another bank’s account – so don’t bother trying to pay in to your HSBC account at Lloyds or Barclays.

And what about the elderly who don't have transport or those who don’t have the internet and still need to pay in? A notice in the branch says our nearest branch will be at Studley. Ever tried getting there from Henley by public transport? Certainly the elderly can get to Stratford on the bus but it’s a long way from the bus stop to the HSBC branch if you can’t walk too well – and the X20 (excellent service though it is) doesn’t allow electric scooters on board as far as I know.

However, this is supposed to be a serious business column. We think there are over 250 businesses in Henley and I’ll bet a high proportion use HSBC. Do they really want to lose all these business customers – or do they think they won’t lose them? HSBC say the footfall has reduced significantly recently but using that as a justification doesn’t seem logical to me. Have they measured where their footfall comes from? Have they thought how many businesses will simply switch to Barclays (assuming they’re still in business!) or Lloyds? Perhaps they don’t care.

My point is: have they actually asked their customers? HSBC, when it was the Midland Bank, used to be called “The Listening Bank”. Hmm.

Finally a quote from Stephen Hester: “…he agreed that there needed to be a cultural change in banking. ‘[Bankers] thought they were masters of the universe, when they should have been servants of the customer.’"

Amen to that.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

Pensions Scam

imageA Warwickshire Trading Standards Officer recently took an unexpected call from a man called Derek who claimed he was entitled to £1000 under a pension scheme. The caller asked the Trading Standards Officer if he had ever taken out any private pensions and then asked for details. At that point the Trading Standards Officer asked the caller for the name of his company – and the line went dead!

Warwickshire Trading Standards advises consumers not to provide any personal or financial information to unexpected callers. If you believe the call to be genuine, ask for their name, company name and address and a publicly listed telephone number to call them back on.

Door to Door Lottery

Warwickshire Trading Standards are reminding residents to ask for identification if they are approached on the doorstep by charity collectors after reports of people going door to door in South Warwickshire selling lottery tickets.

European City Guide Warning

Warwickshire businesses are warned to beware of letters and phone calls from the European City Guide as the Trading Standards Service has received complaints from Warwickshire businesses that believed they were either agreeing to take a free entry or updating existing information in this directory.

However, having either agreed over the phone or returned a form, each business then received a demand for over £3,000. Further demand letters and threats of court action follow if payment is not made.

However, Warwickshire Trading Standards is unaware of any instances where this has gone beyond threats to actual court action. The activities of this Spanish based business have already been highlighted by a number of UK and EU institutions and action has been taken against them to disrupt their activities.

Warwickshire Trading Standards advises businesses not to respond to any telephone calls or letters from the European City Guide.

Aggressive Selling of ‘Health Giving’ Pots and Pans

Consumers are warned to beware of door to door sales people offering ‘free’ cooking demonstrations.

Dressed as cooks, the sales people offer to prepare food for the consumer as a way to get a ‘foot in the door’ before high pressure sales techniques are used to sell householders pots and pans for hundreds of pounds.

Sales people claim they are ‘not selling anything’ before going into a pre-prepared sales pitch to claim that their pots and pans cook food in a ‘healthier’ way than other pots and pans.

Trading Standards urges householders to think twice before inviting sales people in to their homes. Consumers are reminded that if they buy goods in their home for over £35, they have 7 days in which to cancel the contract, which they must do in writing.

More information is available on our website:

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


For the most Comprehensive Information
about Henley-in-Arden

Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:

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


Ask your MP or your Councillors

Nadhim Zahawi is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Stratford upon Avon and he has said, "I am extremely keen on hearing your views so please feel free to contact me."

Get in Touch with Nadhim


Many residents find it difficult to know to which of the three levels of local government to refer their questions.

To assist residents Henley NEWS provides a service enabling a question to be sent to the elected representatives on the County, District and Parish councils simultaneously.

Click on the link below to send your enquiry.


Planning Applications - Search on-line




Diamond Jubilee Henley Telephone Directory


We now have a large number telephone numbers but we need more to make the new directory a definitive reference which all the previous editions have been.

Unfortunately, we cannot use the previous editions, so if residents want to be included they must provide us with their details.

We hope to publish this autumn but we must insure that we have the majority of residents listed and we are not there yet.

Please will you encourage all your friends and neighbours to register.

If they do not have access to a computer, there are manual input forms at the Library and Heritage Centre.

Karen Topham-Steel and Bill Leech


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



Register for Next Edition Alerts

CLICK ON the banner above for further information.
CLICK the left and right facing arrows in panel above for more adverts.


Register to receive automatic alerts

imageHenley NEWS provides email alerts to advise readers, who have registered for the service, when a new edition is published.

If you would like to receive an alert each time a new edition is published, please click on the link below.


Henley News is registered with the Information Commissioner and we will NOT disclose your information to third parties.

Registration will also give you advanced notice of special events and invitations. In addition, we occasionally broadcast News Flashes to our registered readers.

Henley NEWS

Henley Diary Dates

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

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.

Diary Dates for WARWICKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE - Henley & District Volunteers


Warwick Castle Heroes Run

Nuthurst Grange Coffee Morning

Henley Primary School Fete

Henley Primary School Assembly

Co-op Henley - Bucket Shake

WNAA Volunteer Conference

10th September 2012

15th September 2012

26th September 2012

6th October 2012

3rd November 2012

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




A FREE service for Henley Event Organisers
Register your event details at:

For details about these events call: Dawn Leech 01564 793699



Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website

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

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.

To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact 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.
Full details at
Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

The Wednesday Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and a delicious tea together.  The Club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or 01564-792138.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

From our own Correspondents

Henley NewsHENLEY NEWS is looking for additional correspondents to send in stories and pictures. Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed? Please always try to include a photo in jpg or png format. Letters, articles, pictures sent to the Editor are always welcome. Please do not use the following file formats 'Publisher" or 'Serif'. 'Microsoft Word' is the preferred format. Please send to

We are delighted to publish the list of our correspondents:

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

Special Correspondents

Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School

Our team of Newshounds



Bill Leech - Editor

253 High Street
B95 5BG

Henley NEWS prints best with Firefox
Air Ambulance

HENLEY NEWS is a confidential 'Not For Profit' on-line newsletter, exclusively for our registered readers.
Commercial advertisers are asked to make donations to Henley's charities.

The views expressed in these stories and articles do not necessarily match the views of the editor.
Privacy Statement

html web counters