Henley Crest





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

19th February 2021
Edition 24
Previous issue

John Rutherford Honorary Burgess and Past High Bailiff of Henley-in-Arden.

Sadly, we remember John Rutherford who passed away on 25th January after a long and brave fight against Cancer. His funeral will take place in Redditch on 23rd February 2021.John first joined our Henley-in-Arden Court Leet in early 2007, becoming High Bailiff in 2010 and stepping in again in 2014.

“Gentleman” is the word we read time and again in the many tributes to John. And a “gentleman” he certainly was. But those of us who were fortunate to have served with John on the Court Leet and also on the Management Committee of the Guild Hall Trust, which John Chaired for many years, know that John was a very determined gentleman, a leader with dedication and common sense who led from the front and inspired others.

John’s deserved elevation to Honorary Burgess reflected those qualities which served our community so well. Our thoughts and wishes are particularly with his wife Anne and his children Victoria, Steve and Andrew.

Tom Mangan, High Bailiff
The Manor of Henley in Arden
Court Leet & Court Baron

Census 2021

Census2021 has launched its national advertising campaign to highlight the forthcoming once-in-every ten-years survey of people and population in England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics – which runs Census2021 – is working with Stratford-on-Avon District Council to deliver a successful census and help local services fully meet future needs. 

Understanding the needs of communities helps everyone from central government to local organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services. Census data helps decide where public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools, hospitals, family and care services.

The census takes place on 21 March 2021. It will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities and the inequalities people are experiencing. It will ensure the big decisions facing the country following the coronavirus pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible.

“Census 2021 will be crucial in giving a snapshot of life in the 21st Century and during these unprecedented times,” said Sally Bannister, Census Engagement Manager for south Warwickshire. “Information from the Census makes a difference to the life of every single person in south Warwickshire - and the nation as a whole. Census data is used to plan things that are important in everyday lives for all our families - like maternity services, schools, apprenticeship schemes, care provision for the elderly, mental health support, housing, and new bike lanes. “Because these things matter to all of us, everyone must complete the census. But all data is made anonymous and details which would identify a person is kept locked away for 100 years for historians and those searching details of family trees. So no personal or identifying details can be seen by government officials dealing with applications or payments or services you receive.”

David Buckland, Chief Executive of Stratford-on-Avon District Council stressed: “The census provides the district with important information about its population, helping future funding in our communities and planning our services. It is vital that everyone takes part.”

Households will begin receiving letters with online codes in March explaining how they can complete their online census. People can also request a paper questionnaire if they’d prefer to complete the census that way.  In areas where lower online completion is expected, around 10% of households will receive a traditional paper form through the post.

There is plenty of help available in various languages with people also able to complete the census over the phone with assistance from trained staff via the ONS’ free phone contact centre. The main census field operation will begin only after Census Day, contacting those who have not responded. Field staff will never need to enter people’s houses; they will always be socially distanced, wear PPE and work in line with all government guidance. They will be operating in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit.

Census 2021 will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, aswell as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available in 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk                   


The National  Census is coming ....

The HUB in Henley will be providing expert community support to all

The next national census is planned for Sunday 21 March 2021.

Moving the census online

Census 2021 will be the first digital-first census. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device. You’ll get an access code from us at the Office for National Statistics. Simply go online and enter the code into our secure website to get started. They’ll be in contact nearer the time to let you know what you need to do.

Help is available
The organisation is aiming to make it easy for everyone to take part in Census 2021. But, if you need help, they’ve got it covered. They’ll have an online help area and offer help by phone, webchat, email, social media or text message.

If you can’t get online or need help completing the census online, there’ll be Census Support Centres across England and Wales.  The Hub is one of these centres.

They’ll also have guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats.

Our changing needs

To make sure they collect the information needed to plan and fund services they’ve made a few changes to the questions they ask in Census 2021.

They also want everyone to be able to identify as they wish. In 2021, it’ll be even easier as they are developing ‘search-as-you-type’ functionality.

You can help
The Hub is recruiting volunteers to offer a friendly reception with refreshments to people who arrive at the Hub to receive help in completing their legal duty.

Phone Peter if you can help for a few hours.

Please contact Peter on 07974573582  

OR peter.crathorne@gmail.com          www.thehubathenley.com

So What Was I.T. Like?

Last week more than 80 present and future entrepeneurs attended the week long Statford District Council / Venture House "Pop Up Business School" training course. This unigue team of experts travel the world helping people start-up their own businesses or help those already in business get a grasp of the latest on-line marketing technigues to rapidly grow their customer base. It is a testiment to how good this course was that the same number of people who started on Monday morning were still online participating on Friday afternoon, with pretty much all of them having web sites, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram marketing accounts by the end; more than that, they had made friends and business contacts and were collaborating on projects together. Here are the links to some of the new sites created following the course:

@venturehousesua@onedayfilmproductions @cotswoldconnected @thesewingset @nellyandgladysdogphotography @kjmatthews247 @toastwarwick @tobonnie.be @glamjewels2
@shortbreakuk @marayadesigns @Trust_salons_at_wootton_park @coolcandyco
@putaiwellbeing @midlandsgolfdays @hugdoodle @beverlyclarkespeartravels @photorepairbarn
@swanbookkeeping  @acraneceramics @picturemyword @parrott_prints  @theloft_treatments


v2 So, if you specialise in taking photos of pets like Nelly and Gladys dog photography or you make unigue fashionable jewelry like Maraya there is FREE support available to you from Venture to help you start a new business, improve your existing one or maybe monetise a hobby or interest.
There are courses run almost every working day by Venture online, for the current list simply click here; so if you are interested in redundancy advice, start-up support, networking for small businesses, Linkedin for business, writing business plan workshops, business vision and strategy workshops etc there is something here for you.
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Since lockdown, with most of the country being housebound for several weeks, it has meant many of us have been reading more books. Great news for authors and in particular Robert David who has recently published his debut novel Aden to Zanazibar described as being 'a haunting psychological suspense at the margin between reality and illusion" . This is the first in a series of three Plain Sight novels; the sequel Two Penny Blue will be out in the spring this year, and the final instalment, Watermark, in the autumn.

Though now living in Henley in Arden, Robert draws his inspiration from where he grew up, that being Bridgend, the Rhondda Valley and the desolate coast and dunes of Kenfig and Sker. He worked in opencast coal mines before going into business to run his own companies. He was always writing and, eventually, business was no longer enough so he gave it up in order to write full-time. He now writes full time.

Aden to Zanzibar is available through Amazon or Apple Books. You can find out more about Robert and the book by visiting his website at https://athanpress.com/

You can also read a very interesting article in the South Wales Life by clicking here which includes a Zoom interview with this talented author.

I Like Cadbury's Cream Eggs

There, I have admitted it, but please don't mention it to my doctor; or for that matter my wife. Last week I met Jan on a Zoom working group and I have to admit that she brought a bigger smile to my face than a cream egg and it lasted throughout the day (cream eggs have no chance with me of lasting more than a few minutes). Jan is a believer in the power of laughter, in the health benefits of smiling and the contagious nature of positivity. If you have just one minute free during the day have a look at her new website.(Regretably I'm not being sponsored by Cadbury in Creme Eggs for this article)

I've included Jan's details for two reasons, firstly she has got to be the happiest person I have met for many years (so she must be doing something right), secondly, she is offering to the Henley Express readers the opportunity to have a Laughing Chat to boost happiness! 

Your Invitation:  If the idea of a good laugh sounds like a great idea, pop along to Titters on Tuesday Laughter Club, for Zoom details email laughwithjan@gmail.com or find her on Facebook

She is also available for one-to-one telephone or virtual sessions, where you can learn different techniques that are fun to help you with increasing your resilience, positivity and lower stress!  She is offerring , 30 mins for £20.00 or 1 hour for £40 (valid to 30 April 2021). Simply use the contact details below to arrange a time. 


It seems worth mentioning that no one in the Henley region pays to advertise in the Henley Express, it is free to advertise in and all we ask is you consider a voluntary donation to The Hub of a few pounds if you want. Email me at editor.henleyexpress.outlook.com


Spark 2021aims to turn creative talk into creative action, and galvanise Warwickshire creative business community around a common purpose; recovery, promotion, and growth of the sector. I highly recommend this conference if you are in the arts or are seeking  to work with those in the arts  in the Warwick area. Register here: Spark - Warwick District Council (warwickdc.gov.uk)

"Online delegates will be introduced to just some of the exciting organisations, projects, and initiatives in the area – and share information about their work and plans for the future. The programme, spread over five days, is structured around five core themes; voice, placemaking, pathfinding, engagement, and innovation, and will include presentations, discussions, workshops, networking opportunities, and performances and exhibitions. 

The running order of the programme is now confirmed, which you can explore here. We will continue to add further detail to the sessions, including speakers and opportunities to get involved over the coming weeks – but for now, book your ticket, download the app, create your profile, build your agenda, and take part in the online discussions."

John Horner - County Councillor Report

Local elections will be held this year on May 6th.  Councils are being indemnified for anyone catching Coronavirus due to attending a voting station, but the advice is to seriously consider a postal vote.  Postal vote forms must be posted to Stratford on Avon District Council offices, Elizabeth House

Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX.  Forms can be downloaded by typing “Apply for a postal vote” into your Internet search engine.  Otherwise contact me (tel.  01926 842068) and I will get one sent to you.

The election will be for the Council and any elections postponed last year due to Covid-19.  In Arden this includes Police and Crime Commissioner and Parish Council elections if required.  The confirmation was due to the sound progress being made on vaccinations across the Country.  Speed of roll out of the vaccination at individual sites is driven by the schedule of deliveries of the vaccine from the NHS to locations. This is causing differences in speed of each area moving forward, and can be frustrating for those living in the slower areas who hear their friends have already had the jab.

The County Council decided it budget at a meeting on February 8.   The Government has only told Councils how much they will be getting next year rather than over the next four years and so the focus was very much on the coming financial year. WCC will increase its share of your Council tax by three percent.  Two percent will be for all purposes and an additional one percent will be added to be spent in addition on Adult Social Care.  Although taxes will increase 3% the County still has to make savings of £48 million from a budget of £700 million.  This means Social Care will be around 79% of the discretionary budget in 2021.

As a result of the Covid-19 epidemic and the impact it has had on the economy the focus of the entire budget is to maintain employment.  I had argued for more capital investment towards local road schemes and flood alleviation, but the will of the Council was to focus on jobs for next year.  The Council will increase its borrowing and to offer loans and grants to help companies get back on their feet.  The Council also has agreed to borrow additional sums to generate a future income, create social value and maintain Council assets.  One proposal is to be a co-developer of housing being built on Council land rather than simply sell the land to a private developer. 

WCC has provided in excess of 2,375 laptops to school children to help them with their lessons during lockdown.   This is in addition to a Government scheme that can be accessed via the Department for Education.  The County Libraries Service has been making doorstep book deliveries to residents who are shielding during the lockdown.  It also operates a befriending service where a member of staff calls the resident to check on how they are getting on and offer support.

The Government have recently signed an agreement with a UK based vaccine manufacturer to develop new vaccines to combat any variants of Covid-19 , or any other coronavirus, that appear in UK going forward.   According to the NHS on February 8, the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines both work well against the current strains seen in UK.

John Horner
Email: johnhorner@warwickshire.gov.uk

Support for those Shielding
Around 1.7 million additional people in England are now being advised to shield from coronavirus until the 31st March, increasing the number of clinically extremely vulnerable individuals already on the shielding list.

The updated figure was announced following use of a new assessment model to identify people who may be at an increased risk of becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus. All new people added to the list will soon receive a letter from the NHS explaining why they are being advised to shield.

For more information on the shielding support available in Warwickshire please contact us on 0800 408 1447 or visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirusvulnerable


I'm sure you all know that from the
22nd February to the 7th March is "Fair-Trade Fortnight"no, I didn't either, however now I do I had a look at the programme of events and it is an eclectic and informative range of diverse resources including cooking shows, wine tastings (a personal favourite)  photographic exhibitions, story-telling, forums, interviews, concerts, presentations on climate  change gardens  and much more.  Whether you have a strong interest in Fair-Trade  products or not there is something here these next two weeks which will interest you.

Garden Waste Subscription Service hits 20K subscriptions

Stratford-on Avon District Council has received over 20,000 subscriptions for the garden waste subscription service since applications opened in January.

Applications opened on 11 January with an early bird offer of £35 for each green bin for a 12-month subscription, starting on 1 April 2021.

The early bird offer ends on 28 February, after which the annual charge of £40 for each green bin will apply.

Cllr Ian Shenton, Operations Portfolio says: “Early bird applications are still open until the end of February and I would encourage anyone who would like to subscribe to our garden waste service, to take advantage of this offer and sign up now before the service starts in April. I don’t want people to be disappointed when the early bird offer ends and they have missed out.”

To subscribe and find out more about this service, please visit: www.stratford.gov.uk/gardenwaste

For those residents who do not want to subscribe to the service, they can register to have their green bin removed at – www.stratford.gov.uk/online-forms/green-bin-removal-request

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  Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action Funding

West Stratford Funding Clinic aims to support local voluntary groups

Groups in the west rural areas of the Stratford District are invited to a free virtual funding clinic on Thursday 25th February at 7pm.
The event is organised by Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action and the Districts Social Inclusion Partnership and aims to help groups secure more funding and become more sustainable in these difficult times.
Topics covered will be the best funds to approach, how to improve funding applications, fundraising ideas and how to get further help.
The Clinic is open to any group who are based west of Stratford Town, i.e. Bidford, Alcester, Studley, Henley and surrounding villages. If successful other areas will have the opportunity to attend their local Clinic later in the year.
The Clinic will be informal and there will be an opportunity to bring questions and ideas. Further offline help is also available after the Clinic.
To register please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-stratford-district-funding-clinic-tickets-137809759701
For further information, please contact the Funding and Group Development Officer 
Chris Freeman via chrisfreeman@wcava.org.uk  or call Tel: 07850 515185


Maggie's Lockdown Walks

In my last walks article, snowdrops just peeping through the earth were illustrated. Now these dainty bell shaped flowers can  be found in swaths all around the country side. On a crisp sunny day I took myself on a short drive to give the car a run. I found an abundance in the church yard by the entrance of the delightful Saxon Church at Billesley.


What a delight to see clumps along the side of the road through Wotton Wawen and Litttle Alne. A walk round Aston Cantlow brought great rewards of swaths scattered amongst the grave stones  in the church yard,  and along the banks beside the lane leading to the site of the old mill (now  a delightful holiday park ) where the mill wheel can still be seen.

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I am finding walking over the fields with all the mud and flooded pathways very treacherous.  Consequently my  everyday walk mostly takes me along the golf club drive. Here we are lucky to be transported from the busy Birmingham Road  into tranquil countryside and picturesque views over the fields.

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My friendly Robin often greats me at the top of the drive. He is busy  scurrying round the fallen leaves in the hedgerows a I reach the public footpath.

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The arctic spell we have experienced this month has enhanced our lovely Warwickshire scenery. The ice, snow and frost on the canal at Wotton Wawen, and a bit further afield a lake in Arrow valley park , glistened on the water in the wintery sunshine, and made some delightful pictures.

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Maggie Twigg


The Warwickshire County Council Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund

The Warwickshire County Council Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund provides grant funding to community projects to mitigate against, and adapt to, the impact of climate change. It is aimed at community and voluntary organisations.

In 2019, Warwickshire County Council declared a climate change emergency and made and real commitment that considerations of climate change and carbon footprint reduction would underpin all future decision-making. The Council also committed to support Communities across Warwickshire to play their part in mitigating their own impact on the environment, of which, the Green Shoots Fund will play a large role.

The Green Shoots Fund is designed to support community projects and initiatives that aim to achieve the following:

  • Increase the adaptability and resilience of Warwickshire to the effects of climate change
  • Reduce impacts on the environment, particularly regarding climate change
  • Ensure funded projects benefit the wider Warwickshire community

Like any funding, there are certain general criteria which this Fund seeks to support. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Mitigating or adapting to climate change and the environment
  • Benefits to the local community and connections between other groups and projects
  • Development of awareness in environmental issues and capacity building of local communities
  • Legacy and long-term impacts
  • Project risks and mitigation steps

Applications for funding are to be submitted during biannual funding rounds, with each round open for a period of ten weeks.

The first round of funding runs between Tuesday 2 February 2021 and 5 pm on Monday 17 May 2021.

For eligibility criteria click here.

Fancy a Chat?
If you want to find out more about our services,
we’d love to hear from you:
03333 44 77 38


You can also reach us by emailing:
Householders – those looking for company

Homesharers – those offering support and companionship


We want to foster friendships between generations

Would you like some companionship or a little extra help around the house? We can find someone who you’ll enjoy sharing your home with, and who can provide a bit of household help each week.

Looking to save money on accommodation costs and willing to help out around the home? We will match you with a friendly householder in a great location for you.

Quality and Safety are two of our key values: we are a member of the national body (Homeshare UK); we perform interviews, checks and references prior to move-in; and we provide ongoing support and reassurance throughout.

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Dear Residents,

Thanks to the power of collective switching, we have secured a low-cost energy tariff for residents.
Warwickshire County Council is running its 12th collective energy switch for residents. Over 1.2m households across the country have already taken part in this easy and hassle-free way to switch supplier. To date, switchers in Warwickshire have saved an average of £232.

Do you want to know who has won the auction, and see how much you could save?
1.    Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/switchandsave and sign up for free, before 23 March.
2.    It only takes a few minutes and is completely obligation free.
3.    You will see a personal offer based on the energy details you provide.
4.    You decide if you want to accept and switch, or not.
5.    We then take care of the entire switch for you, meaning the whole thing is as smooth and hassle-free for you as possible.

Don’t have internet access?
If you don’t have Internet access, please see overleaf for information about how you can register.
Interested in renewable electricity?

All electricity tariffs that suppliers submit in our auctions must be 100% renewable.

How does the collective switch work?          
•    Residents in Warwickshire have been registering over the last four weeks, as the more
    households that participate, the greater our negotiating power.      
•    Energy suppliers were invited to take part in an auction to bid against each other to offer the best deal.
•    The winning supplier was the one making the lowest offer.      
•    You are not obliged to take up an offer: it is your choice. 
•    If you decide to accept the offer you need to let us know before 23 March.

Join with Warwickshire residents and see how much you could save today!

Best Wishes,
The Warwickshire Switch & Save Team
Warwickshire County Council,
Part of the Big Community Switch


logoAlcester North Safer   NEIGHBOURHOOD Team

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:-

•    *Vehicle Crime. Lords Lane, Studley. Ford Transit tipper works van stolen. Between 5.30pm 18th and 6.20am 19th February. 0028 19/02/2021

•    *Theft. Haye Lane, Mappleborough Green. Gate broken and cattle trailer stolen. Between 14th and 19th February. 0068 19/02/2021

•    *Theft. Shop, High Street, Henley. Man and woman have entered the shop and have stolen various items by way of shoplifting. 1 – Female, black, 40’s, 5’ 6” with short dark hair. 2 – Male, black, 6’ 2”, wearing a black coat and a grey hoodie. They left and got into a white four door car and drove off towards Hockley Heath. 3.10pm Wednesday 17th February. 0202 17/02/2021
•    *Suspicious Circumstances. Castle Road, Henley. Males seen on driveway to house. CCTV camera then moved. Nothing believed damaged or stolen at the time. Reported 16th February. 0115 16/02/2021
•    *Suspicious Circumstances. Liverage Close, Henley. Female has knocked on door to house to ask if they could use the toilet. They have then changed their story when refused and became quite insistent on wanting to go inside. Access was denied and the female eventually left the area in a small white car that was parked on the road outside. 6.50pm Monday 15th February. 0356 15/02/2021
•    *Anti-Social Behaviour. Prince Harry Road, Henley. Group of youngsters in the road seen to throw a stone at house. No damage found at the time. 3.40pm Monday 15th February. 0250 15/02/2021

•    *Suspicious Circumstances. Poolhead Lane, Earlswood. Vehicle seen acting suspiciously in the lane. Seem to be two adults and two children in the vehicle, but they were taking photos of the houses as they travelled past. Caller concerned regards their behaviour. Registration number passed to police. No offences disclosed at the time. 2.20pm Thursday 18th February. 0210 18/02/2021

•    *Damage. Gate to field, Tanworth. Padlock forced off gate and access gained to land. Nothing found stolen at the time. Overnight 16th & 17th February. 0057 18/02/2021

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.

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

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

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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
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rotaryRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the 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:

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