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JPC Objection stops Guild Hall Knot Garden Project

The Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council and the Court Leet of the Manor of Heley-in-Arden were on opposing sides at the Western Area Planning Committee of the District Council last Thursday. The Planning Committee was considering a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on a mulberry tree in the centre of the Guild Hall garden. The felling of the tree was required before a world class Knot Garden could be developed in the Guild Hall garden to replace the existing uninteresting grassed area. Both Henley District Councillors Marshall and Thirlwell, who are also members of the JPC, were against the confirmation of the TPO.

Saved

The Mulberry Tree saved by the TPO

Lost

A typical Knot Garden in Warwick

County and JPC Councillor George Atkinson speaking on behalf of the Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council told the Planning Committee that the tree was a fine specimen with historical significance, being planted in the Queen's Silver Jubilee year. It would likely live for another 350 years. Councillor Atkinson, who lives in the parish of Wootton Wawen, said the tree provided a significant amenity allowing visitors to shelter from the sun in an garden which was a semi-public place. He called on the Committee to confirm the order.

Doctor Douglas Bridgewater, former High Bailiff and former County and District Councillor, told the Planning Committee that £18,000 had been collected, the equivalent of over £4 from each resident, towards the construction of the Mediaeval Knot Garden, which would be far more attractive and appropriate than the present grassed area.

The proposed knot garden

A Planning Department official, in a fair and balanced report, confirmed that the Knot Garden would "on balance" be of greater amenity value to Henley and would generate tourism. He confirmed that the tree was healthy, although listing at 15 degrees. It could be argued that this mulberry tree is not of "significant" public amenity value due to its size and location. The planning official told the councillors that Knot Gardens relied on symmetry and therefore the mulberry tree would have to be felled before a Knot Garden could be developed. The Guild Hall would be "greatly enhanced" by the proposed Knot Garden, which would be likely to attract tourists.

There were 2 letters of objection to the removal of the tree and 19 in support of its removal, including letters from the Heritage Centre, Town Improvement Committee, the Guild Hall Trust, Warwickshire Gardens Trust and many residents.

There was a petition of 287 signatures collected outside Somerfield supporting the TPO but the validity of this petition had been questioned as officials had refused to divulge the names, claiming incorrectly the Data Protection Act. It was observed that they should have released the information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The West Area Planning Committee members are:

Richard Hobbs - Snitterfield (Chairman)
K James - Bidford and Salford (Vice-Chairman)
S Adams
- Alcester
P Beaman - Studley
M Beckett - Stratford Avenue and New Town
T Dixon - Tanworth
J Fradgley - Stratford Guild and Hathaway
A Gardner - Stratford Avenue and New Town
L Marshall - Henley (excluded from voting)
E Payne - Alcester
M Perry - Stratford Guild and Hathaway
B Slaughter - Bidford and Salford
M Weddell - Studley

District Councillor Marshall, who is a member of the JPC and represents Henley on the West Area Planning Committee, was excluded from all discussion and voting as he is a member of the Court Leet. He was however allowed to make a short statement in support of the Guild Hall Garden Project before leaving the chamber. The remainder of the District Councillors, none of whom appeared to have visited the site nor studied the proposed Knot Garden plans, then debated the matter.

Councillor Michael L Perry (Stratford Guild and Hathaway) observed that it was a matter for the people of Henley and asked if there had been adequate consultation. A vote quickly followed and the Tree Preservation Order was confirmed by 6 votes to 5. Perhaps the decisive vote was that of the Committee Chairman Richard Hobbs, pictured right, who stated that he had fond memories of sitting under a mulberry tree as a school boy and then led the voting by raising his hand first to confirm the TPO.

In the public area were many residents from Henley and Beaudesert. Among the supporters of the Guild Hall Garden Project were the High Bailiff - Ray Holding, Low Bailiff - Roger Sutton, Committee Member of the Guild Hall Garden Project - Sue Bridgewater, Former High Bailiff and Chairman of the Guild Hall Garden Project - Dr Douglas Bridgewater, Former High Bailiff - John Latham, Court Leet Officer - Gerald Smith, Manijana Bainbridge, Town Improvement Committee Town Member - Bill Leech.

The JPC side was represented by County and JPC Councillor George Atkinson and JPC Councillor Carsina Goodman.

The matter can be brought back to the Planning Committee in 2 years, during which time the present JPC will probably have to seek re-election on 1st May 2008.

The Clerk to the Joint Parish Council has told Henley NEWS On-line that there is no record of which Councillors voted on 2nd April for the TPO.


Editorial Policy

Henley NEWS On-line actively seeks contributions from all sections of the community and publishes in full over 95% of the submissions it receives. In an average week, we receive about 20 contributions, including regular press releases from the High Bailiff, JPC, Warwickshire Police, Greener Henley, Stratford District Council and Warwickshire County Council, the Environment Agency, along with the regular columns from Nigel Hastilow and the Grumpy Old Man.

We normally do not allow negative comments against named individuals, only against organisations. The views expressed in these stories and articles do not necessary match the views of the editor and are the responsibility of the contributor. 

Readership of Henley NEWS On-line has increased by 50% over the last 12 months and we estimate that it is now read by around 1,000 people each week. In the week following the floods, readership doubled. Henley had a population of 4,176 according to the 2001 census. In the District Council election of May 2007, the voter turnout was 1,628. The next local elections are scheduled for 1st May 2008.

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My Comments about the JPC

Dear Editor,

It has been brought to my attention that I have inadvertently upset one of the JPC. All comments were not aimed at individuals but the committee.
 
If I have, I would like to apologize as I never meant to upset any individual. If they would like to contact me I will meet them and apologize face to face.
 
But I did feel strongly, at the time, that residents views were not being taken into account as 7 – 2 expressed opinions were against the Sports Hall Plans.
 
Would anyone like to comment on the other letters received by Henley News Online (edition 172) also against the JPC vote. Or am I the only one to come under fire.

Andy Langford


Joint Parish Council Meeting Press Release

At the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 17th September 2007 Members discussed two planning applications received and thirteen items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded. Amongst the items discussed were the following:

  1. Members were concerned that the library remains closed following the flooding and that the likelihood was that it would not reopen until major repairs had been completed. They understood that it was a facility that would be missed by residents and perhaps particularly the older generation. They understood that there was no mobile library able to visit the town, but resolved to continue to look for alternative premises and ensure that the County Council was doing all that it could to fill the gap.

  2. Members agreed to apply for a “Speed Aware “ request asking Warwickshire County Council to put Henley-in-Arden on the waiting list for the service, including fixed and mobile flashing signs. Whilst they understood that there were generally criteria for assessing the need for traffic calming measures, they agreed that traffic approached the north end of the town at excessive speeds and also sited the bottom of Liveridge Hill as having a poor accident record. Members agreed that it was necessary to educate people in the dangers of excessive speed and that they therefore needed to continue to be pro-active in taking opportunities to “drive” the point home.

  3. Members noted a News Release from Stratford District Council concerning the litter provisions that coincided with smoke-free legislation, and the introduction of Fixed Penalty Notices and Street Litter Control Notices. The provisions allow for notices to be served on premises where smoking-related litter is produced as a result of their activities if they cause the defacement of the street or open land next to those premises. Members agreed to write to all owners of commercial premises on its historic High Street to make them aware of the likelihood of action against them if curtileges were not kept litter free, accepting that the majority of proprietors were responsible in keeping the appearance of their businesses well presented.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 1st October 2007. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and, as with all meetings of the Council, members of the public are welcome to attend.


Editorial Observation

It may seem extraordinary to many readers that the JPC's latest press release above fails to mention the three current major issues concerning residents:

      • The Sports Shed Development
      • The Guild Hall Garden Project
      • The Market Site Redevelopment.

This is not so extraordinary and maintains a long tradition. Not once, during the period 1914 to 1918, did the Minutes of the Henley Parish Council mention the Great War despite there being a hospital in the town and great sacrifice by the young male population.


A Politically Correct Suggestion about the Future

Dear Sir,

After the last JPC meeting and hours of navel contemplation, I have eventually come to the conclusion about what is best for Henley...every one else has an opinion so why shouldn't I.

Now to drag Henley-in-Arden kicking and screaming into the 21st century!

1) Banish the Court Leet.  This body is undemocratic and with its fancy dress serves no purpose today.

2) Get rid of the Joint Parish Council.  On their performance at the last meeting the only people they represent are themselves.

3) The market site building plot should be used for three buildings: 

a)  The first, a rehabilitation centre for drunks and drug addicts.  If Henley's own supply is not enough to make it viable, it could be justified in the manner of the sports shed by bussing clients in from surrounding counties, giving more work to our local coach  company. 

b) The second, as there is a national shortage of prisons, space should be allocated to providing one of the open variety.

c) The third must be a hostel for immigrants to prove Henley's human rights credentials.

The proposed affordable social housing at present due to be built on the market site should be moved to farmland compulsory purchased from green belt farm land behind the Mount.  I am sure that Counsellor Atkins can find rules in his notes to allow this to happen.

The money saved by abolishing the JPC could be used to help fund these projects so there is no extra cost to parishioners.

Anything left over could be used to hire a private security firm to replace the non existing Police presence in Henley.

The reforms suggested here are long overdue and I would be interested to read the veiws on these from your forward looking readers.

Please do not publish my name and address.

The correspondent, who is a resident of Henley, has provided his details to the Editor.


Scouts Prepare for Bonfire Night

Henley and Wootton Scouts are getting ready for the troops biggest event of the year; the annual Big Bonfire and Fireworks Display on Saturday 3rd November.  

The event is now firmly established in the towns events calendar and this year it promises to be the biggest ever.  Held at the towns Sports and Social club ground on the Stratford Road it is also the troops biggest fund raising event of the year, so it is hoped that residents from both Henley and Wootton will 'hot foot' it down there.  

The fire is lit at 6.30pm with the fireworks starting at 7.15 pm. Caroline Daw, one of the scout leaders said, "We've dug deep and increased our budget for the fireworks so this years display should be the best yet. Everyone, young and old are invited and other attractions include a licenced bar, kindly provided by the Nags Head Pub, hot soups, hot dogs, burgers, soft drinks and sweet treats too.  Other attractions include our grand prize tombola and coconut shy".

Caroline added  "As well as providing a major family bonfire and display event for the town, we also need to raise much needed funds to develop the activities and experiences that we provide for all our troops which include beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts, admission to the event is only £3 for adults and £2 for children under 14."  

For further information about the event or scouting in general please contact John Johnson on 01564 792073.


New Boxing Classes for all the Youth of Henley

Dennis Mulholland, former Manager of Stratford Town FC invites all the Youth of Henley & Wootton Wawen to come along to a new Box Exercise class at the Warwickshire College in Henley. The energetic session, to the beat of music, is not for the faint hearted:-

What's it all about?
This class is based on the training concepts boxers use to keep fit. Classes can take a variety of formats but a typical one may involve shadow-boxing, skipping, hitting pads, kicking punchbags, press-ups, shuttle-runs and sit-ups, all to the beat of music.  Most box exercise classes are aimed at men and women of all ages and fitness standards. As no class involves the physical hitting of an opponent, it is a fun, challenging and safe workout. The class is being supported by The Hub @ Henley.

Boxing training is for everyone: Whatever your size, shape or sex. Remember, every boxer will have started from ground level, so anyone and everyone can work their way up to a good level of fitness: attend classes three times a week and you'll be fit in three months; twice a week and it will take six months. Most people don't know what to expect, so going to a real boxing gym is essential.

Release your aggression: Boxing training is a great way to do that, making you feel calm because all the aggression is very channelled and controlled. Even though there is no physical contact, it enables you to feel in control of your body and more confident about protecting yourself if you are required to.

Increase your discipline: Many people don't appreciate that boxing training is about discipline, and it's a great way to increase that in other areas of your life, too, such as drinking and eating. If everyone took up boxing training, we'd live in a fitter world and a better world, mentally and emotionally.

Focus energy and concentration: Training stimulates your mind and boosts your self-belief. It's a great sport for overweight children, and it also helps build self-esteem and respect in young people who may be bullied or lack physical confidence - I work with children from the age of 10 and have seen first-hand how it can stop bullying.

Getting started
Come along to the Sports hall at Warwickshire College Henley in Arden at 6.00 p.m. on Monday evening. The session finishes at 7.15 p.m.

The gear
Silk shorts and flashy robes are not required, but you will need a pair of trainers, leggings or shorts and a light, loose top. And a large bottle of water!

The downside
It's addictive: Instructors often report over-training by boxing fans because they enjoy it so much, so keep it in perspective and build up slowly. If the class is well supported then another night will be added.


Environment Agency Flood Exhibition

The Environment Agency held a drop-in session on Friday 14th September in the Baptist Hall area between 12 and 8pm. About 40 residents visited the exhibition during the day and were shown information on rainfall and river levels and how they compare to past flooding will be available, as well as information on what happened."On July 20th, 55.2 mm of rainfall fell on Henley. This amount exceeds the total average for July's rainfall for this area", so stated a notice on the exhibition boards. Members of the Environment Agency told Henley NEWS On-line that on that day the ground was saturated with the consistent rain in June and could not absorb any more rainfall. The River Alne quickly became unable to cope with the volume of water and burst its banks.

Lindsay Parker, the team member responsible for the new flood alert warning system urged residents in the affected areas to sign up for the free warnings.

Sally Avard, Sarah Blenkin and Lindsay Harper.

Alistair Picken, Charlotte Cook and Pete Coxhill


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.

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

Ray Holding - High Bailiff


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John Earle's Property Report

After a good summer break John Earle & Son returned to the auction room last Tuesday 18th September at their usual venue Henley Golf & Country Club with originally nine varied lots to be offered.

The marketing campaign started early, right at the beginning of August with big adverts being placed in the regional newspapers, yielding very early on substantial interest. The number of viewers for St Merryn on Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden, amounted to well over a hundred. A number of good offers had been received on a cross section of the properties and the executors of the estates owning 17 Moreton Road, Shirley, and St Merryn Broad Lane, wished the properties to be offered in the public auction room. The executors for “Caradoc”, 92 Malthouse Lane, and the 4.9 acres at Hopwas near Tamworth, Staffs, instructed the auctioneers to accept a pre auction offer and seek immediate change of contracts.

In the auction room, Mr Richard Abbey, having introduced the solicitors on all the lots, proceeded to offer first 17 Moreton Road, with an opening bid of £100,000, after spirited competition the gavel was finally knocked down at a very impressive £185,000.

Richard then offered St Merryn, Tanworth in Arden. Interest was very strong with bids coming from all sides of the room. The gavel was nearly knocked down at £412,000 but Richard, John Earle & Son’s highly experienced auctioneer and partner drew the bidding right up to an exceptional figure of £440,000.

Two lots of land were offered for sale just outside of Knowle with the 6.53 acres realising £123,000.

155a Main Road Meriden and Hobbe Cottage, Balsall Common, were both withdrawn having not reached their reserves, but 155a Main Road was sold immediately afterwards for a very acceptable figure, well in excess of the guide price.

Peter Cornford of John Earle & Son commented afterwards that good advertising, strong marketing and realistic price guides had certainly generated in all the lots very lively interest, showing that interesting property that appeals to a broad spectrum of people will sell well irrespective current economic concerns and prophecies about the housing market.

Beckie Burman - Reporting


Henley Forest FC

Match report                           Kenilworth Town KH
Cup/League                            League
Date                                      15/9/07
Final Score                             2-0 Kenilworth
Man of the Match
                    Goal Keeper JOHN THORNE 

Forest’s first away game and we travelled to Kenilworth’s Gypsy Road Ground for this the 2nd league game of the season.  This was the first time that Henley Forest & Kenilworth had met, and with both sides averaging the same number of goals it was expected to be a good football game.

From the off Forest struggled to get into the game, Kenilworth Town were far more physical & took immediate control.  We were made to work very hard and managed to hold the score to nil - nil for 45 minutes.

Second half, Forest came back at them a little although Kenilworth’s determination and performance paid off as they put two goals past our keeper.  Had it not been for the string of top class saves Forest’s talented keeper John Thorne made, the score-line could easily have been far more damaging.

Colby - Forests Manager, remarked “You wont be surprised to hear that I’m not too impressed with our performance this week, the best team won and deserved the three points. John Thorne gets Man of the Match for putting on a great display of goal-keeping, three one on one’s and he came out on top and never throughout the 90 minutes did he duck out of one challenge – a first class effort”

Forest will need to up the anti for their next game of the season away on 22nd September to top of the Division Castle Vale Reserves. 

Karen Parsons
Secretary
HENLEY FOREST FC


Grumpy Old Man Comments

Newspapers are they worth it?

 

Normally, I do not buy or read a newspaper, all the news I get from the BBC (TV and Radio) or the internet.
 
But, for research purposes (or just the fact we had no TV or computer), while on holiday I read a paper every day. The choice was not one of the tabloid rags or one of the more elite broad sheets, but a very middle of the road daily paper. (don’t know if I can mention the Daily Mail by name)

I was surprised to find in the majority of items was subjective comment rather than hard facts. When facts were there most were about the dress colour, or hat design.  In my belief the paper could be reduced by around 60% if subjective comments or clothes criticism were removed. Let alone what could be removed if advertising were removed (but someone has to pay for the production costs).
 
Another reason why I don’t buy a paper is the way some stories get huge coverage when they are clearly not deserving of such, while others are stuck some where in the middle.
 
Take early August …….. Great White Shark off Cornwall (later to be found a fake, a photo taken off South Africa) while Madeleine McCann is relegated to beyond page 5.  Not forgetting Posh and Becks are moving to Los Angeles, this really affects the common man in the UK……….. Someone has their priorities wrong.
 
So back to normal working life and the only paper I get is the freebie Solihull or Stratford Observer.  

Regards

Grumpy Old Man


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Is there such a thing as too much money?

Nigel HastilowThis article below was written two months ago for Midlands Business Insider. Will things change now the stock market has taken a tumble? I wouldn't bet on it. People who know about these things keep telling me: “There’s just too much money around.” It’s the sort of comment that makes you stop and think – how can anyone have too much money?

Sadly, the free availability of cash could be a disaster in the making. Too much money is bad for consumers, for small businesses, for growing companies and for massive multi-nationals. For individuals, the money mountains created by the big banks are piled high and sold cheap, plunging us collectively into over a trillion pounds-worth of debt. This means even a quarter point interest rate rise is a serious problem. Especially when you’ve been allowed to borrow six times your income to buy a house which is too expensive anyway because everyone is being allowed to borrow too much money.

It’s quite benign as long as house prices spiral upwards. But what if there is a “correction” and prices stall or – God forbid – fall? Then there’s the effect of too much money on businesses. New businesses can get their hands on everything they need – and more – with little reference to their ability to service the debt. Business plans, as everyone knows, are no more than works of faction: think of a number, double it, add three, multiply by two, divide by five, add 100 and take away the number you first thought of.

All is fine while the going is good. But the lenders’ desire to off-load money means they don’t care much about whether the beneficiaries of their liberality will be able to survive, let alone prosper, if they’re saddled with huge debts. It may be worse for bigger businesses. They lease-finance equipment and maintain their cash flow by enjoying loans of up to 110 per cent of their order book. It won’t take much of a “correction” to see that for the folly it is. Then we get to the big league, where private equity buys up businesses and converts it into capital gains at a tax rate of 10 per cent.

Private equity finance is suddenly the wicked witch of the West Midlands, what with its effect on Cadbury’s, the likelihood that it will buy Jaguar and Land Rover and the sale of Boot’s for a cool £11 billion. These institutions may or may not be asset-strippers. It’s certainly difficult to see how they can make much money after they have paid over the top for world-famous businesses if they don’t intend to introduce drastic cost-cutting. That may be necessary to keep a business alive. But it looks like another example of money breeding money. And who knows where that money comes from in the first place? If vast oceans of loot are sloshing through London, lots of it comes from the Middle East or belongs (now, at least) to the Russian mafia zillionaires who are buying up our capital city.

These are days of high-living and extravagance. This summer, the London fine art auction houses flogged a couple of Monets, a couple of Lucian Freuds and various other daubs. In a single week, sales totalled a record £442 million. That may not seem to have much to do with job-losses at Cadbury’s or the future of Land Rover but the link is money. When you’ve made another pile through private equity investment or by doing business with BAE Systems, you can easily find £9.6 million for a Damien Hirst. Indeed, his diamond-studded skull (valued at £50 billion but, as a piece of art, worthless) is a symbol of these heady days.

The advocates of private equity – feeble though they are in defending themselves – insist they are investing “our” money, because some of it comes from pension funds. More of it, however, comes from borrowing. Private equity deals are based on massive loans. That means, once again, enormous debts, subject to the vagaries of interest rates in Britain and elsewhere.

There is too much money chasing too few goods. Whether the goods are houses in the Black Country, Monets at Sotheby’s or Boots the Chemists, it means inflation. In theory we have the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee to ensure the dreaded beast doesn’t get a new lease of life. So why worry? Because it all rests on a nebulous concept: confidence. It is confidence, or its lack, which decides whether the stock market rises or falls and the consumer spends or saves.

A dip in confidence could bring the gravy train to a shuddering halt. It might only take the further re-awakening of inflation. Or further oil price rises. Or another war. Or a terrorist outrage.

It may never happen. Perhaps we should just enjoy the fun. But some time soon the lights may come on and we will be left staring at the wreckage like bleary-eyed partygoers about to make their way home in the cold light of dawn.

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

Cavity Wall Insulation

One of the winners in our Smallest Carbon Footprint Competition has records of gas consumption from 1978 to 2006. In 1989 he had cavity wall insulation installed.

The graph shows the yearly consumption in blue and the average consumption before and after insulation in purple.

As you can see, insulation reduced average consumption by 25%.

Since 1989 the total savings due to cavity wall insulation amount to about £4500 at current prices. Current cost of cavity wall insulation is around £270.

Looks like a good deal to me. For more information about cavity wall insulation call the energy efficiency line 0800 512012 or Domestic & General Insulation on 0870 112 20059.

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
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service


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

HENLEY AND WOOTTON SCOUTS - BONFIRE NIGHT
Saturday 3rd November 2007 - Further details from John Johnson 792073.

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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