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Reporting on Events In and Around
Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, Engl21st

18th September 2019

Last Night

3rd Annual Celebration in the Memorial Hall, Henley

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[Please be aware that these are not minutes but merely an account, more detailed details of the debate can be supplied on request]

The meeting was organised in the light of growing disquiet amongst our residents, that the plans for adoption of two car parks in Henley, namely the Croft and Prince Harry Road, had, in its formulation and progress, not been transparent. 

The new Council members, elected earlier in May, who had not been privy to the negotiations between the previous JPC, car park owners and the car park operators, were given the opportunity to look into the history and, with the aid of background information, from a member of the Working Party responsible for the matter, are now acquainted with the facts.

The proposal had earlier received a unanimous vote in favour of proceeding, a decision held fast legally for a 4-month period. At the time of this meeting, the final transfer of leasehold documents and engagement of a car park operator, had not been signed off.

It was therefore felt prudent to re-visit the proposal before the whole project had reached fait accompli.

Following nearly ninety minutes of lively debate, the Chair summarised what was thought to be a middle ground proposition, which would be put back to the JPC for further and more urgent appraisal.

The proposition is that the JPC now take a new look at the possibility of adopting one, or both car parks, but delay the decision to engage LPS, the car park operators presently involved, until a new investigation was set in motion. That investigation would possibly lead to the engagement of an independent consultant(s) specialised in the subject of car parking management and logistics.

Based on the outcome of this independent review, the JPC would make these findings public, pending a decision on how best to go forward.

Further, in this interim period, tenders would be sought from two other car park management companies, LPS invited to re-fresh their bid.

The adoption of one or both car parks would make the JPC liable for business rates [Prince Harry - £5.5K, The Croft -£2.2K PA] the upkeep and maintenance, insurances and other sundry costs for a period not exceeding twelve months from the acquisition.

This liability would have to be funded by JPC reserves, which one resident pointed out would be put under severe pressure should we enter a particularly long and damaging winter.

Questions were raised as to the impact on the precept, the JPC will, in their deliberations and public announcements, give more fiscal evidence as the matter progresses.

Finally, the Chair promised that a formal timetable of events, will be made available for download on the JPC website and Henley NEWS.

Ray Evans - Chairman Henley & Beaudesert JPC 17.09.2019

Report by a Henley NEWS Correspondent

As a Henley resident I went to the Joint Parish Council meeting yesterday evening and listened to a great deal of discussion/argument about whether or not the JPC should take over the control of three carparks in the Town (Joint Parishes) namely The Croft shoppers' carpark; Prince Harry Road carpark and the public section of the Northern carpark adjacent to the Golf Club entrance. All by way of a management agreement with the present operator of the Northern carpark on a profit sharing basis.

This discussion is of course many years old and was brought to a head in the last two years or so by the developers of the Croft threatening to sell the unwanted carpark to a third party unless either Stratford District Council operated the S106 agreement and took it over or in default the JPC took control. There have been at least two public meetings about these proposals and for those interested enough considerable discussion at public JPC meetings with minutes for those who could not attend.

This has culminated in the Parish council in its previous guise voting to pursue the acquisition of all three elements at no cost to the public purse and with the potential to remunerate the coffers for distribution to other worthwhile projects. The legal proceedings to acquire the Croft car park; the lease on the medical centre carpark and the management agreement with the operator are ready for signature and here we are again with indecision and prevarication Why?

Because people who bought houses without car parking facilities will no longer be able to park gratis! Because businesses foresee additional cost from employees for parking expenses or trade falling off because customers don’t want additional parking expense. Simplistic I know but with at least a kernel of truth judging by the discussion yesterday evening. The JPC has/is negotiated a sliding scale of charges starting at a period for nothing for shoppers parking and a number plate recognition at the doctors if the dedicated spaces are full; and is it really too far for people to walk half a mile to the centre when they can park for a modest daily rate?

Instead the present JPC is contemplating taking on the Croft itself possibly abandoning Prince Harry on a vague promise that the SDC have no plans to alter the status quo--really?--and will the present operator be as accommodating if the JPC has to re-negotiate in twelve months time? The idea of increasing the precept will just open another can of worms because it will fall on the residents alone a number of whom do not own a vehicle. What other projects will have to suffer by the JPC dipping into reserves to fund the free parking Croft when it could be income producing? Where else in the West Midlands and counties do you find a Town with no parking charges? Hen’s teeth come to mind; rare aren’t they?

Whilst I do not pretend to know the intricacies of the present negotiations I do know a number of the people who have dedicated very considerable time and expertise to producing a workable plan with control remaining with our representatives, and giving a potential income back to the parishes; if we are not decisive now, and grasp the opportunity, I predict that we will be in the same position in twelve months having spent the reserve and will still have to impose a charging regime.

By that time Network Rail will have implemented their charging procedure at the station and we will know what effect that has on the remaining parking in Henley.

And don’t even get me started on High street parking and traffic control!


Arden Division, County Councillors Report

Last year WCC spent £562 million and as I had predicted expenditure on social care (adult social care, children’s care and public health) rose to 66% of the budget from 64% last year.   Highways accounted for 8% of the Council budget compared to 9% last year.   The total spending was about 2% higher than last year.

The Chancellor’s recent statement released significant funds to local government and I expect Warwickshire to receive £12 million additional for social care and about £5 million for transport.  It seems that Councils may also, if they wish, surcharge council tax by 2% to help with social care costs.  There was no indication as to the maximum council tax rise that will be allowed next year before a referendum is required.

A number of parents have expressed concern about dangerous driving when children are getting on and off school buses.  I have written to our MP, Nadhim Zahawi, who is currently Minister of Industry and who had been previously been a Minister in the Department of Education to suggest that the Government phase in dedicated all electric school buses with stop signals like in USA when children are getting on and off the bus as a move to improve safety, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in towns.

Trading Standards continue their successes.  Last month a Nuneaton car salesman was successfully prosecuted for selling an un-roadworthy vehicle.  The vehicle had been advertised on the trader’s website and described as ‘sold as seen’. This is an illegal statement that is sometimes used to give a consumer the (false) impression that they don’t have a legal right to reject a faulty vehicle.  The vehicle was proved to be un-roadworthy.

The University of Cardiff, in association with the Nottingham Business School, has issued a competitiveness Index, which benchmarks the competitiveness of all 379 district councils in UK.  Competitiveness is considered to consist of the capability of an economy to attract and maintain firms with stable or rising market shares in an activity, while maintaining stable or increasing standards of living for those who participate in it.  Warwickshire did well on the whole with Warwick District the best ranked 37th. and Stratford second at 54th. out of a pool of 379 councils. 

The long awaited highways design manual is due to go for internal approval at the end of September.  This will bring Warwickshire in line with all the other transport authorities in the country and give Parish Councils and developers’ confidence that a scheme they sponsor will meet WCC acceptance criteria.

If anyone needs work doing around the house or garden it is worth using the WCC sponsored scheme “No Rogue Traders here” online at https://www.noroguetradershere.com/ or by freephone 0800 233 5000.

Support for carers is provided in Warwickshire by the Carers Trust.  One in ten people in Warwickshire are carers and a free confidential service is available to help with any issues a carer might be having.  The telephone number is  024 7610 1040 – option 4.

John Horner
Tel. 01926 842068



Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Henley Medical Centre’s flu clinics for adults will start from 21st September 2019.

Adult flu immunisation

Patients eligible to receive a free flu vaccination include: all patients 65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020), those with chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetics, those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatments, pregnant women, the morbidly obese,  people in long stay residential homes, carers and health and household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, health and social care staff.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to have a flu vaccination, you can contact our reception for advice.

Childhood flu immunisation - (available at Henley from the end of October)

The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
In the autumn/winter of 2019/20, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:

  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019 – that is, children born between 1 September2015 and 31 August 2017
  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions

Who will give the children's flu vaccination?

Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their general practice, by the practice nurse.
Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on 31 August 2019. These children will be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
Primary school children will be offered their vaccination in school.
Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they are in an eligible age group. Parents can obtain information about arrangements from their local NHS England Public Health Commissioning team.

Appointment bookings are now being taken, so please telephone today and book your appointment.

For more detailed information about flu vaccinations please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Amanda Taylor, Practice Manager

Got the bottle, Stratford-on-Avon District has!

It’s estimated that around 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste ending up in our oceans.

City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation headed by campaigner Natalie Fee, launched the award-winning Refill Campaign in 2015. It’s estimated that the scheme, now being rolled out nationwide with support from Water UK and local water companies, will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, as well as substantially increasing the availability of high-quality drinking water.

Local Champion Angela Lloyd, Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Streetscene Lead Contracts Officer, who is launching Refill Stratford-on-Avon District, explains why both businesses and their customers should get involved: “Here in Stratford-upon-Avon we’re rightly proud of the area’s stunning landscapes and countryside. Plastics, including single-use plastic bottles, are now the most frequently found type of litter on UK beaches and you don’t have to look far to find them littering our towns and green spaces too. Refill Stratford-on-Avon District gives us all the opportunity to help make this type of litter a thing of the past at the same time as saving money. It’s good business sense as well, as customers view businesses that provide free water refills more favourably and are more likely to return to them to make future purchases. We are working with StratForward, who will be encouraging businesses in the town to sign up and we’ll be promoting the scheme to the wider district as well.”

photoCllr Ian Shenton, Operations Portfolio at Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “Every time we refill a re-useable bottle instead of buying and throwing away a single-use bottle we not only reduce the amount of plastic and fuel being used, we save a bit of money and help clean up our towns and open spaces too. We’re so excited to see the launch of Refill Stratford-on-Avon District so look out for the stickers or check the app to find out where you can refill for free. We have started by signing up our offices as a Refill station.” Cllr Ian Shenton, Operations Portfolio at Stratford-on-Avon District Council photographed launching the scheme as SDC is the first to sign up to the local scheme.

Refill Stratford-on-Avon District builds on the success of Refill around the UK, which now boasts a network of over 22,000 Refill Stations.

James Refill Regional Coordinator, says: “We know lots of businesses already offer this simple service, but find customers often feel embarrassed or cheeky for asking. By letting people know they can look for Refill stickers or posters and be confident they can refill for free where they find one, Refill Stratford-on-Avon District is encouraging more people to take one small step away from relying on single use plastic bottles. It’s a really simple concept with a really big potential result.”

Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation which is the driving force behind Refill said: “We’ve seen a huge appetite for our Refill campaign across the UK. Refill puts the power to stop plastic pollution in people's hands - it's a fantastically easy way to reduce your plastic consumption and save money at the same time. Businesses can add themselves to the app too and help create the wave of change needed to keep plastic bottles out of our oceans!"

Find out more about Refill Stratford-on-Avon District and how you can take part @RefillStratford.

Visit the Refill website at https://refill.org.uk/ to download the free Refill app and find out more about the Refill movement.



Cycling from San Francisco to New York

The Club was delighted to welcome back Edwin Shore, this time to talk about his transcontinental cycle trip from San Francisco to New York. In a delightfully deadpan manner, our speaker kept us fascinated about the scenery and colourful characters he encountered on his epic ride. He had previously limbered up by cycling to Santiago and Rome before embarking on his transcontinental trip as a Rotarian fund raising effort for Cancer Research.

Edwin started his venture straight from San Francisco airport. Initially he stayed with Rotarian contacts amongst them a doctor who advised him to be wary of all sorts of exotic illnesses. And as an interesting aside from fatal diseases, we were told that more people die from falling coconuts that shark attacks. One Japanese gentleman he stayed with warned him to be on the lookout for bears. However, for much of his trip, he tended to camp but was always careful to zip up his tent at night lest any snakes might creep in.

The varied landscape he passed through included the Sierra Nevada, part of the Rockies, where his route took him up to heights approaching 10,000 ft. By contrast he was 7 days peddling across the desert in Nevada before being told it was all downhill the rest of the way to New York. He tended to try and keep to minor roads and at times it could be quite a lonely experience; and indeed one’s imagination could run riot and imagine all manner of disconcerting experiences. Fortunately the prevailing wind tended to be behind him but rain could be more than a little troublesome at times.

Among the amusing tales our speaker related was the obsession Americans have for equal rights and opportunities to the extent blind folk can legitimately claim to go hunting. And on the question of hunting, many hunters and domestic animals are themselves at risk from other hunters; indeed, perhaps it’s an apocryphal tale, but some farmers have been obliged to label their cows and pigs as such in case they are shot.

We learned something about the Oregon Trail, the historic East–West, large-wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail in the United States that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. Oxen were often the preferred beast to pull wagons, because they were docile, generally healthy, and able to continue moving in difficult conditions such as mud and snow. Also they were cheaper than horses to buy and consequently less likely to be stolen by the native Indians. One drawback of oxen was the difficulty of shoeing. Oxen are incapable of standing on three feet and so would have to be supported whilst being shod.

Although he met one or two oddballs and, whilst Americans do tend to wear their heart on their sleeves, Edwin generally had nothing but praise for the kindness and humanity he encountered.

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.


Henley Community First Responders 100 Club

The lucky winners of the August draw were:

No 99 - Mrs V Thompson - £30
No 21 - Mr and Mrs Trigg - £15

The numbers were drawn by Rebecca Derbyshire at Costa Coffee Henley.

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


Wootton Report



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.


Henley Flower Club


Members were treated to a visit to Africa when Shirley Henderson shared her memories of living there. She produced a tricycle with tropical leaves forming a carriage containing strelitzias depicting the passengers and surrounded by orange gerberas.

Drums next on which a container was placed with palm leaves and fatsia leaves. ‘Safari’ Anthureums, leucadendrons, bronze calla lilies and alstroemeria were added together with a striking hydrangea centrepiece.


There were three placements next on a large piece of gnarled tree root.  Purple Dendrobium orchids set in thai leaves and contrasted with white ‘Avalanche’ roses and purple aliums.  To represent a dhow, an oblong container with a ‘spade’ as a sail was filled with chico jumbo palms and hydrangeas. Pairs of blooms were inserted to represent passengers comprising strelitzias, leucadendrons, gerberas, leucospermums and calla lilies.  A very unusual base of dead palm fronds formed the base for thai leaves, pale green anthureums and pink alstroemeria.


A Kings stool with a yellow bowl containing two spades formed the base for the final arrangement – a mixture of holly fern, fatsia leaves, vine and variegated pittosporum. Deep blue delphiniums, green Anastasia chrysanths and blue agapanthus were added and to complete the design fountain grass and white lilies.


Anita Bennett thanked Shirley for a fascinating journey and insight into the African way of life.  On October 8th Emma Remington’s demonstration will be ‘ As we go down to the woods’ - The competition is Autumn’

Annette Walker reporting


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

Plans for Arts4All 2020 are well underway. You can see the full programme to date (more to be added) and even book tickets now by visiting www.henleygh.co.uk and clicking on the yellow "Book Tickets" tab - meanwhile here's a taster and be sure to click on the video clip below.

Next edition Dolly Parton Story
Then Carole King and James Taylor Story
Then Bookends
Then John Kirk
Then Quentin Crisp


Steaming through Henley


West Coast Railways, a railway operating company based at Carnforth in Lancashire, has been running several steam hauled excursions from Burton-on-Trent to Stratford-upon-Avon on alternate Sundays this summer in competition with Vintage Trains “Shakespeare Express” steam hauled offering.

The photos firstly show Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no 48151 on Sunday 25th August passing the recently harvested field adjacent to Pennyford Lane on the approach to Wooton Wawen. Temperatures were extremely high that day which eliminated any visible steam from the locomotive.


The second photo taken on Sunday 8th September from behind the fence at the bridge on Bear Lane in Henley show Stanier Jubilee Class 4-6-0 no 45699 Galatea storming through Henley station. If you look closely an unfortunate pheasant can be seen lying on the front running plate of the loco.“

Photos and text by Clive Hanley

District Council receives cash for Enforcement services

Councils across the country are set to benefit from a slice of nearly £2 million to crack down on illegal developments on the nation’s Green Belt.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has been successful with a bid for funding from the Planning Delivery Fund – a one off cash boost to assist with the costs of tackling unauthorised development in areas with swathes of Green Belt land.
The £50,000 funding will be used to appoint a temporary ‘Compliance Officer’ within the Enforcement Team, who would be responsible for monitoring planning conditions and securing compliance with conditions on development sites.
Cllr Anne Parry, Regulatory Portfolio says: “The District Council’s Planning Enforcement team is one of the busiest in the West Midlands and last year 23 formal actions were taken.  The majority of the work is reactive and this funding will go towards recruiting an additional officer to assist with more proactive work, which will include monitoring compliance with planning conditions on major development sites.
“There are a number of major developments that have started or are scheduled to start in the next 12 months.  Many of these have long lists of planning conditions; having this role in place will ensure that the development which the public expects to see happen, does actually take place in accordance with the approved details with no delays on site.
“The District is such a large rural area and the team does have to rely on intelligence and information from members of the public, but the team can’t be everywhere all the time and workloads have to be prioritised, so any additional resources to supplement the current level of council investment are very welcome.”
Alongside the cash boost for councils, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is teaming up with the Royal Town Planning Institute to overhaul the national enforcement handbook.

The updated handbook will provide the latest best practice and expertise on shutting down illegal building and preventing it from happening, whilst ensuring developers obtain full planning permission before a shovel hits the ground.


photoSince the "Bollard Bombing" plans have been underway for some time, we need to now work toward the trees - taking forward the knowledge we have developed over the past three years. This will be the last time I will head it up as luckily it has now developed its own momentum.

It is called "Adopt a Tree" for a reason and anyone can get involved - individuals/ families and groups.

The covering needs to be measured to fit the chosen tree, as our trees have many bumps and lumps to accommodate - hence "Adopt a Tree".

It looks much better to have a cover to fit the tree rather than just randomly wrapped around.

The process!

  1. Get together with your team - choose a tree, measure it, and identify it by tying a ribbon/some yarn around it ( no plastic/ nails etc). Plan the cover you are making to be finished by the first week of December.
  2. Please identify your tree by the beginning of November. ( the side shoots of the trees will be trimmed)
  3. Please only use bright colours/ Christmas colours for the decorations. Obviously white, silver and gold etc are fine.
  4. Please do not use plastic or anything which will damage the tree. (Nails)
  5. Decorations have to be able to withstand the weather - wind, rain and snow, so just wrapping ribbon or strands of decorations/tinsel etc doesn't work as they very soon start to dangle and look a mess.
  6. If possible this year, incorporate your name or the name of your group into the covering so we can all appreciate your hard work.

Planning well in advance is the key!

If you need any further information, support or encouragement come along to "The Thursday Club at the Henley Hub" 10-12am every Thursday or set up an evening group for enthusiasts to come along, share ideas and work together (maybe somewhere like The Black Swan where the fires are always nice to sit around on a winter's evening?)

Over to you - have fun!!!

Annie Davies

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Warwickshire’s most aristocratic cricket ground


A riveting summer of professional cricket in England and Wales, with the World Cup and the Ashes series, has inspired a revival in the amateur game at the grass roots with thousands of boys and girls, and even the not-so-young, signing up for a junior club.  
Stoneleigh Abbey Cricket Club is one of the oldest in Warwickshire with a ground below the West wing. It was voted by Wisden Cricketer the most beautiful ground in England in 2003. This year its cricketers are celebrating 180 years of the game being played there. Stoneleigh Abbey Cricket Club itself has been playing in its picturesque surroundings for about 100 years. Going back  two further generations, records tell us the club was formed in 1839 by the First Baron, Chandos Leigh, who was head of a sporting family. He established the ground for the benefit of his sons William Henry Leigh and Edward Chandos Leigh. He wanted them to play in the summer while home from Harrow School. In adulthood Sir Edward became President of the MCC in 1887.
One of the oldest fixtures recorded matches was between Stoneleigh CC v Harrow School in 1847. The club played Rugby School in 1849 and this match is still on the fixture list. From being the Leigh’s family team, the club evolved in late Victorian years into a side for Stoneleigh village and estate. Two sons of William Henry Leigh, the Second Baron, continued to play cricket through the 1860s and 1870s. Fixture Cards dated 1868 and 1869 have been found.  During the Second World War the Abbey ground was requisitioned for agriculture so the club played on a farmer’s field.  It returned to the Abbey with the help of Lord Leigh in 1954.
One of the most historic matches played at Stoneleigh Abbey was in September 1872 between the I Zingari and The Gentleman of Warwickshire to celebrate the coming of age of the Leigh's eldest son Gilbert. The English branch of the I Zingari was formed in 1845 by a group of Harrow School old boys at a dinner party and is one of the oldest nomadic cricket clubs.  It still plays around 20 matches each season. Uniquely for an amateur club, Wisden reported all of its matches from 1867 to 2005.
Nowadays Stoneleigh Abbey CC has a useful Junior Team.  Neil Carter, welfare and talent acquisition officer says: “We’re proud of such a beautiful location particularly on a warm summer day with spectators drinking wine and eating from their picnic hampers. It provides an idyllic setting.”

The club has a formal agreement with Stoneleigh Abbey Trust, whose Managing Director is Dorothy Ingle. The chairman of the trustees Tony Bird OBE is also very supportive. With their blessing, the club hopes to continue playing on the west wing ground for years to come, helped by their talented groundsman and scorer Joe Ball.  
As well as the anniversary, the members will be marking an important change of the guard this year.  Captain Paul Lazenby is stepping down after 26 years. “I first went to the club in 1990 and became captain after three years. Now it’s time for someone else to take over.”

The club plays in the Cotswold Hills League on Saturdays and friendly matches on Sundays with players as young as 13 and as mature as 64.  After joining the Cotswold Hills League the club climbed from division six to division two playing its away fixtures in many idyllic settings.

Before  WWII, the then Lord Leigh gave a trophy for which the three villages associated with the Leigh estates – Stoneleigh, Adlestrop and Ashow – competed annually until Adlestrop won it outright.   A second trophy was fought for from 1959 but the triangular tournament lapsed when Ashow C.C. was disbanded.  Recently the fixture between Adlestrop and Stoneleigh has been revived and the Lord Leigh Cup match is fought for.

Stoneleigh’s most celebrated veteran, who played continuously for 44 years from 1972-2015, is all-rounder Dave Wildgoose. He was also one of the most talented scrum-halves at Claverdon RFC during its early years with the uncanny ability to run as fast sideways as in a straight line.  Dave was the rugby club’s after-match pianist and so highly popular with beer drinkers. He played in over 1,000 cricket matches for Stoneleigh and was the team’s wicket-keeper for many seasons. He was a lethal slow left-hand bowler who once took eight wickets for 60 runs. A useful batsman too, his highest score for the club was 73 and he claims 833 wicket-keeping victims.

Dave says:”We owe a huge debt to Joe Ball who, as well as being our scorer, has kept the pitch immaculately and to a very high standard.  In fact the pitch has continued to get better every season during his tenure of 25 years. I enjoyed thoroughly my years playing in the Cotswold Hills League where there are many spectacular grounds; my favourites being Stanway and Winchcombe. The location of our ground with all of its 19th century history, however, ranks it as second to none.”

Dale Le Vack reporting


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John Garner's Business Column

The case of the late Monsieur XJohn Garner

A French employer has been found liable for the death of one of its employees from a cardiac arrest, which the Paris Court of Appeal ruled as a “workplace accident”.

Monsieur X (his surname has not been released) worked for the French railway construction company TSO.  Back in 2013 he was on a business trip when he was found dead in a hotel room from a cardiac arrest following intercourse with a “local woman” he met whilst on the trip.

A French employment tribunal has held that TSO will have to pay compensation to his dependents following this ruling.  This is because under French law an employer is responsible for anything that may happen to one of its employees whilst on a business trip.

TSO argued in court that Mr X was not carrying out any employee responsibilities when he passed away.  Also, his death had no link to his work but was attributable to the “sexual act he had with a complete stranger.”  However the appeal court ruled that “a sexual encounter is an act of normal life like taking a shower or eating a meal.”  Hmm, not on any business trip I’ve been on!

As a result of the court’s decision, TSO must pay any partner or children of Mr X a monthly benefit of up to 80% of his salary until he would have reached retirement age.  We don’t know how many years Mr X had to go till retirement (perhaps not many!) but it could be a tidy sum.

This does seem an odd decision to blame the employer for an employee’s actions over which it had no control.  But what would have happened under English law? What on earth could or should the employer have done to pre-empt such activity?

My first reaction is that, since the offending act did not take place on company premises nor in company time then the employer could not have been held responsible.  Having said that, Mr X’s next of kin would presumably then be entitled to some compensation (probably from the company’s insurance) as he died whilst on company business.  I can’t see that an English employment tribunal would have held the employer negligent and responsible for his death as though it were an industrial accident.

However, I may be wrong.  If there are any employment lawyers reading this perhaps they would care to write to Henley News and give us the benefit of their opinion.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Recent Incidents:


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  1. Burglary. Whitley Hill, Henley. House and garage broken into. Camera and car keys stolen. Between 10am and 4.30pm Saturday 7th September. 0267 07/09/2019
  2. Suspicious Circumstances. St Nicholas Road, Henley. Owner of car has found the windows of the car partially down on several occasions in the mornings. No explanation of why this would happen. Reported in case the car was being tampered with. Nothing stolen. Reported Sunday 15th September. 0125 15/09/2019


  1. Vehicle Crime. Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen. Secure works van broken into and various tools stolen. Overnight 10th & 11th September. 0060 11/09/2019


  1. Vehicle Crime. Church Hill, Ullenhall. Front and rear number plates stolen from vehicle. Overnight 12th & 13th September. 0067 13/09/2019
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. St Michaels Close, Claverdon. Man seen to walk on to private land. No offences disclosed at the time. Described as a white male, 5’ 7”, medium build, straight grey hair, wearing grey trousers, grey shirt and black shoes. The man got into a car and drove off. The last three letters of the registration number were ‘EFG’. 12 midday Thursday 12th September. 0335 12/09/2019

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Our next meeting is on Thursday 19th September in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Keith Bennet will give a talk on ‘Hidden Warwickshire Treasurers’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Andrew Yarwood on 794079.


Annual Ploughing Match. 19th September 2019. 9.30a.m. Heath Farm, Banbury Road, Stratford upon Avon.  CV37 7NF.  Free Admission. For more information please contact Sue Westmacott 01564 793746.

If you enjoyed THE MIKADO which was performed  by Concensus at last years Arts Festival you will enjoy IOLANTHE  which they will be performing at the Memorial Hall on October 12th. It tells the tale of Strephon, the son of the fairy Iolanthe, who is in love with Phyllis, a ward of Chancery, who has to have permission to marry from the Lord Chancellor, who also wants to marry her...WHAT FUN! More information from Marijana Bainbridge 794987 or marijanabainbridge@btconnect.com


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.

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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2nd October 2019

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Town Organisations and Clubs

Henley CrestThe Court Leet and Court Baron dates from a Royal Charter and was a Court authorised to deal with matters relating to the duties and services owed by the peasants or villains (not Freemen) to the Lord of the Manor. It exercised the peacekeeping jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s twice yearly tour of the hundred courts. It received presentments about obstructions of the highway and watercourses. It regulated the weights and measures.

Today, the Henley Court Leet is one of only 32 recognised Court Leets in the Administration of Justice Act 1977 and it is responsible for continuing the traditions and ceremonial of the town. More information about the Court Leet

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

logoJoin our team of volunteers who assist West Midlands ambulance service to give emergency medical services to our local communities. Full training will be provided. If you can drive and can dedicate 4 hours a week, please contact Malcolm Aldridge 794019 or Peter Neville 793978 web:henley cfr.org.uk for more info

Henley SocietyThe Society meets every third Third Thursday - September to April. In the summer, there are normally two visits to historical sites.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley Society website

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. Secretary of Henley Rotary Club - Mike Redman  01564 793491.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley.
Visitors and potential new members would be most welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 7:45pm, except for a couple of months. The Club organises speakers and visits to gardens. This is a very friendly club; if you are interested in joining or attending as a visitor, please just turn up. More information from Penny on 01564 792251 or e mail pjstott@uwclub.net 
flower clubAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden (in the Baptist Church Hall from 13th September onwards) so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Annette Walker on 01564 792837 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Andy Thompson.
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude of other activities which support performances. For information about the next meeting, please contact Tracy Humphreys (Chairman) on 01564 795219
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.

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

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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Tennis Club
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Drama - HADS
Henley Cartoon Colin Fisher
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