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HENLEY NEWS

Reporting on Events In and Around
Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

Campaigning for a better Henley

Edition 310 - 27th September 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010
Fortnightly

Fantastic Raffle Prizes at this year's Fashion Show

imageThe second Henley-in-Arden Fashion Show takes place at Warwickshire College's Atrium in the main building on Thursday 27th. There will be many fabulous raffle prizes, some valued at over £200. Warwickshire College has donated a Spa treatment and 6 months gym membership.

Dawn Leech, Chamberlain of the Court Leet and Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, told Henley NEWS; "This year, we wanted to promote all the wonderful varied boutiques in Henley and also to include the fashion students from the Henley Centre of Warwickshire College. I hope that the students will be further inspired to make their careers in the fashion industry. Helen Pennells of Warwickshire College has been fantastic and the college has really supported this community event."

The same team will be presenting this year's show which is being directed by Fiona Kidd, with commentary by Lucy Lunt. Last year’s audience were amazed by the spectacular and professional staging, with one boutique owner remarking that the show had made the largest contribution to the promotion of Henley Business & Tourism in living memory.

Tickets at £16 ea can be bought on the night at the door - Thursday 27th September.

Doors open at 7pm with a cash bar and the show starts at 7.30 pm.


Town Dinner 2012

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imageThe Annual Town Dinner, hosted by the Court Leet, was held at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 22nd September. The dinner is a celebration of the contribution made by the various voluntary organisations to the running of the town.

Guests enjoyed a wonderful meal, prepared in her own inimitable style by Sue Dalby and her team, with entertainment by Retrojaz who provided music throughout the evening.

Through the generosity of many local businesses and members of the Court Leet a magnificent raffle was held, with the proceeds from the evening around £850 being equally divided between the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Henley School Mini-bus Appeal.

The highlight of the evening was the Rotary Club Community Award which this year was presented to Mrs Jan Crathorne for her unstinting work for the Henley War Memorial Trust. A well deserved award for a very hard working member of the community.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to all those who attended and supported the evening.

John Tristram
High Bailiff


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Henley Rotary Club

Community Award 2012

Jan Crathorne

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Rotarian Alan James presents the Rotary 2012 Community Award to Jan Crathorne

I have neither wanted nor expected recognition such as this, but am truly grateful to those who put my name forward. To become part of a community you have to 'join in' and through volunteering I have made many wonderful friends, all of whom are equally deserving of this award.

Thank you very much.

Jan Crathorne


The Hub@Henley Community Centre Sports

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Waiting for their turn on the bouncy castle

On Saturday 15th September supporters, volunteers, staff and friends and the residents of Henley came together to celebrate the first four months of the rescue plan for the town’s community centre. The event was attended by County Councillor Mike Perry and the High Bailiff John Tristram. The Youth Club took the opportunity to run the children’s races that were planned for the Queen’s Jubilee Big Lunch which as everyone will remember was cancelled because of the atrocious weather.

On this occasion the sun shone on us as family and friends enjoyed a lovely day. Tim and his family provided a delicious barbeque, The Henley Community First Responders demonstrated their equipment, Surestart and Parenting Project were there to talk to families about their provision at the centre and the ubiquitous bouncy castle kept the children actively amused for hours. At the conclusion of the event the children who had successfully competed in the races received their Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the High Bailiff who discriminated against the boys by only kissing the girls! We were all thrilled to meet Sara Clarke, a local resident, who had been chosen to run the Paralympic Torch Relay. She brought along the silver torch for us all to see and hold; many photos were taken of adults and children proudly holding this historic artifact.

imageThe main celebration was the fact that the centre had survived, entirely due to the massive support given by the town. The business sponsorship scheme had been a great success generating £5,000, the personal sponsorship looks like producing £6,000 over the year with many residents giving small amounts every month. Warwickshire County Council and Stratford District Council gave huge support.

If the centre is to continue and expand to meet the vision expressed by the town then fund raising will have to be relentless and continuous. We are appealing to every organisation in the town to help us. If you were one of those who spent time with us on Saturday you will have realised that The Hub makes a superb venue for a family party, sturdy design, comfortable furniture, excellent kitchen and many activities already in situ.

Please arrange a visit to discuss your family needs. Bookings for Christmas Parties when the centre will be decorated have already been taken.


CHILDREN’S RACES RESULTS

Egg & Spoon Race
Gold – Tomas Barnard Silver – Florence Aldred Bronze – Amy Westwood

Wheelbarrow Race
Gold – Tomas Barnard & Guy Anderson Silver- Matthew Collins & Jamie Barnard
Bronze – Tyler & Ned

Sack Race
Gold- Tomas Barnard Silver- Finley Crathorne Bronze – Amy Westwood

Backwards Relay
Gold – Matthew Collins, Guy Anderson & Tomas Barnard
Silver – George Crathorne, Ewan Crathorne & Dave Crathorne
Bronze – Lizzy, Joe & Dad

Welly Wang
(Little One’s) Gold – Amy Westwood Silver – Holly McCluskie Bronze – Isabel Binns
(Big One’s)Gold – Jamie Barnard Silver Tomas Barnard Bronze – Guy Anderson

Don’t Get Wet
Gold – Jamie Barnard & Tomas Barnard

Cycle Race
1st - Joe, Silver - Amy, Bronze - Ewan

Anyone wishing to support the Hub or book a party should contact Peter Crathorne the Chairman 01564795470: 07974573582: peter.crathorne@gmail.com


Henley-in-Bloom wins Silver Gilt award

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The new Diamond Jubilee Garden commended by the judges

Heart of England in Bloom awarded Henley-in-Bloom a Silver Gilt award in the Small Town Category for 2012.

The Areas of Achievement mentioned in their report were:

  • The large number of containers throughout the High Street
  • The Guild Hall Gardens beautifully maintained
  • Very neat and tidy grass verges in Arden Road
  • Seasonal and permanent planted borders by the volunteers in Arden Road
  • The quite unique allotment site
  • The annual hanging basket competition
  • The introduction of the new self watering barrier planters in the High Street
  • Well maintained railings at the Market Cross
  • The litter pickers along the route even in the appalling weather
  • The garden in a tray Primary Schools’ competition
  • The donated mini bus, highly decorated, used for watering
  • The very well organised water rota, something that other groups could learn from.

The Silver Gilt award stands for achieving 75-84% marks from the judges’ inspection and is considered to be a potential Gold award winner in the future. The judging took place on one of the most inhospitable days this year. Well done to Ginny Matheou and her team. Wellesbourne was the Gold winner this year.


Retirements at the Medical Centre

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Dr Jacques

Henley Medical Centre announces the retirement of 2 of their longest team members: – Dr John Jacques, senior partner and Glenn Snell, Practice Nurse for Older People.

Both Dr Jacques and Glenn have worked at the medical centre for over 30 years. They both joined the practice as young professionals and have witnessed a number of changes both within the NHS and the practice.

Over the last 30 years both Dr Jacques and Glenn have helped and supported hundreds of patients within our community. I am sure everyone wishes them both a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Dr Kwok will join the team of doctors at Henley Medical Centre at the beginning of October 2012 and will take over the list from Dr Jacques. He joins the practice after working for the last 13 months as a GP in Solihull. Dr Kwok was born and bred in Coventry and is a graduate of University of Birmingham Medical School. He is a young enthusiastic doctor who is looking forward to working within the surgery for many years to come.

His interests include playing the piano and photography. He also enjoys participating in a number of sports including tennis, badminton and golf.

Amanda Taylor, Practice Manager reporting


JK Rowling's new novel published this Thursday

Called The Casual Vacancy, it's set in a seemingly idyllic English town, but all is not well. When fortysomething resident Barry Fairbrother dies, leaving a vacant seat on the parish council, a tangle of warring relations will be revealed, as a hotly fought bye-election battle commences ….

imageJK Rowling has written seven Harry Potter books, and sold more than 450m copies, so her first novel for adults comes weighted with much expectancy. She thought of the Harry Potter idea on a train, she thought of this one on a plane, she tells today's  Guardian.

"And I thought: local election!, " says the celebrated author. " And I just knew. I had that totally physical response you get to an idea that you know will work. It's a rush of adrenaline, it's chemical. I had it with Harry Potter and I had it with this. So that's how I know."

Set in England's West Country, The Casual Vacancy begins with the death of a parish councillor called Barry, a man who came from a dysfunctional council estate called The Fields. The powerful middle class lobby of the village in question wish to see Barry's seat won this time around by a councillor who shares their corrosive disdain for The Fields. The ultimate aim is a majority vote to shift the dreaded place to a neighbouring council.

In the course of the story, we meet Fields resident Terri Weedon, a prostitute and drug addict, struggling to hold on to her three-year-old son, Robbie. Her teenage daughter, Krystal has known only one adult friend in her life, the late Barry.

Barry's sudden passing leaves Krystal deeply vulnerable. The story takes a barbed pot shot at the busybody elites who claim to know what's best for everyone else.

"How many of us are able to expand our minds beyond our own personal experience? So many people, certainly people who sit around the cabinet table, say, 'Well, it worked for me' or, 'This is how my father managed it' - these trite catchphrases - and the idea that other people might have had such a different life experience that their choices and beliefs and behaviours would be completely different from your own seems to escape a lot of otherwise intelligent people, " Rowling tells The Guardian.

"The poor are discussed as this homogeneous mash, like porridge. The idea that they might be individuals, and be where they are for very different, diverse reasons, again seems to escape some people."

"We're a phenomenally snobby society," says the author, "and it's such a rich seam. The middle class is so funny, it's the class I know best, and it's the class where you find the most pretension, so that's what makes the middle classes so funny."


The Casual Vacancy on the JPC

Bye-election set for 15th November

imageCllr Greg Jones, one of the Henley Independent Councillors elected in May 2012, has resigned from the Joint Parish Council.

A spokesman for Stratford District Council told Henley NEWS that more than 10 requests have been received for an election which has now be set for 15th November. If it is an uncontested bye-election, the cost will be £100. If there is a contested election then the cost will be approx £800.

Mike Willmott, Chairman of the Henley Independents, had the highest number of votes in the May parish council election of those who were not elected. The Henley Independents gained the 2,223 votes compared with the present ruling group's 2,130.

Roger Hubbocks, the previous Chairman who failed to get re-elected in the May election, has told Henley NEWS that he will be a candidate.

Henley NEWS has also learned that there may also be a candidate from Henley RAID (Henley Residents Against Inappropriate Development). This new group has been formed to fight against the encroachment of the green belt and the proposed car park at the north end of the town.

The Henley Independents Manifesto

The Henley Independents will be continuing their campaign to restore efficiency and economy to the Joint Parish Council, which currently spends three times as much as comparable parish councils, with over 50% of the income being spent on administration.

The Henley Independents represent the interests of all the community.

 

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Sharon jumps for Myton Hospice

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On the 18th of August Sharon Jones, an employee at the Co-op in the High Street, completed a tandem sky drive at Hinton in the Hedges airfield near Banbury to raise £2,300 for Myton Hospice, this year's chosen local charity for the Henley Co-op.

Town Crier Gordon Trinder announced the handover by Sharon of £1,900 crisp notes to Anita Burrows from the Myton Hospice watched by Co-op colleagues Paul Whelan, Store Manager, Jane Stanley, Team Leader, and Jonathan Harris, Operations Manager.

Sharon and her fund raising team would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support and the staff at Hinton Airfield especially Andy Ford, her tandem partner, for making the day both safe and memorable.


Angels visit Henley in large numbers

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High Bailiff John Tristam with representatives from sponsors Opus Land, Lodders Solicitors
and members of the congregation at the opening

The Angels exhibition in St Johns Church has got off to a good start with a steady flow of visitors seen walking around the church admiring the exhibits and collecting the free descriptive literature.

The exhibition was officially opened by our High Bailiff John Tristam on Friday 14th September and will run until Friday 16th November

Our Rector John Ganjavi said "There are some 60 paintings on display, some quite small but others almost 12 feet high and they make a colourful and attractive addition to our lovely church. However the angels are not just confined to the church, the exhibition has become a real town event with some 11 High Street retailers and businesses taking part and displaying an angel in their premises. Several local newspapers have already covered the story and I was also interviewed by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire who were fascinated by the exhibition and the participation by local business community. We are hoping that visitors to the exhibition will also spend time walking down the High Street and enjoying the amenities of our lovely town."

Entry to the exhibition is free, and in addition the angels can also be seen in the following businesses in the town:

Henley Ice Cream Parlour, John Cranmer Estate Agents, Dukes Stationery & Print, CO-OP Supermarket, Mills the Butchers, One Stop Shop, Lemon Tree Florist, Henley Bakery, John Earle Estate Agents, Ironing Maidens, Westmacotts Sandwiches and Shirlee Ladies Fashion.


Henley Tennis Serves up a Double Header

imageHenley Tennis Club recently hosted its ‘Mini Green Club’ and ‘16 and Under Mixed Doubles’ tournaments. The Mini Green competition, open to children 10 and under, was won by Alex Evans beating last year’s Mini Orange winner, Louis Walsh. The match was closely fought with plenty of rallies going over 30 shots, it eventually finished 4 – 2 to Alex.

The 16 & under Mixed Doubles saw some tough competition with six pairs taking part. There were some spirited, closely fought matches in glorious sunshine. The eventual victors were the brother and sister duo Edward and Izzy Hardy who narrowly beat George Redwood and Emma Hancocks in a tie-break.

Coach Neil Supperstone said ‘their was a great atmosphere at the club with some really close matches and it was encouraging to see so many youngsters playing and competing on the same day.’

The club is launching a new Monday junior club night, so to find out more about the different opportunities, and the chance of discovering the next Andy Murray, please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email: neil@coolsportz.co.uk

Clive Corrie reporting


 

Diamond Jubilee Henley Telephone Directory

Registrations Close at the end of THIS Month

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We now have a large number telephone numbers and registration of the FREE entries for the listings close at the end of this month.

Unfortunately, we cannot use the previous editions, so if residents want to be included they must provide us with their details.

Please will you encourage all your friends and neighbours to register.

If they do not have access to a computer, they can use the attached manual input form.

Karen Topham-Steel and Bill Leech

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Click Here to register your FREE LISTING (Business or Residential)

 


Christmas Market 2012

imageLast year saw the first Christmas Market in the Guildhall Garden following the Christmas Street Light Switch-on.

The market raised over £500 for Acorns.

This year we hope to do even better and the chosen charities for 2012 are Warwick Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Nurses. Stalls will include “Lemon Tree Flowers”, “Maggies Cup Cakes & Sweets”, tasty hot baps from “Mills the Butcher”, Crafts, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Tombola and Kids Lucky Dip.

The Alcester Silver Band will continue to play Christmas songs in the Guildhall Garden.

So please come along on Saturday 1st December following the carols at the Market Cross and “Step into Christmas”.

Carol Robson reporting


Group Photo in Aid of Breast Cancer

I would like to invite ladies who are having or have had treatment for Breast Cancer along to the Guildhall on Saturday 20th October at 10.30 am to take a group photograph. This will be a lighthearted affair and it will give the girls a chance to have a chat over a coffee and a cake. I would like to use the photograph as the basis for an article in the November edition of Henley News.

I know from personal experience the support network at Warwick and Coventry hospitals and that with their help we begin to live a normal life once more.

So please come along …… call me on 01564 792041 if you can make it …. Thanks.

Carol Robson


The government’s plans to privatise NHS

imageLocal doctors are forming a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the area. They’re going to get new powers to decide what health services you and your neighbours are able to access and who provides them. Whether it’s treatment for diabetes, skin conditions, a broken arm or depression, companies like Virgin Care and Serco are circling, ready to bid for contracts by promising to slash costs.

The doctors on the local CCG will be under pressure from the government to hand out contracts to private companies. There is now a chance to ask local doctors to use their new powers not to privatise it. If you disagree with these changes, you can you petition to your local CCG at: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/CCG-petition


Another Road Traffic Collision in Ullenhall

Two men were taken to hospital, one by air ambulance, after the car they were in collided with a tree near Oldberrow Manor, Ullenhall shortly after 5.30pm on Saturday 22nd. A paramedic area support officer attended in a rapid response vehicle along with two ambulance crews and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver, a man in his sixties had a serious head injury as well as pelvic, chest and leg injuries. He was also trapped in his car. He was freed from the vehicle, a pelvic splint was applied. Advanced emergency trauma care was given by the doctor who was on board the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and he was flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The car’s front seat passenger, a man in his thirties, had managed to get out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of ambulance crews. He had pains to his ribs and an arm. He was taken by land ambulance to the Alexandra Hospital.”


New Helipad for Air Ambulance

imageWarwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) was delighted to land on a professionally constructed helipad for the first time in two years yesterday (17th September).

For the past two years the lifesaving helicopter has had to land on the grass nearby to their airbase at Coventry airport as the Charity has not had the funds available to resurface their damaged helipad. However, thanks to the generous help of two local businesses, the helipad has now been resurfaced and is back in use once more.

Rugby based business Travis Perkins, a corporate partner of WNAA who has already raised over £58,000 for the Charity, provided the materials at cost price and Bedford based firm Polycote UK provided the labour for free. In total the two organisations saved WNAA approximately £9,000 - which is the equivalent to seven precious lifesaving missions.

Speaking about why his firm decided to help the Charity out, Neil Humphris, UK Sales Manager for Polycote UK, said: "We were delighted to help out Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The crew work tirelessly to save countless lives in our local community, so this was our way of giving something back. It was a pleasure to work in conjunction with Travis Perkins to provide a much needed facility for a rescue service that doesn't get the recognition it needs."

WNAA receives no Government or National Lottery and therefore rely entirely on the generosity from members of the public and businesses such as Travis Perkins and Polycote UK to help fund their lifesaving service and the resurfacing of the helipad will be of real benefit to the Charity.

Jonathan Tuley, WNAA Pilot, said: "It makes such a difference having a proper helipad to land on, especially with winter coming up. It's vital that we have a nice surface that will stay firm despite the weather; unlike the conditions we have had to put up with where the grass quickly gets wet and muddy. As well as being far better to keep the helicopter on a flat surface when we're not flying, it will make it far easier and quicker for us to complete our maintenance checks.

"Another big advantage of our new helipad is that it is closer to the airbase. This makes it less time to get to the helicopter, quicker to get airborne and will provide the ultimate result - getting our lifesaving pre-hospital care to the scene of an accident as fast and as safely as possible."

Last year WNAA attended over 1,000 rescue missions, so yesterday's landing will be the first of many on the helipad.


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Spanish Evening in aid of Air Ambulance

The Henley and District Volunteers will be holding a Spanish Evening in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 20th October to raise funds for our local Air Ambulance which helps Henley residents on a regular basis.

This important local charity receives no funding from public funds or the National Lottery. It even has to pay VAT on the fuel for the helicopter.

The evening will include a 3 course meal with entertainment provided by a genuine Flamenco Dancer accompanied by a Spanish Guitar.

Tickets are available on-line at:

www.henleynews.co.uk/spanish

or call Wendy Willmott on 07919 813097


Bizarre crimes in ancient Warwickshire

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Jonathan Dovey (right) studies documents with Mike Honnoraty, Herald of Warwick Court Leet,
and Sam Collenette, Archives and Historic Environment Manager

imageJonathan Dovey, Henley's historian and the Court Leet's Butter and Bread Weigher, was invited as a representative of the Henley Court Leet along with representatives from the Warwick & Alcester Court Leets to view the Manorial Court Records at the Warwickshire Archive. There are now only 32 Court Leets remaining in the country and Warwickshire is fortunate to have 3 of the surviving Courts.

The selling of shoes before 1pm, playing tennis and not going to church on a Sunday were all considered crimes in ancient Warwickshire

Ancient documents have been unearthed stipulating these strange laws in the county during the late Middle Ages. Historians spent six months collating the records and putting them on to an online database. They can now be viewed on the internet for the first time on the National Archives' Manorial Documents Register.

Women who play away from home might want to consider the punishment meted out for similar indiscretions hundreds of years ago in Warwickshire. While adultery in this day and age might end up in the divorce courts, women guilty of such a crime during the late Middle Ages were forced to endure a very unusual form of retribution - reciting a humiliating ditty while sitting backwards on a ram, holding its tail. This is just one of many punishments that were routinely handed out in Warwickshire for activities banned in the county for more than six centuries. And many of the offences themselves would now be considered equally ridiculous.

imageThey include laws against selling shoes before 1pm as well as playing tennis and bowls - 'crimes' which were punishable by a 40 pence fine.

Neil Bettridge, Manorial Documents Project Officer for Warwickshire County Council, said: 'People were fined for playing bowls in Temple Balsall in the 1620s. It was more a question of social order. People weren’t keen on [other] people getting together in large groups and necessarily enjoying themselves. I think it was a question of social control that they didn’t want people to be wasting their time on what they thought were frivolous things.

In 1424, tennis was banned from the streets of Atherstone, Warwickshire, while ale house haunters who did not attend church were fined under charges issued by 17th Century Courts.'

Charges issued by 17th century Court Leets include: a pain (fine) on tanners and shoemakers that they offer not wares to sell before one of the clock in the afternoon.

Another law reads: The churchwardens to search for ale house haunters and others that come not to church on Sunday on pain of 10s.

Mark Ryder, Head of Localities and Community Safety said: 'These records contain a rich and fascinating history about life in Warwickshire in the late middle ages. The database will signpost people to the relevant sources and will help to bring medieval history to everyone’s fingertips.'

Sam Collenette, the County Council’s Archives and Historic Environment Manager, added: 'They’re quite difficult records to use and a lot of them are in Latin. And because of the age of them the records are in difficult handwriting. They are the only source that will give people detailed information about medieval life in villages.'


 

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Car Park Debate

Dear Editor,

I have just read Henley News and note with interest the proposal for the 100 capacity coach and car park.

Am I correct in assuming that the former District Councillor L Marshall has a vested interest because his home will overlook it? What a pity he didn't show as much concern for the original proposals to build on the Market site in 2007. I realise that he was in a position as a councillor of claiming not to be able to comment on the plans during the consultation stages but he was very supportive of the plans in particular the high density social housing aspects. That would have resulted in almost double the number of properties that have now been built or are being built there.

After the mass public outcry did he then not turn tail and try to claim credit for the plans being withdrawn?

Is it now a case of NIMBY?

As for the conduct of the chairman of the JPC after disclosing an interest, well that doesn't surprise me.

Let Henley become a town and rid themselves of this dysfunctional parish council once and for all.

Mike Faulkner - Resident


image   Invitation to visit Bletchley Park                  

Monday November 12th. from 9.30 am till 5.30pm

imageHenley Rotary Club has organised a visit to this fascinating and historic war time establishment near Milton Keynes.

Seeing one of our Enigma Machines, including the rare 'Abwehr G312', is undoubtedly a highlight of a busy day out at Bletchley Park, but there is much more than machines in a visit to the historic site. Check out the tales of spies and strategic deception. You may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing's silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park.

There are more than enough different activities and exhibitions to occupy everyone for the whole day, from wartime toys to working computers. There's a wartime mini cinema and an outstanding Churchill collection.

imageHave a look inside the ornate Victorian Mansion that was headquarters to intelligence staff during the War. Wander by the Lake, relax and observe the wildlife. And there's much much more

Rotary has a few places available on the coach and would be happy to welcome anyone who has an interest in World War II history to come along. You would be made most welcome.

Cost £35 includes Johnsons coach, coffee on arrival, hot lunch and afternoon tea with guided tours of the estate before and after lunch. Car parking available at Johnsons coach yard.

Contact John Latham if you or any friends would like to join us for the day. John.latham1@yahoo.co.uk Phone 01564 795239


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Seven a day to keep those winter bugs away….

imageWe’ve all heard the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but you need to eat more than an apple a day to keep those winter bugs at bay. Researchers have found significant links between our immune function and the food we eat. People eating a healthy well balanced diet and exercising regularly tend to have fewer colds and bugs than those who don’t.

A healthy well-balanced diet means eating lean proteins (chicken, fish, beans and pulses) complex carbohydrates (wholegrain breads, pastas and rice) and between five and seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. As well as being an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, fruit and vegetables are also rich in anti-oxidants. These are essential for combating free radicals and can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and certain cancers.

Getting the right amount of vegetables and fruit can seem like an uphill struggle but introducing a little and often can soon add up to your five a day.

  • start the day with a glass of fruit or vegetable juice.
  • add fruit to your cereal or blend with your protein shake, or if you’re treating yourself to a cooked breakfast include tomatoes, mushrooms or beans.
  • swap biscuits for a healthy snack of fruit and seeds or nuts mid morning and mid afternoon.
  • with lunch or dinner always include at least 2 portions of vegetable or a side salad.
  • add extra vegetables and beans or pulses to stews and sauces.
  • and when having dessert have a fruit based one.

Buy organic where you can as the vitamin and mineral content is higher than non-organic, but as a failsafe you can compliment your diet with a vitamin supplement to make sure you’re getting all the right stuff.

Stephanie Boyle reporting

Stephanie Boyle is a wellness coach and Herbalife Independent Distributor and can help with weight loss, improved energy and vitality. For further information or a free wellness check call 07825 999122 or visit www.feelgreattoday.org


 

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Wootton Park - Events and Business Centre

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Wootton Park is located on the Wootton Wawen to Alcester road

What do Alpacas, Glamping Pods and 360 beautiful acres all have in common?

Well, the answer is, they can all be seen from the office windows at Wootton Park Events and Business Centre and this could be your view too as there are offices available!

Wootton Park offers a unique opportunity for businesses of all sizes to work in a peaceful and productive environment in Wootton Wawen. The Business Centre is a sympathetic restoration of mature farm buildings that blend beautifully with the environment. The offices are located in Victorian, red-brick buildings which have been re-developed to a high standard while maintaining all the traditional features and character. They are located at the end of a long and elegant driveway, which adds to the tranquility and security of the site.

The office accommodation is split into three main buildings:

The Great Barn and Coach House
The Great Barn, consists of approximately 3,600 sq ft of office space which can be split into smaller units if required. It is the first building your clients will see as they arrive and it provides an impressive frontage to the Business Centre. Much care was taken in the conversion to provide the best working environment while retaining the original character features.

Red Poll Barn
Red Poll Barn has been sympathetically renovated and restored. We lowered the car park to ensure the landscaped grounds and fields remained in full view. A short flight of steps brings you up to the imposing glazed full height main entrance, with offices on either side, with stairs leading to the 1st floor.

The Courtyard
The Courtyard is a range of smaller offices from 300 sq ft. Most include their own kitchen facilities and are individually metered for electricity. The offices have been finished to the same high standards throughout and they are ideal for smaller businesses which require a productive working environment and an impressive facility to promote business to clients.

Wootton Park offers a unique working environment with virtually all offices having views over the rolling countryside or our landscaped grounds which include a small lake.

Benefits include:

  • Free and plentiful parking
  • Broadband Internet (with Fibre Optics on their way)
  • Rural setting, peaceful environment
  • Easily accessible, with little local traffic
  • Excellent access to motorways
  • Air conditioning to most offices

The office space available ranges in size from 200 sq ft to 4600 sq ft with optional attached storage areas. The actual configuration can be tailored to meet the specific needs of new clients.

We also give favourable rates to our tenants when hiring our magnificent Events Centre which has a wide range of uses from Weddings, Conferences and Training events. Catering facilities are entirely flexible and we are able to offer a full Silver Service Waitress Service to Hog Roasts and everything in between.

Please call Sarah Jayne Hewitt now to arrange a visit and come and see for yourself the facilities we have to offer. Sarah Jayne Hewitt 07986 130810 Sarah@WoottonPark.co.uk

 

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Henley-in-Arden WI

There was no meeting in August but members enjoyed a day out in Worcester during August followed by a tea in Harvington.

After our normal rendition of Jerusalem we followed this with 15 minutes keep fit with Wendy and the business side of the meeting. After refreshments, we listened to the speaker for our September meeting,

imageMary Moore is a blue badge guide whose talk was on The Jewellery Quarter. The talk was illustrated with photographs of the many Georgian buildings with the workshops behind, the catacombs of Key Hill cemetery and many other famous landmarks. We were also were told the importance of the Colmore family and Matthew Bolton, who played their part in the history of the Jewellery Quarter. Mary concluded by stating that nowadays, the Jewellery Quarter produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. It is also home to the world's largest Assay Office, which hallmarks around 12 million items a year.

Mary was thanked for her most interesting talk.

June Mathers reporting


Visit to the Sikh Temple in Leamington Spa

Henley and Beaudesert Society

imageTwenty-two members of the Society were privileged to visit the Sikh Temple in Leamington Spa. The Temple was only completed in October 2009 and serves the communities not only of Leamington, but also Warwick, Stratford and Banbury amongst others.

It is an imposing and very attractive building and we were shown round by a most charming member of the Temple who made us extremely welcome, explaining and answering all our questions in a disarmingly frank and engaging manner. We were guided in the observance of the correct protocol, which included, as a mark of respect, the wearing of modest attire, the removal of our shoes on entering the prayer halls and covering one’s head. The building is on four floors with the top two floors being prayer halls. In the prayer halls, a priest would be reciting, in Punjabi, readings from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the collective writings from the founders of Sikhism (Gurus) and other enlightened souls. A reading, once started covers the whole book of 1430 pages and typically takes three days. It is done in shifts of two hours by a team of priests. If no one is in the prayer hall, the reading is silent but as soon as anyone enters, the reading continues aloud. A bedroom located near the reading rostrum contains beds with white coverings, surprisingly not for the priest but for the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. (The book is treated as if it were the Guru himself.) On Sundays, attendances of 1,500 people are commonplace. There are no statues or pictures in the prayer halls.

imageWe learned that Sikh in the Punjabi language means a ‘disciple’, and Sikhs are therefore disciples of the Guru. Sikhi was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 1469 who passed on his teachings to nine consecutive successors, the tenth Guru dying in 1708. Today the Sikh religion has over 25 million followers and is the world’s fifth largest religion. Sikhi is a very tolerant religion and emphasises that the most important thing is not which faith one follows, but the remembrance of God at all times and the leading of a decent and honourable life. Sikhi preaches a message of truthful living, equality of mankind, social justice and denounces superstitions and blind rituals. Sikhi teaches that there are five cardinal vices: lust, anger, greed, worldly attachment and pride. It is stressed that a Sikh should balance work, worship and charity, and should defend the rights of all creatures, and in particular, fellow human beings. Sikhi preaches that people of different races, religions or sexes are all equal in the eyes of God.

We were all most impressed by the warmth of our greeting and at no time were we made to feel uncomfortable as non-Sikhs. Indeed, all people are welcome to drop in at any time the Temple is open. In particular food is always offered, and we gratefully partook of some excellent vegetarian fare. The provision of free food at the temple is an important aspect of Sikhism. It was most refreshing to find such openness in discussing Sikh beliefs and their overwhelming tolerance of people from other backgrounds and beliefs. Indeed, their overriding philosophy is that all people of whatever race or creed belong to one community, the community of man.

Andrew Yarwood reporting


Volunteer wanted by War Memorial Trust

Internal Finance Examiner

imageWanted - an internal finance examiner, who will be a member of the finance sub-committee meeting four times a year. The post carries a duty to monitor and review the expenditure and record-keeping of the four constituent activity groups of the Trust. It is anticipated that this could be achieved with an additional 4 meetings, one with each individual group per year.

The post holder would also be invited to attend the four Trustees’ meetings each year if they wished. He or she will also deputise for the treasurer if required.

For further information please contact Peter Crathorne on (01564) 795470, or e-mail: peter.crathorne@gmail.com


Black Swan in CAMRA's good beer guide 2013

imageThe Black Swan is celebrating after being included in the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Good Beer Guide 2013 - 40th anniversary edition.

The Black Swan appears in the guide along with 4,500 UK pubs serving the best real ale, voted for by over 125,000 CAMRA members.

Licencees Ian & Linda Jackson are delighted to receive this recognition. Ian said: "Real ale is a vital part of the British pub and we are delighted to be celebrated in the guide."

Andy Slee, Punch Taverns director, said: "I would like to congratulate the Black Swan for being one of the best real ale pubs in the UK and in making it into CAMRA's Good Beer Guide. It's a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of Ian & Linda's hard work and dedication.”

Many of  Ian and Linda’s Wednesday night regulars said the award was very well deserved.

 

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John Garner's Business Column

New pensions regulations coming into force on 1st October!

John GarnerI wrote exactly a year ago about the new regulations and now the date is upon us – though fortunately if you’re a small business (i.e. with less than 250 employees) you have a bit longer before you need to do anything.

Originally all businesses were going to have to enrol by October 2012 – imagine what chaos there would have been. Sensibly this requirement has been pushed back: for companies with 50-249 staff they will have to enrol between April 2014 and April 2015, for those with 30-49 staff between August and October 2015 and for those with under 30 staff between January 2016 and April 2017. The last tranche will involve newly-created companies and will be completed in October 2017.

What this means is that employees will automatically take part in their company pension scheme (which all companies with more than 50 employees will be obliged to provide) and contributions will be taken from their salaries. Employers will have to contribute to this of course (well, what did you expect?) just like a conventional company pension scheme. Companies which already have a defined benefits pension scheme will be exempt from joining this new scheme.

You will begin to hear the term ”auto-enrolment”: this means that employees will be automatically enrolled in a pension scheme unless they specifically opt out so the onus is upon employees to say they don’t want to join rather than what you might expect. This is because the government wants all employees to have an occupational pension and not have to rely solely on the state pension.

The automatic enrolment legislation sets out various legal requirements that must be met in relation to the opt-out process. In particular:

  • an employee can only opt-out after they have become an active member of an automatic enrolment scheme and received the automatic enrolment information from their employer (which will inform them of their rights and the importance of saving for retirement);
  • if an employee wants to opt-out, they must do so by giving a valid ‘opt-out notice’ to their employer, within the opt-out window. An opt-out notice must not be included with the automatic enrolment information that is provided to the employee by the employer. Instead, the employee should be directed to the trustees or provider of the scheme to obtain the opt-out notice (unless the scheme’s administrative functions are expressly delegated to the sponsoring employer in the scheme’s trust deed and rules);
  • the opt-out notice must be in writing (which can be by email) and it must contain certain information including statements warning the worker that if they opt-out they will lose their right to employer contributions and that they may have a lower income in retirement as a result;
  • the opt-out notice must be dated and signed by the worker (or contain a statement, where it is in an electronic format, that it was submitted by the job holder personally;
  • the employer must keep the original opt-out notice (or an electronic copy) and the trustees or scheme provider must retain details of the opt-out, including the worker’s details and the date on which the scheme was notified about the opt-out, for a minimum of 4 years (although in practice records should be retained for longer than this).

Finally, employers cannot induce a job holder to opt-out of an automatic enrolment scheme, for example, by offering them an incentive, such as a higher salary, in return for opting out of the scheme.

So you can see it’s pretty complicated already – and it hasn’t got started yet! You can read the rules at:
www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/docs/pensions-reform-pension-schemes-v4.pdf if you have the time.

Remember also that the new Minimum Wage rates come into force on 1st October. I’ll list these in detail in the next issue of Henley News.

John Garner - Business Correspondent


Warnings from Trading Standards

Car Clamping Banned on Private Land
imageFrom 1st October 2012, car clamping will be banned on private land. Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is hoping that the new law and appeals system that seeks to regulate parking on private land will reduce the number of parking ticket and clamping complaints they receive each year. From the 1st October 2012, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 will prohibit clamping and removal of vehicles parked on private land without lawful authority.

Boiler Cover Hard Sell
A Warwickshire consumer reported to the Trading Standards Service receiving an aggressive hard sell phone call from someone who had claimed her boiler cover had run out. This raised the householder’s suspicions immediately as she had never had boiler cover.

The caller then went to describe how costly a boiler breakdown would be and offered breakdown cover with discounts for over 50s. Payments were to be made via PayPal on an amateur website.

Consumers are advised to carefully weigh up the cost and benefit of appliance breakdown cover and only buy from reputable businesses.

‘Sky Loyalty Team’ Call
A Milverton resident and NHW member reported to the Trading Standards Service receiving a telephone call from the 'Sky TV Loyalty Team' stating they were offering loyal customers special terms.

They asked for the householder’s full name to which he gave them false first and second names but used his own initials, to which they replied 'thanks for confirming that' and could he now supply his address? He said no and put the phone down. He then rang Sky to ask if they had such a programme as Loyalty and they confirmed that they did not and would look into it.

Rogue businesses who want to sign up unsuspecting Sky customers to over-priced and unnecessary extended warranty plans for Sky equipment often pretend they are calling from Sky.

Further Microsoft Scams
Warwickshire Trading Standards are again warning consumers to beware of unexpected phone calls from fraudsters claiming to represent Microsoft.

Rugby and Southam residents paid £129 for anti-virus software that was actually free open source security software.

Microsoft do not make unsolicited calls to consumers. Never allow anyone you don’t know or trust to take control of your PC and download software on to it.

For more information on PC security, visit: www.getsafeonline.org.uk

Business Crime Booklet Scam

Warwickshire businesses are warned to beware after some reported receiving a crime safety booklet containing an advert for their business and an invoice for £250.

Bogus invoices are often sent by rogue publishing companies who hope they will be paid without question.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/8rexdcr

More information is available on our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

email. simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk

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Major Events in 2013

Please advise Henley NEWS of your major events

January 2013 
February 2013 
March 2013 
April 2013 
May 2013 
June 2013

Sat 8 - Court Leet Day - Guild Hall & various locations
Sat 22 & Sun 23 - Henley 2013 Music Festival - Memorial Playing Fields

July 2013Sat 20 - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall
August 2013 
September 2013Sat 21 - Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
October 2013Sat 19 - Air Ambulance Charity Dinner - Memorial Hall
November 2013Wed 13 - Court Leet AGM - Guild Hall
December 2013Sat 7 - Xmas Lights switch on & Christmas Market - Market Cross & Guild Hall Garden

Forthcoming Events in the next 2 months

Future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson (Parish Church Newsletter) at: henleyparishnews@btinternet.com

HAVE YOU SEEN THE ANGELS EXHIBITION?
Please visit and enjoy. In addition we are also having two evening meetings on 18th October when the subject is Guardian Angels and 25th October on Archangels.

HENLEY GUILD HALL APPEAL – FASHION SHOW
27th September 2012 at 7pm at Warwickshire College, Henley. Featuring this season's new arrivals at Henley’s boutiques. Tickets cost £16 each from www.henleynews.co.uk/fashion or phone 01564 793699

QUIZ EVENING
Saturday 13th October at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in aid of Church Funds. Tables of 4 needed. Tickets cost £6 per person and include a Ploughman's Supper. Details from Daphne Jones.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - 24TH November.
This year’s Bazaar will be bigger and better than in previous years. It will be open from 11.00am to 3.00pm when we will be providing hot lunches consisting of jacket potatoes with home-made chilli and/or cheese. Also be serving mince pies to have with a cup of tea or coffee. There will be an increased range of stalls including books, china and glass, bric a brac, jewellery, gifts, raffles, toys, tombolas, handicrafts, preserves, cosmetics, cakes and “Good as New” clothes to wear during the Festive Season. Father Christmas will be in his splendid Grotto once again, with presents for young children. Come and pay him a visit! Donations for any of the stalls will be most gratefully received in the coming weeks, and a box will be available at the back of St John’s Church for these donations. Contact either Daphne Jones (01926 843515) or Barbara Colclough (01564 793710) for more details about the bazaar.

Singalong with Simon Halsey on Saturday 1st December.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Tuesday October 16th Ray Charlton will tell us about "Tasmania and New Zealand", all are welcome to join us from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall.

HENLEY W.I.
Mike and Pat Ledbury will be entertaining us with "Confessions of a Morris Man" at our meeting on Tuesday 2nd October from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Visitors are welcome to join us. Why not come along and find out about our other activities - Theatre visits, Patchwork & UFOs , monthly walks and social get togethers. Telephone 792488

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th October in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Liam D’Arcy Brown will give a talk on ‘The Grand Canal of China’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Vanessa Higgins a floral decoration entitled ‘I’m in the mood’. Tickets on the door £5.00.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
27th November Howard Drury (Writer and Horticultural Broadcaster) will be talking on ‘Madeira and its gardens and people’.

CHRISTMAS MARKET 2012
Last year saw the first Christmas Market in the Guildhall Garden following the Christmas Street Light Switch-on. The market raised over £500 for Acorns. This year we hope to do even better and the chosen charities for 2012 are Warwick Breast Cancer Care & Macmillan Nurses. Stalls will include “Lemon Tree Flowers”, “Maggies Cup Cakes & Sweets”, tasty hot baps from “Mills the Butcher”, Crafts, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Tombola and Kids Lucky Dip. The Alcester Silver Band will continue to play Christmas songs in the Guildhall Garden.

HENLEY KARATE CLUB
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators
At a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.

Diary Dates for WARWICKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE - Henley & District Volunteers

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Warwick Castle Heroes Run 2012

Henley Primary School Fete

Henley Co-op Bucket Shake

Taste of Spain - Memorial Hall

WNAA Volunteer Conference

29th September 2012

6th October 2012

20th October 2012

3rd November 2012

WNAA Henley & District Volunteers are always looking for new people to join the group to support this vital service. Please contact Mandy Hollands

For details of the latest missions go to: www.wnaa.co.uk/rescuenews

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

HenleyInArden.org

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
logoRotary 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
imageAre 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 Paula Pugh on 015647 42781 henleyinardenflowerclub@hotmail.co.uk
  2011 Programme
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.

To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-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.
HENLEY KARATE CLUB
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
JOLLYTOTS
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.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
image1st 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 Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
The HUB @ HENLEY
imageRecently handed over from Warwickshire County Council to the Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust. A grand re-opening event is currently being planned for September 2012 In the meantime the Youth Club is open every Wednesday night during school term time from 19:00 – 21:00. Teenagers from Henley in Arden and surrounding villages aged 13+ are very welcome to attend. Many exciting plans are underway... we are hoping the youth club will be open at least 3 times a week from September.
Full details at thehubathenley.co.uk
TAI CHI in HENLEY
Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at: 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.
ProbusTHE 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.
imageDE 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.
Bridge ClubHENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at 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.
coverHENLEY FOCUS
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.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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.

WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
The Wednesday 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 01564-792138.

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

www.HenleyInArden.org

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