Double Switch-on of the Christmas lights
On a cold but thankfully dry evening last Saturday, the townspeople of Henley turned out in force to support the organisers and to celebrate their success in completing the project. Some 300 to 400 people gathered at the Market Cross to hear Councillor Les Goodman start the proceedings by thanking everyone who helped him to realise his dream.
The Carol Service was led by our Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, accompanied by the excellent Alcester Silver Band and the enthusiastic singing of the families gathered at the scene. This was indeed a family occasion and young and old joined together in singing 6 of our favourite carols. Mulled wine and mince pies were generously provided by the Henley and District Royal British Legion and Henley Ex Services Social Fund, and were gratefully received by the enthusiastic residents. Even Father Christmas made an appearance and found many youngsters open mouthed at meeting him so early in the season. The Market Cross itself looked splendid, having been specially dressed for the occasion by Gordon Trinder. Brian Jackson was invited to join Les Goodman on the podium for the big switch-on and to great cheers from the assembled crowd, the lights came on and will remain on until January 6th.
Henley High Street has had Christmas lights for the past 15 years but only on the North End. The Beaudesert and Henley Christmas Lights Working Party took charge of the lights last year and now, for the very first time we have also lights on the Southern End. It was necessary to erect 50 brackets and 6 12 ft poles on the southern section and a total of 2,100 bulbs and 2,100 metres of cable have been used in the project. Councillor Les Goodman is the Chairman and Treasurer of the Working Party and he has been involved since 1993 when he donated the lights for the North End and together with his colleague Brian Jackson was responsible for the installation. Les and Brian have worked extremely hard again this year together with Les Phillis and Councillor Chris Milson in order to complete the impressive illuminations.
As the new bulbs at the South End cost over £4 each, it required a huge effort by the Working Party to raise the funding. Grants from the Joint Parish Council and the “Awards for All” lottery fund were gratefully received and social events ranging from a Race Night at the Memorial Hall to a garden party for 138 people helped to swell the coffers. Many of the residents and businesses of Henley contributed and as Les Goodman himself says, “Without their wonderful generosity the lights would not be possible”.
It would be remiss not to mention two young ladies whose beautiful Christmas paintings illustrated the Carol Service song sheets ... very well done to Danielle Chartrand and Billie-Marie Hunt. You will not be surprised to learn that these well presented song sheets were printed at home by Les Goodman.
This was a quintessentially English small town event and showed why Henley is such a lovely place to live and raise a family. Congratulations to all concerned in raising spirits in these harsh economic times.
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Photos - John Love and Bill Leech
Christmas In Henley
Henley NEWS On-line asked the distinguished steam railway photographer Clive Hanley to take some photographs of the Christmas lights in the High Street. Clive lives in Claverdon and he is our Claverdon correspondent. Last year, he took a series of photographs of the decorations in Stratford which appeared in our Christmas edition. His railway photographs of steam trains and the Shakespeare Express have appeared regularly.
© Photos by Clive Hanley
Guild Hall Garden Project
It must be admitted that the scheme is taking a great deal longer than was originally envisaged when we began in 2005. The planning process has been incredibly slow, so that we are still waiting for final approval from Stratford District Council of our proposals to meet the eleven conditions they attached to our planning permission. We are promised it this week, but we have heard that before. All we want to do is create a garden!
Nevertheless, significant progress has been made during the year. The March event in the High School, supper with the Bulava Chorus, was enthusiastically received. The Ukrainian choir sang to a full house, who appreciated their rousing music and their colourful costumes. We are grateful to the High School for allowing us to use their premises free of charge and to John Shepherd, who again very generously supported the event. The opening of Henley’s Hidden Gardens in June was again very successful. This year the Garden Committee decided to open the twelve gardens on both days of the weekend. Despite the wet and windy conditions on Saturday, the indomitables still arrived. The much-improved weather on Sunday ensured that large numbers of visitors enjoyed the gardens, which were all looking absolutely lovely due to the hard work put in by their owners.
The funds raised from these events have brought the total now raised for the creation of the garden on the Riverland to over £20,000. We can add to this the £10,000 we have been granted by the District Council, so that we now have half of the £60,000 we need. An application for a grant from the Joint Parish Council has now been submitted and we are actively pursuing other sources of funds.
Quotations have now been received for the first phase of the work. This involves clearing the land and levelling it to meet the requirements of the Environment Agency, and erecting a wall and railings along the Beaudesert Lane boundary of the garden to make the site as secure as possible. Phase I should be in place early in 2009 and we are hopeful that the garden will have been completed before the end of the year. We are confident that it will be an attraction both for our townspeople and our visitors.
Douglas & Susan Bridgewater
High Bailiff Visits Turkey Sales
The High and Low Bailiffs paid their traditional annual visit to the Turkey Sales at Henley Auction Market on Wednesday. This year, the High Bailiff gave a series of interviews to the regional TV news programmes.
Public Inquiry Date Darlingscott Gypsy Encampment
A public inquiry starts on Tuesday 16 December, following an appeal by Ernest Wilson and Families for a site at the crossroads at Darlingscott, Shipston-on-Stour.
The appeal relates to a planning application for a change of use of land for stationing of caravans in a 16 pitch gypsy site with ancillary access road, hardstanding and dayrooms.
A précis version of the reasons why the application was refused is:
The Council refused the planning application on 15th July 2008 on the basis that the development harmed the visual amenity and the rural character of the area in this visually prominent location. In addition it was considered that the applicant had failed to demonstrate that the site would meet an unmet need within the District as identified in the Gypsy Travellers Accommodation Assessment for the South Housing Market Area of the West Midlands region (March 2008). The development was considered to fail to comply with policies PR1, DEV1 and CTY1 of the adopted Stratford-on-Avon District Local Plan Review which seek to protect the landscape and also policy CTY7 which relates specifically to gypsy sites.
The inquiry, expected to last for 3 days, will be held at The Town Hall, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, starting at 10am on 16 December 2008. A Government Planning Inspector will preside over the inquiry.
Railway Station Planning Application Reconsidered
The Joint Parish Council at its last meeting considered the resubmitted Planning Application for the redevelopment of the station building as a two story office building.
"The changes made by the applicant are so minor in nature that they do not address the concerns raised by many local residents in their responses to the previous submission" wrote Mr Ian Johnson of Brook End Drive in a letter to the Council.
Mr Johnson continued, "In Summary, the scale of this development, it being 485% of the existing building area, is entirely out of keeping with the character and scale of the surrounding area. Whilst other parts of Henley have significant quantities of commercial office space un-let, further developments of this scale are unnecessary. The proposals for car parking will present a safety risk to the general public as well as rail and office users and the destruction of existing mature landscaping with its consequential loss of privacy for residents of Brook End Drive make this proposed development unacceptable in its present form. I would also reiterate at this point my objection to the ludicrous notion that the removal of mature and established trees and shrubs to be replaced with car parking bays would improve the outlook of the area. The addition of a potential 65 new car park users due to the occupancy of the office building, whilst providing no new/additional parking spaces will force many existing train users elsewhere due to the lack of parking space. This is potentially deleterious for the future of Henley Station as an important amenity for the town."
The Joint Parish Council voted to support the application. On this occasion, two councillors voted against. When the previous application was considered earlier this year, no councillors voted against the application.
Full details of this planning application and Mr Johnson's letter together with other letters objecting to the application can be viewed on the District Council Planning website. This planning application is scheduled to be considered by the District Council on 7th January 2009.
Stunning Night of Fashion at the Bluebell
Henley-in-Arden’s award-winning Bluebell pub was transformed into a hub of fashion, glamour and gourmet dining for an exclusive ladies evening in preparation for their lavish ‘Dinner Jackets and Diamonds’ New Year’s Eve marquee ball.
More than 80 guests enjoyed Champagne and exquisite canapés whilst being entertained by a stunning catwalk fashion show of designer evening gowns and jewellery from the newly launched Studio 34 boutique.
“It was more like London Fashion Week than Henley High Street on a Monday night”, commented Sky TV presenter Andy Gray, one of the many celebrities who attended the event. We were treated to quirky canapés including lobster thermidor, fillet steak with bernaise sauce and mini fish and chips and it seemed no expense was spared to create a really first class professional evening.”
Local business woman Cherie Ellis, who also modeled several of the glamorous gowns said: “Evenings such as this are exactly what Henley has been crying out for – new, vibrant businesses combining together – with a touch of class!”
Leigh Taylor, joint proprietor of the Bluebell said: “It was a huge success and a marvelous opportunity for the ladies to select a gown for the ball, which promises to be a seriously lavish night of indulgence and luxury!”
The event will be held in a purpose-built marquee in the grounds of the pub in Henley High Street and include a sumptuous five-course banquet and live music from ‘The Loops’.
Action Packed Sports Camp
Book your place with Coolsportz for Christmas an action-packed sports camp has been set up to give parents the choice of an entertaining course for their children this Christmas.
Henley-in-Arden-based sports activity company, Coolsportz is launching a special Christmas Sports Camp with plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged four to 14 active and entertained through the holiday. The Coolsportz camp will be held at Warwickshire College on December 22/23 and at Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club on January 5.
It is based on a fun multi-sports programme offering tennis, football, hockey, rounders, parachute games, extreme dodge-ball and much more. For further information or to book your place on the Coolsportz Christmas camp contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Theft at St John's Update
The Rector has pointed out to me that, whilst exercising a degree of Christian forgiveness, he wants the thieves who took the silverware from St John's bought to account. Other members of St. John's congregation said how relieved they were that the culprit was clearly caught on CCTV.
A Church is a living entity and for hundreds of years Church members have cleaned, repaired, polished brass and silver and of course let us not forget the devoted lady who plays the organ. One or two told me they felt their Church had been violated - a description often applied to domestic burglaries. One of the chalices was over three hundred years old. Imagine the almost poverty stricken people who attended holy communion who never even entertained the ides of making off with the Church silver. One or two mentioned the fact that the questions I asked about this dreadful incident was directed at them. Definitely not!! I was reflecting on the audacity of the planning which must have been put in place after months of surveillance.
May I say that members of all denominations and even non-believers are in sympathy with the congregation at St. John's. We wish the culprit/s to be brought to account but our hearts would be gladdened if these artifacts were returned. There was a time when even the most hardened criminal would not have dreamt of stealing from a Church.
Never too late to walk
There is still time to register for this year’s 4, 7 or 10 mile Lions Festive Walk on Sunday 28th December from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House. Everyone wishing to take part should visit the Lions website to enter FREE online and download their sponsorship forms.
‘The recent weather is ideal for country walking and we hope it will encourage people keen to raise funds for our 3 charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Whizz-Kidz and Campaign SightFirst II – to sign up online,’ says walk organiser Simon Newell. ‘Many families make our walk part of their Festive calendar every year, and we welcome everyone who can commit to taking part and collect lots of sponsorship over the Christmas period or just make a donation for these very worthy causes. It’s a great way to burn off some of the calories put on over Christmas and to start your New Year resolution early.’
It’s the Lions 16th annual Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House and the weather has varied over the years, but it has not stopped hundreds of walkers turning up regardless to enjoy the great Festive atmosphere. ‘Of course we hope for crisp dry and ideally sunny walking weather,’ says Simon. ‘Whatever the weather walkers will need to wrap up warm and make good use of the hot mulled wine and mince pies on offer after their walks. So fill up your cars with family and friends and get some exercise this festive season.’
For more details visit www.KnowleandDorridgeLions.com
Donations are always welcome from those unable to collect sponsorship.
Heroes of Henley Series
by Dr Douglas Bridgewater
The Holt Brothers
Henley in Arden. Armistice Day
Henley had 170 men who served in the armed forces during the Great War of 1914-18. Five of them were brothers, the five sons of Richard and Ellen Jane Holt of the High Street.
William Richard Holt (1883-fl 1919) was the eldest of the five, but when he enlisted he was the last of them to do so. He was a married man with a young family and was 32 when he enlisted early in 1915. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in England for the rest of the war.
Harry Hugh Holt (1890-1917) married Mary Edginton of Henley on 11 June and became the father of a son on 9 August 1914, less than a week after the outbreak of war. Nevertheless he joined the Royal Field Artillery in Stratford upon Avon at an early date and went to France at the beginning of 1916. In 1917 Harry Holt was serving in Flanders as the driver of a horse-drawn ammunition wagon. On 10 September he took this up to the trenches and was about to return when he and his two horses were killed instantaneously by a shell. He was expected home on leave in the same week in which the news of his death reached his family. His widow received letters from his Battery Major, his Chaplain and a comrade testifying to the high esteem in which he was held. Harry Holt was then 28 and is buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery Number 3, about four miles west of Ypres. He was subsequently awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
George Holt (1892-fl 1920) was working as a Timber Feller when he enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps at Birmingham Town Hall on 20 August 1914. He was then just over 20, with a florid complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. George was a small man by present standards, being 5’2½” tall and weighing 124 pounds. The Stratford Herald reported that he was one of a number of men who left Henley on 24 August. His time in the army was very short as, although he had passed his medical in Birmingham, he was declared unfit for military service when he reported to the regiment’s barracks in Winchester and was discharged on 27 August. He did not return to his previous job, but spent the rest of the war working in a gun factory in Birmingham. In 1920 he is recorded as having applied for a soldier’s Silver War Badge.
Richard Holt (1896-fl 1920) was an agricultural labourer working for Mrs Beechman of Henley at the outbreak of war. The first of his family to enlist, he joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Warwick on 11 August, just one week after the declaration of war. He was then 18 and 5’3½” tall. He was sent to the regiment’s 2nd Battalion in France on 1 April 1915. Dick, as he was generally known, had an eventful war. While serving as a Maxim gunner with the battalion, he was wounded in the left arm by a bullet on 25 September 1915. This resulted in him being sent to a General Hospital at Etretat and subsequently to Le Havre on 29 September. He rejoined his battalion on 13 October, only to be wounded in the left shoulder on 16 November. He was treated that day in 22 Field Ambulance and transferred to a General Hospital in Rouen on 19 November. On 1 January 1916 he was sent to the 7th Battalion Depot in Le Havre. On 10 March he found himself in Cinder City, a base unit of about 100,000 men near Calais and so named as the land on which it was built had been formed by dumping cinders from steamships onto a marsh. There he joined a Labour Company of the Army Service Corps on 18 April before being posted to the 16th Battalion of the Warwicks on 6 August 1916, where he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 1 December.
On 6 April 1917 he was sent to Number 23 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from foot problems (probably trench foot) and moved to a Canadian General Hospital in Rouen. He was sent back to his battalion on 1 June, but went on leave to the UK on 31 August 1917, returning to his battalion on 14 September. He was promoted Corporal on 6 October and later in the year was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field of battle (the precise reason not yet having yet been found). He was appointed Lance Sergeant on 10 July 1918.
Dick Holt was wounded for the third time on 23 August 1918, when he was hit in the stomach by a machine gun bullet. This wound was serious enough to end his active service. After initial treatment at Number 3 Casualty Clearing Station and a Canadian General Hospital he was shipped to England on 12 September and spent six weeks in a military hospital in Reading. He had a medical examination to assess his disability before leaving the army: it was determined that he had a twelve-inch scar on his stomach, his abdominal muscles were generally weak (he complained of being unable to lift anything) but his general condition was good. The degree of his disability was assessed as 20%. He was not demobilised until March 1919 and left the army with six stripes on his arm – three for his rank of Lance Sergeant and one for each of his three wounds. He also left with a “very good” character, being “a sober, honest and reliable NCO”, a gratuity of £15 and an award of £37 for his last gunshot wound. As well as the Military Medal, Richard was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
He was a member of the Henley Fire Brigade in 1919 and had two daughters baptised at St Nicholas’ in the early 1920s. He was then employed as a labourer by the Great Western Railway and lived at 61 High Street with his wife Daisy Irene.
Owen Victor Cornelius Holt (1897-1918) was the youngest of the brothers and was only 17 when he enlisted in Birmingham early in 1915. In the spring of that year the Stratford Herald reported that he was with the Royal Field Artillery on Salisbury Plain. He first went to France in June and saw continuous service thereafter. Like his elder brother Harry he was a driver in the Royal Field Artillery and like his brother Harry he was killed by a shell. His death occurred during the German Spring Offensive in April 1918. His parents were first informed that he had been seriously wounded by several pieces of shell, mostly in his chest. A later letter told them that he had died from his wounds on 11 April 1918 in 23 Casualty Clearing Station, where his brother Dick had been treated a year earlier. Owen Holt is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais. He was 20 years old. A joint memorial service was held for him and another Henley soldier, Sidney Bickley, in St John’s Church on Sunday, 28 April 1918.
Owen Holt was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
These then were the Holt brothers. All five volunteered for the army early in the war, two being killed and one being wounded three times. One was awarded the Military Medal, one of four Henley men to be so honoured in the Great War.
Douglas Bridgewater is currently working on a history of Henley in the Great War. If you can add to the above information on the Holt brothers, or have information or photographs on any other of the men from Henley who served in the armed forces at that time, please contact him on 01564 793633 or at email@example.com
Second Trophy for Mat Jackson
Henley's racer Mat Jackson picked up his second major trophy in as many months when he was honoured at BMW’s global motorsport ceremony.
The Henley-In-Arden driver, who races an Accident Exchange-backed BMW in the British Touring Car Championship, finished third in the prestigious Sports Trophy – beating 140 other
drivers who compete in BMWs around the world. Mat was presented with his award in Munich, Germany, by BMW-Sauber Formula One driver Nick Heidfeld.
“It was great to be out in Germany to see our efforts rewarded alongside other drivers such as Formula One stars Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica,” said Mat. “Finishing
second overall in this year’s BTCC was a fantastic achievement and I was thrilled to have that recognised by BMW.”
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 23rd November and 0800 hours on 24th November 08 unknown offender/s approached a property, (which is currently empty and being renovated), on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath. They have then broken a rear window in order to gain entry and removed tools from within.
Incident 127 of 24th November 08 refers.
BURGLARY COMMERCIAL AND OTHER BUILDING
Between 1430 hours and 1500 hours on 21st November 08 unknown offender/s have entered a church on High Street, Henley-in-Arden. They have then used keys to unlock the safe and remove silverware and cash from within.
Incident 341 of 22nd November 08 refers.
Between 10th November and 24th November 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Aspley Heath Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden and caused damage to a window.
Incident 314 of 24th November 08 refers.
Overnight between 26th and 27th November 08 unknown offender/s have caused damage to two vehicles on St Nicholas Road, Henley-in-Arden.
Incident 193 of 27th November 08 refers.
Between 1600 hours on 27th November and 1130 hours on 28th November unknown offender/s approached premises on Church Lane, Bearley. They have then attempted to gain entry to a caravan and to two shipping containers.
Incident 378 of 28th November 08 refers.
Between 1200 hours and 1915 hours on 20th November 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on William James Way, Henley-in-Arden and removed a beige coloured ‘Mongoose’ mountain bike.
Incident 552 of 20th November 08 refers.
Between 1100 hours on 22nd November and the early hours of 23rd November 08 unknown offender/s have removed a quantity of Christmas light bulbs that were suspended above the ground along Henley-in-Arden High Street.
Incident 214 of 23rd November 08 refers.
At 1715 hours on 30th November 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood and stole a quantity of Christmas trees.
Incident 186 of 1st December 08 refers.
Prior to 1st December 08 unknown offender/s have approached premises on Henley Road, Claverdon and stolen a twin axle trailer.
Incident 427 of 1st December 08 refers.
HENLEY POLICE SURGERY
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!
December 10th between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
December 24th between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
January 21st 2009 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.
HENLEY, CLAVERDON AND TANWORTH COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM
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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Christmas Gifts. How about giving an owl?
The owl watches over and displays your electricity consumption and will help you beat the rising bills. £35 from www.theowl.com (Also, I have one for loan if anyone wants to borrow one. Call 01564 792251)
If you buy electrical goods as presents, look for items that run off mains electricity rather than batteries. If you do buy batteries, buy rechargeable! The savings soon pay for the charger.
For a book present try ‘Carbon Detox’ by George Marshal. Easy reading and really entertaining and interesting info about many aspects of climate change including how to live with it’s effects. Available from www.amazon.co.uk at £6.39 but I have a few spare brand new copies that cost £6 each . Call 792251 if you would like one.
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Is again returning to Henley Fire Station on Saturday 13th December between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to see the children of Henley and arrive around 10.15 a.m. Come and join us to make it a morning of festive cheer.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Tuesday 16th December at 7.45 p.m. AGM and Christmas Social at the Baptist Church hall.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Thursday 11th December – Christmas Party. Contact Maggie Twigg on 793373 for tickets.
HENLEY BADMINTON CLUB
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).
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
Meetings 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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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
HENLEY BADMINTON CLUB
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).
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
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.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
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.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
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
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
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.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
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.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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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