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Edition 158 - 31st May 2007
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Civic Sunday - Achieves High Bailiff’s Aspirations

The High Bailiff invited civic leaders from the County, District, Parish, and neighbouring towns together with the leaders of the Town`s organisations to join the Court Leet at morning service in St. John`s Church last Sunday.

A packed church heard departures from the traditional service when the Rector, who is of course also Chaplain to the Court, interviewed the Chairman of the Parish Council and District Councillor Stephen Thirlwell and the High Bailiff about their respective roles in the Town. High Bailiff, Ray Holding said that he regarded the Court Leet as the organisation that looked after the ceremonials. Councillor Thirlwell stressed the Parish Council's advice to District and County on all matters affecting the Town and said that at this time the Council was keenly interested in developments at the Market site and preservation of the green belt.

In a thought provoking sermon the Rector John Ganjavi said that it was particularly appropriate on this Whit Sunday to underline the importance of communication between peoples and for Christians to communicate Christ`s message.

Many of the congregation responded to the High Bailiff`s invitation to take refreshment in the Guild Hall provided by the Ladies of the Court and many were even persuaded to take an early glass of wine against the inclement weather.

Report by Alec Halliwell
Photos by Alan Robson

Slideshow of the Civic Sunday - 2007

Claverdon set for community shop

Claverdon residents could be set to get what they want in the summer - a community shop.

After several public meetings about the feasibility of a shop in the village, plans are now afoot for a temporary store based at Dorothea Mitchell Hall, with organisers hoping to gain backing from Stratford District Council. About 40 volunteers have agreed to work at least two hours a fortnight to help run the the convenience shop, which will not stock cigarettes and alcohol. The move comes after the only shop in the village, Cottages Stores, closed last year.

Leader of the project and chairman of Claverdon Parish Council, Nigel Goodrich, told the paper although nothing was set in stone he hoped the shop would be open in July or August. "We've got a location, volunteers, sponsorship and have a management team, we are looking at opening over the summer.We don't want to over promise and under deliver but we're hoping to have something open by the time the kids go back to school. There are no major hurdles to get over and villagers have given a resounded thumbs up."

Planning application for the shop was submitted last month and, according to Mr Goodrich, the feedback from Stratford District Council, while not providing any promises, was positive.

Eventually it is hoped to turn the temporary store into a permanent fixture in the village, if it proves successful.

Reprinted from The Stratford Observer

New District Council Appointments

SDCHenley representation on Stratford District Council goes from strength to strength. Cllr Stephen Thirlwell, District Councillor and Chairman of the Joint Parish Council, has been appointed to the Executive of Stratford District Council as Portfolio Holder for Planning. Stephen took up this new appointment on 23rd May.

Joint Ward Member Laurence Marshall has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Planning & Regulation Committee.

Our Henley Ward councillors wanted to ensure that representation for Henley wasn’t lost on West Area Planning Committee and so Cllr Marshall has filled the seat that Cllr Thirlwell had to vacate due to his appointment as Planning Portfolio Holder.

Henley in Arden, Near Solihull - WRONG

I perceive a worrying link between two letters that have appeared in the press this week. Your own correspondent wonders why the Solihull Observer has replaced the Stratford Observer in the town.

At the same time, in the Stratford Herald, A. Barnett, of Meadow Road, expresses concern at the way Henley has sacrificed  its 787-year-old market to a property developer.

The warning is all too clear. Henley-in-Arden is in grave danger of becoming the next suburb of Solihull - and I have an increasing anxiety that there are those in the town who would welcome it.

John Alcock
- Editor, Wootton Wawen Magazine

The Editor comments.  "I agree with John Alcock's comments. We must continue to be vigilant to all attempts to make us part of Solihull, West Midlands and change our landscape to a metropolis.

"Henley NEWS On-line supports the campaign to have the Stratford Observer delivered in Henley. In the meantime, we will be reprinting those articles from The Stratford Observer which are of particular interest to our readers and which will not appear in the Solihull edition."

Clare Fitzsimmons, Editor of The Stratford Observer, has told Henley NEWS On-line, "The Stratford Observer will be delivered to homes in Henley rather than the Solihull Observer as of next Thursday (June 7)."

Christian Aid Raises £2,679 Door to Door

The Henley collectors and residents have raised a total of £2,679 this year for Christian Aid through the door to door collection. Gift Aid will increase this amount by several hundred pounds.

Many thanks to all who gave their time and money: you have helped poor communities to grow a future.

John & Cilla Pudney - Christian Aid Week organisers.

More Heritage Trains for Henley

In addition to the already announced 'Shakespeare Express' calling at Henley-in-Arden twice every Sunday from 8th July to 2nd September 2007. Vintage Trains have now announced that two special trains will be calling at Henley.

These new initiatives will offer Henley-in-Arden residents and visitors to Henley from Solihull, Warwick and the Midlands, a chance to ride on some of the best preserved trains.

Henley NEWS On-line questions whether Henley has yet woken up to this major tourist opportunity for our town. It is in Henley’s interests to encourage passengers from Henley Station or we will loose these services.

Romany Caravan from Mary Arden's House Found

A man has been arrested after a traditional Romany caravan, believed to have been stolen from the Mary Arden's House in Wilmcote earlier this month, was recovered in Shropshire. Officers from West Mercia Constabulary located the caravan at a garage in Telford yesterday, Thursday May 24. A 48 year old man was arrested and taken into custody at Shrewsbury before being transferred to Leamington Spa police station where he is awaiting questioning.

Two caravans, worth about £50,000, were stolen between 6pm on Thursday May 10 and 5.30am on Friday May 11 after thieves cut through a metal chain securing a wooden farm gate to gain access to a display area.

Enquiries are continuing into the incident and anyone with information should telephone CID at Stratford on 01926 415000.

Roger Pringle, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, made the following comment before the find in Shropshire:

‘The two gypsy caravans have been an attractive feature of the rural displays at Mary Arden’s House since 1965, when the Trust purchased them. They date from the early years of the last century and are particularly good examples of their kind. With their bright colours and fine carving they have caused a lot of interest among our visitors."

Henley NEWS On-line in Spain

I thought you might be amused to know that, while teaching an international Masters course in Cordoba, Spain, last week, I introduced them to Henley News On-line and used your archive to tell the story of the Henley Website Wars.  It is a good story, full of tensions and skulduggery, but more to the point it is a good illustration of many of the issues that arise when online processes substitute for more conventional ones, including those of democracy and representation.  Best of all, it has a happy ending - or at least my version did, with a screen shot of your edition 150 and of the Henley Gateway and JPC sites as well.

So, knowledge of your activities is going back to Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Philippines, Canada, Germany, Spain... and maybe will spawn local versions in far-flung places.

Martyn Warren - Director, Rural Futures Unit
Faculty of Social Science and Business
University of Plymouth

Mixed reaction to betting shop plans in Alcester

The decision to grant permission for one controversial betting shop in Alcester but refuse another has been greeted by mixed reactions.

At a packed meeting on Thursday (May 17), Stratford District Council rejected plans for a betting shop at 67 High Street on conservation grounds. It was thought the corporate stainless steel lettering for the shop sign and its proposed colour were not in-keeping with the area. However, the committee members did pass an application for a betting shop in Hopkins Precinct and it is believed the owners of the shop have already obtained their gambling licence.

Speaking on the decision, County Councillor Nina Knapman said: "We had a partial success on Thursday evening with the rejection of the High Street application. It was a unanimous decision so all the councillors voted against it and their decision was supported by the 70 people who came down to the meeting, as well as Alcester Court Leet, the town crier and Lise Evans from Advantage Alcester.

However, Coun Knapman added she was disappointed at the decision to pass the Hopkins Precinct proposals."I've spoken to a lot of residents who are very disappointed with the decision and it is a great shame the one application got through," she said."I feel a lot issues were not addressed on this application and I will be putting these issues to the council."

The council stated the Hopkins Precinct proposals complied with the policies of the Warwickshire Structure Plan and the Stratford District Local Plan. They added there were no grounds to sufficiently override the proposals and therefore conditional planning permission was granted.

Reprinted from The Stratford Observer

Henley Continues to Fight Vandalism

Ask any resident what concerns them most and the most frequent answer will be vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

The JPC has this month installed a new substantial 2 metre high steel fence around the allotments to the west of the station.

A resident in the Brookend Drive area has installed medieval style anti-invasion capping to his fence, with a frightening warning notice.

This week, many of the windows of the Nags Head public house are boarded up due to an incident on Friday night.

Clearly, Henley is becoming a very different place and we hope the authorities will take note of the concerns of the community.

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

Henley’s Civic Sunday, reported in this weeks’ leader achieved one of the High Bailiff’s aims – to include representatives from as many of the town’s organisations as was possible. Actually present were the presidents, chairmen or other officers of the following official and voluntary bodies:

Her Majesty the Queen’s representative, Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire - Mrs H M O Lodder.
The Joint Parish Council
The Town Improvement Committee and War Memorial Trust
The Joseph Hardy Educational Charitable Trust
Beaudesert and Henley Society
Henley Rotary Club
Henley Wildlife Society
The Royal British Legion
The Police
The Wednesday Club for Visually Impaired People
The Henley Youth Club
The High School
St Mary’s RC Primary School
Wootton Wawen Cubs and Henley Beavers
Henley NEWS on Line
Henley-in-Arden Flower Club

Members of the following were also present:

The Heritage Centre Stewards
Henley-in-Arden WI
Beaudesert Probus Club

We were honoured to have present the newly appointed Mayor of Warwick, Martyn Ashford and his wife Angela. Also, the County Council was represented in the person of the Chairman, John Wells with his wife Anna, and the District Council in the person of Council Chairman Stuart Beese with his wife Julie.

Our neighbouring Court Leets of Warwick and Alcester were strongly represented by their Bailiffs and as always we are grateful for their support for this important occasion in Henley.

And of course, many, many members of the regular congregation of St John’s Church, attending, as the Rector pointed out, a normal service of morning worship. All in all, an excellent portrayal of what the natives of Henley get up to!

On with the Show!

Court Leet Day on 9th June is but a week away. The events and their timings are published in a leaflet to be distributed on the High Street and in the shops and inns, this Saturday, 2nd May. Headquarters for the day will be at the Guild Hall Garden and the events fall into place as set out here:

Times are approximate

10.00 am: at the Guild Hall Garden:

  • Opening by the High Bailiff
  • Brook Lookers leave to start their inspection of the River Alne and Oldberrow Brook.
  • The Hayward, with his party, leaves to walk the Manorial Boundary and Beat the Bounds.
  • The Ale Tasters and Butterweigher, led by the High Bailiff and officers of the Court Leet, depart to the High Street to conduct their inspections.

12.30 pm: Children’s Duck Race, at the river.

1.30 pm: Return of the Hayward from Beating the Bounds.

1.30 pm: Return of the Brook Lookers.

2.00 pm: Return of the Aletasters and Butterweigher

From 2.00 pm: Mediaeval music in the Garden

Tickets £2.50 (£3.00 on the day), children half price, from The Vanity Box, High Street.
The Garden will open at 2.00 pm.

3.30pm: Drama production “Noah’s Ark”, in the Garden

4.45 pm: Close

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

Good Work at Wootton's Horse & Pony Sanctuary

On the bridle paths around Field Farm in Wootton Wawen, you may now see the horses and ponies from the sanctuary - Friends of Champ.

We have relocated from the market fields at Henley in Arden, where many of the ponies were popular with the local dog walkers. We recently had a day where eight people with learning difficulties came out from Redditch to spend the day with us, and have a picnic lunch. It was a bit damp so we had our lunch in a stable, which was a great success.

Several news papers came out to photograph the event, and advertise the 'small sparks' scheme, which is set up to encourage local activity groups to include some people from the Redditch day centre in their activities.

Penny Tubbs at Friends-of-Champ

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Mat Raring To Bounce Back At Croft

Henley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson is extra determined to get back among the leaders of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft on June 3rd after personally driving to Germany and back to pick up a new engine for his BMW. Mat’s family-run Jacksons Motorsport team were left with a sizeable repair bill after their BMW 320si E90 suffered a heavy collision and then an engine failure in the most recent rounds at Thruxton. After two stunning opening rounds at Brands Hatch and Rockingham it suddenly meant a no-score.

But this week 25-year-old Mat returned from BMW’s competition department in Munich to collect his repaired engine that the team are now busy fitting into the #48 car ahead of the up-coming races at Croft near Darlington in North Yorkshire. Mat says: “If the big teams damage a car or blow an engine they have a rash of people jump on the car immediately or pull another engine out of the truck. We don’t yet have that luxury and everyone has been busy putting the car back together properly so we can be competitive again at Croft.

“It was quite a drive to and from Munich. I had plenty of time to think about our strategy for Croft on the Autobahn! And yes, it was a white van! Prior to Thruxton, Whale/Maxim-supported Mat was up to fifth in the championship right behind reigning champion Matt Neal thanks to second and third place finishes outright and was also leading the Independents championship for privateer entries.

He adds: “To be back to eighth overall and fifth in the Independents doesn’t reflect our true competitiveness. Everyone has seen that we can rattle the established big names and I think we’ll be right back up there with them at Croft. We’ll be back on a more familiar tyre, not the one-off that Dunlop provided for Thruxton, which will make us feel a bit more comfortable with the set-up of the car. We also won’t have the same gearing problems that Thruxton caused us. the circuit lay-out has a couple of tight hairpins that should play to the advantages of the BMW’s rear-wheel-drive on the exits.

“It’s a circuit I enjoy because it’s got a good mix of fast, medium and slow speed sections that require a lot of precision and controlled aggression, plus a good technical mind to get the balance of the car right. We know what we’re capable of and it will be important to get some strong results at Croft to claw back some of the ground we’ve lost. I really want to achieve some strong results at Croft, just as much for everyone who works and supports our team as myself.”

TV Times:
Sunday: ITV3, 3pm-5:30pm LIVE
Sunday: Setanta Sports 1, 11.45am-6pm LIVE all-day coverage
Monday (June 4th): ITV1 00:05am-00.35am highlights

Recent Classics from Church Magazines

They're Back! Church Magazines. Thank God for church ladies with typewriters.

(None of the following quotes are from any Henley church magazine.)

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."

Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: "Break Forth Into Joy."

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours"

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Grumpy Old Man Comments

Refuse or Recycle?

Our elected representatives at Westminster have told us (not bad considering we put them there) we all need to recycle more and throw away less. Or else, we will have to pay a penalty.

Now in Henley, we are very fortunate to have a black bin and a green bin for paper, tins, glass and garden waste. This allows us to be green very easily.

But, what about the other things we can recycle? Plastic bottles (milk, pop etc) crisp packets, cardboard boxes etc. Are we supposed to make a trip to Stratford tip every time we finish a bottle of milk or buy something in a box? What does that do to our carbon footprint? Most of us are fortunate enough to go to Stratford occasionally and can, with minimal effort, call in to the tip and drop off all of the above. But what about our neighbours without the luxury of a car?

I’m sure we would increase the level of recycling if it made easy of us. Before the black box’s, we did have a glass recycling area by the medical centre, but it was not emptied often enough and glass ended up everywhere. But is there any possibility of a recycling area, which is open for 4-8 hours every month for us to take anything that will not go into the black box? I believe most people want to recycle but if it is difficult most will just throw things away. Also just look at the fuel used to make a special trip to Stratford.

I’ve been through a few German airports and cities and unlike the UK where there is 1 bin for all waste (except Wales where last time I went to Brecon I could not find a bin anywhere), there is a range of bins for different things, paper, plastic, cans etc.

Maybe councils (funded by Westminster) could give all of us the easy solution, a bigger range of bins for more things. Yes, this will cost money, but what is the cost of not recycling?

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.

At approximately 1330 hours on 18th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common. They have then gained entry by smashing kitchen window and stolen a quantity of jewellery.
Incident number 359 of 18th May 07 refers.




Between 1200 hours on 15th May and 1300 hours on 18th May unknown offender/s approached a property on Pound House Lane, Hockley Heath. They have then stolen heating oil from tank at side of house and two hubcaps from a vehicle at the location.
Incident number 334 of 18th May 07 refers.

Between midnight on 20th May and 1100 hours on 21st May 07 unknown offender/s approached a Ford Focus parked on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They have then smashed the front window and stolen a radio/CD player.
Incident number 221 of 21st May 07 refers.

During the evening of 26th May 07 offenders entered a shop in Umberslade Road, Earlswood. They have then threatened the shop assistant and stolen an amount of cash and quantity of cigarettes. Offenders described as three black males, all wearing tracksuits and face scarves with black and white diamond pattern. One offender subsequently arrested in connection with the incident.
Incident number 620 of 26th May 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 11th July between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 8th August between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 22nd August between 11am – 1pm

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.


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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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