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Edition 305 - 19th July 2012
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WMAS Chairman to launch First Responders

SATURDAY JULY 21st. 11 30 am at the Market Cross.

imageimageSir Graham Meldrum, Chairman of West Midland Ambulance Service will publicly and formally launch the Henley Community First Responders on SATURDAY JULY 21st at 11 30 am at the Market Cross. Come and see the Ambulance Car and equipment. Meet members of the current team of nine trained responders who are now able to be on call to attend emergency calls if you need them.

A number of 999 calls have already been answered in Henley and Wootton Wawen. A significant number of hours have already been spent “on call” to the WMAS control room at Stafford.

There are vacancies for more potential responders to be interviewed and trained to get involved in this vital work in Henley and area. We also need volunteers to help with administration and practical tasks to support the efficiency of those on call.

Contact John Pudney 797949 or Ray Holding 792512 if you would like to know more.

History in the making at St Nicholas'


imageA little bit of History will be made this Saturday at St Nicholas' Church in Beaudesert Lane when the ancient church bells will be removed from the Church tower in preparation for restoration.

This project is the second phase of a two part project, the first being the installation of a Carillon in the tower of St Johns to mark the Queen's Jubilee in June; this work has now been completed

Contractors will be dismantling the bells of St Nicholas' Church on Friday ready to commence the tricky and lengthy operation of removing the bells from the tower during Saturday morning (21st July). This part of the operation is expected to be completed by lunchtime.

Two of the bells were installed in 1350 and the third in 1711, and they have not been rung in living memory . Parish records indicate that in 1937 a refurbishment project on the bells was discussed and agreed but nothing was done.

Our Rector John Ganjavi commented "This really is a little bit of history being made in our town; no one knows when the bells were last rung and very few residents have ever seen them. It's going to be a fascinating couple of days and I am thrilled that we have been able to commence the second part of this project, and look forward to hearing the bells ring out again later in the year.  We had a very successful appeals day back in May which paid for the Carillon in St Johns and gave us an excellent start for this part of the project, but there is still time to donate, and anyone wishing to can contact me on 01564 792570."

Rob Kingscott reporting

What's in a Name?


imageJohnsons are in the final stages of gearing up for their involvement in the world’s biggest sporting event! John Johnson said “We are not allowed unfortunately to advertise our involvement and as you can see from these images, we’re under strict orders to de-brand our coaches! However it’s great that we’re involved and we are looking forward to it. Overall, we have up to 30 vehicles and over 70 drivers involved in the event, so it will certainly be ‘all hands on deck’ over the next 2 months”.

Johnsons have coaches and buses working on the football events at the City of Coventry Stadium and 10 coaches will be based in London working for an international chocolate supplier!

John added, “So when you see coaches about the local area, which look like ours but don’t have our name on, – you know why!"

Aston Cantlow comes to the Guild Hall

imageimageMembers and guests of the Aston Cantlow and District History Society enjoyed an evening at Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall and garden on Monday 9th July. A full hall was treated to a presentation by Dr Bridgewater outlining the development of the recently renamed “Jubilee Garden” since its inception a decade ago. The pictures showed the transition from a derelict site to a fully developed garden with plenty of seats for relaxation and named bricks recognising the assistance of many local people and organisations. The garden was formally opened by the High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 2011 and rededicated by the “Henley Diamond Queen” during the Henley Jubilee celebrations in June 2012.

Following the talk, and despite the inclement weather, most of the members and guests took the advantage of a break in the rain to visit the garden and were duly impressed!

Upon returning to the Guild Hall everyone was treated to an excellent and wide-ranging cheese and pate collation provided by Margaret Twigg and her team, supported by a ready supply of wine and other beverages from the bar, ably tended by Ted Manders.

The evening was graced by the attendance of three members of the Court Leet in full regalia who acted as hosts for the evening. The Low Bailiff (Fred Dowling) was supported by the Chamberlain (Dawn Leech) and the Butter Weigher (Jonathon Dovey). Following supper the gathering was entertained with a presentation by the Court Leet.

imageThe Low Bailiff welcomed everyone to the historic building, he gave a brief introduction to the Court Leet and the Guild Hall and introduced his two colleagues who spoke further on these subjects. Dawn Leech described the history of the Hall since its building in the 15th Century, its various uses and transformations and its rescue from dereliction, up until the present day when it has been restored and maintained as a valuable and handsome Guild Hall.

Jonathon Dovey explained the history and structure of the Court Leet and the Court Baron since their formation following the Norman Conquest. He explained how the courts are a relic of Henley's feudal past, when the Court Leet had jurisdiction over petty offences and civil affairs and was empowered to inflict fines and other punishments: the Court Baron dealt mainly with the transfers of property and land within the Manor. The Courts met jointly and all members of the Court were required to be present or be subject to a fine. The Steward was appointed by the Lord of the Manor and the burgesses of the town elected the officers of the Court each year.

The titles of the officers varied over time, but those currently elected are the High Bailiff, Low Bailiff, Mace Bearer, Constable, two Ale Tasters, two Brook Lookers, two Affeerors, a Butter Weigher and a Hayward. The Town Crier is appointed by the Steward and the Chaplain by the High Bailiff. The records of the Court still exist from 1546, though the names of its High Bailiffs date back to 1477, and the names of the Lords of the Manor can be traced right back to the Norman Conquest.

In 1974, most such courts were abolished by Act of Parliament as being defunct and obsolete, other forms of local government having been introduced in the 19th century: only 16 named courts were allowed to continue, one of which was Henley. The Court Leet continues to meet annually on the second Wednesday in November to elect its officers for the year.

Alan Bailey thanked Margaret for organising such an enjoyable an successful evening.

The next meeting of the society is on Monday September 10th at Aston Cantlow Village Hall when the subject is “18th Century Surgery“ Speaker Paul Harding. New members and visitors are very welcome.

National Cupcake Winner 2012

imageA local bakery in Wootton Wawen has triumphed at The National Cupcake Championships. Rachel Price-Whittle of Rachel’s Cupcakes entered a Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe into the “Best Free Form Cupcake” Category and was awarded first prize at The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, on July 2.

Rachel beat off stiff competition from cupcake bakeries across the country with her twist on a classic pudding. Finalists were required to bring 10 identical cupcakes to The ICA in London where a team of celebrity judges including Edd Kimber winner of series 1 “The Great British Bake Off”, Royal wedding cake designer Fiona Cairns and Gerhard Jenne, founder of famous London Bakery “Konditor and Cook”, put the cakes through their paces.

Rachel said about her cupcake “We have always had a large customer base with special dietary requirements and found that you don’t have to compromise on taste when baking without certain ingredients such as gluten, which is why our gluten free range of cupcakes are so popular.” The cupcake bakery also specialises in vegan and dairy free cakes.

Rachel’s Cupcakes is based at Yew Tree Cafe, Wootton Wawen in a busy craft centre, where cupcakes are on sale daily. Yew Tree Cafe was also a finalist at the national competition with a Savoury Cupcake entry – Wensleydale, Pear and Celery and also recently won, Cafe Sandwich Retailer of the Year at “The Sammies” in London last month.

imageThe cupcake bakery specialises in a wide variety of flavours and along with 15 standard flavours a daily special is always available, “We always bring out a new range of cupcakes inspired by desserts, chocolate bars, drinks etc... Our latest innovation is “The Biscuits Range”, a range of cupcakes based on your favourite biscuit tin treats, these include Jaffa Cupcake, Custard Cream and Fig Roll”.

Rachel’s Cupcakes is not however just for those who like to indulge, you can also buy from the new range of “Slimmers Cupcakes”. Treats designed for those on diets including Slimming World and Weight Watchers, with cupcakes below 50cals a time.  Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it!

National Cupcake Week takes place between 17th - 23rd September 2012.

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JK Rowling writes about a Parish Council Election

J.K. Rowling is the author of the best selling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

imageA big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. 

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Henley NEWS will be reviewing this novel in early October.

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

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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 10.00am – 5.00pm.

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.

Artist in residence, Matt Shaw, will be at work in the garden and children can help him to build a life size play sculpture of the gate house with recycled materials. Matt said: “Come and build, play and create with 1000 cardboard boxes – they are only small but we can build big. Inspired by the hidden history of Warwick, this live art project will help children recreate the medieval gatehouse.”

Archaeology Warwickshire’s Senior Archaeologist Dr Cathy Coutts added: “This is a one-time only opportunity for local families to excavate in the former medieval hospital founded by the Earl of Warwick 800 years ago.”

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.



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Come Home To The Fernhampton


If you’re in the market for a brand new home, and are a little apprehensive about buying a property you haven’t seen yet, you should pay a visit to Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ Farriers Cross development in Henley in Arden where there is a selection of house types to view.

In addition to the stunning four bedroom Malbury show home, the impressive four bedroom Fernhampton house type has now been transformed into a second beautiful show home home by Taylor Wimpey.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, explains: “The Fernhampton has been a popular choice among local house hunters, which is why we decided to transform one of the designs into a show home. By taking a tour of our completed properties visitors will be able to get a greater understanding of the quality and space on offer at Farriers Cross.”

Families have fallen in love with the Fernhampton due to its size and welcoming layout. The ground floor is completed with a large entrance hallway, dual aspect living room with French doors to the rear garden, spacious kitchen and dining room. Meanwhile, upstairs hosts the master bedroom with en suite, three further bedrooms and the family bathroom.

The Fernhampton is priced from £369,995 and plot 11 comes complete with a range of features including carpets throughout and selected appliances in the kitchen.

In addition to the show areas, the development currently offers a collection of two bedroom apartments and three and four bedroom houses with prices starting from £199,995.

Anne concludes: “Due to the fine selection of house types on offer and our beautiful location close to the heart of Henley in Arden, we’re now almost 70% sold, so I’d urge anyone interested in buying a brand new home to visit Farriers Cross sooner rather than later.”

For more information on homes available visit Farriers Cross on Warwick Road, open from 10am - 5pm Thursday to Monday. Call the marketing suite on 0845 026 5159, alternatively visit:

Helen Mockridge reporting

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Recent Property Sales in the Henley area

Little Rise Station Road
B95 5JP
23rd May 2012


3 Beaudesert Lane
B95 5JY
18th May 2012


5 Alne Close
B95 5JZ
17th May 2012


Yew Tree Cottage
Ullenhall Street
B95 5PB
17th May 2012


2 Market Way
B95 5FD
27th April 2012


1 Market Way
B95 5FD
27th April 2012


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imageEvery year, around 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That’s one person every five minutes. It is the third most common cause of death in the UK after heart disease and cancer.

Although most people who have a stroke are older, around a quarter of strokes happen in younger people; over 20,000 people under 65 have one every year.

If someone has a stroke, it is really important that it is diagnosed quickly. The sooner the stroke is discovered, the sooner it can be treated and the greater the person’s chances of survival and recovery.

You can learn the classic symptoms of a stroke by remembering ‘F.A.S.T.’ It was developed by leading stroke physicians and is used by all ambulance services like WMAS to help detect the signs.

FACIAL weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
TIME to call 999.

If a person fails any one of these tests, get help immediately by dialling 999.

West Midlands Ambulance Service works with hospitals in the region to ensure patients suffering from a stroke get taken to a specialist stroke centre as quickly as possible so that they can undergo treatment that will minimise the effects of the condition.

Once in hospital, the patient should have a brain scan to determine if the stroke was caused by a blocked artery or a burst blood vessel; which part of the brain has been affected; and how severe the stroke is.

If you would like more information about FAST, log on to the Stroke Association website where you will find a wealth of information:

Car Key Burglaries In Warwickshire

imagePolice are investigating a number of stolen vehicles in the country in recent days, which have been stolen as a result of car key burglaries.

On Saturday 30 June three vehicles were stolen overnight from an address in Coughton, near Alcester, after thieves forced entry to the house some time between half past midnight and 7.30am on Saturday morning and stole the vehicle keys.

The vehicles taken included a red Ford Transit van, a black Fiat 500 and a silver Mercedes Estate car.

A grey Land Rover Freelander was stolen from an address in Shottery, Stratford upon Avon between 11pm on Sunday 1 July and 7am on Monday 2 July after thieves forced entry to the house.

A BMW M5 was stolen from an address in Monks Kirkby near Rugby overnight Monday into Tuesday morning after the keys were stolen form the house.

In Bedworth a blue Fiat Punto was stolen between 11pm on Tuesday night and 5am Wednesday morning after thieves gained entry to the house through a window.

Police are working with neighbouring forces to identify whether there are similarities in the theft of the vehicles. Anyone with any information about a car key burglary in your area is asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 0800 555111 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously if you prefer.

Police remind members of the public of the following crime prevention guidance:

  • Put your vehicle in the garage overnight, if you have one.
  • If it is on the driveway and there are gates, always make sure they are closed and locked at night.
  • Make sure that car keys are placed in a secure location in your home, which is out of sight of anyone looking in through the window or through the letter box.
  • Make sure all windows and downstairs windows are closed and locked before you go to bed.
  • Use additional security on your vehicles such as a steering wheel lock
  • Consider having a tracker device fitted. If your vehicle is stolen a tracker device increases the likelihood of your vehicle being located and returned to you.

Are your gums healthy?

Find out more about gum disease- the silent cause of tooth loss

imageGum disease is just about the most common disease to affect people and can lead to unsightly gum recession, bad breath, drifting and loss of teeth and the debility and loss of confidence that all these problems can bring. Often, gum disease (also called periodontitis) can become really quite advanced before the worst consequences arise, and is painless. The good news is that gum disease is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and will usually respond to therapy.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria growing on teeth in a sticky film called plaque. Teeth do not regrow their surface in the way that skin does, so if plaque (germs) is not completely removed it gets thicker. This causes painless inflammation of gums (gingivitis) and later damages the specialised support attachment of teeth (periodontal ligament) and the jaw bone itself. Once destroyed, the bone does not regrow. This destruction can occur really quite deeply under the visible gum, making disease progression quite insidious and gum disease the silent killer of teeth.

People who have gum disease come from all walks of life. I see many people who clean their teeth twice a day without fail and feel they do a good job who suffer from it. It is more common in smokers, and those with diabetes, but individual susceptibility varies greatly.

I am asked frequently about bleeding gums. Indeed gums which bleed easily usually mean that gums are inflamed. This only indicates what is happening at the surface and does not indicate if gum disease is affecting deeper areas. Also absence of bleeding on brushing does not necessarily indicate health because gum that is not disturbed such as between teeth may not bleed but have advanced disease. Smoking also makes bleeding on cleaning less, but disease worse. So really the only way to tell if someone suffers from gum disease is to examine their gums, and when appropriate take X rays.

Gum disease is of course best treated early, but even later is better than never, and we see some excellent results. Teeth becoming mobile from gum disease is a result of disease and not part of growing older. Treatment, and prevention, is based upon getting teeth really clean, and helping our patients keep them that way. If you smoke, this is best stopped, and any underlying risks such as diabetes are best controlled well. This process takes some time, and it helps if you know who you are seeing, and they know you. I think that continuity of care really helps our patients. This way we can work together and help you manage the problem better.

If you would like any more information on gum disease or our care please contact Ivory Bespoke Dentistry on 01564 794908, or email on

By Matt Jones, principal at Ivory Bespoke Dentistry

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Reputation in business

John GarnerWhen small businesses fail it’s most often because they run out of cash. At one time the banks would come to the rescue – in fact many saw that as the main function of a bank - but these days it seems they often won’t. We’ll get on to banks in a minute.

For big businesses it’s different: it’s usually “events dear boy” as Harold Macmillan once said. Failure can sometimes be put down to jolly bad luck, or so we are asked to believe. You might, though, think that good management could foresee the bad luck coming and do something about it.

Take G4S for instance: could they have known they wouldn’t be able to recruit enough security operatives for the Olympics? Well, you’d think they might have spotted the problem sooner than 2 weeks ago.

But before we malign them too much, look at the facts. They signed a contract with Locog (the games organisers) in 2010 to supply 2,000 security staff to work at Olympic venues. Then only last December Locog asked them to supply 8,000 more! Why? What made them suddenly decide they needed 5 times as many?

imageSo hold on a minute – whose fault was it then? Were G4S in a position to say that such an increase was impossible? Or were they overruled by politicians moving the goalposts? The G4S Chief Exec Nick Buckles, left, has been asked to appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee and by the time you read this article we’ll know how many points Keith Vaz has tried to score at G4S’s expense; he will make sure their reputation is in tatters but whether this hinders them getting any further government contracts remains to be seen.

Of course, we don’t know the full story yet but even if we don’t have much sympathy for a company whose turnover last year was £7.5 billion losing £50 million on this contract, we might ask how it could have been avoided. It certainly won’t break the company but it will do their reputation a great deal of harm, indeed it already has.

Many businesses these days are so large that it takes a very significant event indeed to actually bring them down. Even when, a couple of years ago, BP had the oil spill disaster off the US coast which cost them billions (due partly to mishandling their response) they were nowhere near to going under, in spite of what some of the press said. But it certainly hurt their reputation.

One event that was significant of course was the banking crisis in 2007-8, which did indeed bring down several banks. It’s interesting though that when banks fail it’s the other way round, it’s the lack of confidence that starts the rot: depositors want their money out all at once, that starts a run on the bank and, unless government steps in, the bank does indeed go bust (as with Lehman). That lack of confidence hurts them more than any alleged manipulation of Libor or heavy losses on derivatives.

Who will be the next big business to be in trouble? Well I’m afraid to say it’s looking like Marks & Spencer. Their recent results have been described as a retail meltdown. (Or, as the Independent said, “Not just any retail meltdown but an M&S retail meltdown”). They will survive of course, (they’ve been here before) but it won’t be easy for them – and in retail your reputation has an immediate knock on effect on your sales.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

Bogus Olympic Ticket Seller

imageWith the Olympics just around the corner, Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning consumers to beware of fake ticket sellers after a Warwickshire resident paid nearly £500 for tickets from a trader who turned out to be bogus. Suspecting something might be wrong the consumer contacted London 2012 for further information. They confirmed that the ticket agent was unlikely to be genuine.

For more information on unauthorised sellers, fake tickets and scams, visit

‘Free’ Insulation Caller

Nuneaton residents are warned to beware of unexpected door to door callers offering ‘free’ insulation. A Nuneaton resident let such a trader in who then looked in her loft, asked for her National Insurance Number and got her to sign an agreement.

Warwickshire Trading Standards advices homeowners to seek advice from the Energy Saving Trust for impartial help on home insulation and Warmfront grants, telephone 0300 123 1234 or visit:

Never simply choose the first person who comes knocking on your door!

Bogus Email Requesting ‘Help’

A Nuneaton resident reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards that he had received an email from someone claiming to be contacting him from abroad having had their money ‘stolen’ and asking the email recipient to send funds. These bogus requests for help are often sent using stolen email addresses.

This is well known scam. Never respond to these bogus requests and always delete the email.

Credit Card Scam Warning

A Rugby consumer may have been targeted by a credit card scam, warns Warwickshire Trading Standards Service. The consumer received an unexpected telephone call from a trader regarding a transaction the consumer was meant to have made for £2000. The consumer said he was not aware of any transaction and the caller than asked for his name, address and credit card details. When questioned, the caller said an email he received had instructed him to phone the consumer but he would not reveal who he was and put the phone down when the consumer threatened to call the Police.

Never provide any personal or financial information to people you don’t know or trust. If you believe your credit card has been compromised, contact your cad provider on a publicly listed number.

Health Survey Scam

A Stratford upon Avon resident reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards receiving an unexpected phone call from someone carrying out a ‘health survey’. The caller then advised a regime of tablets and asked for card details to pay £14.95. After the consumer had provided their details the caller said the full cost would be £90, (£14.95 for a single packet). The consumer became concerned but the caller responded ‘we have your credit card details’.

Under no circumstances should anyone provide their credit card details to unexpected callers. Providing your card details could allow callers to take any amount of money out of your account they wish – and continue to do so!

Car Sale Cheque Scam

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service are warning car sellers to beware of bogus buyers after one Warwickshire resident reported receiving two separate email enquiries from potential overseas buyers who wanted to pay for his vehicle by cheque. The cheques would not cover the whole amount of the cost of the vehicle but, claimed the buyers, the balance would be paid after the car was shipped! Had the sale gone ahead it is likely that the balance would never have been paid and the cheque itself may have been forged or stolen, meaning they any money paid into the seller's account would eventually be removed.

Computer ‘Blows’ Up

Two Warwickshire residents have recently received bogus ‘computer fix’ calls with one Nuneaton householder reporting that they were told their computer was about to ‘blow up’.

Unexpected calls from people claiming your computer is infected with viruses, in need of repair or going to ‘blow’ up are scams. Warwickshire Trading Standards advise consumers not to give these callers access to their PC’s.

Unwanted Calls Scam

A Leamington Spa consumer reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards that he had an unexpected phone call from someone claiming he had agreed to pay £49.90 to the trader to stop unwanted calls. The trader would not provide any details.

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


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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

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