Henley Crest





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

18th November 2020
Edition 18

Matt Jennings - Stratford District Cllr. Report
SDC Covid Cases – 
•    Here in the Stratford District we are at around 168 per 100,000 – 1731 cases cumulative total
•    Warwick District is around 265 per 100,000 – 2255 cases total
•    Regrettably in SD we have had 176 coronovirus related deaths registered to 30th Oct whilst Warwick has had 97
•    This could be linked to higher Student population in Warwick District 

Local Testing Site – It has been agreed this is to be the Stratford Leisure Centre car park. This is subject to final testing of the site on 19 November, however, it is expected that construction of the facility will be undertaken on 21&22 November.

Elizabeth House
In lockdown we will maintain as many services as possible. That said, it is clear that some services will have to cease for the duration of the lockdown, this includes the following:
•    Main Reception – Elizabeth House.
•    Visitor Information Centre (VIC)
•    Shopmobility
•    The leisure centres in Alcester, Shipston, Southam, Stratford and Studley

Business Support
Stratford-on-Avon District Council will once again be administering the business support grants offered to local businesses that have to close during the second lockdown that started on Thursday 5 November.
Businesses that meet the criteria, which are required to close will now be able to receive grants worth up to £3,000 a month.
To be eligible for the grant, the business would need to have been open as usual and providing in-person services to customers, but has been required to close due to the entirety of the second national lockdown.

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:
i.    For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
ii.    For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
iii.    For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks

The Council has received £2.7m to allocate to businesses which have been forced to close during the national lockdown. We will be looking to make payments to those affected as soon as possible.

In addition the Council has received a further £2.6m to use as a discretionary scheme to support business who are not covered by the main scheme. This amount however is meant for the whole of 2020/21 and 21/22. We are currently working on proposals on how this fund could be best used.

Other District News
Affordable homes – a record total of 491 new affordable homes were built in the district in the last (financial) year.
Highlights of last year's affordable housing development programme include:
•    Schemes built in Bidford-on-Avon, Bishops Itchington, Brailes, Ettington, Great Alne, Long Itchington, Long Marston, Lower Quinton, Meon Vale, Napton-on-the-Hill, Newbold-on-Stour, Shipston-on-Stour, Southam, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stretton-on-Fosse, Tredington, Welford-on-Avon and Wellesbourne.
•    The completion of community-led rural housing schemes on sites at: Brailes; Great Alne (using grant funding provided by the District Council); and Stretton-on-Fosse.
•    The completion of a specialised housing scheme at Rosalind Court, Stratford-upon-Avon, providing 102 apartments for older people.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Cabinet approved proposals for a joint waste and recycling contract with Warwick District Council. A sign of our ever closer working relationship which should benefit the residents of both districts. The new contract, if agreed by Full Council, will commence in August 2022 some 21 months hence but it is essential that we start the process now.

Part of the new contract proposals includes the introduction of a joint 123+ services - moving to a 3-weekly collection of residual waste to encourage further recycling.

Our recycling rate at around 60% and Warwick District Council's of 55% are well ahead of the Government's target of 50% by this year.  By moving to a 123+ approach with weekly food waste collections, two weekly recyclable waste collections and three weekly residual waste collections, we hope to build on the great efforts already made by our residents.
Benefits of the new collection model are :
•    increased recycling levels,
•    reduced levels of waste going to landfill,
•    separate food waste collections,
•    more efficient use of refuse vehicles and reduction in mileage travelled through smarter routing especially on the border between Warwick and Stratford districts.
•    Fulfilling climate emergency promises and will support the ambition of both councils to achieve carbon-neutral status for their districts by 2030.

The model will also see changes to the food waste collection by not entering the residual, recycling or green waste streams, instead the intention is for it to go to an anaerobic digester further removing harmful greenhouse gases from landfill. Food waste, in particular releases methane gas when decomposing and is up to 35 times worse than CO2 for our climate.  This is a big step in reducing harmful greenhouse gases from our waste stream.

This proposal is good for the environment as well as mitigating the inevitable increase in gate fees and waste disposal costs when the current contract expires in July 2022.

Both Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils are committed to improving their services for the residents of South Warwickshire and are investigating joint working and shared services.

Management roles in ICT and Neighbourhood Services are already being shared across the two councils, as is the prospect of a joint Local Plan for our communities, to secure long-term benefits. Combining waste collection under one contract, is the next service to be proposed for joint working by both councils.  The contracts for both councils finish around the same time, which presents an opportunity to review procuring a combined service across the whole of South Warwickshire, serving 126,000 households.

Council Budgets
We are now turning our minds to the Council Budget for 2021/22 and the Medium Term Financial Plan, which runs for five years from 2021/22. Even before the announcement of the lockdown the picture did not look good. We have established a cross party Council Recovery Advisory Group to ensure that we fully understand the position and that we appreciate the scale and nature of decisions that we will have to take. There is much detailed analysis work underway. The missing part of the equation at the moment is the level of funding that we will receive from central government and the scope we will have for raising council tax. Until we have that information, which we may not get until January then we will not know the scale of the actions we have to take.

Contributing to the uncertainty is the fact that increases in unemployment reduce the tax base, so, in the short term we will take a big hit from rapidly increasing unemployment across the District.

The reality of the situation is that we are down by over £4.25m and this figure is increasing – we will have to increase council tax by as much as we are allowed and we will probably still have to reduce services.

Scam Alerts – There are a number of scams reported including :

Bitcoin Investment Scam

Investors are warned to beware of bogus ‘investment experts’ operating via social media group sites providing investment advice on Bitcoin and other investments. Such ‘experts’ often claim they have fool proof ‘systems’ that enable them to beat the market. They may use fake graphs and charts to make it appear they are successful. Warwickshire residents have reported losing thousands of pounds after allowing these ‘experts’ to invest money on their behalf or after following their advice. It is unclear as to whether money was invested badly or simply stolen. Investors requiring financial advice on how and where to invest their money should speak an authorised individual or business.
•    Use the Financial Conduct Authority website to obtain information on authorised individuals and businesses in your area: https://register.fca.org.uk/s/
•    Beware of investment scams, visit: https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart

Back of the Van TV Seller Warning
Warwickshire Trading Standards has received reports of individuals selling televisions from the backs of vans in car parks and at motorway service stations. Such individuals can sometimes be very pushy and intimidating. The products may be being sold at ‘bargain’ prices.
You can’t tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep or in a car park! Trading Standards advises consumers not to buy TVs or other consumer goods if they are approached unexpectedly in a car park or on the doorstep. It’s very hard for a consumer to locate a trader again in these circumstances, if the goods later turn out to be fake or faulty.

Trading Standards also understands that there are bogus traders selling TVs that have been taken from recycling centres before they are re-packaged in boxes and bubble wrap with fake labels.

Always buy from genuine traders you know and trust. This way, if something does go wrong you can find the trader and exercise your consumer rights. For more advice visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

PPI Money Back Scam
Warwickshire consumers have reported receiving scam phone calls from people claiming to have obtained PPI compensation for them. Some residents have reported making failed PPI claims in the past. The fraudster suggests that normally they would have to charge a 40% commission fee, but this could circumvented if the consumer takes out a policy for life insurance or a funeral plan. 
Trading Standards suspect that these callers are simply high pressure sales people trying to sell consumers financial products that they would not normally be interested in, with the bogus promise that they would receive PPI compensation. Residents are advised to put the phone down on bogus callers.

Bogus HMRC Callers Target the Self-Employed
Fraudsters falsely claiming to work for HMRC are now targeting self-employed people in Warwickshire stating that they have been ‘flagged for tax fraud and evasion’ and that a ‘warrant has been issued’ for their arrest. They have been described as being very convincing. The callers are also spoofing HMRC telephone numbers to make them appear genuine. This is the latest in a long line of HMRC related scams. Always put the phone down and never reveal any personal or financial information under these circumstances. More on spoofing: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/problems/tackling-nuisance-calls-and-messages/phone-spoof-scam

Email Account Takeover Scam
Email account takeover occurs when a fraudster gains access to a legitimate user’s email account. They may do so by obtaining passwords and usernames from the dark web or via phishing scams. When this happens, fraudsters can send emails (posing as the legitimate user) to the users’ friends and family in their email address book. These emails can appear very genuine because the fraudster can word them in the same way as the legitimate user would do.
This is a typical case: a person receives an email they believe is genuine (but has in fact been sent by a fraudster) asking them to purchase some gift cards on behalf of the email sender, as gifts for a relative. The email’s recipient does so and is then asked to send the card numbers to the email sender (the fraudster). Fraudsters don’t need to the physical cards to use them, only the card numbers.
Your email account is arguably the most vital online account you possess. Cyber criminals can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft.
Keep it safe and secure. Visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/top-tips-for-staying-secure-online/use-a-strong-and-separate-password-for-email

Bogus Sky Callers
Warwickshire residents are again receiving bogus calls from people falsely claiming to be Sky TV and stating that they must take out compulsory breakdown cover for their Sky box. Put the phone down. More on Sky related scams: https://www.sky.com/help/articles/sky-scams

My advice is always – put the phone down – get an old bill out and use the contact details on this to get clarification.
Online - During lockdown if you are sitting at home with nothing to do :

Site Allocation Plan – This has started its 7 week public consultation on the preferred options version of the Site Allocation Plan. Should you wish to make comments on this please go online to the SDC website (www.stratford.gov.uk/sappo) 


Visit  Venture House’s website – www.venturehousestratford.co.uk  - there are lots of free business seminars available !

Webinar - Coventry and Warwickshire redundancy support service - 19 Nov
Tech start up webinar - SEO for the novice - CUE - 19 Nov
Webinar - Developing great networking and negotiating skills - CUE - 20 Nov
Webinar - Creating your marketing strategy - Business Ready - 24 Nov
Start up workshop - Getting started with finances - Chamber of Commerce - 25 Nov
Webinar - Coventry and Warwickshire redundancy support service - 26 Nov
Tech start up webinar - How to survive a start up - CUE 26 Nov
Webinar - Winning and retaining customers - Business Ready - 30 Nov

Million Pound Green-Shoots Fund for Project Funding.

Warwickshire County Council is seeking the views of community and voluntary groups around the county to help shape its £1 Million Green Shoots Fund.

Anyone interested is invited to complete an online questionnaire to share their views on the types of projects that need funding, the levels of financial support required and the process for applying for funding.

To get involved in this exercise and help shape the future of Warwickshire's Green Shoots Fund, please visit: https://ask.warwickshire.gov.uk/insights-service/green-shoots/


As the countdown to Christmas gets underway, Warwickshire County Council is supporting independent retailers and small businesses like you with a new social media campaign that will encourage residents to seek out services and products that are available locally.

The digital profile of a retailer is more important now than ever before and this is a time for retailers across our region to come together and support the development of other independents in their communities, and we hope that this campaign can create a positive culture of sharing for a mutual gain. It follows on from our successful #BuyEatLocal campaign which ran earlier this year.

On Friday 20 November we will be launching our A to Z of Christmas on our social media channels. This will highlight businesses, products and services beginning with the corresponding letter to create the perfect Christmas gift list from independent retailers across the region.

The aim of this campaign is to raise the digital profile of small businesses and independent retailers across all towns in Warwickshire and drive footfall when government restrictions are lifted and all shops and services can begin to reopen. 

We will also highlight those businesses that still able to trade with click and collect services through the lockdown.

The posts will go out on the Warwickshire Towns Network Facebook and Twitter @WarksTN, as well as being shared across Warwickshire County Council’s other social media channels. Each will be using #Warksmas and tagging the town, the retailer or business is located in for example #Nuneaton, #Leamington or #Alcester. 

And to make this campaign a success, we need your support! 

We would encourage you and your fellow businesses to get involved to help us reach as many people as possible by liking and sharing posts as they appear, whether it’s to promote your own business or endorse others. We hope members of the public will also get involved by offering reviews and recommendations.

We understand that not all of our small retail businesses are geared up for e-commerce but many are offering click and collect, and we hope the campaign will encourage others to adopt social media an effective marketing tool. 

So please do join the conversations on the #Warksmas hashtag, promote yourself, promote your neighbours and the County Council will help you to reach thousands of potential new customers.

Follow @WarksTN on Twitter or like Warwickshire Towns Network on Facebook for more updates and join the conversation from 20 November through to Tuesday 15 December. To find out more about the campaign visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/buyeatlocal

Carers Support Services - Carers Support Day

Public Engagement
•    Could you help us? We want your views and thoughts on how we can improve support for those Warwickshire residents with who regularly provide care for family members, loved ones or neighbours.

Care Companion
•    Caring for a loved one can be difficult during Covid-19. Care Companion is a digital tool that can help you find useful information. The free online resource has been developed by carers for carers. For info go to https://www.carecompanion.org.uk/

•    If you’re struggling with your caring commitments, then take a look at Care Companion. Devised by carers, for carers, this free online resource helps you plan your day with a handy calendar tool. You can even store contact details on it too. For info go to https://www.carecompanion.org.uk/

•    Did you know that Care Companion allows you to monitor your mood? The online tool can help you track your mood – helping you to arrange help for your caring responsibility and for you to get some well-deserved down time. For info go to https://www.carecompanion.org.uk/

•    If you haven’t registered for Care Companion, then what are you waiting for. Devised by carers for carers, this online device helps you keep a track of diary dates, provide carer specific support and can help you monitor your mood. For info go to https://www.carecompanion.org.uk/

•    Caring for a loved one can feel lonely and isolating at times especially if you are currently shielding. Care Companion can help connect you to support groups near you as well as offering free resources to promote positive wellbeing for you and your loved one. For info go to https://www.carecompanion.org.uk/

•    If you would like some time away from your caring responsibility for either time to yourself, a trip to the shops or to attend a doctor’s appointment, then the CRESS service can help provide emergency care. For more information please go to https://www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk/practical-support-overview/emergency-care-services/

•    Have you heard of the CRESS service? If you have a caring responsibility and need to attend a GP appointment, pick up shopping or visit another family member – then the CRESS service can provide planned cover to cover your absence.

•    With Covid-19 still hanging around you may feel as though you are trapped at home with your caring responsibility. The CRESS service can provide emergency cover to allow you to leave the house for a well-deserved break with friends. For more info please go to

•    Taking on a caring responsibility can be exhausting. It’s important that you take good care of yourself as well as the person you are caring for. If you need to see the GP but don’t have the time, then the CRESS service can help you. Providing emergency cover – you can attend your appointment and have a professional look after your loved one. For info please go to

•    Have you heard of CRESS? The Carer’s Response Emergency Support Service was set up to provide a free emergency or planned cover for when you need time away from your caring responsibility or simply want to take a break. For more info please go to 

Mental health
•    If you have been confined to the house during Covid-19 because you have a caring responsibility – you need to take time for yourself. Everyone needs a break from their routine and over the past few months this has become more apparent than ever. If you are feeling emotional, not yourself or have thoughts about ending your life please remember that you are not alone and there are professionals on hand to help you. To speak to someone in confidence please go to  www.dearlife.org.uk  or visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth for more information.

•    If you’re a young carer who is finding it difficult to cope with a caring responsibility – please remember you are not alone. Our partners @WYC @cwmind will help you with your troubles. If you are feeling low and want someone to talk to please go to RISE https://cwrise.com/for-young-people


Thank you to 12 year old Ellis for the picture above. He took this on the Birmingham Road, by the entrance to the golf club. What a wonderful local rural image illustrating the tranquility of our surroundings at the moment.


The flare up of Coronavirus and the associated lock down has dominated events this month.  The Government has not implemented the level of mitigation measures employed last spring other than in support for furloughed employees.  The main concern is the ability of the NHS to manage “winter pressures” adainst the back drop of additional Coronavirus cases.  It is this worry about the NHS coping with a ‘flu outbreak that is driving the lockdown rather than the absolute level of covid-19 infections.  Some rules do however appear quite arbitrary, for example, the small locally owned Warwick Book Shop was made to close, but WH Smith next door was allowed to stay open.  Given what appears to be a corporatist benign attitude in Government, I hope that everyone will make a special effort to support small local retailers rather than national suppliers and certainly avoid those who do not pay UK tax, such as Amazon when lockdown is lifted.
County Councillors receive daily briefings on the progress of the virus in Warwickshire.  However more detailed information is publically available by going to Government websites, for example: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map
On November 13 web site data showed that there were 9 cases in the Henley in Arden  & Claverdon economic zone, this includes Langley, Wootton Wawen and Preston Bagot, well below the national average and the Earlswood, Tanworth-in-Arden and Sambourne zone had 19 cases, just fractionally below the national average.  Warwickshire, as a whole, also remains below the national average.  The death rate for UK is running at about 1/3 of the daily maximum rate of last spring (1,000 vs 334) and in Warwickshire comparable numbers are 88 last spring and 5 per week today.  It is difficult to compare test data between the spring outbreak and today due to the ramp up of the testing regime.  Comparing hospital only tests, infections are running at around 1/3 of last spring.

An area that has been neglected this year is global warming and WCC is supporting the provision of tree-planting kits to schools colleges and community groups to plant a tree for every resident in the county.  To get involved visit: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/

Warwickshire runs a general welfare programme for vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis by providing basic and essential help.  It is recognised within the Scheme that some families who are struggling financially, and are eligible for free school meals, have difficulty covering the period when their children are off school during the school holidays.  This Scheme is supporting eligible families with the cost of food for their children over the school holiday periods.  For further information go to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme

Following the Arden Clerks and Chairs meeting last month focused meetings will be held with parish councils, residents associations and County officers concerning the situations at Earlswood Lakes and Henley High Street when lockdown has been lifted.

John Horner

Keep Fit During The Lock-down

New Affordable Homes in Stratford District

New Joint Waste Initiative

New Public Space Initiative

Warning: Scam email claiming to refund council tax

Officials from Stratford-on-Avon District are warning residents to be on their guard, following reports of an email scam offering a council tax refund.

The emails appear to have been sent from Stratford-on-Avon District Council, but in fact are a scam, designed to obtain people’s personal data and bank details.

Cllr Jo Barker, People Portfolio at Stratford-on-Avon District Council said: “We have been made aware that there is a council tax refund scam happening locally. If you have received any correspondence about a council tax refund that asks you to click a link, then input personal details please delete it.

“It’s appalling that fraudsters are taking advantage of the fact that many residents are suffering financially as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“If you have any doubts whether correspondence sent to you is genuine please contact the District Council and officers will be able to help you.”

How to avoid scams

  • Stop: Take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you have fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Advice on how to protect yourself from fraud can be found at Take Five – a national campaign offering advice that helps prevent fraud: https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/


Financial Support During Coronovirus Isolation

Stratford-on-Avon District Council will be providing Test and Trace Self Isolation Payments.

The UK government announced there is now a new legal duty on all UK residents to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or are identified by the NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of someone who has done so.

As this new legal duty may impact your ability to work and earn a living, the government has introduced a grant scheme, which will run until 31 January 2021.

The District Council will be providing Self Isolation Payment support to local residents who need financial assistance due to having to self-isolate because of Coronavirus and are unable to work from home and are in receipt of qualifying benefits.

Cllr Jo Barker, People Portfolio at Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “It's really important that if you receive a positive Covid-19 test, you self-isolate for 10 days. I know that self-isolating will cause a financial impact for some people, especially those who are self-employed and can’t work from home. We hope this payment will help to bridge the gap for you and support you whilst you self-isolate."

Residents will be able to apply from Monday 12 October through the District Council website – https://www.stratford.gov.uk/testandtrace/. Payments will be made soon after this date.

People who have received notification from NHS Test and Trace with a unique 8-digit identifier number and are eligible under the scheme criteria will receive a payment of £500 if they have tested positive for coronavirus and must self-isolate for 10 days (from the point they first developed symptoms or from the date they tested positive if they do not have symptoms), or if a member of their household has tested positive for coronavirus and they are told to self-isolate for 14 days (from the point the other household member first developed symptoms or from the date they tested positive if they did not have symptoms).

The criteria that individuals must comply with to be able to receive this payment, as set by the government is as follows:

  • Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Are employed or self-employed.
  • Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.
Are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit

Find out more about the NHS Test and Trace service by visiting here


Support for Warwickshire Residents: Key Contacts

Food and Energy:

The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme is for our most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis, when they have no other means of help. It provides basic and essential help for food and energy. This is given either in emergency food parcels or with credit to top up pre-payment meters. It includes applications for free school meals during holidays.
Please call 0800 408 1448 or visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme

  • Heat4Health aims to support people with health conditions and their families to keep warm affordably in their homes. This scheme covers Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry and Solihull. Contact Act on Energy directly on 0800 988 2881 or contact one of the local Outreach workers:
  • Josie – 07458 306299 (North Warwickshire & Coventry)
  • Amanda – 07458 306300 (North Worcestershire & Solihull)
  • Alvynne – 07458 306298 (South Warwickshire & South Worcestershire)

Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources:

There are a range of resources available to people who need support with their mental health and wellbeing, much of it specific to managing through the Covid-19 pandemic. These include helpful tips and ideas to cope from the Mental Health Foundation, specific guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people from Public Health England, and some practical suggestions on looking after yourself from 
Every Mind Matters. 

Other Covid-19 Support:
For enquiries about other Covid-19 related support, please call the Hotline on 0800 408 1447.

Calling Out For Community Heroes

HSL Henley-in-Arden is calling on the community to nominate local heroes who have gone to great lengths to support their fellow community members during the pandemic.

Situated at 181 High Street, the comfort specialists at HSL Henley-in-Arden want to recognise the incredible kindness and extraordinary efforts that some people have shown, to ensure their family, friends, neighbours, or vulnerable citizens have access to everything they need.

Matt Farrar Head of Retail at HSL comments: “During these turbulent times, we’ve seen our local community come together to support each other more than ever before – whether that’s through a friendly phone call, picking up a neighbour’s shopping, or going out of their way to care for someone in need.

“At HSL, we think that these acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, should be celebrated. That’s why we’re looking for the community hero of Henley-in-Arden and want to urge as many people as possible to nominate someone they think warrants the title - we can’t wait to hear their heart-warming stories.”

The chosen community hero will be gifted with a luxury hamper of Fortnum & Mason goodies, as a way of saying thank you for everything they've done. They’ll also be in with a chance of receiving a bespoke, handmade HSL chair of their choice if selected as HSL’s national community hero.

The store team are taking nominations via the HSL website until 23rd November. To nominate a deserving friend, family member or neighbour to be crowned the community hero of Henley-in-Arden, visit www.hslchairs.com/nominate-a-hero and tell HSL why they deserve to be recognised.



The Manor of Henley in Arden

Court Leet & Court Baron

An extraordinary year meant that there was an unprecedented Court Leet event. It is custom that the Annual Court Leet meets in the Guildhall on the second Wednesday of November but with current social distancing restrictions this was unable to happen so instead a Special Court Baron was held virtually. Officers of the Court, Honorary Burgesses and past High Bailiffs were summoned to appear before the Lord of the Manor, fully robed for a Zoom meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th November. This being the firstly separately held Court Baron for some 400 years and the first ever Court held via a virtual platform.   

The court was declared open by the Town Crier, Les Long and the Chaplain, John Ganjavi opened proceedings with prayer. 

The Lord of the Manor, David Lodder welcomed those present and spoke of the importance of custom and tradition. It was the upholding of traditions that meant the holding of a Court should take place despite the obvious challenges and he thanked the High Bailiff and Steward for organising the meeting.

The Homage (jurors in a Court Baron) were impanelled and sworn in by the Steward, Jonathan Dovey. In the announcements it was made clear that a full Court Leet will be held once the current restrictions preventing gatherings were lifted. Election of officers and reports on the assizes would be delayed until this full Court Leet could meet.

Honorary Burgess, Duncan Bainbridge paid tribute to two former officers of the Court who had sadly passed away during the year: Gerald Smith and Philip Tillman. Gerald was well-known in Henley from his hardware store on the High Street. He had served 16 years as a Parish Councillor and had been active in many organisations in the town. He was an officer from 1988 until 2014 and will be remembered for his love and respect for the traditions of the Court. Phil worked in education his entire life, he taught in Knowle for 17 years before setting up his own company as an educational consultant. He was also chair of the governors at the local Junior school in Henley. He joined the Court in 1996 but decided to stand down in 2006 because of his work commitments. In the last few years he had joined the West Midlands Combined Authority as Business Engagement Manager and become a trustee of the Heritage Centre in Henley.

Past High Bailiff, Norman Kench, Chair of the Guild Hall Management Committee gave a report on the activities of both the Guild Hall Trust and Heritage Centre. Both Trusts have had a difficult time with not being open or taking bookings for much of the year. However both Trusts received generous grants from Stratford District Council which have gone a long way to off-set the losses and continue much needed maintenance work. The Guildhall Trust also received a grant from the Joint Parish Council to help with the ongoing upkeep of the Jubilee Garden. Both Trusts were also working with the Parish Council on the new Heritage trail which is designed to increase visitors to Henley.

The High Bailiff, Tom Mangan gave a report on his year in office. He attended the Henley in Arden United Charities AGM before distributing the Christmas Alms with the Low Bailiff to addresses in Henley. He also attended Henley school awards evening, and the Big Tree planting event managed by Marijana Bainbridge of the JPC. He attended Warwick Carol Service at the Lord Leycester Hospital Chapel and was Guest of Honour at a Rotary MYJO Big Band Christmas Concert.

Many events were cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic including: Henley’s Court Dinner, Ale Taste and Civic Service,  The Arts4All Week, Armed Forces Day parade, The Music Festival and the Town Dinner. Warwick’s Spring Court was cancelled as was the Town Criers’ Competition and Shakespeare’s Birthday celebrations in Stratford.

In July the Court along with the Parish Council conducted a rallying call to businesses and people in the town to follow the new rules and get going again after lockdown. This was covered by ITV Midland news and the local press. Bromsgrove Court held a virtual ale taste whilst Alcester Court arranged a socially distanced ale taste. The Court also supported a Children’s planting event at the Railway Station and a memorial wall hanging at St Nicholas.

The High Bailiff gave some dates for next year:  The Court Leet Dinner will be on 22nd April 2021; Court Leet Day on 5th June 2021; Town Dinner on 25th September 2021.

He thanked his wife Clare and members of the court for their support during the past year and hoped that events beyond our control will be kinder to us all next year.

He paid tribute to Laurence Marshall who was standing down as Low Bailiff and the Court for family and other reasons. Laurence has been an exemplary member of the Court and had served continually on the Guild Hall Management Committee, totally transforming and expanding the promotion and letting of the Hall. Laurence organised and managed the Arts4All festival every year and it had considerably raised the profile of the Guild Hall. He was sure the whole court wished Laurence and his family the very best of health and happiness in the years ahead.

With there being a vacancy in the position of Low Bailiff, Alistair Price agreed to accept the position and was duly appointed as Low Bailiff.

There were no presentments

In any other business it was mentioned that Honorary Burgess Brian Jackson had moved away from Henley to a Care Home in Alcester with a view to eventually moving to a Care Home nearer his daughter. It was also mentioned that the beneficiaries of the Co-op Local Community Fund should be announced soon and should include the Guild Hall Trust.

The Court was closed by the Town Crier at 8.05pm

The current Court Officers are:

High Bailiff                                        Tom Mangan
Low Bailiff                                         Alistair Price
Mace Bearer                                     Sarah Allcock
Constable                                         John Shuttleworth
Ale Tasters                                       Andrew Gardner & Marc Bailey
Butter Weigher                                 Sharon Jones
Hayward                                           Alan Jones
Searcher & Sealer of Leather           Martin Smyth
Brook Looker                                    Sandy McCaskie & Paul Mulcahy
Affearors                                           James Dovey & Tony Capps



Records of manorial courts known as the Court Baron, first start to appear in England at the beginning of the 13th century. This ‘customary’ court was the inalienable right of the lord of the manor and predominantly dealt with litigation between tenants; the relationship between the lord and his tenants and regulation of agricultural practices.

The Court Leet with View of Frankpledge was a privilege granted by the Crown to a lord of a manor. Although it followed the same procedures and generally contained the same people, its jurisdiction was distinct to that of the Court Baron. Each frankpledge was expected to report all crime which was either dealt with by the Court Leet or, for more serious cases, passed on to the Hundred Court or the Royal Justices.

The Court Baron was held regularly, sometimes every three weeks whilst the Court Leet only met once or twice a year. The powers of both courts diminished and merged over the centuries and it became normal in places that had both courts to combine them into one ‘great court’. “Leet courts continued to assume a greater importance in thriving market towns which lacked incorporated status and consequently the power to regulate trading activities as a corporate body.” This is what occurred in Henley which remained an unincorporated borough market town.

The court records that survive for Henley show that separate Court Barons were held in the past but it was much more common for both courts to be held together. Records survive for a series of ‘little courts’ or Court Barons held every couple of months in 1547.


Little Court held on Wednesday before the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary, 1547

The Court relies on custom and precedent, and it is custom for the Annual Court Leet in Henley to be held on the second Wednesday of November. At this annual meeting those people in the town who have applied to be jurors are summoned to appear whilst everyone else is invited to observe proceedings. It will not come as a surprise that this year there is an obstacle to this custom. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing regulations meant that the holding of such an open and public event cannot take place.

Instead for legal reasons it was decided to call a Special Court Baron for the Second Wednesday of November. This will be the first Henley Court Baron to be held separate to the Court Leet for well over 400 years and the first ever court to be held virtually. At this Court Baron reports will he made including the intention to re-arrange the annual Court Leet as soon as restrictions are lifted in the new year.


Jonathan Dovey

Steward of the Manor

How Well Do You Know YourTown?
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The 15th Century Onwards.

In Part 1 we asked how well do you know your Town?, with questions on the Early  History from 1066 up to the 15th Century.

Now in Part 2 we look at events, people, and Henley’s History from Tudor times up to the present day.

Q1. Where can you see the original Royal Charter given to Henley-in-Arden by King Henry 6th on May 6th 1449?
Q2. How many ‘Coats of Arms’ and ‘Shields’ from Henley’s ‘Lords of the Manor’ can be seen in the Guildhall?
Q3. The Guildhall was built in1448 as a Medieval Hospital, but what else has it been in the past 500 years?
Q4. The ‘Court Leet’ were well established by Tudor times but what does the word ‘Leet’ mean?
Q5. Members of the ‘Court Leet each had specific roles, How many can you identify? And what did it mean if you were ‘Presented before the Court’.
Q6. The Ale Taster of the Court had a very special way of checking whether the ale was ‘fit for the consumption of the good inhabitants of Henley’?.  What was his method?
Q7. In 1635 Eleanor Powell and 10 other ladies were brought before the Court. What was their offence?
Q8. Men and Women brought before the Court were given separate ‘forms of punishment’, what were they?
Q9. Which ‘Prince’ in 1642 ‘lodged within the Guildhall’, hovering around Henley for 4 days burning some of the houses in the Town?
Q10. Which famous Englishman became ‘Lord of the Manor’ of  Henley-in-Arden in 1650?
Q11. What do Francis Sly, Robert and William Wheatley. Issac Court, William James, and Dr. Hugh Burman have in common?       
Q12. What year did W. J. Fieldhouse become ‘Lord of the Manor of Henley and what contribution did he make to the Town?
Q13. What is the ‘Chain of Peace’ and what symbols are shown on it? 
Q14.Who was Olive Nancy Barnard?
Q15. When did Henley-in-Arden split from Wootton Wawen and become a ‘Parish’ in its own right?
Q16. Which is the oldest surviving building in Henley? and who bought it in 1992?
Q17. What effect did the 1977 ‘Administration of Justice Act’ have on Henley-in-Arden?
Q18. Compare the image at the Top of this Article of St. Johns Church, with the Image below. Whats the main difference and Why and When? 
Also when was the Bell Tower Clock installed?  


In the next issue we will look at the way the Guild Hall evolved over the past 500 years and how the buildings like this and their contents gave us many of the "idioms" and expressions that we use today.

Alan Robson….. Guildhall Custodian Henley in Arden.

Download the answers here.


Community Grant Application Forms now available on the JPC web-site

Come in from the cold this winter to hear mesmerising tales, both epic and intimate.

A series of stripped back events throughout December and January, celebrating the essence of live theatre: an actor, a stage and a story.

We’ll start by live-streaming direct from our place to yours. Then, government guidance allowing, we'll invite you over to our place from 19 December, re-opening the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with full Covid-safe measures. We can’t wait to welcome you back.


Lady in the Sky Over Henley
A big thank you to Pam for these two photographs of an ethereal lady floating over the fields of Henley this week.


Ullenhall's Remembrance Service -

A big thank you to the 60 plus socially distanced villager's who attended the service at the cross this year; a great turn out in the circumstances; and nice we could get together to appropriately remember.

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Maggie's Lockdown Walks
Before we were plunged back into full lockdown I managed a short drive to Billesley, near Stratford-on-Avon, to visit the deserted village and Saxon church. An interesting excursion in Shakespeare country. Billesley church is one of the churches rumoured  to be where William married Ann Hathaway.    


The Manor House at Billesley has an interesting history in the hands of the landed gentry. It became a small exclusive hotel and country club in the 1970’s. Over the years it has had several extensions, and has recently undergone a major refurbishment under new ownership.  Park in the hotel car park and look along the driveway for the deserted village information board. From here you can see the remains of the moat of the original moated Manor House and the site of a deserted Village. A public footpath by the side of a stone pillar at the main entrance to the grounds of the hotel goes diagonally across a field. This was the site of a large thriving settlement prior to 1400s. It became one of the deserted villages hit by the plague and the changing farming methods which favoured sheep and the wool trade.  Now only the old dovecote which served the Manor House remains. The foot path leads to Wilmcote two miles away, which is where the house and farm of Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden is situated. 
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From the field you can get close to the moat and dovecote. This is a good vantage point to view the delightful little church and Wilmcote stone dry wall. But from here there is no public access to the church.

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The charming little Saxon church can be reached by walking to the end of the hotel drive and following the footpath by the side of the field. It is grade 1 listed and under the care of the Churches Conservative Trust.  From its approach it looks like a Georgian country church but it’s origins go back over 1,000 years. An avenue of lime trees leads to a porch and entrance which was added during a major rebuild, carried out in 1692 by the then owner of the Manor. Prior to that the entrance faced towards the village and original moated Manor House.  
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Inside the church an interesting feature from the 1692 refurbishment are the individual boxed pews. A gallery was added for the servants with narrow benches and one small boxed pew for the butler. Some remains from the earlier church survive. Two fine early medieval carved stones circa 1140 are on display in the church. The one is a harrowing stone with a carving of Christ, which is thought to be the base of a cross. The other a tympanum (see photo) a carving of a snake and a dragon being fended off by the holy ghost aided by a dove and depicts “man is beset by evil”. It would probably have been over the original  south entrance which faced the site of the village and old moated Manor House.  

When restrictions allow a visit to the hotel for refreshments and a wander round the extensive grounds is a treat in store.  A visit to the listed topiary garden which was laid  out over a 100 year is a delight.

Maggie Twigg reporting

As with many clubs, the Gardening Club still has its doors closed. We will have to see what the New Year brings. If you would like to join us on the evening of 24th November for our Zoom meeting with Reg Moule, give me (Penny)  ring on 792251 or send an e mail (pjstott@uwclub.net).  Reg is a regular presenter on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester and is going to treat club members to a Gardeners’ Question Time. Using Zoom will allow members to chat to the speaker and to each other. Reg is a popular speaker who has visited the club many times before.

Here are one or two things going on in my  garden:

In October, I commented on how my Cosmos plants looked as if I would not see any blooms this year. Well; they have surprised me and they are flowering now, albiet somewhat late and with the blooms being a bit spoilt by the frosty mornings.


I’ve picked all the remaining tomatoes from the greenhouse and brought them onto the kitchen windowsill to ripen. The plants are uprooted and thrown on the compost heap. A few lettuce plants are still giving me leaves for our daily salad and I have two plants doing well in pots in the greenhouse.

Now that the greenhouse is fairly empty, I’ve started on repotting some of my indoor plants. My dragon plants were getting very leggy, so I’ve chopped them and hope for new sproutings when they settle in. I hate throwing plants away, but I have decided that I can’t afford to let these plants proliferate, so quite a bit is going on the compost heap.

The courgette and squash plants are also on the compost heap. In their place, I have planted daffodil bulbs. The last two squashes are in the ‘fridge ready for dinner.
I have about two more meals of leeks to come and the follow on batch of leeks will be ready to eat in the spring if all goes well. My purple sprouting broccolli and sprouts, which are in a cage, look fairly healthy, despite some of them getting whitefly, which I washed off and then sprayed. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will still turn out OK.

I’ve been digging the flower beds and pulling out loads of buttercups and other weeds; getting rid of the large periwinkles that have been spreading out of control. At least, after the rain, the ground is soft and roots are coming out easily. I’m also digging out my day lilies. From time to time, I think you need a change in the garden and I want to plant a different variety of peony this year, having seen some I like in a friend’s garden. I also fancy some golden rosies I’ve seen. One thing you should be careful of is not to tidy up too much. The wildlife really needs places to hide in winter, especially the hedgehogs; they love to snuggle down in piles of dead leaves and all sorts of creatures benefit from the worms and insects that frequent leaf piles.

The RHS says that now is the time to put bands around fruit trees to prevent them being attacked by winter moth. It is also a good time to put some sweet pea seeds in pots in the greenhouse ready for the spring.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the berries in the garden.


The fuscias are also still in bloom, but I know the frost will get them soon.

We always pick stems of holly to decorate the house at Christmas. Usually the birds will strip the holly tree of its berries more or less over twenty four hours some time in November. So now is the time to pick the holly and put it in buckets of water in the greenhouse. They keep very well like this for several weeks and the mice don’t get at them, either.

Don’t get so busy you forget to enjoy your plants. Whether it’s in the garden or in the house, stop every now and again to give them a good look.

Penny Stott reporting


logoAlcester North Safer   NEIGHBOURHOOD Team

David Malin reports on crime in our area

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. If you would like to be removed from this local email circulation list, please let me know asap.

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:-


  • *Burglary. Allendale Crescent, Studley. Glass in door cracked. Marks on the glass suggest that it had been kicked. Between 9th & 10th November. 0074 10/11/2020
  • *Theft. Shops, Studley. Report received of male responsible for thefts from two shops in Studley being followed by member of the public. The alleged offender arrested by police at the scene. Further enquiries ongoing. 3.30pm Sunday 8th November. 0203 08/11/2020


  • *Suspicious Circumstances. The Green, Tanworth. Vehicle heard acting suspiciously in the area. Three males were seen to walk away from the car and three bangs heard. It is unknown what these noises were. Caller concerned regards their behaviour. The vehicle drove off shortly afterwards. 3.15am Sunday 15th November. 0082 15/11/2020


Parking IssuesWe have received a couple of complaints this week relating to vehicles parking inconsiderately on the road or footpath causing problems for pedestrians and other road users. This issue has increased with more people working from home during the current pandemic. Space for vehicles can be a problem in certain areas, but we ask that drivers park within the law and are considerate to other road and footpath users. Here are some options with regards reporting parking offences:-


  • Operation Snap - As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can report and submit digital footage showing potential traffic offences. This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, unsafe and illegal parking which is dangerous and causing a serious road safety issue, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists. Please note that on street parking enforcement is the responsibility of Warwickshire County Council and if someone has parked in contravention of the parking restrictions you can report the matter to them. For moving traffic offences, your submission to Operation Snap will be sent to Warwickshire Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic police officers. Due to the large volume of submissions received each week, we are unable to update each submitter regarding the outcome of their allegation. However, all submissions are dealt with pro-actively to help reduce risk taking and poor driving on our counties roads. Any footage submitted through the portal can be used by us to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.  *Please note, from 1st November 2020 we are unable to process multiple file submissions for the same report/incident - any duplicate submissions will not be processed.

Warwickshire Police takes part in National Road Safety Week of activity -

Warwickshire Police is taking part in national Road Safety Week between 18 - 24 Nov 2019.

The week is an opportunity to highlight road safety and thousands of schools, communities and organisations take part across the country. The theme for Road Safety Week 2019 is 'Step up for Safe Streets' and the week long campaign aims to encourage everyone to step up and play a part in making our roads safer.

In 2018, 35 people were killed and 325 people were seriously injured on Warwickshire's Roads. Reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads has been set as a priority for Warwickshire Police and we will be working with partners across Warwickshire to help achieve this. Inspector Jem Mountford said “The week provides an opportunity for officers and staff to step up to highlight their vital role in helping keep people safe on the county's roads and conduct enforcement activity.

We will also be using social media to raise awareness of the Road Safety Week and putting out messages to encourage communities to stay safe on Warwickshire's roads.” If you would like to follow road safety week, we will be using the hash tags #RoadSafetyWeek and #StepUp. You can also follow the relevant Twitter accounts: @opuwarks @warkspolice @brakecharity      

For more information visit:- http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.ukI

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact us on the details below or via the Warwickshire Police website. If you would like to be removed from the Teams email circulation list - please let us know.


Safer Neighbourhood Team

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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25th November 2020

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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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