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Edition 125 - 5th October 2006
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Stratford Footbridge NOT wanted by 64%

Counting the votesAlmost two-thirds of Stratford’s residents are totally opposed to the idea of a new bridge over the River Avon and a clear majority of those who do want one are against building it where it’s currently planned.

These are the main findings of a survey by the town’s Liberal Democrats in which every home in Stratford—all 11,500 of them—has been canvassed in what amounts to one of the most comprehensive tests of local opinion ever held.

The picture right shows Dr Geoffrey Freeman, left,with Lib Dem councillors Peter Moorse, Clive Thomas, Maureen Beckett and Charles Bates and the results of the survey.

The survey shows that 64 per cent of residents are against the proposed pedestrian and cycle bridge and 36 per cent in favour. However, nearly two-thirds of those in favour (63 per cent) would prefer it to be a replacement for Lucy’s Mill Bridge rather than sited at its planned location by the ferry.

The results were announced this week and are based on the return of 2,512 questionnaires. Although the survey is as yet incomplete, statistical probability indicates that the final results will be very similar to these interim findings, which have been analysed by Dr Geoff Freeman, a consultant statistician and former Lib Dem chairman of Stratford District Council.

Reprinted from Stratford Herald
www.stratford-herald.com


Henley Property Auctions

MayswoodAfter a break from Auctions during August, Richard Abbey conducted John Earle & Son’s first Land and Property Auction of the Autumn at Henley Golf and Country Club on Tuesday 26th September 2006 to a very packed room.

It was estimated there were over 250 people present. Once again, this proved that local advertising had helped to generate a high level of interest in these very varied Lots.

Mr Abbey first offered the land and stables near Haselor for sale; very strong and competitive bidding resulted in the gavel being knocked down at a remarkable £154,000.

He then offered the 5.9 acres near Knowle; again there was strong competition with bids going up in £000’s and then £500’s. It finally sold for £60,000. Mayswood Cottage, Wootton Wawen (right) sold well for £300,000.

WhiteladiesThe two parcels of land at Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth being 1.96 acres, sold for £28,000 and the 4.36 acres sold for 47,000.

The final Lot being offered was Whiteladies at Temple Grafton (left); a semi-derelict cottage that had Planning Consent for a 3,300 sq ft replacement dwelling. An interesting site that sold exceptionally well for £376,000.

Five other Lots were all sold prior to the Auction and Peter Cornford of John Earle & Son was very pleased, yet again, that offering the right properties for sale by Public Auction had realised over £1.4m.

John Earle & Son’s next sale is scheduled for 24th October 2006, again including pasture land, farms, a bungalow for renovation and two investment cottages.


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Beaudesert Dancing

New beginners’ Classes for

Ballroom & Latin American dancing

Start at the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
7.30 pm on Wednesday 4th October 2006

For more details contact
Elaine Davies on 0121 773 4085
or John Ganjavi on 01564 79257


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Henley High School - Chairman's Report

Peter CrathorneHENLEY-IN-ARDEN HIGH SCHOOL WELCOMES NEWLY APPOINTED HEAD TEACHER
Mr Paul Wright has taken up the head teacher post at Henley High School. Paul, aged 48, originally from Liverpool, has taught for 23 years. He spent the first 11 years of his career in London. He was promoted to lead a sixth form in Derby which he undertook very successfully until his appointment 9 years ago as Deputy Head of Chipping Campden School. He has made an immediate and positive impact on the school, the staff, the governors and the pupils.

ARTS FOR EVERYONE – A once only chance to make a difference!
The meeting called to explore the idea of a Henley-in-Arden Community Arts Group took place on Wednesday 7th June 2006 at 7.00pm. It was attended by 18 interested people representing a wide age range and a variety of performance interests. We felt that music was under represented and are anxious to hear from anyone with an enthusiasm for promoting performance in music of all kinds. We set up three working parties.

The first group is called “VISION” it will meet to create a picture of the future and promote aims and plans. The second group “RULES” will create the organisation which will deliver our “VISION”. The third group “YOUTH” will capitalise on the interest of the young people who attended meeting to devise some immediate events to launch the group. The inaugural meeting will take place in November. This has been delayed because of the positive intervention of the Warwickshire County Council bringing the confident hope of substantial council funds being put in to the project.

It is possible that at this meeting we will be in a position to announce the start date for the building of our state of the art performing arts centre of the school and the local community of Henley and surrounding districts. Please contact us if you are interested in being part of this exciting venture.

Telephone: 01564 792364 e-mail: slewis@4108.wgfl.net or write to the school. Henley High School, Henley-in-Arden B95 6AF.


Get those anoraks and flasks out please.

imageWe in Henley are lucky and fortunate to see a steam train passing through our town twice every Sunday in the summer. In fact the last 2 Sundays it even came back via Henley rather than Dorridge.

I’m very fortunate to have the line at the bottom of the garden and the children love to stand on top of their climbing frame waving as Rood Ashton Hall thunders past. If the driver sees them he always toots the whistle.

We have considered traveling on the train, but that would entail catching a train to either Birmingham or Stratford, catching the steam train, for a round trip, then catching a third train home. Rather a long winded trip, actually traveling the journey twice.

What are the options then, either spend all day traveling or try to get the steam train to stop, allowing us Henley residents to get on and off. Looking at the web site http://www.vintagetrains.co.uk/sv.htm it does stop at four stations in total, Snowhill, Moor Street, Tysley and Stratford. No disrespect, but why 3 stations close to Birmingham City Centre then nothing to Stratford. Maybe Tysley is a nice place, but so is Henley.


The Vicar of Dribbley

HADSHenley-in-Arden Drama Society (HADS) are well entrenched in rehearsals for their next production, to be staged at the Memorial Hall from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th October. 

The show is a tribute to the well loved television show, so why not come along and enjoy the characters you all know.

On Saturday evening, there will also be a supper to tempt you (bring your own wine), and you are invited to dress for the part!

Tickets (£5 to £10) are available from the HADS web site or from the Vanity Box in the High Street.

A fun time is guaranteed for all.

Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent


Henley Golf & Club – An Excellent Business Resource

Golf ClubimageYou may already know of Henley Golf & Country Club, but you may not be aware of the facilities that we have to offer local businesses.

There’s a lot more to Henley Golf & Country Club than just the Greens and the Golf Course.

For example did you know; we have a superb Clubhouse with modern, flexible Conference and Function Suites, all equipped with air conditioning and the latest technology including plasma screens, DVD players, projectors and Wi-Fi.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite local businesses to come and see the facilities we have to offer. 

An Invitation to an Open Evening of Champagne, Canapés & Pampering

Wednesday 11 October 4.00pm – 6.30pm

You will be greeted with Champagne and delicious canapés.  As well as this you can enjoy:

  • A fun, interactive Wine Tasting Experiencewith our knowledgeable expert from Frazier’s Wine Merchants.  The theme will be based around “Christmas Wines” – and you will have the opportunity to taste various red, white and sparkling wines.  

  • A complimentary treatment with one of our experienced Beauty Therapists in our Decléor Gold Aroma Beauty Salon.  You can choose from a selection of treatments one of which is a California Spray® Tan – just what you need to banish the winter blues!  (Spaces for Beauty Treatments are limited, so please get back to us early if you would like to take us up on this one.)

We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you at the Evening Reception.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call either Kate or Ann on 01564 793715 or email us on enquires@henleygcc.co.uk.


Football Match Report

COMMUNITY LINK FOOTBALL DAY
HMP BLAKENHURST v HENLEY FOREST
(WEDNESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2006)

Team PhotoThe game got off to a ballistic start with every player proud to wear a Blakenhurst shirt. Paul Dable was the first to get his name on the scoresheet for the Prison team, with an awesome left footed volley after just 8 minutes. You could feel the tension building as Adam Freeth equalised after 12 minutes with a terrific strike that bounced in/off the post. Freeth was the man to claim the second goal too which took Forest into the lead with a fantastic volley that hit the left hand corner.

Blakenhurst composed themselves and quickly got it together to play some wonderful football, but it was Dable that lead the way, fulfilling the captain’s role by scoring a hat-trick to take the Prison into a 4-2 lead. Elijah Stokes was the next player to score with a left footed strike that drove the spectators wild.

Henley Forest proved fierce competition and Andrew Kings reduced the score to 5-3 after 32 minutes of the first half.

Yet again Dable was the player to claim another by being fed the ball by Scott Edwards who had made a run down the left hand line, showing a ‘Stepover’ and then a ‘Kruyf turn’ to beat his opponent. Ian Bell hit the bottom of the crossbar leaving it open to debate as to whether the ball had crossed the line. Forest were relieved when the goal was given.

All in all, it was an occasion that was enjoyed by all. There were no cards handed out and no disciplinary ill conduct was shown by either team. It was a game played in good spirits and will hopefully lead the way to future events.

FINAL SCORE                                       HMP BLAKENHURST 6         HENLEY FOREST 5

Man of the match : Paul Dable


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Fined for Ignoring Planning Rules

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council is reinforcing the message that ignoring planning laws could land offenders in court with fines and costs, following further successful prosecutions this year by its planning enforcement team.

Magistrates have recently fined a coach operator £300 with costs for storing and repairing vehicles on land without planning permission. This follows a previous conviction for the same matter in January 2006, when the same operator was fined £150 plus costs. Magistrates have also fined a local farmer £500 and costs for failing to comply with a planning condition relating to hedgerow replanting in Ettington.

"These cases recognise the importance of protecting the countryside from all forms of inappropriate development, and the need to comply with planning rules and conditions," said Cllr Stuart Beese, the District Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning. "People who break those rules and threaten the character of the District risk legal action and significant penalties. We want to reassure our communities that the District Council will enforce those rules where appropriate, and we are seeking to encourage landowners, developers and operators to face up to their responsibilities."

Non-compliance with an enforcement notice is an offence, which because of its seriousness is punishable by a fine of up to £20,000. Non-compliance with a Breach of Condition Notice is punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.


Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council

SDCMeeting 3rd October 2006

At the Council’s Meeting on Monday 3rd October 2006 there were no planning applications for discussion on the Agenda, and therefore the Council concentrated on ten items of business together other matters of a procedural nature.

The Council discussed a variety of topics including the following:

  • Warwickshire Coventry & Solihull Local Biodiversity Action Plan, and how it can contribute to the Parish,. The Council resolved to establish a contact that could be the “eyes and ears” of the Committee on green issues.
  • Issues concerning young people. The Council are concerned that, despite the many facilities that a town the size of Henley-in-Arden has, there still needs to be an engagement with youth to establish what further can be done.
  • Planning surgeries. The Council welcomed the re-introduction of Planning Surgeries at Stratford District Council which seemed to be working well.
  • Problems concerning the surrounding areas of Riverlands and the maintenance of the pool. The Council noted that the Environmental Agency had been active in the area, but that there was a considerable stench from the pool which was now greener than it had previously been. The Council resolved to contact the Agency to establish when they would be completing their work and how the situation could be improved.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday 16th October 2006. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, and Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and as with all meetings of the council members of the public are welcome to attend.

LATEST JPC NEWS LETTER


John Garner's Business Column

Recruitment Part 3 - The Selection Process

John GarnerSo you’ve successfully advertised and you now have a pile of applicants’ CVs sitting on your desk.

Now you have to decide which applicants to interview, assuming you haven’t got an agency doing it for you. How are you going to do that? First, read through all the CVs and divide into 2 piles: (a) the ones who are definitely not suitable as they lack the experience, skills or qualifications you are seeking and (b) the ones who look as if they could be suitable based on these criteria. But do be careful. If you have prejudices keep them to yourself and don’t let them affect your judgement. Send out a polite rejection letter to those in the first pile. Many companies don’t bother to do this but it’s good old fashioned courtesy.

You must then select which of the 2nd pile you’d like to interview. Place them in order of apparent suitability. Telephone the one at the top of your pile and ask them to attend for interview. By telephoning you get an instant response and you can arrange a time and date on the spot. You could do this by email but by telephoning you can see how they sound on the phone and ask them to tell you a bit more about themselves. This way you can usually get several candidates to interviews on the same day.

Now, how are you going to handle the interviews? Don’t rely on just your own judgement, get someone else to sit in the interviews with you. This way one of you can take notes while the other asks questions, then you compare notes afterwards. Interviewers have a tendency to relate to candidates like themselves and this may not be appropriate for the job, so it’s essential that more than one person interviews each candidate.

Other points to note:
  • Interviews must be structured and questions planned in advance.
  • Plan questions by using the job description & person specification.
  • Don’t ask leading questions.
  • Beware of using discriminatory questions (check www.acas.org.uk for guidance).
  • You can discuss the job and company but be sure to allow the candidate plenty of time to talk.
  • Have a plan for how you will “score” and make your decision.
  • Tell the candidates what the timescale is, ie when they can expect to hear from you.

Hopefully this will give you a good idea of the suitability or otherwise of each candidate but you may not be 100% sure and feel you need to know more. This is where a technique known as psychometric testing can help, it’s a way of analysing the personality of each candidate.

In my own business we were convinced of its usefulness and we used it for everyone we recruited. We’ll discuss it next week.

In the meantime, see also http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1074207535

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Lies, Gordon's lies and Tony's swansong

Nigel HastilowOK let's face it. Cherie did say it, meant it and wouldn't take it back even if it meant chaos and confusion through the ranks of the Labour Party. Chancellor Gordon Brown's praise of Tony was "lies", as Mrs Blair so perceptively pointed out. And if Number Ten's serried ranks of expensive press officers deny she said any such thing they can't be surprised if no-one believes them.

Anyway, so what if Gordon lies. What about his boss, Ms Booth's husband. Maybe we should take to the streets like Hungarians. Their Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admits on tape that his Government has “lied in the morning, lied in the evening” and admits his Ministers have accomplished nothing. He goes on: "We screwed up. Not a little, a lot. No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have. Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. “You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of, other than at the end we managed to bring the government back from the brink. Nothing.

“We have to stop the deluge of lies which have covered the country for many years.”

Obviously such honesty is unusual in Hungarian politicians, which is why, perhaps, the people took to the streets in protest. After years of being lied to by Communists, they may think democracy means honesty and openness. Perhaps we should invite them to the Labour Party conference. While Gordon's bid for the leadership is blown away by Cherie's raspberry, Tony is supposedly fighting to secure his legacy. His spin doctors would have us believe he is looking to his place in history. He wants to ensure his achievements aren’t washed away by the incoming tide of Scottish Socialism.

But what are these achievements? If he were honest Mr Blair would quote Hungary’s Mr G and say of his own dire decade in power: “You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of... Nothing.” He’s spent billions on public services. But they are scarcely any better and in some cases they’re worse. School-leavers are so badly educated universities offer remedial classes. Hospitals are chaotic, filthy, in debt and liable to poison the patients.

Tony promised us an “integrated transport system”. He said he wouldn’t increase taxes. He promised an ethical foreign policy. He swore to sweep away sleaze. Even Labour’s greatest achievement – not destroying the economy – is nothing to write home about. Britain is less competitive because of massively higher taxes and ever-more regulation. Unemployment is almost 1.7 million – a rise of a quarter of a million in the past year. Though we now have 29 million people in work – an all-time record – that’s because of the vast increase in immigration (legal and illegal). And immigration brings its own crises. This is not a safer society than it was when Tony promised to be “tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime”. It’s more dangerous.

The police only want to raise taxes by persecuting motorists. The courts won’t lock up criminals. The jails keep them quiet by giving them drugs and let them out again as quickly as possible. Nobody wants to deport them. As for our country’s standing abroad, we even failed to make progress in the European Union despite all Tony’s promises. In the wider world we are the President’s poodle, no matter if the President is Bill Clinton or George W Bush. Our ill-equipped and under-paid soldiers get killed in far-off places because Tony believes he has a “special relationship” with the USA. As a result he makes us a tempting target for terrorism, much of it home-grown.

As Labour conspirators meet in Wolverhampton’s curry houses and Manchester’s gay bars, they will be only too well aware of the failure and vacancy at the heart of Blairism. What is spin if not lying in the morning and lying in the evening? Mr Blair’s only gift to Britain has been to preside over the victory of political correctness. It was impossible not to enjoy the news that Cherie was subject to a police investigation after she playfully slapped a 17-year-old boy for making “rabbit ears” behind her. To see the police devote the time of no fewer than six officers to investigating the Princess of Political Correctness herself is a richly ironic commentary on her husband’s legacy. It’s as bad as the police investigating Tony for racism after he made a remark about the Welsh when they decided not to vote for him (wise fellows).

Bossy political correctness is all about us: don’t give kids junk food; don’t use a doormat in case someone trips; don’t play conkers; don’t try to win the egg-and-spoon race; don’t say anything nasty about anyone – the list is endless and endlessly depressing. This is the lasting legacy of ten years of Tony. Tony has yet to acknowledge it but we’re already in the post-Blair era. His colleagues and friends are stabbing him and each other in the back as they claw their way towards a little bit more power.

Meanwhile, back in Hungary, the Prime Minister asked his colleagues: “If we have to give account to the country about what we did for four years, then what do we say?”

Tony has almost a decade to account for.

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


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Henley in Arden Police Surgery

Neighbour WatchThere is 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 18th October 2006 between 11am-1pm

If you have any information or have witnessed any incidents, contact Alcester Police Station on 01789 762207.


Henley Crime Report
Police
This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Snitterfield and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

BURGLARY DWELLING
At approximately 1300 hours on 21st September 06 unknown offender/s approached a property in Warings Green Road, Greetham, Hockley Heath. They have then gained entry by smashing a back window. Not known if anything stolen. Offender/s possibly distracted by activated house alarm.
Incident number 293 of 21st September 06 refers.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE
Between 2000 hours on 23rd September 06 and 1125 hours on 24th September 06 unknown offender/s have approached a blue Peugeot motor vehicle 206 parked on Station Road, Henley in Arden. They have then used a key to damage the full length of the drivers side.
Incident number 467 of 24th September 06 refers.

THEFT
Between 1915 hours on 26th September 06 and 2250 hours on 26th September 06 unknown offender/s approached a red Toyota MR2 parked on Nuthurst Grange Road, Hockley Heath. They have then gained entry by punching the front off side door lock. Once inside they have stolen the Tom Tom satellite navigation system.
Incident number 654 of 26th September 06 refers.

During the evening of 27th September 06 unknown offender/s approached a VW Golf motor vehicle parked on the drive of a property in Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. They have then gained entry, ransacked the interior and stolen all four wheels.
Incident number 98 of 28th September 06 refers.

Between 2245 hours on 2nd October 06 and 0730 hours on 3rd October 06 unknown offender/s approached a red Isuzu pickup parked on Station Road, Claverdon. They then gained entry by smashing the front near side window. Once inside a search was made of the glove box and a wallet and laptop stolen from behind the rear seat
Incident number 79 of 3rd October 06 refers.

BE AWARE
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.

HENLEY, SNITTERFIELD AND TANWORTH COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM


Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet  

Put a lid on it!

Use a lid when you're cooking with saucepans. This will avoid condensation in your kitchen, and reduce heat and energy loss, so you'll also save money with every meal.

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

John Stott


District & Parish Council Information

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council

Stratford on Avon District Council Website

Information about the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council is regularly updated on the 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.

LATEST JPC NEWS LETTER

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Alerts from Trading Standards

Free Electric Blanket Tests
Appointments Still Available!

Appointments are still available for free electric blanket tests, organised by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Electric blanket tests are being offered to Warwickshire’s over 60’s, and will be conducted during the month of October in the following towns:

Kenilworth:                71 appointments available as of 2nd October 2006
Nuneaton:                 61 appointments available as of 2nd October 2006
Stratford upon Avon: 18 appointments available as of 2nd October 2006
Leamington Spa:       48 appointments available as of 2nd October 2006
Southam:                  75 appointments available as of 2nd October 2006
Rugby:                      57 appointments available as of 2nd October 2006

The booking hotline is now open, call: 01926 736477

Tests will be conducted by appointment only, and bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. The number of appointments is limited. A limit of two blankets per person has been set.

Warwickshire Trading Standards would like to thank Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Library and Information Service for their support in providing premises.

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 METHODIST CHURCH
Coffee morning Saturday 12th August 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. Sunday Services: all at 11.00 a.m. 6th – Miss Paddy Beardsall; 13th – Mr Philip Bayliss; 10th Mrs Elizabeth Harrison; 27th – Revd. Graham Spicer (Sacrament). All welcome.

HENLEY W.I.
Meet at the Market Cross on Tuesday 1st August at 10.30 a.m. for our Annual Outing. If anyone else would like to join us for lunch at Leominster W.I. followed by a visit to Berrington Hall, please contact Valerie on 793426.

ATAC (Action Taken Against Cancer)
Pam Atkinson is holding a coffee morning on Thursday 3rd August at Heartsease Cottage, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen in aid of ATAC. Thank you to Wootton Wawen WI for £303 raised from a coffee morning. They also raised £300 which has been divided between Acute Stroke Unit at Warwick Hospital and Feldon Specialised Stroke Rehabiliation Ward at Leamington.

HENLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATON
Saturday 19th August, 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. This newly formed Association is holding a Gala Day at Henley High School. Bouncy Castle, tombola, raffle, bric-a-brac, home produce, fancy dress, etc.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 22nd August at 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Talk by Arthur Phillips on ‘Fuchsias’. Visitors (£1) and new members welcome. Autumn Show Saturday 2nd September. Classes include fruit and veg, arts and crafts, cookery and flowers. Open to everyone. Schedule from Alison Pigdon on 793197.

FAMILY FUN DAY
Sunday 3rd September 1st Henley and Wootton Scouts at Henley High School from 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm Attractions include bouncy castle, gladiator challenge, bungee run, side stalls, BBQ, tombola etc. Proceeds to troop equipment. Further information John Johnson on 792073.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
No meeting in August.

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 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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