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Edition 113  -  13th July 2006
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YOUTH FESTIVAL DAY.

Youth Day

Saturday 8th July was the formal completion of a project undertaken by Henley SK8 CRU that had taken 4 years. It was celebrated in style by young and old alike. During the day children and teenagers enjoyed a wide range of exciting and free activities. Over 14’s could drive a car, ride a motorbike. Others battled it out with their friends on the Gladiator Podium and bounced away their cares on a bouncy castle.

The youngsters could talk to representatives from the scouts, learn about cricket and netball clubs. Information was available from all local organisations with an opportunity to make contact. It is astonishing how many different activities happen in our community. There is literally something for everyone.

GuestsAt 2.00pm the guests arrived - Parish Council Chairman Stephen Thirlwell and Stratford District Council Chairman, Mike Brain who was accompanied by his wife. After some well chosen words, the new Art work was unveiled and the park officially declared open.

Youth Club Members were presented certificates of achievement. There were awards for the Rock Climbing Course, the Arts Project which had produced the finely illustrated windows now adorning the skate park side of the Youth Centre and awards for the Pre-learner Drivers Course. Two members received their Warwickshire Challenge Certificates which requires a variety of demanding activities and some community service. 11 Certificates were awarded in all. This is a record for Henley Youth Club. It is a demonstration of the increasing success of the centre in providing a wide range of interesting and tough opportunities for the young people of Henley and the surrounding districts.

MembersMembers of the Henley SK8 CRU and the Youth Club very much appreciated the support given to them by the residents. It was gratifying to meet the wide range of citizens, who had supported the project in the past, gathered together to celebrate its completion and to share in the satisfaction of a job well done. It is recognised that it appears that young people as a generality are not the easiest to get along with; however those assembling together on Saturday would have seen that it is the exceptional few that create the image of the many. The fifty or so young people attending the day did nothing special but by their presence, attitude and friendliness gave convincing proof that this reputation is unfounded. The youth club’s ambition to engage with the disenchanted young people of the town remains. We thank everyone for their support in this difficult task.

The Youth Club Management Committee thanks The Youth Bank, Johnsons Coaches and Sue Dalby Catering for their financial support.

Peter Crathorne
Chairman of the Youth and Community Centre Management Committee.


 

Henley in Bloom Collection

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Henley in Bloom held it's annual street collection abd cake stall last Saturday. The cake stall had a brisk trade, and together with the street collection raised exactly £400 towards the funds. The committee wish to thank all those who bought cakes and donated for their help.

John Love - Treasurer HiB


CYCLE 4 CHARITY AND FAMILY FUN DAY

The fifth annual Cycle for Charity and Family Fun Day on Sunday 9th July was an outstanding success with over 1400 people attending at the Model Steam Train Centre in Illshaw Heath. The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege supported by the Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden.

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The day commenced when the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull, Councillor and Mrs John Reeve toured the site, chatted to the cyclists and families and enjoyed a steam train ride on the model railway.

Over 300 cyclists from toddlers to grandparents and including members of the Solihull Cycling Club took to the leafy lanes of Solihull for the sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the charities Cure Leukaemia and the Centre for Conductive Education.

Entertainer Professor Crump was with us once again to delight the children with his antics and Geoff Thomas, former England footballer, manned the Cure Leukaemia stand. Geoff has suffered from cancer and has dedicated his years in remission to fundraising through cycling endurance events.

Entertainment was provided by the youth of the borough with excellent performances by the Ardenaires from Arden School, the Solihull Music Service Brass Ensemble with Fingers on Frets, and Street Theatre from St Peter’s Catholic School.. DJ’s from Kingshurst Youth Centre started the ball rolling with ‘Let the day begin’ and Rotarian John Ellis rounded off the day with Sounds of the Accordion.

Thanks go to all who spent so much time and effort to make this event the success it undoubtedly was and also to the people of Solihull for their wonderful support.

Once the sponsorship money has been received Cure Leukaemia and the Centre of Conductive Education will be presented with their cheques.

Rotarian Brian Hopper 


Plastic Recycling - District Councillor Responds

Plastic RecyclingDistrict Councillor Laurence Marshall (pictured below) replies to our reader's request for more information.

There are currently seven sites where Stratford District Council collect milk & fabric conditioner bottles (HDPE Waste) & fizzy drinks type bottles (PET Waste). The nearest District Council collection point to Henley in Arden is at Tesco in Stratford. Apparently, there used to be a recycling centre located on Prince Harry Road Car Park but I am informed that this was removed due to residents protests concerning the abuse of the facility.

The good news though is that in August 2008, when the new waste collection contract commences, it is most likely that plastic bottles will be collected from the doorstep via the black boxes. 

L MarshallOne of the big problems with plastic waste is that it is expensive to collect because of the high volume to weight ratio compared to the scrap value. I am informed that it will already cost the District Council around £33,000 to collect plastic waste from recycling centres over the next twelve months so, in the interests of economy and environmental consideration, I would urge people to wash & squash waste and work with friends and neighbours to drop the waste off when somebody is going in to Stratford or shopping near Tesco. In other words, it's not economical or environmentally friendly to make a special journey - unless of course you're going on your bike, in which case you could take one bottle at a time, get yourself really really fit, avoid obesity and consequential illness thereby saving the NHS millions to spend on something like a new computer system - the mind boggles! 

On a more serious note though, we mustn't forget that the concept of recycling has recently re-emerged as being fashionable (remember the rag & bone man) and is now being sold so heavily to consumers to encourage us to continue to consume at astronomical and completely unchecked rates while satisfying our conscience that we are making a significant difference to the environment. Perhaps we need to look more to real answers. I find it so irritating to see supermarkets encouraging us all to buy more than what we need, you know the scenario - buy 6 yoghurts for £2-50 or the two that you really needed for £2-25. I think we should all complain STRONGLY about 2 for 1 offers that encourage us to buy more than we need and then throw the rest away because we don't use it. Perhaps we should also refuse to buy anything in excessive packaging and again complain STRONGLY telling the store manager why we're not buying a particular item. I don't think it would take them long to get the message!  What about taking re useable shopping bags to the supermarket? Again it's a little old fashioned but years ago nobody would have gone to a shop without taking something to bring the grocery home in.

Laurence Marshall - District Councillor


Help is here with Hi-Five

SDCWith summer holidays round the corner there is no reason for children in the Stratford-on-Avon District to be bored this summer. Many parents will be wondering what to do with their children over the next six weeks, however Stratford-on-Avon District Council has the perfect solution, a summer activity brochure.

The brochure, called 'Hi-Five', provides parents with a guide to what's going on across the Stratford-on-Avon District during the school summer holidays. Some of the venues include Bidford, Tysoe, Ettington and Southam. Activities cost range from £8 per day or £35 for a week.

It's packed full of exciting and interesting events and activities for all ages from music, dance, circus skills, swimming, football and loads more; there is something for everyone. It will provide a chance to be arty, sporty and dramatic all in the same day if you want!

Bookings for the activities can be made from 10am on Thursday 6 July by calling the District Council on 01789 260643.

The Hi-Five booklets are available free of charge from all Stratford-on-Avon District Council offices, libraries, and leisure centres or alternatively please contact the District Council for a free copy on 01789 260643.


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Heroes of Henley at the 1st Battle of the Somme

1 July – 18 November 1916

BattleFew can have missed seeing at least something of the television programmes recently devoted to the 90th anniversary of the first day of the Somme. Approximately 58,000 British troops were killed or wounded on that day. In the course of the whole battle British casualties amounted to 419,000 men: to put this in perspective this figure is greater than the present population of Warwickshire.

Several battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment took part in the battle and included a number of men from Henley. Sergeant Herbert Henry Perkins of the 8th Battalion was one of those killed on the first day. He was born in Henley in Arden, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Perkins, but was living in Handsworth when he enlisted at Warwick. The 8th Battalion was part of 143rd Brigade, 48th Division. The brigade also contained the 5th, 6th and 7th battalions of the regiment. However, immediately prior to the battle the 6th and 8th battalions were attached to the 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Division, which had an attacking role against Beaumont Hamel and Serre. The job of 5th and 7th battalions was to hold the line and they were largely bystanders on 1 July.

The 8th Battalion began to take up its assault formations in the tightly packed front line trenches from 2 am on 1 July. They began their advance at 7.30 am and took their first objective within forty minutes. None of their flanking battalions were able to keep up with them and they found themselves in the cross fire of machine guns. The 8th Battalion was ordered to withdraw to its start line at 7.30 pm – twelve hours after the attack began. When the day began the Battalion had 1,070 men: when the day ended it had lost Serre Road584 men killed, wounded or missing including its commanding officer and his second in command – a casualty rate of 55%. The 6th Battalion fared even worse, having a casualty rate of 60%. Sergeant Perkins was one of those killed. He was about 23 when he died and is buried in Grave I G 9 in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 (right), about 10 kilometres NNE of Albert. This was not his original resting place, as the Cemetery was not begun until May 1917: it was not completed until 1934 and was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. Sergeant Perkins was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Corporal William Collins of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was also born in Henley and was baptised at St John’s Church on 28 August 1887. His parents were George and Ann Collins, who had a house in the High Street. He had two older brothers, Jacob and John and two sisters, Elizabeth and Matilda. At the time of the 1901 census he was an under boy on a farm and was living in Wootton Wawen when he enlisted in 1914. The 1st Battalion was a regular Army battalion and went to France with 10th Brigade, 4th Division on 22 August 1914. In October 1916 the 1st Battalion was in the line at Guillemont, where it was heavily shelled on 10 and 11 October. Corporal Collins was killed during an attack which the battalion made on 12 October:

“The attack began with a creeping barrage, under cover of which all the companies left the assembly trenches and moved across no man’s land with little or no loss… The initial advance gained over 300 yards, and the men dug-in. By mid-evening, however, it was obvious that other elements of the attack had not been so successful. Without flanking support the 1st Battalion was forced to reorganise and consolidate.”

ThiepvalWilliam Collins has no known grave and his name is one of the 70,000 such men commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (left). He was awarded the 1914 Star with clasp (to show he was one of the Old Contemptibles), the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

The names of both of these men, since they were born in the town, should be included on the memorial to the dead in St John’s Church. Unfortunately neither name appears, but they should not continue to be forgotten.

If any reader knows anything of either of these men, please get in touch with Douglas Bridgewater (793633 or email rdb@rdbridgewater.fsnet.co.uk).

Several other men from Henley fought on the Somme. Unfortunately five of them survived its horrors only to be killed later in the war.

One soldier who did survive was Henley’s highest ranking and most highly decorated soldier, Brigadier General Gerald Carew Sladen CB, CMG, DSO & bar, MC. When the Battle of the Somme began he was a Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 5th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. One of his officers was Lieutenant Charles Carrington, who subsequently wrote of his experiences in A Subaltern’s War under the pseudonym of Charles Edmunds. The 5th Battalion was part of 143rd Infantry Brigade, in which it served alongside the regiment’s 6th, 7th and 8th Battalions. Lieutenant Colonel Sladen was promoted to command 143rd Infantry Brigade on 4 September 1916. He lived at Hillfield, Liveridge Hill.

Douglas Bridgewater

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Clean Cuisine

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council, under the Food Safety Act 1990 has a duty to inspect all food businesses to check the safety of the food they sell.

The results of these have never been published but the District Council has taken and continues to take action to minimise the risks to the public. However with the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 inspection results can now be published allowing consumers the opportunity to make informed decisions when deciding where they want to purchase their food.

To help introduce this the District Council is proposing a scheme called 'Scores on Doors', where the results will be published on the District Council's website allowing the public to quickly see what the standard of hygiene is actually like. There will be three grades of award - Gold, Silver and Bronze, with the best business being given the Gold award.

The scheme is currently out for consultation and will apply to all food premises including restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Comments on the report are invited from all residents and interested parties and should be sent to the Public Protection Manager at Stratford-on-Avon District Council by Friday 14 July.

"When a customer wants to visit a restaurant or buy food from a takeaway, they have no idea how good the food hygiene is at the business," says Cllr Simon Jackson, Environment Portfolio Holder.

"Businesses that appear wonderful to the public may have poor standards of food hygiene. We intend to publish simple information to ensure customers can make informed decisions. Those businesses that have high standards will be rewarded for their efforts. Those that are poor will have an incentive to improve."

If you would like to comment on the scheme and would like a copy of the consultation document please contact the Health Protection Team at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260832.


Shipwrecked on a Desert Island

Desert IslandA male engineer was on a cruise ship in the Caribbean for the first time. It was wonderful, the experience of his life. He was being waited on hand and foot. But, it did not last. A Hurricane came up unexpectedly. The ship went down almost instantly.

The man found himself, he knew not how, swept up on the shore of an island. There was nothing else anywhere to be seen. No person, no supplies, nothing. The man looked around. There were some bananas and coconuts, but that was it. He was desperate, and forlorn, but decided to make the best of it. So for the next four months he ate bananas, drank coconut juice and mostly looked to the sea mightily for a ship to come to his rescue.

One day, as he was lying on the beach stroking his beard and looking for a ship, he spotted movement out of the corner of his eye. Could it be true, was it a ship? No, from around the corner of the island came this row-boat. In it was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen, or at least seen in 4 months. She was tall, tanned, and her blond hair flowing in the sea breeze gave her an almost ethereal quality. She spotted him also as he was waving and yelling and screaming to get her attention.

She rowed her boat towards him. In disbelief, he asked, "Where did you come from? How did you get here"?

She said, "I rowed from the other side of the island. I landed on this island when my cruise ship sank"

"Amazing", he said, "I didn't know anyone else had survived. How many of you are there? Where did you get the row-boat? You must have been really lucky to have a row-boat wash-up with you?"

"It is only me", she said, "and the row-boat didn't wash up, nothing else did."

"Well then", said the man, "how did you get the row-boat?"

"I made the row-boat out of raw material that I found on the island", replied the woman. "The oars were whittled from Gum tree branches, I wove the bottom from Palm branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree"

"But, but", asked the man, "what about tools and hardware, how did you do that?"

"Oh, no problem", replied the woman, "on the south side of the island there is a very unusual strata of alluvial rock exposed. I found that If I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into forgeable ductile iron. I used that for tools, and used the tools to make the hardware. But, enough of that", she continued. "Where do you live?" At last the man was forced to confess that he had been sleeping on the beach.

"Well, let's row over to my place", she said. So they both got into the row-boat and left for her side of island. The woman easily rowed them around to a wharf that led to the approach to her place. She tied up the row-boat with a beautifully woven hemp rope. They walked up a stone walk and around a Palm tree, there stood an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.

"It's not much", she said, "but I call it home. Sit down please, would you like to have a drink?"

"No", said the man, "one more coconut juice and I will puke."

"It won't be coconut juice", the woman replied, "I have a still, how about a Pina Colada?" Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepted, and they sat down on her couch to talk. After a while, when they had exchanged their stories, the woman asked, "Tell me, have you always had a beard?"

"No", the man replied, "I was clean shaven all of my life, and even on the cruise ship"

"Well if you would like to shave, there is a man's razor upstairs in the cabinet in the bathroom." So, the man, no longer questioning anything, went upstairs to the bathroom. There in the cabinet was a razor made from a bone handle, two shells honed to a hollow ground edge were fastened on to its end inside of a swivel mechanism. The man shaved, showered and went back down stairs...

"You look great", said the woman, "I think I will go up and slip into something more comfortable." So she did. And, the man continued to sip his Pina Colada. After a short time, the woman returned - this time wearing fig leafs strategically positioned and smelling faintly of gardenia.

"Tell me", she asked, "we have both been out here for a very long time with no companionship. You know what I mean. Have you been lonely, is there anything that you really miss? Something that all men and women need? Something that it would be really nice to have right now?"

"Yes there is", the man replied, as he moved closer to the woman while fixing a winsome gaze upon her, "Tell me ... Do you happen to have an Internet connection?"

Submitted by our Malvern Correspondent


Henley BearsOnly 2 Bear Puzzles left

Hi There, I have 2 Henley Bear Puzzles left at £19 each from Shirley at HSL 181 High Street.

These are the design led wooden Wentworth puzzles.

More on my site http://lifesapuzzle.co.uk

Shirley Tipping


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Polls apart - but issues in common

Nigel HastilowTory chairman Francis Maude says the result of the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election is proof that David Cameron’s programme of reform must be accelerated and deepened.

The alternative view is that it is already going too fast and digging too deep – excavating and laying aside the traditional Conservatism which got both Mr Maude and Mr Cameron into Parliament in the first place. To see the late Eric Forth’s 13,342 majority, in the third safest Tory seat in London, turned into a victory by 633 over the struggling Lib Dems is no ringing endorsement of Cameron’s “compassionate Conservatism”.

Furthermore it flies in the face not only of most opinion poll evidence in support of the Tories but of the tide of opinion among the chattering classes who are bored with Tony Blair, suspicious of Gordon Brown and want a new hero. For that reason, the result remains somewhat suspect. But it is a clear and unequivocal test of the voters’ opinions and in that respect the Conservatives have been found wanting.

The Lib Dems will take heart from the result because it suggests that despite – surely not because of – their leader Sir Menzies Campbell, they can still do well in their traditional battlegrounds of one-off elections. That they ran a despicable campaign is nothing new; it’s what they always do. Francis Maude and the Tory victor Bob Neill may complain but anyone who takes on the Lib Dems knows exactly how low they will always go. When a Liberal by-election campaigner sees a belt, she can’t help hitting below it.

None of this explains the Tories’ worryingly inept performance. But maybe David Cameron should be looking at what has happened to Labour in Blaenau Gwent, location of the other by-election.

Labour lost again in what should be one of its safest seats in the country – a home of Socialism. They lost the first time because they tried to impose an all-women short-list on a local constituency party which wanted greater freedom to choose a candidate of its own. This resentment at central interference led to humiliation at the General Election and, despite a subsequent apology, it has resulted in another double-dose of humiliation in by-elections for Westminster and the Welsh assembly. It stems from Labour’s desire to be politically correct. Something good old-fashioned Welsh Socialists have now twice rejected.

David Cameron is equally wedded to political correctness in the selection of Parliamentary candidates, in the abandonment of many traditional Tory virtues and in the approach of his loyal lieutenant, Francis Maude. Is that the reason why he did so badly in Bromley and Chislehurst? Old-fashioned Tories will disagree with Mr Maude’s response, which is to drive change “faster, wider and deeper”. They will say the party should rely on its long-term strengths. Its belief lower taxes, less government interference, a sceptical view of the EU, a stronger line on crime and immigration and so on.

Francis Maude calls the result in Bromley and Chislehurst a “wake-up call”. But what is he waking up to? To be fair, the Cameron “project” – it is so “New Labour” it deserves the same epithet – won’t be watered down just because of one by-election result. He did still win, despite the drastically-reduced majority. Even so, it does represent the first evidence that the “project” may not appeal to the voters quite as much as everyone says it does.

A friend of mine has just failed to make it through to the last 12 potential candidates for the West Worcestershire seat being vacated by Sir Michael Spicer, where the controversial A-list selection process is under way. Ex-MP Howard Flight, who was de-selected by Michael Howard, also failed to make the cut.

The chances are they will choose a woman from a politically-correct shortlist. Ah well, at least the voters in Malvern and Pershore are not bloody-minded militants like they are in Wales.

Are they?

Nigel Hastilow       http://nigelhastilow.blogspot.com/


The Grumpy Old Man Comments

Well what can I say? Everything (with 2 exceptions) was good news last week! Only 2 things to moan about, fighting on the High Street and the summer ball is cancelled.

I cannot moan about good news, so I’ll have to talk about middle lane drivers instead. Driving to Solihull last week, I was in the outside lane trying to overtake the middle lane. We’ve all been there, the middle lane is doing 55mph and someone is in the outside lane doing 65 mph and the inside lane is empty except for that lorry 3 miles ahead.

Don’t people realise the inside lane is not only for lorries and trucks ? If you are not overtaking move over, I’m sure it says so in the Highway Code (but I haven’t read it since I passed my test, and my memory is not that good). The funniest thing is when someone overtakes me and then they come across a slow car in the middle, they then slow down rather than change lanes into lane 3 and overtake. Meanwhile I also catch them both up, overtake both and pull back into lane 1. Eventually the slower car either pulls over or leaves the motorway and the faster car overtakes me again ! But he has not left the middle lane ! Where is the sense in that ?

Anyway keep the good news coming, it makes a real refreshing change to be positive . Thanks

The Grumpy Old Man


Neighbour WatchHenley in Arden Police Surgery

A 'Drop In' facility at Henley Police Station to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.

The next Police Surgery will be WEDNESDAY 26th July 2006 between 11am-1pm


Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet    

Fed up with junk mail? Stop it by contacting the Mailing Preference Service on 020 7291 3300. Reducing paper consumption by stopping junk mail or using less paper in general helps the environment, because making paper from trees is fairly energy intensive. So the less we use, the more trees there are and the less energy is used. Recycled paper is also good since it uses 40% less energy than new paper, so put all your waste paper in the black boxes and use recycled wherever possible.

For more information about the Make Henley Greener project, click here.

John Stott


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JPC

Information about the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council is regularly updated on the Henley Gateway Website "This is Henley-in-Arden". Look no further than www.henley-in-arden.org/jpc for the latest and most comprehensive information about the JPC.

 

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Alerts from Trading Standards

'Medium' Letter
The neighbour of an elderly resident has reported that she (the elderly resident) received a disturbing letter from an 'Austrian medium'. The letter vividly described a series of misfortunes and awful prophecies (evil spells etc.) that were predicted to befall her unless she ripped up and returned a playing card that accompanied the letter, together with a request for 'magical' card and destiny pack at a cost of £10. Trading Standards are concerned that such a letter may worry vulnerable recipients who might then be tempted to pay £10 for reassurance. The Service have alerted the Office of Fair Trading to the letter.

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

Trading StandardsSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service


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HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB . Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. 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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN WI Brenda Brewer is coming to give her talk “My experiences as a Rep in Cyprus 2002/2003” at our meeting on Tuesday 4th July in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to join us and will find out about all the activities available through the W. I. Our activities are very varied and there should be something to appeal to everyone.

HENLEY-IN-BLOOM I’m sure you will agree that Henley is looking lovely thanks to all the hard work our volunteers put in. We shall be having our annual street collection and produce/plant sale on 8th July by St. Johns Church. Please support our efforts and a big “Thank You” to those who have already contributed.

PARISH CHURCH SUMMER DANCE in the Church Hall, 8th July, 8 till late. Tickets £8.50 from the Rectory.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Another outdoor meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 18th July when we will be going for a Nature Walk. Please meet at the Market Cross at 6.30 p.m. Contact Secretary on 793373 if you need a lift. Visitors welcome £1.

KIDVENTURE DAY CARE & PRE SCHOOL is having a fun open day on Sunday 23 July 2006 from 11:00 - 15:00. Our activities will be: Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, BBQ & Refreshments, Visit from a Fire Engine (13:00 - 15:00) Everyone welcome to attend at Cherry Orchard, Henley in Arden, Telephone: 01564 792020

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Workshop on 11th July has been cancelled. Saturday 29th July Annual Show and Competition at the Memorial Hall.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN METHODIST CHURCH  During August, we will hold our usual Coffee Morning on Saturday 12th from 10.00 a.m. till 12 noon, please do call in if you can.

SCOUT TROOP ‘Fantastic Family Fun Day’ is on Sunday September 3rd on Henley High schools playground and field. Open from 1pm to 6pm, this great fun afternoon will offer attractions for the whole family, from tiny tots to teenagers, and even grandparents!  Attractions will include a number of great fun inflatables, such as a Bouncy Castle, Gladiator Challenge, Bungee run and Bouncy Slide, plus side stalls entertainment too. There will be a BBQ plus tombola, face painting and the like. Admission is free; there’s just a small charge at each of the attractions.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A34 just outside Henley. The Club welcome new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.

There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinator's. 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 Club

THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds its 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. Full details are at www.swbc.co.uk

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

Bridge ClubThe 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 Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close marked ‘Henley Diary’ email: stjohnnews@btinternet.com . Please tell all your friends about The Henley Diary.

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