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

Campaigning for a better Henley

Edition 307 - 16th August 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

It's GOLD for local Show Jumper NICK SKELTON

Our local show jumper, Nick Skelton, won Olympic gold, ending his long wait for a medal in this, his sixth Olympic Games.

The 54-year-old, who is based near Alcester, achieved clear rounds at Greenwich Park in London to spearhead the four-man squad to Britain’s first gold in show jumping for 60 years. The action went down to the wire as Team GB were forced to compete in a jump-off with the Netherlands for the gold medal after both teams scored the same points.


Nick Skelton, left, celebrates with fellow team members after receiving his gold medal.

Riding nine-year-old stallion Big Star, Skelton rode superbly on Monday and was one of few riders to post two clear rounds, knocking down none of the jumps.

imageTeam GB's 17th gold medal of these Olympic Games, Skelton won the Team Jumping Equestrian event alongside fellow British jumpers, Ben Maher, Peter Charles and Scott Brash.

Mayor Lennox Cumberbatch (pictured right) said there were plans to hold a reception in the town for the 54-year-old rider.

“We are so pleased for Nick and so proud to have our own golden post box in the town,” he explained. “We voted at the full council meeting last night to hold a reception for Nick in Alcester and we’re hopeful that this will happen as soon as he is available.”

Skelton retired from the sport in 2001 after breaking his neck but made a triumphant return the following year.

“You have to admire someone like who has come back from a bad neck injury to win a gold medal at 54,” Alcester’s mayor added. “He is someone Alcester and the country as a whole can be proud of.”

Bedworth residents are now bombarding the Royal Mail with letters and e-mails because they think Nick Skelton's gold postbox should be in their town and not Alcester. Despite the fact the 54-year-old showjumper chose where to have his postbox, Bedworth is united in anger because Skelton was born in the North Warwickshire town. Residents claim the Royal Mail have “snubbed” them and taken the shine off “their” Olympic gold, and a campaign has been launched to get one of their own postboxes repainted.

The showjumper only lived in Bedworth until he was 13 or 14 years old, moving away some 40 years ago.

Should Henley be a Town?

As reported in the previous edition of Henley NEWS, Stratford District Council are carrying out a Community Governance Review, which is a legal process whereby District Councils can create Parish Councils, review and change parish boundaries and in extreme cases, abolish parishes. This Review for Stratford-on-Avon District will consider whether the existing Parish Councils are effective, convenient and reflect the identities and interests of the local area. It will also consider whether Parish Councils should be merged, altered or abolished.

Many residents have long expressed the view that Henley should have Town Status.The draft 1997 Parish Appraisal, which was produced by a working party consisting of George Atkinson, Carsina Goodman, Rosemary Pownton and Tom Pratt, stated on page 26 under the heading Town Status,

"Since 1186 Henley has had the distinction of being a town. It is recommended that this characteristic is reflected in the Governance responsibility and moves initiated to secure that end."

Maybe this Community Governance Review provides the opportunity to achieve this long held aspiration.

It has been assumed by many residents that Beaudesert was on the east bank of the river Alne and Henley was on the West bank. As the map below shows, this is currently not the case.


To achieve this logical boundary would require a transfer of 199 voters from Henley Civil Parish to Beaudesert CP and 24 voters from Beaudesert CP to Henley CP. In addition, the houses on the Birmingham Road, often referred to as the "Vestal Virgins", which are currently in Ullenhall CP, should be included in Henley, which would bring an additional 36 voters.

The present number of voters in Beaudesert CP, which was used for the parish council election in May 2012, is 817. Henley CP has 1,716. Currently there is a significant imbalance in representation as the 7 Henley CP councillors represent 50% more voters than the 5 Beaudesert CP councillors. By implementing the above boundary changes, the number of voters in Beaudesert CP would increase to 992 and Henley CP would reduce to 1577.

Maintaining the present number of councillors would still provide Beaudesert CP with an over representation compared to Henley CP. To bring the number of councillors into balance, the number of councillors for Henley CP should be increased by one. Then each councillor in Beaudesert CP would represent 198 voters and in Henley CP 197 voters.

Summary of recommended changes

Now is the opportunity to give Henley its rightful place as a town, with the historical parishes represented as wards. There is a further opportunity to simplify the parish boundaries by using the river as the dividing line.  If you are in favour of these proposals:

Please click here to download a response form to send to SDC.

The deadline for responses to the Community Governance Review is Wednesday 12 September 2012. The District Council will consider all the representations and then publish draft proposals and the reasons behind them. There will then be a further consultation before the final proposals are agreed. Please send your views in writing to Darren Whitney, Democratic Services Manager, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX or by email to

The history of the Parish Boundaries

By Jonathan Dovey - Local Historian


Jonathan Dovey as Court Leet Hayward
reports to the High Bailiff on the state of the boundaries in 2010

Henley in Arden is in fact made up of two separate places: Henley & Beaudesert.

The best place to see this is to stand along Beaudesert Lane: At one end you have St John’s Church in Henley and at the other end of the lane stands St Nicholas Church in Beaudesert.

Although the two places are separate they have been connected for a long time. Neither place is specifically mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086; Henley was part of the Manor of Wootton Wawen, while Beaudesert was probably attached to Whitley. This also meant that both places were in separate Hundreds with Henley being in Pathlow Hundred while Beaudesert was in Ferncombe (later Barlichway). Even when Pathlow was incorporated into Barlichway Hundred it still retained its own independence as the Liberty of Pathlow. This distinction is important as it affected how the town developed.

Beaudesert had its own mother church, albeit a small church, in St Nicholas. The castle of the De Montfort family dominated the manor and a large portion of it was the associated parkland. Henley which developed later was the trading centre for the de Montforts and did not have a chapel until the late 14th Century when it was recorded that a chapel had been built at the cost of the inhabitants “because of the distance and foulness of the ways in winter between the village and the parish church of Wootton Wawen”.

Henley borough was held by the de Montforts as tenants of the de Stafford family by payment of 3s or a pair of scarlet hose.

Both places had their own courts and laws. However Henley became the more important place as its market thrived whilst Beaudesert and its castle declined. Even in the 13th and 14th centuries the two places were often confused as Beaudesert castle was referred to as Henley castle while Henley church in 1260’s referred to as Beaudesert church.

In 1931 the population of Beaudesert was only 240 compared to Henley’s 1045.

However it was only in the 1950’s and 1960’s, when the Blackford pastures housing estate was developed, that the population of Beaudesert grew. In 2001 the population of Henley was 2011 whilst Beaudesert was 919.

In 1954 there were discussions to resolve the local government in Henley & Beaudesert. Henley was a ward of Wootton Wawen Parish Council whilst Beaudesert created its own separate Parish Council in June 1955. Just a few years later in 1957 Henley separated from Wootton to create its own Parish Council. At that time there was still strong opposition to losing each parish’s individual identity.

However by 1975 it was agreed to group the Parish Council’s together and in doing so formed a Joint Parish Council in May 1976.

Jonathan Dovey

Flower Club celebrates Olympics


'Best in Show' and 'Best Craft Entry' won by Ann Horsley


'The Olympic Torch' First prize - Susie Hicks

Henley in Arden Flower Club celebrated the Olympics with their in their annual Flower Show. The Competition Show entitled Olympics 2012 included craft, and photographic categories as well as a range of flower arrangement classes.

For the first time the Best In Show was won by a craft entry – a box decorated with floral materials. Anne Horsley an accomplished flower arranger/demonstrator, and winner of many competitions produced a stunning and detailed exhibit to win this highly coveted award. Ann also won first prize in this category and Best Craft entry (picture above).

The Junior Craft Class – also to decorate a box – was won by Clen Thomas with second prizes going to Isabel Tarmey and third to Keris. The Judge Tony Brown commented that selection was difficult given the large number of entries received and the excellent standard of work exhibited. The craft class was supported by the local Rainbow and Brownie group at Wolverton. Highly commended was awarded to Hannah Ford and a further 6 entries received commendations.

The photographic class attracted many new entrants this year and the winner – Jean Dance provided a beautiful shot of a single bloom to win first prize in this category. Second prize was won by Ellie Meaking and third by Sue Eagle. All 3 winners were from Henley Flower Club.


Margaret Barnsdall winning
'Best use of Garden Materials'

Entries from other flower clubs were welcome in all categories making this one of the best shows to date. The Royal Leamington Spa Flower Club won 2 prizes in the petite class with Kathleen Woodward taking first place and Gillian Ingram third. Lola Phillips from Henley in Arden was in second place. Arrangements in the category were limited to 25 cm in height, width and depth so the work was very delicate and extremely time consuming.

The Novice Class was won by a new entrant this year Matthew Pugh and a guest at the competition with Margaret Blakemore of Henley in Arden Flower Club in second place.

Anyone who watched Kirsty Allsopp enter an Imposed class in her recent TV series – working with a container and materials provided on the day – will understand how challenging the task is. The winner of this class entitled ‘Crossing the Line’ was Helen Holt of Henley in Arden Flower Club with Ann Horsley also from Henley winning second and Minh-Nguyen from Solihull in third place.


Ellie Meaking's winning entry for 'Raise the Bar'

Contemporary arrangements in the class entitled ‘Raise the Bar’ was won by Ellis Meaking (pictured) with Annette Walker in second place and Margaret Smith in third place all representing Henley in Arden Flower Club. There were 5 outstanding pedestal arrangements on the stage in the category ‘The Olympic Torch’ and this class was won by Susie Hicks (pictured) with Sue Ward winning second place both from Henley Flower Club and Elaine Hall from Dorridge in third place.

Exhibits in the ‘Quite a Splash was won by Margaret Escott from Alcester flower Club with Annette Thomas in second place and Georgina Adams from Avon Evening Flower Club in third. Best use of garden materials was awarded to Margaret Barnsdall (pictured) from Knowle Flower Club.

This year’s show attracted a larger number of entries in most categories and Angela Pinnegar the Competition show Secretary and Vice Chair of Henley in Arden Flower Club was delighted with the support received from other local clubs and organisations which made this show such a success.

Prospective Police Commissioner speaks to Henley


Fraser Pithie talking to members of a Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team in Warwickshire

The sight of Henley in Arden's Police Station still can stir the memories of days gone by which we can so easily allow our memories to suggest to us their was a 'golden age of policing'. A local town surrounded by nearby villages with Wootton Wawen to the south west, Claverdon to the east, Ullenhall to the north west leaving Liveridge Hill to the north and Lapworth north east. Each had a police house.

Many of us that are say 40/45 years and older can recall a time when "Bobbies" were local to each village. Everyone knew them; they lived in the village and basically were never off duty as when their door was knocked there was no one else to go but them.

We understandably think how great it would be to go back to that time. Alas, other things were different too; things no less profound, but ones our memories don't recall so readily. Few people had a telephone, even fewer had a car, a radio had got into most houses but TVs were still not largely universal and were only black and white. People in most towns and villages were largely indigenous and did not travel, and on the seldom occasion a visitor came to a village or one of our towns it was very noticeable to the point that it was like a scene out of Spencer Tracy’s "Bad Day at Black Rock".

That’s why it's worth considering what Warwickshire Police did in May 2011 and considering where that puts places like Henley in Arden today in August 2012. With significant financial savings to make Warwickshire Police had to radically look at the process of policing and bring it up to date to make it as efficient as possible.

They moved away from a policing model that was designed and implemented before the colour TV was invented. At the time of writing overall recorded crime in Warwickshire is down by 8% since April, with specifics such as house burglary down by 12% and criminal damage down by 16%. One of the main reasons for such improved performance is the new method of working that concentrates most resources on those causing the most problems and crime.

Its a model that takes into account that criminals are mobile, usually in cars, they use mobile phones to communicate whilst committing crime, they can and do travel many miles between offences and do not respect county borders. They are well versed with the law and the system with many knowing how they can evade being caught and how by compromising evidence they make prosecution difficult. A world away from the 1950s and 1960s.

On 15 November this year accountability for the Police moves from the Police Authority to a directly elected Police & Crime Commissioner. Everyone in Warwickshire will get an opportunity to pick who they want to hold the police service to account, set a budget and for the first time work across the criminal justice system to represent their wishes and expectations.

Its an exciting time to be getting involved in Policing and Crime as I believe that Warwickshire is leading the way in many respects. However, there is still much to do for a Commissioner. I want to see a much greater involvement of NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH in terms of the police interacting with them more effectively and efficiently. They are a committed group of volunteer individuals who want to help and I believe their commitment is not being fully embraced as yet.

Despite setting out how things used to be in local communities like Henley in Arden at the beginning of this piece, some things don’t change. I know how important the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Teams have become in each area and these remain critical to the future. The Police Community Support Officers do really important work everyday as they are out and about amongst the community. Many know the PCSOs by their first name and they value the individual contact they provide as much as the PCSOs do in having that contact.

So, it's not as simple as suggesting that more police officers and thus throwing more of your money at things are what we need, indeed, there is no evidence nationally that shows that police officer numbers exclusively reduce crime. It’s more about what works best for what purpose and need.

The reduction in recorded crime is demonstrating that it’s how police officers are used and deployed that makes the real difference and that is why Warwickshire is seeing such improvement. With Council Tax for policing in Warwickshire having risen by 152% between 1997 and 2010 the challenge is to deliver a better service to the community through being as efficient as possible.

Efficiency is what successful organisations do everyday and with the good start made already there is every reason to expect the police can continue to do the same. With over 30 years experience in a FTSE 100 company, 2 years as Police Authority Chairman back in the mid 1990s and 8 years as a Special Constable I believe I can bring the mix of challenge, improvement, efficiency and support to policing and crime in Warwickshire and deliver the local accountability you are entitled to.

Fraser Pithie
Conservative Candidate for Warwickshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Fraser Pithie worked at Severn Trent plc for 32 years, and before finally rising to the position of the company’s Senior Operations Manager between 2008 and 2011, cut his teeth as a local water inspector. Working out of the then Stratford upon Avon depot, Fraser had joint responsibility for the Henley in Arden area alongside Colin Barker. Born and brought up south west of Stratford at Welford on Avon, as a result of his water work Fraser knows the Henley in Arden area well.

CCTV Project costs £52,271

Stratford District Council has advised Henley NEWS following a FOI request that the project for the 2 cameras in the High Street cost £52,271 (BT Fibre optics £26,826. ADT installation and cameras £25,445) and that the project took 4 years to complete.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

imageI was very interested to read the recent reprint of Nigel Hastilow's article from the 24th April 2008 edition of Henley News regarding Henley's proposed (at the time) CCTV system. Having been involved on the periphery of CCTV in the fibre optics industry for over 40 years I feel qualified to make some, admittedly not totally unbiased, observations on Nigel's article. I don't wish to comment on the JPC's choice of 'industrial' style columns – your Editor has expressed his own uncompromising views on these - but rather on Nigel’s witty and amusing narrative regarding the 'benefits' or otherwise of installing a CCTV system.

The first town centre CCTV systems that were installed in the 1990s led to some quite dramatic reductions in recorded crime. Naturally this, together with generous Home Office funding, encouraged many other councils to join the bandwagon, and of course, as a supplier, we did nothing to discourage it as it was rather good for business! But somewhat disappointingly the reductions in crime reported by the second wave of installations were not as good as the first, although still good enough to encourage a third wave.

Eventually it was discovered that at least part of the earlier reductions had been an illusion - what was happening was that crime was simply moving from those areas with CCTV systems to those without it. Of course there were some real benefits to be gained and a number of very high profile crimes were solved using CCTV. Some readers may remember the London nail-bomber, David Copeland, who terrorised London with a 13 day bombing campaign in April 1999. Neo-Nazi Copeland was eventually apprehended when police recognised him on a CCTV recording leaving the scene of one of his attacks. But, generally speaking, results were not as impressive as had been initially promised, although still sufficiently good to encourage further investment.

In his article Nigel Hastilow describes the cameras as a 'cheap and cheerless substitute to bobbies on the beat'. Well unfortunately with the country in the depth of a recession, it appears that we can no longer afford the luxury of bobbies on the beat. Whether or not you agree with this situation is a political issue that I have no wish to get involved in, but the fact is that CCTV is probably the best alternative to the bobby on the beat that is available to us. It's not perfect, but then neither is the bobby. Nigel makes some amusing observations about groups of teenagers 'sneakily moving around the corner out of site of the prying electronic eye' or 'raiders who cheat by going around the back'. Well, can’t exactly the same comments be applied to the bobby on the beat, and at least CCTV cameras have the benefit of being operational 24/7.

So the question remains, is there any benefit in Henley having its own CCTV system? If you accept my earlier comments about crime moving from areas with CCTV installations to those without it, then you might conclude that Henley cannot afford not to have one? It reminds me of the situation in the second half of the 20th Century when an acronym was coined to describe the seemingly unstoppable proliferation of nuclear arms by the cold war super-powers. MAD - Mutually Assured Destruction. Perhaps what we have here is a variant of this, a MESS - Mutually Exaggerated Surveillance Security? Unfortunate - definitely, un-neighbourly - perhaps. But the inevitable result of technological progress which, as usual, cannot be undone.

The bottom line is that while CCTV may not be as effective as initially hoped in reducing crime, it is probably as good as anything in minimising its increase. And maybe that is the best that we can hope for.

David Archer

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Help For Heroes & the Heroes of Henley evening

The Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall Trust Appeal are organising a military evening on Saturday 8th September at the Memorial Hall to raise funds for their appeal and 'Help for Heroes'.

To start the evening, the band of 1289 (Stratford-upon-Avon) Squadron ATC will parade and march to the Memorial Hall. Weather permitting, the band will then give a display in the car park.

Following the band display, Dr Douglas Bridgewater, an acknowledged expert of World War 1, will talk about the men from Henley who fought and died in the Great War. The Memorial Hall was used during this period as a hospital.

Over 180 men from Henley served in the Great War, of whom 30 gave their lives. Eight men were decorated for gallantry: many more performed heroic deeds which were not recognised by an award. Douglas Bridgewater has researched all of these men and will tell the story of some of them, including that of Jack Hawkes, who is commemorated by the granite obelisk which forms the most prominent memorial in St Nicholas’ churchyard.


Jack Hawkes and his fiancée in 1918


Louisa Horsley with her husband and 9 children in 1915
shortly before he left for Gallipoli

posterHenley also had its heroines. These included some of those who volunteered for service in the Auxiliary Hospital in Henley, which treated over 2,000 casualties during the war: they also included some who were left to cope with a large family while their husbands served overseas.

We will remember them!

During an interval for refreshments, the 1289 Sqn band will play on the stage.

Following the interval, Alec Murray from 'Help For Heroes' will give a talk and show a video on the work of this important charity which helps today's heroes from Afghanistan and Iraq.

To conclude the evening, there will be a raffle and a presentation on stage to 'Help for Heroes'.

It is hoped that all our readers and Henley's Veterans and their families will support this event for two worthy causes. Click the link below to book online.

Tickets ONLY £12.50 ea

This event is sponsored by Lodders Solicitors, Henley Hotel, F Goldsmith & The Henley Society


New Club Logo for Henley in Arden Tennis Club

New under 5s Membership


Amelia Fenwick with Simon Maddox the club chairman

Amelia Fenwick (aged 9) of Claverdon has won a competition to design a new logo for Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club – and with it a £20 voucher donated by Warwick Sports. The new logo, based on her design and completed, free of charge, by Karen Topham-Steele of Henley Focus, will feature in the Club’s website which will be launched in early autumn. Simon Maddox, Chairman, said “the Committee were very impressed with the standard of all the entries to the competition, which was open to all junior members of the Club, but Amelia’s stood out from the rest. I hope she enjoys spending the voucher at Warwick Sports who kindly sponsored the competition – and who Amelia describes as her favourite shop!”

imageWootton Wawen and Henley mums may be interested to know that the club have launched a new membership for children 5 years and under. The youngsters will be known as the “Henley Hedgehogs” and will receive a free Hedgehog themed T-shirt. Membership will run from 1st September to 30th August 2013. The £10 membership fee covers subsidised coaching sessions, use of the courts and club facilities with an accompanying parent and the ability to take part in club tournaments. Once again the club is indebted to Karen for designing the hedgehog logo.

For more information please contact Simon Maddox on 01564 795699

Sian Corrie reporting

Spanish Evening for Air Ambulance

posterWhat a wet, miserable summer we have had, our gardens have been sad, local events have struggled, but not to be deterred, the many volunteers we have in Henley have made every effort to give people a good time as well as raise funds for local charities. We now have a local committee for Air Ambulance and they have planned and organised an evening to bring some sun, light and fun to brighten up Autumn.

On Saturday 20th October, “A Taste of Spain” is to be held in the Memorial Hall, the doors will open at 7.00 and you will be greeted with a welcome glass of Spanish Cava which you can enjoy at your table listening to the dulcet tones of Leo Turner playing Spanish guitar. Whilst you sit enjoying the Cava and the atmosphere created by our guitarist you will be served with a Spanish style starter.

There will be a choice of 3 main courses all served to you at your table and our wine waitresses will attend to all your drinks requirements. All the wines will be Spanish and the beer available, San Miguel.

Sue Dalby and her team will be preparing and serving the totally 3 course Spanish themed meal, vegetarian options are available if notice is given when booking. Hopefully all the courses will have been served and cleared away by 9.00, if not the dessert will be served after the highlight of the evening – a Spanish Flamenco duo who will delight us with 30 minutes of dancing. Ana Garcia is an accomplished dancer with schools in Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon. However, the performance has to start at 9.00 prompt as the accompanying guitarist is coming from London especially for this event.

imageAll the proceeds from the evening will go to the Air Ambulance and as this is our first major event please support us as generously as possible, make up a table of good friends and/or neighbours. If you are just a couple and would like to join a larger table we can arrange this for you with pleasure, just let us know when booking.

As everyone is aware, Air Ambulance, which now includes The Children's Air Ambulance, provides an extremely necessary and invaluable life saving service and is totally self funding; we need as much help as we can get to support this wonderful service and would welcome any financial help offered either by way of company sponsorship, donations, major raffle prizes – any contribution would be very much appreciated. Should anyone feel able to help, please let us know by email to or telephone Wendy Willmott on 07919 813097.

We want this to be a happy, enjoyable, fun evening for everyone, we would also like it to be the first of a series of theme evenings – help us make this a success and then you will be able to look forward to a French evening in the Spring – maybe even Can Can dancers – who knows, at the end of the day it’s up to you.

There will be a raffle, prizes donated by local businesses including 2 x £20 vouchers for fresh quality meat delivered to your door from Westin Gourmet, a table for 2 at Naya, a portable Barbecue plus more interesting prizes. Following the raffle, and the finale of the evening, there will be a presentation of a cheque by The High Baliff to The Air Ambulance on behalf of the Court Leet.

Don’t miss out on this different and special evening, book either online at or telephone 07919 813097 – don’t delay, places are limited.

We all look forward to welcoming you to a really special fun evening – book now as places are limited.




Saturday 25th August 2012

Session times: 09:45 - 12:15 & 13:45 - 15:30

Henley-in-Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road

2012 Fashion Show announced


2011 Fashion Show

posterThe third event of the 2011 Guild Hall Festival took place in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 14th September 2011. Lucy Lunt introduced the Fashion Show by saying “London Fashion Week has come to Henley”. This event was highly successful and was the most profitable of the three Festival events, far exceeding expectations.

The fashion show was co-ordinated by Fiona Kidd and featured 4 professional models on a specially built set.

The audience of 160 was amazed by the spectacular and professional staging of this event. One boutique owner remarked that this was the biggest help to Henley traders in living memory.

Slideshow of last year's event

This year, the 2012 Fashion Show will be organised by the same team and feature the new season's designs from Henley's boutigues:

Honeys Boutique, Pamela's, Patinis
Shirlee, Studio 34, Tessa Francis Bridal Studio,
Warwickshire College Students

This year the event will be held in Warwickshire College's Atrium.

Book now for tickets

Sponsored by Taylor Wimpey, Salon ENV, The Henley Society, David Morphew Photography

Volunteers wanted by War Memorial Trust


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:

Sharon to jump for Myton Hospice

imageOn Saturday 18th August, Sharon Jones who works at the Co-op High Street Henley-in-Arden, will make a tandem parachute jump at Brackley Airfield, Northampton, in aid of the Myton Hospice, Warwick.

In order to make this jump Sharon has had to raise a minimum of £395. Amazingly Sharon has so far raised over £1,000 and more is still coming in.

In addition, the Co-op has given £400 to boost the funds. In addition, the book sales in the Henley supermarket have already reached more than £2,500.

Our picture shows Sharon, with Deputy Co-op Manager Jane and assistant Sandra

GOOD LUCK and WELL DONE SHARON from everyone in Henley and also thanks to the generosity of the local community.

John Love reporting

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Henley in Arden WI

At the meeting in July we were given an interesting talk on the History of Henley by Ray Holding. The talk took us from Mediaeval times, when Henley was part of Wooton Wawen, to the granting of the First Charter for a Market in 1140 and the Lords of the Manor in chronological order up to the present Court Leet. Information was also given on the historic Market Cross situated on the High Street.

The sun shone for the Garden Party held recently at Gill Prosser's house. It was well attended by members and a total of £125 was raised for W.I. funds. Please note, there will be no meeting in August.

The next meeting will be held on 4th September at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, the speaker will be Mary Moore, whose talk on The Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham is eagerly anticipated. Visitors are always welcome.

June Mathers reporting

Simplification is the answer to HMRC’s problems

imageHMRC plan to make taxpayers legally responsible for checking that the taxman is taking the correct amount of tax. The organisation is proposing to change current rules which waive underpayment of income tax if the root cause is delays and mistakes by HMRC officials.

HMRC receive around 166,244 complaints each year in response to demands for underpaid tax. But it’s hardly surprising considering the labyrinthine tax system that they have to administer. The UK’s most popular tax guide, Tolley’s, has ballooned to over 17,000 pages, up from 11,520 in 2011. HMRC’s endless errors have shown that the tax system confounds even the most studious tax experts.

As Robin Williamson of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group said: If you deal with tax every day, as the Revenue does, and are expert on the subject, this is probably fine. But if you do other things for a living and come across tax only once a year, you probably won’t have much of a clue.

HMRC shouldn’t be trying to pass the buck to taxpayers because it’s too complicated for them to manage. Instead politicians should address the root cause of the problem – the needlessly and ridiculously complicated tax system.

Earlier this year our 2020 Tax Commission’s final report proposed radical tax reform which would make the system easier for HMRC to administer and for taxpayers to understand. A simplified tax system, with complexity swept aside, will make it far easier for HMRC to do their job and ensure that all taxpayers pay no more or no less than their fair share.

The TaxPayers' Alliance is Britain's independent grassroots campaign for lower taxes




Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust

Turn Your Dream Home Into Reality


logoEver looked around a stunning show home and been in awe of its exquisite, professionally designed interior and furniture and thought ‘if only’?

Well now this dream could soon become a reality as Taylor Wimpey Midlands is selling its two beautiful show homes at the much admired Farriers Cross development in Henley in Arden.

The homebuilder has released the sought-after four bedroom Fernhampton and Malbury properties due to the overwhelming success of the development.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, comments: “House hunters who have visited Farriers Cross have been extremely impressed with the spacious layouts of all our properties including both our show homes. Several have commented on the beautiful interior design scheme used throughout these magnificent house types, so we’re expecting them to receive a great deal of attention now that they have been released for sale.”

Each show home comes complete with carpets, curtains light fittings, wall hangings, mirrors, an integrated kitchen, a fully landscaped garden and an enviable professionally designed interior.

The Fernhampton, priced at £289,995, is the ideal choice for families and those looking to downsize without compromising on space or character. The property hosts an entrance hallway, dual aspect living room with French doors leading to the rear garden, kitchen, dining room and guest cloakroom on the ground floor. Moving upstairs visitors will find the master bedroom with en suite shower room, three further bedrooms and the family bathroom.

The Malbury meanwhile, is priced at £399,995 and boasts an abundance of room for even the most sociable of families. The ground floor comprises a welcoming entrance hallway, large living room with French doors to the rear garden, spacious kitchen with granite worktops, handy utility room, dining room, study and guest cloakroom. Upstairs you’ll find the master bedroom with en suite, two further double bedrooms, a fourth bedroom and the family bathroom.

Anne continues: “Achieving a sought-after professionally designed interior takes time and a significant budget, so the fact that two lucky buyers can buy a readymade show home at Farriers Cross is fantastic.

“Due to the interest in the homes I’d urge those interested to visit our development to find out more as we don’t expect them to be on the market for long.”

In addition to the show homes, Taylor Wimpey boasts just a handful of properties remaining at Farriers Cross. These include the two bedroom Lyndhurst apartment priced at £189,995 and the three bedroom Flatford home priced at £249,995.

Located on Warwick Road, Farriers Cross is set in an enviable location. The development borders scenic countryside whilst also being close to 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 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 log onto

Helen Mockridge reporting




The new Diamond Jubilee Edition of the Henley Telephone Directory is now well advanced. We hope to publish this autumn but we must insure that we have the majority of residents listed.

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

During this last phase, we are now visiting every household which has not yet registered and we are most grateful to those readers who have volunteered to assist.

However we still do need to cover the roads listed below. Please could you email me if you could assist in any of these areas.

Bill Leech - Editor


Aspen Court (B95 5GP)Mayswood Road (B95 6AU)
Back Lane (B95 5SS)Meadow Road (B95 5LD)
Bear Close (B95 5HS)Millfield Court (B95 5AD)
Bear Lane (B95 5HR)Orchard Rise, The Grange (B95 5FL)
Becks Croft (B95 5FS)Prince Harry Road (B95 5DD)
Beldesert Close (B95 5JU)Rose Avenue (B95 5JR)
Blackford Close (B95 5HD)School Road (B95 5BP)
Blackford Hill (B95 5DQ)Schoolhouse Mews (B95 5FP)
Blackthorn Court (B95 5GN)School Road, Tudor Court (B95 5AP)
Cherry Orchard (B95 5JW)St. John`s Close (B95 5JB)
Chestnut Walk (B95 5JN)Stratford Road (B95 6AB)
Dell Court (B95 5FW)Stratford Road, High Hurst (B95 6AB)
De Montfort Court (B95 5HX)Stratford Rd, Wootton Wawen (B95 6AP)
Doctors Lane (B95 5AW)The Croft (B95 5DY)
Edge Lane (B95 5DS)The Horsefair (B95 5BE)
Greengates (B95 5FR)The Yew Trees (B95 5BQ)
Harris Close (B95 5DE)Warwick Road (B95 5BJ)
Johnson Place (B95 5AE)Warwick Road, Henley Park Court (B95 5FF)
Kyte Green (B95 5DU)Yew Tree Gardens (B95 5HP)


Arden Close (B95 5LW)Liveridge Hill, Beaudesert (B95 5QX)
Arden Road (B95 5LH) Liveridge Hill, Haven Pastures (B95 5QS)
Beaudesert (B95 5QA)Liveridge Hill, Henley-in-Arden (B95 5QX)
Beaudesert Lane (B95 5JY)Mount Road (B95 5LU)
Bird In Hand Cottages, Beaudesert (B95 5QR)
Mows Hill, Beaudesert (B95 5QU)
Birmingham Road, Beaudesert (B95 5QD)St. Nicholas Road (B95 5LL)
Buckley Green, Henley-in-Arden (B95 5QE)Whitley Road (B95 5LJ)
Camp Lane, Beaudesert (B95 5QG)William James Way (B95 5GB)
Castle Road (B95 5LP) 

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Stratford Parkway Station Contract Let

imageWarwickshire County Council has announced that Buckingham Group Contracting has been awarded the detailed design and build contract for the new Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway Station.

Buckingham Group was appointed after submitting the most competitive proposal for the contract and demonstrating a high level of experience in the construction of new rail infrastructure. Work on site to construct the new station is due to begin later this year. The award of this contract means that the station is now going to open seven months ahead of schedule, in May 2013. The new weekday evening and Saturday services being provided by London Midland to support the new station will also begin at the same time, with the weekday off-peak services following in December 2013.

The station is part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Local Sustainable Transport Project which is forecast will attract 114,000 new rail trips to both the new station and the existing town station by 2024/2025. The new weekday, Saturday and evening trains are expected to become commercially viable after three years leading to a long term service improvement for both Stratford stations.

In addition to the increased rail service, there is also a number of other improvements being introduced as part of the project, including extended opening hours for the Park and Ride as well as other sustainable travel measures such as electric car charging points.

Harvest season road safety


Warwickshire road users are being advised to drive with extra caution and patience during the harvest season in August and September.

Warwickshire County Council has issued the warning at this busy time in the farming calendar when more agricultural vehicles will be on the roads harvesting and transporting crops. This burst of activity, which involves a significant proportion of the UK’s 250,000 tractors taking to rural roads and lanes, is linked to a rise in accidents involving agricultural vehicles – many of which are preventable.

A large proportion of collisions with agricultural vehicles occur on rural roads with 60mph speed limits, with many near turnings into farms. The typical causes of the collisions are poor overtaking manoeuvres and inappropriate speed, with drivers finding themselves unable to stop in time when presented with a slow moving or wide vehicle. A further driving hazard is caused by mud and other debris being brought onto the roads by farm and field vehicles. This mud can dramatically affect the handling, particularly in wet weather conditions, and farmers have a legal obligation to ensure their vehicles are cleared of mud and debris before entering the public highway.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection and a retired farmer said: “We need all road users to act responsibly and to show patience and understanding in order to prevent unnecessary collisions at harvest time. Drivers and motorcyclists need to be vigilant for agricultural vehicles at all times and keep their speed down on rural roads, particularly when they can’t see what’s round a bend. Anyone who finds themselves behind an agricultural vehicle should be patient and only overtake if there is room to do so and a clear stretch of road.

"Farmers and drivers of agricultural vehicles should also be considerate by taking regular opportunities to pull into lay-bys or other safer places to allow other vehicles to pass safely. They should also check before turning that a vehicle isn’t in the process of attempting to overtake.”

Sarah Faulkner, NFU regional environment adviser, added: “It is an offence to leave mud or debris on the road. However, cultivating and harvesting operations at this time of year will almost inevitably lead to some mud being drawn out of fields. For this reason it is important to have a plan to warn other road users of the hazard and clean the road as soon as possible, throughout the operation if required. Having working lights is also a legal requirement to travel on the road and with darker evenings there is an even greater need for good lights to avoid any accidents and ensure you’re as visible to other drivers as possible.

"There is, however, a real need for other road users to bear with the farming community during this time especially given the wet conditions we are currently grappling with and also be careful of farm vehicles when out and about on the county’s roads. The countryside is a working environment and farmers are busy growing and harvesting great food for our tables to exceptionally high standards.”

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In David Mc Kay’s brilliant book about energy, he explains that stuff is a big consumer of energy and that stuff has a natural life cycle with three stages. He says, “First a new born stuff is displayed in shiny packaging in a shop. At this stage, stuff is called “goods”. As soon as the stuff is taken home and sheds its packaging, it undergoes a transformation from “goods” to its second form “clutter”. The clutter lives with its owner for a period of months or years. During this period, the clutter is largely ignored by its owner who is out at the shops buying more goods. Eventually, by a miracle of modern alchemy, the clutter is transformed to its final form, rubbish. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to distinguish this “rubbish” from the highly desirable “good” that it used to be”.

Is his sarcastic view of a ‘shop till you drop culture’ justified? Well it depends on whether you see energy use as a problem. If you do, you may be surprised to know that creation of stuff accounts for more energy use than any other category of energy use in the UK (and other developed economies). To give you a perspective, the energy associated with stuff purchased by the average UK resident is 60 kWhr per person per day out of a total energy use of 195 kWhr per person per day. This 60 kWhr per day equates to 31% of the total energy and for comparison, driving an average car accounts for 21%, food 8%, heating 19% and flights 15% of the total energy. Using energy creates carbon pollution. For various technical reasons, it turns out that proportionately, the Carbon pollution attributable to stuff is rather greater than the 31% proportion of energy. Stuff accounts for about 50% of the average UK citizen’s carbon pollution so stuff is a problem. (Figures based on information in “Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air” by David MacKay).

What constitutes stuff? It is any material thing you obtain, it excludes energy purchases such as gas, petrol and electricity but includes free gifts, kettles, TVs, computers, houses, newspapers, cars, etc. Some of these things we really have to buy, eg houses, but newspapers and magazines are not essential. They are a really good example of David MacKay’s life cycle of stuff described above. You may think that energy associated with buying newspapers is insignificant compared to that embodied in construction of a house. However, once built, a house has a very long lifespan (typically 100 years) so the daily energy associated with construction of a house averages out at 1 kWhr per person per day whereas newspapers, junk mail & magazines clock up an average of 2 kWhrs per person per day; that’s 1% of the total energy consumption of 195 kWhrs per person day and probably more than 1% of the average person’s carbon pollution.

Here’s the energy embodied in the production of some things. Perhaps you could cut back on some of them to help reduce your Carbon pollution.

Bottled water
0.7 kWhrs just for the plastic bottle! Drink tap water.
0.6kWhrs/day for just two outfits used for a year.
14 kW hrs /day averaged over its lifetime. Next time, buy a smaller one to achieve a lower figure.
Newspapers & magazines.
2 kWhrs/day.
Drinks in cans
0.6 kWhrs just for the can. Recycle all cans.
1 kWhr per day if you buy a new one every 5 years - If it’s going slow, get the operating system reinstalled. Its a lot cheaper than buying a new one. A TV would have similar embodied energy; make it last.
A new fridge or freezer.
About 0.2 kWhrs per day averaged over its lifetime, but it should be much more energy efficient in use than the old one. The energy saved in use could easily be 2kWhrs/day so the net energy saving would be 1.8kWhrs per day. A new fridge or freezer can actually reduce Carbon Pollution, if it replaces an inefficient one.


So, there is some stuff that we have to buy to live, but there’s a lot more that we do not have to buy or otherwise obtain, that we could all cut back on. Retail therapy is bad for the environment. If you’re tempted to ‘impulse’ buy, do it in a charity shop and when the goods become clutter, take it back there. Reduced buying and buying smaller sizes will reduce our total Carbon pollution. For reasons why we should consider doing this, click here.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Employment Tribunals are being reviewed

John GarnerLast year a senior judge was asked to lead a working group with an aim of reviewing the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure. The results of that review were published in June and are due to be implemented.

These include improvements intended to streamline Tribunal claims and hearings, and trying to weed out weak claims at an early stage. It does look as if the changes will benefit employers to some extent.

Once a claim form and a response have been submitted to an Employment Tribunal, there is to be an initial sifting stage. This would involve an Employment Judge striking out at an early stage claims or responses which have no reasonable prospect of success. An example is a claim submitted which is out of time such as an unfair dismissal claim brought more than 3 months after the date the employment terminated.

Employment Judges will be able to set timetables for oral evidence and submissions during a hearing and cutting off parties who breach these times. It is known that many Employment Tribunals have a backlog of cases and encouraging efficient use of time during a hearing could assist in getting cases through the system.

There is a proposal to remove the cap of £20,000 on costs awards. Currently, where costs awards exceed this amount the Employment Tribunal has to refer cost assessments to the County Courts. By removing the cap this could all be dealt with in the Employment Tribunal thus saving on costs and resources. Of particular interest is the proposal to introduce fees before an employee can submit a case to an Employment Tribunal. The aim is to try to cover some of the costs of the Tribunal system. It has been decided that fees will come into operation in 2013.

The most basic claims (such as claims for redundancy payments or unlawful deductions from wages) will attract a fee of £160 (paid at the time of bringing the claim). A further fee of £230 will be payable if the matter goes to a hearing. For anything other than the most straightforward claims there will be a fee of £250 and a hearing fee of £950. There are also other fees during proceedings, such as £60 for an application to dismiss a claim following settlement.

The Employment Judge will have discretion to require the Respondent (usually the employer) to pay the fees, presumably where the Claimant (usually the employee) wins. At first glance this has the potential to drastically reduce the number of claims that will be brought. However, the fees are dependent upon the Claimant’s ability to pay, because the remission system (which is also used in the civil courts for their fees) will apply.

The remission system means that fees can be reduced depending on the individual’s income and family circumstances – those who have no income (which is, of course, often the case with employment cases, by definition) may not have to pay a fee at all. This will be key in determining the impact these changes will have on the number of claims being brought. 

Let us see whether there really is a reduction in frivolous claims. Time will tell, but not for another year.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

Bogus Double Glazing Claim
imageWarwickshire Trading Standards are warning householders to beware of door to door double glazing sales people operating in the Leamington Spa area who are falsely claiming that residents' double glazing is ‘illegal’ in order to get a sale.

Whilst any replacement glazing must meet current thermal protection standards, there is no law generally that requires consumers to remove their existing windows (laws on existing window types may apply to conservation areas).

Social Media Shopping
Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning consumers to be careful if they are thinking of shopping on social media websites. This follows a complaint from a consumer who tried to purchase a cake from a Facebook ‘friend’. The consumer only had the details the trader had posted on Facebook and this did not include an address. The consumer paid £15 for the cake via PayPal but the cake was not delivered and the trader disappeared.

Consumers are advised to make the same rigorous checks when purchasing from people on social media websites as they would do when they shop online generally. Consumers may be lulled in to making fewer checks, or none at all because they feel that on a social media website they ‘know’ the other members.

Aggressive ‘Bank’ Caller
A Warwickshire resident reported to the Trading Standards Service receiving an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be calling from Barclays bank.

The caller claimed that the consumer’s account was about to be debited to the tune of £100 and he required his card details to stop it happening. The consumer put the phone down but received more aggressive calls, claiming he had only 15 seconds to provide the information!

Unsurprisingly, the consumer’s account was not touched, although had he provided his card details it is likely that his account would have been emptied. This fraudsters was thwarted, but consumers are warned not to provide any personal or financial information to unexpected callers.

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

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


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Saturday 13th October at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in aid of Church Funds. Tables of 4 needed. Tickets cost £6 per person and include a Ploughman's Supper. Details from Daphne Jones.

Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 24th November
Singalong with Simon Halsey on Saturday 1st December.

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.

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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.
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.
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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