Henley Crest





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

15th November 2017



Remembrance Weekend at Henleyphoto

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them."


Henley Fire Brigade lead Armistance Day on the High Street


Annual Church Parade on Remembrance Sunday

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Annual Meeting of the Court Leet


photoThe annual meeting of the Henley in Arden Court Leet took place at the Guildhall, Henley on Wednesday 8th  November. Three of the Court’s officers - Ale Taster Mark Bailey, Chamberlain Alistair Price and  Hayward Andrew Gardner, made reports to  Members of the Henley Court and members from visiting Courts from Alcester, Warwick and Bromsgrove, together with members of the Jury  - local people, who have been in the area for a minimum of three years and who can vote to elect Members of the Court.  The Guildhall was virtually full, with over 100 people in attendance.

The proceedings were opened by Steward to the Court, David Lodder (pictured right) introducing Les Long, Town Crier to declare the Court in session. The Chaplain John Ganjavi then commenced the proceedings with prayers.

Honorary Burgess, John Latham, took the chair in place of Robin Hardy–Freed, Lord of the Manor who was unable to attend.

This year Robin had prepared a video to extend to the Court her good wishes. She recounted how her father Joe Hardy had bought the title of "Lord of the Manor" at auction in London in 1992. She went on to say that over the past 25 years they have very much enjoyed the friendship and close links with the Court Leet, but felt now was the right time for a change.


Robin announced that she would be stepping down as Lord of The Manor and is passing the title to David Lodder, whose family have had close links with the Court Leet over many years. David’s great grandfather was in fact Steward to the Court when John Fieldhouse was High Bailiff in 1917. David’s appointment is great news for the Court Leet, as clearly David being local will be able to have a much more “hands on“ approach in terms of participating and support of the Court Leet activities.

Lord of the Manor's Video address

Affearer Alan Jones then gave a formal thanks to the Lord of the Manor.

Past High Bailiff John Rutherford, Chairman of the Guild Hall Management Trust, reported on the work in relation to the management of both The Guildhall and Jubilee gardens over the past 12 months. He commented on very real progress in raising funds, thanks to Constable Laurence Marshall who has driven the letting of the Guildhall. He said that the ground floor tenant had renewed his lease.  He also complemented the work of Douglas Bridgewater and his team in maintaining the gardens.

Jonathan Dovey, Affearer, who is a trustee of the Joseph Hardy Trust gave a report on the past 12 months at the Heritage Centre. He commented that school visits were again down compared with 2016 (as they were 2016 v 2015), which trustees under the Chairmanship of Norman Kench are aiming to address for 2018. He highlighted that the Centre could not operate without the 70+ volunteers who help run it. The Heritage Centre is a key feature for visitors to the town.

Three Court officers' reports were brief and humorous this year:

photo photoAle Taster – Mark Bailey pictured left, reported on the two ale tastings in Henley – which they assured everyone present that the beer in the town was “fit to drink”. They also reported on their support and visits to Alcester, Bromsgrove and Warwick ale tastings – which for some reason were hard work (?) and gave particular thanks to High Bailiff Norman Kench who took on “taxi driving” to Ale tastings at adjacent Courts.

Chamberlain Alistair Price pictured right, talked about his role in Medieval times. His predecessors where responsible for meeting coaches which passed through the town, as Henley was on the main route between London and Lichfield. His job was to make sure the horses were stabled and the visitors were found accommodation, food, drink and company. This role is now that of “meeter and greeter”, and also communicating the Court’s activities via Henley NEWS and Stratford Herald.

Hayward Andrew Gardner talked about his role as being responsible for the Henley boundaries, which he does on a regular basis when he goes for his morning run.

photoLes Long, pictured right, reported on his second year in office as Town Crier. He has proved to have been a great asset to the Court and the town. He has been a great support to the High Bailiff at the various functions in the town and has also represented us well as the annual Town Criers' Competition in Alcester.

Norman Kench gave his Report on his second and final year in office. He has clearly represented the Henley well both locally and at other activities out of the town. He gave a brief report on what he had done throughout the year and it is clear to all that he still has passion for the role. He commented that during the 12 months he had attended over 100 events and functions – he said they were all enjoyable, but key highlights being the Court Leet day, Shakespeare Celebrations in Stratford and Town Dinner in September. He paid tribute to Pat his Consort for her support, without whom he would have been unable to fulfil the role.

Ale Taster Mark Bailey and retiring Low Bailiff Graham Smith both gave glowing thanks to Norman Kench in his role as High Bailiff over the past 24 months and commented on how well he has represented the town.

The Steward then called the role of the Jury and voting took place for three extra places on the Court (with Ian Heelas and Peter Vamplew standing down, and Tom Mangan moving to the position of Low Bailiff). There were four nominees for these three places and new members elected were Tony Capps, Jim Griffin and Martin Smyth. The key positions for the next 12 months are:-

High Bailiff - Graham Smith       Low Bailiff -Tom Mangan

The Chaplain to the Court John Ganjavi, was appointed by the new High Bailiff. The Steward nominated the Town Crier and re-appointed Les Long.


Retiring High Bailiff Norman Kench with Graham Smith, new High Bailiff

The new High Bailiff Graham Smith thanked the Steward and all who attended and said that he looked forward to his forthcoming year and working with the new Court. He went on to say that the next event for the Court is the Court Leet Service at St Johns Church at 10.00am on Sunday 26th November. All in the town are welcome to join us,

Past High Bailiff Douglas Bridgewater talked about the support the Court had received from Joseph Hardy in his role as Lord of the Manor and also to John Fieldhouse who restored the Guildhall in 1917 and brought the Court Leet back to life.


Members of the Henley Court with guests from neighbouring courts

Chaplain John Ganjavi advised that a new updated guide book on the history of  St Johns Church was being prepared.
The AGM was closed by the Town Crier at 9-30pm.

Alistair Price, Chamberlain

Wootton Wawen Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

On Thursday 9 November, Stratford-on-Avon District Council held its sixth neighbourhood plan referendum.

Voters in Wootton Wawen went to the polls to respond to the question:

“Do you want Stratford-on-Avon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Wootton Wawen to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The results were as follows:

The number of votes cast in favour of YES was 482 (89.75%)

The number of votes cast in favour of NO was 55 (10.25%)

Total number of votes cast 537 – No rejects.

The turnout was 48.03%.

Brain Twigg - Memorial Service

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my many friends in Henley and the local area for the numerous cards and letters, also the flowers, phone calls and emails I have received since Brian died. I have been overwhelmed with all the help and support I have received.

Thank you all so much, it has all been a great comfort to me.

There is a service to celebrate Brian's life on Saturday November 25th at 12noon in St John the Baptist church in Aston Cantlow.

Margaret Twigg



Plans are well underway for the Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust 2018 Arts4All Week, which begins on St. George’s Day, Monday 23rd April 2018.

In keeping with our national day of celebration, we kick off with a Vaudeville Theatre evening featuring Madelaine Brown and surprise guests, all designed to get the flags waving and the audience singing! – Tickets £12.50.

Earlier in the day, you can visit a thought-provoking and moving exhibition entitled The Horrors of War – World War I and II artefacts, any time between 10:00 and 4:00 where admission is free. 

On Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th April from 1:00pm till 2:15pm there’s an opportunity to participate in a Crafts4All session with Jessie Lyndon. Open to all abilities, no prior experience required, there will be a range of crafting activities for you to enjoy. Make a fabric necklace using lovely Liberty fabrics, learn how to make and decorate fabulous Gift Boxes, enjoy Folk Art Decoration and make personalised cards and hearts. All materials provided - nominal fee of £3.50

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings see the premiere of a new professional production, optioned for publication with leading international publisher Josef Weinburger.

‘Lucky Dip’ – is a dark comedy mystery written by Henley’s very own Ray Evans
Tickets £ 10.00 (Over 16).

On Wednesday evening we have two fascinating monologues H to He (I’m Turning into a man) is inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis.  H to He adds new twists in the maze of gender identity and sexuality, one of the most current issues of today’s society.  The piece explores the turmoil and confusion which ensue, when a woman wakes one morning to discover she is turning into a man. Claire Dowie has performed H to He in the UK, America and across Europe winning him international awards in Germany, Italy, Romania, Albania and Kosovo.

This challenging monologue is being paired with a new piece (yet to be announced) by Caroline Burns Cooke that will be premiered ahead of the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Tickets £10.00.

Best known for his work with Ocean Colour Scene, Andy Bennett takes to the stage on Thursday evening at 7:30pm in what is certain to be a sell-out local gig!! - Tickets £10.00.

Saturday daytime is turned over the youngsters as John Kirk performs storytelling and workshops including The 100mph Dog, Traditional Tales and Shakespeare Made Easy. 

10:30 (5 to 3 years), 11:30 (9 and Under) and 12:30 (12 and Under) – Free ticketed event.

The afternoon continues with Poetry4All at 1:30pm.  Five locally renowned poets perform an entertaining variety of their own work, from the serious through to the light-hearted and onward to the downright hilarious. (Free event). This is followed by the Come Dine With Me Experience at 3:00pm, where local comedian Theo Theobald takes us behind the scenes of the cult Channel 4 show, describing his first hand experience of being a contestant.  The show features video footage and interviews, laying bare what really goes on backstage.  Barring the culinary disasters normally associated with the show, there will even be a chance to sample part of Theo’s menu! Tickets £5.00

In the evening on Saturday, whilst there’s a last chance to see Lucky Dip in the Guild Hall, we are pleased to welcome Beyond The Barricade to St John’s Church, featuring songs from the cream of musical theatre productions, by artistes who originally performed them on the West End Stage. The cast includes past principal performers from Les Miserables, who present a blockbusting two hour show that will enthral and entertain you. – Tickets £22.50

Arts4All Week 2018 bows out with a bang on Sunday 29th April when the Annie Davies Trio plays Lunchtime Jazz in the Guild Hall, supported by Henley based musicians and a guest appearance by the YnotSing choir – all free events.

Finally,  to send you home in fits of laughter there’s another hilarious night of professional Stand Up Comedy at 7:30 – Tickets £10.00.

All seats are unreserved.

Tickets go on sale on 1st February 2018 but you can beat the rush and make an advance booking reservation by sending an e mail detailing the show and quantity of tickets required to info@laurencemarshall.co.uk  

And new for 2018, there’s a full festival pass available for just £40, covering every single show you wish to see.  A perfect Christmas gift for the arts lovers in your family or circle of friends.  Contact details for the pass are the same as above and you’ll receive a downloadable certificate (not transferable). 

Laurence Marshall reporting

Johnson's get on Board again with Alcester choir


Thumbs up from John Johnson, Director Johnson's Coaches &
Judith Land BEM, FRSA Founder & Director of Music of the Alcester Male Voice Choir

Our local Coach & Bus operator, Johnson's, has agreed to sponsor the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a further twelve months in return for promotional opportunities at the various concerts that the choir hold.

Judith Land, BEM FRSA, the choir's founder and Director of Music said "We are delighted that Johnson's has  agreed to support us once again. They are our coach operator of choice and we use them  for all our concerts where coach transport is required including our European tours. They understand our requirements and offer sound advice and also understand that we need reliable transport to get us to concerts in good time. They are a pleasure to work with"

John Johnson Commercial Director of Johnson's commented that "As a company we have to consider very carefully who we sponsor and why. Any organisation we form close links with must reflect the same high standards that we ourselves always aim for. With the Alcester Male Voice Choir that is certainly the case. They delight audiences time and time again with their quality of singing and varied repertoire and we know they strive  for and achieve excellence time and time again."

The Alcester Male Voice Choir holds regular concerts throughout the area and beyond and over the years have raised many thousands of pounds for charities, churches and groups of all kinds.

Rob Kingscott reporting

"Adopt a Tree" update


December 2nd is approaching very fast and there is an enthusiastic flurry of activity around town - from the "Thursday Club at The Hub" (why not come along?) to the school who are apparently creating all sorts of decorations for their tree or trees. 

We have more than 20 trees adopted now so it's very exciting to think of groups of people all over town meeting up and being creative.

The prize draw for the prizes from our sponsors is taking place on Monday December 18th along with "Y Not Sing " for Christmas (a come-all-ye singalong of all Christmas Favourites) - in the Guildhall from 7pm.

I am aware that there are never 100% positives in any situation and as I know some people are not so happy about the trees being decorated, I thought it might help to have some background.

As a governor on the Council of Governors for the Coventry and Warwickshire Mental Health Partnership Trust  I am trying to find different ways to minimise isolation and loneliness in our community by encouraging people to come together in activities which are  both therapeutic and fun. 

All over the world trees have been decorated by communities to celebrate special occasions. The "Adopt a Tree" project is intended to bring people together to brighten our town  for the Christmas period. All decorations will be removed at the end of the twelve days of Christmas with Saturday January 6th being identified as the "Unbombing" day - which is also envisaged as being an opportunity for more fun and socialising.

I have had permission from the forestry department of Warwickshire County Council to decorate the trees in this way and have obviously assured them that we will not damage the trees by using nails or plastics.

I am heartened by the amount of enthusiasm and community spirit this project has engendered already and think that the morning of December 2nd is going to be great fun as we all get together to "bomb" Henley and celebrate the turning on of the Christmas lights. Bring all your friends and see you there?

Annie Davies reporting

Superfast FTTP Broadband may now be available

Have you checked lately?

bannerHave you checked lately to see if superfast broadband is available to you yet? When new infrastructure goes live we try to inform people that they can now order a service form a choice of providers. However, we can’t always do this. Maybe we don’t have your full details so haven’t been able to connect your record to a particular structure, or it could be that you were previously on a long line, an exchange only line, or are in an area where we have carried out an FTTP (fibre to the premise) intervention.

In these cases, we try to determine who will benefit from the new service, but because of the way in which telecoms infrastructure works this is not an exact science. So, it’s worth checking just to see if your status has changed.

The best way to see if you have a live service yet is to use the BT DSL checker. It will tell you when your line is ready to accept orders. To use the checker, either enter a BT landline telephone number (including area code) or your address (you need to click the link below the number box). Please do not use the postcode checker as it is not accurate enough to be of any help! If you need it, our handy ‘How to use the BT Line Checker’ guide will help you to make sense of the DSL Checker results.

Don’t forget that you will need to upgrade to a superfast broadband package through your chosen ISP. The access is on a wholesale basis, which means that many ISPs can use the infrastructure to provide their services.

If you are not yet able to receive a superfast service, and are not sure if we have your full contact details (for a lot of records we have only an email address), please re-register through our online system.

Wootton Report


The Time of Their Lives is a British road comedy film directed and written by Roger Goldby. The film stars Joan Collins as Helen Shelley and Pauline Collins as Priscilla.

Joan Collins stars as a former Hollywood movie star who travels to her ex-husband’s funeral on the west coast of France with all sorts of peculiar happenings on the journey where upon Priscilla becomes her best friend towards the end of the film. [Filming began in France in July 2016. In the UK, scenes were shot in Portsmouth, Bournemouth and London.] 





Their Finest is a 2016 British war comedy-drama film directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the 2009 novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Rachael Stirling, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, and Claudia Jessie.

The film tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz.

Certification: 12A Runtime: 110 mins

Henley Flower Club


Janet Cooper travelled from Daventry to present ‘My Colour Palette’ based on the colour wheel. 

A base of foliage comprising pittosporum, arbutus, fatsia, hosta and bergenia leaves held bright yellow and green ‘Anastasia’ chrysanths.  A cyndrical blue vase next filled with contrasting blooms of orange carnations and blue delphiniums. A circular sieve with ferns, sennecio, arum italica pictum leaves, eucalyptus and leuchera formed the base for deep pink ‘Aqua’ roses with pink feathery astible. A second placement added to the effect. The next container was a large multi coloured urn with a polychromatic design comprising trailing ferns, rubus, phormium tenax leaves, stephanandra, pittosporum, eleagnus, fatsia and bergenia leaves into which was placed a variety of colour – red gladioli, liatrus, yellow and pink gerberas, leuchadendron ‘Soleil’, blue delphiniums and white anthuriums.  The finale was the rainbow and here a rectangular wooden trough held a row of red gladioli. Orange brassica, yellow gerberas, green pompom chrysanths, blue delphiniums, indigo ‘pirouette clematis and violet alliums, a perfect rainbow! Elaine Hemming-Allen was delighted to give the vote of thanks and the competition was won by Wendy Holland. 


Chairman Lola Phillips invited all to a workshop for making a Christmas wreath on November 23rd as well as the next demonstration when Minh Lane will present ‘Christmas from East to West’ on November 14th.

Annette Walker reporting

St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

The St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar will take place this year on Saturday 25th November. The event  has proved popular with local residents and visitors to our town for many years and offers an opportunity to pick up a pre - Christmas bargain and have a little festive fun at the same time.

Father Christmas will be there and visitors will be able to browse a variety of stalls  offering Toys, Jewellery, As New Clothing, Books, Bric a Brac, Handicrafts and Gifts. In addition there will a Raffle, Tombola, Games plus Teas, Cakes and Hot Lunches.

The Bazaar which will be held in the Church Hall in Beaudesert Lane, will run from 11.00am through to 2.30pm.

Rob Kingscott reporting

Herb of the Month

Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)

by Laura Yarham ND.Dip.Herb President URHP


The many delights and uses of this wonderful warming herb have been known to mankind since pre- recorded times (1) and its potent qualities keep it among my top twenty of favourite and most used herbs. The fact that it grows so easily is a huge advantage; it's hardy and will flourish in most soils and gardens so there is no excuse not to have some close at hand (or foot). I add the latter because it is so resilient and springs back up with a dogged determination, even when trodden and tramped on.

Thyme has quite a history! The ancient Egyptians used it for embalming and the Greeks and Romans used it as both a culinary and medicinal herb (6). There are several derivations of its name. The Latin name is Thymos which came from the Greek 'thymon' meaning spirit or smoke. This reference is probably due to the strong smoky odour of Thyme. It has been used for many centuries to cleanse and clear the home using a 'smudging' method of burning the herb and allowing the smoke to waft around the space or person, clearing bugs as well as any negative energies (7). This is an ancient but simple technique we can use at any time in our own homes.

Without even depending on its therapeutic effects, it brings a unique depth of spice and pungency to any dish you may be preparing in your kitchen. I am often found dashing out into the garden mid food preparation and leaning over into my herbs to cut a sprig or two to chop fresh and throw into whatever concoction I am putting together.

So, as a herbalist, it brings even more pleasure to know that there are medicinal properties running, alongside its individual taste, that benefit us all and can be used in dried or herbal tincture/ syrup form.

photoThyme is a hot diaphoretic. It contains essential oil with thymol, cavacrol, boreol, tannins, flavenoids, cymol, linalool and triterpenoids (2,3). Its warming ability helps to eliminate mucous and phlegm. It acts as an antiseptic,anti-microbial, anti- rheumatic, antispasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, rubifacient, anthelmintic, vulnerary, astringent and tonic (1,3,5).

The high content of volatile oil makes it a great carminative for dyspepsia and sluggish digestion. It also helps to eliminate worms (2,6). The oil is a strong antiseptic, which is why it can be used as a vulnerary for infected wounds, boils and dermatitis. This property also makes it useful internally for digestive and acute and chronic respiratory infections (2). This is enhanced by being antispasmodic and an expectorant, so can be used in asthma, colds, flu, spasmodic coughs bronchitis and sore throats (always good to know at this time of year) (2,3). It can increase the propensity of white blood cells, increasing the power of the immune system (6). It has a soothing sedative action on the nerves, in fact, taken before sleeping, it is a remedy against nightmares (1,3). In addition, it strengthens the nerves and stimulates brain cells in order to help memory and concentration. It helps eliminate uric acid from the body, so conditions like gout, sciatica, arthritis and rheumatism will be eased by Thyme (6). Its properties of being both stimulant and relaxant means, like many herbs, it is amphoteric in its action and will tend to regulate the system as needed (3).

Research is quite extensive with regard to its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal actions. Thyme oil has been proved to kill anthrax and typhoid bacillus, meningococcus and the agent responsible for tuberculosis. It is also active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. Its contraindications are that it may cause irritation to sensitive skins and should not be used when pregnant or if you have high blood pressure (6).

I really value this herb for all that it brings into my conscious awareness and for its springy nature that makes me smile every time I choose to cut some from my garden.
So next time you happen to pass by a clump of Thyme, it could be a huge advantage to stop, reflect on the numerous properties that this tiny leaved plant has within it and use it for yourself, your family and in the home.


  1. Christopher J. (2001) School of natural healing Christopher Publications
  2. Hoffman D. (2002) Holistic Herbal Thorsons
  3. Tierra M.(1988) Planetary Herbology Lotus
  4. McHoy P, Westland P. (2005) The Herb Bible Quantum
  5. Australian Naturopathic Network (2015) Thymus vulgaris www.ann.com.au
  6. Herb Wisdom (2015) Thyme www.herbalwisdom.com
  7. Kindred G. (2013) Letting in the Wild Edges Permanent

Check out the website www.herbalist.org.uk to find out more about the benefits of consulting a herbal practitioner.

Dog Fouling in Henley

photoAs I walk along the high Street my head is down and my sight is focused about six feet ahead because I’m scanning to avoid treading on dog mess. The incidence of dog fouling is disgraceful and in a civilised society it should not be tolerated, but it is! I find it difficult to imagine what sort of person would deliberately walk away from their pet's fouling without a thought for the awful mess their fellow citizens have to endure when it gets trodden on and into our houses. The offenders I am sure are an irresponsible minority of dog owners and I applaud those that act responsibly and pick up.

            How many more times do I have to be a victim of such disgusting anti social behaviour? Yet again I open my front door and find a large pile of dog mess within a couple of feet from my front door. This is not a one off event but one that happens far too frequently and sadly it also occurs all along the High Street. It shows a total disregard for residents who mostly try to keep the High Street a pleasant place to live.

            I concede that picking up dog mess is not a very pleasant task but it is part of dog ownership, I don’t want to do it. So I won’t have a dog and I deeply resent having to pick up the mess left by these so called dog lovers, picking up is their responsibility. This lack of respect for others is absolutely not acceptable.

            So why does it happen repeatedly? It happens because it is allowed to happen by the Local Authority, who put up dog fouling notices then consider the problem to be resolved but nothing further is done to enforce the law and even if they did, the fine is not large enough to be an effective deterrent. The terms ‘dog mess’ and ‘dog fouling’ have the effect of minimising and sanitising the problem, so for one iteration only, it needs to be said what it really is. It is “Dog Sh!t.

Some local authorities have introduced tracking of offenders by DNA testing of the droppings and in some areas it an offence if dog walkers do not carry with them, the means to pick up and they can be challenged to show that they are equipped and if not they will be fined.

            I invite the person who left the disgusting mess outside my front door, (Illustrated below) to knock on my door so that he can understand how offensive his act is to me, apologise for it and promise not to do it again.

Bill Rees reporting

South Warwickshire spa and health club gets a futuristic gymnasium


Wildmoor Spa and Health Club in Stratford, which has dozens of members from the Henley area, has invested £500,000 in a refurbishment project in partnership with TechnoGym.

The equipment supplier says the Health Club’s installation of the latest generation of exercise equipment has consolidated its position as a leading UK interactive gymnasium. 

Wildmoor director Anthony Bird told us: “All our exercise machines are embedded with each member’s ‘Wellness Key’ in our 5,000 sq ft gymnasium.  This facilitates information being fed into the Health Club’s database. It helps members to achieve their own personal well-being plan.  The new generation of Artis TechnoGym exercise machines can be linked up with phones that have Apps to enhance and stimulate the training experience.”

Gym Manager Sam Thomas continues: “Our latest Artis Technogym bikes are equipped with Cloud Servers which store data relating to our members.  Anything you can do with an i-phone or android you can do on the treadmill or bike as you’re using it. You can surf the Internet, go on Facebook, watch u-Tube,  BBC News...you name it there’s an App for it. Because all the bikes are equipped with monitors, members can scrutinise their own particular details. Each individual can scroll through his or her own performance data.  The exercise machines are blue-tooth activated so the member’s phone will automatically connect to the bike or treadmill.”


As well as the updating of the gym, the management has installed an interactive studio Group Cycle Room. Anthony Bird says: “The Group Cycle Room with its visual and audio enhancements can assist people training at a high level to do more to keep their mind active. Instead of looking at a boring wall or digits on a screen the user can enjoy visual experiences such as the Tour de France.”

Sam Thomas adds: “The App MapMyRun is popular with track and road athletes.  It’s on both the Android and the I-Phone.  If a member goes out for a training run he/she can replicate that run the following day in the gym by scanning the App onto the Treadmill.  He/she can replicate the gradients of the previous day’s outing.  We display an eight foot monitor projection on the wall in the Group Cycle Room. Members are stimulated by video images....maybe replicating various stages of the Tour de France.  The trainer can see the level of performance by each cyclist.” 

Alternatively members can operate as a collective group setting themselves targets to perform against.  The group may decide to burn 5,000 calories and choose a specific visual environment to work in. The trainers will design the sessions according to what the participants want. Cadence and heart rate are also projected on screen.

Sam Thomas added: “Mornings tend to see more gentle atmospheric environments than later in the day when sessions can become upbeat with pumping music. The lighting is synchronised to the music giving a resonating disco effect.”

Anthony Bird says: “Already the Group Cycle Room is drawing some members out of the gym and others out of classes. Members getting involved are from 18 to 80. We’re proud that TechnoGym say we have one of the best gymnasiums in the UK. It’s an exciting time for us.”

Dale Le VacK reporting

Lions Festive Walk celebrates 25th year


It’s that time of year again when we help Knowle & Dorridge Lions launch their Festive Walk. Every year for 25 years the Lions have organised their charity walks between Christmas and New Year, this year’s will be on Wednesday 27th December, an opportunity to walk off the Christmas pud

“The walks from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House have become part of many families' Christmas routines whatever the weather” says new organiser Lion James Dawes. “Last year over 2500 walkers, many with their dogs, donated almost £14,000 and followed one of the sign-posted trails. This year we have decided to offer a choice of 4 routes - a mini walk over only 1.4 miles around the National Trust grounds suitable for all ages, as well as ones of 3.9 and 5.4 miles, and a real challenge of 10.7 miles for those who arrive early. We are also opening the registration earlier from 08:30 for those who want to do a morning walk and return home for lunch. After your walk you can visit Baddesley House and Gardens free and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine with the Lions”

Beneficiaries of this year’s Festive Walk are the new Breast Cancer Haven in Solihull and Solihull & Birmingham Headway, whilst the Lions will retain half of all funds raised for local determined causes.

Parking is always at a premium so please fill up your car with your friends and relatives and arrive early. Put the date in your diary now and visit www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/walk for more details and to download a free registration form to complete and bring with you.


Cash prize winners !!!

Friends of Henley Community First Responders are pleased to announce the latest winners of our 100 Club cash prizes of £30 and £15:

September Draw:

1st Prize £30 No 41 - Mr K Hurst

2nd Prize £15 No - Mrs K Burman

The numbers were drawn by Jackie Jones at Henley Costa.

November Draw:

1st Prize £30 No 53 - Mrs D L Farr

2nd Prize £15 No 119 - Mr S Farr

The numbers were drawn by Emma Coleman at the Butcher's Social.

The prize money and opportunity to win increases for the month of December to £75, £30 and £15; its free to be a member of Friends of HCFR, which raises funds to keep this valued service running and the cost to enter our 100 Club is only £1 per month.

To join us, download your application form from our website henleycfr.org.uk or ask any one of our team how to sign up and be in with a chance of winning.

Congratulations to our winners and good luck to all our members.

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Earthing Project


It was fortunately a bright and dry morning on October 10th, when 10 very excited children from Henley Primary School ventured forth onto the Mount to be intrepid wildlife explorers, to enjoy being creative and to discover the wonders of their local Nature spot.

They carried with them bags for collecting small plant specimens which they had been given information about and were tasked to find, as well as clipboards and paper so that they could sketch along the way. We made it very clear that this was a day for fun, discovery and the power of learning outside the classroom. It was also flagged up that any sort of drawing is a valuable creation, allowing them to go beyond any negative labels they may have given themselves about their artistic ability.


With all that in mind, we walked and sometimes galloped, on our walk around and up the Mount. We stopped off along the way to focus on a particular plant or to sit down and draw. As they all clambered to the very top, we could sense the excited energy they had from finding various plants, observing the beauty of the autumn colours all around them and diving into creating imaginative and delightful pictures.

We returned to school armed with lots of resources to continue our exploration indoors. After being brave enough to try nettle and yarrow tea (laced with large amounts of honey), we encouraged the children to press some of the plant material and look at the leaves and flowers with a magnifying glass. More pictures ensued and then a beautifully quiet time followed, where they listened to classic nature poetry read by the facilitators and were then encouraged to write their own poems. What flowed out from these youngsters was absolutely amazing. Each child read out their own poem and was heartily applauded by everyone listening. What a joy this was, to see their proud faces as their unique pieces of work were being valued and enjoyed by all.

Then came the ‘piece de resistance’. Mono printing! They all sat and listened perfectly to the instructions before the excited rush of getting the ink on the printing plates and choosing which pictures they were going to transform into magical and very special prints. The results were outstanding and they were all so enthused with producing these very special pieces of art.

This was the culmination of a thoroughly fabulous day, where the children had connected with Nature on many levels, had come to appreciate the importance of caring for the land around them and had huge amounts of fun and creativity along the way. They evaluated the day at the close, and 80% gave  a score of 10/10 and 20% 9/10. There couldn’t have been a happier group of children as they made their way out of school that day!

Many thanks, as always, to Elaine Field at Henley Primary School who ensured with all her preparation that everything went smoothly and to Ade Field who accompanied us on the walk in the morning.

There will be a display in school of some of the work produced on this day. Look out for notices about a short documentary film, coming to our Rural Cinema soon, based on the Earthing Day Project and featuring children from Henley Primary School and the Hub.

Reported by LauraYarham  and Julie De Bastion




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Henley Tennis Club held its annual Hallowe’en Tennis Tournament on Thursday 26th October and members really enjoyed the fancy dress themed event, with some seriously scary costumes.

After a great couple of hours of timed matches, the overall winners were John Lange and Rose Depper, who beat Sam Turner and Kay Winsper in the finals. 

Everyone then enjoyed a Hallowe’en supper of soup and hot dogs, followed by the presentation of the Club Championship and Plate awards; a great evening of fun tennis for members.

The juniors held their ‘Monster Smash’ event the following week.  Sponsored by Benenden, the event saw over 30 adults and children enjoying a mixture of fun multi-sports and tennis games and matches.  Everyone had a really great time and all juniors taking part received a certificate and prize.

For more information about tennis at Henley-in-Arden, contact the club at: henleyinardentennis@gmail.com

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Restaurant Supervisor - Full Time

logoAt Finest Catch, we serve only the very best food at fantastic prices. Our ethos is great food, great value and the very best customer service. We know that it is a winning combination and no-one leaves Finest Catch hungry!

Our restaurants in Solihull and Henley-in-Arden offer a warm welcome for diners choosing to enjoy our delicious menu. We want everyone to enjoy the perfect meal, whether it is the best fish and chips, a dessert or simply a coffee.

What’s more, we are proud to offer our Finest Catch Takeaway, serving up the very same delicious fish and chips to enjoy at home.

Restaurant Supervisor - Full time


We are looking to recruit friendly, energetic and enthusiastic people to join our team in delivering first class service to our customers in our busy restaurant in Henley-in-Arden.

Working patterns for this position will include both day time and evening shifts.

Interested? Then here are some of the things that we would like you to do as part of your role (with a smile and a 'nothing is too much trouble’ approach):

- Serve food and drink to our VIPs in the busy restaurant;

- General kitchen duties;

- General cleaning duties.

Whilst we will teach you a lot, we would like you to bring a few skills to the table, such as:

- Be a happy and friendly type of person who you would like to be served by if you were hungry;

- Be patient with our VIPs when they are not sure what they would like to eat;

- Be able to get on with other people and work well with your colleagues;

- Have good communication skills.

In return we will pay you a competitive rate of pay and offer you excellent career prospects.

Still interested? Great, then get applying and we will get things moving quickly for you.

Please email: Iain McKendrick Farmfoods Ltd


Kitchen Supervisor - Full Time

logoAt Finest Catch, we serve only the very best food at fantastic prices. Our ethos is great food, great value and the very best customer service. We know that it is a winning combination and no-one leaves Finest Catch hungry!

Our restaurants in Solihull and Henley-in-Arden offer a warm welcome for diners choosing to enjoy our delicious menu. We want everyone to enjoy the perfect meal, whether it is the best fish and chips, a dessert or simply a coffee.

What’s more, we are proud to offer our Finest Catch Takeaway, serving up the very same delicious fish and chips to enjoy at home.

Kitchen Supervisor - Full time


We are looking to recruit friendly, energetic and enthusiastic people to join our team in delivering first class service to our customers in our busy Kitchen in Henley-in-Arden.

Working patterns for this position will include both day time and evening shifts.

Interested? Then here are some of the things that we would like you to do as part of your role (with a smile and a 'nothing is too much trouble’ approach):

- Serve food and drink to our VIPs in the busy restaurant;

- General kitchen duties;

- General cleaning duties.

Whilst we will teach you a lot, we would like you to bring a few skills to the table, such as:

- Be a happy and friendly type of person who you would like to be served by if you were hungry;

- Be patient with our VIPs when they are not sure what they would like to eat;

- Be able to get on with other people and work well with your colleagues;

- Have good communication skills.

In return we will pay you a competitive rate of pay and offer you excellent career prospects.

Still interested? Great, then get applying and we will get things moving quickly for you.

Please email: Iain McKendrick Farmfoods Ltd


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John Garner's Business Column

Digital Currency - Bitcoin

John GarnerI warned you last time that I might try and write an article on Bitcoin – so here it is.  I talked about the Blockchain last time and how it was constructed as a basis for digital currencies, primarily Bitcoin, soon followed by many others. 

So what is Bitcoin?  This is strangely not defined in my Oxford dictionary so we have to turn to Wikipedia which says, “Bitcoin is a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system called the first decentralised digital currency, as the system works without a central repository or single administrator.”  It goes on to say, “Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services. As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment. Bitcoin can also be held as an investment. According to research produced by Cambridge University in 2017, there are 2.9 to 5.8 million unique users using a cryptocurrency wallet, most of them using Bitcoin.”  Bitcoin “mining” is a very complex process and requires enormous amounts of computing power; I don’t have space to go into it here, even if I understood it.

Bitcoins do not of course physically exist like conventional money does.  To put it in context,  imagine we no longer used cash but paid for everything electronically (and believe me, that’s not far away as governments don’t like cash – they can’t monitor or control it), your wealth would only be represented by a number on a bank statement or on a computer screen.  Just think of Bitcoin as an alternative currency, and that is exactly what it is.  The value of a Bitcoin goes up and down just like the pound, euro or dollar according to (mainly) supply and demand.  This can only happen of course if people want Bitcoins and there are two reasons why they might: (a) they can be used to buy things without everyone knowing what they’ve bought or who they are and (b) can be stored without anyone, especially the tax man, knowing how many they have.  It will not have escaped your notice that this gives an immediate advantage to criminals who want to buy nefarious items without being traced and, unfortunately, this is very much the case.

How do you buy Bitcoin, should you wish to?  You search in Google and find a broker  offering you a Bitcoin wallet, there are lots, usually free.  Having got your wallet you can then load it with Bitcoin, or more likely a fraction of a Bitcoin, and then either use it to trade with someone who will accept it or, if you prefer, just sit on it and watch it increase in value.

The value of a Bitcoin has been very variable of late, but to give you an idea, when I first started looking at them back in June a Bitcoin was worth about US$2,000; last week it was trading at US$7,400.  As I write this it’s down a bit to US$6,250, but it was as low as US$5,500 earlier this morning, so you can see it’s unbelievably volatile although it has shown some massive increases (see the chart at www.coindesk.com/price).  Is it a good investment?  Well, I can’t possibly offer any financial advice but I can say be very very careful!  It’s fraught with dangers and as the market is uncontrolled there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get your money back.  Having said that, digital currency usage is booming and looks like continuing to do so; you’ll hear a lot more about them in the future.

It’s impossible to say much more in a short article as it’s a very complex subject and things are changing rapidly but if you’re interested a few minutes spent on the internet will tell you a lot more.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


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  1. Vehicle Crime – theft of. High Street, Henley. Black Honda 125cc Motorcycle stolen. Taken overnight 31st October & 1st November. 0046 01/11/2017
  2. Burglary Residential. Station Road, Henley. Neighbour investigating house alarm found property with its front door ‘smashed in’. 8.40pm 30th October. 0374 30/10/2017
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road, Henley. Report of three males going door to door trying to sell jewellery. 12.40pm Thursday 9th November. 0186 09/11/2017
  4. Suspicious Circumstances. Prince Harry Road, Henley. An old style black BMW seen driving slowly along the road. Three white male occupants. Caller thought that they looked suspicious. 1pm Wednesday 8th November. 0206 08/11/2017
  5. Suspicious Circumstances. Fieldhouse Close, Henley. Two males seen running through the area. Both had hoods and seemed to be carrying things. Area checked by police. Nothing untoward found. 10pm Monday 6th November. 0436 06/11/2017
  6. Burglary Residential. Fieldhouse Close, Henley. House entered and jewellery stolen. Between 4th & 6th November. 0134 06/11/2017
  7. Attempt Burglary Residential. Meadow Road, Henley. Door handle on front door to house found hanging off. Between 8pm & 10.30pm Sunday 5th November. 0415 05/11/2017
  8. Burglary Residential. Mount Road, Henley. Rear door forced open and entry gained to house. Untidy search of house made and jewellery, electrical items and Christmas presents stolen. Between 4th & 5th November. 0401 05/11/2017
  9. Burglary Residential. Fieldhouse Close, Henley. Rear door lock forced open and entry gained. Untidy search of house made and jewellery, camera and bank cards stolen. Between 3pm & 8pm Sunday 5th November. 0381 05/11/2017


  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Door handle to house tried by unknown person(s). Entry not gained. No offences disclosed. 8pm Monday 13th November. 0468 13/11/2017


  1. Burglary Residential. Church Road, Ullenhall. Window of garage removed in order to gain access. Overnight 13th & 14th November. 0080 14/11/2017
  2. Vehicle Crime – Attempt theft from. Henley Road, Ullenhall. Offender(s) have cut a hole in the rear door of a works van in order to gain entry. Nothing stolen. Overnight 9th & 10th November. 0080 10/11/2017
  1. Theft. St Michaels Road, Claverdon. Terracotta plant pot stolen with small tree inside. Between 6pm and 6.30pm Thursday 2nd November. 0371 03/11/2017
  2. Burglary Residential. St Michaels Road, Claverdon. Garage door forced open. Nothing stolen from inside. Daytime Wednesday 1st November. 0398 01/11/2017
  3. Vehicle Crime – Theft from. VW Crafter works van broken into but nothing stolen. Between 11pm 31st October and 7.40am 1st November.
  4. Suspicious Circumstances. Claverdon village. Male seen walking around the area. Described as a white male, large build, wearing a grey knitted cardigan and dark trousers. Male possibly seen later in a vehicle – full details passed to police. 9.45am 31st October. 0105 31/10/2017
  5. Suspicious Circumstances. Glebe Road, Claverdon. White van seen acting suspiciously next to building site. Registration number had ‘LL’ in it. 11.10pm 30th October. 0413 30/10/2017
  6. Vehicle Crime – theft of. From Hotel Car Park, The Cumsey. Ford Mondeo stolen without keys. Between 6pm 29th & 9.30am 30th October. 0121 30/10/2017
  7. Burglary Residential. Langley Road, Claverdon. On checking an alarm activation the garage was found broken into. A person was seen to run off from the area. 10.52pm Tuesday 30th October.
  8. Burglary Business. Langley Road, Claverdon. Building compound entered and two porta cabins broken into. Steel doors and security light damaged in the process. Between 8th & 9th November. 0070 09/11/2017
  9. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. Suspicious black coloured vehicle seen to drive up and the down the road slowly. The driver had a beard. No offences disclosed. 12.45pm Monday 6th November. 0185 06/11/2017

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNT's

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Henley Annual Events

November 2017

Scout Group Bonfire and Fireworks Night - Playing Fields
St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

Thurs 23rd - Rural Cinema

December 2017

Sat 2nd - Tree Bombing
Sat 2nd - Town Carol Service and Christmas Market
Thurs 27th - Children's Rural Cinema

January 2018 Thurs 25th - Rural Cinema
February 2018

AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema

March 2018 Thurs 22nd - Rural Cinema
April 2018

Arts for All Week in the Guild Hall
Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Cricket Club - Captain's Dinner
Rural Cinema

May 2018 Jumble Sale St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
Rural Cinema
June 2018

Court Leet Day and Artisans' Market
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Armed Forces Day Parade
Rural Cinema

July 2018

Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden
Rural Cinema

August 2018

Henley Music Festival
Rural Cinema

September 2018 The Hub@Henley AGM; 7pm at the Hub.
Rural Cinema
October 2018

Consensus - an evening of music and words
Henley MOP
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hnol            Forthcoming Events

CHRISTMAS DAY COMMUNITY LUNCH PROJECT. A Community Christmas Day lunch is being planned for individuals and couples of any religious or non-religious orientation who would like to share their Christmas Day with like-minded people from the Henley area. There will be music, traditional turkey with all the trimmings and mince pies. If you would like to attend, or to volunteer to help with transport or serving at table on the day, you can contact any of the following: Malcolm Aldridge tel.794019 or Cilla Pudney tel. 797949, (St. Johns church),  Ruth Hirst, tel. 794197 ( Methodist church) or Naneh, tel. 07974 573582 (The Hub).

HENLEY IN ARDEN WI  Tuesday 7th November at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. AGM. For more information please contact Barbara Warmington 793640.  

28th November 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall. Speaker Helen Picton ‘Daisy Days’. (Plant stall). Visitors welcome.

14th   November  Baptist Church Hall. Demonstration Minh N T N Lane r Demonstration: ‘Christmas from East to West’. Competition: ‘ A Little Sparkle’ Visitors welcome. 

Our next meeting is on Thursday 16th November  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when John Macartney will give a talk entitled  ‘Turn Left at the Pacific’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY  Tuesday 21st November at 7-45pm in the Baptist Church Hall, an illustrated talk by Roger Butler: 'In the High Himalayas'. Visitors are very welcome.

PILATES WITH HELEN. CLASSES COMING SOON TO ST. JOHN’S CHURCH HALL suitable for beginner / intermediate.  Mondays 9.30am. Thursdays 7pm.  £7 per class. No commitment - turn up and pay.  Dates to be released soon.  Email:  pilateswithhelen@btinternet.com. 


The Switch On of the Beaudesert & Henley Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2017

Carol Service will be at 5.00pm                     Switch On  at 5.30pm

Mulled Wine & Mince Pies will be provided by Henley & District Ex Service Social Fund.


After the lights have been switched on, Henley’s community choir ‘Henley Sings’ will be singing popular Christmas songs inside St John’s. Everyone is very welcome to join in with popular festive favourites.

Whether you’re on your way to a cup of mulled wine, or looking for somewhere to sit and enjoy the town’s celebration do come and support our choir!

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 £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, gilrus3@btinternet.com, www.yogill.com.  

HENLEY 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. 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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15th November 2017

crest   Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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

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
Further details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on 795419.

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
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rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. Please contact Alan Jones on 01564 793715
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 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 £3).  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
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 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.
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.

HubThe 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. 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

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 website

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen except December at 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 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 Claire Bishop for more details on 07793890237 c.bishop@hotmail.co.uk

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 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.

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 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.

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

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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