3rd February 2006
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Crime figures take a fall

xThe crime figures for Stratford district saw a healthy reduction for the third quarter of the year (Oct-Dec 2005 inclusive).

A survey was carried out by Warwickshire County Council on behalf of the district’s crime and disorder reduction partnership (CDRP) which comprises representatives of the District Council, the County Council, the Police and other agencies involved in community safety.

xThis has shown that figures for domestic burglary, vehicle crime and business crime have all shown substantial reductions compared to the same period in 2004. Violent crime, which has seen massive increases throughout the country as a new reporting system obliges Police to report more incidents, has remained stable in the Stratford district with a total fall of 0.3% bucking the national trend.

Other good news has showed that residents are changing their opinions on their areas, with 27% of residents indicating that they do not feel that anti-social behaviour is a problem in their local area - an increase of 3% on the number of people who felt this to be the case in December 2004.

Domestic burglary has improved with a 15.2% drop in reports compared with the 2004 figure. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH has continued to flourish with 1379 schemes operating in the district, showing an increase of 3.6%.

Vehicle crime has seen a 24.7% drop in the total incidents of thefts of and from cars.

Businesses are also feeling the benefits of the improved crime rates with figures for commercial burglary down 17.7% from last year whilst shoplifting has seen a 5.4% fall since December 2004.

Results for Henley Website Poll

Voting in the electronic poll is proceeding well with over 80 people already voting. We expect the number will reach three figures by the time the poll closes. The results so far show overwhelming support for the Henley Community Websites Initiative. Only ONE vote has been cast against the proposition and this vote came from Coventry. (There was one ineligible vote under the rules of the poll.) You can still vote at the bottom of this article.

Voters also included many remarks in support of the proposition.

  • I have both family and friends in other parts of England and also Australia who find the present set both interesting and a 'fair comment' on happenings in Henley. Freedom of speech is after all one of the main reasons to be so proud of our country.
  • I support the combined website as multiple offerings will dilute any readership.
  • We would like to support the continuation of the Henley News Online newsletter and website. We think it is brilliant and should be supported by the JPC rather than supplanted. We agree with Xxx Xxxx that we would be prepared to pay a subscription to keep it going and keep it independent if necessary. Keep up the good work!
  • Please keep this informative and enjoyable news site going.
  • Sounds like a good idea. We would vote for it.
  • I strongly support you in this matter and find the approach if the JPC smacks of our present government's approach to any form of criticism.
  • Hi! Yes! Yes! Yes! My full support you have
  • Definitely. Why do bureaucrats have to find the most difficult way to accomplish a simple result? This would be easy to use, quick and satisfy everyone's requirements, rather like borrowing one encyclopedia from the library instead of 17 different tomes.
  • I support the Henley Community website initiative led by Bill Leech and Henley News on-line
  • I believe that the Henley Community Website offers the best way forward.
  • I support the Henley News and enjoy reading about my old hometown.
  • I fully support this initiative.
  • I support your proposal for a joined-up approach. It makes a lot of sense.
  • I would still like to receive Henley News on Line - in its current format, but support your initiative.
  • Since I moved here I have read every edition of your website and have found it to be a very useful resource. I think that it is important for your site to remain online and for it to continue giving the residents of Henley news and reports that are not biased.
  • As a frequent visitor with family in the area, I follow the Henley News website with great interest (particularly the Henley Forest teams). My youngest grandson attends Henley Primary School. I have a natural mistrust for Local Government (or any other political interest) purporting to speak for a community. Long may Henley News continue as I have a long established trust and confidence in its content.

We are most grateful to all our readers who voted and for the supportive comments we received. May we also thank everyone who put up the "Have You Voted Yet?" posters in the High Street. One was even seen on the famous notice board outside the General Stores in Wootton Wawen.

In the last few weeks, the readership of Henley NEWS on-line has increased by 40%. New subscribers to our email services have have registered from as far away as the USA and Australia.

On Monday night, the Editor of Henley NEWS on-line delivered a 2,500 word report to the Chairman of the Joint Parish Council which outlined the reasons for his opposition to the JPC's Super Henley website. Stephen Thirwell accepted the report and said it would be discussed at the JPC's meeting next week.

The Editor said he "profoundly disagreed with the JPC launching a Super Henley website and that was almost unanimous view of everyone who had voted to date in the poll." He said that the town should have a 'gateway' site introduced by the High Bailiff called 'This is Henley'

Bill Leech went on to tell the councillors that he did not think the design nor the content were of adequate quality and he presented an alternative concept. Click here to view Henley NEWS on-line's proposal for the JPC website. This concept for the JPC website could also be provided FREE and would be complementary to the proposed 'gateway' website. It could also be owned by the JPC unlike the present website where the domain name is registered to a commercial enterprise.

The Editor left the meeting immediately after presenting the report and his recommendations. The JPC went on to view their new website and voted for it to be published on the world wide web at http://www.henley-in-arden.co.uk


In last week's edition, we compared the JPC's development page for the Court Leet (left) with our page for the Court Leet (right). When the site went live on Tuesday, the cut and paste job had been removed and replaced by a page of text (below) provided by the High Bailiff.


In summary, Henley NEWS on-line believes that the JPC has made a massive error of judgment. It should have been supporting community initiatives rather than trying to dominate Henley's web presence, with what is a very disappointing offering. Please let us have your comments on the new JPC website.

The final paragraph of Nigel Hastilow's letter published in our edition of 19th January still seems to sum up the situation perfectly.

You are quite right to say the town does not need a plethora of web-sites all trying to do the same thing, or something similar. On the other hand, why waste taxpayers’ money on something when a more than adequate option – Henley News on line – already exists? It’s daft, wasteful and disgraceful.


The Stratford Herald for 2nd February reports:

"New turn in Henley website battle"

Electronic Poll - Its not too late to vote!

Do you support the Henley Community Website Initiative? Click on one of the links below.

I SUPPORT the Community Website Initiative as proposed by Henley NEWS on-line.

I DO NOT SUPPORT the Community Website Initiative.

Multiple voting and votes from Warwickshire Enterprises Ltd and No Excuses Ltd will be disallowed.

February message from the Rector

xWell, the most depressing day of the year is behind us...and that's official!

Apparently, 23rd January is the worst day of the year for three reasons: The Christmas spending bonanza comes home to roost as the Credit Card bills arrive New Year Resolutions begin to fall apart, and the days still seem to be cold, dark, and miserable. But that is all behind us now! Snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and tulips await us as we look ahead to Spring.

What do you make of optimists? Do you like people who 'always look on the bright side of life' or do you avoid them because they stop you having a good moan about things! There are quite a few Biblical characters who were prone to being 'down in the dumps' - people like Elijah and Jonah, to name just two. As God approached them, they must have thought: 'Oh oh, here comes God, the eternal optimist. Go away and let us wallow in our misery'. The great thing about God, however, is that he let's us have our sulks but he doesn't allow us to make them a permanent feature of our character. He lets us have our depressing days, but he then lead us on. God knows that we all have days when nothing seems right and we feel utterly miserable; but if we let him, he slowly brings us round to count our blessings and to see the silver lining on the dark cloud. And when our misery is based on real troubles in our lives, God often has a way of turning our crises into opportunities. 'Oh, really' I hear some of you say as you read this! Trust me.

Finally, it's a strange world we live in. Recently we have seen pictures of little children freezing to the point on death in Pakistan at the same time as we have got excited by the Euro Millions Lottery jackpot rising to £100000000. And we buy a ticket... for whose benefit? Some kinds of misery pass as the day dawns and as Spring comes. Other miseries are of a different order, and they require us to offer a helping hand.

John Ganjavi


xResidents of Henley and District who might be interested in doing something to improve the health of the planet are invited to contact either John Stott 792251 or Margaret Anderson 792138. This is an embryonic idea for Henley, based on activities of groups in villages elsewhere. You may have heard on Radio 4 last weekend, about what is done in Chew Magna.

We are looking for people to form a steering group to take the project forward, but anyone who is interested in this subject should contact the above. We plan to call a meeting of interested persons so that we can see what can be organised.

John Stott reporting

The Big Gay Read
Choose your favourite gay novel

xWarwickshire Library & Information Service is taking part in the Big Gay Read to find the UK’s favourite lesbian or gay novel.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Tales of the City, arguably two of the most important books in the gay and lesbian genre, are just two of the titles in a 21 strong list of suggested lesbian/gay novels.

The list of possible titles features a mix of books that span both the literary and the popular, appealing to a wide range of readers. Book lovers can log onto www.bigread.com to download the recommended reading list, join in discussions, submit their own suggestions for other favourite books and post reviews. The site features a voting form which people can use to vote for Britain’s most loved gay book.

Readers have until 28 February 2006 to make their decision – so organisers are urging readers to get reading and voting. The winning title will be announced at a special event during the queerupnorth International Festival (Manchester) on 18 May 2006.

The national campaign was created by queerupnorth, Commonword, Time To Read and Manchester, Salford and Blackpool Library Services in association with BT and Bertram Library Services.

To support the Big Gay Read Leamington Library is offering readers a chance to sample the books and cast a vote for their favourite. The books will be on display and available for loan from 1 February 2006.

Henley-in-Arden Sports and Social Club
Report for 2005

xJohn Latham presented the annual report for the Sports and Social Club at the Annual General meeting of the TIC (Town Improvement Committee) and the War Memorial Trust. John told the meeting that:

The playing fields, and the organisations that use the facility, have flourished in 2005.

The seven organisations are represented on the TIC by Annette Walker and myself.

I would like to record the sad news of Alan Key’s resignation from all his considerable responsibilities at the playing field. It seems hard to conceive that somebody who has devoted so much of his life, man and boy, will no longer be in the thick of things. We certainly hope to see him at the club, watching his talented sons playing football and cricket and wish him pleasure and fulfillment in whatever he decides to do to fill in the void created by all the work he will no longer be taking on. We hope that our plans to replace him will be successful. Thank you, Alan for all your years of dedicated service to this sporting community.

There was one informal meeting of the representatives of the sections to discuss concerns over TIC proposals for blanket insurance for all TIC facilities. The proposals brought forward from that meeting to the Executive Committee were agreed amicably resulting in all buildings on the playing fields, except the snooker room, now having competitive insurance cover negotiated by the individual sections.

The bar licence for the club house, which had been taken on by Alan Key, has now been transferred to Peter Johnson. The football club will run the bar from September to March and the cricket club will take responsibility from April till August. I have taken on the role of liaison officer with Stratford DC Sports & Leisure Department.

Happily the dispute with the Scouts regarding the supply of electricity to their club house has been resolved and there seems to be a good working atmosphere amongst users of the playing field. However, the issues regarding broken drains at the top of the field, the return of the tractor and refurbishment of the old changing rooms have still to be resolved.

We are all disappointed that the football club were unable to make progress with their efforts to get funding for a new pavilion to be shared with cricket. However with the new management of football making excellent progress in the development of the game in Henley we are confident that this ambition will be fulfilled in the not too distant future.

Apart from the disappointment of having to put aside ambitious plans for a new pavilion everything is going well under the stewardship of chairman Peter Johnson and the great team of volunteers who are now supporting the club. A visit to the brilliant new Henley Forest website is a better testament to that than any words I can put into this report.

There are now three senior teams and six juniors ranging from Under 8’s to Under 15’s who are performing well in their various leagues and cups. The senior teams are using a lot of junior players who have come up through the ranks. The juniors have been particularly ambitious with two trips to Germany for the Under-10’s in 2005 followed by an invitation for 52 to go back in 2006 during the World Cup

Although the finances had a small deficit at the end of the 2004/5 season with a new social secretary and two committees (one with an operational brief the other with development in mind)driving the club forward the budget for the current season projects a comfortable surplus at the end of the 2005/6 campaign.

The finale will be on May 5th when an ambitious Golf Day/Dinner/Presentation evening will take place at the Golf Club. Perhaps the TIC committee should enter a team to show our support for their achievement.

After many years of loyal service John Brealey resigned as chairman. Phillip Fletcher has taken over and Keith Becket is now treasurer.

Membership remains steady at around 12/14 members. The club remains financially stable and repairs to the front of the building have now been completed.

The membership is slightly up on last year and the club is financially sound. They ran a successful open shoot in November with shooters coming from all over the country. The range has been hired out to the National Squad teams in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

The club would like to spend money on improving the range in the next year but would first like to know what the TIC has in mind for levels of future rent/subscriptions etc before investing in their building.

Another most successful season both on and off the green in which the club consolidated its status in the Warwickshire bowling world.

There are 31/32 members playing in 3 teams with around 8 matches a week. Flourishing by any standards.

The finances are in good order thanks to regular fundraising events including skittles nights.

One cause for concern that members have is 3 dead trees which hang over both the road and the electricity cables by the clubhouse. Representations have been made to the electricity board without any action being taken by them as yet.

The club continues to flourish thanks to an enthusiastic management committee off the field and some talented young cricketers on the field. There are continuing problems with moss on the square and moles on the outfield.

Cricket would like to thank the TIC for continuing to fund the servicing of the mower which helps to keep the playing fields in such good order.

Fundraising, which is so vital to maintain the standards required by modern day cricket, was well supported with particular emphasis on the Captains Supper, the Ladies Night and the Fixture Calendar. This left a profit of £2,000 for the year and a closing balance of £3130. The part the ladies have played in the success and stability of cricket in Henley cannot be emphasised too greatly.

The First XI playing in Division One of the Cotswold League finished fourth and the Second XI finished fifth in Division Five. In 2006 the club will be trying to re-establish Junior Cricket which has been so successful in the past.

The tennis club has had another good year; membership is slightly up again in both adult and junior categories for the 6th year running. Finances are in a sound position and we are looking to provide floodlighting on 2 further courts, work commencing in early January 2006. This will provide better facilities to provide more continuous coaching for juniors throughout the year, particularly after school and early evening.

We will be holding another fund raising event on Saturday 4th March 2006 - a Country & Western “Ho Down” at the Church Hall Henley 7-30pm including food and bar.

As mentioned last year we had some acts of theft and vandalism which necessitated that we replaced our clubhouse locking system. So far this has resulted in no further problems thank goodness.

Approximately 18 children enjoying a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities organized by Janette Palmer and helpers.

Now being run by Debbie, who has built up the group again from a low start. However, Chris has resigned so the Cubs are in urgent need of another leader as Debbie cannot do it on her own. If anyone feels that could possibly help run Cubs please ring John Newland on 01564-792634. Otherwise cubs may be folding again by Easter.

Now up to around 25 scouts are enjoying activities indoors and out, in Henley and further afield. David Frost has resigned from scouts after several years of sterling support. John Johnson, Caroline Daw and Peter Neville continue leading the group.

Having formed a joint explorers group with the group in Bearley, the explorers enjoy a less formal, but still a challenging set of activities, using the facilities available at the scout huts in Bearley and

The bonfire night was a great success this year; and thanks to all those who helped in making it a success.

The matter of the electricity supply has now been amicably resolved. The scout group will now pay for the electricity they use at the rate shown on the bills, plus a third of any standing charge, and also a management fee that was agreed with Alan Key.

John Newland, chairman of Henley and Wootton Scouts wished to thank everyone who has helped the scout group over the past year.

John Latham
Playing Fields Representative TIC

Jonathan Dovey's History of Henley

A Knight’s Tale

x‘This is the story of a knight whose childhood years were hard.

His circle of friends had important connections and radical ideas.

He was an imposing local figure and then a leading light on the national and international stage as a councillor and diplomat.

And he died fighting for the cause that he believed in.’

However this is not a fictional story but the true account of Peter de Montfort Lord of Beaudesert.

Peter de Montfort was born around 1205. After his father, Thurstan, died in 1216 he was brought up by his grandfather’s family, the Cantilupes of Aston Cantlow. During the 1220’s, Henley and Beaudesert were granted a market charter that has been seen as an attempt by Peter and his guardian to set up a planned market town. The Cantilupes were also patrons of Studley Priory, to which Peter later gave land for the ‘health of his soul’. The Cantilupes were from the ‘noble stock of the barons of England’1 and held positions within the King’s household from the 1200’s until the 1240’s.

In 1228, Peter married Alice de Audley and in 1236 he went on pilgrimage to Santiago, Northern Spain. During the 1240’s the Cantilupes especially Walter de Cantilupe Bishop of Worcester, became acquainted with Simon de Montfort the Earl of Leicester. Peter was also introduced to him sometime before 1248 when he went to Gascony as part of the Earl’s retinue. Although not related, Peter became a trusted aide and close friend to Earl Simon. In 1252, Peter was named as one of the few magnates that stood by the Earl at his trial over his lieutenancy in Gascony. In 1259 Peter was named as an executor to Earl Simon’s will.

Peter’s own standing in the midlands was greatly enhanced by the decline in the Earl’s of Warwick. In 1242, John de Plessis became the Earl, but as a foreigner he had no links with the people and knights of Warwickshire. The De Montfort’s had always been one of the Earl of Warwick’s greatest tenants and Peter benefited from this decline.

Peter became part of the King’s Council and witnessed at least five charters in 1254. Peter was also made part of the King’s son’s household and was one of the magnates chosen to escort Lord Edward, later Edward I, to Spain, for his marriage to Eleanor of Castile in September 1254. King Henry III often appointed him as a diplomat or envoy to France. In 1253, 1254 and 1256 Peter was sent by the king to amend and confirm the truce between England and France. In December 1259, Peter was present at the signing of the Treaty of Paris. He was an arbitrator at the Earl of Leicester’s trial in July 1261, met the Papal Legate to try and prevent the baron’s excommunication in September 1264 and was finally used in 1265 to negotiate the Treaty of Pipton between Earl Simon and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd Prince of Wales.

Peter was appointed Warden of the Welsh March near Montgomery, Sheriff of Shropshire and Staffordshire and custodian of the castles of Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury in 1257. He was to use the revenues of these counties to keep the March in order and did not have to render any account to the Exchequer – an extraordinary exemption. He was chosen because of his experience and loyalty as well as his diplomatic skills.


The Confederation of April 1258 (MS Clairambault 1188, f. 10)

In April 1258 baronial discontent with the King reached boiling point. Seven leading magnates, all experienced councillors signed a mutual oath to protect each other. This Confederation marked the beginning of what was to become the Barons’ Rebellion. The Seven Confederates were: Simon de Montfort Earl of Leicester; Earl of Gloucester; Earl of Norfolk; Peter of Savoy; John Fitz Geoffrey; Hugh Bigod; and Peter de Montfort. At the resulting Parliament at Oxford, Peter was one of the Twelve that represented the barons. Peter was elected onto the Council of 15 that ‘exercised complete control over the government and administration of the realm’2. However, the King regained control in 1261, and Earl Simon left for France.

From 1259 Peter de Montfort was granted the keeping of the town of Abergavenny for five years. Early in 1263 letters from Peter describe the disturbances in the March of Wales and how many had changed alliance from the crown to the ‘Prince of Wales’. He describes how he had spent 250 marks on keeping the castle and town fortified. On the 5th March Peter led his force of 4,000 foot soldiers and 80 knights against a Welsh force of around 10,000 foot and 180 knights. He held the bridge over the Usk at Abergavenny for two days until help arrived from neighbouring marcher lords. He then forded the river to the North and engaged the Welsh army on its flank. ‘The move was daring, its results decisive’. The welsh force fled and over 300 were taken or killed. 3

Earl Simon returned in 1263 to a country in complete disorder, and met his supporters at Oxford. Louis IX King of France set up an arbitration between Henry III and the barons. Earl Simon was due to represent the barons but broke his leg and was replaced by Peter de Montfort. In January 1264, Louis IX unsurprisingly ruled in favour of Henry III. The baronial forces mustered at London and Northampton, while the King gathered a force at Oxford. On the 3rd April 1264, Henry marched on the baronial forces at Northampton that was commanded by the Earl of Leicester’s son, Simon junior and Peter de Montfort. The town defences proved totally inadequate and the king’s forces captured the barons including Peter and his sons. However within a month Earl Simon had defeated the king at Lewes. Earl Simon, who was in effect controlling the country, ordered Peter to be released.

During this regime, Peter was worked hard. He was nominated onto the ruling Council of Nine, made holder of the Privy seal and supervisor of the Great seal. In May 1265, Lord Edward, the King’s son, escaped and gained support from the marcher lords. The two opposing forces met at Evesham on the 4th August 1265. Peter was Earl Simon’s most experienced captain as most of his supporters were younger knights and barons. Simon’s force was routed with Edward’s death squad cutting down the leaders including Earl Simon and Peter de Montfort. Chroniclers remembered the apocalyptic August day recording that a storm cast ‘a great darkness throughout all the world’


Battle of Evesham from the Rochester version of the Flores Historiarum

Many supporters of the barons held out until 1267, especially at Kenilworth and Ely. The Sheriff of Warwickshire was unable to evaluate Peter’s lands in Warwickshire because of the resistance of the king’s enemies there. The Town of Henley was burnt down but quickly recovered for in 1295 it had 69 burgesses.

The Warwickshire De Montfort’s continued to be important Midland magnates until 1369, but never again reached the heights of Peter’s life. The Castle received a visit by the Edward II and his household for six days in January 1324. Peter’s sons continued to hold his father’s lands: Peter junior in Warwickshire and Robert in Rutland, while Peter’s youngest son, William, became Dean of St Paul’s, London.


The seal of Peter de Montfort from the Confederation of Seven, April 1258

“ The support Peter de Montfort gave Earl Simon was of the first importance. While a close personal friend and follower, he also enjoyed his own power base in the Midlands and an independent career in the service of the King and his son Edward. He possessed considerable abilities as a soldier, diplomat, and councillor. It is highly significant that Simon retained the loyalty of such a man to the last.”

Jonathan Dovey
Part of the 'History of Henley' series


Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden




RTN. DAVID J BRAIN on djb.ccwks@btinternet.com or 01926 402404.

Open Day at the Henley-in-Arden Centre

xOn Saturday 4th February 2006, from 10am-1pm, Warwickshire College's Henley-in-Arden Centre will be holding an Open Day aimed at Year 11 pupils and their parents or guardians.

The College's Henley-in-Arden Centre specialises in courses in sports, hair, beauty, holistic therapy and textiles courses. The Centre's facilities include a state-of-the-art lecture theatre for teaching, conference and community use, outdoor pitches for football, rugby, netball and tennis, a floodlit full-size all weather pitch, a sports hall for indoor activities, a fitness training suite and a fully equipped gym.

Visitors will be able to gain advice and information on courses, meet tutors, discuss options with a Connexions Personal Adviser and source information on Warwickshire College's extensive bespoke transport service. Information on Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) will also be available. This government initiative makes grants of up to £30 per week available to many young people on further education courses, depending on their household income. Visitors will also be able to look around the College's new luxury day spa at the Henley-in-Arden Centre.

Visitors are encouraged to take the opportunity to visit one or more College Centres. The Moreton Morrell Centre is also open on Wednesday 9 November 2005 from 5-8pm, the Leamington and Trident Centres are open on Thursday 10 November 2005, 5-8pm and the Rugby Centre is open on Tuesday 8th November 2005, 5-8pm.

The Moreton Morrell Centre will offer information on courses in equine studies, farriery, blacksmithing, horticulture, forestry, animal welfare, agriculture and countryside management.

The Leamington and Rugby Centres will be providing information on the majority of courses offered by Warwickshire College, from art & design and business studies, to health & social care and hair & beauty. The Leamington Centre will also offer information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a broader A Level equivalent qualification. The IB Diploma is a stimulating course that challenges high-achieving students to develop not only their academic ability, but also their intellectual and social skills.

For Leamington-based engineering, motor vehicle and accounting courses, visitors should go to the Trident Technology and Business Centre, based in Whitnash, Leamington Spa. Engineering courses are also offered at the college's Rugby Centre.

For more information on the Open Evening, freephone 0800 783 67 67 or email enquiries@warkscol.ac.uk

Alerts from Trading Standards

Bogus Charity Collection

Residents are warned to beware of a company claiming to be collecting clothing, bric a brac etc. on behalf of a children's charity. Householders wishing to ensure that their contributions benefit real charities should always look for the charity number on any collections sacks they receive.

If in doubt, take your contributions direct to a charity shop.

And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to p_hammond@tiscali.co.uk. All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN W.I. Speakers Ron & Ann Horn, will be talking about their “FABRIC STORES” at our meeting on Tuesday February 7th in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of HENLEY-in-BLOOM on Friday 10th February at 7.00pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Everyone welcome to hear plans for this year and give comments or suggestions.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB will meet on Tuesday February 14th in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm for “Diary Dates” with Lesley Cole. Competition: ‘Hearts & Flowers’

WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB monthly networking and lunch with a quality speaker at Henley Golf & Country Club starting at 11.30 am on 16th February.

HENLEY & BEAUDESERT CIVIC SOCIETY will meet on Thursday 16th February in the Fire Station Room at 7.30 pm for a talk from Andrew Loundes titled “RMS Titanic”.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Brian Draper MBE makes a welcome return with an illustrated talk about the “Warwickshire Avon” from 7.45 pm on Tuesday 21st February in the Baptist Church Hall. Come and make new friends - Visitors only £1.00

SHROVE TUESDAY - 28th FEBRUARY A bring and share supper at 7.00 pm in the Church Hall. A different format this year - everyone welcome but please put your name down at back of church if you would like to come along to this enjoyable event.

Two dates for your diaries: March 11th Spring Dance with the Likely Lads and July 1st Jazz in the Guild Hall Garden

xRotary Annual Charity Walk. Walk starts at 9am on Sunday 14th May, last entry leaves 1 pm. Distance 10 miles on the eastern side of Henley. Further details from Rotarian Alan James on 01564 778831.

Garden Open Day - Sunday 18th June 2006 There has been a good response from people willing to include their garden in the above. We should like gardens in the town to be more fully represented - there must be many little gems hidden behind the High St. Contact Sue Bridgewater on 793633 or Marijana Bainbridge on 794987 if you would like to be involved.

xWarwickshire Fire & Rescue Service If you think that you could serve your community, are over 18 years old and you live within 5 minutes of the Fire Station, have you considered becoming a part-time fire fighter? For more information contact Richard Butler 07974408977
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a co-ordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic.

Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of Henley-in-Arden meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.

New members are always welcome. Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org

xThe Henley-in-Arden Bridge Club plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 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.

Events for future Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia Hammond by email or by post to 132 High St marked ‘Tricia’s Diary’. Please tell all your friends about Tricia's Diary.

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