a wonderful opportunity each year to gather together in thanksgiving
for the life of our town. The High Bailiff - Fred Dowling and I would
be delighted if you could join us for the Community Thanksgiving
Service 10 am on Sunday 19th May 2013 in St John's Parish Church.
year we hope to have a parade from the Memorial Hall in Station Road to
St John's and we hope that many will participate with all banners
flying! The Parade will leave the Memorial Hall at 9.30 am. If you
don't wish to be in the Parade, then we suggest you arrive at St John's
by 9.45 am for a 10 am start.
John Ganjavi, Rector
County Council Election 2013 - RESULT
MIKE PERRY RE-ELECTED ON MUCH REDUCED VOTE
LEADER OUSTED AS TORIES LOSE CONTROL
UKIP thanks its supporters
Following last Thursday's spectacular success for the UK Independence Party
in the County Council elections, the dust is now beginning to settle
and some interesting comments and analysis have been put forward by
politicians, the media, and the many online political bloggers. Many of
them have been at a loss to understand how a small political party with
no MPs, limited funds, limited manpower and a handful of full time
employees, could possibly field over 1700 candidates in a national
election, gaining 138 seats, securing 23% of the vote and coming second
in a by election held in a rock solid Labour constituency where the
party had never before even fielded a candidate ! This was the greatest
performance by a ' fringe ' party since the second world war, and the
Westminster political establishment is still trying to come to terms
Try as they might they simply cannot accept that their lies, deceit,
false promises and the politically expedient claptrap they spout has
been rumbled. Huge numbers of voters have simply had enough. The silent
majority finally have someone who represents their views, not just
about the EU, but immigration, taxation, welfare, energy and a host of
other issues. The anger, bitterness and despair that I listen to on a
daily basis from people who cannot bring themselves to vote any longer
for the three 'look alike' parties whose policies are almost
interchangeable, is testament to the sheer frustration that so many
Conservative Central Office seem to be running around like headless
chickens. One minute saying they will listen to people's concerns, and
the next that it is not necessary for them to substantially alter their
chosen course. The 'promise' of a real in/out referendum on the EU
remains some distant aspiration with so many ifs, buts and maybes that
it cannot be taken seriously. Mr. Cameron remains convinced that the
UK's future is best served by our continued membership of the EU,
following some unspecified renegotiation. He won't of course tell us
what his advice would be should his negotiations not bear fruit, which
would seem very likely.
Labour and the Lib Dems can offer little in the way of solutions to the
problems our country faces, they mainly rely on yet more spending and
borrowing and continued subservience to our real government in
Brussels. The truth is that the people we have been voting in to run
our affairs now have little real say in how the country is governed.
The truly radical policies needed to sort Great Britain out cannot be
put into place while we remain members of the European Union. It is as
simple as that, and it applies to local issues and problems as well as
national ones, from house building to transport to wind farms!
It is not possible here to cover every single aspect of why so many
people chose to vote UKIP last Thursday, but I hope I have given your
readers an insight into why I and so many others did just that. I would
like to take this opportunity to thank all those who did. We put up a
very strong showing in Warwickshire, coming second or third in almost
all wards contested, and almost won in Kineton where Paul De'ath came
within a couple of hundred votes of victory, never having stood for
election before, a remarkable result.
The UKIP Stratford upon Avon branch has recently been relaunched, with
many new members, and we are now actively preparing for next year's
Euro elections. I can give this assurance to your readers. We are not
going to give up, go away or be bowed into submission. Our aim remains
the unconditional withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. This is
now without doubt the majority view of the British electorate. I feel
that last Thursday's results were a significant step forward, but we
still have a long way to go. We will not rest until our country is once
again a free, self governing, sovereign nation, having cast off the
gigantic millstone around our neck that is the European Union.
Brett Parsons - Chairman, UK Independence Party - Stratford upon Avon Branch.
Let's Encourage our Young People
While reading the last edition, I was encouraged by the letter that
Rosina Ayling sent in. A breath of fresh air, many new ideas and such
enthusiasm. If Rosina decided to stand for election, she would get my
The other point is hopefully a partial answer to Lesley's question
regarding the orange posts in the field behind Brook End Drive. From
our house we saw a surveying exercise in the field across the railway
line. Yellow tripods with laser measuring equipment etc. Following this
the orange posts appeared. The posts must be to do with the results
from the survey.
Andy Langford - Brook End Drive
Should the Residents pay for Councillors' errors?
parish councils MUST act within the law and they can only spend money
if there is a statutory power to do so; otherwise they act 'ultra vires' (beyond their powers).
It would seem that the 'Ruling Group' of the Henley and Beaudesert Joint Parish Council
were unable to specify the powers they had relied on to impose a ban on
a councillor, despite being advised on more than three occasions that
they were acting unlawfully. As a result, when challenged in the High
Court, they conceded with an out of Court settlement paying in total
more than £12,000 from the parish councils reserves.
recent Parish Assemblies and previous council meetings, the 'Ruling
Group' were unwilling to justify why the residents should pay through
their council tax for the consequences of the unlawful actions by these
Council Accounts - A Guide to your rights
The Audit Commission Act 1998 s17
provides for the District Auditor to declare an item of account as
unlawful and on an application under this section, the Court may make
or refuse to make the declaration asked for, and if it makes the
declaration then, it may also
order that any person responsible for incurring or authorising
expenditure declared unlawful shall repay it in whole or in part to the
body in question and, where there are two or more such persons, that
they shall be jointly and severally liable to do so;
(b) if the expenditure declared unlawful exceeds £2,000 and the
person responsible for incurring or authorising it is, or was at the
time of his conduct in question, a member of a local authority, order
him to be disqualified for being a member of a local authority for a
specified period; and
(c) order rectification of the accounts.
this action in motion requires all the residents in Beaudesert and
Henley, who consider that the residents should not pay for the errors
made by the parish council's 'Ruling Group', to submit a Notice of an objection to the District Auditor.
Download the Audit Commission's form - Notice of an Objection
If this action is successful, the council taxpayers' money can then be used for the benefit of community
rather than paying for a politically motivated act which was 'Ultra Vires'.
Johnsons win 2 National Awards
Johnsons Coach Travel,
Henley-in-Arden's largest employer, has beaten off competition from
operators from across the UK to win two national tourism awards at the
Coach Tourism Awards 2013, held last Thursday night in Liverpool.
awards recognise excellence and innovation across coach tour operators,
tourist destinations and attractions, and industry suppliers. Johnsons
won two awards – firstly for ‘Coach Tour Operator of the Year - Large Fleets’. Following the award the judges’ citation included:
choosing the winner in this category the judges look for evidence of a
commitment to excellence in operations, customer service and training.
In Johnsons Coach Travel they found it. The judges specifically noted
that Johnsons takes quality monitoring very seriously with a system of
holiday and excursions questionnaires that produce scores that for
their office service, hotel and coach standards, and the performance of
the driver and courier.”
Johnsons also won ‘Day Excursion Programme of the Year’
– again against stiff competition from other major coach
operators. The judges noted; “That this year the company
introduced 64 new destinations, splitting the whole programme into 13
different themes - and the fact that every trip is fully researched
before it appears in the programme.”
John Johnson, Commercial Director, collected the awards together with
some of his staff, in front of more than 450 tourism industry
professionals. Commenting on the company’s success, John says:
“We are delighted that the industry has once again recognised our
hard work and commitment to customer service. This was a great team
effort by all our staff and these awards speak volumes for our
enthusiasm and commitment to provide excellent holiday and excursion
products for our customers. These are two more great awards to add to
our trophy cabinet!”
were also finalists in three other categories: ‘Coach Driver of
the Year’, where their top tour driver Andy Daw just missed out.
Julie Roberts, who organised the award winning excursion programme, was
a finalist is the ‘Coach Tourism Professional’ category,
and the company were also finalists for ‘Best Coach Tour
awards presentation was held in the wonderful venue of Liverpool
Anglican Cathedral and was hosted by the television presenter and
travel and tourism expert, Judith Chalmers.
Sarah Johnson reporting
Financial Planner becomes Youngest Champion
A Henley-in-Arden based financial planner has become the youngest ever Personal Finance Society chartered champion.
(aged just 30), director of Denehall Wealth Management at Forward
House, 17 High Street, is the new ambassador for the Birmingham &
West Midlands region of the PFS - the leading professional organisation
for financial advisers in the UK. This initiative is aimed at raising
the profile of Chartered status for financial planners and firms among
local business communities and consumers - and in his three-year role
as chartered champion, Mr Rees will be the local advocate for achieving
coveted Chartered status in the region.
He will also represent the PFS and parent body the CII (Chartered
Insurance Institute) across the region, as well as hosting a variety of
events for Chartered Financial Planners like Chartered Business Dinners
and Chartered Connections Clubs, which establish links with other
professionals such as lawyers and accountants.
Ben Rees says: “It’s a huge honour and privilege and
I’m very proud to be the youngest ever chartered champion. We
have an increasing number of talented youngsters coming through, with
university and professional services backgrounds who are less sales and
more ethics orientated, and I’m seen as the person ideally
positioned to connect with them. My core ambition is to put in place a
mechanism for a more structured awareness of the chartered designation
and long term I want to be able to give financial advisers the same
level of support as is given to chartered accountants. This role will
also enable me to connect with other leading and like-minded
professional advisers in the region and initiate strong collaborative
working relationships, networking ideas and continuing professional
increased FSA regulation, new distribution channels, intense
competition and relentless media scrutiny, the insurance and financial
services sector has had to raise its game – and Chartered status
enables individuals and firms to demonstrate their professional
commitment to improved levels of knowledge, capability and ethical
practice. However, it’s relatively new and needs to be actively
promoted to both the financial planning sector and the general public.
Ben adds: “Independent research shows that consumers recognise
and value the Charter marque as a gold standard of excellence and
integrity. I’m very eager to get involved in the development of
the financial planning profession and as more and more advisers achieve
Chartered status, I know the perception of our sector will gain more
credibility. Indeed, at Denehall Wealth Management we practise what we
preach and are proud to have been one of the first to be awarded the
prestigious Corporate Chartered Financial Planners designation by the
CII, which only 3% of UK firms have. It definitely helps us to stand
out from the crowd.”
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Local Fire Tender will Return
Chris Lamb who wrote in the last edition of Henley NEWS that he wanted to visit Henley with a former Warwickshire fire truck which had be based in Henley writes to say
now booked for the Church Fete on June 22nd and the school Summer Fayre
on the 29th. Jessica Bahlmann has emailed me today to say she's
thinking of asking if any of the parents have any classic cars they'd
like to take to the Fayre as well, to make a bit of a show of it.
Richard Butler, Watch Commander at the Henley Fire Station, is now also in correspondence with Chris about his visits.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
ANNUAL HENLEY ALE TASTE
The annual Henley in Arden Ale Tasting,
organised by the Court Leet, took place on Wednesday evening 8th May.
It was lead by the High and Low Bailiffs, Fred Dowling and Dawn Leech,
as well Andrew Gardner the Ale Taster.
Twenty–three robed members of Henley Court were present as well as guests from other Courts, who included :-
John Mills - High Bailiff of Alcester
Alan Whitehead - Ale Taster of Alcester
Peter Meale - Ale Taster of Alcester
Keith Huxton - "Apprentice" Ale Taster of Warwick
Richard Harper - Reeve of Bromsgrove.
The Henley Court always feels flattered that senior visitors from other Courts take time to join us.
Group set off for their first stop at 7.30 pm at the Black Swan.
Alistair Price, Chamberlain, was charged with making sure that the Ale
was served and ready to drink for the arrival of the group of 23.
arrival, Gordon Trinder - Town Crier announced the entrance of the High
and Low Bailiffs of Henley, Ale Tasters and guests. The High Bailiff
then announced that their visit was to confirm that the ale in the
tavern was fit for consumption by the people of Henley.
then invited Andrew Gardener - Ale Taster, pictured right, to
conduct the practical tasting – after much consideration the Ale
Taster would describe the ale in an elegant way and always asked for a
second opinion. He normally invited one of the visiting Ale Tasters for
their views; whether out of politeness or genuine belief the ale was
passed for consumption for the people in Henley.
the end of the proceedings, The High Bailiff pronounced that the Ale in
the Tavern was good and he presented a Certificate to validate the
decision, together with a piece of green fern which was to be displayed
for people who couldn’t read.
In the recent past, there was one occasion when a public house (now shut) served its ale from cans and did not pass !
Group then proceeded on to The Blue Bell, Matricardis, The Three Tuns,
The Nags Head and finally The White Swan. All the ale in these five
houses passed the "litmus test" of a practical tasting.
The Bluebell receives its certificate of Quality and the green fern for those who could not read.
around 9.30pm at our final destination the White Swan, the Group was
joined by partners, wives and lovers, where Nigel & Maria provided
a superb sit down meal. The Thai Chicken was particularly enjoyed by
the Chamberlain. All who attended, agreed it was a most enjoyable and
worthwhile evening and it was good to know that the residents of Henley
could be assured about the quality of ale they drink in the town.
Alistair Price Esq - Chamberlain
Click here to view slideshow of this event
CITY OF COVENTRY FREEMEN'S GUILD
The High and Low Bailiffs represented Henley-in-Arden at the City of Coventry Freemen's Guild ceremonies. On Saturday 4th, a banquet was held in the magnificent mediaeval Guildhall of St Mary's.
St Mary's Hall has been the centre of Coventry's civic life for 600
years. The original hall was built in 1342 and behind the Minstrel's
Gallery is the Armoury which leads a small room where Mary Queen of
Scots was imprisoned in the winter of 1569/70.
the Guildhall survived the devastating blitz on the evening of 14th
November 1940, although it was less than 50 feet from the old cathedral.
Sunday 5th, Fred Dowling (High Bailiff) and Dawn Leech (Low Bailiff)
were part of the Lord Mayor's procession, led by the Sword and Mace
bearers of the City of Coventry, to Holy Trinity church for the
installation of the Rev David Mayhew as Chaplain of the Guild.
A strange bird in my garden
strange bird in the garden had us turning the pages of our various bird
books, but it was the internet which gave us the ID of our unusual
visitor: a Californian Quail.
arrived last Monday (May 6th) and lives in the greenhouse; he(?)
complains loudly if someone is working in there! He adds a little
glamour to the usual selection of garden birds, but we would like to
see him returned home; he’s used to people and not afraid to
wander over the grass looking like an easy lunch for the sparrowhawk.
If anyone has lost one of these, they can contact me on 07907 615422.
2nd Community Library Quiz Night
Henley Community Library
had its second Quiz Night on Monday 29th April in Henley Primary School
Hall. For £2.00 per person, teams of 3-4 people competed for
prizes for the highest score and Best Team Name. You could bring your
own drinks, and as soon as you walked through the door you were warmly
welcomed by Margaret!
teams competed: The Charming Companions, Witty Wawens, Lit Chicks, From
The Farr Side, Hope Over Experience, The Blanks and The Old
Contemptibles. Play started at 7:30pm with the TV Times quiz. After
every round teams swapped answer sheets for marking. Five quiz rounds
rushed by before we had a break: TV Times; Where on Earth...? ; the
Link round; Science and Nature, Music.
sure no one had time to be bored, sheets showing different pictures and
asking different details about each one were given out just before
round 1. Who or what did it show? Who created it? You had to squeeze
your answers into the time between rounds 1 and 5. For the music round,
there were different types of music played and again you had to guess
different things about them: song titles, the names of performers or
composers, and sometimes the music's background - such as film or
opera, depending on the cue on the answer sheet.
break, there was a snack bar serving cake, pizza, sausage rolls, crisps
and salads plus coffee, juice and tea, for a donation. More rounds
followed: Food Glorious Food, Literature, Film and General Knowledge.
While the scores were totalled, the raffle provided some wonderful
prizes: keep-fit equipment, a slow-cooker, bottles of wine, chocolates,
pots of flowers, spa toiletries as well as restaurant, beauty and
merchandise vouchers. Merchants in Henley and Wootton Wawen were very
generous in their support. The Library will thank them on its website.
Charming Companions reviewed the evening: “Tonight is good fun,
though some of the questions should be made easier. But there is a nice
variety of snacks available, and thank you for an enjoyable
to The Blanks, who won the Quiz prize of wine and chocolates. There was
a tie for Best Team Name: From The Farr Side and The Lit Chicks took
away a team bottle each. A big thank you to all of the helpers of The
Henley Community Library, Moss for being an excellent host, Elaine for
keeping the scoreboard and everyone who came to join in the quiz for a
fun and successful night!
Sophie Cox reporting
Recent Property Sales in the Henley area
25th March 2013
Highfield, Chestnut Walk
8th February 2013
21 William James Way
3rd December 2012
33 Whitley Road
15th February 2013
7 Market Way
24th January 2013
You can view all previous sales information by visiting OurProperty.co.uk.
Lowsonford Ladies welcomes new members
Raising money for local charities
The Lowsonford Women's Club
was started in the late 1930s by Mrs Helen Darby, a lady who lived in
the village. Meetings were held in her Garden Summer House as somewhere
that the ladies of the village could meet, bring their children along
to play in the garden and get to know one another over a cup of tea and
This eventually this was moved into the Village Hall where her husband
donated a large sum money to build on to the hall the Darby Room. As
the ladies became older and the children grew up it changed slightly
into what it has become today: somewhere for the ladies of the village
and surrounds to meet once a fortnight on a Wednesday afternoon to pass
the time of day, have a cup of tea and organise all sorts sales, coffee
mornings and an annual Christmas Fayre. The money raised is given to
In the past 20+ years we have raised and given away well over
£24,000 which we feel is quite an achievement. At present, we
have only 10 full members and numerous helpers when we need them for an
Anyone wishing to join us would be very welcome - we each pay
£8.00 a year to be a member and £1.00 each at each meeting.
New members will be very welcome: our next meeting is Wednesday June
12th 2.30pm in Lowsonford Village Hall and thereafter every alternate
Wednesday. You do not have to live in Lowsonford to join us. Why not
come along and see what you think.
Carole Knight reporting
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The Henley Town Website
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and receives no money from public funds.
Henley Forest Top of the League
Pictured below from left to right: Tom Wale (Coach)
Back row: Callum, Reece, Tom, Nathan, Elliot, Leo and Chris
Front row: Ned, Joe, George (captain), Jack, Calvin and Jude
Henley Forest U10s football team
was crowned champions of division two on Tuesday 30th April with an
emphatic win over Lawford. Henley Forest needed a win or a draw to
finish top of the league in a nail biting finish to the season. The
team arrived on a sunny spring evening and all of them were pumped up
determined not to let this chance slip through their fingers.
team got off to a great start with a very early goal from Elliot which
relaxed everyone. The second and third goals from Tom and Calvin
followed very soon after and all of the boys started to really enjoy
the match. Before long there were second goals each for Elliot, Tom and
Calvin and the lads went into half time 6-0 up. The half time team talk
from Coach Tom Wale praised the team for all playing so well but he
drummed into them the importance of continuing to play as a team and
not getting complacent.
was no danger of complacency in the second half when thanks to more
goals from Tom (hat trick hero), Joe, and Jude the goal tally continued
to rise. There were close chances from Chris, George and Jack and at
one point even Nathan the goalkeeper came close to scoring with a
superb spot kick which hit the crossbar. Lawford never gave up however
and it is down to Nathan and some tremendous saves that they only
scored 1 goal in the second half to make the final score 9-1.
single player played to their full potential and thanks to fabulous
communication from their captain George and between themselves
throughout the game they have never played better as a team. Tom Wale
could not single out one player and fittingly awarded the whole team
‘Man of the Match.’
was a tremendous end to the season followed by an impromptu visit to
the White Swan to celebrate. The whole team and their parents would
like to thank and praise Tom Wale for all of his hard work, commitment
and dedication to the team. He is an outstanding coach.
Rachel Saltmarsh reporting
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Galloping towards that Fund-Raising Target
on the 40th anniversary fund-raising event calendar for Stratford upon
Avon Citizens Advice Bureau is ‘Race Night', which takes place at
Stratford Town Football Club, Knights Lane, Tiddington on Friday May 24.
the action getting under way at 7.00 pm, guests will be able to bet on
the outcome of recorded horse races (filmed in other countries to
prevent knowledgeable enthusiasts from the UK having an advantage) just
as they would at a real race course. There will also be a raffle with
some unique prizes on offer.
Tickets, which are £10.00 each and include a fish and chip supper, are available from CAB's Meer Street office in town.
are opportunities for local organisations to sponsor individual races
during the evening. Just £130 puts your name on a race and
entitles you to eight tickets to attend, the holders of which will
‘own' a horse for your race, guaranteeing that one of the party
will win and receive a bottle of bubbly. Anybody interested in
sponsoring a race should contact Stratford CAB Manager Sue Green via
the proceeds from the evening will help the charity maintain its wide
range of support services for those in need within the local community.
Don’t leave it too late to shape up for summer!
though it feels like summer is never going to arrive, don’t put
off getting into shape now. A crash diet a couple of weeks before you
go on holiday might take off a few pounds and make you feel less
self-conscious but if you really want to see the results on the beach
now’s the time to start.
safe sustainable rate of weight loss is about 1-2lbs per week. To lose
a pound a week you need to alter your calorie balance in a negative
direction by about 500 calories a day. The best way to create a
shortfall is through diet and exercise. Just reducing your calorie
intake dramatically can cause your metabolism to slowdown so it's
important you don’t rely on crash-dieting (don’t go below
1200 calories a day). A mix of cardiac exercise to burn calories and
some muscle toning or strength exercises will improve your muscle mass
which in turn will increase your metabolism - so you’ll burn more
calories even when you’re resting!
you’d like some help putting your ‘shape up for
summer’ plan in place call Steph on 07825 999122 for your
complimentary wellness check (quote HNOL) Or there’s still time
to join my Weight Loss Challenge which takes place Thursday 6-7 at the
Hub@Henley. 20 lbs already lost by participants in just 4 weeks!
Steph Boyle is a Herbalife independent distributor and wellness coach.
Call 07825 999122 to book a free wellness check including metabolic
rate and body fat analysis.
For nutrition & fitness tips follow @stephboyle0310 or visit www.facebook.com/feelgreattoday.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Tristan Jelfs our PCSO reports on crime in our area
Burglary (dwellings) have fallen when compared with last year, but have increased slightly when compared with last month.
damage has increased when compared with last year and last month, but
remain low overall in comparison with other areas. On Henley High
Street two shop windows were smashed, enquiries are currently ongoing.
A further incident was reported on Henley High Street where a small
pane of glass was broken to the window of a property. In Stylers Way,
Henley the boot to a vehicle was dented and the aerial, rear windscreen
wiper were pulled off; enquiries are currently ongoing. On the
Stratford Road, Henley a bench in the conservation area of Riverhouse
School was smashed.
Social Behaviour is comparable with last year, but has fallen slightly
when compared with last month remaining low in comparison with other
areas. On Henley High Street a male was reported for being drunk and
behaving in an anti social manner. On the Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen,
an incident was reported where two persons were riding motorbikes
around the school playground, but on police arrival there was no trace.
from Motor Vehicles is comparable with last year and last month. In
Arden Road, Henley entry was gained to a vehicle by forcing the front
door; once within offender/s have taken a stereo system. On the High
Street, Henley a vehicle had both registration plates taken. In
Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen an insecure van was entered through the
rear doors and a quantity of garden power tools were taken.
has fallen when compared with last year, but is comparable with last
month remaining low in comparison with other areas. Some minor
incidents have been recorded in Henley and Studley, which have been
dealt with appropriately by officers.
Further information can be found at: The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area
Tristan Jelfs PCSO 6065
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Make Henley in Arden Greener
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400ppm at Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii
ppm and what has Mauna Loa got to do with Henley you ask? ppm is short
for parts per million. 400 ppm is the same as 0.04% - a fairly small
amount but it is important, as you will see if you follow the link at
the end of this article.
picture shows the measuring station on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano
in Hawaii where daily measurements are made of the amount of Carbon
Dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants in the atmosphere. This
site was chosen because it is remote from industrial centres of
pollution, so results from here give a good indication of general
atmospheric levels of CO2 and other gases. Daily measurements at Mauna
Loa started in 1958. They revealed an annual cycle in atmospheric CO2
level with a maximum each May followed by a steady fall of about 6 ppm
to a minimum in October. The fall is due to the annual growth of
vegetation absorbing more CO2 than is being put into the atmosphere.
The graph (red line) reveals that the annual absorption is less than
the annual increase, so each year the peak in May is slightly higher
than in the previous year. The 400ppm recorded last Thursday will
therefore be followed by smaller values over the next few months until
levels start to rise again in October. Next May, we can expect to see
about 402ppm. The dark line is the trend after correcting out the
annual cycles. Daily CO2 is now measured in Antarctica and several
other places around the world. All show similar results. Notice that
the rate of rise is accelerating!! (The curve is getting steeper.)
time that atmospheric Carbon Dioxide was above 400ppm occurred more
than 3 million years ago. For all of human history and a long time
before, CO2 has been between about 200 and 300 ppm and for the last
10,000 years up to about 1850, the level was fairly stable at about 260
to 280ppm. This created a stable climate, which allowed the development
of agriculture. As a result, human populations grew and the first
cities were created about 7000 years ago. The rapid rise from 280ppm
since about 1850 is due to us humans burning coal, oil and gas so some
of that 400 ppm came from gas and electricity used in your home in
Henley, from your holiday flight and from your car exhaust.
That’s the connection between 400 ppm at Mauna Loa and Henley.
Click here for more information about why this is important and here for more information about atmospheric CO2.
John Stott - Climate Change Correspondent
John Garner's Business Column
and more of us spend long hours in front of a computer screen and it
can take a serious toll on our eyes over time. I certainly feel it and
am often reluctant to stay at the computer into the evening however
much work there is to do, even when I’m writing my article for Henley News.
maybe help is at hand. A clever app by the name of “f.lux”
can come to the rescue. Allegedly. This application (available for
Windows, Mac and iPhone/iPad) works to soften the light that a computer
screen emits by adjusting to the time the sun sets at your geographic
location. Users can also change settings according to the type of light
usually present in a room - daylight, tungsten, halogen, fluorescent,
and others. In short, f.lux makes your computer screen compatible with
the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it matches the
look of your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes ready for sunlight
again. Tell the app where you live and what kind of lighting you have,
then forget about it, f.lux is designed to take care of the rest
Oh – and it’s free.
I’ve decided to road test it for my readers. It’s very easy
to download and install, not techie at all. Once you’ve run the
setup programme the only thing you have to do is tell it where you are
so it knows when the sun will set. After that you can forget about it,
it’s doing its work in the background.
To download it go here and you can read more about it. Click the blue Download button (or click on Mac if you’re posh) and when it asks, you click Save. Then double click the file you’ve downloaded and then click Run.
icon appears at the bottom of the screen (usually in the bottom right
hand corner) left click on it and then click where it says
“Change Settings”. You can then adjust for the lighting you
have at home (if you want to bother), then click “Change”
where it says “2. Set your location”. When the box appears
click on “Locate” and you can then type your postcode where
it says “Where are you?”; click GO and your location will
appear on the map. Copy and paste the co-ordinates it gives you into
the “Where am I?” box. If you have any difficulty with this
just type in the co-ordinates for Henley (52.30N, 1.78W). Click OK.
That’s all. It will start automatically each time you start your computer.
question is: does it really work? The testimonials on the website say
it does. I’ll see how I get on with it and report back in the
next edition of Henley News.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
Warnings from Trading Standards
are advised to check carefully before they employ traders to remove
rubbish from their property. This warning comes after a Coventry
resident hired a two ton bag to clear some rubbish from his home. The
consumer had seen an advertisement on a small ads website which only
carried a telephone number and no address. The trader dropped the bag
off at the resident’s property and the resident paid the trader
in full for the bag and for its removal and disposal after it had been
filled. The resident filled the bag but the trader refused to return to
collect the rubbish, becoming quite aggressive on the phone and has
Telephone Preference Service Scam
A consumer contacted Warwickshire Trading Standards after receiving an
unexpected phone call from someone who claimed they could get
unexpected phone calls stopped for £1.80! The consumer gave the
caller his card details and the caller took almost £70 from his
account. The consumer does not know the name of the caller. Trading
Standards advise consumers not to provide their card details to anyone
who calls them. It is free to join the Telephone Preference Service
Computer Virus Scam
A consumer reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards that he was using
his computer when there was a ‘big flash’ and a notice
appeared warning him that he had accessed illegal websites, his
computer was now ‘locked’ and he must pay a fine of
£100 in Ukash vouchers. The message included a photo of a
policeman and reference to Cheshire Police. This is a well-known
computer virus called ransomware. Computer users must not send any
money and seek professional advice to remove the virus.
‘E-Book’ High Pressure Selling
Businesses in Warwickshire are warned to beware of high pressure
selling phone calls from publishers offering advertising space in
‘e-books’, or electronic books. One Warwickshire trader
reported spending 30min on the phone after an unexpected call who
wanted them to part with £8000! Warwickshire Trading Standards
advise Warwickshire traders not to agree to buying goods and services
from unexpected phone callers.
Alarm Sale Warning
Kineton Consumers in the Kineton area reported receiving unexpected
phone calls from an alarm sales company that claimed to be
‘working in the local area’. Warwickshire Trading Standards
advise residents not to buy alarms from any unexpected doorstep callers
or to accept a ‘free’ alarm in return for signing an
agreement for a monitored alarm. Beware of businesses that use high
pressure selling to sell overpriced and unnecessary alarms and
‘monitoring’ agreements. Some are known to have set up and
gone out of business within a few years, leaving consumers with
worthless contracts. Get security advice from your local Police Crime
More information is available on Trading Standards website
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Ask your MP
Zahawi is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Stratford upon Avon
and he has said, "I am extremely keen on hearing your views so please
feel free to contact me".
The link below takes readers directly to Nadim's contact page on his own website.
Get in Touch with Nadhim Zahawi MP
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Future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson (Parish Church Newsletter) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER FETE 22nd June
This year we are again hoping to make the Summer Fete bigger and better
than ever. The fete will be open from 11.00am to 3.30pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. As well as the
usual delicious refreshments served throughout the day we will be
cooking on the BBQ at lunchtime. Come and treat yourself, friends and
family! We will need ‘Good as New’ clothes, books, china
and glass, bric a brac, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes, bottles(full!),
handicrafts, preserves, cosmetics, plants. Keen gardeners might
consider growing a few plants especially for the plant stall. Bottles
of shampoo, ketchup, squash, beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks will
be gratefully received to help stock the bottle tombola. It is never
too early to start saving items for the stalls. If you don’t want
to keep them yourself then we can store them for you. Items can be left
in the box at the back of church which will be emptied on a regular
basis. Extra stallholders will also be needed so please keep the day
free! Have fun and help to run a stall with friends or family. Contact
either Daphne Jones (01926 843515) or Barbara Colclough (01564 793710)
for more details.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB 28th May
Rob & Diane Cole will speaking on ‘Plants – The Real Thing’ Everyone welcome.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Chris Ward will tell us about "101 Things You Never Knew About Garden
Birds" which must be applicable to most of us! Come and join us for the
last indoor meeting this Spring on Tuesday May 21st from 7.45pm in the
Baptist Church Hall - Visitors £3 Juniors 50p.
HENLEY IN ARDEN EX SERVICES
Have a number of Motorised Scooters available for hire. Please contact the Secretary/Treasurer Les Goodman on 01564 793439
The Memorial Hall is running a book stall at Court Leet Day on Saturday
June 1st. If you have any books,in good condition, can we have them
please. Phone Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge on 793539 / 795149 day or
Items for the next Newsletter to Margrit Johnson (01564 792384) or email@example.com
by 19th of the preceeding month at the latest.
HENLEY IN ARDEN COURT LEET & COURT BARON
Court Leet & Court Baron dates from a Royal Charter and was a Court
authorised to deal with matters relating to the duties and services
owed by the peasants or villains (not Freemen) to the Lord of the
Manor. It exercised the peacekeeping jurisdiction of the
sheriff’s twice yearly tour of the hundred courts. It received
presentments about obstructions of the highway and watercourses. It
regulated the weights and measures.
Today, the Henley Court Leet is one of only 32 recognised Court Leets in the Administration of Justice Act 1977 and it is responsible for continuing the traditions and ceremonial of the town. More information about the Court Leet
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Society meets every third Third Thursday - September to April. In the
summer, there are normally two visits to historical sites.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley Society website
Further details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on 795419.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching
team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (two astro)
open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available.
Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year.
League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior
section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and
County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with
coaching. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564
792378 or Simon Maddox 01564 795699
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
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of
retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of
Visitors and potential new members would be most
welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew
Yarwood on 794079
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 Paula Pugh on 015647 42781 Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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
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
from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and
experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is
next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please
phone John Townson on 01564 792407 or email Jon Butler on firstname.lastname@example.org
HENLEY KARATE CLUB
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
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence
and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering
for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train every Saturday
morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the
curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all
newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS
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.
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.
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTSThis
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
The centre is open every weekday; Surestart and the Parenting Project
operate many supportive activities for mothers with babies. There is a
club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the older generation and
regular computer classes on Fridays. There is a Youth Club (13+) on
Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and a Junior Youth Club for Year 5 to
Year 8 on Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You can book the centre for
your family parties at the weekend, its superb facilities are ideal for
this. Check out the Web Site for a lot more information at The Hub at Henley
TAI CHI in HENLEY
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 website
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
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.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
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
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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
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
Major Events during the next 12 months
Please advise Henley NEWS of your major events
|May 2013||Sat 11 - Consensus returns with their production of 'The Country Wife' - Memorial Hall|
Sun 19 - Civic Service at St John's Church
Sat 1 - Court Leet Day - Guild Hall & various locations
Sat 22 - St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
|July 2013||Sat 13 - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall Garden|
Sat 20 - Flower Club Competition in Memorial Hall
|August 2013|| |
|September 2013||Sun 1 - MG Festival in High Street|
Sat 14 - Hub Fundraising and Open Day
Sat 14 - Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
|October 2013||Sat 12 - Dandy Unique brand of contemporary Black Country Humour at the Memorial Hall|
|November 2013||Wed 13 - Court Leet AGM - Guild Hall|
|December 2013||Sat 7 - Xmas Lights switch on & Christmas Market - Market Cross & Guild Hall Garden|
|January 2014|| |
|February 2014|| |
|March 2014|| |
|April 2014||Henley Cricket Club Dinner - Henley Golf Club|
Henley Annual Parish Assembly - Baptist Church Hall at 6.30 pm
Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Beaudesert Annual Parish Assembly - C of E Primary School at 6.30 pm
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