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Edition 204 -  1st May 2008
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STOP PRESS - Watch BBC 4 at 9.00 pm Monday 5th May


BBC4 will be screening Michael Wood’s programme about Christina Cok, a 14th century entrepreneurial peasant of Hertfordshire.

Henley NEWS On-Line readers will recall that some filming for this programme was done in Henley, at the Guild Hall and White Swan, on 4th April.

There is more detail on BBC4’s website at:

Part of the story is about the Assize of Bread and Ale of 1267, in which were laid down the basic rules of fair and honest trade and quality control. This also formed the basis (or the excuse) for a new sort of bureaucracy to control trade.

The Ale Taster, familiar to Henley, was a key part of the enforcement process, confirming (or otherwise) that dealings in licensed houses were fair.

We do not know how much of what was filmed here will be shown – possibly very little. However, I bumped into Michael Wood at the Shakespeare’s Birthday celebrations over the weekend and he said they had been well pleased with the way it had all gone. We shall see.

Our picture shows Ale-Taster John Dalman and the presenter Michael Wood at the White Swan for a re-enactment of ale tasting on 4th April.

From the High Bailiff


When Thomas C. Dibdin painted this lovely water colour of St.John's and the Guild Hall in 1870,
he could not have envisaged just how much the painting would be 'enhanced' by the District Council's new technology.

Alan Robson - Former High Bailiff

Henley's Eyesore and Traffic Hazard

ColumnDuring the last seven days, Henley NEWS On-line has been working hard with other organisations to prepare a major campaign to force the local authority to replace the columns with more appropriate cctv equipment as recommended by English Heritage and used in the Conservation Area in Stratford upon Avon.

From our research, it appears that the decision on the type of equipment and its location was made by the Parking Services and a local police officer. Being a "security matter", all the normal planning controls were bypassed, which was not the case with previous similar cctv installations in Stratford and Winterton, Lincolnshire.

In 1996, Stratford District Council went through the normal planning process and obtained planning permission for “INSTALLATION OF CCTV CAMERA TO CORNER OF BUILDING AS PART OF TOWN CENTRE SECURITY MONITORING SCHEME’.

In 2005, Winterton Town Council in North Lincolnshire applied for planning permission to erect CCTV in its town. The planning notice states, “North Lincolnshire Local Plan: Policy HE2 relates to development in conservation areas. This policy states that development should respect the character and appearance of the conservation area and materials should be appropriate and sympathetic to the locality.”

The actual equipment which Stratford District Council installed in the Conservation Area in the centre of Stratford is very discreet and appropriate. It may be difficult for you to spot the cctv cameras in the pictures below, so they have been circled in red. The Stratford installation is in line with English Heritage’s policy for CCTV in conservation areas. You can read these guidelines at:   Go to page 49 “Street Furniture – General".

The District Council has spectacularly disregarded every aspect of English Heritage's recommendations for Henley whilst complying with them for Stratford. Clearly, the District Council adopts different standards when it is "operating in its own backyard". Another reason maybe that the cameras in Henley will provide revenue generation, whereas the ones in Stratford are solely for crowd monitoring. The revenue generating activity, which requires more substantial columns, could have been carried out further down the Stratford Road towards Wootton Wawen.

Our artist has superimposed CCTV columns of the type that have been installed in Henley on photos of the Market Place and the Birthplace. The actual cameras are circled and the superimposed columns indicated by the arrows.

Simulation 1
Simulation 2

In addition, there is now a very serious traffic hazard at the pedestrian crossing outside Barclays Bank. During the early morning, when the Somerfield's 40ft articulated lorry is off loading supplies, the right hand traffic light of the pedestrian crossing is totally obscured to southbound traffic. The new CCTV column obscures the left hand traffic light. Until the column is removed, the authorities should display warning signs advising motorists that the traffic lights cannot be seen. Residents entering the High Street from Beaudesert also find this massive column obscures their vision. We are told that this is now being investigated by the Highway Authority. Should this not have been done before the columns were installed?

The Department of Transport Guidelines for pedestrian crossings state in regard to Visibility "7.4.2 It is important, however, that an approaching driver has a clear view of at least one signal head. As one signal may be masked by parked vehicles or other obstructions it is normal to align at least two signals to be seen on each approach, typically one primary and one secondary signal." Local Transport Note 1/98 - The Installation of Traffic Signals and Associated Equipment. The primary signal head is obscured to southbound drivers whilst they are passing the library and the right hand signal (secondary) to often totally obscured by 40ft articulated lorries delivering to Somerfield.

Henley NEWS On-line, representing over 150 readers who have signed the on-line petition, has requested a statement from Stratford District Council. The District Council press office has replied:

"Stratford-on-Avon District has had demands for CCTV from Henley Parish Council and residents for a number of years and the District Council has now been able to provide it and it was part of the District Council's 2005 -2008 Corporate Strategy.

The Parish Council was fully aware that in order to prevent crime it needs to be visible and the locations are determined by this visibility aspect and crime figures.  

The District Council has had a difficult time meeting contradictory views in the community in this case but has received a considerable amount of requests from the community to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.  

While the District Council will seek to minimise the intrusiveness of the system it does need to be in the places that it will have the biggest impact in order to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour."

Henley NEWS On-line has heard that the Highway Authority (WCC) are strongly recommending that the Barclays Bank CCTV camera installation is moved to a more suitable place. They are not aware that any Safety Audit procedures have been carried out on proposed locations for the CCTV installations. It is normal Policy that all changes to the highway network should have Road Safety Audit carried out on them. This installation is considered to be a change to the highway, and as such should have been subject to a Road Safety Audit. If this procedure had been followed, it is likely that the issues with the crossing would have been noted, and could have been addressed by relocating the CCTV installation. It is to be hoped that the District Council will consult the community before seeking planning permission for an appropriate CCTV installation through the normal planning process.

These cameras may be used more for traffic enforcement rather than crime prevention, becoming a revenue earning asset under the guise of assisting the community with the anti-social behaviour problem. For effective crowd monitoring, cameras should be placed much lower than for traffic enforcement. The new columns meet the height requirements for traffic enforcement and will be much less effective for crowd surveillance. Clearly, the last paragraph of the District Council's statement above does not stand scrutiny. The District Council should now "come clean" about the purpose these cameras and the reason for siting them in the centre of Henley.


CCTV in Kings Lynn


Traffic Enforcement Cameras

Various bodies have been contacted to seek their support including the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages (ASHTAV). The CPRE website has a useful section on "Stop or Improve a Bad Development" at

The Beaudesert and Henley Society, which aims to safeguard the character of the town and the surrounding area, with special regard to its history, tradition and architecture, voted unanimously to oppose the columns at its regular meeting on Thursday night (see report below).

Since last week's edition, we have received many more comments about the columns:

I was so amazed to see these poles when I drove through Henley that I Googled Henley to see what insensitive idiot put them there. They would look bad in a new town but in this sort of area... Good luck with the cause.

One can only be amazed at the insensitivity of the design of the poles and the incompetence in the choice of sites.
These ugly monstrosities are an eyesore, blocking one of Henley's most photographed views (the church). Do they or will they contain phone masts in future I wonder? They are certainly big enough! This is going too, too far.
Unbelievable - the police state is upon us. There is not enough room on this sheet to describe all that is wrong with this disgusting intrusion. Lets hope that common sense intervenes and these removed as quickly as they were introduced.
Unfortunately, unthinking bureaucrats have struck again and now hide behind the mask of "I'm just following orders". They are not accountable, we pay the price.
Surely a more suitable installation could have been considered.
An affront, an eyesore, an example of planning incompetence, consultation ignorance, a waste of money... need I go on.
Driving distraction from the lights and crossing, an accident just waiting to happen.
Its an eye sore on such a historic market town.
I look out of my window and see these monstrosities! I agree something needs to be done about the youth in Henley - bring back the town bobby on the beat - but CCTV will not make any difference to them.
It is very wrong that there has been no consultation on the location and type of CCTV system for Henley. The current enormous black poles are not acceptable, I'm sure any local or visitor to this beautiful town would agree.

I am writing to express my horror at the equipment being installed in the High Street to carry the CCTV equipment. Whilst I agree in principle with the need to have this in Henley I would have hoped that it could have been installed in a more sympathetic way. We are in a conservation area with very strict planning laws. I assume that no planning permission was needed to install these posts.

When you look at other similar towns that have installed these devices they have used discreet cameras mounted on buildings and lamp posts. The post at the end of Station Road is right outside the Police station why not mount a camera on the building? The worst offender is the one outside our church, the famous view looking North now is blighted by a very ugly piece of street furniture.

I would be interested to know the views of the Parish Council on this matter.

Did you hear the one about the two Poles in Henley in Arden?

They took root and ruined a perfect little English High Street.

On a positive note, they'll make great poles for the Morris dancers.

It is a great pity that the council did not liaise with the local community before sighting these horrible poles. Pedestrian safety must be an issue at the traffic lights due to the reduced vision of the traffic light. Whatever the security need a more sympathetic approach could have been used.

I agree the columns are unsightly and a problem with the traffic lights but cctv is sorely needed - comments made by an 'ex' Henley resident in your newsletter about ' an occasional gang of teenagers' clearly shows no understanding of the problems we have in the town particularly in the Beaudesert Lane area.

I for one don't mind the intrusion into my civil liberties by properly sited cctv cameras if it means I can again walk to the shops without fear of verbal abuse and the threat of worse - and that's in the afternoon! Well done whoever managed to get them at long last - surely now it's not too difficult to re-site them. PS on the subject of the conservation area what about the satellite dishes springing up on the front of properties on the High Street? - they must constitute a major eyesore in anyone's eyes.

I was horrified to see such a large, ugly construction on our beautiful High Street. Who authorised its construction and why were residents not consulted? If structures such as this can be built without consultation, it makes a mockery of the term "Conservation Area".

I have lived in Henley all my life and I am a 22 year-old girl. I have a friend who lives opposite the church entrance and she is always getting disturbed by the youth of Henley sitting out on the streets with nothing to do. I have been at my friend's whilst they sit in the alleyways causing such chaos.

I have been out at night whilst they are walking the streets. I have seen and smelt them taking drugs! Not to mention smashing a shop window, graffiti-ing over walls, plus causing an elderly lady to fall over outside Somerfield (she was very shaken up and had cut her hand and knees), which I couldn't comprehend. The police don't do anything but move them on. As soon as the police have gone the kids just go back to doing what they were doing!!

I don't know where some of you people live but you obviously don't walk the streets at night time or you just choose to ignore the fact that there are people around the town that don't give a damn.

I think that there should be cctv but I agree that they are not very inconspicuous and could be in a better place!

So I believe the cameras are needed and think that if people honestly think the streets of Henley are safe then they are very much mistaken.

An absolute blot on the landscape, they completely spoil the look of our historic High Street and should be removed immediately.
I have never been moved to write to a local council - until now. I asked who was responsible for the decision to ruin one of the most picturesque parts of the historic High Street with such an eyesore. Needless to say I haven't had a response.
I am in full support of the cameras and also where they are sited. This will stop illegal parkers outside OneStop in Henley. These cars cause a great deal of obstruction to throb traffic. Plus it will stop the ever-larger group of teenagers outside these shops. This has to be good for Henley. I expect most who are against the cameras are people who have only been in Henley a small part of their life. I have lived in Henley for 50 yrs plus and think this is a way of getting Henley back to how it was. Free from traffic chaos and teenagers in groups.   
I think these poles ruin our beautiful High Street. It would be much better if CCTV cameras could be attached to buildings. If they have to be fitted to poles, could existing lamp posts or telegraph poles be used?
Whilst we agree that cameras deter criminal activity, we are shocked that such an eyesore has been added to our streets. Why on earth couldn't these cameras have been strategically placed and disguised on commercial buildings ie the disused police station? And why is it that we all have to apply for planning permission to avoid hideous sights and they don't?
They are totally inappropriate and obviously intended for a city centre. I have already written to the JPC to complain about them and the hazard they present with regard to the traffic lights.

The 'historic church' is surrounded by 'hoodies' at night, not a pleasant place to be, and a much worse eye-sore than a black pole, as is the rubbish they leave behind. Anything that discourages undesirables from gathering in large numbers and, as they do, engaging in anti-social behaviour is welcome. Sorry, but it WILL make people feel more secure when walking the High Street at night. CCTV does result in convictions and reduces crime. Fact.

Publish this and represent the views of all residents on your site, not just the luddites.

Please join our Campaign Group by signing the on-line petition.  This campaign is about the removal of these columns. We are not campaigning for the removal of cctv, although many residents doubt its effectiveness. 2 new councillors have been elected to the JPC who will be representing the interests of Beaudesert and Henley residents.

Too Few in Authority Remember WW2

By Our Senior Correspondent - Aged 81

Irene RobinsonFor the last month I have been "confined to barracks" due to breathing difficulties so I have not been able to keep in touch with what is going on in Henley, although I did manage to a little piece about a 'Community at Peace with itself' although the Parish Council may have been operating independently.

Imagine your Senior Correspondent being at a loss for words when confronted with a picture of the black monster outside the lovely Georgian building that is Barclay's Bank. Well, I suppose it might be stretching the imagination a bit!!! The cold anger took over. There are quite a few people in authority who are too young to remember WW2. The best years of my generation and the one before were taken up with fighting an evil and repressive regime. Over the years, I have seen our freedom eroded bit by bit and no-one seems able to do anything about it. This black monstrosity represents that erosion in my mind. The appearance of this post (or whatever) should not have come as a surprise. When I emerged from my temporary accommodation at Beck's Croft in the evenings, there was a lot of activity outside Barclays Bank with wires etc., so someone must have known something.

A lot of messages supporting the removal of this ugly post came in, but what High Street is your Blunts Green Reader talking about? For the past 12 years or so I have walked up and down this High Street and never felt safer. Yes, there have been incidents but the police and pubs and restaurants have worked together and we now have a safer more peaceful High Street.

Then I read on in Henley NEWS On-line to a photograph of a happy looking friendly group of people. Could this be the group only a week or so ago breathing fire and steam over two very different logos? Well they say a week is a long time in politics even at grass roots level it seems.

During the dark years of the war, I visited Henley for the first time and I fell in love with it and vowed I would one day live here. It took another 50 years but I did it. Henley to me represents the good traditions that preserve our freedom of speech and other freedoms. It grieves me to see these freedoms eroded but if I think something needs to be said then, yes, I will say it. After all I had two aunts who were suffragettes and I treasure the freedom they gained for women of my generation and the future ones.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

In Conclusion on the CCTV Columns

One Nation

I took the shotright last Sunday in a road just off Oxford Street in London.

It looks like the work of the mysterious Banksy, whose amazing work has graduated from being dismissed as nuisance graffiti to highly expensive pieces of art reflecting on today's society.

Michael Redman


Our graphic artist has suggested a new use for the column.

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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations in Stratford were the accustomed wonderful experience this year. The pattern of events was as before and the weather held - just.

On Friday 25th April the Ceremony of Beating Retreat was a highly polished performance, in Henley Street, by the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers, witnessed by a host of civic dignitaries and a large crowd of fascinated onlookers including masses of young people. Expertise is always worth admiring. The High Bailiff and Ann were among those entertained and felt truly uplifted. The ceremony was followed by a reception in the Town Hall hosted by Stratford’s Mayor, a good friend of Henley, Cllr. Donna Barker and her husband Gerry. After that, a number of small parties of guests were treated to a candlelit tour of the Birthplace house.

BirthdayOn Saturday, the President, Sir Donald Sinden CBE (left, in the grey waistcoat) seemed to be everywhere and was roundly applauded wherever he put in an appearance. Henley’s High and Low Bailiffs, clad in their full regalia, were having a quick coffee in the Shakespeare Hotel with consorts Ann and Molly before the morning ceremonies. Sir Donald passed by, reversed, did a double-take, leaned over and said in that inimitable chocolate-brown voice, “ My word, you do look splendid: see you later!” and continued on his way.

The President booming tones cordially welcomed one and all in the Town Hall and the Mayor, in a few beautifully chosen words, said that in spite of claims by other towns, she was happy that William Shakespeare was Stratford’s son, and “we’ve got the body”!

BirthdayThe parade party – a giant colourful crocodile, was assembled in proper order in the Great Garden and in due course the band led off for the morning’s ceremony of unfurling the banners. Henley was in charge of the banner for the play “The Merchant of Venice” – a classic choice which the two Bailiffs were very happy with. There were, as always, ambassadors and ministerial representatives from endless countries, with the collective task of unfurling the 79 banners displayed through the town. As the parade proceeded up Bridge Street it was heartening to see Henley represented by its thespians. The players of HADS had been performing excerpts from the Bard’s plays and at this time had come to rest outside Marks and Spencers. Very colourful and correct-for-the-period they looked, too – another instance of Henley doing it right. The whole procession and ceremony was discharged in great good humour, with much umbrella-waving by the President – up front with the Lord Lieutenant, the new High Sheriff, the Mayor and others - and plenty of banter with the crowds.

BirthdayThe procession re-formed and made its way to Holy Trinity church – Shakespeare’s church – for the laying of flowers on his tomb. The masses of blooms made a vivid display.

Sunday brought a breakfast reception in the Town Hall and a parade to Holy Trinity Church for the Shakespeare Sermon, given this year by Dr Paula Byrne of Warwick University. She held the attention of a packed church with straight-forward words focusing on the importance of hope in the human condition. A Roman Catholic and a Liverpudlian, she said that the two Liverpool cathedrals (a Catholic cathedral designed by an Anglican and an Anglican cathedral designed by a Catholic) were at the opposite ends of Hope Street: she felt that was symbolic. The service included stirring readings from the Bard’s works and short musical pieces.

All in, this weekend was a feast for the senses. Well done Stratford.

Ray Holding - High Bailiff
Photos by Alan Robson

HADS Street Theatre at Birthday Parade

Crowds gathered on Saturday to celebrate the “Bards” birthday on a fine warm April day in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Flags were unfurled by members of the procession which included our own High and Low Bailiff, Mr. Ray Holding and Mr. Roger Sutton accompanied by their wives Anne and Molly. The Band of the Royal Corps of Engineers led the procession along with Donald Sinden, the well respected actor, followed by members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, dignitaries from all over the world, councillors, academics and of course William Shakespeare himself! (well nearly).


Various groups performed “Street Theatre” which included boys from KES, Caramba, a group of young people from Boston USA, along with our own Henley Drama Group. Henley performed a ten minute play from the “Shakespeare Review” in costume in Bridge Street, Holy Trinity and the Great Garden Stratford, an especially picturesque auditorium, and an appreciative audience!


Carol Robson
Henley Drama Society
Photos by Alan Robson

Open Everyday Except Monday and
 the Hors D’Oeuvre was Delicious.

LeycesterWhat is open everyday except Monday?

Answer: The Lord Leycester Hospital at Warwick. Why are we telling you this? Answer: Because a visit must not be missed. In his delightful illustrated talk about the Hospital and its history at the April meeting of the Henley and Beaudesert society, Lt Col Gerald Lesinski gave members a tantalising taste of what a visit would be like. To use his words, the talk is an hors d’oeuvre and he wasn’t telling us everything. If we wanted the main course, we’d need to visit.

Gerald is the 32nd master of the Hospital where up to 12 ex service personnel known as the brethren live free of charge. The premises have never been a hospital in the sense that we use the word today, because, at the time of its creation, circa 1570, by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the word hospital meant refuge. Dudley was a protégé of Queen Elizabeth I ; they were childhood playmates and became friends, whilst both were imprisoned in the Tower by Queen Mary. On her accession, Elizabeth made Dudley Earl of Leicester and gave him various properties, including Kenilworth Castle. Elizabeth required her nobles to improve the lot of vagrant ex servicemen, which caused Dudley to procure the Guildhall premises at Warwick and make them into a refuge for ex servicemen. Accommodation was in 12 cubicles in the hall. Now it is in 12 self contained flats located in various parts of the array of buildings.

The hospital premises are a complex of buildings related to the chapel which surmounts the West gate. The chapel, so situated and dating from 1128, was originally used to pray for and give thanks for safe journeys in the days when travel was far more hazardous than now. By the reign of Richard II , the chapel had fallen into disrepair, so Richard granted the chapel to the Guild of St George, a kind of Medieval Rotary Club. The guild helped to subsidise the priests and was later joined by the guild of the Holy Trinity and the guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jointly, by 1400, these guilds built the guild hall, the house for the master of the guilds and houses for the priests. At the time of the reformation 1539, a Mr Thomas Oakham, who was master, realised that the property was at risk of being taken over by the new state church and hence becoming owned by Henry VIII. He transferred ownership to the burgesses of Warwick in time to prevent this happening and saved the premises from being taken over. For about 30 years the burgesses used the premises for meetings and a court of law until Robert Dudley obtained them to use as a hospital.

Gerald gave a quick photographic tour of the premises and gardens to complete the hors d’oeuvre. He then answered questions from the floor. Barbara Colclough warmly proposed a vote of thanks and the members showed great appreciation for Gerald’s talk which must surely be amongst the best we have had.

At the start of the meeting, the question of the cctv towers was briefly discussed. It was suggested that members who felt the towers to be inappropriate write to the Chief Executive of Stratford District Council with copy to the Henley Joint Parish Council . A show of hands indicated unanimous opposition to the style and siting of the towers. Some members signed a petition opposing the towers and they were encouraged to also write letters.

Tea or coffee and biscuits and much friendly discussion about the Lord Leycester Hospital, the cctv towers and life and the world in general took place before members made their way home.

This was the last evening meeting until the autumn but we have a visit to the Lord Leycester hospital on the evening of 19th June (not a Monday), a visit to Soho house on Thursday 24th July and a visit to Weston Cider and Wilton Castle on 11 Sept. Contact Lesley Eastwood on 793646 for details.

Observation on the Property Market


Richard Abbey and Peter Cornford, the partners of John Earle & Son

Much has been written in the national and local press in recent weeks and discussed on the national news about the state of the property market. No-one can deny that across the large section of the residential market, prices have been weakening for the last 9 months. It is possible that this opinion has been overblown with the press latching onto a bad news story and making great capital out of it. There is no doubt that the mortgage market is much tighter but perhaps lenders should never have advanced mortgages of 100 to 120% !

Agents are still agreeing sales, contracts are being signed and exchanged on a cross section of the property and the buying public generally is looking at owning a house, cottage or bungalow for the long term. The large majority of people do not buy and sell residential property as a business venture looking for quick capital gain. There is therefore a correction taking place with regards to the sale values of a broad spectrum of property and where there is limited supply and the vendors are seeking a fair market price, sales are being completed.

A good example of this situation was mirrored in John Earle & Son’s monthly land and property auction on Tuesday last held at Henley Golf & Country Club. Richard Abbey, one of the two Partners in the firm and the Auctioneer in the practice, had marketed 5 pieces of real estate for the auction. One the old Bookmaker’s Shop on the High Street, that some 40 years ago used to be a cottage, was sold and contracted before the Auction for considerably in excess of the guide price of £135,000.

Some four acres of pasture land with a good range of timber stables was also contracted because of some strong pre-auction competition for a figure at the top end of the Auctioneer’s guide. In the room, Mr Abbey sold for twice the guide price, the land and building at Rowney Green. The stables and land near Ullenhall sold for in excess of the guide price of £50,000 and The Dial House in Wootton Wawen, just south of Henley, sold for £395,000, well over the guide price of £350,000 with strong bidding from at least 4 different parties.

It is fair to conclude that the property market is not in any way in the same state of malaise in the West Midlands that it was in 1980/81 or 1990 to 1993. If realism prevails, those who wish to sell will achieve a more than fair result so they can move on with their lives.

Peter Cornford - Partner, John Earle & Son

Community Arts & Court Leet to Bring History Alive!

“At the Crossroads“ project working with the Court Leet has agreed a plan for 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. The full programme will be published next week. HCA have commissioned Fergus Durrant, previously the Poet Laureate for Warwickshire, to write four new short plays which will be performed at various locations. 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 records written at the time and recently rediscovered, the play explores how the women coped with the terrible fallout from this ill fated adventure. It is set in the 13th century Church of St Nicholas, a building contemporary to the story. It is possible that families of those killed at Evesham would have taken shelter in the church. This setting will add to the dramatic tragedy which unfolds during this performance.

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 diary held at the Heritage Centre. It will be performed in the Parish Hall.

The third is more of a pageant, interacting with officers of the Court Leet and takes place by the River, on the green by the Medical Centre. 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.

The fourth production takes place in the Guild Hall, and recounts the history of the Hall through the eyes of two hilarious American Tourists.

Local schools are already involved; the main parts have been cast and we are on our way to meeting our aim to engage with all generations, organisations and individuals of the town. We are confident that residents of Henley will respond warmly to this great idea, putting Henley on the Heritage Map.

These fifteen minute performances are woven into a comprehensive programme of activities for the day, together with the enactment by the Court Leet of its mediaeval duties of Brook Looking, Beating the Bounds, Butter Weighing and Ale Tasting. You are invited to witness these ancient rituals at various locations in the town. The programme will, we believe, attract visitors from all over the Midlands to our town and make it a day to remember.

“At the Crossroads” still need volunteers, particularly on Friday evening 6th June making preparations in our three venues. There is a special request for the residents of Fieldhouse Close who back on to the Riverlands Green - we need electricity for a sound system for about 2 hours on the Saturday morning for the play to be performed by the river. Any offers please contact us.

Tickets for the presentations in the Church, Beaudesert Church Hall and Guild Hall are priced at £5.00 and £2.00 for children, one ticket for all three performances. However it has been decided to offer FREE TICKETS to local residents. Watch out for your application which should be delivered by Look Local next week. They will also be available from the Heritage Centre, or from next week you will be able to download the form from our treasured “Henley News Online”.

For further information or to offer help contact Peter Crathorne, (01564) 795470, or Sonia, at the High School, (01564) 792364.

Ardent Court, Henley-in-Arden – Open for Business

Henley MewsIf you are looking to establish or relocate your business and want to combine modern, high spec offices and a convenient local infrastructure with a delightful rural location, Ardent Court, a new office development in the centre of Henley-in-Arden could be just the place you are looking for.

The development which is now complete consists of eight offices spanning 1,227 sq ft and two larger offices measuring 2,863 sq ft. With 4 units already sold, Ardent Court provides investors or occupiers alike the opportunity to acquire offices with your ‘own front door’:

•Comfort cooling
•Dedicated on-site car parking with free public car parking close by
•Suspended ceilings with category 2 lighting
•Perimeter trunking
•Fully carpeted throughout
•Maintained courtyard environment with security gates
•A few minutes walk from all town centre amenities

Cheryl Mann of Warwickshire Investment Partnership (WIP), which provides information and help to businesses wishing to relocate to, or expand their business in the county, said the development of ten offices was quite unique in the area and offered great appeal for small businesses wanting to establish themselves in a lovely location, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Cllr Chris Saint, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, added: “The development offers the best of both worlds for potential occupiers, being surrounded by the picturesque Warwickshire countryside and yet only a stone’s throw from the local motorway network and only around half an hour’s drive to Birmingham, Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick, with Solihull closer still.

“It’s also perfectly situated just off the mile long High Street - a conservation area containing more than 150 buildings of special architectural or historic interest. These fantastic buildings house a wonderful array of shops, restaurants, wine bars, pubs, banks and professional services which staff can take advantage of during lunch breaks and after work. The local economy and the character of rural centres is boosted by firms locating in centres like Henley-in-Arden.”

Duncan Scott from Midlands office specialists, KWB, said: “We’ve witnessed a growing trend, particularly among smaller businesses, towards courtyard developments and we’re delighted that Ardent Court has already generated lots of interest. This development has huge appeal for potential occupiers who are keen to own their own premises and from local investors who are keen to put their money into property that offers stable letting potential and increased returns over the more common buy-to-let residential investment. The high quality, modern offices combined with the idyllic location in Henley-in Arden make this development highly desirable and I have no doubt that it will be extremely popular.”

The launch event for Ardent Court will be held on Friday 9th May 2008 with guest speaker Mr John Maples MP for Stratford-Upon-Avon who will be unveiling the new offices. For more information, please contact Emma O’Brien on 0121 236 8850.

Ullenhall Players present ‘Who Goes Bare!’

A farce by Leslie Darbon and Richard Harris
Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th May : 7.30 pm

POSTERThe play is set in an ailing health spa run by Eddie Manchip who is struggling to make it pay. Urgent financial investment is needed and a potential source arrives in the form of Nancy McSmith. The only problem is that she believes she is investing in a nudist camp.

Apart from these day to day problems, Eddie is beset by a crook to whom he has signed away the deeds to the business in payment for a gambling debt, the complete desertion of the staff except for a half-witted maid, an erring and pompous brother, Nancy’s brutish Scottish husband, a troubled quick change artist who appears in various guises and an Oxfam volunteer that collects any clothing left lying around.

Tickets £7.50, £8.50 and £9.50. Palace Theatre, Redditch
First night special offer buy one £9.50 ticket and get one free

Students work on Warwickshire horror film

A group of Theatrical and Media Make up students from Warwickshire College spent a long day turning more than 50 actors into the living dead. They were called in to help when the makers of a movie being filmed in Warwickshire needed a huge number of extras made up for the scene.

Faith Davies, a lecturer at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre, was contacted by Clare Harmer, a make-up artist on the film, part of which was being filmed at Ragley Hall. She wanted help with 50-60 extras.  Faith said: “It was a long day but it was brilliant. We had to make all the extras up with a death look, with viruses and boils. There were seven of us, myself, two second years and the rest first years. They are in the classroom and they think it’s a glamorous lifestyle and they need to go out on location so they can experience what it’s like. It is fun, but it’s hard work! You can have calls at any time in the day and at the end of the day you have to take all the make-up off. It’s not just dealing with stars all the time. The students absolutely loved it but they were shattered.”

The students who took part along with Faith were first years Louise Cleaver, Amie Field, Ashlee Gibbons and Emma Louise Spencer, and second years Catheryn Fellowes and Dilly Butler.

The film is being made by Leamington-based company Green Manalishi Productions, with filming also taking place in woods around Wroxton and Banbury, and in Leamington.

To find out more about the Theatrical and Media Make up course at the Henley-in-Arden Centre call 0800 783 67 67.

The Great Eggscape

At Midday on Saturday, the family (with 3 eggcited children) went across to a farm just outside Coventry where the Battery Hen Welfare trust were rescuing 500 ex battery hens. So along with many other families we stood in line, gave our donation and received 3 ex-bats hens. It was an interesting drive home with stressed birds in a dog carrier. Hen’s claws don’t have too much grip on hard plastic !

HensAnyway, when safely home, the 3 ladies (Parsley, Thyme & Rosemary) were put into their Eglu (modern chicken Coop with fox proof run). We eggspected the chickens to hide away for a few days as they hadn’t see daylight before, but no, within 30 minutes 2 of them were scratching around being joined by the third after another 40 minutes. We were told shredded paper was suitable for the nest box, but someone forgot to tell these hens. They think it is a great idea to spread it around the run, then one gust of wind and the garden is wearing it! Tomorrow I am going to invest in some straw and see if they prefer it.

Sunday morning came and when the door was opened to let them out they weren’t too sure about the big wide world. We watched from the house, and after about 5 minutes, they started to pop their heads out of the door. Throughout the whole of Sunday they scratched, basked in the glorious sun and generally enjoyed their new found freedom. They must be happy with their new home as by 11am they had produced three eggs. The chicken do look a little scraggy at present, but hopefully within a few months the feathers will grow back and they will look more normal.

If you are interested in re-homing some ex-batts, you can contact Ian & Mollie the West Mids coordinators on 07806 924969 or . They normally rescue around 500 hens every 6 weeks (or so) but I’ve heard in June they need homes for 3,600 hens.

I’ll update the story in a few months when I can show you pictures of the hens with feathers !


Andy Langford

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Henley Primary has musical entertainment!




Children and staff at Henley Primary School were thoroughly entertained last week when they were visited by a musical group.

The group from County Music Service came in to demonstrate a range of musical instruments, including an electric guitar, keyboards and drums.

They played music ranging from the sixties era, jazz, blues and music from the current chart.

This gave the children an insight into how popular music has not really changed since its introduction in the sixties.


Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher
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GOMWhat is it with us and cars?

Listening to BBC Radio Four, we are told that China is manufacturing 50,000 London taxis per annum, not for use in London but in major cities everywhere. We are told that the Presidents of Peru and Bolivia are of the opinion that if mankind continues to plant biofuels in the fields and forests of the world, food and the natural environment are at serious risk, and of course they're right. Unless we change our ways the hungry will starve, the poor will go hungry and most of the rest of us will be paying through the nose for our food while experiencing accelerating climate change and all this for the privilege of using our cars.

What is it with us and cars? Why are we so different from our continental cousins who can take a justified pride in their clean, comfortable and punctual trains and even better, in trams which network the cities for the price of an all-in ticket allowing them to hop on and off at will? In Switzerland, we are told, travelling by train is even more sophisticated and in all of these countries this mode of transport is not only encouraged and enjoyed, it is subsidised and therefore cheaper by comparison!

You know where you are with wheels which run on tracks. No unthinking drivers in free riding vehicles to contend with, no potholes growing bigger and more numerous by the day and no jostling. I don't understand why, in this miniscule island of ours, we are not interconnected with tracks, conveniently placed car parks and even with long distant rails alongside motorways, but then I'm forgetting - while Continental Europe was busy upgrading their railways, Beeching was closing ours down and ever since then we've been falling over backwards to accommodate the road lobby! I wonder why?

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Henley Peeps’s Diary

3 Days In The Life Of A Henley Resident

Sunday  24th April 2008
I awoke early today at sunrise.  After a hearty breakfast of eggs (organic) from the market I proceeded to the local hostelry for a meeting to discuss the arrival of 2 erections in our town. To my surprise a dark green double deck bus had stopped outside the church and many of its passengers had alighted and were taking pictures of the large black pole. At my meeting I asked questions about the erections (who had put them there and where had they come from), but nobody seemed to know. It is truly a mystery to me. Back home, lunch television and  so to bed.

Monday  25th April 2008
Awake again at sunrise. A hearty breakfast of bratworst sausage from the German supermarket. Very nice but are they organic? It is very difficult to be green! Then to the bank in the large town to the north of Henley.  There I must pay off a Visa loan before I get charged a hefty sum for credit. This bank claims to be green so maybe by using them I will prevent “Global Warming”. On my return to Henley I spot that the traffic lights are now obscured by the large erection next to the church and on the other side of the road there are 2 very large lorries delivering produce to the shops  (are they green?  one is red and the other is sort of blue / green) and they have covered the set of lights opposite.  I notice an old lady dressed in a green coat (she is obviously green) stepping into the on coming traffic. I stop in time but no thanks to the lights. Back home I park my carriage and because my good wife will not be home until night I make my way to the Chinese Restaurant for lunch.  I asked the waiter if he was going to the Olympic Games in the summer. He gave me the same look I was getting when I asked about the erections  On returning down the High Street I saw walking towards me a person whom I am told has great influence on events and I think It maybe a good idea to ask him about erections. I realise now that I was wrong in asking because he became agitated at my assumptions as to who was responsible or perhaps he thought I was greener than him. He said I must ask the Stratford District Council. On returning home I spoke to the District Council environment section, and I wonder are they green? There was no one there but the young lady said she would return my call later with an answer. A hearty supper prepared by my wife who has returned, and so to bed.

Tuesday  26th April 2008
Awake at sunrise and then a green breakfast...corn flakes, should I be eating these when they could be used to make bio-fuel?Next I get a call from the Stratford District Council  Who say that the erections are nothing to-do with them but is the County Council’s responsibility  . I think they are going to help me to be green with their new rubbish collection scheme. My thoughts on this are it would be a lot easier if the companies who supplied the packaging and discardable bottles took it and them back. Maybe this would only interfere with their massive profits! I then call the County Council who cannot answer my question immediately but will call me back.  When they returned my call it is to tell me that Stratford District Council installed them and the siting is down to them, but they will look into it. I really am green now becauseI feel sick from the lack of progress I am making. Well, nobody has been knocked over at the lights so I should be thankful, although I feel sure someone will be. Do you think then the planner and his boss will be fined / imprisoned and have their licences endorsed? And so to bed.

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Did Enoch Powell change anything?

Nigel HastilowSome words are forbidden in polite society; two of them are "Enoch Powell".

Even now, 40 years after his infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech, the name sends a shiver down the spines of the politically correct and apparently brands the user a racist. I learned this the hard way. I mentioned the name with approval in an article on immigration. This became headline news and I had to resign as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the winnable Black Country seat of Halesowen and Rowley Regis. This demonstrates the extraordinary power of Powell's name. Yet as we mark the anniversary of his speech on April 20, it is reasonable to ask whether much has changed.

Powell won massive support among the white working classes. Yet he was ostracised by the Conservative Party and his name became a byword for racist. That, certainly, was the accusation levelled against me when I described the views of people in my erstwhile constituency and added that Powell was, indeed, right to say the country was undergoing dramatic change.

It is debatable whether his speech was actually racist. The man himself certainly was not. He has been accused of littering his speech with abusive language and it is true we would not use some of his expressions today. He was, notoriously, accused of making up the only white woman in the street and the allegation of excrement through her letter-box. Maybe he was mistaken. Maybe he was wrong to talk about the black man having the whip hand. Maybe he gave legitimacy to the racism of others. Maybe he overstated his case.

It is a matter of debate whether "the River Tiber foaming with much blood" has been justified by events. By and large, the peoples of Britain rub along well enough. But not everyone and not all of the time. There have been plenty of incidents, from the riots of the Eighties to the 7/7 London bombings, where blood has been shed and where, one way or another, immigration might be blamed. How much blood constitutes a river? None of this invalidates the main thrust of the speech. Powell remains the only nationally known politician to have had the courage to question an immigration policy which was moderately under control 40 years ago, but certainly is not any more.

He was right to argue that towns and cities were changing before people's eyes as a result of immigration and that those who lived in them had never been consulted. That, surely, is the most pertinent point of all. Whatever the accuracy of Powell's predictions, and however strong his language, his main argument was that the country was "undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history". That is more true today than it was four decades ago. The level of immigration in the intervening years has been higher than Powell foresaw; the consequences are more far-reaching.

One of the most obvious is the demand for land, infrastructure and housing. Across Britain, local battles are taking place over plans to build three million more houses to accommodate our ever-expanding population. The Government's own estimates suggest the number of people living here could climb from 60 million to 110 million in the next 75 years. Of course we need houses for such an explosion in numbers. And roads, railways, schools, hospitals, shops and jobs. So the spiral of development twists on and on.

This will cost the taxpayer hundreds of billions of pounds and concrete over our countryside. Milton Keynes, for instance, will grow to twice the size of Birmingham. There won't be enough water - new homes there will have showers but no baths. It does not seem unreasonable to question how sustainable all this is. Yet when I raised the issue, the Conservative Party was horrified. David Cameron has nurtured a politically correct, BBC-friendly, caring Conservatism which despises "nasty party" throwbacks who bang on about immigration.

The mistake was to mention Enoch Powell.

I was told that to survive as a candidate I should confess to being "incredibly stupid" and submit future articles to Central Office first. So I resigned. Losing the chance to become MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis was a bitter blow. But nothing consoled me as much as the overwhelming support I received from strangers. I was inundated with letters and emails, many arguing that this is too important an issue to let go. For many politicians, immigration is the subject which dare not speak its name.

That's why so many people feel betrayed. Their elected representatives refuse to articulate the voters' concerns with anything approximating honesty. The conspiracy of silence among mainstream politicians is calculated to drive decent men and women into the arms of extremists.

The BNP is bound to flourish when anyone who tries to discuss immigration openly is howled down by cries of "racist".

Sadly, my experience is likely to intimidate other Tory hopefuls into silence. As one of them told me: "I agree with you completely. I'm just glad it was you who said it, not me." And I am glad I won't live another 75 years to see the full hideous consequences of today's population explosion.

Nigel Hastilow

t's now the 40th anniversary of Enoch Powell's speech. This article first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph on 13th April 2008.

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Three, Fifty, One Trillion

The numbers above relate to some very interesting developments in the United States.

It is widely believed that the United States are burying their heads in the sand regarding climate change. This is was true regarding the federal government but they have now agreed to work towards signing the Kyoto agreement in two years time. However, irrespective of the federal government position, the US has many initiatives and activities directed at tackling climate change. The items below are indicative of how seriously the climate change issue is now being taken in the US.

Three leading US banks – Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have released a set of principles that could affect lending to coal-fired power plants. The ‘Carbon Principles’ reflect the pressure felt by members of the financial industry concerning their investments in coal and other greenhouse intensive industries.

Fifty is the number of coal fired power station plans now on hold in the US.

In the US, the Lieberman-Warner bill, if approved will cap US greenhouse gases at the 2005 emission level starting in 2012 and gradually reduce them to 1990 levels ( a 15 % reduction) by 2020. The measure requires deeper cuts over the long term - a 65 % reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. For more information see The latest analysis by New Carbon Finance shows that the United States will become the home of a $1 trillion carbon emission market by 2020 if the bill comes into law. The introduction of a US emissions trading scheme similar to that operating in the EU will clearly be a substantial step in creating further incentives for CO2 emissions reduction in the US.

All this reduces the risk of climate change going out of control and gives hope that the most serious consequences can be avoided by the sustained effort of everyone to reduce carbon footprints.

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Sunday 4th May 2008 - That's THIS SUNDAY

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 Pig Roast. 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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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.

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.

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 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.

Once again, we appeal to the people of Henley to help address some of the injustices in the world by giving your time as a collector or putting money in the envelope provided; an authorised collector will call on you during the week starting 11th May.
The money you kindly donate will help some of the poorest communities in the world to a better future. If you miss your collector, envelopes can be dropped off at any of the churches in Henley or put through the door of 114 High Street.
We always need volunteers; if you are willing to give a few hours during 11th-17th May, please call Lucy Lunt on 794873. Thank you for your support.

Tuesday 13th May – Members’ Evening. A fun workshop “Back to Basics”. We meet in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. Visitors are welcome (£3).

Alban Wincott is the speaker on Tuesday 20th May from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. As a volunteer at Brandon Marsh, he will be showing a DVD called “Brandon Marsh: A Reserve for all Seasons” as well as his presentation “Wildlife through a Camera Lens”. Visitors are always welcome (£1).

CHRISTIAN AID PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH for town appeal at the Baptist Church Hall on Saturday 31st May 12.30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

A concert will be held in St. John’s Church on Saturday 28th June. All proceeds in aid of the church charities – St. Basils, Leprosy Mission, SAMS and the Church Army. Tickets £7 adults and £4 children to include a glass of wine. Further information from Anita Currie or Andrea Gardner 792439.

Tuesday 6th May is our annual Resolutions meeting which should provide some interesting discussion in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 p.m. Members please refer to your March copy of WI Life for the resolutions. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served for social time.

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).

A visit to Kew Gardens is planned for Saturday 19th July by coach from Henley and Ullenhall. Cost is £30 which includes coach fare and admission to the gardens. Please contact Diane Bayley on 01789 488209 if you would like to join our very friendly group on this day visit.

G & S IN TANWORTH 18TH & 19TH July 2008
The “Pirates” are coming to Tanworth and tenors and basses are invited to meet in Tanworth Village Hall on Tuesday 20th and 27th May at 7.45 p.m.
Full chorus rehearsals start on Tuesday 3rd June and run through to the essential final one on 15th July. New singers welcome.
Details of tickets sales will follow. Enquiries re singing, telephone Wendy Dillon 742464.

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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