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Edition 172 - 6th September  2007
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JPC recommends "Sports Shed" with Conditions

45 residents and members of the public attended Monday's JPC meeting. The agenda included the planning application by Warwickshire College for its proposed new Sports Hall on the side of the Stratford Road (A3400). Much has been written in previous editions about the massive size of the proposed building illustrated right with an artist's impression.

The Chairman, Councillor Sheila Roy, invited members of the "public" to make two minute observations to the councillors before the formal meeting commenced. As is customary, the councillors listened to these submissions in complete silence.

None of the "public" speakers at the meeting said they objected to the College building a new sports hall. Two early speakers were unquestioning supporters of the proposal. Chris Paget, the Director of Estates at the College, emphasised that the college had consulted widely and take into consideration many of the comments made over the last 12 months.

There then followed a succession of speakers who complained about the height of the building and its close proximity to the Stratford Road. Clearly, the major issue was the height and location on the campus which is Green Belt.

The formal council meeting then commenced and in due course the Planning consent for the Sports Hall was discussed by the councillors. Councillor Matheou reported that the height of the building could be reduce by approximately 20% and still meet the guidelines for badminton. Councillor Silvia Doyle, speaking in her private capacity, raised the concern of increased light pollution from the very large windows on the north and south sides of the building. Councillor Marshall proposed that the existing sports hall should be demolished as a trade off for the new hall. He further suggested that the planning consent for an additional astro turf pitch should be withdrawn. There was much discussion on the need to accommodate badminton. However, there are already facilities for badminton at the memorial hall, the school, and several village halls in the area. In fact, most of the badminton facilities are under utilised. The new sports hall would therefore take business away from them.

Councillor Atkinson said that this incursion in to the green belt was within permitted planning guidelines and proposed that the JPC should support the application. Councillor Marshall requested that the demolition of the old sports hall and the withdrawal of the planning consent for the astro pitch should be included in the recommendation. The resolution with the two conditions were passed with two members voting against and one abstaining.

Many residents left the meeting wondering why the application had been endorsed when so many people had spoken against the height and location of the building.

The College's press office has told Henley NEWS On-line that it will not be issuing a press release but added, "The college is obviously very pleased that Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden parish council is supporting the plans for our new sports hall and can see the benefits to Henley.

The application now goes to the District Council for the formal approval process. Clearly, there is still time for a reversal of the JPC's recommendation, but it must be admitted that it is unlikely.


Sports Shed - I Urge You!

Following my attendance at the Parish Council meeting on Monday when the planning application for above was considered, I would alert the residents of Henley that their interest are not being represented by the people they elect to perform that task!

The Parish Council resolved to support the planning application for the 'Sports shed' despite objections raised by residents and the TIC.

In the support documents accompanying the planning application, Warwickshire College conceede that current Planning Policy Guidlines PPG2 & PPG17( GreenBelt and Open space, sport and Recreation) did not support their application. They therefore sought support for the application on the grounds that they were a special case and special circumstances applied.

Elected Members chose to disregard the fact that planning policy did not support this application - or could it be that they didn't read the paperwork?

Instead their opinion was that the proposed sports hall would not result in any significant harm to the Green Belt and the view from the southerly approach to Henley would not be impaired by this industrial type building.

This opinion was no doubt coloured by assurances that existing deciduous trees would hide the 10.7 metre high building, and a proposed planting scheme of evergreens would provide a screen in winter ---a planting of evergreens 10 metres high!!!! really!!!!

Residents challenged that the 'artists impression' presented by the College of the size of the building as set against the existing tree line was a gross misrepresentation. Photographic evidence in place supported this challenge (see last weeks edition Henley NEWS On-Line). However, this challenge was ignored and the glib assurances presented by the College were accepted.

Much was made of the alleged benefits to the community of the proposed facility (a tactic universally adopted by developers to enhance the appeal of their proposals). WHAT BENEFITS? - the use of four badminton courts? Henley already has two undersubscribed badminton clubs.

Henley is a special place - thats why so many of use chose to live here (be it often at great cost !)

A small rural town, surrounded by greenbelt with the high street with the longest run of listed buildings in Europe. We have societies such as the Court Leet to keep alive historic traditions, Henley in Bloom to enhance the appearance of the high street to mention but two.

I urge you fellow residents to appreciate what Henley is and to act to protect it from unsightly sprawl.

Use your power. Write to Stratford planing deptartment and register your objection to this planning application.

Kate Smith


A Resident's View of the JPC Meeting

The first part of the meeting concerned the bench outside St. Nicholas Church. The surrounding houses were plagued by drug addicts and anti social behaviour, so much so that the residents were unable to sleep some nights because of the noise. The bench was eventually removed and things have become a lot better. The church has not suffered from vandalism. The neighbours are now sleeping so what's the problem you ask.

Well, a petition has been collected by residents living two or more streets away to have the bench re-instated. Mr Marshall thinks the people have a right to sit and rest on their way home from the shops in a perfect world. He is correct.

Thankfully, the motion to re-instate the bench in the same position was lost. Another bench may be installed in a more appropriate position. I wonder how long the new bench will be in-situ before it is removed for the same reasons.  If I had my way, all the benches in Henley would be removed until we have a police presence prepared to patrol around the clock and not just up to 5.00pm.

The second part of the meeting was concerning the eyesore they intend to erect at the sports venue. Many people are against this, including one of the councillors. Yet it was passed.  

The building will be a little under 11 metres high. Mr Atkinson commented that if our forefathers had been so picky then we would not have the churches in Henley. I would like to respond by saying that the churches are in keeping with the High street and surrounding area. Whereas, the proposed new sports hall looks nothing more than a rather large Anderson shelter. I cannot think of any building in Henley which is such a blot on the landscape.

The rest of the meeting was just minor issues not worth mentioning until you come to the market development. The councillors agreed that the meeting on this hair brain scheme should take place in a larger venue - The High School. I have been informed that Mr Marshall is on the planning committee for Stratford and he instigated the social housing programme for Henley In Arden as he believes this is what the people on Henley want and need. Well Mr Marshall, you certainly have got that one wrong!

I will watch and wait with interest.

A Local Resident


Any Lawyers Out There Who Care About Henley?

It seems to me we need to take some positive action here instead of just wingeing. Are there any local government lawyers out there who understand the legislation which governs the role of the JPC? Does it say they have to be seen to take into account the views of the public? or can they roll along kremlin style and do what ever they feel like?

Surely we can't let them get away with this! If they aren't listening to us now, what assurance do we have that they will listen to the gathering furore about the proposed social housing development on the market? None!

I am SO DISAPPOINTED with Cllr Atkinson and his colleagues. WHY did they ride roughshod over the very valid and very reasonable objections of the people of Henley?

This is outrageously discourteous behaviour. Can someone find out if it is more than this? Are they acting illegally? If they are then the decision can't stand, simple as that.

Only people not able to grow tall from their own efforts and achievements seek to subdue their fellow man; only people not being able to find comfort in their own mind seek to silence others.

Helen Knight


Complaint to the JPC about the JPC

Dear Chairman of the JPC

I would like to register my anger following the JPC meeting on Monday 3rd September 2007.

There were many residents (and JPC councilors) who opposed the plans, in their current form, for the Sports Hall. In fact the majority of the public comments were opposed to the current plans; only 2 people were in favour out of over 40.

However the plans have been approved.

I thought the JPC were elected to represent the feelings of the residents of Henley, but it seems what ever we, the normally silent majority, want is ignored by the elected few.

I would like it noted that I am very disappointed with the way public opinion has been ignored. I have copied Henley news online, where hopefully public opinion will be listened to. I hope you are all satisfied with the disgraceful way you have flaunted your responsibility to the Henley residents. This will be remembered when it comes to voting at the next election.

Regards

Andy Langford


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FSB rides to rescue of business flood victims

The Federation of Small Businesses has established a half-million pound fund to assist businesses that have been affected by the floods across the country.
 
The FSB has set aside the sum of £500,000 as a fund available to grant short-term interest free loans (not exceeding £5,000 per individual case) to any FSB member suffering severe trading hardship resulting from the present flood crisis - especially where there is no other financial support available to them.
 
John Bates, FSB Warwickshire & Coventry Chairman, said:

“I have been as horrified as the rest of the country at the extent of the devastation from the recent flooding across the region.  The FSB, as the UK’s largest business organisation with 3,200 members in Warwickshire and Coventry, is determined to help our members get back on their feet as soon as possible following this disruption.  We operated a similar assistance fund during the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001.
 
“But we still need Government bodies such as the Environment Agency to focus as much on assisting businesses to get back on their feet as they do on helping people get back to a normal life in their homes.  It will be little comfort to someone to arrive back in their house only to find out that their employer has gone bust.

Any FSB Warwickshire and Coventry member wishing to apply for assistance should contact their Linsey Hunter on 02476 594 468 for further information.


"Phil Archer" to Present Rotary Golf Day Prizes

Henley Rotary Club is holding its annual Charity Golf Day at Stratford Oaks Golf Club this Friday and BBC's Phil Archer, Norman Painting, is kindly presenting the prizes. He is an active supporter of Age Concern...Warwickshire, this year's main beneficiary.

23 teams are taking part and there has been most welcome support from local businesses and individuals sponsoring holes and donating raffle prizes.

"It's very encouraging", commented club President David Snell. "We're keeping our fingers crossed for a fine and successful day."


Interesting Secretarial Job!

The Town Improvement Committee (TIC) is looking for a new secretary! We have responsibility for the Memorial Hall and the sports fields in Henley, and are involved in various other activities in the town.

The committee only meets four times a year, plus an AGM in January, so the work is not exactly onerous, but it is certainly interesting.

The job of the secretary is to take minutes of the committee meetings, and be responsible for the circulation of agendas, minutes and other correspondence to the twelve members of the committee; and all this for no pay!

The job would suit a retired person looking for interesting part time work which would bring them into contact with activities and people in the town. Alternatively it would suit a younger person, perhaps studying to be a secretary who would like to gain experience.

Experience in the use of a personal computer would help, but is not essential. Why not come and help make a contribution to the life of the Henley community in a positive and appreciated way.

If you are interested please contact:

Brian Twigg
3 Ashbury Court
Henley-in-Arden
B95 5AF

Tel: 01564 79 3373

e.mail: brian@thetwiggs.com


Henley Forest FC Match Report

Match report                                 Evesham United ‘A’
Cup/League                                  League
Date                                            1/9/07
Final Score                                   5-0 Henley
Goal Scorers                                Sam Churchley (19 & 29), Ben Adshead (37)
                                                   Darryl Powers (74, 78)
Man of the Match                         Centre Half – Jim Craig 

A great start was made to the Season with a triumphant trouble-free win against visitors Evesham United ‘A’.  Forest buoyant from the previous weeks win hit the pitch determined to provide yet another capable exhibit of Play.  The young opponents Evesham United never stopped working and fitness of both sides was apparent with the speed of the game.  The skill & stamina of Forest, clearly encouraged by the ever growing spectator appearance, was evident as Left Back Inti Aburto provided an excellent cross in to copious Sam Churchley breaking the deadlock getting Forests first on the 19th minute, followed 10 minutes later with his second.  Forest lads undoubtedly upbeat took advantage once again as Captain Jon Grandfield found Ben Adshead getting into position to score Forests 3rd at 37 minutes allowing Forest to leave the pitch at half stage feeling well poised.

Eveshams half time talk visibly encouraged them and for 10 minutes or more they were in charge of the game as forest went quiet.  At 60 minutes Manager John Colby made a substitution and brought on from the bench the speedy newcomer Shane Hempenstall who had an immediate effect on the game, at 71 minutes Colby made a second substitution bringing on the compelling Darryl Powers.  Powers’ exuberance displayed and after just 3 minutes on the pitch his goal almost took the back of the net out, yet again at 78 minutes a spectacular header from Hempenstall provided Powers the opportunity to pull back his left giving the goal-keeper no chance whatsoever as he secured his 2nd and 5th for Forest.  Evesham’s endeavour continued although to no avail as their one goal of the game was disallowed off side.

Colby was “delighted with the entire teams performance and clean sheet, solid performances once again from Centre-mid Mitch Wright and Jon Grandfield (Captain), a superbly dependable back four & GK John Thorne kept the sheet clean for a second week with plenty of goals up front – I couldn’t have asked for more”

Following an utterly rock-solid performance by ALL – Jim Craig was Man of the Match providing a totally resolute performance, Centre Half Craig cleared absolutely everything in sight, read each situation well and for simply made it look easy.

John Colby
Manager
HENLEY FOREST FC


The Manor of Henley-in-Arden
Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


The Court Leet has a series of events ahead, running up to the Anuual Meeting and Court elections.

On Saturday 22nd September the Town Dinner will be held at the Memorial Hall. This occasion is a gathering of at least some of those who give their time for nothing, in charitable work and providing support services to the community, running Henley’s many committees, clubs and organisations and so on. The High Bailiff is conscious of the risks in trying to identify who all those willing people are but feels it is appropriate to make an attempt! Officers of organisations have been asked to suggest replacements if they themselves cannot come. There must be literally hundreds of Henley residents (and others from further afield) who would qualify for invitation but numbers are of course limited for practical reasons. The High Bailiff humbly asks the pardon of any who feel they should have been included and have not. On the basis of invites accepted so far, virtually all Henley’s voluntary organisations are represented.

On October 6th, the Court is hosting a private party to bid farewell to an icon of Henley – Mrs HMO (Molly) Lodder, who is moving to Shropshire. As Deputy Lieutenant of the County, Molly has more often than not been the Monarch’s senior representative at our formal occasions. She will be greatly missed for her great commitment to Henley’s affairs.

The annual Mop Fair arrives in Henley on October 10th and remains open through the following day. The Court Leet will turn out to welcome the “Moppies” and the High Bailiff proposes to run a gallery shooting competition for members of the Court Leet (provided someone among the stall-holders brings such a gallery!) with a prize for the best score.

Remembrance Day this year is on Sunday 11th November and subject to confirmation the British Legion will be arranging our commemoration on this evocative day in the calendar.

Then on the evening of Wednesday 14th November the Steward will summon members of the Court, the Court’s Jurors and members of the public to attend the Court Leet’s Annual Meeting in the Guild Hall. Reports of the various officers of the Court, and of others, will be heard – what might the Brook-Lookers have to say this year? - and the annual elections of Court officers will be held.

To register as a Juror (Voter) at the Court Leet elections - Click here

Ray Holding - High Bailiff

 
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    AND NOW YOU ARE LAUGHING at yourself.

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Grumpy Old Man Comments

Democracy in Action

For my Monday evening entertainment, I went along to the JPC meeting to comment on the plans for the new Sports Hall at Warwickshire College.

There was an open forum at the start of the meeting where there was an appeal by a gentleman from Beaudesert Road regarding the ‘bench’ and 2 comments supporting the sports hall and numerous comments opposing the sports hall.

Now common sense prevailed regarding the bench, the JPC agreed with the residents from Beaudesert Road. Even though removing the bench only moves the problem. The root cause is the drug dealing scum who create the nuisance factor.

But when it came to the sports hall discussion, no notice was taken about resident’s comments, the application was passed. Surprisingly, one JPC member who lived close to the proposed site and spoke against the proposal (as a resident not a JPC member), even left the room while the vote was counted. What a waste of a vote. There was one voice of reason who did repeatedly ask for the height to be reduced but he was not listened to either.

The facts behind the height were discussed and ignored.

  • The hall is already cut into the ground by 3 metres, why not a few more eh? I know cost !
  • The hall is screened by trees, come October trees loose their leaves until May in the following year !
  • The height of 10.1 metres is necessary even though Badminton requires a height of 7.6 metres (figures are from memory so may be slightly wrong). Lighting and heating, what is wrong with low profile lighting and under floor heating ? I know cost!

So the Sports Hall has been approved by our elected JPC (oh sorry, they are not elected they are co-opted see Henley News On-line issue 114).

So what next, we wait until the hall is up and the leaves fall from the trees and we are presented with an eyesore on the south of our town. Maybe more will say “I wish I’d have opposed it now”

My final comment is to our elected representatives, remember who you are representing and remember who’s votes YOU NEED next election time. Do what the residents want and object to this monstrosity in its current form.

Regards

Grumpy Old Man


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Crime and punishment in the New Europe

Nigel HastilowFifty years ago there would have been no argument about the future of Learco Chindamo. He’d be dead. Chindamo stabbed Philip Lawrence to death as the headmaster tried to save another pupil from being attacked by a gang of thugs. Before the abolition of capital punishment, murderers were hanged. They didn’t return to haunt us 12 years later claiming their human rights have been breached because we don’t want them in this country any more.

Stunningly Chindamo, the child of an Italian father and a Philippine mother, cannot be returned to Italy, the country of his birth. It makes perverse sense. As long as we’re in the European Union and every citizen is free to travel to every other member state then criminals are free to spread their poison anywhere they like. So the courts declare it illegal to chuck out Chindamo and Mr Lawrence’s wife Frances is, to nobody’s great surprise, devastated.

Before they abolished the death penalty, the legal system was there to protect law-abiding citizens. Criminals were treated with the contempt they deserved. The idea that they had “human rights” beyond the very bare minimum would have been laughed out of court. Today, it’s the murderers who come first.

Why, anyway, is Chindamo able to contemplate freedom at all? He’s only been in jail 12 years. When they abolished capital punishment, the Labour Government of the day promised that a life sentence would mean just that. Now, though, the idea of punishment has been eroded to the point where it’s doubtful if anyone believes in it any more. These days, rehabilitation is all that matters. Of course it’s a good idea to encourage criminals to go straight. But it’s also a good idea to keep them out of the way of their innocent victims. And it’s not a bad idea to make them pay for their crimes. In doing so, you keep them off the streets and stop them committing more offences.

Tough sentences and a minimum of human rights may also deter others from committing similar crimes.

There is a great deal of agonising at the moment about the allegedly “feral” young men who roam our streets in knife-wielding gangs looking for people to stab. They do it because they can. They may lack role models, come from broken homes and enjoy the bravado of a gang. But they’re not all stupid. They know the difference between right and wrong. It’s just that the penalties for doing wrong are so minimal it doesn’t put them off. In the past, old lags would declare: “I know my rights.” These days, it’s “I know my human rights.” So do the police, who seem only too willing to play the same game.

Indeed, now we are reduced to skateboarding 16-year-olds patrolling our streets and stopping motorists who play their stereos too loud, it’s questionable what role the police play any more. They are good at blaming parents. They’re excellent at demanding higher taxes on booze and raising the age limit for drinking to 21. They’re good at distracting attention from the fact that the police seem incapable of protecting innocent people. They claim crime is falling. Everybody knows from every-day experience that this can’t possibly be true.

Such claims discredit not just the Government but the police as well. It’s like the unemployment figures – they don’t seem too bad. But we all know there’s over five million people out of work. Driven by targets which see police arresting victims as well as perpetrators – on the basis that this allows them to “clear up” two offences at once – common sense has disappeared. As David Cameron and Johnny Rotten say, it’s “Anarchy in the UK”.

Our politically correct PCs in their patrol cars are just glorified social workers only too happy to hug a hoodie. In fairness, it’s not the police’s fault that Learco Chindamo has won the right to remain in Britain after he gets out of jail. That piece of madness was inflicted on us by politicians.

European-wide human rights were only introduced because most of the EU states endured brutal dictatorships during the 20th century. We didn’t, so there was never any need for such protection here. Labour gave us human rights anyway. Just to seem more Euro-friendly.

The result is an entire industry (exploited by Cherie Blair QC among other lawyers) which has perverted our justice system and turned it into a mechanism to protect the rights of criminals and murderers. There’s always a balance to be achieved between protecting the individual from an oppressive State and protecting the majority of the population.

But the majority has stayed silent too long. We have human rights too. They include being protected from murderers.  Long after her husband was cruelly taken from her, Frances Lawrence is once again suffering “utter devastation” at the news Learco Chindamo will be walking the streets of Britain again any day now. If we can’t bring back hanging, the least we can do is consider this question: Whose human rights are more important, Mrs Lawrence’s or her husband’s killer’s?

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


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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Combi boilers cut out wasted energy.

Storing hot water in a tank as many of our houses do, turns out to be rather wasteful of energy.  Even a very well insulated tank with integral foam covering plus a tie on quilted jacket wastes about 220 kW hrs per year. This is like having a one bar electric fire switched on for over an hour every day throughout the summer costing about £22 worth of electricity or £7 worth or more of gas depending on how efficient your boiler is.

A tank with only the 25mm of integral foam wastes about 550 kW hrs per year and an uninsulated tank wastes about 1200 kW hrs per year. Combi boilers which heat the water as you need it avoid all this waste, so if you need a new boiler, consider a combi condensing boiler. Before choosing a combi look carefully at the rating to see how much hot water the boiler can deliver. Most can deliver enough to run an ordinary shower, but would take about 8 minutes to fill a bath.

A higher power combi boiler would fill a bath in about 4 or 5 minutes and if you are not having a new boiler, insulate your tank with at least 75mm of insulation.

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!

Trading StandardsSimon Cripwell
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Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service


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ENVOIRNMENT AGENCY
The Agency are holding a drop-in session on Friday 14th September in the Henley-in-Arden  area between 12 and 8pm.  Further information on rainfall and river  levels and how they compare to past flooding will be available, as well as information on what happened.  Members of the Environment Agency, and other organisations involved in the recent flooding, will be on hand to answer  your questions.

HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY meets on the third Thursday of the month, 8.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall from September to April. Visitors and new members welcome. Further details from Maggie Twigg 793373.

Next meeting 20th September “The Back to Backs in Birmingham” by Derek Clarke followed by a visit to the Back to Backs on 3rd October.

POLICE and COMMUNITIES TOGETHER (PACT)
Public meeting, the Baptist Church Hall, 7.00 pm on Tuesday 2nd October 2007.

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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