Edition 136 - 21st December 2006
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Ernest Chadwick painting of Henley dated 1934

We are grateful to Brian Twigg to be allowed to reproduce this Ernest Chadwick painting.

As we approach the great festival of Christmas, the wonder of the news that the Son of God was born on earth continues to fill me with excitement and awe. As I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I hope that 'the wonder of the news' brings you equal joy.

John Ganjavi - Rector Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden

The High Bailiff and his wife Ann wish the townspeople of Henley and Beaudesert
a very happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.

House of Commons

I wish everyone in Henley a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas, and I hope the New Year will be a fulfilling one.
James Plaskitt - Member of Parliament

In this troubled World let us be thankful we have a settled and peaceful community although personal tragedy always hits some families at this time. The experience of Christmas and all that it means needs to be cherished and valued.

My personal Good Wishes at this time and Happiness to you in 2007.

George Atkinson - County Councillor

Wishing all the residents of Wootton Wawen, Beaudesert & Henley in Arden
a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Laurence Marshall - Ward Member for Henley

Beaudesert and Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council
would like to wish all residents of the Town
a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Stephen Thirwell - Chairman of the Joint Parish Council

Rotary Club

I would like to thank all our friends in Henley for contributing so generously to our charity events and collection.
A very Happy Christmas to you all.

Alan James - President
Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club

With best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from the

Directors and Staff at Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel

The Management of Vanity Box-Movies Video
wish all our customers a Very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.

As sponsors of the Henley News On-line name wish many good wishes to
Bill Leech and Henley News On-line team.

John Love

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards wish everyone in Henley in Arden a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer

Mrs Sue Westmacott of Sue Dalby Catering Limited, would like to thank all her clients for kindly inviting me to cater at their various functions throughout the year. It has been a great privilege to work for each and every one of you.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

The Chairman and Committee of Henley and Beaudesert Civic Society wish all their members a happy Christmas and a peaceful and successful 2007.

We hope to see you at the interesting and exciting meetings arranged for next year.

The Chairman and Members of the Town Improvement Committee send greetings to all residents of Henley and Beaudesert and wish them a merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.

Henley in Arden and District Branch





Les Goodman - Chairman
Henley in Arden and District Branch
The Royal British Legion

I would like to wish all readers of Henley News Online, a very merry Christmas and a big thank you for reading my comments (any criticism or praise will be gladly accepted).

Three final comments for 2006. Remember what Christmas is about: Christ is at the beginning of Christmas, if you do have a drink please don’t drive, and please smile while doing the Christmas shopping.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Hopefully with many grumpy moments for me to grumble about.

John Garner

Happy Christmas
and a
Prosperous New Year
to everyone in Henley.  


The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

The High Bailiff’s team toured the High Street on Saturday 16th December to undertake the difficult task of judging the shop and office window Christmas displays.  An excellent total of 22 premises had dressed their windows out to convey the spirit of the festive season – an excellent effort.  Many shops used their products as centrepieces with matching or contrasting colours. 

After prolonged debate and some argument the team decided to give the winning prize to estate agents John Earle & Son for a brilliant and whimsical display, made by the firm’s own staff and comprising a model of a period house, illuminated from within and complete with “for sale” board.  Tissington Opticians, won the second place for a dramatic tree with giant gingerbread men, etc, and the third award went to the Shakespeare Hospice shop, who used simple materials – and some of their merchandise – in a simple but attractive display.

 The Court Leet has no more events this side of Christmas.

Our MP Reviews the Year

Locally, much of the last year has been dominated by two issues relating to Warwick hospital. Firstly, we had the Acute Services Review, which was looking at the provision of acute services across Coventry and Warwickshire. Its initial thoughts prompted much debate. Although we could welcome the recommendation for expanded cancer services at Warwick, we were concerned about the questions being posed about the long term provision of maternity services. I have been urging a re-think about those proposals.

Secondly, we have the issue of the hospitals’ budget deficit. Its size has obviously given cause for concern. The new management team at the hospital has been carrying out measures to bring current resources and spending back into line, and are making good progress. But I have always been convinced that the hospital could not be expected to close the gap on its own. There were aspects of NHS funding which were adding to our difficulties. So my efforts have been concentrated on lobbying ministers for changes which will assist us in getting the books back into balance.

These have been real issues and they require a lot of work to get things put right. So, what prospects for the hospital in 2007? Better, I believe. We will get the considered view of the ASR team early in the New Year. I think we will see that they have listened to the strong public voice which reacted to their initial suggestions. We have already had better news of funding. Just before Christmas, we had the statement from the Health Department which showed that my lobbying is starting to pay off. Changes are to be made which should help the hospital’s finances.

So my first hope is that we will have next year more accurate commenting about the hospital. If we can have that, I think our highly valued staff there will begin to feel more reassured, as will all of us in the local community. It will take another year of hard work to continue the progress of course. There are bound to be changes and not all of them will be straightforward. We will all need to do more to explain why they are necessary, and why they serve to secure ever improving standards of health care. But if during 2007 we can finally dispel fears about the hospitals’ future, that will be good progress in itself.

James Plaskitt MP - House of Commons

Rotary Club's Christmas Collection

Under a blue sky, the Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club held its annual collection in the High Street on Saturday morning, 16th. Our picture below shows the High Bailiff, watched by the Low Bailiff, donating to collecting box of Brian Mitchell, Hon Treasurer of the Henley Rotary Club.

This year, Henley Golf and Country Club supported the event by providing mulled wine and hot mince pies alongside the barrel organ outside One-Stop. The Rotary meets most Monday evenings at the Golf Club and was very grateful to Stuart and Kate Allen of the Golf Club for their great idea and support.

Alan James, President of Rotary told Henley NEWS On-line that £420 had be raised for Rotary Charities. This was an all time record and he thanked all the residents of Henley who had given so generously.

Photo by John Love

Operation Sober Profile

Officers from the Operation Sober Profile team stopped a further 156 cars during roadside checks in Stratford and Henley in Arden on Thursday night (December 14).

Of those, six drivers were given breath tests (all negative), seven vehicles were found to have serious faults, 10 drivers were asked to produce documents, one driver was reported for driving without valid car tax and seven drivers were fined £30 for using mobile phones or failing to wear seat belts.

Area Officer Marc Smith said: "Using phones and not wearing seat belts are not seen by many drivers as high risk - but try telling a parent or partner that wearing a belt may have saved their loved one's life or the cause of the persons injuries were down to inattentiveness whilst on the phone.

"Our officers will deal with these offences as robustly as those for driving with excess alcohol as part of this operation. At the moment phones and seat belts are only £30.00 fines, next year with the pending change in legislation you may well expect points on your licence too."

Operation Sober Profile, the annual drink drive and road safety campaign organised by Special Constables, is now in its 11th year. It aims to deter drink drivers, travelling criminals and drivers committing traffic offences.

Officers will be on duty at various locations around Stratford, Alcester, Warwick and Leamington over the next few weeks.

HADS bring Christmas Cheer

Last Saturday saw HADS (Henley-in-Arden Drama Society) present their Christmas ‘get together’.  Called ‘Christmas Crackers’ this year, they presented a very enjoyable evenings entertainment of Music, Readings, and Drama.  The programme was varied and was certainly enjoyed by all who attended.  To add to this, Mulled wine and Mince pies were served to everyone’s delight. Congratulations are due to all involved.

HADS next production, Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves” is to be presented on Wednesday 14th until Sat 17th Feb in the Memorial Hall.  The play is a classic, and arguably one of Ayckbourn’s best comedies.  Final auditions are to be held on Weds 27th December at 21 Brook End Drive (8pm).  If you fancy being involved then please do come along, and you will be made very welcome.

Report and Photos by Tony Capps

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Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

At the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 18th December 2006, Members discussed 4 planning applications received, and 14 items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded. Amongst the items discussed were the following:

1. Graffiti
Members welcomed the assurance from Stratford District Council that they are being more pro-active in their efforts to remove graffiti and prevent graffiti vandalism. They noted that it was currently limited to residential properties, not-for-profit community facilities, street name plates and other Council owned property, and therefore did not cover some areas of concern, such as the railway station. Members resolved, however, to track effectiveness of the initiative by creating a register so that the degree of success could be monitored by the Parish Clerk. 

2. State of the High Street
Members discussed the state of the High Street in Henley-in-Arden, noting a reply from Warwickshire County Council regarding the programme of works for next year that referred exclusively to the footway. With regard to pathways Members were concerned that any resurfacing should be in keeping with the historic nature of the town that had a higher proportion of listed buildings in its High Street than almost any other town in the country. They therefore resolved to establish from the County Council which area was to be resurfaced, how the work was to be undertaken and that the standard of work respected Henley's heritage.

Members also expressed concern for the surface of the road, however, as the rough and uneven surface was creating noise. They resolved to keep the High Street on the agenda and to try to ensure that the Town did not suffer because of the focus for investment on its much larger neighbour, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

3. Managing Housing Supply
Members noted a letter from Stratford District Council that related to a supplementary planning document in managing housing supply. They understood that Stratford District Council had taken steps to control the release of housing sites within the District in order to restrict any over supply against strategic housing requirements. Whilst Members appreciated that the document took effect from 13th November 2006, they resolved to establish a greater understanding of how long the restrictions were in place and what constituted exceptions.

4. Henley-in-Arden Railway Station
Members were updated on the situation regarding the Railway Station buildings. Both James Plaskitt MP and John Maples MP have been asked for help in establishing why there is a delay in the sale of the buildings by Network Rail, and the former wrote to the Chairman of Network Rail and is awaiting a reply.

Members also considered grant applications for 2007/2008 from a significant number of local organisations. All were considered to be worthwhile causes, with Members noting considerable hard work and input from many local volunteers. The outcome of the discussions would be communicated to each of the organisations in due course, and the total amount committed would be incorporated in the Council's Precept for year commencing April 2007.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 15th January 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.

I Like A 'Nice Cuppa'

A Channel 5 programme presented by the charming Wendy Craig about tea and the British love of this beverage made me ponder my relationship with his nectar!

My earliest recollection was my mother’s insistence on a beach tray! The sun was shining on a golden beach, the blue sea twinkling invitingly but to my mother the scene was not complete without a nice cuppa on a beach tray. No doubt this is also where I developed my taste for the ‘nice cuppa’.

During the summer months we would pack a picnic and venture forth for a ‘tootle’ and all the benefits of good clean country air. Did we pack a flack – oh no!! My father insisted on packing the Primus stove and brewing tea with freshly boiled water. Having tasted tea allowed to stew I think papa had a point.

Then the strawberry and raspberry season came around. Neighbours would invite each other around for a celebration of these fruits, embellished with caster sugar and cream and tea served in the best tea cups and saucers and the hostess’ favourite tea pot. Only children whose good behaviour could be guaranteed were included.

When I started work, tea was brewed in the most primitive of conditions, the resulting liquid would be sweetened with honey or golden syrup, sugar being severely rationed during war time. The most memorable cuppa was when I joined the fire service. Although classed as an Action Station we were lucky enough to have two full timers – a cook (what a treat to have two lamb chops) and a fireman who seemed to do a lot of odd jobs which included making the tea. This was brewed army fashion in an enamel bucket. The hot tea was poured into the bucket followed by two tins of sticky condensed milk, which meant it was sweetened at the same time as adding the milk. Fireman out at a job missed this and had to make do with teas made in the traditional manner!!

Tea and cakes in a Lyons Corner House served by ‘nippies’ in black dresses with starched white aprons and hats was a delight. Nearer home I remember visiting Pattisons in Corporation Street for tea and fairy cakes. We were served by the same waitress for years; when I took my three year old daughter she also served us. Sadly next time we went it was no longer Pattisons but a boutique. My teenage shopping sprees were also made more enjoyable by a lovely little teashop in the Burlington Arcade or teacakes at the Kardomah.

I will never be converted to coffee served in huge cups. A cup of coffee served by a bored assistant behind a counter will never replace tea at Lyons Corner House, Pattisons or Kardomah. However, the tea tradition is kept alive at W I meetings. In Warwickshire of course Yorkshire tea is used, being supplied by our sponsors of that name.

The relationship continues!!!!

IRENE ROBINSON - Senior Correspondent

Shopping in Malvern

I don't like Morrisons very much, but they do sell cheap tins of tomatoes, which we use in vast quantities for our Italian recipes.  So occasionally I go and buy a batch of 10 tins @ £0.13 each. I watched the check out girl put each tin through the scanner and announce "£1.34 please".  

I managed to choke back my apoplexy and gently suggested that 10 x £0.13= £1.30. I was about to rant about the inadequacies of the education system and dimwits who cannot do the simplest arithmetic, but I waited (thank goodness),until she had carefully scrutinised the till receipt when she reported "one of those tins of tomatoes is a tin of baked beans @ £0.17".

Collapse of stout party.

Dan Wild - Malvern Correspondent

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John Garner's Festive Business Column

Senior management and IT

John GarnerA man is flying in a hot air balloon and realises he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, “Excuse me. Can you tell me where I am?”

The man below says, “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”

“You must work in Information Technology,” says the balloonist.

“I do.” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”

The man below says, ”And let me guess; you must work in upper management.”

“I do,” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault!”

Comprehending Accountants - Take One

Two accountancy students were walking across campus when one said,“Where did you get such a great bike?”

The second accountant replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”

The first accountant nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t fit.”

Comprehending Accountants - Take Two

An architect, an artist and an accountant were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress.

The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship.

The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress, because of the passion and mystery he found there.

The accountant said, “I like both.”


The accountant replied “Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, and you can go to the office and get some work done.”

Comprehending Accountants - Take Three

To the optimist, the glass is half full.

To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.

To the accountant, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

What’s the definition of an accountant?

Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.

What’s the definition of a good tax accountant?

Someone who has a loophole named after him.

Nothing to do with business at all

Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron."

The other says, "Are you sure?"

The first replies "Yes, I'm positive."

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Sell the BBC - get a free HD-TV

Nigel HastilowMichael Grade has left the BBC to run ITV. So what? It’s just another boardroom re-shuffle of less significance than the replacement of the average Second Division football team manager.

Who cares who runs the BBC except the BBC itself – those precious luvvies who throw up their hands in horror whenever the real world intrudes on their cosy coteries? The BBC is an anachronism, left behind by progress and wallowing in its own bloated budgets, lack of competition and subsidised special pleading. The corporation is as featherbedded as Britain’s feeble farmers who, whenever something goes wrong, blame someone else – usually the Government of the day – rather than address any of their own failings.

Like our farmers, the BBC is incapable of meeting competition head on. It luxuriates in the only remaining poll tax – the licence fee – which we have to pay if we want to watch telly at all. The Corporation wastes our money on channels nobody watches, web-sites nobody’s interested in, and mainstream programmes nobody cares about.

Admittedly it also makes some fantastic programmes. “Dr Who” and “Bleak House”, for instance, as well as the best thing on any channel, “Spooks”. Even so, the ludicrousness of the BBC can be seen by its latest bout of internal navel-gazing. It is beginning to wonder if it might not be a little biased in its news coverage.

Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell realised 20 years ago that if you want to stage a coup in a banana republic, the first place your mercenaries make for is the broadcasting station. It wasn’t really necessary for them to take the BBC by storm. They were welcomed in by the serried ranks of New Labour placemen, fifth columnists and sleepers who had been waiting there all along for the dawn of the revolution. Even the falling out over Dr David Kelly’s alleged suicide and the “sexed up” Iraq dossier was just an opportunity for the Government to tighten its grip on the Corporation. From then on, no journalist would ever again dare to cross the New Labour junta.

Meanwhile the BBC could get on with its avowed mission of creating a Britain in its own politically-correct image while churning out programmes so unwatchable they could just as easily have been commissioned by Channel Five. Mr Grade, meanwhile, is quitting to take on a much better-paid private sector job with the ailing ITV. Commercial telly was once “a licence to print money” but competition is now so tough the country’s leading terrestrial channel is struggling.

Everyone’s gone to Sky. I certainly have. Not because I want to. I hate most of the trillion channels of rubbish it spews out. But if I want to watch a decent film or any worthwhile sport at all (though I’m not sure you can call the Ashes series “worthwhile sport”) there’s no option.

The BBC gave up sport years ago. ITV has been priced out of the market by Rupert Murdoch. Viewers have to take what we can afford wherever we can get it. In this mixed market, it’s unreasonable to expect us to carry on subsidising the BBC with a poll tax. The licence is being reviewed at the moment. The Corporation wants ever-rising subsidies. To its credit, the Government is resisting. Yet the solution is staring them in the face. Abandon the licence fee altogether. Make the BBC earn its living in the real commercial world – a world, incidentally, it habitually derides when it reports on private sector enterprises outside its own ivory tower.

The BBC would be worth billions on the open market. And if it were sold off, who would benefit? The owners, of course – you and me.

The Government should convert every licence into one share in the company. In other words, everyone legally watching telly would have an equal stake in the business. These shares could then be traded in the same way as any others. They would attract huge interest from around the world. The BBC brand name, its archives and even its reputation are still of commercial value.

Instead of paying an ever-increasing licence fee, we would be holding an asset which would actually be worth something. Who knows, it may even be enough to buy each of us a new high-definition TV for the great switch-over? The BBC would complain about being plunged into the shark-infested waters of competition. It would be a huge, bracing shock to the system. It would be sink or swim.

The other TV stations would complain as well. They would bleat about unfair competition. But the media world is changing. More and more TV will come via the internet. It won’t adhere to schedules and times. We will be able to watch what we want, when we want. In an increasingly free market, the State should be forced to release its grip on its propaganda machine.

A healthy dose of competition wouldn’t just improve the BBC, it would force broadcasters across the spectrum to produce better programmes. And if a few of the dross-makers went bust, so much the better.

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Have we all read the highway code?

It is many years since I passed my driving test and I must admit I have not read my highway code since. In my day a copy was sent with all provisional licenses, where it is now who knows?

Some things will always stay with me i.e. a round white sign with a red border and a big number in it, is a speed limit. Some things I forgot approximately 30 minutes after my test namely the thinking and braking distances. But double yellow lines will always mean NO PARKING.

Believe it or not there are double yellow lines outside Somerfield and One-Stop. But there are always cars, vans and lorries outside the stores. Being sarcastic now, do people know there are 3 car parks just off the high street? 1 at the medical centre, 1 at the back of Somerfield and 1 at the back of One-Stop. Yes I know shops have to have deliveries hence the big lorry has to stop outside Somerfield and disabled people sometimes need to park close, but does everyone else ?

The problems are terrific when too many ‘thoughtful’ people park outside the shops. Access to the car parks is blocked, zigzag zone on the crossing is blocked, causing a danger to pedestrians, and often the road is partially blocked so traffic can only flow in 1 direction.

So what is the answer? Force Somerfield deliveries to be conducted at the rear of the shop using the loading bay. Ask the council to put traffic wardens on the high street and give offenders tickets. And all of us start respecting other road and pavement users, by using the FREE and LEGAL car parks provided.

Grumpy Old Man

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If you have the time, listen to PLANET EARTH DEBATE on Radio 4 at 8pm Weds and repeated Sat 23rd at 10:15pm.

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

John Stott

Xmas refuse collection arrangements

SDCResidents across south Warwickshire are being reminded about the arrangements for rubbish collections over the Christmas period as there will be no collections of refuse or recycling material on Monday 25 December or Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January 2007.

Look for the day of the week your refuse and recycling is normally collected and shown in the table below are the revised collection days for the Bank Holiday.






Wed 27 Dec

Thurs 28 Dec

Fri 29 Dec

Sat 30 Dec

Tues 2 Jan

Wed 3 Jan

Thur 4 Jan

Fri 5 Jan

Sat 6 Jan

Mon 8 Jan

Tues 9 Jan

Wed 10 Jan

Thur 11 Jan

Fri 12 Jan

Sat 13 Jan

Normal service will resume on Monday 15 January 2007.

Stratford District is in the top 40 in England with a recycling rate of 38.6% and would like to thank residents for their help in achieving these results

Remember, you can now recycle your Yellow Pages in your black recycling box and don’t forget to have your real Christmas tree composted in the green garden waste service.

If your collection is missed or you have any queries please call the District Council on 01789 260616.

Alerts from Trading Standards

Scam Letter
A respondent has contacted the service to say that he received a letter recently to tell him he had 'won' a prize. He phoned an 090 premium rate line number which lasted 7 minutes and cost him over £9.00. He was then told he had 'won' a digital camera and was asked to send a stamp addressed envelope. This done he then received a letter informing him that if he sent £6.60 and a further £3.50 for postage and packing he would receive his 'free' prize. The matter is being investigated.

Tarmac Gang
In the past couple of days Warwickshire Trading Standards has received several calls alerting them to the activities of a rogue tarmac gang working door to door in the Tiddington area. Work is reported to have been shoddy and the men are falsely claiming to be working for Warwickshire County Council.

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 NEWS On-line will not be published next week and will return in 2007 on Thursday 4th January.

We would like to thank all our correspondents and photographers.

It has been a good year for Henley NEWS On-line with our readership doubling, which we now estimated to be over 700 per week.

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

Bill Leech - Editor

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The following diary dates have been notified to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close. All diary dates for the next Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane at: stjohnnews@btinternet.com. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

COFFEE MORNING, Bring and Buy and Raffle, 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon on Saturday 27th January 2007 at the Guildhall in aid of St. Basil’s Centre. Please call in for a coffee when you come to shop. The previous Sunday 21st January at the 10.00 a.m. service at St. John’s Church, a speaker from St. Basil’s will talk about their work and anyone who would like to know more is most welcome to come along to the service.

ST. BASIL’S CENTRE for Young Homeless in Birmingham is the largest agency working across the West Midlands to prevent homelessness. As well as providing 300 young people with a bed every night, St. Basil’s supports 4000 young people each year, offering advice, support and training that will enable them to find and keep a home. St. Basil’s Centre is one of the charities supported by the congregation at St. John’s Church by regular giving each month through an envelope scheme and also by some special fund-raising events during the year.

Sunday Services, all at 11.00 a.m. are: 7th (Covenant Service) followed by lunch in the schoolroom – Revd. Graham Spicer; 14th – Miss Paddy Bearsdall; 28th – Revd. E. Brian Mason. On Sunday 21st, the week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we will join with St. John’s Church at 10.00 a.m.

Mrs Liz Fox is coming to tell us about “Cycling Cuba” raising money for Denman, the W.I. College. We are looking forward to hearing about her excellent effort on our behalf, which has involved many months of hard physical training. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd January. WHY NOT TRY W.I.?

Tuesday 9th January. Join us for a “Wiggle and Jiggle” session for the under 5’s at the Library at 2.15 p.m. Wiggle and Jiggle replaces Storytime and includes stories, rhymes and activities. Thereafter, it will take place on the first Tuesday in the month.

If you would like to see some wonderful slides of “Charismatic Birds” photographed by well-known wildlife photographer Tony Hamblin, come along to our meeting from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 16th January. Visitors £1.

Tuesday 18th January. A talk on “The Leigh Family of Stoneleigh” by Mairi MacDonald starting at 8.00 p.m.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 23rd January for a talk by Reg Moule on “Winter Colour in the Garden”. We start at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. The competition is for the Best Pot Plant (maximum 7” pot). Visitors (£1) are always welcome to join us at Ullenhall Village Hall.

Volunteers are needed to assist in providing meals for the elderly in Henley and district. Deliverers are required to distribute meals on Tuesdays or Thursdays and kitchen helpers for Lunch Club at Dell Court on Tuesdays. Can you spare a couple of hours a month to help? If so, please telephone Peta on 01789 298236

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.
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.
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-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
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
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
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.
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