13th December 2017





St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden


St Nicholas Beaudesert

St Nicks

Rector's Letter - December 2017

John Ganjavi writes:

photoNot everybody looks forward to Christmas. Some dread the upset of remembering happier times. Some disapprove of the commercial pressures that tempt us to overindulge. A small minority try to ignore Christmas on religious grounds. The vast majority, however, look forward to the festival. They plan and hope for a most enjoyable time. Shops rely on the popularity of Christmas, and their adverts set out to entice us to show them favour.

The Christmas adverts have two goals in mind; they want to say that they know what Christmas is all about and that their product is a vital part of it. So make sure you are invited to a party where there is lots of finger food, make sure you have plenty to eat and drink - preferably in good company. Book to see the Nutcracker Suite. Buy perfume, a music CD and a new sofa. (Interestingly, I haven't seen any presents for men being advertised.)

The Church's advertising is more low-key. We simply advertise the times of our Services and hope you attend. We are the people who really know what Christmas is about, and our 'product'; is seriously vital to the festival - so much so that the whole season is named after it! Of course I shouldn't be saying 'product' and 'it' but rather 'him'. Despite the church's quiet advertising, we have managed to popularise a slogan: Jesus is the reason for the season. What do you think? Should we be shouting more loudly about him?

I love everything to do with Christmas - the emotion, the nostalgia, the magic, the sparkle, and even the busyness. Even when I have been sad, the sheer wonder of Christmas has not disappointed. But I am sure that I would feel like an intruder at somebody else's party if I didn't pay homage at Jesus' manger. Far from the spiritual side of Christmas dampening the fun, it actually makes sense of it all.

So, I hope you will be both happy and merry this Christmas. More than that, I hope you will be truly joyful. Happiness is great; joy is even better. That is why we sing 'Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King'. 

John Ganjavi  

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff




The High Bailiff, his wife Kate Smith and all the Officers present and past of the Henley-in-Arden Court Leet
would like to take this opportunity to wish the readers of Henley NEWS
a Merry Christmas and a Healthy/Wealthy New Year.

High Bailiff Graham Smith,
Henley Court Leet & Court Baron



Judging of the annual Court Leet Christmas Window Dressing Competition took place on Saturday morning 9th December. The judging panel comprised High Bailiff Graham Smith, Low Bailiff Tom Mangan, Town Crier Les Long, and other members of the Court – all in their regalia. They met in the Guild Hall at 10.30 and they then set off heading north on the east side of the High street to inspect JSK (a newly opened clothing  shop in Henley), being the first of 25 retail units they were to inspect. There were probably 15 shops who had really made an effort and taken trouble to “dress their window to the theme of Christmas”.

This year there was a separate competition for the pubs, restaurants and bars, which in truth was quite disappointing as few had made any effort at all in creating displays, other than a Christmas tree in the pub or restaurant window.

On completion of the judging, the Court Leet Group went for a well earned coffee at the White Swan (courtesy of High Bailiff) to add up the scores and discuss their findings. Marks were awarded for creativity, originality, colour and impact. Comment was made  that some members of the Court Leet had walked the street the previous evening and some "lit up" displays looked very much more impactful at night – for example the White Company hair dressers – their display was all white which looked superb at night, but had less impact during the day. Likewise the Blue Bell was very colourful at night.

It was a unanimous decision by the Group in terms of the three winners.


John Earle took first prize

The outright winner was John Earle Estate Agents, who everyone thought had been very creative in the way the window was set out and the effective use of colour and different uses of Christmas related items. The High Bailiff presented a Certificate to the manager who was running the shop late morning on Saturday. The Certificate was immediately put in pride of place amongst the display. In second place was the Shakespeare Hospice who cleverly created an all embracing Christmas scene. They used many shop items as part of their display. The High Bailiff presented the award to Jo Watling the Shop manager. In third place was Tissingtons Opticians, who had created a lovely Christmas setting. Each were (or will be in the case of Tissington, as they were shut at the time) awarded with a Certificate of Commendation from the Court Leet, recognising their efforts and also a generous donation from Court Leet funds.

Also particularly commended by the Court Leet was Lemon Tree (run by Sarah Allcock, Mace Bearer on the Court), which showed a colourful display intertwined with flowers. The Lemon Tree won first prize last Christmas, and as she is part of the Court Leet, opted not to be included in the judging this year, which the Court judges thought was most honourable and felt she should still be commended for her efforts.


The best decorated restaurant was undoubtedly Sans Restaurant, who had created a display of various Santas in their front window. Dennis the owner was delighted, as this was created by his son. Hopefully in 2018 others in the category will take a more active part in the competition.

The High Bailiff commented that all the traders who took part should be “congratulated for their excellent displays, which did great credit to our wonderful town”.

The next item in the Court Leet Diary will be when they welcome the Morris Men to Henley at noon on Boxing Day at the Nag's Head, Henley.

Alistair Price, Chamberlain

Boxing Day


The Court Leet will be at the Nag's Head at 12 o'clock on Boxing Day to welcome the Morris Dancers back once more to Henley for their traditional Boxing Day event where they will dance at all the public houses on the High Street. Everyone welcome. Bring the whole family.




Explosion on the High Street


On Friday 8th at around 11.20pm there was a very large bang outside One Stop, which rattled windows for some distance.

There was a group of 8 men leaving the White Swan and congregating on the High Street. Amazingly one of them had decided it would be fun to “blow up” the rubbish bin outside One Stop. Something more than a firework was lit and dropped into the bin causing not just a very loud bang but also sending sparks and flames across the road and around the shop doorway.

Anyone passing could have been injured, or the shop front set on fire. The fire service attended shortly afterwards to ensure the area was safe.

New Train Operator on Henley Line


Passengers will notice changes soon on the trains that call at Henley in Arden with the start of the new Rail Franchise for the West Midlands area from 10 December. “London Midland” which has operated services from Henley in Arden has lost out to “West Midlands Trains Ltd” (a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd) who will operate services until March 2026.

Specific improvements for the SNOW HILL line are listed as:-

The Birmingham Snow Hill line (Worcester – Kidderminster - Birmingham – Stratford-upon-Avon – Leamington) will benefit by:

  • carriages will be fully refurbished and supported by investment in 80 brand new diesel carriages introduced from 2020 dedicated to operating services in and around Birmingham
  • additional rush hour services between Stratford-upon-Avon and Dorridge, creating a regular hourly service in both directions between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham via Solihull
  • an additional early morning service between Dorridge and Birmingham via Solihull Monday to Friday from December 2018
  • enhanced evening frequencies between Birmingham and Kidderminster, Birmingham and Solihull, and Birmingham and Shirley in each direction Monday to Friday by December 2018
  • enhanced frequencies by May 2021 on the Snow Hill lines on a Sunday with services from Birmingham increasing to 2 trains per hour to Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 trains per hour to Shirley, 3 trains per hour to Solihull, 6 trains per hour to Stourbridge Junction with 4 extending to Kidderminster
  • earlier first services on the Snow Hill lines by May 2021 on a Sunday
  • a service quality regime to improve the quality of stations, trains and customer service for passengers


Henley station has already gained additional platform seating and a lick of paint.


  • X20 along the A3400 from Birmingham to Chipping Norton will continue on Sundays after Christmas.  Details have been forwarded to Parish Council and  should be on the Johnson’s Coaches web site.
  • On November 3 I hosted a meeting between Nadhim Zahawi MP, and the chairs and clerks of Arden Parishes over the problems associated with traffic and the impact the 10,000 new homes we know are being built in Redditch and Solihull will have on traffic through our villages.  There are no planned mitigation policies in place.   Nadhim has taken on four actions.  He has:
  • Written to PCC and Chief Constable for Warwickshire to begin using average speed cameras in villages and allow third party funding.  I have been in contact with a provider who also does the congestion charge in London for indicative prices.
  • Nadhim has written the Solihull MP, Solihull Borough, Warwickshire to invite them to discuss impact of new housing on Arden’s roads and develop solutions
  • Nadhim has written to to  the Redditch MP to seek a meeting between Worcestershire, Bromsgrove, Warwickshire and Arden Parishes to discuss impact of new housing on Arden’s roads and develop solutions
  • Nadhim will discuss with the relevant Minister opportunities for funding minor road schemes to alleviate the issues for existing residents caused by new housing
  • No news yet on voluntary traffic wardens.  I will try to get some movement this month.
  • As winter sets in everyone should make sure they have had 'flu jabs and keep warm.  Winter fuel payments should have been received by now.
  • The Council debated the re-design of the Sure Start Children’s Centres and decided to continue with the programme.  This programme has been being discussed since the 2010 Coalition Government instructed all Councils to reduce the scope and only focus on those in need.  It will now go forward.

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Wootton Report

Village play area brings the whole community together


Youngsters in Wootton Wawen are literally jumping for joy now their village has a play area that caters for children of all ages.

New fitness equipment has been installed at Wootton Wawen CofE Primary School to add to their new play trail, thanks to funding provided as part of the new affordable housing development which is currently underway in the village.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and developer, Bouygues UK, is building Warwickshire’s first Passivhaus affordable housing development in Wootton Wawen. As the planning agreement states that the development must make a positive contribution to the local area and community, funding of nearly £10,000 was given to Stratford-on-Avon District Council to be used for village play equipment.

Wootton Wawen Parish Council approached the school to see if the new equipment could be sited there and they were delighted to accept the grant to help them continue their “Fitness in Focus” programme. As the village doesn’t have a park or play area, the school playground and playing fields are left open when the school is shut so that the community can access them.  Now four pieces of fitness equipment, including a cross-trainer and stepper, have been installed in the playground.  Local people of all ages can use them to keep fit.

Marion Jones, Head Teacher at Wootton Wawen CofE Primary School, commented: “Encouraging pupils to stay fit and healthy is something close to my heart.  It’s really nice to see that when parents come and meet and chat after school, they can now have a go on the fitness equipment, as well as their children. Pupils are really enjoying playing on the equipment at lunchtimes and the playground has become a real focal point for the whole community after school and during weekends and school holidays.”

Derrick Dyas, Chairman of Warwickshire Rural Housing Association explained: “We have a proven track record of working closely with local communities and supporting local groups in the villages where we’ve developed affordable homes.  It is great that our contribution in Wootton Wawen is being used to enhance the life chances of young and old alike – just like our affordable homes.”

Vice Chairman of Wootton Wawen Parish Council, Cllr Michael Dufty, added: “The playground is another plus for our community.  I’m very pleased that it has been made possible thanks to the affordable housing development and it may encourage some of our older residents to get a bit fitter too!”

Headteacher of Wootton Wawen CE Primary School reports

photoAnti-Bullying week this year had the theme of All different, All equal and Wootton Wawen CE Primary School embraced the theme of diversity with a range of activities across the week.

There was the visit from Kwame, a Ghanaian who specialises in the Arts and taught the children about music and art from his country. He showed them an ingenious way of using recycled plastic milk bottles to create animal masks and enchanted the younger children with his songs and dance. We were also visited by Mrs Chopra and Mrs Thompson who shared stories and activities with the younger children. Mrs Thompson shared the story “Amazing Grace” with Cherry and Oak. This is a story with a clear message about children being able to be whatever they want to be regardless of gender, race etc.

Mrs Chopra came in to talk about the festival of Raksha Bandhan. This is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. Traditionally, during the festival sisters tie a rakhi, a bracelet made of interwoven red and gold threads, around their brothers' wrists to celebrate their relationship. The children made some friendship bracelets with her which they displayed very proudly all week.

Marion Jones
Headteacher, Wootton Wawen CE Primary School


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.] 





Allyson Barton


By kind permission of Brian & Sue Wesmacott, a very successful charity night was organised at Stockton House by Sue Dalby in memory of Allyson Barton.


Local businesses provided raffle prizes and overall  £1,700 was raised which will be donated to Myton Hospice and Henley First Responders. A bench has also been purchased in memory of Allyson and now sits proudly outside the chemist on the High Street where Allyson worked for 10 years.


The Bartons would like to thank everyone for their support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Tree Bombing on the High Street


This is our tree. We did this as a Jolly Postman Theme based on the book. Jenny and I both have young children and thought it would be lovely to involve them in our plan. We did this with my lovely Nanny, Jill Chatterley and Jenny’s lovely Mum, Debbie. We have bunting, pom poms, lots of fleece and all the characters and letters from the story. We hoped that parents would walk past and tell their children the story. 

It was a real team effort and we thoroughly enjoyed it.


This is the Henley in Arden High School tree. We've had tremendous fun creating all the pompoms and have run a pompom club for the past 4 weeks that has been attended by many students from year 7 all the way up to year 11. We also have embroidery with our school badge strung along the branches, you cant miss it. We have big plans for next year!


Claverdon village school and nursery. The Nursery have joined the community tree bombing in Henley high street and their tree is now done! After weeks of the children making decorations and Pom poms, please come and have a look at their tree!!


Dorothy O'Brien. I knitted for this tree and was encouraged by Kath Beck of the Hub. Kath also helped me to bomb it on Saturday. We used to meet up with Terri Awaad one evening a week for a chat and to knit. Well done Annie for organising the tree bombing.

Annie Davies reporting



Recently, The War Memorial Trust took the opportunity to thank its many (around 60) volunteers at a recent event at the White Swan.  The trust is unique to Henley since its constitution says that all adults in the parish of Beaudesert or Henley are automatically members and entitled to attend the AGM and elect two town representatives and the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

In 1947 the town raised funds for a Town War Memorial. Instead of building a stone memorial, it used inspiration and imagination and created a memorial of people.  The Beaudesert and Henley residents, through the Trust, own and manage the Memorial Hall in Station Road and Sports Grounds on the Stratford Road.  For 70 years the organisation has survived by the contribution of many volunteers who use the facilities.

Volunteers give freely of their time to ensure that Henley residents and their children have and will have cultural and sporting opportunities.

While the clubs are doing relatively well, the Managing Trustees are struggling for members.  The trust is pleased to announce that a local resident has stepped forward to offer his expertise and experience as a new chairman.  The name of this person will be announced in the new year. The trust, however, still requires a secretary and a representative of the residents.  Existing trustees cover these posts in addition to their other responsibilities.   We need to strengthen the number and expertise of the trustees to embark on a modernisation of the trust.  Time commitment for Trustees is light with 4 meetings per year.  It is essential that the trust recruits new ideas and improved management skills, so it is looking for those with a sporting, cultural, business and property management background and someone to assist with the management of the money to ensure the trust does justice to those we remember on November 11th each year.

The main item of business for next year will be to construct a new way of working in partnership with the parish council.

Interested?  For further information contact Peter Crathorne 07974573582.

Henley Society December 2017 Christmas Party

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The Society’s traditional Christmas party was held on Thursday 7th December and as usual was a great success. The relaxed and informal nature of the meeting got off to a convivial start with everyone being greeted and offered a free glass of wine accompanied by background music played by Matthew Sprotson who was to entertain us later. There then followed an excellent buffet prepared by members of the committee aided by a willing band of helpers. There was more than enough by way of refreshments and with everybody pleasantly replete and thirsts quenched, the chairman introduced Matthew Sproston. The entertainment consisted of some of George Formby’s most popular songs including ukulele accompaniment by Matthew.

In between songs, Matthew talked about George’s life and career. George Formby was a comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s and perhaps achieved even greater fame through his rendition of comical songs. These were sometimes of a risqué nature, and usually playing the ukulele or banjulele, and thereby became the UK's highest-paid entertainer. Born in 1904, George took to the music hall stage after the early death of his father in 1921 and his early performances were taken exclusively from his father's repertoire. In 1923 he made two career-changing decisions – he purchased a ukulele, and married Beryl Ingham, a fellow performer who became his manager and transformed his act. He started his recording career in 1926 and, from 1934, he increasingly worked in films.

During the Second World War, Formby worked extensively for ENSA entertaining civilians and troops, and it was estimated that he had performed in front of three million service personnel by 1946. For his efforts he was awarded the OBE. However, after the war his career declined, although he continued to appear in variety and pantomime. His last television appearance was in December 1960, two weeks before the death of Beryl. He then surprised people by announcing his engagement to a school teacher seven weeks after Beryl's funeral, but died three weeks later, at the age of 56.

Amongst the songs our speaker performed were such classics as ‘With my Little Ukulele in my Hand’, ‘The Window Cleaner’, ‘With my Little Stick of Blackpool Rock’ and ‘Fanlight Fanny’. Such was the feeling of warm nostalgia that was generated, many in the audience felt inspired to sing along with Matthew.  A lot of the songs were full of innuendo and for this reason were banned by the BBC. However, he was popular with royalty and Queen Mary would insist on hearing uncensored versions. He was one of the first comedians to coin a catchphrase, his being ‘It’s Turned out Nice Again’.

The evening concluded with the customary raffle featuring some very acceptable prizes. All in all, it had been a wonderful occasion with everyone departing in a happy festive spirit, their hearts gladdened and thoughts of a cold winter’s evening set joyfully aside.

The Society’s next meeting is on Thursday 18th January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall when the speaker will be Vanessa Morgan on ‘Warwickshire Murders of the 19th Century’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

Andrew Yarwood reporting



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Just turn up and walk off the Christmas Pud


That’s the message from Knowle & Dorridge Lions who are inviting everyone to pull on their boots for their Festive Walk on Wednesday 27th December and make a donation to charity.

Celebrating 100 years since Lions Clubs International was formed and 25 years since their first annual Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House, the Lions hope hundreds of walkers will turn out and help raise funds for 2 deserving nominated charities – Headway (Birmingham & Solihull) and the recently opened West Midlands Breast Cancer Haven in Solihull, as well as a variety of other local causes.

‘What better way to shake off the excesses of Christmas than to get together with family and friends for a walk in the country’, says organising Lion James Dawes. ‘This year we are reserving half of all funds raised for the ever-growing number of requests we receive from small local causes. We hope to welcome a record number of walkers and exceed last year’s tremendous £13,000 raised for charity.’

There will be a choice of 4 circular sign-posted walks - a 1.4 mile Mini Walk, 3.9 Short, 5.4 Medium and a 10.7 mile Festive Challenge, around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside along country lanes, towpaths and footpaths.

Walkers should note that they may start as early as 8:30 this year and due to parking restrictions they should fill up their cars with friends and relatives before they come. Those wishing to tackle the 10.7 mile challenge should ensure they are ready to start by 10:30, as all walkers are advised to return to Baddesley by 16:00

For more details and to register free visit now. Baddesley Clinton House and Gardens will be open for walkers to view free and there will be mince pies and mulled wine for all to enjoy after their walk

Add it to your Festive calendar now and don't forget to bring along your friends and family.

See you there

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John Garner's Business Column

Economic modelling with cowsJohn Garner

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbours help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

APPLIED COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbours decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE  DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbours pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

SINGAPOREAN  DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. The government fines you for keeping two unlicensed farm animals in an apartment.

AMERICAN  DEMOCRACY: The government promises to give you two cows if you vote for it. After the election the president is impeached for speculating in cow futures and having an affair with a milkmaid. The press dubs the affair "Cowgate."

EU BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them.  After that it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms to account for the missing cows.

CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.  Your herd multiplies and the economy grows.  You sell them and retire on the income.

HONG KONG CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the right to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.  Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because of bad feng shui.

TOTALITARIANISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: You are associated with (the concept of 'ownership' is a symbol of the phallocentric, warmongering, intolerant past) two differently aged (but no less valuable to society) bovines of non-specified gender.

Business modelling with cows

A GERMAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month and milk themselves.

A US CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You sell one and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.  Later you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.

A SWISS CORPORATION:  You have 5000 cows.  None of them belong to you.  You charge the owners for storing them.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are.  You decide to have lunch.

A FRENCH CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  But you want three cows so you go on strike, organise a riot and block the roads.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You redesign them so they are one tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You count them and learn you have five cows.  You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.  You count them again and can only see three cows.  You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION:    You have two cows.  You worship them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You have 300 people milking them.  You claim you have full employment and high bovine productivity.  You arrest the journalist who reported the real situation.

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  Business seems pretty good.  You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Incidents during the last two weeks:


David Malin

  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Arden Road, Henley. Two males seen walking around the Meadow Road, Whitley Road and Arden Road areas. Seemed to be looking at properties and generally acting suspiciously. Both were white males, early 20s and spoke with a ‘foreign’ accent. 9.10pm Friday 1st December. 0419 02/12/2017
  2. Theft. Business, High Street, Henley. Three males (described as foreign) have entered a business premises on the High Street and have been caught taking a purse from a handbag belonging to a member of staff. They have then run out of the premises and towards the Co-op and then possibly towards the Train Station. A card from the stolen purse was then used in Wootton Wawen shortly afterwards. 10.35am Friday 1st December. 0112 01/12/2017
  3. Burglary Residential. Meadow Road, Henley. Male from a small white van called at address and ‘badgered’ the occupant about having work done on their roof. At some point during the conversation the male has entered the property and taken money from inside. He has then made excuses and left. 11.30am Wednesday 29th November. 0145 29/11/2017
  4. Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road, Henley. White Transit Van seen acting suspiciously in the road. Details passed to police and the vehicle was stopped checked on Warwick Road. Driver did not have any insurance for the van and as a result it was seized by police. 9.20am Tuesday 28th November. #Good call from member of the public.
  5. Fire. High Street, Henley. A loud bang was heard and then smoke seen coming from a bin outside of shop premises. It is believed that a firework was set off in the bin. 11.05pm Friday 8th December. 0505 08/12/2017
  6. Burglary Residential. Cherry Orchard, Henley. Garden shed broken into and an Air Rifle and Pressure Washer stolen. The offender(s) also forced open a chicken coup resulting in three chickens being killed. Overnight 7th & 8th December. 0068 08/12/2017
  7. Burglary Residential. Cherry Orchard, Henley. Garden shed broken into and various tools and gardening equipment stolen. Between 9am and 5pm Tuesday 5thDecember. 0075 06/12/2017
  8. Suspicious Circumstances. Millfield Court, Henley. Grey BMW seen parked up with two males on board, near to garages. Caller thought that this was suspicious as they had no reason to be there. Early hours of Monday 4th December. 0090 05/12/2017


  1. Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Pub car park, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Window smashed on car and items stolen from inside, including an AppleMac Pro computer, Lorex Camera and a pair of glasses. Between 7.30pm & 9pm Tuesday 5th December. 0339 06/12/2017
  2. Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Pub car park, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Window smashed on car and handbag taken. Between 7pm & 9pm Tuesday 5th December. 0437 05/12/2017 . Handbag later found by a member of the public in Preston Bagot.
  1. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. Silver Renault Traffic Van seen acting suspiciously in the road. The last three letters of the registration number was ‘ZGJ’. 7.10pm Tuesday 28th November. 0346 28/11/2017
  2. Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road, Claverdon. Male going door to door, showing ID that looked like it had been photocopied. Male stopped and checked by police. Warned regarding his behaviour and reminded of the laws regarding selling door to door. 12.15pm Tuesday 5th December. 0147 05/12/2017

Christmas Crime Prevention Advice - To help keep you safe during the festive season, please follow the below advice.

When using your vehicle:

•Never leave presents or valuables on open display in your car. Even plastic carrier bags could attract a thief.

•Park in safe, well-lit areas.

•Use secure car parks, lock your vehicle and remove valuables.

•Remove your SatNav and any associated cradle. Wipe off any marks left on your windscreen.

When out shopping:

*Carry your wallet in an inside pocket, preferably one that has a zip or a button closure.

*Never put your wallet or purse in your back pocket.

*Make sure your handbag is securely closed at all times and your purse is placed near the bottom of the bag.

*Make sure that the zip or clasp to your handbag is fastened securely.

*Don't leave purses, wallets or bags unattended for even a second, whether on a supermarket trolley, or on a counter while paying for goods.

*Do not put bags on the floor or purses on stall tables or shop counters when paying for goods.

*In a busy shop or market they can be taken in an instant. Always make sure you replace your purse or wallet safely when you have finished a transaction. Do this whilst still in the shop and do not attempt to secure your purse or wallet in the street.

*At shop checkouts do not feel pressured to leave the counter until you have secured all your money, cards and goods - even if there is a big queue behind you.

*If possible keep your credit cards in a holder separate from your purse and wallet. Do not write down your PIN number anywhere.

*Be aware of people standing near you at the cash point. Cover the number pad when you enter your PIN and put your money away safely before moving away from the machine.

*Don't carry large amounts of cash with you. Use a payment card or take money from the cash point in smaller amounts, returning to withdraw more if you need to.

*Check your receipt at point of purchase to ensure that cash back you have not requested hasn't been added to your shop.

*Try to avoid carrying too many bags. The more you have the more vulnerable you are as you try to keep check of all your bags and belongings

When at home:

•Don't advertise to thieves what you have in your home.

•Don't put presents under the tree until Christmas Eve.

•Don't have your presents visible from the outside of your home. Place your Christmas tree away from windows and external doors.

•Don't store presents in sheds/outbuildings.

•Don't leave discarded present boxes outside and in view.

•Property mark and register your new gifts.

Don't risk a drink drive conviction this Christmas - Motorists across Warwickshire are today being reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs during the festive period. With the season of festivities nearly underway Warwickshire Police are launching a publicity and enforcement campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink and drug driving.  The topic is being highlighted across social media and local radio advertising will be taking place across the region.  Increased enforcement activity from police officers across Warwickshire will also be in place. There is no fool proof way of calculating how much you can drink and remain under the limit, or knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely.  Importantly, it is hard to calculate how long alcohol may stay in your body if you are driving the morning after so the safest option if you are driving is to drink no alcohol at all. There are plenty of alternatives available with public transport, taxis and sharing designated drivers.  Pedestrians are also being encouraged to stay safe during the festive season and to plan safe routes home and to drink responsibly. Figures indicate that, over the past 3 years, 8 people were killed and 81 seriously injured in Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor. 

The campaign supports the month long winter drink drive campaign (starting 1st December) by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).  Police forces throughout the UK will be working hard throughout December to make sure the roads are safe for everyone this Christmas and Warwickshire Police will certainly be no exception to this.  Enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a 24/7 commitment for Warwickshire Police and to reflect this police officers will be enforcing at all times of the day and night. Assistant Chief Constable Richard Moore for Warwickshire Police comments: "There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.  Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of drink/drug driving, there are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences.  Alcohol and drugs both affect your ability to judge speed and distances accurately and slow down your reaction time.  We're urging people to think hard about the consequences that a collision and a conviction could lead to".

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNTs

Further information can be found at:  The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area

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Henley Annual Events

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
Rural Cinema

November 2018

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

Rural Cinema


hnol            Forthcoming Events

CHURCHES TOGETHER & THE HUB AT HENLEY – 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. John’s church),  Ruth Hirst, tel. 794197 ( Methodist church) or Naneh, tel. 07974 573582 (The Hub).

Tuesday 19th December at 7-45pm in the Baptist Church Hall:   Members AGM, Christmas social and quiz. Programme for 2018 begins on 16th January.

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: 

HADS ‘STEP INTO CHRISTMAS’ Thursday – Saturday 15 – 17 Dec in the Guild Hall. Tickets cost £8 and available from Dukes or pay on the door.

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.

 This year the Annual Big Band Christmas concert with the award winning Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) directed by Dr John Ruddick MBE will again be at the High School, Stratford Road, Henley. Tickets and enquiries: £12.50 from John Latham or 01564 795239. Mobile 07718 618843 and Mike Redman m or 01564 792491 

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  

Why not join Henley Neighbourhood Watch by going to  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 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,,  

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:

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10th 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 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
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. New members are always welcome. 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
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
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 
and Twitter handle

Contacts: (Centre Manager) and (Chairman).

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 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

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

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 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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