Henley Crest





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

15th May 2019


The Mule is a 2018 American crime drama film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also plays the lead role.The screenplay, by Nick Schenk, is based on The New York Times article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year-Old Drug Mule" by Sam Dolnick, which recounts the story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran who became a drug courier for the Sinaloa Cartel in his 80s.


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Arden Division, County Councillor's Report – May 2019

The new Council year started with the Annual Council on May 21.  This meeting is largely administrative with the membership of various committees being confirmed. 

WCC Trading Standards has been active in checking food standards and a Studley butcher was recently jailed for fraudulent labelling of foreign meat claiming it to be “Best British”.  In another investigation it was found that a market trader in Rugby was selling dangerous stuffed animal toys.

The Council has announced a £2.6million business support programme.  This programme follows on from a previous programme which ended in December 2018 and which exceeded all its targets and received very positive feedback from participants.  The support available from the programme includes a start-up service (delivered by the Chamber of Commerce), a programme for tech-based businesses (Business Ready, delivered by UWSP), a dedicated programme for the creative sector (Creative Springboard delivered by CWRT) and access-to-finance advice, as well as many other support services for businesses looking to grow or invest in Warwickshire (delivered by the county council itself).  Over the next three years the programme is expected to support at least 475 businesses and help 150 Warwickshire people to start a business.

The A4189 project group has held its second meeting and has given me actions to progress with County Highways.

The County communities grant scheme has been launched and this year has a very short window for applications.  Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects that contribute to community cohesion.  Anyone wanting to apply for a grant should contact Amanda Wilson-Patterson at amandawilsonpatterson@warwickshire.gov.uk for an application form and let me know.  The closing date is June 7, but if I know someone wants to apply then I can put in a provisional claim until the official form is completed.

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068

First Meeting of New Parish Council


The new Vice-Chairman Chris Duffin with the new Chairman Ray Evans

Following the recent local elections on May 2nd, the new Beaudesert and Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, met for its inaugural meeting at the Memorial Hall, on Monday 13th last. The results of this election appear in the earlier pages of this site.
The first official business involved the appointment of a Chairman of the Council; after a brief secret ballot Councillor Ray Evans was declared the successful candidate. Peter Crathorne, the outgoing Chairman, presented Ray with his chain of office and asked that he conduct the remainder of the meeting, which included the appointment of Mrs Chris Duffin as Vice-Chairman.

This section of the meeting and the following Ordinary Meeting, witnessed by members of the public, went on to address the need for continuity in the execution of tasks before the Council, where appointments were agreed, for the most part, filled by Councillors already tasked with such matters as planning consent, finance, mini-grant approval, weeds on High Street, traffic calming measures, tourism, children’s facilities, adoption of our local train station buildings, refurbishment of a bus shelter and town parking.

The new Chairman informed the meeting that a contract was in progress for a new JPC website, dedicated to opening up the activities and decisions of the Council, affecting life in Henley. The most important aspect, the manner in which our modest income from Stratford District Council, known as the precept, is used for improving facilities and services for all our residents, as well as attracting much needed revenue from visitors to the town.

It is hoped that the new website will be interactive and provided with a dynamic information portal, which residents can access to comment on events as they happen.

The next four years will be witness to changes in central government as well as our relationship with Europe, our Council now, more than ever, needs to ensure that the welfare of our residents is paramount.

Further developments will be reported as they occur on HNOL and Henley Focus, and the new JPC website when it goes live.

Ray Evans – Chairman JPC, reporting.




Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel welcomed four new coaches to their fleet recently as part of their fleet renewal programme, which will maximise their contribution to air quality improvements and help reduce the harmful emissions attributed to diesel engines.   

The four new coaches are equipped with the latest ‘Euro 6’ engines. As the name suggests, Euro 6 is the latest round of regulation set by the European Commission governing the amount of harmful exhaust gases motor vehicles can emit.

Compared with the previous Euro 5 emissions standard, which focused largely on carbon dioxide emissions, Euro 6 is particularly targeting nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. But it will also reduce sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, and diesel particulate matter emissions, as well as CO2.

NOx emissions have been scientifically linked to respiratory diseases and other health issues, and environmental damage including acid rain.  The Euro 6 standard forces vehicle makers to reduce NOx by more than 55 percent.  

Two of the coaches are Scania Interlink Finesse 12.8m two axle vehicles with full touring specifications, to the company’s 49 seat Club Class – extra legroom configuration; these will be used on Johnsons’ extensive range of holidays and day excursions.  The other Scania is the same model but on 14 metres with 63 seats and toilet.  These are in addition to the Yutong TC9 37 seater midi-coach which arrived late in March.  Both of these will be kept busy on private hires for its many customers in the corporate, leisure and education sectors.

All the new intakes have reclining half real leather executive seats, climate control, audio and visual equipment, seat back tables and USB charging points.

John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnsons Coach Travel said: “We are investing heavily in vehicles with the latest state of the art engine technology, which have amazingly low emissions compared with older vehicles. We now have 18 Euro 6 coaches and buses and more investment is already being planned for next year.  With ULEZ already in place in London and CAZs being implemented in other cities very soon, we are well placed to meet the needs of our customers and these new regulations.”

Sarah Day reporting

Lodders' Dog Walk to raise cash for local charities


Two local charities have been named as the beneficiaries of this year’s annual dog walk organised by local law firm Lodders.

The walk takes place in Henley in Arden on Sunday 19 May and all monies raised at the event will be donated to the Lifespace Trust and Shakespeare Hospice, the charities chosen as this year’s beneficiaries of the Lodders Charitable Foundation.

“Our annual charity dog walk is always a fun day out for all of the family,” says David Lodder, Chairman of the Charitable Foundation,  "and is one of our flagship and biggest fundraisers each year. The walk starts at 10am with a four-mile and a two-mile route to choose from, and every dog will receive a complimentary ‘dog goody bag’ as a reward for taking part. Tickets are £5 for adults and £1 for each dog, and children are free of charge. It’s easy to pre-register via the website, or simply turn up on the day,” adds David. “There will be a selection of children’s entertainment and stalls, as well as food and drinks available to purchase – or visitors can bring their own picnics if they prefer.”  

Lodders launched its Charitable Foundation in 2016 with the aim of supporting regional charities where a real difference can be made, reflecting the firm’s longstanding commitment to its local communities. This year, the Foundation selected the Lifespace Trust which helps to mentor young people who are struggling with all kinds of mental health issues, and the Shakespeare Hospice which is the largest independent day hospice in the West Midlands and provides a valuable range of services to patients, their families and carers.

“We are delighted to be able to support two incredible charities which carry out invaluable work and give vital support to so many people in our local community,” says David.

The dog walk takes place at David Lodder’s farm on Whitley, Edge Lane, Henley in Arden, B95 5DT. Follow the signs from Henley in Arden town centre.

To pre-register online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lodders-charitable-foundation-dog-walk-tickets-60573664461?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

For more information about Lodders, visit: www.lodders.co.uk/

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

Dating back 600 years, when ale was sometimes suspect, the annual Henley in Arden Ale Tasting organised by the Court Leet, took place on Thursday evening 9th May. It was led by the High Bailiff, Graham Smith and was superbly organised by Marc Bailey and Andrew Gardner, Ale Tasters. They had prepared a detailed schedule of timings for each of the six pubs visited, together with the name and description of each of the two beers to be tasted at the venues. They had clearly done their homework!


Twelve robed members of Henley Court Leet, and eleven guests from Alcester, Bromsgrove and Warwick Courts met in the Guildhall at 6-30pm. All were given the schedule by Marc and Andrew. At 7-00pm  the group then proceeded to the first pub – The Three Tuns, where Town Crier, Les Long introduced the High Bailiff and entourage to the Landlord and customers in the pub. High Bailiff Graham Smith then said why they were there – to make sure that the beer they are serving is good enough for the people of Henley in Arden. The tastings at the Tuns were Butty Bach and Goats Milk – the former tasted by our own Ale Taster Marc Bailey, which he, after much tasting and comment, passed fit to drink. Marc then asked Andrew Gardner to taste the other beer – Goats Milk, which was also given the green light to drink.  The High Bailiff then announced to the Landlady that her ale was good for the people of Henley and duly awarded her a Certificate together with a fern, which would indicate to people who couldn’t read, that the beer was good.


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 second stop at Butchers Social, with Alistair Price, Chamberlain in the lead who was charged with making sure that the Ale was served and ready to drink on arrival of the group. 22 half pints of ale were ready to drink, which was split between UBU and Mad Goose. Tasters on this occasion were Peter Neal, Ale Taster, Alcester and Hamish Wilson, past Bailiff of Bromsgrove, who both passed the ale as good to drink. Johnathan Dovey, Affearor and Steward, settled up at each hostelry, after the main Group had moved on.


This process was followed at the Blue Bell, where Pithy Fork and Windrush were tasted, Black Swan where Reboot and Theakston Mild  were tasted , The Nags Head where London Pride and Proper Job were tasted and finally the White Swan where Doombar and Tribute were tasted.  Ale tasters from other Courts – including Dave Parkes, Alcester,Graham Sutherland Warwick, Bill Lettings, Bromsgrove, John Cucks, Alcester and Marc Venables, Alcester were all asked to give their views on the various brews on offer.


Our final stop for the evening was the White Swan, where Maria and Nigel were given a “clean bill of health” for the two beers they offered us, which was good for us as at around 9-00 pm the Group were joined by partners, wives and  lovers, where Maria and Nigel provided a superb hot buffet style meal.


A raffle was held after the meal – tickets having been sold by Sarah Alcock, Mace Bearer and Sharon Jones, Butter Weigher – proceeds go to the Court. Winners announced at the meal.


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 taster’s 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.


Every pub we visited was busy, which certainly added to the "theatre" of the event. 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.

Click on the centre arrow above for a slideshow of all the photos of the event

Alistair Price Chamberlain



News from the Community First Responders

Henley Community First Responders 100 Club

The lucky winners of the March draw were:

No 78 A Conway - £30
No 37 V Matheou - £15

The numbers were drawn by Alan Gilroy, Manager at Costa Coffee.

Many thanks to all our members who contribute by participating in our 100 Club and please do get in touch if you would like to join.


Wootton Report

Book Club is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Bill Holderman, in his directorial debut, and written by Holderman and Erin Simms. It stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as four friends who read Fifty Shades of Grey as part of their monthly book club, and subsequently begin to change how they view their personal relationships.



MAY 2019


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For all matters contact Rachel 01564 794042

Staffing update:
Our Executive Officer Rachel Woodbridge and  deputy, Sophie, manages the centre and supervises and participates in the youth activities.  We are employing 5 Assistant youth leaders and an apprentice.  There are 20 volunteers and the centre currently delivers 18 hours of youth provision, 4 hours of family support, 4 hours of work with the elderly, a free online centre for IT Courses, German Classes,  Shakespeare classes throughout the week.  We make contact with about 50 young people each week.  The average 250 attendances of adults and young people each week marks an outstanding contribution to the well being of the joint parishes. This new more professional team help to raise our new target of £60,000 from April 2019 – March 2020.   This will allow the centre to also invest in improvements to the building.
Along with our dedicated volunteers the comprehensive programme continues to thrive. This is an enormous achievement and makes the Hub the ONLY centre of its kind operation in South Warwickshire.  Henley should be really proud of this achievement.

There are two evening sessions Evolve, a craft and creative session and Impact a sporty one.  Evolve has an average of 10.6 a week and Impact has an average of 8.2 although there are 23 young people registered which might be a better statistic to use.
After School Coffee Bar:
Coffee bar runs four times each week in term time. Very successfully staffed by youth leaders and volunteers, with up to 40 young people attending. There is an initial rush when the youth club opens with young people purchasing tuck and queueing for free hot chocolate and toast. Young people then either stay in the Hub, play football on the field outside or make their way home.
The Youth leaders are there to deliver an informal programme of healthy living, sensible sexual health practices and drugs education. Individual couselling is offered where requested.  Average attendance is 40 per session.

We are always looking for volunteers to cover the coffee bar; if we could increase the staff and find some extra funding then we'd like to open on Fridays too. The young people would like that!

photoThis area of work has been under attack from the thrust to reduce public expenditure.  Last year reported acivities for families run by the Parenting Project over three days a week.  Each week would see at least 5 sessions supporting families with babies and toddlers. This year the picture is very different.   The Parenting Project has finally withdrawn from the centre providing ony occasional courses.  We have been able to keep the Monday morning group.  This is now  fully funded by the Hub. This group calls itself “Hubba Bubbas”.
This group has proved very successful and is run by Sophie and a voluntary group of mums.  It would be our intention to approach this further reduction in services to our community in the same way as we prevented the closure of the youth club. We will work with our local residents and grant funders to maintain this essential service to our young families. Hub-a-bubbas has an average of 6 children every week.
 There have been discussions with The Stratford Area Parenting Project looking for ways to open up the range of provision for this group of residents.

The Hub has been working with the parish council to be the community organisation that manages their campaign to make Henley in Arden a Dementia Friendly town.

A Dementia Friendly community is defined as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and be confident they can contribute to community life.   A dementia-friendly community will be aware of and understand dementia and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.


Tim Sturges Co-opted Representative (CHAIRMAN)
Jan Crathorne  Community Representative  (SECRETARY) ;   
John Garner  Community Representative  (TREASURER)
Peter Ford Community Representative  
Penny Stott  Community Representative  
David Cox Centre Users Representative    
John Pudney Community Representative
Gail Shuttleworth Community Representative  
Chris Duffin  co-opted Representative
Mike Bleby   co-opted Representative   
Peter Crathorne Community Representative
Derek Hill Centre Users Representative

The Trustees have in their ranks, two retired primary Head Teachers, two retired prison governors one of whom was also a church minister, a retired GP, a retired qualified GP surgery practice manager, a retired engineer who also has worked for a charity that specialises in supporting failing registered trusts, a working structural engineer, an experienced treasurer who also when working ran a successful training business, a retired academic from Warwick University, two ex chairmen of Governors of Henley Secondary School, one of whom is employed as an organiser for  national charity, and a retired qualified youth worker with 35 years experience. A significant number of the trustees also volunteer in various ways in the everyday work of the Hub thereby getting first hand experience of the very challenging work planned and executed by our volunteers and staff.  We have also been able to recruit a very experienced and highly qualified executive officer who has a reputation in training for youth work across the county which is second to none.

We are always looking for additional Volunteers. Expertise in building management, finance and education in its widest sense are all areas the trust requires.

There are 97 registered members of the Trust. Please let us know if you want to become a trust member.

Thursday Seniors Club   
This group has had record attendances (29) average 26 and there are now more lady members than gentlemen.  It provides an informal and welcoming environment. Members and others can access  IT  support for senior citizens in the community.  The new film mornings are a great success. It is supported by funds raised during the year and member subscriptions.  The club’s mission is to locate and recruit those older people who are on their own and would appreciate the social interaction enjoyed by the Thursday members.  The club meets every Thursday from 10.00 – 12.30.  This group has just lost its voluntary leader so is looking for a new co-ordinator: could you do this valuable task?
This gives us a total of just over 250 average users of The Hub every week from Jan-April at our own sessions alone.

The Centre also has private bookings which between January to April have included Shakespeare classes, birthday parties, German lessons, free online IT support and a private youth club for home educated children from across Warwickshire.

photoHub supporting Christmas Day Lunch 2019:
This is a joint project with Churches Together.  The aim is to try to ensure that no-one spends Christmas Day lunch on their own unless they wish to do so.  Paticpants will sit down to a home cooked traditional Christmas dinner at the Memorial Hall. The Hub is providing administration and fundraising support for this event.  For further information contact Rachel 01564 79404. 

The hub is a key partner is this exciting event for the whole of Henley.  It will take place in November 2019 This event will put Henley-in–Arden on the national map! Look out for more information. See the details on the Web site. https://henleyispa.co.uk

Fundraising progress
OUR TARGET FOR THIS YEAR 2019 – 20  IS £64,000  




The World Clipper Race


The Club was delighted to welcome Malcolm Evans, pictured right, to talk most enthusiastically about his participation in The World Clipper Race. This was the brainchild in 1995 of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and is a sailing race around the world in 8 legs. The organisers own a fleet of 12 identical yachts, and provide qualified skippers to lead each team of trained amateur crew members.

photoParticipants can either sign up for the whole race, or one or more legs. Intensive training is carried for 3 weeks prior to sailing to prepare one for the physical demands, technical ability and an intensive survival course. In particular, safety is paramount and the importance of clipping on at all times when on deck could not be emphasised enough.

There is a crew of 18 divided into two watches, interestingly with a ratio of about 55% men to 45% women; and indeed on our speaker’s boat the skipper was a 31 year old lady. The clippers are 70 feet long and have an unladen weight of about 31 tons. There are 10 sails, 11 windlasses and two helms. There is little space on board and one’s personal kit allowance is limited to 20 kg.

 Personal hygiene has to be compromised and there is a standard issue of six wet wipes to last 24 hours. Of the 18 crew members, there is invariably a medic, a victualler, a chief of staff, two watch leaders, a bosun, a media man and a quartermaster. The watches are divided up into intervals of 6,6,4,4 and 4 hours. Sleep, or rather its deprivation, is inevitably a problem as  is dehydration; indeed our speaker was laid low with severe dehydration. And of course, sea sickness is almost inevitable at some time. Before sailing each crew member signs up to a ‘Crew Contract’ in which sex, religion and politics are forbidden subjects of conversation.

Our speaker took part in the 2013/14 race doing the last 2 legs – from San Francisco back to London. From San Francisco, they sailed down to the Panama Canal, then up to New York, before crossing the Atlantic to Londonderry. From there round the Pentland Firth to Den Helder in Holland before the last lap to London. To keep them on their toes, they had to be very much on the look out for icebergs in the North Atlantic. And at other times what struck our speaker, particularly in the Pacific, was the remarkable absence of any other shipping.

Probus is an informal club for retired business and professional people and meets usually on the first Wednesday of the month. We are always delighted to welcome visitors and potential new members. For further details please contact Andrew Yarwood on 794079.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Couple To Host Garden Party For Farmers

posterA Warwickshire couple are holding a garden party in the grounds of their Henley-in-Arden home to raise money for farming charity R.A.B.I.

Sue and Brian Westmacott will be opening up their High Street home to the public on Saturday June 1. It’s not the first time they’ve done this; last year the couple organised a similar garden party which brought in more than £3,000 for R.A.B.I.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest charity, giving out grants of more than £2.2m in England and Wales during 2018. The expenditure on people in Warwickshire was over £36,000. R.A.B.I offers welfare advice and practical care as well as financial support to farmers, farmworkers and their dependants, of all ages.

Jeth Rogue, AKA Jethro comedy tribute act Robert Harris, will add some cheeky ‘Cornish’ humour to the occasion, with Sue Dalby Catering very kindly sponsoring the food – which will include a three-course meal, cheese and biscuits, coffee and mints.

Becky Davies, R.A.B.I regional manager for Warwickshire, said: “We’re fortunate as a charity to have wonderful people like Sue and Brian, who are prepared to give so generously to our cause.

“With so many uncertainties in farming, the work we do supporting people in the industry is vital.

“Although most of the help we provide is financial, that’s not all we do. We’ll put people in touch with other organisations that can improve their circumstances and we’ll walk with them on their journeys, for as long as it takes.”

Becky Davies reporting


Rotarians Take Wine for Shakespeare Hospice


On Tuesday 30th April 2019 Henley Rotary Club ( HRC) held a wine and cheese tasting at Shrewley Village Hall.

This was our first venture into this kind of function, which was, coincidentally, organised by our newest member, Anna Devey, ably assisted by one of our longest serving members, Secretary Mike Redman.  The party was held in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice. We have donated to The Shakespeare Hospice before as well as assisting at their own moneymaking events. We have also donated to The Myton Hospice and Molley Ollies Wishes, a charity set up to assist children with life threatening conditions.

There were around thirty five people there, having a wonderful time sampling great wine and cheeses and helping to raise money for a very worthwhile charity.

The function raised in excess of £600 thanks greatly to the very generous donation of the wine by Mike’s son in law Tim Whitehouse and of course the hard work of Anna and Mike. We must of course also remember the generosity of the people supporting the event without whom we would have made nothing.

We (HRC) are always in need of help to raise money for good causes and should you feel moved to do so, please ring Mike Redman on 01564 792491 for details or just join us for lunch at Henley Golf Club, any Tuesday at 12.30.

Pictured are Anna Devey, Mike Redman and President Keith Degville. 

Keith Degville reporting



Henley Arts4All week got off to a flying start on Saturday 27th April with a magnificent performance of Irish Folk, Sacred, Operatic and popular music delivered by the Mulligan Sisters from Longford  in Ireland ably supported on piano bu Chris Collis, followed on Sunday by a solid performance of the timeless and classic comic opera  the Mikado. Earlier on in the day the Mulligan Sisters and a selection of youngsters performed at the 10.00 o'clock service at St John's which gave the perfect opportunity to examine the Arts and their holistic value. On Monday Mark Farrelly brought his 100th performance of Quentin Crisp - Naked Hope to town. This was a glorious, truthful and uplifting celebration of this genuinely unique human being.

On Tuesday, in  a-pre Edinburgh Festival performance of When I Fall If I Fall and Death by Primark, Claire Dowie performed two contrasting and fascinating pieces but  come Wednesday and it was Henley's own Ray Evans who filled the Guild Hall for Mein Brexit Kampf a well delivered, well received and well supported sample of his own work specially commissioned by the Guild Hall Trust for this year's festival.

On Thursday evening a big turn out made certain we could welcome the Ralph Allin Jazz Quartet in style. Ralph, who has toured with Van Morrison and performed with the likes of Joolz Holland and Andre Previn, wowed the crowd and despite a couple of encores left them wanting more!

Mark Farrelly returned on Friday with The Silence of Snow - The Life of Patrick Hamilton, which told the story of the shooting -star playwright and novelist. An outstanding performance.

During the day Guild Hall was home to a semi staged story telling by John Kirk, Shakespeare for Alcester High School and traditional fairy-tales for younger ones from Henley Primary School who got into the mood of the festival by dressing up in costume - it was pleasing to have nearly 100 pupils attend the daytime session.

Back to St John's on Saturday evening for another standing ovation for Beyond the Barricade, past principal performers from the West End Les Miserables cast entertained us with an assortment of musical theatre numbers and rounded off the evening with a brilliant Les Miserables finale.

Sunday evening gave us the opportunity to go out of the festival smiling as a full house was given a side splitting performance from Andy White, Karen Sherrad and the headline act Steve Harris - here's to next year and meanwhile let's enjoy July's live acoustic session at the Guild Hall by Dean Friedman  on route to  the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Unfortunately tickets for this event have now all sold but if you would like to register for any returns please register your interest at info@laurencemarshall.co.uk

On Friday evening's performance of Silence of the Snow, which focused on mental health issues experienced by the author Patrick Hamilton, donations were collected on behalf of the MIND charity and we are happy to announce that our post performance collection raised  a total of £ 122.00.

10% of all tickets were allocated free of charge for the unwaged and, in the main, these were all taken up which is a testament to our Arts4All ethos - thank you for your support.

Finally, we need you.....so that we can expand the event in 2020, we are looking for one or two more Gold Sponsors ... amazing tax deductible incentives for businesses including corporate ticketing and use of facilities.


Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.

Following last year’s sold-out, 40th Anniversary Tour, Friedman returns to the stage armed with a stunning collection of his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’ - songs of pathos and humour that deal with family, friends, neighbours, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately essential stuff of everyday life.

"Soundtrack of our lives!" – NYTimes;
"Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek;
“Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks;
“Stunning Musicianship!” - Hot Press

In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON, NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, based on songwriting workshops and songwriting masterclasses he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing solo on guitar and keyboard, featuring songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favorites drawn from his eight studio albums. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.


COOLSPORTZ Looking forward to May Half Term!


With May Half Term coming very soon you may be wondering what to do with the kids before they go back to school, if so, why not contact local children’s sports specialists, Coolsportz?  They will be running their regular school holiday sports programme using the impressive Indoor and Outdoor Facilities at Warwickshire College, Henley in Arden with plenty of activities planned.  

photoThe programmed is planned to keep kids aged 4 to 13 active and entertained before the kids go back to school and as we are OFSTED Registered we accept Childcare Vouchers.  Sessions will be running from Tue 28th May to Fri 31st May and children can attend half day Morning or Afternoon sessions or Full days sessions (full day only for 5 – 13yrs), as well as extended hours. Excitingly, we are also running two football specific afternoon’s on Wed 29th May & Thurs 30th May which you can opt into if you like at no extra cost.

The club is based on a fun structured multi-sports programme aimed at improving and gaining confidence in fundamental movement skills, developing vital co-ordination skills and of course meeting and socialising with different children.  The programme will allow children to experience many different sports such as tennis, football, unihoc, multi- skill games, parachute games, and much more.

Book and pay by Fri 17th May and you will automatically receive the Early Bird Price.  The club will also be running for the whole 6 weeks of the summer – Mon 22nd July to Fri 30th August. For further information or to book please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk/henley or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email neil@coolsportz.co.uk.


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Henley Forest FC Sweeps Up The Silverware 

Henley Forest in Arden Football Club has scored a double whammy, winning not one but two cup finals this week, a success unprecedented for 50 years. 

Henley Forest vs Claverdon - Stratford Alliance Division 1 Cup

Almost 100 fans turned up to watch the final of the Stratford Alliance Division 1 Cup at the Home Guard Club in Stratford on Thursday (18th April).

The first half was an even affair with both sides looking dangerous with few clear cut chances being created by either side.  Henley struck first midway through the first half and managed to retain the early lead into half time despite a series of free kicks from the Claverdon team. The second half brought a couple of fresh faces into the Claverdon line up and these had an immediate effect allowing them to equalize with an expertly driven home angled strike.  With the pressure on, a series of subs by Henley evened out the game again with the fresh energy allowing Henley to once again take control of the game with a header in the last 5 minutes taking the score to 2-1. 


The Henley Forest First Team Winning Squad

Henley Forest vs Hillmorton - U15s Mid Warwickshire League Cup

Earlier in the week, the U15s team triumphed in the Mid Warwickshire league after a very tense duel with league leaders Hillmorton at the Racing Club grounds in Warwick.  Henley controlled the game from the start, swiftly moving into a 3-0 lead.  Unbeaten this season, Hillmorton fought back strongly in a very tense final ten minutes pulling back 2 goals to make the score 3-2.  Henley held out to win though and were crowned as the cup winners.

The Henley Forest U15s Winning Squad

The Henley Forest squad, who are sponsored by both The General Stores, Wootton Wawen and Henley based Camper King are currently 5th in the Mid Warwickshire Boys League.

Tony Bartlett reporting

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John Garner's Business Column

What’s in a name?

John Garner

Have you noticed how often government departments change their names?   It can be very confusing.  As this is a business column (though I accept that sometimes I do stray into other areas) let’s look at the one most relevant to business.

In the beginning we had the Board of Trade originating in the 17th century.  Its full title was “The Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council appointed for the consideration of all matters relating to Trade and Foreign Plantations”.  Snappy title.

It had a number of iterations and responsibilities up until 1970 when Edward Heath took over from Harold Wilson as Prime Minister.  The Board of Trade was then merged with the Ministry of Technology, creating a new cabinet post of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (the incumbent was also known as the President of the Board of Trade).

Following a Labour Party victory in the 1974 general election, the department was split into the Department of Trade, the Department of Industry and the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection and renamed the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI).
In 1983 the departments of Trade and Industry were reunited. In 1992 the Department of Energy was re-merged back into the DTI.  After the 2005 general election the DTI was renamed the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry but the name reverted to Department of Trade and Industry less than a week later after widespread derision.

Phew!  With me so far?

The DTI had a wide range of responsibilities covering Company Law, Trade, Business Growth, Innovation, Employment Law, Regional Economic Development, Energy, Science and Consumer Law.  It also had responsibility for investigating misconduct by company directors, in which role Private Eye magazine repeatedly lampooned it as "the Department of Timidity and Inaction".

In June 2007 it was replaced with the creation of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).   Don’t you just love all these acronyms?

This was then replaced in 2009 by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) which was disbanded on the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in July 2016.  This still exists, for the moment anyway.

You will notice that these name changes coincide with changes of government and/or changes of Prime Minister.  So you may wonder how much longer the present incarnation will last!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


David Malin

  1. Vehicle Crime. Birmingham Road, Henley. Window of van smashed, probably with the intention of stealing items from inside. A Black BMW was seen parked nearby and may have contained the offenders. Between 4.40pm and 5.40pm. Sunday 28th April. 0272 28/04/2019
  2. Burglary Business. Liverage Hill, Henley. Cabin at secure site broken into and items stolen including interior doors, hot water tanks, boilers and designer radiators. High value theft of building materials. Between 11th & 12th May. 0188 12/05/2019
  3. Burglary Business. Tanworth Lane, Henley. Secure land and outbuilding broken into and a Quad Bike stolen. Overnight 9th & 10th May. 0064 10/05/2019
  4. Vehicle Crime. Car Park, Tanworth Lane, Henley. Secure works van broken into and tools stolen. Overnight 7th & 8th May. 0088 08/05/2019
  5. Burglary Residential. Bear Lane, Henley. Office broken into and items stolen including 55” flat screen TV, acoustic guitar, IPad and sunglasses. Between 3rd & 5th May. 0400 06/05/2019
  6. Vehicle Crime. Warwick Road, Henley. Secure Audi stolen from driveway of house by unknown means. Between 11am and 4pm Monday 6th May. 0285 06/05/2019


  1. Vehicle Crime. Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen. Offender(s) have broken into a secure works van. Various tools have then been stolen. Overnight 29th & 30th April. 0061 30/04/2019
  2. Vehicle Crime. Car Park, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Offender(s) have tried to gain entry to secure works van. Damage caused to doors and paintwork. Nothing stolen. Between 7.30pm and 10.30pm Friday 10th May. 0121 11/05/2019
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. Two males seen acting suspiciously in the area. Both seen to go into private gardens then walk off. First male had a beard and was wearing a short grey coat. The second male had light coloured hair and beard and was wearing a blue coat with a red stripe. No offences disclosed at the time. 12.45pm Thursday 2nd May. 0179 02/05/2019

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNTs

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June 22nd in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane between 11.00am & 2.30pm. Everyone welcome. Stalls include good as new clothes, books and bric-a-brac, jewellery and gifts. BBQ, cakes stall and many more.

Our coffee mornings on Wednesday & Saturdays 10.30am to 12.00pm are open to all. We do look forward to seeing you and you will receive a very warm welcome.

Tuesday 28th May 7.45pm in the Baptist Church hall. Gary Leaver Hill Close Gardens. Competition ‘A vase of pink flowers’.

LLOYDS MOBILE BANK is on the Medical Centre car park at the following times.

MONDAYS 2.00PM – 3.15PM
WEDNESDAYS 9.45AM – 12.15PM & 1.00PM – 3.15PM

Have you ever thought of having an allotment? We have over 40 plots by the station. It’s a smashing pastime to grow your own veggies and keep fit as well. We have wonderful camaraderie up there. If you feel interested and would like a look contact Nick Haycock on 07719 345115.

Why not join Henley Neighbourhood Watch by going to  www.ourwatch.org.uk  and entering your postcode Information about crime in the area direct to your computer/tablet? Also available by joining  the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service (CMS)  Go to www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms and follow instructions.

CLASSIC X-R-CISE CLASS. Monday mornings (parish hall). 10.30-11.30am. Working on mobility, balance, coordination, etc, for maximum body health. £15.00 per session. (Introductory 1st session £10.00). For more info. please call Paul on 07906337623 for more information or to book your place.

LITTLE ACORNS NURSERY 'Stay & Play' Interested in finding out more about our nursery? Please come along with your child 9.15 – 10.00 on Wed 24th May and 12th July. Contact School Office on 792766.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB   We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320

YOGA AT ULLENHALL VILLAGE HALL  Hatha Yoga & Relaxation Tuesdays 1.30-3.00pm suitable for experienced & beginners. Contact Gill Russel 07973575597, gilrus3@btinternet.com, www.yogill.com.  

HENLEY YOGA - Venue: St Johns Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Mixed ability. Fridays 9.30 am - 10.45am
£7.00 per class. Contact Alex Brown Tel: 07966516914 . Email: yogawithalexbrown@gmail.com.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc. Competitive rates,

JOLLYTOTS meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane during term time. Lots of activities, toys, games, arts and craft for under 4s. For more information please contact Keith on 793925.

HIRE THE GUILD HALL and GARDENS     Perfect for special occasions, boutique weddings, Christening parties, private dining, funeral wakes. Visit WWW.HENLEYGH.CO.UK for more information and hire charges. 

We are hoping to hold a HENLEY’S HIDDEN GARDENS on June 16th 2019.
Is there anyone who would be interested in opening their garden for us? We have four volunteers already! Your garden doesn’t have to be large or immaculate, you just need to enjoy showing off your plot! Gardens open are very rewarding for the participants and a delightful entertainment for the visitor. We are hoping to raise money for The Samaritans and Henley in Bloom. For more information please contact either Sue Westmacott 793746 or Marijana Bainbridge 794987

Details of future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson for the Parish Church Newsletter at: henleyparishnews@btinternet.com

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29th May 2019

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Town Organisations and Clubs

Henley CrestThe Court Leet and 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

logoHENLEY IN BLOOM Henley in Bloom is the organisation behind making Henley an even more attractive town by a colourful display of flowers in the High Street and elsewhere in the town. There are over 100 planters and flower beds which are filled with blooms every year and all members of the community are encouraged to help not only with the initial planting but, even more important, the ongoing maintenance and watering. Anyone interested in helping this organisation please contact Sheila Davis on 07779 157580.

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 Malcolm Aldridge 794019 or Peter Neville 793978 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

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four 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 the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
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 Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. Secretary of Henley Rotary Club - Mike Redman  01564 793491.
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
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 7:45pm, except for a couple of months. The Club organises speakers and visits to gardens. This is a very friendly club; if you are interested in joining or attending as a visitor, please just turn up. More information from Penny on 01564 792251 or e mail pjstott@uwclub.net 
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 (in the Baptist Church Hall from 13th September onwards) 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 Annette Walker on 01564 792837 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
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 pm 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
My German Beginners Course for Adults continues on Wednesday the 4th of July 2018 and is held every Wednesday evening at the Hub in Henley-in-Arden. If you are interested to learn a new language in a small and sociable group, please contact me for further details under susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk
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 contact Jon Butler on 01564 795216 or email 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
Vinyasa Flow, Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Memorial Hall, Station Road. NEW beginners class Friday 9.30am, St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Contact Eleanor: 07932658719 yogahenley@gmail.com
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 on Tuesdays 6:30-8pm at the Memorial Hall on Station Road. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
We are a not for profit group organisation of women meeting on the third Tuesday of each month for mutual friendship and to raise funds for local and national charities. New members are very welcome. Contact: Kate Dale, 01564 795215
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 9:30-11:30 and a Thursday afternoon 1-3 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. It is run by Keith and Lulu. 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.
Thursdays, 11.15am 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 except December at village hall at 2pm 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 Keith Thomas  01564 794806.

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 247 6140 or 07952 780096 or email johnpollard1966@virginmedia.com for further details.
Love Life, Love Friends, Love Food then you’ll love Slimming World. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Henley Slimming World. The group is held every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Henley High School, Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Sarah Jones for more details on 07922 670959.

ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY IN HENLEY If you have dementia, or are caring for someone with dementia, Alzheimer's Society welcomes you to join us at our Dementia Cafe in Shipston-on-Stour at Stour Court, Old Road, Shipston-on-Stour, CV364HF on 1st Friday of the month from 2 - 3.30pm, Dementia Cafe in Stratford at St Andrew's Church Hall, Church Lane, Shottery, CV379HQ on 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm, Day Care which runs weekly in Henley in Arden (charges apply for this service).
For more information contact the Warwickshire Office on 01926 888 899 or email southwarks@alzheimers.org.uk.

Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at The Wootton Wawen Social Club, commencing at 7.00pm and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7pm 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 or the Treasurer on 0777 887 1930.

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 Baptist Church Hall, 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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