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Edition 157 - 24th May 2007
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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

Court Leet Day - Saturday 9th June

Court Leet Day, on Saturday 9th June, is described in the publicity literature as a celebration of ancient rituals. To be heralded by the Town Crier, the programme for the day sweeps up a number of the Court’s re-enactments of old duties in the areas of consumer protection, the environment issues and border security. All of these chime well with modern-day concerns of our elected governments at national and local level.

So on June 9th the Ale Tasters and Butter Weigher will set forth to challenge the town’s licensed premises and retailers to prove the quality of their wares. These traders have been wonderfully co-operative in agreeing to take part in the day’s re-enactments and the times of visits to each will be displayed in the premises themselves.

The Court officers, supported by members of the Court in full colours, will be present on the High Street for a total of four hours. Events start with a formal opening at 10.00 am at the Guild Hall Gardens, where you may witness the High Bailiff despatching his officers to discharge their various duties.

For example, families are invited to accompany the Hayward as he “Beats the Bounds”, to determine the state of the old manorial boundary. A youth has to be suspended upside down at intervals and his head beaten on a tree to ensure that the position of the boundary remains fresh in the mind of the next generation. This painful experience will be re-enacted along the way. Come and join the fun. Bring your child if he needs disciplining!

The Brook Lookers will walk the river to determine its health and free it of debris. They are obliged to report anything seriously amiss. They will finish near the Medical Centre at midday. Townsfolk will be encouraged to accompany them on the bank, making suitable comment. By way of more modern relaxation a children’s duck race will be run at about 12.30 and there will be a display explaining what has been done to preserve the river’s health in recent times.

In the afternoon there will be gentle mediaeval music in the Guild Hall Garden from 2.00 pm, followed by a production of the miracle play “Noah’s Flood”, by performing arts students of the High School, together with members of Henley Drama Society, at 3.30pm. We understand that God will come down the Guild Hall steps to brief Noah on what is to be done. Tickets for this afternoon’s experience in the garden, At £3.00 for adults, half price for children, reductions for families, will be on sale at the Vanity Box from next Monday 28 May, or at the Guild Hall Garden gate on the day.

Help the High Bailiff to bring alive some old-time spirit! See men in robes let their hair down!

From the High Bailiff

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

Neville's Island at the Priory Theatre, Kenilworth

In aid of the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Neville’s Island is a comedy by Film and TV writer Tim Firth

Gordon, Angus, Roy and Neville, four out-of-condition, middle-aged businessmen are sent on a team-building exercise in the Lake District and succeed in being the first people ever to get shipwrecked on an island on Derwent water!

What started as a bonding process soon turns into a carnival of recrimination, French cricket, sausages and a muddy, bloody fight for survival.

Tickets £12.50 (includes a buffet after the performance)
Call the Appeals team for a booking form on 024 7663 9043 or email appeals@wnaa.co.uk

If you cannot attend this event, why not send a donation to the Air Ambulance or better still sign a direct debit for a small monthly donation.

Air Ambulance

Save The Planet & Win Free Days Out for the Family

‘Make Henley Greener’ group are challenging the local community to find out about their carbon footprints. Local businesses have got involved too by providing some great prizes for the most Carbon lite of Henley dwellers.

John Earle & Son have sponsored a home energy saving prize which could save you thousands of pounds on energy bills, Johnsons coaches have given £150 of travel vouchers and a trip to Alton Towers. There are over 15 prizes for most age groups from meals out to MOT’s and Henley Ice Creams.

Entry forms can be found in the Doctors Surgery, Library, Matricardis and other shops. Alternatively you can email: makehenleygreener@yahoo.co.uk for an entry form or more information about going greener.

Observing 'The Observers'

Dear Editor,

Recently in Henley, the Stratford Observer has been replaced by the Solihull Observer. They believe it to be more relevant to the residents of Henley.

However I noticed that during the council elections we could read all about the councillors, issues and results of solihull council but nothing about our own council in Stratford or about the Henley ward. Presumably if you wanted to find this out you had to go to Stratford to buy it!

I have noticed that this is brought up in the Baptist Church Newsletter. I wonder whether the real reason for the change is down to Henley's Postcode.

A Henley Resident

Clare Fitzsimmons, Editor of The Stratford Observer writes:

We have received substantial feedback from the residents of Henley following the decision to switch distribution to the Solihull Observer. We are delighted so many people have taken such an interest. All requests are currently being carefully considered and we hope the matter will be resolved very soon.

Copies of The Stratford Observer are available, free-of-charge, from our offices in Shrieves Walk, Stratford. Every article published in the paper can also be viewed on our website - www.stratfordobserver.co.uk - which is updated daily.

Email: editor@stratfordobserver.co.uk

Ullenhall Players - "Cash on Delivery"

Friday May 11th saw yours truly at the Palace Theatre, Redditch, to see the Ullenhall Players offering of “Cash on Delivery”, by Michael Cooney (son of Ray). If the writers heritage is anything to go by, we were in for a farcical treat, with loads of larger than life actions, completely ridiculous plots, and many side splitting moments.

The play got off to a very nervous start, with many prompts and missed cues in the first ten minutes. At this stage I was beginning to think ‘Oh dear’. However, the cast soon got into their stride and overcame what was obviously some initial nerves. The ‘plot’, such as it was, revolved around the man of the house (Eric Swan) deciding that he had been defrauding the DSS for too long and that the time had come to stop. The method of this deception was to claim for disabled lodgers and his method of stopping was to slowly kill them off (figuratively, you understand). One such name he used was in fact a real lodger, who rapidly became embroiled in the proceedings having just learned that he had ‘died’. Add to this a visiting DSS inspector, Uncle George (who has a sideline in flogging off NHS clothing), an undertaker, a well meaning counsellor, a wife (I forget temporarily where she fits in), her marriage counsellor, the DSS inspector’s (very large breasted) boss, a foaming washing machine, and you start to get the picture of the mayhem that ensues. I wont even begin to describe it, but suffice it so say it involved dead bodies (phantom of course), real ones (who weren’t of course), lots of in and out of doors, cross dressing, and electrocution to name but a few.

It was actually an excellent production, and I had tears rolling down my cheeks on several occasions (even though you could see the contrived situations coming a mile off). The cast, once in their stride, had their timing off to a tee and were very good at milking the laughs. They were, in no particular order, Lynda Gill, Robert Eccleston, Martin Shuttleworth, Pablo Raybould, Steve Brookes, Jacqui Jensen, Dan Blizzard, Malcolm Steward, Alex Steward, and Louise Smith. They finished off the evening with a 2 minute recap (to music) of the whole play, and this in some ways was even funnier. Well done to all involved.

An hilarious evening, a shame if you missed it.

Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent

Cubs need an assistant leader

We are appealing to all adults in the town as we urgently need to find an assistant leader to help out on a weekly basis. The current leader, Sally Morgan is doing a great job with 12 lively lads but she needs some help, as our other cub leader Debbie Bunce is on maternity leave!

Ideally we need someone who can come along and help out on a weekly basis. Cubs meet on a Monday evening from 7pm until 8.15pm during school terms; they meet at the scout hut at the Sports and social club on the Stratford road, between Henley and Wootton.

Cubs are an essential link in our chain of offering activities, challenges, new experiences and new friendships for children between the age of 7 and 18 years of age and it is important for the overall success of the troop for every link to be strong and fully supported.

If you can help… (Or know someone who can!) Please contact either John Johnson, Group Scout leader on 01564 792073 or Sally Morgan, cubs leader on 01564 793645. Please give us a call, you’ll enjoy it, it’s fun!

Best wishes, I hope to hear from someone!

John Johnson.
Group Scout Leader.

Henley Forest Ride High

Henley Forest under 13s completed their league season as Mid Warwickshire Division 2 champions with a record of played 14 won 14, an outstanding achievement particularly as it was virtually the same team that were relegated 12 months ago.

In addition, they also picked up the Supplementary Cup, beating 3 Division 1 teams along the way, including a 5-2 win against Khalsa in a thrilling cup final.

Their defence played magnificently throughout the season conceding just 21 goals in the league. Indeed the only time they were beaten was by Kenilworth Wardens (runaway winners of Division 1) in the League Cup (4-1). Last season Kenilworth scored over 20 goals in 2 games against Henley!

Special mention must be given to Dominic Chartrand who scored at a rate of 3 goals per game in the League and Cup.

Overall, a fantastic campaign that will stay in the memory for many years.

Property Auction News from John Earle & Sons

Richard Abbey, partner and auctioneer of John Earle & Son had a busy night ahead of him at our auction on Tuesday 15th May at Henley Golf and Country Club. The large Conference Room was brimming with potential bidders and it was estimated that there was well over 250 people in attendance.

A huge variety of Lots were offered and some interesting results gained.

Lot 1, 4.32 acres of pasture land in Packwood made a good start to the auction with the gavel going down at £46,000, making a very respectable £10,600 per acre.

Lot 2 was 1.69 acres of land at Gorcott Hill that has been developed for fishing/recreational use, there was strong competition for this piece of land and it finally went for a huge £90,500 a very good price, over £15,000 above the guide price.

Lots 3, 4, 5 and 6 were the 20.32 acres of land at Rowington. A good start was made with the first piece of Rowington land making £30,000 a good margin over the guide. The second third and fourth lots didn’t fetch quite as many bids and failed to reach their reserves. Not to be disappointed though, all three lots were sold privately in the auction room after the bids had finished. Lot 4, the 4.05 acres sold for just under £8000 per acre, with lot 5, the 5.01 acres and lot 6, the 9.18 both going for a scratch under £6000 per acre, by no means a disappointment.

Lots 7, 8, 9 and 10, land off Bakers Lane in Knowle held again very interesting results. Lot 7, 12.86 acres, unfortunately failed to reach the reserve, it is now for sale by private treaty for £8000 per acre. Lot 8, went for £68,000, for just over £8000 per acre. The next lot to be auctioned was lot 9, 0.80 acres of woodland and pond, an extremely interesting lot with a huge amount of interest. The gavel was finally banged down at £10,000 and with a £5,000 guide price this was a more than pleasing result. Lot 10, another interested lot of 1.99 acres with a general purpose building, barn and drive, like lot 9 it also had a lot of interest and sold for £32,000, well over the guide.

As Lot 11, the 14.47 acres in Knowle was sold prior to auction, this left just lot 12 to go, White Cottage Farm, a cottage farmhouse with commercial buildings, caravan storage in approximately 10.2 acres. With considerable interest the bidding fell some way short of the reserve. White Cottage Farm is now up for sale by private treaty with a guide of £1,100,000.

Next Month’s Auction – 19th June

We have four very varied residential and landed properties for next months auction:

255.76 acres of land in Packwood, part of the Windmill Farm estate being offered in 11 separate lots between the villages of Hockley Heath and Dorridge.

481 Streetsbrook Road, an early Edwardian town residence being semi-detached with rear access from The Crescent to a separate two bedroom coach house and three garages.

7 & 9 Crooks Lane, Studley, a former builders yard with offices, currently with 2 office suites, four single bed flats and some 5900 sq ft of B1 commercial space in 12 workshops/lock-ups.

Brook Farm, Pickford Green Lane, Meriden, a detached Georgian farmhouse with outbuildings together with two brick and tile barns with full planning permission for conversion to two separate dwellings, extending to approximately 4,045 sq. ft. The whole set in some 1.82 acres (0.47 HA).


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Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked

The online catalogue that allows surfers to trace Warwickshire’s past has been further updated with entries now totaling in excess of 71,000.

Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked gives an outline description of some of the original archives held in the County Record Office. Charting over 900 years of Warwickshire’s past, it provides an electronic signpost to the fascinating documents that reveal the county’s history.

Staff are constantly updating the catalogue and they are pleased to announce that the details all the parish records for Warwickshire that have been catalogued can now be found through this resource. Recent additions include Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Atherstone and Central Hospital in Hatton. The current project is to include the catalogues for Warwickshire schools and many have already been added.

And surfers do not have to be family historians to enjoy the benefits of Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked. With useful tips provided online, it can help those seeking to trace all aspects of local history or simply find old photographs of their NEIGHBOURHOOD. The Record Office also runs short induction courses for those who want some help getting started.

Lesley Caine, archivist at Warwickshire County Record Office said: “Updating Warwickshire’s Past unlocked is an ongoing project. We now have just over 12% of our catalogues searchable on the internet through the Record Office’s website. Tracing local history or family history has never been so popular and we’re pleased to be making even more information available online to help people identify sources before they visit us to find out what happened to their ancestors or their area in days gone by.”

The original documents are kept at the Record Office, and the website provides full details of opening hours, and how to visit and view the documents. Admission is free but visitors are asked to bring ID to register for a readers’ ticket.

The next induction session for Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked is at the Record Office from 10am – 11am on Thursday 24 May. Booking is essential by phoning 01926 738959.

Those interested can log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/archivesunlocked to find out more.

Weed out garden thieves

Police are advising keen gardeners to secure their garden pots, planters and hanging baskets to make them as difficult as possible for opportunist thieves to steal quickly.

PC Andy Marchi said "The more difficult you can make it for opportunist thieves to pick up your prized planter or hanging basket and steal it - the better. After all your hard work, there are some easy precautions you can take for example, using some heavy duty wire or screws to secure the hanging basket or planter to the hanger or other fixture. Make a planter that sits on the ground as heavy as possible by putting heavy stones or rocks in the bottom. This is also good for drainage. Larger planters can easily be postcoded somewhere discrete with a permanent marker pen or paint."

PC Marchi explained "This advice is also relevant for other items in your garden. We are also asking homeowners to please make sure garden sculptures and statues are fixed to the ground using either concrete or other ground fixings and to make sure furniture and barbeques are stored securely in the garden shed or garage if they are moveable. Also make sure the items are clearly marked on the underneath with your postcode. This makes the items less attractive to potential thieves and also enables the property to be identified as stolen if it is taken and later recovered.

"Finally, always ensure the garden gate is kept closed and locked from the inside and also make sure your fencing or hedges are well maintained to prevent unwanted visitors entering your garden."

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John Garner's Business Column

Getting your money

John GarnerI'm pleased to say that, for us, bad debts are pretty rare. Some customers have taken a long time to pay us but we've never had to write off an unpaid debt.

Perhaps we've just been lucky judging by some stories you hear, but there are certainly steps you can take to lessen the likelihood of things going bad.

It's important to understand why it is that a particular customer is not paying you. With large companies it's not usually their intention to avoid paying, it's just their system.

With small companies it's different. In my view there are 4 principal reasons why a small company doesn't pay you:

  1. they haven't any money at the moment
  2. the person who signs the cheque is away
  3. their accounts department is inefficient or incompetent
  4. they are just being difficult.

Sometimes it's a combination of these. Any of the first three can prompt number four!

Obviously you should avoid trading with a company that hasn't any money, but you may have no means of knowing about this. Running a credit check on them won't warn you about their short term cash flow problems. Visit them if you can, it's surprising what you can learn.

So what practical steps can you take to minimise your risk?

The first is to make sure you have a written order for what you are supplying. Never rely on verbal orders, but if that's unavoidable (for example your customer wants something in a hurry and can't get a properly authorised order to you in time) you must confirm their order back to them in writing. Get them to agree the payment terms at this stage.

When you have supplied the goods or services you should then ask them if they are happy with what you've supplied; ideally send them a document which requires them to say they've accepted what you've supplied and make sure they sign it and return it to you. Go and do this in person if you possibly can.

Next, make sure your invoice states exactly what you have supplied and states very clearly what credit terms you are giving them.

In my experience, bona fide companies have no problem with going through this procedure, indeed many do something similar as part if their own Quality Standard.

Doing all this means you have documentary evidence in the event that you need to make a formal claim against them.

Take a close look at The Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002. These regulations allow you to demand interest at the "statutory rate" (effectively 8% over Bank of England base rate), plus a small amount of compensation, for any debt which is outstanding for longer than 30 days. But do make sure you have stated credit terms of no more than 30 days on your invoice.

If you take this line with any of your customers though, you might have to consider whether you can afford to lose this customer's business if they take offence. Having said that, I've succeeded with this on a couple of occasions and the customer has paid up without a murmur. Indeed, the realisation that further delay is adding to the amount they'll have to pay often makes them wake up.

There is lots more information about this at:


and some useful tips at:


John Garner

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

Our no-goal goal is no own goal

Nigel HastilowIt’s about time football teams were non-selective. It is unfair on footballers to discover that some of them are better than others. Imagine what it must be like if you have spent all your young life hoping to play professional football only to be told at the age of 11 that you’re just never going to make the grade.

Such terrible news delivered to eager young kids is so devastating some of them never recover. There have been cases where young men, rejected by the footballing authorities at the age of 11, have been forced to take up ballet-dancing or needlework instead. Very occasionally a kid proves the scouts wrong, showing that the selection of football teams at the age of 11 is quite unacceptable and branding kids a failure at that age is misguided and cruel.

Sometimes a rejected 11-year-old makes it to the big-time. Vehement opponents of football selection use such cases to support their complaints against a divisive system. Only an elite ever gets chosen at the age of 11 to make the grade to big-time football. For them, of course, fame and fortune beckon. For the rejected rest, a parks kick-about on a Sunday morning is the best they can ever look forward to.

Why, though, should these parks players spend the rest of their lives unfulfilled just because, when they were 11, some club scout thought they had two left feet? Rejection is hurtful. It is not inclusive. It is elitist. Scouts are trying to create football teams to win matches, bring home trophies and make their fans happy. They don’t seem to care about the disappointment, rejection and hurt felt by the thousands of kids who never make the grade.

That’s why the selection of footballers must be abandoned. In future, everyone must have an equal chance to play for his chosen team. Why should Manchester United get all the best players? Just because they have more money than anyone else, a better manager than the rest and a worldwide reputation doesn’t mean they’re somehow better than anyone else. We are all born with football talent. So I want to play for a big club, I should have an equal opportunity to do so, wherever I live and whatever my level of ability.

In future, clubs must be forced to take keen footballers across the entire ability range – from absolute beginners to world-class internationals. Of course, snobbish, elitist, old-fashioned critics will complain it will somehow “dumb down” the entire football league. How can a Premiership club maintain its position in the top division – let alone hold its own in Europe – if it’s forced to select mixed-ability teams?

The answer is so obvious it’s only the really reactionary who fail to acknowledge it. Spreading talent across every football team much more fairly than ever before will bring higher standards all round. The average parks team will improve no end if Wayne Rooney plays every other week or so on a rota basis, taking his turn along with everyone else who fancies a game.

As for competing in Europe, it’s obvious that raising standards across the board – by spreading the talent to every team in the country rather than limiting it to a restricted handful of top teams – will improve our performance in international competitions. Critics will complain that foreign teams remain able to select the very best footballers while our clubs – and, indeed, our international side – must make do with a bog standard comprehensive group of mixed-ability players. This, they say, will ensure our clubs will never win a major competition again. They are so wrong.

As footballing standards are raised across the board, so our ability to challenge the best clubs abroad will actually improve. It will become clear that non-elitist, mixed-ability football teams are the future. Especially when the rules are changed to ensure no side is ever allowed to lose.

One of the worst features of football at the moment is that even in mixed-ability games, there’s usually a winner and a loser. Some say this is a necessity for a good game. But defeat has devastating long-term consequences. Not just for players and clubs but for fans as well. Think how disappointed Wolves fans were when their side lost to West Brom the other day. Think how unhappy Derby County fans will be when they lose at Wembley on Monday.

A far better solution is to do away with goals altogether. In future, football should be an exhibition of skill by two equally-matched football teams without the nasty business of winners and losers at all.

We must get rid of elitism in sport. We must protect people from the hurt, despair and rejection involved in failing to make the grade or watching their team lose. Unless we act now, parents would be left asking what happens to the large majority of children who don't make the grade – and those parents would be right.

Far from being some winning slogan, a pledge to build more grammar schools – whoops, I mean more successful football teams – would be an electoral albatross.

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

E-Petitions, serious idea, but …..

Not so much of a grump this week, more of a laugh really.

I looked at the Downing Street petitions website this week, to see what had happened following the congestion charge one a few months ago. What greeted me was a great website but one which has been abused so much it now looks like a comedy script. If you have 5 minutes for a laugh please look too.


I first looked at the transport & Infrastructure tab. There are 1,118 open petitions (at the time of looking) many duplicated as Joe public just opens another one rather than look at what is open already. For example there are 84 open petitions asking to remove or reduce speed cameras. The same for road tax or getting car drivers to take a motorcycle test etc.

But apart from the duplicated ones, I was amused by some titles, even more amused by the fact that others had agreed and signed them. Below are some classic ones (in my opinion)

  • Expedite Improvements to the A14, 1,735 signatures
  • Use Police resources to catch criminals and not to persecute motorists, 611 signatures
  • Get the Top Gear crew to do all the roads in Britain, 115 signatures
  • Stop these trucks, 52 signatures (I don’t know what it means either)
  • Stop Motorway congestion, 2 signatures (I wish !)

Then I looked at other sections :

  • In the employment section : Create a maximum wage, 15 signatures
  • In the Science section : Bring back Concorde, 761 votes
  • In the education section : Ban homework for all British school Children, 37 signatures

As you can see a good idea in principle but has become more of a joke. Yes there are some serious ones but after seeing a few funnies, looking for more seemed a better option, and more entertaining ! Especially the one about the Top Gear Crew doing the roads.

Grumpy Old Man

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

See news article above about our free entry competition.

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

The Trading Standards Service are warning residents about the activities of a trader in the Dordon area. It is reported that the trader recently approached a resident, door to door, and offered to replace the house bricks that edged his blocked paved drive.

The work is reported to have been done to a very poor standard with some not being done at all. The resident was driven to several cashpoints by the trader to withdraw enough money to pay for the work.

Residents are advised not to accept offers of work from the first person who comes to your door. Get quotes from local reputable traders and if at all possible go on recommendation.

Nationwide and Halifax Email Scams
Consumers are warned to beware of a number of scam emails that are circulating in the county at the moment. One email purports to come from the Nationwide and the other from the Halifax.

Consumers are strongly advised to delete any emails they receive of this type, preferably without opening them. If you do open them never respond to them or visit any web links they might contain. By doing so you confirm that your email is active and you are then likely to receive more emails of the same type. Any web pages you are directed you to will also be fraudulent and may expose your PC to computer viruses.

Never reveal any personal or financial information in an email.

Tarmac Gang
It has been reported that a tarmac gang is operating in the Kenilworth area. Residents are advised that on the door step it can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys; it might be easier to keep the door closed. Do not allow uninvited callers into your home.

Flyers are being posted through the doors of Rugby residents offering tree care and other gardening work. The leaflets only carry 08000 and mobile numbers, but no addresses. Consumers are warned to be wary of accepting any offer of work from traders who only use potentially untraceable telephone numbers and no other verifiable addresses.

'Bank' Calling
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Members in the Leamington Spa area reported receiving a call from someone who only identified himself as 'Jack' who wished to discuss the residents bank charges over the past few months. She put the phone down. Residents are warned not to divulge any personal or financial information over the phone to any unsolicited/unexpected caller.

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 looking forward to our “Mystery Evening” on Tuesday 5th June – who knows what is in store for us? (Well perhaps the Committee members know!) Visitors are welcome join us and find out from 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall.

On Saturday 9th June the Court Leet will re-enact all its ancient duties of Ale Tasting, Butter Weighing, Brook Looking and Beating the Bounds. Events will start at 10.00 a.m. and will be centred on the Guild Hall garden, where there will be a performance of a Miracle Play, “Noah’s Flood”, during the afternoon. More information 792512 (the High Bailiff).

Tuesday 12th June Open Evening “Hands on Nature” by Carol Firmstone
7.30 p.m. at The Memorial Hall. Visitors Welcome £6.00.

19th June - meet at 6.30 p.m. at the Market Cross for the first of our Summer outdoor meetings. If you require transport, please contact Secretary on 792555 or Chairman on 793260. We try to share cars to be “green”!

National Festival Circus is coming to Henley on 23rd June. 3 showings at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Early Bird Offers available on tickets purchased before 21st May. Tickets available at Vanity Box, High St and Henley in Arden CP School office. Event takes place at Henley in Arden C P School playing fields. Please call 07789 906 475 for more details.

9th June from 2.00 p.m. at the Village Hall. Traditional and new attractions for all the family. Antiques Roadshow; Magician; Nintendo WII Competition; Skittle Alley; Face Painting; Football Target; Refreshments.

Tuesday 26th June Evening Visit to Wits End Garden 7.30 p.m. Contact 793903 for more details.
HENLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION are holding a Gala Day at Henley in Arden Primary School, Arden Road, on 30th June from 12 noon to 4.00 p.m. Many attractions including Five-a-Side Football, tombola, raffle, bric-a-brac, bouncy castle. Look out for promotional posters nearer the date.

MAKE HENLEY GREENER would like to remind everyone that the closing date for the free entry Smallest Carbon Footprint Competition is 7th June. Entry forms may be found at businesses, shops, library and the medical centre. This is a local competition and you stand a good chance of winning a prize.

Hanging Basket Competition – we have some wonderful floral displays in the town thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers. Can you provide additional colour by putting up a hanging basket? Open to all private residences, pubs, shops and businesses (and not just on the High Street!). Application forms available from the Vanity Box. Enquiries to 793903.

School Fete Friday 20th July at 5.00 p.m. Please note change of date.

20th & 21st July. The series of Gilbert and Sullivan concerts in Tanworth comes to a grand finale this year. Singers are reminded that full chorus rehearsals start on Tuesday 5th June at 7.45 p.m. in Tanworth village hall. Tickets at £8.50 each will be on sale in The Bell on 25th and 26th June from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. Cheques payable to ‘The Tanworth Singers’. For ticket availability after these dates, please phone Mrs. Quentin on 742424.

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.

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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