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

Campaigning for a better Henley

Edition 313 - 7th November 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010


An Open Letter to
The Voters in Henley Parish
from Former Parish Councillor Simon Watkins

As this is the last issue of Henley NEWS before the forthcoming bye-election on November 15th, I wanted to put a few points on record.


I have heard rumours that my resignation from the Joint Parish Council was caused by Cllr Bill Leech in some way. This is categorically NOT TRUE.

I resigned due to family and work commitments and for no other reason. Bill has been very supportive of me and of the decision I took. He has my full support in his continued fight for a more efficient JPC.


You will see argument and counter argument regarding the forthcoming bye-election. In a way, these don’t really matter as there is one issue that is so much more important than all of the others and needs addressing again.

For a long time now, Bill Leech and Henley Independents have been campaigning against the structure and expenditure of the current JPC:

The bald facts are these:

  • The Joint Parish Council receives about £80,000 a year (which YOU pay from YOUR council tax)

  • Over HALF of this money is spent on a salary, administration and office costs.

I find this unacceptable. I am sure you do too. If not, you should.

Think about it for a second – you give money to the Joint Parish Council each year (you have no say in this; it’s a legal obligation); over half of the money you give to them is spent simply on running the JPC.

There are obviously some costs in running the JPC, but the current expenditure on running the council is way out of kilter compared to its income. There is absolutely no doubt that a streamlined, more efficient JPC could still perform its duties effectively and save costs (which could be invested in the people, clubs and societies of Henley).

Even if the savings amounted to just £5,000 per year (and it could probably be 2 or 3 times this sum), imagine what good that sort of money could do around Henley. Bill Leech has been saying this for years, which is where most of the animosity towards him from other JPC councillors stems from.

There are some good councillors on the current JPC and it would be a shame to lose them. I feel there are also some who don’t contribute greatly. But you shouldn’t take my word for it; you should attend the council meetings yourself, watch the council in action and come to your own opinions on this. Remember that they have all been voted in and are therefore responsible to the electorate.

If you have attended JPC meetings since May, you will see that the Henley Independents councillors have made valuable contributions and are casting a breath of fresh air across the JPC. It is in the best interests of the whole of Henley that this continues.

Please do make sure you vote on 15th November. It is important. Personally I would like you to vote for Mike Willmott and Andy Langford as they are both good people who believe passionately that Henley deserves a better-run Joint Parish Council. But, ultimately, you have to make up your own mind on who you vote for.

Simon Watkins - Former Parish Councillor



North Car Park Developments

imageThe Henley Independents have received more than 60 requests from residents to stop the North Car Park development and they will continue to support the view of the majority.

Before the North Car Park planning application was lodged, the Henley Independents were pressing the Joint Parish Council for a debate on Car Parking and Road Safety. In June 2012, the Chairman declined any debate saying that these topics, including a solution to the ownership and proper use of the Croft Car Park, were being considered by the Business Committee under the chairmanship of Cllr Matheou (Conservative). When SDC extended the consultation period because the residents had not been properly consulted, the Henley Independents and more recently the residents requested that these matters should be reconsidered by the full council. This was again refused by the Chairman of the JPC.

In 1955, the Minister of Housing Duncan Sandys (Conservative) encouraged local authorities around the country to consider protecting land around their towns and cities by the formal designation of clearly defined green belts. The Henley Independents support this long established policy and believe that all the brownfield sites in Henley, many close to the centre of the town behind the shops and pubs, should be investigated with a view to developing a proper integrated Car Parking strategy as against the proposal strongly supported by Cllrs L & C Goodman and G Matheou of using green belt land.

David Cameron's Big Society and the Localism Bill 2010 were intended to give more influence to local residents about local planning. Clearly, our local Conservative politicians don't agree with their Leader nor with the long established policies of their party.



Does the JPC live up to its website ideal?

Result of Online Poll - 91% said NO

imageThe JPC website states;

"The Joint Parish Council pursues and implements policies that safeguard and enhance the environment of the town, and promotes business in the Parish. The Council encourages its residents to participate in all matters that affect the town."

Readers were asked in an online poll, "Do you think the JPC lives up to this ideal?" Some of the comments received:

I think as usual the council headed by Goodman are pursuing their OWN AGENDA. When will they start listening to the local residents and businessmen who are eminently more sensible?

Green Belt Land means NO DEVELOPEMENT. If this proposal is given the go ahead, would it be the thin end of the wedge? I don't trust the JPC.

This ideal and the JPC, as always, seem to be diametrically opposed.

The most recent occurrence of the JPC ignoring the views of residents was when they voted to support the proposed Car Park without advising or asking those residents most affected whether they were in favour or not.

Most people I know think the Parish Council is a genuine hardworking bunch of people.

The parish council has worked hard on a variety of projects which benefit the community.

I think there's a strong argument that elements at least of the JPC's actively oppose that ideal.

This "green belt issue" prompted me to vote "NO"

Cllr Goodman as Chairman of the JPC appears to have too much power and this power has gone to his head - anything he personally agrees with goes through, and everything he does not agree with gets thrown out. Until a new Chairman is voted in the hard work of some of the other councillors will remain in vain.

I am amazed that the Parish Council dare to ignore the requests of the people of Henley. They suffer from delusions of grandeur!! They use procedures and time scale to prevent views being expressed.

The JPC has always had agendas of their own and not for the good of Henley.




Candidates for Henley Parish Election


Roger Hubbocks


Andy Langford


Mike Willmott

Roger Hubbocks lives in Arden Road, Beaudesert and was the chairman of JPC until he lost his seat at the May 2012 election. He was responsible for instigating an illegal ban against a Henley Independent councillor which is now the subject of a Judicial Review in the High Court. This ban completely disregarded the most basic requirements for a fair tribunal, by not complying with the Human Rights Act and the Principles of Natural Justice. Roger polled 280 votes in the election in May 2012 when he stood as one of the members of the 'ruling group'.

Andy Langford (Henley Independent) moved to Henley 16 years ago and now lives in Brook End Drive with his wife and young family. He was Chairman of Wootton Wawen Preschool when his youngest child attended. He is a Field Applications Engineer for a global High Reliability Electronics Group and a keen bell ringer. Andy polled 311 votes in the parish council election in May 2012.

Mike Willmott (Henley Independent) lives in Orchard Rise, Henley and had a distinguished career in the aerospace, automotive and rail industries, being managing director of several very large companies. He is the Chairman of the Henley Independents and a trustee of the Henley War Memorial Trust. Mike polled 308 votes in the parish council election in May 2012.



Once again the Government has failed to address the subject of Town & Parish precepts.

imageWe recognise that for the smaller Parish councils, whilst a rise in their precept in percentage terms may appear to be quite large, in pounds and pence it is not. However, it comes to something when a Town precept can be higher than that of the Fire Service and even higher than that of the District Council itself and yet, because these "local precepting authorities" (as the government calls them) have so far been excluded from the new referendum rules, they remain free of any formal brake on their spending and thus on the council tax precept that they levy.

Successive Governments have turned a blind eye to the continual downloading of non statutory services by Districts to Towns/Parishes and appear in fact to be actively encouraging the formation of new parish councils. (I wonder why!)

A sensible way must be found to include them in the referendum rules, otherwise the time will come when the phrase ‘council tax freeze’ is just a mockery.


The JPC spends three times as much as comparable parish councils,
with over 50% of its income going on administration.
The JPC website has deteriorated despite a massive grant.
Henley and Beaudesert council taxpayers have to pay for all this.

The Henley Independents in their first 6 Months on the JPC have:

  • imageRequested that the acquisition of the Croft Car Park is considered.
  • Conducted a survey on car parking & road safety in the centre - 90% consider there is a problem & 65% expect a serious accident.
  • Requested a Community Governance Review to obtain fairer parish council representation.
  • Supports the residents against the development of the green belt.
  • Insisting that the annual community grants are made in accordance with the new Code of Conduct for Councillors.
  • Responsible for having 24 blocked drains cleared in the High Street.

Vote for the Henley Independent candidates on 15th November




Diamond Jubilee

Telephone Directory

Ready Soon

The Henley-in-Arden Diamond Jubilee Telephone Directory will be published on Saturday 17th November 2012 at a cover price of £6.

Visit the Heritage Centre on Saturday 17th November between 2 pm and 4 pm to collect your copy.

John Dukes Stationery & Print, 110 High Street, will be the sole selling agent for the new directory from Monday 19th November.


Flu Jabs on demand at the Henley Pharmacy

imageJust to let you know that Henley Pharmacy is now offering Flu Jabs on demand at the Pharmacy.

No appointment needed.

If you're over 65 or in an 'At Risk' Group (diabetic, asthmatic, heart or kidney disease etc) then it's free.

If you're not in any of these categories then it will cost £9.95.

As a special offer to all Henley businesses, any staff working for Henley businesses will get 10% off (only £8.95!!)


For the most Comprehensive Information
about Henley-in-Arden

Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:

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



Rotary Club supports the Henley Life Savers



Tony Capps, President of the Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club, presented cheques to two local charities which are saving lives in Henley and which receive no public or lottery funding - Henley First Responders and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.


Tony Capps with Sue Osborne and in uniform CFRs John Pudney and Mandy Tuckley

Sue Osborne, Secretary of the Henley Community First Responders, told the Rotarians and their guests at a special dinner held at the Henley Golf Club on Monday 5th that the Henley CFR group has one distinct advantage over the large, highly professional organisation of the Air Ambulance. Because the CFRs operate on such a local level, they budget for approximately £60 of fuel per month. Comparing monthly running costs with the Air Ambulance, the donation which Rotary gave to the CFRs on Monday was the equivalent of a £750,000 donation to the WNAA. Sue expressed the heartfelt thanks of the entire CFR team to Rotary for their very generous contribution.


Mandy Dalgren, WNAA Volunteer, receives a cheque from President Tony Capps

Bill Leech, Henley and District Co-ordinator for the WNAA Volunteers, spoke about the work of the local air ambulance which flies over 1,000 missions each year and regularly visits Henley. Mandy Dalgren, who had been airlifted from a serious rta near Rugby, received the Rotary Club's cheque on behalf of the WNAA.

The donations, amounting to £2,200, were the result of the club's successful Charity Golf Day in September. President Tony acknowledged the generous support not only of the golfers who took part but also the many local businesses and individuals who had provided sponsorship and prizes both for the competition and the raffle.

The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden meets on Monday nights at 7 pm at the Henley-in-Arden Golf Club.

Henley NEWS has a New Reporter

imageRosina Ayling has joined Henley NEWS for a work experience placement as part of her degree course at Worcester University. Rosina has a very full schedule of tasks and her reports are included in this edition and future editions.

If you receive a phone call or email from I hope you will give her every support.

Rosina told Henley NEWS, "I've lived in Henley since 1995 went to Henley Junior School and then went onto Henley High School before doing a HND in Media & Journalism at Stratford College & I'm now studying for a BA Honours in Media & Journalism at Worcester University.

"I am delighted to be working with Henley NEWS for a few weeks and have some great ideas for reports & features. I look forward to meeting as many of our readers as possible."

The Finest Catch, why has it been so successful?

Rosina Ayling, Henley NEWS staff reporter, explains

imageWhen the Finest Catch first opened earlier this year it was an instant success. Within days of opening they had to expand the car parking spaces and even then customers had to park in the streets nearby! One of the earliest comments on Trip-advisor describes the restaurant as "a lot more than just fish and chips... Great friendly service, delicious food and fantastic value for money." Was this reaction just a flash in the pan?!

I too visited the Finest Catch soon after it opened and have been a number of times since including earlier this week. As soon as I walked in I was greeted at the door by a friendly and smart waitress who showed me and my dad to a table and left us with the menus, a drinks list; a full set of condiments including tomato ketchup and vinegar is already waiting on the table for you. Only a few minutes later another waitress took our drinks order. Dad ordered a glass of red wine which is priced less than £5 per glass and I had a soft drink for £1.25 which is not only served perfectly cold and fizzy but you can have as many refills as you want!

As we were waiting for our food, I took a look around the restaurant which is modeled on an American diner with bright lights, colourful decor and even a jukebox in the middle of the room. You also can't help but notice how spotlessly clean the whole restaurant is from the floor to the tables. The customers ranged from families with very young children to an elderly couple who were sitting across the way from us. Everybody appeared to be very happy and while there was some background noise, private conversation was entirely possible. The restaurant clearly appeals to customers of all ages.


I ordered a prawn cocktail to start and my dad had pâté and we both had the smaller portion of haddock and chips for our main course. After you order your meals a waitress brings over a mixture of brown and white bread with a pot of tartare sauce. The food arrives quickly no matter how busy the restaurant is and is always hot, well cooked, well presented and not in the least bit greasy. It is obvious that the staff have been fully and properly trained to ensure that both the food and the service is of the highest quality that you would expect to receive at a restaurant that would normally charge a lot more than the £24 our meals and drinks cost us. The Finest Catch clearly offers great food, great service at a great price. Even the smaller fish and chips priced at £6 was more than enough and neither of us could finish it all. Incredible value.

In conclusion I can confirm that the Finest Catch has maintained its high quality of food and service since it first opened. The most recent comment on Trip-advisor stating "fantastic fish and chips... spotlessly clean and lovely staff." It certainly deserves all the praise it gets and is definitely Henley's catch of the day!


'Flights of Fancy'

Autumn Exhibition at Torquil

The Autumn exhibition at Torquil and The Gallery Upstairs, 'Flights of Fancy'

starts on the 6th November and is on until the 24th November.

Here is a beautiful silk 'Multiway' scarf, designed and hand-made
by award-winning artist, Ekta Kaul.
Price £75.



The Owl and The Pussy Cat
a collaboration by two artists,
Simon Griffiths and Mark Smith £1,250.

The painting is called 'Settling II' and it is a watercolour by Deb Walker, price £650
58cm square.

Torquil also have lots of pots, paintings, sculpture and jewellery under the £50 price tag and lots of treasures to explore.

Entrance to The Gallery Upstairs is via Torquil Shop on Henley High Street and they are open 10 - 5.30, Tuesday to Saturday and 11 - 4 on Sundays.


Cat shot in Camp Lane, Beaudesert

imageLast Thursday 18th October between the hours of 1630-1930 our cat was shot with what is believed to have been an air gun of some sort. This incident occurred somewhere around the Camp Lane, Beaudesert.

The injury to the eye suggested that he had been shot at close range and the Vet has said that is lucky to be alive. However the extent of the injury meant that he has had to lose his right eye. Unfortunately the Vet was unable to retrieve the pellet that caused the injury as this would have caused even more damage.

We hope that this was an accident and that no other pets are in any danger. However we wanted to raise awareness of what has happened and to highlight the dangers and harm caused when air guns are used in an open environment.

The incident has been reported to the local Police who are monitoring the situation.

Our family is absolutely devastated by this and would urge anyone that saw or heard anything unusual or suspicious on Thursday evening report it to the Police on telephone number 101 (Warwickshire) – incident Number 137 2510

Sharon Gilder - Resident

Warwick Breast Cancer

imageLadies who are undergoing or who have had breast cancer were asked along to the Guildhall on Saturday 20th October to have a chat over a cup of coffee and a cake. The event was supported by the High Bailiff John Tristram, and ladies from Henley Drama Group, and Henley Tennis Club. This was a light-hearted event and gave the ladies a chance to get to know each other and discuss the support they have been given by Warwick Hospital, their doctors and breast care nurses.

We are holding a Christmas Market in the Guildhall Garden on Saturday 1st December following the Christmas Street Light Switch-on and this year we are supporting Warwick Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Nurses charities. There will be hot food and drinks, a Santa’s grotto with children's lucky dip and various stalls with cakes and novelty items. Alcester Silver Band will be playing Christmas songs, so please come along and “step into Christmas”. Look out for posters!

Henley Drama Society will also present a cheque from funds raised from their charity night during their production of “Dinner Ladies” to go to Warwick Breast Cancer Care.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Carol Robson

CAB helps more people than ever

But Stratford's affluent veneer conceals real hardship

imageStratford upon Avon's local Citizens Advice Bureau [CAB], based in Meer Street, helped more people than ever in 2011/12, revealed bureau manager Sue Green in the organisation's AGM last week.

The charity, which relies heavily on volunteers to dispense free, impartial and confidential advice on a huge range of topics, helped over 5000 clients in the past year with 14,500 different issues. Surprisingly perhaps 5000 of those enquiries related to welfare benefit and 1,500 to employment, a high percentage of the latter relating to redundancy.

"Many assume that relatively affluent communities like Stratford upon Avon are almost immune to the fiscal pressures of a prolonged recession," says Sue Green. "They only see a throng of tourists and bustling activity in the High Street, but this sadly this masks a very real problem. There is genuine hardship here - the number of vulnerable people needing help from us due to money problems has more than doubled over the past two years. In fact, over the past 12 months or so we have handled £5m worth of debt for our clients but in the process we've managed to save 76 households from homelessness.

"But we don't only pick up the pieces and help people get back on their feet. We're being pro-active in helping our clients be better prepared for the challenges that face them and some 1,300 people have had financial capability training from us in the past year. We hope that future funding can be secured to allow this pre-emptive, educational approach to become a regular feature of our armoury."

Despite being one of the largest Citizens Advice regions in the UK in terms of square area, Stratford upon Avon's CAB is still considered small by national standards, even with its eight outreach surgeries in Alcester, Bidford, Lighthorne Heath, Shipston, Southam, Studley, Wellesbourne and The Civic Hall [for members of the Multiple Sclerosis Society]. Small in terms of headcount they may be but they pack a big punch - the dedicated band of volunteers and part-time staff so impressed Citizens Advice head office in a recent audit that they placed our local bureau in the top quartile of CAB service nationally.

Forest of Arden Hedgelaying Training Course

The Forest of Arden Agricultural Society held its first Hedgelaying Training Course on 3/4th November, at Netherstead Farm, Morton Bagot.


The end of a successful weekend.

10 novice hedgelayers attended and each proceeded to lay 7 yards of hedge over the two days. The Society provided Instructors, Mr Tony Heard, Mr Dennis Blissett, Mr Chris Corbett, Mr Andy Hollis and Mr Guy Lock who patiently and carefully took the trainees through their paces.

At the end of the second day, they had successfully transformed a large, unruly hedge into a beautiful stock proof fence.


Hedge to be laid.


Mr Granville Stevens of Spernal Farms who kindly hosted the event, proudly displays his completed hedge.

The Forest of Arden Agricultural Society has been in existence since 1945 and holds an annual Ploughing and Hedging Competition. A committee member who died recently, Mr Joe Hawkes, left the Society some money which the Society decided to use to host a Training Course, free of charge to the attendees, to encourage the art and craft of agriculture. It is hoped that this will be an annual event in some form or other.

The President, Mr Tony Heard, was very pleased with the work produced by the trainees.

Sue Westmacott, Secretary

Halloween Fun at Field Farm


Leah Aravanis fancy dress winner


Mollie Rose Chase Me Charlie winner

imageLast Saturday saw a group of young riders get together at Field Farm, Wootton Wawen for fun gymkhana games and show jumping. The day started with a spooky themed fancy dress which was won by Leah Aravanis and Dawn as very convincing skeletons; runners up were Isobel Corrie and Evie as a Spider and it’s web.

The gymkhana games included apple bobbing and “don’t drink and ride” which involved carrying a cup of water across the field without spilling it. All ages took part with some healthy competition all the way!

Finally fun jumping competitions took place. There was some hair rising moments as riders took a few tumbles but thankfully nobody was seriously injured and all proved that they were capable horse riders. The event was an excellent opportunity for young riders to get together in a friendly atmosphere. The jumping finale was the “Chase me Charlie” that was won by Mollie Rose and Benjamin. Although cold the weather was kind and everyone warmed up with hotdogs.

Sian Corrie reporting
Apple Bobbing photograph by Ubercoolphotography

Warwickshire Police on crime

In the whole of Warwickshire, there is on average only 5 burglaries a day, 1 robbery and 7 incidents of serious violence.

Source Twitter

Community Grants for 2013

imageThe Joint Parish Council now welcomes applications from not-for-profit community based organisations who work in or for the residents of Henley in Arden.

For further details or to be sent an application form, either email the Parish Clerk on or telephone 01564 795499. Previous beneficiaries of awards will automatically receive an email alert.

Closing date for applications must be received by Friday 30th November 2012

Arden Community Forum

This event is on 6 December 2012 6:30pm until 9:00pm. The next meeting of the Arden Community Forum which incorporates Henley, Wootton and Studley, will be meeting at the Henley School Academy, Stratford Road, B95 6AB on Thursday 6th December 2012.




Howard shows off Madeira to Ullenhall Gardeners


On 23rd October, Howard gave the club an excellent film show of his visits to Madeira, where he shows parties around the various gardens. He made a point of telling us about the plants and how we might look after them in our climate, if indeed they were ones that it would be sensible to grow in the UK. His film was interspersed with a few shots of things of general interest as well as the gardens. Many of us had been to Madeira, but this was the occasion to sit back and learn more.

The history of plants in Madeira is interesting. Apparently, sailors have introduced plants over the centuries from Africa, South America, Australia and many other places. This means that orchids from South America may be grown alongside proteas from Australia and so on.

imageAt the Quinto das Antonia garden on the outskirts of Funchal, the owner grows bananas for diabetics, air plants and a 35 foot tall Burmese honeysuckle amongst many other plants. This owner’s grandfather was the person who travelled and discovered bougainvillea. There are various kinds of wisteria on the island and Howard recommended Wisteria Caroline as a good one for the UK and advised that it ought not to be pruned until after August. Otherwise it would grow tendrils that would not bear flowers the following year. Cymbidium orchids that grow on the forest floor can be grown in dark, opaque pots, but tree orchids must have translucent pots, as their roots must have light on them. The north and east of the island is subjected to heavy mists most of the year and the rain produced is taken along irrigation channels known as levadas, over to the south of the island where the weather is warm and dry. Watermen divert the water at different times to irrigate different sections of land.

Although much of the island has only a small daytime temperature variation of between 67 deg C and 69 deg C all year round, there are places where frosts are experienced, such as at Mr Blandy’s garden, which is high in the mountains and where his proteas have sometimes been frost damaged. We were shown Nun’s Valley which is 1800 feet high and arid with very poor soil, but in the east, a lot of fruit and vegetables are grown, due to the beneficial effects of the mist and there being a greater depth of soil. Sugar cane is also grown there.

There were some very colourful pictures of the Flower Festival, held in the streets each year on the 3rd Saturday after Easter; a celebration with pictures made of flowers laid on the streets and a procession of all sizes of floats covered in flowers.

There was an interval midway through the film when everyone enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee and had a good chat.

The next meeting will be held in Ullenhall Village hall at 7:45 pm on 27th November, when Christine Dakin will talk about “Beautiful Borders”. Visitors are always welcome at our friendly club.

Penny Stott reporting

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Local History Society “Fun Day”


Exhibition organiser Margaret Twigg with the Billesley Project display

imageSaturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th October, saw the latest Archive Open Days organised by the Aston Cantlow & District Local History Society. This time the emphasis was on public participation in the work of the Society. An opportunity to help with the archiving of new material was enthusiastically embraced by several people, possibly because it gave them a chance to read some of the new and fascinating documents that have now become available. Nearly 30 new items were successfully catalogued and added to the archive. A different task, to help with the design of information boards, found rather less favour; probably because people found it more complex and challenging. Nevertheless several good ideas were forthcoming which will aid the Archive Committee in its work.

A new exhibit, outlining the work of the “Billesley Project” received much attention. A good deal of progress was shown, outlining the advance that has been made since the original approach from the Churches Conservation Trust. This new feature was supported by many new photographs and other items, coupled with a special slide show of Diamond Jubilee events in both Wilmcote and Aston Cantlow.

Coffee, tea and excellent cakes were supplied by Jean Peevor and her helpers which added to the jollity of the occasion. Warm thanks were accorded to Margaret Twigg and her team for masterminding yet another successful exhibition.

Download 'The Billesley Project' brochure

Downsize to Aspen Court for under £100,000!

imageAspen Court, based just off Chestnut Walk, offers those over 60 a rare opportunity in Henley to purchase a two bedroomed, first floor apartment for less than £100,000.

The Apartment is well-appointed and is situated within easy walking distance of the High Street. Aspen Court has a residential house manager and benefits from a security entrance system with communal areas for the enjoyment of residents and their guests.

44 Aspen Court, Chestnut Walk, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GP
Offers Around: £99,500

For more information, please call 01564 794343 or take a look at

Henley’s friendly library

I recently visited the library for the first time since it re-opened as a community library. What an excellent room for a library! The ceiling is high and tall windows really light up the place. There may not be quite as many books as in the old library, but it gives a warm, cosy feeling; a place where you can happily spend half an hour sitting down with a book and a cup of tea………..yes, the volunteers will make you a tea or coffee (not available in the previous library) in the kitchen and there are nice clean toilets, too. What more could you ask for in a local library?

I understand that the opening times (more hours than under the old regime) are:




9:00 am to 7:00 pm

9:00 am to 7:00 pm

9:00 am to 1:00 pm


They don’t close for lunch. I am told that throughout the summer months the county library computer system gave them all sorts of trouble, but that it has now been fixed. If you got tired of waiting at the checkout in the summer, now is the time to give it another try.

John Stott reporting

Shaping up for Christmas

imageMost of us think about getting back into shape after indulging over the festive period but why not get into your best shape for Christmas?

Start today and with a few small changes, a steady weight loss of 2-3lb a week could add up to a stone by Christmas.

  • don’t save calories by skipping meals – when you skip meals your blood sugar and energy levels take a nose dive causing you to crave calorie laden food and overeat when you do because you’re starving. Make sure your body has a steady source of quality fuel throughout the day with 3 healthy balanced meals and 2 healthy snacks mid morning to maintain energy levels.
  • make sure you eat enough protein – protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer and helps build lean muscle mass. Carbs that don’t get burned off get stored as fat.
  • drink enough water so you don’t ever feel thirsty – always keep a drink handy and sip through the day. Often we mistake thirst for hunger and eat rather than drink. Avoid sugary, fizzy drinks which give an initial high followed by an energy slump.
  • balance out your meals for ongoing energy – our body processes protein, carbs and fat at different rates so have a balance of all three at every mealtime to give you more staying power. For instance a protein shake blended with fruit for breakfast will give you some quick energy from the fruit and long lasting energy from the protein whereas a carb based breakfast of toast and jam will get digested at the same quick rate and energy will be dipping in no time.

Put these tips into practice and feel the difference or for a 7 week ‘shape up for Christmas’ programme call Steph on 07825 999122. Stephanie Boyle is a Wellness Coach and Herbalife Independent Distributor and can help with weight loss, improved health, energy and vitality.

Workshop Shift Manager Required

imageJohnsons Bus and Coach Travel are looking for a team player to assist in the management of their Workshop team maintaining their Bus and Coach fleet based in Henley-in Arden.

You will need a deep understanding of the PCV industry, be IT literate, with a proven ability to communicate at all levels, motivate and encourage others to the work to the highest standards of vehicle preparation. A competitive package is available for the right candidate.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Steph Sollis at Liveridge House, Liveridge Hill, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 5QS or apply by email to

Bonus point victory for the Claverdon Lions

Saturday 27th October 2012


Try scorers – Rick Wilding, Mike Jay, Martin Browne, Conor Smith, Steve Grimsley
Conversions – Doz Ward x 4
Penalties – Doz Ward x 2


Club Captain Conor Smith trying to outrun Alcester. Claverdon Lions are playing in black.

Claverdon welcomed Alcester to Ossetts Hole for their vice president's day so as normally happens on this day they had a full squad to choose from. They were looking for their third straight league win to get their campaign fully up and running and had a great chance to achieve this, such was the strength of the squad.

As had been the case all season they were blessed with good rugby weather although the wind couldn’t make up its mind which way to blow. The home side started well and made early territory in to the visitors' half. When Alcester infringed after only five minutes fly half Doz Ward coolly slotted the resulting penalty to get Claverdon on their way.

The lions took further control of the game not long after from a lineout deep in to the opposition’s half. When the ball was spun out to outside centre Tom Johnson he created space and fed to captain Conor Smith who had followed his initial pass. He in turn fed winger Rick Wilding who had just enough strength to hold off a defender to score near the corner. Doz Ward was unlucky with the kick from out wide as the wind got hold of it.

Alcester replied very well to going eight points down and put immediate pressure back on to the Claverdon defence even though they lost a second row for a stamp early on. The lions soaked up the initial onslaught well but the visitors eventually went over for an unconverted try. Only ten minutes later they went over again when the defence was caught short out wide and this time the kick was successful.

The strong home crowd quickly got behind the lions and they used this to spur them on and back into the Alcester half. From a well worked lineout, prop Mark Tilson carried the ball well to set up a ruck only five metres out. Young prop Olly Johnson took quick ball to power over the line only to spill it at the last minute and spurn a certain try. The only consolation was another Ward penalty just before the break to leave the home side only one point adrift and with lots more work to do.

11-12 Half Time

The half time team talk was simple enough and the lions knew they needed to step up the pace. This is exactly what they did and Alcester simply didn’t know what had hit them as Claverdon ran in two tries within the first seven minutes of the second half with the visitors barely getting a touch of the ball.

The first was straight from the Alcester kick as both the Claverdon backs and forwards cleverly kept the ball alive with strong direct running. When they were cut short only five metres out it was scrum half Mike Jay who noticed a gap down the flank of the ruck and he crashed over for Ward to kick the further two points.

The second of these quick tries again came from offloading in the tackles and when hooker Steve Grimsley found himself in space he knew he didn’t have the legs so quickly passed the ball to pacey centre Johnson. He straightened up the line to set up a quick ruck which saw the ball fed through the hands to winger Martin Browne. The big man held off two defenders to crash over next to the posts and Ward again slotted the extra two.

Alcester withstood further pressure but could not stop the hosts from recording their fourth try for the bonus point. Substitute Ian Wyllie took to the field and it wasn’t long before he used his experience to find the late run of inside centre Conor Smith who crashed through three defenders to score in the corner. Ward again landed the kicked from out wide.

With only a few minutes on the clock remaining the lions scored a great forwards try. Ward kicked well to give the pack a superb field position and an excellent catch from flanker Andy Wenborn saw Claverdon perfectly set up to drive the ball over. Steve Grimsley was the recipient as he had been a few seasons back when he scored most of his tries from that exact position.

39-12 Full Time

This was their best performance of the season and thanks must go to the large home following who cheered them on all the way. It has come at a good time as the lions travel to face an in form Coventrians side that are unbeaten in the league this season.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Will Barnes photograph

Be safe, be seen


As the winter nights draw in, Warwickshire County Council is urging cyclists to stay safe, stay legal and be seen on the County’s roads this winter.

For many, cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit, healthy, and save money commuting to work. However, in the early evening darkness of autumn and winter cyclists are less visible and more vulnerable.

Warwickshire County Council’s Road Safety Team has developed a simple guide to help cyclists remain safe on the road and it is available online at

Cyclists can never be too visible, so up until December 14 2012, the team are also giving out flashing reflectors (whilst stocks last) which can be worn in combination with high visibility clothing and bike lights.

The flashing reflectors are available free of charge (along with our Night Rider flyer), at the following Warwickshire Direct One-Stop Shop locations:

  • Stratford: Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford
  • Warwick: Shire Hall, Market Square, Warwick

Chris Fossey, Senior Road Safety Officer said “Figures show that 21 per cent of injury collisions involving a cyclist in Warwickshire occurred at night (2009-12 – 93 out of 440) - a high number considering most cycling is undertaken during daylight hours. People can minimise the risk of being involved in an accident if they make sure they are as visible as possible to motorists.”

Free car parking on Christmas nights in Stratford

SDCStratford-upon-Avon visitors will not have to pay for car parking in the town on Thursday evenings in the run up to Christmas. Stratford-on-Avon District Council is offering free parking in all Stratford District Council town centre car parks (excluding Bridgefoot and Unicorn Meadow) on the dates listed below:

Thursday 22 November 4pm to midnight
Thursday 29 November 6pm to midnight
Thursday   6 December 6pm to midnight
Thursday 13 December 6pm to midnight
Thursday 20 December 6pm to midnight

Please note not all town centre cars parks are Stratford District Council car parks, please check first.

Conker Shortage in Warwickshire

imageConker fights could be tougher than ever this year as Warwickshire is in the grip of a conker shortage. The County Council is reporting that conker numbers across Warwickshire have plummeted because of this years cold, wet weather. The number of insects that pollinate the horse chestnut trees were down this spring and the trees' flowers were lost due to heavy rain.

Ken Simons, Warwickshire County Councils forestry officer, said: "The wet start to the year has had a severe impact and this is coupled with many of our common horse chestnuts suffering attacks from a range of pests and diseases, namely bacterial bleeding canker, leaf miner and leaf blotch. All of these are threatening to remove horse chestnut trees from the landscape in the coming years. Climatic conditions are also stressing these and other trees due to the irregular cycle of drought and flood years we have been experiencing over the last decade."

Mr Simons said that the remaining conkers are hard to find and conker hunters who do strike it lucky will generally find only small examples. He added: "The loss of these trees will have a significant impact throughout Warwickshire as many were planted in highly visible locations and as memorial trees."

Earlier this month the Scottish Conker Championships were cancelled due to a lack of conkers, with organisers saying many horse chestnut trees were bare or only had very small conkers which wouldn't fare well in the competition. The World Conker Championships, held in Northampton, has also warned about a conker shortage. However, this year's event eventually had to be cancelled because of venue problems, while last year's event was cancelled due to high winds.

Ten years ago the leaf miner moth invaded Britain. Its caterpillars devour horse chestnut leaves, turning them brown and causing the tree to produce smaller conkers.

The fruit of the horse chestnut tree was first used for conker fights 200 years ago as a replacement to hazel, cobnut and snail shells.

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imageWith current news about Hurricane Sandy hitting New York, I thought an item about something in the US might be topical. The reason for writing about the Empire State building is to tell you that it’s had an energy saving makeover that has saved $2.4 million and 4,000 tons of carbon Pollution in its first year. To date, not all the tenant spaces have been upgraded, but when complete, the estimated annual savings will be $4.4 million (£2.8 million) and 7,000 tons of carbon pollution. The makeover included an energy saving guarantee from the designers/installers of the upgrade and in the first year. This was exceeded by 5%; a nice little bonus for the owners of the building and for their tenants.

There is a popular belief that the Americans are not trying to save energy and do not recognise Climate Change as a serious threat. This is not true, especially under president Obama. Unlike his predecessor Bush, who was a climate change dissenter, Obama appointed a personal advisor on Climate Change when he became President. Obama has set targets for improved vehicle fuel economy and assigned significant funds for research into low carbon energy technologies. The US is now one of the world’s leading wind energy countries.

The iconic empire state building having an energy saving makeover is surely a sign that America is now moving in the right direction. Lets hope that Obama wins the election because when it comes to Climate Change, Romney is more like Bush.

Notice that Carbon savings and money savings go together, so energy saving is a win for the planet and a win for the building’s owners and tenants. For energy saving advice go to Act on Energy or call free phone 0800 988 2881. By the way, watch out for ‘’ an American organisation giving similar help to American homeowners and businesses!!

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Are you an employer, have you heard of RTI?

John GarnerIf you’re an employer you should now have received a letter from HMRC telling you to get ready. Apparently, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), “A quarter of small firms do not know there are major changes to the way they will have to report their payroll coming into force in only six months time.” They point to “a serious lack of communication between the Government and small firms.”

Of course, regular readers of this column will not be one of those who haven’t heard about it: I wrote about this in August 2011. At that time I wrote: 

"So what is the HMRC Real Time Information system in the first place and how will it affect your business?"

According to a page on the HMRC website, “Employers will send HMRC information about tax and other deductions from employees' pay when, or before, they make the salary or wage payment to the employee, rather than sending returns at the end of the year.”

It was first unveiled as part of a wider consultation by the government in 2010. HMRC’s argument is that PAYE systems have largely been unchanged since their introduction over 65 years ago and therefore some aspects are no longer fit for modern employment patterns. So, instead of sending information at the year end, employers will provide information each time they do their regular payroll run.

You have to admit we really are ahead of the game here at Henley News!

HMRC is exhorting us all to get ready now. There’s a lot of information on their website at: but you may find it a bit confusing - there’s a section on taking part in a pilot scheme which quotes deadlines that have already passed.

The important thing is that you will no longer be able to do your payroll manually, you must use approved payroll software. It will also mean the abolition of the P45 and P46 forms. But at least you won’t have to worry about doing that dreaded year end return.

HMRC say the reason for this change is to bring PAYE into the 21st century. They say it will “make operating a payroll easier for employers and pension providers and make the PAYE system easier for HMRC to administer. Over time it will also make PAYE deductions more accurate for individuals” (I think this a euphemism for saying that it should prevent HMRC from making so many mistakes.)

It will also support the operation of Universal Credit when the Department for Work and Pensions introduce it in October 2013 (see here:

So now you know! It’ll be interesting to see whether the FSB’s concerns are vindicated. Watch this space.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

Bogus Penalty Charge Notice Email
imageDrivers are warned to beware of bogus penalty charge notice emails which have been sent to thousands of email addresses. The notices, which are crude phishing emails, attempt to get the recipient pay a bogus parking fine by following a link in the email. Those who do risk losing their money and compromising their credit/debit card details.

The email mentions the Penalty Charge Notice website. There is more information here:

Warwickshire Trading Standards advises consumers not to open phishing emails and to delete them.

‘Police’ E-Crime Pop-Up Scam
Warwickshire Trading Standards has received a number of complaints from concerned residents who have received pop-ups on their computers demanding that they pay £100 ‘fines'.

The pop-ups often suggest that the consumer has accessed a forbidden website or downloaded copyright material.
In some cases the consumer is told that their PC is ‘locked’ until the ‘fine’ is paid.

This is a scam and probably an indication that your PC has been infected with a virus.

Consumers must not send any money (payment is often requested by PayPal) and instead run your anti-virus software to deal with the problem.

For more information on computer security visit:

Google Email ‘Lucky’ Winner Scam

If you have received an email from Google to let you know you are the ‘lucky winner' then beware, warns Warwickshire Trading Standards.

The bogus ‘WINNING NOTIFICATION FROM GOOGLE WINDOW LIVE INCORPORATION’ emails claim to come from the Google Security Department. The email claims the recipient has won £750,000.00, simply for using Google’s search engine!

Like all bogus emails of this kind it requests a range of personal information which can be used to commit identity fraud and recipients who respond will be asked to send money to ‘help’ the transfer of the non-existent prize.

Further, the email even goes on to warn the recipient not to discuss the email with anyone else. This request is often included to help ensure they are not told by others that they are a scam victim.

Never open or respond to bogus emails.

More information is available on our website:

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


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Major Events in 2013

Please advise Henley NEWS of your major events

January 2013 
February 2013 
March 2013 
April 2013Thurs 18 - Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
May 2013Sat 25 - Air Ambulance Charity Dinner - Memorial Hall
June 2013

Sat 8 - Court Leet Day - Guild Hall & various locations
Sat 22 & Sun 23 - Henley 2013 Music Festival - Memorial Playing Fields

July 2013Sat 20 - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall
August 2013 
September 2013Sat 21 - Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
October 2013Sat 19 - Air Ambulance Charity Dinner - Memorial Hall
November 2013Wed 13 - Court Leet AGM - Guild Hall
December 2013Sat 7 - Xmas Lights switch on & Christmas Market - Market Cross & Guild Hall Garden

Forthcoming Events in the next 2 months

Future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson (Parish Church Newsletter) at:

13th November. This is an 'OPEN SHOW' with national demonstrator Jonathon Moseley presenting 'Yuletide Trends & Traditions'. Tickets on door £8.00.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th November in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Dr Sylvia Pinches will give a talk entitled 'a Tale of Two Castles'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

THE LEPROSY MISSION invite you to a free buffet lunch followed by a fascinating talk by their country leader in Sudan, Dr Yousif Deng, from 1pm on Thursday 15 November in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Over tea and cake afterwards you will be able to talk to Dr Deng about his work. Please telephone 0121 384 2402 to reserve a place if you wish to attend.

ST JOHN'S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Saturday 24 November 11am-3pm
Once again we will be serving hot lunches in addition to the usual refreshments. Please bring friends and family to enjoy this traditional event and do some Christmas shopping at the same time - not forgetting to visit Father Christmas in his grotto! We need prizes for the tombola as well as cakes for the cake stall, bric-a-brac (not jumble), unworn/unwanted clothes, china & glass, gifts, cosmetics (unopened!), handicrafts and produce - if you are making jam or pickles, perhaps you could spare an extra jar for this stall? The bottle Tombola is always very popular and if you could donate a full, unopened bottle of any kind, not necessarily alcohol, then the stall would be an even bigger attraction throughout the day!
Please leave items in the box at the back of church or contact Daphne or Barbara - 01926 843515 or 01564 793710 respectively and we will arrange to collect. Very many thanks.

This is the opportunity for you to learn about "Warwickshire Flowers" when John Roberts visits us on Tuesday November 20th from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall. There could possibly be an opportunity to see the flowers for ourselves at an outdoor meeting next year? Visitors are always welcome.

27th November Christine Dakin (nursery woman) will talk on 'Beautiful Borders'. Visitors welcome.

The Switch On of the Henley Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December 2012. Carol Service at 5.00pm Switch on 5.30pm. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be provided by Henley Ex Services Social Fund.

Last year saw the first Christmas Market in the Guildhall Garden following the Christmas Street Light Switch-on. The market raised over £500 for Acorns. This year we hope to do even better and the chosen charities for 2012 are Warwick Breast Cancer Care & Macmillan Nurses. Stalls will include “Lemon Tree Flowers”, “Maggie's Cup Cakes & Sweets”, tasty hot baps from “Mills the Butcher”, Crafts, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Tombola and Kids Lucky Dip. The Alcester Silver Band will continue to play Christmas songs in the Guildhall Garden. So please come along on Saturday 1st December following the carols at the Market Cross and “Step into Christmas”

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.

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.

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

imageOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (two astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5’s and under with coaching. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378 or Simon Maddox 01564 795699
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
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.

image The centre is open every weekday; Surestart and the Parenting Project operate many supportive activities for mothers with babies. There is a club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the older generation and regular computer classes on Fridays. There is a Youth Club (13+) on Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and a Junior Youth Club for Year 5 to Year 8 on Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You can book the centre for your family parties at the weekend, its superb facilities are ideal for this. Check out the Web Site for a lot more information 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.

imageA registered political party campaigning for a fairer voting system in Henley & Beaudesert. Henley parish is under-represented and one seat should be transferred from Beaudesert parish to Henley parish. The party campaigns for economy as the JPC spends three times as much as comparable parish councils, with over 50% of its income going on administration, which Henley and Beaudesert council taxpayers have to pay for.
For more details, read: To join the Henley Independents email:

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

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Proof Reader
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WCC Trading Standards
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Henley High School
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St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
Rugby Football
Court Leet & HADS
Claverdon & Railway

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