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Edition 179 - 25th October  2007
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JPC Meeting to Consider Market Development

The Joint Parish Council has announced that it will be considering the Market Development Planning application, Erection of 65 residential units at Henley in Arden Auction Sales Ltd. Application reference:  07/02794/FUL on Monday 29th October at the High School as a large number of the Public (JPC speak for Voters and Residents) are likely to attend.

The Chairman the JPC has asked Henley NEWS On-line to make it clear that this is not a Town Meeting despite over 70 of our readers requesting such a meeting. The official notification  to Henley NEWS On-line reads as follows:

The Meeting has been called following the receipt of formal documentation from Stratford District Council. The Meeting conforms to the Joint Parish Council's decision at its meeting on 3rd September 2007 at which it was agreed that, when the planning application is put before the Council, the Agenda will consist of one item (the Market site application) and the limit on speakers in the public participation session would be extended to 5 minutes.

It is almost a foregone conclusion JPC will support the planning application despite the majority of the public (voters & residents) being against it. Anyone who indicates that they are against the application is likely to be branded as "narrow-minded bigots" according to one of our correspondents.

Many of the public (voters & residents) believe that there has been little or no consultation nor consideration of the key issues:

  • Traffic congestion: there are considerable queue’s every morning and evening now. With another 70-80 cars it will be worse.
  • Flooding: the site is on a flood plane. Any plans which use flood planes are ill conceived, just remember July 20th with an additional 65 houses under water !
  • Market Town status: without the market what happens to Henley’s status ?
  • Impact on the Town: little consideration for the likely social and environmental impact on the town.
  • Design of the properties: high density three storey buildings are planed in an area of low rise private housing.

Does Henley want to be a ‘dumping ground’ for Warwickshire’s overcrowding problems?

Below are extracts of two letters received by Henley NEWS On-line this week, which show the depth of feeling in the community.

We write to detail our concerns regarding the development of the cattle market.

Having looked at the plans at the exhibition at the Baptist Church hall, we feel that to have all the development as affordable housing is a mistake.
 
Whilst the theory of trying to provide housing for local people is good, it ignores the fact that giving housing for rent will encourage people who do not care about their property or surroundings, as they do not own them.
 
In the 12 years we have lived in Henley, we have noticed an increase in vandalism & anti – social behaviour, emanating from the existing council estate.
 
The development will add to the problem, with people in occupation who do not care about their homes & surroundings. The need is for more family homes and starter homes for young couples as 50-50 shared ownership.

We urge you to reconsider the proposals for the development of the cattle market.


The planning layout dated August 2007 that we have received appears to be similar to that presented by Taylor Wimpey and South Warwickshire Housing Association at an open day last July.  Those plans were criticised by many local residents as being unsympathetic to existing properties in the area and lacking consideration for the likely social and environmental impact on the town.  These criticisms were widely promulgated through letters in the Henley On-line newsletter and others.  These criticisms have been ignored by the planners and developers as if the views of local ratepayers are irrelevant.

There are a number of issues on which we would like to comment.  We do not object to social and low cost housing being built on the Market site so long as these properties are in keeping with the neighbouring properties and are occupied by young people and other residents of Henley.  However, we do object strongly to the type of properties being proposed.

Prince Harry Road consists of two storey detached and semi-detached houses with front gardens.  The proposed plans indicate a number of three storey properties to be built as near as possible to the road with no front gardens.  These will completely dominate the entrance into Prince Harry Road, have an adverse impact on the street scene and generally be completely out of keeping in style and aesthetics with neighbouring properties.

It is too early to judge the social and environmental impact on Henley that this development will cause, but already we have our concerns.  Henley suffers from an unacceptable level of vandalism and drug taking from the youth element.  Policing levels are unable to cope and it is doubtful whether these will be increased in the short and medium term at least.  The proposed playing field/children’s play area adjoining Prince Harry Road will provide a further area for youths to gather at all hours, stretching the limited police presence even further.  Why could not the proposed playing field be placed within the development for use by and supervised by the residents of the development?

The potential for flooding already exists in the area which according to the Environmental Agency is likely to become more regular due to global warming.  This is likely to be exacerbated unless additional measures are taken to improve drainage in the area and strengthen and heighten the banks of the rivers.  Are these measures included in the plans?

Finally, traffic congestion is already bad at peak times along the Warwick Road.  This proposed development can only make matters worse.  I hope the planners are including measures in these proposals to help alleviate the situation.

In summary, the District Council and Developers have had an excellent opportunity to devise a scheme for the Market site that would meet the housing needs of the young people of Henley, be sympathetic in style and aesthetics to existing properties in the area, and generally enhance the appeal of Henley as an attractive residential town.  This proposed development promises to be a housing blot, out of character with neighbouring properties and potentially to have adverse repercussions both socially and economically.  This is a development in its present form that residents of Henley do not want and one that no one can be proud of.


The mystery is why are all the members of the JPC so keen on this development when they know that almost all the public (voters and residents) are against it. Clearly, they must hope everyone has short memories or have they already accepted that they will not be re-elected on 1st May 2008?

Last week  was Local Democracy Week. The JPC were asked twice what plans they had for this event and twice they ignored the request. Clearly, local democracy to the JPC means ignoring the public (voters and residents)!


Use The Law To Find Out More

SDCPlease remember that you have a legal right to obtain any information that you may wish to have regarding the Market Redevelopment project by making an application to Stratford District Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

There may be useful information about meetings, including minutes of meetings with Taylor Wimpy or SWHA that demonstrate how ill considered the plan is that has been hatched. It all seems too convenient to me and there may well be some skeletons in the cupboard.

Like you all, I feel that the infrastructure cannot sustain this quantity of housing which according to SWHA it likely to be given to those on housing benefit.

There are simply no local jobs available, any of the new residents that may seek for work or obtain it will have to travel to adjacent towns so increasing our carbon footprint. The vast majority of these houses are not intended to be for shared ownership, I feel that if 50% + were so allocated there would not be such a public outcry.

I also spoke with the project manager from SWHA, who was very not only very confident that the plan would go ahead, he was conceited and dismissive of local concerns. When I proposed that the ratio of rented to part ownership was changed he advised me that if I wanted more part ownership I should start by building on my child's school playing field! He also intimated that the more rented accommodation the better job prospects there were for himself and his colleagues.

A Concerned Resident.


French Market Poll Result

The results of our electronic poll show a small majority in favour of the JPC's decision to support the French market on December 15th. The number of votes cast was below the number we usually receive for an electronic poll.

Some of the comments received were:

If they want to still come although not necessarily a profit making exercise, please let them because the fare was sumptuous!

Great idea!  Just in time for Christmas, how nice to see a market of quality in the town. When can we invite the Farmers market as well?

I do not agree with having a French market. What about encouraging an English market instead. We'll all go, given a bit of warning. After all we're not used to this sort of thing but it could catch on.


Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at Henley Society

At the October meeting of the Henley & Beaudesert Society Dr Roger Pringle, the Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, gave an entertaining and stimulating talk about the work of the Trust illustrated with many of his own excellent photographs.

Dr Pringle explained how the Trust was set up as an educational charity by an Act of Parliament in 1847. This followed a series of meetings in both Stratford and London when it became known that the house in which William Shakespeare was born was to be auctioned. Money having been raised, the house was bought and became the first of the Shakespeare properties to be owned by the Trust. It was to be a further hundred years before the first of the other four properties (New Place) was bought.

The Objects of the Trust are threefold; besides promoting an understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare throughout the world, the Trust is required to protect and preserve the properties associated with the Bard, and also to provide a museum and library role.

Receiving no funding from any outside source the Trust is totally reliant upon deriving an income from visitors to the properties, sales from its shops and the occasional legacy. This has become more difficult over the last few years as the number of visitors from the USA has dropped.

Besides the Birthplace the Trust owns New Place (or rather the site of the original house) where Shakespeare lived for many years, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Mary Arden’s house and Hall’s Croft. There are also 30 other houses owned by the Trust in the area all associated in some way with Shakespeare and his family.

The Trust employs some 200 people on a full or part time basis. Besides the administrative staff there are specialist builders and a large contingent of gardeners who have achieved national recognition with their exhibits at horticultural shows.

Much of the Trust’s work with the houses consists of furnishing them with items appropriate to the late 1500s in order to place the visiting experience in a memorable context. In the case of Anne Hathaway’s cottage much of the furniture is original, the cottage having been owned by the same family for the last 400 years.

Dr Pringle who has worked for the Trust for 40 years, the last 18 as Director, is to retire at the end of October in order to pursue his other many and varied interests.


Update on Bancroft Gardens enhancement project

Following our article last week entitled "World Class Stratford - Dream or Nightmare?" Paul Lankester, Chief Executive of Stratford District Council has issued the following statement.

"The enhancement work to Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon has been unexpectedly delayed due to an application by representatives of Stratford Voice for Village Green Status. Due to the intervention of the Village Green Status application from Stratford Voice while the Council could carry on with works regardless, as a responsible authority, Stratford District Council feels that it is only right to let this matter take due process.

"It is understood the process could take anything up to six months, and it is disappointing the costs to the public purse will increase due to this application. While we are delaying these works to Bancroft Gardens, the Council will carry out any works necessary to ensure public safety. Failing that it would be necessary to close the area to the public. In the meantime the planting scheme for Bancroft Gardens will be rescheduled accordingly and any work to the trees on the site will be urgent safety works."


Dramatic Improvement to HADS Website

Henley in Arden Dramatic Society (HADS) has launched a much improved website. This is the first incarnation of a face lift that will make the site easier to read and use. Most of the work to date has been in the area of ticket booking. When using Paypal, the tickets are now ready for printing immediately the transaction has finished.

The community forum boards have now been withdrawn as they were not used by visitors outside the society.

Further work is still to be undertaken, including a dynamic content management system.

www.hads.org.uk/

 


Thanks for 'Keep Clear' Sign

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank George Atkinson and anyone else who were involved in having the ‘Keep Clear’ notice painted on the road at the end of Brook End Drive. For someone who regularly is stuck trying to get out into the morning rush hour traffic, it has made a huge difference to my life and probably to many others.

Lanette Langford


Thinking of becoming a Parish Councillor

Election of 12 Councillors on 1st May 2008 - Information on the Henley Gateway website

www.henley-in-arden.org/jpc

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Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

Last week the High and Low Bailiffs attended the Bailiff’s Dinner of Bromsgrove’s Court Leet, held in the splendid Guesten Hall at the Avoncroft Museum. This is the last event in the official year of the present Bailiff, Chris Firminger. On the same evening the High and Low Bailiff’s consorts were guests at an excellent dinner hosted by Mrs Helen Firminger.

Warwick’s Court meeting will be this Thursday, 25th October, at the Court House. Henley is now on “final approach” to ours own Annual General Meeting, held in the Guild Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th November.


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


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

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Henley Primary

Henley Gardeners

 

Children from Henley Primary School are showing off their gardening skills as their new garden is now open for use.

The school has been involved in improving the garden area over the last year and now provides a quiet refuge for those children who dislike the hustle and bustle of the playground.

The garden is well maintained by the garden monitors (pictured right) and volunteers are currently being recruited to help them with the vegetable patch.

Any interested volunteers can contact Lindsay Nash on 01564 792766

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher


Habit Survival

It was in the sleepless hours of the other night that I heard a damning report on the World Service about our profligacy with earth's resources.

'Scientists are adamant' it said 'that the world is using up resources faster than they can be renewed. In recent years researchers have been trying to pinpoint the date in each year on which we will have used up all the resources generated that year. Resources used after that day represent a kind of overdraft, an ecological debt. Year by year the day has been arriving earlier and this year it falls today!

The Environment reporter went on to say. The concept of ecological debt has been pioneered by the US based think-tank The Global Footprint Network. They work out how much land and water the human population needs to produce the resources we consume. According to the Network, the world goes into eco-debt when humanity has used up all the resources the earth has available for the year and begins to eat into its reserves. In 1987, the first time the calculation was made, the world went into the red on 19th December and economic growth brings that day further forward each year. The latest data indicates that over-use of the earth's resources is more extreme in richer countries. If everyone on earth were to consume on the scale of Great Britain, for example, we would need three earth-sized planets to support us.

Andrew Simms with The Global Footprint Network says, “The world simply cannot continue with the currant model of consumption. The point will come in nature where we hit a form of environmental bankruptcy from which we cannot bounce back in the way that we can if a bank goes bust in economy. Where we're talking about the life supporting eco-systems with which the planet provides us, we do not want to see those go bankrupt. This year's report also highlights the problems caused by ecologically wasteful trade. One example saw Great Britain import twenty tonnes of mineral water from Australia, while at the same time, sending twenty-one tonnes in the opposite direction. This is madness on a monumental scale."

Considering that doom-laden report, I came to the conclusion I always reach at times like this, a seemingly unmentionable fact which humankind is reluctant to talk about but will be forced to face sooner rather than later. That the planet is grossly overpopulated and that people should be encouraged to change their attitudes if not for their own benefit, which is almost unprecedented, then for the benefit of its fellow creatures, many of which are in real danger of becoming extinct, principally through loss of habitat to human greed, now exacerbated by global warming. The world's wildlife asks for nothing more than the right to exist, leaves nothing behind except magical memories and breathtaking scenery, controls it progeny when times are hard and, in every way, makes each day worth living. Most of us would agree that this looming catastrophe is not of their making and that this planet belongs to us all. David Attenborough said quite recently on TV 'When you're tired of the natural world, you're tired of life'

Molly Corfieid. Habitat Survival Trust, Henley-in-Arden


Red Arrows Banned from Flying at Olympics

The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed "too British".

Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be "offensive" to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team have performed at more than 4,000 events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the display team "too militaristically British".

Red Arrows pilots were said to be "outraged", as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a British-based event for being "too British" is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of Britain. The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade, as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.

The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly spectacular. It is to be hoped that common sense prevails. If you disagree with this decision, sign the petition on the link.

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report          Cadbury Athletic Reserves                          

Cup/League                      BCFA Saturday Vase Cup

Date                                20 October 07

Final Score                       2-1 HENLEY

Man of the Match             Jim Craig & Martin Skulte

Forest produced a solid performance all round playing second division Cadbury Athletic Reserves in the Birmingham FA Vase Competition.  An incredible first goal scored by Captain John Grandfield with a tremendous shot from 25 yards out.  Half time, Forest left the pitch with the biggest smiles.

Second half, stand in Manager Sammy Saunders brought Chris Key on from the bench, his presence changed the game with just 20 minutes to go, Chris’s first touch spectacularly entering the back of the net to raise Forest 2 nil up.  The visitors managed to find the net although in the dying seconds of the game.  Henley Forest 2-1 win and deservedly so.

Elatedly Sammy Saunders remarked “A very pleasing & well balanced performance with real effort from every player, although my Man of the Match goes to both Centre Halves; Martin Skulte and Jim Craig who gave an extra special endeavour”

Forest host Earlswood Town FC at home on Saturday 27 October 3pm Kick Off.

Karen Parsons
Secretary
HENLEY FOREST FC


Fawlty Towers - Last Call

Just a note to remind you about HADS production of Fawlty Towers this week in the Memorial Hall.

Three episodes of the well known comedy are being presented:

  • Hotel Inspectors
  • Communication Problems
  • Waldorf Salad

Weds to Sat (24th to 27th) at 7.30 pm (Doors open 7pm).

Tickets are available online at:www.hads.org.uk, the Vanity Box in the High St. or on the Door (not Saturday).

Unfortunately Saturday is already sold out, but there are tickets left for the other nights.

Look forward to seeing you all there supporting you local drama group.

Tony Capps - Darma Correspondent


Grumpy Old Man Comments

How Good Are England ?


At the start of last weekend England were looking at 2 possible world championships, and we ended up with 2 second places. Yes second place isn’t that bad, but it’s still not first.

In the rugby, England put up a fantastic show, but on the day they were outclassed. Trying everything in the second half but unfortunately South Africa absorbed all the pressure.

In F1, Lewis raced as hard as he could but finished seventh, leaving him one point behind Kimi.

Both championships were not won or lost in a single day, but over a number of races/matches. Both Lewis and the England rugby team showed true sporting spirit which we must admire.

But when are we going to win again ? What do we need to do to be world champions again? What investment is needed?

Yes in engineering terms we (the UK) are second to none, but is sports we seem to be great at producing runners up.

We, as spectators, need to get behind our sports people, which ever sport they compete in. We need to invest in grass roots sports, everything from go-karts to U8 football, from school boy rugby to rowing. Schools need to give more coaching. But as we know someone or something has to invest cash.

So why are the government worrying about 2p+vat going on petrol or whether we pay inheritance tax or not. Can we not just reduce spending on think tanks and useless committees and concentrate on making England, Scotland, Wales and N Ireland Great again. And tell out kids it not the taking part that counts but the winning !

Regards

Grumpy Old Man


The Nigel Hastilow Column

The BBC has decided. What about our MPs?

Nigel HastilowThe BBC seems to assume that after a three-month row in Westminster, Britain will sign up to the new European treaty-not-constitution no matter what the opposition. We shouldn’t take this as read, however. There is the small question of national sovereignty as expressed by the Houses of Parliament.

For Gordon Brown to ratify the treaty-not-constitution, he must succeed in persuading the members of both the Commons and Lords not merely that it is in Britain’s interests to do so. He must do more. He must persuade them that it is also such a relatively insignificant piece of paper that it will make no fundamental difference to Britain’s relationship with the EU. We all know that is an impossible task because, like it or not, the creation of an EU President and an EU Foreign Office etc is yet another giant leap down the yellow brick road to a super-state. What’s more, Gordon Brown’s Government was re-elected on the pledge that we would have a referendum on the EU constitution. He now weasels out of it by claiming the treaty isn’t a constitution. But a mackerel by any other name would stink as badly.

Ask Gisela Stewart, the Labour MP for Edgbaston. She knows it’s a fundamental shift in our relations with the EU and so she should as she was on the committee which drew up the constitution in the first place. So it is possible that, having promised us a referendum, MPs of all parties will vote for one. The arguments against a referendum revolve around two claims: that the change is not that basic thanks to Gordon’s “red line” opt-outs; and that the issues are far too complicated for the likes of us to understand.

None of that really gets away from the fact that Gordon and his chums promised a referendum and now they refuse to keep their promise. Perhaps we should retain some faith in Parliamentary sovereignty and assume there are enough honourable Labour MPs and Liberal Democrats willing to join the campaign calling for a referendum.

Let’s not assume the worst about our Parliament. Let’s assume our politicians believe they should keep their promises. But let’s do everything in our power to persuade them that our country’s interests should come first.

And perhaps the BBC would be kind enough to wait for the decision of Parliament before writing off the next three months of debate.

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

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Energy in the Home Part 1

Here are a few points about energy in the home. It appears from a recently published report that some of these are not well known. My apologies if you are already in the know. This week it’s mainly about home heating.

  • About 27% of the UK contribution to climate change comes from use of energy in the home and rather more than half of this comes from home heating.
  • Switching on anything that creates heat uses energy.
  • The heat leaks away so we have to keep the heating going. The longer it is on and the higher the temperature the more fuel is burned and the more CO2 is released contributing to climate change.

Top tips for reducing home heating contribution to climate change:-

  • Heat only the rooms you are using and keep all doors and windows closed as much as possible. Costs you nothing but saves money.
  • Keep the heating as low as possible and wear a few extra clothes. Every 1 degree cooler is another 10 % off your gas or oil bill or a slightly smaller reduction in electricity bill if you heat by electricity. Over sixties and infirm should have 21 degrees in sitting rooms and babies/children’s bedrooms should be below 19 degrees.
  • Get cavity wall and loft insulation. These pay for themselves in a couple of years and make really big savings from then on.

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

Ebay scam
Email users are warned to beware of emails that falsely purport to come from ebay, entitled 'invoice' and thanking the recipient for their purchase of a Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag - priced at £275. Recipients of the scam email are asked to pay the invoice by clicking on a link in the email. This is a common email scam circulating at the moment and computer users are urged to delete them and not to follow any links they might containing

Stickers
Householders are advised that door to door sellers are reported to be trying to sell 'we don't buy at the doorstep' stickers - door to door! In similar cases in the past it has been reported that some of the sellers claim that residents own stickers are 'out of date'. Email alert recipients are reminded that they can obtain free doorstep stickers from Warwickshire Trading Standards Service.

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.

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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The Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) helps and encourages people living in rural areas to develop their communities. By aiding locally led and run projects, they also hope to strengthen social ties within Warwickshire's villages and small towns.

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