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Masthead picture - Rainbow over the High Street by Roger Casty, Illinois, USA.
See 'Letter from America" below.

Edition 134 - 7th December 2006
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Every Thursday

Christmas Carol Service

At 5pm Saturday December 3rd, Joint Parish Council Chairman Cllr Stephen Thirlwell opened the Annual Carol Service at the Market Cross by switching on the Christmas Lights.

In front of a good crowd, the Alcester Silver Band played the music for the carols and at 5.30 the Chairman introduced the Carol Sheet Cover Design Competition Winner who was Sylvie Corbet aged 8 from Wootton Wawen and she goes to Henley Community Primary School. Cllr Thirlwell presented her with the winners prize.

Then Sylvie and the Chairman switched on 2006's Christmas Lights. Cllr Thirlwell thanked The Alcester Silver Band, and all the Businesses in the Town, named on the programme for all the help in creating once again a festive atmosphere in the town.

John Love
Photographs/ Report


Letter from America

Pictures first and thoughts along the way from two visitors who love your town very much, the people we have met in our five visits, and in particular, Alec and Mary Halliwell, who always have offered us the comforts, the conversations and the ambiance of our second home. God Bless them.

Henley under a rainbow(Masthead picture and right) gives us the feeling of beauty now and the next time we visit; something to look forward to and for us this time with horrible weather in Scotland for the first part of our journey, a new look at a brighter part of this country with hope for better days ahead.

On Saturday, we attended the church Bazaar and tried to win some wine for the Halliwells. My wife got very carried away in the numbers game (tombola) and did bring some prizes back, all for a very good cause.

When we arrived at the Halliwells on Saturday, we had an invitation waiting for us from The High Bailiff to attend the Court Leet Service at St. John's on Sunday morning. We were so pleased and honoured by this invitation and really felt part of the process. Although no photos were allowed at the service on Sunday we came away with a high regard for your customs and carrying out this special event.

The last shot is sent to you as a reminder that our fair town believes in the Seasons and yesterday's snowfall totaled nearly 12inches in our area and the look is out our bedroom window at our driveway and neighbour's back yard. Sorry for no water tower pics but getting to our downtown may be a long time coming.

Finally, we are two of the strongest promoters of your wonderful town. Whenever we have shown pictures of GB you are mentioned and praised. The customs that exist in Henley that we know about from Alec and Mary are things to be proud about and we are so glad to be involved in some of these customs. Really to know about them from the Halliwells makes us feel very proud.

Thanks for letting us put this together for you.

Sincerely,

Roger and Mary Beth Casty
Illinois, USA


Every age matters

Are you aged 50 or over and still feeling nifty? Do you live in Henley-in-Arden and the surrounding area? Well Stratford-on-Avon District Council has a new group for you – Replay.

Following similar successful groups in Alcester and Stratford the District Council is offering 2 taster sessions free of charge at Warwickshire College, Henley on Monday 11 December and Wednesday 20 December from 4pm to 6pm.

The activities on offer are badminton and table tennis and group members can be energetic or take it easy, whatever suits – it’s fun and at your own pace.

At these taster sessions you will also receive a free complimentary pass to use the gym facilities at the sports pavilion.

What ever your age come along and join in the fun.

After the free sessions they will cost £1 which includes a free complimentary guest pass to the spa facilities at the College Spa and Relaxation Centre.

For further details please contact Paul Evans at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260639 or 07973 890207.


Henley NEWS On-line Christmas Greetings

As in previous years, Henley NEWS On-line is inviting all its readers in the town, the UK or Overseas, to send a Christmas Greeting, which will be published in our Christmas Edition on Thursday 21st December.

Last year, Christmas Greetings were published from the High Bailiff, JPC, County Council, District Council, our MP, Warwickshire Police, and many businesses, clubs, socities and readers at home and abroad.

This year we look forward to receiving your greeting message along with a photo or a logo.

Please can you send your contibution by Saturday 16th December 2006 to:

christmas2006@henleynews.co.uk

There is no charge but may we suggest a contribution to our chosen charity the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

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Air Ambulance in Henley

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On Monday 4th December, Mr Frank Park of Whitley Road, collapsed on the High Street pavement opposite Bigwood Estate Agents. Sadly, despite the valiant efforts of Henley Heartstart and Warwickshire Ambulance paramedics, he died.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended and landed in the Nags Head garden.

The helicopter G-MEDS, which is based at Coventry Airport and cost £2 million, went in to service only 2 month's ago.


Inaugural meeting of Henley Community Arts

On the 30th November 2007, a gathering of 20 people formally agreed to create Henley Community Arts. Its aims are to foster performing arts in Henley and the surrounding district. It will do this by:

    1. supporting the High School in its plan to build a high tech Community Performing Arts Centre.
    2. raising funds to arrange performances and workshops
    3. engaging with local performing arts groups to attract more members and enlarge audiences
    4. providing a forum for new ideas to expand the cultural life of Henley and its surrounding districts.

The meeting elected the following officers and committee.

Chair:           Paul Wright ( Head Teacher of Henley High School)
Vice-chair:    Michael Irvine ( Assistant Head Teacher Henley High School)
Secretary:    Debra Gale
Treasurer:    Peter Crathorne
Committee:  Alec Halliwell, Douglas Bridgewater, Tim Sturgess, Brenda Kirk, Jamie Kirk.

AFFILIATED ALREADY:
Rotary, Youth and Community Centre, Henley Drama Society, Methodist Church, The Court Leet Garden Project,

There is no membership fee; we are looking for new individual members and for new affiliates from organisations in and around Henley. Contact Sonia at the High School.

You can read our new rules on the Henley-in-Arden High School Web site

http://www.henley-in-ardenhigh.warwickshire.sch.uk/

Peter Crathorne - Reporting


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Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

On 16th December, the High Bailiff will take the advice of a small team of judges to determine which of the High Street’s shop and office windows has the best Christmas display. This is bound to be a difficult task: in former years there have been some very impressive exhibits. Special credit is being given for the imaginative use of simple ideas and materials, so as to remove any “big budget” advantage! The Town Crier will prepare this event, which starts at 10.00am.

In past years the high spot of Henley’s social calendar was always the Court Leet Ball. You just had to be there. The High Bailiff’s programme for 2007, just released, has this event on Saturday 24th February, in the Memorial Hall. The Ball is a black tie event, with a splendid dinner menu and music by “Sweet’n’Hot”, with a big band theme. Invitations will be in circulation immediately in the New Year.

A Winter Garden Party, at which guests are invited to appear in their gardening gear, will be held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 24 March: turn out those old gardening trousers! Malcolm Stent will entertain. Proceeds of this event go to the Guildhall Garden Project.

The annual Civic Service will be on Sunday 27th May, and on Saturday 9th June there is to be a lively “Court Leet Day” in the town, during which some of the Court’s ancient rituals will be publicly enacted. More details later.

To view the Court Leet website, go to www.henley-in-arden.org/court-leet


Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

At the Council's Meeting on Monday 4th December 2006 there were no planning applications for discussion on the Agenda, and therefore the Council concentrated on nine items of business together with other matters of a procedural nature.

The Council were receptive to a letter from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, who drew attention to their "Natural connections" Project. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust aims to protect and enhance wildlife, natural habitats and geology throughout Warwickshire and to encourage a greater awareness, appreciation and participation in all aspects of nature conservation and the environment. The "Natural Connections" Project arises as the Trust has been awarded an initial project planning grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Trust have appointed a Project Officer who will be working with Parish Councillors, amongst others, to identify local natural heritage and ascertain its potential audience. The Council agreed to actively support the project in identifying suitable venues to hold meetings, identify suitable natural heritage sites for the "Natural Connections" team to work on, to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the local natural heritage, and to develop appropriate natural heritage based activities that local people will relate to (including adult learning courses, schools education and practical work).

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 18th December 2006. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and as with all meetings of the Council members of the public are welcome to attend.

Paul Hill - Clerk to Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council reporting


Putting The Heritage Centre To Bed

When the Heritage Centre closes at the end of October each year it’s an opportunity to do some re-arranging, cleaning, tidying up, extending displays to incorporate new items and generally making the house “safe” for the winter.

This week, sixteen energetic volunteers descended on the Centre and after a short plan of campaign set about this work. The costumes of the old town crier and the constable from the 1940’s received a careful steam cleaning. The wartime display was emptied and tidied, with everything found in good order. The refectory was cleared of its exhibits, which were cleaned and re-installed. Various displays were earmarked for replacement or improvement during the closed season. Exhibit rooms were given a general make-over.

Right now, passers-by may miss the Heritage Centre’ swinging nameboard. It has been taken down for refurbishment. However, visitors during next year can expect to see some additions and re-arrangements of displays within the house. The first group visits for 2007 have already been booked.

Ray Holding, curator of the Centre, says that there is always a backlog of documents and pictures which need identifying, with names to be put to faces and dates to events portrayed. Former curator Derek Sharman and his wife Rosemary spent a couple of happy hours spotting people they knew and supplying the names. This job depends on people’s memories!


Personal valeting by Jan Morgan

Wendy German gets a shine

Linda Platten tidies up Room 2

Does anyone have, or know anyone who has, a male dress dummy which the Heritage Centre might acquire? The Centre has been promised, by his widow Peggy, the naval uniform of the late submariner Frank Macvie and we want to be able to display it. Frank’s voice, telling an extraordinary tale of intelligence work in France can be heard on the Centre’s audio recordings, made by Stewart Kingscott in 2004.

Ray Holding - reporting


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John Garner's Business Column

Are you making a profit?

John GarnerYour accountants will tell you whether or not you’ve made a profit when they’ve produced your accounts some time after the end of your financial year.

As we said last week, it could be a bit late then. You really need to know on a regular basis what the situation is. The best way is to produce a Profit and Loss statement (called a P&L) each month. Do it as soon as you can after the end of the month, the information it gives you is important.

If you use computerised accounting software this should do it for you pretty easily, manually it’s more of a hassle. To start with you need to list all the sales invoices you’ve issued in the month together with all the purchase invoices you’ve received dated in that month. Don’t forget to include the salaries and employment costs for your employees. Then you need to list all your other expenditure which is spread over the year; take the annual cost of each item and put one twelfth in each month’s P&L.

This is simplistic but will give you a rough idea of your monthly profit or loss. Your end of year accounts will show a slightly different figure, though, because your accountant will add in other items such as depreciation charges, stock and work in progress.

Depending on your type of business your P&L may vary wildly each month, particularly if there are seasonal variations, so it’s important to take a view over a period of time before trying to plot a trend, but you should be able to see whether it’s improving or declining in time to take corrective action.

If you hear other business people using the expression “Management Accounts”, it’s usually the P&L they’re talking about although companies will produce other information depending on their business requirements so that the directors can see what has happened in the past month and act upon it.

Knowing how much profit your business is making on regular basis is pretty fundamental but it still surprises me that a number of small businesses don’t know this with any accuracy. If you’re applying for a loan, for example, your bank manager will certainly want to see some management accounts.

There’s lots of information on the Business Link website at:  www.businesslink.gov.uk   - put “P&L” (without spaces) into the search box at the top right of the screen.  You should find the first few search results useful.

We’ll deal with cash flow projections next week.

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Marta the Eurofighter goes on the attack

Nigel HastilowFormer EU finance chief Marta Andreasen has launched an appeal against Lord Kinnock’s decision to sack her claiming it is a “David and Goliath” fight. Mrs Andreasen, who also revealed a new £20 billion Euro-scandal, told business leaders in Birmingham she was taking her fight to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. She was the first qualified accountant to be appointed chief finance officer of the European Union but lasted only six months before she was suspended for refusing to sign off the 2001 accounts. She spent two years suspended on full pay but “kept prisoner in Brussels” after being refused permission to go home to Barcelona. She was finally sacked by UK Commissioner Lord Neil Kinnock.

She has now taken her case for unfair dismissal to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg where she hopes to win three years’ lost pay and her £85,000-a-year job back. She told an Institute of Chartered Accountants meeting in Birmingham: “I’m an optimist. That’s why I’m taking the European Commission to court. This is a David and Goliath fight. You should have seen the show they put up. Six lawyers and ten boxes of documentation versus this little body with one lawyer and one small box.”

She said that despite having official responsibility for the EU’s £80 billion budget, the lawyers for the Commission “challenged my role, they said it was not very important. They said the amount of money I was dealing with was very small. The payments I had to authorise ranged from £1,000 up to £1 billion or £2 billion.” Mrs Andreasen told the meeting, sponsored by the new Birmingham office of the Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank: “I’m not a politician; I’m a bean-counter. I was trained to assume responsibility but the accounting system didn’t work, didn’t provide me with the necessary controls or the necessary comfort to be able to sign the accounts. This situation hasn’t been resolved. It’s getting worse because the people who should be taking responsibility are trying to avoid it. Nobody wants to take responsibility.”

She said that in her time at the EU “the computer system wasn’t coherent. The input did not equal the output. It was not secure. Many people could make payments to the bank, uncontrolled, and worse than that, it left no audit trail. Internal control was fragile. “A vulnerable system is an open door for people to abuse it. The people who benefit from the Commission’s subsidies are aware the system is open to fraud and may be inclined to abuse it.”

On the potential for “olive grove fraud” – payments for non-existent plantations – she said: “I will not sign a payment until I know who Gonzalez or Fernandez is.” Yet in many cases the money was paid in advance so the EU never sought proof that it was used for the intended purpose.

“Why did I have to open a bank account for someone in Honduras and make payment in pesos? Can someone tell me who he is? That’s the type of thing I got no answer to. I stopped the payment and said I want the documents – the documents never came. It’s true the frauds are committed in the member countries but I can tell you it’s very difficult to commit them without the intervention of the European Commission itself.”

Mrs Andreasen said that despite alleged reforms since then, the EU’s latest accounts seem unable to account for a staggering £20 billion. "There have been promises to reform the accounting system which should have been implemented for the 2005 accounts. They show £20 billion has gone out that has not been accounted for. Where were these £20 billion? Most of the EU budget is paid in advance. It means people didn’t produce the correct documentation, the commission let this go and it doesn’t control when the money is being used. Can we be sure it was £20 billion? How do they come to that figure? The procedure to get the £20 billion is the aggregation of spreadsheets. I suppose that becomes more sophisticated but there’s no transactional accounting, no debit and credit for every transaction.”

Mrs Andreasen, aged 57, is a brilliant and wronged woman. Half Argentinian, half Danish, married to a Spaniard, living in Barcelona and fluent in four languages, she is the epitome of the modern Eurocrat. She qualified as a CPA – the American equivalent of a Chartered Accountant – in 1978 and started out her accountancy career with Price Waterhouse. After that, she held various posts up to Finance Director, before a two year stint as Chief Accountant with the OECD, based in Paris.

In May 2001 the job of Chief Accounting Officer for the European Commission was advertised in the Financial Times. Marta applied and after various trials she was eventually offered a permanent job in November. She never was given a job description but resorted instead to reading extracts from the Treaty of Rome. She joined the EU in January 2002.

"I was a Euro-enthusiast when I jointed the commission and I was proud to contribute to the project," she says. "My experience has led me to conclude that it is a project of a political elite that runs things in its own interests far from the interests of its own citizens.  When I was suspended I looked to the European Parliament to support me but unfortunately, with the exception of some Eurosceptics and some British Conservatives, I didn’t get much support.”

Mrs Andreasen said that since the European Commission resigned en masse in 1999 following a report revealing widespread fraud the position had, in many ways, got worse. And she said the only way to reform the system was for the people of Europe to protest. But she added: “I’m not sure how many countries would join you in making a stand. The people who supported me are basically from Anglo-Saxon and Nordic countries. From the Southern European countries I got no support at all.”

At the time Mrs Andreasen was sacked, EU officials linked to the disappearance of £3 million in "slush funds" were still on full salary though their conduct was described by fraud investigators as a "vast enterprise of looting". Before her sacking, a memo to Lord Kinnock from the EU's senior auditor said her claims were "factually and substantively correct" and her suspension "would be a serious blow to reform, sending a signal that the old ways of keeping things from happening still work". One of her biggest concerns was a discrepancy of £130 million between two sets of accounts for 2001 which has never been fully explained.

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


Grumpy Old Man Comments

Christmas? A marketing man’s dream !

Christmas starts on the TV in August, the children’s channels, CITV, Boomerang, Carton Network, Nickelodeon etc start bombarding our children with advertisements for the latest and greatest toy they must have.

The children then ask Father Christmas or Parents for the toy.

But what happens next ? supply is ramped up to a level just below the market demand, creating a false shortage for the toys. Parents get frustrated as they want to please their children, so if any toys hit the shelves they go very quickly, sometimes people even buy the ‘rare toy’ just because it is difficult to get hold of. Just look at ebay in December, there is always a supply of the ‘rare toy’, at a premium price, often above the RRP. I’m sure we all remember the Cabbage Patch Doll, Tracy Island, Tellytubbies The Bratz Ski Lodge, there is at least 1 if not more each year. Funny there is never a shortage of beer, wine or spirits.

Then in January, surprise surprise, there is an excess of the ‘rare toy’ in the shops.

If the ‘rare toy’ is not bought the children are disappointed, the parents get angry and frustrated, and the marketing men are smiling all the way to the bank. If supply is slightly below demand, the price stays high. Shops do not compete on price as they don’t have to and all stock is moved from the shelves.

It will never change as long as children want the ‘rare toy’, and the marketing men keep supply below demand. Does anyone know a child who will wait until January for his/her Christmas toy? I don’t.

Maybe we should all return to the 19th century and give our children a 2d coin (showing my age now) and an Orange in a sock!

Regards

Grumpy Old Man


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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 13th December 2006 between 11am-1pm

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


Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet  

I can’t car share but would like my car to cause less climate change

For a small amount of money you can make your motoring carbon neutral. The cost of offsetting the annual emissions from a typical family car doing  10,000 miles per year is £ 20 to £30. This pays for various schemes such as planting trees that absorb the carbon dioxide as they grow  or  investing in creating Carbon Neutral power sources that would otherwise not be built. For more information go to:-

www.co2balance.com/help.php?section=about

In addition to finding much interesting information, you can use this site to work out the cost of offsetting your car and other carbon emissions and also pay for offsetting. Other sites offering offsetting include:

www.carbonneutral.com
www.targetneutral.com

This last is cheapest but maybe not as good as the first two. There are many other sites offering offsetting. Look at the site statements to try and decide which is best. Co2balance looks good to me.
 
  
If you can car share, this means less miles so offsetting costs less

Make Henley Greener are acting as facilitators for anyone who wants to save money and or reduce their contribution to climate change by sharing car travel. Please e-mail your name, contact details, travel destination and frequency (e.g. ‘daily return’ or ‘every Thursday morning’)  to:-

makehenleygreener@yahoo.co.uk

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

John Stott



Alerts from Trading Standards

Security Claims
A consumer contacted the Service after receiving an approach from a security/alarms company that claimed to be endorsed by the 'local council'. The Trading Standards Service have been unable to find any substance to this claim and warn consumers to be wary of such endorsements .

Security Hard Sell
A consumer alerted the service to the activities of a 'pushy' alarm sales company. The consumer received an unsolicited phone call and subsequent visit from the trader who was offering a 'free' house alarm, with installation costing £299. The trader asked for £35 for a 'link' to the Police and a further £199, but is now requesting £2400. The trader failed to give the consumer their cancellation rights in writing when they visited (7days in which to cancel) a criminal offence, and the consumer supplied a bank statement and national insurance number to the trader.

Trading Standards are warning consumers that such approaches are not unusual and the higher overall cost of the system is often because the alarm is monitored (consumers sign a lengthy contract). Consumers are advised not to sign a contract immediately on the doorstep following an unsolicited visit but seek professional advice. For further information
visit:
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/C400752BFD3C266480256C64004F38A0

Further, Trading Standards advises consumers not to disclose their personal and financial information to anybody they do not already know and/or trust.

Parcel Deliver Service (PDS)
The Service has received a number of enquiries relating to a parcel delivery scam and subsequent email. Last year a Belize-based company called PDS distributed cards to residents claiming that a parcel was awaiting delivery and asking them to ring a premium rate number 0906 6611911. Access was barred to the service and the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards in Telephone Information Services has now adjudicated on the matter, please follow the link:
http://www.icstis.org.uk/consumers/adjudications/default.asp?node=&id=576

Holiday Offer
The Service has been alerted to unsolicited phone calls being made to householders. The caller asks the resident if they possess a SKY dish, and if the answer is positive go on to offer them two 'free' tickets to Turkey. It is not clear what the actual purpose of the call is, but as with similar 'offers' the service has come across, there is typically a catch.

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


The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

Vanity Box

Carols for All

A Great and Mighty Wonder

Concert: Solihull Methodist Church

Saturday, 9 December 2006

Director of Music - Andrew Fletcher
with the Eversfield Chamber Choir and Kevin Gill (organ)

Tickets: ££10.00, Students (under 18) £5.00 available from Geoff Taylor (Business Manager) 01926-843571

Always a sell-out - book early to avoid disappointment!

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HENLEY CIVIC SOCIETY
Thursday 7th December 7.30p.m. Christmas Party and “Comic Potential” with Peter and Jeanette Cook.

HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
We are holding a Christmas Coffee morning on Saturday 9th December 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. On Wednesday 13th December, 11.30a.m. we will meet for a Christmas Miscellany. Pupils from the Music Department at the High School will join us for a seasonal celebration. Our Carol Service will be on Christmas eve, but we will not hold a Christmas Day service this year.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 12th December 7.30 p.m. Memorial Hall. Christmas Dinner and AGM.

HENLEY DRAMA SOCIETY
Saturday 15th December in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. “Christmas Crackers” with mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets £7 from John Love at the Vanity Box or on-line at www.hads.org.uk

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
The meeting on Tuesday 19th December is the AGM followed by our Christmas Party. Visitors are welcome to come along to the Baptist Church Hall at 7.45 p.m. if they are thinking of joining in the New Year and wish to learn more about the society.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN METHODIST CHURCH
During the run up to Christmas we will have two seasonal events. On Saturday 9th December our Christmas Coffee Morning will be, as usual from 10.00 a.m. till noon, please do call in. Then on Wednesday 13th, at 11.30 a.m. we will meet for a Christmas Miscellany. Pupils from the Music Department at the High School will join us for a seasonal celebration, and I am sure we will round off the morning with some mince pies.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
Evergreen ClubMeetings 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 BADMINTON CLUB
Meets Friday and Sunday from September to May in the Memorial Hall. Details contact Alan Barber on 793320. Thursday evenings from 7.30 –9.30 pm at Henley Community Primary School. Details please ring Pauline Barber on 793320.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-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.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 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 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 ClubHENLEY-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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