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Edition 163- 5th July 2007
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Rotary’s Performing Arts Festival in its 29th Year

Rotarian John Latham acted as the Presenter for the Rotary Club’s 29th Performing Arts Festival on Thursday 29th June.

Starting as the Music Festival it changed its name to Performing Arts last year to reflect the host school’s, Henley High, new specialist status. The new title encouraged participating schools to add dance and drama presentations to the traditional mixture of brave individual soloists and school choirs from the primary schools in Henley and Tanworth.

Henley High’s exert from “Othello” provided a novel start to the evening, Tanworth C of E School had a cast of 50 in their dance and song spectacular from “Joseph’s Technicolor Dream Coat” and there were mature piano and saxophone solos from senior Henley High pupils. The evenings highlight was however provided by the large audience who encouraged by Sarah Blyth, music mistress at Henley High, joined enthusiastically in singing with all the performers the ballad “Many Shades of Blue”

After presenting each participant with a certificate Rotary President Alan James said he was happy to be able to present to Chairman of Governors, Peter Craythorne, the final installment of Rotary’s promised £5000 towards the Performing Arts bid.

Guild Hall Garden Project

The Midsummer Night’s Ball held last week was yet another successful fund-raising event held by the Court Leet’s Garden Committee. Our photo right shows Douglas and Sue Bridgewater with the plans of the garden. It is estimated that the implementation of the plans will cost some £40,000. The total now raised is £15,000 and it is hoped that two other events to be held next year will raise this to £20,000. The balance is planned to be raised from grants and donations. Some £2,500 has been spent to date on minor improvements to the existing garden, on planning applications and on obtaining a detailed survey of the riverside land, which is on the flood plain.

We are now at the frustrating stage of awaiting planning permission. Some difficulties have been encountered from the Environmental Agency because the riverside land falls within the flood plain. This resulted in the initial planning application being withdrawn. Following on-site discussions with the Agency at the beginning of April we believe that these problems have been resolved, but we have not yet had a letter of confirmation from them to this effect. When this has been received the planning application for the riverside land will be resubmitted to Stratford District Council. The present largely derelict land will be laid out as a formal garden separated from Beaudesert Lane and linked by an archway to the existing Guild Hall garden. An open-air auditorium will be created to allow dramatic and musical events to take place. The main entrance to both gardens will be on Beaudesert Lane, rather than in the narrow alleyway between the Guild Hall and the Arden Tandoori as at present: both gardens will be open to the public daily between the hours of 10.00 am and 4.00 pm as the Guild Hall garden now is.

The plans for the Guild Hall garden itself do not in themselves require planning permission, but in order to implement the proposals for a medieval knot garden it is necessary to obtain permission from the District Council to fell two trees within the garden, since it is within the Conservation Area. Permission has been obtained to fell one tree, but not the mulberry tree which was planted to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. A Tree Preservation Order has been placed on this tree on a temporary basis and the decision on whether or not to confirm this will be taken by the District Council shortly. A number of members of the Joint Parish Council have expressed themselves as being in favour of retaining the tree. However, other organisations within the town including the Court Leet, the Heritage Centre and the Town Improvement Committee believe that it is necessary for the tree to be removed as otherwise the improvements planned for the garden cannot be carried out. It is intended to plant a replacement mulberry tree within the gardens. The Guild Hall Garden Committee are also supported by the Warwickshire Gardens Trust. It is hoped that the medieval garden will rival those in Warwick and Stratford.

It is confidently expected that when completed the gardens will be a real asset to the town, both for the benefit of the townspeople and as a major attraction on the Henley tourist trail. The medieval knot garden will provide a year-round attraction in a way that the present Guild Hall garden cannot. The knot garden is being designed by Geoffrey Smith, a landscape architect who has been responsible for the knot garden recently installed at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick.

The above photographs show a part of the knot garden at the Lord Leycester Hospital (left), the present Guild Hall garden (right) as it looks for half of the year and a plan showing the Guild Hall garden and the Riverside Garden together. The plan is not the latest, but gives a reasonable impression of how the gardens will look when completed.

Douglas Bridgewater
Chairman, Guild Hall Garden Committee

First Shakespeare Express of 2007

Our picture, taken by Clive Hanley on Sunday 1st July, shows GWR Hall class locomotive 4965 Rood Ashton Hall passing through Henley in Arden with the first Shakespeare Express of 2007. The train will be stopping at Henley next week at 11.15 am for the official welcome by the High Bailiff, who will then travel on the train.

At Stratford ............

Driver Ray Churchill gets his brew delivered by Pat, his wife.

The support crew change the red and white lamps over
and fit the headboard

For further pictures of the day's events, go to Clive Hanley's slideshow.

Rotary Club - Shakespeare Express Excursions

Sunday August 19th - SOLD OUT

The Rotary Club's reservation of a standard class coach seating 64, for a nostalgic trip aboard the Shakespeare Express departing from Henley Railway Station at 11.15 am on Sunday August 19th, has proved a great success and is now SOLD OUT.

Additional Excursion on 2nd September - BOOK NOW

An additional booking has been made for the last Shakespeare Express of the season on 2nd September. This service will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon at 12.30, returning to Stratford at 15.03. The route will be Stratford to Birmingham, via Claverdon and Hatton, returning to Stratford via Henley but not stopping at Henley.

Sue Dalby Catering is offering passengers High Quality Lunch Boxes for both excursions. Orders for lunch boxes should be made direct with Sue Dalby Catering 01564 793746, email: sue@dalby.net Use the form below to reserve your seats for the 2nd September.

Download a booking form for the Shakespeare Express

No Reply from College about the Pictures & Meeting

Warwickshire College has failed to respond to the observations raised in last weeks edition.

  1. Henley NEWS On-line claimed that the marked up picture right was misleading as the perspective seemed to be incorrect by giving the impression that the building would be about 18 ft high rather than 32ft according to the drawings.
  2. The College has so far failed to announce a date for the follow-up meeting, which was promised at the residents' meeting in April.

The District Council's website still shows this scheme as "Application Invalid On Receipt".

A Ray of Sunshine……

Despite the wet weather over the past few weeks Henley in Arden Primary School still managed to bring the circus to Henley on Saturday 23rd June. There had been doubts and a few anxious moments as the PTA watched the dark clouds and ever increasingly soggy playing field. Would the circus be able to put up its big top? Thankfully it did!

On Saturday morning the sun came out for a while and preparations were able to begin. By 12:45 the crowd started to come through the gates where they were met by colourful stalls offering fantastic face-painting and tattoos, pin the nose on the clown and a variety of colourful treats for the kids. While the children ran around, the adults were able to enjoy the adult bar.

Then it was show time. The National Festival Circus put on 3 shows throughout the day, each one energetic and enjoyable. The children (and grown-ups!) were able to marvel at the quick-change artist, help the clown and laugh at his antics and ooh and aah at the balancing plates. The highlight was the equilibrist, Delmar, who stunned the crowd by balancing on a tower of precariously placed cylinders – not to be tried at home!

All in all the day was a great success and £970 was raised towards school equipment. Emma Adams, Chair of the PTA, would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the circus. Special thanks to Bob Sedgwick, John Love - Vanity Box, R Adams & Sons, Torquil Pottery, Bigwood Estate Agents, Pathways Nursery and Lodders Solicitors.

Rotary Raises £8,500 for Charities

Each year, the presidents of the all Rotary Clubs worldwide change on 1st July. At the Henley Club, the retiring president Alan James handed over the chain of office to David Snell from Wootton Wawen, who will be the Henley president for the next 12 months.

Alan James, the retiring President, told Henley NEWS On-line about the last 12 months.

"Henley Rotary Club has had a very successful Rotary year, which began in July 2006. Our membership has increased by 10 % and the Club's activities were deemed focused and worthwhile by the World President of Rotary, Bill Boyd, who awarded the Henley Club one of his Citations.

"The Club has run many fundraising events during the year. These have been well supported by other Rotary Clubs and other members of the public. These events have enabled the Club to distribute over £8,500 to various good causes during the year. These have included: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Cure Leukaemia, Birmingham Children's Hospital Burns Unit and several Overseas Disaster agencies.

"In our own Community, we have donated to the Henley High School, to the Health Education programmes in local Primary Schools and to our own mobility scooter scheme within Henley. This financial aid would not be generated but for the vision and efforts of our members. I would like to thank them all for their commitment this year.

"The Henley Club is a cheerful, lively group whose meetings on Monday evenings are often enjoyed by visitors, be they other Rotarians or not. We have been involved with the major fundraising events of nearby Rotary Clubs, such as Stratford upon Avon. This co-operation has been beneficial to us all.

"I, personally, have greatly enjoyed my year as President and wish my successor, David Snell."

Henley Residents Association Gala Day

The Henley Residents Association held their Gala Day at Henley Primary School on Saturday 30th June.

Despite the disappointment of having to cancel the 5-a-side football and having to move the event indoors, it was a great success.


Brian Jackson, Former High Bailiff of the Court Leet opened the event.


The entertainer had children spinning plates and learning to juggle, although he was not able to walk on stilts indoors. All in all everybody enjoyed themselves despite the rain!

St Mary's rises to the Arden Way Challenge!

A group of walkers from St Mary's Catholic Primary school, Henley took part in the Arden Way Challenge last Saturday. 

The 'challenge' was to complete a 15 or 26 mile walk through Shakespeare's Warwickshire countryside as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Heart of England Way Association. 

The small group of parents and children were bravely joined by Father Pat from Our Lady and St Benedict's Church.  In atrocious weather conditions they struggled to navigate their way across country from Henley, to Coughton Court, and back again! 

All sponsorship money raised will go towards school funds.  The group would like to thank their sponsors and also Steve Cross, from the Heart of England Way Association, for organising and managing the event.

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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

The Bliss Restaurant at The White Swan Hotel was officially opened on Thursday by the High Bailiff of Henley, Ray Holding with the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, in attendance. A proud Linda Edmonds, the manager, looks on.

The opening coincides with the launch of the new summer menu for the restaurant which is fast becoming known for the very best in British and International cuisine.  The extensive menu caters for just about every taste coupled with a large wine list ensuring there is a choice to tickle your taste buds and complement every one of the delicious platters.

As always, you will receive a warm friendly welcome from Lin, Sarah & Ian, and of course not forgetting the experienced and friendly kitchen, restaurant and bar staff.

Look out for forthcoming cabaret suppers which will combine the best in cuisine with top class entertainment in intimate surroundings.

The restaurant is open Tuesday- Thursday from 12.00pm – 2.30pm lunchtime and 6.30pm – 9.30pm. evenings.   On  Friday and Saturday from 12.00pm – 2.30pm lunchtime and 6.30pm – 10.00pm evenings. Sunday carvery from 12.00pm – 6.00pm.

To make a reservation call 01564 792623 or visit the website www.thewhiteswanhotel.com.

All the diners on the opening night agreed that the renovations had been a big success and The White Swan had become another top class restaurant in Henley. The excellent food is on a par with the best in the area.

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

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Johnsons get ready for winter!

With the summer season just about half way through, our local coach operator Johnsons are already focusing on Autumn, Christmas, Winter & Spring. Three new brochures have just been released featuring holidays, excursions and theatre trips from November through to April.

There are 70 different holidays on offer including the popular Turkey & Tinsel, Christmas markets and Christmas & New Year breaks as well as spring and Easter holidays. There’s a wide range of destinations from Bournemouth & Sidmouth in the South to York the Lake District and Scotland in the North. For those wishing to go a little further afield there are some 15 destinations including Villars in Switzerland, Monchau in Germany, Paris, Cyprus & Malta.

The popular themed breaks feature strongly again with 14 to choose from. There’s themes based on gardens, military history, music, walking, dancing, and a unique opportunity to visit the return of the Tutankhamun exhibition in London.

On Excursions over 70 are on offer and its an all weather programme incorporating castles, stately homes, shopping trips and museums.

Finally, the new Show Time brochure includes shows made popular by TV talent competitions with Joseph, The Sound of Music & Grease all featured as well as other leading productions in London and Birmingham.

For copies of these new brochures, call Johnson's on 01564 79700 or click onto: www.johnssonscoaches.co.uk

Leading the Way at Cycle For Charity Fun Day

Surely these beautiful 9 month old twins must be the youngest ever competitors taking part in this year’s Cycle for Charity Fun Day being held at the Blythe Valley Nature Trail on Sunday 8th July.

Abigail and Isobella Tyers’ trailer will be attached to their Dad’s bicycle to take part in their first ever fundraising event. In participating the family from Solihull are hoping to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia – a charity set up to support a new Leukaemia Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Nicola, the twins mother, comments “The twins will sadly never know their Nan Tyers as she lost her life to leukaemia 3 years ago but it’s lovely that they can take part in an event in her memory and hopefully raise lots of money to help develop the research into the disease”.

Why not join the Tyers for a great family day out. There are 4, 8 or 12km routes to choose from on a marshaled circuit around the beautiful Blythe Valley Nature Trail (Near the M42 Junction 4). Other entertainment on site includes the Thomas the Tank Engine Land Train, Punch and Judy, School Bands, Hi-Bri’s Dance Troupe, Raffle, Competitions and a variety of refreshment stands.

For more information ring 0121 704 6130 or visit the website www.c4c.org.uk

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John Garner's Business Column

The Minimum Wage

John GarnerPretty easy this then: it's illegal to pay your employees gross pay, before deductions, of less than the current minimum wage.

Put simply (ie there are exceptions) these are:

•£5.35 per hour for workers aged 22 years and older
•£4.45 per hour for workers aged 18-21 inclusive
•£3.30 per hour for all workers under the age of 18, who are no longer of compulsory school age.

Note however that these rates will go up in October 2007 as follows:

•£5.53 per hour for workers aged 22 years and older
•£4.60 an hour for workers aged 18-21
•£3.40 an hour under age 18.

For a full description see: www.hmrc.gov.uk/nmw/ .

The Inland Revenue has a helpline on 0845 6000 678.

If by any chance you are paying an employee less than the appropriate minimum wage they (or someone else such as their union) can make a formal complaint against you and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will come and investigate. They will require you to produce your payroll records for the past 3 years and demonstrate that you've been following the law. Note that the onus will be on you to prove you complied with the law, not on the employee to prove you didn't.

Interestingly, HMRC tell me that they can't keep up with the number of investigations they are having to do in the Midlands. Presumably lots of employees are making complaints.

You see, these rules aren't always as simple as they seem. There is a 132 page booklet produced by the DTI entitled "A detailed guide to the National Minimum Wage". This contains several gems.

For instance, if you are a director of your own company and you have any form of employment contract, you will have to make sure you pay yourself at least the minimum wage. Yes really! So when you work those 80 hour weeks that we all have to do occasionally, do make sure you pay yourself enough. Interestingly, the book doesn't say what action you should take against yourself if you don't!

The lesson of course is to make sure you have a written contract of employment with all your employees, which clearly states their hours of work and how they are paid. Also make sure you keep accurate records of exactly what you paid each of your employees during the past 3 years.

You'll be pleased to know that this book can be downloaded as a PDF file from www.dti.gov.uk/files/file11671.pdf so you can enjoy it yourself. Be careful though because this version on the DTI website says "Revised October 2004" which means it doesn't quote the up to date minimum wage rates.

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

What a drag it is getting cold

Nigel HastilowIt’s the end of an era. The long farewell is done. The new dispensation is beginning to assert itself. There’s nothing we can do to stop it. We never voted for this epoch-making change. We were never even consulted. Yet here we are facing up to the fact that from now on, our lives will change fundamentally.

Let’s face it, the ban on smoking in public places is going to be very hard to handle. As a non-smoking smoker, I find it particularly galling. It’s three years ago this very month that I finally stubbed out my last fag, resorted to nicotine patches and finally went 24 hours, then another 24 hours, then a whole week, without a cigarette. It was hell. It still is. The only reason I am not smoking now is that having endured three long years of misery it would be a pity to give up giving up now. But just as an alcoholic is always an alcoholic, even if he hasn’t had a drink for a decade, I am and always will be a confirmed smoker. It’s just that I haven’t actually had a smoke today. There are lots of people like me. Addicts who have kicked the habit but still miss the nicotine rush, the comforting habit, the taste, the chance it gives us to have something for our hands to do.

The smoking ban which comes into force on Sunday means I will never again be able to slip into a pub and enjoy the sights and smells of other people enjoying a drag. All that clean air will ruin the atmosphere if many a cosy fug. All that healthy living will destroy the atmosphere, reduce the noise levels and take half the fun out of an evening down the boozer.

Of course it’s all for the best. The Government knows what’s best for us. The Government is right to vilify smokers and protect us from ourselves. Smokers should not be allowed to cast their yellowing hazes into the atmosphere, polluting the lungs of innocent non-smokers whose health may be harmed. Indeed, smokers should not be allowed to draw that yellowing muck into their own lungs either. They’ll only fall ill, cost the taxpayer a whole lot of money treating their self-inflicted diseases and then die young anyway.

It is difficult to make a convincing case against the smoking ban except to assert the dubious merits of personal liberty. I end up saying I should be allowed to kill myself in my own way without the interference of the State. The health police come back with statistics about how bad smoking is for the criminals themselves (that is, smokers), for their friends and family, for children and for the hard-pressed National Health Service.

This, though, is where the sums don’t really add up. The sums are simple. Smokers cost the NHS about £1.7 billion a year to treat. It’s a lot of money and a great deal of human suffering. But the tax take from cigarettes and cigars (does anyone, anywhere smoke a pipe any more?) is a staggering £9.5 billion. Smokers contribute a net £7.8 billion to the State. If they all gave up smoking tomorrow, the Chancellor would have to find the money somewhere else – putting up taxes on everyone.

And it may be a somewhat grizzly thought but if you have to look at it all in financial terms, the fact that smokers die younger is actually a benefit to the state because they cost less in pensions than longer-living non-smokers. That’s hardly the point. The ban will lead to the further demise of the local – places which are not now, and never will be, in the dubious “gastro-pub” bracket. (I’ve always been suspicious of somewhere which describes itself as a gastro-pub because, to me, the prefix “gastro” implies the stomach illness gastroenteritis, which I don’t think is what they have in mind when they are marketing their services). Nobody – certainly no non-smoker – will have any sympathy for the oppressed minority which is being cornered by the moral majority and forced to cower on doorsteps in the rain. It does create a camaraderie and a certain bloody-mindedness which the non-smoker will never appreciate. But it’s not the same as being able to sit at a table in a warm room and enjoy a quiet smoke. Yet this is another liberty we are losing.

When the Government banned fox hunting, people took to the streets in protest. Yet in the event the legislation didn’t make a blind bit of difference. Hunts are probably more popular and successful these days than they’ve been for decades. Smokers, though, are to be hounded by the health and safety police. Indeed, we are being encouraged to shop one another to the authorities. And all the non-smokers will stand on the sidelines applauding and telling us it’s all for our own good. So what happens when they ban cars because they’re dangerous? Or fishing because it’s cruel? Or hang-gliding, ski-ing or even football because too many kids get injured and clog up accident and emergency wards?

Do we really want to be told what to do, no matter how good it is for you? I am sorely tempted to take up smoking again, in protest. Why can’t we learn to live and let die?

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Smoking Ban in England

My first comments on this are is, "At last ! Fantastic."

Every time I have travelled to Ireland, Wales and Scotland, it  is great to relax in a bar or restaurant and not have to endure others smoking.  If I’m with friends, who do smoke, it is no trouble to pop outside with them to continue conversation. This may not be the case if it rains though. But what I have found is, even though I don’t smoke, one meets new acquaintances while they have a smoke.

One big plus is, the following morning.   I always hate waking up in the morning after a pleasant night out and then it hits !.  Everything from my clothes to my hair stinks.

I know some people will complain about their human rights and owners of pubs, clubs, restaurants etc will have to do something to accommodate smokers. BUT it has worked in Ireland, Wales and Scotland so it can work here too.

Just for the record, I used to smoke but gave up when they reached £1.50 for 20 and at 35/day I couldn’t afford to smoke.  That was many years ago…….


Grumpy Old Man

P.S. Another plus is the pubs will not have to paint the walls and ceilings so often.

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Summer Food Tips for Busy House Wives and Healthy families.

This is the season to enjoy a wide variety of different salads which are easy to prepare, and can be made from locally grown fresh produce. The following are in season and eating them helps to reduce food miles:- Broad Beans, Cucumber, Courgettes, French and Runner Beans, Raspberries, Loganberries, Strawberries, Cherries, Hazelnuts. Further information can be found at www.icount.org.uk/stepbystep and www.farmersmarkets.net

Get the children to grow mustard and cress in used plastic containers on the window sill. It takes a few days to grow. Tasty salad items like rocket, salad mustard , Komatsuna and Mizuna can be grown in a few weeks in a patio tub. They will add a bit of fire to bland lettuce. Tomatoes, Peppers, Aubergines, Carrots, Radishes are all grown locally and give colour and health giving antioxidants. Local potatoes, broad, french, and runner beans can all be lightly cooked and added to salads.
With a minimum of cheese, or eggs, or meat you will have a meal fit for a king. To crown it all buy a fresh crusty  loaf of bread and some UK butter.

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'

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Alerts from Trading Standards

And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

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Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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Henley-in-Arden's - New Steam Train Service

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The following diary dates have been notified to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close. All diary dates for the next Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane at: stjohnnews@btinternet.com. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

Henley in Bloom street collection and cake/produce stall will be held on July 7th between 10am and 12 noon in the vicinity of St Johns church on the High St. If you can donate a cake/cakes, please contact Ginny Matheou on 794308.

Don’t forget your entries for the Hanging Basket Competition – have you entered.

Saturday 14th July – outing by coach to Westonbury Mill Water Gardens and Arrow Cottage Garden in Herefordshire. £18.00 includes coach, garden admissions and tea/cake. Saturday 18th August – day visit to RHS Garden at Wisley – cost only £15.00. Visitors welcome. Contact 793903 for details of both these trips.

Our Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 14th July, from 10.00 a.m. till noon. Please call in, all are welcome.

On 17th July please meet at the Market Cross at 6.30 p.m. for an outdoor meeting which will be a walk along the River Alne with the Environment Agency. Visitors are welcome.

School Fete Friday 20th July at 5.00 p.m. Please note change of date.ATAC (Action Taken Against Cancer) Annual Charity Golf Day.

Friday 27th July – preparation for Competition Day which is on Saturday 28th July, 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall only £1 admission.

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.

Saturday 21st July - Sold out.

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

Saturday 20th October - Information from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 793539/794987.

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.

Arc you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hal, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself. Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information, Contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837

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.
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