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Edition 141 - 1st February 2007
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Maggie Twigg, Chairman of the Civic Society, told Henley News On-line, "The Civic Society considers Henley-0n-Line to be a valuable contribution to communication in the town.

"It provides for the provision and exchange of information about life in the area, and we are delighted to extend this opportunity to people who currently do not have access to the internet."

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Success, now let’s use the service, not loose it.

What a surprise I had reading last weeks ‘Henley NEWS Online’, Rood Ashton Hall is stopping at Henley. For those who don’t know Rood Ashton Hall is the engine used on the Shakespeare Express.

Is this following what I wrote last summer? Who knows, but I feel like taking all the credit!

So all of us, especially those of us with young boys (that is any boy under the age of 456.5 years old!) must now make a trip at least once this year. Someone will be monitoring how many people get on and off to see if it worth the hassle.

If we are to attract people from outside Henley to visit our town, we must first get the service fixed in the timetable as a standard. As residents, we can catch the train at 11.05am and get back at 2:35pm, great. This gives Henley the opportunity to get people off the train at 11:05 ‘entertain’ them for 3½ hours before they get back on.

Could the pubs have an offer to passengers?
Show your ticket and get 10% off?    
Could we get the town crier to welcome visitors?   
Could the Heritage Centre organise a tour of Henley?

An opportunity has been given to us to get Henley back on the map, please lets use it. Any other suggestions please. If there are serious offers, let Mr. Editor know, as Vintage Trains has already met with him to start planning the opportunities.

Between us it can happen.


Grumpy Old Man

How safe is the food you're eating?

Henley Ice Cream Parlour - Gold Award

You can now find from Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Food Hygiene Inspection Ratings Scheme on the District Council's website. This scheme gives people an easily accessible and simple way to check the hygiene standards of a café, restaurant or food shop and hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and Guest houses before eating there or buying food.

After an inspection by the District Council's environmental health team, each food business is given a rating of Gold, Silver, and Bronze, acceptable or unacceptable. They also get a certificate to display at their premises and the results will also be published on the District Council's website so customers can make their choice of restaurant or shop before leaving home.

There are 1,448 food businesses registered by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, and all premises have been assessed on the last formal inspection. These results are now available.

To check out establishments in the Henley Area - Click Here and put 'B95' in the search box.

Congratulations to the Gold winners:

The Bulls Head InnSomerfield StoreVanity Box
Ye Olde Pounde CafeNavigation GarageRiver House School
Henley Ice Cream Parlour & TeaVillage GardenBaptist Church Hall

One establishment was classified as Unacceptable.

Footpath Hazard - Action at last!

We reported in last week's edition the deplorable state of the Lords Waste opposite St John's Church in the High Street. Following our out spoken comments, repairs were carried out swiftly. No doubt the authorities will claim that they had the situation under control and the comments in Henley NEWS On-line made no difference.

We estimated the cost of repair at less than £100 and cost of transporting a casualty to hospital and medical care would be more than £1,000.

On to the next hazard, the fencing alongside the footpath at the bottom of the Mount was damaged by vandals over New Year and has still not been repaired.

Is this not the next job for the authorities to tackle?


JPC Jan 2007 Newsletter

Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council has published the January 2007 Newsletter - Issue 65.

This newsletter is a much improved design.

Download the JPC Newsletter.

Riverhouse School Site

Henley NEWS On-line - First with the Latest News

The one time Riverhouse School has been closed for some time and is up for sale. Our information is the likely buyer is Roselodge Group from Honily, Kenilworth. They specialise in property investment and development including projects to build new residential care homes in partnership with national care home operators. Their proposal is to demolish the building and redevelop the site for a new care home.

Apparently surveys of the existing building have shown it to be unsuitable for conversion to satisfy the high demands of a modern residential facility. Consultation with Stratford District Council has occurred to evolve the planning application which includes the Conservation Officer so that the proposed replacement building tries to reflect the architectural features of the school.

One of the planning considerations will be the wish of the council to retain the site for employment purposes and that care homes now form an important part of a local authority's development plans.

White Swan Dining Reopens after £150,000 Refurb

The White Swan in High Street has recently been taken over by new owners Steve & Sarah Bennett, Linda Edmonds & Ian Jackson. Steve & Sarah live locally and when their friends Linda & Ian mentioned they were thinking about running a bar/restaurant in the area, The White Swan was spotted by Steve and two weeks later they had given up their jobs to come and manage this excellent business venture.

Their aim was to make full use of the bar, restaurant, function room and hotel.  Now four months later and a £150,000  refurbishment the non-smoking ‘Bliss Restaurant’ will be opening on Thursday 1st February with a fantastic new menu.  They also have a Valentine’s Menu for £49.95 per couple plus a free bottle of house wine.  There is also a varied and extensive selection of wines on the wine list to choose from.   The Carvery menu on Sunday will be retained as this has become very popular with existing customers and will appeal to visitors from the Shakespeare Express.  Every two months, there will be a special Cabaret & Dinner night in the restaurant.

Opening times for the restaurant are: Monday – Saturday  lunchtime: 12.00pm – 2.30pm  Evenings: 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Sunday Carvery: 12.00pm – 6.00pm.

The refurbished non-smoking function room is perfect for wedding receptions, birthday parties, meetings & conferences with it’s own separate bar area it can hold up to 100 people standing and 50 seated.  There are a selection of buffet menus available at various prices per head.  Jazz nights on the first Wednesday of every month together with live music twice a month.  Look on the boards outside advertising forthcoming events.

The hotel has eight bedrooms (1 single, 2 twins, 3 doubles, 1 family room (double & single) Johnson Suite (Four Poster Bed).  The rooms are due to be upgraded this year and three star accreditation applied for.

Henley NEWS On-line wishes the new management every success.

Playreading and Writing Group for the Over 50’s

Hayley Pope, Community Arts Leader for the Henley In Arden High School is interested in opening up new opportunities for residents in the town looking to participate in the performing arts. At present she is looking to set up a play reading and writing group for the over 50’s

The group would meet on a weekly basis and share a range of plays and texts, from T.V, Film, Radio and Theatre. And then move into creating and sharing their own short pieces of work. This group will be ideal meeting place for people in the town who are interested in the theatre or the arts but may not want to actively perform, or for those who love reading and want to tackle new and challenging texts. This offers opportunities for people to make new friends, or simply develop reading and writing skills.

If you are interested in being part of this new and exciting group, or want further information, please contact Hayley at the school on (01564) 792364 or email hayley@henleyhigh.com.

Sports Shed Watch

According to the published Data on the Stratford District Councils Planning Department's website the application for the sports shed on the side of the A3400 has still not be lodged.

Henley NEWS On-line has been told by the Warwickshire College press office that the planning application will be submitted imminently. Soon after this, the College intends to launch a high profile PR campaign to advise residents of about its intentions. Are the residents to accept it will be a fait au complet?

There will be presentations of the plans to key groups within Henley. Debate and the justifiable reservations by the residents about this industrial type building in a very prominent position, will probably be disparaged in a high cost PR campaign organised by the college management, none of whom live in the town.

Planning Applications can be viewed on line at:

Enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'


Be Vigilant or the south side of Henley will be ruined for ever.

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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

The High Bailiff and his wife Ann represented Henley at Alcester’s Annual Court Leet Service on Sunday 28th January and were made very welcome by the High Bailiff of Alcester and the members of his Court. The service, conducted by the chaplain, Rev. David Capon, included musical items performed by a large contingent of the Alcester Male Voice Choir. All the town’s uniformed organisations were represented at the service and great hospitality was extended at the reception following. There is a great sense of mutual support between the two Courts.

Further progress has been made towards the programme for Henley’s Court Leet Day on 9th June. Today, 31st January, the High Bailiff attended a meeting of the committee of Henley Community Arts at the High School and tabled his ideas for the active participation of students of the school in the day’s events. The suggestion that a group might perform a “miracle play” in a public area was enthusiastically received by school members present, who viewed it as an excellent opportunity for a practical community link. Other suggestions, for this and other days in the Court Leet’s calendar, also went down well.

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

To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004       Click Here

Rotary Club and Sweet Harmony

Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club will be organising another of its popular Ladies Evenings at the Henley Golf and Country Club on Monday 19th March. Entertainment will be provided by Sweet Harmony a small cabaret group of experienced local performers who share a love of fine singing, musical comedy, light opera and operetta.

In January 2006, members of Sweet Harmony sang as part of Avon Opera’s inaugural A Night in Vienna concert here at the Town Hall when they raised over £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, South Warwickshire Branch.

Then in July, Claire, Joan and Tim travelled as soloists with Severnside Theatre Ensemble to the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas on the Isle of Man, to sing in a professional charity performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard raising a much-needed £1,700 for Manx Hospice Care.

Rotarian David Brain, who is organising the event, told Henley NEWS On-line, "We will have another quality evening and invite residents from Henley and beyond to join us. This is also an excellent opportunity for potential members to experience the fellowship and meet the existing members of Henley Rotary."

Full details from David Brain, djb.ccwks@btinternet.com or phone 01926 402404. Tickets are only £15 ea for a quality meal and first class entertainment.

Douglas Bridgewater's Heroes of Henley

William Sutton Findon
Private, 430157, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
(British Colombia Regiment)

William was the son of James and Hannah Sutton Findon of Henley-in-Arden. He was born in Henley on 20 September 1882 and baptised on 15 October 1882 in St Nicholas’ Church, Beaudesert.

His father had a butcher’s shop beneath the present Guild Hall, which appears in the background of the picture of the North Warwickshire Hunt taken about 1910. His father died early, as the 1901 Census records William as living with his mother, one of his sisters, and his half sister and brother. His mother seems to have been married and widowed again, as she was then Hannah Sutton Stokes, head of the household and employed as a Baker. William’s employment was given as Assistant Baker, so he was presumably helping his mother in her business.

William was one of several men from Henley who emigrated to Canada at some time before the outbreak of war in 1914.

When he enlisted in Victoria, British Colombia on 3 March 1915 he gave his next of kin as his wife, Frances Mary Findon, of Torrento, Notch Hill, British Colombia: she was a granddaughter of James Argyle, who was a stationer in Henley. His medical examination showed him to be 5’5” tall with a 43” chest. He had a dark complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. The Stratford Herald of 23 June 1916 reported that he was serving with the Canadian forces either in the UK or France. He had been in Henley for a short visit while on leave and the Herald subsequently reported that he made other visits to Henley, where he was warmly welcomed, during his training in England.

Other men of Henley who emigrated to Canada before the war and are known to have returned to England after enlisting with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force were:

  • Arthur Edward Atkins, one of the sons of the then Clerk of Wootton Wawen Parish Council (which included Henley);
  • Thomas M Beck, whose father was the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the town;
  • Edwin Percy Hemming, who had formerly worked as a Wheelwright in Henley with his father William;
  • Alfred R Hodgkins, whose father Alfred Henry was then living in the town;
  • Francis E Stokes, generally known as Frank, who was William Sutton’s half brother and
  • Sidney James Welch, the half brother of Norman Welch. Sidney Welch was badly wounded at Passchendaele and stayed in England after the war, marrying a Henley girl and living in Chestnut Walk.

William died on 4 July 1917, aged 34, his death being reported in the Stratford Herald of 13 July. There was additional local sympathy for those mourning his death, as his sister Miss E S Findon was seriously ill at the time. She had been thrown out of a trap while going on a bread round for Mr James Welch, a well known baker in the town. His trap would normally have been driven by a man, but there was a considerable shortage of men in Henley in 1917.

William Findon is buried in Grave H 7 in Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension in the Pas de Calais. Bruay is a large village 6 kilometres south west of Bethune. The Canadian Corps occupied this part of the line early in 1917 and almost half of the 412 Commonwealth graves in the cemetery are of their casualties during that year. The 22nd Casualty Clearing Station was located at Bruay, so it is possible that William Findon died of wounds.

His medal record has not been found, but he would have been awarded at least the Victory Medal. The government of Canada also awarded a Cross of Sacrifice to the mother and widow of man who lost his life during the war: each received a cross if both were alive.

Douglas Bridgewater (phone 793633, email rdb@rdbridgewater.fsnet.co.uk) would be pleased to hear from anyone who can provide further information on any of the individuals named above.

Students make-up work placement

Students on a theatrical make-up course at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre are getting an early insight into the world of greasepaint and backstage dramas. Six students are doing the make-up for actors at two theatre productions taking place in the Midlands as a voluntary work placement.

Tutor Faith Davis said: “I have joined the college this year and I have really done a lot of pushing to get them things like this. “We have just had an email about a production the BBC are doing I hope they can work on, and I want to do more trips to places off site, and the theatre in Birmingham. There are really three different things they are doing - the course is really intense, they all work really hard and their work is absolutely brilliant.”

Their course in Theatrical and Media Make-Up consists of diplomas in wig making, make-up and an NVQ level two in costume design. Faith said: “These students volunteered for this, they don’t get paid for it but it’s an experience you cannot gain in any other way.”

One group of three students - Jenny Simons, aged 19 from Stratford, Jenny Williams, aged 17 from Wilmcote, and Katie Fisher, aged 16 from Banbury - last week (Jan15-20) worked on the make-up for A Christmas Carol by the Cherwell Theatre Company performed at the Mill Arts centre in Banbury.

And another group of three - Catheryn Fellowes, aged 17, of Northampton, Sam Cox, aged 18 of Daventry, and Lucy Sanders, aged 17, of Redditch - are doing the make-up soon for Oliver, performed by Northampton Amateur Dramatics.

The students say they are learning a lot from the experience. Katie Fisher, whose play has already taken place, said: “I enjoyed doing what I want to do for a career. I just did ageing make-up and basic foundation.” And Catheryn Fellowes said: “We got together for the first time on Sunday and got the idea of what needs to be done. There’s lots of characters! Most of the principals play about four or five different characters and there are about 65 kids! Sunday is our first rehearsal and it’s going to be the first time we have ever done it so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge!”

Sam Cox said: “Most have got to be changed quite a lot. I have one who I’ve got to make look older then younger again.”

For more information about full-time theatrical make-up courses at Warwickshire College starting in the autumn call 0800 783 67 67 for a prospectus.

John Garner's Business Column


John GarnerNow this is where it gets complicated. You should take professional advice on which scheme is best for you, some may not be as attractive for you as they first appear.

As I said two weeks ago, the most common scheme is where at the end of each of your VAT quarters you add up all the VAT you’ve charged on your outgoing invoices issued in that quarter, subtract all the VAT you’ve paid on your purchases which have been invoiced to you in that quarter and then pay the difference to HMRC.

The problem here is when you issue a big invoice at the end of the 3rd month of your VAT quarter and your customer hasn’t paid you by the time you have to pay the VAT element of that invoice to HMRC at the end of the following month. This can leave you seriously short of cash.

The way round this might be Cash Accounting. I say ‘might’ because there are rules, mainly that your annual turnover (excluding VAT) is not expected to be more than £660,000. In this scheme you only pay over the VAT on sales invoices for which you were paid in the given VAT quarter – and similarly you can only claim back the VAT on purchase invoices you actually paid in that quarter. But it does mean you’re not left out of pocket. It works for me!

Next we’ll look at the Annual Accounting scheme. Under this scheme you pay in installments during the year which are based on an estimate of your total annual VAT bill. At the end of the year you submit a single annual return and any balance due. You can use this scheme if your annual turnover (excluding VAT) is not expected to exceed £1,350,000.

The advantage is that this scheme allows you to complete just one VAT return each year instead of the usual four. You pay installments of the VAT that you expect to owe (monthly or quarterly) so that you are not faced with a large VAT bill at the end of the year. But beware: when using this scheme there’s a temptation not to bother working out your VAT each quarter and wait until the end of the year; this is very risky.

Now the Flat Rate Scheme. This lets you calculate your VAT payment as a flat rate percentage of your turnover. This percentage is decided according to the trade sector your business is in (there are set percentage rates for each trade). The main benefit of this scheme is that it reduces the time you spend accounting for VAT because you don’t have to record the VAT charged on each individual purchase and sale. You can apply to use this scheme if your annual turnover (excluding VAT) will be £150,000 or less or your annual total turnover (including VAT) will be £187,500 or less.

You need to be very careful with this one because under this scheme you will not be able to reclaim any of the VAT you pay on supplies as this is taken into consideration as part of the percentage calculation. So if you buy any capital items this scheme could cost you more because you won’t be able to reclaim the VAT you pay on them.

Follow this link to the HMRC site for further information on all the above:

I told you this lot would be complicated. More complexities next week.

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

A shot in the dark

Nigel HastilowBang! Driving home in the dark, the noise is a shock. I almost swerve into the on-coming traffic. It is one of those sickening thumps you normally hear as someone’s car is crashing into yours. I wait to discover if the car is about to veer into a ditch, over-turn or burst into flames.

Nothing happens. I drive on for half a mile to somewhere safer, pull over, stop and check out the passenger’s door. There is a small, round dent in it. It looks as if the door has been hit by a bullet. I call the police and tell them my car has just been shot at. This doesn’t come as a surprise. It wasn’t a gun. It’s some sort of catapult which projects stones with enough force to do expensive damage to passing cars. Or passing people.

Police are already in the area looking for the yobs who shot at me because they have also injured a young girl. I’m told it’s surprising they shot at my car – usually just attack buses. I get a crime number and that’s the last I shall ever hear of it from the West Midlands Police.

This is no big deal to anyone but me. It will cost several hundred pounds to mend the dented door. The police won’t catch anyone. And if they do the chances of any yob being “brought to justice” are remote. But then even if they were “brought to justice” it wouldn’t mean what most of us assume it means. To us, being “brought to justice” means being taken to a police station, finger-printed, questioned, stuck in a cell for a while, hauled before magistrates and punished.

It should mean being treated like a criminal, having the fear of God put into you by a stern authority which believes in punishing wrong-doers. This is not what the Government and the police mean by “brought to justice”. They use the phrase to describe handing out " cautions, penalty notices and other administrative means of hitting targets” according to Richard Garside, one of the authors of a new report rubbishing the Government’s law-and-order claims.

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies report says the number of convictions has fallen since the late 1990s. But the statistics look good because every time someone gets a slapped wrist, the case has been officially “brought to justice”. Mistrust of the official figures is widespread. Businessmen claim offences are often logged as “incidents”, which are not included in the statistics, rather than “crimes”, which are.

“I know that as a fact. The Black Country Chamber says it’s true but the police officer who knows about it can’t say so publicly because he would lose his job,” one business leader tells me. Confusion abounds. Each police force has a Crime Registrar responsible for making sure everyone sticks to the rules. But the rules are complicated. Every offence has its own definition. Every definition has its own set of rules. Every set of rules has its own guidance.

Take paragraph 3.2 of Annex A “National Crime Recording Standard” in the Home Office Counting Rules For Recorded Crime (April 2006). It says: “When examining a report of a crime related incident, the test to be applied in respect of recording a crime is that of the balance of probabilities: that is to say is the incident more likely than not the result of a criminal act? In most cases, a belief by the victim (or person reasonably assumed to be acting on behalf of the victim) that a crime has occurred is sufficient to justify its recording as a crime, although this will not be the case in all circumstances.”

That seems clear enough. But what about paragraph 3.9? It says: “Where there are grounds to suspect that a victim related crime may have taken place but no victim can immediately be found or identified, the matter should be recorded as a crime related incident until such time as the victim is located or comes forward.”

Maybe this is the hole down which so many crimes fall. They become “crime related incidents” and escape the scrutiny of the Crime Registrar. The audit commission rates the West Midlands Police highly. It’s got “sound systems for crime recording and a process which supports the recording of accurate crime data.” Yet the Home Office itself thinks crime figures are “losing credibility” because they “do not include the full range of criminality, such as commercial crime and offences against under-16s”?

Prof Adrian Smith, who chaired a review last year, says the British Crime Survey needs to be "more independent to restore public confidence".

In the meantime, we’ll have to make do with the official figures and what people actually say – even if they are completely different from each other. Discovering the truth about crime figures won’t stop yobs on estates from taking pot-shots at passing cars.

But it may at least force the police to abandon their latest fatuous wheeze – £23,000-a-year “Communication & Reassurance Officers” employed to spin the claim that crime is under control.

Nigel Hastilow      

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District Council Information

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council Enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'

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Alerts from Trading Standards


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

Henley Crime Report
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.

Between 1210 hours and 1250 hours on 18th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Arden Leys, Tanworth in Arden. They gained entry by smashing a porch window. Once inside they have ripped an LCD television from the wall.
Incident number 457 of 18th January 07 refers.

At approximately 1930 hours on 19th January 07 three offenders approached a property on Arden Road, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry through a door which had been left on the latch. Once inside they have stolen a handbag and a bag containing a large quantity of cash. Offenders described as aged between 16 – 18 years and wearing dark clothing.
Incident number 475 of 19th January 07 refers.

At approximately 0240 hours on 22nd January 07 offenders seen attempting to gain entry to garage of property on Ullenhall Road, Ullenhall. Offenders removed tools, but left them at property once they had been sighted and made getaway in dark coloured four wheel drive vehicle.
Incident number 37 of 22nd January 07 refers.

Prior to 1230 hours on 23rd January 07 unknown offender/s approached business premises in Preston Bagot, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry via rear French doors. Once inside a search has been made and a small amount of cash taken.
Incident number 216 of 23rd January 07 refers.

Between 1230 hours and 1330 hours on 24th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Springbrook Lane, Earlswood. They have then gained entry
by smashing the French window and removed a 42” flat screen TV.
Incident number 272 of 24th January 07 refers.

Between 1100 hours on 13th January and 1615 hours on 27th January 07 unknown offender/s approached the garage to a property on Kington Lane, Claverdon. They then smashed the rear window.
Incident number 467 of 27th January 07 refers.

Between 1730 hours and 2330 hours on 17th January 07 unknown offender/s approached the garage to a property on Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen. They have then forced the lock on up and over door and stolen a quantity of petrol powered garden equipment.
Incident number 126 of 19th January 07 refers.

Overnight between 25th and 26th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Fieldhouse Close, Henley in Arden. They have then used unknown means to remove a motor vehicle from the driveway.
Incident number 59 of 26th January 07 refers.

At approximately 2050 hours on 20th January 07 a male offender approached business premises on High Street, Henley in Arden and smashed a door. Offender subsequently arrested and charged.
Incident number 583 of 20th January 07 refers.

Between 1930 hours and 2030 hours on 16th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on rugby club car park on Forshaw Heath Lane, Earlswood. They then gained entry by forcing the drivers door lock. Once inside they have stolen the Tom Tom Sat Nav and an Ipod Nano.
Incident number 164 of 19th January 07 refers.

Between 1830 hours and 1900 hours on 18th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the rear windscreen and stolen a Dell D6000 laptop computer.
Incident number 789 of 18th January 07 refers.

Henley In Arden Police will be holding a ‘drop in’ facility at Henley Police Station for you to come and discuss any issues or problems, within the community, with your local policing team!

The next ‘police surgeries’ will be held on:

Wednesday 7th February   between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 21st February between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 7th March       between 11am – 1pm

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


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Visitors, especially newcomers to Henley, are welcome to come and try WI. The next meeting is from 7.30p.m. on Tuesday, 6th February in the Memorial Hall when Kath Hamflett will be telling us how to “Use It or Lose It!”.
You are also welcome to join the Patchwork Group held fortnightly and the monthly Walk with Wendy – for details please telephone 792488.

13th February in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. “Everything in the Garden” by Patti Dawson. Competition: “Cupid’s Bow”.

Thursday 15th February 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Our speaker is Graham Sutherland who will be talking about “The Golden Days of Coaching”.

Meets in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday monthly. Derek Walton is our speaker on Tuesday 20th February showing slides of “Wild About A Garden”. Visitors welcome – only £1.

SHROVE TUESDAY 20th February 2007
A Bring and Share Supper in the Church Hall at 7.00 p.m. Raffle in aid of the Lent Appeal. Do come along to this enjoyable event – just sign up at the back of St. John’s Church as soon as possible. Ring Daphne Jones for further details 01926 843515.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 27th February when Elaine Horton will be talking about Bulbs, Corms and Tubers. We start at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. The competition is for “3 Evergreen Shrub Cuttings in a Vase”. 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.

WINTER GARDEN PARTY with entertainment by Malcolm Stent is being held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 24th March at 7.30 p.m. for supper at 8.00 p.m. Come in your gardening gear! The evening is being held in aid of the Guild Hall Garden Project. Tickets £15, available from The Vanity Box (792773), Marijana Bainbridge (794987) and Sue Bridgewater (793633). Last year’s Forties Evening was a sell out, so get your tickets early!

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
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.
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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