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

10th July 2019


Green Book is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Italian American bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard. The film was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga's son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green.

St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden


St Nicholas Beaudesert

St Nicks

Rector's Letter - July 2019

John Ganjavi writes:

photoI recently had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen for 44 years. The conversation was easy and enjoyable.

We had been at school with each other, and we lost touch when we went to university. That was a time when the world was opening up for us; opportunities beckoned and careers were being chosen.

Now, my friend has retired. That long span of time known as our 'working life' is over for him. Retirement can be a very challenging time. It is not just about having no more employment. Suddenly life catches up with you. You realise that you are no longer young. Also, retirement can bring on a crisis of identity as we are no longer defined by what we do for a living. It is not surprising that at such a time it is good to meet up with friends from school days. It helps us regain a sense of who we are. It is almost like saying 'Now where were we before adult life overwhelmed us?' Thank God for life-long friends! We will now keep in touch more regularly.

Here are some words from King David in Psalm 139: You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. He goes on to say: My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand - when I awake, I am still with you.

David then goes on to have a rant about his enemies! But the point is made - God knows us best. He is the true life-long friend. He holds us together in every crisis.

John Ganjavi  

Henley Vision 2050 Conference


Around 40 people, residents, schools, community organisations and businesses gathered in the Memorial Hall on Saturday morning 6th July.  Their aim was to assemble and promote changes or additions to the facilities and infrastructure of the Town for the future (2050).


The beginning of the meeting was delightfully disrupted by the arrival of some 9 young people.  They arrived with bikes, scooters and skateboards.  The Chairman for the morning invited them to talk to the assembly. They argued enthusiastically and eloquently for the creation of a much more challenging and extensive Skate/Scooter and bike area.  They said that, while they appreciated the area they had, its equipment severely limited the development of their skills.  Their contribution received applause and the appreciation of the participants that they had taken the time to make a contribution to the ideas being discussed during the morning.


For two hours the group heard from a wide variety of contributors. The representative of the High School  proposed expanding their facilities intoa building used by the community; in the longer term St Mary’s looked forward to a larger new building.  More urgently  the local nursery is seeking a place to build a new nursery.  The Hub@Henley Community Centre outlined a future that anticipated the very real needs of families, young people and senior citizens as life became more complicated and stressful. They suggested that these resources needed to be housed in a new fit for purpose building.


There were contributions from the Library, the Memorial Hall, the Sports Grounds and the Scouts describing a vision of better provision with better buildings and a greater range of appropriate services and resources that enhanced community life.

The suggestion of a brand new Civic Centre situated in the centre of the town was put forward. This would encompass a new Memorial Hall, library and IT centre, a youth and community centre, additional parking, a parish council office and other essential services.

Many ideas were put forward for the development of an area on the land around north of The Mount while noting that the Mount itself was protected to the same level as Stonehenge and therefore nothing could be done to that part of the site unless Historic England approved.  The participants heard of the possibility of restoring the carp pools, a  visitors’ and education centre, car park, mountain biking centre and a new skate park along with vibrant ideas for wheel access footpaths around the boundary of the Mount and a modest reconstruction of the Norman castle making a similar provision to that at Lunt Fort.

Under matters affecting businesses, the challenge of running a bus service from Henley to surrounding towns predominated.  Johnsons Coaches assured the meeting that everything was being done to seek a viable solution.  The High Street shops, pubs and restaurants needed to attract more custom and the way forward was seen as increasing the number of attractive events to be held in the town to bring people in.  Better parking and controlling the traffic speed were also emphasised.

The space allocated to a press article prevents a fuller overview of the many ideas and suggestions that were put forward.  However, the enthusiasm of the wide-ranging representatives for progress was apparent to all.  The frustration of many was relieved by the sense that at last most key aspects of the town were coming together for the beginning of some “joined up” thinking about the future.

A full copy of a report should be available at the end of August following the approval of all participants as to its content.  This report, containing all the ideas without any comment as to their practicality, will be submitted to professional planners to be assessed for sustainability and viability.  The professionals’ document will be available in the late Spring of 2020 when the group will re-convene.

Many thanks to all those who gave up their valuable Saturday time to plant the seeds of Henley Vision 2050. We all look forward to nurturing these seedlings through a consultation process.
Peter Crathorne.

If you have ideas to be considered email peter.crathorne@gmail.com


Summer Lunch July 2019

The Club recently held its traditional Summer lunch at which members and their ladies enjoyed a convivial meal in the delightful surroundings of the Henley Golf and Country Club; and this year we were particularly pleased to welcome Chris Duffin as our guest speaker.

Chris was something of a ground breaker, being the first female governor of Strangeways prison. At the age of 30 she was recently divorced and looking for a job. Although having originally been a police cadet, she was rejected when reapplying to the police force as being too old. So in 1978 she applied and, after a very basic exam at Dartmoor, was accepted by the prison service. Initially she was posted to Styal women’s prison and there was an opportunity to take accelerated promotion exams. Up to this time only men had worked in men’s prisons, but not long after she joined, the Home Office relaxed the restriction. It was, though, still a time of minimal political correctness and plenty of juicy language was used, but Chris was well able to hold her own in a male stronghold. Among the amusing and at times smutty anecdotes she related, was the bizarre case of a non too bright inmate who was serving time, for amongst other things, being a ‘flasher’ with the offences having been committed outside a blind institution.

And one of the most significant confrontations she had with male colleagues was about the issue of pin-ups in the officers’ quarters. Traditionally these pin-ups had depicted scantily attired ladies which she found embarrassing; so to counter this she posted a centrefold from the new publication, Playgirl featuring a full frontal naked hunk. Touché! Chris had made her point and all pictures from ‘adult’ magazines were taken down.

While doing a spell at Stokesy borstal institution, she revealed her compassionate side citing the case of one young offender, the offspring of a prostitute, who had been institutionalised since the age of four. On occasions, Chris would take her charge back to her house and it was salutary experience to discover that he had never sat at a table or shared a normal Sunday lunch. And rewardingly, after his release from Borstal, Chris would regularly receive a Christmas card from the young man and the assurance that he was still going straight.

On a serious note, Chris pulled no punches in her criticism of the cuts in prison budgets quoting the statistic that in 1990 there were 40,000 prisoners and 23,000 officers, whilst now the prison population has grown to 82,000 with only 13,000 staff. She was very emphatic that prison should not only be a place to act as a punishment, but perhaps more importantly it should present an opportunity for offenders to turn their lives around simply because many of them had endured  a sad and deprived upbringing.

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

Henley High Street in its summer dress !!!

Photo Report by Pam Bonati

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

Court Circular

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Armed Forces Day Celebration Service
St Johns Church, Henley Saturday 29th June 2019


The Armed Forces Day Service and Parade took place on Saturday 29th June, in spite of the fact that one of the key organisers within the British Legion – Les Goodman – had sadly passed away the previous weekend. He would have wanted the key event to go-ahead without him and in my opinion the British Legion “did him proud”.

Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for us, as a nation, to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – from current serving troops to cadets and veterans. The UK forces defend the UK and its interests. We are grateful that they are with us and to some who make the ultimate sacrifice.

All were welcomed by the Chairman of the Royal British Legion – Dennis Cox – who reminded us about the solemnity of the occasion. He then introduced Fred Guy, Legion Parade Master for Warwickshire, who guided us through what we will be doing whilst “on parade”.


The parade started at the Memorial Hall at 1015 and comprised the fifteen members of the Shirley Pipe Band (who lead the parade) ,an excellent contingent from the British Legion, Henley Court Leet, Joint Parish Council, Henley Fire Service and 1st Henley & Wootten Wawen scout group. The High Street was closed for 20 minutes whilst the parade made its way from the Memorial hall to St Johns Church. We gathered outside St Johns Church for a minute’s silence in memory of Les Goodman, which was preceded by a bugler from the Legion playing the Last Post.

At 10:30 the parade then made its way into church, where we were welcomed by the Rector, John Ganjavi.

The Bugler played the Last Post at the start of the service followed by 2 minutes silence and then Dennis Cox, Chairman RBL gave the “ Exhortation “  in memory of those who had fallen in the many conflicts.

We then had a hymn after the standard bearers from the represented organisations were received by the Rector.


The first lesson from Joshua 1 should have been read by Les Goodman but the Rector took his place.  The 2nd Lesson from Peter 1 was read by Nick Haycock from the British Legion.

The address was made by Malcolm Aldridge, a lay preacher, who gave a passionate talk on how members of the armed forces were just ordinary people who had a sense of duty, but linked their actions to guidance from God. There has long been a strong link between the Church and the armed forces going back before WW1.

The service ended with the blessing from the Rector and the National Anthem.


We then moved into the Guild Hall Gardens for tea and  sandwiches, where we were entertained by the Shirley Pipe band for half an hour.

Alistair Price, Chamberlain




Friday 26th July 2019 - International recording artist Dean Friedman Live 7.30 p.m.
at the Guild Hall.

Arts4All Week 2020 Monday 20th April till Sunday 26th April - Henley Guild Hall

Another prestigious venue for Alcester Choir


Following a highly successful and sell out concert at Worcester Cathedral in May, the popular and in demand Alcester Male Voice Choir, which includes several men from the Henley area,  is all set to make a return visit to another prestigious venue, St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle this month. The choir last appeared there some four years ago and delighted an international audience with a lunch time recital.
Judith Land BEM, the choir's founder and Director of Music explains that " We are delighted to be asked back to Windsor. To sing in one of the nation's most iconic and beautiful buildings is both an honour and a privilege.

We shall be singing a cappella, and the 40 minute programme will comprise a variety of both sacred and secular music sung in English, Welsh, German, Latin and Zulu. It promises to be a very special day, and one which we are all looking forward to. The day will end when the  choir returns to St George's Chapel to join the chapels own choir and the congregation for Evensong"

The choir is at home singing at big venues and has, over the last few years, sung at both the  Town Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, The Royal Albert Hall. St Davids Hall Cardiff, Ely Cathedral, in addition to regular concerts throughout the Midlands.

Rob Kingscott reporting


Donors to the Music Festival




Rewarding 30 Years of Service to Rotary


Assistant District Governor Diane Miller pictured with President Keith Degville
and Rtn David Snell receiving his commemorative certificate

At Henley’s recent “handover” meeting, President Keith Degville, supported by Assistant District Governor Diane Miller, was delighted to present a Certificate marking 30 years of Rotary Service to David Snell. “He’s been a stalwart of the Club and, astonishingly, Treasurer for 25 of those years. One of the years when not looking after our accounts, he was an excellent and popular President (2007-8).”

A long-time resident of Wootton Wawen, David has agreed to act as Treasurer, yet again, for a further Rotary year.

Before making the award, Keith looked forward to another year of commitment from members in the pursuit of the Rotary motto of “Service above Self” and, at the same time,  a continuing level of good fellowship and friendship. “We’re a small club, but we really do punch above our weight”, he said, “and the town would be the poorer without us.” 

Among the plans for the next twelve months are two major charity events: our annual Golf Day at Stratford Oaks Golf Club on 21st September (Acorns Children Hospice will be main charity) and the Christmas concert on 20th December by the wonderful Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. And again we’ll be lending our support marshalling for the Warwick Half Marathon, the Stratford Marathon and the Two Castles Run.

Climate Action Day at Henley Montessori Primary


Stratford Climate Action Day. The Eco-Committee from Henley in Arden Montessori  Primary were invited to produce a display for the Action Day on Saturday 22nd June.


There was a lot of interest from the general public in what the school and nursery had been working on. We also came away with a lot of new ideas for them to try towards their Eco School Gold Award (Green Flag).


Could this be a possible event that Henley in Arden as a community could do, to become a greener village?

Henley Everley, Head Teacher reporting




The HENLEY Photo by Pam Bonati


A cloudless blue sky, a warm early evening on Henley High Street in June when into view comes these magnificent cart horses pulling a carriage!!! Who on earth, we wondered, is this?  As it passed we saw 3 young people, obviously enjoying themselves and waving at passers by. We never did discover who they were, can anyone enlighten us?

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£2,000 raised on the Longest Day


On June 23rd we celebrated with a longest day challenge. 72 holes of golf (4 rounds) for the Captain's Charity being the Henley 1st Responders. This was successfully completed by Bill Merrifield, club captain, Roger Bennett, senior’s captain, Ed Ingram & Peter McCallion.  Pictured above.The first tee was at 4.15am! WELL DONE.

This we coincided with the golf club being 25 years old from June 6th 1994. We invited old members, regular visitors and current members to a round of stableford golf, with prizes for the overall winner, nearest the pin and the longest drive. The winners were, nearest the pin, Noel Nash, longest drive, Andy Gillespie and the overall winner with 36  points, was Noel Nash.

All the above was celebrated with a barbecue afterwards. This was enjoyed by over a hundred people and over £2,000 was raised for the charity. A great day all round.

Stephen Hunter reporting.


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John Garner's Business Column

Big Business and the EUJohn Garner

You’ll have heard recently that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is investing heavily in its Castle Bromwich plant to produce a replacement for the XJ saloon; this one will be all electric. 

In addition it has confirmed plans to bring Electric Drive Unit assembly to the Midlands and development of this technology will be a joint venture with BMW (you may have missed that).  They will also set up new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall with "investment in new and existing facilities".  That’s where the BMW engine plant is which I’m guessing is no co-incidence. 

The BBC reported that JLR has made all this conditional on the UK leaving with a deal rather than with No Deal, though I note that doesn’t appear in the JLR press release.  I can’t see that JLR could go back on it now after the workforce has been informed that its future is safe for the time being.  In any case these investments have previously been anticipated in the company’s published capital investment plans.

It’s interesting to look at the attitude of most large businesses, particularly in the automotive sector, to the original Brexit referendum.  It wasn’t surprising that they were nominally against leaving the EU partly because they foresaw disruption to their carefully devised Just-in-Time supply chains; this is where components arrive at the assembly point direct from their suppliers at the time they are needed, so there’s no need to invest in warehousing to store them.  Where components cross international borders the minimising of hold-ups is paramount.

JLR is naturally also concerned about the potential effect on its sales into Europe.  It is of course acutely aware that EU companies export many more vehicles into the UK than we export there.  The likes of BMW, Mercedes, VW Group and Peugeot-Citroen (which now owns Vauxhall) will, potentially, have just as much difficulty with their exports to us so I’m sure we’ll hear of more reciprocal arrangements or even joint ventures even if there is no agreement between governments.

It seems that nowadays it’s not about whether or not the UK will be leaving the EU but under what terms.  So perhaps the Project Fear scenario has been quietly dropped, certainly by JLR.   Some politicians don’t seem to realise, though industrialists certainly will, that you need to negotiate from a position of strength and the threat of a No Deal is our strongest bargaining chip.  If we rule it out in advance then the EU will be able to walk all over us.

I do sympathise with the uncertainties caused by government procrastination but I think it’s fair to say that businesses have now had 3 years to prepare for leaving the EU and they must surely, in all their strategic planning, have been preparing for the possibility of a No Deal however much they don’t want it.  Any business that hasn’t has let its shareholders down badly.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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  1. Burglary Business. Buckley Green, Henley. Several shipping containers entered. An angle grinder has been used to open of them. Various items have then been stolen including three Husqvarna Brush cutters and accessories, three hedge cutters and a Stihl chainsaw. Between 25th & 26th June. 0068 26/06/2019
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Farm premises, Henley Road, Claverdon. Man seen to jump over fence onto farm property. The man has then put a balaclava on before leaving the area. No offences disclosed. 9.15pm Monday 24th June. 0277 28/06/2019
  2. Vehicle Crime. Church Road, Claverdon. Land Rover stolen from front of premises. 3.30pm Wednesday 3rd July. 0220 03/07/2019

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Tuesday 2nd July in the Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm Ray Sturdy ‘The Land of the Incas’. For more information contact Barbara Warmington on 793640. WI Craft Club with Jessica on Wednesday 17th July in the Baptist Church hall 2pm – 4pm. For more information contact Barbara Warmington on 793640.

Tuesday 9th July in the Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm. Alison Suffolk Demonstration ‘Woodstock’. Competition ‘Music Music Music’.


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.

Thursdays 1.30pm – 4.00pm. For more information contact Colin Fisher 794339.

SATURDAY 27th JULY Jazz, picnics, strawberries, fizz & dancing! A great night either in the Guild Hall Garden or in the Memorial Hall if wet! Proceeds to the Memorial Hall funds Tickets £15.00 from Marijana Bainbridge 01564794987 or marijanabainbridge@btconnect.com Kindly sponsored by Lodders and John Earle & Son

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. 

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

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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
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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
Sprechen Sie Deutsch - Would you like to learn to speak German?
I am hoping to set up a new evening class for German Adult Leaners. If you are interested in learning not only  a new language, but also about the customs and culture of Germany,  in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, then please contact Susanne, either via email at susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively via mobile on 07525365469.
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.

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