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Edition 314 - 21st November 2012
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New Parish Councillor loses his Seat on Day 5

Parish Clerk fails to advise Council of the procedure to avoid another election

imageMike Willmott, Chairman of the Henley Independents, polled the most votes in the Henley Parish Council By-election held on Thursday 15th November. The results were:

Michael Willmott - 255 (elected)
Roger Hubbocks - 250 (elected)
Andy Langford - 229

It was well known that Mike Willmott was in Spain for health reasons and would return on Tuesday 20th November. Therefore, the clerk could have recommended to councillors at the council meeting on Monday night that a formal resolution be passed allowing Mike Willmott to take up his seat at the following council meeting.

Whilst district councillors have two months to take up their seats, parish councillors have only until the next council meeting after the election, which can be as little as four days. However, there is a lawful procedure which allows the existing council members to pass a resolution allowing for extra time. The law is very clear as is the procedure to avoid another election.


Extract from a document sent to Mike Willmott after the election showing the procedure
which the council could have used to save having another election.


Mike Willmott signs papers for the next by-election.

In June 2010, Cllr Gordon Trinder was unable to attend the first council meeting after his by-election success because he was on holiday.

Mike Willmott, pictured right, has written to Henley NEWS saying, "I would like to thank all the voters who elected me and wished me to serve as a councillor in the interests of Henley.

"However once again certain elements of the Parish Council have taken delight in ignoring the will of the electorate and needlessly disenfranchised a councillor who received the most votes in the recent election, purely because he happened to be in Spain on the day of the first council meeting following the election.

"The law is quite clear and empowers the council to defer the declaration of acceptance to a further date, and this would normally have been proposed following advice from the clerk.

"No such advice was forthcoming despite the legal position being abundantly clear. One has to wonder why a clerk in full possession of the facts was unable or unwilling to advise the councillors on a course of action that would have supported the will of the people.

"It is now suggested that the Council might co-opt a councillor in my place. Democracy demands that this should not take place and the council may well find itself with another election to pay for as a result of the pettiness and lack of respect for the electorate."

Mike Willmott


Calls for the Resignation of Parish Clerk and Chairman

I went to vote at 9.45 pm after a 13 hours of work because I felt so strongly about the need for more balance in the Parish Council. To hear of the Parish Clerk's failure to allow for an appointed Councillor's absence makes me feel beyond angry. I would like to know what reasons were given not to adjourn his appointment until the next meeting. This is a terrible terrible state of affairs and suggests to me that the 'old guard' are feeling threatened by good old fashioned democracy. I pay the Parish Clerk's wages and therefore believe I am entitled to some accountability here. What an absolute farce.

If they had any sense they would co-opt Mike onto the parish council to make amends for such a stupid stunt. (Already more than the required 10 electors have petitioned for an election, blocking the "old guard's" ability to co-opt one of their own. All the "old guard" can now do to minimise the cost is not to put up a candidate against Mike Willmott, in which case the cost of the by-election will be £100 not £2,000 as forecast by the parish clerk for a contested election.)

Can the parish clerk effectively control the result of an election? What an absolute disgrace. People travel for many reasons, health, business, pleasure. I myself was out of the country on a business trip, during the election.

The Joint Parish Council should hang its head in shame. This is a ridiculous and outrageous course of action by a group of superannuated petty-minded individuals with a collective chip on their shoulders - because their authority is being challenged. The only right and proper course of action is for the whole JPC to resign and for Henley to elect a fair and responsible parish council that will serve the interests of the whole town – the current JPC have clearly demonstrated they are not fit to represent us.

The advice given by the parish clerk in this matter is either incompetent, or politically motivated (when she has a legal duty to remain impartial). In both cases Stratford District Council should investigate her actions immediately.

Along with several hundred fellow residents, I took the time and trouble to vote last week in the JPC by-election. I’ve now learned that one of those duly elected has been refused his place at the direction of the clerk to the Parish Council. Quite frankly I’m astonished. If, as I understand it, the new councillor was unable to attend his first meeting last Monday, then surely there is some discretion to confirm his appointment at the next one. I ask:

1) Hasn’t there been a precedent set for this with a previous newly appointed councillor?
2) On what basis did the clerk make her recommendation/decision?
3) Shouldn’t the Clerk respect the democratic process. He was elected after all unlike her?
4) If we have to go through the ridiculous process of voting again, at what cost to the tax payer?
5) In whose interest is the Clerk acting when making this recommendation/decision?

Outrageous! The PC members who supported this have lost my respect as a fair and reasonable group. This will be remembered in future elections.

Had the parish clerk briefed the councillors properly, she could have prevented the cost of another election.

I am absolutely disgusted with the news that Mike Willmott being deselected as a Parish Councillor because he was in Spain for the 1st meeting. Mike Willmott got the majority vote as a result of the election which is a clear indication that the electorate of Henley want Mike Willmott as a JPC member to represent them. How could the Parish Clerk not relay the correct procedure to the councillors at the meeting on Monday so that a formal resolution be passed allowing Mike Willmott to take up his seat at the following council meeting. I doubt the same would have happened if it had been Roger Hubbocks that had been unable to attend. I made a big effort to vote for Mike Willmott on Thursday arriving at the polling station a minute or so after 7 am before heading off to work – what an absolute waste of time and money. I am furious and outraged that this has been allowed to happen. This is the final straw for me and the JPC – I now have zero respect for the parish clerk and chairman and some members of the JPC and consider them to be an absolute laughing stock and a total embarrassment to the people of Henley.

What a ridiculous state of affairs. As I understand it the clerk's role is to support the Parish council, and by extension the community. Certainly the role isn't to make executive decisions. We now seemed to be plunged into another Orwellian voting fiasco. On the plus side we could introduce a new word into the English Language "Double Vote" to go along with Orwell's "Double Speak". You can work the definition out I'm sure

What a Fiasco. This fiasco yet again demonstrates the incompetence,arrogance and bullying tactics of the Parish Clerk (Jenny Walsh - a highly paid employee) and the Chairman (Les Goodman) of the JPC. Who do they think they are?

It also clear indicates their complete contempt for residents, and the lengths they will go to repel any potential challenge to their power over the existing JPC. The recent Remembrance Day parades were in honour of those who fought and died to maintain democracy and freedom.

The Clerk and Chairman of the JPC should hang their heads in shame.

You have both stayed too long ......... GO NOW!

We also were in Spain when the elections took place but we took the trouble to organise a postal vote because we wanted a change to the JPC. We have read with some dismay about the actions of the Parish Clerk and the JPC at the Parish Council meeting to effectively stop Mike Willmott becoming a Councilor on a technicality. What a disgrace! It is of course well known that Mike Willmott would be arguing for a reduction in the Clerk's hours to save money. Well he may not need to bother now as surely she must either resign or be asked to leave. For a person who has served as a Parish Clerk for as long as she has to make such an error is not credible and makes one wonder if she had another agenda? Fortunately, the JPC and Clerk have been prevented from simply co-opting one of their own. Let's get a few more Independents in and get rid of this 'Old guard' once and for all. They have been entrenched long enough and if this is how they react to some opposition then it's time for a change.

As local residents who went out to vote last Thursday 15 November we are disgusted that our vote means nothing. We feel that the Parish Council have paid no attention to the electorate and would insist on another election if Mike Willmott is not reinstated.

What more can I say than what has already been said? Surely the dynamic duo have gone too far this time

I am completely appalled at the actions of the Parish Council.....who do they think they are ignoring the electorate & sacking the newly elected council member??? I can't believe they are now in a position of forcing another costly election for what can only be described as childish and petty reasons! This is unacceptable!!

This is ludicrous - a waste of everyones time & money. If Mike was elected, he should stay elected - the people voted...what was the point if their opinions are not respected?

Poll-topping councillor loses seat
for not signing on at his first meeting

imageSo reads the report in Thursday's edition of the Stratford Herald about the sacking of Mike Willmott who topped the poll in last Thursday's Henley Parish Council By-election. It states that the parish clerk took this action on Tuesday morning without consulting Councillors at last Monday's regular parish council meeting. It also states that Mike Willmott has yet to be advised of his sacking.

On Wednesday morning, 14 electors requested the Returning Officer to block the existing controlling group from co-opting one of their own. There will now be an election in about four weeks time.

If Mike Willmott is the only candidate at the next by-election, the cost will be only £100. If the "old guard" put up their own candidate against Mike Willmott, the cost will reportedly be around £2,000. You are recommended to purchase today's edition of the Stratford Herald for a fair and accurate report.

Local Electors demand yet another by-election in Henley
Posted on November 22, 2012 by Jenny Walsh, Parish Clerk

imageA by-election was held 16th November 2012 when Mr Mike Willmott, one of two successful candidates for the by election, failed to turn up for his first meeting and made no apology or request to the Council to permit him to submit his Declaration of Acceptance at another time.

Despite urging that local residents give the power back to the Council and let them co-opt a new Councillor with zero cost to the tax payer, we have been informed that within 12 hours of the notice of vacancy appearing, 10 electors rushed to present a request for yet another by-election.

Let us hope that whoever stands for a Parish Council role, that they take the role seriously and find it in their wisdom to get the facts before they waste any more public money.

Henley NEWS has been advised that this statement was issued without the knowledge or approval of all the councillors.

The Parish Clerk ignores all emails from Cllr Bill Leech (Henley Independents). Cllr Leech sent emails to the parish clerk apologising for his nonattendance at the parish council meetings on 15th October, which was his birthday and again for the meeting on 5th November 2012 because he was receiving a cheque from the Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The JPC minutes for the meeting on 5th November 2012 state; "Cllr Leech was shown as absent without apologies for the second meeting in succession." Clearly, if Bill Leech had made an email apology for Mike Willmott, which he did not, it would have been disregarded by the parish clerk. Cllr Field confirmed that she had received her copy of both his emails.

Court Leet elects first lady Low Bailiff

imageimageThe annual meeting of the Henley-In-Arden Court Leet took place at Guild Hall on Wednesday 13th November.

Fred Dowling was appointed as the new High Bailiff. He is well known in the town, having served as Low Bailiff in the past year & his “theatrical bent“ (Henley Amateur Dramatics) will certainly help him to “present the Court“ with flair.

Dawn Leech, pictured right, was appointed as the new Low Bailiff, which is the first time in 800 years that Henley has a female High Bailiff in the making. Dawn has been very active in the Court in recent years and has done a superb job in raising funds – notably for the Guildhall which is a key feature of the antiquity of Henley. Dawn is someone who likes to get things done in an efficient and professional way – she will be a great asset to Fred in the forthcoming year.

Four new Honorary Burgesses were appointed (which was unprecedented) – Duncan Bainbridge, Brian Jackson, John Latham & Douglas Bridgewater – all of whom were ex High Bailiffs, but all have continued to make major contributions after their years in Office to the Court Leet, the Guildhall and Henley-In-Arden.

As is tradition, each of the Court’s officers presented their activities to the Members of the Court, the Visiting Courts of Alcester, Warwick, Stratford & Bromsgrove and the members of the Jury, local people who have been in the area for a minimum of five years and who vote for Members of the Court.

Key feedback from the meeting included: John Tristram, the retiring High Bailiff had represented the town well, both in the town and at other activities out of the town. Sadly, having just done the one year in Office, John is standing down and has decided no longer to remain on the Court.

Voting took place after the business had been concluded – with two places on the Court being contested by five people, all of whom were keen to join. The two new members elected were Norman Kench, who has lived in Henley for many years, and Alistair Price, who was on the Court for 12 years until 2007, when he resigned for personal reasons. Alistair will bring much past experience with him and he was the driver in getting Heart Start set up in Henley.

Finally Dr Douglas Bridgewater, a new Honorary Burgess, made a presentment about an issue concerning the proposed blocking of a footpath in Edge Lane, Beaudesert. This was noted by the Steward David Lodder and will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

The meeting ended with sandwiches and wine, after which a number visited the White Swan for a “night cap”.

Report by Alistair Price, Chamberlain


Retiring High Bailiff John Tristram with the Distinguished Guests


Four new Burgesses: Duncan Bainbridge, Dr Douglas Bridgewater, Brian Jackson and John Latham


The new High Bailiff Fred Dowling receives his chain of office from Honorary Burgess Derek Sharman


Photos by Alan Robson


The Manor of Henley-in-Arden
Court Leet & Court Baron

2012 - 13

Lord of the Manor

Mrs Robin Hardy-Freed

Steward of the Manor
David Lodder
Honorary Burgesses Derek Sharman
  Alec Halliwell
  Duncan Bainbridge
  Brian Jackson
John Latham
Dr Douglas Bridgewater
Chaplin to the Court
John Ganjavi
High Bailiff
Fred Dowling
Low Bailiff
Dawn Leech
Affeerors (Tax Collectors)
Tom Mangan
Norman Kench
Ale Tasters
Andrew Gardner
Graham Smith
Brook Lookers
Marc Bailey
Ian Williamson
Butter and Bread Weigher
Jonathan Dovey
Alistair Price
John Love
Barry Tulloch
Mace Bearer
Gerald Smith
Town Crier
Gordon Trinder


Bromsgrove's Court Leet debated women's membership at their meeting on Thursday November 1st and confirmed that women were welcome to join. The new Bailiff of Bromsgrove, Roy Thomason, told Henley NEWS, it was more of a clarification of the rules rather than changing them. And he added, "We would always look favourably on any nominations of women to join," he said.

The current Bailiff of Warwick, Anne Henderson, and Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Higgins, are both ladies. Alcester Court Leet is the only Court Leet in the area to maintain its men only rule.


On Friday 16th, the new High Bailiff Fred Dowling and Low Bailiff Dawn Leech attended their first function
as guests of the Alcester Court Leet

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imageRemembrance Day 2012


Dennis Cox, Chairman of the Royal British Legion - Henley-in-Arden Branch, leads the parade.



They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

We will remember them.


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Photos by Alan Robson

Remembrance Day Road Closure

Dear Editor,

imageI would like to make a comment about the road closures in Henley today. Firstly, I would like to emphasise that I support absolutely closing roads around the time of the 11 o'clock silence - I think that it enhances the solemnity of the occasion.

That said, I tried to drive through Henley at 10.20 this morning towards Solihull and had to turn back. I then tried the alternative route past the Fire Station but that was blocked by the parade forming up. There were no signs placed in advance warning that this major road would be shut so far before 11 o'clock, and the only detour I think would be through Ullenhall and Tanworth; a considerable distance that would require advance planning if you had to get somewhere for a particular time.

Can I therefore please use your pages to ask the organisers if next year they could give say a week's warning (or even two days!) that the road will be shut, including the times if it is so far before 11 o'clock?

Luke Daniel, Wootton Wawen



Diamond Jubilee

Telephone Directory


The Henley-in-Arden Diamond Jubilee Telephone Directory has been published at a cover price of £6.

John Dukes Stationery & Print, 110 High Street, is the sole selling agent and they have plenty of copies.


Invitation from The White Swan


Nigel and Maria invite all the residents of Henley and surrounding areas to join us on Friday 30th November from 7:30pm to enjoy a glass of wine and many nibbles to celebrate the re-naming of our beautiful restaurant at The White Swan Hotel.

We hope to have the pleasure of your company in our warm, vibrant and newly styled restaurant. The White Swan Hotel Bar and Restaurant. Tel: 01564 79262

C of E Primary School NEWS

Visit to Skills Show at the NEC

imageThis week, Year Four pupils from Henley in Arden Church of England School visited the Skills Show at the NEC.

This was a chance to experience different careers and vocations. It gave the children the opportunity to experience work they might not have heard of before and in turn broaden their horizons and aspire to different careers. There was everything from beauty therapy and web design to robotic and aeronautical engineering.

Many companies had provided hands on experiences for the children and this helped them get a better feel of the real world.

The children returned to school full of enthusiasm and with a better idea of their future career, all at the tender ages of 8 and 9!

Visit to Birmingham Museum


On Thursday the 15th November, Year 5 and Year 6 went on a train to go on an exciting trip to Birmingham Museum to learn about the Ancient Egyptians.

When we arrived, we were able to go to the gift shop and buy something. Then we made a booklet of all the different facts. We were able to hold ancient artifacts that were thousands of years old!

Next we learned about mummification and we got to help mummify a dummy! We told her some of the facts we had learned back at school.

Finally we went to the train station and went back to Henley to be collected by our parents. It had been a very busy day!!!

By Freddie Mcluskie and Leah Agar-Tomes

Tennis Club News

imageMost competitive and social tennis at Club level is centred round doubles play. Henley Tennis Club have identified a need for regular singles play and are introducing two sessions to cater for this.

The men’s section is holding a monthly play on Thursday evening – the next session being on 13th December starting at 7pm. Anyone interested should contact Stewart Kent on 07973 727641 or Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426.

A second mixed session has been arranged for Tuesday mornings starting at 10am. For further details contact Sarah Longden on 07967018695 or Simon Maddox on 01564 795699.

Following on from a successful Tapas lunch last month, the Club is brimming with Christmas cheer with a Christmas Tournament and Curry Evening on Thursday 6th December, a Christmas Lunch at the Crabmill on 14th December and Social Tennis with mince pies and mulled wine on Sunday 16th December.

Not forgetting the Juniors! – the Club is supporting local sports training organisation, Coolsportz, who have launched a Wednesday evening Introduction to Tennis Course for Girls aged 9 – 11, which will initially run until 5th December. Sessions will continue after that and further information can be obtained from Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426. This follows a successful taster session for 50 children from Henley and Wootton Primary Schools introducing them to the Club and to the game.

These events followed a busy summer and autumn culminating in a Junior Tournament with 27 players taking part in 3 different competitions. This included a mini orange (9 and under) tournament of which Alex Didlick was the winner. In addition there were two separate doubles competitions with 22 players taking part. There were some fantastic matches with the eventual winners being Bradley Smith and Max Beishon in one of the groups and Alex Evans and Louis Walsh in the other group. Pictures from this Tournament are below.


The mini orange players


Some of the 16 and under Players in one group, with winners Alex Evans and Louis Walsh


Some of the 16 and under players in the other group, with winners Bradley Smith and Max Beishon.

The Club’s 16 & under Christmas Tournament will take place on Saturday 8th December.

Henley Lingerie Boutique is Reaching for the Stars

imageHoneys Lingerie Boutique of Henley in Arden celebrate 3 great achievements this month. Not only are they celebrating there 3rd year of business and the launch of their Designer Dress Agency - Jamais vu, but this month saw Honeys nominated for the prestigious Star Awards in London this is the Second year running they have reached the Finals of this high profile national industry nominated award.

Honeys were recognised for their concept in the “Best Shop Awards” their mix of designer lingerie, swimwear and nightwear brands from leading international labels like La Perla and Lise Charmel to Boutique labels Kiss me deadly, Tatu Couture and Baujais from the UK combined with their excellent customer service and international website makes this stunning boutique a true destination shop and a rarity outside London.

Victoria Dyer Director at Honeys said “ This is a fantastic achievement for Honeys, being shortlisted from 450, we feel very proud and humbled to be down to the final 6 amongst some of the finest boutiques in the country”

Pop in to the boutique at 129 High Street, Henley In Arden to find out what makes this Lingerie Shop in Warwickshire stand out from the rest or visit their website.

Coolsportz Kids Sports Camp in January 2013

imageAfter a busy Christmas Period and New Year Celebrations you may well need a well-earned break or unfortunately have to go back to work! No need to panic because Coolsportz will be running their sports camps at the start of the New Year to help parents out.

The Henley in Arden based sports company is running their Sports Camp with plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged four to fourteen active and entertained before they go back to school in January.

The Ofsted Registered Camp, which accepts childcare vouchers, is held at Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden and will be running on Wed 4th, Thurs 5th, Fri 6th and Mon 7th Jan. Children can attend half day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day only for 5 – 14yrs).

The Camp is based on a fun multi-sports programme offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball and much more. All children who attend will also have the chance to explore their creative side with art and craft workshops.

Coach Neil Supperstone, who will be running the Camp, says: “Coolsportz camps provide children with the opportunity to make some new friends and take part in a fun, action packed day. Sessions are held at Warwickshire College and we are so lucky to have a great facility, including a Four Court Indoor Badminton sports hall, a studio and full size Astro Turf Football Pitch.

If you book and pay by Fri 21st December you will receive a 10% discount so hurry up and book at or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email

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Henley Taekwon-Do wins National Medals


imageimageAt the end of October members of Henley Taekwon-Do took part in the Global Taekwon-Do UK Championships. For many of those competing, this was their first taste of competition. There were over 500 competitors taking part, ranging from the very young to veterans, and from novices to the experienced.

Henley Taekwon-Do put in an absolutely fantastic performance to win two gold, one silver and one bronze medals. Compared to some of the larger and more established clubs, this was an excellent achievement.

Alan Batson, instructor at Henley Taekwon-Do, said; "‘This was a superb effort by all of the members of Henley Tae Kwon Do who participated. Parents and students enjoyed the day and to come away with this level of medal haul for the group that entered is outstanding. It proves we are going from strength to strength, teaching the key skills and encouraging confidence and the self-belief that is necessary to be successful in this demanding and enjoyable martial art. We very much hope to build on this success in the years to come."

Henley Taekwon-Do

Roll of Honour:

Patterns: White Belt, Green Tag, 8-10 years
Olivia Penny – Gold Medal

Patterns: White Belt, Green Tag, 11-12 years
James Taylor – Silver Medal

Continuous Sparring: White Belt, Green Tag, 8-10 years
Molly Hedderman – Gold Medal

Continuous Sparring: Black Belt, 13-14 years
Elena Batson – Bronze Medal

Olivia Penny also won the special award for the best achievement at Peewee level (up to 12 years) in the tournament.

Henley Taekwon-Do train at Warwickshire College on Saturday mornings, from 10.30 – 12.00. The club is open to all, whatever your age and experience. For more information, call Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.


Henley CFR Annual General Meeting


The Henley Community First Responders held their first AGM at the Fire Station on Monday, 22nd October. 26 people attended, with representatives from their sponsors, Rotary and Mayswood Garage, and various organisations in the town. The evening was ably chaired by Ray Holding, a member of the committee, and reports were given by the co-ordinator, John Pudney, and treasurer, Anna Bartlett. Some excellent suggestions were addressed to the treasurer about future fund-raising.

The highlight of the meeting was the presentation given by Mr Martyn Scott, WMAS Area Manager–South. He spoke about ‘The Place of Community First Responders in Coventry and Warwickshire’ and also explained how the ambulance service will be changing and developing in our county. The audience was intrigued by details of the computer programme that can predict the unpredictable. He quoted the example that if you live in Shipston-on-Stour you are most likely to have a heart attack at 8.00 am, while in Henley-in-Arden there is the greatest possibility of a 999 call to the ambulance service at 8.00 pm. Because of this emerging pattern of calls, ambulances and paramedic cars are constantly moved around the district to be in the area of highest priority. Mr Scott answered several questions on training, counselling for difficult calls, and the likelihood of an ambulance being based in Henley. The answer to the last one was that the current levels of activity, an average of 1.3 ‘999’ calls per day, do not warrant a full-time ambulance being present.


The chairman thanked Mr Scott for a most interesting and enlightening talk.

Further business saw the new constitution accepted by the members.  The officers, Chairman John Pudney, Treasurer Anna Bartlett, and Secretary Sue Osborne, were elected to serve for the forthcoming year. Under Any Other Business, Mary Tuckley explained the charitable status of the CFR group, and David Brain of Rotary talked about their continuing sponsorship of the CFRs.

Sue Osborne, CFR Secretary reporting

Don't let the silent killer get your loved ones; install a carbon monoxide alarm

Specialist paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service - Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) are urging people throughout the Warwickshire to fit a carbon monoxide alarm to their home. The call comes after ambulance crews had to take six people to hospital from Wolverhampton after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.

Each year carbon monoxide poisoning kills around 50 people in England and results in 200 being hospitalised and another 4,000 needing treatment in A&E.

With Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week starting on Monday (19th November), West Midlands Ambulance Service is supporting the campaign to get everyone to fit an alarm that could save their life. John Woodhall, who is a paramedic and Support Manager with the WMAS HART Team, said: “Carbon monoxide is a silent killer which sadly leads to deaths every year. It is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. Breathing it in can make you unwell, but can also kill. The vast majority of people now have smoke alarms. Having a carbon monoxide alarm similarly doesn’t cost much, but what price can you put on the life of a loved one?

“Please don’t take the chance, get an alarm fitted and make sure it, along with your smoke alarm, works each week. Your life could depend on it.”

St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

posterOne of the first signs in our town that Christmas is coming is the St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar and this year is no exception.

The Bazaar is being held once again in the Church Hall in Beaudesert Lane on Saturday 24th November between 11.00am and 3.00pm. There will be plenty for visitors to enjoy including games, gifts, raffle & tombola, books, bric a brac, handicrafts, toys and jewellery....and Father Christmas will be in his grotto too!

Once again organisers will be serving hot lunches, and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Rob Kingscott reporting


Community Library thanks John Stott

imageI'd like to record my thanks to John Stott for his kind words in Henley NEWS about Henley Community Library, where you can indeed get a cuppa and a biscuit.

Readers may like to know that the Library wants to extend its children's services. We are now asking young children's parents (through nursery and pre-schools) whether their youngsters would come for rhythm and rhyming and story-telling activities at the Library. There have been requests for these services from individual parents, some keen on volunteering to run the activities, but no organised community response until now.

Our drive follows from the very successful 2012 Summer Reading Challenge, in which 47 school children obtained their gold medals at an “Olympic Awards” ceremony at the Methodist Church in September. Their small brothers and sisters often came to the library with them, and we would like to restore services that ended last March for these very young listeners and readers.

Parents and nurseries can promote this goal by expressing their interest to us on the provided forms and joining our Paper Chain fundraiser. If pre-schoolers aren't enrolled in a nursery or they've not been given our literature, our website will be posting it at with forms to download and email.

Local businesses can support the Paper Chain financially: they can pledge a penny for each paper link made between 1 and 22 December by local children to create a large garland. It will be the main holiday decoration for the library. The money it raises goes to buy a CD player, children's rhythm instruments and stationery for the proposed activities. On Saturday 22 December at mid-day, we welcome visitors to have some Christmas cheer and admire the children's creation. Supporting businesses can be thanked on our website, and they can receive a corporate membership in the community library if the chain exceeds a thousand links—that's 10 GBP.

The Community Library wants families involved. This is the best way to sustain children's services and promote literacy from a young age. We can ask for volunteer training from the Warwickshire Library Service, and in fact will be having some for next year's Summer Reading Challenge volunteers. We do expect all our volunteers to undergo CRB checking if they don't have current clearances. There is no charge to them.

So do as John says: come round for a cuppa at the library. You can surf the net for your homework, print your projects, read our donated magazines and newspapers, and even conduct Stratford Council business via their customer access terminal. And bring your children.

More fundraising will kick off on Monday 14 January at the Henley Primary School Hall with the first of four quiz nights in 2013. The 2013 Summer Reading Challenge will benefit from its success. On 1 February we're booked for a tour of Parliament. Details are being organised. Community Library members enjoy a discount on the cost of this trip. Watch for us.

Judith Lindley

Consolation bonus for the lions in narrow defeat

Saturday 17th November 2012


Try scorer – Chris Glover
Conversion – Doz Ward
Penalties – Doz Ward x 2


James Barton winning the ball for Claverdon in the line out

The lions hosted Atherstone on Saturday looking to move up the table against a side that were also suffering from inconsistent form this season.

imageWith the top pitch now in very good condition the home side decided the extra width would suit their pacey backs. As is the norm these days the again perfect rugby conditions appeared in time for kick off. Claverdon started well and were in the lead after only five minutes when fly half Doz Ward kicked a penalty in front of the posts.

This spurred on Atherstone and they spent the next ten minutes gaining good yards with strong running from their forwards and backs. Although the lions held firm with a solid defence they ended up infringing and the Atherstone scrum half just made the penalty as it bounced through off the post. They followed this up only five minutes later as their scrum half kicked another three points.

A good break from winger Jon Allen saw the lions thirty metres out and from a solid lineout they produced their first real spark of the game. A miss pass from Ward found outside centre Tom Johnson who used his exhilarating pace to take on both his opposite number and the winger on the outside. With only the full back to beat he chipped over only for the bounce to deceive him but when Atherstone tried to kick clear the ball was charged down and second row Chris Glover was first to pounce on the loose ball. Ward kicked well from out wide to add the extra two points.

Soon after and the lions were still dominating and it was Ward who further extended their lead as he kicked another three points from forty yards. This again proved to kick-start the visitors as they made immediate ground near the Claverdon line. While it seemed that the Claverdon defence had again stood firm an Atherstone forward managed to break the line to score a converted try in the corner even though the ball had appeared to be held up.

13-13 Half Time

Claverdon had lost a good lead and were determined to put this right in the second half but numerous changes and basic errors meant they were unable to build on their score. A break from full back Rob Horsfall set Jon Allen down the wing and further interchanges between Andy Wenborn and James Barton soon created space. When Barton fed to centre Johnson he ran in to score in the corner only for the referee to pull the play back for Allen’s foot being in touch much earlier in the move.


Doz Ward breaking from the scrum, supported by Conor Smith and Tom Johnson

Atherstone responded with a try of their own but this time to the referee let it stand. From a lineout only ten metres out they used their strong pack to trundle over in the corner for an unconverted try.

The last fifteen minutes belonged to the home side as they threw everything at the ever tiring Atherstone side. Unfortunately they simply couldn’t get the breakthrough that they needed and probably deserved in the end and the game was played out without any further scores being recorded.

13-18 Full Time

Another defeat for the lions but they can take heart from good fifteen minute periods in both halves. The aim now for them is to try and take this forward to produce this for a full eighty minutes and they will certainly have their work cut out as they travel to face a strong Civil Service side on Saturday.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos Will Barnes


imageThe Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre has places available on a number of its tours during December on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. We will be closed for tours after Friday 21st December 2012 until Wednesday 2nd January 2013 but can still offer places on many tours. If you are an individual, small family, social group or company planning a Christmas outing / team building get together please do consider booking a tour.

As well as learning about the work carried out at the National Breeding Centre - who supply all of the guide dog pups throughout the UK - and seeing pups, you can experience our sensory tunnel, and purchase your Christmas gifts and cards.

Simply call 0845 3727432 or email

See website for further details:

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Stay in shape this Christmas

imageAs Christmas approaches we tend to eat out more often and treat ourselves to more indulgent foods with the philosophy ‘well it is Christmas’. But all those meals and treats can quickly pile on the pounds and soon that little black dress or jacket that you worked so hard to fit into can start to feel a little tighter than it should.

By following just a few small tips you can still dine out through December without depriving yourself and stay in shape.

  • If you’re going out for dinner, don’t starve yourself during the day to save calories. It just means you’ll overeat when you do. Keep your body fuelled with the right food throughout the day.
  • Always have a glass of water before your meal. It will give your tummy an immediate feeling of fullness and reduce your appetite.
  • If your meal comes with sauce ask for it on the side so your plate isn’t swamped with hidden empty calories.Say no to the bread basket – once you start you can’t stop!
  • Swap stodge for nutrition and ask for extra salad or vegetables instead of chips and potatoes.
  • If you’re having a pudding share with a friend– it’s a pure indulgence, best shared!

Putting these tips into practice not only means you're getting maximum nutrition from your evening out you’ll also have more energy for the dance floor!

Stephanie Boyle is a Wellness Coach and Herbalife Independent Distributor and can help with weight loss, improved health, energy and vitality. Call 07825 999122 or visit

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Sports Programmes in the school holidays

imageFusion Sports is a local Sports Provider which aims to inspire all children to take part in sport through fun and enjoyable coaching programmes. Fusion delivers many coaching sessions each week to schools across the Midlands ranging from specialist tailored Extra Curricular Clubs to a High Quality PPA service which is taught with knowledge and a fine detail.

One of the things in which Fusion Sports also delivers is Sports Programmes in the school holidays. They have a history of running a long line of successful Sports Camps in which children can come along and take part in different activities each day. Their Sports camps are all based around FUN. Each child will get the chance to try their hand at around 4-5 sports each day ranging from Football to Cheerleading and Gymnastics.

Fusion Sports takes extra care and pride in what they do. That’s why each one of their Sports Coaches has to go through a careful selection process where they undergo several observations and training programmes. Each coach also has to possess a First Aid Qualification, Child Protection Certificate and most importantly a clean CRB.

Here is what Fusion are doing in your area:

  • 2 Day Sports Camp
  • Venue: Henley-In-Arden Secondary School
  • Dates: Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th January 2013
  • Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm each day
  • Cost: £11 per day per child, £20 for both days per child.
  • All children from Reception to Year 8 are able to attend.




Volunteer wanted by War Memorial Trust

imageThe Hub@Henley Community Centre is opening a new youth club evening on Mondays and is seeking 4 volunteers to man the coffee bar from 7 'til 9 pm on a fortnightly rota. We can't open until volunteers are in place, so PLEASE can you help?!!

For further information please contact Peter Crathorne on (01564) 795470, or e-mail:

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Charity Fashion Show in Claverdon


Liz Taylor - Live 24Seven, Jane Stillwell - Domino Stratford on Avon, Tracey Dunn - Joseph Foote Brain Tumour Trust,
Massimo & Jane of the Crown Inn Italy Claverdon

On Wednesday 14th November the Crown Inn Italy at Claverdon hosted a fashion show by Domino, Stratford on Avon, in aid of Joseph Foote Brian Tumour Trust. Matt Curtis and team styled models' hair and Carrie Jayne Beauty the models' make up.

The evening was a sell out event with over 50 guests. Each guest received a glass of excellent house wine and a 'Crown Inn' Italian deli board. Plus an amazing fashion show with extensive fashion and product knowledge from models who mingled with the guests. Hair advice from the talented Matt Curtis team and beauty advice from Carrie Jayne Beauty. The VIP salon team offered their services for nail manicures donating all their profits to the charity.

The Crown Inn provides a multi functional venue which can successfully host any event and private parties. As well as being an excellent restaurant, pub with dining rooms and of course our traditional bar serving real ales and beers.


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How to save £641 per year

imageBelow there's a link to a new website that gives average amounts you can save on petrol/diesel by taking a few simple actions. For an average sized car doing average mileage, the answer is £641 per year. Take a look and see how many of the actions you can do. You may not be able to save £641 but unless you're already doing all of the actions, I'm sure you'll find some worthwhile savings. The website lets you choose between small medium and large cars and low medium and high mileages. Before seeing how much you can save, you have to choose a favourite activity such as sport or music. For each money saving action, it then shows how you could spend the saved money on your favourite activity (just in case you didn't know already!). Its quick to use so take a look.

There are lots of other ways in which you can save money on fuel. My favourite is driving gently and remembering to change up as soon as possible; typically at below 2500 RPM for petrol engines and below 2000 for diesels, unless traffic or road conditions such as hills dictate otherwise. Someone who tried this out, after reading about it in a previous article, told me that they noticed a big savings in fuel bills, so it is definitely worth trying if you are not already doing so.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Google – still doing no evil?

John GarnerIs Google still true to its motto? You’ll have noticed that, along with their counterparts from Amazon and Starbucks, its senior executives have been heavily criticised for avoiding UK tax, albeit legally. Being criticised for using a legal loophole by MPs, many not exactly whiter than white themselves, seems to me the height of hypocrisy – but let’s not dwell on that.

The trouble is we rely so much on Google it's frightening. Google's search engine is the first port of call for practically every Internet user when they want to find something online. Even if you know the web address of a site, it is still often easier just to type its name into Google to find it. I do it a lot, in fact it’s the only search engine I can be bothered to use, and it works very well.

This massive amount of power dictates what we see online, because if a site isn't indexed by Google, then no one will be able to find it. Google's power stems from the fact that it actually makes it easier than most other search engines to find the pages we want, based on its page ranking algorithms which list sites in the search results based on how popular they are.

In general most people have been quite satisfied that Google ranks their results fairly, so that the most popular sites for a particular search term are put at the top of the listing. But what happens when governments decide to start interfering with Google's ranking process? We may be about to find out.

You see, major international entertainment companies have been up in arms for some time that users can use search engines such as Google to easily find sites that carry pirated films and music. They've been making such a fuss that Google have promised to push results from illegal file sharing websites down the search listing.

But now the UK government is reviewing Google's pledge to make sure that it is actually doing that. It seems that Google doesn't really want to falsely change the search results based on pressure from outside interests – it would rather just rank sites based on their popularity, so it’s dragging its feet.

But the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the government agency which oversees these things, is not happy with Google. It is coming under pressure from the entertainment companies too, so it’s looking into how it can force Google to make the changes. The Culture Secretary (Maria Miller nowadays, not that Jeremy Hunt fellow) has even threatened to introduce a new law as part of a forthcoming communications bill to force Google to make the changes if they don't do it voluntarily.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of online piracy, this is a very worrying development. As soon as the government decides which information shows up in web searches, it can use it to suppress sites it doesn't want us to see.

Once Google buckles to pressure from one special interest group, it'll find it more difficult to ignore the lobbying of other similar groups, and then the Internet will stop being an unregulated place to share ideas. Instead, it will become just another massive messaging board for advertisers to sell us things.

..and another thing…

If you’re a PC user with Internet Explorer 9 (or an earlier version) you should urgently download the latest security patch from Microsoft. There’s a serious problem.

Anyone, and it could be you, visiting a malicious website using an unpatched version of IE could expect to have their user account taken over by hackers. The attack works by exploiting the bug in IE to run malicious code on a targeted PC. Once one malware infection has managed to lodge in a vulnerable PC it goes on to download further infections.

If you have Windows configured to automatically apply available updates, you can check whether the patch has been installed yet by clicking Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features (Add or Remove Programs in XP). Click View installed updates (tick Show updates in XP).

Look through the list of installed updates for the one with the code number KB2744842. If this is present, then your system is safe. If not, you'll need to install it as soon as possible. If you have automatic updates switched on you should have it by now – I’ve just checked and I have.

If not, the easiest way to do so is to use Windows Update to apply the fix. To start Windows Update, click Start > All Programs > Windows Update.

Good luck and don’t get caught out.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Warnings from Trading Standards

Cold Calling – Don’t Buy It!

imageIn National Consumer Week 2012, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is urging people to stay safe in their own homes by saying a firm “NO” to cold calling doorstep traders.

Today (12 November) marks the beginning of the Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) annual National Consumer Week

BBC presenter Gloria Hunniford and consumer minister Jo Swinson MP are launching the national campaign with the message ‘cold calling – don’t buy it!’

Warwickshire mobile phone fraudsters jailed

Four men who ran a mobile phone insurance fraud from premises in Warwickshire (Rugby) and Solihull have been imprisoned, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service are pleased to announce. The sentencing followed a lengthy investigation by the Central England Trading Standards Scambuster Team in relation to the sale of fraudulent mobile phone insurance policies being sold by Midland Communication Solutions Ltd trading under the name Mitele.

The prosecution was supported by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, a Central England Trading Standards Authority. In fact the prosecution proved that the 'mobile phone insurance policies' were, in effect, worthless pieces of paper which gave the consumers who purchased them no cover at all. The documents that were sent out contained the name 'Equity Red Star', which is the name of a genuine insurance company but whose name was being abused by the defendants and their company as they had no connection with, or authority to use, the Equity Red Star name.

The court heard how the company set up two call centres in 2008, one in Rugby and one in Tipton, as well as claiming to have a head office in Birmingham city centre. In fact, the 'head office' was no more than a serviced office instructed to forward post to the Rugby office. From their Rugby and Tipton offices sales staff were provided with lists of consumers to cold call on the phone and to sell the policies to. Sales staff were paid bonuses for every policy sold.

Complaints first started to come through because consumers noticed that the full amounts were being deducted from their accounts instead of the monthly payments as had been agreed. Other consumers complained after having multiple payments deducted from their accounts, and some consumers even reported having payments taken even though they had not taken out a policy with, or even any knowledge of, Midland Communication Solutions Ltd or its trading name, Mitele.

Aggressive Caller

A Leamington Spa business has received an unexpected aggressive phone call. The phone call was reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards. The caller asked the trader who his gas supplier was and the trader told the caller he was a business. The caller then told that trader that because he was being ‘uncooperative’ his electricity and gas would be cut off within 24hrs and he would have to pay £100 to have it reconnected. The trader checked with his supplier who confirmed it was a scam, probably designed to get him to agree to change his energy supplier.

Suspected loan shark arrested following operation in Stratford- upon- Avon.

A 55 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday morning. The England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards, executed a warrant at a residential property seizing cash.

More information is available on our website:

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



imageI bought a bunch of stuff, over £150, and glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back of £40. I told her I didn't request a cash back and to delete it. She said I'd have to take the £40 because she couldn't delete it. I told her to call a supervisor.  A supervisor came and said I'd have to take it. I said NO! Taking the £40 would be a cash advance against my credit card and I wasn't paying interest on a cash advance!!!!! If they couldn't delete it then they would have to delete the whole order. So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order & re-scan everything!

The second time I looked at the electronic pad before I signed and a cash-back of £20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier and she deleted it. The total came out right. The cashier agreed that the Electronic Pad must be defective.

Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered me the £40 at the beginning. Can you imagine how many people went through before me and at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?

Just to alert everyone. My co-worker went to Milford last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn't give her a receipt. She asked the cashier for a receipt and the cashier was annoyed but gave it to her. My co- worker didn't look at her receipt until later that night. The receipt showed that she asked for £20 cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK!

My co-worker called the supermarket who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for the bank and her niece told her this. This is a new scam going on. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her friend who is the next person in the queue.

Please, please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards!

This is NOT limited to supermarkets; they are the largest retailers so they have the most incidents.

I am adding to this. My husband and I went to our usual supermarket and paid with a credit card; when my husband just happened to notice there was a £20 cash back added. He told the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash back and she said this machine has been messing up and she cancelled it. We really didn't think anything of it until we read this email.

I wonder how many "seniors" have been, or will be, "stung" by this one????



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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 1 - 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:

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.

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”

Come and join the congregation of St John’s church on Sunday 2nd December at 5.00pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane for tea followed by our Advent Service in beautiful St Nicholas Church, which will be illuminated by candlelight. All are welcome.

The W.I. meets in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday December 4th from 7.30pm for our Christmas Social. Members please bring a plate of food to share and visitors are welcome to join us to find out what a good programme is planned for next year.

On Wednesday December 17th we meet for our AGM (very short) followed by the Christmas Social and Quiz. Come along to the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm with some refreshments to share. This is a good opportunity for new members to meet everybody.

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

The Court Leet & Court Baron dates from a Royal Charter and was a Court authorised to deal with matters relating to the duties and services owed by the peasants or villeins (not Freemen) to the Lord of the Manor.
It exercised the peacekeeping jurisdiction of the sheriff’s twice yearly tour of the hundred courts. It received presentments about obstructions of the highway and watercourses. It regulated the weights and measures.

Today, the Henley Court Leet is one of only 32 recognised Court Leets in the Administration of Justice Act 1977 and it is responsible for continuing the traditions and ceremonial of the town. More information about the Court Leet

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
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 and potential new members would be most welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079
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
Taekwon-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.
Neighbour WatchAt 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.
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.
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.
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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