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Edition 200 - 3rd April 2008
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Beaudesert & Henley Town Meetings

Attendance doubled over last year as neighbours gathered to hear reports from the past year and discuss issues of concern. The law requires that Beaudesert and Henley hold separate meetings but since the same reports are given to both, we combine; cheekily referred to as “two boring meetings for the price of one”. For those attending, however, it was far from the sleep creating drone of repeated neutral statements.

Parish Meeting

Peter Crathorne Chair of Henley and Douglas Bridgewater, Chairman of Beaudesert, open the meeting

Formalities passed off smoothly, apart from realising that Dr Bridgewater was not going to restore the Court Leet Garden single handed; the record of last year was approved. The High Bailiff, fresh from his holiday regaled us with the enriched and more relevant programme undertaken by the Court Leet and its ladies. He was asked by the meeting to ensure that the Brook Lookers extended their inspection to the brook and river adjacent to Warwick Road which was pretty disgusting at the moment. Mr Holding agreed to make sure that this would be reported. The plans for the Court Leet Day June 7th 2008 were introduced; this is a date for everyone’s diary. Sporting the newly cleaned and gleaming chain of office he undertook to continue to represent the town to best of his endeavours. Dr. Bridgewater then gave an update on the Court Leet Garden for which planning permission had now been given; money raising was now the priority. Annette Walker presented an account of the work of the Town Improvement Committee stressing the work undertaken at the Sports and Social Club and the Memorial Hall. She indicated that the implementation of a new management structure was already showing benefits.

Cllr Sheila Roy afforded the meeting a glimpse of the extensive deliberations of the parish council. This was followed by a presentation from Cllr Steven Thirlwell outlining the town’s flood response working party report. Mr John Buckingham, Environment Agency Flood Instant Management Team representative responded with a less than convincing amble through the problems of his organisation’s ability to respond to our concerns in a way that went anywhere near close to assuaging our worries. As a result he was received with an amount of what many there would consider to be fair criticism. At least Mr Buckingham agreed to meet with our representatives, walk the river course and come up with a plan. Participants in the meeting were not filled with any confidence that this would lead to much action however. It was clear that much remained to be done by local councils and government agencies if Henley was to be better prepared to protect its properties and citizens when the next event occurs. It looks though it might be down to us, as one attendee pointed out. Watch this space!


High Bailiff Ray Holding reports on the Court Leet


Annette Walker reports on the TIC


George Atkinson reports on the County


Sheila Roy reports on the JPC


Stephen Thirlwell reports on the District

The meeting was completed by addresses from District and County Councillors. It was evident that Laurence Marshall, Steven Thirlwell and George Atkinson work extremely hard on our behalf and are really keyed in to the issues that exercise us as residents of Beaudesert and Henley. Beaudesert than elected Mr Eric Roy as chairman, Dr Douglas Bridgewater as vice chairman for the following year. Henley appointed Bill Leech and David Hadley to similar offices. It was only when we voted that it became apparent that Beaudesert’s attendance far outweighed Henley’s, despite the fact that Henley is the larger parish. Come on Henley, put this right next year.

Finally, the meeting concluded with the following resolution:- “That thanks be given to all those who work hard for the town to support and manage the many clubs, societies and organisations that help to make up the rich cultural and sporting environment of Beaudesert and Henley.” This was passed unanimously.

The meeting thanked Paul Hill, the clerk who had set down vigorously the details of our meeting which will be available as minutes for next year. If you were not there, you missed an interesting and informative occasion which was dispatched efficiently, ensuring the democratic process is alive and well.

Many thanks to those who attended.

Peter Crathorne
Chair of Henley Parish Assembly 2008

Photos John Love

Farewell To A Henley Landmark After Half A Century

John Loves ClosesThis week the Vanity Box at 191 High Street passes into history with the retirement of proprietor John Love. That bit of the High Street will feel very strange until we get used to the shop’s absence.

After National Service and a spell as a cinema manager for Rank CMA-Gaumont Theatres, John came to Henley in 1957 with his parents, based at 171 High Street for about six years. The move to 191-193 High Street took place in 1963, after which John was made a partner in the business, taking full control on the eventual death of his parents. In 1986, no. 193 was sold off, leaving the business as it is today.

A keen photographer and a regular photographic contributor to Henley NEWS On-Line, John has provided a valuable passport photo service to locals as well as the Vanity Box’s main trade in ice cream, confectionary and video hire. He has been a Parish Councillor and a member of the Court Leet since 1980. The Vanity Box has provided a local depository for Parish Council and other documents available for public viewing and this service is going to be missed. John was also one of the two founders of Henley in Bloom, in the early 1990’s.

John currently holds the office of Constable to the Court Leet so it was particularly appropriate for the Court to mark this major step in his life. Shown here, the High Bailiff, ably and loudly supported by the Town Crier, turned out on Monday to wish him well as he symbolically turned the key for the last time.

After being the Heritage Centre key-holder for ten years, John has now joined the Steward’s team at the Heritage Centre so it looks unlikely that he will abandon community life just yet!

From the High Bailiff
Photo Alan Robson

Lakeland before Wainwright

WainwrightLast Friday evening, Brian and Sue Westmacott generously hosted a dinner for about 40 people, those attending being lovers of the Lake District. After a splendid four-course meal, Douglas Bridgewater gave an illustrated talk on “Lakeland before Wainwright”, several of the audience being members of the Wainwright Society. Arthur Wainwright (1907-1991) was the author of the seven innovative guides which have become the Bible of walkers in the Lake District. “Walking with Wainwright” has also been a recent TV series.

The first guide for walkers in the Lake District was published in 1792 and the first recorded ascent of England’s highest point, Scafell Pike, was made by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1802. After bringing matters up to date with the increasing popularity of the area among walkers and climbers, Douglas continued by giving a brief history of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, of which he was once a member. The team is an entirely voluntary organisation, operating 24 hours a day for 365 days a year and costs some £30,000 a year to run. The evening raised £600 for charity, which has been divided equally between the Guild Hall Garden Project and the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team.


"Shakespeare Express" Summer Season

TrainThe "Shakespeare Express" will be operating every Sunday from 6th July to 14th September; bookings are now being taken.

Pre-booked standard class fares are £17.50 (return) and £10 (single).  Pay on the day (subject to availability) fare is £20 (return) and £10 (single)

Premier Class is £30 return plus appropriate meal fare - breakfast (Train A) = £11.50; Sunday Lunch (Train B with service completed on Train C) = £17.50; High Tea (choice of chicken or salmon) on Train D = £15.00.

Vintage Trains Team

High School Awarded £9,300 for Performing Arts.

High SchoolHenley Community Arts received a tremendous boost to their ambitions as work commenced on the “state of the art” Performing Arts Centre at Henley High School. This £750,000 centre will bring to our community a wonderful performance and rehearsal space, used by the school during the day and by the community in the evening and weekends. The centre is planned to be open in September 2008.

At the same time HCA was notified that they had been awarded a £9,300 grant towards the cost of their first major project. In conjunction with the Court Leet and other local organisations the project will bring together professional and community performance experts to produce modern, relevant history plays about and for Henley. It will be known as “Crossroads”. Watch out for this word. Fergus Durrant is artistic director of Sez-U Community Theatre.

For the past 15 years, he has worked in community theatre and theatre in education and was Warwick Poet Laureate in 2003-4. Previous to this he was the lyric writer for the seminal film and media band Jackdaw with Crowbar and he has written and collaborated on many community plays, films and performance projects. He will be working with four accomplished local directors to present a series of linked short plays to be premiered on 6th June 2008 as part of the Court Leet Celebrations.

The project will provide a valuable resource for the future with scripts and video to reflect the outstanding heritage of our town. The organisers will be looking for performers and supporters from all generations. Please contact us if you are interested in being part of this major community event in Henley.

Henley-in-Arden High School and Performing Arts College
Stratford Road, Henley–in–Arden, Warwickshire B95 6AF
Tel: 01564 792364 Fax: 01564 792411

Girls celebrate @ Center Parcs

Hub18 young women aged 14 - 16 from Alcester, Studley and Henley-in-Arden took part in a Girls Residential Project from Friday 7th - Sunday 9th March 2008 organised by South Warwickshire Youth & Community Team and Connexions. Six of the young women were recruited by Anna Stowe, District Youth & Community Worker for the HUB @ Henley (Henley Youth & Community Centre).

The project which was planned by young women was designed to celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’, encourage their participation in adventurous outdoor activities and issue based workshops and most importantly for everyone to enjoy being in the company of other women.

The group met up at the HUB @ Henley and Alcester Pavilion several times prior to the residential in order to plan where they were going, consider what activities they would like to undertake whilst on the residential, plan a programme and food menu. Through making telephone calls and using the internet the group researched residential centres and holiday parcs, before agreeing on Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest in Nottingham.

The 3 day residential experience enabled participants to:

  • Be Healthy - encourage young people to be physically healthy through taking part in an active residential experience.
  • Stay Safe - young people to experience a residential in a safe environment and take part in organised workshops and activities to explore relationships and sexual health helping to ensure that participants are fully informed about potential risks and are aware of their choices/services available to young people in South Warwickshire.
  • Enjoy and Achieve - young people to enjoy their participation in the residential, have access to accredited learning opportunities and be encouraged to achieve their full potential.
  • Make a Positive Contribution - young people to engage in positive behaviour and develop self-confidence and self-esteem through their participation.
  • Achieve Economic Wellbeing - young people should be encouraged to stay in education or job related training after 16 or encouraged to return to learning.

Activities undertake during the weekend included Tenpin Bowling, Gladiator Challenge, Pedalos and a Challenge Course which all encouraged team work. The group also had the chance to utilise the swimming pool facilities a couple of times throughout the weekend which included use of the slides and rapids. In addition to the physical activities a number of workshops were delivered by workers with the young women to look at relationships, sexual heath, contraception and sexual health services available for young people.


Throughout the weekend the group developed independent living skills, from taking it in turn to prepare and cook healthy meals, which for many was a new experience! The young women undertook the ASDAN Activities Award throughout the weekend to accredit their participation and learning.

Big thanks to the following part time Youth Workers, Maxine Taylor, Katrina Parfrey, Hannah Kavanagh and Bev Ingram who attended the weekend residential ensuring that it was a positive and enjoyable experience for the group.,

Lodders  Legal Column

Why it pays to keep paperwork safe

PaperworkI have heard so much about planning regulations scuppering home improvements but what if I have had minor bits of work done and am planning to sell my home? Do I need to provide paperwork for something like re-wiring?

Buying and selling residential property is being made even more stressful by homeowners failing to ensure they have all the necessary certificates for their property.

People should be warned right from the start of the convenyancing process that a sale or purchase may be delayed or in some cases even fall through if the person selling the house fails to produce the right paperwork for work done on the property.

This could include a wide range of work that has to comply with building regulations. Work that must comply with building regulations includes the erection or extension of a building, the installation of services or fittings such as washing and sanitary facilities, hot fuel-burning appliances. Also covered are works that affect the structure, fire safety and access to and use of buildings. The insertion of cavity wall insulation and the underpinning of foundations are also covered by building regulations.

One area that frequently catches people out is that the replacement of windows has come within building regulations since April 2002 and the installation and alteration of electrical wiring since December 2004. Even where some works are exempt, the requirements relating to electrical wiring still apply. There may be no need to involve the local authority to obtain the required certificates if the homeowner has employed certified contractors.

It is not necessary to involve Building Control with regard to windows if you employ a FENSA contractor and electrical work if you employ a registered installer. Such installers provide the certificate of compliance. Otherwise, you must have the work checked by Building Control from the local authority, which will issue the necessary compliance certificate.

In April 2006, the list was extended to cover new energy efficiency requirements, amendments to the electrical safety requirements and changes to the self-certification schemes and exempting from the requirements to give building notice or deposit full plans. Failure to comply with Building Regulations may result in an order in the shape of an enforcement notice or possibly even an injunction from the local authority requiring the householder to alter or remove the non-compliant work. Even if the local authority does not make such an order, a buyer of the property may be unable to purchase if completion certificates are not available because the mortgage lenders require that all necessary permissions and consents are in place.

Or, just when you hoped completion was imminent, they may offer a reduced price.

Sometimes, insurance can be taken to address the possibility of an order but this would not cover the cost of putting the work right voluntarily or any diminution in the value of the property resulting from non-compliant work. Don’t just shove an unmarked envelope in a drawer somewhere in the house. One day you will need that envelope and, if you can’t find it, it could cost you either a significant delay or possibly even the loss of a sale.

It only takes a few seconds to identify clearly each certificate or permission and file it somewhere safely, and it could save you a lot of grief and stress at a later date when you want to sell your house.

Terry Minor
Lodders Solicitors - Henley-in-Arden

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May 4th - Walk to the 'Party by the Canal at Lowsonford' - Barbecue & Jazz Band

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Library Under Threat?

There is a notice on the Guild Hall library door apologising for inconvenience while work continues towards the re-opening of the library.

However, there is a notice in the Medical Centre warning that Warwickshire Library Service is not intending to re-open Henley Library and urging people to write to the Head of Library Services.

Has this come your way or can any reader shed any light on it?

Many people in Wootton Wawen will be distressed if this is true.

Wootton Wawen Correspondent

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Evacuees at Henley Primary School

EvacueesChildren in Years Five and Six have recently been learning about The Second World War.

In order to bring the topic to life, the children had the opportunity to take part in a drama class, to further their understanding of what it was like to be an evacuated child.

The children were given all the facts about evacuees, and shown real artifacts from that era, then had to perform a short piece of drama to capture the feelings of those evacuated children.

They then used this knowledge to write a letter home from the viewpoint of an evacuee, portraying all the appropriate emotions.

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher

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John Garner's Business Column

An update

John GarnerYou will recall that there are several figures which the government updates on 1st April each year. I don't think this date is meant to be significant!

Many of these are to do with personal taxation and pensions and are therefore outside the scope of this column, but there are several which are to do with business and employers must certainly be aware of them.

Firstly, the Statutory Pay Rates for the following have changed (that's for average weekly earnings of £90 or over (was £87 or over):

Statutory Maternity Pay
first 6 weeks @ 90% of average weekly earnings
next 33 weeks @ £117.18* per week (was previously £112.75)

Statutory Paternity Pay
2 weeks @ £117.18* per week (was previously £112.75)

Statutory Adoption Pay
39 weeks @ £117.18* per week (was previously £112.75)
(* note: in each case the rate is 90% of average weekly earnings if lower).

Statutory Sick Pay
Now £75.40 per week (was £72.55)

National Insurance
The employers' contribution (the tax you have to pay because you're employing someone) remains at 12.8% of salary and the employees' contribution remains at 11%.

However, the earnings limits have gone up a bit so neither employer nor employee pay any National Insurance for earnings below £105 per week and the 12.8% is only on earnings above this.

But for earnings over £770 per week the employee now has to pay £73.15 + 1% on earnings over the £770. the employers' contribution remains unchanged at 12.8% of earnings.

Mileage Allowance Payments
These rates represent the maximum tax free mileage allowances for employees using their own vehicles for business. Any excess attracts tax and National Insurance but if the employee receives a lower rate then they can claim tax relief (make sure they know this).

These rates remain unchanged and are as follows:

Cars & vans
up to 10,000 miles per annum 40p per mile
over 10,000 miles 25p per mile
Motor cycles 24p per mile
Bicycles 20p per mile (has anyone ever claimed this?)

These rates haven't changed for several years now. Perhaps the government is trying to pretend that motoring costs haven't gone up!

The level of turnover over which you must register for VAT has increased to £67,000. If you are registered and your turnover falls to below £65,000 you can apply to deregister. These turnover figures are taken on a rolling 12 month basis.

John Garner

Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMIs the Government really serious about a Green UK?

I was in the pub the other night, putting the world to rights (as normal), and we were discussing green issues, saving the planet, saving cash etc.

Yes we can all do the little things that save energy. Just look at John Stott’s column, change light bulbs, turn the TV off rather than onto standby etc. I’ve changed bulbs, insulated walls and roof but what else can I do? But what about the bigger things ?

If every house was to produce a little of its own energy what difference could that make? Currently we could have a wind turbine, solar cells for hot water, Photo Voltaic cells for electricity, heating from underground heat pumps etc. The first two are readily available but are very expensive. The last two are even more expensive and difficult to install.

Current building regulations insist on insulation in walls and loft, double glazing etc, but not the addition of solar panels and wind turbines.

Now Gordon & Alistair take from us many taxes. Income tax, VAT, fuel tax on petrol, road tax, tax on alcohol, tax on tobacco, tax on insurance premiums, capital gains tax, inheritance tax etc. The list is a long one, including stamp duty: looking at a £300k house (fairly average for Henley) Alistair gets £9k.

Wouldn’t it be nice if for a fixed period the government, upon production of real proof, paid the majority of the cost to install both devices to all existing houses. While at the same time forcing new builds to have them installed too.

I can hear you all saying ‘What about the cost?’. But if every house and business was to produce between 15 & 20% (very approx figure) of all energy consumed, would we need to build as many power stations? Natural resources would not be used up. OK the payback may not be instant but think of the long term savings and the extra votes at the ballot box.

So could our government be greener ? yes I think so !

Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Home is the hound-dog, home from the vet's

Nigel HastilowIf a loved one has to be at death’s door, make it your dog not your nearest and dearest. At least that way you stand a chance of finding out how they are after they’ve had surgery. Our Easter was blighted when the dog, an eight-year-old yellow Labrador called Ron, was rushed to the vet’s after displaying some very obvious signs that he was unwell. We won’t go into the details here. It might put you off your tea. But take my word for it, he was distinctly unwell.

So ill, indeed, that after 24 hours under observation at the vet’s, they operated on him. He’d eaten a piece of bark which got stuck in his stomach. Something toxic had been painted on this wood and it had infected the dog’s intestines. It was all very nasty. Even after the op, his survival was touch and go. He’d lost a lot of weight. He was still being sick even after the surgery. He was distinctly hang-dog when we went to visit him.

News of Ron’s illness spread rapidly among our friends and relations and we were soon fielding an excessive number of calls from people wanting to know how he was getting on. This demonstrates, as if further proof were needed, our national obsession with animals. They are always considered to be more important than people. Hence all these phone calls.

More to the point, though, is that Ron got first class treatment from the animal health workers who had him in their care. So did his owners. We received twice-daily bulletins on the state of his health. The vet who actually carried out the surgery was usually the one to call. He was happy to explain in detail what he’d done and discuss the prognosis. He was disconcertingly lacking in optimism but that’s a different matter. At least we knew where we stood.

When the top vet was absent – and this was all going on over a Bank Holiday, don’t forget – other vets or staff were on hand to up-date us and announce that, yes, the dog was up and sniffing, or no, they hadn’t yet fed him solid food. Everyone at the vet’s knew who the patient was, what was wrong with him and what was likely to happen next. The anxieties of the owners were allayed, to some extent at least, because we had the confidence that Ron was at least in safe hands and they were doing everything they could for him.

Admittedly we were paying for this service. The dog’s gone private.  The cost of his treatment is likely to exceed £1,000. Though actually it’s Tesco’s, the providers of Ron’s pet insurance, who we sincerely hope will be footing the bill.

DogBut I don’t think money was the motivating factor behind the customer service we got from the vet’s. I think they recognise that the owners of pets are often desperately worried about the health of their little pooches and need to know as much as possible. This, of course, applies equally when the patient is a human being rather than a dog. Our NHS must have more than enough experience of anxious friends and relatives to know how important a constant flow of accurate, up-to-date information can be about the health of a loved-one.

Yet most hospitals, most of the time, completely fail to provide the kind of service a vet would take for granted as part of the job. This is not because we love pets more. It’s not because we’re paying directly for the service. It’s not even because the pressure on a vet is less than it is on a doctor or a nurse. It’s because the NHS is simply not focused on its customers. Indeed, most medics would find it impossible to imagine why any patient, let alone relative of a patient, could ever be classified as a customer. The culture of the health service is that we’re lucky to have it. We should take what we’re given and like it or lump it. To be fair, this is not all that different in the private health-care sector except that it costs a huge amount more. The culture of an organisation can’t be changed overnight. Sometimes it can’t be changed at all – look at British Telecom, two decades after privatisation it’s still acts as a direful take-it-or-leave monopoly.

The NHS could learn a lot from the way our vet dealt with his patient. Ron is now on the road to recovery though he’s lost so much weight he looks like former Chancellor Nigel Lawson after he went on that diet. The skin sags and hangs. It will take him at least a week to eat himself back to his fighting weight assuming he can avoid contaminated sticks for a while.

I dare say we could have taken a bunch of flowers to Ron’s kennel-side to cheer him up if we’d wanted to. In the NHS these days, even bedside flowers are banned. It’s claimed they’re a health hazard which could breed flesh-eating bugs. My bet is the nurses can’t be bothered to remove them at night and put them back in the morning. It’s a dog’s life in the modern NHS.

Latest news: The dog (pictured before he became ill) is back home. Thin and hungry. But alive.

Nigel Hastilow

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Henley Rotary Charity Walk

Sunday 4th May 2008


Why not walk from Henley to a 'Party by the Canal' at Lowsonford and raise funds for your favourite charity. This year's Henley Rotary Charity Walk will start from Warwickshire College between 10am and 12noon on Sunday 4th May 2008.

Party by the Canal
The route will be 5 miles to a halt by the canal at Lowsonford, where there will be a Jazz Band and Barbecue. For those who do not wish to walk back the 5 miles back to Henley by a different route, there will be a mini bus service provided by Johnsons. If you don't want to walk out to Lowsonford, a mini bus will take you to the party from Warwickshire College.

Walk for your Charity
75% of your fund raising will go to your nominated Charity and 25% to the Rotary charities.

Enter a Team
All organisations, clubs, pubs and families are invited to enter teams.

For further information, go to the Charity Walk website and register.

We hope that you will join us for a most enjoyable day and raise some money for your favourite charity. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, for without their help this event could not take place.

Our Sponsors include:-
Warwickshire College

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ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING Thursday 24th April in St. John’s Church at 8.00 p.m. This is your opportunity to come along and question the members of the PCC about their work during the past year and to hear about their hopes and aspirations for the next 12 months.

PETTICOAT LANE SALE In and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon on May Day Bank Holiday Monday 5th May. Home-made cakes, toys, plants, books, bric-a-brac, as new clothes, raffle and refreshments. In aid of Church Charities and Church Funds. Any enquiries to 794308.

HENLEY W.I. WI meetings are held in the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday monthly and visitors are welcome to join us for our meeting on Tuesday 1st April from 7.30 p.m. when Peter Sharrock and Jeanne Oldfield are coming to tell us about “Diabetes UK”.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Tuesday 8th April – Sandra Meakin “Wax Lyrical” in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. Competition: “April Flowers”.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY John Tuer returns to give his presentation entitled “Big Tree Country” – a talk about the Champion Trees of Perthshire. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 15th April.

HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Thursday 24th April starting at 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Gerald Lesinski will be giving a talk on the Lord Leycester Hospital.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 22nd April, 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Reg Moule (from Radio Hereford and Worcester) on “Gardeners Question Time”. Come along and get some answers from the expert. Visitors always welcome £1.

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.

TEATIME CONCERT IN TANWORTH Come to tea with Tanworth W.I. Choir on Saturday 10th May. Doors open 2.30p.m., concert begins at 3.00 p.m. Tea follows at 4.00 p.m. Tickets £5 will be on sale in Tanworth Village Hall on Monday 14th April from 7.00 – 7.30 p.m. After telephone 01564 702508. We look forward to entertaining you!

HENLEY LIBRARY A temporary mobile library service for the people of Henley has been agreed whilst ongoing work at the library is completed. The fire station has allowed its side entrance to be used for the mobile service. This will be available between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Friday 4th April, 25th April, 16th May, 6th June and 27th June.

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 fourth 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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