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Bridget Jones is the much
anticipated movie to be shown at the Henley-in-Arden Rural Cinema on
Thursday the 27th of April at the Memorial Hall in Henley-in-Arden.
Did Darcy and Bridget get married? Surely Darcy and Bridget lived
happily ever after? The script miraculously keeps Bridget’s
reputation intact and fills in the gaps in our knowledge of what has
happened to Bridget since we last saw her. Bridget finds herself
pregnant but she does not know who the Father of her child is. Is it
Mark Darcy or Jack? All the cast from the original film are on board
apart from Hugh Grant who played Daniel Cleaver but the script still
uses Daniel Cleaver's reputation in a very amusing way. Everyone has
aged and Bridget Jones is still living in her flat in Borough Market,
London. The wonderful Darcy looks older but his role continues to
attract the ladies, a classy performance by Colin Firth.
Renee Zellweger plays Bridget
Jones with her usual scatty innocent humour, but she is older now and
her polished performance adds a maturity to the film. Bridget’s
friends continue to support her with language that allows the viewer to
laugh and not be offended! Bridget's mother, beautifly played by Gemma
Jones, is running for the council and as ever hopes to see Bridget
married to Darcy. Bridget’s parents as always bring the usual joy
to the proceedings. I met a lady yesterday who had never seen a Bridget
Jones film. I assured her that the first Bridget Jones movie was sheer
delight and must be seen. The sequel was good but not in the same class
as the first film and that Bridget Jones' Baby is very good.
One of the delights of the genre
is the music. The music supports the humour and sadness of many of the
scenes in the movie and the ending left the viewer with the thought
that maybe there might be a further Bridget Jones film.
In the audience I witnessed men
laughing out loud, openly having a good time so it's not just a film
for a girls' night out. Perhaps some supper, followed by a visit to our
Rural cinema to see a new Bridget Jones movie, sometimes life can be
Found - High Street
A small item has been found
in Henley High Street on the road side of a parking bay opposite the
The owner will be very annoyed at losing this item
which may well have been a gift.
However, Bill Rees the finder will be pleased to
restore the item to its rightful owner subject to a clear description
being given. Contact Bill on 01564 794888.
Warwickshire College update
The College is pleased to announce it has agreed
Heads of Terms with Octopus Health Care Ltd to
purchase 13 acres of the 27 acre site. It's anticipated that in the
next 3 months they will be submitting a planning application to develop
the approved outline application.
The retained 14 acres which includes the Sports
Hall and playing fields will continue to be operated by the
Warwickshire County Councillor
A SUCCESSFUL WEEK
The Arts4All week which
ran from Sunday 3rd of April to Sunday 9th April was organised by
Laurence Marshall and his team to raise money for the Guild Hall
Trust. The first event with Karl Loxley, who had been a
contestant on the BBC Programme The Voice, was a sell out. This
got the week off to a great start. The HADS did three
performances of the Alan Bennett Talking Heads with all three nights
being very well supported. Dan Clews, as seen at the Edinburgh
Festival, told the story of James Taylor giving his interpretation of
many of James’ songs. This was another sell out event.
On the Saturday there was
a full day starting at 10.30 for children and young people followed by
Wine and Song at 12.30 and a poetry mix up at 2.45, Tony Hall in the
garden with a Jim Reeves tribute. Last showing of Talking Heads
at 7.30 and the Mulligan Sisters in St John’s Church at the same
time. This all added up to a great day’s entertainment.
Sunday being the last day
started with Henley Locals Entertainment with the Annie Davies Jazz
Trio playing in the Guild Hall which again was very well
attended. The final show being a Stand Up Comedy bringing the
whole week to a very successful conclusion.
I trust that the people of
Henley agree with me that this was a very worthwhile venture and hope
that it can be repeated as an annual event, as we need raise a lot of
money to maintain the Guild Hall and the gardens for many years to come.
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Herb of the Month - Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa)
by Laura Yarham ND Dip Herb
Do you happened to
have noticed the early white blossoms along the roadsides and motorways
this last few weeks? I have done a lot of travelling since early March
and have noticed, joyfully, the unfurling of these pale flowers as
heralding the beginnings of Spring. These are the flowers of the
Blackthorn which are always out first, when it is often too cold for
other plants and trees to burst forth into blossom and are produced
before the leaves. A cold Spring was traditionally called a Blackthorn
Winter, as little else would be out but the Blackthorn flowers (1).
As well as brightening our hedgerows and roadsides
at this time of year, Blackthorn has an interesting history both in its
folklore and medicinal uses.
In medieval times the Blackthorn was associated
with witchcraft and in folklore was considered a tree of ill-omen.
Witches and heretics were burned on Blackthorn pyres, and the devil was
said to prick the fingers of his followers with the thorn of the
Blackthorn tree(2). The thorns can, of course, do harm, causing
septicaemia if the wounds are left untreated. These thorns have
protected the Brits over the centuries: it was this tree whose dense
thickets kept the Romans out of Anglesey in North Wales, making it the
last Druid stronghold. However, having been deemed a tree of bad luck
or bad magic in folklore, it was actually used by healers of the past
because of its positive power of cleansing, its ability to bring
increased clarity and its strong life energy(1). Its fruit, the sloe,
has long formed part of man’s diet, and has been recovered from
archaeological sites up to 10,000 years old(3).
So what of its medicinal uses?
It is the flowers that are most often used
medicinally, usually in the form of infusions for, among others, their
laxative, diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects. Research at the
University of Lódz in Poland has revealed in the flowers the
presence of the flavonoid glycoside quercetin, which has
anti-inflammatory properties, as well as kaempferol, another flavonoid
that in preclinical studies has been found to be beneficial in reducing
the risk of developing a range of disorders, including some cancers and
As an astringent it is very useful in the
treatment of diarrhoea. Its action is due to the influence of pectin
and rutin that also have a relaxing effect in stomach inflammations and
cramps(3). Contrastingly, it can also be used to treat constipation,
the flowers having a gentle laxative effect and great to use as a
Spring tonic(1). Bark extracts have astringent properties owing to
their high tannin content, and juice from the fruits has been
used to reduce swelling in the mouth and throat(3).
Blackthorn flowers can also be used to treat some
of the symptoms of menopause: an infusion of half a spoonful of dry
flowers, taken 3 times a day can help to control both the physical and
psychological aspects of menopause from the overheating symptoms to the
low mood and insomnia(2).
An infusion of the leaves makes an excellent
mouthwash and gargle for tonsillitis and laryngitis and once cool, can
be used as a soothing eyebath(1).
When Autumn comes and the beautiful dark purple
fruits become abundant, we can have the pleasure of carefully picking
them (avoiding the thorns!) and making our very own deep red Sloe Gin.
It seems we have much to be thankful for in what
this thorny plant can give us. It lightens our Spring days with its
determined blooms and gives us the joys of its efficacy if we choose to
use its gifts to us.
Glow-worm P.J.(2017) Medicinal properties
of Blackthorn www.pharmaceutical-journal.com
the Heritage Centre
Over the winter shutdown we have
undertaken some changes to the Medieval Room and the Entrance
In the Medieval Room Mike Quinney and Ray
Holding have created a replica model of what we believe stood on the
top of the Mount. The amount of detail in the castle is based on
Jonathan Dovey’s research and the results of the Time Team
investigation of a few years ago. The old castle which used to
occupy a prominent space has been donated to Hillstone Primary School,
Shard End. The model of the Market Cross has been positioned in
the centre of the room with a new set of rails representing the actual
cross in the town.
As you go around the room in an
anti-clockwise direction the story board and pictures have been changed
by Jonathan Dovey to tell the story of the development of the town. The
Entrance Hall has also been re-arranged with a new younger town crier
mannequin which has been donated by Anna and John Best.
This, along with several other additions
such as a model of the Heritage Centre building which can be dismantled
showing the changes since the 1300s, is something for the younger
visitors to play with and was built by Jim and Jonathan Dovey. We
hope these changes will add to the overall visit experience for the
people of Henley and visitors, some of which come from all over the
Norman Kench reporting
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High
Leet Profile - Alan Jones - Afferor
We have another of our Court Leet profiles
this month on Alan Jones, Afferor. He was born in Walsall and lived
there until moving to Henley 7 years ago. He had been a frequent
visitor over the years to Henley and particularly the 2 years prior to
moving when his son had moved to Henley. Alan has a younger brother who
has lived in Cape Town for over 40 years.
schools in Walsall and, in later life, Aston University and The
University of Central England. As a young man he enjoyed most sports as
a participant, particularly football, athletics, gymnastics and
swimming. Now whilst liking most sports his favourite is football but
as a spectator. He also enjoyed stamp collecting and train spotting.
He is a retired
Police Superintendent and during his service worked in Walsall and
early in his career in Wolverhampton. Later he worked all around
Birmingham, serving at most of the Police Stations that were then
operational in the City. He had spells as Head of the Management Review
Section in the early 80s and Head of the Community Services Department
in the mid 80s. For the last 3 years of his time in the police
part of his responsibility was the Ground Commander at St Andrews
Football Ground, the home of Birmingham City Football Club. Thinking
that the Police is a young man's job he retired after just 30 years
He was then
Company Secretary / Director at Birmingham City Football Club for 12
years. For the last 14 years he has worked part time for the EFL
(Football League) attending televised football matches as an EFL match
manager. Until 2 years ago he was also an Independent Member of The
F.A. Judicial Panel (formerly Disciplinary Panel).
He is a member of
the Henley Bowls Club and the Stratford upon Avon and Solihull
Philatelic Society. Alan was a committee member of the Music Festival
from its inception 4 years ago until last year. He also enjoys being a
steward at the Heritage Centre, assisting Henley in Bloom and being
Secretary of Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club.
Alan and/or Anne
(his wife) will be seen daily walking their son's dog around the Town.
Anne is a retired Dental Hygienist and is also a Court Leet juror.
Their son Jeremy lives in Henley, often working from home; he is
married to Sarah, they have a 4¾ year old daughter, Sophie.
Alan was keen to
become involved in preserving and promoting the Town's history as a
member of Court Leet and when elected, in 2015 became the ‘Seeker
and Sealer of leather’, coming from Walsall, quite a coincidence?
He is now a member of the Guild Hall Management Committee with the
position of Affearor, which in Medieval times was a collector of
"dues" ( monies in current language). This is fitting as Alan is
responsible for the finances on The Trust Management Committee.
A number of Parishioners mentioned their concerns over various areas in Henley where they felt some maintenance issues were a priority and various areas were identified for work to be carried out.
Parishioners also registered their concerns over the on-going parking issues in Henley, particularly the inappropriate parking of vehicles in Cherry Orchard and whether an Emergency vehicle could gain access if one was required.
District Cllr Stephen Thirlwell and County Cllr Mike Perry gave an overview of what had happened from a District and County Council perspective during the year. Further details and a full report of both of the Assemblies is available on the JPC web site on www.henley-in-arden.gov.uk
The JPC Chair also gave an overview in his Report on the major changes that the JPC had made during the year and since it was elected in May 2015. Most notably the continued reduction in administration costs and what was planned for the future. He said that the JPC had held a Town meeting at the end of last year which was attended by over 100 residents. It had been explained that if Henley Community Library and the Hub@Henley were to continue to exist, the JPC would have to consider supporting both organisations. All of the residents attending the meeting, apart from two, indicated that raising the JPC precept would be received favourably. As a consequence of this meeting, the JPC raised their precept with SDC to £115,000 for 2017/18; this included a payment to the Library of £8,000 and the Hub of £25,000.
The Parish Clerk had been in post since October 2015 and was available for consultations on Monday mornings, by appointment at the Heritage Centre.
Planning applications remain one of the most important tasks of the JPC and the number had increased during the year. The JPC are statutory consultees for all the planning applications in Beaudesert and Henley in Arden and as such respond to the planners at SDC on behalf of the residents of both parishes.
The High Bailiff, Norman Kench, introduced himself and said that he had continued to raise the profile of the Court Leet during the year and involve the community with activities that were planned for the year. Most notable were Henley primary school children attending the Flag raising ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Jayne Bridges gave a report, as Chair, on behalf of the HWMT. She thanked both Marijana and Duncan Bainbridge for all their help and support in managing the Memorial Hall. Refurbishment of the Hall kitchen would be undertaken shortly, together with on-going maintenance of the Cloakrooms.
Jayne agreed with Parishioners who had mentioned that there were major problems with the sporting facilities and the pavilion. She said that the HWMT was looking into ways of enhancing the area and applying for grant funding.
In the absence of the Chair of the NDP Steering Group, Bill Leech reported that the NDP is progressing well and has got to the stage where the JPC has appointed a consultant to carry out an initial ‘health check’ on the document. The NDP should go out for public consultation later in the year.
Judith Lindley reported that there was a comprehensive copy of the Annual Report available on the Library web site at www.henleycommunitylibrary.org and that the team is led by volunteers.
Sheila Davis, Chair of Henley in Bloom, reported that the organisation was run by volunteers and aims to enhance the appearance of Henley. She went on to say that there had been the formation of a new committee in 2016 and they will use the Henley in Bloom annual plan for the first year of office. Henley in Bloom continues to raise awareness in Henley by contributing to the Court Leet tombola, cake stalls and street collections, organising a schools competition, judging hanging baskets and encouraging the ‘Adopt a Pot’ scheme. Henley in Bloom also hosted their Annual Dinner and AGM. The Henley in Bloom face-book page is HENLEY IN BLOOM and the new web site is email@example.com
Les Goodman said that he was the Chair and Treasurer of the Beaudesert & Christmas Lights Committee and said that 2016 had been a successful year which had taken a lot of hard work and commitment, commencing in November. He went on to say that most residents had attended the switch on and the winners of the competition which had been run in conjunction with the Primary Schools had assisted with this task. This year will be the 24th year that the Christmas Lights have been installed in Henley and it is ten years since the stand alone Committee took over responsibility and he thanked all of the volunteers. The lights will be installed in the usual way in 2017 and he thanked the JPC for the Grant of £3,500 towards the cost of installation and dismantling the Christmas Lights which will be of particular help as some of the cabling and lamps will need to be replaced.
Peter Crathorne thanked all of the Trustees and volunteers for supporting the Hub. He went on to say that he felt that it was important to keep the services open which the Hub provides, particularly for the young people. Over 3,321 young people had come through the door during the year and the centre was open from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm five days a week and there was a 70% occupancy rate. The Hub had also hosted 10 family parties, numerous free community meetings and had 20 wonderful volunteers. Peter also said that a Community Centre Manager had recently been employed part time as it was important to account for the expenditure of public money and a qualified youth leader was essential.
I continue to receive complaints about the amount of dog fouling in Henley at the moment. Dog Fouling is one of the biggest environmental issues for residents in Henley and it is time to take action, clamp down on culprits and promote responsible dog ownership. Failure to clean up after your dog could result in a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice. There is no defence to claim ignorance of your dog’s actions. Sadly, a number of dog owners let Henley down.
The next full JPC ordinary meeting will be held on 24th April and the Annual Parish Council and ordinary meetings will be held on Monday, 22nd May 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm.
Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish
Council has received a lot of complaints recently regarding dog fouling
in Beaudesert & Henley in Arden. Again, it is necessary to
remind all dog owners to be responsible and to clear up after their dog
has fouled. As you may or may not be aware, it is illegal to
ignore and not clear up your own dog’s mess and there could be a
£75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice. Non-payment could
lead to a court fine of £1,000.
We would remind you that in order for members of the public, especially
children and the elderly to avoid illness and disease, not to mention
becoming covered in dog mess, please act responsibly and with
care. Please, please clear up after your dog. Please also note
that livestock also get diseases from dog mess (tapeworm in
If you do see someone who has not picked up after their dog has fouled
and you do not feel comfortable about approaching them, please do give
me a ring on 01564 795499/07765 864588or email: firstname.lastname@example.org(all calls will be treated with the utmost
For problems with stray dogs and other related matters not dealt with
by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, please
contact the Dog Warden at Stratford District Council on 01789 260837.
Please also remember to keep your dogs on
leads in areas where there is livestock.
Henley Railway Station Car Park
The car park at Henley-in-Arden
railway station has been resurfaced and extended to the south. It now
has 50 parking spaces, including 3 allocated for disabled badge holders.
for Hats hat hire
opened at Yew Tree Farm Courtyard Shopping, H for Hats is a beautiful,
purpose fitted shop with full length mirror, excellent lighting and
comfortable seating providing a relaxed Hat Hire experience.
hats are clearly displayed allowing you to easily choose from the
entire collection. They also carry an extensive range of matching
handbags, gloves and jewellery, perfect whatever the occasion.
start from just £25.00 per day and hats from £35.00. All
hats and bags are available to hire or purchase and both bespoke
millinery and jewellery design services are also offered to ensure your
whole outfit is perfectly co-ordinated.
consultation will be with Georgina who has many years styling
experience and she offers a free one-to-one consultation service.
along your outfit, she will discuss your personal dress style and
colour preferences with you. She will also offer advice on hat
etiquette if required.
a glass of champagne, try on as many hats as you like and take as long
as you like with absolutely no obligation.
fully enjoy your experience at H for Hats it is recommended that you
book in advance but if time is short please call in, they will do their
very best to accommodate.
for Hats is located at picturesque Yew Tree Farm Courtyard Shopping,
Wootton Wawen, just 2 miles from Henley-in-Arden and 6 miles from
Stratford upon Avon and has free onsite parking.
Henley News when booking your consultation
appointment to qualify for a free pair of earrings when you hire any
and Conditions apply. One free pair of earrings per customer from a
selected range from The Wild Hare hand crafted jewellery.
Amma Asante's stirring
period drama sheds welcome light on a love story for the ages. It's
1947 and Prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) Seretse Khama (David
Oyelowo) is studying in London when he meets and falls head over heels
for headstrong office worker Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). Marriage
follows, but ugly reality soon sets in. Their unlikely union is seen as
a slap in the face to the royal traditions of Seretse's people and - to
make matters much, much worse - a bigoted British government all too
eager to bend to the will of apartheid-era South Africa. Can love
conquer all? (Synopsis from Sky Cinema.)
– TANGO – JAZZ
Paris born Celine Dommart
is accompanied by award winning acoustic guitarist Cris Tolley, double
bassist Paul Smith and drummer Rob Payne and will be at Ullenhall
Village Hall on Saturday 13th May.
NFU and the Warwickshire R.A.B.I committee are proud to announce that
they are launching a county Garden Party and meal next month. The event
will be held at the home of Brian and Sue Westmacott in Henley in
Arden, on Saturday 27th May and proceeds will be donated to farming
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is a welfare
charity which helps farming people of all ages in financial difficulty.
Support is confidential and includes one-off or regular payments,
funding for disability equipment and essential household items,
payments towards relief farm staff, home-help and care costs. Grants of
around £2 million are given out each year in England and Wales.
The Garden Party is being organised jointly by R.A.B.I’s
Warwickshire committee and Warwickshire NFU. The event will
include a four course meal and a short auction of promises. The evening
will also feature a performance by James Walton, who is the current NFU
county treasurer and a well-known land agent. James is a man of many
talents and will provide musical entertainment, accompanied by his
Becky Davies, R.A.B.I regional manager for Warwickshire, said:
“We are very proud of the support we have given to farming
families in Warwickshire over the years and in 2016 we gave out over
£23,500 to people in the region, which is a big increase on
previous years. Many farming people are struggling through no fault of
their own because of such things as illness and accidents.”
Duncan Hawley, Warwickshire NFU County Chairman,
added: “We are really looking forward to the Garden Party and we
are incredibly fortunate to have Sue Westmacott as our host and caterer
for the event. We are looking forward to sampling some delicious food,
raising some money, and having a good time in the process. We’re
aiming to make a big difference to the fundraising within Warwickshire
so that the work that R.A.B.I does within the county can
Directed by Jordan Peele
Written by Jordan Peele
104 minutes in length
Comedy, Horror, Mystery and Suspense
Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington
Allison Williams as Rose Ermitage
Catherine Keener as Missy Armitage
Bradley Whitford as Dean Armitage
Scary films are not for everyone. An
x-rated horror film can be very enjoyable for those inclined but they
can also be someone's worst nightmare. ‘Get Out’ the movie
is different because it is a 15 rated film. Surely if teenagers are
allowed to see a horror film then as an adult, so can I. Understandably
I was continually expecting the worst, but the fingers I watched the
film through were not necessary most of the time!
The film is set in a liberal community in
America. Chris Washington, played by Daniel Kaluuya, a new British
actor, visits his girlfriend's parents in the countryside. Rose
Armitage, Chris’ girlfriend, well played by Allison Williams,
shares her happiness on introducing her boyfriend to her parents. It
was a joy to behold, a nice beginning to the film. Dad, admirably
played by Bradley Whitford from the West Wing, is welcoming but you
sense that everything is not as it should be. As Chris meets friends of
the family, the issues that the film is built on begin to arise and the
tension starts to build. When night descends and a figure comes running
across the grass you know that Chris is in big trouble!
I think Stepford Wives meets Hitchcock is
an admirable way to describe the thrills that unfold throughout the
film. The direction by Jordan Peele is riveting and the underlying
issues of how America struggles with issues of race and integration are
a constant theme.
The acting by all members of the cast is
exemplary and Daniel Kaluuya in the leading role gives just the right
balance of optimism as he comes to terms with the realities of the
situation he is in. ‘Get Out’ is a gem of a movie, I think
it has the potential to become a cult movie. A pizza, the movie, such
fun! You should be able to sleep that night but not guaranteed! Does
all end well...?
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John Garner's Business Column
How NOT to treat a customer
all make mistakes, it’s what we do to put them right that
matters. That should have been the motto of United
Airlines recently - but it seems it wasn’t.
As you’ll recall a passenger was
forcibly removed from an ‘overbooked’ flight.
Overbooking is commonplace especially in the US. Airlines
do this to ensure all their seats are filled but the logic escapes me:
surely having the odd empty seat costs them a lot less than giving
compensation to passengers who have to be bumped off?
In this case the passenger, Dr David Dao a
69-year-old physician, was manhandled off the flight apparently because
a crew member needed the seat. He was very roughly treated both
by aircrew and the local police and sustained some injuries when he
fell, lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and concussion.
United CEO Oscar Munoz initially defended
his employees’ conduct, saying the passenger in question had been
“disruptive and belligerent” and praising staff for going
“above and beyond”. Clearly he failed to properly
investigate and confirm the facts of the incident before he made this
We know this because, unfortunately for him,
several passengers had videoed the incident on their phones and the
video soon went viral. It suddenly became rather difficult to
deny what had happened and this led to severe backlash across the
world. What a wonderful thing social media can be sometimes!
After that Munoz retracted and has since
issued several apologies to the press about the way the customer was
treated. He then went on to blame the incident on ‘system
failure’ and insufficient training by the company. Perhaps
he should have blamed himself for running an airline that allows such
things to happen.
The airline has since reimbursed everyone on
board the flight for the price of their ticket and placed the officers
who removed the passenger on administrative leave. I hope it is
also paying Dr Dao’s medical bills as he apparently needs
reconstructive surgery. You might argue that this was the least
it could do and Mr Munoz should perhaps also prepare himself for a law
suit that could bankrupt the airline.
Having got into this almighty mess what can
the airline do to rescue its reputation? Mr Munoz should perhaps
resign and the airline should offer a very large financial settlement
to Dr Dao to avoid this being dragged through the courts over the next
few years. That way the public and the press might forget about
it – eventually.
Oh, do remember, United does fly
into and out of Birmingham, so be warned!
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Vehicle Crime – Theft from. High
Street, Henley. Car park rear of coffee shop. Offenders have cut a
4” hole in rear doors of a Renault Traffic works van. Entry has
been gained and hand tools stolen worth approx. £500. Between
15th & 16th April. 0146 16/04/2017
Burglary Residential and Theft of
Vehicle. Whitley Hill, Henley. Offender(s) have forced open the front
door to house. A search of the house has been made and the keys to a
Audi TT taken. This vehicle has then been stolen off the drive.
Between 8pm 15th & 12.45am 16th April. 0011 16/04/2017
Anti-Social Behaviour. Arden Close,
Henley. Report of car racing up and down the road. Several youth inside
drinking and being a nuisance. Possibly from a nearby house party.
10.30pm Saturday 15th April. 0425 15/04/2017
Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Prince
Harry Road, Henley. Ford Maverick entered and a small quantity of loose
change stolen. Between 3rd & 12th April. 0112 13/04/2017
Suspicious Circumstances. Blunts Green,
Henley. Males from a White Mercedes Sprinter Van seen looking around
private property. When challenged they said they were looking for
scrap. The males were wearing hi-viz jackets and red hard hats. The
registration number of the van is described as foreign and contained
the letters ‘CES’. Full details given to police. 10.10am
Wednesday 12th April. 0111 12/04/2017
Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Prince
Harry Road, Henley. Secure VW Caddy entered and items stolen, including
sunglasses, phone charger and loose change. Reported 9th April.
Burglary Residential and Theft of
Vehicle. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. House entered and searched. Car
keys taken and a White BMW Coupe and a Silver Landrover Discovery were
then also stolen from the premises. In order to take the cars a set of
metal gates have been forced open at the front of the premises. Evening
of Wednesday 12th April. 0467 12/04/2017
Suspicious Circumstances. Perry Mill
Lane, Ullenhall. White van seen parked on private drive. First three
letters of registration number was 'DFZ'. The driver was described as
Male, with dark hair. No offences disclosed. 10.30am Thursday 6th
April. 0117 06/04/2017
Suspicious Circumstances. Henley Road,
Claverdon. A white transit van has driven onto private land looking for
scrap. Driver had red hair, red beard and was wearing an orange hi vis
jacket. The last three letters of the registration number was possibly
'JPO'. Van left when challenged by owners of land. 11.30am Friday 7th
April. 0167 07/04/2017
Car Key Burglaries –
As you will see above there have been a number of crimes where premises
have been broken into with the sole intention of stealing the owners'
cars. The internet has some very useful advice, but here are some extra
crime prevention tips for this type of offence.
If you have the opportunity, always use a
secure garage to keep your vehicle in.
Make sure the car is locked, windows are
shut, steering lock is engaged and the keys are not left inside.
If you have more than one vehicle put the
lowest valued in front of the more expensive, creating an extra barrier.
Use extra security devices and alarms
inside and outside of the vehicle. For example, steering wheel locks
and immobilisers. If on driveways use bollards and gates.
Never leave your car keys on show through
external windows or in a position in the house that they can be hooked
out through a letter box or pet flap.
If you leave the vehicle at home, take
the keys with you.
Fit a tracker to the vehicle. There are
many different versions and designs of tracker, including one that will
notify your mobile phone that the car is moving.
Have the registration number etched onto
the car's windows. This can be a deterrent and will also help identify
the car if its stolen and recovered.
Use sensor lights and good CCTV to cover
the car's location and its immediate approach.
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3rd to 9th - Arts
for All Week in the Guild Hall
Thurs 20th - Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner
Thurs 27th - Rural Cinema
Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert
Thurs 25th - Rural Cinema
Court Leet Day and
Guild Hall Trust - Bookend for the Simon and Garfunkel Story
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema
Jazz in the Garden
- Guild Hall Garden Thurs 27th - Rural Cinema
Guild Hall Trust -
Arts for All Week The Great
Henley Music Festival Thurs 24th - Rural
The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub. Thurs 28th - Rural Cinema
Consensus - an
evening of music and words
Henley MOP Thurs 26th - Rural Cinema
Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar Thurs 23rd - Rural
Sat 2nd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
Thurs 25th - Rural Cinema
AGM of Henley War
Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema
Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema
Monday 1st May in the church hall, Beaudesert Lane. 10.00am -12.30pm.
Entrance 50p. Refreshments.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY -
July 1st Summer Fete in and around the Church Hall.
HENLEY IN ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 11th April in the Baptist Church Hall. Lucy Allen
Demonstration: Memories Competition: My Favourite Things.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT
SOCIETY Our next meeting is on Thursday 27th April
in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Graham Downie will give a
talk on ‘The Fairground Calendar’. Visitors and new members
are very welcome, and further details are available from Pat
Kench on 795419.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 25th April in Ullenhall Village Hall at 7.30pm. Brian Ellis
will talk about ‘Texture & Foliage in the Garden. (Plant
Stall). Visitors welcome.
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.
NEARLY NEW SALE Shrewley
Village Hall 8th April 1030-12pm.
Baby and children’s clothes, maternity clothes, baby and toddler
equipment, toys, books and DVDs for sale. If you would like to sell
items please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or come
along on the day to buy a bargain (cash only)!
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 29th
March, 24th May and 12th July. Contact School Office on 792766.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH AFTER
SCHOOL COFFEE CLUB(AT THE HUB) –
Do you have 1½ hours to spare on a Tuesday or Wednesday
afternoon from 3.00pm till 4.30pm to help out with either the snack bar
or as a voluntary worker at this club, during school term times? If yes
contact Laurence Marshall 07970 444363.
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 £3). 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.
YOGA- Vinyasa Flow Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm,
Memorial Hall, Station Road. New Beginners Class Friday 9.30am, St
John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden Come and
learn about Asana (postures) and Pranayama. Contact me to find out more
and to book. Eleanor 07932658719 Yogahenley@gmail.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL
Available to hire for parties, receptions, classes, meetings etc.
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
for special occasions, boutique weddings, Christening parties, private
dining, funeral wakes. Visit WWW.HENLEYGH.CO.UK for
more information and hire charges.
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
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
FIRST RESPONDER GROUP
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 BEAUDESERT
Society meets every third Third Thursday - September to April. In the
summer, there are normally two visits to historical sites.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley
Society website Further details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on
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
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
New members are always welcome.Please contact Alan Jones on 01564
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
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 £3). 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
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 phone John Townson on 01564
792407 or email Jon Butler on email@example.com
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
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: 07932658719 firstname.lastname@example.org
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence
and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering
for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train every Saturday
morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the
curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all
newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
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
during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on
Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open for all under 4 year olds and
costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are
toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring
Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
1st 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 /
The HUB @ HENLEY The centre is open every weekday. Surestart and the
Parenting Project operate many supportive activities for mothers with
babies. There is a club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the
older generation and regular computer classes on Fridays. There is a
Youth Club (13+) on Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and a Junior Youth
Club for Year 5 to Year 8 on Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You can
book the centre for your family parties at the weekend, its superb
facilities are ideal for this. Check out the Web Site for a lot more
information at The
Hub at Henley
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £6 per
session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie
Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: Swantaichi
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP Meets the last Sunday of the month
at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5
miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes
all walkers. There is no subscription. More details from Denis
Keyte on 01564 792872.
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 email@example.com
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 Claire Bishop for more details on
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRIDGE CLUB Plays Duplicate Bridge of
intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the White Swan Hotel and
usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our
play!! Play commences at 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 email@example.com more
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month
in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80
members and organises a varied programme together with various outings.
If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
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