Heroes of Henley Honoured
On Sunday 18th October 2009 one of the
largest parades Henley had ever seen processed through the town for a
service of dedication to a supplementary war memorial in St
John’s parish church.
Dr Douglas Bridgewater (below left), a
former High Bailiff and an expert on the history of the First World
War, had established the names of 11 heroes who had not been
included on the original war memorial in the church. These soldiers and
sailors were all recorded as having been born or resided in Henley.
Led by the Shirley Pipe Band, the parade set
off from the Memorial Hall in Station Road and made its way to the
church in High Street in time for a service at 10am. 17 standards
were on show including those of the Royal British Legion, Warwickshire
Fire Brigade and the Royal Signals Association. The parade also
included ex-service men and women, residents and members of the Court
Photos by Alan Robson
The new plaque to the right of the original war memorial in St John's church
The names on the new memorial are:
Frederick Ernest Long. Private 1st Bn R Warks Regt, killed in action in Flanders on 3rd December 1914.
William Beard, Lance Corporal 2nd Bn Worc Regt, killed in action at Loos on 26th September 1915.
Herbert Henry Perkins, Sergeant 8th Bn R Warks Regt, killed in action on the Somme on 1st July 1916.
Albert Charles Adkins, 1st Bn Warks Regt, died of wounds in Germany on 13th May 1917.
William Eardley Hayward, Ord Seaman RNVR died in England 3rd April 1918.
Howard Hobbins, Private, 2nd Bn R Berks Regt. died of wounds in France on 27th April 1918.
Frederick Ernest Lowe, Private RASC, died in Egypt on 12th July 1918.
Percival Thomas Evans, Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers, died in England on 6th August 1918.
Harold Ingram MM, Private 2nd Bn Coldstream GDS, died of wounds in France on 27th September 1918.
William Oliver Burden, Private 2nd Bn Worc Regt. killed in action in France 29th September 1918.
George Valentine Crompton, L Bomb. RFA, died of wounds in France on 6th November 1918.
View Slideshow of the parade
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Centenary Dinner at the Memorial Hall
Over one hundred residents including the High Bailiff, 4 former High Bailiffs and the Chairman of the Henley War Memorial Trust, Peter Crathorne, attended a dinner to mark the centenary of the opening of the Memorial Hall.
The Public Hall and Institute
was officially opened on New Year's Eve 1908 with opening performances
following in the first week of 1909. It was the brainchild of Dr Ernest
Nelson a well respected Henley doctor and principal of Arden House
School. He raised £1,500 from the issue of shares at £1
each and the directors were local businessmen and professionals whose
names form part of the town's history.
During the first world war
the hall became a hospital for wounded servicemen and established an
excellent reputation for the care and recovery of its patients. In 1947
the hall was purchased after an appeal within the town as a memorial to
those who had laid down their lives and to those who had rendered
services to their country during the second world war. Along with the
Memorial Playing Fields on the Stratford Road it continues to be
administered by the Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust which is a registered charity, often referred to as The Town Improvement Committee (TIC).
The evening commenced with a
reception followed by an excellent four course meal provided by Sue
Dalby. Following the meal the audience were treated to a performance by
the charming New Zealand operatic star Amelia Whiteman, pictured right.
Her repertoire included items from well known operas and stage musicals.
Former High Bailiff John
Latham auctioned a coaching session with a well known Warwickshire
cricketer. After enthusiastic bidding it was knocked down to the
Johnson brothers, Pete and John. Everyone attending congratulated
Duncan and Marijana Bainbridge for organising a splendid evening. The
hall looked outstanding with the new red chairs in use for the first
The vision of previous generations was greatly appreciated by all who attended this centenary celebration.
View Slideshow of the evening
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Aston Cantlow Farm sold to pay for church roof
18-year legal "nightmare" over the repair bills for the Aston Cantlow
church roof came to an end when the farm was sold at auction by John
Earle, the local Auctioneer & estate agent.
Andrew and Gail Wallbank had been deemed liable to pay for the repairs
to St John the Baptist church under a "chancel repair liability" law
dating from when the Church lost the House building and farm land
when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and gave the former church
property and land to his local nobles making them Lay Rectors.
The couple failed to overturn the law and
saw Glebe Farm in Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire, fetch £850,000 at
auction, to pay for the repairs and the PCC's legal bill totaling about
Wallbank, 69, and his wife, 62, have been told they must pay around
£230,000 to repair the crumbling 13th century church and also
face a legal bills of around £250,000. They inherited the farm in
1972 and were unaware that the parochial church council would shortly
thereafter be seeking from them monies to pay for the cost of repairing
the Chancel as they were Lay Rectors now they owned Glebe Farm.
Speaking after they saw the Grade II listed farmhouse go under the
hammer at a sale in Henley-in-Arden, they accused the Church of England
of acting disgracefully.
Mr Wallbank, from Carno, Powys, said he had no regrets about battling
the obscure law. "I felt what they were doing was so wrong that we had
to take a stand against it. It was quite disgraceful the way the whole
thing was handled - why they couldn't have agreed to let us buy
ourselves out (of the covenant) before I just don't know."
couple have had to agree to pay the Church £37,000 last
week to remove the covenant so the property could be sold.
His wife also criticised the church adding: "It's completely against
Christian principles. As the auction was going on I was thinking 'you
are giving the church our house'."
The covenant that dates back to the reign of
Henry VIII was challenged by the Wallbanks on the grounds that it
breached their human rights.
Aston Cantlow's Church of St John the Baptist stands on an ancient
Saxon site and is thought to be where William Shakespeare's parents
Peter Cornford property correspondent
When Heartstart was formed at the
turn of the century the Court Leet agreed to hold any money acquired by
Heartstart for the running of its organisation.
At their last meeting, however, the Court
Leet decided that they no longer wished to have any responsibility for
Heartstart and were about to donate Heartstart funds to Warwickshire
Air Ambulance. This spelled trouble for Henley’s wonderful first
responder, Sara Butler, who had recently become a qualified technician
with West Midlands Ambulance Service and needed a new, more advanced
defibrillator that would also enable her, along with all her other
skills, to take ECGs (Echocardiograms).
As a result of the Court Leet’s
decision, a meeting was called by a group of supporters on Thursday
15th October 2009 and ‘Friends of Heartstart’ was born.
After much discussion this new organisation emerged, a constitution was
drawn up, a chairman, treasurer and secretary were appointed and it was
agreed to open a new bank account so that with the transfer of funds
Heartstart could continue.
In fact Heartstart should carry on in an
even better form – Sara not only has the training to administer
oxygen and perform CPR alongside the use of the defibrillator, but is
also qualified to respond to a wider variety of calls and to take ECGs
once the new defibrillator has been acquired. All these things are
vital in the enabling of early diagnosis and therefore treatment.
Henley is determined to make sure Heartstart
continues to serve the people of this town. There have been 15 callouts
already this month which proves that Heartstart is still very much
needed. If you would like to register your support as a ‘Friend
of Heartstart’ please click on the button below and complete the
form so we know that people in the town care about this organisation.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A "FRIEND OF HEARTSTART"
Also, if you are considering becoming a
First Responder and would like to know more, then visit WMAS website
(www.fastaid.org.uk ) or you can phone/e-mail either
Sara Butler Tel: (01564) 792975 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
June Griffith Tel: (01564) 795168 e-mail email@example.com
So, ‘With a little help from our Friends’, Heartstart breathes again!!
Jan Crathorne reporting
Rector Applauds Community Payback Team
They turned up in a big white van, put on their orange tops and got on with the job! That was a few weeks ago.
Five visits later St.
Nicholas' churchyard has been strimmed, mown, lopped and pruned into
shape thanks to a Community Service Scheme. On the back of the orange
tops you will read the word 'payback' - these are offenders who are
paying us back for their crimes. In conversation with them I have
learnt that Community Service is inconvenient and sort of embarrassing,
and therefore a good deterrent.
Nevertheless all the young
men have been polite and good natured and hard working, and one or two
of them have even enjoyed their work! I am sure that we are all
grateful to the scheme organisers...and the workers...for doing a very
good and worthwhile job.
John Ganjavi reporting
Surprise find on X20
Cleaning staff at Johnsons Coach & Bus
got the surprise of their life recently when carrying out the evening
cleaning on one of the firm's Double Decker Buses which operates the
busy X20 Birmingham to Stratford~upon~Avon route. Underneath one of the
seats was a Bum Bag, inside a carrier bag containing well over
£2,000 in notes!
A company spokesman said “Our cleaning
team are used to finding all sorts of things on vehicles from musical
instruments to false teeth and everything in between, but this package
gave them a bit of a shock."
The firm immediately contacted the Police
and later handed the money into Steelhouse Lane Police Station in
Birmingham where a grateful passenger was later reunited with his
Christians Alive and Well in Henley
ST JOHN’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Saturday 28th November in the
Church Hall 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Stalls include homemade cakes, gifts,
cards, tombola, jewellery, toys, produce, bottle stall, Father
Christmas, teas and hot lunches, etc.
QUIZ NIGHT on Saturday 5th December. Church Hall Beaudesert Lane. 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).
YOUR PARISH CHURCH IN THE WORLD. The congregation of St. John’s
give financial support to help cure Leprosy in Nigeria and to help feed
immigrants in Sabadell. It also supports
the work of the Church Army who help people in the marginalized parts
of our society and assists young people in need in Birmingham through
the work of St. Basils. In Lent they support
the work of CORD who seek to ensure new life after conflict in war torn
areas of the world. Our Harvest produce goes to support the work of
Coventry City Mission and at Christmas toys
go to the Birmingham City Mission. Many St Johns members take part in
the annual May Christian Aid door to door collection in Henley. If you
would like to be part of this and
meet those involved ring 797949 for more information.
HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH has available for community use a medium sized
meeting room which comfortably seats about 40 people, with modern
kitchen and toilet facilities. Booking
enquiries should be made to Brian Bradley on 01789 488551.
Sunday Services all at 11.00 am are: 1st - Mr. Barry Sutcliffe; 8th
– Revd. Robert J. Powell (Sacrament); 15th – Mr. Telfryn
Pritchard (10.55 am Remembrance); 22nd - Mr.
James Steele; 29th – Revd. Brian Mason. The Baby Group meets
every Monday 10.30 am.
HENLEY IN ARDEN & DISTRICT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION. Remembrance Day
Parade will take place on Sunday 8th November at 11.00 am. Parade will
leave Memorial Hall in Station Road at 10.25
am. The Evening Service will this year be held at Aston Cantlow at 6.00
BEAUDESERT & HENLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. The Switch On for 2009 will
be on Saturday 5th December. The Carol Service will start at 5.00 pm
led by the Alcester Silver Band, with the
switch on by Carol Sheet design winners at 5.30 pm. Mulled Wine and
Mince Pies will be available, supplied by Henley Ex Services Social
John Pudney - Religious Affairs Correspondent
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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Last Tuesday the 20th October ’09, the Court Leet
had the pleasure of welcoming a group of Japanese students and their
tutors to the Manor of Henley-in-Arden. The students, all local
government officers, are studying ‘The English System of
Government’ at Birmingham University.
Following a hearty lunch at
‘The White Swan’ the visitors were received at the Guild
Hall by the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder and the High Bailiff, Roger
Sutton and Affeeror, John Brealey, who arranged the visit. Alan Robson,
Curator of the Guild Hall, then showed the students around the hall and
explained the importance of the Guild Hall in the history of Henley.
This was followed by a short presentation by the High Bailiff who
explained the role the Court Leet and Court Baron played in the English
Medieval/Feudal System of Government. In one part of his presentation
the High Bailiff made reference to the Japanese Shogun System of
Government as similarities could be found with our Lords of the Manor
and the Courts Baron. He concluded his presentation by explaining the
role the Court played in the present day life of the town.
After a flurry of flashes from
the students' cameras the group was escorted to the Heritage Centre by
the Town Crier where they were greeted by the Centre’s Curator,
Ray Holding and his wife Ann.
|Roger Sutton - High Bailiff|| |
Henmen Rescue Plan in place
Following intervention by the Youth Centre
Management Committee, the Men’s Group that meets at The Hub on
the High School Grounds has secured its future until Christmas. They
meet every Thursday from 10.00am until 12.00 noon at the centre. They
have in the past taken part in activities which support independent
living. Since Stratford College have withdrawn from the group these
activities have stopped.
This is a very friendly group of men with an
average age of around 75. They have requested that I write on their
behalf to ask if there is anyone who could volunteer to help them with
improving their culinary skills, supporting them in developing their IT
skills, providing them with advice on the challenges of life and living
or just joining in with the enjoyable interaction that comes from
friends meeting up together for a chat, a game of pool or cards.
Commitment would be at whatever level a volunteer could provide,
probably by working on a fortnightly/monthly rota. Henmen would be
flexible on commitments.
Henmen have solved their finance problems
for now. They need two things to sustain them: new recruits and
activity leaders. If you feel you could assist with this excellent and
desperately needed community service or you would like to find out more
about Henmen and its activities please contact: Peter Crathorne
(Chairman of the Hub.) 01564 795470 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you could just call in for a visit any Thursday 10.00am – 12.00 noon.
Many thanks in anticipation of your help.
Peter Crathorne reporting
Puppy selling warning at Henley Market
Officials from Stratford-on-Avon District Council are warning visitors to Henley Market that they must not buy puppies.
The District Council has
received several complaints from people who have purchased puppies from
sellers at Henley Market which were found to have the deadly parvovirus
and subsequently died within days of arrival at the homes of their new
“Anyone seeking to
purchase a puppy should be mindful that it is illegal to sell dogs at
markets. Properly licensed animal breeders and pet shops are subject to
restrictions and legislation which is in place to ensure that animals
are properly treated and protected from illness and other health
issues,” says Michelle Baird, Licensing Manager at
Stratford-on-Avon District Council. It must be devastating for those
families affected who have paid hundreds of pounds to purchase a family
pet, only to find that the animal dies just a few days later. Clearly
there is no comeback on the market sellers who often vanish without
The District Council is asking anyone with information to contact them on 01789 267575.
Meanwhile, if you’re
thinking of buying a dog, it’s worth remembering that there are
lots of unwanted animals in rescue homes and shelters that are in need
of a loving home.
Henley Businesswoman Appointed to Top Job
Henley resident Anne Dorow has just been appointed Chair of Warwickshire Community Health, part of NHS Warwickshire.
Warwickshire Community Health provides a
wide range of “out of hospital” services such as District
Nursing, Health Visiting, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Chiropody, Speech
and Language therapy, etc and works closely with local General
Practitioners and Social Services to keep people healthy and provide
care for them as close to home as possible.
Anne said of the appointment “I am
delighted to have the opportunity to influence and shape the
modernisation of Community health services for the population of
Warwickshire by leading the Board of Warwickshire Community Health.
People have the right to expect a 21st century approach to the
provision of high standards of healthcare and Warwickshire Community
Health will do all it can to meet these expectations. We will work to
provide healthcare services which are as close to home as possible and
which are effective, responsive and sensitive to the needs of all
Anne is a former Chairman of Solihull
Primary Care Trust and in 2006 was involved in establishing the first
Care Trust in the West Midlands area. During her career Anne has held
senior roles in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Anne also currently serves as an Independent Member on the Standards and Ethics Committee of Stratford-on-Avon District Council,
ensuring that high standards are maintained in public service by local
Councillors. In recent months Anne has also been elected Chairman of
the recently formed Henley-in-Arden Allotment and Gardening Club.
Henley Wildlife Programme 2010
The Henley-in-Arden Wildlife Society has published its programme for 2010.
|November 17th||Trees of Warwickshire||Steven Falk|
|December 15th||AGM & Christmas Social|| |
|2010|| || |
|January 19th||Birds of Prey||Nick Martin, RSPB|
|February 16th||Tropical Ice & Kilimanjaro||Ray Charlton|
|March 16th||Southern Ireland to the Highlands||Rosemary Morris|
|April 20th||North Wales||Stephanie Gaskin|
|May 18th||Wildlife and Gardening||Jeff Baker, BTO|
|June 15th||Outdoor Meeting - TBA||6.30pm at The Cross|
|July 20th||Outdoor Meeting - TBA||6.30pm at The Cross|
|September 21st||Shetlands to Scilly & Birds of UK||Ashley Grove|
|October 19th||Ancient Tree Hunt||Margaret Anderson|
|November 16th||Antarctica||Laurence Kempton|
|December 21st||AGM & Christmas Social|| |
Full details of the society are available on the Town website www.henley-in-arden.org
St John's Christmas Bazaar - 28th November
This year’s Christmas Bazaar will be
bigger and better than ever. It will be open from 11.00am to 3.00pm and
for the first time we will be providing hot lunches consisting of
jacket potatoes with home-made chilli and/or cheese. We will also be
serving the mince pies and cakes to have with a cup of tea or coffee.
There will be an increased range of stalls
including books, china and glass, bric a brac, jewellery, gifts,
raffles, toys, tombola, handicrafts, preserves, cosmetics and cakes.
Two new features this year will be Steve Causon from Your Hand in Mine
Wedding Photography who will be taking family photos which will make
ideal presents for friends and family this Christmas, and Fudge Heaven
selling a wide variety of delicious flavoured fudge.
Contact either Daphne Jones (01926 843515) or Barbara Colclough (01564 793710) for more details.
Checkpoint Charlie & the Berlin Wall
a change to the Beaudesert & Henley Society's original programme
due to illness, Roger Sutton stepped in to give a talk on the Berlin
Wall. Roger drew on his own experiences of being stationed in Berlin
for ten years to give an account of how the Wall came to exist in 1961
and why it came down 28 years later.
Berlin was originally two settlements: the
twin sister cities of Cölln and Berlin. These grew in parallel
until they finally became unified under the name of Berlin in the early
18th Century. Berlin was the final German city to fall during the
Second World War and it led to the city being divided between the
Soviet Union and the Western allied forces – A Military City.
Ultimately this led to the Wall being built, a physical symbol of the
Cold War. It separated friends and family, divided a nation but gave a
bizarre stability between East and West. The Wall was originally just a
barbed wire fence that was put up on the 13th August 1961 by the order
of Walter Ulbricht. It was 28 miles in length, divided a city and
enclosed over 3 million people.
Later on the wall was improved and
strengthened, including a 200 yard no mans land zone with watchtowers
and check points. It was not until the late 1970s that the infamous 4th
generation wall made of 12ft by 4ft slabs of reinforced concrete was
put up at a cost of about 16,155,000 East German Marks. The wall went
down the middle of Streets, it brought about the destruction of houses,
sewers were blocked up and windows in some of the buildings on the wall
were bricked up. Despite this many people did manage to escape from the
East to the West. In total some 5,000 were successful but 80 died
trying. Roger gave illustrated examples of some of the clever and
extraordinary escapes including down tunnels, using high wires and
being smuggled in cars.
beginning of the end for the wall came with Gorbachev and his reforms
called Perestroika. The communist political force declined in Russia
and Eastern Europe. After Hungary opened its borders in August 1989,
this triggered a series of events in Czechoslovakia, Romania and
Germany as political systems collapsed. In East Berlin pressure built
at checkpoints along the wall until the stand off ended with people
being allowed to cross. Over the next few days parts of the wall were
demolished. The 9th November is thus considered the date that the Wall
Arthur Gennard, on behalf of the members,
thanked Roger for his informative talk and the meeting finished with
refreshments and the usual friendly chat. The next meeting will be on
Thursday 19th November when Mr Gerald Lesinski, Master of Lord
Leycester Hospital in Warwick, will give a talk on ‘Guarding the
Tickets are still available for the Cheese
& Wine Evening & Talk in the Guildhall on the 14th November,
contact Lesley Eastwood - 01564 792251.
Medal for Local Marathon Runner
The blanket and the medal
may be unfamiliar but many Henley-in-Arden residents will probably
recognise the young lady in question. Her name is Rebecca Shaw and for
the past few months she has been pounding the pavements in and around
Henley and Wootton Wawen. Her motive - to successfully complete the
Birmingham EDF Energy Half Marathon on Sunday October 11th.
As the picture shows, she
succeeded in a good time of 2 hours 25 minutes. Pretty good for a first
attempt. Furthermore with the support of local sponsors, particularly
Nigel Walker of Ardencom Ltd, plus friends and many of the regulars at
The Three Tuns, where she occasionally works behind the bar, she raised
£1071.50 for The British Heart Foundation. Now she is planning to
try for the London Marathon.
Becci has been a resident of Henley-in-Arden for almost three years. A
Brummie by birth, she and her husband Rob spent five years in Australia
but came home to get married in St Peter’s Parish Church in
Wootton Wawen in September 2006. They returned in February 2007 and
have been part of the local community since then.
Her interest in running started when she lived in Sydney. "The weather
was good, lots of people ran and it seemed a good way to get fit" she
says, "but it was not until my return to the UK when a chum suggested I
tried a 10 kilometre run for fun that I thought, why not? I
can’t guarantee the sunshine, but I will give it a go." Several
of these followed, always for charity, culminating in her recent
You are likely to see her ‘on the run’ so as to speak but
if you want to offer money for the next event she would be happy to
stop and speak to you.
Janet Shaw reporting
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Letter to DEFRA - Stupid but True
Rt Hon David Miliband MP
Secretary of State.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA),
17 Smith Square
16 July 2009
Dear Secretary of State,
My friend, who is in
farming at the moment, recently received a cheque for £3,000 from
the Rural Payments Agency for not rearing pigs. I would now like to
join the "not rearing pigs" business.
In your opinion, what is
the best kind of farm not to rear pigs on, and which is the best breed
of pigs not to rear? I want to be sure I approach this endeavour in
keeping with all government policies, as dictated by the EU under the
Common Agricultural Policy. I would prefer not to rear bacon pigs, but
if this is not the type you want not rearing, I will just as gladly not
rear porkers. Are there any advantages in not rearing rare breeds such
as Saddlebacks or Gloucester Old Spots, or are there too many people
already not rearing these?
As I see it, the hardest
part of this programme will be keeping an accurate record of how many
pigs I haven't reared. Are there any Government or Local Authority
courses on this? My friend is very satisfied with this business. He has
been rearing pigs for forty years or so and the best he ever made on
them was £1,422 in 1968. That is - until this year, when he
received a cheque for not rearing any.
If I get £3,000 for
not rearing 50 pigs, will I get £6,000 for not rearing 100?
I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down
to about 4,000 pigs not raised, which will mean about £240,000
for the first year. As I become more expert in not rearing pigs I plan
to be more ambitious, perhaps increasing to, say, 40,000 pigs not
reared in my second year, for which I should expect about £2.4
million from your department.
Incidentally, I wonder if I
would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these pigs
not producing harmful and polluting methane gases?
Another point: these pigs
that I plan not to rear will not eat 2,000 tonnes of cereals. I
understand that you also pay farmers for not growing crops. Will I
qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the pigs I
I am also considering the
"not milking cows" business, so please send any information you have on
that too. Please could you also include the current Defra advice on set
aside fields? Can this be done on an e-commerce basis with virtual
fields (of which I seem to have several thousand hectares)?
In view of the above you
will realise that I will be totally unemployed, and will therefore
qualify for unemployment benefits. I shall of course be voting
for your party at the next general election.
An Urgent Petition to President Klaus
Please sign and send on
Dear TPA supporter,
writing to urge you to sign a crucial petition that the TPA is running.
As you may know, there is now only one man standing between the Lisbon
Treaty (formerly known as the EU constitution) and ratification:
President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic. President Klaus has come
under huge pressure from the EU and other European leaders to sign the
Treaty, but so far he has held out in the face of all the threats and
incentives that have been offered to him.
Every single main party promised us a referendum at the last General
Election, but we have been denied it. We are running a
petition to send a message of support to President Klaus, and to
urge him to hold out until we get that vote that we were promised. By
contrast to our own leaders, who have betrayed their promise, he is
sticking his neck out for our democracy as well as his own, so the
least we can do is to express our thanks and express our support for
him to continue his valiant action.
Please do sign the petition
here and forward it on to all of your friends and family -
the more people who sign, the better our chance of getting that
Thank you for your support,
The TaxPayers' Alliance
Click here to sign
Parish Council calls for Grant Applications
its last meeting the Parish Council announced that grant applications
by Henley's local organisations should be received by the Parish Clerk
on or before 9th December 2009 and that next year's grants would be
agreed at the council meeting on 21st December 2009.
Although there was a massive 35% increase in
the parish precept, it will be unlikely that the councillors will be
passing on a proportionate share of this increase as the whole amount
has already been allocated to pay for the increase in the Parish
Clerk's salary and increases in its communications budget.
List of organisations which benefited from grants last year
In 2009/10 financial year the Joint Parish
Council will provide grants to support local organisations which
provide benefits to the Parishes.
Purpose of Grant
|Henley-in-Arden Evergreen Club ||Subsidising outings for those who cannot afford them|
|Henley-in-Arden Heritage and Visitor Centre||Promotion of
tourism, development of Centre as a museum of local history and a
visitor attraction, providing facilities for educational visits from
schools in the region, provision of office and meeting rooms for local
|Henley-in-Arden Town Improvement Committee||Contribution to
general and water rates for the Memorial Hall and playing fields,
together with cost of rubbish collection and routine maintenance of the
playing fields. |
|Henley in Bloom||To replace
containers, purchase summer bedding plants, maintain watering machines,
insurance for fire tender drivers and public liability insurance for
|NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH||Increased coverage of NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH signs and maintenance of mobile telephone purchased for Community police officer. |
|The Hub @ Henley||To contribute towards staffing and running of holiday club in the School summer break.|
|Christmas Lights||The provision, maintenance and running of the lights.|
|The Tennis Club||Contribution towards coaching costs |
|Flood Action Working Party||To increase flood defences|
Financial grant award applications are
invited for the financial year April 2009 to March 2010. The closing
date for applications is 9th December 2009.
If you wish to apply for a grant from
Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council please see the
criteria for donations to clubs and charities and grant application
form which are both downloadable below.
Download Grant Application Form
Download Criteria for Donations to Clubs & Charities
Further information about the JPC and grant applications is available on the JPC of the Town Website.
Unfortunately the JPC's own website, shown
below, is one year out of date. The application form shows the Parish
Clerk as Karen Parnell and the download criteria shows the Parish Clerk
as R P Hill.
As a result of this article, the JPC corrected the errors reported above and the new forms can be downloaded as follows:
Download Community Grants for 2010
Download Grant Application Form
Download Criteria for JPC Grant Guidance notes
The Gallery Upstairs - Annual Winter Exhibition
10th – 28th November 2009
The Gallery Upstairs
forthcoming exhibition will be colourful and exciting, showing the work
of over 40 artists in a mixed media group show: paintings and prints,
ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewellery. As well as our regular
artists such as Michael Felmingham with his evocative paintings of
Venice and Mary Rich with her distinctive clean-lined porcelain ware,
we have new and exciting work from a number of artists who are new to
the gallery. These include beautifully made and presented stained glass
by Tamsin Abbott depicting animals and the countryside, Emma
Hardicker’s textile influenced silk screen prints and Richard
Godfrey’s unique, quirky teapots.
People from all over Warwickshire and
further afield come to our exhibitions which are held twice a year in
May and November. Established in the Midlands as an important centre
for exhibiting British contemporary art and craft, the gallery likes to
promote the work of young artists ‘setting out’ alongside
reputable artists and craftspeople.
The main gallery is 45’ x 18’,
with good natural lighting and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. The
gallery is behind the high street shop and above the studio, where
resident ceramicists Jayne Lucas and Carey Moon work. The gallery
overlooks a cobbled courtyard which was once an Elizabethan coaching
inn and has an ancient yew arch leading to the garden where we show
sculpture in the spring.
Download an Invitation from The Gallery Upstairs
The Gallery Upstairs and Torquil, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 5AT
Web: www.thegalleryupstairstorquil.co.uk Email: email@example.com Tel: 01564 792174
GWR 8750 Class 0-6-0T no 9600 Test Runs
A diminutive 0-6-0 GWR
pannier tank loco that has recently undergone an overhaul at Tyseley
and has had the OTMR (On-Train Monitoring & Recording) equipment
fitted to allow it to run on Network Rail (a loco “black
box” costing over £20,000) will steam through Henley
without stopping. On Wednesday 4th November it is planned to run the
locomotive as a light engine from Tyseley to Stratford and back to
ensure there are no problems, passing through Henley southbound at
11.35 and northbound at 12.16.
Later the same day it will
haul an excursion to Stratford, passing through Henley at 17.18 and
returning at 19.22. Further details on the Vintage Trains website at: www.vintagetrains.co.uk/vt2009_1104.htm
Clive Hanley report & photo
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Seymour Fieldhouse Homes
Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire, B95 6BE
REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER 221993
WANTED Clerk to the Trustees of the Seymour Fieldhouse Homes
This honorary position arises because after
10 years the incumbent requires to give more time to sick, elderly
The person appointed to take over these
modest duties should be capable of recording Minutes of the Trustees'
meetings which take place twice a year.
Duties also include simple letter writing
and a basic knowledge and availability of a computer would be an
advantage. A small honorarium is payable to the Clerk.
Anyone prepared to give some time to this
very worthwhile local Charity should contact the Chairman, Mr A
Withnall on telephone 01564 792685 who will give further details and
answer any questions that you may have.
Johnson Double Ensures Famous Cup Victory
CLAVERDON RFC 21 - STONEYGATE RFC 7
Man of the match - Johnson
Try scorers - Johnson x 2, Barton
Conversions - Wyllie x 3
Claverdon RFC 1st XV
produced one of their best performances in recent years as they beat a
very strong Stoneygate RFC in a cup fixture at home on Saturday.
Claverdon outscored their high flying Midlands 4 opposition by
three tries to one, running out 21-7 winners as they continued their
excellent start to the 2009/10 season.
Claverdon's afternoon did not start well
though, as they lost full-back Allsopp to a hamstring injury as he
kicked off the game. Allsopp, who has unfortunately been blighted by
injury over the last few seasons, was replaced by Noble, who went to
centre, with Johnson going to full back. Wave after wave of attack from
Stoneygate soon saw Claverdon on the back foot and the visitors would
certainly have taken an early lead but for excellent defensive work
from Horsfall, Westmacott and Johnson to keep the visitors at bay. This
gave Claverdon some much needed confidence and the game developed into
an excellent spectacle between two quality sides, both showing a
willingness to try and play expansive rugby. After more sustained
pressure from Stoneygate, flanker Gill turned over the ball for
Claverdon. Some excellent work from the forwards and scrum-half Wyllie
allowed Horswill to feed the ball out wide to winger Barton who easily
outpaced his man, chipped over the full-back and won the sprint to
score a wonderfully individually crafted try. Wyllie added the
conversion to make it 7-0 to Claverdon.
The score visibly lifted the home side who
began to match Stoneygate across all areas of the game, none more so
than the scrum where Claverdon were asserting themselves well under
pack leader Skinner. Grimsley continued his superb form as hooker and
it was from a turned over scrum that led to Claverdon's next chance to
add to the scoreboard. A trademark Westmacott run, and good work in the
loose from Joyce and Visser, forced the Stoneygate pack to concede a
penalty just outside their 22. Claverdon elected to kick from the
resultant penalty, Wyllie hit the left post and the ball agonisingly
bounced out. The score remained 7-0 to Claverdon.
During some heroic defending, Claverdon's
captain Horswill fell awkwardly on his ankle and play was stopped while
he received treatment. Given the earlier injury to Allsopp, Horswill
was forced to continue on until half time despite clearly not being
able to operate effectively on his ankle. Claverdon rallied to their
captain's plight. Stoneygate's powerful, aggressive running was
consistently met with stonewall defence from Claverdon with Noble,
Visser and Horsfall, amongst others, making several key tackles. The
breakthrough that Stoneygate were after came after an excellent period
of well worked phase play which saw their centre score under the posts
to bring the sides level. 7-7.
The home side were edging ahead in the scrum
and line-out areas and their back line looked capable of scoring given
any quarter, but equally so did Stoneygate's. Both Noble and Barton had
further good chances for Claverdon and despite some strong running from
Wyllie, Skinner and Carruthers, the half ended with honours even at 7
The second half saw Horswill, Knight and
Gill replaced by Lidsey, Brannon and Hill as Claverdon set about
producing one of the shock results of the round. Johnson switched to
his more familiar role of centre and Horswill deputised at fullback.
Again Stoneygate started well and again stalwart defence from Claverdon
kept them out. Hill and Grimsley in the loose were immense as Claverdon
continued to disrupt and frustrate the Midlands 4 side. As the game
wore on the balance of play began to shift in the home side's favour.
Playing down the hill and with the wind in their favour some excellent
distance place kicking from the outstanding Noble pinned Stoneygate
deep in their own half, forcing them to show their own defensive
abilities. Sensing something special the Claverdon support roared their
approval as the Claverdon pack surged towards the line. First Skinner
then Hill broke tackles as the home side raised the tempo. Stoneygate's
defence was again broken by some excellent centre play by Westmacott
and Johnson. Wyllie fed Westmacott, after another solid scrummage from
Claverdon, who brilliantly drew his man and off-loaded to Johnson at
pace, who beat his opposite number on the outside and scored from 30
metres out. Wyllie added a tricky conversion. 14-7.
The high tempo of the game continued, with
more solid defence from Claverdon which twice kept good Stoneygate
attacks at bay. Noble and Johnson in particular were outstanding in
attack and defence and Noble's kicking game, combined with some well
drilled line-out play from Claverdon, kept Stoneygate pinned in their
own 22. As Stoneygate tried to orchestrate an attack from deep inside
their own half their inside centre tried to off load the ball after a
tackle from Westmacott, only for Johnson to read it well, intercept the
ball and race away to score under the posts. Wyllie added the
conversion. 21-7. Claverdon soaked up all Stoneygate could throw at
them in the last remaining minutes but ran out winners of a thrilling
game of cup rugby.
This week Claverdon look to keep their 100% league record intact as they travel to recently relegated Stourport.
Paul Brannon reporting
Pictures by Will Barnes
John Garner's Business Column
This is IT!
Yes, last week saw the launch of Windows 7 for your PC (Mac users look away now).
But don’t worry, I’m not going
to say a word about it. Why? Because I’ve never seen it, never
used it and so know almost nothing about it. I’ve never even used
Windows Vista. Life is far too short.
What irritates me is that companies like
Microsoft keep introducing software upgrades that normal users
don’t really need, charging a lot for it and then quietly
dropping support for the version you you‘ve used for ages and
know inside out. Like Windows XP for instance.
But what I’m writing about today is
the introduction a while ago of Microsoft Office 2007. You may not even
have noticed it arriving. The previous version was Office 2003 and
you’ll probably have this version if your computer was made
If you use Microsoft Office 2003 or an
earlier version, you will be familiar with the .doc file format for
text documents. However, you may more recently have come across .docx
format files which have been sent to you but which your version of Word
can’t open. This the default format produced by Word 2007 and as
more and more people have upgraded to the latest version of Office,
.docx is fast replacing .doc in popularity. Similar things happen with
Excel and PowerPoint too.
So do you have to rush out and buy Office 2007 ? No, there are several ways round the problem:
• ask whoever sent you the .docx file to save it first in Word 2003 (.doc) format
• download the Compatibility Patch
• use an on-line conversion tool.
The Microsoft Compatibility Patch can be found at www.microsoft.com/downloads/
. I use this and it works extremely well, in fact you don’t
notice you’ve got it. It also allows you to save your Word
2003 file in Word 2007 format. Clever.
If you don’t want to install the
Compatibility Pack or only have a few files that need to be converted
there is a good tool at: www.zamzar.com and it’s free to use.
There is however another possibility: you
can ignore Microsoft products altogether and install the Open Office
suite of programs. These are fully compatible with Microsoft Office,
very powerful and very similar in use. They are also completely free.
The suite can be downloaded at www.openoffice.org . I use this regularly and I’m very impressed.
Oh, and if any Mac users have read this far, you can use Open Office too!
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Make Waves at ‘The Wave’.
On the 5th of December tens of thousands of
people from all walks of life will flow in a wave through the streets
of London to show their support for the need for a safe climate future
for all. The gathering is organised by a coalition of over a 100
organisations. These include the Royal Society for Protection of Birds,
Oxfam, The Co-op, Christian Aid, World Wildlife Fund, the Woodland
Trust, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund, the Campaign to
Protect Rural England, the Women’s Institute, etc. The
demonstration is to support the government in its negotiations at the
crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen.
The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition with a
combined supporter base of more than 11 million people is asking the
government for 3 things:
- To end our reliance on dirty coal power
and instead boost the UK’s renewable energy supply to help build
a green economy and create new jobs. Burning coal has contributed 50
per cent of the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today. We
must stop emissions from coal urgently if we are to keep global warming
below 2 degrees C.
protect the poorest. The world’s poorest and most vulnerable are
already suffering the impacts of climate change. They are being hit
first whilst we and other rich countries who created this mess are
making it worse. There is no justice in this. These communities have
contributed the least to climate chaos but are suffering first and
most. The UK must provide the resources needed, on top of existing aid
commitments, to help vulnerable people in poor countries adapt to
climate change and pursue a low carbon development path. The Stop
Climate Chaos Coalition calls on the Government to provide our fair
share of the resources needed, on top of existing aid commitments, to
help people in poor countries adapt to climate change.
- To deliver a fair global deal in
Copenhagen that keeps global warming under 2 degrees C. December will
see world leaders decide how to tackle global warming at the UN climate
summit in Copenhagen. They must not fail to deliver a fair global deal
to keep us all safe from dangerous and irreversible climate change. The
UK is historically one of the countries most responsible for climate
change. Today Japan, Europe and the US pump out over 40 per cent of
global CO2 emissions. It is only fair that rich countries like the UK
act first and fastest to cut their emissions.
The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition calls on
the Government to push urgently for a fair global deal in Copenhagen
which limits global warming to under 2 degrees C, to lead the way
by committing to reduce UK carbon emissions by at least 40% by 2020
through domestic action and call on other rich countries to do the
same. The Copenhagen summit has been described as the ‘most
important meeting in human history’.
Wave is a family friendly event and starts at Grosvenor Square.
Assemble at 12 noon and then walk to the Houses of Parliament where we
will encircle the buildings at about 3pm. Participants are asked to
wear something blue so that the crowds will 'flow' through the streets.
Many organisations are providing transport to the event. Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change (www.snitterfieldacc.org)
has a Johnson’s coach leaving Snitterfield village hall at 9.00am
on the 5th December and returning later in the day for only
£12.00 per person. Henley pickup is a possibility.
If you'd like to book a seat contact Vicky Parker on 01789 731348. For more info go to: www.stopclimatechaos.org
Go on.....you can do it.......it will be a fun day out. I hope to see you there.
Lesley Hammond - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
District Council announces more hardship rate relief for businesses
Financial support is again
being offered by Stratford-on-Avon District Council to businesses in
the district affected by the continuing economic downturn.
The District Council has
already used £10,000 from an allocation of £50,000 it
received from the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG)
to support economic and enterprise issues arising from the economic
downturn. Due to the ongoing difficulties faced by businesses a further
£15,000 has been allocated from this to support hardship rate
relief applications. This additional funding will enable the District
Council to provide financial support to a greater number of local
businesses currently suffering as a result of the economic downturn.
“The District Council
has already allocated £10,000 to support hardship rate relief
applications. With little change in the economic landscape many small
businesses in the District still face an uncertain future and the
District Council recognises that more support is needed by allocating a
further £15,000,” says Cllr Mike Brain, Community Services
“It is anticipated
that this additional money will provide short term financial support
for businesses who are struggling to remain solvent during this very
difficult time. The more support the District Council can provide now,
the better the prospects for businesses will be in the future.”
Last year the widening
impact of the economic downturn resulted in an increase in hardship
rate relief applications to the District Council and this has meant
that the current budget was no longer large enough to enable the
District Council to maximise its support for businesses.
For further information about the scheme please contact the District Council on 01789 267575.
Green Garden Waste Collection Continues
Council would like to reassure and remind residents that the green
garden waste service will not be suspended this year.
Residents are reminded to
continue to use their green bin for grass cuttings, small branches,
plants and weeds together with kitchen waste including cooked and raw
meats and vegetables. The green bins must be left at the property
boundary, unless you receive an assisted collection, with the lids down
and there is a limit of 2 bins per household per collection every other
Overall recycling figures this year are almost at 63% which includes dry recycling (blue lid bin materials).
“I would like to thank
everyone who has worked so hard to make recycling a success in
Stratford District and there is no doubt that this has only been
achieved through the efforts of District residents. By working together
and changing habits we are reducing the amount of waste being sent to
landfill thereby helping the environment,” says Cllr Simon
Jackson, Environment Portfolio. “Together with Verdant
we’ve listened to what District residents want and worked hard to
provide them with what they said they wanted most – a weekly
collection of food waste and the opportunity to recycle more in the way
of plastic and cardboard. Alternately home composting is an
inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden
waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It is
nature’s way of recycling and helps to reduce the amount of
organic waste going to landfill. By composting kitchen and garden waste
you can easily improve the quality of your soil and be well on your way
to a more beautiful and productive garden.”
To order bins online please visit www.wcc.getcomposting.com or telephone 0845 130 6090.
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HENLEY W.I. On Tuesday
3rd November, our AGM will be held in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 pm
when members will be able to recall the variety of good speakers
we have had as well as social visits and opportunities to learn new
skills. Next year’s programme will be revealed followed by light
refreshments and social time. We hope that all members will attend with
lots of new ideas.
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUT TROOP BONFIRE & FIREWORKS
Our famous annual bonfire and fireworks display will be on Saturday 7th
November at Henley Playing Fields. Gates open at 6.00 pm, fire lit 6.30
pm, Fireworks 7.15 pm. Licensed Bar and food available. Adults
£3, children £2.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN & DISTRICT ROYAL
BRITISH LEGION. Remembrance Day Parade will take place on Sunday 8th
November at 11.00 am. Parade will leave Memorial Hall in Station Road
at 10.25 am. The Evening Service will this year be held at Aston
Cantlow at 6.00 pm.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB – Tuesday
10th November. OPEN SHOW. National Demonstrator Jonathon Moseley
– “Seasonal Seduction”. 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
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 01564 793646 or Dukes Stationers in the High
Street. All proceeds to the Market Cross Information Board.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY. We welcome
the return of Steven Falk from Warwick Museum to our meeting on Tuesday
17th November from 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Visitors are
welcome to join us to hear about “Trees of Warwickshire”
for only £2.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY. Our
next meeting is on Thursday 19th November at 8.00 pm in the Baptist
Church Hall. The speaker will be Gerald Lesinski on “Guarding the
Queen”.Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details
from Pat Kench on 795419. Also on 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
ULLENHALLGARDENING CLUB –
Tuesday 24th November in the Village Hall, Ullenhall, 7.45 pm. The
speaker is Glynn Jones on “The Development of Hidcote Manor
Garden – Past, Present and Future”. Visitors (£2) and
new members always welcome.
ST JOHN’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
– Saturday 28th November in the Church Hall 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Stalls include homemade cakes, gifts, cards, tombola, jewellery, toys,
produce, bottle stall, Father Christmas, teas and hot lunches, etc.
BEAUDESERT & HENLEY CHRISTMAS
LIGHTS. The Switch On for 2009 will be on Saturday 5th December. The
Carol Service will start at 5.00 pm led by the Alcester Silver Band,
with the switch on by Carol Sheet design winners at 5.30 pm. Mulled
Wine and Mince Pies will be available, supplied by Henley Ex Services
ST JOHN’S SOCIALS & FELLOWSHIP GROUP:
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).
JOHNSON’S COACHES are ending
their special centenary year with a “Firework Finale” on
Saturday 19th December at their depot on Liveridge Hill. There will
also be children’s rides, bar, barbecue and seasonal tasties.
Doors open 4.30 pm, bonfire 5.00, fireworks 6.30. Adults £3.00,
concessions £2, pay at the door or in advance from Johnsons. All
proceeds to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
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
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
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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
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
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 your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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 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.
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 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10. For further
details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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.
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