Edition 187 - 20th December  2007
Warwickshire Village Ventures
Competition Winner 2007
Every Thursday

St John's

A pen and ink drawing of St John`s Church by the late Keith Ford - Gentleman of Henley.

We are grateful to Pam Ford for being allowed to publish Keith's drawing in our Christmas edition.


The High Bailiff and his wife Ann wish the townspeople of Henley and Beaudesert
a very happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Father Christmas visits the Fire Station

Father Christmas arrives in Henley's Fire Engine

Father ChristmasOnce again Santa's Grotto at the fire station proved to be a great success on the Saturday 15th December. Between 10:15 and 1pm Father Christmas was visited by 110 'well behaved' children from Henley and the surrounding area, proving that combining Santa and a fire engine is a combination that entices the 'big' children as well as the young ones. The fire station was full and the tea,coffee and mince pies were welcomed by all who braved the dry, but frosty morning and 'Santa's helpers' had to make more than one trip to Somerfield to replenish supplies.

This was the 11th year that Santa has dropped by the fire station and thanks go to Ray Evans who organizes Father Christmas' diary!

Henley fire fighters would like to thank the generous nature of ALL the High Street business's that keep donating the fantastic Tombola prizes. Our morning could not happen without their constant support.

This years profit, of a staggering £429, will be donated to the Warwickshire Fire Fighters Family Fund to aid those people who lost their loved ones at the recent tragic event at Atherstone-on-Stour

Thank you Henley for your support and wishing you all a merry christmas from your fire fighters at Henley Fire Station

Richard Butler - Watch Manager


Normandy Market Visits Town

A little sprinkling of Christmas magic dust fell on Henley in Arden last Saturday as the town played host to a fine Normandy Market.

Normandy Market

Shelia Roy, Chairman of the Parish Council and Town Crier Gordon Trinder with the managers of the Normandy Market.

Fired up with mulled wine and freshly cooked cheese and onion tart, Christmas shoppers happily bounced between the stalls, stopping to chat or when drawn by yet another exotic gastronomical offering. High Street musical entertainment was provided by the suitably refined Jazz quartet Swing Manouche who added their own style to Jazz classics ( and a few of their own festive creations) in the ‘Hotclub’ Gypsy Jazz style. Those preferring a more English approach to the festivities could take a break from their shopping to enjoy a pint of fine ale in front of a glowing fire (courtesy of the Three Tunns) before bracing the sharp winter weather to witness one of six energetic Morris dancing performances....Henley’s full of goodwill and merriment!

Market
Market
Market
Market

The event, organised by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, gave a welcome opportunity to escape the Christmas rush and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful and historic setting.


Rotary Club's Christmas Collection

The Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club held its annual collection in the High Street on Saturday morning. Our picture below shows the Rector, donating to collecting box of John Latham Past President of the Henley Rotary Club.

Rotary

Henley Golf and Country Club again supported the event by providing mulled wine and hot mince pies alongside the barrel organ outside One-Stop. Rotary meets most Monday evenings at the Henley Golf Club and was very grateful to Stuart and Kate Allen for their support.

David Snell, President of the Rotary Club told Henley NEWS On-line that £452 had been raised for Rotary Charities and he thanked all the residents of Henley who had contributed so generously.


Message from our MP

James PlaskittAs 2007 draws to a close, I know there are plenty of things going on which can make us feel a bit apprehensive about the year to come.  You only have to pick up any paper to see a steady flow of depressing headlines - falling house prices, soaring fuel bills, credit crunch etc etc.  And it's true, there is a challenging combination of events going on in the world economy at the moment.  But is it reason to get depressed over Christmas?  I don't really think so.  We've had big challenges to our economic stability before at various times over the last decade, and come through all of them.
 
The key is to have the right policies in place, to guide our economy through a tough period.  The most important things to keep in place are low inflation and steady levels of employment.  We've got both.  Rapid house price inflation was never going to go on for ever - and nor should it.  The housing market needs a modest correction.  The Bank of England can gradually lower interest rates to keep the economy in balance.  So, yes,  2008 will probably see rather stormy economic seas around the world.  But our ship is watertight.
 
James Plaskitt MP


Henley News On-line

Henley NEWS On-line will not be published next week and will return in 2008 on Thursday 3rd January.

It has been a good year for Henley NEWS On-line. Our readership is now consistently over 1,000 per week and we won the Warwickshire Ventures Competition. We helped organise the protest against the inappropriate market site redevelopment, which has been withdrawn this week.

We would like to thank all our correspondents and photographers whose regular contributions are so vital to our publication.

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all our readers

Bill Leech - Editor


Henley Market Redevelopment - Latest Update

David Hadley reports from the Action Group

Planning

 

We are delighted that the developers have withdrawn their latest planning application for the Henley Cattle Market but we intend to continue with our plans for a residents’ consultation survey early in the New Year.

 

At this time, residents will have the opportunity to record their views on the development, which will be collated and sent to the District Council and Taylor Wimpey in due course.


Laurence Marshall Comments

MarshallI suppose it is with temporary relief that the current application for development of the market site has been withdrawn and I hope this serves to prove that, despite the many frustrations, Henley’s elected representatives have and will continue to strive tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcomes for the citizens of our town.

One part of this battle has been ensuring that the South Warwickshire Housing Associations’ funding request was contested (even though the Lead Officer recommendation to the District Council Executive was that it should be approved), additionally, at all levels of representation whether that be at Parish, District or at County level, hours of research sifting through the numerous and complex planning policies have enabled us to jointly put forward the best possible material objections, rather than giving time to emotive objections that would have no bearing on the outcome of an application. Throughout the consultation process the response from certain individuals towards their elected representatives has been a little disappointing and, although it goes with the territory, I hope those individuals concerned will in future not be quite so quick to jump to the wrong conclusions and understand that we are ALWAYS working to achieve the best result for Henley and that is why we all so freely give of our time.

Its certain that a new proposal will be submitted early in the New Year and in my view, working to the District Council’s pre Moratorium allocations would adequately satisfy our local communities affordable housing needs whilst ensuring that our community remains balanced. I have asked Taylor Wimpey’s consultant for this project Mr Joel Essex to give due consideration to all of the material comments raised prior to submitting any new proposals.

In closing, I’d like to wish all residents of the Henley Ward comprising the Parishes of Wootton Wawen, Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Laurence Marshall
Ward Member Henley - Stratford District Council


Thanks to Henley NEWS On-line

Editor,

Hooray that the latest Planning Application has been withdrawn but may I add that I think that had you not kept us so closely informed, pushed us and guided us through the best procedures, this new estate would have, more than likely, taken place.

Well done to you and thank you.

Stephen Hunter.

PS  I would like you to publish this letter.


Chairman in Scandal at Henley Society Party ??

Xmas Party

A picture speaks a thousand words. I leave you to judge for yourselves. The assembled members at the party seemed to take it all in their stride but they are a pretty broadminded lot. Perhaps they were distracted by the delicious food provided by the Merry Maids

Xmas Party

Fabulous food

Xmas Party

The Merry Maids

Xmas Party
Xmas Pary

The Stratford Mummers provided an entertaining play followed by a few carols to complete the Christmas feel to the evening.

Next meeting, Ann Donnelly speaking about ‘John Shakespeare Glover and Brogger’ at the Baptist Church Hall. 8:00pm Thurs 24th Jan. Visitors welcome (£3).

John Stott - Reporting


Our Award goes to The Bluebell

Blue BellDuncan & Leigh have firmly established The Bluebell on the High Street as an outstanding restaurant taking several awards in the last twelve months and receiving many highly complimentary reviews. In addition, it was the only eating establishment in Henley to receive the District Council's Gold Award.

This year, the 'Henley NEWS On-line Best Restaurant in Henley' award goes to The Bluebell.

Their Christmas Menu is outstanding and the staff always provide a warm and friendly welcome. Henley is indeed fortunate to have so many excellent restaurants and we salute them all.

The Bluebell will be holding a 1950's Rock n Roll Party Night on New Year's Eve with Cocktails, All-American Dining & Fantastic live music. For bookings 01564 793049.


Police Xmas Card

Best Wishes for Christmas & the New Year
 
PS Bob Shaw, PC Simon Bennett & PCSO Tristan Jelfs


Christmas 2007 in Birmingham

Following last week's outstanding pictures of Stratford's Christmas decorations, Clive Hanley has visited Birmingham to record their Christmas lights.

Birmingham

Brindley Place

Birmingham

Gas Street Basin

You can view more of Clive's pictures at: http://clivesgeneralphotos.fotopic.net/c1426229.html

Photographs © 2007 Clive Hanley


Are you trying to start your own business?

BEW logoIf your New Year's resolution is to take that leap and become your own boss then there could be more help out there for you than you think. Business Enterprise Works is a business start-up support programme from Coventry University Enterprises. It provides a range of free support to residents of Coventry and Warwickshire, over 18 years old, who want to start their own business or become self employed.

If you've got a great business idea you can benefit from:

  • A 4-day business start-up course running in Henley-in-Arden on 21st January, 4th February, 25th February and 10th March 2008 (further dates are available in Stratford, Leamington Spa, Coventry, Rugby and Nuneaton)
  • Personal business mentoring - available in Coventry, Nuneaton, Shipston and now at our new location in Leamington Spa
  • Use of hot-desk office space at Coventry University Technology Park
  • Regular networking events
  • Links to markets and other entrepreneurs
  • Access to workshops and expert advice around subjects including intellectual property, tax, marketing, legal issues and many more

To give your new business an even better kick start for 2008, we have also launched "The Big Idea" competition. All you have to do is download an entry form at www.businessenterpriseworks.org/competition and send us details of your "Big Idea". The winner will receive all of the above support plus a laptop worth up to £500, professional design support and printed stationary
(full details at: www.businessenterpriseworks.org/competition). The closing date is 31st January 2008.

Take the next step towards your new career as your own boss and get in touch on 02476 236001 or email:
business-enterprise@cad.coventry.ac.uk

You can also find lots of useful information via our website www.businessenterpriseworks.org

Business Enterprise Works is supported by the Learning and Skills Council with funding from the European Social Fund.


Investment continues at Johnsons

New Coach

The Scania Irizer, before adding the Johnsons distinctive livery, one of six vehicles purchased by Johnsons Coach & Bus for delivery in the Spring

Some ¾ million has been invested in six new vehicles by Johnsons, with all vehicles scheduled for delivery in the spring.

The purchase of these vehicles is part of an ongoing investment programme aimed at ensuring that customers are offered the highest levels of comfort and safety in modern vehicles and also making sure the company stays well ahead of the competition.

The first vehicles to arrive, in March, will be three mini coaches offering both 24 and 16 seat options. They include every refinement; air conditioning, double glazing, carpets, curtains, extra leg room and a large boot.

To add to the holiday touring fleet a Scania Irizar club class 44 seat vehicle will join the fleet in May, having the same high specification as the rest of the fleet but will also includes a three point seat belt system, aircraft style overhead lockers. The vehicles sports quite a radically modern look, so look out for it on the roads

Completing the package are two Optaire Tempo service buses which incorporate the very latest technology including a comprehensive CCTV system, low floor for easy access and low fuel emissions.

All vehicles contribute to a reduced Carbon Footprint as they conform to the very latest Euro 6 emission standards

John Johnson, Director, Johnsons Coach and Bus said, "Investment is our life blood. We need to ensure that our fleet is one of the best in the business. We operate in a highly competitive industry and we need to ensure that we offer all our customers choice, comfort and safety. With the mini coaches we have identified a need to offer private hire customers in particular a smaller vehicle which has most of the features usually only found on the larger coaches."

The company now runs a fleet of some 70 vehicles and employs 250 full and part time staff all based at their coach depot in Henley in Arden.

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report  v  Castle Vale Reserves

Cup/League: League

Date: 15/12/07

Final Score: 0-0

Man of the Match: Jim Craig (Centre Half)

Henley Forest

One of Jim Craig’s tackles

What a terrific game of football expelling an abundance of talent! Henley gave top of the League Castle Vale Reserves a run for their money, certainly a different game from their last meeting back in September when Vale beat Forest 2-0 away.

The visitors arrived at Henley well geared up for the game although it was evident right from the start that Forest were not going to be intimidated by track record & their League position. Right from the start the pressure was on Vale with their goalkeeper making a succession of saves & expressing relief as the ball continued to skim the woodwork time & time again. At half time as the 45 minute score remained at nil – nil Vale Players & Management left the pitch conscious of Forests determination whilst Forest once again frustrated at their many untaken chances.

Second half Forest came out with the same spirit as Vale continued to defend far more than attack, as Forest persisted with the pressure. The battle continued throughout and as the final whistle blew, Vale most certainly would have been satisfied with the draw, whilst Forest were disappointed knowing that they should have gone at least 4-0 up and picked up the three points.

Undeniably this was a great display of football by Forest, solid performances from every player although one player in particular stood out for Manager John Colby, Centre Half Jim Craig – absolutely tremendous game, with amazing strong solid tackles. As Colby pronounced Craig Man of the Match he commented on his “unquestionable excellence – great skill and an outstanding performance” he went on to say “Whilst I’m absolutely delighted with the entire squad, how did we not win? We are getting better and better as each week goes by, the lads are performing well, we’ve secured some great new signings and I can only be optimistic & look forward to the games ahead”.

Forest are starting to attract more supporters with each game which is great for the lads and its always a pleasure to have Chairman Pete Johnson at the game, although even more encouraging is to get positive feedback from him “they played really well and deserved the win but in the end they must take the chances presented to them, however its the best I've seen a Henley side play for years. JC should be really proud of this, I am..PJ”

Next Fixture: 22 Dec – Division Two’s Chelmsley Town - Round Two of the Jack Mould Cup - 1.30 Kick off at Henley.

Karen Parsons
Secretary
HENLEY FOREST FC


John Garner's Business Column

Important financial information

John GarnerFollowing the problems in the sub-prime lending market in America and the run on Northern Rock in the UK, uncertainty has now hit Japan.

In the last 7 days the Origami Bank has folded. The Sumo Bank has gone belly up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

Yesterday, it was announced that Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will likely be going for a song while today shares in Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

Furthermore, 500 staff at the Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report that there is something fishy going on at the Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk


Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMWhat is the Inflation Rate?

I heard on the news that the inflation rate has not change much this month. So I Googled it.

Now in November the CPI (Consumer Price Index) is 2.1% and the RPI (retail Price Index) is 4.3%

Since 1947 the RPI has been used as the domestic inflation figure, but since 1987 the CPI has been the better measure.

But enough of this twaddle, what I want to know is why is my council tax up by around 10%, why is petrol / diesel up around 10%, my mortgage has gone up month on month (with the exception of the last few), let alone the supermarket price increases. Yet the CPI and the RPI are below 5%

Why can’t politicians have a measure that is not only easy to understand but is real. We all need measures for whatever we do. It’s the only way we can set targets and decide when we reach them. But why is the CPI different from the RPI, which is the real inflation figure? And what is the real figure?

Enough moaning for now. I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy 2008, along with my vote of thanks to Bill for publishing Henley NEWS On-line, which includes my rubbish every week. Let’s hope 2008 is an improvement on 2007, no more floods and a hot summer this time please.

Grumpy Old Man


The Nigel Hastilow Column

The banking crisis - ask the customers

Nigel HastilowIt’s no wonder our banking system is in crisis – it’s just taken my wife Fiona three attempts to open a bank account. You would have thought that Barclays, in common with the other High Street banks, would be desperate for customers wishing to lend it their money.

That’s all Fiona wanted to do. And she wanted a new piggy bank to put it in called a bank account. It’s a simple concept. Most of us possess one. So she walks into our local branch and asks if such an innovation was possible. She used to work for Barclays and she knows how things have changed. So she took precautions. She had her passport, utility bills and so on to prove she is who she says she is and is not trying to launder drugs money.

However things were a bit more basic. “Do you have an appointment?” she was asked, She did not. In that case, she was told, she must make an appointment and come back another day. She was told in no uncertain terms that should have known this in advance and taken the trouble to book an appointment over the phone.

Instead, she was informed, she had marched into a branch expecting them to drop everything just because she felt like depositing her modest sum of money into a new account. “You have to book an appointment, it’s more professional,” the bank clerk told her. Fiona pointed out, as politely as her rising blood pressure would allow, that it was not possible to book an appointment to meet a specific banker at a certain branch at an appointed hour for one very good reason. They refuse to disclose their branch telephone numbers to tedious people like their own customers.

So Fiona went away and returned a couple of days later. The meeting went pretty well and they were prepared to take the cheques and deposit them in her new account there and then. The cash, unfortunately, would take longer. Indeed, it would take until the account was actually open. And that would not happen until Fiona provided a piece of headed notepaper with her name on. She’d already offered up headed notepaper without her name on. She had run it off her PC at home. Now she had to do the same again, but with this slight variation.

Apparently it was supposed to conform to some new regulation, real or invented, which offered the bank extra security that she wasn’t washing Mafia millions through her account. But as all she did was go home, add her name to a word document, print it out and return to the bank it was an entirely unnecessary, pointless exercise which wasted an hour of her time and caused untold fury in the Hastilow household. What, you may ask, has any of this got to do with the worldwide credit crunch and the British banking crisis?

The answer is that it proves the banks have more or less lost interest in their ordinary customers, lost touch with reality and are probably incapable of dealing with the number of people they now supposedly cater for. These days virtually everyone has a bank account. And the banks can’t really cope with all those transations. They resort to closing branches, imposing charges and ordering us all onto the internet. But still they can’t really manage. So they abandon traditional bank managers and turn everyone into money salesmen with targets for the number and value of the loans they can foist on their customers.

That’s how they encourage themselves to lend vast sums of money to people with little or no income.

The “sub-prime lending” crisis isn’t a purely American phenomenon. I heard the other day of a scam cooked up by an independent financial advisor and a bank money salesman. In one case, they lent a bloke on £25,000 a year a mortgage of £250,000. They then persuaded him to borrow another £500,000 to spend on buy-to-let properties. Inevitably he went bust but in the meantime the advisor and the manager were all right Jack, having each received bonuses for hitting their sales targets.

Now the Government is being forced to lend billions and billions of our money to our highly-respectable, highly-profitable High Street banks just to keep them in business. It’s said this crisis is the result of circumstances outside the banks’ control. But as they have hedged their bets and looked for new ways to make serious money, they have taken bigger risks. Some would call them gambles. At the moment, they’re on a losing streak. That doesn’t mean the banking system will collapse or we should withdraw our savings and stuff the money under the mattress.

But it does require the banks to think about getting back to basics. Buying and selling money, or bundles of debts, may be exciting. It may involve tens of millions of dollars. It may be potentially profitable. But if there is no security for the loan and the borrower hasn’t got the money to repay the debt, banks should walk away. That’s a very basic lesson old-fashioned bank managers understood very well.

These days the money salesmen have no incentive to protect their customers or their employers, let alone the entire global banking system, from financial meltdown.

And, of course, they are always far too busy to help a potential customer open a new account.

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

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COFFEE MORNING AND BRING AND BUY
Saturday 26th January, 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon in Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in aid of St. Basil’s Centre for Young Homeless in Birmingham.

HENLEY W.I.
There is no meeting this month because the 1st Tuesday is New Year’s Day.
On Tuesday January 9th Wendy is walking round Arrow Valley Park Lake – an easy walk of just over a mile on good footpaths. Please telephone her if you would like to join in.
PATCHWORK GROUP meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from January 16th from 2.00 p.m. until 4.30 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Beginners and improvers are welcome, some materials are provided for those who wish to have a “taster session”. Details from Wendy on 792488.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 8th January - Wine and Nibbles and a Workshop with Margaret Rumens.
7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. Visitors are welcome.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
We are looking forward to Tony Hamblin’s visit on Tuesday January 16th when he is showing his wonderful photographs of “Charismatic Birds Part 2”. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m.

HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Thursday 24th January, 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. “John Shakespeare, Glover and Brogger” by Ann Donnelly. Visitors and new members welcome.

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE WORKS
FREE 4-day start-up workshop to help develop your business idea are being held in Henley, 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on 21st January, 4th February, 25th February and 10th March. For more information call 02476 236001 or email business-enterprise@cad.coventry.ac.uk

THE MIKADO IN TANWORTH
Henley folk would probably prefer not to be reminded about 20th July – suffice to say that the Tanworth Singers’ G & S concert on that day was cancelled and replaced by one in October. The three concerts that were performed made a profit of £2,600. £1,300 has been sent to the Warwick Hospital New Children’s Unit fund and £1,300 has gone to Tanworth Village Hall. My thanks to Henley Singers and audience alike for their continuing support. Look out for “Pirates” in July 2008!

BULAVA CHORUS
Saturday, 22 March 2008 – The Guild Hall Garden Committee are presenting a concert by the Bulava Chorus, an exceptional Ukrainian Choir.  This will be held in Henley High School and will include supper.   Tickets are £15 each and can be obtained from Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987).

HENLEY CHARITY WALK
Sunday 4th May from Warwickshire College to Lowsonford and back. 'Party by the Canal' at Lowsonford with Jazz Band and Barbecue. Rotary invites teams from Henley's Organisations, Pubs and Clubs to enter. 75% of a walker's fundraising to their nominated charity and 25% to Rotary Charities. Further details from John Latham 0121 627 5058.

HENLEY"S HIDDEN GARDENS
Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 June 2008 – After a very successful day in 2006, Henley’s Hidden Gardens will again be open, on this occasion over two days.  If you would like your garden to be included, please contact Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987).

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 Coordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a coordinator. 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

B4CB4C
The Claverdon based charity now has capacity to give more help to local youth initiatives. If you have a youth project (or even just an idea for one) and would appreciate some professional help with strategic planning, financial matters, marketing or fundraising then please contact martin@rightangles.co.uk for further information.

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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