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Edition 161 - 21st June 2007
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Nostalgic Shakespeare Express Train Trip

Sunday August 19th

Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club is inviting readers of Henley NEWS On-line to join them on a nostalgic trip aboard the Shakespeare Express, departing from Henley Railway Station at 11 am on Sunday August 19th.

The train will steam south to Stratford, where the engine will be moved to the head of the train for the return via Claverdon and joining the main line near Hatton. Travelling at maximum speed it will pass through Lapworth, Knowle, Solihull to Birmingham Snow Hill. The final leg of the journey will be from Snow Hill back to Henley. Light refreshments will be available on board. Tickets are now available from the Rotary Club for the special Henley coach at £17.50 per passenger.

The Rotary Club has reserved a standard class coach with seating for 64. There is likely to be a considerable demand for this event, so early booking is recommended.

Further information about Henley's latest tourist attraction can be found on Vintage Trains site at: www.vintagetrains.co.uk

Download a booking for the Henley coach on the Shakespeare Express

CBE for Henley Man

Roger Putnam, the former chairman of Ford of Britain and president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and Richard Turner, chief executive of the Freight Transport Association, are among those whose achievements were recognised in HM The Queen's birthday honours list this year.

He began his career with Lotus in 1966, becoming Sales and Marketing Director in 1976. He later joined Jaguar in 1982, becoming Sales and Marketing Director in 1986 prior to becoming Chairman of Ford Great Britain in 2002. Roger was also Deputy President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Chaired the Retail Motor Strategy Group for the Department of Trade and Industry.

Roger lives in the Henley area.

Midsummer Magic

Uplands House is the stunning setting for a very special musical event in Henley-in-Arden on Sunday June 24th at 5pm.

Two of New Zealand’s leading young classical musicians, singer Amelia Whiteman and cellist Sarah McDowall and some of their musician friends are entertaining guests to raise funds for their favourite charity, Cure Leukaemia which is based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and provides funds for the world class clinical research which is taking place at the new Leukaemia Centre bringing hope to 7,000 patients in the region living with leukaemia.

There are still some tickets remaining at £19.50 for wine, canapés and superb entertainment. Contact John Latham on 795239 or 0121 627 5858 to purchase tickets or visit www.cureleukaemia.co.uk for more information.

Buy one you’ll love it!

WW2 Bomb in ditch at Hatton

Bomb disposal experts conducted a controlled explosion of a World War II device which was found in a ditch in Five Ways Road, Hatton, yesterday morning (Monday June 18).

Police were alerted by a member of the public at 10.16hrs after the discovery of the device close to Farm Gate Fresh Poulty Ltd.

The device was 12" long, 2" in diameter and had fins at the rear.

A police cordon was put in place and officers from the army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit moved the device to a safe location in an open field where it was detonated.

Arden School PTA’s annual ball

Tirebuck Career Solutions is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the Arden School PTA’s annual ball on Saturday 23 June at 7.30 pm. Tirebuck, based in the school’s catchment area, donated £300 to the event which is expected to raise a total of up to £2,500 for vital school equipment.

Nicole Singer, a member of Arden School PTA, commented: “The ball is a fantastic night. We have a professional live band called ‘Soul Matters’, a Solihull Music Service band of young musicians which tours towns across the region; a Pimms reception; four course dinner, and a disco.“We would like to thank Tirebuck Career Solutions for their generous support. It’s not too late to get tickets which are £25 a head. For more information call 01564 779 884.”

All school departments will bid for any money raised which, in previous years, has been used to buy flues for the science labs, extra books for the sixth form centre and a video recorder for the geography department. Karen Tirebuck, Managing Director, Tirebuck Career Solutions, said: “One of the great benefits of running a local business is that you can help to support your community. My own children went to Arden School and I am thrilled we can support them in this way. Our aim is to build closer working relationships with the school and continue to assist in fund raising in the future.”

Arden School PTA, which has been running for 20 years, is committed to supporting the needs and welfare of the school’s 1,200 pupils.

ATAC 9th Annual Golf Day

A full complement of teams took part at Henley Golf and Country Club on 12th June in this event organised as usual by Peter Wimbush and Rosemary Stretton-Cox.

The weather stayed fine and proved ideal and everyone entered into the spirit of the day to raise funds for ATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer – a local registered charity raising funds for the Cancer Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital. A wonderful array of prizes were presented to the winning teams and individuals and there was a host of prizes in the well supported raffle which was drawn by Mr. Dayalan Clarke, consultant breast care surgeon.

Interestingly he gave a brief address explaining the advantageous developments taking place in treating breast cancer patients at Warwick and also explaining that finance in the local Trust is greatly improved this year. A Ladies Bicycle donated for the event was auctioned by Richard Abbey of John Earle and Son and realised the huge price of £300.

Overall the event was hugely successful raising in excess of £3000 for the ATAC funds. Grateful thanks to the organisers and their valiant helpers.

Photo Call for the JPC

At Henley NEWS On-line's request, a photo of the members of the JPC has been taken for the website "This is Henley-in-Arden".

The website at www.henley-in-arden.org is sponsored by the Town Improvement Committee and the JPC's pages are at: JPC Pages

In the picture are from left to right, George Matheou, John Love, Laurence Marshall, Roger Hubbocks, George Atkinson, Carsina Goodman, Stephen Thirlwell (Chairman), Debbie Bassett, Shelia Roy, Chris Milsom and Kenneth Mitchell. Sylivia Doyle was not able to be present.

Solar Power

I wrote 2 weeks ago about solar power and the opportunity for us in Henley to get a discount.

I have had some interest but I’m afraid not enough yet. So please, if you are considering doing a little bit to help our planet or just want free hot water, just let me know.

I have spoken to a company called solartwin who have a novel solution. They have a small PV cell to drive the electric pump so the system is carbon zero.

The system costs around £3,100 as standard, but we will get a discount if more of us agree to get it installed in bulk.

If we can get 10 or even 100 houses in Henley I’m sure we can even get Midlands Today or Central news interested. Let’s put Henley back on the map.

Please let me know at andy@adlelectronics.co.uk


Andy Langford

Memories of Henley Mop

By Ron Newbold

The annual Mop Fair in Henley is held on October 11th the day before the famous Stratford Mop.

Drakeley’s Galloping Horses Circa 1920

In the 1930’s I can remember seeing the amusements of Drakeleys, H Harvey’s Cake Walk and Miles Jervis’s Jack & Jill in the High Street and in a small paddock down a lane by the Church, was Peters of Worcester with the Dodgems. Once when the paddock was waterlogged, he opened at the rear of the White Swan Hotel.

Off the High Street in Bear Lane, there were donkey rides. There would be at least two pig or ox roasts outside local hostelries.

Pig Roast outside The White Swan Oct 11th 1921

In the main Street the attractions were built up on both sides of the road. These days only one side of the street is used.

After the Second World War, Jones Brothers who in 1945 came with their Autodrome revived the fair. Then for a few years Jim Jones came with the Dodgems a heavy set, with steel plates.

Jones Brothers Dodgems 11 Oct 1958 © F G Richardson

Thomas Jones Dodgems Oct 10th 1981

After this, Raymond Roberts brought his mini-jets. And then just once, Thomas Jones came with his then recently acquired new Dodgem.

One year in the 1950’s a set of Overboats was here and I think that this was owned by Percy Danter. Would this be the ex Wilkins set? Later to belong to Jeff Bach, I believe this set now to be with Carters Steam Fair. Tenants I remember were Joe Wallser, Dobsons, Chipperfields and Harvey’s.

After this Billy Kimberley took over as Lessee and came with his Dodgems. One year Danters Meteorite came with him. After the sale of the Dodgem the following rides appeared here; Norman Lynch’s Mojo, John Smith’s Octopus, Paul Warwick’s Waltzer and Appleton’s Rock City Miami.

1996 saw the arrival of Paul Warwick’s brand new Earth Shaker Miami.

Paul Warwick’s Waltzer 12 Oct 1992 © Rod Spooner

Paul warwick’s Earthshaker Miami 1996

The fair is still held in the main street but it is much smaller these days it is of course supported by the usual Juveniles, HoopLa’s and side stuff. The Lessee now is Joseph Danter usually with his City Limits Miami & Tenants

About the Author

Ron Newbold is a well known character in Henley where he was born, the son of the Miller and was brought up in a small cottage now the site of the large office block adjacent to the Black Swan that is currently his local pub.

Ron in his earlier years was associated with many of the big names in the Fairground business and even today keeps in touch with the Fairground people, visiting most of the local Fairs that set up each season.

New research to help development planning

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has started to prepare a series of planning documents to guide development and change in the District over the next 20 years. The planning documents will be known as the Local Development Framework (LDF) and will replace the existing District Local Plan. The LDF will determine where new homes are built, where new jobs are created and how people can travel to get to the things they need. As part of its preparation work on the LDF the District Council has commissioned Baker Associates from Bristol, who will undertake a “Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.”

This will provide up-to-date information about the extent of the district’s main settlements to accommodate new housing over the next twenty years on “brownfield” land within the existing boundaries. The study has been commissioned in response to recent Government guidance on planning for new house building.

The research will also provide data about the most suitable locations for greenfield development if it is found that brownfield sites are unable to provide the level of housing development which regional planning policy will set for the district. Anyone with available land that is capable of accommodating 10 or more dwellings within or next to one of the principal study settlements will be asked to submit details of their sites. The principal study settlements are: Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon, Henley-in-Arden, Kineton, Shipston-on-Stour, Southam, Stratford-upon-Avon, Studley and Wellesbourne.

All submitted development sites will be given careful scrutiny against a range of assessment criteria which include highway and infrastructure capacity, settlement and landscape character, impact on biodiversity and other aspects of environmental sustainability.

The District Council will also be considering opportunities for identifying small sites in and around the district’s 21 local centre villages to meet local housing needs.

“The information gleaned from the study will help the District Council to minimize the amount of greenfield land needing to be released for housing development during the period up to 2026. However, it needs to be stressed that the study will not formally allocate land for housing development. This is a job for the Local Development Framework (LDF) in full consultation with the community,” says Cllr Stephen Thirlwell, Portfolio Holder for Planning.

“The LDF Core Strategy Issues and Options document was published last month and comments on this document have been invited. One of the issues to be addressed by the LDF Core Strategy is the way in which housing development will be distributed around the district, while a further document, the Significant Allocations Document, will earmark specific sites for development. The information gleaned from the Baker Associates’ study will provide a sound basis for decisions to be made in relation to both of these LDF documents.”

Further information about the study can be obtained from Chris Dadds at Baker Associates on 0117 933 8956 or from David Jones at the District Council on 01789 260334.

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Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

So far during June, apart from Court Leet Day on Saturday 9th, the High Bailiff, accompanied by Butterweigher Graham Smith and respective consorts attended Alcester’s Ale Tasting on Tuesday 12th, as always a lively occasion and culminating in a buffet at the Hollybush Inn. Then on Saturday 16th there was Henley Rotary’s President’s Day at Claverdon, a dinner laid on by Sue Dalby followed by entertainment by the excellent group “Accord” who regaled the party with well known songs and some witty and well-delivered verses of poetry.

On Wednesday 20th June the High Bailiff, Low Bailiff and Town Crier will attend the Scout Centenary ( "100 years of Scouting") event of Henley and Wootton Wawen's Scouts, Cubs and Beavers at the Scout Hut and sports field, Henley.  

The High and Low Bailiffs and their consorts will attend Bromsgrove’s Fair Day on Saturday 23rd, and in the evening the Garden Committee holds its Summer Ball in the beautiful setting of the garden of Dr & Mrs R D Bridgewater.

The Court has a business meeting on Wednesday 27th to discuss the experiences of Court Leet Day and on Thursday 28th the High Bailiff will formally open the new Bliss Restaurant at the White Swan Hotel.

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

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Harris Mews Hen Saga

A hen escaped from the market last Wednesday and has been prowling Harris Mews, hotly pursued by several cats and a large pigeon. So far it has managed to avoid all confrontations with animals, birds and cars.

We have grown used to the sight of Ley the Hen (Hen - ley, get it?) and the ducking (excuse the pun), clucking and diving heard and witnessed over the last 5 days.

Although Rosie in No 9 Harris Mews has adopted the hen and has been supplying daily sustenance, with a view to taming it so that she could catch it. It could not go on so Gill in No 6 finally summoned the RSPCA in order that our Harris Hen could be caught and carried off to live a life of free range luxury at a place where distressed hens are welcomed.

So far no luck, and the hen continues to roam the Mews unscathed. But how long can it last?

Gill Ranson

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Mat has new team manager and sponsor

Henley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson is confident of more podium results when the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship visits the swooping Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire on June 24th. The circuit is one of the most challenging on the calendar and amongst Mat’s favourites. He won there in 2005 and again last year on his way to the SEAT Cupra title.

Mat is full of confidence after returning to form in the BTCC at Croft two weeks ago. He achieved a third place outright (his third outright podium finish in four BTCC appearances) and a fourth to gain a place in the championship order and get his bid for Independents drivers’ honours back on track. His season has also just received a timely boost with the addition of a new sponsor Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd on his #48 BMW 320si E90 alongside Whale Tankers, Maxim magazine and Nick Whale BMW. Last week Mat ran a useful test day at Silverstone which enabled his brother Dan to take up his new position of Team Manager within the Jacksons MSport team alongside their father Tony, the Team Principal.

Mat, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday, says: “I’m sure that Oulton will be one of the BMW’s stronger circuits. It’s got a lot of gradients and the rear-wheel-drive should give us a traction advantage out of the Island hairpin and up the hill off the Knickerbrook chicane, probably exiting the final corner at Lodge as well. Oulton is also something of a local circuit for us after Donington Park. It’s only an hour or so up the M6 and I’m looking forward to a bit of extra support.”

Mat lies a strong seventh in the BTCC and knows that another strong three races at Oulton could move him into contention for third overall. He adds: “It would be easy to get over-excited with three podium finishes from our first four meetings in the BTCC. It is exciting of course and we’ve definitely made people sit up and take notice.

“What we’ve achieved on what we’ve got compared to the bigger teams is brilliant and a lot of that is down to the people who support us, both the sponsors and the fans. I’m really pleased with the way we’ve played it. We came in without any big fanfare and have just delivered a good set of results.

“I’m also really chuffed that my brother Dan is the new Team Manager. He’s worked with me since I started karting as a kid and he’s got degrees and a lot of experience with some of the best automotive manufacturers in the business. We really are proper family team now.”

Mat’s Oulton Park timetable (June 23rd-24th):

Saturday: 9.15am-9.55am BTCC Practice 1 & 11.35am-12.15pm BTCC Practice 2
Saturday: 2.45pm-3.15pm BTCC qualifying
Sunday: 10.35am-11.25am Fans Pit Lane Walkabout
Sunday: 11.35am BTCC Drivers Parade Lap
Sunday: 12.10pm BTCC round 13 (15 laps)
Sunday: 2.15pm BTCC round 14 (15 laps)
Sunday: 4.50pm BTCC round 15 (15 laps)

TV Times (all times subject to change):

Sunday: ITV3, 4pm-5:30pm LIVE
Sunday: Setanta Sports 1, 11.45am-6pm LIVE all-day coverage
Monday (June 25th): ITV1 00:05am-00.35am highlights
Friday (June 29th): Men & Motors, 7.30pm-8pm highlights

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John Garner's Business Column

Backing up your work

John GarnerI'm not just talking computers here.   What would happen to your business if your records were destroyed?   Could you survive if you suddenly lost all your accounts?  If all your customer records went missing?   Or all your stock records?

Just think of the ways you might completely lose your records: how about if there's a flood?   Not so unlikely after last Thursday is it? 

Supposing you have a fire: hopefully unlikely, but ask our local fire fighters how many fires they attend in the area.

It won't happen to you of course – will it?    Let's hope not, but there are precautions you can take.   The only safe way is to keep a copy of everything at a different physical location, so if your office burns down you have a spare set of everything elsewhere.  

People always seem more worried about computer-based records being lost or destroyed than they are about their books and papers; many insist on keeping paper records as well.   I suppose it's a fear that the computer might go wrong and you lose what's on it.   In fact, if your computer is destroyed by fire or flood it's usually possible to recover what's on the hard disk.

Actually a computer is a much safer place to keep important items.   The reason is that it's very easy to take a copy of what's on your computer.  It's much easier than keeping up to date copies of all your paperwork, imagine doing that every day!

Decide how often you need to back up.   This depends on how much you input to your computer each day: or putting it another way, how much work could you reasonably re-do if things went wrong.   A daily back up means you would never need to repeat more than the previous day's work.

The simplest way to do this is to search for all the files you have modified since the last backup and copy them to a CD which you take off site each evening.   Please don't copy on to floppy disks – you'll need a lot, it's very time consuming and they aren't reliable.   If you're feeling sophisticated you can back up everything via the internet to one of several specialist companies who offer this service.

If taking things off site isn't practicable you can consider buying a small safe.  There are principally two kinds: those designed to be fire proof and those intended to be thief proof.   Go for the fire proof type: I can assure you that it'll be pretty thief proof as well; they are very heavy, too heavy for anyone to carry away.   Chubb used to reckon you could put a chilled bottle of Champagne in one of their safes and put it into a furnace for half an hour; when you take it out of the furnace the Champagne is still chilled!    Pretty good.   But I digress, I usually do when Champagne comes to mind.   

Most people think about backing up data about 10 minutes after it's too late to do any good.    Don't be one of those.  Start backing up now and don't get caught out.

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip: 'The dog's a whore'

Nigel HastilowTony Blair – the man whose career was built entirely on his success in manipulating the media – now whines about the "feral beasts" of the press. It is an extraordinary piece of self-deception by our at-long-last very-soon-to-be-departing Prime Minister. Spin and manipulation got him his job in the first place. And they sustained him in office.

It is no coincidence he clung on as long as possible to his discredited pair of weazelly media manipulators, the thuggish Alastair Campbell and the oleaginous Peter Mandelson. They only left when they were forced out in disgrace – and went on to make a fortune elsewhere (ironically, in the media in Campbell's case at any rate). Never let it be forgotten that the Blair administration's eagerness to manipulate the media gave us such classic moments as September 11 which was "a good day to bury bad news".

It gave us the hounding to death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly. And most appallingly of all, it landed us with death and destruction in Iraq which Tony Blair will now walk away from. If I had my way, he’d be forced to become British Ambassador to Baghdad for as long as it takes to bring peace and prosperity back to the country he so thoughtlessly destroyed.

In 2001, I had my own brief experience as a victim of Blair's media manipulation. Alastair Campbell provided him with a series of quotes from an article I wrote. They were partial and highly-selective but deployed in the House of Commons they were able briefly to wrong-foot William Hague, then leader of the Conservative Party. It was a humiliating time for me. And while for everyone else it was a brief moment in the passing show, it’s something I’ve had to live with ever since. Even now, it gets brought up and used against me.

The media never bothered to ask me for my response or even to read the article Blair claimed to be quoting from. If they had done so, they would have concluded, as the then party chairman Michael Ancram did, that it was anything but the attack on William Hague it was purported to be. Indeed, had anyone bothered to read it, they would have discovered it was an article about how important it was for the country to have a Conservative Government. Nobody was interested in my side of the story because the only story the media wanted at the time was the “Tories on the rocks” story which this little spat helped to fuel.

The point of going over this old ground is merely that my brief notoriety was, in part, the result of a docile media quite happy to lap up any morsels Alastair Campbell threw down for it. When the hounds were devouring me, they did so without question because they had been given the scent and pointed in my direction by none other than Tony Blair himself. That man willingly used every lie, subterfuge and trick he could to manipulate the media in his favour.

The way Dr Kelly was hounded to his death was infinitely worse than the experience I endured but I understood how he must have felt – helpless at the hands of the all-powerful Blair propaganda machine.

It is true that the media can run out of control. Sometimes an incident or a personality does spark an ugly feeding frenzy, even without the help of the Labour Party. The media does set itself up as judge and jury. Sometimes, it gets things wrong.

The Bob Woolmer affair is an example. The Pakistan coach's mysteriously ill-timed death provoked worldwide speculation. Who killed him and why? Expert analysis of cricket, the Asian mafia, match-fixing and big-money stakes were all given a spin. Even Islamic fundamentalists were lined up to take the blame. But before we accuse the media for all this, let's remember that not only was Woolmer's death big news in its own right, so soon after his team's shock defeat by Ireland, but the police announced it was murder.

"Who murdered Bob Woolmer?" became one of those sub-Agatha Christie thrillers which excited the imagination of people far beyond the boundaries of the Kinsgtown Oval. And it was all provoked not by the media but by the Jamaican police. It was the police who gave the speculation legitimacy by announcing, wrongly as it turns out, that Mr Woolmer had been strangled.

Yes, the media has egg on its face. But nothing like as much as the police. And the "feral" frenzy over Woolmer was provoked not by the media but by those who consciously unleashed the slavering beast by feeding it tasty tit-bits. This cricket story may be some way off the world inhabited by Mr Blair but the lessons are the same. The media does have a nasty side. It can be irresponsible, heartless, scheming, manipulative, destructive and cares not one jot about an individual’s personal feelings. But it rarely begins to snarl and bite unless it's provoked and given a reason to.

Tony Blair supped with the devil and made his Faustian pact. He used the media to create and sustain him. He has no right to complain, now that the media has seen to it that he's leaving in disgrace as a failed Premier and a discredited politician. And anyway, let’s face it, he will not now shy away from the papers, TV and radio. As a close chum of Rupert Murdoch, he will feel it's pay-back time. The media is about to become Mr Blair's route to a fortune when he sells his memoirs and flogs them to the papers and TV stations.

Mr Blair is a filthy, hypocritical, lying scumbag with blood on his hands and the sooner we are rid of him the better.

But it seems his exit will be as smarmy as all that has gone before. As a farewell gift to Gordon Brown a European Constitution by the back door is bad enough. But for Tony to become the first President of the super-state that constitution creates would be a bitter blow to Gordon and the country Blair quits to seek his fame and fortune. I should add that the conclusion of my article he used to traduce me in the House of Commons back in 2001 was that Tony Blair’s ultimate ambition was not to lead the United Kingdom at all. It was to be President of Europe.

It gives me no satisfaction to be proved right.

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

English, Scottish, Welsh or British?

Good old BBC eh? While listening to the radio 2 lunchtime discussion programme (a must if you can listen), I heard the Scotts were proposing free university tuition for Scottish students. This was not to be extended to English, Welsh or Northern Irish students.

The next comment was maybe the English should do similar.

But at what cost? What ever we think of the tuition fee system, if we are all subject to the same rules, we are all rewarded or penalized equally.

But if one section cuts them selves off in this way, is it the thin end of the wedge. Will we fall into the racist belief that English, Scotts, Welsh and Irish are all different? What if you are Scottish but live in England? Will all English Students refuse to go to Scottish Universities? Will it stop at education? Or will health care only be free in your native country?

No we must stop all minor forms of racism now. What we cannot afford is any section of out society opting out and wanting to be different. This will only fuel hatred and play into the hands of political parties such as the BNP.


Grumpy Old Man

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This drama documentary film about climate change can be see for free at The Electric, Station St, Birmingham on Thursday at 6:15pm. The ‘Not quite president of the United States’ takes a look at climate change and how it can be beaten in a captivating, moving, and entertaining way. Also, there will be a question and answer session with two MPs afterwards and apparently this cinema has some sofa seats. If you can’t make it on Thursday, we have it available on DVD for free loan (£5 refundable deposit) so you could view it from your own sofa.  Phone Margaret on 792138 if you would like to borrow the DVD.

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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 - Sold out.

Shakespeare Express trip - Sunday 19th August - details from train@henleynews.co.uk

Barn Dance and Supper – Saturday 20th October
Information 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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