Parish Council Precepts
Have you ever looked closely at your Council
Tax (CT) demand to see who gets your money; what proportion they get,
and what percentage increases have been added to the different elements
since last year?
Figure 1. How the Council Tax cake is divided up
In what are known as two-tier Local
Government areas your CT will be shared out in varying amounts between
the County Council, the District or Borough Council, the Police
Authority, the Fire & Rescue Authority and, if you have one, your
Town or Parish Council. In Local Government jargon, the amount
paid to each of these bodies is known as a precept.
Figure 1 shows a typical example of how the money is divided up in most places in the country.
Note: If you live in an area
with a single tier of local government i.e. a Unitary or a Metropolitan
Authority, or if you live in London, fewer bodies share the
money. In a few places, the Fire Service charge is included in
the County charge. With a few exceptions, there are usually no
Town or Parish Councils in a single tier Authority.
Each body sets its own precept every year
and the total of all the precepts determines how much your total CT
bill will be. The District/Borough Council is responsible for
collecting all the tax and then distributing it to the others.
Due to there having been some horrendous
increases in CT in recent years, and in an attempt to limit the
increases in the individual precepts, the Government now specifies a
maximum percentage increase that can be applied. This is known as
a cap. Currently (2008), the cap is 5% and applies to the
precepts demanded by each body with the exception of Town and Parish
This means that Town and Parish Councils can
increase their precepts by whatever percentage they wish. Being well
aware that the cap does not apply to Towns and Parishes, a growing
number of District Councils are offloading some of their non-statutory
duties onto Towns and Parishes in their area but keeping the money that
they would have had to spend on these duties. This has resulted in many
Town and Parish precepts rocketing and, in a growing number of cases
now being as much or even more than the precepts demanded by the
District or Borough Council. In a growing number of places these
uncapped increases add considerably to the total increase in the CT
bill, and push the total increase to over the 5% limit: 6%, 7% or even
The Government has been aware of this state of affairs for years and even documented it in a Green Paper issued in 2000 where, in section J15 it is stated:
"..there are a few towns and parishes
where the parish precept is larger than the council tax due to the
district council. In these cases, it is illogical that taxpayers
should have protection via the Government’s reserve capping
powers from excessive council tax increases made by the district, but
no protection from excessive increases in the [parish] precept."
The problem was also recognised in a Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) document issued
in March 2007 where it stated: "Parish precepts in 2007-08 will total
£299 million. This represents an increase of 6.7% over the
2006-07 figure of £280 million."
The chart below shows just one example of how the Parish precept for one village in Hampshire has increased over the years.
Figure 2. The relative increases in Town/Parish Council Tax
Successive Government Ministers have done
nothing to correct this non-capping anomaly. Indeed, when Phil
Woolas was the Local Government Minister, the Is It Fair council tax
protest group asked him about this and he responded by stating that the
Government had no plans to cap Town or Parish precepts. And so it has
been. Nothing has changed since Woolas made that statement and,
through its inaction, the Government has continued, tacitly, to support
this underhand way of getting around the 5% cap.
The result? More and more
non-statutory functions (but not the funds to finance them) are being
off-loaded on to Towns and Parishes.
Towns and Parishes cannot be forced to take
on these extra responsibilities but some do, possibly unaware of the
financial implications. Either way, it seems that many of the
Districts keep the cash that they had previously been spending on the
transferred functions, still increase their precept by just under the
5% cap, and the Town/Parish (i.e. the Town/Parish residents) pay again
for the cost of the transferred services through huge increases in
their local precepts.
Most Council Tax payers will
consider it inefficient and wasteful to have to fund multiple tiers of
local government, especially when one is not restrained by the
government imposed cap. Fortunately, it is relatively simple to close
this loop hole and so avoid excessive precept hikes in the future.
Abolish the Town or Parish Council.
Legislation already exists to abolish Town and Parish Councils through a Town/Parish Council Review.
A Poll can be demanded in accordance with the Local Government Act
1972, Schedule 12, if not less than 10 or 1/3 of the Local Government
Electors present at the Annual Parish meeting, whichever is the less,
demand such a poll. This year's Annual Parish meeting will take place
With acknowledgements to 'Is It Fair' - The Campaign for Reform of Council Tax - www.isitfair.co.uk
JPC Increases its Precept by 30% for 2009/10
The Joint Parish Council's Precept is expected to increase by 30% for 2009/10. This increase is required to pay for a budgeted increase of 18% for 'Personnel Costs' as the Parish Clerk's hours have been increased by 66% and a 228% increase in JPC's PR budget, which is called 'Communications with the Community'.
Wellesbourne Parish Council has announced a 22% reduction in its precept for 2009/2010.
In our last edition, we reported that the Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Cabinet agreed to recommend an increase of 4.9% in Stratford District Council’s portion of the Council Tax for 2009/2010.
Warwickshire County Council has published a 3.89% council tax increase for 2009/10.
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TIC Reconfirms its Sponsorship of Gateway Website
made at the JPC Council meeting on 19th January that the Town
Improvement Committee (TIC) was no longer sponsoring the Henley Gateway
website have proved to be incorrect.
Brian Twigg, Chairman of the TIC, told Henley NEWS On-line:
The TIC has had the pleasure of
sponsoring the Gateway Site for several years. It was the original view
of the TIC that the Gateway Site was a valuable contribution to the
information facilities leading to information about Henley-in-Arden. We
have watched with interest the development of the site and the links
that have been added to many of the bodies and organisations operating
within the town.
Our original view has proved justified and we wish the Gateway Site every fortune in its future role.
Although the TIC has had no editorial
input into the site we are delighted to maintain a watching brief over
our sponsorship, and I can confirm that there has never been any
criticism of the Site raised by any member of the TIC at any meeting of
the TIC. Accordingly we are delighted to continue our sponsorship of
As you know the sponsorship does not
involve any financial contribution to the Site, but does include the
recommendation of the site to the users, both actual and potential, as
a valuable introduction to information regarding many aspects of life
The Henley Gateway website at www.henley-in-arden.org
Nicholas Haycock Joins JPC
was co-opted on to the Joint Parish Council in January 2009 in
succession to Laurence Marshall who stood down from the JPC but remains
a District Councillor.
Nicholas is a well known member of the
community and has been working as a surveyor, valuer and estate agent
in Henley in Arden for nearly 40 years. He started as a trainee with
the late Tony Earle in August 1969 and qualified as a Chartered
Surveyor in 1973. Since 1992 he has been running his own practice now
based in the town centre. He was educated at Cedarhurst School,
Solihull and Leamington College for Boys. Nicholas arrived in
Henley-in-Arden three weeks after leaving school! He finally moved to
Henley in 2004 following the sale of the family farm at Fen End. He has
three grown up children, a granddaughter Grace and acquired two
step-daughters on remarrying in 2006.
Nicholas has always been a great supporter
of Henley-in-Arden, its societies and organisations and was Chairman of
the Sports and Social and Cricket Clubs back in the 1990s. He lists
pretty much all other sports as his main interest, also gardening and
the ‘allotment’, together with the countryside and wildlife.
He is keen to see Henley continue as a
thriving, historic town and with emphasis on moving forward to the 21st
century. Nicholas told Henley NEWS On-line
– “Since coming to live in Henley, there are numerous
matters which have been of concern to me and which I would hope to
address with the JPC for the benefit of the town.”
Panorama Photos of the Snow
Henley NEWS On-line's Chief Photographer, John Love, has been out this week to photograph the snow on the High Street and the Riverlands. For the photographic experts, John has joined together several photos to create these panoramic scenes.
From our Roving Correspondent in the Bahamas
It is warm and pleasant here, as you would expect in these stress free islands.
We do however, face a daily barrage of jokes from other North Europeans and North Americans regarding the inability of our country to operate whenever we have what the BBC now calls “snow events”. In the digital age, the whole world can enjoy laughing at the incompetence of our formerly great nation, and to make things worse, the ludicrous description invented by our internationally respected broadcasting body.
In addition, the local people, who are used to dealing with occasional adverse weather conditions such as hurricanes, enjoy mocking their erstwhile Imperial masters, as the U.K is seen to be effectively closed down by a relatively light snowfall. International TV news shows other countries coping with deluges of 30 plus inches and yet, in our reduced circumstances, we appear as ill equipped as any Banana Republic.
Only when in a truly international place such as this, can you appreciate that the United Kingdom is viewed as a “basket case” by so many. Fortunately, by evening, the rum cocktails have taken the edge off the banter but who would have thought that we would ever be subject to “English jokes” !!
I shall continue to do my utmost to endure the ignominy and enjoy a few weeks in the company of Bahamians who never worry about anything at all. As an illustration of just how relaxed life can be, the local golf club has no dress code whatsoever and is so informal that the club champion is known only as Bumper and the handicap secretary responds only to Gizmo. I do hope that all our friends in Henley manage to get about their daily business despite the snow and ice, but meanwhile I am off to play a round of golf with Bouncer, Bumper and Gizmo.
"Snow Event" Postpones JPC Meeting
The Joint Parish Council meeting on Monday 2nd February was postponed at short notice because of the snow event. It will now take place on Monday 9th February.
Rob Walsh, Head of Community Service at Stratford District Council is scheduled to speak at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 16th February at 7 pm in the Baptist Church Hall regarding the provision of CCTV cameras in Henley. Henley NEWS On-line recommends all its readers should attend this meeting.
Refuse and Recycling Service
The service has been suspended today (Thursday 5th February) due to the weather conditions.
Collections will recommence as soon as conditions allow. I will update you as soon as I have more information.
Chris Dobson - Waste and Recycling Officer
Top Award for Tennis Club Chairman
Warwickshire Lawn Tennis Association held their Annual Awards Evening at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on 23rd January.
Henley in Arden Tennis Club Chairman Judy Wilde was awarded "Volunteer of the Year" in recognition of her dedication and hard work for the club. She has worked tirelessly towards the completion of the refurbishments of four of the seven courts (two Astro turfed and two re-surfaced), as well as everyday club business.
Leanne Supperstone received the Coach of the Year award and Rugby Tennis Club was awarded Club of the Year.
Times Letter of the Year
An 88 year old lady wrote this letter to her bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in The Times and the newspaper thanked him most sincerely.
I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I
endeavoured to pay my plumber last month.
By my calculations,
three 'nanoseconds' must have elapsed between his presenting the cheque
and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honour it. I
refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my pension, an
arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You
are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity,
and also for debiting my account £30 by way of penalty for the
inconvenience caused to your bank.
My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has
caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.
I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and
letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal,
overcharging, re-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.
From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood
person. My mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no
longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank by cheque, addressed
personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must
Be aware that it is an offence under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.
Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your
chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in
order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me,
there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her
medical history must be countersigned by a solicitor, and the mandatory
details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and
liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.
In due course, I will issue your employee with PIN number which he/she
must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be
shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of
button presses required of me to access my account balance on your
phone bank service.
As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows:
- To make an appointment to see me.
- To query a missing payment.
- To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
- To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
- To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
- To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
- To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer is required. A password will be communicated to you at a later date to the Authorized Contact.)
- To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 thro' 8
- To make a general complaint
or inquiry, the contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention
of my automated answering service.
While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting (actually tedious) music will play for the duration of the call.
Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.
May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.
Your Humble Client
IMPORTANT to REMEMBER that this letter was written by a lady of 88; DOESN'T SHE MAKE YOU PROUD!!!?
David Wilson Offers to Pay Bills for New Homes
Gas has announced that it is cutting prices for its customers this
winter by ten per cent but David Wilson Mercia is going much further
and effectively cutting them by 100 per cent.
The homebuilder is offering to pay 100 per
cent of the gas bill for the next 18 months for anyone buying a
property at its developments in Warwickshire. David Wilson will also
pay 100 per cent of your electricity bill, 100 per cent of your water
bill and 100 per cent of your council tax. You could save literally
thousands of pounds on bills over the next year and a half –
which would make a new David Wilson home as affordable as it’s
been in a generation.
Chris Ashmore, Sales Director at David
Wilson Mercia, said: “Nobody enjoys spending their hard-earned
money on household bills. And when gas and electricity prices are as
high as they are now everyone feels hard-pressed. That’s why
we’re offering to pay your bills for 18 months if you buy a new
home in Warwickshire. You could have literally thousands of pounds more
to spend for the next year and a half, by which time economists think
the worst of the downturn will have passed. So if you do want to buy a
new house now could be a window of opportunity. Remember that
you’re buying at today’s prices, not high 2007 prices. This
is one of the many great packages we have available for people who are
buying into the market at the most competitive prices in a
Henley Point homes are currently available
with stamp duty, legal fees and moving costs paid. Henley Point offers
one-bedroom coach houses, one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-
and four-bedroom houses, with prices starting from £159,000. The
sales office is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
John Garner's Business Column
will recall that the government likes to update employment regulations
in April each year. You might think it’s a bit early for me to be
writing about these now but it’s as well to start preparing.
Possibly the most significant changes for
small employers are the new wage and disciplinary procedures which have
recently been announced. The Employment Act 2008 was passed back in
November 2008 and a number of changes it introduced will come into
force this coming April.
There will be changes to the enforcement of
the National Minimum Wage (which you will recall is reviewed each
October). There will be a new penalty for employers who pay their
employees less than the minimum wage and a method of calculation of
arrears based on the length of time they have been doing this. Workers
will be entitled to have arrears of wages repaid at current rates.
There will also be a repeal of the statutory
dismissal and disciplinary procedures contained in the Employment Act
2002 and the dismissal rules in the Employment Rights Act 1996 that
have now been ruled unfair. Employment Tribunals will also be able to
increase or reduce awards by up to 25% where an employer or employee
unreasonably fails to comply with the new ACAS revised code of practice.
You can read the draft proposal if you have time by clicking here. Don’t worry, it’s only 74 pages!
Before the new Employment Act becomes
law in April 2009 employers should review their disciplinary and
grievance procedures (you do have these, don’t you?) so they are
compatible with the new law.
That’s why I’m reminding you now!
While writing these articles last year I
produced a short, easy to use, electronic guide to the rules and
regulation of employing people called the Small Business Guide to
Employment 2008. I will be updating this in April. As the current guide
is only valid until March this year I am happy to offer a copy free of
charge to anyone who would like one. It’s in PDF format and you
can download it from my website at www.garnerharris.com. Just save it to your desktop and it’s always there when you need it.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Many of you must have
noticed, as you shopped in the High Street, that scaffolding has been
erected at the south facing gable end of the Guild Hall. Basically, it
has been erected in order that essential repair work can be completed
on the brick and wood-framed wall. The work is being carried out, not,
I might add, by any Italian and Portuguese workers, but by local
builder John Clayton.
While on site,
John’s firm is also completing a number of other works that will
go part of the way to securing the ground floor of the building against
flooding. If you remember in ‘The Great Flood of July
‘07’ the ground floor of the Guild Hall was badly flooded.
The flood put the town’s library out of action for many months,
and caused the book-worms of Henley, not to mention the lack of
internet access for the geeks, under a considerable intellectual
strain. Naturally, the Guild Hall Trust does not want this
inconvenience to the town to happen again. So, these repairs will be
only the first stage of the flood protection programme, as further work
needs to be done to secure the building against any future rise in
river water levels.
All this necessary work is
expensive, and comes at a cost to the revenues of The Trust. It is The
Trust’s responsibility to maintain the Guild Hall for the town,
not only for the present generation of citizens, but also for future
generations to enjoy. Here, I think I need to remind Henley’s
citizens, and contrary to many people’s thinking, that the Guild
Hall is funded through the local council tax.. Let me tell you, that it
is not! The Trust has to raise the majority of its funding in the
commercial world, i.e. leasing the ground floor of the building as office
space. However, we do have charitable status, and a valuable band of
volunteers that work tirelessly to keep the building, its gardens and
historical traditions at the ‘Heart of Henley Life’.
|Roger Sutton - High Bailiff
Photo - John Love
To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004 Click Here
Grumpy Old Woman Comments
Keep Henley Tidy
I was cutting through HSBC's car-park between Station Road and Henley High Street because the pavement from there on is a skid-slope with last years rotting leaves.
the posh cars parked there I thought to myself 'This neglected
little patch needs a touch of TLC'. However, walking down the steps and
along the passageway, my opinion sank even lower.
with cans, cigarette stubs and grime, it hasn't been swept for years -
and with all that money sloshing about too you'd think they could spare
a few quid to have it cleaned up!
must have been dustbin day, or re-cycling weekend; then again, perhaps
not, but it struck me that some wheeley bins spend more time left
outside where we can see them than they do put away and out of sight.
They really are a godsend but don't some of us wish we could beam them
up between collection days.
Grumpy Old Woman
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
An easy way to find out about your home’s energy use?
Ask a local estate agent to survey your home for an Energy Performance Certificate.
From April 6th this year, you will have to have available a home information pack (HIP) before you put a property up for sale. The pack contains various technical details about the property including its legal title and its energy efficiency. The latter is covered by the Energy Performance Certificate; a 6 page document detailing the energy performance and associated annual costs. It also gives the ultimate potential of the property in terms of energy, costs and CO2 if all recommended cost effective energy saving measures are put in place. Examples of three of the charts from a certificate for a hypothetical but fairly typical property are shown right.
As you can see, this particular F rated property has a potential C rating. This means that if the recommended insulation and other economic measures are put in place, its energy consumption, its energy bills and its CO2 emissions can be reduced to less than half their current values. As well as the charts, the certificate contains lots of other useful information. Click here to view a sample certificate
If you are unsure about the energy efficiency of your home, you can get an assessment and certificate for roughly £50 to £90 depending on the size of your property. Contact a local estate agent. They will arrange an appointment to come and gather the information and measurements needed to work out the energy efficiency rating and provide a certificate/ report.
As an alternative, you can contact the Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre by calling 01789 842898 for free friendly and impartial advice about improving the energy efficiency of your home. This is not detailed like the Energy Performance Certificate but it is free; the choice is yours.
Alerts from Trading Standards
Scams Awareness Month
February is national Scams Awareness Month and Warwickshire Trading Standards Service wants to hear from members of the public and businesses that have been the target of a scam. Warwickshire Trading Standards Service is working in partnership with the Office of Fair Trading to raise awareness of the many scams that are targeted at people of all ages and backgrounds.
In the last few months Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has received over 250 complaints from Warwickshire residents and businesses who have received some sort of scam letter, email or telephone call. From bogus foreign lotteries and phishing emails to miracle cures and mock business advertising there are many ways in which these criminal gangs are trying to get your money.
In these tough economic times scammers are becoming more sophisticated in the ways in which they obtain information, personal details and money from people. Victims can be targeted in a number of ways; telephone, letter, email or classified adverts – and be aware, everyone and anyone is the potential victim of these scammers. Warwickshire residents are being encouraged to take part in “Scamnesty”. From 2nd February until 16th February Warwickshire Trading Standards Service want people to send in any potential scam letters/mailings they have received. Trading standards are also keen to receive information of phising emails and potential scam telephone calls. This information will be recorded and used to investigate the scale of the problem both in Warwickshire and across the country.
Send your information to:
Warwickshire County Council
Trading Standards Service
Old Budbrooke Road
Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection says “Often it is the elderly and vulnerable that are preyed upon but email phising scams and scams targeted at businesses are increasing. By launching this campaign, we want to raise awareness across the county about the different methods scammers use and provide advice and guidance to people".
Avoid being Scammed – 3 rules
- Never send any money to claim a prize
- Do not give out any personal details such as your address or bank account details
- Never feel pressured to respond immediately
And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service
Stratford District Council
Henley Diary Dates
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ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 27th January 7.45 pm at Ullenhall Village Hall. Please note
change of speaker: Linda Smith will talk to us about “Bog Gardens
for Moisture Loving Plants”. Visitors (£2) and new members
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 25th February – 8th March
Go bananas for Fairtrade! Join us on Saturday 7th March 10.00 –
12 noon outside St. John’s to help the international attempt to
break the world record for Fairtrade banana eating! Supplies of
Fairtrade bananas will be available but you can also purchase your own
that week from Henley Somerfield. There will be a Traidcraft stall with
Fairtrade produce and information outside St. John’s on Wednesday
25th February and Saturday 7th March.
On Wednesday 18th February Henley WI invite you to support Fairtrade at
their “Souper Lunch” from 12.30 to 2.00pm when they are
serving soup, crusty bread and tea or coffee for £2 in the
Baptist Church Hall. Cakes will be available to buy as well as grocery
items on a Traidcraft stall. All proceeds to Fairtrade.
HENLEY WI will welcome
visitors to our meeting on Tuesday 3rd February in the Memorial Hall
from 7.30 pm when our speaker is Fay Palmer who will tell us about
“Dowsing for Health”. We have lots of opportunities for
learning new skills and for meeting socially.
HENLEY IN BLOOM is holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday 6th February 7.00pm at the Baptist Church Hall. All welcome.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 10th February, 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall when our speaker
is Katherine Kear “Alpha Petal”. Competition “My
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Thursday 19th February, 8.00 pm Baptist Church Hall. Out speaker is
Alan Winterburn on “Little Known Warwickshire”. Visitors
and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Brian Draper OBE makes a welcome return to our meeting on Tuesday 17th
February when he will speak about the “River Stour
(Worcestershire)”. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist
Church Hall from 7.45 pm – only £2.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 24th February 7.45 for 8.00 pm in Ullenhall Village Hall. Our
speaker is Andrew Ward (Nurseryman) who will talk about “Woodland
Gems”. There will be a plant stall and visitors (£2) and
new members always welcome.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 704 5140 for further details.
WRVS LUNCH CLUB
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell
Court every Tuesday at 12.30 pm at a cost of £3.10. For further
details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Gateway Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 pm 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 pm 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
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 A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes 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.
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Gateway Website
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