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Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England

Edition 380 - 20th May 2015

The mystery on the agenda solved at the first meeting of the new council.


Photo courtesy of the Stratford Herald

On May 8th 2015 all the newly elected Councillors for Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden assembled a little nervously for their first Joint Parish Council meeting. The out going Chairman Roger Hubbocks opened the Annual General Meeting by calling for nominations for chairman. Bill Leech was duly elected unopposed, signed the declaration and took over the chair.

In his opening remarks the new chairman thanked all the councillors for electing him and continued:

During my term of office I would like to adopt the motto - Harmonious, Courteous and Service. I hope the new council will be recognised by the residents as a Harmonious group of  councillors, conducting the affairs of the council in a Courteous manner and delivering a quality of Service to the residents which is second to none.

Liz JacksonBill advised that residents who attended future meetings would be welcome to contribute to the debate in two dedicated discussion sessions at the beginning and the end of the meeting and where appropriate, on occasions, during the meeting. The newly elected Vice-chairman was Liz Jackson pictured right, demonstrating that the next generation of public servants in Henley is already making its mark.

The business proceeded and the question of the numbering of the agenda using "VB" arose: no one seemed to know why “VB” was used. The mystery was solved when a voice from the gallery explained that in times gone by, the papers for the parish council meeting were distributed from John Love’s shop, fondly remembered by all chocoholics, called the Vanity Box. While we all thought the numbering system was some directive buried deep in Standing Orders, it turns out the numbers refer to the items lodged at the Vanity Box. Such pure “Vicar of Dibley” should be retained.

The business of the meeting, faithfully recorded by the Parish Clerk Jenny Walsh, will soon be posted on the Parish Council Web Site.

Sufficient to say there were no great dramas, no disputes, no surprises, just mainly new councillors getting to grips with how to turn the dreams, expressed by the residents during the election, into reality. The general conclusion was that there is a long journey through rules and regs, financial constraints and just pure time to do the job before we will see the changes we all earnestly desire.

The confident and friendly interaction between the “public gallery” and the council and the willingness for councillors and residents to step up to volunteer to help left most with a very positive feeling about the future.

I suppose we cannot leave our reflections of this first meeting without a thought for those who have retired from the council who must wonder whether this “new lot” will cope, but most of all for those who stood in the election and were not successful, I am sure they will feel that they should have been sitting in the council seats. I know that all the new team hopes that when the disappointment has dissipated, those who were prepared to volunteer for this time consuming job will accept invitations to join the push for change by taking up membership of the working parties, particularly the Neighbourhood Plan.

Finally, the town has to find a way to encapsulate its proper appreciation of the exceptional service given by those who have competed their terms of office and we should specially mention Carsina Goodman and John Love.

The future’s bright, it’s Vanity Box!

The Personal Views of Peter Crathorne

O2 Mobile Coverage in Henley off-air since 11 May

imageA Henley NEWS reader has established that the O2 mobile base station that covers Henley went off line on 11th May.

O2 have no idea how long it will be before it will be fixed. O2 declined to comment saying that it was in the hands of a third party.

A resident posted on Facebook: "So it's gone from yesterday to a few weeks! Prob waiting for a spare part? V poor. I'm sure it would have been fixed the same day if it was in central London."

The Henley-in-Arden Civic Service


The High Bailiff John Rutherford, and the retiring Chairman of the JPC, Cllr Roger Hubbocks, leave church.

The annual Henley-In-Arden Civic Service took place on Sunday 17th May at St John’s Church in the High Street. It was organised by the High Bailiff, John Rutherford and Low Bailiff, Norman Kench of Henley Court Leet and conducted by Chaplain to the Court, John Ganjavi.

Members of the Court Leet in regalia and representatives of other groups in the town, including Beavers, First Responders, Warwickshire Fire Service, British Legion, Police as well as the Henley & Beaudesert Joint Parish Council, met at 09.45 in the Guildhall. We were also flattered that dignitaries from the adjacent Courts of Alcester, Warwick and Bromsgrove were there, as was Simon Jackson, Chairman of the District Council and Moira-Ann Grainer, Mayor of Warwick.

At 09.50, Church wardens led the group into St Johns Church. It was great to see the church was full and certainly represented and gave thanks for all organisations in the town.

John Ganjavi, the Rector opened the service by welcoming everyone together to celebrate our town, its history and all who serve it through their employment or voluntary contribution.

Lessons were read by John Rutherford, High Bailiff and Roger Hubbocks, Chairman of the JPC. In between the two sermons the choir sang and Anthem “Lead Me Lord “ by Sam Wesley, which certainly enhanced the message for the day.

The theme of the Rector’s sermon was based on reconciliation and peace. He started by saying that church festivals in the year vary according to the lunar calendar, whereas the Civic Service is always the third Sunday in the month. He talked about the analogy of the general public and their views on the police and also in the way how we should feel about God. He suggested that when we see a policeman, we sometimes feel re-assured about their presence, other times nervous that we might have done something wrong or if we are being followed by a police car, and broken the speed limit. He suggested that we might have the same feelings about God, when in fact God wants us to feel re-assured and at ease with each other. He concluded his sermon by saying for him the key thought was for people to go away from this service respecting and at peace with other people in Henley.

The Service ended with a rousing rendition of God Save The Queen, after which all were invited to take wine and snacks in the adjacent Guildhall, provided by the Court Leet and their spouses..

Alistair Price reporting

De Montfort Lodge support the Hub


Youth Club members show their appreciation

De Montfort Lodge members donate over £600 to the Hub to support its youth work. John Kisbey, Jim Kisbey, Roger Farr and Graham Bull visited the Hub to present a handsome cheque to the club stating that they were very pleased to be supporting the work of this very important organisation.

Peter Crathorne the chairman said that without the superb help given to the Hub by groups such as the Lodge the young people of Henley would have nowhere to go and no one to support them when they needed help.

Young People do NOT have to be members of the Hub
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New Management at Henley Vintage and Interiors


Henley Vintage and Interiors is a treasure trove for the vintage and homeware lovers based in Henley-in- Arden.

photoHaving been established for over 15 years the store is now under New Management! Julie has come from a background in interior design and has been transforming Henley's 'best kept secret' into a thriving vintage destination. She is passionate about interiors and has put her heart and soul into making Henley Vintage and Interiors a unique shopping experience.

The store features a diverse range of wares with something for everyone. We stock:

• Chalk Paint™ - a decorative paint by Annie Sloan, fabrics and all accessories
• Vintage and new jewellery
• Lighting and candles
• Garden accessories
• Painted and natural furniture
• Vintage and handmade clothing
• Teapots and china
• Cards for all occasions
• Interior accessories plus lots more...

Why not join us for one of our Annie Sloan 'Essential Techniques' workshops where we will show you how fantastically easy it is to transform your old furniture with Chalk Paint™? These introductory and advanced workshops are run from our dedicated on-site workspace - please call for dates and prices or visit www.beatriceandclementine.co.uk to book online.

NEW – Private workshops are now available for groups of three or more people! Call Julie on 07956-173747 for more details.

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


The Annual Henley In Arden Ale Tasting


The annual Henley in Arden Ale Tasting organised by the Court Leet, took place on Thursday evening 14th May. It was led by the High Bailiff John Rutherford and Low Bailiff Norman Kench, as well as the organisers Graham Smith and Laurence Marshall, Ale Tasters.

photoTwelve robed members of Henley Court Leet, and fifteen guests from Alcester, Bromsgrove and Warwick Courts met in the Guildhall at 7pm. A professionally produced flyer was handed out by the Ale Tasters to the group identifying where we would be visiting and also descriptions of what ale we would be tasting.

The Henley Court always feels flattered that so many senior visitors from other Courts take time to join us. Their general comment was that they are always made to feel welcome and very much enjoy the evening.

The Group set off for their first stop at 7.15pm at the Nags Head. Peter Vanplew, Brook Looker, was charged with making sure that the Ale was served and ready to drink on arrival of the group. 27 half pints of ale were ready to drink, which was split between Old Speckled Hen and Nag's Head own brew.

On arrival Gordon Trinder, Town Crier, announced the entrance of the High Bailiff of Henley, Ale Taster and guests. The High Bailiff then said their visit was to make sure the ale in the tavern (in this case the Nag's Head) was fit for consumption by the people of Henley. He then invited Graham Smith and Laurence Marshall, Ale Tasters, to conduct the practical tasting – after much consideration The Ale Taster would describe the ale in an elegant way and always ask for a second opinion. He normally invited one of the visiting Ale Tasters for their views, and whether out of politeness or genuine belief, the ale was passed for consumption for the people in Henley. In the recent past, there was one occasion from a Pub now shut, which served ale from cans, that did not pass! Interestingly this year Matricardi's was able to serve visitors “real ale“ – Bombadier Bitter and Lawless – Purity Bitter, whereas last year it was a “flavoured light lager “.

At the end of the proceedings, The High Bailiff pronounced the Ale good in the Tavern and presented a Certificate to validate this position, together with a fern to be displayed for people who couldn’t read.

After the Nags Head, the group then proceeded on to the Three Tuns, Matricardi's, Blue Bell, Black Swan and finally White Swan . At each of these public houses, the High Bailiff of Henley would invite visiting Ale tasters from the other Courts to give their opinions on what they were tasting. All the ale in these five houses passed the “litmus test “ of a practical tasting.

In Medieval times, ale to be tested would be poured on to a wooden stool and one of the (unfortunate) ale tasters had to sit on it. If the stool stuck to the Ale tasters posterior, the ale had not fermented properly and would not pass the test. If the Ale taster found the stool came away, the ale was fit to drink. I would hope at the time each Taster took it in turns to action this test, otherwise one of them would have finished the job with a very wet bum. In Henley at the time, there were at least 13 pubs, whereas now there are just six.


“It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.”

At around 9.15pm at our final destination the White Swan, the Group was joined by partners, wives and lovers, where Nigel and Maria provided a superb meal in their meeting room on the first floor.

All who attended, agreed it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile evening and it was good to know that the residents of Henley could be assured about the quality of ale they drink in the town.

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Alistair Price, Chamberlain

Mobile Devices Provide Revision on the Go


Mobile devices in the classroom may well be frowned upon from some quarters but for students at Henley-in-Arden School, mobile devices are proving an incredibly useful revision tool as they prepare for this year’s GCSE examinations.

Students at the school are putting their mobile devices to good use and are swapping their playlists on music sharing sites for GCSE revision play lists instead.

Henley-in-Arden School is providing its year 10 and year 11 students with access to GCSEPod - a comprehensive range of revision podcasts which can be downloaded on to their devices, iPods and iPads, to help them to brush up on their core knowledge even whilst on the go.

And the students, many of whom travel by bus each day, have enthusiastically embraced the new approach to revision, downloading thousands of hours of revision podcasts as their final exams approach.

According to the most recent Ofcom research ‘The Millennium Generation’ of 14 and 15 year olds are the most technology savvy in the UK and spend more time using their smart devices than they do sleeping so is it little wonder that they are now turning to their devices for revision too?

Commenting on the new approach to revision, Stephen Butt, assistant head at Henley-in-Arden School said: “Given our semi-rural location our students are often sat on buses or inside cars for a good chunk of their day and just like most teenagers spend this time on their mobile devices. We were keen therefore to explore ways to capitalise on their obsessions with their phones so launched GCSEPod in to school to allow them to put their mobile devices to good use.

“Students today consume information in a very different way to previous generations. GCSEPod allows our students to learn using the mobile technology they are familiar with and use every day. Because the content is readily accessible and can be downloaded easily on to iPods, iPads and mobile devices, the podcasts can be listened to on the go and at any time of the day, great for short and sharp bursts of revision known to be highly effective.”

He added: “We have been overwhelmed by just how much some of our harder to reach students have engaged and our data shows us that they are now using their phones to download revision material and complete revision assignments.”

Helene Graham reporting

Stoneaged Restaurant opens at White Swan

photoSTONEAGED restaurant at The White Swan is proving a hit! Full every night since its launch on 17 April, it's worth booking well in advance. Managers, Maria and Nigel and their staff have created a fun and exciting social eating experience in the relaxed surroundings of the refurbished restaurant at The White Swan Hotel on the High Street. “It’s a good feeling to see people’s faces light up as you present them with their food and we are so pleased that people are having fun when they come to STONEAGED. We'd like to thank everyone involved in getting this off the ground and to our customers for their support".

STONEAGED is all about hot stone dining focusing on top quality steaks sourced from happy cows in Devon and Cornwall. You can also order stone baked pizzas and perfectly cooked pasta served in hot stone bowls.

photoAt STONEAGED, there are five different cuts of steak to choose from including Chateaubriand and melt in the mouth fillet and the steaks are served on hot stones made from volcanic lava which retain their heat better than granite and have been used for cooking for thousands of years. Every last mouthful is as hot as the first and the dry heat sears in the flavour. And that’s not all, the succulent steaks and fish or vegetarian stone options are served with a choice of delicious flavour-infused Welsh butters from Melyn Mon, finalists of The Food Awards Wales, and the best quality steak knives that Nigel and Maria could find.

Diners get a free side order and a glass of STONEAGED Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot with every steak stone meal ordered. STONEAGED also boasts a wonderful wine list of fine wines to accompany your meal.

“Just had the most incredible dining experience on the STONEAGED Restaurant! Brilliant!

..... Well done the White Swan Team! Got it right yet again!

STONEAGED is open Monday-Saturday 6pm-9pm

Phone 01564 792623 for Reservations  www.thewhiteswanhotel.com


News from the Community First Responders

Henley-in-Arden CFR team is very pleased to announce its latest sponsor, Victoria Jeffs, Stratford Estate Agents, who have given a substantial donation this year.


We really value one off or on-going donations of any size from both regular or new donors as it keeps our group of volunteers on the road serving the community.

We are very pleased to bear the Victoria Jeffs logo on our scheme car in recognition of their generosity.

For more information on sponsors, please visit our website at www.henleycfr.org.uk

Jen Shearer reporting

Wootton Report




Alcester Male Voice Choir to sing at Windsor Castle


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The much travelled and in demand 80 strong Alcester Male Voice Choir is preparing to give a lunch time recital to tourists on July 2nd in St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle.

photoThe music which will be performed "a cappella" will include mainly sacred traditional male voice choir arrangements and includes: Sine Nomine, Calon Lan, Te Deum, African Trilogy, Gwahoddiad, Morte Criste and Divine Brahma.

Judith Land BEM, FRSA, choir founder and Director of Music, said, "This is a very special engagement and a great honour for us to sing in a chapel that is part of one of the most famous Royal Castles in the world and we are all looking forward to it with great enthusiasm.

"Since the choir's formation over 40 years ago, we have appeared in the BBC Countryfile television programme, sung at many prestigious venues including Town Hall, Birmingham, Worcester Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, St Davids Hall Cardiff, The NEC and in the last twelve months alone have appeared at Symphony Hall in Birmingham and The Royal Albert Hall, London. In spite of having the opportunity to sing at these wonderful venues we are also kept very busy with our programme of monthly concerts which help local charities and organisations raise much needed funds."

Rob Kingscott reporting


Henley WI - April Meeting

logoDuring its 100 year existence, an important part of WI life was and is successful campaigning. This last year has been no exception. Home Secretary Theresa May attended our joint “Care not Custody” event in Westminster with the Prison Reform Trust, and the Environment Minister, Lord de Mauley met with NFWI’s (National Federation of WIs) Public Affairs Committee Chair to discuss our call for a strong Bee action plan.

The new organ donation campaign “Time to Talk” has already generated discussion in the media and by our members, and key findings in the research for the more midwives campaign – “Support Overdue” has been used by the UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Select Committee. These and many more campaigns throughout the century have made important and useful contributions to British life.

How does it all happen? From small beginnings. Possible Resolutions are submitted by members for their Annual Spring Meeting, from where NFWI select a short list. These Resolutions are researched for their suitability and information circulated to WIs on which they vote. Their delegate is then briefed to take their vote to the Annual Meeting (this year at the Royal Albert Hall) on June 4th. After further discussion a Resolution is proposed and the final vote taken. NFWI then takes action to develop and pursue a campaign, sometimes for many years. Only one Resolution is proposed this year, the topic of which is “Failing to Care – assessment of needs in long term care”.

Other matters at Henley’s May meeting were Jan Wright’s report from the Warwickshire Federation’s Annual Meeting at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, which had been most enjoyable. Among the speakers had been John Johnson of Johnson’s Coaches, well known to many, and Judith Hibbert, a very funny actress/entertainer, who, talented in her own field is Eleanor Tomlinson, Demelza’s mother from TV’s recent Poldark production. Usual information about events to be sampled, including our August outing which will now be to Hereford where we will have lunch, followed by a visit to Hop Pocket, a small retail outlet, where refreshments can be obtained.

On a more practical level, President Pat presented allergy information to us to be used when catering. Cakes are promised for Court Leet Day on 6th June.

Still on the subject of food we finished the evening by tucking in to the promised Light Supper which had been organised by the Committee.

The talk at the next meeting on June 2nd is “From the Baltic to the Caspian” by Jenni Boyle at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall, visitors are welcome. Contact Pat Fyfe on 795 949.

Pam Allinson reporting




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Top Marks for Vic


John Latham, President Henley Cricket Club, with Vic Marks and Andy Thompson, club treasurer.

One of the great characters in the last 30 years of English cricket, Vic Marks, came to entertain the cricket fans of Henley and Warwickshire at last Friday's dinner at Henley Golf and Country Club.

Vic is one half of that lovable duo that entertains us so wonderfully well on Test Match Special (TMS) on Radio 4 throughout the summer. The other half of the TMS Little and Large act - Jonathan Agnew - was our guest 2 years ago and what a memorable evening that was.

Vic’s humour is warm, skittish and gentle and was greatly enjoyed by all those present. He played 6 tests and 34 ODIs for England. At Somerset he played alongside some of the giants of 20th Century Cricket – Ian Botham, Viv Richards and Joel Garner.

Mathew Engel, Editor of Wisden, describes Vic as “a mild, nervy, self deprecating farm boy with an Oxford degree and no enemies”.

We all thought that the only way any of us would survive when sharing a dressing room with Beefy, Viv and Joel would be to adopt the same strategy.

Apart from the “Tales from the Changing Rooms”, Vic who is the Observer Cricket Correspondent also gave us some insights in to the current controversies relating to Kevin Petersen which are embroiling English cricket.

The dinner, which is the main fundraising source for cricket in Henley, raised more than £1,700 for club funds thanks to the hard work of club treasurer Andy Thompson who dashed back from the England tour of the Caribbean to organise the evening. This is obviously a great boost to the start of the season which has also seen the club win its first 2 matches in the Cotswold League.

The club extends its appreciation to all who attended the dinner and supported the fundraising so generously.

John Latham, Henley Cricket Club President

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David Malin reports on crime in our area


Incidents during the last two weeks:


    David Malin

    David Malin

  1. Theft / Making off without paying. Hairdressers, High Street, Henley. Female received several hair treatments then left salon without paying. Female was still wearing the salon's robe and towel. 4pm Saturday 9th May.
  2. Damage. High Street, Henley. Panel in vehicle damaged. Occurred between 23rd and 24th April. Reported to police 5th May.
  3. Vehicle Crime - Theft of. Chingley Bank, Henley. Ford Focus RS stolen off private driveway without keys. 3 males seen on private CCTV to get into car after breaking drivers window. Vehicle last seen at the end of Arden Road. 1.30am Sunday 17th May.
  4. Damage. Doctors Lane, Henley. Office window smashed by golf ball. Seems to be ongoing problem. Issue being investigated by the Team. 1pm Saturday 16th May.
  5. Anti Social Behaviour. Prince Harry Road, Henley. Youths seen on the grassed area jumping up and down on a flat screen TV. Police attended and found the TV. 7.15pm Tuesday 12th May.
  6. Anti Social Behaviour. Arden Road, Henley. Damage being caused on a regular basis to the Association garages. Youth seen to rip parts of the roofs off etc. Police attended. The Team will monitor this on going issue. 6.15pm Tuesday 12th May.
  7. Damage. High Street, Henley. Damage to Advertising 'A' board. Enquiries ongoing by Team. Reported at 2pm Monday 11th May.


  1. Damage. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Car deliberately scratched along side. Scratched down to the undercoat. Occurred between 23rd & 24th April. Reported to Police Friday 8th May.


  1. Drugs. A4189 Claverdon. As a result of a police stop check, cannabis was found in a car. Drugs seized and the driver was issued with a Street Warning. 9.45pm Friday 8th May.

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNT's

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Henley Annual Events

May 2015 Thurs 7th - General Election and Parish Council Election
June 2015

Sat 6th Court Leet Day & Artisans' Market
Sat 20th - St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
Sat 27th - Armed Forces Day Parade - 10.15 am Memorial Hall

July 2015 Sat 11th - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Sat 25th - Flower Club Competition - Memorial Hall
August 2015 Sat 1st - The Great Henley Bake-off
Fri 28th to Mon 31st - Henley Music Festival
September 2015 Sat 5th - Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
Thurs 17th - Forest of Arden Agricultural Society Annual Ploughing Hedging Competitions.
October 2015

Wed 8th - Henley MOP

November 2015 Sat 7th - 1st Henley & Wootton Scout Group Bonfire & Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
December 2015 Sat 5th - Christmas Lights switch on and Christmas Market
January 2016 Burns Night at Stockton House
Chinese New Year
February 2016  
March 2016  
April 2016

Henley Annual Parish Assembly - Baptist Church Hall at 6.30 pm
Beaudesert Annual Parish Assembly - C of E Primary School at 6.30 pm
Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall

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crestDetails of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

Henley CrestThe 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 villains (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

logoJoin our team of volunteers who assist West Midlands ambulance service to give emergency medical services to our local communities. Full training will be provided. If you can drive and can dedicate 4 hours a week, please contact Sue on 01564 794299 or John on 01564 797949 web:henley cfr.org.uk for more info

Henley SocietyThe Society meets every third Third Thursday - September to April. In the summer, there are normally two visits to historical sites.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley Society website
Further details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on 795419.

tennis clubOpen 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 5s and under with coaching. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378 or Simon Maddox 01564 795699
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary 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 contact Alan Jones on 01564 793715
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
flower clubAre 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 Angela Pinnegar on 01564 792781 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
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 Andy Thompson.
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude of other activities which support performances. For information about the next meeting, please contact Tracy Humphreys (Chairman) on 01564 795219
Meets from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please phone John Townson on 01564 792407 or email Jon Butler on mpjbutler@gmail.com
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 Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
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.

Hub 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 The Hub at Henley

Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £6 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: Swantaichi website

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 karen@henleyfocus.co.uk 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.

crestDetails about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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Court Leet & HADS
Claverdon & Railway

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Henley in Arden Church of England Primary School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School


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