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Edition 149 - 29th March 2007
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Sports Shed Application Reported as 'Invalid'

The Stratford District Council's Planning website lists Warwickshire College's Sports Shed application as "Application Invalid on Receipt". The brief details about the project state "New sports hall and fitness studio linked to existing pavilion. Extend pavilion to improve changing facilities and administration facilities". Does this mean the the position of the building has been moved away from bordering the Stratford Road to nearer the pond and the site of the medieval gibbets.

Warwickshire College's Press Office has made no response to two requests from Henley NEWS On-line for details about their plans.

The town is now looking to the Henley and Beaudesert Society to co-ordinate a robust campaign to prevent inappropriate buildings being constructed.

Investment in new vehicles continues at Johnsons

Pete & John Johnson, Directors Johnsons Coach & Bus stand beside the two new buses

Henley in Arden coach and bus operator Johnsons have invested just under 3/4 million pounds in new vehicles as part of an ongoing investment programme aimed at and ensuring that the company stays well ahead of the competition.

The first two vehicles to arrive are British built Optare Tempo buses, which are the latest low floor, low emission service buses. Some 43 passengers can be seated in comfort, with a further 26 standing, and each vehicle carries a CCTV security system.

Pete Johnson, Operations Director for the company said," new vehicle purchase is a permanent part of our business strategy. If we are to succeed in this highly competitive environment then like any commercial organisation we have to invest and invest regularly. Our network of bus services extends over a wide area through Warwickshire, Oxfordshire to Birmingham, Redditch, Sutton Coldfield and Banbury and it is important that we provide the best possible comfort and reliability for our customers"

These two vehicles will shortly be joined by two brand new state of the art touring coaches, bringing the total fleet size to 60.

CRASBO imposed on a teenager from Henley

A criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) was imposed on a teenager from Henley In Arden last week.

Seventeen year old Harry Hall (right) appeared before Magistrates at Stratford Upon Avon on March 19 for a Section 4 Public Order Offence. He was sentenced to a six months community rehabilitation order.

In addition, Magistrates imposed a CRASBO on Hall that will run until March 18 2009.

Under the terms of the CRASBO, he is prohibited from:

  • Consuming alcohol in public places
  • Entering the Henley In Arden Youth Club at the Henley High School.

Warwickshire Police Photo

Successful Start to 2007 Auctions

Peter Cornford of John Earle & Son reports "Our first auction of the year was held at the established venue of Henley Golf & Country Club and the auction room was packed. Richard Abbey announced that the site at Balsall Street East had exchanged contracts the evening before at a figure substantially in excess of the guide price and therefore there would be only two Lots offered.

"The first Lot was 6 Church Street, Alcester, an investment opportunity with 3 ground rents and two flats let on assured shorthold tenancies. After a tentative start, bidding eventually increased until the gavel was knocked down at £195,000.

"The final Lot was ‘Glengarry’, 176 Norton Lane, Earlswood. There had been over 80 viewings and some 350 sets of details downloaded from the website so Mr Abbey know there was obviously substantial interest. There was a brave opening bid of £365,00 which was above the guide price and competitive bidding ensued with one of the bidders beseeching the auctioneer to knock the gavel down before inviting further bidding. The Lot was finally sold for £486,000, a quite remarkable result.

"Our next auction is to be held on Tuesday 17th April 2007 at Henley Golf and Country Club and will include Tanglewood Cottages, Loxley, Heathfield Farm, Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath and Land at Hockley Heath."

Matt Jackson Starts 2007 Season at Brands Hatch

Henley-in-Arden's Mat Jackson is just days away from the biggest motor race of his life: round 1 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday 1st April.

Mat will enter the BTCC in his family‚s Jackson MSport team‚s BMW 320si E90; the same car raced to World Touring Car glory last year by Andy Priaulx.

Mat‚s move up to the UK‚s most popular motor racing series, which attracts 20 million TV viewers and more than 250,000 spectators each year, follows a hugely successful 2006 when he won the SEAT Cupra title and the champion's cheque of £100,000. Many predict that he could pull off a shock result against the likes of established stars Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Fabrizio Giovanardi.

Mat, aged 25, says: "I won't be in awe of anyone. I have to treat every driver equally and try to beat them all. I'm not naive enough to think I'm going to win every race: I've got great respect for Neal, Plato and Giovanardi who have been at this game for years and are world class drivers and it will be a great buzz racing against them.

'But I feel confident we can at least give them a run for their money. The BMW is a proven winner on the world stage and it will be interesting to see how the car fares against the SEATs, Hondas and Vauxhalls now it's on the Dunlop tyres that are used in the BTCC. I'm not making any predictions as you just never know, but my aim will be to avoid any silly incidents, score well and come away in the championship hunt."

Mat's 2006 season in the SEAT series started with two wins at Brands Hatch and it was there later in the year that he returned to clinch the title. Its 1.2-mile track, being raced on this coming weekend, is the shortest on the BTCC calendar and often throws up plenty of drama. Mat believes its lay-out could play into his BMW's hands but he says a good strategy during the crucial half-hour qualifying session on Saturday will be key to three strong results.

He adds: "I'm sure it‚s going to be very closely matched, but the BMW's rear-wheel-drive should give it an advantage off the startline. The most difficult part of the weekend could be qualifying when there'll be 26 drivers trying to set their fastest laps at once. To coin a Murray Walker phrase it'll be like the M25 on steroids! Qualifying will have a knock-on effect for Sunday so the timing of our qualifying runs will be very important.

'Above all, I'm really proud to be racing in the BTCC and going into the season I'd like to thank everyone who's got behind me and the team to make this project happen. I'm sure we will put on a great show for them."

Mat's BTCC campaign has received support from Solihull engineering firm Whale Tankers, leading men's magazine Maxim and BMW dealership Nick Whale who will all be travelling to Brands to cheer on Mat.

Mat's Brands Hatch timetable

Saturday: 9.30am-10.10am BTCC Practice 1 & 12.15pm-12.55pm BTCC Practice 2
Saturday: 3.25pm-3.55pm BTCC qualifying
Sunday: 11.30am BTCC round 1 (24 laps)
Sunday: 12.45pm-1.15pm Fans Pit Lane Walkabout
Sunday: 1.35pm BTCC round 2 (24 laps)
Sunday: 4.50pm BTCC round 3 (24 laps)

Sunday: ITV3 4pm-5:30pm LIVE
Sunday Setanta Sports 2 10am-6pm LIVE all-day coverage
Monday: ITV1 00:50am-1:15am highlights

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Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

My congratulations to the Guild Hall Garden Committee for what was clearly an excellent event – the Winter Garden Party last Saturday. My wife Ann and I couldn’t be there, but many of those who attended have said what a great time they had, and that Malcolm Stent was well up to his usual standard! There were, apparently, widespread tears of mirth and many aching ribs. Well done, the Committee.

In anticipation of next week’s 150th issue, may I be among the first to extend congratulations also to Bill Leech for the way in which he has put Henley NEWS On-Line on the map, and – more difficult – kept it there! This was Bill’s personal initiative at the outset and it has been a remarkable achievement, of great value to the community, widely respected (and envied) as a highly professional piece of media in the modern idiom. Well done Bill!

The Court is on the run-up to its formal Annual Dinner, on 12th April. I am delighted to say that every one of the distinguished guests invited has accepted with alacrity. The Guild Hall is a famously attractive venue for this occasion.

On 4th April, at a routine business meeting, the Court will be laying its detailed plans for the exciting Court Leet Day on 9th June. This is something new, and much creativity is going into the planning. Watch this space.

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

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John Garner's Business Column

The Warwickshire Business Club

John GarnerIn past articles I've mentioned the Warwickshire Business Club that is run by Bill Leech who is also editor of this website that you're looking at now.

Having been a member for only one year or so, I was surprised to find the club has been in existence for over 4 years, so I'm quite a new member.

The aim of this club is to help people who run small businesses (or work in them) meet with each other in a setting where doing business amongst themselves is positively encouraged. Although meetings are held in Henley – at the Henley Golf & Country Club – people come from miles around, indeed from towns as far apart as Rugby and Worcester, though strangely there are only a few Henley based businesses represented.

There is a hard core of regular attendees (including me) but we often remark how many new faces appear at each monthly meeting. We know they're new because first timers have a red dot on their badge – clever! And monthly attendances are on the increase. This is most encouraging.

So what's the magic formula?

There is a number of business clubs around the Midlands but many are held at breakfast time. The idea is that you can enjoy the networking and perhaps listen to a short presentation before going into the office, possibly arriving not much later than you would have done anyway. That's great for those who like getting up at the crack of dawn but for those who habitually work late into the evening (most small business owners that I know!) it makes for a very long day. Things can tend to be rather rushed and, since some of these events are run to make a profit, they're not particularly cheap.

Business ClubThe Warwickshire Business Club is different in that we meet at 11.30am followed by a lunch and then a fifteen minute presentation, often by one of the members, and we all go back to the office at around 2.30pm. All pretty civilised really. Oh and it is run as a non profit making venture so the cost is pretty reasonable, it's the cheapest form of local advertising I can think of.

Is it effective in helping develop your business? Assuredly yes. A straw poll of regular attendees reveals that a high percentage have either gained new customers or have at least made useful contacts. I certainly have.

You can find out more at www.swbc.co.uk . Perhaps more businesses based in Henley should attend, they may not know what they're missing.

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

The rats leap on board the sinking ship of state

Nigel Hastilow Why do local councils cost us so much money? It’s a reasonable question to ask in a week when they seem determined to screw more money out of us and reduce the alleged services they provide.

“Give-away” Gordon Brown’s last Budget slipped out the Lyons Report proposing four new council tax bands, a local income tax, a local business tax, a local tourist tax and the revaluation of every property. Oh, and for good measure he thinks we should start paying by the kilo for the removal of our household rubbish. It’s all designed to raise more money for our friendly NEIGHBOURHOOD Town Hall pen-pushers. As if they aren’t working on little wheezes of their own to screw every last penny out of us.

For years, Wolverhampton has quietly got on with little local parking problems. Then the council decides it’s time to exploit its citizens a bit more. Overnight the number of people getting fined goes through the roof. This is a random stealth tax on law-abiding motorists which will net a cool £1.5 million a year. OK so some badly-parked cars do cause obstructions, congestion and can occasionally be dangerous.

But that’s not what the council’s worried about. It has privatised the parking attendant business in the full knowledge that by doing so it will screw hundreds of thousands of pounds out of the innocent and unwary. Don’t forget, only law-abiding motorists will pay. The nation’s 2.1 million drivers of unregistered, uninsured cars remain unaffected. Nobody can be bothered to track them down or bring them to justice.

“This is not about making money,” the council bleats. Nobody believes them. In fairness, Wolverhampton Council is not alone in hounding motorists or dreaming up new wheezes to make money. The next big scandal is the idea that – in the name of “the environment” – rubbish collections will be halved. This is one of the most extraordinary cons of our green (as in naïve and trusting) age. It’s alleged by the councils’ stooges that if we dispose of our household waste properly there won’t be any risk to public health. But regular rubbish disposal is one of the greatest ways of promoting public health. So halving their number of collections is certain to result in a doubling of the rat population and boost infestations everywhere.

The vile prospect is of a massive decline in public health and a rat in every kitchen. Not to mention maggots, mice, flies and foul smells. The councils say the idea of a plague of vermin is rubbish (as it were) as long as everybody follows their advice on the best way to dispose of household waste. That may be true. But even if you and I follow their new rules religiously, we all know those fools down the road will be piling up waste and turning their back gardens into a rats’ restaurant. All because local councils want to raise money to waste on diversity training officers and outreach workers specialising in the care and resettlement of Romanian “travellers”.

No matter what “green” excuses the councils come up with, disposing of rubbish is one of the main reasons they exist in the first place. It may be boring, unsexy and not the stuff of headlines but it’s a core part of their work. This is a basic, fundamental, essential service and they must not be allowed to get away with cutting it by half. It’s not as if they do a decent job now. Drive down any main road and look at the piles of litter and rubbish left for months on end. Check out the old fridges, abandoned TVs and unwanted sofas on any piece of waste ground. If it never gets moved, blame your council.

Yet in the face of this incompetence, what does Sir Michael Lyons propose? Yet more, higher, worse local taxes and another clever-clever scheme to milk more cash by levying new rubbish taxes. Sir Michael, ex-chief executive of both Birmingham and Wolverhampton councils, is also an ex-Labour councillor. This will come as no surprise. He is a trusty of the New Labour establishment. He can be relied on to spend a very long time investigating his subject and then come up with the conclusions most satisfying to the political establishment. Admittedly his super-taxes on expensive houses will clobber those excessively-priced semis in London and the South East while leaving the rest of us unscathed.

But even Gordon Brown can spot a vote-loser when it looms up out of the water and threatens to devour what’s left of his chances at a General Election. That’s why in this week’s pre-election Budget (pre-Labour leadership election, that is), Mr Brown cut income tax, for all the world as if he hadn’t already imposed no fewer than 99 stealth taxes in the past decade. And it’s why Sir Michael Lyons’ tax-raising report will be shelved until after the next General Election.

The snag is that, whoever wins, we can be pretty sure the Lyons report will be rediscovered, dusted down and imposed on us before you can say: “I smell a rat.”

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Parking on the High Street Again!

Following the article in issue 147 (2 weeks ago) by the Manager of the Henley Ice Cream shop and an article I wrote last year some time ago, I’m still astonished by the parking outside Somerfield and Onestop.

But now I realize why. I was walking along the High Street and I noticed that the double yellow lines have been worn away by the cars and trucks. So is it actually illegal to park there any more? Is there a case for a motorist, who is too lazy to use the free car parks behind both Somerfield and Onestop, not to get a parking ticket?

Ideas there for any High Street shop, just continually drive over the yellow lines until they wear away, then the traffic wardens just ignore people who park there as they do outside the 2 big shops.

Or do we ask our council to make the traffic wardens do the job thoroughly and ticket the people who park in the dangerous stretch by the crossing outside Somerfield and Onestop.

One final point, the yellow lines need replacing, paid for by us the tax payer. Do we allow them to be worn away again?


Grumpy Old Man

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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 1200 hours and 2140 hours on 16th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen. They then gained entry, obtained car keys and stole a motor vehicle from the location. Two offender/s later arrested and detained in connection with this offence.
Incident number 596 of 16th March 07 refers.

Between 1015 hours and 1330 hours on 26th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then gained entry via a back window and conducted an untidy search. They have also stolen a motor vehicle from the location.
Incident number 284 of 26th March 07 refers.

At approximately 0540 hours on 21st March 07 unknown offender/s approached a public house on Alcester Road, Wythall. They have then gained entry by forcing the leaded windows and stolen cash from gaming machine.
Incident number 49 of 21st March 07 refers.

During the evening of 23rd March 07 unknown offender/s approached Auction Sales, Henley in Arden. They have then gained entry and stolen two BB guns and tampered with various market stalls.
Incident number 128 of 24th March 07 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 24th March and 1600 hours on 26th March 07 unknown offender/s a property on Springbrook Lane, Earlswood. They have then entered the rear garden and forced the padlock off the shed. Once inside they have removed Bosch power tools from within.
Incident number 432 of 26th March 07 refers.

Between 1430 hours and 1705 hours on 27th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Deans Green, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry to a garage by snapping the bolt off the doors. Once inside they have stolen two motor cross bikes, mountain bike and various bike equipment.
Incident number 376 of 27th March 07 refers.

During the evening of 27th March 07 unknown offender/s approached Auction Sales in Henley in Arden. They have then gained entry, possibly via the roof.
Incident number 40 of 28th March 07 refers.

Between 1615 hours on 22nd March and 0800 hours on 23rd March 07 unknown offender/s have stolen a motor vehicle from Tanworth Lane, Henley in Arden. Vehicle later recovered.
Incident number 137 of 23rd March 07 refers.

Between 1900 hours on 16th March and 1100 hours on 17th March unknown offender/s have damaged metal plant display on High Street, Henley in Arden by applying force to the bolted down display, causing bricks to come up as well.
Incident number 176 of 20th March 07 refers.

At approximately 2330 hours on 18th March 07 offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Oaktree Close, Bearley. They have then smashed the back window. One offender described as male with shaved pattern on side of his head.
Incident number 697 of 17th March 07 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 26th March and 0800 hours on 27th March 07 unknown offender/s have knocked down a brick wall at rear of Millfield Court, Henley in Arden.
Incident number 347 of 27th March 07 refers.

Between 0001 hours on 31st January and 1159 hours on 14th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Henley Road, Claverdon. They have then stolen two plinth mounted stone balls from front of property.
Incident number 304 of 27th March 07 refers.

At some time on 20th March 07 two males approached a property in Danzey Green, Tanworth in Arden. They then entered the back garden, climbed into the pond and stole the pond weed.
Incident number 396 of 20th March 07 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 24th March and 1145 hours on 25th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle left insecure on driveway of property on Earlswood Common, Earlswood. They have then removed sunglasses from glove box.
Incident number 254 of 25th March 07 refers.

During the evening of 24th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle parked on Earlswood Common. They have then popped the locks and stolen the Sat Nav system.
Incident number 240 of 27th March 07 refers.

Between 1300 hours and 1430 hours on 25th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a black Audi parked at public house, Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed front nearside window and stolen Nokia mobile phone, ladies handbag and Hewlett Packard laptop computer.
Incident number 332 of 25th March 07 refers.

Between 1310 hours and 1400 hours on 25th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a white Vauxhall van parked at public house, Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed front offside window and stolen Sony stereo system, De Walt cordless drill and Bosch cordless drill.
Incident number 358 of 25th March 07 refers.

Between 1300 hours and 1555 hours on 25th March 07 unknown offender/s approached a blue Honda parked at public house on Earlswood Common. They have then smashed rear quarter light window and stolen the whole stereo unit.
Incident number 372 of 25th March 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   4th April between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 18th April between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday  2nd May between 11am – 1pm

Please note that hopefully we will be moving back to the police station at The Priory, Priory Road, Alcester on 4th April 2007.

If you did have information regarding the displayed incidents, but for whatever reason do not wish to contact the police directly, then you can ring 0800 555 111 and give the information to the Crimestoppers Charity. Crimestoppers will then pass the information to the Police without revealing any details of the caller. You may also receive a reward.

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


Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Listen to Nigel but don’t believe everything he writes!

Thank you Mr Hastilow for your article last week mentioning so many of the good things to do to fight climate change such as “Cavity wall insulation costs £400 and saves about £150 a year; loft insulation costs £250 and saves £200 a year; a jacket round the hot water tank costs £20 and saves about the same in a year”. All correct but if you don’t mind, I just want to mention that expensive double glazing isn’t recommended for energy saving and low energy appliances will save much more than you say. I haven’t got time to go through all of the other misinformation in your long article but I would like to say a thing or two about your punch line which read:-

“Somehow, though, I still don’t believe saving the planet can be this simple. Who seriously thinks buying a new fridge, a few expensive light-bulbs and a wet week in Aberdovey will somehow compensate for the filth chucked into the atmosphere by the People’s Republic of China? Global warming may be an issue that affects us all – but it’s not one that many of us can affect, no matter what the eco-preachers tell us”’

But you didn’t mention that the Chinese government is doing lots of things to counteract climate change. You could have mentioned that they are building a low energy city. You could have mentioned that they are imposing energy quotas on their industries. You could have mentioned that the Carbon footprint of the average Chinese person is less than half of that of a person in the UK so we are using more than our share. Counteracting climate change needs action from everyone, individuals, industry and government and the Chinese politicians appear to be doing more than ours even though each Chinese person pollutes less than we do. Every action makes a difference and if we all do our bit it adds up to a big difference and perhaps we might equal the successes of the Chinese.

Oh and by the way, you forgot to mention that the energy savings from those ‘expensive light bulbs’ pay for themselves in a month or two so I wouldn’t call them expensive, I’d call them bargain light bulbs.

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

John Stott

District Council Information

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council
When you are on the Planning Dept site. Select 'APPLICATION SEARCH' from menu on left.
On the next page, enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'

Stratford on Avon District Council Website


Alerts from Trading Standards

Email Scams - Passwords

The Trading Standards Service has been alerted to a phishing scam involving a fake password email. The recipient received an email purporting to be from a telephone company which contained a 'temporary password'. They then received a second email that asked them to click on a link that would take them to a secure area where they could type in their password, change it, and crucially confirm their name, telephone number, email address and security reminders.

Recipients of such emails are strongly advised not to click on the links they contain. Such links often direct users to bogus websites that may contain computer viruses. In addition, any personal or financial information they reveal could be stolen and used fraudulently.

Please feel free to pass on the information to whom ever you feel appropriate. We are keen to alert as many people as possible, for example community groups, charities, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH members, etc. We are happy for this information to appear in community newsletters, parish council magazines etc. In addition, if you think you know of someone else who would benefit from receiving these email alerts, please let me know and I will add them to this email group.

If you wish to alert our Service to a scam you can do so on our website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reportascam A comprehensive list of the latest scams and more information on common scams is available at: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/latestscams

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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We are holding an Easter Bonnet Competition at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane on 31st March at 2.00 p.m. There are four classes: 0-4 years; 5-11 years; 12-15yrs and OAP’s. Entrance is free and prizes will be presented to the winners.

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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN DRAMA SOCIETY present Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves” in the Memorial Hall from Wednesday 4th until Saturday 7th April. Tickets available from www.hads.org.uk or the Vanity Box. One of Ayckbourn’s masterpieces, it is definitely not to be missed.

Tuesday 10th April – “Spring Palette” by Sandy Bailey. Competition “Entwined”. We meet in Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. Visitors welcome (£3)

Thursday 19th April 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Talk on “The Baron of Packwood House”. New members and visitors welcome.

Brian Draper, MBE, will be showing slides and talking about “Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Gorge” on Tuesday 17th April in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. Visitors are welcome - £1.

Tuesday 24th April, 7.45 p.m. at Ullenhall Village Hall. Penny Holmes will be talking and demonstrating about “Home Composting”. Competition: Vase of 5 mixed flowers – red and yellow. Visitors (£1) are always welcome.

Jazz in the Garden – Saturday 21st July
Barn Dance and Supper – Saturday 20th October
Information on these events from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 793539/794987.

The Mikado in Tanworth – 20th & 21st July in Tanworth Village Hall. Rehearsals on 22nd & 29th May (tenors and basses) and 5th June (full chorus), Tanworth Village Hall, 7.45 p.m. Details from Wendy Dillon 742464.

Henley and Wootton Scouts Bonfire Night – Saturday 3rd November 2007. Further details from John Johnson 792073

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.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday, and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays, from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564-794903.
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
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their 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.
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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