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

21st March 2018






This annual statutory meeting will report on the important changes in Henley and starts at 7.00pm in the Memorial Hall.

The Parish Council Traffic and Parking Working Party will unveil their proposed new parking arrangements following the decision by Taylor Wimpey to sell the Croft Car Park. If the JPC does not take over the ownership, the car park will be sold to a private parking company who will most likely introduce parking fees without the democratic control of the Parish Council.

This is a chance for residents and businesses to hear the plans and ask questions.

The doors open from 6.00pm and until the meeting starts at 7.00pm, the HWMT (Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust) has arranged for many of the Henley clubs, societies and voluntary organisations to set up an exhibition of their activities.  

At the conclusion of the Parish Assemblies, there will be further chance to talk to the clubs.

Come along to the Memorial Hall from 6.00 pm and see what Henley has to offer.

Further Info about the exhibition from Peter peter.crathorne@gmail.com  07974573582.


An American widowed woman left in debt by her unfaithful husband finds a man living on the land of Hampstead. He lives in a broken down shack but happy with his life. One day she spots him being beaten up so calls the police and goes to see him, so after this she starts to fall for him and helps him from being evicted.



  • Councillors ratified the JPC Community Grants for 2018 at their meeting on 19th March.

  • It was agreed that the JPC approve the revised Financial Regulations - a copy is available on the JPC web site and if anyone would like a hard copy, please contact the Clerk.

  • It was agreed to ratify the appointment of Bob Morgan as an Internal Auditor for 2018.

  • It was agreed that the format for the Annual Assemblies to be held on the 9th April would alter this year and would incorporate a Presentation about the proposals for the car parks in Henley.

  • It was agreed to publicise more rigorously the necessity to remove dog refuse from Henley and the surrounding area.

  • An Emergency Officer’s Report was discussed.  If anyone would like any further information or details about what to do in an emergency, or they know of someone they feel might be vulnerable or need assistance, please contact the Clerk.  All information received will be treated in confidence.

  • It was agreed that more information was required on the replacement Bus Shelters in Henley.

  • A new initiative by the JPC to encourage more members of the community to become engaged and communicate with them is underway and a daytime surgery and open access meeting will be held in the Heritage Centre on alternate months, commencing in February.  We hope that as many members of the community as possible attend.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Annual Assemblies for Beaudesert & Henley in Arden – 9th April 2018
  • JPC Surgery Open Access Meeting – 23rd April 2018
  • Annual JPC Meeting – 21st May 2018
  • JPC Ordinary Meeting – 21st May 2018

in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm. 
Clerk: Gill Bailey: tel: 01564 795499/07765 864588 email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 email: peter.crathorne@gmail.com

Dog Fouling
Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council continues to receive a lot of complaints recently regarding dog fouling in Beaudesert & Henley in Arden.  Again, it is necessary to remind all dog owners to be responsible and to clear up after their dog has fouled.  As you may or may not be aware, it is illegal to ignore and not clear up your own dog’s mess and there could be a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice.  Non-payment could lead to a court fine of £1,000.

We would remind you that in order for members of the public, especially children and the elderly to avoid illness and disease, not to mention becoming covered in dog mess, please act responsibly and with care.  Please, please clear up after your dog. Please also note that livestock also get diseases from dog mess (tapeworm in particular). If you do see someone who has not picked up after their dog has fouled and you do not feel comfortable about approaching them, please do give me a ring on 01564 795499/07765 864588 or email: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk  (all calls will be treated with the utmost confidence).

For problems with stray dogs and other related matters not dealt with by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, please contact the Dog Warden at Stratford District Council on 01789 260837.

Please also remember to keep your dogs on leads in public areas and where there is livestock. 
In an Emergency, please contact Cllr Peter Crathorne: tel: 07974 573582 or email: maint@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk

Henley College (17/03206/FUL)
Planning Permission granted with Conditions


The Stratford District Council Planning Committee (West Area) considered the Henley College application on Wednesday 14th March. Cllr David Broadbent spoke on behalf of the Joint Parish Council to request that conditions be attached to the planning approval to ensure that the approach road to the site is improved so that large vehicles can pass safely and that the bell mouth at the junction with the A3400 is also improved with visibility splays to ensure:

  1. The Safety of all users of the A3400 and
  2. No delays are caused at this junction.

The Committee also required that a box junction and double yellow lines are installed to assist in traffic turning into, or exiting, the site.

A S106 contribution of £18,800 has also been requested for the enhancement of the existing Southern Bus Stop and the formalisation for a Northern Bus stop on the A3400 near to the site entrance.

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


St George's Day Parade


On Sunday the 22nd April 2018 @ 6pm ‘The World’s Largest Unofficial St George's Day Parade takes place along the High Street, Henley-in-Arden organised by Ten Sixty-Six MCC.  Since it first started in 2004 the parade has drawn in hundreds of motorcycles and cars taking part  from all over the country.

We have increasing support from the local community with hundreds of adults and children waving their St George's day flags along the route and of course the most important thing is all money raised goes to The Midland Freewheelers (Blood Bikers) who do an absolutely vital job in the community. 



Each month, 2 lucky winners of our 100 Club draw receive cash prizes of either £30 or £15, full details of which can been seen on the following link - www.henleycfr.org.uk.

Our members’ contributions are used to keep our amazing volunteers on the road for the benefit of the Henley community. You could help ensure our volunteers can continue their invaluable work and you could be eligible to take part in the monthly draw. The link above gives details of how you can join, or you can ask any of our team.

Our congratulations this month go to:

MJ Quincey No 114 - £30 1st Prize
S Glenn No 73 - £15 2nd Prize

The numbers were drawn by Ann Leeson at Headturners.

For more information and rules about the '100 Club' please look at our website: www.henleycfr.org.uk



Wootton Report


Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.




The History of Policing in England and Wales

On 15th March, the Society held its AGM to which members were welcomed with a cheering glass of wine. After the formal business of the meeting comprising election of officers and a short address by the Society’s President and High Bailiff, Graham Smith, the members listened attentively to Dr Timothy Brain, former chief constable of Gloucestershire,  talking comprehensively  about the ‘History of Policing in England and Wales’. Timothy’s doctorate being in history led to his interest in researching the origins of policing. The derivation of the word “police” can be traced back to the Greek word “polites” = a citizen.

photoThe idea of a professional, uniformed police force is so firmly ingrained into our concept of society that it's easy to think of the police as one of the most ancient governmental institutions. It may be surprising therefore to learn that the idea of police officers as we know them is an extremely young concept, dating back to only the early 19th century. Prior to that, and originating in the Middle Ages, local citizens were charged with protecting their local communities. Known as “tythingmen" derived from teo =10 and thing = gathering, groups of ten men were sworn to protect their fellow subjects, and service was obligatory and unpaid. Each group of tythingmen was placed under the supervision of a constable with the constables under the control of a king’s official, the shire reeve (sheriff). And constables were responsible for organizing night watchmen to serve as guards at the town gates at night. In America, the role of Sheriff remains in use.

These arrangements were satisfactory for villages and small towns, Timothy said, but the evolution of large cities such as London created a more complicated scenario. Regular patrols by paid professionals were seen as a way of making crime more difficult. In the 1820s Robert Peel as Home Secretary became a powerful advocate for a professional police force and in 1829 established the Metropolitan Police Services in London. The ‘Peelers’ were issued with a wooden truncheon carried in a long pocket in the tail of their coat, a pair of handcuffs and a wooden rattle to raise the alarm. By the 1880s this rattle had been replaced by a whistle. Their uniform was carefully selected to make the ‘Peelers’ look more like ordinary citizens, rather than a red-coated soldier with a helmet, but in 1863 an early type of helmet was introduced to replace the original top hat.  In 1835 an Act was passed by Parliament requiring 178 Royal Boroughs to set up paid police forces. And in 1839 a further Act allowed county areas to establish police forces at a local level. Constables would have their own particular beat and the emphasis was always on preventative policing. By 1851 there were around 13,000 policemen which increased to 46,800 policemen and 243 constabularies by the turn of the century. Since the 1960s, police forces have been merged and modernized so that by 1974 there were 43 police forces in England and Wales.

photoTimothy explained that prior to the 1840s all police activities had focused on protection but the formation of professional police forces led to development of detective activities and eventually the ‘flying squad’ evolved. The squad’s brief was to listen and watch to gather evidence. Then in the early 1900s finger printing became available and the era of forensic detection arrived.  Nowadays CCTV footage, DNA analysis and automatic car number plate recognition are all invaluable tools in helping to apprehend criminals and  make for more rapid convictions. Personal radios emerged in the 1960s together with Panda cars further increasing the speed of police response and reducing the need for policemen on the beat. The latter, although reassuring to the public, became less and less practical as cities became larger.

All in all, a very interesting and informative talk.

The Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday 19th April at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall when the speakers will be Chris & Sue Elks on ‘The History of Tennis’. Visitors and new members are very welcome and as always, further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

Andrew Yarwood reporting


Henley Rocks

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We have started a new craze in Henley.

We have all been busy painting and decorating rocks. Then we’ve been hiding them around the town for people to find.

When found, we take a photo of the rock and then re hide the stone.

We post the photo of the stone we’ve found, along with a visual clue of the new hiding place on to our Facebook page ‘Henley rocks’

It’s taken off so well in our lovely little town, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s enjoying it.

Also on Wednesday 4th April, we’ll be holding a decorating picnic in the jubilee gardens from 10am till 12pm. We’d like to invite everyone to come along and decorate a rock with us. Please bring a picnic and join us for a sandwich before heading off to hide your beautifully decorated stone.

I’ve herd that the Easter bunny may have been and hidden some Easter goodies for the children too. We hope to see lots of you there.

Lulu, Karen and Claudia


AGM 2018

Chair's Report
It is my privilege as Chairperson to present this report.

photoI need to begin by thanking all Henley in Bloom volunteers and supporters for their continuing efforts both financial and practical in keeping Henley looking beautiful.

Special thanks must go to John Earle for their generous sponsorship in 2017 and continuing in 2018.

Thank you to the Joint Parish Council for their ongoing sponsorship and of course to Mayswood Garage for their unstinting care of the water vehicle.

The newly formed Committee continues to work together well, each member developing their own areas of responsibility and continues to raise our profile I am grateful for their support without which there would be no Henley in Bloom.

Planting Yet again Henley this summer was swathed in colour. New planter barrels were placed either side of the bench outside Beechwood and another at the end of Doctors Lane.

The Market Cross troughs were repainted as were the planters on Warwick Road.

Four troughs were placed together on each side of the Stratford Road bridge which enhance the effect of the planting.

Further new planters and painting are planned for 2018, some of the planters fulfil the bequest of Ms G Knight.

This year's planting began with the two Henley Primary Schools planting the troughs outside Barclays Bank, some members of the Court Leet attended, unfortunately the Town Crier was on holiday!

The weeds on the High Street present a problem in some areas, especially on the Lord's Waste, a JPC letter requesting help in removing weeds was delivered by hand to every business and residence with some success.

A talk about and tour of the planting has been requested by Dorridge U3A and will take place in late August 2018.

We successfully continued with:- A tombola stall on Court Leet day, Cake Stall and Street Collection, Schools Competition Hanging basket and Business front judging,  Adopt a Pot .

Raising Awareness/Communication
We continue to use Henley News on Line for progress reporting
Facebook Page Henley in Bloom Webpage www.henley-in-bloom.btck.co.uk
and Henley Focus
We are maintaining our presence at JPC Meetings.

2019 Watering

Our current watering vehicle has been very well cared for by Mayswood Garage but she is on her last legs and after this coming season will need replacing. As the Committee sees it there are two options: to buy a newer vehicle or to contract the watering out. During the next few months we will be investigating the feasibility of both options and would value comments and suggestions from this meeting.

The photograph above shows the 2018 colour scheme.

Shelia Davis, Chairperson

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John Garner's Business Column

It’ll soon be April!

And that means more updates to employment regulations.  Here are three which might affect you.
Increases to minimum pay rates will take effect from 1st April (not from October any more) as follows (2017-18 figures in brackets):

age 25 and over



21 to 24












An employee must be at least school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and aged 25 to get the National Living Wage (NLW) - the NMW will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.  At least now the NLW and NMW are the same for the over 25s, a couple of years ago it was really confusing.

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate (not the 18-20 rate) if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Alongside wages, employers will be responsible for increasing the minimum auto-enrolment contributions they pay towards workers’ pensions. From 6th April, employers will have to contribute 2% (up from 1%) and employees have to contribute a minimum of 3% (also up from 1%). The minimum contributions will increase again from April 2019.

These increases are a legal requirement; a failure to increase contributions appropriately could lead to a daily fine and being publicly named for non-compliance.

Employers who lose claims at an employment tribunal may have to pay more in compensation from April as the maximum limits on tribunal awards receive their annual update. These increases come at a time when employment tribunal claims are on the up, with claims increasing by 90% in October-December 2017 compared with the previous year.

From 6th April, the maximum award for an unfair dismissal, totalling the maximum basic and compensatory award, will total £98,922; a significant amount of money for any business.

Good luck with these then – and don’t forget to implement them or you could find yourself in trouble.

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. Theft. Beaudesert Lane, Henley. Roses stolen from grave. Offenders have cut the Roses off leaving the rest of the stems still in the pot. Caller also reporting that there seems to be litter being left in the cemetery, mostly drink cans. Between 11th & 12th March. 0164 11/03/2018
  2. Vehicle Crime – Damage. St Nicholas Close, Henley. Car ‘keyed’ along the one side while parked at the roadside. Found and reported on the evening of Friday 9thMarch. 0391 09/03/2018
  3. Suspicious Circumstances. Kyte Green, Henley. Wooden gates removed off building site. No damage or further offences reported. Overnight 8th & 9th March. 0064 09/03/2018
  4. Burglary Residential. Kyte Green, Henley. Entry forced to building under renovation and items stolen including two extractor fans, one mixer shower unit, and various tools. The gates to the property had been removed and put to one side. Overnight 6th & 7th March. 0090 07/03/2018
  5. Suspicious Circumstances. Bear Lane, Henley. Caller reporting a suspicious white van in the area. The letters in the registration number did not look right and the caller thought that the letters may have been altered. The last three letters were similar to ‘BVE’ . There were two “Asian Males” inside both wearing hi-vis jackets. 6.50am Wednesday 7th March. 0053 07/03/2018
  6. Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road, Henley. Several men in a white panel van seen in the area trying to sell fish door to door. Last three letters of registration number ‘XFW’. Full details passed to police. 1pm Tuesday 13th March. 0165 13/03/2018


  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen. Two men disturbed in garden to house. The men ran to a Neon Blue Corsa waiting nearby which was being driven by a third man. All three were described as Black males. The Corsa drove off at speed. No offences were discovered. 2.35pm Friday 9th March. 0215 09/03/2018
  2. Poaching / Coursing. Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen. Two men with dogs seen on private land hunting hares. Both males had orange hi-vis trousers on. Both were from a nearby vehicle described as a white flat backed van with green stripes. Last three letters of registration number ‘ODM’. 1.30pm Wednesday 7th March. 0200 07/02/2018


  1. Burglary Residential. Kington Lane, Claverdon. Window of premises broken and entry gained. Untidy search of house made. IPad, cash, Jewellery and car keys stolen. Between 8.15am and 6.30pm. Tuesday 6th March. 0272 06/03/2018
  2. Burglary Business. Henley Road, Claverdon. Stihl Saw stolen from locked Tool cabinet. Saw has bright pink paint on it. Stolen between 10th & 13th March. 0170 18/03/2018

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Henley Annual Events

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
Rural Cinema

November 2018

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

Rural Cinema

December 2018

Tree Bombing
Town Carol Service and Christmas Market

January 2019 Rural Cinema
February 2019

AGM of Henley War Memorial Trust
Rural Cinema

hnol            Forthcoming Events

HENLEY WI Tuesday 3rd April. 7.30pm in Baptist church hall. Sheila Parkes  ‘All Things Titanic’. For more information contact Barbara Warmington 793640.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 19th April  in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Chris & Sue Elks will give a talk on ‘The History of Tennis’. Visitors and new members are very welcome, and  further details are available from Pat Kench on 795419.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB  7.30pm Tuesday 10th April  in Baptist Church Hall. Demonstration  Susan Smithson ‘Through the garden Arch’ Competition ‘Spring is Here’  New Members very welcome

Brand new weekly cardiac rehab exercise class starting on Tuesday 9th of April at Beaudesert Lane church Hall. Class suitable for anyone who has gone through a cardiac procedure and would like to continue their rehab in the community, all abilities welcome. £5 per class.  For more information please contact Craig on 07896136326 or email at crichardsonrhf@gmail.com'

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

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF HENLEY IN ARDEN meet at the Golf Club on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining a group of ladies who promote friendship and fellowship whilst raising money for charities at home or overseas please contact Joanne  794457. They are now collecting stamps, button, spectacles and used toner cartridges, please contact Barbara Warmington 793640.

Every 10 years a passion play is performed 4 times a week for 6 months and is visited by thousands from all round the world. Should there be sufficient interest the writer would like to take a group from Henley to make this Pilgrimage which is expected to cost about £2,000. I have been five times and can vouch it is a most rewarding experience. If anyone would like any further information please contact Graham on 794010.

HENLEY WI Tuesday 6th Feb. 7.30pm in Baptist church hall. Heidi Murfin ‘Foot Care’. For more information contact Barbara Warmington 793640.

Tuesday 20th March at 7-45pm in the Baptist Church Hall:   Brian Draper MBE will give an illustrated talk on 'The River Thames from its source to Oxford'. Visitors are very welcome.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th March in the Baptist Church Hall. The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm followed at 8.00 pm by a talk entitled ‘The History of Policing in England and Wales’ by Timothy Brain. Visitors and new members are very welcome.

Brand new weekly cardiac rehab exercise class starting on Tuesday 9th of April at Beaudesert Lane church Hall. Class suitable for anyone who has gone through a cardiac procedure and would like to continue their rehab in the community, all abilities welcome. £5 per class.  For more information please contact Craig on 07896136326 or email at crichardsonrhf@gmail.com'

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.

ARTS FOR ALL 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. 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  

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

Jazz in the Garden July 28th

An Evening of Jazz, Strawberries, Fizz and Dancing in the beautiful Guild Hall Garden.

Enquiries; Marijana Bainbridge 01564795149 / marijanabainbridge@btconnect.com

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21st March 2018

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 and pre-schoolers. There is a club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the older generation. The Youth Club  for ages 8+ is on Mondays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, and Year 5 to Year 8 students are welcome on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. After-school Coffee Bar operates for all high-schoolers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can book the centre for your family parties at the weekend, its superb facilities are ideal for this. Check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/HubatHenleyCommunityCentre 
and Twitter handle https://twitter.com/HubatHenleyCC.

Contacts:  ccmhhcc@gmail.com (Centre Manager) and chairhhcc@gmail.com (Chairman).

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 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:

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