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

10th January 2018







The Next JPC Meeting will be held on
Monday, 15th January 2018
in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall.

The Agenda and repots can be viewed at:



Recently widowed Elizabeth (Judi Dench) picks up her tenor sax after 50 years, shocking her conformist family.

The sole exception to the chorus of disapproval is granddaughter Joanna (Millie Findlay). Elizabeth's children's hopes that she'll grow old unobtrusively are dashed after she volunteers to play for Joanna's school dance. Having served out her sentence in a stuffy marriage, Elizabeth intends to cut loose with a reunion of her WWII swing band, the Blonde Bombshells. The Bombshells knocked 'em dead onstage, but conflicts arose offstage as the sole male member of the ensemble — Patrick (Ian Holm), who performed in drag to avoid conscription — systematically worked his way through his attractive bandmates. Elizabeth nevertheless enlists Patrick's help in scouring the United Kingdom, quickly discovering that old age and illness have taken their toll and thinned the ranks of the band. Of the remaining major players, Dinah (Olympia Dukakis) has become a much-married dowager and Gwen (Cleo Laine) has achieved prominence as a jazz singer. Gwen and Dinah are united in their lack of interest in playing together and anyway, they loathe Patrick, who used to paint a rose on his drum-set for every seduction. But Elizabeth persists, despite her secret worry that she'll never get her estranged Bombshells to join her on stage and that even if she does, Joanna's classmates won't thrill to their dated swing. Although these slightly drawn characters would have benefited from some fleshing out, the stars have a field day filling in the blanks. Not only does the movie celebrate the enduring power of female camaraderie, but it also serves up some hot licks from a bygone era.

Henley in Arden Christmas Lunch


I was privileged to be a helper at the Henley Churches Together (Church of England/Baptist/Methodist and Roman Catholic) and Henley Hub Christmas Lunch held at the Baptist Church Hall on Christmas Day. The main organisers from the Hub were Peter Crathorne and the churches - Malcolm & Ruth Aldridge and John  & Cilla Pudney.


It was intended to appeal to local people who might be on their own or who could have difficulties in preparing a traditional Christmas lunch, and would like to enjoy the company of others in a happy environment.

The Organisers had pulled together a good team of volunteers to set out tables and chairs, pre-prepare the vegetables and help cook in the kitchen on the day. Turkeys were donated from local suppliers and the food and drink was in the main funded by donations.

Thirty-seven diners sat down on the day and were welcomed with Prosecco drinks and nibbles by John Liggins and me in my Court Leet red Robes as Chamberlain to the Court Leet, but also in the role of “meeter and greeter”.  On entry everyone was invited to complete a Christmas related quiz.


Malcolm Aldridge acted as MC and at 1pm invited everyone to sit down. As a member of the Court Leet I was then asked to say a few words of thanks to the organisers and helpers for laying on the event. Mike Flynn, the new Baptist Church minister, said grace after which helpers from each table went to collect the plated dinners for the rest of their allocated table. 

After the main course John Liggins, who is an active chorister in Stratford, lead us all in four well known Christmas Carols. There then followed a short but amusing  sketch on Cinderella by the organisers.

The desert was a choice of Christmas pudding or trifle with cream. At 3pm we watched the Queen’s speech and, after the pulling of any left-over crackers, people left the hall around 3-30pm.

The attention to detail was superb, the meal excellent, and the whole event was great fun.

I hope it will encourage the churches in Henley to work closely together and that the whole venture will be repeated in 2018.

Alistair Price reporting

St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden


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St Nicks

Rector's Letter - January 2018

John Ganjavi writes:

Happy New Year to you all.

Let's hope that 2018 brings joy and fulfilment to us all. Due to Christmas holidays I have had to write this message twelve days in advance. Therefore, I have no idea what the world might be facing by the time you read this newsletter. The following words seem apt:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."
And he replied:
"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

Having said that, there are some things we can be certain of in 2018: If we don't put it in the diary, it won't happen. And if we don't stay focused, we'll lose sight of it. But if we choose to give it time, show commitment and stay focused then really good things will happen. All we have to do now is decide what it is we want to see happen in 2018. But dare we dream dreams? To do so we need more than a diary and determination. We need faith and hope…in ourselves.

Did you expect me to say that we need faith and hope in God, rather than in ourselves? Well, my experience tells me that the two are linked. God is the great confidence booster. Belief in God leads to belief in ourselves. So, I hope you have a great new year and, armed with a diary, determination and the divine, let us see some of our dreams come true.

John Ganjavi 



Do I need to go to The Doctors?

The NHS is always under a great deal of pressure at this time of year due to an increase in winter illness. There are ways that YOU can help. Ask yourself “DO I really need to go to the doctors with this problem or can I manage my illness myself?”
There are many conditions that are self-limiting and can be treated by patients at home. These include:-

Coughs and Colds
A cold can last for up to 3 weeks. This is normal. The cough is usually the most persistent symptom and lasts the longest. Colds can be treated by staying warm, drinking plenty of fluids, taking paracetamol, ibuprofen or over the counter cold remedies, as well as honey and lemon and cough syrups. You do not need to attend the surgery with a cold. Antibiotics will NOT work for a cold as colds are caused by viruses.

Diarrhoea and Vomiting
At this time of year this is usually caused by a virus and antibiotics will make it worse. Stay in; take small sips of fluid or a rehydration sachet such as Dioralyte. Only eat a light diet and only if you are hungry. Diarrhoea and vomiting makes you feel weak and ill. It can last from 24hours to a week or more. It is highly infectious and can be passed on easily therefore please stay away from the surgery as it may be passed on to other vulnerable patients. Please telephone the doctor or nurse if advice is needed.

Patients often worry that they have a chest infection if they have a cough, but again the majority of coughs are viral. Try a cough mixture or soothing cough sweets, or warm honey and lemon drinks. Most coughs are NOT chest infections even if it feels as if it has “gone down on to my chest”. The signs of a more serious chest infection include a high temperature, feeling unwell, pains on breathing in, coughing up green, brown or blood stained phlegm.

Some groups of patients SHOULD have a lower threshold for seeking help and may require antibiotics including:-

Patients with Asthma or COPD
Elderly patients with underlying conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease and neurological conditions.
Babies and very young children.
Patients who are taking medication that suppress the immune system such as chemotherapy and steroids, and methotrexate.
Elderly patients.

Urine Infections/Cystitis
Pain on passing urine and passing urine in small amounts very frequently may indicate that you have a urine infection.
If you are fit and well then treat the symptoms at home by drinking plenty of fluids to flush the infection out. Take paracetamol for pain or try one of the over the counter cystitis treatments - the pharmacist will help you. If your symptoms persist for more than 2-3 days then you can drop a urine sample in at the surgery reception before 12 noon each day. Urine sample bottles are available from the receptionist. The nurse will test the urine at the end of morning surgery and you will receive a telephone call from the duty doctor in the afternoon if your sample is positive and requires treatment. This system works well and means that most patients with urine infections will not need to see a doctor or nurse at all.  Urine infections can cause confusion in elderly patients- please speak to the duty doctor if you feel this is the case.

The vast majority of sinus infections can be treated without antibiotics. The best advice is to take paracetamol or ibuprofen, try steam inhalations and nasal sprays. Decongestant tablets such as Sudafed can be tried and can be bought over the counter at the pharmacy. The only sinus infections that require antibiotics are those with a lot of persistent thick green nasal discharge or blood stained nasal discharge.

Simple earache can be part of a cold or upper respiratory virus and can be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen.  The pain associated with ear infections is more severe. If you have a discharge coming from the ear then you have a bacterial ear infection and need to see the doctor or nurse practitioner.

Sore throats
Over 90% of sore throats are viral and therefore NOT going to get better with antibiotics. We do however sometimes prescribe antibiotics for tonsillitis which causes a temperature, severe sore throat, feeling tired and unwell, white spots on the tonsils and painful enlarged glands in the neck. If you feel mainly well and are attending work or school it is unlikely you have tonsillitis. If you have lost your voice then you have laryngitis which is caused by a virus and will not get better with antibiotics. For all these sore throat conditions try gargling with SOLUBLE paracetamol four times a day.

If you are fit and well normally and develop one of the self- limiting conditions above then please try and treat yourselves at home or ask the advice of the pharmacist.

If you are unsure then you can ring our Nurse Practitioner, Sarah Smith, or one of the GPs for advice.

Dr Catherine Taylor

Wootton Report


Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.


Wootton Report








Happy New Year and Merry (past) Christmas.

At the time of going to print we’ve had a couple of meetings with the group of volunteers that is going to make the ambitious Community Christmas Day Lunch project a reality. The meeting room was filled with up to 20 people who’ve come forward to donate their time, singing, baking and cooking skills, money and transport to deliver a programme of entertainment and enjoyment for a traditional Christmas in town, supported by Henley Churches and due to take place at The Baptist Church Hall.

We hope it will have made a difference to those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas, and we’re certain it would give us all involved much satisfaction too.

Now with Christmas behind us, hopefully, you’ve started your new fitness regime and diet, and made a headway on New Year’s other resolutions. You haven’t?! Good for you, as we’ve heard it time and again that instead of extreme-binge-and-extreme-control we should practise moderation.

It’s no secret that some life-style and life-long habits increase our chances of conditions such as cancer, diabetes and dementia. The latter is fast becoming the biggest cause of death nationally. On the other hand, we’re proud to be involved in a new initiative, headed by the Parish Council, to establish Henley as a dementia-friendly town.

The Hub has been asked by the parish council to be the community organisation that manages their campaign to make Henley in Arden a Dementia Friendly town.

A Dementia Friendly community is defined as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and can be confident they can contribute to community life. A dementia-friendly community will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.

We start by encouraging residents to become Dementia Friends.  Dementia Friends will understand more about Dementia. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend by attending a 45 minute session or by watching an on line video and registering at www.dementiafriends.org.uk 
In order to qualify as Dementia Friendly community, the following has to happen:
A. Have the right local structure in place to maintain sustainability
B. Identify community reps/leads
C. Have a plan to raise awareness
D. Develop a strong voice for people living with dementia
E. Raise the profile to reach diverse community groups

The Hub is therefore looking for new volunteers to act as a Steering Group to develop channels of communication and monitor progress.  If you are interested in joining this pioneering group, or know of someone who would like to join, please let Peter know on 07974 573 582.

Last autumn, we took part in the Co-op Community Fund showcase in our local branch and had a surprise visit from The Co-op Retail Manager and Manager of the Community Fund, who were so impressed by what we do, they resolved to hold future regional management meetings at the Hub as a hire facility.

‘’It was all numbers and words before to me, but now we’ve been here, it’s clear how vital this kind of place is,’’ was one comment we had from The Co-op partners. Our community of Co-op members (card holders) has now raised over £2,000 for The Youth Club, which is a considerable sum.

Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. In the last round, we were one of three local organisations that were awarded the funding. We’re grateful to you all for this and would like to remind you to get and use your Co-op cards.

The Hub re-opens on  week beginning on the 8th of January for everything else, and the following week for Youth Club, and all classes are on as usual. Come along to or ask us about activities for ages from babyhood to retirement, or hire us as a party venue: we serve the community in and around Henley and are happy to oblige.

In the meantime, as usual, follow our social media on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HubatHenleyCommunityCentre
and Twitter @HubatHenleyCC for daily updates. Have a wonder-filled 2018.

Alcester Choir looking ahead to another exciting year


Members of the Alcester Male Voice Choir, including two Henley men, John Lucas third from left and Alan Conway fourth from left,  stand holding ten pound notes to emphasise the point that the choir are looking to strengthen the Tenor section

Members of the 80 strong Alcester Male Voice Choir  are accustomed to appearing on the big stage and each year, under the guidance of their founder and Director of Music, Judith Land BEM, FRSA the choir is presented with new and exciting opportunities. 2018 will be no exception.

Apart from a regular programme of local fund raising concerts the choir is scheduled to appear at Worcester Warriors Rugby Ground in January, the Chateau Impney in April together with the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Stratford ArtsHouse for their Annual Concert in May and then in October the choir has once again been invited by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir to appear at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a mass choir featuring almost 1,000 voices.

Judith explains "It's an honour and a privilege to sing at these magnificent venues and a testament to the high standards we commit to that we get invited. There are in fact several more exciting venues still to be announced for 2018." She went on to say that "It's the variety of venues that we sing at that make being a member of our choir so interesting and I would say to anyone  who is thinking of joining us, now would be  a good time. We are always on the look out for new members and I am particularly interested in strengthening our Tenor sections although of course Bass singers are most welcome as well. I can promise new members a warm welcome and some fascinating concert experiences."

Any Gentlemen interested in joining the choir should contact Judith on 07886 139781

Rob Kingscott reporting

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Internet scams you can avoid

John GarnerHave you noticed that scams are changing?  Not long ago the most common was the Nigerian 419 scam where you were emailed by a foreign prince or princess who had amassed several million dollars but couldn’t get it out of their country unless you helped, in return for which they would give you half.  All you needed to do was send them $5,000 so they could get out of gaol and that was it.  Yes, that was indeed it and you would never see your $5,000 again.  My favourite was the astronaut who had amassed several million in backpay while he was stuck on the space station and needed me to pay a fee to get him off and back to earth.  Yeah, right.

Those sort are easy to see through now we’re used to them but things do seem to be becoming much more sophisticated.  This is especially true now that crypto currencies, such as Bitcoin, are becoming accessible by anyone.  You can be sure that, whenever large sums of money are involved there’ll be someone out there who will try and trick you out of it.

Because of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise recently the biggest danger is “FOMO” or “Fear Of Missing Out”.  This is the “Buy it today as the price will go up tomorrow” syndrome.  Scammers get a hold of our email addresses and play to this fear, sending out mass emails claiming ‘time is running out’ or the sale “is offering a new bonus to reward early adopters” so that you feel panicked into moving quickly.  Either that or they offer you a deal that is so attractive that you don’t want to turn it down.

The danger here is clicking on a link in the email and being sent to a bogus site looking identical to the legitimate one; you may then be asked to enter your bank details and password or else the site might surreptitiously download some malicious software that captures your passwords and sends them to the scammer, or even infect you with a virus which blocks access your files and then demands money for them to be unblocked.  This was in the news a while ago when the NHS became infected.

So if you see an interesting link how do you know if it’s legitimate or not?  Here are a couple of examples:

A legitimate site address may look like:  www.tokensale.com/pre_sale

And the fraudulent site might look like:  www.tokensaIe.com/pre_sale

You can usually just hover your mouse pointer over each one and be able to see the difference if you look carefully.  This might not work here but it will if you try and do it over a link in an email.  Alternatively you can copy these links into a Word file where it will work.

Can you see it? In the fake one “tokensaIe” includes an upper case letter “I” whereas the real site uses an “l” (ie lower case L).

Here’s another example of what a legitimate address may be:  www.project_crypto.com

And a fake one:  www.project__crypto.com

This time the only difference is two underscores (“__”) in the address of the fake one. That’s all it takes. Just tiny differences in the web address and scammers can have their way.

[Don’t worry about clicking on any of the above examples, they don’t lead anywhere]

That’s why one of the most important things you can do is to double-check the right address and avoid clicking links where possible. Always make sure you input the correct web address manually into your browser.

Good luck and take care!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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logoAlcester North Safer   NEIGHBOURHOOD Team

David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


David Malin

  1. Theft. Store, High Street, Henley. Frozen food, canned food and two bottles of Heineken stolen by way of shoplifting. Offender was a white man, aged 30 to 40, 5’ 8”, medium build, short black hair, wearing a black coat and dark blue jeans. 4.30pm Wednesday 27th December. 0387 27/12/2017
  2. Burglary Residential. Chestnut Walk, Henley. Secure garden shed entered and a Green Scotts Road Bike stolen. Between 13th & 23rd December. 0108 24/12/2017
  3. Attempt Burglary Business. Shallowford Court, Henley. Locks on door prised open but entry to premises not gained. Found and reported on the morning of Friday 22ndDecember. 0128 22/12/2017
  4. Theft. Store, High Street, Henley. Three bottles of Champagne and three bottles of Cava stolen from shop by two males. First male described as white, aged 45 to 55 years, 5’10”, dark shoulder length hair, wearing dark jeans and a dark jacket. Second male described as white, aged 45 to 55 years, 5’10”, slim build, wearing a dark jacket, cream coloured shirt, dark jeans and light coloured trainers. 12.15pm Thursday 21st December. 0173 21/12/2017
  5. Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road, Henley. Male seen looking through window of house. When spoken to by member of the public he said that the owner must have lots of money due to the decorations. He offered to show his Army ID before walking off. No offences disclosed. Described as a white man, tall, well dressed, wearing a black gilet and carrying a black bag. Daytime Wednesday 20th December. 0258 20/12/2017


  1. Burglary Residential. St Michaels Close, Claverdon. Offenders have gained entry to house by smashing a ground floor window. A search of the house has been made and a TV and the keys for the owner's car has been taken. The car has then also been stolen off the driveway. Between 24th and 30th December. 0117 30/12/2017
  2. Vehicle Crime – Theft from. St Michaels Road, Claverdon. VW Works van broken into but nothing stolen. Between 17th & 18th December. 0252 18/12/2017

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNTs

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Henley Annual Events

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
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
Children's Rural Cinema


hnol            Forthcoming Events

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. 

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 vewggies 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

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24th January 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:

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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