Walter (Wal) Collins 1924 - 2011
Former Chairman of Parish Council and Former High Bailiff
was born on 4th July 1924 in Tysley, Birmingham. He attended Yardley
Grammar School, where he represented the school by playing rugby for
the 1st XV and was also a member of the athletic team. His schooling
was interrupted by the Second World War and he left and went on to
train as a toolmaker.
In 1942 whilst
working as an engineer for Midland Electric he met Kath, his future
wife. Whenever he could, Wal would cycle out to the countryside, often
with his friend Ken, sometimes with Kath in 'tow" visiting the
Cotswolds, Worcestershire & even Snowdonia, North Wales.
In 1945 he was
called up for National Service, which he served at RAF Benson. In 1946,
still serving in the Air force, Wal married Kath and they set up home
with her parents in Henley-in-Arden. Sadly they lost their first child
Ann but before long their second child Jean arrived, and a couple of
years later after moving into their first house together they
celebrated the birth of their son, John. Shortly afterwards, he changed
horses and went to night school to enable him to become a Local
Government Officer with Birmingham City Council starting as a clerk in
the architects department.
Wal, with his
family, continued to live in Henley until the last few months of his
life. He immersed himself in the life of the Town and played an active
part as Chairman of the Parish Council in fighting the encroachment of
the Green Belt land and also in updating the Town's street lighting. He
was also a member of Henley Court Leet and was High Bailiff from 1976 -
In his later
years with Kath he travelled to Canada and Africa to visit family, he
also enjoyed photography, visiting National trust properties and
sequence dancing with the many friends they made when they joined
Henley Dance Club.
In March 2011
ill health made it impossible for Wal to continue caring for Kath and
so they moved to North Wales to live with their daughter Jean and her
husband John. Sadly Kath died in June and at her memorial service in
July. Wal somehow found amazing strength to give a memorable eulogy to
health continued to deteriorate and in the early hours of 11th October
Wal passed away with his daughter at his side.
Chairman of Jubliee Committee Elected.
At a meeting of Henley's organisations on Tuesday 11th October in the Guild Hall hosted by the Court Leet, John Alexander was elected as the Chairman of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations committee.
John has told Henley NEWS:
I'm really pleased to be chairing the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Committee for Henley-in-Arden & Beaudesert.
Our initial meeting in the Guild Hall last week saw us distribute our efforts into a number of committees. It was agreed that we would make the most of the 4 day Bank Holiday weekend with activities planned for 3 of the 4 days.
Watch for regular updates in Henley NEWS for how you can get involved and the plans in future editions.
Twinning with Montfort sur Risle in Normandy
of you will hopefully have seen my previous article regarding trying to
twin Henley with appropriate towns overseas. In the intervening period,
thanks to some excellent leads from a number of individuals in Henley,
I have made tentative steps towards a twinning arrangement with a town
called Montfort sur Risle in Normandy, France.
Those of you
not up with your 12th century history will not be aware that the
original castle which sat on the Mount was built by Thurstan de
Montfort who, as his name suggests, originated from Montfort sur Risle.
So, this already gives us excellent historic links with Montfort and
provides the basis for a more meaningful twinning than would be the
case with a town chosen at random.
If you want to find out more about the town of Montfort, please have a look at France voyage website
So, over the
last few months I have been in email correspondence with a
representative (Jean-Chistophe Bisson) of the town to see how we could
proceed with the twinning process. It also transpired that we were only
about 90 minutes’ drive from Montfort on our summer holiday in
August so we took an afternoon out of our schedule and visited the town
which culminated in a guided tour of their castle, (the highlight being
the friendly and curious goats brought in to eat the brambles) by
Jean-Christophe and his colleagues and finally dinner at the local
creperie (which comes highly recommended).
The conclusions of our discussions were as follows:
Neither of us
has any budget for twinning and we are both wary of setting up
something which becomes little more than a junket for the few people
involved with the twinning. Any meaningful twinning will start small
and develop over time.
We feel the most obvious places to start will be:
links – Monfort has both a primary and secondary school and both
would be interested in pen pals (or the current equivalent) and
exchanges of information.
links – there are obvious historical links between the two towns
and these could and should be explored further.
tourism/travel links – Montfort is in a nice part of the world;
it’s near Honfleur, Pont Audemer, Rouen etc. It’s easily
accessible from Le Havre should you wish to visit.
- There is interest from those I spoke to in visiting Henley and the surrounding area too.
and leisure links – Montfort has junior and senior football teams
and a tennis club so it might be possible to arrange sporting tours in
both directions. When we visited the local scouts were camping in the
grounds of the castle, which looked excellent – there may be
reciprocal scouting activities for example.
I hope this
whets your appetite. There are already a number of people who have
expressed an interest in supporting the twinning process. If you would
like to be involved, please drop me a line at email@example.com or call 07977 482879.
The plan is to
set up a meeting in the near future to discuss what we do next. If you
would like to join us do let me know so that I can add you to the list.
Simon Watkins reporting
More Waste of Money and Spin by the JPC
Raiding the Reserves is not a cost saving
There can be no more obvious example of waste by the JPC than its quarterly JPC Newsletter,
which has become a party political pamphlet on behalf of the Ruling
Group, paid for by the residents. Stale news and self glorification do
not make very interesting reading. This mini-newsletter has been
supplanted by much more professional publications such as the Stratford Herald, Henley Focus and Henley NEWS, all of which circulate much more frequently. Is it not time to abolish it and save our money?
September was a good month for Henley with the four exceptionally well
organised charity events by the Guild Hall Trust and the War Memorial
Trust but not a mention of them in the JPC Newsletter.
Residents - Please Note.
The Autumn 2011 JPC Newsletter, like previous editions, has not been approved for publication by the Full Council.
reduction in the Precept (Parish Council Tax) was achieved by utilising
Reserves not by cost savings. This cannot be relied upon to reduce the
Precept in future years. It is also valid to say that the JPC could
achieve significant savings running into tens of thousands of £s
and this must become the focus in future years
It is also improper to use a council publication for party political purposes.
This is not the first time we have reported on this improper conduct.
In August 2010, there were complaints about 'Wasting Our Money on Propaganda'
Henley Church of England Primary School
Cross of Nails Pilgrimage
This year is
the 200th anniversary of Church of England schools in Britain. As part
of these celebrations the Cross of Nails from Coventry Cathedral has
been on a journey around the Diocese since the beginning of the year,
visiting every Anglican church school in the diocese. The cross is a
symbol of peace and reconciliation. It was Henley-in-Arden CofE
Primary’s turn to receive it from Wootton CE Primary in
from Henley walked to meet children from Wootton at St John’s
Church carrying the gift of flowers they had made to give to the
At the church
the Wootton children said a litany as they handed the cross over to the
Henley pupils. They also gave us a bookmark with a message of peace on
it for each pupil. The Henley children gave them a flower each with a
message of peace, love, joy and hope on it.
There was a joyful procession back to school carrying our school banner
and the Cross of Nails which stayed in school until it was taken
several days later to The Ferncumbe School in Hatton. Henley children
made a cross-shaped bookmark for the Ferncumbe children with the
message of peace and shalom on. We shall certainly look out for the
Cross of Nails next time we visit Coventry Cathedral now it has become
so special to us.
Festive Performance in The Guild Hall
is just around the corner and to get you in to the spirit, Henley Drama
is again performing their seasonal and atmospheric show “Stepping in to Christmas”
in the gorgeous Guild Hall. This year the compendium of fun is even
bigger and better with a seasonal mixture of songs, sketches, readings
and as a special treat, an extract from the forthcoming production of
“Henley Market the Musical” which will be performed at the
same venue in spring 2012.
The huge log
fire will be ignited in good time for our performances on Thursday 8th,
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of December, doors open at 7.00pm where we
will greet you with a complimentary drink and mince pie. Go on, spoil
Our posters will be on display around town but you can book tickets at the lip smacking price of £8.00 on our site www.hads.org.uk or phone 07738 379 896.
Ray Evans - HADS
A Blooming Marvellous Donation
For Henley In Bloom
The streets of Henley in Arden will be blooming marvellous next summer thanks to a donation by Taylor Wimpey Midlands.
The leading house builder, which recently launched its Farriers Cross
development in the town, has donated £250 to Henley in Bloom to
help pay for new metal troughs for next summer's planting scheme.
Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey
Midlands, thinks everything will come up smelling of roses. She said:
"We were more than happy to help out with this project, especially as
we're building our Farriers Cross development here in Henley in Arden
and so are keen to support the local community.
"Henley in Arden is already a prize blossom in Warwickshire's floral
crown but the Henley in Bloom team makes it outclass the others. We
hope these troughs help the town achieve top prize in next year's
Gordon Trinder, chairman of Henley in Bloom, said: "It's a big thank
you from us to Taylor Wimpey for making this donation, which
we’re definitely going to put to good use. We're digging deep to
create something spectacular for next summer and we hope the judges
name us best in show."
There really is something for everyone at Farriers Cross, as the
collection of just 30 homes comprises two bedroom coach houses, two
bedroom apartments, three bedroom terraced houses and four and five
bedroom detached homes. The development is situated just of the high
street and prices start from £174,995 through to £419,995.
Cross is set in the heart of Henley In Arden, a charming village
steeped in history and surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside.
The High Street offers designer shops, refreshments and an array of
gastro bars and coffee shops. Being a conservation area the town lists
over 150 buildings as being of special architectural or historic
interest. Close by is Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William
Shakespeare, and the delightful towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and
Henley In Arden has first-rate communication links, with the M40
linking to the M42 and onto the central motorway network. Birmingham
International airport is approximately 20 minutes away.
For further information visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday
from 10am – 5pm, call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log onto: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/farrierscross
Rachel Tillman reporting
“Lipstick Powder & Paint” on October 20th at 7pm
A fabulous evening of combining Art & Fashion by Jody Craddock & Studio 34
Craddock, the Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer, started to paint as a
hobby but it is has been evident for the past few years he has a unique
talent that has been recognised by the likes of Beverly Knight, Suzie
Perry, Dave Grohl and many more alike in the music industry and beyond.
Jody's pieces are enjoyable and make a great investment. His work is
collected now widely by both celebrities and private individuals
ensuring his works will be appreciated and appreciate long into the
We at Studio 34 are delighted to be involved in such a fabulous
exhibition at St Pauls Art Gallery Birmingham to showcase our
Autumn/Winter Collections in an amazing runway fashion show produced by
Fiona Kidd Productions. We specialise in exclusive luxury women's wear.
We have various cutting edge styles from day wear, evening wear to
something for the weekend.
Reception 7pm with complimentary drinks & food by The Curry
Republic. Whilst guests & press are arriving you will have
the chance to look at the wonderful Art already in the gallery. 8pm you
will take your seats for the fashion show & the unveiling of
Jody’s work !
It’s a night not to be missed; tickets still available from Studio 34 or St Pauls Art Gallery @ £25.00
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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
The Town Dinner 2010
This evening salutes Henley’s Army of Volunteers.
Everyone is welcome.
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Putting things into perspective.......
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US Declaration of Independence: .........................
US Constitution with all 27 Amendments: .............
EU regulations on the sale of cabbages: ..............
SORT OF PUTS THINGS INTO PROPER PERSPECTIVE, DOESN'T IT?
Bollywood comes to Henley CE Primary
Our Year 3 and Year
4 children have been learning about the customs, culture and geography
of India. On Tuesday they dressed in different styles of Indian
clothing and enjoyed the visit of a Bollywood dance teacher, Reena
Tailor, who quickly taught a whole Bollywood routine which was later
performed to their parents and the other children. They tasted Indian
food and made felt elephants. It was a wonderful, busy day which was
thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Influencing policy makers
Part of the reason the TaxPayers’ Alliance was founded was to represent taxpayers in the corridors of power.
In recent weeks,
there have been a number of policy announcements that have been heavily
influenced by TPA's research and the hard work of our grassroots
supporters, such as a move to stop taxpayer funding for trade union
At Prime Minister's Questions one of the TPA's most successful reports, the Trade Union Rich List, was raised by Henry Smith MP. Here is the full text of the question..
Henry Smith (Crawley) (Con):
A recent TaxPayers' Alliance report revealed—[Hon. Members:
“Ahh!”]—that 38 union leaders were remunerated at
more than £100,000 each, including Derek Simpson of Unite, who
received more than £500,000. Does the Prime Minister agree that
it is time for union boss pay restraint?
Minister: It is interesting that Labour Members always listen to the
trade unions, but never to the TaxPayers' Alliance. One reason is that
they do not want to hear about excessive pay in the public sector,
local government or among their paymasters, the trade unions.
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Recent Property Sales in Henley
7 William James Way
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GB
12th August 2011 £285,000
Pear Tree Cottage Orchard Rise
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5FL
5th August 2011 - £680,000
28 High Street- £475,000
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AN
27th July 2011 - £475,000
Flat 14, Blackthorn Court, Chestnut Walk
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GN
1st July 2011 - £108,000
24 Prince Harry Road
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5DD
18th July 2011 - £378,950
24 Castle Close
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5LR
4th August 2011 - £172,000
3 Chingley Bank
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5LX
30th June 2011 - £278,000
You can view all previous sales information by visiting OurProperty.co.uk.
COOLSPORTZ Launches Sports Camp
stuck for inspiration when it comes to entertaining the children this
October Half Term are being given a lifeline from local
children’s sports and exercise specialists, Coolsportz.
The Henley in Arden
based sports activity company is launching a special Multi Sports Camp
with plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged 4 to 14 active and
entertained through the holiday.
The Camp held at
Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden is OFSTED REGISTERED and
therefore accepts childcare vouchers. The Camp will be running all week
from Mon 24th – Fri 28th October 2011 and children can attend
half day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day
only for 5 – 14yrs). It is based on a fun multi-sports programme
offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball
and much more. All children who attend will also have the chance to
explore their creative side with art and craft workshops.
provide a fun, structured programme giving children the chance to
improve hand eye co-ordination, footwook, balance and speed.
Additionally, children can develop their cognitive, leadership and
teamworking skills as well as the chance to make new friends.
Supperstone, who will be running the Camp, says: “Coolsportz
camps provide children with a brilliant chance to have fun while taking
part in different sports that help boost their fitness levels. Sessions
are held in fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities, so the camps will
be run no matter what the great British weather throws at us.”
information please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk or to book your place on
the Coolsportz October Camp please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912
664426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy-Jane Webster reporting
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Make Henley Greener
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Cooking with an Aga! Not a good idea.
Warning - This might be controversial!
funny how events turn up. Because my wife Penny was playing in a gig
with her saxophone band at Coughton Court, I ended up wandering round a
marquee of specialist food promotions and, tempted into a tasting,
bought a bottle of English red wine. Well it was raining so I had to
take cover somewhere. At the other end of the tent was a cooking
demonstration by AGA. I heard the demonstrator say the boffins at AGA
had improved the electric AGA to make their ‘Total Control’
model. After Penny’s gig, I took her to the tent so she could
taste the wine I had bought. Fortunately it met with approval. Being
aware that the AGA is the kitchen equivalent of the American gas
guzzler, I took the opportunity to enquire about the energy consumption
of this new improved model. I was not impressed by the answer.
Here are the figures from the AGA website.
The total control model is programmable, which is an improvement over
earlier models. It has two basic operating modes known as slumber and
manual. In slumber mode, the electric ‘Total Control’ AGA
uses 8 kWh/day. This is only a little less than the UK average
household domestic electricity consumption so if we all had AGAs and
wanted to keep our electricity bills the same, we’d have to walk
about in the dark, watch no TV and not use computers or washing
machines etc and this is before we have done any cooking!!! If you
decide to use your AGA like an ordinary cooker by turning it off
completely except when you need to cook, then it will use a mere 5
kWh/day. This compares with an average of about 1.6 kWh/day for normal
cookers. The latest AGA may have ‘total control’ but still
uses lots of electricity.
Actually, I contest the ‘Total
Control’ claim too. The AGA website gives the warm up times from
cold for the two hotplates as 11 minutes and 8 minutes. This is hardly
quick. We can cook potatoes in the microwave oven in 6 minutes from
cold (using just 0.1 kWh). Our main oven gets to temperature in 25
minutes and our small oven only 15 minutes so the AGA baking oven at 22
minutes is not that far behind our small oven but the AGA roasting oven
takes 45 minutes! Modern fan ovens are of course much quicker than our
oven so the latest AGA oven technology is still rather a long way
behind the times. Finally, compare the instant response of a gas or
induction hob with the total control AGA and the AGA ‘Total
Control’ doesn’t look too good. And by the way, the wasted
heat (5 –1.6) = 3.4 kWh per day would cook enough potatoes in our
microwave to feed 66 people per day.
So to get better warm up times, you keep the
AGA in slumber mode and it heats the kitchen for you. This is of course
a selling point as the AGA is in effect a room heater as well as cooker
(which explains why it uses so much electricity). However, this is not
a good idea because heat provided by electricity is about 3 times more
expensive and 5 times more carbon polluting then heat from gas. Also,
do you really want to heat the kitchen in summer!!
Frankly, I think the sale of AGAs should be
banned. Even the latest ‘Total Control’ model is nowhere
near as energy efficient as a basic electric or gas cooker and when you
need to heat the kitchen, the heat should come from gas if possible or
a properly controlled electric heater if not. And, having mentioned
gas, a predecessor of the electric ‘Total Control’ AGA was
the gas AGA and there were diesel, kerosene and coal versions too. All
of these set the scene for the upgrade to the appallingly inefficient
‘Total Control’ electric model by being even more
appallingly inefficient. A gas AGA consumes 60 kWhr per day if you can
afford to run it, not to mention the carbon pollution !!!
If you like food cooked slowly at a low
temperature as the AGA does, try a slow cooker? We get wonderfully
tasty results in both our small and our large slow cookers. A small
slow cooker uses 0.3 kWh in 5 hrs –not as low as a microwave oven
but ever so much better than an AGA even if it does have ‘Total
John Garner's Business Column
I’ve been slammed!
You may recall, if you have a long memory, that I wrote about this a year ago.
Slamming is where you find that your
telephone line has been somehow taken over by another provider without
your knowledge. This can happen when you’ve had a cold call from
another provider and they claim you’ve agreed to change to them
even though you haven’t.
Well, it’s just happened to me! I
received a letter from my internet provider (Virgin) saying
“Sorry you’re leaving us”. I rang their help desk
and, after about a day trying to penetrate their awful system, found
someone who would talk to me. They told me that someone had put a
“cease order” on my phone line but they didn’t know
who; this meant that they wouldn’t be able to continue the
internet service a few days hence.
I then phoned BT (ever tried that?
it’s a nightmare!) and when I eventually spoke to someone they
confirmed the line would cease but said it was nothing to do with them
and that I should speak with my own provider (I don’t use BT). I
now know they were lying.
The implications of all this began to dawn
on me. It meant that within a few days my phone line would be cut off
so I would have no land line and no internet: I use these for business
so I’d have been completely stymied. Moreover it could take
another week or more, and probably a large fee, to get me reconnected.
So I did phone my own provider (First
Telecom) who confirmed there was indeed a cease order on the line but
were adamant they couldn’t do anything about it. They did however
confirm that the cease order had been put on by BT and were even able
to give me the BT reference number. So much for BT’s honesty.
I pointed out that Ofcom say it’s down
to the provider but First Telecom claimed that Ofcom is wrong! At my
wits end I asked to begin their complaints procedure (you have to do
that before you can get Ofcom involved) and they duly took note.
Suddenly the conversation changed and their operative said “Hang
on a minute, I think I can do something!” Whereupon he said
“I think I’ve done it! I think I’ve removed your
cease order!” Just like that!
I asked him how come he’d only just
discovered he could do something after all and he claimed he’d
only just found out. Make of that what you will.
Anyhow, he did indeed remove the cease order
and the problem seems to have gone away – touch wood. It cost me
at least two days work trying to get it sorted.
Morals of the story:
- Never believe what anyone tells you
(except Ofcom of course) and if this sort of thing happens to you get
straight on to your phone provider and insist they do something right
away. Don’t wait as time may be of the essence.
- Make sure you only deal with providers
who allow you to speak quickly and directly with a reasonably
intelligent human being in a UK Call centre.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Warnings from Trading Standards
Can You Help Us to Clamp Down on Bogus Charity Bags?
Warwickshire Trading Standards Services are launching a bid to clamp down on bogus charity clothing collections (bags) – and they need your help.
Trading Standards Officers are concerned
that some householders may be duped in to donating their unwanted
clothing and bric-a-brac to private traders when they thought they were
giving to a registered charity.
Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers want
to investigate these types of bags and are calling on Warwickshire
residents to help.
Householders can either post their bags (or
flyers) to us, or scan them in and email them (in both cases, please
inform us where they were delivered)
For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
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BAZAAR SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER in the Church Hall Beaudesert Lane from
11am to 3pm. Come and do your Christmas shopping and get some fantastic
bargains. Stalls include homemade cakes and produce, gifts, jewellery,
books, toys, raffle, bottle stall etc, as well as Father Christmas,
teas and delicious homemade hot lunches.
CLUB Carl Sadler will be talking on ‘Trug Making by a Miserable
Trugger’!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come along to Ullenhall Village Hall on
25th October at 7.30pm. Visitors will be most welcome at this very
THE HENLEY AND
BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th October in the
Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Gerald Lesinski will give a talk on
'State Ceremonial'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further
details from Pat Kench on 795419.
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-ARDENRotary
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 £5.00. 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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