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"Sport in Henley " Meeting to launch New Initiative

"Sport in Henley has missed out", David Pryor, a sports consultant, told a meeting in the Guild Hall called by Brian Twigg, Chairman of the Town Improvement Committee (TIC). Attending this meeting were senior representatives of all the main sports organisations in the town, including Henley Forest FC, Cricket Club, Tennis Club, Bowls Club, Rotary Club, County Council, District Council and Warwickshire College.

David Prior told the meeting that in contrast with other similar sized semi rural towns in Warwickshire that there has been little investment in sport the town from the District or County Councils, nor had there been any benefit from the Lottery Sports Fund in the ten years since its inception.

He went on, "There is now a once and for all opportunity for the Sports Clubs who are doing  a wonderful voluntary job, under the aegis of the Town Improvement Committee, Warwickshire College and Henley High School to review their interests and needs to secure improved sport for the whole Henley community. A combined approach would stand the best chance of rectifying limited levels of sporting opportunity and attracting investment from grant giving bodies."
 
Our picture right shows David Pryor - Sports Consultant, Helen Pennells - Head of Warwickshire College (Henley Centre), Brian Twigg - Chairman of TIC, and Peter Johnson - Chairman of Henley Forest FC.

The meeting agreed to develop a strategy within the structure of the Town Improvement Committee over the coming months.
  


90% Disagree with JPC Recommendation

In last week's Henley NEWS On-line Electronic Poll, 90% of those residents who responded disagreed with the JPC decision to support the Warwickshire College's Planning Application for the new Sports Hall. The main areas of concern were the height of the structure, which would be the height of two double decker buses, and its proximity to the Stratford Road.

None of the residents objected to the College being permitted to develop a new facility so long as it did not destroy the visual aspects of the Green Belt. One respondent wrote:

"How can the new proposed sports hall be for the benefit of the people of Henley when many people within Henley have objected to it?   If there was so much opposition to the plans as indicated at the recent meeting, surely the JPC’s only course of action should have been to defer their decision until such time as a more truer position be known.  Indeed, whether or not the sports hall will benefit the people of Henley is becoming the lesser issue over the inability of our elected councillors to understand the views of the people they represent."


TPO for Guild Hall Mulberry Tree

The Tree Preservation Order (TPO/044/017) for the Mulberry Tree in the Guild Hall garden will be considered at the Western Area Planning Committee meeting on 13th September 2007 at 6 pm at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

District Councillor Laurence Marshall is a member of this committee and also a member of the Court Leet, which administers the Guild Hall and the garden.

The JPC voted in favour of a TPO on the Mulberry Tree in April 2007. This decision has frustrated the plans of the Guild Hall Garden Committee to develop the Knot Garden.

Supporters of the project have contributed £18,000 towards its design and construction. The equivalent of £4 for every man, women and child in Henley. The JPC has contributed nothing, except delay and conflict.

Former High Bailiff Douglas Bridgewater and his wife Susan launch
the Knot Garden project in 2005

A similar Knot Garden at the
Lord Lycester Hospital, Warwick

The Planning Services Department of the District Council has told Henley NEWS On-line that the item has been referred as there is a difference of opinion between one of the local Ward Members and the Head of Planning Services.

Both District Councillors Marshall and Thirlwell are reported to be supporting the cancellation of the TPO so that the Guild Hall Knot Garden project can proceed. However, it now appears that the ultimate decision will be taken by people who have no connection with Henley and have probably never visited the Guild Hall garden. District Councillor Marshall may not be allowed to vote because of his association with the Court Leet.


Not happy with the JPC ?

I’ve been thinking over the last week, since the farcical JPC meeting I attended. If the current council does not represent the views of the Henley Residents, what can I do to change it?
 
Yes you’ve guessed it…..stand my self.
 
So, if you feel the same and would like to do something (rather than just moaning) join me.  
 
I’m convinced if there are enough residents, who are prepared to make a difference, who are prepared to listen to and represent the people of this town, we could change the JPC for good.
 
Yes, it would mean giving up an evening every so often, but what are the costs and what is the potential gain?

Cost :A few evenings, which you may well spend at home watching the TV.
Cost if you don’t :Things get passed and approved when the real town’s folk do not want them.
Cost :You cannot moan about their decisions.
Gain :A Council, made up of people who actually represent the views of Henley residents, not just there to make up Government figures.

I’m not sure of the procedures but someone will know. If we get enough volunteers, we can walk the next ‘election’ if there is one. Or is there a way where we can depose the current JPC now.
 
If you know the answers or want to help, or both please contact me at: andy@adlelectronics.co.uk
 
Regards

Andy Langford


For details about becoming a member of the JPC, go to: www.henley-in-arden.org/jpc/

Rotary Golf Day Success

"A highly enjoyable and successful day." That comment by Henley Rotary President David Snell summed up the view of all who took part in last Friday's charity golf day at Stratford Oaks Golf Club.

The weather and the course both behaved perfectly for the 23 teams that took part, resulting in a profit for charity of well over £2000. The main beneficiary was AGE CONCERN WARWICKSHIRE who attended the event and, indeed, supported it with four teams and individual sponsorships.

Their patron, Norman Painting, more familiarly known as Phil Archer of BBC's "The Archers", very kindly presented the prizes and gratefully and graciously accepted an immediate donation of £1,500. In expressing his thanks to Norman Painting, President David also congratulated the team of Henley Rotarians who organized the day and thanked the local businesses and individuals who had given their backing with generous sponsorship and prizes both for the competition and the raffle which itself raised £500.

President David presents cheque for £1500 to
Norman Painting

The winning ladies team receive their prizes

Mike Redman with Elizabeth Phillips and Barry Collier
from Age Concern Warwickshire

Rotary President and Rotarian John Latham
preparing for their tee-off

Rotarian Mike Redman - Reporting & Photos


Environment Agency Exhibition

The Environment Agency are holding a drop-in session on Friday 14th September in the Baptist Hall  area between 12 and 8pm.  

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.
 
Flood Risk Manager, Anthony Perry, says: “In the last few weeks we have seen the heaviest and most intense rainfall for many years. The widespread flooding that resulted has caused major disruption and misery to many people. We have been working around the clock with emergency services and other agencies to defend communities and vital facilities against the flooding. We are also helping to get people lives back to normal as quickly as possible. As the water levels recede we remain active in the clean up operation. We are also stepping up our efforts to talk to local communities and answer their questions about the flooding in their area.”

If anyone needs more information about a venue, or has difficulty in getting there, they can call the Information Line on 0121 711 5995. We will answer their questions straight away, or make arrangements to put them in touch with someone who can help.
 
We are also interested in seeing any photographs of the flooding that people may have taken, which help us to extend knowledge of how floods develop. Relevant information and photographs may be e-mailed to midsflood07@environment-agency.gov.uk


Henley in Bloom Summer Lunch

On Saturday September 8th, Henley in Bloom held the annual Summer Lunch in the Guild Hall Garden.

The Chairman Christian Schulte welcomed everyone present and thanked all for the help given during the year. After the excellent  lunch supplied by the committee, Christian presented prizes to those present as follows:

Best Hanging Baskets  -  1st Prize Diane Bailey2nd Prize Gerald Smith3rd Prize Val Johnston

A Special Award was given to Val & Brian Jackson for their Floral Displays and constant support for Henley in Bloom.

The Nags Head received an award for their Floral Display and for participation in a Community Project.

A further Award was given to Betty Clarke and Ann & Ken Griggs for their dedication to Henley-in-Bloom and cheerrful willingness to help.

A very amusing letter was read out by the Chairman from Peter Knight  i/c Watering.

Christian thanked all present for attending.
 
Report and Photograph from John Love.


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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


On the evening of Wednesday 14th November 2007, 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 the annual elections for the Court officers will be held.

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Ray Holding - High Bailiff


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Forest of Arden Agricultural Society Ploughs On

Ever had that feeling – you’re stuck behind a tractor doing 15 mph on a single track road, and you’re so frustrated all you can think about is how slow he’s going.  But stop and think for just one moment – think how slowly the wheat has taken to grow, how patiently the farmer waits for the weather to be right to get his combine going, and how tenderly he gathers the crops that will be ground to make the flour that makes your daily bread, and also provide food for the cattle over the cold winter months ahead.

After harvest, farmers will plough and work the land, sometimes long into the night while you are at home in the warm watching Coronation Street,  to plant next years crop before the land shuts down for winter. This cycle of life has been going on since mankind learned to plough the land with the first wooden plough.

The Forest of Arden Agricultural Society will be holding its 61st Ploughing and Hedging Competition on Thursday, 20th September, 2007 at Cross Lanes Farm, Walcote, Alcester.  There is a large entry of ploughing this year – Vintage, Commercial and Horse Ploughing – soon to be a thing of the past, a forgotten art, except in books.

The Match also offers the chance to see men laying Hedges - using only their hands and an axe they transform a large overgrown mess into a neat, stock proof fence, which not only is beautiful to look at, but also provides a safe haven for our little birds to nest in.

This year there will also be a sheep-dog display with ducks(!) kindly provided by ‘Kineton Quackers’.  There will also be an interesting and varied display of produce in the Ladies Tent for the public to see, alongside many Trade Stands and refreshments.

There is no entry charge, so put the date down in your diary and give us a visit.

S Westmacott


HENLEY FOREST F.C.

Match report                                    Chelmsley Town (Div 2)
Cup/League                                     Endsleigh Challenge Cup
Date                                                8/9/07
Final Score                                      3-2 Chelmsley Town
Goal Scorers                                    Ryan Rose (27) Sam Churchley (76)
Man of the Match                             Striker – Sam Churchley

We knew before this game kicked off that it would be testing on Forest, Chemlsley Town being established a Division above Forest and a very organised side.

Henley Forest were certainly on top for the first 20 minutes dominating the game, Right Back Ryan Rose got the first goal of the game for Forest, a tremendous 25 yard free kick straight in the back of the net then, we just seemed to sit back and give the game to the visitors, within just 10 minutes they had scored three sloppy goals all through poor marking which is not good enough in this standard of football. 

John Thorne Forests keeper made 2 top class saves in the first half, and gave another terrific performance, second half he was not so busy, it was a totally different approach, Forest controlled the game and had more chances than Chelmsley, we camped in their half and opportunities went begging and we struggled to find the target, Sam Churchley scored a great 2nd goal for Forest but it was too late and the final score was 3-2.

Manager John Colby’s comments on the game  “The lads did well, they played against a very organised side, I do think we should have won the game I believe we were the better team but they were blessed with three sloppy goals as a result of poor marking – we had bagfuls of chances second half but just could not finish” 

For sheer effort, Hard work & determination with a never say die attitude, Striker Sam Churchley gets Man of the Match.

Forest will continue hard work in training this week and look forward to their first away game of the season against Kenilworth Town K.K. on 15th September.

Karen Parsons
Secretary
HENLEY FOREST FC


John Garner's Business Column

Decision Analysis

John GarnerOh no!  Not a decision!   I don't like making those……  

Some decisions can be difficult, especially when you have to make a choice between several options.   Fortunately there is a way you can make it easier for yourself.  

The easiest way to illustrate this is to take an example.   Let's say you have to organise a business conference at a hotel.   How do you choose the one which will suit you best?  

Step 1:

List the "musts" and "wants": the criteria the chosen hotel must have and the criteria you want it to have.  

Let's say:

·     The hotel must be able to accommodate a conference for 100 people
·     It must be available on your required dates
·     it must be within 20 miles of your office

…etc

These are sometimes called Go, NO GO criteria.  In other words, if any of these criteria are not met by a particular hotel then it's a NO GO and that hotel won't be suitable for you.

Step 2:
Next list each criterion that you can think of that you want the hotel to have but not absolutely essential as long as the majority of these criteria are met..  

Let's say these are:

      1. Price
      2. Car park
      3. Quality of bedrooms
      4. Quality of bar
      5. Quality of food
      6. Security
      7. Quality of reception
      8. Attitude of management

…etc (I'm sure you can think of lots more).  

Step 3:
Give a weighting to each of these criteria out of 10.   So if we think price is of low importance we might give it a weighting of 2; if we think a big car park is very important we might give it 9.  And so on for each criteria. 

Step 4:
Then we need to rate each hotel out of 10 against each criteria.  When we've done that we multiply each hotel's score against each criterion – as shown in the red columns in the table below.    Our scores might look like this:  

 

Criterion

 

Weight

ing

Hotel 1 score

 

Hotel 1

rating

Hotel 2

score

 

Hotel 2

rating

 

Hotel 3

score

 

Hotel 3

rating

 

Price

2

3

6

10

20

4

8

Car park

9

8

72

0

0

6

54

Bedrooms

7

8

56

9

63

6

42

Bar

9

6

54

7

63

10

90

Food

8

5

40

8

64

9

72

Security

6

4

24

6

36

8

48

Reception

5

3

15

6

30

7

35

Management

8

5

40

6

48

7

56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

 

 

307

 

324

 

405

 

For example, you can see that we rated car parking as very important with a weighting of 9.   Hotel 2 doesn't have a car park so scores zero.   And so on.  

You'll see from this that Hotel 3 has the highest total rating so this comes out as the most suitable one for our needs, even though Hotel 2 is a lot cheaper (scores high on price).  

Of course, you have to make sure there's not too much bias: for instance, in this example a very high importance was placed on the quality of the bar (and why not?) but some people might feel that this is not as important as other factors.  

In a business situation it's often best if you can get a number of people to agree on the individual weightings as a broad cross section of opinion is more likely to lead to a balanced view by avoiding individual preferences.  This is especially important if you are likely to have to justify your decision to anyone; a group view always has more credibility.  

You might also find this technique useful for domestic decisions where there's choice between several options.  

Incidentally if any of you do have to book a conference venue occasionally I have a check list that we used to use as part of our ISO9001 quality procedures.   Send me an email to john@yourbookkeeping.co.uk and I'll let you have a copy.

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk


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Grumpy Old Man Comments

For Prison : And a maths test ?

Yes it’s a maths test this week.

In the UK, we need to build approx 9,500 more prison spaces, at who knows what cost. The cost is not important for what I’m going to say as I cannot claim a saving on something that has not been spent.

Now currently in the UK, the cost of housing a prisoner is approx £24,000 per year. And there are approx 10,000 foreign nationals in our prison system.

There are calls for the UK to outsource the prison system and build facilities in Eastern European, reducing costs of staffing etc. But why inflict our offenders on someone else? We don’t need another Australia.

I have another suggestion, instead of imprisoning foreign nationals who commit crimes, why not send them back to their own country? At what cost I can hear you say? The price of a single air ticket.

So here comes the maths :

10,000 prisoners at £24,000 each
10,000 flights (overestimated at £500 each)
What is the saving ?

On top of your answer, we can then add the spare 500 prison spaces we would now have and the money (not yet spent) on building 9,500 more spaces.

Answers on a postcard or email to your local MP, quoting the common sense approach to offenders and prisons.

Regards

Grumpy Old Man


The Nigel Hastilow Column

A serious hangover or just a mild head-ache?

Nigel HastilowWe’ve all been there. You wake up in the morning with a thumping head and stagger downstairs to view the wreckage from the night before. There’s half-drunk glasses of beer all over the place. Plastic cups with odd-coloured liquids in them. Empty cans in unlikely places. Bottles on their sides leaking red wine into the carpet. Ash-trays filled with fag ends. Cigarettes stubbed out on the carpet next to crunched-in Twiglets and someone you’ve never even met before comatose on the sofa. The party’s over and it’s the morning after the night before. Welcome to hangover city.

This could plausibly describe the state of the British economy today, after 14 years of uninterrupted economic growth. The word recession is suddenly on the lips of the nation’s money-men as they wake up to the absurdity of lending money to people who have absolutely no means of repaying it. The American sub-prime mortgage market may seem like a long way from the Black Country. And the turmoil in our own stock market may look fairly irrelevant.

Unfortunately the dumb stupidity displayed by some of our most allegedly sophisticated financial institutions will come back to haunt all of us. Because the banks – yes, even those High Street lenders we all know and love – are tied up in the chaos and confusion. One result is that it will be more difficult to borrow money and loans will be more expensive. But talk about shutting the stable door after the robbers have done a runner. The world’s lending institutions have been so desperate to part with money to any Tom, Dick or Hank that they haven’t bothered to ask the borrowers if they can afford the repayments.

As a result, some American funds have discovered that 70 per cent of their borrowers defaulted on their loans in the very first month of the mortgage. This may have something to do with the fact that all you had to do was tell a girl in a call-centre over the phone what your income was and you’d get the home-loan. Nobody bothered to check if you were telling the truth. You got the money, the salesman got his healthy commission, the lender off-loaded the debt to various banks and everyone was happy. At least until the end of the month.

This fiasco would be bad enough in its own right. But nobody really knows how many billions are involved, nor what institutions are now seriously up the creek. So the cost of borrowing is on the rise. Money is in short supply. Confidence has slumped. Pretty soon, house prices will stagnate and start to fall. Then we will all feel poorer. We will stop borrowing and spending. Not a bad thing, you may think, given that personal debt in this country now stands at £1.355 trillion. Yes, trillion.

But an economy which is fuelled by debt can only survive as long as people carry on borrowing to spend. If we think the time has come to start repaying some of our loans or putting off the purchase of that flat-screen TV, then we create an economic down-turn. Already, house prices in London are starting to fall. Buyers are coming in at less than the asking price. Sellers think maybe they should accept. Expectations fall.

Many people have borrowed because they had the security that the value of their home was rising fast enough to cover the debt. But if prices stall or fall, that won’t be true any longer. Home repossessions are on the up and up – 14,000 in the first six months of the year, up 30 per cent. And anyway, the banks are so jittery they’re even worried about lending money to each other never mind to the rest of us.

One expert in all this is Jon Moulton, the private equity guru whose firm Alchemy Partners tried unsuccessfully to buy MG Rover when BMW sold it to John Towers. He says one snag is that it’s not just individuals who have been borrowing too much money. So have companies. Some of them are saddled with massive debts they will never be able to pay off. Mr Moulton talks of the “ropey structure” much lending is based on and the danger that “toxic waste” investments could be wiped out. “There is a credit crunch and nobody knows who is holding what,” he says. “This is a bubble that’s burst.” Mr Moulton thinks there is now a 50-50 chance that the economy is headed for a recession. We’re on the brink at the moment. One nasty surprise will push us over the edge, he thinks.

It’s a long time since they took the roofs off empty factories in the Black Country to avoid paying rates, as they did in the recession of the early 1980s. And nobody who has lived and worked through a recession – and that means most of us – would wish to see another one. But it wouldn’t be a total surprise to discover that we’ve been borrowing too much money for too long. The party’s over. Anybody know a good hangover cures?

Nigel Hastilow      
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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Know Your Prawns.

In this season of copious courgettes from the garden, we have a favourite recipe which includes prawns. I have learned today that there are two sorts of prawns cold-water and warm-water. I have also learned that trawling for warm-water prawns captures many turtles and other fish and that farming  warm-water prawns is carried out by clearing away areas of mangrove, which are the marine equivalent of tropical rainforests.

The fishing of cold-water prawns from the North Atlantic does not give rise to such environmental problems, so buying cold-water prawns is cool!

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

SDC


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


Henley Crime Report
Police
This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Snitterfield and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

BURGLARY DWELLING
Between 1200 hours and 1430 hours unknown offender/s approached a property on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then gained entry through the rear conservatory and stolen two LCD TVs, two sets of golf clubs and a laptop computer.
Incident number 370 of 7th September 07 refers.

BURGLARY COMMERCIAL AND OTHER BUILDING
Between 31st August and 0900 hours on 5th September 07 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Wootton Hill, Wootton Wawen. They have then gained entry and stolen an Ifor Williams twin axle steel trailer.
Incident number 123 of 5th September 07 refers.

Prior to 2100 hours on 9th September 07 unknown offender/s approached a school on Stratford Road, Henley in Arden. They have then attempted to gain entry.
Incident number 528 of 9th September 07 refers.

Between 1800 hours and 1845 hours on 11th September 07 unknown offender/s approached a supermarket on High Street, Henley in Arden. They have then entered the manager’s office and stolen a black Nike wallet.
Incident number 510 of 11th September 07 refers.

AUTOCRIME
Between 1300 hours on 8th September and 0730 hours on 10th September 07 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Millfield Court, Henley in Arden. They have then driven through a wall and stolen a yellow Benford diesel dumper truck.
Incident number 123 of 10th September 07 refers.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE
Between 1200 hours on 22nd August and 1000 hours on 3rd September 07 unknown offender/s approached a Youth Centre on Stratford Road, Henley in Arden. They have then caused damage to a fire door and electric metal security shutters.
Incident number 160 of 3rd September 07 refers.

On 26th August 07 unknown offender/s approached a childrens’ nursery on Arden Road, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry to a large green container, removed a child’s trike and discarded it outside. They also caused damage to a wendy house.
Incident number 253 of 28th August 07 refers.

THEFT
Between 2330 hours on 29th August and 0130 hours on 30th August 07 unknown offender/s approached a blue Range Rover parked on Bates Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the tail gate window and stolen a laptop computer from the boot.
Incident number 179 of 30th August 07 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 1st September and 1100 hours on 2nd September 07 unknown offender/s approached a silver Saab left insecure on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. They have then removed cash from within.
Incident number 391 of 2nd September 07 refers.

At approximately 1515 hours on 9th September 07 unknown offender/s approached a blue VW polo parked in Wood End Lane car park, Tanworth in Arden. They then removed both front and rear registration plates.
Incident number 338 of 9th September 07 refers.

HENLEY POLICE SURGERY
Henley In Arden Police will be holding a ‘drop in’ facility at Henley Police Station for you to come and discuss any issues or problems, within the community, with your local policing team! The next surgery date will be:

Wednesday 19th Sept between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
Wednesday 3rd Oct between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
Wednesday 17th Oct between 1100 hours and 1300 hours

CRIMESTOPPERS
If you did have information regarding the displayed incidents, but for whatever reason do not wish to contact the police directly, then you can ring 0800 555 111 and give the information to the Crimestoppers Charity. Crimestoppers will then pass the information to the Police without revealing any details of the caller. You may also receive a reward.

BE AWARE
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.

HENLEY, SNITTERFIELD AND TANWORTH COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM


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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.

METHODIST CHURCH
Our Harvest Supper will be on Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30 pm. There will be a list in the Church so that the catering can be organised, please do come and join in this feast of thankgiving. Sunday Services, all at 11.00 am are: 7th, Mrs Lesley Sergeant. 14th, Mr Trevor Hassall. 21st, Revd Frank Himsworth (Sacrament). 28th, Revd Robert J Powell.

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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