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Edition 164- 12th July 2007
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Market Site Redevelopment Exhibition

The developers of the Cattle Market site on the Warwick Road are inviting all residents to a public exhibition to view and comment on the proposals for the redevelopment. The exhibition will be held in the Baptist Church Hall on Friday 13th July 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturday 14th July 10 am to 2 pm.

The exhibition will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the background to the scheme, comment on the draft plans for the development and put questions to representatives from Taylor Woodrow Developments and South Warwickshire Housing Association, prior to final plans being submitted to the District Council.


First Steam Train Calls at Henley

GWR Hall class locomotive 4965 Rood Ashton Hall brings the first steam train to stop at Henley on to platform 1.

High Bailiff and Ann Holding join the Pullman coach.

The Guard signals the departure.

Driver Ray Churchill briefs the High Bailiff.

Ann Holding and the High Bailiff
enjoy the full treatment of Pullman service.

GWR Hall class locomotive no. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall joining the mainline at Hatton North Junction with the afternoon steam hauled Shakespeare Express from Stratford upon Avon to Birmingham.

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

Photos by Clive Hanley, Tony Capps, John Love & Bill Leech
© 2007 - All copyrights rest with the Authors


Dinner in the Diner – nothing could be finer
The inaugural run of the Henley service on the Shakespeare Express, 8th July 2007
A report from the High Bailiff

Ann and I arrived at Henley station just after 11.00 am to find a platform of folks, including lots of children, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Shakespeare Express. Dead on time, a faint whistle in the distance and then the immaculate ex- Great Western Railway locomotive Rood Ashton Hall, originally built in 1929, whiffled gently into the station, tender first, pulling eight carriages. The age of the engine reassured Ann that her 1920’s outfit was dead right, which was a matter of some relief.

We were warmly welcomed by Graham Campion, Marketing Manager of the operating company Vintage Trains, and by Bob Meanley, the Managing Director, who also fills the role of Chief Engineer. When one engineer meets another there is always a period of mutual exploration and this occasion was no exception. I learned a lot about the age of the rolling stock and how (and at what cost) it was restored to its present beautiful condition and also about the company, its staff and volunteers.

The Pullman, where we were seated, was decked out with spotless white table linen and bright glass and china - and proper table lamps, just like on your old Hornby train. It was of course quite correct that a few cinders should land on our tablecloth during the trip: it was hot – a perfect day – and we sat on the sunny side so the window was open. We were given a map of the route and a descriptive text pointing out things of interest on the way.

Doors close, flag waved, whistle blown and we were off, running down to Stratford at a gentle pace. At Stratford station, which teemed with spectators and passengers, we had many conversations with visitors. As always the hb’s robe – and Ann’s cloche hat - attracted the cameras. These “Kodak moments” included a couple who had been bought the trip as a golden wedding treat: what a splendid gift.

This stop allowed some time to chat to the staff – on the footplate, driver Ray Churchill and Alastair Meanley (Bob’s son) doing duty as what he called “combustion technician” (not, definitely not, fireman or stoker!), the dining car steward Richard and chef Cliff. The catering is done by a franchisee company with the imaginative name “The Gravy Train”!

In due course Rood Ashton Hall did a complicated bit of shunting to arrive at the north end of the train facing forwards, the Shakespeare Express nameplate was put on the front and we were back on board for the climb past Bishopton and on towards Birmingham via Bearley West Junction and on to the Solihull line. The first two courses of lunch were served on this leg of the trip and the roast beef and trimmings were truly first class.

It was non-stop to Tyseley except for a couple of signal stops. On the stretch north of Hatton driver Ray Churchill opened up the old lady. The locomotive’s beat became a chatter and we rattled along, I believe at about 60 mph. The sun shone, horses and rabbits ran about in the fields, the wine flowed. Though Lapworth, Dorridge and Solihull (still non-stop) then into Tyseley for a short stop, and on to Moor Street and Snow Hill, where there was another shunting operation to put Rood Ashton Hall back on the South end of the train.

Pudding and coffee were served on the southward run back to Henley, on the line through Tyseley and Shirley. The round trip took three and a half hours. It had been interesting to notice how people wave at steam trains - even otherwise perfectly sane people – and people in Solihull! Apparently when Ray Churchill puts the locomotive to bed at the end of its working day he calls HQ and says “I’ve put the train set away in its box”. Some train set!

If readers have not yet booked to do this trip, they should do so quickly: it is definitely not to be missed.

Ray Holding
High Bailiff


Rotary Club - Shakespeare Express Excursions

Additional Excursion on 2nd September - BOOK NOW

The Rotary Club is organising a special excursion on the last Shakespeare Express of the season on 2nd September. This service will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon at 13.52, returning to Stratford at 16.10. 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


Assistant Chief Constable to be Guest Speaker

A joint meeting of the Court Leet and the Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden has been organised for Monday 16th July. The High Bailiff and Officers of the Court will commence the evening with a reception at the Guild Hall, followed by a dinner in the new Bliss Restaurant at the White Swan Hotel.

The guest speaker will be the Assistant Chief Constable of Warwickshire Lewis Benjamin, who will be talking about "Policing Warwickshire". Mr. Lewis Benjamin joined Warwickshire Police in August 2006 from the Metropolitan Police and is the Chief Officer responsible for major crime and operational support.

Vice-President of Henley Rotary, Bill Leech told Henley NEWS On-line, "Anyone who is interested in Law and Order in Henley is welcome to attend the reception and the dinner. There will be a small charge to cover catering costs." He also said, "We are always looking for new members to join the Henley Rotary Club."

Further details from: rotary@henleynews.co.uk


WI events in aid of the Air Ambulance

Kingswood and Lapworth Women's Institute are holding two events in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

On July 28th, there will be a Ploughman's Lunch at Swingletree, Irelands Farm, Henley in Arden. Tickets £10.00 12.30pm Phone 793747 for your ticket.
 
On August 10th, Elaine Freeman will be giving a teaching demonstration on Church Flowers - Traditional and Contemporary  at St Mary's Church Lapworth with tea and cakes in the 'Old School afterwards. Tickets £5 either telephone 793747 or pay at the door.


Wild Bulls and Tame P.O.W.s

On Saturday 30th June 2007, Jane and David O’Dell of Oldberrow House, which had been a hostel for The Women’s Land Army, invited any ex land girls they could contact to a second reunion.

It was a miserable, wet day but David had made it cosy with log fires and the warmth of shared memories and happy recollections dispelled the gloom.

A group of elderly ladies sat in the spacious lounge. Elsie Cowley, nee Ward, who had come in with me, said she remembered that room well, with its huge bay window and view of sweeping lawns. “People tell me how cold you were; they say you were even cold in bed.” I said “Well, yes. In the dormitories, bathrooms and anywhere upstairs, we were frozen in the winter but, although coal was rationed, the farmers could always get us logs for this fire.”

Our attention was drawn to the peals of laughter from the ladies round the table. “Tell Pam about the bull Jessie.” said Gwen. The story had many diversions and interruptions, which gave a fascinating insight to life as it was then but they will be recorded in part two of this report.

Jessie and Gwen were working at Manor Farm in Clifford Chambers, where George Woodfield was the head cowman. A large freisian bull needed to be moved from Stour Meadow. George Woodfield threaded the rope through its nose ring but it was not best pleased, scraping its hooves and snorting, in a menacing manner. Gwen said, “It took a fancy to charge at me but I was off round the back of the hedge, where it couldn’t see me.” The frisson of fear sharpened her curiosity and she took a peak round the hedge. Suddenly, it jerked back its head so hard that it pulled its nose-ring and rope right out of its nose, careering around in a frenzy of pain and anger. Blood was everywhere. George fetched a metal stake but it was too angry to feel any more pain and George’s beatings just bounced off him to no effect. They all retreated to think. “What’s to do?”

“Who’s got the longest legs of you girls?” George had come up with a plan. The girls measured their legs and Jessie won the contest. “Go and get a heifer and we’ll get him to follow her.” Jessie ran the half mile back, returning with a docile young heifer. “Lead the heifer back to the bull pen and he should follow. I’ll follow with the bull,” then, as an after thought, “but get a move on. The kids come out of school any minute.” Jessie had enough sense not to run but it was the quickest and most terrified, half mile, trot- walk of her life, down the lane, round the corner, past the school and into the farm. Finally, both animals were safely fastened into the bull pen for the night. They had just made it, with seconds to spare, as the children poured out of school. “I think the bull felt better in the morning.” said Jessie, with a wicked , twinkle in her eye.

Margaret Simmonds,nee Brown, learned to drive while in The Womens’ Land Army. She would drive a utility truck to various farms and was asked to return a group of prisoners-of-war, to their prison. “There were four of them and one of me and one sat in the front seat beside me.”said Margaret . Seeing the situation, the farmer said “Haven’t you got an escort with you?” All the able bodied men had been recruited for war service but a little, old, farm hand, with bent back and few teeth was found to accompany her. When she arrived at the prison the guard said “Where’s your escort?” Searching for the escort, they delved among the burly prisoners and found the diminutive, old farm hand. “This is him.” said Margaret.

As an aside Margaret mentioned that the Land Girls some times worked on the same farm as P.O.W.s; in fact, some of the girls married P.O.W.s “They were never any trouble,” she said. “They knew when they were well off. They were well fed and housed and out of the fighting.”

Pam Kearsley


87 year old Man Wing Walks

Tom Lackey, aged 87, recently undertook his 16th daring wing walk performing a loop the loop with his GP Dr. Sangaey Rai whilst strapped to the wings of a biplane. Tom holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to perform the stunt on top of a biplane and he has used his intrepid adventures to raise awareness and cash for a variety of Charities.

This year he undertook the event at Rendcomb, Near Cirencester partly in memory of his late wife Isabel and also to raise awareness and funds for ATAC – Action Taken Against Cancer and to date received and promised is nearly £1,600.

If anyone wants to recognise this achievement and support ATAC for a digital mammogram machine for the Cancer Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital then they can do so by sending a contribution to ATAC c/o Pat Phillips at:
Millstone House, School Hill, Wootton Wawen,
Henley in Arden B95 6 BT


Is 'The Silly Season' Now All The Year Round?

When MP’s applauded Tony Blair as he departed for the last time from Parliament I thought the world had gone completely mad. This was no heroic man in the mould of Winston Churchill. This was a man who had sent our armed forces to fight an illegal war, who had supervised the running down of our rural areas — especially farmers. For my part, I was glad to see this hypocrite depart!!

Nearer home there are also situations that exist. For instance, the problem of parking in Henley, twice in the last few months I have been held up at the road between the Guild Hall and One Stop. The first time I was on a Johnson’s coach, which could not get through because of parked vehicles. The second time my bus was behind a concrete mixer. He was trapped and the snarl up had to be seen to be believed. It made me wonder why people employed further up the High Street have been served tickets. They were not parked inappropriately but the traffic warden had to be seen to be solving Henley's big problem whilst totally ignoring vehicles parked on double yellow lines at the narrowest part of our High Street – also making it difficult for people who have used the car park to see oncoming traffic.

When shopping in Somerfield,s I was surprised to see jars of mincemeat on display. Last Christmas the ladies of Henley had to go further afield for their mincemeat. What aberration of Somerfield’s marketing managers made them send an item used only at Christmas, in June?

Well, the clever and in charge will not listen to me – after all I had no problem with “Two Jags” playing croquet at Dorneywood; neither have I seen a single episode of Big Brother and in my ignorance, I thought Paris Hilton was a hotel – oh well!!!

Irene Robinson.
Senior Correspondent


Henley-in Bloom Annual Collection

On Saturday last, Henley in Bloom held it's annual Collection and Cake Stall.

Henley in Bloom would like to thank the local shoppers for their donations.

The figures were as follows:

Collection   £173.30
Cake Stall   £204.00
Donation     £ 25.00

      Total    £402.30

Report & Photos John Love


Sports "Shed" Watch

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

The college continues to ignore requests from residents for the promised meeting to discuss their proposal to build a massive structure alongside the Stratford Road.

By contrast, it is pleasing to see the developers at the Market site are launching a proper public consultation.


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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 High Bailiff, Low Bailiff and their consorts attended the Annual Dinner Dance of Alcester Court Leet on Saturday 7 July. This was held at the Greig Hall, Alcester, where the Henley contingent was welcomed by Alcester High Bailiff Mick Quirke and Denise together with officers of Alcester Court Leet.

Although a black tie “do” this occasion was light hearted, lively and thoroughly enjoyable. Dinner was excellent. Then music, selected from the tunes of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s was provided by a disco rather than a band: right from the first note everyone, regardless of age, was on their feet and it stayed that way until the end. Alcester seems now to have an energetic and youthful core of Court Leet supporters, due in large part to members of the High Bailiff’s large and long-established Alcester family.

The Low Bailiff and High Bailiff do all possible to support Alcester’s Court in their events, and the sentiment is enthusiastically reciprocated. There are few enough Courts in existence!

Looking ahead at the diary – on 12th July the High Bailiff and Ann are guests of Warwickshire’s High Sheriff at Hatton. On Sunday 22nd July they will attend the Mayor’s Civic Service and Reception at Whitnash. On 24th July the High Bailiff will speak to Edgbaston Rotary Club and on 27th July he and Ann are to join a party of ex-mayors on the Stratford riverboat “Countess of Evesham”, for dinner. On 25th July they will present the annual trophies and awards at Henley Flower Club and on Sunday 29th they will attend Warwick Mayor’s Sunday.

The High Bailiff would like to advise chairs and officers of all Henley’s voluntary organisations that the Town Dinner will be held at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 22 September. He has booked the magician Russ Styler to bewilder us all with his demonstration of sleight-of-hand in a “mix and mingle” performance around the tables. More details later.

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Quality Office Available on Short Licence

A superb ground floor office, in a recently refurbished, purpose-built office building will shortly be available on a 90 day licence in the Henley Court, opposite the Medical Centre.

The office, which has its own separate entrance, comprises a single, carpeted c 275 sq ft room and shares common toilet and kitchen facilities with the first floor unit.

It will also have the benefit of one designated car parking space.

Enquiries to: editor@heneleynews.co.uk


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The Nigel Hastilow Column

We won't get fooled again

Nigel HastilowAs Gordon Brown was grinning his way into Downing Street quoting his old school motto, I was thinking about The Who playing through the rain and mud of Glastonbury last weekend. The Who may be famous for other songs as well but “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is a classic. And as you absorb the hype surrounding this “new era” for British politics, the old “New Labour” anthem “Things Can Only Get Better” is hardly appropriate.

We are told by the Prime Minister himself and by all the hype, the retirements and the reshuffles that everything has changed. We’re assured Mr Brown is a new man now he has fulfilled his lifelong ambition of stabbing Tony Blair in the back, hounding him from office and walking into Number Ten without all that wearisome bother of any election. We are led to believe that this week marks a clean break, to the extent that Tony Blair is leaving Parliament to become the Austin Powers of world politics. He’s to be an International Man of Mystery, the mystery being how the man who led us into war in Iraq can hope to bring peace to the Middle East.

The media loves change. We grew tired of Cherie long ago. Her parting “Goodbye, I don’t think we’ll miss you” to the assembled hacks shows how the relationship deteriorated.

Now we’ve got the fragrant Sarah instead. As well as thin Harriet Harperson instead of thick John Prescott. Plus a new Cabinet. All these new faces. All this new gossip. For the media, a change is as good as a rest. And as Gordon walked into Number Ten he declared: “And now let the work of change begin.”

Begin? Begin? What’s he been doing for the last ten years? As The Who say: “The world looks just the same and history ain't changed… There's nothing in the street looks any different to me…” This isn’t a new Government. It's always been Brown. Tony Blair was only ever his front-man. Everyone knows that as Chancellor, Gordon Brown was such a control freak he wouldn’t let any other Minister or Government department spend money without his say-so.

He poured billions into the National Health Service but never bothered to ask if it was money well-spent. He pumped cash into schools only to discover he had to rob students to pay for it, that he had failed to offer parents any choice and that A-levels had been devalued. It was Mr Brown who robbed pensioners of £8 billion a year to pay for it all. It was Mr Brown who deprived our armed forces of the manpower and equipment needed for all those wars he agreed they should go off and fight. It was Mr Brown who slashed spending on boring old flood defences. And let's not forget that when people complain about prisoners being given their "Get out of jail free" cards; or we fear rising crime; or we see the difficulties caused by uncontrolled illegal immigration, this is all the result of Gordon Brown's ambition.

During the Blair years, the most likely rivals to Gordon Brown all held the office of Home Secretary. To see off his potential challengers Jack Straw, David Blunkett, Charles Clark and "Doctor" John Reid, Mr Brown made their lives as difficult as possible. He wouldn’t let them have the money to spend on immigration officers, new prisons or more policemen. Running the Home Office is a thankless task and successive Home Secretaries had to contend with Gordon Brown plotting to kill off their chances of succeeding Tony Blair.

As he sat there like the fat spider of the Treasury, he wove his webs through every Government department. He reserved special venom for anyone who could be seen as a threat. They all became enmeshed in the Home Office. He devoured them, one by one. It is not unfair to say Gordon Brown’s personal ambition to become Prime Minister is responsible for the 600,000 or so immigrants illegally entering Britain every year. It’s his fault there aren’t enough jails to handle all the criminals being sent to them. It’s his fault crime is still on the rise – just as it’s his fault the official statistics show crime is falling when our own experiences give the lie to such claims.

Mr Brown only admits responsibility for the economy and, despite his 111 stealth taxes, it has to be said that most people have done quite nicely over the past decade. Now even that party is coming to an end. Mr Brown surfs into Downing Street on a tide of Champagne bought with big City bonuses, Russian mafia roubles, tax rates of 10 per cent for the super-rich and personal debt totalling £1.3 trillion. One nasty jolt and that whole debt-financed house of cards will come tumbling down.

Meanwhile we are promised change, a new direction, a fresh vision. But scratch the surface and it’s the same old Government though with a slightly more pronounced Scottish accent. Or as “Won’t Get Fooled Again” concludes, after the longest, greatest agonised scream in rock: “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”

Nigel Hastilow      
http://nigelhastilow.blogspot.com/


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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Reduced Carbon Flights but not just yet.

UK budget carrier EasyJet has revealed a concept aircraft design, which it claims could deliver 50% improvements to fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. A model of the 'EasyJet EcoJet' concept aircraft, which features two rear-mounted open rotor engines integrated into the tail plane, was presented by EasyJet CEO Andrew Harrison during a press conference on the sidelines of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Low Cost Air Transport Summit in London. The budget carrier has designed the aircraft internally off the back of the latest airframe and engine manufacturer technologies, claiming that it could be ready for operation by 2015.

In the meantime, look for alternatives to flying like rail and coach travel. But, when you do fly, go by budget carrier. Budget carriers have fewer empty seats in their aircraft, so CO2 per head is minimized.

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

John Stott


District Council Information

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council
When you are on the Planning Dept site. Select 'APPLICATION SEARCH' from menu on left.
On the next page, enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'

Stratford on Avon District Council Website

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Alerts from Trading Standards

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

Trading StandardsSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service


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

Sundays only - 8 July to 2 Sept 2007

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Special Henley coach on 19th August organised by the Rotary Club

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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.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
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.

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

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
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.

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

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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.

MIKADO IN TANWORTH
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 ROTARY OUTING
Sunday 2nd September - details from train@henleynews.co.uk

BARN DANCE ABD 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.

HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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

HENLEY IN ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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
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.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
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.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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
Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN
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
Bridge ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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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