A Glorious Day
Prince William and Kate Middleton during
their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29th April. The
couple were watched by 2,000 friends, family and dignitaries inside the
abbey and an estimated 2 billion people around the world.
A Henley resident comments on Henley's failure to mark the occasion
We have a Joint Parish Council and a Court Leet
– it is a scandal that a Royal Wedding has just taken place
watched by 2bn people and celebrated all around the world but our
“representatives” could not be bothered to arrange anything
at all. What is the point of them? – a once in a lifetime
occasion for us and our kids, a great way to get people into Henley to
generate cash for the businesses and these dinosaurs couldn’t be
Barrie Sharp - Resident
Serial Complaints rebound back on JPC
The Standards & Ethics Committee of Stratford District Council
has dismissed yet another complaint by the ruling group of JPC
councillors, this time against Cllrs Sue Osborne and Bill Leech. The
parish clerk, Ms Jenny Walsh, considered that the preparation of a
draft apology on JPC letterhead to assist the Chairman of the JPC, Cllr
Les Goodman, to make a public apology to an offended resident, Mr Mike
Faulkner, could be fraud. On the recommendation of Cllr
Matheou, the official Conservative candidate for the District Council election on Thursday, this matter was also referred to Warwickshire Police who,
following a review of the case, did not consider it a police matter
since there was no evidence of a crime having been committed.
Another complaint by the Parish Clerk
against Cllr Bill Leech will be heard by the Standards and Ethics
Committee on 11th May. This hearing will be the culmination of a 9
month investigation and is estimated to have so far cost well over
£10,000. These constant complaints by the parish clerk and the
Ruling Group of JPC Councillors against anyone who challenges them
might be considered to be an abuse of our democratic process and the
Henley equivalent of Tahrir Square, Libya and Syria. The costs of all
these malevolent actions have to be paid for by council taxpayers.
Bill Leech is standing as an
Independent Conservative in the District Council election on Thursday
5th May. His Tory Party opponent will be George Matheou, a member of
the JPC ruling group and the parish councillor who has now twice launched Police investigations against BIll Leech.
On both occasions the police found that no offence had been committed.
It was the support from the Tory
councillors on Stratford District Council Planning Committee which
allowed Taylor Wimpey to succeed in their application to redevelop
Henley Market. We need a voice on the District Council, independent of
national party politics, who will truly represent the views the local
John Tristram - Resident, Prince Harry Road
Dear Sue and Bill,
As expected you have been completely exonerated.
I am sorry that in your service
to our town you are subjected to these personal attacks. I and
many others hope that you will stay strong and resist the efforts of
the majority of councillors to discourage you from asking the questions
we all want to ask of our parish council.
I just hope that others will step forward to join you when we have elections in May next year.
Peter Crathorne - Resident, Arden Road
District Council Election & Voting Referendum
5th May 2011 - 7 am to 10 pm
DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTION
There are 4 candidates for the Henley Ward election of 1 District Councillor:
|James Robert HANDY
|Liberal Democrat Party
|Henley & Beaudesert Independent Conservatives
|The Conservative Party
Voting takes place for the residents who are registered on the electoral roll from 7 am to 10 pm:
|The Memorial Hall, Station Road
|The Memorial Hall, Station Road
|Wootton Wawen Village Hall
The count for the
District elections will take place at the Stratford Leisure Centre
immediately after the polling stations have closed. The results are
expected to be declared by 3 am on Friday 6 May.
The votes for the referendum will be counted from 4pm on Friday 6 May.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT
Mike Willmott, Party Leader of the Henley & Beaudesert Independent Conservatives, says:
- We are a newly formed official political party to bring democracy back to local affairs.
- National Parties have no role in local affairs.
- Official candidates will have to follow the instructions of their party managers.
- Residents will be better served by voting for a local independent.
IS YOUR INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVES CANDIDATE
- A local man, born and educated in Warwickshire.
- Lived in Henley, Claverdon and Wootton Wawen most of his life.
- Accomplished businessman at director level.
- Founder, Editor and Publisher of award winning Henley NEWS.
- Trustee of Henley War Memorial Trust and webmaster of the Town Website.
- An experienced councillor who believes that councils should serve the residents.
- Encourages consultation to find the best way to provide local services and decide local issues.
VOTE FOR BILL LEECH ON MAY 5th
INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVES - Campaigning for a better Henley
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT
Published by John Tristram, 30 Price Harry Road, Henley-in-Arden B95 5DD
This week saw the launch of the appeal
leaflet that is being distributed by the Parish Church newsletter team.
Without their generosity the campaign would have struggled to get this
information into every household in Henley. Already the Steering Group
is getting responses.
The campaign is working to a very
short timetable. We need to be able to show by July that Henley is
supporting our plans to maintain the Youth Club and Community Centre
after September 2011.
It is believed there are two plans being put forward.
Henley High School is proposing to take over the centre as another
classroom, allowing evening use for just the youth club. This
would mean that the mother and baby support clinics, the computer
classes and the Hub@Henley Seniors group would all have to close down.
This is unacceptable to the Steering Group who believe that the town
would not want this arrangement.
The second plan involves a whole
community initiative, maintaining and developing the centre’s
community and youth provision. This plan includes building on
the daytime use, extending private community use and increasing the
number of nights that the youth club meets.
If you have yet to receive your copy
of the leaflet or have inadvertently missed it then click on the link
below for your own copy.
figures show we are nearly half way way to achieving our first target
of providing sufficient funds for the first year of a three year plan.
This is an appeal to everyone to please read the leaflet and then respond.
Next week sees the beginning of our
campaign to ask the many businesses in Henley to sponsor the youth
club. The yellow leaflet will be delivered to as many places of
business as we can locate, with additional information suggesting ways
in which they can help to ensure that the youth club survives. If you
are in business in Henley and want to know more, contact Peter
Crathorne, the chairman of the Steering Group Saving The Hub@ Henley.
Most importantly there is a meeting
for the whole town at The Hub@Henley, situated on Henley High School
Grounds on Monday 16th May 2011 at 7.00pm. At this meeting you will be
able to express your support for the centre’s rescue, hear about
the latest developments and offer more support by joining the Steering
Download the Appeal Leaflet and the Business Leaflet. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Peter Crathorne - 01564 795470.
DOWNLOAD & print "Save the HUB" car sticker
Library Consultation Continues
People in the Henley area will be able to find out more about proposals for the future of Warwickshire Library and Information Service at a meeting and roadshow in the next few weeks:
May 24, 7pm, Henley-in-Arden VA, C of E Primary School, Arden Road, Henley-in-Arden
Roadshow drop-in sessions
May 14, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Henley-in-Arden Library
Warwickshire County Council launched a 12-week public consultation on March 18 to find out what people think of the proposals for radical change to the county’s library services. Sixteen Warwickshire libraries have been identified as no longer sustainable in the current form, alongside other cost-cutting measures including reduced opening hours, reductions in the workforce and mobile library fleet, and cutting the number of public computers across the library network.
The Library and Information Service must cut spending by £2 million over the next three years as part of Warwickshire County Council’s plans to achieve required savings of £66 million across all services. Councillor Colin Hayfield, Portfolio-holder for Customers, Workforce and Partnerships, said: “Savings on this scale mean some very tough decisions, and won’t be pain-free. That’s why it is so important for local people to take part in the consultation, and have their say.”
As the library consultation enters its fourth week, 500 questionnaires have already been completed, around half of them online. Consultation roadshows and sessions at public meetings, explaining the proposed changes, have been well-attended. More information, including the consultation questionnaire, is available in all Warwickshire libraries and online at: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/facingthechallenge.
NAYA supports Henley Cricket CLub
Continuing their generous support for local community projects and activities, Naya Restaurant is pleased to announce sponsorship of a banner to be prominently displayed at the Memorial Playing Fields during Henley Cricket Club’s 2011 season. The team embarks on this summer’s campaign on 7 May with the 2nd XI at home to Bidford on Avon in the Cotswold Hills League.
Pictured with the banner is owner/manager Mohoshin Ahmed along with club Chairman Kevin O’Brien and Fixture Secretary Geoff Shephard.
The club is always keen to attract new players and training nights will commence on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm at the Memorial Playing Fields from 10 May. All welcome.
For further information, Kevin can be contacted on 01564 794903. For sponsorship opportunities contact the Treasurer, Andy Thompson on 01564 795362.
The New Market at Stoneleigh Park
Wednesdays as usual
Maintaining centuries of tradition
I thought your readers may like to
hear that on Wednesday last my husband and I decided we would "try" and
find the relocated Henley Market at its new site at Stoneleigh Park. We
went via the old Henley Market site and duly got lost arriving at
Stoneleigh some 80 minutes and 33 miles later. The homeward journey
wasn't any easier either!
We were so disappointed to find just a
dozen of our trader friends had made it and as many customers browsing.
Dave and Gill in their mobile cafe were there to greet us with a nice
cup of coffee. Hazel, an amazing 86 year old, was there too with her
bric brac having travelled all the way from by the Rover works in
Solihull. It was so sad to see all our trader friends sited on this
large gravelled car park with no cover should it rain. We could hear
some auction taking place over the far side, but didn't venture over as
it wasn't part of the market.
Apparently, the new venue has yet to
be advertised locally so it is hoped that in time these very worthy and
loyal traders will find a boost in their sales. Unfortunately, many of
the traders have decided to call it a day once Henley Market closed,
which is so sad to think that so many of these loyal traders now have
no way of making a small living whilst offering such a wonderful
service for many years. This site is ok for the good weather, but
certainly not bad weather.
I know a lot of the elderly residents
of Henley will miss Henley Market and their chance to buy local produce
as well as enjoy a friendly chat and meet up with old friends. We live
8 miles outside Henley and after visiting the market every week for
well over 20 years and making many friends we feel so sad that Henley
has lost such a value asset to make way for a new housing development.
Surely the powers that be could have
found an alternative local site for the market. I'm sure a lot of the
businesses in Henley will suffer now the market has gone and that was
apparent driving through Henley on Wednesday seeing the unusual sight
of many empty parking spaces along the High Street, I felt it was
Henley in mourning seeing a few people sitting outside Henley Ice cream
and I'm sure they too have lost a lot of business with the closure of
the market and can remember sitting with my grandma outside Henley Ice
Cream as a small child in the 50s.
It was mentioned on the closing day of
the Market that Johnsons Coaches had shown an interest in putting on a
bus service to the new market at Stoneleigh which would have been such
a good thing for all the local people even if it was just one trip and
are sure even the OAPs would pay a reasonable fare to see old faces of
Henley Market. I telephoned Johnsons and was told that nobody there was
aware of this! It would be wonderful if Johnsons could support the
market even if on a trial basis as I'm sure many local people once
aware of this would really enjoy a trip out and be able to continue
their support, we too would certainly use alternate transport.
I thank all the lovely people of
Henley for always making us welcome and for the many friends we have
made over the years. Also we thank Henley NEWS for their
wonderful web site which keeps us up-to-date with all that is happening
in and around Henley. Thanks also to the Jackson family at Jacksons
Ford for all the years they have given us wonderful service and also so
friendly and a good welcome and hope we will still be able to make it
there in the future.
Is it possible that Henley NEWS would perhaps put a small advert online about the new market venue at Stoneleigh Park?
Thank you and god bless you all.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Representing Henley at
Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations
John Rutherford, the High
Bailiff and John Tristram, Low Bailiff accompanied by their Consorts,
were privileged to be invited to attend The Shakespeare Birthday
celebrations in Stratford upon Avon on Saturday 30 April 2011.
They joined in the Flag
Unfurling and Procession through the streets of Stratford, before
laying flowers on Shakespeare’s grave in Holy Trinity church. The
celebration was a week later than normal due to his birthday falling on
Easter Saturday, however there were huge crowds lining the route and it
was a wonderful day commemorating the birth of England’s greatest
Low Bailiff, John Tristram with his Consort Denise and the High Bailiff, John Rutherford and his Consort Ann
High Bailiff acknowledges the Army Band
The Representatives of Henley-in-Arden in the procession
Henley Bakery Reopens
Monday, John Rutherford the High Bailiff, accompanied by the Town
Crier, Gordon Trinder and John Tristram, the Low Bailiff had the
very pleasant duty of performing the Opening Ceremony for the newly
refurbished Henley Bakery. The bakery was forced to close following a
serious flood over the Christmas holiday period. Proprietor Debbie
Wilkes explained that the flood, resulting from a burst pipe in offices
above the bakery, caused extensive damage and the bakery needed a total
refurbished premises are very impressive with a wide range of very
tempting produce on offer. We wish Debbie, daughter Sarah and her team
well for the future and we are sure that all their hard work in getting
the bakery ready to reopen will be rewarded.
Our 'Best Dressed' Champion Town Crier
Trinder, the Henley-in-Arden Town Crier has recently achieved success
at the annual Heart of England Town Crier competition, held in Alcester
on Saturday 23 April 2011.
did he achieve 4th place out of a total of 22 entrants, but won 1st
place for the ‘Best Dressed Town Crier’.
congratulations to Gordon, who works hard representing Henley and
particularly the Court Leet at numerous events throughout the year.
|John Tristram - Low Bailiff reporting
Photographs - Alan Robson
HADS Latest Production - Ladies Day
Austy Wood Bluebell Walk
Thanks to John and Janet Haimes,
hundreds of Warwickshire families visited Austy Wood over the Easter
weekend to see probably the best ever display of bluebells in the
event's 25 years.
This year, the charities to benefit from the entrance fees were the Shakespeare Hospice and Rotary Shelter Box.
View a Slideshow by Clive Hanley
Henley loses the CCTV Pole Campaign
The industrial style CCTV camera and column
approved by district councillors
A similar installation as recommended
for use in conservation areas
The Stratford District Council
planning committee has approved the CCTV column and camera outside the
Police Station after a long campaign by residents to have a more
discrete camera installation. This decision shows the total disregard
of the Conservative dominated planning committee to listen to the
concerns of the residents and find a more suitable installation. As a
result, this grotesque structure will dominate this part of our town.
This is the second time in as many weeks that the Conservatives have
demonstrated their total disregard for our community.
When the camera operators find the view of the camera is obstructed by the trees, will they order the trees cut down?
For the most Comprehensive Information
Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust
and receives no money from public funds
Steven Falk Natural History Walks For 2011
Natural History Walks
A series of walks led by Keeper of Natural History, Steven Falk, featuring wildflowers, trees and medicinal plants.
All walks start at 10.00am and finish approximately 12.30pm. Tickets £6.00 each. Concessions £5.00
Booking is essential, please
telephone Heritage Education on 01926 412069 to book a place.
These are walking tours and we cannot
guarantee any seating will be available at any point during the walks.
Please wear footwear suitable for walking and clothing suited to the
Wednesday 11th May
Clowes Wood, off Wood Lane, near Earlswood, Solihull (Grid Ref.
SP10157433) Meet in main car park off Wood Lane.
One of Warwickshire’s finest ancient woods, this is a chance to
see an amazing variety of ancient woodland indicators and bog-loving
plants including some real rarities. Wellies or walking boots are
recommended as there is some wet and uneven ground present along the
Wednesday 15th June
Nebsworth Downs, near Ilmington (Grid Ref. SP17714303), meet in the car
park of the National Trust Hidcote Gardens. The highest point in
Warwickshire with stunning views, and also one of the best places to
see unusual arable weeds and poppy blooms.
Wednesday 13th July
Burton Dassett Hills Country Park, Burton Dassett, Southam, CV47 2AB
(Grid Ref. SP39455208). Meet at the Beacon car park. Car park charges
apply. See www.warwickshire.gov.uk for details.
A stunning spot, the historical quarrying at this site has resulted on
some very rare plants growing on the low rock faces here. Time
permitting, we may also explore nearby areas. Walking boots are
Wednesday 10th August
Edge Hill Woodlands, Edge Hill Village, OX15 6DJ (Grid Ref.
SP37364739). Meet at the Castle Inn. Please park along road and not in
the Castle Inn car park.
A walk through one of our most stunning woods, and hopefully also some
of the adjacent meadows. Also a chance to learn a little of the great
18th century Gothic architect Sanderson Millar who lived at nearby
Radway Grange and planted the trees around the Edge Hill obelisk.
Senior Keeper of Natural History,
For the most Comprehensive Information
Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust
and receives no money from public funds
Henley and Beaudesert Society April Meeting
History of Dividends
In a fascinating talk, Ned Williams told the meeting something about the history and development of the Co-operative movement.
Co-op started in Rochdale in 1844 when a small group of artisans
decided to band together to open their own store selling food items
they could not otherwise afford. At first there was only a meagre
selection of goods but within a few months it started to expand quite
rapidly. The original store in Rochdale still exists and is now
preserved as a museum.
Each Co-op society tended to have its
own territory with the number of branches being an indicator of its
particular strength. The Co-operative Group formed gradually over 140
years from the merger of many independent retail societies, and their
wholesale societies and federations. Of course one the main attractions
of the Co-op was the periodic distribution of a dividend based on
one’s purchases. It was therefore vital to know your Co-op number
and it was interesting how many members in the audience could still
recall their or their mother’s Co-op number.
The Co-operative union is an umbrella
organisation and in the 1960s they first introduced a company logo.
Co-op own brands were a strong feature particularly for items such as
tea and biscuits. And it is remarkable what a range of services the
Co-op provides including for example travel services, finance and
insurance, making bicycles, and funeral services. Indeed a staggering
60% of all funerals are organised by the Co-op although not necessarily
under their own name. Co-op dairies and bakeries were also big business
and images of electric milk floats spring readily to mind.
The Co-op was very keen to organise
community life and in particular the Co-op Women’s Guild was very
powerful. It campaigned strongly for women’s rights, although
paradoxically a lot of the early adverts were aimed at women and their
traditional role within the family. Indeed co-operatives formed the Co-operative Party
in the early 20th century to represent members of co-ops in Parliament.
Many Co-op societies had their own annual parades complete with banners.
By the 1990s, Co-op’s share of
the market had declined considerably and many came to doubt the
viability of the Co-operative movement. However more recently it has
become revitalised particularly with the acquisition of many former
Somerfield stores including the one in Henley itself.
The talk obviously evoked many
nostalgic memories for the audience and several members felt encouraged
to share their reminiscences from days gone by.
The Society’s next meeting will
be on Wednesday 25th May when there will be a visit to Coventry. Travel
will be by coach at a cost of £9 per head. Optional
extras include entry to the new Cathedral (about £5) and
lunch. We will also hope to visit amongst other places, the Herbert Art
Gallery, the old Cathedral ruins and St. Mary's Guild Hall. To
book or for further information please contact Lesley Eastwood on
John Garner's Business Column
Employment Law refresher
that April is over, let’s remind ourselves of what has changed
since 1st April. Here is a summary of the salient points.
Additional Paternity Leave
is a new right for fathers to take up to 26 weeks additional paternity
leave (APL). One partner in an adopting couple is also entitled to take
right does not just apply to biological fathers but also to partners
(including same sex partners) of the mother/main adopter.
may be entitled to statutory paternity pay during some of their APL if
taken during what would have been the mother's maternity pay period.
mother/adopter must have returned to work before APL can be taken, that
is it will not be possible for both parents to take leave at the same
End of the Default Retirement Age
- No new notifications of retirement can be given to employees under the statutory retirement procedure.
the statutory retirement procedure has already begun this may continue
as long as the employee has reached the age of 65 on or before 30
will no longer be able to force employees to retire at age 65 unless
they can "objectively justify" this. (This will be very hard to do for
- The legal exemption which allows employers to refuse to employ individuals within 6 months of age 65 is also abolished.
Positive action in promotion and recruitment (the Equality Act 2010)
- Employers can (but are not required to) favour under-represented groups where two candidates are "as qualified" as each other.
Taxation of Termination Payments
- Changes to the tax code applied to payments to ex-employees after a P45 has been issued.
employer may have to deduct more than basic rate tax from termination
payments thereby removing the cash-flow advantage to individuals who
pay higher rate tax. (This does not affect the ability to pay the first
£30,000 of a genuine compensatory payment tax-free).
- Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay (SMP, SPP, SAP) increases to £128.73 a week (from £124.88)
- Statutory sick pay increases to £81.60 a week (from £79.15)
The next set of changes will take effect on 1st October.
Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!
The Henley War Memorial Trust is provisionally planning a huge money raiser on 17th September 2011.
We are looking for expressions of interest
to help in the organisation in the following areas:
- Security: 20 individuals
- Ticket Sales:
Supervisor and 6 helpers, liasing with the promoter on national ticket
sales, local ticket sales and on the day ticket sales.
- Facilities and catering manager:
not toilets (these are the responsibility of the promoter), but
ensuring there is no duplication of catering from voluntary groups and
then filling the gaps with commercial outlets who will pay a fee.
- Clear up team manager: plus 20 volunteers
- VIP arrangements manager: Liasing with local restaurants and transport etc, providing exclusive bar
- Car Park Tsar: Organising a team to supervise this wherever it takes place; plus team members.
Any club, society or voluntary organisation could also raise funds by
their members volunteering to be part of a team. Probably on offer
¼% of profits for each volunteer, 2% of profits for a manager.
CLOSING DATE 14th MAY 2011
Contact Peter Crathorne 01564795470: MOB 07974573582: email@example.com
Required as soon as possible, volunteers with management and public relations expertise to join the Steering Group working to Save the Youth and Community Centre.
Without additional help and expertise the
heavy workload is being carried by too few people. Just an hour or two
per week over the next three months would be wonderful. For more
information please attend the Youth and Community Centre situated in
the grounds of Henley High School on Monday 16th May 2011 at 7.00pm.
Contact Peter Crathorne 01564795470: MOB 07974573582: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a vacancy, please advise the Sits Vac Editor, Jan Crathorne or 01564 795470.
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Stratford District Council
Bid submitted for new Stratford Parkway station
Warwickshire County Council
has submitted a bid to the Department for Transport to deliver
Stratford Parkway Station, train service improvements and a package of
transport measures to help people access the station sustainability.
The county council is
leading a team, which includes London Midland, Centro and Network Rail,
to deliver the landmark project which would see a new multi-million
pound station built next to the Park and Ride. The bid is supported by
rail users, potential passengers, both Stratford District Council and
Stratford Town Council, Sustrans, the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group
and Rail Future. It is forecast that the project will attract 114,000
new rail trips to the new station and the existing town station by
2024/2025. The extra revenue generated will help fund more trains
during weekdays, on Saturdays and provide a regular evening service to
both Stratford stations.
The scheme made progress
recently when it received outline planning permission from the county
council’s regulatory committee. Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire
County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Economy,
said of the scheme: “A successful bid will be fantastic news for
Stratford. People have been pressing for evening services for Stratford
town station for years and this package will make that possible. If we
receive the funding, this scheme is going to regenerate the local rail
network to the benefit of both stations in Stratford and have a
positive impact on the wider economy.”
People will be able to
access the new station by walking, cycling and public transport which
makes it a very green option. The scheme is projected to relieve the
road network of almost four million vehicle kilometres every year. If
the bid is successful, the new evening and weekend services will start
in April 2012 and the weekday off-peak services will start on station
opening in December 2013.
The bid is for
£4,995,000 of Local Sustainable Transport Funding towards the
total scheme cost of £8,866,000. The results of the first round
of funding bids are expected to be announced by the end of June.
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NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Saturday 7th May. Henley's answer to Glyndebourne. Consensus, the group
who gave us the delightful A School for Scandal last year, will return
with The Merry Wives of Windsor. A picnic supper will be provided by
Fortnum and Dalby. Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149
day, 794987 eve
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
May 10th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00. Claire Bond
‘The Art Gallery’. Competition ‘Cascade of
SOCIETY Nick Martin is our speaker on Tuesday May 17th in the Baptist
Church hall from 7.45pm and will tell us about the “Secret Life
of the Cairngorms”. Visitors are welcome to join us.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 24th May 7.30pm Ullenhall village hall. Timothy Walker
(Director of University of Oxford Botanic Garden) ‘On top but
never in control – Tales from a small garden’.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
On Wednesday 25th May there will be a visit to Old Coventry. Travel
will be by coach at a cost of £9 per head. Optional extra costs
include entry to the new Cathedral (about £5) and lunch. We will
also hope to visit amongst other places, the Herbert Art Gallery, the
ruins of the old Cathedral and St. Mary's Guild Hall. To book or for
further information please contact Lesley Eastwood on 793646.
St JOHN’S CHURCH SUMMER FETE 18TH JUNE 11 – 3
At St John’s Church Hall , Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden.
Stalls include Tombola, Raffle, Cakes, Bric a Brac, Toys, Plants, Good
as New Clothes, Books Jewellery and more! Enjoy our refreshments and
lunchtime BBQ to the accompaniment of a jazz band. Annual prize winning
Duck Race on the River Alne at 2.15pm. Come and have a fun time for all
the family and help support church funds. Details from Barbara
Colclough on 01564 793710 or Daphne Jones on 01926 793710.
St Mary the Virgin Church in Ullenhall
has its origins over 20 years ago in a concert by the Kreutzer String
Quartet that I put on in the Memorial Hall Henley. The then chairman,
Hilda Bottoms, asked me to do a concert in the church in Ullenhall the
following year and it has happened every year since, now being funded
by a legacy left to Leamington Music by Charles Bottoms. The 2011
concert will be held on Saturday 25 June 7 30pm with the Wernberg Trio.
Music by Milhaud, Mozart, Kreisler, Stravinsky, Howard Skempton, Brahms
and Bartok. Tickets £10, children and students £1 from
Shirley Clayton 01564 794760 or www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk
“Gondoliers” in Tanworth
The Tanworth Singers will be performing “Gondoliers” with a
strong cast of soloists on Friday & Saturday 15th & 16th July.
Rehearsal information from Wendy Dillon 742464. Details of ticket sales
in June Parish News.
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN
July 23rd - Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve
TORQUIL POTTERY WORKSHOPS
2nd & 9th July (mornings) or 20th & 27th August (mornings or
afternoons). Evening classes, 28th July - 22nd September, 7 - 9pm.
Suitable for beginners. Telephone 01564 792174.
GUILD HALL TRUST FESTIVAL
Friday 9th September
Gala Dinner at the Henley Golf and Country Club with entertainment by
the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Pre-dinner drinks at 7 pm, dinner
will be served at 7:30 pm. Carriages at 11:30 pm
GUILD HALL TRUST FESTIVAL
Sunday 11th September 2.30 pm
There will be a PIMS and English Tea with an Antiques’ Roadshow in the Guild Hall Garden with a Celebrity Expert. Tickets £12.50
GUILD HALL TRUST FESTIVAL
Wednesday 14th September
A Fashion Show with a glass of bubbly in the Memorial Hall will be the
final event. A promotion by the fashion shops of Henley-in-Arden. Doors
will open at 7 pm and the show will start at 7:30 pm.
60s/70s ROCK CONCERT
17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields
BIG SING in SEPTEMBER
The Shakespeare Hospice is looking for 200 singers for its BIG Sing
2011 in the Civic Hall, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday
16th and Saturday 17th September 2011. Barry Todd has agreed to be the
Musical Director! This will be a fun packed weekend - during the Friday
evening and Saturday morning we will learn popular pieces from musicals
and in the afternoon and evening put on two concerts! 01789 266852
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
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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 2011 Programme
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
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 794903.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
meets on Monday
evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark.
The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social
club ground on the 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
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a
vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to
provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the
support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more
about how you can get involved. For more information please contact
Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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
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 603 8577 for further details.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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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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.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems
can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings
and a delicious tea together. The Club meets on alternate
Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information
please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or
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