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Court Leet Day 12th June 2010


The High Bailiff and Members of the Court Leet at the Market Cross

Saturday. What a glorious day, and such a contrast to last year’s wet and windy weather. Saturday was the day the Court had chosen to complete its traditional ale, fish and flesh tasting, butter and bread weighing, brook-looking and the beating of the manorial bounds.

The High Bailiff and the Court Leet, with guests which included the Bailiffs of Warwick and Alcester, started the day at 10.00 am from Henley Market Cross. The Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, being on holiday in sunny Scarborough, it fell to the Low Bailiff, John Rutherford, to ring and read the High Bailiff’s proclamation. The procession then set off up the High Street in the direction of Sue Dalby Catering to taste the butter and bread on offer by S.D.C. In front of their shop Sue had prepared a table of wares demonstrating the ‘art of butter making’; butter of real quality was tasted by Butter/Bread Weigher Fred Dowling.

Ale Tasting


Ale Taster report on the quality of the beer
at the Three Tuns

Butter Weighing


Butter Weigher presents a certificate
to Sue Dalby

Beating the Bounds


Hayward Jonathan Dovey sets off
to inspect the bounds

Next the procession returned to Beaudesert Lane to check the flow of the River Alne at the bridge. Earlier, Brook-Lookers Graham Smith and Dawn Leech had entered the waters to walk the Alne as far as the Medical Centre Crossing so they could report their findings to the High Bailiff. At the same time the Hayward, Jonathan Dovey, was sent on his way up the Mount to survey the manorial bounds to the north, east, south and west and to report his findings to the High Bailiff.

On reaching the Medical Centre Bridge the High Bailiff received the Brook-Lookers’ report on the river – clear and free flowing. The report delivered, the final task of the Brook-Lookers was to release an armada of yellow plastic ducks into the river for the start of the Court Leet Charity Duck Race!


It turned out to be a most amusing race: because of the slow speed of the current the ducks at the back of the armada had to be helped along by the occasional flick of the brook-looker’s rake – more a rake race than a duck race! The results are shown above.

The next stop was Henley High Street and the Henley Ice Cream Café where the second of the day’s butter and bread weighing and tasting ceremonies took place. Three further weighings and tastings took place at Somerfield, Henley Bakery and Café 34. Similar weighings and tastings of fish and flesh were also conducted at Sea Spray fisheries and Mills Country Butchers. The Court’s elected Master Weigher and Taster, Fred Dowling, in reporting his findings to the High Bailiff found the weight, taste and quality of wares offered for sale in each of the establishments visited, ‘to be of a good standard and of excellent value for money.’

Checking the value and standard of ale offered for sale in the town’s taverns was another of the Court responsibilities. The Court’s two Ale Tasters, Master Ale-Taster, Andrew Gardner, and his able apprentice, John Tristram, were charged with this ‘crème de la crème’ of tasks. The first tavern visited was The Nags Head, where landlord, Mike, pulled a pint of Bombardier for our tasters to try. Then it was on to the Three Tuns, where landlady, Kate, drew a pint of Shakespeare County for our tasters. The ale tasters were pleased to report that in each of the establishments visited the ale for sale was ‘of good measure and excellent to taste.’

It was during the visit to the Three Tuns tavern that all followers were treated to a spectacular piece of street theatre performed by the Silhill Morris Men – later to be repeated in the Guild Hall Garden. Following the performance by the Morris Men the procession assembled at the Market Cross where the officials of the Court reported their day’s findings to the High Bailiff. Upon the findings of his Court Officers, the High Bailiff was able to report that he had awarded each establishment visited an official certificate: ‘To record that the said premises had this day been visited by the Court and the wares on offer were tested for quality, fairness and value for money; that the certificate awarded could be displayed in the said premise for the period of one year.’

The official tasks completed, lunch was taken in the Guild Hall Gardens. It was here in the gardens that the public could picnic on purchases of tea, coffee, cakes and soft drinks from the refreshment tent run by the ladies of Henley WI. In the gardens the public could also visit the Riverside Garden Project where members of the fund raising committee were on hand to explain the new garden’s development.

imageimageAfter lunch Henley Amateur Dramatic Society entertained the public by performing an extract from Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, first performed by them as part of this year’s Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations. This was followed by the second performance of the Silhill Morris Men! The public were treated to three dances: two of West Country origin and a dance of their own composition.

Finally the High Bailiff thanked his guests from the other Courts, and all who took part in the day’s proceedings, for their support in helping the Court perform its ancient re-enactments of ale, fish and flesh tasting, butter and bread weighing, brook-looking and the beating of the bounds. History is alive in Henley!

Click on the "Slideshow of Court Leet Day" below to see 72 photos of the day's events.

Slideshow of Court Leet Day

Roger Sutton - High Bailiff
Photos Alan Robson, Maggie Motherwell & Bill Leech

England beat USA  7-4!


That was the score at Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School on Saturday when they held their annual Summer Fayre.

This year’s event had a football theme in keeping with the World Cup. Children had the opportunity to take part in football skills sessions with qualified FA coach, Adrian Field, culminating in a mock-up game between England and USA.


They could also play ‘Beat the Goalie’, a game made by one of the PTA Dads, Dave Cowling, with the opportunity to win football themed prizes at the remaining stalls.

imageEngland flags and red roses were the order of the day at the face painting stall, kindly ran by two teaching assistants from the school, Tracey Hedderman and Julie Bradford.

The school was also visited by a special guest, loaned to us by recently elected councillor Jem Jones, who is obviously an advocate of community spirit – a big thank you goes to him.

imageThe PTA would also like to thank Henley Ice Cream for providing refreshments, the White Swan and The Nags Head for providing ice and Sarah at The Lemontree Florist for providing the flowers for the top of the maypole.

A special thanks to Bob Sedgewick for providing and manning the barbecue throughout the day.

The day was a huge success and this would not have been possible without the help and support of the small but highly organised PTA and parental contributions of cakes and items for hampers.

Elaine Field reporting

Create a Garden – Buy a Brick!

imageAnyone receiving a copy of this month’s Henley Focus should also have received a copy of the leaflet inviting contributions for the completion of the Riverland Garden. The first panel of engraved pavers has now been laid in the Garden and the picture shows Marijana Bainbridge and Douglas Bridgewater in position on Court Leet Day to answer any questions visitors had. The many visitors who visited the Garden all left with a very positive impression of the pavers and of the progress which is being made in the Garden itself. It is planned that the infrastructure of the garden will be completed in the next three months, and work can then commence on planting the flower and shrub beds. A prerequisite of this is that we raise more funds by selling more bricks.

Over one hundred engraved pavers have now been ordered, some 70 of which are already in place. It is hoped that the next panels, together with more of the Indian sandstone paving, will be laid next month. The majority of orders are of course from people now living in Henley, but orders have also come from Tamworth, Blackpool, Somerset, Essex and even from Florida.

imageA by-product of the productive work undertaken to date is the availability of some good quality alluvial top soil. While supplies are available, you can take away all you can transport, free of charge. Please contact Alan Robson on 792041 to arrange a mutually convenient time for collection. John Ganjavi has been helping himself and so could you!

Now would be a good time to place your own order for an engraved brick. So don’t delay, act today – and make a difference! If you need a copy of the order form please contact me or Sue Bridgewater on 793633, or any other member of the Garden Committee (Marijana Bainbridge, Marion Brealey, John Latham, Kate Smith and Sue Westmacott).

Douglas Bridgewater

Vandals Strike Again

Late Breaking News - Wednesday 16th June


Last night, vandals viited the new riverside garden. They climbed over the iron gate near the bridge, ripped up a dozen of the yew trees and threw some down into the river. Former High Bailiff Alan Robson recovered and replanted all but one of the trees.


If you have any information, please call Warwickshire Police.

Ullenhall church fete held on Sat 12th June

imageimageBig turn out - Lovely weather - Cream teas - Bottle stall (very popular!) - Tombola - Splat the rat - Welly wanging - Coconut shy - Bouncy castle - Face painting.

These and many, many other activities all made for a lovely afternoon out in the sunshine with the family. The dog show, new this year, was extremely popular and a big success




The show also catered for more modern activities with Wii ten pin bowling.


Brendan Fossey with his prize for winning one of the Wii ten pin bowling categories.




Children fishing for plastic ducks………every one a winner!


John Stott and Mike Colclough from Make Henley Greener talk to Boz Davies about boiler insulation


A wine stall from a Wellesbourne vineyard, ice cream from Henley Ice Cream, tile decoration, cake stall, book stall, raffle and people could even have a chat about saving energy as their children played.

Penny Stott reporting

Get involved – State of the District Debate!

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council and Local Strategic Partners are hosting a public event, ‘The State of the District Debate’ on Friday 2 July at the Town Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Just as National Government is involving the public in crucial decision making the District Council and partners wants to engage with local residents about the big issues that affect them and the whole District. At this event the new District Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Gray and the Local Strategic Partnership Chairman, Charles Goody will start the ball rolling in a debate about the current District-wide issues and priorities for District communities before engaging in wider discussions.

Previous ‘debates’ have been held in the Council Chamber, this year the new District Council Leader is keen to take this debate outside and involve as wide a group of residents as possible.

Cllr Stephen Gray, Leader says: “I am keen to engage with the public about the issues facing the District, listen to what they are telling us and enable residents to participate in decisions that help shape their own and their communities’ futures. I am looking forward to engaging in an interesting and informative debate and would encourage as many people to attend as possible. I am committed to involve residents in decision-making, listening to views and ideas and delivering services and outcomes that reflect what residents need.”

Discussions will also be happening at a more local level at local Community Forums which will feed into this district-wide debate.

The State of the District Debate starts at 10am on Friday 2 July and will be held at the Town Hall, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

To register your interest in the event please contact Tina Brain at Stratford District Council on 01789 260802 or email:

Watch the NEW HENLEY TOUR VIDEO on the Town Website


Grueling 100 Mile Canoe Test


During the May Bank holiday (28th May -1st June) Warwickshire Clubs for Young People (WCYP) took part in the National Association of Clubs for Young People’s most gruelling challenge of the year: the 100 Mile Canoe Test. The event was made possible with funding from the Rugby Area Community Fund Medium Grant Scheme.

The Test took place over four days and challenged young people from affiliated clubs to paddle 100 miles over the duration of the event. Young people from The Bradby Club in Rugby, Coventry Boys’ Club, the Rugby V. Project and Riverhouse School in Henley-in-Arden all took part. The setting was the beautiful River Severn, starting from Welshpool and finishing 100 miles later at Worcester Race Course.

The Canoe Test is a national event and this year attracted young people from all over the country with over 200 paddlers taking part. The Warwickshire team was made up of young people ranging from 14 to 16 years who all took the challenge in their stride and had a very enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

Graham Norman WCYP Youth Development Officer said: “Everyone enjoyed the challenge. We had two days of good weather out of the four and a good group of young people on the water, plus an excellent support crew who all helped make the test the success it was.”

For more information on WCYP and the activities they offer, please contact the County Office on tel: 01926 425191, visit the website at: www.wcyp.org.uk or e-mail: contact@wcyp.org.uk.

Bernadette Sixsmith reporting

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Henley Lions U8s

imageHenley Lions U8s took part in their first 7 aside tournament., The team pictured has only been together six weeks, so what a surprise, that serves us right for thinking the boys would find Saturday really hard & lose every game; they easily proved us wrong.

Pictured from left to right are Chris Johnson, Ethan Paine, Elliott Morris, Jo Geldard, Tom Clarke, Jacob Paine & Nathan Maine. Played six, wining four, drawing one and losing to the best team in the tournament (Stratford Town) only by a single goal.

It was a great team effort with everyone playing their part, even coming from behind in one game to win. Goals from Jo Geldard, Tom Clarke, Nathan Maine & Chris Johnson plus great defensive work from Elliott Morris, Ethan & Jacob Paine and, given we only had the bare 7 players and six games to play in the heat, it was a brilliant effort.

Anyone wishing to join us at U8 or U9 can join us at training every Thursday at 6pm at the football ground, or contact Pete Johnson on 07979 245033

Thanks to everyone who came along to support and a special thanks Tom “Mourinho” Wale for all his hard work on the day as manager.

Come on ENGLAND.

Pete Johnson

Breaker steers Henley home

imageAlcester& Ragley 192
Henley 196-7

ALCESTER & Ragley went down by three wickets in this Division 1 game at Henley.

They were asked to bat on what looked to be a tricky wicket but raced to 31 in six overs before Weaver was out to a good catch at slip by Styler. Three overs later Lee followed after another good catch by Styler.

Lewis Dark and Simon Sloan lifted the score to 110 for 3 when Sloan was out to another good catch, this time on the long on boundary, for 34. Dark reached his half century before he was bowled for a good 51.

Only Sam Westwood offered any real resistance and when he was out for 34 the innings subsided from a very promising position to 192 all out in the final over. Pick of the Henley bowlers was Ray Perry who finished with 4 for 52.

In reply, Henley openers Styler and Ross punished any loose bowling and took the score to 60 in the 14th over without any real alarms. Julian Reader then bowled Styler for 20 as he misjudged the line of the ball.

Marc Woolley then took a wicket in each of his next two overs to reduce Henley to 63 for 3 from 19 overs. Ross and Breaker rebuilt the innings before Steve Capron bowled Ross for a chanceless 48.

Henley required 84 to win from the final 15 overs with 6 wickets left. Breaker kept the scoreboard ticking but was dropped twice to difficult chances. Useful contributions from Budden (14) and Perry (10) inched Henley towards the winning total.

Henley captain Chris Key hit two sixes and two fours to remove any doubt out of the final result as his side eased home with two overs to spare. Key finished on 25 not out and "man of the match" Breaker a match-winning 46 not out.

Woolley ended up the most economical bowler as he claimed 2 for 22, Adam Warbrick and Capron also chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Reprinted from the Stratford Herald with permission of Dean Bartram - sports editor

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John Garner's Business Column

Football sickies

John GarnerDue to what I believe is called the World Cup there is a lot of football on television at the moment. It is good to see the wave of patriotism with all the flags of St George draped over some of Henley’s pubs and a number of houses although at first I thought this might be in support of BP in its spat with Obama.

I do like to be topical in these articles so I can’t really avoid mentioning football this week even though I have no interest in it whatsoever. I do apologise to those who detest it as much as I do and who were hoping to find at least one place (this column) where they could forget about it for a few minutes.

There is, as you might imagine, a potential problem for businesses here. What do you do if employees take unauthorised time off (or pretend to be sick) to watch the football? In the unlikely event (I am advised) that the England team gets anywhere near the final this problem will be exacerbated.

It should be a simple problem to deal with – the same way you would deal with any unauthorised absence: either deduct the appropriate amount of pay or, if the employee claims to have been sick, make them complete a self-certification form. Even if you know they were pretending to be sick at the very time England were playing there’s not much you can do if they insist they were indeed sick; not unless they keep doing it anyway.

So how can you minimise the effect of this on your business? Plan for it I’d say. Note in advance when the key matches are and, if they conflict with working time, offer employees who want to the opportunity to take time off and make it up when there’s no match on.  Sounds simple, might work.  But make sure you are equally fair to those who don't want to watch.

If England does get to the final and then loses I suspect there’ll be a lot of genuine sickness about.

John Garner

Raffle Prize Hard Sell

imageAll that Glisters is not Gold!

With gold fetching a high price it was inevitable that criminal gangs would use emails advertising 'very reasonably' priced gold to scam consumers.

Consumers are warned to beware of emails with titles such as: 'WE HAVE 500KGS OF GOLD FOR SALE (Gold Dust of 23+ Carats)'.

These emails often offer gold at extremely low prices 'direct' from the gold fields of West Africa. However, as with all these scams, the consumer has to pay up front for reports, mining equipment, travel to the gold fields etc. Some emails are even offering potential purchasers a partnership or 'stake' in the gold mine!

As with all these types of emails, Warwickshire Trading Standards advice to consumers is not to respond to them and to delete them.

For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
email. simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Confused about which energy saving action is best??

imageA good indicator of the usefulness of something that saves energy is its payback time. In other words, how long it takes for the savings (from spending less on energy) to cover the cost of what you spend initially. After the payback time all the savings add to your bank balance every year. The table below gives some interesting numbers from Act on Energy for an average sized home heated by gas. See below for other fuels.


Notice how insulation saves a lot and is very reasonably priced for lofts and cavity walls. It's free for over 70s and people on benefits. If heated by oil, coal, electricity or LPG the savings from insulation are much greater, especially for electricity and LPG. This means even shorter payback times, nearly half in the case of LPG. Also, with the rise in energy prices expected to continue, the annual savings can be expected to rise. The figures are for an average sized property. We know of a large home that is currently £360 pa better off as a result of installing cavity wall insulation

Summer is a good time to get insulated because most people tend to think about having it done as winter approaches. Consequently, the insulation companies are not so busy and can offer especially attractive prices, eg £80 for cavity wall insulation for a small house. Also, insulation keeps you cooler in summer as well as warmer in winter so it’s a good time to get it done before the hottest days arrive. Contact your energy supplier for a quote or call Act on Energy at Wellesbourne on 0800 988 2881 for impartial advice on insulation suppliers or any aspect of energy saving.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Stratford District Council

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New Council Magazine to Improve Communication

imageA new Council Magazine ‘Stratford View’ is about to be delivered through Stratford-on-Avon District residents’ letterboxes next week.

Stratford View is a new magazine produced jointly by Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwickshire County Council on a pilot basis. Both Councils were keen to produce a publication that is delivered to all residents’ doors to improve communication with and between District communities.

The content will be very much geared around presenting important messages and information about services directly to residents. This underlines the Councils' commitment to improving engagement with residents and addressing public survey results that indicate that residents want to be better informed by their Council.

The cost of this publication is being financed through advertising income and working smarter by channelling the Councils’ external publicity activity (and its associated funding) into the new Council Publication. This means that there has been no new budget cost to either Council.

The launch on the new magazine coincides with the launch of an on-line edition, Stratford View Extra, which will have interactive content, links to additional news and stories and links to other sources of information. This can be accessed at: www.stratford.gov.uk/viewextra

Councillor Stephen Gray, Stratford District Council Leader, says: “I am very pleased that we have been able to launch Stratford View and I am sure that residents will value this improved communication with the Council. We are responding to residents who are telling us that they want to be better informed.

“The production of a joint magazine with our colleagues at Warwickshire County Council is an example of good collaboration between both Councils and a joined-up approach. In practice, residents don’t distinguish between the District Council and County Council, so presenting information jointly, in a joint magazine, is the common sense thing to do. We intend to listen very carefully to what residents would like to see contained within the magazine - a residents’ panel will meet in July to provide direct feedback and produce future editions that continue to be interesting and informative.”

JPC Watch - 'Carry on Regardless'

Councillor declares 'Business as Usual'

At the Joint Parish Council meeting on Monday 7th June Peter Crathorne, the petitioner of the Henley Parish Referendum on the "Leadership and Management" of the JPC, addressed the councillors in the public session. He asked the parish councillors, who had lost the vote of confidence, to reflect on the result and acknowledge the discontent. He requested the councillors to listen to the views of those who disagree with some of their decisions and take account of the opposition to some of their policies.

During Mr Crathorne's address one of the councillors could be heard saying "It's business as usual". Cllr Horrocks told the meeting that the Referendum Question was confusing to some of the supporters of the JPC who had possibly voted the wrong way.

Following the meeting it has emerged that the JPC has entered 2 categories in the Warwickshire Best Village Competition. It has entered the Market Cross project in the Community Projects category and the Youtube video in the communication category. The Youtube video was prepared by a professional organisation using grant money.


As reported in our last edition 3 co-ordinated entries, shown above, had been prepared by the Heritage Centre, Henmen and Henley NEWS Online. The parish council were advised of these entries but chose to go ahead without any consultation and submit their own competing entries. This lack of co-operation will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting at the request of Cllr Sue Osborne.

Reform Association General Meeting

The Reform Association will be holding its first general meeting on 7th July at 8 pm to elect its first chairman and agree its future strategy to return the parish council to being a democratic organisation working for the benefit of all residents. Anyone interested in attending should contact the acting secretary, Malcolm Coulter, on 01564 794898 or malcolmcoulter@talktalk.net

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St John’s Summer Fete – Saturday 26th June
This year the fete will be held from 11.00am – 3.00pm and we are hoping it will be even better than last year! As well as the usual delicious refreshments served throughout the day we will be cooking BBQ sausages and burgers again. There will be a fantastic range of attractions plus plenty of items for sale in the extra time available – do please let us know if you have got any suitable raffle or tombola prizes. In addition the famous duck race tickets will be on sale outside St John’s on preceding Saturday mornings – do please support us. More details from Daphne Jones 01926 843515 or Barbara Colclough 793710.

Tickets for this year’s G&S concerts in Tanworth Village Hall will be on sale in the “Bell” on Tuesday June 29th 10.30am – 12 noon. Tickets cost £9.00 which includes a programme. As usual there will be a wine bar and raffle, donations will be made to local charities.
For ticket availability after 29th June please telephone Judith Allen 01527 550499.

HENLEY IN ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB meets every Tuesday at 7.15pm in the White Swan and welcomes new members and visitors. For further details contact Christine Whitehouse 792993.

RUDDIGORE in Tanworth July 16th & 17th 2010
Officers and Ancestors required! Tenors and basses are invited to join the first rehearsal for this year’s G & S on Tuesday May 25th in Tanworth village hall at 7.45pm. Full choir meets June 1st and rehearsals continue weekly. The final rehearsal is on July 13th. A MUST FOR EVERYONE! Details of tickets in June. Any questions ring Wendy Dillon on 742464.

JAZZ in the GARDEN will be on 17th July. More details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge on 795149.

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.
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please email Robin Freeman <robinf1@btinternet.com>
Download Henley Rotary Club calendar
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
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837.  Meeting programme
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
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk
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 603 8577 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 karen@henleyfocus.co.uk for more information.

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


From our own Correspondents

Henley NewsHenley NEWS on-line is looking for additional correspondents to send in stories and pictures. Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed? Please always try to include a photo in jpg or png format. Letters, articles, pictures sent to the Editor are always welcome. Please do not use the following file formats 'Publisher" or 'Serif'. 'Microsoft Word' is the preferred format. Please send to editor@henleynews.co.uk

We are delighted to publish the growing list of our correspondents:

Court Leet
Religious Affairs
Rotary Club
The Henley Society
Henley History
Henley in Bloom
Wild Life Society
Warwickshire College
Henley Methodist ChurchJames Steele
Henley Diary
Flower Club Annette Walker
Editorial Team
Proof ReaderJohn Garner
Senior CorrespondentIrene Robinson
Warwickshire County
Stratford District Council
Heart Start
Trading Standards
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
Henley High School
Primary School Elaine Field
Make Henley Greener
Drama - HADS
Claverdon & RailwayClive Hanley
Chief Photographer
Court Leet & HADSAlan Robson

WRCCThe Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) helps and encourages people living in rural areas to develop their communities. By aiding locally led and run projects it also hopes to strengthen social ties within Warwickshire's villages and small towns.

Henley NEWS Online was the outright winner of the Village Ventures competition 2007.


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Bill Leech - Editor

Henley NEWS Online has an editorial review team which now has more than ten members. They review each edition before it is published and when there are controversial articles, they play a big part in deciding the content. If you would like to join this team please contact the editor. We would like to recruit more women to the team as they are under represented at present as are young people.
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