Henley-in-Arden Sports and Social Clubs

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Arden Ladies Netball Club01564 794966Denise Mark
Badminton Club - Primary School01564 793320Pauline Barber
Claverdon Rugby Football Club07944 793201Richard Gray
Henley Angling Club01564 794545Peter Day
Henley Badmington Club01564 793320Alan Barber
Henley Bowls Club01564 792407John Townson
Henley Cricket Club01564 794903Kevin O'Brienobrien@henleyarden.freeserve.co.uk
Henley Forest of Arden Football Club01564 792047Peter Johnson
Henley Golf & Country Club01564 793715Staurt Allanenquiries@henleygcc.co.uk
Henley Junior Football Club (7-16 yrs)01564 792047Peter Johnson
Henley Rifle & Pistol Club01789 400491Paul Lowes
Henley Table Tennis Club01564 794432Mark Edwards
Henley Tennis Club01564 792378Judy Mathias
The Startford Ramblers Group01789 764798Judy Leavesley

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John Latham reviews the sports scene in Henley.

The playing fields, and the organisations that use the facility, have continued to flourish.

The seven organisations are represented on the TIC by Annette Walker and myself.

I would like to record the sad news of Alan Key’s resignation from all his considerable responsibilities at the playing field. It seems hard to conceive that somebody who has devoted so much of his life, man and boy, will no longer be in the thick of things. We certainly hope to see him at the club, watching his talented sons playing football and cricket and wish him pleasure and fulfillment in whatever he decides to do to fill in the void created by all the work he will no longer be taking on. We hope that our plans to replace him will be successful. Thank you, Alan for all your years of dedicated service to this sporting community.

There was one informal meeting of the representatives of the sections to discuss concerns over TIC proposals for blanket insurance for all TIC facilities. The proposals brought forward from that meeting to the Executive Committee were agreed amicably resulting in all buildings on the playing fields, except the snooker room, now having competitive insurance cover negotiated by the individual sections.

The bar licence for the club house, which had been taken on by Alan Key, has now been transferred to Peter Johnson. The football club will run the bar from September to March and the cricket club will take responsibility from April till August. I have taken on the role of liaison officer with Stratford DC Sports & Leisure Department.

Happily the dispute with the Scouts regarding the supply of electricity to their club house has been resolved and there seems to be a good working atmosphere amongst users of the playing field. However, the issues regarding broken drains at the top of the field, the return of the tractor and refurbishment of the old changing rooms have still to be resolved.

We are all disappointed that the football club were unable to make progress with their efforts to get funding for a new pavilion to be shared with cricket. However with the new management of football making excellent progress in the development of the game in Henley we are confident that this ambition will be fulfilled in the not too distant future.

Apart from the disappointment of having to put aside ambitious plans for a new pavilion everything is going well under the stewardship of chairman Peter Johnson and the great team of volunteers who are now supporting the club. A visit to the brilliant new Henley Forest website is a better testament to that than any words I can put into this report.

There are now three senior teams and six juniors ranging from Under 8’s to Under 15’s who are performing well in their various leagues and cups. The senior teams are using a lot of junior players who have come up through the ranks. The juniors have been particularly ambitious with two trips to Germany for the Under-10’s in 2005 followed by an invitation for 52 to go back in 2006 during the World Cup

Although the finances had a small deficit at the end of the 2004/5 season with a new social secretary and two committees (one with an operational brief the other with development in mind)driving the club forward the budget for the current season projects a comfortable surplus at the end of the 2005/6 campaign.

The finale will be on May 5th when an ambitious Golf Day/Dinner/Presentation evening will take place at the Golf Club. Perhaps the TIC committee should enter a team to show our support for their achievement.

After many years of loyal service John Brealey resigned as chairman. Phillip Fletcher has taken over and Keith Becket is now treasurer.

Membership remains steady at around 12/14 members. The club remains financially stable and repairs to the front of the building have now been completed.

The membership is slightly up on last year and the club is financially sound. They ran a successful open shoot in November with shooters coming from all over the country. The range has been hired out to the National Squad teams in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

The club would like to spend money on improving the range in the next year but would first like to know what the TIC has in mind for levels of future rent/subscriptions etc before investing in their building.

Another most successful season both on and off the green in which the club consolidated its status in the Warwickshire bowling world.

There are 31/32 members playing in 3 teams with around 8 matches a week. Flourishing by any standards.

The finances are in good order thanks to regular fundraising events including skittles nights.

One cause for concern that members have is 3 dead trees which hang over both the road and the electricity cables by the clubhouse. Representations have been made to the electricity board without any action being taken by them as yet.

The club continues to flourish thanks to an enthusiastic management committee off the field and some talented young cricketers on the field. There are continuing problems with moss on the square and moles on the outfield.

Cricket would like to thank the TIC for continuing to fund the servicing of the mower which helps to keep the playing fields in such good order.

Fundraising, which is so vital to maintain the standards required by modern day cricket, was well supported with particular emphasis on the Captains Supper, the Ladies Night and the Fixture Calendar. This left a profit of £2,000 for the year and a closing balance of £3130. The part the ladies have played in the success and stability of cricket in Henley cannot be emphasised too greatly.

The First XI playing in Division One of the Cotswold League finished fourth and the Second XI finished fifth in Division Five. In 2006 the club will be trying to re-establish Junior Cricket which has been so successful in the past.

The tennis club has had another good year; membership is slightly up again in both adult and junior categories for the 6th year running. Finances are in a sound position and we are looking to provide floodlighting on 2 further courts, work commencing in early January 2006. This will provide better facilities to provide more continuous coaching for juniors throughout the year, particularly after school and early evening.

We will be holding another fund raising event on Saturday 4th March 2006 - a Country & Western “Ho Down” at the Church Hall Henley 7-30pm including food and bar.

As mentioned last year we had some acts of theft and vandalism which necessitated that we replaced our clubhouse locking system. So far this has resulted in no further problems thank goodness.

Approximately 18 children enjoying a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities organized by Janette Palmer and helpers.

Now being run by Debbie, who has built up the group again from a low start. However, Chris has resigned so the Cubs are in urgent need of another leader as Debbie cannot do it on her own. If anyone feels that could possibly help run Cubs please ring John Newland on 01564-792634. Otherwise cubs may be folding again by Easter.

Now up to around 25 scouts are enjoying activities indoors and out, in Henley and further afield. David Frost has resigned from scouts after several years of sterling support. John Johnson, Caroline Daw and Peter Neville continue leading the group.

Having formed a joint explorers group with the group in Bearley, the explorers enjoy a less formal, but still a challenging set of activities, using the facilities available at the scout huts in Bearley and

The bonfire night was a great success this year; and thanks to all those who helped in making it a success.

The matter of the electricity supply has now been amicably resolved. The scout group will now pay for the electricity they use at the rate shown on the bills, plus a third of any standing charge, and also a management fee that was agreed with Alan Key.

John Newland, chairman of Henley and Wootton Scouts wished to thank everyone who has helped the scout group over the past year.

John Latham
Sports Representative TIC