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Edition 207- 13th November 2008
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Henley NEWS On-line is Back

CertificateSince publication of Henley NEWS on-line ceased in May 2008, a large number of Henley residents have been requesting, almost a daily basis, that the award winning newsletter should be resumed. We have therefore decided to resume publication in the same format as our previous 206 editions.

During the last six months, no other publication or website, has emerged. The need for an independent newsletter about the town is vital if our community is to be kept abreast of local affairs such as the market site development, the CCTV cameras and the many local social events.

Since announcing the resumption, It is pleasing to report that we have received many messages of delight at the news and not one against. Below are a few examples of these emails.

Dear Bill, Welcome back you have been missed. Very welcome news indeed.

Welcome Back to Henley NEWS on-line and to you, Bill Leech, Editor. You have been missed - and I would hazard a guess that the reason there hasn't been any other publication in it's place is because 'nothing could take it's place' and therefore so much has already gone unreported in and about Henley. So, it's good to have you back.

Absolutely great news that Henley News On-line is to start again, this has been well and truly missed and was most valuable especially at the time of great discussion of the Market Development, which thankfully was put on hold, for good we hope!

Hooray!! Great news Bill. Democracy returns to Henley.

Our editorial policy will remain the same, to publish all contributions, subject only to the observing the laws of decency and libel. We now need your contributions to continue our raison d’être of reporting our community's concerns and celebrating its many successes. Please send me your comments, suggestions, complaints and reports.

Bill Leech

Dad's Army - Roaring Success


This is the 40th anniversary year of Dad’s Army, the iconic TV series. Henley-in-Arden Drama Society added their tribute recently by producing 3 episodes of the comedy, ‘The Man and the Hour’ (the very first episode made), ‘Deadly Attachment’ (the one with the U-Boat captain and crew and ‘that’ line), and ‘Mum’s Army’ (which introduced us to some of the ladies of the area).

The characterisations were excellent and were similar enough to the original to keep the magic of that, but not too much that is resulted in excessive caricature. Captain Mainwaring (Phil Walker) and his cohort, Sergeant Wilson (Alan Harrison) played their parts with aplomb, and a honed sense of comic timing. Pike (Rob Ison), Corporal Jack Jones (Ray Evans – who also directed), Walker (Rod Hinton), Frazer (Rod Fox), and Godfrey (Brian Castle) complete the main members of the platoon alongside Alan Nicholls, who played the ARP Warden Hodges. There were many other members of the cast (too many to list here) and they all took on their parts with enthusiasm, no matter how small it was.

It was a fine evening’s entertainment, a sentiment matched by many if the audience attendance is anything to go by (it was full). Impossible not to like, it has sent many scrabbling to find their videos/dvds etc. to relive even more of the masterpieces. A shame if you missed it.

Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent - Photos & Report


Milestone restored by The Henley Society


The Henley and Beaudesert Society celebrated bringing Henley’s 18th century milestone back to its former glory after a successful project to restore the Grade II listed monument. Mrs Clegg owner of Milestone cottage preformed the unveiling of the historical landmark together with members of the Court Leet, the Henley Society and members of the community.

The Henley Society launched their campaign to save the monument two years ago when it was noticed that it was deteriorating caused by a previous owner painting the milestone with a corrosive oil-based paint. Jonathan Dovey, Henley's Historian, undertook the task of applying for listed building and ancient monument consent to restore the stone. The Henley Society was able to fund the project with the aid of a grant from the community awards scheme Stratford District Council and donations from Mrs Clegg and Cllr Laurence Marshall.

The milestone is historically important in terms of its place in the early industrial turnpike system and is one of the few remaining examples, and was in need of urgent repair. Nicholas Quayle, stone mason and conservator was contracted to do the work and in September work began on stripping off the black paint, restoring the surface, and recarving the lost lettering so that it is now back to how it first appeared in 1748 .

Margaret Twigg - Reporting                          
Photos by John Love

One Stop to Close for Major Refit

One Stop

One Stop, our 'Open All Hours' convenience store, will close from Sunday 16th November for a major refit.


Jenni, the store manager, told Henley NEWS On-line, "When we reopen on Saturday 28th, the store will have been refitted from floor to ceiling. We will have a greater range of products including vegetables."

New Parish Clerk Resigns

JPCAn advertisement for a new Parish Clerk appeared in the Stratford Herald on Thursday 6th November. The present clerk, Karen Parnell, who was only appointed in 8th September 2008 will leave at the end of the year. Evidently the workload is too much for a part time clerk and Karen is unable to extend her hours.

A full time clerk is now being recruited. This increase in working hours will significantly increase the costs of running the JPC and will probably result in the Parish Precept rising well above inflation.

William James Way

William James WayThe JPC has named the road at the new housing and office development, which has been built on the old goods yard at the north end of High Street, has been named 'WILLIAMS JAMES WAY' in honour of Henley's canal and railway pioneer.

This area links Henley's first railway station with the old British Railways Goods Yard.

John Love - Reporting & Photo

Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church

As usual, December is when we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, our Saviour.

On Wednesday 10th all are invited to gather at the church at 1.00 pm for a short concert, with participation by the High School, and I am sure we will have some mince pies to follow. On Saturday 13th will be our Christmas Coffee Morning from 10.00 am till noon. On Christmas Day, our worship will be at 9.30 am, led by Revd Bob Powell.

The “Mum and Baby” group meet every Monday morning at 10.30 am.

James Steele - Reporting

New Sign for Sports Ground

TICThe Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust administers the Memorial Hall and the Playing Fields. It operates through The Town Improvement Committee who have recently completed a major improvement project to the Playing Field entrance.

New brick pillars have been built with adjacent wooden fencing, and a bronze plaque has been placed on one of the pillars with a short history of the Playing Field.

Reference is also made to The Henley-in-Arden Gateway Website which is sponsored by the TIC.

Next year, will be the centenary of the building of the Memorial Hall and the Memorial Hall Subcommittee will be organising a special celebration event.

Brian Twigg, Chairman of TIC - Reporting

BT to Sell or Remove Our Red Phone Box

Red Phone BoxThe red phone box on Henley's Stratford Road is due to be closed soon and removed.

BT have a scheme so that these redundant Red Boxes can be saved by local councils. After the phone equipment has been removed, the box can be sold to the Council for just £1.

Already, Lighthorn parish council has purchased its red phone box.

Should our red phone box be saved?

Henley Ice Cream - Winter Trading

Henley IcesCONGRATULATIONS – WELCOME BACK. I have really missed the local news and gossip.

Can I be one of the first to give you an update from Henley Ice Cream – We are introducing our new WINTER TRADING HOURS. We shall be closing the ice cream parlour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3rd November until end of February, (except half term week). We shall be open as usual Friday – Monday from 9.30 – 5pm and look forward to receiving all visitors/customers over these 4 days each week. We do hope this does not cause too much inconvenience.

Our service to our trade customers will not be affected by the change of trading hours, they will be called as usual for their orders and deliveries will be on Thursday/Friday as before. Normal hours will be resumed in March.

Cindy Brittan

New Dentist for the Town

I have bought the closed down bookmakers on the High Street and am renovating it into a new dental practice. The building itself is listed and is having major renovations completed. I really thought I ought to let people know what is going on.

Opening is scheduled for November 24th and I am going to hold an open day on the 21st, with an open evening on the 27th. However, if these times are inconvenient for anyone then they will certainly be welcome to have a look around another time.

For those who are interested in the building works, my builder Mr John Fitzgerald of JF Building Contractors will also be available. I look forward to forging close links with the town over years to come, as I shall be the principal dentist working in the practice and not run it from a distance.

Please call 07528 701975 prior to opening with any enquiries, or email, or call 01564 794908 when we are open. Matt Jones

Matt Jones - 07747 693964

Pretty in pink


Customers visiting local coach & bus operator Johnson’s last week were startled to find that many of the staff had turned up for work dressed from head to toe in pink. But it was all in a good cause. Laura Cranmer, part of the front office reservations team, organised a “dress in pink day” to raise funds for the breast cancer campaign.

Laura said “we do this every year and ask staff to dress up, have fun, but at the same time raise money for this excellent charity that has done so much to provide funds into research into breast cancer. Everyone entered into the spirit of the day and customers and visitors, as well as our own staff helps us raise some £230 on the day”

Tash Blewitt of Johnsons Coaches - Reporting

Money’s Safe in Land?

On Tuesday 21st October 2008, Richard Abbey,partner of John Earle & Son conducted the firm’s monthly land and property auction at Henley Golf & Country Club.

Three Lots were to be offered in the room, a 1900’s extended four bedroom semi-detached house in Wythall, 2.73 acres of deciduous woodland near Lapworth and 2.91 acres of pasture land with some timber stables the Weatheroak side of Alvechurch.

PhotoWith a limited number of Lots, Mr Abbey was pleased there were over 150 people in the room and he firstly offered the land and woodland in Tapster Lane, Lapworth and after a cautious start, competitive bidding from all parts of the room resulted in the gavel falling at £25,000. Mr Abbey then offered the 2.91 acres near Alvechurch pictured right. There was a strong start and again competitive bidding with the increments falling to £250 just prior to the gavel falling at £60,500. Shortlands Cottage in Wythall did not reach the reserve and was withdrawn at £270,000.

After the sale, Mr Abbey was delighted with the results of the two parcels of land and was as amazed as the Client selling the land near Alvechurch, that per acre, this parcel of land made over £20,000. It may be fair to conclude that the recent fall in Bank base rate and a further cut in interest rates likely through the Winter, small parcels of land may not just be a safe investment (as they are not making any more) but where capital growth in the medium to long term can be expected.

John Earle & Son - Reporting

Recent Property Sales

19, Littleworth, B95 6AG
8, Littleworth, B95 6AG
6, Harris Mews, B95 5DN
214, Warwick Road, B95 5BJ
Sold for £160,000 on 12-09-2008
Sold for £100,000 on 04-09-2008
Sold for £215,150 on 28-08-2008
Sold for £248,000 on 15-08-2008

The 10 most expensive roads in Henley-in-Arden are:

Road Name
Toms Close, Ullenhall
Edge Lane, Henley-in-arden
Lapworth Street, Lowsonford
Whitley Hill, Henley-in-arden
Kyte Green, Henley-in-arden
Glenhurst Road, Henley-in-arden
Ullenhall Street, Ullenhall
Pennyford Lane, Wootton Wawen
Station Road, Henley-in-arden
Beaudesert Place, Henley-in-arden
Average Price


First Snow in Claverdon - Oct 29th


Clive Hanley captures the first snow in Claverdon. Winter has arrived early this year. Snow in October!

Chef to watch: Andy Waters at Edmund's

When Andy Waters first opened Edmund's, in Henley-in-Arden in 2002, it gained a Michelin star in just six months.

Nevertheless, the restaurant closed in 2006, and Waters consulted for the highly rated Birmingham Italian, Cielo. Now Edmund's has re-emerged in the city centre. While Waters is not a household name outside his home turf (yet), local critics rank his cooking (belly, trotter and fillet of Wiltshire pork with Calvados infusion; cod boulangère; Bramley apple soufflé) right up there with local heroes Simpson's and Purnell's.

From The Independent on Sunday

Henley Cubs Collect Presents for Indian Orphanage

Shoe Boxes

Thank you everybody that made up boxes for the Love Care Centre in kancheepuram Orphanage in India. We received over 80 boxes which is great and they are being sent this week.

If you would like more info on the orphanage go to the website

Sally Morgan

Johnsons Show Success

PhotoOur local coach and bus operator Johnsons, held their annual Holiday Show in the town recently, and rated it a huge success.

Well over one thousand customers and potential customers visited the show, and were able to meet Johnsons personnel, representatives from both the hotel and tourist industries, as well as enjoy DVD and slideshow presentations which ran continuously throughout the day.

John Johnson, Director of Johnsons Coach & Bus said, “our annual holiday show is a significant event in our business year, this is the 20th show we have organised, all of them being held in Henley in Arden, and we are delighted with the attendance. The show takes place just a few weeks after the launch of our 2009 Summer Programme, and early indications are that holiday bookings taken since the brochure came out, are showing a slight increase for the same period last year”.

In 2009, the company celebrates 100 years in business, and a comprehensive programme of events has been planned to celebrate that milestone.

Tash Blewitt of Johnsons Coaches - Reporting

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

Between 1400 hours on 9th October and 1000 hours on 13th October 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Alcester Road, Wythall. They have then entered an unlocked garage and removed a quantity of gardening equipment.
Incident 370 of 14th October 08 refers.

Between 1400 hours and 1600 hours on 21st October 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Hardwick Lane, Outhill. They then entered an unlocked workshop and removed a Draper portable arc welder and a quantity of tools.
Incident 161 of 22nd October 08 refers.

At approximately 0345 hours on 23rd October 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Alcester Road, Wythall. They have then smashed a window to gain entry and removed the cash from a gaming machine.
Incident 46 of 23rd October 08 refers.

Prior to 1055 hours on 23rd October 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. They then entered open stables and removed a large generator, three chain saws and a small motorbike.
Incident 197 of 23rd October 08 refers.

Overnight between 25th and 26th October 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on High Street, Henley-in-Arden. They have then prised open a rear fire exit door and removed a quantity of computer equipment.
Incident 307 of 26th October 08 refers.

Prior to 26th October 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Pennyford Lane, Wootton Wawen. They then bolt cropped the padlock to a barn and removed an off-road motor bike and three brand new bicycles, still in the boxes.
Incident 375 of 26th October 08 refers.

Prior to 27th October 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden. They have then forced the door to a portable unit and taken the alarm off the wall. They have then removed a phone and a microwave from the canteen area.
Incident 78 of 27th October 08 refers.

Between 0300 hours on 19th October and 1100 hours on 23rd October 08 unknown offender/s have stolen a blue Mini Cooper from a property in Ullenhall.
Incident 105 of 27th October 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 24th October and 0900 hours on 25th October 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on High Street, Henley-in-Arden and smashed the front windscreen.
Incident 406 of 26th October 08 refers.

Between 1630 hours on 30th October and 0950 hours on 31st October 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden and smashed two ground floor windows.
Incident 174 of 31st October 08 refers.

Between 1800 hours and 1955 hours on 22nd October 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Earlswood Common and removed the front and rear number plates.
Incident 505 of 22nd October 08 refers.

Between 1530 hours and 1540 hours on 26th October 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Nuthurst Lane, Hockley Heath. They then smashed a side window and removed a mobile phone.
Incident 494 of 26th October 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 25th October and 0930 hours on 26th October 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden. They have then cut the padlock to a sports container and gained access.
Incident 223 of 26th October 08 refers.

Between 0800 hours and 1330 hours on 28th October 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood and removed the rear number plate.
Incident 336 of 28th October 08 refers.

Overnight between 2nd and 3rd November 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Biddles Hill, Earlswood. They then gained access and removed tools and a radio.
Incident 90 of 3rd November 08 refers.

Prior to 0920 hours on 3rd November unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Biddles Hill, Earlswood. They then gained access and removed items from within.
Incident 113 of 3rd November 08 refers.

Between 0230 hours and 0700 hours on 4th November 08 unknown offender/s approached some vehicles on Penn Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden. They have then gained access and removed items from within.
Incident 85 of 4th November 08 refers.

Please note the next Alcester North Community Forum will be at Henley Primary School on 26th November 08 between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm. There will be a police surgery between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm prior to this Forum. If you have a specific concern or problem then come along to the surgery, where you will be able to speak to your local Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford-on-Avon District Council Officer.

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

November 12th between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
December 10th between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
December 24th between 1100 hours and 1300 hours

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

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


Claverdon Lose on the Road

Claverdon 12 – 17 Bredon Star
Tries – Sam Murphy x 2
Conv – Ian Wyllie


Picture by Will Barnes shows Sam Murphy scoring the first of two tries in his debut first XV match for Claverdon


Claverdon’s first league match away ended in defeat to a highly organised Bredon Star team.

After a fast and aggressive start from both sides it was Bredon who drew first blood. The Bredon prop powered his way through some sloppy tackles to crash under the posts, the conversion was scored. This proved to be the wake-up call that Claverdon needed who were unlucky not to score when Paul Dawes broke away after a few nice passes only to be held up by a last ditch tackle. Further good breaks from Wyllie and Edsall saw Claverdon make good yards, only to be turned over again and again at the ruck. Claverdon at times played some very nice rugby but some dropped catches at crucial points, and conceding too many silly penalties kept Claverdon playing on the back foot for most of the first half and failing to keep the good ground gained. It was only down to their strong defence that kept the score the same until half time.

Half time 0–7.

Claverdon started the second half with more purpose, stepped up their performance and where soon rewarded with a try. Claverdon soaked another Bredon attack before a massive tackle by Westmacott saw the ball pop loose which lead to Claverdon’s young winger Sam Murphy scoring his first try for Claverdon in his debut match. Sam picked up the loose ball and sprinted down the pitch from his own 22 and out paced three players to score under the post. Claverdon hit the post with the conversion. From the restart Claverdon again were under pressure due to some ill discipline at the breakdown but again strong defence and another pressurised pass from Brendon saw Sam score a similar try to his first, this time he intercepted the pass and sprinted again from his 22 to score under the post. The conversion was scored.

Claverdon were now up 12 – 7 with 20 minutes to go but Bredon were not finished yet after slotting a penalty, their very well organised mauling finally produced the goods and the went over to score near the posts leaving an easy conversion and final victory Brendon 12 – 17.

It was a second defeat to this young Claverdon side but with other top teams also losing it leaves them just two points off the top spot.

Report Steve Grimsley

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A Futuristic Zero Carbon City --- Guess Where?

The magazine Future Energy published by the Energy Institute contained recently an item about a futuristic zero carbon city to be called Masdar. The city currently in planning will cover an area of six square kilometres by 2016 and has development plans out beyond 2020. It is one of the flagship projects of a global initiative launched by the World Wildlife Fund and the environmental consultancy BioRegional. The aim is to prove that it is possible to live within the planet’s ecological limits whilst simultaneously improving the quality of people’s lives. The city aims to put ten principles of sustainability into practice:-

      1. zero carbon
      2. zero waste
      3. sustainable transport
      4. local sustainable materials
      5. local sustainable food
      6. sustainable water
      7. natural habitats and wildlife
      8. culture and heritage
      9. equity and fair trade
      10. health and happiness.

British architecture firm Foster + Partners are designing the city, but it’s not in the UK.

The Masdar development is a densely populated, walled city to be constructed in an energy efficient way. Photovoltaic power plant (sunlight to electricity) will be constructed first to power the building of the city. The city will be car free, with a maximum distance of 200m to the nearest transport link and amenities. A compact network of streets will encourage walking and will be complemented by a personalised rapid transport system. The shaded walkways and narrow streets will create a pedestrian-friendly environment in the context of Abu Dhabi’s extreme climate. That’s the final clue --- the city is being built in the United Arab Emirates. The surrounding land is planned to contain wind and photovoltaic farms, research fields and plantations, so that the city will be entirely self-sustaining. In Arabic, Masdar means ‘the source’.

It is a source of inspiration that this oil rich nation is tackling climate change in such a ground breaking way. Can you do something to reduce your carbon footprint too? – It probably won’t be quite as spectacular as building a city but every CO2 saving counts!

John Stott

Stratford District Council

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12th November, 7.30 p.m. Guild Hall. An invitation is issued to all inhabitants of the town to witness the annual general meeting and to support the heritage of the town. Participate in an occasion which dates back to the 13th Century.

Christmas Bazaar Saturday 15th November 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall.
Coach trip to Lincoln Christmas Market on Saturday 6th December. Adults £12, children under 11 £3. Phone Sheila on 795771 for more details.

Celia Davis is our speaker on Tuesday 18th November and will show her wonderful close-up slides of “Honey Bees”. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. Cost just £1.

SCAN (Senior Citizens Action Network)
Henley SCAN meeting will be held on 19th November in the Baptist Church Lounge at 11.00 a.m. The speakers will be from the RNID who will tell us about products to make life easier if you are deaf or hard of hearing.

Thursday 20th November 8.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall. Our speaker is Shirley Davies who is giving an illustrated talk on “70 years of Wootton Wawen”.

Tuesday 25th November at 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Our speaker is Elaine Horton on “Interesting Plants for Different Soils”. Visitors (£2) and new members always welcome.

Saturday 29th November 2.00 p.m. in the Church Hall. All the usual goodies – bargains galore! Home-made cakes, produce, books, bric-a-brac, teas, etc. with Father Christmas at 2.30. Do come along and support this splendid fundraising event and get ready for Christmas at the same time. If you feel you can help run a stall or provide any goods to sell, please contact Daphne Jones on 01926 843515 as soon as possible.

Henley’s own mother and toddler group “Jollytots” meet every Tuesday in term time between 10.00 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Open to all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. Contact Rachel on 794470 for further information.

Welcomes players who may be interested in joining the club. Club nights are Friday and Sunday from 8.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. Further details: Chairman 793320. Visitors welcome (£2).

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 bi-monthly 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 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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