Henley Crest





Reporting on Events In and Around
Arden Area of Warwickshire, England

1st April 2021
Edition 25

St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden


St Nicholas Beaudesert

St Nicks

Rector's Good Friday's Message


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Some cheerful news. Plants have been ordered and will be delivered by Botany Bay Nurseries on Thursday 27th May, approximately 60 days to planting!

Like many voluntary organisations our timetable has been somewhat disrupted, the AGM has been moved to September, the date yet to be decided.

Hopefully fund raising events such as street collection and cake stall will go ahead sometime in
July. We also plan as before writing to Henley businesses for their support. Of course all donations however small are appreciated.

Sadly in February following illness we lost one of our dedicated volunteers Betty Clarke. Betty had been working with HIB since 2008, whatever the weather she always arrived looking pristine. Thank you Betty you will be missed.

On a brighter note, ongoing support from the JPC and John Earle planting is on the
way to being secured for 2022.


Covid-19 Innoculations

South Warwickshire GP Federation, on behalf of the Arden Primary Care Network, will be contacting our patients to invite you to have your COVID vaccination at Studley Village Hall.
All patients over the age of 60 should now have received their 1st COVID vaccination.

Patients aged over 50 are now being contacted. The Federation are sending out messages via SMS and asking patients to book online. If patients do not respond to this they will be contacted by telephone.

Patients may also receive a letter from NHS England inviting you to have your vaccine at a mass vaccination site elsewhere. This is being done to help speed up the vaccine delivery programme but the choice is completely yours as to where you have the vaccination. Please only book at one site to ensure no vaccine is wasted.

If there are any patients, especially in the Groups 1-6, who feel they have been 'missed' please let the surgery know, preferably by using eConsultation via our practice website, and we will look into it for you.

Please be aware that we are unable to book or amend any appointments at COVID vaccination clinics.

We are still waiting for confirmation of when the under 50 age groups will be offered the vaccination and discussions are underway locally about where these vaccinations will be carried out.


Staff Update

February saw us welcome a new GP registrar to our team, Dr Chauhan. Dr Chauhan will be with the practice for 12 months whilst he completes his final 12 months of speciality training to be a GP.

Dr Khan, who has been a temporary GP with us for the last 5 months, will leave us at the beginning of April. We will then welcome back Dr Syed and Dr Prodan. Both Dr Syed and Dr Prodan completed their speciality training with us in February and we are very pleased that they are returning as permanent GPs.

The practice has a new face on reception too. Karen joined us in March and replaces Gabby who left to pursue a career in dental nursing. Janet Twizell, who has been one of our nurses for the last 4 years, has left to return back to hospital based work. We have a new nurse, Hannah, joining us at the end of March.


We want to reassure patients that we remain here for them. We have all of the team working in a COVID safe environment to ensure that the care and safety of both staff and patients is protected at all times. Patients continue to be offered a telephone consultation with a GP in the first instance, but should the GP decide a face to face appointment is necessary, this will be arranged.


Amanda Taylor, Practice Manager


Henley's District Councillor "Cautiously Optimistic" on Local Economic Recovery

As many will know, Henley's Matt Jennings was  last year appointed the portfolio for Economic Development and Tourism which I am sure you will agree are two of the most important areas for the economic future of our district.

Stratford District Council News have recently published Matt's thoughts on the ways the council can help local business post the pandemic and how tourism will drive the local economy forward to recovery.

You can read the article here.


Henley in Arden Montessori Primary School achieves Eco Green Flag status

Despite the difficulties our pupils have been through since March 2020, they continued to be committed to achieve Green Flag status. They spent the autumn term reviewing their action plans and by December were ready to put in their application. It was an opportunity for the Eco-Committee to showcase their fantastic work on the Seven Steps. Once submitted, it was reviewed by Karyn the Eco-Schools Delivery Officer, who was impressed they had continued their work throughout the pandemic. A celebration of the amazing work they and their school have done to support their community. 

Mrs Helen Everley

Head Teacher
Merrydays Montesori Nursery
Henley Montessori Primary

Email: helen.everley@henleymontessori.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1564 795 722 (8-3:30pm)


Poll card Issues for Local Elections:

Local elections take place for Warwickshire County Council, The Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner and four *Neighbourhood Plan Referendums on Thursday 6 May 2021 and poll cards notifying residents of these elections are being sent out this week.

The poll cards inform residents across Stratford-on-Avon District where their polling station is and when they can vote, from 7am until 10pm.

It’s important to make a note of your polling station as some venues have been changed due to the COVID-19 safety measures that have been put in place this year.

Nevertheless, as in previous years, voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.  There will be a number of measures that residents have become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as social distancing, screens, hand sanitiser and face coverings.

To be able to vote at these elections residents must either be on the electoral register or have applied to be so by Monday 19 April.  Please contact Stratford District Council’s Elections Office on 01789 260208 to check you are on the electoral register at your current address.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

For information on how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter.

For all elections enquiries contact Stratford District Council’s elections office on 01789 260208.


The four Neighbourhood Plan Referendums are to be held in Alcester, Clifford Chambers & Milcote, Ilmington and Napton-on-the-Hill.

Electoral Registration moved from Household registration to individual registration in June 2014. People who are not registered to vote can do so on-line by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Stop-Press, Urgent Warning
Roughly 89 rabbbits escaped last night from the Buckley Green Rabbit & Hare Sanctuary after thieves cut the fences to access out-buildings.

Mrs Krolik who runs the sanctuary asks locals not to approach the rabbits if you see them as rabbits in such large groups tend to hunt in packs and can be very dangerous should you be wearing anything orange.

For more details, or  report sightings Click here

 Photos from around Henley
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A big thank you to everyone who submitted pictures for this week's issue; especially to Isobel's Grandparents for the photo taken at the new play area. Thanks also to Julie for  the picture  of George  (though he does seem a little miffed to be honest).


“ If you know of someone who is worried about completing their census form and does not have access to the internet they can telephone the number below and be helped by a local, friendly adviser who has been fully trained to assist them. It is not too late, there is still plenty of time to complete the form whatever the publicity is saying".



Outdoor family meetings are finally allowed within government guidelines so BBQ’s are a great way to feed family & friends. Buy British, buy the best from your local Henley Butchers & Del. If you want advice on what to cook and how to cook it Matt Broadbent will happily assist you. Matt spent many years as a Chef before taking on your local Butchers shop.

You will find a great selection of Caramelised Onion Meatballs, 7 week Dry Aged Scotch Beef Rib Steaks and Wagyu Beef, home produced Tandoori Chicken & Beef Burgers.
Free Range, Chicken & Pork, a great variety of Lashford’s Sausages plus our ever increasing Deli range.

We are now Open Sunday mornings so when the Sun shines on these glorious Spring days you can arrange an impromptu get together and still get the best quality food from the High Street in Henley.

We look forward to seeing you soon

Matt & Laura tel 01564 898100
E-mail: Henleybutchersanddeli@gmail.com

Spotted in Henley

I wrote in April last year that we had spotted a new visitor to Henley.

We have regularly spotted a single Little  Egret in the area next to the River, whilst walking to Buckley Green.

On our walk today, we spotted not one, but two!

They were in a field with the sheep sitting side by side together. After we had been watching them for a while they took flight.

My husband tried to take photos on his phone, sadly they aren’t great as we were too far away. They are in the centre of the second photo having just taken to the air.

We are very lucky to have them here in Henley. Hopefully,  by late spring there may be more than two!


April brings us to the beginning of a new membership year for our Henley WI group. What a busy few months we have had launching our Community Allotment Project. The support from our Joint Parish Council, local businesses & residents has been overwhelming. With a huge thank you our recent fundraising efforts have reached £1,400 to create a seating area to host small group speakers, run workshops & hold social events.





With the easing of restrictions we continue with online guest speakers, chat catch up sessions, monthly craft group activities, and look forward to relaunching our subgroups including our new mid week litter picking group, The Fair Weather Pickers.

If you would like to join our dynamic group of more than 60 local women contact Stacey Pahl 07950204611.

“It has been so nice meeting so many new friends and being a part of a progressive group supporting the local community.”

“Henley WI has brought so many smiles during such a challenging year, I never thought I would meet so many new people.”


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75th Anniversary of the Reformed Royal British Legion

On 5 July 1919 a meeting of the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors Federation was held in the Golden Cross Inn (on the crossroads at the south end of the High Street - a block of flats now takes its place).  

The meeting was crowded, members of the Federation being joined by members of the public, and was chaired by the High Bailiff (Dr Ernest Nelson OBE, JP).  The meeting was addressed by Albert Yarwood, the secretary of the Federation, who encouraged all former servicemen to join.  The Federation was one of four national organisations of ex-Service men which combined to form the Royal British Legion on 15 May 1921.

As well as the Royal British Legion is having its Centenary year, Henley-in-Arden branch is celebrating 75 years after reforming.

The Henley Royal British Legion was originally formed on the 6th November 1925 but ceased on the 21st April 1927. The branch was reformed on the 26th March 1946 and when the Wootton Wawen branch closed on the 21st February 1975 the two branches amalgamated and was renamed Henley in Arden and District Branch.

Gerald Easton
Chairman of Henley & District RBL

Pioneering Energy Efficiency in Ullenhall

Ullenhall Parochial Church Council are pioneering a new Church of England energy efficiency program at St Mary's. Last Friday the first step was taken to make the church carbon neutral with the installation of a wind turbine on the roof of the church.

Constructed in the shape of a cross and manufactured in composite materials to resemble stone, the cross will spin in low levels of wind and will produce electricity that is then stored in battery cells located in the vestry; this power will be sufficient, when combined with the new solar panels on the spire, to power the church's lights for 8 months of the year.

For more details on this new program, as well as the
proposed pew heat exchange system please click here.

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The tiny but triumphant come back of Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust’s Arts4All festival sees a mini autumn event over the weekend of 29th October that will see the festival firmly ‘springboard’ back to the calendar with a full  7 day event in Spring 2022!

On Friday evening, following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Carole King & James Taylor Story kicks off the weekend with a journey through the careers of these two incredible music legends.

Saturday afternoon brings an incredible performance of Quentin Crisp – Naked Hope written and performed by Mark Farrelly. This is followed by Debbie Bird’s Buzzing where newly divorced Julie is searching for the sex life she once had, declaring “I’m not ready to be put out to pasture yet!” she hurls herself into the modern dating scene & shares her experiences with raw humour and engaging honesty. Saturday closes with an evening performance by Bookends who make a return trip to the Guild Hall to perform their critically acclaimed Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years, which continues to delight audiences across the globe and features stunning vocal harmonies remembering the epic songs and history of the much-loved Simon & Garfunkel.

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Sunday sees the end of the ‘Covid comeback’ weekend with the Dolly Parton Story which takes you on an incredible journey through the career of the ‘Queen of Country who currently holds an astonishing 153 major awards including nine grammys. This show also premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to sell-out crowds, standing ovations and had audiences dancing in the isles and features passionate renditions of Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands in the Stream, Here You Come Again and many more.

For tickets and more information visit www.henleyarts4all.co.uk


Henley CFRs are a group of local volunteers who have been trained by the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to provide a back-up 999 emergency response in support of the regular ambulance service. Using the WMAS radio alert system we are on standby to attend 999 calls for emergency treatment or medical assistance from residents of Henley and the surround-ing area.

If we are first on the scene then we are trained to carry out initial observations and treatment but we also offer support to paramedics as and when required. In the case of life-threatening emergencies, where time is of the essence, we are able to assess and begin treatment of problems such as cardiac arrest, stroke symptoms, breathing difficulties or traumatic injuries before paramedics arrive at the scene.

Our hours of duty are booked in advance in a group collective diary to suit the available time that each of us is able to offer. Some CFRs are more flexible if not in work but many have full time jobs and fit in a few hours when they can. Duty hours may be evenings or weekends only or in some cases weekdays as well. The minimum expectation is that a responder will be able to undertake at least 4 hours duty per week, but hopefully 20 hours per month.

There are no particular skill requirements but responders must be good communicators with sound physical health and fitness (able to carry the equipment bag from the car to the patient and to perform CPR for instance). Also a clean driving licence is required and the ability to record patient’s medical conditions in writing or by using a tablet
The West Midlands Ambulance Service are running training courses in 2021covering all aspects of being a CFR.  Once trained you will be buddied up with an experienced local CFR member to show you the ropes.

The training will be delivered over two weekends followed by a day’s assessment at the WMAS training academy in Dudley. Once successfully completed you will be awarded a Level 3 qualification in first responding.

Anyone interested in joining the group, including those who have contacted us over the last couple of years who are still interested in joining, or finding out more about what we do should contact us on the following e-mail Henleyinarden.cfr@gmail.com

John Horner's
April County Councillor Report

Last month I reported that the County will be increasing Council Tax by 3% built up as 2%
general precept and 1% extra for social care. Data has come in from around the Country
and this increase places Warwickshire as having one of the lowest tax increases from
amongst the Tier 1 authorities. The difference between authorities is basically the funding
needed for social care and Warwickshire having less residents eligible for social care support
due to our being a relatively wealthy society. All the same social care still accounts for a
planned 79% of the County budget.

Due to people working from home and needing to take exercise there has been an explosion
in pet ownership and puppies in particular. This has led to large increases in prices for dogs
and criminals have got into the act. This has led to an epidemic of puppy theft and potential
owners paying huge sums for pets that don’t exist.

In April 2020 ‘Lucy’s Law’ was introduced, meaning that anyone wanting to get a new puppy
(or kitten) in England must now buy direct from a breeder, or consider adopting from a
rescue centre instead. Licensed dog breeders are required to show puppies interacting with
their mothers in their place of birth. If a business sells puppies (or kittens) without a licence,
they could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months. The new law
seeks to tackle the low-welfare, high volume supply of puppies (and kittens), by banning
their commercial third-party sale in England.

For more information, please search ‘buypuppysafe’ on the internet. “Blue Cross” has good

Warwickshire continues to invest in fibre broadband, but it is now admitted that fibre
cannot get to every household in rural areas and three providers; O2, Three and Vodafone,
have joined forces for the first time to build more G4 masts to improve quality in rural areas.
This agreement should mean better service and a cost effective alternative to the BT’s
effective monopoly in broadband provision in this area.

As part of efforts to speed recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic the County
Council has increased borrowing and created a £300 million fund to support companies. It is
hoped this funding will attract private sector investment into Warwickshire.

Covid-19 is still about and, if you have not thought about it, please give some consideration
to registering for a postal vote so you can avoid attending a polling station.


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Stratford District Council's Land Charges Service Approaches a New Era

Stratford on-Avon District Council has reached the final stages of transferring its Local Land Charges Register (LLCR) to HM Land Registry (HMLR). 

This is part of a national transformation programme that will eventually see all 314 registers held by English Local authorities transferred to HM Land registry under the Infrastructure Act 2015.

Since formally signing a collaboration agreement in January 2019, the District Council has been working with HM Land Registry to migrate its data for the purpose of enabling customers to access an LLC1 search reply on-line via the Land Registry’s portal.
This has been an ambitious and challenging programme of work but today, Monday 29 March, HM Land Registry has officially served notice, leading to the new service going live by mid-May 2021.

The main objective has been to update and enhance over 91,000 local land charges that were previously held in a variety of paper and digital formats. The task was not made any easier with the onset of the pandemic, leading to staff at both the District Council and HM Land Registry having to work remotely to address any issues with the numerous data sets and how these would integrate with the HMLR online portal.
When fully transferred, anybody requiring local land charge searches within the area of Stratford on-Avon District will be able to access those directly from HM Land Registry and not from the District Council.

Benefits to the new system will include an improved customer service that will see faster response times to search requests, and provide a foundation enabling officers to work with more accurate data, accessible systems and continuously improve its processes.

The District Council will still be responsible for updating and maintaining the LLC register. It will also continue to directly provide replies to CON29 enquiries, which allow the potential purchaser of a property to find out specific information relating to that property such as road schemes, planning history, building regulations for example.

Cllr Anne Parry, Regulatory Portfolio says: “The District Council remains committed to enhancing the home buying process by transforming its Land Charges service.

“The combined efforts of Council officers and HM Land Registry staff working together on this programme are to be commended during these challenging circumstances. Their achievements signal the start of a new era for the Land Charges service.”
Further information regarding the transfer will be posted on the Council website:
Land Charges | Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Further information about the HM Land Registry Local Land Charges Transformation Programme can be found here:
HM Land Registry: Local Land Charges Programme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Here is a small extract from the "Supporter's News", if you value the work of the Hub, download the Supporter's News and see how you could help...

"We need a minimum of £66,000 every year  to maintain the ambitious programme identified by the Trustees as being essential. This year we have lost a key partner, the parish council and this leaves a  gap of £20,000 in our fund raising for 2021-22. The local Community through donations and sponsorship create an incredible £20,000 and successful grant applications will make up the remainder. 

The remaining £46,000 still has to be raised. 

Every penny is necessary income, every activity undertaken at the Hub is subject to rigorous scrutiny by the Trustees who ensure the efficacy of the programme and is viewed by the beneficiaries as important in their lives. Every single one of them is grateful for the magnificent support offered by our generous community.

The trustees are absolutely committed to our community and we will do everything in our power not to let them down".


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Poems in the Pandemic.


Giving Children a Voice With ...The Poet Tree Project.

Aim To print an anthology of children’s writing, through the power of poetry Own Books, the popular free book giving scheme, is delighted to be launching an inspiring new initiative. The Poet Tree project. We are aware of how powerful poetry can be as a means of expression, at this time, like no other, we are welcoming the first 101 poems, children can send in to us. There is no deadline but just the first 101 poems to arrive.

Own Books is fortunate to have the very gifted young poet, Grace Ridley, facilitating the project, who was shortlisted as poet laureate for Warwickshire. We value the empowerment which poetry can express, and inspire in young people By giving children a voice, the poems, with children’s illustrations, will be printed in an anthology, distributed for free, and also platformed online. We are also aiming to facilitate poem sharing events, And writing workshops, when we can safely be together again.

Please send poems to ownbooks_poettree@yahoo.com Email ownbooksforchildren@gmail.com Or visit our website www.ownbooks.co.uk Or call Julie de Bastion on 07816382503

What is the aim of OwnBooks?

 1  Encourage young children to develop an early love of books and reading through choosing and keeping their own books at hom

2  Encourage children to select books to take home when it suits them 

3  Avoid the need to buy or obligation to return the books

4 Remove any stress and financial constraints on parents over acquisition of books 

5 Encourage parents to read with their children at home

What We Do

OWN BOOKS Is a child centered project aiming to give away many free books to children of all backgrounds and ages, without any discrimination. We believe passionately in children having books at home, sharing and enjoying them with their siblings and families.

Children and teens can choose from a wide variety of our books in participating Primary schools, and Secondary schools, and young children can choose OWN BOOKS to take home and keep, with help from parents, from participating Preschools, Nurseries, Parenting Centres, Play Groups, and Early Years Settings.

Story Time = Precious Time, have a look at the YouTube link above and browse the selection of stories read  by Julia.

Can you help with the donation of books, driving etc, have a look at their extensive web-site or contact Julia directly with the contact details below.

Email.  Ownbooksforchildren@gmail.com

Website   www.ownbooks.co.uk

Or call   07816382503

Yours very gratefully Julie de Bastion founder of Own Books


Maggie's Lockdown Walks
March arrived with a burst of warm weather, and clear blue skies to lift our spirits. Some glorious days of sunshine brought out the spring flowers, and the countryside is coming to life after the short days and long dark nights of winter.

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Lots of enthusiastic walkers took advantage of the exceptionally mild weather. With paths; although still muddy were not the quagmire of the past months. It has been a joy to roam the open countryside, as seen here along the Millennium way as it passes through Henley.

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Walking along the high street there are plenty of planted containers filled  with interesting and colourful plants adding interest to the town. Colour spilling from half barrels and troughs along the lord’s waist and outside our historic buildings all adding such cheer during these difficult times.

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There are plenty of interesting specimens of fauna to look for while out walking. Catkins are abundant in woodlands and hedgerows giving a welcome touch of yellow. I snapped these graceful branches while walking in the Riverlands. The soft green of the lichen moss caught my eye while wandering around the local lanes 

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At last with the warmer weather and a breath of spring colours, which gives us hope of  more optimistic times to come. We can look forward to the days when we can once more start socialising.

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My spirit lifted when I passed a front window of a cottage in the High Street decorated ready for Easter. The Blue Bell windows are also decorated with eggs, chicks and bunnies; so bright and colourful in these difficult times.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter, despite not be able to celebrate it as we wish.

Maggie Twigg


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Have you worked from home for even one day in the past tax year... then due to HMRC Micro-services tax relief it could very well mean you are entitled to a new £60 toaster or £120 microwave (or to be honest just the cash equivilant). If you had subscribed to Stratford District Council business support Venture monthly mailshots you would know this. Check out the relevant  .GOV page here.

Every month you get fascinating information on a wide range of things including export webinars, tips to keep your business safe on-line, £1,000 incentives plus fully-funded apprenticeship schemes and much more.  It costs you nothing, so why not subscribe.

Here are some of the Venture  House events this month:

Start-up Workshop - Writing your business plan - Chamber of Commerce - 1 April
Trading with the EU: How to apply for the SME Brexit Support Fund - Chamber of Commerce - 7 April
She Means Business Webinar - Create Instagram promotions in 5 steps - Enterprise Nation - 8 April
Future Proof Your Business in the Digital Age - Social Media & CRM - Natwest Bank - 8 April
She Means Business Webinar - Digital wellbeing for female founders - Enterprise Nation - 12 April
Start-up Webinar - How to come up with a profitable business idea - CUE - 13 April
Launchpad 2021 - An intensive accelerator to get your business started - CUE - 14 April
Workshops for Writers - Formatting your book for print & online - Ellie Stevenson - 15 April
Digital skills introduction - Digital Town Centres - 20 April
Start-up Webinar - How to survive a start-up - CUE - 20 April
Webinar - Building better decision making - Enterprise Nation - 20 April
Start-up Workshop - Business vision and strategy - Chamber of Commerce - 21 April
Workshops for Writers - Publishing & distributing your book - Ellie Stevenson - 22 April
How Facebook can support your start-up business - Chamber of Commerce - 27 April
Start-up Webinar - How to make money online - CUE - 27 April
Warwickshire business meetup & digital marketing support - Digital Town Centres - 27 April
Start-up Workshop - Finance & accountancy - Chamber of Commerce - 28 April
Start-up Workshop - Instagram for start-ups - Chamber of Commerce - 29 April


The Ullenhall & Henley Gardening Club is hoping that later on this year it may be able to start holding meetings in the hall again. We shall have to see how government rules change as the vaccines begin to improve the Covid 19 situation. In the meantime, here are things of interest for this season.

The RHS says that now is the time to cut back ornamental grasses to within a few centimetres of the ground. In my garden I’ve been trimming back roses and dead stalks of some perennials. I need to dig out the last of the compost from my heap of 3 years ago ( I have a three year rotation of my heaps) and spread it on my vegetable patches.


I’ve been out to see what plants are showing their best in the garden just now. The only edibles I have left in the garden are some purple sprouting broccolli plants and they have about two meals worth of tops left. They’ll then get pulled up and popped onto the compost heap.

We have a couple of wild plum trees on the edge of our garden, which are now in full bloom spreading a confetti of petals. There are also white flowers in the hedge adjacent to the field, where wild plum is interspersed with holly, hawthorn and other woodland plants. Our Verbena

Bodnatese is still flowering and has a nice strong scent wafting through the garden. The forsythia is showing yellow blooms, the daffodils are out; the traditional ones together with miniatures and white and orange narcissi. The large hellebores are still going strong and the big cushion of purple heather looks good.


I’ve been checking up on what seeds I have left over from last year and  I don’t appear to have many at all. So, I’m trying to decide which varieties of which vegetables to buy. I need to get a move on. I don’t think I’ll do leeks this year as the new leek leaf miners got into them last year and caused me a lot of bother every meal time, digging out the many little maggots from every leek before cooking them. I’ll probably grow broccolli, lettuces, courgettes, runner beans, french beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. Maybe cabbage and Brussles sprouts. I’m not going to bother with squash, as one plant takes up so much room and only seems to produce 2 or maybe 3 fruits. I’ll do some potatoes again.

Cosmos genarally grows well here, so I’ll get some seeds again. I think I’ll get sweet Williams, as I

have always loved the smell and the look of them. Nasturtiums are good value and perhaps I’ll try some pansies. Last time, my pansies didn’t thrive, but they do have lovely faces, don’t they?

I’m looking at the seed catalogues and choosing varieties that are F1 vegetables and / or are listed as ones having the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Now that spring is here, don’t just enjoy your own garden; when you go out for a walk, look into other gardens and enjoy them as well.


Almost Local News:  How to cut Carbon in Warwick District -

Warwick District Council, which declared a climate emergency in 2019, recently appointed a senior officer, Dave Barber, to lead the District’s climate action.  His official title is “Programme Director for Climate Change”.  (We assume they do not mean this literally!)

Climate issues permeate all that lies ahead of us and the field is dauntingly complex, so a representative panel of local people was set up to draw out a valid view of priorities from the people of the District.

To do this, a community interest company called Shared Future (https://sharedfuturecic.org.uk/) was engaged. They wrote to 5000 Warwick residents to determine who might be interested to take part in such an exercise.  500 responded positively and this response was boiled down to a “jury” of 30 individuals who then gave their time to debating the issues and presenting their conclusions. The composition of the jury reflected the district’s mix of age, gender, ethnicity, geography and attitude to the climate issue. The question addressed by this group was: “What do we need to do in the Warwick district to help address climate change by 2030?”

Expert advice was provided where deeper knowledge of subjects was required. The jury recently delivered the results of its deliberations on how Warwick should respond to the climate emergency.  There was a high degree of agreement among the jury members.


Expert advice was provided where deeper knowledge of subjects was required. The jury recently delivered the results of its deliberations on how Warwick should respond to the climate emergency.  There was a high degree of agreement among the jury members.

The scope of the jury’s recommendations extended to 37 subjects covered in considerable detail.  This is but a selection from the current draft of their report:

Transport:  improving facilities for cycling and walking. Traffic management including safety and the separation of motor from other.  Moving bus travel into a new era of quality and service.  Motivating transport sharing; possibly consider a bike rental scheme.  Creating an adequate electric vehicle charging network across the district.

Housing: insistence on carbon neutrality for all new housing proposals.  Retrofitting of existing public buildings and a scheme for supporting the retrofitting of private housing.

Waste and Recycling:   a centrally managed facility for the elimination of waste and the encouragement of re-use.  Disincentives for waste in supermarkets and large stores. 

Information and Advice: creating much more active, centrally driven and co-ordinated and better information on all relevant fields of activity. High impact publicity and a coordinated and collaborative communications campaign across all media.

Carbon recapture: Development of a strategy for the creation and use of green space, using all available council-owned and private land in the district.

Finance and control of the whole programme:  appropriate financial measures and reviews, taking account of all local and national policies and criteria; exploration of funding opportunities, such as business participation. Installing a structured monitoring and progress evaluation system with a requirement for regular reporting of progress.

Of course, a statement of what is needed is not the same as a result achieved: the road to hell is paved with good intentions! Nevertheless, without a plan – and some drive – good progress is unlikely.  In their move towards working together and possible amalgamation, it has been agreed that Warwick’s climate change officer will also act for Stratford District, which is some way behind Warwick in its Climate Emergency actions. Although the sharing only commences officially in April, he did make a presentation at the recent meeting of Stratford District’s Climate Panel. Let’s hope he can help Stratford catch up with Warwick in its actions. It’s 20 months since Stratford District Council declared a Climate Emergency and not a lot has happened yet!!!  Compare SDC and WDC who both declared emergencies at about the same time. WDC appointed a Program manager and engaged a citizens panel.

In addition to the detailed recommendations mentioned above, a summary statement was written by a group of jury members and then edited and discussed by the rest of the jury. 27 (out of 30) jury members voted on the recommendations. 21 strongly supported the statement, 3 supported it, 2 people neither supported nor opposed it and 1 strongly opposed it. 

The statement starts and ends as follows :-

“We are just a group of ordinary people from the Warwick District. We are a diverse group who were randomly selected to join this Climate Change Inquiry. We have different viewpoints but have reached a shared understanding.  ………………………. 

We believe that solutions are out there already; we just need to make them happen. ………….  

The District Council and others must look for every opportunity to influence those who have a role in our district.  We must make this happen and the frameworks must be in place to make sure that there is accountability (named people) and monitoring (performance indicators) so that everybody can check progress.


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Formed in 2019, Henley Climate Action is a volunteer group which aims to inform and motivate about the climate emergency and to help residents and businesses understand what they can do to help. It will put pressure on all levels of government when this seems necessary. Anyone interested in seeing Henley reduce its carbon footprint should contact Penny on 01564 792251.

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David Malin reports on crime in our area

Hello all.

This is our latest weekly report and prompt to see if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns for the Alcester Police North SNT. Thank you to those that have contacted the Team this week.

For operational and privacy reasons not all the incidents that occur on the Alcester area are listed in this report. Please remember to report any anti-social behaviour, suspicious activity or crimes to us as soon as possible - this can be done via the 101 and 999 telephone numbers or if not an emergency via our online reporting forms that can be found on our website.

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-

•    *Suspicious Circumstances. St Asaphs Avenue, Studley. Male from white van seen to go onto private property and try to remove motor from rear of fridge under car port. When challenged he left the motor and returned to the van and drove off. Two males inside. The last three letters of the registration number was similar to ‘OJX’. 9.45am Saturday 27th March. 0242 27/03/2021
•    *Burglary. Allendale Crescent, Studley. Secure outhouse broken into and dark grey Trek pedal cycle stolen. Between 24th & 26th March. 0143 26/03/2021
•    *Anti-Social Behaviour. Station Road area, Studley. Group of youngsters seen running in and out of the road causing a danger to vehicles. Group also seen to run up and down private driveways. Two of the males had balaclavas on. Area search by police made and some members of the group spoken to by police and advised regards their behaviour. 8.40pm Wednesday 24th March. 0401 24/03/2021
•    *Anti-Social Behaviour. Pool Road, Studley. Youngsters seen on the roof of the building being built. 7pm Sunday 21st March. 0349 21/03/2021

•    *Suspicious Circumstances. St Nicholas Road, Henley. Cloth put into the front grill of car. Caller concerned that this has been done deliberately, although reason unknown. Between 4pm and 9.15pm Friday 26th March. 0390 26/03/2021

•    *Suspicious Circumstances. Doctors Close, Tanworth. Vehicle seen to park up behind properties. A few people have then got out and could be heard talking. Caller concerned that this was unusual for the area. No offences disclosed. 12.05am Thursday 25th March. 0002 25/03/2021

•    *Earlswood Lakes / Malthouse Lane. Calls received this week – drug use by car occupants, suspicious vehicles and occupants, inconsiderate parking and verbally abusive driver. The SNT continue to patrol this area on a regular basis.

Vehicle Crime – Here are a few crime prevention tips to deter vehicle crime.

•    Always lock your vehicle. Whether it’s in the garage, on the driveway of your house, unattended for a few seconds or in an isolated car park, lock it and activate any alarm system.
•    Always remove valuable items from the vehicle. If this cannot be done the items must be removed from view and secured in a lockable glove box or boot.
•    Fit an alarm that will activate on movement in the vehicle. An alarm that can notify you in real time that there is a problem is extremely useful.
•    Items such as tools and machinery that cannot be removed can be secured in lockers and security marked with high visibility paint etc.
•    If available, park your vehicle in a location that is covered by CCTV, overlooked by houses or is in constant use.
•    Use anti-theft screws and sticky pads for number plates. If you have a plate that is stolen, replace it with one that has a different design so it is distinguishable from the stolen plate.
•    If you see or hear any suspicious activity around a car or car park, ring 101 or 999 to report straight away. Please do not wait.

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact us on the details below or via the Warwickshire Police website.



Team email -                                                 Alcesternorth.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

SGT 1284 Angus Eagles                            angus.eagles@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PC 427 Sue Blundell -                                 Sue.blundell@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6273 Aadila Hussain -                    Aadila.hussain@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6330 Sanjay Singh -                       sanjay.singh@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6350 Taylor Brooke                        taylor.brooke@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6336 Mark Lucas                            mark.lucas@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk  

Alcester Police Office Phone Number - 01789 444816    (not to be used for emergencies or priority calls. Always report incidents on 101). Online reporting services are also available on our website - https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/

David Malin
SI 3121
Alcester Police SNT's

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Town Organisations and Clubs

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

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

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

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


For improved flexibility, better posture & enhanced muscular strength.
Mondays at 9.30am & 6.00pm and Thursdays at 9.30am & 7.00pm held at the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden.

£8 to attend. Pre-booking in advance is required. Email : pilateswithhelen@btinternet.com.


Henley in Arden Branch meets at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of every month at the White Swan in High Street, Henley in Arden.

Membership is open to everyone. If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support for those who have served and their families, come and join us. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

Contact- Gerald Easton Henleyinardenrbl3303@outlook.com

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

tennis clubOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (four astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with coaching For details of membership please contact the club at henleyinardentennis@gmail.com
Henley Tennis Website
rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Navigation Wootton Wawen on Tuesdays at 12.30 pm. New members are always welcome. Secretary of Henley Rotary Club - Mike Redman  01564 792491.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley.
Visitors and potential new members would be most welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 7:45pm, except for a couple of months. The Club organises speakers and visits to gardens. This is a very friendly club; if you are interested in joining or attending as a visitor, please just turn up. More information from Penny on 01564 792251 or e mail pjstott@uwclub.net 
flower clubAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden (in the Baptist Church Hall from 13th September onwards) so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Annette Walker on 01564 792837 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The season runs from mid September to end April.  We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton.  If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £4).  Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Andy Thompson.
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude of other activities which support performances. For information about the next meeting, please contact Tracy Humphreys (Chairman) on 01564 795219
Sprechen Sie Deutsch - Would you like to learn to speak German?
I am hoping to set up a new evening class for German Adult Leaners. If you are interested in learning not only  a new language, but also about the customs and culture of Germany,  in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, then please contact Susanne, either via email at susannecannon@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively via mobile on 07525365469.
Meets from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please contact Jon Butler on 01564 795216 or email mpjbutler@gmail.com
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train on Tuesdays 6:30-8pm at the Memorial Hall on Station Road. Beginners and the curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
We are a not for profit group organisation of women meeting on the third Tuesday of each month for mutual friendship and to raise funds for local and national charities. New members are very welcome.                           Contact: Liz Showell, 01564-794195
Neighbour WatchAt a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 and a Thursday afternoon 1-3 in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. It is run by Keith and Lulu. Any questions please ring Keith on 01564 793925 or 07855 920463.
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
Thursdays, 11.15am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £6 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: Swantaichi website

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen except December at village hall at 2pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Keith Thomas  01564 794806.

De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 247 6140 or 07952 780096 or email johnpollard1966@virginmedia.com for further details.
Love Life, Love Friends, Love Food then you’ll love Slimming World. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Henley Slimming World. The group is held every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Henley High School, Stratford Road B95 6AF. Please call Sarah Jones for more details on 07922 670959.
ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY IN HENLEY If you have dementia, or are caring for someone with dementia, Alzheimer's Society welcomes you to join us at our Dementia Cafe in Shipston-on-Stour at Stour Court, Old Road, Shipston-on-Stour, CV364HF on 1st Friday of the month from 2 - 3.30pm, Dementia Cafe in Stratford at St Andrew's Church Hall, Church Lane, Shottery, CV379HQ on 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm, Day Care which runs weekly in Henley in Arden (charges apply for this service).

For more information contact the Warwickshire Office on 01926 888 899 or email southwarks@alzheimers.org.uk.

Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at The Wootton Wawen Social Club, commencing at 7.00pm and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7pm promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points. For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993 or the Treasurer on 0777 887 1930.

Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge. Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email karen@henleyfocus.co.uk more information.

Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

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

The Henley-in-Arden Town Website

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