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The parish of Stoke Row is set in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within the Chilterns. It is happily blessed with 36 definitive footpaths (plus a number of permissive paths) within its boundaries, so it is possible to enjoy many circular walks and rides through varied scenery - ranging from wood to farmland. Of course, many of these footpaths lead on to other parishes footpaths so it is possible to walk as many or as few miles as you like.

Details of these footpaths may be found on the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 171 for Chiltern Hills West or, for more detail, try the excellent maps produced by the Chiltern Society and available from them or The Bell Bookshop in Henley. Stoke Row is covered by map No. 16 Henley and Nettlebed and by map No. 15 Crowmarsh and Nuffield.

  •  52 Bell Street,
    Henley-on-Thames,
    RG9 2BL.
  •  01491 572583
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  •  http://www.bellbookshop.co.uk

 

Contacts & Information

Your local volunteer with responsibility for footpaths is Rita Gregory.

Your Chiltern Society footpath representative for Stoke Row, is David Mitchell, who can be contacted on  01491 680761.

Stephen Fox is the South Oxon Area 8a Secretary for Rights of Way Group of the Chiltern Society. This covers the parish of Stoke Row, plus additionally the parishes of Binfield Heath, Crowmarsh, Harpsden, Henley on Thames, Highmoor, Nuffield, Rotherfield Greys, Rotherfield Peppard, Shiplake & Sonning Common. Stephen can be contacted on  01491 681646, or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Howard Dell is the South Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers Coordinator, and can be contacted on  01494 764149, or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They operate 3 days a month. Volunteers are most welcome and there is no need to be a member of the Chiltern Society.

Here is the latest update from the Henley Neighbourhood Policing team.     

Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South

Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden. 

Priorities

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) around the Henley Area

Working with the local town council, community groups, schools and housing officers to ASB. We have been focusing our response to ASB by increasing engagement with the local community to raise awareness of the effects that drugs and alcohol have on individuals, their families and the local community. We are working with local charity outreach services to engage with and support young offenders who find themselves in a position of vulnerability where they could be exploited.  

We are working closely with the local schools in Henley and surrounding areas to reassure and support them with education, information and positive intervention with the youths and their families. 

 Vulnerable Victims of Fraud

The Henley neighbourhood policing team have adopted a single point of contact within the team who manages the risk and vulnerability assessments of victims of fraud within Henley police area. This process has been embedded into the team’s structure in order to prevent further offences and avoid repeat victims of exploitation and fraud. We have built a good relationship with the financial business sector in the community and have been arranging fraud awareness, crime prevention events and talks. Generally victims of Fraud are elderly and therefore we have been able to sign post victims to support networks and charities who can provide ongoing services.

Action Fraud referrals: This is where a victim has contacted Action Fraud and they in turn refer the victim’s details to TVP for a vulnerability assessment visit. Numerous reports continue to get referred and all are contacted by PCSO Janice Smith, to receive advice and support.

In December PCSO Janice Smith presented a Fraud Awareness visit to residents at Bowling Court in Henley, this was well attended and enthusiastically received.

Partnership working

TVP working together with SOHA enabling them to repossess a property in Henley; this was necessary to stop and remove unwelcome males who had moved into the house and were using it for criminal activity.

Crime Reduction

We continue to experience reports of theft from vehicle and vehicle interference.  Offenders are accessing parked cars without causing damage which leads us to believe vehicles are left insecure by their owners.

Please remember not to leave valuables in your car and ensure you always lock the vehicle, even when leaving it for a short time. 

 If you have any information about this please contact the Neighbourhood team on 101 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 What the neighbourhood team have been doing in January 

During the busy Christmas period, the team were out on foot patrol in the town centre.  Due to a number of purse thefts high visibility of officers seemed to do the trick.  Two arrests were made and the males are currently on remand.

Whilst predominately a neighbourhood team, we are still deployable to serious incidents; this month we have also been busy searching and conducting re-assurance patrols for several missing persons.

We have had two tragedies involving persons entering the river at Henley in recent months.  The neighbourhood team were involved in searches and reassurance patrols. 

Rural Crime continues to keep the team busy, the hare coursing season being in full swing now.

In the lead up to Christmas, a number of males were in Henley town centre posing as homeless and begging.  These same males had been seen in other towns on the South and Vale.  By working together over the whole area officers stop checking and moving them on, a picture became apparent and it was clear this was a large organised gang none of whom were homeless. 

Following complaints from the public, three females aggressively collecting on behalf of a charity for the deaf were stopped checked in Henley town centre.  These females have not been seen in the area since.

Have Your Say Meetings

‘Have Your Says’ are held by PCSOs in the Henley Sector every month – these are an opportunity for the public to meet a member of the neighbourhood team and raise any Police related concerns. 

 

  • PCSO Tom Rudd – 10-11am Thursday 6th February o/s Post Office Shiplake
  • PCSO Tom Rudd – 1130-1230pm Thursday 6thFebruary o/s Village Hall Sonning Common
  • PCSO Tom Rudd – 2-3pm Thursday 6 February o/s The Arcade Goring
  • PCSO Claire Hewett - 6-7pm Friday 7th February o/s Tesco Henley
  • PCSO Janice Smith - 12–1pm Friday 7th February o/s the Village Club Nettlebed
  • PCSO Chris Apps - 4-5pm Saturday 8th February in Market Place Henley

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Stoke Row is a village of approximately 700 inhabitants and is situated 175 metres above sea level at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills. It's flint and clay soil, laid over chalk, enabled its early history of pottery making. However, there was no natural water source and it is likely that only hunter gatherers would have visited this wooded area until the Saxons came.

At that time it became know as Stoches (meaning a fenced place) Ruh (meaning a rough, outlying place). Later this long narrow village, straggling along the ridge, became Stoke Rewe (the latter from the Norman French Rue, meaning street). Administratively, the village was in the parish of Ipsden until 1952, when it formed its own Parish Council.