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Edition 196 - 6th March 2008
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Memorial Hall Dinner

Memorial HallLast Saturday night, 106 people attended the Memorial Hall Dinner organised by Memorial Hall Committee. The hall had been decorated during the day by many willing volunteers and looked most attractive. Three long tables had been arranged down the length of the hall.

Catering was provided by Sue Dalby who had created a ten bird roast which was served her husband Brian and their team. The food as usual was of a very high quality with nobody able to name all ten birds. The 10 birds were: wood pigeon, grouse, partridge ,snipe, pheasant, wild duck, guinea fowl, duck, goose and turkey.

The customary raffle followed with many excellent prizes being donated by supporters.

Finally Sara Coward took to the stage for a varied programme of readings. Sara is a longstanding member of the cast of radio serial 'The Archers' in which she plays Caroline Bone, owner of Grey Gables.

Sara's programme including: 'The Walrus and the Carpenter', a reading from 'Just William', 'Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage'.

Duncan Bainbridge, former High Bailiff, told Henley NEWS On-line, "We were all delighted with the support we had before, during and after the event. We raised over £2,000 which will be used for new chairs for the Memorial Hall.

Marijana added, "We are very fortunate to have such a great team of supporters and I would like to thank them all".

Bill Leech - Reporting & Photos

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Parish Assembly – Town Meeting

Do you live in the beautiful wasteland or the clearing in the forest? Does it matter?

Beaudesert and Henley, the two parishes of our town, are linked together by a joint parish council and so for most occasions and events the question is irrelevant. However, for our parish assemblies, where you live is significant. The Local Government Act 1972 states separate meetings should be held.

Once again common sense and statute are in conflict. At the last meeting held on 3rd April 2007, I was charged with investigating this apparent craziness. Foolishly, I thought this would be relatively straightforward. Applying strictly the letter of the law, two meetings should be held, leading to the repeating of similar reports to two groups of interested residents. Our contribution to making sense of this arrangement is to hold both meetings on the same night.

We have two chairs; Douglas Bridgewater holds the post for Beaudesert and Peter Crathorne for Henley. There are two agenda and two sets of minutes. There is one purpose. Over the next three weeks we hope to persuade you that you can share in that purpose, direct your democratic leanings to joining with your fellow residents to hear and question the progress made by our representatives. We are hearing that those who may come to the meeting will be interested in what is going to happen after the floods. Although it appears to be quiet on the “Market Site Development”, this coming together of our town may present the opportunity to find out more. If you agree with these then let us know. (See below.)

The Annual Parish Assembly for Beaudesert and Henley will take place on Tuesday 1st April 2008, at Henley Baptist Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

There is a special e-mail , write a letter marked parish assembly and post through the Heritage Centre door, or telephone or fax Paul Hill our joint parish clerk on 795499. Items making a big splash may be included. We need to know by 14th March 2008. Send an e-mail to get a copy of the minutes of our last meeting and the agenda as it is posted. Please indicate whether you are in Beaudesert or Henley.

Note: Beautiful Wasteland is an interpretation of Beaudesert and forest clearing in old English is said to be Hen Ley.

Henley Teenager Gains Duke of Edinburgh Award

AwardHundreds of young achievers from across the United Kingdom had a date at St James’s Palace last Wednesday 27th February.

Each member of this 800 strong group achieved The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and travelled to London to receive their certificates from the Award’s patron and founder – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Loretta Marshall from Beaudesert Park in Henley in Arden is pictured here with her proud father and had gained her Gold Award through a diverse range of activities over two years.

She worked tirelessly through five sections of the Award Programme – Service, Physical Recreation, Skills, a Residential Section and an Expedition to Honduras. Loretta commented “ It was only when we arrived at the site in the mountains north of San Jose in Honduras ( a whole days trek from the nearest road) that we realised the scale of our task, which was to help refurbish a rundown shack to be used as a classroom” she continued “our part of the project was to lay a new concrete floor in the classroom and, although I had to walk many miles each day to retrieve sand and sediment and carry this back to the site, I can now look back with total satisfaction at the result we all achieved”.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is committed to providing an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development. Participants can take part through schools, colleges, youth clubs, voluntary organisations to name but a few. It helps to instil citizenship qualities within young people such as self-belief, perseverance and leadership skills.

Bluebell Nominated for Top Award

Duncan &

Leigh and Duncan

The Bluebell has been short listed for a prestigious national hospitality industry award.

The popular High Street venue, run by Duncan and Leigh Taylor, is one of just six finalists – and the only one from the Midlands - in the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category of The Publican Awards 2008.

The winner will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on Tuesday 18th March.

Duncan and Leigh took over the Bluebell just two and a half years ago. Leigh used her skills as a specialist interior design consultant to the pub and restaurant trade to give the historic venue an attractive makeover complementing its character and charm.

The chic, contemporary and stylish interior is unique and the venue is always buzzing with atmosphere.

The Bluebell’s acclaimed menu features a superb choice of traditional pub classics and is renowned for its delicious homemade bread and ice cream.

Leigh said “We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the award and very proud that the changes we have made have been so popular.”

Cab drivers fined for smoking

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council has issued its first fixed penalty notices under the new smoking free legislation.

The District Council has fined 3 cab drivers £50 (£30 if paid within 15 days) each after being spotted by eagle-eyed Environmental Health Officers, although one of the taxi drivers is contesting the penalty and has chosen to have the offence dealt with by the magistrate’s court, and another has been issued with a warning after being reported smoking in his taxi.

It has been illegal to smoke in any place of work in England, including private hire vehicles, since 1 July 2007. The new laws mean drivers must park and get out of their cars to smoke because a taxi counts as a public space.

District Council Officers have been watching public places since the ban was implemented and despite issuing these fines the ban has been successful.

“It is not something that we take lightly, and we have provided lots of information and support for taxi companies to make sure they are familiar with the requirements under the new laws,” says Angela Lloyd, Smokefree Advisor for Stratford District Council.

“We hope these fines will serve as a warning and deterrent to other people and we hope Stratford District can maintain its near-perfect smoke-free record. This shows that the District Council will use formal action when necessary to safeguard people from the health impacts of second-hand smoke.”

Failure to display no-smoking signs in smoke-free premises and vehicles is also an offence under the new legislation and can lead to a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice. In addition, anyone in charge of a smoke-free premises or vehicle who fails to prevent people smoking can be fined up to £2500.

End ‘second class’ status for rural residents

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council is throwing its full weight behind a call to the Government to “stop treating rural citizens as second class”.

The call comes in a new report published by the Rural Services Network, a coalition of over 80 of England’s most rural local authorities – including Stratford District Council – and 150 other public service providers and rural interest groups.

The Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Trevor Russel said: “The report calls for more funding for rural authorities to compensate for the higher costs of delivering services, urges more action on affordable housing and proposes a fundamental review of how the planning system applies the test of ‘sustainability’ in rural areas. We fully support this call for action.

“Rural residents face a double whammy. They have to pay more in council tax than those living in cities where it’s easier to provide services, while the infrastructure isn’t in place to enable rural communities to thrive.

“The Government has promised that nobody should be disadvantaged because of where they live, yet it has consistently not done enough to protect the needs of those living in rural areas. This report is a wake-up call that rural citizens are not prepared to be treated as second class.”

Fined for ignoring Planning rules

ThirlwellIgnoring the requirements of the Hedgerow Regulations in south Warwickshire could land offenders in court is the message from Stratford-on-Avon District Council after a successful prosecution case.

In February Stratford-upon-Avon Magistrates’ court fined a local farmer £800 and awarded the District Council costs of £4000. The Magistrates found Mr S Freeman of Snitterfield guilty of removing 4 agricultural hedgerows, without first obtaining written consent from the District Council.

"These cases recognise the importance of protecting the countryside and the need to comply with planning rules and conditions," said Cllr Stephen Thirlwell (right), the District Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning. "People who break those rules and threaten the character of the District risk legal action and significant penalties. We want to reassure our communities that the District Council will enforce those rules where appropriate, and we are seeking to encourage landowners, developers and operators to face up to their responsibilities.”

Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

JPCAt the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 3rd March 2008 Members discussed five planning issues and thirteen items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded.

The main item on the Agenda was to consider the reports from the Floods Working Party consisting of those from Henley’s Floods Working Group and W.J.Burton (a hydrography expert), and Stratford District Council’s Recovery Plan. Whilst the Working Party’s Report gave the background and causes of the floods, Members mostly concerned themselves with the improvement options and lessons learnt. They agreed that the climatic changes meant that flooding in Henley was no longer a 1 in 100 years event, given that there had been two major floods since 1998. They noted the expert’s opinion that Henley should deal with the extremes of flooding, such as those experienced in July 2007, by building in flood resilience to properties affected and implementing flood warning and evacuation procedures. Members discussed a recommended flood action list which incorporated the following:

  • Install a flood alarm warning system,
  • Ensure all properties that were prone to flooding had sufficient sandbags,
  • Survey the River Alne and take remedial action, including de-silting and debris clearance throughout Henley, Beaudesert and Wootton Wawen,
  • Ensure continued de-silting and planned maintenance of the river,
  • Survey the length of the River Alne from source to reaching the River Arrow with the aim of improving the flow,
  • Ensure that Warwickshire County Council clear drains of debris and introduce planned maintenance to ensure continued cleaning,
  • Ensure that Warwickshire County Council implement an improvement programme on drains, primarily on all roads that were flooded,
  • Ensure that Stratford District Council increase roadside gulley cleaning throughout the town to ensure that debris does not obstruct the drainage system,
  • Work with Stratford District Council to ensure that culverts and gullies running through residents’ land are kept clear,
  • Consider and implement the best means of flood prevention in the Jubilee Play Area to ensure that pluvial waters are diverted from houses close by,
  • Take advice from the National Flood Forum to ensure that it can learn from best practice to ensure future flooding is minimised,
  • Apply pressure to Stratford District Council to ensure that planning guidance and policy be upgraded so that future building is flood resistant, and that in future houses are not built on the flood plain.

Members agreed wholeheartedly to adopt the above actions points, resolved to follow them up with all the agencies concerned and communicate progress with residents until all had been dealt with. It was agreed that Parish Newsletters would carry details of companies that offered personal flood defences, and that all future Newsletters would carry updates of progress on the above.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 17th March 2008. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and, as with all meetings of the Council, members of the public are welcome to attend.

House Prices in B95 5

Recent property sales in Henley:-

    • 183, High Street, B95 5BA - Sold for £202,350 on 04-01-2008
    • 51, Meadow Road, B95 5LB - Sold for £171,000 on 18-12-2007
    • Flat 11, Henley Park Court, High Street, B95 5FH - Sold for £215,000 on 14-12-2007
    • 15, Arden Road, B95 5LE - Sold for £279,000 on 14-12-2007
    • 14, Fieldhouse Close, B95 5DF - Sold for £378,000 on 11-12-2007
    • 31, Meadow Road, B95 5LD - Sold for £219,950 on 23-11-2007
    • Fieldfare, Ullenhall Street, B95 5PB - Sold for £487,500 on 21-11-2007
    • 2, Riverside Gardens, B95 5JX - Sold for £219,950 on 16-11-2007
    • 26, High Street, B95 5AN - Sold for £420,000 on 02-08-2007
    • 14, Millfield Court, B95 5AD - Sold for £131,000 on 17-06-2007

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Henley Primary visit Kingswood

Year Six children from Henley Primary School recently visited Kingswood, a local activity centre. The children were away from home and school for four days and nights.


The purpose of the annual visit is to encourage independence and also to develop co-operative and teamwork skills within the class. The visit is seen as a highlight of their final year at the school.

All the children were engaged in such activities as go-karting and abseiling and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, including the members of staff who accompanied them!

Paul Carruthers

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report v Austin Sports & Social

Cup/League:    CHALLENGE URN 2ND LEG        
Date:  01-03-08                   
Final Score:   2-0 (Austin)         
Man of the Match:  Matt Ross 

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Kev Winsdor battles with Austin Striker

Entering this game down on aggregate with Austin beating us 2-0 at our home ground a few weeks back, we remained confident that we would put up a good fight. However (apparent from very soon into the game) we were bullied and allowed them to bully us with little fight or retaliation. Austin left the pitch at half time 2 nil up, with our Goal Keeper Matty Ross making a succession of saves.

Forest battled as best they might throughout the second half although put Austin’s goalkeeper under very little pressure, the majority of Forest were disappointingly quite throughout the entire 90 minutes and simply allowed Austin to take control - Forest simply getting battered.

Had it not been for another super performance from Forests Keeper and Man of the Match Matt Ross, the score could easily have been 6 or 7 nil to the opposition. Manager John Colby was understandably disappointed: ” A poor performance from the majority of my players, who were far too quiet on the pitch and showed little fight. At the start of the game Austin struggled to field a side, not that we had our best team available, we had enough to win and its very annoying when you devote so much time to a side, to get such little back that might sound a tad hard, but its fact. I’m not fond of naming and shaming, but hopefully the weaknesses in the side will take heed and improve in the forthcoming games – Gutted were out of the cup”

“Matt Ross was superb and gave his all – we’re lucky to have such a great goal-keeper and his efforts were commendable – an easy choice Man of the Match”.

Karen Parsons

Rugby - Last Gasp Penalty Clinches Thriller

Highley 12 v Claverdon 13

RFCClaverdon travelled the 45 or so miles to fellow struggler’s Highley on Saturday and took the points thanks to a much improved performance and last gasp converted penalty. With many regular forwards missing through injury of illness Claverdon had travelled with a re-jigged pack that included the veteran hooker Mark Antony and also saw the return from the 2nds of loose head Paul Brannon. This allowed promising back row forward Matt Joyce a rare run out at flanker, instead of having to play as a make shift prop.

After having to change at the local leisure centre, Claverdon then drove back to the pitch for a a short warm up. Skipper Wyllie won the toss and decided to play up the large slope in the first half and to try to keep the game tight. Indeed the away side had much of the position in the first twenty minutes, but a fine break from the Highley back row fed their number 12 who brilliantly stepped his opposite man to run in under the posts, the easy conversion was slotted. Claverdon again got back into the game and the Lions back row carried the ball aggressively and always made yards whilst fly half Horswill made some nice breaks one of which saw him take a flat pop from his scrum half and crash over the line only to be held up by some dogged defending. Then again, whilst on top Claverdon missed a tackle down the blind side and paid for it with a try this time the tricky conversion was missed. Leaving the score 12 -0 at half time.

The Claverdon boys gathered at the break and the experienced number 8 Tony Jones fired some uplifting words to his team mates and with his rallying cry in their ears the Lions started the second half strongly. This half with the slope and wind in their favour Claverdon increased the pressure with Highley finding it impossible to clear their lines for long and indeed the entire second half was played in the home sides half. Though new to rugby having formed only two years previous Highley are very organised and have some very strong aggressive forwards. They managed to keep out the onslaught for fifteen or twenty minutes until a scrum from Claverdon led to quick ball to the backs and winger Gregg White having come inside on the crash from fly half Horswill powered over the line taking two defenders with him, Wyllie added the extra points. 10 – 7.

Claverdon continued to dominate and strong running from Paul Carruthers and Tony Jones as well as powerful rucking from Brannon and Joyce kept claverdon on the front foot, excellent breaks from Busby, Johnson and White all nearly secured the vital try the Lions were looking for but once again the home side defence stood strong. The pressure though told with just ten minutes left when Highley conceded a penalty at a ruck and Wyllie slotted over bringing them within a drop goal or penalty of victory. Again the away side powered on and tight head Carruthers popping up on the wing came within meters of touching down and the home crowd thought that was the last chance gone. But a knock-on in the line out by Claverdon bought a scrum to the home side over by the touch line. Then cometh the hour…. Veteran hooker Mantany took the ball against the head (his fourth of the match) and suddenly Claverdon sniffed the chance. But as skipper Wyllie stooped to get the ball at the back of the scrum his opposite number showing his inexperience came round too early and conceded the penalty, the ref told Claverdon that they had time for the penalty but it would be the final play. Up stepped Wyllie, have rightly taken stick a couple of weeks before and lined up the kick, he struck it well but at the last minute caught the strong wind and started to drift towards the far post, everyone went silent as they watched it strike the far upright before bouncing down onto the cross bar and drop over for the 3 points they needed to win.

Claverdon were elated and Highley heartbroken. The final score was 12-13.

John Garner's Business Column

New measures to prevent illegal working

John GarnerLast week, on 29th February, new civil penalties for employing illegal immigrants were introduced.

OK so you don't employ any immigrants at the moment – but this legislation could still affect you next time you recruit.

Before engaging an employee you must now take “all reasonable steps” to check their documentation. Exactly how you do this is not specified. In addition, some employees may have time limited leave to be in the UK so for them you must carry out repeat checks at least once a year.

For example, you must:

•verify that they are the rightful owner of the documents they present
•check the photograph and the date of birth against their appearance
•retain a copy or copies securely for a period of not less than two years after termination of the employment.

If the document is not a passport or other travel document you must keep a copy of the entire document. If it is then you must copy the front cover and any pages containing:

•the holder's personal details including nationality
•the holder's photograph
•the holder's signature
•the date of expiry
•a visa or entitlement to enter or remain in the UK and undertake the work in question.

You may only keep an employee's original documents for the period necessary for you to comply with the law.

Interestingly the legislation doesn't give any advice on how you should treat potential recruits who clearly are British and have a National Insurance number. But it does say that by checking specified documents from every prospective employee you may "establish a statutory excuse against payment of a civil penalty for employing someone not entitled to undertake the employment you have available". In other words, it'll be your fault if anything goes wrong.

Apparently new codes of practice will be published soon which will help you carry out the appropriate checks and, in doing so, avoid discrimination (oh dear, I do hope so! – as if we haven't enough to worry about).

This makes me suspect that this legislation has been rushed through and isn't finalised – yet again. So keep a watch on the Border & Immigration or Business Link websites for updates.

John Garner

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

A walk on the mild side

Nigel HastilowAcross the Black Country last Tuesday night semi-naked householders armed with cricket bats were prowling their homes assuming they were being burgled. We were woken up by things that go bump in the night and, not unreasonably, jumped to the conclusion that our homes were being robbed. This reaction demonstrates both the impact of the earthquake and the general assumption that we are all likely to be victims of crime any time soon.

Yet the West Midlands Police would have us believe we live in an increasingly law-abiding society. They stick up posters all over the place announcing how much safer from crime we are these days. They issue annual reports claiming they have the best crime-fighting record in the country. Now their propaganda exercise has reached an embarrassing low point. The West Midlands Police seriously claims that 24-hour drinking has actually led to a 10 per cent reduction in alcohol-related crime.

That might be credible if, as the supporters of the law used to argue, open-all-hours boozers encourage “sensible drinking” like they enjoy in France and Italy. But such hopes are entirely undermined when you discover that no other police force in the country has reported a fall in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour since 24-hour dinking became law. Not one.

The West Midlands Police thinks we will swallow the news that around here, such crimes have actually fallen by 10 per cent, from 1,246 in 2005-6 to 1,121 in 2007. They must think we were born yesterday. After all, why is it that our drinkers are so peaceful and law-abiding compared to everybody else’s? What have we got that other areas don’t have? Tea-total pubs and a highly-influential Salvation Army, perhaps? Or maybe we just have more blokes who enjoy nothing better than a good night in playing Scrabble.

In Manchester, by contrast, the number of booze-related crimes rose 56 per cent to 5,466. In Humberside the rise was a staggering 1,543 per cent (admittedly from 23 crimes to 378 but even so). Other increases were 83 per cent in West Mercia, 160 per cent in Gloucestershire and 316 per cent in Derbyshire. What, I asked the West Midlands Police, is the secret of your success? How do you manage to keep crime levels falling even as drinkers keep on boozing? Or is it, I wondered, that there is a serious recession in the West Midlands drinks industry which hasn’t affected any other part of the country, not even neighbouring West Mercia?

I never got an answer. But while they were thinking about this question, a friend was complaining that, as a genuine victim of crime, he was getting the brush off from the boys in blue. His business was defrauded to the tune of £301.39. Not an earth-shattering sum of money, admittedly. But the man responsible is known to have committed similar crimes elsewhere in the Black Country. My friend knows who did it and where to find him. He expected that at the very least the police would to talk to him .Instead, he tells me: “Since trying to report the crime on January 25, I can confirm the police have still, despite several calls, never called back or registered the crime. Could this be why they claim crime is falling? The public relations department at Lloyd House grows ever larger, and they keep on pouring out the good news that no one like me at the coal-face believes. But action that requires just a little bit of effort is sadly beyond them.”

Chief Constable Sir Paul Scott-Lee likes to boast that for three years running we have been served by “the best performing metropolitan police force”. It is now among the top 50 organisations nationally for women to work in. Stonewall, the lobbying organisation for gays, ranked the force 15th in its workplace equality index. Pride of place on the force web-site at the moment is the proud unveiling of the force’s Association of Muslim Police. Amid all this political correctness, it’s not surprising they don’t have much time to investigate crimes.

Yet somehow they still want us to think the wild West Midlands is actually nothing more than a walk on the half-of-mild side. Despite all the temptations, there are supposedly fewer booze-fuelled crimes than there used to be. Extraordinary, really, and most commendable. If only it had the ring of truth. Which, of course, it doesn’t. The West Midlands Police can proclaim their magnificent crime statistics as loudly as they like. They can slap up posters declaring we have the safest streets and “driest” pubs in the country.

They can pretend they have somehow defied all the odds and won the battle against booze single-handedly. I won’t believe a word of it because most people’s experiences do not accord with the propaganda. On the other hand, maybe that’s why we never see police officers on the beat any more.

There’s simply no reason for them to be out and about because the criminals are all sitting at home playing tiddlywinks in between trips to Manchester.

Nigel Hastilow

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What are Business and Industry doing about tackling Climate Change?

The Energy Institute, the UK organisation for Chartered Engineers working in the energy field, holds regular one day conferences. The title of this weeks event was ‘Reducing Corporate Carbon Footprints’. See who was presenting:-


At a similar event last October, presenters included Unilever, Nike and GlaxoSmithKline. So, big business is working to reduce climate change and this is not just PR hype. Figures from Defra show that business sector emissions for 2006 were down 1.6% on 2005.

Can you do something too? Support the above businesses. Turn off a few lights. Walk or cycle on short journeys. Wearing a few extra clothes and turning down the thermostat by a degree or two is the single most effective way of reducing domestic carbon emissions.

John Stott

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Tuesday 11th March – Barbara Priest “Masquerade” in the Memorial Hall at 7.30p.m.
Competition: “Cheap and Chic” (less than £5)

Come and join us on Tuesday 18th March from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall for a talk with slides “A Faraway Wall” (Africa and Japan) with Terry Wall. If you are interested in wildlife you will enjoy a visit to this relaxed and friendly group and it costs only £1.

Thursday 20th March – Nick Billingham will be giving a talk on “William James and The Stratford Canal” starting at 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall.

On Saturday 22nd March the Bulava Chorus, an exceptional Ukrainian Choir, will be performing in Henley High School at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £15 (including supper) can be obtained from Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987). An opportunity not to be missed!

Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 25th March at 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall followed by cheese and wine. New members are always welcome to join this friendly club.

ALCESTER MALE VOICE CHOIR are holding their 34th Annual Concert with guest artistes, on Saturday and Sunday 19th/20th April at the Greig Hall, Alcester commencing at 7.00 p.m. Tickets at £11 from Malcolm Williams on 794406.

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 21st and 22nd 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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