Henley Crest





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

5th February 2021
Edition 23

St Johns

St John's Henley-in-Arden


St Nicholas Beaudesert

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John Ganjavi, Rector's February Message


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Covid: More Financial Support Available for Business During Lockdown.


Stratford-on-Avon District Council will start making payments for this scheme this week from Monday 1 February.

Businesses that have applied for any recent business grants from the District Council since November last year, do NOT need to complete another application form.

The District Council will make an automatic payment to these businesses using previously submitted details and this top-up payment will be credited to the bank account already provided.

If you have NOT previously applied for any form of grant funding since November, please complete the application form on our website.

To qualify for one of these top-up grants, businesses must have occupied a property listed as liable for national non-domestic rates and have been instructed to close in line with the current restrictions from 6 January, even if able to open for delivery or takeaway services.

The new scheme, based on the rateable value of a closed business’s premises, is as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less;
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000; and
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

This funding comes in addition to the existing Government business support schemes, including grants of up to £3,000 a month for closed businesses.

The grants, which do not need to be repaid by businesses, are part of a wider package of support measures put in place to help struggling businesses.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors have also been eligible for a 100 per cent business rates discount since 1 April 2020. The relief applies until 31 March 2021.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) also continues until the end of April 2021.  Under the latest extension, workers will continue to receive payments equal to 80 per of their wage, while employers will only be required to pay wages, National Insurance Contributions (NICS) and pensions for hours worked, and NICS and pensions for hours not worked.

Cllr Jo Barker, People Portfolio Holder says: “This further financial support will continue to help businesses in the months ahead to help sustain jobs, so businesses can be ready to return when they are able to reopen.

“Payments will start to be made to businesses, which we know were closed during November and December, this week so there is no need to reapply if you have already applied for a grant. If you haven't already applied, please do so as soon as possible."

For any further information on these grants please read the Policy on our website – Local Restrictions Support & Lockdown Grants | Stratford-on-Avon District Council

The District Council has now paid £6,028,037.13 covering 3,053 grants to businesses. The District Council is currently administering nine grant schemes from central government as part of its COVID-19 support for businesses. For more information please visit:

Local Restrictions Support & Lockdown Grants | Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Steps Towards Creation of New South Warwickshire Council


Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council are moving towards the next step: "To create a single statutory South Warwickshire Council covering all of the activities currently carried out by Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council by 2024."

Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: "The COVID pandemic has had an enormous impact on our communities and the Council.  The Deloitte report clearly identifies that there are significant benefits from our two authorities continuing to integrate; without this there would be even more challenging decisions required from both authorities.  Without doubt, this is one of the most significant issues in the history of the District Council."

The Deloitte report will be presented to the District Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 9 February, where Members will be discussing the future relationship between the two Councils, before final recommendations go to Full Council on Monday 22 February. The agenda can be viewed here.

The options for The Cabinet are as follows:

  • To receive or to reject the Deloitte report "Creating a South Warwickshire Council".
  • To either support the principle of pursuing further integration between  Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council to the point of a full merger of the organisations.
Subject to option 2:

For the Chief Executive to develop proposals for a full merger between Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council in order to create a South Warwickshire Council.

Cllr Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council says: "Out of crisis often comes opportunity.  Our two Councils have much in common and working together we've been able to respond positively to the pandemic.  The local Recovery Plan will be strengthened if Councillors decide to take this historic step, giving an opportunity to improve local government services across South Warwickshire, generating greater value for our residents and taxpayers." 

Warwick District Council will be discussing the report at their Executive on Thursday 11th  February before going before its Full Council on Wednesday 24 February.  The recommendations are the same.

Reasons for this proposal

  • Recognised that the sense of place between the two authorities needs to be maintained
  • Louder voice sub-regionally for residents and stakeholders
  • Financial pressures from COVID and reductions in Government Support
  • To help retain as many valuable services as possible

A super-district would have a stronger strategic voice with stakeholders, be more able more easily to enter into partnership arrangements with other organisations, benefit from increased capacity and resilience with a larger pool of resources in all functional areas, deliver improved customer experience by delivering greater consistency of approach, particularly for customers operating across both districts, and be a more effective employer by creating a structure that offers more career opportunities and greater appeal in the jobs market.

Both Councils face significant financial pressures and need to make savings; merging the councils provides the potential to improve the financial position and ensure that local government can continue to deliver or improve services for local communities.

A financial assessment has been carried out of the potential costs and benefits. This has found a potential opportunity to generate annual net savings of £4.6m after Year 5.

The super-district could speak up for the interests of the place and the discrete local communities within it, creating a stronger, unified voice than currently exists, ensuring the place's voice is heard at a strategic level.

This is an abbreviation of the full-press release, a full copy can be found here.

CONSULTATION: PROPOSED BUDGET AMENDMENTS: Your opportunity to have a say; here.

FORMER LEADER OF THE COUNCIL DIES: Les Topham the former council leader from 2005-10 passes away, SDC announcement here.



 Photos from around Henley
Thanks for the pictures; nice to see someone found a good use for the orange fluroescent golf balls in the top picture now that the golf club regretably is no longer available to help us to lose them.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Advise issued by Warwickshire County Council should we get bad weather this weekend; also, a road map of those roads on the grit plan so you can plan your journey should it be essential you go out if it snows.


Never assume a road has been gritted.

Always remember that when driving in winter conditions you need to take extra care and drive slowly.



      Drive more slowly

     Steer gently

     Avoid harsh braking

     Use the highest gear you reasonably can


      Drive more slowly

      Use dipped headlights

      Use fog lights


      Drive more slowly

      Use dipped headlights

      Use fog lights

     Steer gently

     Avoid harsh braking

     Use the highest gear you reasonably can.


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Henley-in-Arden Neighbourhood Watch Urgent Appeal

Henley in Arden Neighbourhood Watch covers all residents of the Henley and Beaudesert Parishes and has been in existence for 20 years with Co-ordinators covering all roads. It is affiliated to the National Neighbourhood Watch and is part of the Stratford District NW.

Many members of the committee have lead the team over a considerable number of years and now wish to retire. We are looking for a new leader (lead co-ordinator) to carry forward the successes of the team as Chair of a committee meeting four times a year, with Police presence, and also representing Henley at the Stratford District NW co-ordinators meeting three times a year.

Ideally he or she would be familiar with and able to develop electronic commnication with co-ordinators in Henley to forward information on criminal activity in the area.

Initial support would be available from the current team and also from Stratford District NW giving both help and finance.

If you would like to take on a very worthwhile but not too onerous task of helping to keep Henley        safe then please contact Annette Walker on 01564 792837,
or email: henleywalkers@btopenworld.com .



own own

OWN BOOKS is an innovative book recycling project to help children have their own books at home. 

What is the aim of OwnBooks?

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

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

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

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

5 Encourage parents to read with their children at home

What We Do

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

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

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

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

Email.  Ownbooksforchildren@gmail.com

Website   www.ownbooks.co.uk

Or call   07816382503

Yours very gratefully Julie de Bastion founder of Own Books


Maggie's Lockdown Walks
We have had a good deal of rain throughout January. Public foot paths round Henley seem to be getting increasingly muddy, as more intrepid walkers are venturing out into the countryside. Unfortunately for the farmers their crops are being trodden down as walkers are social distancing and are seeking solid ground to avoid the slippery mud. This path over the ridge above Buckley Green is worth a trek through the mud, for the reward of splendid views looking down over Henley.


During the recent artic spell the ground frosts have made the marshy ground easier for walking. Each step I took gave stimulating crunch noises underfoot while walking through the long grass.

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The sunshine on the recent snow completely transformed the muddy country side. The fields glistened making my daily walk a magical experience. The snow plough up the driveway to the golf club was fun to watch, and made the hill easier for drivers, but the impacted snow made it treacherous to walk on!!

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From beneath the snow clumps of snowdrops are appearing. I have seen them on the grass verge along the golf club drive, and in the lane through Buckley Green. These delicate little flowers  give us hope for the Spring and better times to come.

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Maggie Twigg



Only a couple of weeks to go (15-19th) until the PopUp Business School (PUBS) FREE week long ‘online’ course on setting up a new business starts.

If you know of anyone who may be interested get them to sign up now !

Pop Up Business School » Venture House (venturehousestratford.co.uk)

Event Details

Everything you need to know about the FREE five day online course

  • Length?       5 Days

  • When?         Monday 15th February - Friday 19th February 2021

  • Where?        Online via Zoom (A viewing link will be sent to you upon ticket registration.)

  • What time?   Two Sessions a Day [AM: 10:00 - 12:30] [PM: 13:30 - 15:00]

  • The event is live, there is no recording but we will send out daily course notes via email.

  • Please block out the time in your diary.

  • Cost?    Free (Yes, really!)

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 Visit www.venturehousestratford.co.uk  - for other free business seminars

National Apprenticeship Week - 8-14 Feb
Online Event - Create videos with YouTube - BT Skills for Tomorrow - 9 Feb
Online Event - YouTube for your brand - BT Skills for Tomorrow - 9 Feb
Start up Workshop - Business planning - Chamber of Commerce - 9 Feb
Ingenuity Information Event - Warwick Enterprise - 10 Feb
Webinar - LinkedIn for business - Business Ready - 10 Feb
Start up Workshop - The why and how of networking - Chamber of Commerce - 10 Feb
Start up Workshop - Photography and art direction - Chamber of Commerce - 11 Feb
Free Online Pop Up Business School - SDC - 15 - 19 Feb
Online Event- Interactive Futures 2021 - CWLEP, WCC, WDC - 16 - 20 Feb
Online Social Media Training Course - Skills Ladder - 16 Feb
Online Event - The habits for a growth mindset -  BT Skills for Tomorrow - 17 Feb
Webinar - Building your strategy, vision, mission & values - Business Ready - 17 Feb
Webinar - Social media platforms for marketing - Business Ready - 18 Feb
Start up Workshop - Writing your business plan - Chamber of Commerce - 23 Feb
Sustainable Materials: Lets talk about waste - WMG - 24 Feb
Online Event - Writing for social media - BT Skills for Tomorrow - 24 Feb
Online Event - Social media strategy - BT Skills for Tomorrow - 24 Feb
Start up Workshop - Business vision and strategy - Chamber of Commerce - 24 Feb


Leave it in the Ground!

We have several times said that fossil fuels should be left in the ground in order to achieve the global greenhouse gas emission targets necessary to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees.  For the details of this argument, visit https://ourworldindata.org/fossil-fuels. In much simplified form, it is reckoned that available, known extractable still-in-the-ground fossil fuels would yield 750 billion tonnes of emissions.  That’s three times what can be allowed if the world is to stay below a 2 degree temperature rise by 2050 defined as the Paris Accord target.  So, that Accord requires two thirds of available resource to be left where it is - in the ground.

How much can a member of the general public influence this situation?  Quite a lot: there is a very good example in the case of a proposed climate-wrecking coal plant in Australia, for the Indian Adani group.  The project was launched in 2010 but cases brought by environmentalists and landowners held off the go-ahead until 2016, when the mining lease was issued.  The claim by Adani that the coal will in the main not be burned in Australia, is irrelevant. Once it’s out of the ground, someone somewhere will burn it. At least 24 banks have either refused funding or introduced rules on finance which would put the project out-of-bounds. As a result of pressure from the public, many insurance companies have refused to insure the Adani mine. What will go ahead is a much reduced version of the original scheme.


Adani has cunningly rebranded its Australian mining business to “Bravus”.  The rebrand comes as the company readies to ship out its first coal next year (damaging part of the Barrier Reef) in the face of years of vocal opposition from climate change activists, whose catch cry "Stop Adani" became a marketing slogan emblazoned on T-shirts and earrings.  Activist pressure has been hugely effective in shrinking, delaying and generally obstructing the project. Unfortunately, Adani has been shortlisted for substantial Australian government aid.  Activists have questioned the wisdom of spending tax payer’s money on a coal mine which would be among the largest in the world at a time when the world is moving rapidly away from coal.

So, two things we can all do.  Firstly, make sure your MP knows that you are watching what the government does now, under its climate responsibilities, particularly in this year when the UK is hosting the COP26 climate conference.  Second, don’t support banks which finance the exploration and extraction of fossil fuel resources.  On this second point, here are some simple guidelines.  As a generality, and based on the Ethical Consumer website’s data, the banks scoring lowest on environmental issues are the familiar high street names – Lloyds, Santander, HSBC, Natwest, RBS etc.  The best environmental scores go to Triodos, Nationwide and Cumberland Building Societies and the Co-operative Bank.   Switching is easy!


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

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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:-


  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Coughton. Person seen with torch looking around secure yard. Was then seen to jump back over the fence and get into a small white van waiting for them. Area checked nothing found to be stolen or damaged at the time of the report. 6.45pm Saturday 30th January. 0314 30/01/2021


  • *Theft. Middletown Lane, Sambourne. Secure yard entered and a homemade trailer stolen. Between 5pm 28th & 9.30am 29th January. 0091 29/01/2021


  • *Vehicle Damage. Alcester Road, Studley. Scratch made across body work of car. Tuesday 26th January. 0209 27/01/2021


  • *Vehicle Theft. Kington Lane, Claverdon. Vehicle stolen with keys while the driver was making a delivery. Offenders arrived in the area in a white ford transit van which was seen to follow the stolen vehicle out of the area. 3.40pm Thursday 28th January. 0259 28/01/2021


  • *Anti-Social Behaviour. Buttermilk Lane, Yarningale Common. Four quad bikes seen passing through the area towards Preston Bagot. Caller concerned regards the environmental and noise nuisance being caused. 3pm Sunday 24th January. 0224 24/01/2021

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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17th February(ish) 2021

Environment Agency - Henley Flood Gauge


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.

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