Events In and Around
Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, England
15th May 2019
A FREE NEWSPAPER
HENLEY RURAL CINEMA
The Mule is a 2018
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.
The Rural Cinema would appreciate help
with setting out the chairs and putting them away.
Arden Division, County
Councillor's Report – May 2019
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
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
available for projects that contribute to community cohesion.
Anyone wanting to apply for a grant should contact Amanda
Wilson-Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Tel. 01926 842068
First Meeting of New Parish Council
The new Vice-Chairman Chris Duffin with the
new Chairman Ray Evans
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
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.
NEW COACHES AT JOHNSONS
WILL HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
& 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
The four new coaches are equipped with the latest ‘Euro 6’
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
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
extra legroom configuration; these will be used on Johnsons’
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
John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnsons Coach Travel said:
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
of the Lodders Charitable Foundation.
“Our annual charity dog walk is always a fun day out for all of
family,” says David Lodder, Chairman of the Charitable
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
children are free of charge. It’s easy to pre-register via the
or simply turn up on the day,” adds David. “There will be a
of children’s entertainment and stalls, as well as food and
available to purchase – or visitors can bring their own picnics
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
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
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
Henley in Arden, B95 5DT. Follow the signs from Henley in Arden town
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High
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
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
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
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
Marc Bailey, which he, after much tasting and comment, passed fit to
drink. Marc then asked Andrew Gardner to taste the other beer –
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
was held after the meal – tickets having been sold by Sarah
Mace Bearer and Sharon Jones, Butter Weigher – proceeds go to the
Court. Winners announced at the meal.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
THE HUB@HENLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE SURVIVES BECAUSE
THE PARISH COUNCIL SUPPORTS IT.
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contact Rachel 01564 794042
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
April 2019 – March 2020. This will allow the centre
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
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
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.
WITH THE PARISH COUNCIL: HENLEY- A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY TOWN
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
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
There are 97 registered members of the Trust. Please let us know if you
want to become a trust member.
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 –
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.
THE HUB IN THE
COMMUNITY…………. Hub 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.
SELF PUBLISHED AUHORS' BOOK FAIR
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
the details on the Web site. https://henleyispa.co.uk
Fundraising progress OUR TARGET FOR THIS YEAR 2019 – 20 IS
FUNDING FACTS!!!!!: LOCAL SUPPORT £5,000, LOCAL BUSINESS
SPONSRSHIP £9,000, GRANTS £30,000, (including PARISH
COUNCIL £25,000) IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION LET RACHEL KNOW SO
WE CAN CLAIM GIFT AID. 01564794042:
email@example.com THANK YOU
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.
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
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
and two helms. There is little space on board and one’s personal
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
politics are forbidden subjects of conversation.
Our speaker took part in the 2013/14 race doing the last 2 legs –
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
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
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
oldest and largest charity, giving out grants of more than £2.2m
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
kindly sponsoring the food – which will include a three-course
cheese and biscuits, coffee and mints.
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
their circumstances and we’ll walk with them on their journeys,
long as it takes.”
Becky Davies reporting
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
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
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
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
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
On Tuesday, in a-pre Edinburgh Festival performance of When I
I Fall and Death by Primark, Claire Dowie performed two contrasting
and fascinating pieces but come Wednesday and it was Henley's own
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
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
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
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
Unfortunately tickets for this event have now all sold but if you would
like to register for any returns please register your interest at
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.
HENLEY IN ARDEN GUILD
FRIDAY 26TH JULY - ONE NIGHT ONLY
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
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,
Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire
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
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.
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
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.
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 –
as well as extended hours. Excitingly, we are also running two football
specific afternoon’s on Wed 29th May & Thurs 30th May which
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
information or to book please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk/henley or
contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Henley Forest FC Sweeps Up The Silverware
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
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
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
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
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
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
crowned as the cup winners.
Henley Forest U15s Winning Squad
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.
John Garner's Business Column
What’s in a name?
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
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
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
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
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!
Garner - Business Correspondent
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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
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
Burglary Business. Tanworth
Lane, Henley. Secure land and outbuilding broken into and a Quad Bike
stolen. Overnight 9th & 10th May. 0064 10/05/2019
Vehicle Crime. Car Park,
Tanworth Lane, Henley. Secure works van broken into and tools stolen.
Overnight 7th & 8th May. 0088 08/05/2019
Burglary Residential. Bear
Lane, Henley. Office broken into and items stolen including 55”
screen TV, acoustic guitar, IPad and sunglasses. Between 3rd & 5th
May. 0400 06/05/2019
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
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
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
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
CHURCH FETE 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.
BAPTIST CHURCH 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
ULLENHALL & HENLEY GARDENING CLUB 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
HENLEY IN ARDEN
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
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
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
Paul on 07906337623 for more information or to book your place.
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.
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
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, email@example.com, www.yogill.com.
- 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:
CHURCH HALL Available to hire for parties, receptions,
classes, meetings etc. Competitive rates,
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
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
HENLEY IN ARDEN COURT LEET and COURT BARON The 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
HENLEY 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.
COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP
Join 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
THE HENLEY AND
The Society meets every third Third Thursday -
September to April. In the summer, there are normally two visits to
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley
TENNIS CLUB Open
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Henley
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN Rotary 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
THE PROBUS CLUB
OF BEAUDESERT 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
ULLENHALL AND HENLEY GARDENING CLUB
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 email@example.com
FLOWER CLUB Are 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
BADMINTON CLUB We play at the
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Fridayand 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.
CRICKET CLUB 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.
AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB 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 email@example.com
HENLEY KARATE CLUB 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
HENLEY YOGA CLUB 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:
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.
INNER WHEEL CLUB OF HENLEY IN ARDEN
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
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS
At a recent meeting of
co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how
important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported
in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered
quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone
to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number
registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary
please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
JOLLYTOTS 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
HENLEY and WOOTTON SCOUTS 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.
TAI CHI in HENLEY 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
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP 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.
MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details.
HENLEY IN ARDEN SLIMMING WORLD
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 HENLEYIf 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 email@example.com.
BRIDGE CLUB 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.
FOCUS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org more
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB Meetings 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.
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