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

Campaigning for a better Henley

Edition 315 - 5th December 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
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Beware if you use ATMs in Henley and Beyond

imageI live in Henley In Arden and my bank is Barclays in Henley & I have a Debit card issued by my bank.

At 7-50pm on Saturday 24th November it was a very wet evening and I needed to withdraw some cash, so rather than walk the extra distance and get soaked, I decided to take money from the Lloyds Bank ATM, situated near the Market Cross. I have used this ATM before, so did not suspect anything unusual about withdrawing money on this occasion.

However, when I put in my Debit card, I heard a slight grinding sound, which I thought sounded odd, but the machine accepted my card, accepted my PIN and also the request for me to withdraw £50. I waited for my card and money, but nothing happened – no card return or money. I waited for 20 minutes, by which time the ATM said that then machine was out of order. I wrongly assumed that the machine would retain my card & destroy it.

I arrived home at 9pm & decided that as a precaution I should cancel my Debit card with Barclays, which with much waiting – 40 minutes – I got through to the ubiquitous call centre somewhere in the ether and they confirmed my card would be cancelled immediately.

On Monday morning 26th November, I decided to check at Lloyds to make sure they had found my card. The staff said they had been called out to rectify the machine on Sunday evening 25th November, but found no card! I then went to my own bank Barclays & they confirmed that £50 had been withdrawn for the Lloyds ATM on Saturday evening. Barclays also confirmed that my card had been used at a Sainsburys, Asda & Ladbroke betting shop in Sparkhill area of Birmingham in the period up to 10pm on Saturday evening to the tune of over £700.

The staff at Barclays were most helpful in making contact with the Barclays Fraud Branch, who sent me a form to complete and I  have received most of my cash back that was taken illegally. Barclays told me that somehow whoever stole my card was able to get my PIN at the same time. Barclays are liaising with Lloyds to track down the culprit.

In truth, I don’t have an answer to how to avoid this happening again, but where possible I shall try to use ATMs that have cameras on them or are inside the Banks.

Name & address withheld.

Use the Post Office counter
I feel sorry for the anxiety the person reporting last week must have experienced, with the debit card drama at Lloyds ATM in the High Street.

I don’t know if everyone is aware (I feel this is a good opportunity to point this out) but, anyone can draw money from all Post Office counters, just as if you are making a purchase at any checkout. You can also draw just a fiver if you want. I know that ATM’s are convenient and open 24 hours but, the Post Office counter is 100% safe.

Henley Patriot.

Put ATM fraud into Google and you will see clearly how its done.Your readers will know what to look out for.

A Henley NEWS reader

What is Lloyd's Bank response to the trouble with their ATM? They have a responsibility to all their customers to provide a safe secure service especially as there are now only 2 banks in Henley? This also happened to my mother-in-law not so long ago and she lost £500!

A Wootton reader

imageWe can confirm that we have been notified of criminals tampering with the ATM at Lloyds TSB, Henley-in-Arden.

As a result we are arranging for additional anti-fraud measures to be fitted as a matter of urgency. We take fraudulent activity very seriously, and we work with other banks and the police in combating this to protect both our and other issuers’ customers.

However the most important thing that any card holder can do to protect themselves against fraud is to always shield their PIN number when at an ATM or when using a chip and PIN device.


New Tenant for Ground Floor of The Guild Hall

"This will be an amazing opportunity for Henley and will bring so much to our town",
writes Rosina Ayling, Henley NEWS staff reporter.


Chairman of the Guild Hall Trust John Latham hands over the keys to Iram Abassi.

Antiques Collective” is due to open in early December, and will provide the perfect showcase for the highly individual pieces of two businesses - La Poche and Wish List Antiques.


La Poche
High-end antiques

Iram Abassi the owner of La Poche was raised in Murree in Pakistan and attended boarding school at the Convent of Jesus and Mary which was founded in the early part of the 19th Century by the French. Iram studied under the tutelage of English nuns during the country’s time as part of the British Empire. The school’s architectural simplicity provided a peaceful and gentle environment which had an influence in the development of Iram’s artistic skills. The convent’s dormitories with their rustic French furnishings were Iram’s first introduction to the world of antiques, which ignited her passion for the French rustic style.

imageAfter moving to England in 2001, Iram travelled regularly to France and developed her knowledge of French antiques at the Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen in Paris, famous for trendsetting designers who have a strong influence in the antiques market throughout the world. This is where Iram trained her eye to have a deep appreciation for antiques with simple, rustic charm combined with a more contemporary style which has made antiques fashionable again in today’s market.

Iram’s stock will include traditional French furnishings, along with painted furniture in the Gustavian style sourced in Sweden and industrial elements collected throughout Europe, together creating a sophisticated, modern approach to antiques and design.

"Simplicity is the ultimate form of Sophistication" said Leonardo Da Vinci


Wish List Antiques

Wish List Antiques founded by Richard Stevenson brings a collection of unique and interesting architectural elements, together with a range of decorative items, furnishings, curios and “boys toys” including items of mechanical and scientific interest.

For more than 30 years Richard has combined his business life trading in antiques with his passion for buildings of architectural merit, developing listed buildings to provide accommodation for his business and home. In 2006 Richard moved to Knowle where he and his partner Jenny currently live in a grade 2 listed 17th century watermill which Richard has extensively renovated over the past six years. On a day to day basis Jenny will manage the antiques collective from its new home at the Guild Hall and she is looking forward to helping customers find the right pieces from stock or through their antiques finder service.

Both Iram and Richard fell in love with the unique charm of the Guild Hall’s ancient timber frame, reminding Iram of her days at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, and feeding Richard’s passion for ancient architecture. The team are currently working hard getting ready for opening, and are looking forward to becoming part of Henley’s business community.

Rosina Ayling reporting

Congratulations to John Latham, Chairman of the Guild Hall Trust.

You have achieved a magnificent result for the Guild Hall and there can be no better venue for Antiques Collective.

Henley will benefit from having a quality tenant in the Guild Hall - bringing more trade to the town and to the adjacent businesses. Wonderful work - Henley needs more people like you.


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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


White Swan's new restaurant opens


imageAt 7pm last evening (Friday 30th November ) ten members of Henley Court Leet assembled in the Guildhall to dress for the official opening of the restaurant at the White Swan. They didn’t stay long in the Guildhall, as the temperature was around freezing both in & out - the fire wasn’t lit!

The Group fared no better in terms of warmth, as the Court Leet photographer insisted upon all members of the Court together with Maria Burden & Nigel Townsend, managers of the White Swan, posing outside the pub for a good ten minutes for the mandatory photos – of all of them Maria seemed to be the least concerned about the cold!

The Group was then ushered in through the Pub to the entrance to the restaurant where Gordon Trinder, Town Crier introduced Fred Dowling, The High Bailiff, to officially open the new Gallows restaurant.

imageWhen we went into the restaurant Maria & Nigel had laid on a superb spread of food and very generously gave free wine & soft drinks to all who were there. We also enjoyed an excellent Paella later in the evening.

Fred High Bailiff gave a brief speech to welcome everyone to the opening, and Nick Haycock, Parish Councillor pictured right with Nigel and Maria, also spoke about his love of the White Swan and the efforts that Maria & Nigel had made to greatly improve the facilities & ambiance at the pub.

A great evening was had by all – with good wishes to Nigel & Maria for the future.


Alistair Price - Chamberlain 



Support this Motion for the sake of our charities

imageResidents are urged to email Nadhim Zahawi our MP, ( in the following terms:

"Please seriously consider signing the Early day Motion 747 which relates to the Lottery Money which was not spent during the Olympics which the Government intends to take back into the Treasury.

"Charities such as ours are doing sterling work for our community but really struggling to make our income match the demands on our resources. Money returned to the lottery allocated to charities could make a tremendous difference to all charities seeking financial support."

Peter Crathorne (Chairman)

Maintaining and developing Henley's cultural, leisure and sporting legacy
Registered Charity 219334

Support for Henley's Food Bank Grows

imageA collection of interested people in the town, including representatives from the local churches and medical services, attended a meeting last week about starting a local food bank. At the end of the meeting the decision was unanimous that people in Henley would benefit from this service.

This project will be run under the close supervision of a national network called ‘The Trussell Trust’ which has established 288 food banks nationally. However, there is a big problem – there are no storage facilities for all the food and no collection point for people to collect the food from.

Urgent appeal
Do you know of any facility that could be used within the town to store food and to act as a collection point?

If you do, please contact Project Manager Elaine Field on 07887 567583 or email

This project could be up and running in the next few months, but before it can progress it is vitally important that a central location is found for the storage.

Please show your support by REGISTERING NOW



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.


Yet another by-election in 'Dysfunctional' Henley

Reprinted from the Stratford Herald

imageANOTHER by-election in Henley, which could cost residents a further £1,500, has been called just days after one that cost £2,000 was held. As reported in last week’s Herald, Mike Willmott was kicked off Henley Parish Council four days after he was elected, for missing the first meeting and failing to sign acceptance letters. In bizarre circumstances, Mr Willmott has now put his name forward as a candidate for his own empty seat. A by-election in the town has now been called for Thursday 31st January.

If Mr Willmott is unopposed, it will cost the taxpayers of Henley just £100. However, if someone stands against him, it will cost residents somewhere in the region of £1,000-£1,500. Although Mr Willmott needed to sign his acceptance letters at his first parish council meeting, if the council had decided to, they could have let him sign them later.

He was on holiday in Spain at the time of the meeting, but returned just hours later to the news, claiming he had no idea he needed to sign them at that point. Mr Willmott blames the council and the parish clerk for not bringing it up in the meeting he missed, although the Chairman of the council, Les Goodman, and parish clerk Jenny Walsh, say it was Mr Willmott’s responsibility to notify them he would not be there. (See Cllr Goodman’s letter on page 6).

Previously labeled “dysfunctional” by a standards and ethics committee, this is the third election the council have called this year, at significant cost to Henley residents. The two winners of the first election quit after just four months, criticising the infighting on the council. The second was held on Thursday 15th November, and Mr Willmott and Roger Hubbocks were elected.

It appears the constant fighting on the factional council is angering local people. It is split between a group of three councillors calling themselves Henley Independents, a group Mr Willmott is Chairman of, and the remaining eight councillors.

One resident wrote to the Herald this week saying: “What is needed in Henley is a council without petty bickering.” (see page 6). People who wish to stand for election on to the parish council have until Friday 4th January to put their names forward.

The names of the candidates will be released on Tuesday 8th January.

By Matt Wilson - 27/11/2012 15:41:00

Reprinted from the Stratford Herald

Contacting our local MP

Dear Editor

I notice again in Henley NEWS, you advertise how we can contact our MP Mr Nadhim Zahawi.

Yet again I have emailed Mr Zahawi, not once but three times, then I've even sent the same to the office at number 10, have either Mr Zahawi or Mr Cameron answered my question? NO.

So I would like you to consider, not publishing how we can contact our MP, but rather how our MP does not answer simple questions, even if you contact him three times.

I can only conclude that with a 11,500 majority, Mr Zahawi does not consider my vote to be important, and as a result has chosen to ignore a simple question

Andrew Langford

From Henley's latest Baptist newsletter

"Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and he will be called councillor"

I do hope this is just a spelling mistake - not merely an omission from reports of the recent Joint Parish Council elections.

Also please remind him to attend the next parish council meeting or else the parish clerk will sack him as well!

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Christmas Celebrations Commence


imageThe annual Town Christmas Carol Concert and Christmas Lights switch on took place on Saturday 1st December at the Market Cross.

The High Street was closed for the first time which was a major improvement and about 450 residents attended. The carol singing was led by the Town Crier Gordon Trinder.

The Christmas Fayre in the Guild Hall Garden followed and was alive with Christmas spirit. The Alcester Silver band entertained throughout the evening.

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Come along to Johnsons for these 2 days of exciting sport

Henley Medical Centre Patient Participation Group

imageThe Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Henley Medical Centre has recently celebrated its first birthday. But do you know that this group exists? And more importantly do you know what it is?

The PPG currently consists of 14 patients who represent a wide range of ages and local areas including Henley, Wooton Wawen and Bearley.

The main purpose behind having a PPG is to foster a working relationship between the patients and the staff at the Medical Centre.

This can then impact on two main areas -

  1. For the staff to inform the PPG of any changes that are on the horizon.
  2. To work in consultation with the staff at the Medical Centre to look at ways in which the service could be further improved/enhanced for all patients.

In theory, the members of the PPG can then disseminate this information to other patients and more importantly patients can take any questions/queries to a member of the PPG for discussion at a meeting.

However, this does not seem to be happening because very few people know who the PPG representatives are.

If you would like to find out who your PPG representatives are, go into Reception and they will be happy to provide their details.

Look out on the next edition of Henley NEWS to find out what was discussed at the last meeting – you’ll be surprised at how interesting it is!

Elaine Field reporting

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C of E Primary School go exploring!


Recently Reception visited the ‘Forest School’ at Ragley Hall, where they had a fantastic time building dens and roasting marshmallows!

First they went into the forest and made dens out of sticks and logs. Then they made a camp fire and roasted the marshmallows (which they got to EAT!!!).

Next they had a fabulous class photo to remind them of their day out and then they had a play in the park. They had lots of different things to play on including the swings, the slide and much, much more!

During the afternoon they were able to have their scrummy lunch then they made a den for their teddy bears.

A fabulous day was had by all and everyone returned to school with many tales of their day, exhausted but happy!

Leah Agar-Tomes and Freddie McLuskie reporting


Boys & Girls, friends & enemies – for your amusement, please find attached my efforts for Movember. The last photograph is of two lads from work Stu & Griff who have supported me while I grew a dead squirrel on my face. I think I look like Lemmie from Motorheads’ Dad or as some wag said a seventies porn star! I prefer Father Christmas, ahh! Or even Rolf Harris.

I have raised just over £360 and would like to push on to £500 so you still have time to join in. I won’t be offended if you insult me.

If you’d like to help, please donate to me by:

  • Donating online at:
  • Writing a cheque payable to 'Movember', referencing my Registration ID: 6061405 and mailing it to: Movember Europe PO Box 68600 London EC1P 1EF.

For more details, take a look at the programs they fund section on the Movember website:

Thank you in advance for supporting my efforts to change the face of men's health.

A big thank you to all those who have donated so far, there are too many to mention by name & to the rest of you get your hands in your pockets you tight lot! Don’t worry I won’t be asking again so you don’t have to lock me out of your in-boxes, thanks again.

Keep smiling & best wishes for Christmas & New Year.

Peter Johnson

Henley Society November Meeting

At the November meeting of the Henley Society, Dr Sylvia Pinches gave an insight into the development of castles by using as her examples: Kenilworth and Warwick.


Warwick Castle


Kenilworth Castle

Both Kenilworth and Warwick are good case studies that show the development of castles. Interestingly Kenilworth was in its day a much more important castle than Warwick despite appearances today with Kenilworth now being a ruin.

The first castles in England were from a Norman idea: a motte and bailey. The motte being a tower built upon a mound of earth while the bailey was the outer enclosed courtyard surrounded by a ditch. It was relatively quick and easy to build, often built of wood. They were visible in the landscape and had the symbolic function of dominating over the newly conquered country.

Warwick was an early motte and bailey begun in 1068 by William the Conqueror, and then belonged to the Earls of Warwick. Within the bailey, service buildings were built including hall, kitchens and stables. Kenilworth was a later royal castle of 1120, granted to Geoffrey de Clinton in the royal manor of Stoneleigh. Kenilworth became a counterbalance to Warwick. By 1180 Kenilworth had a square keep which was very defensible with small windows.

Castles constantly developed as improvements in weaponry meant that defences had to be strengthened. Evidence of 13th Century defensive features include Mortimer’s Tower at Kenilworth where rounded drum towers were built on to the front of the original square gatehouse towers. Kenilworth also had great water defences around much of the castle. There is very little of evidence of any 12th or 13th Century work at Warwick. However, there was a great deal of work carried out during the 14th Century that has connections to French castle building architecture. The East front Barbican and gatehouse, Caesar’s Tower and Guy’s Tower were all built in the 14th Century. The 15th Century Bear & Clarence Tower, although unfinished, was going to be a great square tower keep with four corner towers and had gun ports.

Kenilworth was a great Lancastrian stronghold; John O Gaunt spent huge amounts of money on improving the great hall which had large windows that overlooked the chases. Kenilworth became a palatial castle with much better accommodation and gardens that saw Elizabeth I stay at Kenilworth on several occasions. Warwick was revamped by Fulke Greville in the 17th Century transforming it into a county residence within the existing castle walls. The motte was revamped into a garden feature.

During the Civil War, Warwick was a parliamentary castle while Kenilworth was a royalist stronghold. Kenilworth was therefore slighted after the War so it could not be used. The gatehouse was turned into a farmhouse and the castle was neglected to become a romantic ruin. Warwick developed further into a grand country residence with a new dining room built in 1786 by William Eborall although the porch was built by Capability Brown.

Warwick Castle’s development as a tourist attraction had begun during the first half of the 19th Century but really took off after a fire devastated the castle in 1871. Public subscriptions helped to pay for the repair but this led to an outcry that the castle should be opened up to the public. Both castles are important visitor attractions today but present themselves in very different ways.

Following the talk, members as usual had the chance to mingle socially over a cup of tea or coffee. The next meeting will be the Christmas Party on Thursday 6th December with entertainment provided by “Bare Necessities”.

Jonathan Dovey reporting

Beautiful Borders at Ullenhall Gardening Club


imageOn Tuesday 27th November the members of the club were host to Christine Dakin from Bridge Nursery in Napton. This was her final presentation after many years of dashing around the country giving talks on gardening. She and her husband, who came along to operate the projector, will continue as nurserymen, but intend to put their feet up in the evenings!

Christine is particularly fond of gardens that are planted for winter effect and showed us many examples of these. We saw a slide of a particularly striking red berried crab apple (“Red Sentinel”), which Christine recommended as having some of the longest lasting fruits. Bright red dogwood stems against dark green evergreen shrubs and white birch trunks against other contrasting foliage were shown to good effect. I particularly liked the tall, medium sized pale flowers of the lucanthemella, a three to four foot high multi-headed daisy that flowers in September and October, a time when the summer flowers are beginning to leave gaps in our gardens.

Still, we all enjoy summertime in our gardens and at the back of borders you can plant climbers up trellises or trees, but do remember not to allow them to become entwined with others that require trimming back at different times of the year.

We were shown some spectacular, bright planting at Jefferson Gardens in nearby Leamington Spa, though the plants of course vary from year to year.

The evening finished with coffee, chat and the usual raffle, before everyone left to go out into the cold and wend their ways home.

The next meeting will be a social evening on 24th January at 7:45 pm in Ullenhall Village Hall.

Get Bowled over at The Fleur De Lys

Traditional food, real wood fires, real ales and dog friendly


imageThe Fleur De Lys in Lowsonford is a gorgeous traditional pub in the heart of the beautiful countryside, writes Rosina Ayling. It is situated alongside a canal which is perfect for walking in both the summer and the winter. You can then end up at the Fleur for a pint of real ale and a lovely hearty warm meal served all day every day. They are also a dog friendly pub which is good for those walkers and dog lovers!

The Fleur De Lys dates back to c.1690 and it was originally a row of three cottages and an adjacent barn. The barn doubled as the village mortuary from 1877, where bodies awaited carriage to nearby Rowington for burial. The mortuary in fact only closed in 1936. Gradually, over a long period of time, the pub converted the cottages and finally the mortuary into the present building. Not surprisingly, the smell of lye soap, a substance used to prepare the bodies for burial at this time, has been scented in the area of the mortuary which now forms the lower bar area. The pub is even supposed to be haunted!

Yes, the Fleur De Lys is the pub where the famous pies originated  and to this day they still sell 8 different pies from the famous Steak and Kidney to two vegetarian pies.  There really is something for everyone because as well as the pies they have a wide range of different traditional main courses on the menu including, Hot-Pot, Sausage and Mash and Fish and Chips.


Want more to do in the local area?

imageNot only does the pub have brilliant atmosphere and yummy food they offer many pub games including a free skittle alley that's perfect for birthday parties, Christmas parties, office, club or society parties or even just for FUN. They can even do it for children's parties.   

They can even provide score sheets and explain the rules of traditional skittles to you. You just need more than 20 people, and for everyone in the party to eat, and the skittle alley is all yours for free.

Book now for your Christmas party and try the new Christmas Fayre menu. They are even open on Christmas Day for a brilliant family meal.

To enquire ring: 01564 782 431 or email:

Rosina Ayling reporting

Christmas Tinsel Hack


Last Sunday saw seventeen riders with their horses and ponies take to the road between Wootton Wawen and Aston Cantlow to raise funds for Field Farm Livery Stables. There was a Christmas theme which everyone took up with great enthusiasm! There were Father Christmases, lots of reindeers and plenty of tinsel and ribbon.

Although it was a cold and icy start the weather was kind. Everyone warmed up with hotdogs and mince pies on arrival at The Aston Cantlow Club who kindly agreed to host the ride on their car park. The ride provided a great spectacle for the other road users, who were all very patient.

Sian Corrie reporting

Broadband project gets EU green light

imageThe Coventry Solihull Warwickshire Broadband project moved up a gear recently when the EU granted State Aid approval, meaning that broadband projects nationally can start the procurement of broadband infrastructure.

As part of this process Warwickshire County Council has engaged with suppliers to discover where they are planning to roll out superfast broadband and which areas will get the universal service commitment of at least 2Mbps. However, there are still large parts of the sub region that are not scheduled for upgrades under the commercial roll-out plans.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, said: “The maps that we have published on our website show where commercial provision will offer superfast speeds, a minimum of 2Mbps, or no improvement at all. Many of those areas that are not scheduled to receive at least the minimum 2Mbps, let alone superfast broadband, are business parks and commercial areas, and even town centres, often in areas that are surrounded by residential properties that will be achieving superfast speeds. This seems odd given that the driver for improved broadband is the uplift in economic performance for the area. These areas are not remote, are not difficult to reach, and yet seem to have been left out of the commercial roll-out plans for some reason.”

John Whalley, owner of Nationwide Windows based on Somers Road Industrial Estate in Rugby, said: “Broadband is essential to businesses – and especially in today’s economic climate can make the difference between success or failure. We have carried out a survey on our industrial estate and most of the businesses are saying that they need faster broadband, although some are paying for leased lines. As businesses pay premium rates for their connectivity it is difficult to see why BT should leave industrial estates and business areas off their roll-out plans.”

The CSW Broadband project can only intervene in those areas where there will be no commercial provision by 2015, and has a target of 100 per cent of premises achieving a minimum of 2Mbps and 90% of premises achieving superfast speeds. The maps showing coverage can be found at

Business owners are advised to respond to the consultation before December 12, as the information received will help to shape the tender that will be going out early in the New Year.

Political Haircuts


Tony Blair and David Cameron somehow ended up at the same barbers.

As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken.

The barbers were both afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would turn to politics.

As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Blair in his chair reached for the aftershave.

Blair was quick to stop him jokingly saying, "No thanks, Cherie will smell that and think I've been in a brothel."

The second barber turned to Cameron and said, "How about you" Mr. Cameron?"

Cameron replied, "Go ahead, Samantha doesn't know what the inside of a brothel smells like."


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Consolation point for Claverdon in soggy defeat

Saturday 24th November 2012


Penalty – James Williams
Man of the match – Rob Horsfall


The lions travelled to Solihull to face a strong Civil Service side that were sitting second in the league. With regular front rows Tilson and Grimsley missing the visitors were relying on the old head of Dave Carruthers and new boy Adam Tanner to fill their places.

With only a narrow pitch the game was very much to be played out in the forwards and the downpour before and during the game just confirmed this. Civil Service started the better of the two teams with strong running from their forwards but they soon knew that the Claverdon defence was not to be breached easily. The visitors did infringe though but the Service fly half pulled his kick wide.

Half way through the first period the lions thought they had taken the lead with a try in the corner. When the forwards trundled the ball forward and dropped on the line the referee adjudged them to be just short and the game remained scoreless. Points were put on the board soon after though as the Service fly half this time made no mistake from in front of the posts to give the home side a narrow half time lead.

3-0 Half Time

Claverdon knew that the game was there for the taking and started the second half brightly. With only five minutes on the clock, Claverdon fly half James Williams had the chance to take the scores level but pulled his kick wide. He was again unfortunate not long after when his kick bounced off the post to safety.

The home side took full advantage of this double let off and bounced back with the first and only try of the game. When the lions kept out the Service forwards in one corner they saw an overlap in the other corner and span the ball wide for the Civil Service centre to score an unconverted try.

With the pitch fast becoming unplayable Claverdon made great yards up the pitch. The Birmingham side tried everything to stop this and their constant kicking came to nothing as the excellent Claverdon full back Rob Horsfall ran and kicked the ball back with interest each time.

With just over ten minutes on the clock remaining Claverdon fly half Williams finally found his range to slot over from twenty yards to set up a tense end to the game. More strong running and great rucking took the lions close to the Service try line but they just couldn’t get the break for the all important try and the hosts were relieved to come away with the victory.

8-3 Full Time

Another narrow defeat for Claverdon but this was a far better performance than the previous week. The lions host Manor Park in the Warwickshire Cup this Saturday, a team that have already beaten them in the opening game of the season.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Photo by Will Barnes

Sits Vac


The young people of Henley want another club night and we have leaders, but no volunteers to run the coffee bar.

The Hub 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,

Maintaining and developing Henley's cultural, leisure and sporting legacy
Registered Charity 219334

Solihull Choral Society Christmas Concert


posterDecember 8th Olton Friary. St Bernards Road, Solihull B92 7BL 7.30pm

This Christmas, the Society is holding its Carol concert at the impressive Olton Friary and, to get you in the festive mood, your ticket buys you a programme, a mince pie and a glass of wine or juice! The seasonal programme is an eclectic mix of traditional fare, laden with warm harmonies, and some more unusual, but equally glorious, carols which will definitely lift the spirits. There will be many carols you already know, and hopefully a few new ones to widen the musical horizons.

Why not come along and renew your ‘spiritual’ connection with Christmas? All are most welcome – indeed, the more really is the merrier. We look forward to seeing you there!

We will be joined by the Chamber Choir from Eversfield School and local instrumentalists Kevin Gill (keyboard), Adam Philips (oboe) and Matthew Lewis (bassoon). SCS Conductor: Andrew Fletcher. Director Eversfield Chamber Choir: Alison Briggs

Tickets are £12 for adults, £5 for students and under-18s and £25 for a family ticket comprising 2 adults and 2 students. Tickets available on the door or in advance by calling 0121 704 3147 Further details on our website:


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Christmas gifts.

Whatever you buy, it creates Carbon Pollution and if the purchase becomes an unwanted gift, the resulting Carbon Pollution damage to the inhabitants of our planet will have resulted in zero benefit to anyone – not very green at all!  Here are a few ideas.

Make a gift or two instead of watching TV or even whilst watching TV! My wife values gifts that she knows have been made personally for her, e.g. a peg bag or a decorated wooden box to keep plastic bags in: cover a few coat hangars with padded material so that ladies’ dresses with wide necks don’t slide off.

Clothes/Fashion accessories For Christmas?

imagesWhilst textiles create a lot of Carbon footprint and throwaway fashion is best avoided, you might find some interesting gifts by following the link below. Take a look at the banana leaf slippers or a knicker making kit! Try the fashion tab or the gifts tab. It is also worth looking at the various other tabs on this website for other ideas.

Charity shops are worth a look too, because the goods on sale are all being recycled rather than thrown away.

Books For Christmas ?
imageHow bad are bananas? The carbon footprint of everything’ by Mike Berners-Lee. £6.29 from Amazon. An easy to read insight into Carbon Pollution. It contains lots of interesting surprises.

Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air’ by David Mackay. £17.61 from Amazon. The book is witty, easy reading and brilliantly informative. In describing it as brilliant, I am not being original for one reviewer’s comment was ’First impression brilliant, second impression absolutely brilliant’. This book has a 5 star rating. To get an understanding of energy issues it is hard (probably impossible) to beat this book.

Useful gizmos

imageEnergy-Saving Meters. Price £30 to £40. Available from Amazon, Maplin and also form ecofreak.

Some of these (eg the Owl CM160) can store history of electricity use to download to your PC. The Owl and the Effergy can display daily averages, which is a useful way of seeing if you are succeeding in saving electricity. Descriptions of various makes and models can be seen here.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Electronic Libel

John GarnerFollowing the publication of the Leveson Report our minds are focused on the press and what the papers say. I’m not going to get into the argument about whether the press should be regulated but I do think they have a responsibility to report fairly and accurately. We’ve all heard that some newspapers never let the facts get in the way of a good story – and they’ve certainly been caught out recently.

In this country anyone who feels they have been unfairly treated by the press have recourse to the laws of libel – and we’ve seen a lot of this lately.

But of course press freedom (or lack of it) applies also to electronic media. Websites, newsletters, blogs and bulletin boards, all have a duty to report fairly and accurately too and their authors are subject to libel laws just like everyone else.

A statement is Libellous if it would make reasonable members of the public think worse of the person about whom it was made. The libel has to be 'published' to a third party and that publication can take any form, including a blog, a tweet, a video on YouTube as well as a traditional paper publication. Lord McAlpine’s actions against those who besmirched his name will not have escaped your notice.

London has frequently been referred to as the 'libel capital of the world' because:

  • damages for libel under English law are much higher than in other countries
  • there is no prohibition against a public figure bringing a libel claim (unlike in the USA).
  • in England the libel is presumed to be untrue (that is, the burden of proof lies with those making the allegedly Libellous statement – this is very important), unlike in some other countries.

Currently, a claimant can bring libel proceedings in England provided that the libel is 'published' here . For online publications, this means that the libel has to be read or viewed in this country. In practice, if a Libellous article appears in a French newspaper and that newspaper has a website, a claimant can generally choose to sue in this country in addition to, or instead of, France.

A key difference between England and other European jurisdictions is that currently under English libel laws you can sue almost anyone involved in the publication of the Libellous words. From an online perspective, this means that a claimant may be able to sue any or all of the following: the ISP of a website (once they are on notice of the Libellous words), the author of the statement and the editor of the website.

So, anyone who writes anything defamatory about anyone else, whether on paper or on-line, must be very, very careful to ensure it is accurate and true. I’m pleased to say that Henley News always checks its facts carefully and insists on accurate reporting.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

Joint operation seizes £140k counterfeit goods

imagePolice stopped a total of 75 vehicles on the roads around Wellesbourne on Saturday 1 December 2012 in a joint operation with Warwickshire Trading Standards, VOSA, and Customs aimed at targeting the illegal use of the county’s roads. The operation also sought to identify fraudsters selling counterfeit goods at Wellesbourne Market.

The operation used officers from Warwickshire, and Warwickshire and West Mercia Special constables.

Officers from Warwickshire Trading Standards inspected 52 vehicles and seized counterfeit designer clothes and footwear worth £140k retail value from two of them all destined for Wellesbourne market. One of the vehicles that was carrying counterfeit goods was also prosecuted for carrying excess weight. HM Customs & Excise prosecuted one person who was found to be using red diesel in their vehicle. Enquiries are ongoing in relation to a second vehicle. One person was arrested during the operation for possession of a Class B drug believed to be cannabis. He was issued with a street caution.

PACE 1 searches were carried out on two people where officers had sufficient grounds to believe that they too may be in possession of drugs. Eight vehicles were seized for a variety of offences. The owners will need to pay storage and recovery costs before they can get their vehicle back. These included one driver who received an endorsable fixed penalty notice for no insurance. The vehicle was seized and the driver was fined £200 and received 6 points on their licence.

This also included two drivers who were reported to court for no insurance, one also had no driving licence. Another person was reported to court for an expired driving licence, failing to display tax, expired MOT and no insurance and another was reported to court for driving other than in accordance with the licence conditions. All their vehicles were amongst those seized. One driver received a £60 fixed penalty notice and 3 points on their licence for driving otherwise than in accordance with a driving licence. Twenty-one vehicles out of the 75 vehicles stopped were found to be unroadworthy by VOSA due to problems with their construction and use. Six vehicles were found to have defective tyres or lights and the drivers were given 14 days to get the defect fixed under the vehicle defect rectification scheme. Four drivers received endorsable fixed penalty notices, three where their tyre grooves were less than 1.6mm and one for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition. They received £60 fines and 3 points on their licences. Four non endorsable fixed penalty notices were issued for no MOT resulting in a £60 fine for the driver.

Acting Inspector 0553 Dean Reid said “Our aim is to make the roads safer for the majority of law abiding citizens by working alongside partners to identify vehicles being driven illegally due to no insurance, MOT or tax, or due to excessive weight, and to remove unroadworthy vehicles from the county's highways. Overweight vehicles present a very real danger to road users. All vehicles are designed and constructed to meet certain levels of stress and to exceed these levels can result in the sudden failure of vital components such as brakes, tyres and suspension adversely affecting steering and potentially leading to serious collisions. It’s important that these vehicles are removed from the roads.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “Criminals who manufacture and sell counterfeit goods threaten our High Streets and the livelihoods of genuine traders. I am delighted that Warwickshire Trading Standards and Warwickshire Police are working in partnership to successfully crack down on people selling fake goods across the county, protecting consumers and legitimate businesses.”

Acting Inspector Reid said “This was a really successful day and we would like to thank local residents and businesses who supported us."

Warnings from Trading Standards

Don't get Sharked this Christmas

imageWarwickshire Trading Standards Service are supporting the England Illegal Money Lending Team's Christmas Loan Shark Awareness Campaign. Illegal money lenders, otherwise known as loan sharks, target vulnerable people and charge extortionate levels of interest for the relatively small amounts of money they loan to their victims and, when their victims fail to pay up, they use intimidation and violence.

Around 20% of people who turn to a loan shark, do so to pay for Christmas.

Through enforcement action, awareness raising and education we aim to put an end to this callous crime and encourage the public to celebrate the season without turning to an illegal money lender.

A suspected loan shark was recently arrested in Stratford upon Avon following an Illegal Money Lending Team investigation with the assistance of Warwickshire Trading Standards.

More information is available on our website:

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


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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.

On Wednesday 12th December at 12.30pm there will be a short Concert with seasonal items from church members and pupils of the Music Department of the Henley High School (Academy). An excellent opportunity to prepare for the festive season, followed by mince pies and light refreshments.All are welcome to come.

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

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

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 2013

Sat 11 - Consensus returns to The Memorial Hall with their production of 'The Country Wife'
Sat 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 27 - 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

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Make Henley Greener
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Henley Diary
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Parish Church
Editorial Team
Proof Reader
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WCC Trading Standards
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
Henley High School
C of E Primary School
St Mary's Primary School
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Rugby Football
Court Leet & HADS
Claverdon & Railway

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