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Edition 150 - 5th April 2007
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Edition 150

This week, Henley NEWS On-line publishes its 150th edition. It has appeared on a weekly basis since the summer of 2004 and in our archive you can read all the previous editions since 29th October 2004.

Above all this is a community activity with over 30 correspondents and photographers providing reports and articles on a regular basis.

In addition, we receive contributions from Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, Stratford District Council, Henley-in-Arden Court Leet, Joint Parish Council, The Henley and Beaudesert Society, Greener Henley, Wild Life Society, HADS, British Legion and many other organisations. In this week's edition, there are articles from 23 correspondents and 7 photographers.

We will continue to encourage and welcome contributions from all parts of our community, subject only to the normal tests of taste and libel. The overriding purpose for this publication is to provide the residents of Henley with information about the many activities talking place in the community and to campaign, with legitimate organisations, against any and all developments which will harm our town.

We were pleased to support the Henley and Beaudesert Society in its long running and successful campaign to have the sign over OneStop in the High Street reduced in size. We are currently supporting the emerging campaign against the size of the proposed "Sports Shed" at Warwickshire College.

Henley NEWS On-line is a totally voluntary operation. It neither seeks nor obtains funding from any public sources. Our companion website "This is Henley-in-Arden" is now the official website for Henley and is sponsored by the Town Improvement Committee as part of the Henley Community Websites Initiative. We hope that the few organisations which have not yet joined the Initiative will do so in the near future.

This week we have received the following messages of support:

High Bailiff of Henley-in-Arden - Ray Holding
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.

County Councillor George Atkinson
It is very pleasing to see that Henley News on Line has reached 150 editions. The initiative for its creation deserves praise for it is a
publication which has a circulation not only within the immediate community but well beyond including overseas. I know from personal experience it is welcome and anticipated by residents reading it but who are not on-line, it is distributed amongst neighbours which I doubt occurs with the daily press.

Whilst news items generally reflect local issues it also captures wider news stories which introduce an interesting dimension to the scope of its weekly reporting. Congratulations and continued success.

District Councillor Laurence Marshall
Congratulations to Henley News On-line on its 150th Edition. The web site makes a valuable contribution to life in Henley in Arden by giving interesting & informative information on the many events that make Henley tick! The site is reliably and regularly updated on a weekly basis and in my view is a far better read than the Stratford Herald and what’s more it’s free to anybody with an internet connection!

All the very best for the next 150 editions.

David Pigott - Arden Road
I read Henley News Online every week and to be honest it is easy to take it for granted and forget about all the effort that you and the other contributors make. I thoroughly enjoy reading it and it is my main source of local news. Please keep up the good work.

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

As managing trustees of the Guild Hall Trust, the Court Leet has a duty to preserve, maintain and enhance that priceless old building and its surroundings.  The Garden Project, launched in 2005, reflects that duty and its case is strengthened by the central location of the garden and its great potential for use by the community.

On the downside, nothing attracts vandalism like a run-down premises.  At present that precisely describes the riverland part of the existing garden and it is time to move on.

A setback occurred this week, outlined in the following report from the Guild Hall Garden Committee’s chairman, Dr Douglas Bridgewater.

The Guild Hall Garden Project had some good news and some bad news on Monday of this week. The day began well when a team from the project met with a representative of the Environmental Agency. The team comprised Duncan Bainbridge (whose knowledge of local planning is second to none), Geoffrey Smith (our landscape architect from Warwick) and Sue and Douglas Bridgewater from the Guild Hall Garden Committee. It was as a result of objections from the Environmental Agency that the planning application for the garden was withdrawn last year. A constructive discussion took place on Monday, ending with a promise of support from the Environmental Agency, which will be extremely helpful when the planning application is resubmitted. Our contribution to this agreement will mean that the boundary of the garden will be moved some three metres in along the length of the river bank, to facilitate future maintenance.

However, the day ended badly at the meeting of the Joint Parish Council, when the votes of four councillors were sufficient to result in the Council opposing the proposal to fell the mulberry tree in the Guild Hall Garden. Their argument for doing so was that the mulberry was significant in Henley and had been planted in 1977 to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The fact that the removal of the tree is necessary before the planned medieval knot garden can proceed was evidently of no account. It has to be said that none of the four councillors had attended any of the meetings held in the town over the last year, where plans of the garden were on display.

The original garden was symmetrical, but one of the four areas of lawn in the garden is now dominated by the tree, which was donated by Neville Hawkes, a former High Bailiff. The tree itself is not in good shape, is leaning over at an angle which is increasing by the year, grass has difficulty in growing beneath it and its roots are affecting the nearby paving. Some of this is evident from the photograph. It is planned that the tree should be replaced in a suitable location.

The intention of the Guild Hall Trust is that the garden should become a medieval knot garden, to be contemporary with the age of the Guild Hall itself. The garden would comprise four box beds, with the design of each reflecting the ornate designs on two of the Guild Hall chimneys. The garden is being designed by Geoffrey Smith, who recently designed the new knot garden at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. The Autumn 2006 issue of the Journal of the Warwickshire Gardens Trust contained a very supportive article on the proposed Henley garden. An essential feature of a knot garden is its symmetry and this is impossible with the existing mulberry, hence the application to fell it.

The end result will be a major attraction on the Henley tourist trail and a haven of rest for townspeople. An open air auditorium for musical and dramatic events will be a feature of the riverland garden. This facility is being anticipated enthusiastically by Henley High School, now a College of the Performing Arts, and will be of considerable benefit to the community at large.

It is inevitable in a project of this nature that there will be difficulties and we have experienced our fair share to date. However, the Court Leet is firmly committed to the success of the Garden Project. In this it has been greatly encouraged by the support received from local people and from local and outside organisations, such as the Warwickshire Gardens Trust and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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

"Sports Shed" Explained

Henley NEWS On-line has been briefed by several sources that it has been causing dismay to the members of the Warwickshire College's Henley Community Liaison Group with its comments about the proposed sports hall. We were told by Liaison Group member John Alcock that the tone of our reports with its use of words and phrases like 'shed' and 'totally inappropriate industrial style' seem to be not only misinformed and biased but intended to be inflammatory.

We responded John, who lives in Wootton Wawen, as follows:

Clearly not being from Henley, you are probably unaware of the significance of the description “Sports Shed”. This was used at a town meeting last year by one of Henley’s leading and most respected residents. It has since been used by many Henley residents to refer to this development, which many from Henley think is inappropriate, not least because the college will have to bus in students from as far a field as Banbury to justify the investment.

Although, you refer to the dismay by members of the Liaison Group, Henley NEWS On-line unashamedly allies itself with legitimate concerns of Henley residents. Many in our community regard the Liaison Group as part of the colleague's PR campaign, which has been very efficiently run. Unfortunately, a senior member of the college's staff has already confided to me that he/she would be objecting to the proposed development if he/she lived in Henley. The college has been requested twice by Henley NEWS On-line to provide the latest information about its intentions but the normally very efficient press office has been remarkably silent on the subject. You are also wrong that I have not seen the plans. I saw them at the TIC last year as I am the Town Member.

Henley NEWS On-line supported the Civic Society with its long running campaign to change the signage over OneStop. You may not be aware but Tesco, the owners of OneStop, agreed earlier this year, to install more appropriate signage as a result of our joint campaign. No one from Henley objected to our support for that campaign and I doubt whether many from Henley, outside the Liaison Group, will object to our support against the “Sports Shed”. Therefore, we will continue to support those in our community who object to the size and scale of the ‘Sports Shed” development. We recognise that the college may require some additional facilities but they must be in keeping and scaled accordingly. They should also pass an environmental impact test.

The "Sports Shed" is expected to be the height of two double decker buses and an industrial style building. The Stratford Planning website still shows the planning application as "Application Invalid On Receipt".

There will be an "Open Meeting" at the college on April 18th at 6.00pm when models etc will be available as part of the continuing PR campaign.

HADS Presents

Just to make sure you all know about the play this week in Henley.  


Definitely not to be missed!  


A masterpiece!  Well worth a visit.


Tickets are available online at www.hads.org.uk

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent

New 7 Screen Cinema at Redditch

Last week, I was invited to the opening of the new 7 Screen Apollo in the Kingfisher centre complete with champagne and canape reception.

The cinema has over 1,000 seats in screens of varying sizes, No 1 being the largest containing 350 seats.

All seats are high backed and all with good sightlines. All have Dolby Digital Sound.

The general manager is Gary Stevens, who came from the Apollo Leamington, who made us very welcome.

The proceedings were opened by TV broadcaster Nick Owen who cut the film tape at eight o'clock.

There was a good crowd invited, including  'Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy' lookalikes.

We were then shown by courtesy of Universal Pictures an advance screening of 'Mr Beans Holiday', which turned out to be very funny.

Altogether a good evening.

John Love Reporting

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

Wildlife Society Meeting

Last Tuesday, the Wildlife Society was entertained by  Celia Davies with a talk entitled  'Insects in the Garden'.

Celia should have come last year, but a technical hitch prevented her coming.

A very interesting talk with slides converted to digital projection.

David the chairman thanked Celia in the normal manner.

John Love - Reporting & Photo

Mat on BTCC Podium After Stunning Debut

Henley-in-Arden's Mat Jackson is a hot new name on British motor sport's lips after his stunning debut in Sunday's Dunlop British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.

Mat outperformed all the leading drivers including Jason Plato and reigning champion Matt Neal at some point during the weekend and came away with an army of new fans. His performances also received great support from sponsors Whale Tankers and Maxim magazine who journeyed to Kent to cheer on their driver. There would be a big treat in store for them when Mat ended the day in third place on the podium alongside Neal and another of touring car racing's greats Fabrizio Giovanardi.

The 25-year-old will go into the next rounds at Rockingham on April 22nd lying seventh in the overall championship standings and already some are tipping him as a possible title bet in his first BTCC season.

Mat‚s race weekend began early when he took part in the BTCC‚s schools visit programme on Friday, happily signing autographs for a class of 30 primary schoolkids and showing them around his pit garage and prized BMW 320si. And his fan base swelled even further on Sunday when, accompanied by his Maxim grid girls, he was on hand to sign thousands of photos during the public's hugely popular Pit Lane Walkabout session.

On the track on Saturday morning he instantly made his presence felt with the ninth and then third fastest times in the two free practice sessions. The afternoon's pressure-cooker‚ qualifying session, when timing a flying lap with 26 drivers on the short Brands Indy track was crucial, followed and Mat set the sixth fastest time to put him on the third row of the grid Sunday's opening round.

With a lightning start Mat moved into third place by the first bend and kept up the pressure on winner Plato and second-placed Colin Turkington's BMW only to be later excluded for missing a flag signal asking him to make a pit stop. The exclusion relegated Mat to last on the grid for round two but he showed no signs of being deterred and put in another star drive as he came through to finish eighth, right behind Giovanardi's works Vauxhall!

Race three was when it all finally came good for Mat: after being interviewed live by ITV's Louise Goodman on the standing grid, he was soon past Plato and up into fourth and challenging the second SEAT of Darren Turner. He finally got past with a great move around the outside exiting Clark Curve and at the line had again closed right up to second-placed Giovanardi. Even winner Neal later admitted that had Mat not become stuck behind Turner for so long then he would likely have been challenging for the victory.

Mat Jackson: BMW 320si E90, car #48 "It's been an awesome weekend and had it not been for the gearbox problem in race one we'd have had two podiums. But I put my hands up for my exclusion. I missed the black and orange flag and my pits-to-car radio wasn't working so the team couldn't inform me either. But the buck still stops with me and I paid the penalty and completely respect the official's decision.

"I was really happy in race two to demonstrate that, even though the car still had to carry success ballast for crossing the line in third (an extra 27kgs), it still had great pace from start to finish. BMW have designed and built an awesome piece of kit in the 320si. Passing all those cars was great fun, but you have to have all you wits about you. Some cars change direction very quickly!

"To get up to third in race three was a great way to finish an excellent weekend for everyone involved in our team. We are still new to this game but learning every time the car completes a lap. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Neal, Plato and Giovanardi and their teams is a tremendous buzz and we‚ve all raised our game as a result. I think people can see we mean business and with no success ballast on our car going into Rockingham I'm confident we can qualify even higher and be in the hunt for our first victory."

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Answer for Mr Grumpy

With reference to the Grumpy Old Man article in Edition 149.

Perhaps the reason that people do not use the Free Car Parks is that those who are visitors do not know they are there.

In a street settlement such as Henley a visitor has but a few seconds to make a decision about parking before he has gone past the object of his desires (Ice Cream?). Prior warning of FREE Car Parks may help him make a less anti-social choice about where to stop his vehicle.

Linda Ridgley, Senior Field Officer
Warwickshire Rural Community Council

John Garner's Business Column

Languages for all of us

John GarnerA long time member of the Warwickshire Business Club is Anne Taylor who specialises in helping people learn languages in a way that is fun and effective. She formed her company, Languages For All, out of a deep sense of frustration that, for most people, learning a language seemed difficult and lacking in fun.

It doesn't have to be that way. Anne's system uses activities and games to teach the most used words in a foreign language so that students can very quickly have a meaningful conversation.

She uses packs of cards that illustrate words and phrases. These are supported by a number of activity booklets concentrating on the main verbs in the language. There are CDs as well to help you practise listening to the language and assist with your pronunciation.

This is not your ordinary language school. There's no conventional classroom and you can start your tuition at any time to suit you; you will be put in touch with your tutor, a native speaker, and the speed you go at is up to you.

Languages For All specialises in teaching individuals, couples and families in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English (as a foreign language).

Anne also knits pullovers for penguins. Yes, that's not a misprint. It's true that I do happen to be writing this on April 1st but this is no April Fool joke. The pullovers stop them preening themselves at the time of an oil spillage and ingesting the poisonous oil. She learned about this through the Good Gifts charity and now she supports the charity by donating a percentage of the sales from her language products; her next mission is helping to build a library in India.

For more about Languages For All, see www.languagesforall.co.uk and for the charity see www.goodgifts.org

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Non, non, rien; non, je ne regrette rien

Nigel HastilowOf all the many crimes committed against humanity, the enslavement of the entire English nation must count for something. That’s why I am giving the French plenty of notice. They have 59 years left to summon up the humility and courage to issue the apology we will by then have been due for a cool one thousand years.

I am referring, of course, to the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings which will take place in 2066. It is a day that will live on in the annals of infamy while anywhere in the world the poor and oppressed endure the jackboot of tyranny. As we all know, the French – calling themselves Normans and consisting mainly of criminals, refugees and robber barons – invaded England.

They killed the English king in battle and proceeded to subjugate, enslave and abuse his people for centuries.Some of us, even today, bear the scars of those terrible times. We may even carry the names of these foreign invaders. Even the places we live in did not escape unscathed from this raping and pillaging of our native customs and culture.They stole our land and handed out vast rolling acres to the King and his followers.

The natives were driven from their homes and often murdered for the “crime” of finding food to eat. They called it poaching. The people themselves were turned into slaves – or serfs, as they were then known. The word serf itself comes from the French version of the Latin word for slave. Serfs were forced to work the fields for their Norman masters, forced to live in hovels, close to starvation and at risk of being cut down at any moment. This abject poverty was in sharp contrast to the huge castles and enormous opulence of their oppressors and, indeed, of their oppressors Church. Bishops enjoyed the bounty of this serfdom as much as any of the other landowners. They seized rolling acres to build their abbeys and cathedrals and demanded a ten per cent tax on everything the serfs produced.

For hundreds of years the oppressed people of England lived in abject poverty, slavery and fear. They were no more valuable to their masters than the average sheep or cow and almost certainly of less value than most horses. They had no law to protect them, no rights, no freedoms. They could be put to death for even the most trivial offences. Yet they were forced to fight their masters’ wars – sometimes against other factions among their French oppressors.Many people have forgiven the Normans for this gross violation of everything that’s decent. They say it’s ancient history, get over it, stop whingeing. They point out that eventually the invaders embraced the natives. Gradually, they gave the native English various rights and powers. Within a mere 800 years or so some of the natives even got the vote – that, surely, must be counted as enlightenment and progress. Who can say whether, without this foreign invasion, the cruelty and robbery, the English might still be running around in fox fur and daubing themselves in woad?

The apologists for Norman conquest will argue that they had to be cruel to be kind. It was the only way to drag England out of the Dark Ages. And they will point out that not all the English were oppressed – some of them actually collaborated with their masters. Intermarriage became commonplace. Over just a few (hundred) years, the invaders gradually adopted the language and tastes of their new home. They reached out, celebrated diversity and embraced different cultures.But there is another way of looking at it. Perhaps we can win back our ancient homelands and dispossess those robber barons. And if not, then surely the time has come for reparations. The English deserve compensation for all those years of suffering at the hands of their French masters. Granted it may be a bit difficult these days to prove you are descended directly from the pre-Norman English – especially as most of them were themselves rapists and pillagers from the Scandinavian countries.

That shouldn’t stop us demanding justice, though. We have suffered too much for too long. We are second class citizens in our own land. Of course, if I were a Frenchman I might complain that this is all ancient history, so long ago it’s of no relevance to the modern world. I would refuse to accept responsibility for the behaviour of my ancestors, arguing that in any case they gradually untied the knots which bound their serfs and allowed them true equality so what have the ancient Brits got to complain about?

And I might even add that it’s all very well complaining about ill-treatment at the hands of the uncivilised Normans but the French were, in their turn, raped and pillaged by the Romans, the Goths and the Visigoths. Where, I might ask, does the buck stop? Man’s inhumanity to man is as old as the hills and as modern as a British serviceman imprisoned by the Iranians. If we start apologising, where and when will we ever stop?

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Well 150 editions, who would have thought it !  And Bill has done it with no pay ! and probably not much thanks.

So for the last 3 years we have all read about the JPC, TIC, Court Leet (even Henley has too many TLA’s or Three Letter Acronyms). Not forgetting Nigel’s column being totally not PC (good in my book), John's business thoughts and other stuff from burglaries to the unforgettable bench (what ever happened to it?), steam trains to garden parties.

Can I say here and now a big thank you to Bill and everyone who has contributed, without you I could not have grumbled for nearly 12 months.

This week can I comment on the budget? Yes we have a strong economy, thanks to Gordon and his merry men. But at what cost to Mr and Mrs Average. 10% tax band gone, bad luck for the low paid. Inheritance tax up, great if you inherit a house in a poor area. And many more tax’s added on before Gordon reduced the 22% to 20%. So who is better off ?  Mr and Mrs Average, or the Treasury. I would say answers on a postcard to the editor but we all know the Treasury will benefit.

So Why? It was obvious to me Gordon wanted to finish on a high so he would become a top candidate for the top job. Who is going to carry out the proposed promises? The next chancellor.

Now if it was me I’d abolish all income tax and stealth tax’s. The only tax I would have is VAT. You only pay when you spend. All these different income bands are confusing and immoral, why should some one on £20k pay less as a percentage than some one on £60k. And as for tax on savings interest, that should be illegal. Saving should be encouraged not taxed.   Spend and pay, save and keep. What you earn is what you get!

Grumpy Old Man

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Cars of the future run on air ?

This city car runs on compressed air and claims a range of up to 124 miles on the £1 worth of electricity used to pump up its air bottles. Although the car is pollution free in use, the electricity used to recharge the bottles does release C02. Based on the claimed performance, the emissions would be less than 25 grams per km which by my estimation is equivalent to about 250 miles per gallon.

A version with a petrol engine to recharge the air bottles appears to offer 35 grams per km. and a range of 500 miles. If true, these cars are 3 to 4 times less polluting than the Toyota Prius, currently the best available car offering 106 grams per km. achieved by petrol electric technology. The comparison is not however fair because the Prius is a roomy comfortable saloon with a much higher top speed than the MiniCAT’s 68 mph.

This difference is also reflected in the prices, £5500 vs £18000 for the Prius. It is encouraging to see that technology is finding ways of making affordable low pollution cars. Unfortunately the miniCAT is not yet in production so if you are buying a new car and can’t afford a Prius or Honda Civic (also Hybrid), look at small diesel engined cars up to 1.6 litres. These offer reasonable performance and about 20% less C02 than petrol equivalents.

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

John Stott

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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
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.
Please tell all your friends about The Henley Diary. 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

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