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Edition 202 - 17th April 2008
Warwickshire Village Ventures
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A Community at Peace with itself

By Our Senior Correspondent - Aged 81

Irene RobinsonEdition 201 of Henley NEWS On-line described a community at peace with itself. There is increasing support for the Charity Walk in May, a further donation to the Heritage Centre and the smooth re-election of the Parish Council. Therefore, I viewed with some misgiving the matter of the logos.

What is it with Parish Councils? My 10 year old granddaughter who lives in a village outside Guildford was the target of this small minded spite. Imogen has a handicap which means she is confined to a wheelchair. A ground floor suite of rooms has been suggested in order for her to develop a degree of independence. An architect has drawn up plans which were submitted to the Planning Dept, backed by three letters from hospital consultants. Some members of the said Parish Council were not happy about this. There were 17 objections, many of whom said they did not like a handicapped child in their midst. In case people say "This would not happen in Henley", who would have thought there would have been a knock at the door about the websites.

The market cross was built hundreds of years ago to signify that Henley is a Christian community. There is no copyright on the cross so its image may be used by any organisation in Henley. The JPC does good work and I am sure that the people who serve on Parish Councils are well meaning, so it is hard to understand why small minded spite surfaces once in a while.

This repressive attitude seems to be a feature of life these days. The Health & Safety people are a good example of this. There was the case of the WI lady who cooks cakes for the WI Market. In spite of the fact that her kitchen met all hygiene standards, if she wished to continue cooking she had to have all her wall cupboards ripped out. My question was, "Whoever heard of anyone catching e-coli from a WI cake? This body has its beady eye on church cake stalls - how they would love to make them a thing of the past".

Our government is trying to manipulate our behaviour through legislation. The Anti-smacking Bill is a case in point. Is a short sharp slap preferable to depriving a child of friends, pocket money or any other little things that make a life. This Bill has not stopped children suffering at the hands of violent and abusive adults.

Then there is the latest edict which has not been discussed in Parliament, whereby staff who serve the public must be protected against harassment. Harassment can be vicious and designed to make the target feel sub-humane. If the nice young man at the chip shop calls me darling, I do not feel victimised in any way. At the ripe old age of 81 it is rather nice. I probably remind him of his grandmother anyway.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

The LAST Comments from the Grumpy Old Man

GOMEnd of an era

After many comments about gypsies, traffic in Henley, the state of the country middle lane drivers etc, I have decided to hang up my computer and stop writing.
I would like to thank all of you for reading my articles including those in America and Australia, and I am glad you enjoyed reading them.
I would also like to add, if I have offended anyone or if anyone has taken anything personally, I never meant to implicate any individuals, except possibly our leaders at Westminster and the White House (Washington DC not the house on the High St)
I wish Bill and the rest of the team all the best with Henley News On-line and I have enjoyed the past three years.
However 1 last point, I was going to comment on traffic offences that are not enforced, using a mobile, not wearing a seat belt, bald tyres, kids without proper seats etc. But last night (Monday) the news on the TV reported the Police stopping motorists for all such offences. The use of mobiles in cars particularly annoys me, I spent my cash on a hands free car kit for my car, why can’t others ????


Grumpy Old Man

The Grumpy Old Man has been writing a weekly column for Henley NEWS On-line for around three years, which has been exceedingly popular, especially with our readers in America and Australia.

I hope you will join with me in thanking the Grumpy Old Man for his very entertaining column and hope one day he will be able to resume entertaining our readers in the town and beyond.

Bill Leech - Editor

No Election for JPC

Dear Editor,

I have been looking forward to the JPC elections over the past months wondering exactly who I would be voting for. Would we have the same people standing or would their be a large list to choose from, especially those who have been so vociferous and at sometimes quite vitriolic in their opposition to issues that have come before the council.

What a surprise I had when I read that there will be no elections due to the lack of candidates. I suppose we shall get the usual bleating after the event about not knowing there was to be an election, but it has been advertised well with the usual notices on the boards and the amount of coverage your website has given to them.

It will be interesting to see what reaction there will be to any more controversial plans put before the council. Don't forget if you don't like what happens at the meetings you all had your chance to change it but isn't it so much easier to sit and criticize others from the sidelines than to actually do it yourself.

Derek Ambler

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

The local Air Ambulance based just 5 minutes away by air, is appealing for walkers to pull on their walking boots and join in with the Henley Rotary Charity Walk on 4th May, and to get sponsorship for the WNAA.

Teams and individual walkers are invited to enter online via and by supporting WNAA you will keep the yellow Helicopter flying saving the lives of local people. We are entirely funded by donations and receive nothing from Government or Lottery. Without the local support we simply cannot fly, and lives may be lost waiting for help from much further afield.

WNAA fly with Doctors on board who volunteer their time to help give definitive care on scene within minutes of the 999 call. To learn more about your local Air Ambulance for Warwickshire or to make a donation, call 024 7663 9043 or see

Mrs Jo Payne - Fundraising Manager
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Recommendation - Watch the video - it's excellent.

Have you registered for the "Henley Charity Walk"?

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

Charity Walk 2008 Website and Registration

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Pig Roast at 'Party by the Canal'

ArdenPig RoastThe Arden Pig Company of Wootton Wawen has become the latest local company to join the list of sponsors for the Henley Rotary Charity Walk on 4th May.

The Arden Pig Company will be providing a pig and a roasting machine at Lowsonford for the the "Party by the Canal".

The Rotary Club is urging all walkers to enter on the website so that it will help speed up the registration process at Warwickshire College on the day.

Many of the local pubs are entering teams, including the Black Swan, the White Swan and the Nag's Head.

Night with the Stars!!!!

Sunday 18th May 2008 6.00p.m.

Most of us have experience of a loved one needing hospice care, and humbled by, and grateful for the care and compassion that is unstintingly given to the terminally ill, in what is perhaps their time of greatest need.

Official funding for these organisations is miserably low, and they rely heavily on charitable donations to fund their existence.

In recognition of these factors, we have decided to use the marquee we have erected for our daughters wedding on 17th May to host a fund raising event.

We are tremendously grateful that a number of tribute artists have offered their services free of charge for this concert, and therefore, 'George Michael', 'Neil Diamond', and 'Shirley Bassey' will be amongst those waiting to entertain you on this occasion.


Add to that wine, beer and canapes, and you have a recipe for a perfect evening!!

One of our supporters will be organising a super raffle, with prises to include use of a holiday villa in South A|frica!!

Because of the generosity of artists and sponsors ALL of the ticket price of £30.00 will be donated to charity, and by use of gift aid scheme they, will receive a further contribution from the TAX MAN

We do therefore ask for a donation of £5 towards cost of food and drink.

We look to you generous folk of Henley to support our efforts and come and join us.

Ticket requests by email or ring our TICKET HOTLINE 079691 58841

Kate & Graham Smith

Petticoat Lane sale for Henley

The annual Petticoat Lane sale is being staged again by the parishioners of St Johns Church in Henley in Arden this coming bank holiday Monday 5th May, 10.30am to 12 noon. Our picture right shows the 2006 event.

The sale, which takes place in around the Church Hall in Beaudesert Lane is in aid of several charities supported by the church and church funds.

Weather permitting most of the stalls will be outdoors, but should it rain then the event will move into the church hall. Visitors will be able to hunt for bargains amongst a variety of goods which will include bric-a-brac, toys, as new clothes, refreshments, raffles, home made cakes and much more.

The organisers have told Henley NEWS On-line, 'This is always a popular event with both residents and visitors, providing an opportunity to spend a pleasant couple of hours away from the holiday traffic and to pick up a bargain as well".

HADS at Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations

HADSHenley Amateur Dramatic Society (HADS) are involved in the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in Stratford on Saturday April 26th. We will be performing at various places on the day, so why not come down and enjoy the atmosphere.

The day starts with a short production of 2 pieces from "The Shakespeare Review" which will be presented in the open air in Bridge Street at 10am. This will be repeated, in rotation with other local amateur dramatic groups, between 10 and 11 am. Then, between 1 and 2 pm, there will be a further performance at the Holy Trinity Church and finally in the Great Garden between 2.30 and 3.30 pm.

The 10-15 minute 'playlet' is a spoof based on the death of Sir Falstaff and Hamlet! It is directed by Eunice Bagshaw and also involves Carol Robson, Shena Ison, Tracy Humphreys, Phil Walker, Rod Hinton, Alan Harrison and Alan Nicholls.

Henley Community Arts

“At the Crossroads “ project is planning a dramatic contribution to the Court Leet Day.  This will be held on Saturday June 7th 2008.

Throughout the day there will be a series of events and presentations which highlight the heritage of the town and bring to life our history.  HCA have commissioned four short plays to be performed at various locations on June 7th 2008.  These dramas will be filmed and the scripts and video will be added to the large and comprehensive record of the life of Beaudesert and Henley from the time of William the Conqueror until now.
The first play dramatises the experiences of the women and children left behind when almost all the men went with Peter De Montfort to fight at Evesham in 1265. Using contemporary records, the play explores how the women coped with the terrible fallout from this ill fated adventure. There are twelve adult characters, mainly ladies, and 6 children aged 12 – 16.
The second piece focuses on the 2nd World War and the Royal Observer Corps.  There was a post on top of the mount.  The play is based on the recollections of those who were there, recorded on audio CD’s available at the Heritage Centre. This production has three adult male players and three evacuee children who tell the story of one historic night.
The third is more of a pageant, interacting with officers of the court and takes place at the River.  It is a fanciful, fun experience bringing together the traditions of our town and imagined desires of the”water creatures”, both having existed for centuries.  We have been unaware of this but are asked to believe that this interaction, conflict or co-operation, has and will happen on a regular basis.  It has main characters of a man and woman and their boy and girl supported by a large and noisy “Crayfish Army”.  There is also a fourth production which is being written as you read this article
The schools are already involved and we want all generations, organisations and individuals of the town to make a contribution.   Lucy Lunt, Ray and Sue Evans and Rosie Hammond have already agreed to be our directors.  Now we need actors, property providers and managers, lighting and sound technicians, costume and scenery designers.  Rehearsals will be based at Henley High School and take place during May.  Auditions will be held at Henley High school on Thursday 24th April 2008.  They will start at 4.00pm and finish at 8.00pm approximately.  HADS are already involved but cannot provide everyone we need. We hope that residents of Henley will respond warmly to this great idea as a one off, putting Henley on the Heritage Map.  These fifteen minute performances will, we believe, attract visitors from all over the Midlands to our town and make it a day to remember.
For further information contact Peter Crathorne, 01564795470,  or Sonia, at the High School, 01564792364,

Jonathan Dovey's History of Henley Series

The Turnpike Road through Henley

Weighing Machine HouseThe State of the roads today, their upkeep, and road pricing are as relevant today as they were several hundred years ago.

The Turnpike Road system was the original road pricing system. The first Turnpike Trust Act was in 1663 for a 15 mile stretch of the Great North Road in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. However, this system was slow to catch on, as by the 1690’s there were only 4 Acts but this rose to some 46 in the 1720’s.

The Turnpikes replaced the older practice of each parish being responsible for the upkeep of their roads. In Henley the inhabitants obtained the right to take the tolls from the market for 3 years to meet the cost of paving the street. This was re-granted for a further 3 years in 1343 and 5 years in 1383. In 1647 the Court Leet Records also note that all the inhabitants had to help with the carriage of stones or in the gathering of pebbles for the repair of the street.

In 1726 the Stratford to Birmingham Turnpike Trust was formed and it provided the last link between London and Birmingham via Stratford although it was in direct competition to the route via Warwick. Turnpike Acts had to be regularly renewed every 21 years and prices rose to cover continued improvements. In the 1740’s the Trust erected milestones along the road even though this only became a legal requirement in 1773. In 1770 it was agreed by the trustees that extra horses be made available on hilly tracts of the road and this occurred at Liveridge Hill to the North of Henley. Roads were often widened and straightened by the Trust and ditches dug along the roadsides to improve drainage. John Byng in July 1792 wrote, ‘Since I was last along this road [5th July 1781] it has been much widened and straightened’.

Mile Post HouseIn 1788 the town was served daily by a mail coach and four post coaches. However the Turnpikes gradually became less important especially with the coming of the canals and railways.

The Stratford to Birmingham canal was fully opened in 1816 and the Stratford branch line to the Birmingham – Oxford railway line opened in 1860. This saw the coaches disappear and Henley isolated from the major transport links.

In 1861 a private branch railway line from Henley was begun but abandoned before being completed in 1894 by the Great Western Railway. It was almost symbolic that the tollhouse was taken down in 1894 to make the approach to the railway more convenient as the Turnpike Trust itself had folded back in 1872.

Today the Weighing Machine House survives in Henley, as does the Milestone on Milestone cottage in the High Street. It is inscribed ‘From London CII Miles From Stratford VIII To Birmingham XIV – 1748’.

Restoration of the Milestone
The Milestone today is in urgent need of repair. A previous owner of the cottage a number of years ago ignored planning laws by painting the stone with heavy oil based black paint. This is impervious to moisture and has caused the surface of the stone to break down; currently almost a third of the lettering has been lost.

Mile post
Mile post

The Henley & Beaudesert Society along with the present owner and helped by Cllr Marshall have started proceedings with the aim of restoring the Milestone. Listed Building Consent has just been granted by Stratford District Council and quotes for the work have been sought. Hopefully the urgent work of restoration will be carried out later in the year.

Anyone wishing to make a donation should send it to the Henley & Beaudesert Society.
Jonathan Dovey, Hon Treasurer, 19 Chingley Bank, Henley in Arden, B95 5LX

Christain Aid   Christian Aid Collection

Christain AidThis month every household will receive a red Christian Aid envelope attached to the Parish News letter. The money collected will help some of the world's poorest communities build a better life.

During the week of May 11th -17th the envelopes will be collected door to door, but if you miss your authorised collector, envelopes can be dropped off at any of the churches in Henley or pushed through the door of 114 High Street.

If you want to know more about the work of Christian Aid, there will be a speaker from the organisation addressing an ecumenical service at St Johns on Sunday May 11th at 10.00. Alternatively, visit the Christian Aid website

For the last few years John and Cilla Pudney have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of Henley's Christian Aid collection and we thank them for their effort and dedication. Last year the total was almost £2,700, it would be wonderful if this year we could hit £3,000. Not all roads yet have collectors, if you think you could give a few hours of your time for this very worthy cause please contact Lucy Lunt on 794873.

Lucy Lunt

Shakespeare Express to call at Henley Station

SEThis year, the 10th anniversary of the Shakespeare Express, the train departs Henley at 11.21 hrs arriving Stratford at 11.45 hrs. Then Stratford dep 12.32 hrs, Birmingham Snow Hill arr 13.29 hrs. Birmingham Snow Hill dep 13.53hrs, Henley arr 14.42 hrs.

The round trip standard class prebooked fare remains unchanged at £17.50 (adults) and £10 (child 5.15), Family Ticket £39 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children).

The 3-course Sunday lunch is available between Stratford and Henley via Birmingham at £47.50 (adults) and £37.50 (child 5-15) - Prebooked only.

All bookings : Tel: 0121 708 4960 (Mon-Fri 09.30-16.30)
Vintage Trains Ltd,
670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, B11 2HL,

Travel has just got easier!

Community LinksIf so, the Community Links social transport scheme maybe just what you are looking for.

Community Links operates a small fleet of vehicles, each with full disability access, offering a ‘door-to-door’ service for people stuck for transport to get to and from their nearest town or village for shopping or visiting friends.

The service is for people who have a genuine need for local transport and cannot access public transport because of mobility problems and/or who live in a rurally isolated location with no other form of transport available.

The Community Links service operates between about 9.30am and 2.30pm on weekdays in each part of the District three days a week. The fare system is a simple flat rate of £1.20 per single journey, i.e. £2.40 return ‘door-to-door’.

Successes of the scheme to date include:

  • Over 25,000 passenger journeys completed since launch in April 2006
  • Over 1,000 people now registered with the project
  • A fifth vehicle to join the scheme sponsored by Stratford Town Trust starts April 2008
  • Overall satisfaction rating of 96% in a recent survey of service users
  • 98% of Community Links users rate the service ‘value for money’ and a lifeline to them maintaining their independence.

“It’s an absolutely wonderful service; without it I would be housebound and this has opened up a whole new life for me,” says Mrs D from Bidford.

If you need this service, or know someone who does, phone Community Links on 01789 264491 for more information

The Community Links social transport scheme works in close co-operation with the Volunteer Centre Medical Journey Scheme for doctor, dentist and hospital and medical related appointments. For this ‘medical journey’ scheme contact Clarissa Roberts on 01789 296344.

Community Links is a partnership project between Warwickshire County Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Stratford-on-Avon Volunteer Centre and Stratford Upon Avon Town Trust.

Information provided by District Councillor Laurence Marshall

Champion Beer of Warwickshire 2008


The merry men collecting their prizes! From left to right Purity's Paul Evans, Newbold Comyn Arms licensee Nick Wormald, Paul Halsey, holding the magnificent trophy our super star brewer - Flo Vialan.

There was much cause for celebration at team Purity Brewery when they learnt that their easy drinking golden ale, Pure Gold (3.8% A.B.V.) was voted the Champion Beer of Warwickshire 2008!!! Purity is based at Spernall and is our local brewery.

There was stiff competition all around but after being short-listed for the semi-finals Purity came out tops beating Church End Brewery's Can't Believe It's Not Anchor to the top position.

On presenting this year's award to Purity, the organisers said "The Champion Beer of Warwickshire competition is now in its fourth year and Purity becomes the fourth different winner of the competition, demonstrating the superb range of ales available within the county.

It has been a pleasure to follow Purity's success since they started brewing in 2005 and I know they have worked ceaselessly to develop Pure Gold into a world class beer. Winning this year's Champion Beer of Warwickshire is a richly deserved accolade and my congratulations go to all connected with this award. Pure Gold will be a hard act to follow."

Director Paul Halsey said "After winning Silver with Pure UBU in 2006, it's a real pleasure for us to come back and win Gold. This latest tribute reflects Purity's continuing commitment to producing first class beer and I pleased to say that Pure Gold has turned out to be a real cracker."

Purity's head brewer Flo Vialan added "It's a great achievement and represents 12 months hard work honing the aromas and finish to perfection."

Purity Brewing Co Ltd
01789 488 007
The Brewery, Upper Spernall Farm, Great Alne, Warks. B49 6JF.

Local Slaughterhouse Planning Inquiry

A public inquiry starts on Tuesday 22 April, following an appeal by Summers Poultry products Ltd against the development of land at Cank Farm, Well Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden, Solihull.  The appeal relates to a planning application for extensions to the existing slaughterhouse and alterations to internal access, parking and turning area.  

Stratford-on-Avon District Council refused the application on the grounds that the proposed development constitutes inappropriate development in conflict with Green Belt policy. In particular, the visual impact of the proposed extensions would harm the openness of the Green Belt by reason of their size and would conflict with the purpose of including land within the Green Belt of safeguarding the countryside from encroachment. The proposed development would therefore conflict with adopted policy PR2 and harm the openness of the Green Belt.

The District Planning Authority does not consider there are any very special circumstances applying to this proposal which would allow it to grant planning permission contrary to the prevailing policy.  

The inquiry, expected to last for 3 days, will be held at the Council Offices, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon starting at 10am.  A Government Planning Inspector will preside over the inquiry.  

Members of the public may attend the inquiry and express their view – at the discretion of the inspector.

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Primary SchoolHenley Primary

Year Two Host Assembly

Year 2Last Friday, the Year Two children performed their class assembly to the whole school and their parents.

The theme of the assembly was based on work they had been doing about The Great Fire of London.

The children gave their audience a wealth of information about the subject and even had a guest appearance by Samuel Pepys, an eye witness to The Great Fire of London, (played by Henry Silk) who the children then proceeded to interview!

Everyone agreed that the children knew a lot about the subject and kept the audience enthralled.

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher
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The Nigel Hastilow Column

Open letter to reporters at the BBC

Nigel HastilowThis being the 40th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech (April 20 to be exact), you keep ringing me up asking me to appear on one of your many programmes on this subject. Most of you embark on a long explanation of why you’re calling. You tell me what I already know – that I was obliged to quit as a Tory parliamentary candidate after evoking the much-reviled name in an article on immigration.

Actually, if any of you do ring again, don’t bother with the preamble. I already know what happened to me, thanks. As you are so grossly over-staffed that the same phone calls get made by different bits of the organisation all day long, perhaps this blog will help to save you some time and save the licence-payers some money.

The answer is no. I will not appear on any BBC radio or TV programme to discuss Enoch Powell and his part in my downfall.

This is not because I have nothing to say. I have a lot to say. It’s just that I won’t say it to the BBC. Your organisation is disabled by institutional political correctness. You are not to be trusted. You find it impossible to present a fair and objective view of the world. Proof of this was the way you handled the non-story of my allegedly inflammatory remarks. You led news bulletins with the story all day. Even though there was no real story to lead on. It was lazy journalism.

With all your many millions of minions around the world, the best you could offer your viewers and listeners was a distorted version of what one obscure Tory candidate said in a local paper. Pathetic. You wouldn't even have noticed it as a story if it hadn't already appeared in "The Observer" - a paper with similar PC tendencies and therefore one of the few your staff take seriously. Your coverage did, however, make sure the Conservative Party was thrown into a complete panic by your bizarre coverage.

You therefore helped to secure the end of my inglorious and short-lived political career. Why should I talk to you now?

One of your number recently had the nerve to tell me I must feel vindicated in my comment that “Enoch Powell was right” because the sacred Corporation itself had deigned to deliver a de haut en bas “White Season” to its viewers. But however patronising the Corporation wishes to be, it does not speak for Britain. It speaks for a cliquey metropolitan elite which is divorced from the reality of life in this country but which occasionally sends missionaries or explorers out into the wild West Midlands to discover whether or not the natives are restless.

You don’t speak for Britain. You haven’t done for years. I will not encourage you in the arrogant assumption that you are the be-all and end-all of the nation’s media.

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.

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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. meetings are held in the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday monthly and visitors are welcome to join us.

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.

THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, the next meeting being on Wednesday 7th May at the Henley Golf and Country Club when the speaker will be from the Driving Standards Agency. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.

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.

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

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription. More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
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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