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Edition 229 - 17th September 2009
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£1m Sports Project Bid for TIC by Stratford District

photoSporting enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting the result of a bid which will secure the future of sport in Henley. Amongst these are the members of the TIC, the trustees for the Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust, a registered charity established in 1948. They manage two assets. The Memorial Hall which is used extensively by the community and the Memorial Sports Ground presently occupied by tennis, cricket, football, bowls, shooting and table tennis clubs with around 600 members using the facilities. The trust has wonderful and valuable assets but funds to manage these have been depleted by higher costs and lower income. The trustees needed to embark on a plan that would secure the financial future of the trust while maintaining and improving the cultural and sporting opportunities for the town.

The chance to make a start with this came when Stratford District Council invited our parish council to appoint a representative to join a district council committee to develop a bid for a £50 million Sport England rural sports competition. Cllr Bill Leech was appointed by JPC to represent Henley. This committee conceived Sports 4 RSD (Rural Stratford District) and Bill promoted the Henley Memorial Playing Fields for the project location. Peter Crathorne, the Chairman of the TIC (pictured right), attended a second meeting with Bill and confirmed the TIC's involvement. Subsequently, this project was chosen as the sole bid by Stratford District Council for the Sport England competition.

The project plan is to modernise the present pavilion and store to create a central storage facility at the Memorial Sports Ground which would store high quality equipment that can easily be transported. A new TIC trading company will manage the operations. Initially, there will be 7 hire schemes. Success in setting up this scheme secures sports ground funding for the foreseeable future and there will be a much improved pavilion with secure storage for our clubs’ equipment.

The seven schemes are:

  • Grounds Maintenance Equipment - The ability for any community to maximize the use of its playing areas, through access to high quality ground maintenance machinery.
  • Golf – A mobile driving range which will be available with the assistance of the County Golf Partnership.
  • Water Access – 12 canoes and all equipment on a trailer. Supervised by British Canoe Union.
  • Mobile Gym – Indoor bikes and rowing machines for general fitness training.
  • Indoor Bowls – Bringing social interaction and competition to all levels of skill, especially the older members of the community.
  • Tennis & Cricket –Mobile machines which can create significant skills training for these two sports.
  • Boxing – Run in conjunction with Amateur Boxing Association, and providing a mobile boxing gym. This would inculcate the discipline of training and structure required for boxing into young people and the over 18’s.

The whole project will cost around £850,000. However, we are long way from achieving our dream since Sport England has received 500 bids. It is expected there will only be 10 Grants, around £1m each. If we don’t succeed, HWMT has been recognised by SDC as a viable body to apply for grants. This bodes well for the future. In addition we have some firm plans about the new build and some idea of the cost. If we are successful, this project would make the greatest contribution to the sporting life of Henley since the purchase of the Sports Ground by the visionary original trustees in 1948.

JPC Registers a "Trade Mark"

logoThe Intellectual Property Office (IPO), formerly The Patents Office, has published details on its website of the Joint Parish Council's application for Trade Mark protection of its new logo (shown right). To view the full details of this application Click Here.

Trade Marks are usually registered to protect different brands of products, such as soap. A good example is Cussons.

There are around 8,350 parish councils and a search of the Trade Mark register did not find another parish council, which had registered a trademark.

This seal was originally used by the Guild of Holy Trinity & St John, which later became part of the Court Leet. Henley adapted it at a later date. When this example of the seal was made in the 15th century, it had the inscription on it which states that it was the borough (or burgesses) of Henley. Any document sent out by the town would contain a wax seal. Unfortunately, the seal matrix for making the imprint has not survived.

There is now a period of 2 months for the IPO to receive observations from members of the public. Any observations should be sent to: UK Intellectual Property Office, Trade Marks Registry, Tribunal Section, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8QQ, quoting reference: Trade Mark 2522951.

photoOne of our readers has told Henley NEWS On-line that the new logo resembles a Pontefract cake (shown left) and the JPC has failed to do justice to this important artifact.

Pontefract cakes (also known as Pomfret cakes and Pomfrey cakes) are a type of small, roughly circular black sweet measuring approximately 2 cm in diameter and 4 mm thick, made of liquorice, originally manufactured in the Yorkshire town of Pontefract, England. The original name for these small tablets of liquorice is a "Pomfret" cake, after the old Norman name for Pontefract. However, that name has fallen into disuse and they are now almost invariably labeled "Pontefract cakes". Originally, the sweets were embossed by hand with a stamp, to form their traditional look, but now they are usually machinery formed. The embossed stamp was originally a stylised image of Pontefract Castle.

logoThe old logo, shown right, was copied from the Beaudesert and Henley Society's logo without the copyright owner's permission and for that reason could not be trade marked.

At a recent council meeting, the parish councillors having decided that they wanted a trade marked logo, considered two new logos. One the Guild of St John seal and the other, the crest which is used for the town's boundary signs and the Town's website. The parish councillors voted by a majority for Guild of St John seal to replace the familiar yellow and blue logo.


The new logo has already appeared on the parish council's stationery. The cost of this rebranding exercise will be paid for out of the JPC's communications budget, which was significantly increased this year. Please send your comments about the new logo to

Extraordinary Parish Assembly for Beaudesert

posterThe Chairman of the Joint Parish Council announced at the Council meeting on Monday 7th September that there would be an Extraordinary Parish Assembly for the residents of Beaudesert Parish on 17th September 2009.

This meeting has had to be called to elect the chairman and vice-chairman for the 2010 Beaudesert Parish Assembly as no volunteers had been found by this year's chairman, Eric Roy, in time for the Assembly held on 14th April. Parish Cllr David Hadley was elected at the April meeting to chair the 2010 Henley Parish Assembly.

The parish clerk has prepared a poster, shown right, which has been placed on the usual boards. No further publicity is planned.

The Beaudesert & Henley Society's regular monthly meeting takes place at 8 pm in the Baptist Church Hall on the same night. This month's speaker is Brian Draper, who will be talking about rivers.

Letter to the Editor - Dr Richard Seymour Mead

Thank you for the article about Dr. Seymour Mead. He has been my G.P. for 25+ years & has seen me through many painful & debilitating times, with extreme kindness & consideration.

He will be sorely missed by myself & I'm sure, many others. I doubt that many of us knew of his input to the new Medical Centre, which we all take for granted. Nor of his behind the scenes efforts to secure physio, chiropody & psychology for the benefit of those in need in our area.

He deserves a long & happy retirement. He is a perfect gentleman & greatly admired.

Dora Heath

Johnsons pull out all the stops for Family Fun Day

posterThe Town's coach & bus operator Johnsons, are pulling out all the stops to ensure that their Family Fun Day, which takes place on Sunday 20th September, is a huge success.

Victoria Johnson, Event Organiser, commented “This event is part of our centenary celebrations with the emphasis very much on making it a Family Fun Day on a grand scale! Starting at 12 noon, it is being opened by The Shirley Pipe Band and will continue with over 50 attractions, including traditional activities such as a coconut shy, tombola, bouncy castle, children’s round-a-bouts, welly wanging, plus miniature railway & horse and cart rides, an arts and crafts market, vintage cars and buses, as well as stalls by local charities and organisations. We have received enormous support from the local community and further afield, which looks very encouraging for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, our chosen charity for our centenary year, who will benefit from this event”.

The event is being held at Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel, Liveridge Hill, just north of Henley-in-Arden, from 12 noon until 5:30pm. Entrance is free and there is parking nearby but visitors are encouraged to use the regular shuttle buses which will be running from the Three Tuns Pub in Henley High Street.

Recent Property Sales in Henley

for sale• Flat 10, Blackthorn Court, Chestnut Walk, Henley-in-arden, B95 5GN - Sold for £105,000 on 17-07-2009
• 25, William James Way, Henley-in-arden, B95 5GB - Sold for £140,000 on 19-06-2009
• 11, Meadow Road, Henley-in-arden, B95 5LD - Sold for £223,000 on 06-07-2009
• 11, The Yew Trees, Henley-in-arden, B95 5BQ - Sold for £212,500 on 16-06-2009
• 1, High Hurst, Stratford Road, Henley-in-arden, B95 6AB - Sold for £250,000 on 05-06-2009
• 281, High Street, Henley-in-arden, B95 5BG - Sold for £380,000 on 16-04-2009

You can search all these sales totally free of charge by going to

Southern Gospel Music Comes to Henley in October

photoThe Staff Quartet from First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson Texas will present a free concert at Henley Baptist Church at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 20th October.

This will be a fun evening of uplifting Southern Gospel music. The entire community is invited.

The Quartet is made up of staff members of the 1st Baptist Church in Lake Jackson, Texas.

They will come to Henley on the way back home from singing at Sofia, Bulgaria.

Please call the American Interim Pastor at 01564 794098 for further information.

John K Ward, Interim Pastor
Henley Baptist Church

The Guild Hall Garden Project

photoConsiderable progress has now been made, with the wall separating the Riverland from Beaudesert Lane being substantially complete. The brickwork is interspersed with two iron gates and two panels of matching iron railings. One of the gates is to provide pedestrian access to the garden: the double gates near the bridge are necessary to give access to the riverbank for the Environment Agency and Severn Trent.

A fine pair of oak gates has been erected near St John’s Church, to allow vehicular access to the Riverland and to give access to a parking place for the Guild Hall Cottage. An archway has been made in the wall separating the existing Guild Hall Garden from the Riverland and fitted with a matching iron gate. The ironwork has been manufactured by Malcolm Wright of Henley Metal Products and the oak gates by Peter Hussey.

A small number of items need to be finished before Phase 1 of the project can be considered complete, namely levelling off the Riverland and seeding it with grass; tidying up the grassy area between the wall and Beaudesert Lane; adding three coping stones to the top of the wall and filling the small gap between the double iron gates by the river and the end of the fence. The last item became necessary when it was discovered that the foundation for the iron post to support the gates had to be moved, as its intended location would affect some underground drainage pipework.

The work to date has cost £27,000 of which £5,000 came from a grant by Stratford District Council. A total of £65,000 has been sought from various bodies to fund the project: we succeeded only in raising £10,000 from the District Council (£5,000 of which remains to be spent). In recent months £1,000 has been received from a private individual and £500 from Henley High School, which held a non-uniform day last term in aid of the project. The great majority of the money raised to date has been from fundraising events organised by the Guild Hall Garden Committee over the last 3½ years. The latest of these was a well attended Indian Evening in the Arden Tandoori on Tuesday, 8 September which raised almost £1,000. The next event planned is a Burns Night in the Memorial Hall on Monday, 25 January 2010.

Having created the space for the garden, it is now necessary to create the garden itself. Further funds will be necessary for this and it is hoped to announce details of schemes to raise these in the near future.

Douglas Bridgewater
Chairman, Guild Hall Garden Project

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photoI was pleased this month to have been invited to the official opening of Warwickshire College’s new Sports Centre on the Stratford Road.

The building of the new centre was initially a bone of contention with local people, but I am pleased to say that the College has addressed many of the town’s concerns, with the end result being an attractive building that blends very well with its immediate surroundings. Yes, it is still a sports centre, and an addition to the’Henley Highline’, but it is also an additional resource for the town to use. The College message reads, ’Superior facilities for students and for local residents.’’Your community facility – come on in !’

Principal, Ioan Morgan, welcomed his guests to the Henley Campus of Warwickshire College, one of the largest and most successful Colleges of Further and Higher Education in England. He had a specially warm welcome for Leamington born, Boccia Paralympian Champion, Nigel Murray, who he invited to perform the opening ceremony. Before the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, Nigel, talked about his sport, and how he came to win a full set of Olympic Metals - bronze, silver and gold. He went on to explained, to a very attentive audience, what it was like to be chosen to represent his country at an Olympic Games.’ It gives you a real buzz,’ he said,’ And to win a gold medal, well that’s a high in any sportsman’s life.’ He concluded by encouraging all of us to take up a sport.’ ‘Why ?’ ‘Because it not only keeps you fit, but develops new skills, new friends, and new horizons.’ ‘And, you never know where those horizons could all lead. London 2012 ? A Gold Medal ! A World Title !’

The ceremony over, Henley Centre Manager Helen Pennells, invited the visitors to tour the new facilities and to see for themselves the standard of accommodation and the quality of the training equipment being made available for all to use.

The event ended with a splendid buffet lunch in the Conference Suite on the first floor of Arden House.

Roger Sutton - High Bailiff 

Review of the Cricket Season

photoHenley Cricket Club completed their season on August 29th with two victories that were important for completely different reasons. The First X1 needed to win their final game against Broadway to ensure survival in Division One, while the Second X1 were already promoted prior to the last game but needed a win to go up to Division 4 as Champions.

The Seconds followed their demolition of Bidford the week before by bowling Kineton Seconds out for a mere 66 runs, a target that was overhauled in double quick fashion. This left the players ample time to return to Henley and a much more hotly contested fixture. On arrival at the ground, things were not looking very promising, with Broadway seemingly cruising to victory with wickets in hand. However, a flurry of quick dismissals ensured a victory by 20 runs which sparked celebrations which continued long into the night.

The Club is looking to build on these fine performances when next season commences, having already booked "Nets" at the new College Sports Hall from early February.We are also intent on resurrecting a "Junior" section to ensure the future of the club.

Many thanks are due to all players, supporters, and "willing helpers" who provide the backbone of the club.

Anyone interested in attending nets or considering joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564-794903.

Local Mums back Warwickshire Family Day   

photoA pair of local mums who make personalised silver jewellery from finger, hand and foot prints are lending their support to a show run by fellow mothers who have devised a day out aimed at parents, babies and toddlers on a monster scale!

Antonia Pearton and Bee Rose, set up their bespoke jewellery business last year,and named it www.pickleand after the pet names for the four toddlers they have between them. The pair, who are pictured right with their toddlers, are both qualified silver clay instructors. Recently, they have even had their work featured in Vogue magazine.

Antonia and Bee are among a number of local craftspeople and designers demonstrating their wares at the Little Monster Baby and Toddler Show at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington later this month. The show is being organised by Warwickshire mums Avril Spence and Karen Kyte, who have been running events at the centre for the past decade – although until recently they’ve been aimed at a predominantly male market, with a proliferation of train and boat exhibitions!

As well as enabling visitors to see Antonia and Bee’s handiwork at first hand, the show will give parents the chance to find out about family finance, pregnancy massage, pre-school activities, eco products and child orientated goodies. They can also enter a competition to win four tickets to see a Disney on Ice performance of Princess Wishes at London’s O2 Arena, provided by one of the show sponsors Philips Avent. Youngsters can indulge in a free bouncy castle, face painting and balloon modeling. Any donations made for the children’s activities will support scientific research charity Tommy’s.

The Little Monster show, sponsored by Asda and Phillips Avent, takes place on Sunday September 20 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on the Fosse Way just south of Radford Semele.

For more information visit or call 01926 613887.

Opening of the Warwickshire College Sports Hall


On Friday 4th September, Henley’s new, state of the art Sports Hall was finally opened. The wait was well worth it for the 50 or so invited guests who had their first opportunity to tour the £2 million development. The guest of honour was triple Paralympic Games medal winner Nigel Murray who won gold medals at Sydney and Beijing with the British Boccia team. Mr Murray is an ambassador for the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership for the 2012 Olympic Games and he was also very impressed with the centre saying “It is great to have another wonderful facility like this in Warwickshire”


The funding for the Sports Hall development was provided by Warwickshire College and the Learning and Skills Council which has provided approximately 30% of the costs. Warwickshire College Students from across the region will be able use the new facility which is also open to the public. Warwickshire College are very keen to develop closer links with the local community and on the following day held an Open Day with staff and students spending time with members of the public and their families. To cater for the younger visitors, there was a bouncy castle in place, and the college organised school sports favourites such as egg and spoon and sack races.

I invited Bill Leech, the editor of Henley NEWS On-line, to join me at the Open Day and we spent some time together in and around the Hall talking to visitors and students. Bill had been critical of the initial design and style of the main building during the planning stages. Before leaving, I asked him if he had changed his mind. He said the changes, which HNOL readers had campaigned for, had reduced the impact of this modern structure and he continued, "The new facility is very impressive and it should be a good asset for the residents of Henley".

The reception office was busy handing out information packs with introductory offers such as a Free Fitness test, and one month’s free use of the gym and 25% off a Children’s Sports Party. Several visitors decided to sign up on the spot for various fitness courses such as yoga, aerobics, circuit training, boxercise, pilates and the ever popular “hips, tums and bums”. I was personally very impressed with the venue itself and the enthusiasm of the students and staff.

David Hadley reporting

International Names At Stratford Music Festival

In 2008, the Stratford on Avon Music Festival increased its audiences by a remarkable 40 percent. This was a very clear indication of support from the town, as well as from other visitors across the UK and overseas who were drawn to its wide and varied programme.


In 2009, in difficult times for nearly everyone, the Festival builds on last year’s success, bringing yet more internationally acclaimed artists to Stratford next month. With 18 concerts over eight days the festival has something for everyone, with music ranging from classical to folk to contemporary jazz.

The opening concert in the Holy Trinity Church with Italian Baroque specialists, La Serenissima (pictured above) features Viva Vivaldi! – an all-Vivaldi performance by candlelight, including The Four Seasons. Other classical stars include Jennifer Pike, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition with her memorable performance of the Mendelssohn violin concerto and Tom Poster, one of our most popular and versatile young pianists - as well as surely our best-loved clarinettist, Emma Johnson.


Alongside these famous names there are rising stars giving our weekday lunchtime concerts, a family concert with the spectacular brass band, the Black Dyke Band, a joyous programme of music from Shakespeare’s time, “From Bawds to Bards” with the delightful Sirinu, Dame Cleo Laine and John Dankworth (pictured above) with an evening of world-class jazz in the Civic Hall, vintage folk from accordion player and vocalist, John Kirkpatrick and a choral finale from the Stratford Chamber Choir. Our Educational programme promises workshops by Emma Johnson and Sirinu plus a concert of world music for local schools. For information about all events see

Festival dates: 3 - 10 October 2009

BOX OFFICE: For tickets phone 01789 207100 or book online at

The Flying Scotsman

photoAt last Gordon Brown has decided to throw in the towel and resign.

His cabinet colleagues decided it would be a worthy gesture to name a railway locomotive after him. So a senior 'Sir Humphrey' went from Whitehall to the National Railway Museum at York to investigate the possibilities. "They have a number of locomotives at the NRM without names," a specially-sought consultant told the top civil servant. "Mostly freight locomotives though."

"Oh dear, that's not very fitting for a Prime Minister," said Sir Humphrey. "How about that big green one, over there?" he said, pointing to 4472. "That's already got a name" said the consultant. "It's called 'Flying Scotsman'."

"Oh. Couldn't it be renamed?" asked Sir Humphrey. "This is a national museum after all, funded by the taxpayer." "I suppose it might be considered," said the consultant. "After all the LNER renamed a number of their locomotives after directors of the company and even renamed one of them Dwight D Eisenhower."

"That's excellent", said Sir Humphrey, "So that's settled then .. let's look at renaming 4472. But how much will it cost? We can't spend too much, given the expenses scandal!"

"Well", said the consultant, "We could always just paint out the 'F'."

Rotary Theatre Trip

logoOn Monday 7th September, Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club visited the Kenilworth Priory Theatre for a Charity Night.   The night was a resounding success, and the play was enjoyed by all who attended.  It was a classic Ray Cooney farce, “Tom, Dick and Harry”, with all the improbable situations that one expects in such a show. The plot would be impossible to describe, but suffice it to say it involved a stage full of dismembered bodies.  The performances were top notch (I cannot remember one flaw in the whole evening).
It was hilarious and you cannot beat a good laugh.
The evening made over £550 for the two charities, Shelter Box and the Rotary’s Polio Plus.
Next year’s trip has already been booked, and this will take place on Monday 3rd May.  The production will be ‘Allo ‘Allo, which will be another fun packed evening (if you have never seen the stage show it is well worth it!).  We look forward to seeing you there, so make a note in your diaries now.

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The Pan vs The Kettle?

Someone asked me whether it was better to boil water in a pan on the stove or to boil it in an electric kettle. The answer is that it depends. If your cooker is electric, the kettle (assumed to have automatic switch off) is always better than the pan. If your cooker is gas, it can depend on how long the pan boils for before the gas is switched off.

photophotoIn the UK most of our electricity is made by burning coal and gas so boiling an electric kettle causes the power stations to burn more coal or gas on your behalf. For complex technical reasons, electricity generation cannot avoid wasting a lot of the heat from the fuel used by the power station but the electric kettle then uses the inefficiently made electricity with almost perfect efficiency. In contrast to the kettle, the pan on the gas stove is rather inefficient at capturing the heat from the burning gas so quite a lot of heat escapes into the kitchen. In winter this heat is not wasted because it helps to heat the house so the heating does not have to work quite so hard. Clearly then, the pan on the gas wins in winter. The boiled water in the pan has about 40% of the carbon footprint of that in the kettle and about 1/3 of the cost.

In summer, the heat escaping up the sides of the pan must be considered as wasted because the house is not being heated and the escaping heat does not lead to a saving of heating fuel. So, which has the least footprint in summer. We don’t have gas, so I had to visit my mother-in-law to find out !! There, I timed the boiling of a litre of water in a pan on a burner of approximately known power so that the total kW hrs of gas and its carbon footprint could be calculated. The footprint was about 17% less than the footprint for boiling a litre of water in the kettle assuming that the gas is turned off as soon as the pan boils. However, if the pan is left boiling for more than a minute and a half, the kettle becomes the winner in terms of footprint but the pan will be cheaper provided it is not allowed to continue boiling for too long.

To sum up, if you are good at turning off the pan as soon as it boils, the pan gives you the least carbon foot print and least cost. For homes with electric cookers, the kettle is always best. The pan on the gas is always cheapest unless you leave it boiling for a long time.

Most important of all is to boil exactly the amount of water that you need because every cupful of water boiled in a kettle releases 25 cupfuls of CO2. For gas in winter it is about 10 cupfuls and in summer it is a bit less than the kettle provided you turn off the gas as soon as it boils.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Every month since April when the garden waste service started we have been recycling in excess of 60% of our waste. The figures vary slightly but it is remaining in the low to mid 60’s.
Because of the new service introduced by Stratford and Warwick last year we have pushed the County-wide recycling and waste minimisation performance up the performance table faster than any other county making Warwickshire the best improved performer of all Waste disposal authorities in 2008-9. The county wide waste reduction target has now been met 2 years ahead of target and has prompted the establishment of a revised set of targets.  Now that Rugby BC has introduced a new collection system in April 2009 which mirrors ours exactly, the prospect of a further significant leap up the table is all the more likely.
It is very likely that we will also be expanding the range of recyclable material to include other plastic materials in the new year but residents should wait for the green light on this before placing in the bin.

Councillor Laurence Marshall reporting

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Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the at any time. Future diary dates should be notified to Diane Bayley at 6 Nightingale Close, Great Alne, B49 6PE. Email:

HENLEY WI Group open to non-members: please telephone 792488 for details: Walks with Wendy – locally 5-6 miles 2nd Tuesday monthly. Patchwork & UFOs – Wednesday fortnightly from 23rd September 2-4.30pm UFOs (unfinished objects) bring them and finish them!

Our next meeting is on Thursday 17th September at 8.00pm in the Baptist Church Hall. The speaker will be Brian Draper on “What is a River?”. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

JOHNSONS’ CHARITY FAMILY FUN DAY – Sunday 20th September 12 noon – 6.00pm 2009 is a special year for Johnsons – 100 years in business and still very much a family firm! In celebration, we are hosting a family fun day at our depot in support of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Highlights include a vintage vehicle display, miniature steam railway, horse and cart rides, air rifle range, arts, crafts and farmers market stalls and a whole host of other games, stalls and attractions. We’d be delighted if you would be able to join us.

SCAN – Wednesday 30th September at the Baptist Church Hall at 11.30 am. County Councillor Mike Perry is coming to introduce himself to the Coffee Morning and to discuss a possible re-launch of Henley Senior Citizens Action Network. All welcome, Free refreshments. Any queries call Jan Roberts 01789 260108 or Annette Walker on 01564 792837.

HARVEST SUPPER in the church Hall at 7.00pm on Friday 2nd October.

ULLENHALLGARDENING CLUB – Tuesday 22nd September in the Village Hall, Ullenhall, 7.45 for 8.00pm. Our speaker Timothy Walker, Director of University of Oxford Botanic Garden will be speaking on “Oxford Botanic Garden”. Visitors (£2) and new members always welcome.

On Monday 28 September, Hazel Halliday will be holding a Butterfly Tea Party in the Baptist church hall from 10am - 3pm. Charity greetings cards and Christmas cards will be sold to raise money for charity, along with delicious tea and cakes.

COFFEE MORNING, Raffle and Homemade Cakes 10.00am on Saturday 3rd October in the Guildhall. Please support this event in aid of the conservation of the Market Cross.

At our next meeting on Tuesday 6th October, Revd. John Pratt will be “Letting off Steam”. We meet in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm – new members and visitors are most welcome to join us.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB’s next meeting is a workshop on 13th October at the Memorial Hall, 7.30 pm.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th October at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. The speaker will be Audrey Duggan on “When Scandal came to Ullenhall – the Story of Henrietta, Lady Luxborough”.Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

The Staff Quartet from First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson Texas will present a free concert at Henley Baptist Church at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 20th October. This will be a fun evening of uplifting Southern Gospel music. The entire community is invited.

MEMORIAL HALL - Centenary Gala Dinner 24th October 7.30 pm at the Hall. Tickets are now available from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 01564 794987 or 793539, £30 to include drink on arrival, wonderful feast by Sue Dalby Catering and entertainment by the lovely singer Amelia Whiteman. There will be a bar and raffle. Dress – party frocks and lounge suits. This is going to be a great evening not to be repeated for another 100 years!

ULLENHALLGARDENING CLUB – Tuesday 27th October in the Village Hall, Ullenhall, 7.45 for 8.00pm. Our speaker is Brian White who will be talking on “An Interesting Look at Life Centred Around Scented Pelargoniums”. Visitors (£2) and new members always welcome.

Saturday 7th November  - 1st Henley and Wootton Scouts Annual Bonfire Night at The Scout Hut, Henley Sports and Social Ground.

Saturday 14th November in the Guildhall there will be Cheese and Wine evening with a talk about “Three Men of Henley and the Guildhall”. Tickets at £5.50 are available from Lesley Eastwood on 792251 or Dukes Stationers in the High Street. All proceeds to the Market Cross Information Board.

Saturday 5th December – Quiz Night in the Church Hall (Note change of date) Teams of 4 are invited from organisations in the town, groups of friends and/or families to join us. £6 per person to include Ploughman’s Supper. Tickets from Diane Bayley (01789 488209).

BURNS NIGHT - Monday 25th January 2010 in the Memorial Hall. Haggis, whisky and a piper. A Scottish evening to remember – if you haven’t been to one before, find out what you’ve been missing! Proceeds in aid of Guild Hall Garden Project. Further details in due course.

Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website

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 2.15pm. 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.
Are 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 Hall, 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

The Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
  • To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form

Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.

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 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 your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the 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
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.
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.
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10.  For further details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds 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.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

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