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Edition 189 - 10th January 2008
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Warwickshire Firefighters Fund Dinner

FireHenley-in-Arden is getting behind the Warwickshire Firefighters Families Fund by holding a dinner for nearly 60 people on Friday January 25th.

The initiative comes from the town's High Bailiff Ray Holding and the Court Leet supported by Henley professional caterer Sue Westmacott of Sue Dalby Catering Ltd.

The dinner, which is expected to be a sell-out with tickets at £30 each, will be held at the home of Mr and Mrs Brian Westmacott, who have hosted several charity events in the town in recent years.

Guests of honour at the dinner will be Alcester retained fireman Mark Walker with his wife Maggie, and Henley's Watch Manager Richard Butler with his wife Sara.

Mr Walker is a retained fireman with 18 years service based at Alcester Fire Station and the couple have been actively involved in supporting members of the bereaved families.

High Bailiff Ray Holding said: "Alcester and Henley both have retained fire stations and we are all acutely aware of the magnificent and courageous job carried out by the firefighters within our community.

“This will be our second fundraiser: a coffee morning in November, organised by Mrs Rosemary Sharman and friends from the Court Leet raised £570 for the Families Fund and we are delighted to be able to take this further initiative to show that Henley is 100 per cent behind its Fire and Rescue Service."

For further information please contact Dale le Vack on 07972506170 or 01789 295154 or

Red Cross Appeal gives money to District Council

The British Red Cross’ public appeal, which commenced in response to the July flooding, has enabled Stratford-on-Avon District Council to give an extra £150 to flood victims.

Information provided during the application to Central Governmental for grants earlier in the year, has enabled the District Council to assess households that have been particularly damaged and therefore set up criteria by which to be compared in order to highlight those who have been worst affected.

Particularly badly affected households will be contacted over the next few of weeks and receive a cheque. To find out if you have been successful with regards to a further grant, please contact Robert Walsh, Head of Community Services.

“In August, the Executive decided to issue £250 to every household that was affected by the summer floods. However, with this additional funding, we are now able to target those households that were worst affected.” Says Chris Williams, Community Services Portfolio Holder.

To find out more about the work of the Red Cross, visit

For further information about the floods, visit Warwickshire County Council’s website at

Land Maintenance and Untidy Sites

I am involved with a situation in Tanworth in Arden where an untidy site is the cause of concern because it is littered with all  sorts of debris from building material, other rubble, empty gas bottles, discarded cardboard boxes and other items I will not mention . I had some recollection about legislation to enforce a clean up and have had helpful information from a County Council Solicitor. The cases illustrated are self explanatory and outline what can be done by a Local Authority, in our case that is Stratford on Avon District Council. So do not hesitate if the need exists.

George Atkinson - County Councillor

Examples of the use of s.215 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in practice

There are a number of different situations in which s.215 can be used.

Agricultural Land
Amber Valley Borough Council successfully used s.215 to clear land which was adjacent to a public footpath which was being used to the storage and dumping of vehicles and vehicle parts.

However, the use of s.215 is rare on agricultural land. The Department For Communities and Local Government report that many authorities have indicated that they are nervous of serving s.215 notices on agricultural land. The reason for this is that many authorities do not believe remote sites cause harm to amenity.

Residential and Commercial Property
In cases involving residential and commercial property s.215 notices have been successful. However, there are often problems as the site may have fallen into disrepair due to the owner having financial difficulties meaning that they cannot comply with the notice and if the authority itself does the work in default it can be difficult to recover the monies owed. One way to recover monies is to register a Land Charge on the property with HM Land Registry. In some cases where there is a mortgage on the property the mortgagee will repossess and comply in order to ensure re-sale of the property. Pressure from neighbours can also ensure compliance.

Authorities are warned by the Department for Communities and Environment not to serve notices on small pieces of land. When Exeter City Council served notice on a front garden which contained a large amount of disused furniture, the owner complied by merely moving the items onto the public pavement. However, depending on the individual there can be compliance on small pieces of land.

Examples from Blackpool Borough Council

  • A mid-terraced residential property had an untended front garden which included a derelict car.
    The Notice issued required the owners to remove the car and leave the garden in a “clean and tidy” condition.
  • Another mid-terrace residential property this time had scaffolding in place for 5 years on the front, side and rear of the property. Additionally there were missing roof slates, boarded up windows and rubbish, bricks and overgrown plants in the rear garden
    The Notice required the scaffolding to be removed, roof slates repaired, replacement of windows, the clearance of the garden and repainting.

Example from King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council

  • House and garden were in poor condition. The notice required the notice to paint window frames and doors, clear gutters, replace tiles, remove scrap vehicles (including a caravan) and lay garden area to grass.

Derelict Land
Where land is to be developer, experience shows that developers are not keen to carry out works where development is pending, this often lead to the authority needing to carry out the work in default. There may also be problems locating the owner of the land. However, the use of s.215 notices on derelict land are generally successful and can include the demolition of entire buildings.

Examples from Burnley Borough Council

  • Former hospital site which was awaiting residential development.

    Notice required the owners to:

        • remove rubble and loose material,
        • remove all weeds,
        • spread the land and mounds with food grade soil of a thickness of not less than 50mm,
        • seed the whole site with good quality grass and
        • break up hard surface areas to allow land to drain

•Open land where development had started to take place

Notice required owners to:

    • remove rubble, litter and rubbish,
    • remove all weeds,
    • regrade subsoil mounds so they were 1 metre away from the edge of the land and
    • seed the whole area with good quality grass

Examples from Derwentside District Council

  • Derelict former commercial premises
  • Notice required owners to:

      • remove all surface debris and demolition material from land and clear general litter,
      • cut back weed growth and treat with a chemical retardant and
      • construct a brick and stone wall to prevent further slippage of rubble and loose material on to the public footpath
  • Derelict former chapel

    Notice required owners to:

      • demolish all walls and structures and
      • remove all the surface debris and demolition material from the land

Example from Leicester City Council

  • Former railway embankment now a fly-tipping site

    Notice required owners to

    • Clear fly-tipping from site
    • Erect a fence along road frontage of the site

Further details on these case studies can be found at

Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust

The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will be held in the Memorial Hall in Station Road on Wednesday 6th February at 8 o’clock in the evening. The meeting is convened by the Town Improvement Committee and is a chance for residents of the town to attend and elect representatives to the committee.

The committee is responsible for the running and upkeep of the Memorial Hall and the Playing Fields used by the sports clubs. If you have any views or items that you would like the committee to discuss this meeting will be an opportunity to bring them to the committee’s attention.

All residents of the town are welcome to attend and to hear what is being done to preserve and develop these important amenities in the town.

The agenda for the meeting is detailed on notices around the town, and below.

TIC Agenda

Influence your Council’s spending

SDCTax payers in the Stratford district are being invited to air their views on services provided by their Council next year. Stratford-on-Avon District Council is holding a public consultation meeting on Monday 14th January at the Council's headquarters.

"Council Tax is obviously of great concern to our residents. We want to make sure that District Council services, which cost about nine per cent of their bill, provide value for money and meet the needs of our taxpayers," said Cllr Les Topham, the District Council Leader.

"The aim of this consultation is to let the public have their say on where they think we should concentrate on with our spending. All members of the public are welcome, because their views are taken into account when we look at prioritising our various services, which will then give us a steer on setting the levels of Council Tax."

The meeting takes place between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on Monday 14th January at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Background Information
Information provided at the meeting will explain how the District Council's expenditure is spread across various services, how much of the Council’s income comes from Council Tax, and how the remaining budget requirement is funded through Government grant, fees, etc.

For further details about the consultation meeting please contact Simon Purfield on 01789 260118. Any inquiries relating to Council Tax should be made to David Buckland on 01789 260425.


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Henley Forest FC

Match Report v Evesham United A

Cup/League: League

Date: 5/1/08

Final Score: 4-1 Henley

Man of the Match: Tom Wale

Henley Forrest

Darryl Powers taps in Goal Number 1!

Ahead of this game, and reflecting on the performance of last week against GSA & Smethwich Town, Manager John Colby made several changes to the team, this week goals were on the wish-list & he decided to try something different with a fresh formation.

Within two minutes of kicking off Forest made their presence known, with Striker Darryl Powers getting one into the back of the net for Forest, no more than 3 minutes had passed and co-Striker Bed Adshead got his name on the scoresheet. Evesham battled back hard, their efforts paying off as they brought the score to 2-1.

However the efforts of the entire Forest team could not be beaten, this week they dearly wanted the 3 points, and tremendous effort all round, solid performance from the three strikers, Darryl Powers netting 2, Bed Adshead getting himself another to equalising Sam Churchley as Forest’s top goal scorer with 9 goals so far this season, and new to the team Dan Hodgkins gets his debut goal for Forest, and many near misses hitting the woodwork bringing the final score 4-1 to Forest.

The smiles from John Colby were clear, he said of the game “Absolutely terrific, that’s how you win games – they played well and to be honest from the start I would have predicted 8-0 to Henley, you have to hand it to Evesham, they battled hard and held us off as best as they could. This was played on a typical School Pitch, very taxing on every player however I am extremely pleased with our performance, our combined skill & effort was simply too much for the opposition. Going for goals this week, I decided to do something different - I changed the formation, happily is paid off. The lads at the Back were solid, Midfield commanded and the Strikers simply did their job”

Man of the Match goes Mid Fielder Tom Wale, “relentless throughout the entire 90 minutes”

Next Fixture: 12 Jan 08 – Round Three Jack Mould Cup. Away to Continental Star Res 1.30pm Kick Off.

Karen Parsons

Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMJanuary Blues

Walking the dog over the last few evenings the change in Henley streets has been marked.

All the lights have gone, no more Father Christmas climbing the chimneys, no more snowmen smiling, no more flashing icicles swinging in the wind.

Well Christmas cheer is well and truly over. Especially as we are now back at work (whatever that may be). Even though we like work (or maybe not) a few days off over Christmas with family and friends makes the long cold winter nights more bearable.

What can we do to change the outlook? Book a holiday? Join a gym? What help me is getting some daylight. Walking the dog in the mornings, in the rain or dry, certainly clears the morning head. But we could all try something new, let’s make a small change in 1 or 2 areas of our life and see what happens.

Some suggestions : take a walk, change the light bulbs to low energy ones, turn the TV off and read a book., change to free range eggs or organic veg. Whatever change you decide on make it worthwhile for yourself or the environment.

But remain positive, its 135 days until May bank holiday week and 73 days until Easter, by which time the weather should be better.

Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Bread-baskets and basket-cases

Nigel HastilowGuess where we’re going for our holidays this year? Kenya. Or not as the case may be. A few weeks ago it seemed such a good idea. A winter break to mark the boss’s significant next birthday (30 – again) on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. All that wildlife, all that communing with nature, all that lovely weather and exotic food.

We were looking forward to it. We’ve never been to Africa before. It’s always a bit dodgy but Kenya and Tanzania seemed pretty stable, tourist-friendly countries. It was probably as safe to dip a toe in the African waters there as it would be anywhere. That, at least, is what we thought some time before Christmas when we finally booked the trip-of-a-lifetime. That’s not quite how it seems now, though.

About 290,000 Brits visit Kenya every year. But to show how safe it used to be, in 2006, the British embassy was only called on to assist 13 times – five road accidents and eight muggings.

The Foreign Office advice is pretty clear. It lists a whole gazetteer of places to avoid during the current Kenyan “troubles”. It’s a different story now, though. The Foreign Office advises against “all but essential travel”, recommends people in Kenya stay indoors and adds: “If you need to travel, including to an airport, you should exercise extreme caution.” Tourists now need armed police escorts just to get from their hotels to the airport. Food and fuel shortages are beginning to bite.

The advice goes on: “There is a high threat from terrorism in Kenya. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Previous attacks have included a bomb attack on an hotel which resulted in significant loss of life, and an unsuccessful attempt to bring down a civilian airliner in Mombasa. These attacks took place in the month leading up to the last Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Kenya.”

Great. Just the place for a relaxing break.

It’s not surprising the prospect of a Kenyan safari is receding rapidly over the horizon. At the last count, 200 people had been killed including 30 who were burned alive while they were sheltering from danger in a church. We were hoping to see wildlife at close quarters. Not wild gun-toting locals kicking off because the President rigged the General Election and/or because one tribe gets to carry on lording it over another. I suppose it’s naïve to think anywhere in Africa is “safe” for tourists. Kenya, after all, boasts neighbours such as Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, none of which could be described as remotely stable or significantly troubled by democracy.

Indeed, Africa is never out of the headlines what with warfare, despots lining their pockets, the failing footsteps of democracy, the destruction of capitalism amid greed and incompetence. Not to mention grinding poverty, disease, starvation and death most of which are the result of the aforementioned war, despotism, greed etc.

You sometimes wonder how anybody survives at all when you see and hear the mayhem and sheer criminality which dogs the continent. It can be argued that the blame lies with us. Many of the world’s worst trouble-spots were at some point part of the British Empire. Look at them now.

We helped to create Iran and Iraq. We created Israel. We demanded democracy in Rhodesia and in place of Ian Smith’s “illegal, whites-only regime” we got Robert Mugabe’s destruction of Zimbabwe. Once it was the bread-basket of Africa; now the basket-case.

And then there’s Pakistan. Its instability is now a threat to all of us. It’s long been a breeding ground for fundamentalist terrorism. Now, it’s close to being without either military dictatorship or democracy which leaves nothing much but anarchy.

That’s bad enough in starving African nations like Somalia and Ethiopia but it’s a great deal worse – for everyone in the world – if you discover you’re dealing with a failed nuclear power which has already fought three wars with neighbouring India. It’s tempting to argue that the best thing we could have done with the British Empire was refuse to let the sun set on it quite so quickly. Running down the flag and getting the hell out of Africa and India as fast as we did exposed some fledgling democracies to long, slow disintegration.

It’s worked wonderfully well for a some, notably India. But for others it has been – and continues to be – a humanitarian catastrophe. Of course, getting out fast was meant to make up for a couple of centuries of conquest and exploitation. But we abandoned many countries before they were really ready to go it alone. And if you asked most Zimbabweans whether they preferred dictatorship and food under Ian Smith or “democracy” and starvation under Robert Mugabe, it’s pretty obvious democracy is not their most pressing priority.

Now it’s Kenya. It would be good to visit the country if only because my tourism would help to boost the economy. But discretion is the better part of valour.

Ah well, looks like it’s Devon again this year.

Nigel Hastilow

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Buy and eat more of what’s in season. Avoid air freighted food.

If your new years resolution was to eat more in-season food here’s some info to help.

The following are likely to have high carbon footprint due to being air freighted when not in season:- Asparagus, figs, blackcurrants, blueberries, cherries, cut flowers, strawberries and raspberries. Also often air freighted:- pineapples, grapes, avocados, peaches and nectarines, mangoes, papaya, passion fruit and exotic veg. such as mange tout & sugar snap peas. Choose British apples whenever you can.

In Season foods in for the first few months of 2008

January. Leeks, Kale and Venison.
. Carrots, Onion and Rabbit.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Scallops, Spring Onions.

Leeks in Cheese Sauce with a Crunchy Topping

4 Medium Leeks trimmed Half a pint of full cream milk
1 oz Butter or Margarine 2oz Breadcrumbs- white or wholemeal
3 Level tablespoons Flour Half a level teaspoon Mustard powder
4oz Grated Cheddar or local hard cheese Salt and pepper to taste

Remove outer leaves from leeks. Cut them in half lengthways and wash thoroughly.
Cook them in boiling salted water for 10-15 minutes.
Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook gently for 1 minute.
Remove pan from heat and gradually add the milk, stirring continuously.
Bring to the boil and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens
Stir in Half of the cheese, and the mustard. Season to taste.
Arrange the leeks in a greased shallow flameproof dish, and pour over the sauce.
Mix together the remaining sauce and the breadcrumbs and spoon over the dish.
Brown the dish under a hot grill, or heat for 15 minutes in a hot oven Gas mark 6 or 200 degrees centigrade.

1. Mix in cooked sliced parsnips or carrots with the leeks.
2. Sunflower seeds or chopped hazelnuts can be mixed with the breadcrumbs.

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards


And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Tradind StandardSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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

Between 1200 hours on 5th January and 1200 hours on 6th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a vacant property in Oldberrow, Henley in Arden. They have then gained entry through a rear door and removed copper piping and copper water tanks. The property has now been left soaked with water.
Incident 341 of 6th January 08 refers.

Between midnight on 3rd December 07 and 2100 hours on 4th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on The Green, Tanworth in Arden. They have then forced the lock on the garage door and stolen various items from within.
Incident 509 of 4th January 08 refers.

At around 0200 hours on 31st December 07 unknown offender/s approached premises in Bearley Cross, Wootten Wawen. They have then used a jemmy to force the rear door and removed a complete fruit machine.
Incident 45 of 31st December 07 refers.

Between 2000 hours and 2200 hours on 2nd January 08 unknown offender/s approached a VW Polo on Earlswood Common and damaged a window.
Incident 594 of 2nd January 08 refers.

Between 1500 hours on 22nd December 07 and 1030 hours on 3rd January 08 unknown offender/s have approached a property on Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden and stolen three miniature palm trees and a hosereel.
Incident 93 of 4th January 08 refers.

Between 28th December 07 and 4th January 08 unknown offender/s have approached a property on Springbrook Lane, Earlswood and removed a quantity of large Koi Carp from a garden pond at the rear.
Incident 273 of 5th January 08 refers.

At around 2200 hours on 31st December 07 two offenders approached a group near to premises on Earlswood Common and asked if they had any phones or money on them. They have then stolen a mobile phone and money from a member of the group. Offenders described as white males, of scruffy appearance and driving a silver Clio/Renault-type car.
Incident 556 of 31st December 07 refers.

Between the afternoon of 1st January and 1025 hours on 5th January 08 unknown offender/s have approached premises in Blunts Green, Henley in Arden and stolen an Ifor Williams horse trailer. They have also taken the wheel clamp that had been securing the trailer.
Incident 181 of 5th January 08 refers.

Between 0130 hours and 0800 hours on 5th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a green Land Rover Discovery on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They have then attempted to remove the spare wheel.
Incident 268 of 5th January 08 refers.

The Trading Standards Service has recently received a number of reports concerning the following credit card telephone scam. This is not a new scam, but one that emerges from time to time.

The scam works like this: the person calling says, “This is (name) and I’m calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern and I’m calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank) did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £497.99 from a Marketing company based in London?”. When you say “no”, the caller continues with “Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from £297 to £497, just under the £500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?”

You say “yes”. The caller continues – “I will be starting a fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 0800 number listed on the back of your card (0800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. “Do you need me to read it again?”

Here’s the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works, the caller then says, “I need to verify you are in possession of your card.” He’ll ask you to “turn your card over and look for some numbers.”. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he’ll say, “That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?” After you say, “no”, the caller then thanks you and states, “don’t hesitate to call back if you do”, and hangs up.

You actually say very little and they never ask for or tell you the card number.

What the scammers want is the 3 digit PIN number on the back of the card. They get it by using enough information about you as an individual to convince you that you are talking to a bona fide person. They then use the number to make online purchases which are charged to your credit card.

Never provide personal or financial information, or confirm same, to anyone over the phone who you don’t know or trust and in particular where you receive, rather than make the call (as you would do when purchasing goods or services over the phone). If you receive a call and think it is a genuine request, ask to phone back using a publically accessible number (for example one that appears in a telephone directory or on a trusted website), and remember real card issuers won’t need to ask you any information about your card – they already have it!

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

Wednesday 23rd January 2008 between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 6th February between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 20th February between 11am – 1pm

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

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


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 the singers from Henley and audience alike for their continuing support. Look out for “Pirates” in July 2008!

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).

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.

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).

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
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.

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

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 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.
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.
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
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
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email

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 for further information.

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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