Following the appalling attack on
Bastille Day, the Joint Parish Council sent the following message to
the citizens of Montfort-sur-Risle.
We held our monthly Council meeting recently and it is with great
sadness that we are writing to you again to express our heartfelt
sympathy and regret following the appalling tragedy in Nice and the
deaths of many innocent people who were killed by a terrorist attack on
your beautiful city and the many more who were injured on
We were all appalled and
horrified when we heard the news and our hearts and prayers go out to
those who have lost loved ones and the family and friends of those who
were injured. We would like to express our solidarity with all the
communities in France and very much hope that we can all learn to live
together in peace, acceptance and tolerance of everyone.
Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council
The following response has been received.
On behalf of our mayor, Jean-Luc Barre, and the citizens of Montfort-sur-Risle, we wish to express our gratitude for your support of our country in these tragic times. As you know, a new tragedy has hit our country, and this time a small Normandy town a few miles from our village has been attacked by these barbaric criminals.
Again, we shall all stand united and strong and never yield to tyranny and obscurantism.
M Yvon BENOIST, on behalf of M Jean-Luc BARRE, Mayor of Montfort-sur-Risle, Normandy,
The Joint Parish Council held an
Ordinary meeting on 18th July 2016 and I would like to report the
- The JPC Bank Balances as at 18th July 2016:
Current Account: £5,325.24, which includes a VAT Refund of
£4,868.55 and Deposit Account: £75,003.37. All
finance documents are available to download from the JPC web site or by
requesting a hard copy from myself.
- The JPC agreed to look into various
maintenance issues which had been brought to its attention.
- The JPC agreed to allocate funding towards
traffic calming measures in High Street and to pay for a Traffic Survey
to be conducted.
- Cllr Broadbent reported that the outline
application submitted for Henley College was considered at an SDC
Planning Meeting and the only change was to the Section 106 Agreement
and an amount of £530 was to be given to the Library.
- The JPC agreed to support planning
applications 16/01505/FUL and 16/02120/FUL and 16/02121/LBC.
- The updated Planning spread sheet is
available to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard
copy from myself.
- The JPC agreed to close the Communications
& Events Working Party and task specific groups would be set up as
and when needed in the future.
- The Children’s Facilities WP agreed to
look into the refurbishment of the Play Area adjacent to the Medical
Centre. Three companies have been approached and each one will
give a presentation to be considered by Cllrs, parents and children.
- The JPC agreed to apply for an Awards for All
Grant towards the Big Family Day project for 2017.
- The Traffic & Parking WP agreed to put
together a presentation for the Town at the same time as the
Neighbourhood Development Plan consultation.
- The Clerk reported that the Henley Town
Guide, with the JPC Annual Report and Accounts, is progressing and the
Wires Across the High Street project is also moving forward.
- The JPC reported that it would purchase a
strimmer so that allotment holders could look after and maintain the
unused allotments and footpaths.
- Concerns were raised about the robustness and
sustainability of various social organisations in Henley. The JPC
agreed that they would circulate a report with strategies they could
- The JPC agreed to look into whether it would
be appropriate to list various Assets of Community Value (ACV) within
the Beaudesert & Henley area.
- The JPC agreed to progress the maintenance or
repair options for the three Bus Shelters in Henley.
- The Clerk reported that an overwhelming
majority (74%) of Parishioners who had completed the Survey so far had
requested adopting the name of Henley Town Council instead of
Beaudesert & Henley Joint Parish Council. The
JPC agreed that a wider audience should be consulted.
- The next full JPC meeting will be
held on Monday, 19th September 2016 in the Henley in Arden Memorial
Hall, Committee Rooms, Station Road.
Clerk: Gill Bailey: tel: 01564
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Housing Milestone Development Moves Forward
The development of Warwickshire’s first
Passivhaus scheme moved an important step closer yesterday (14th July)
when the official start on site event took place during Rural Housing
The theme for Rural Housing Week is innovation and
Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) invited local councillors
to view the development site in Wootton Wawen and learn more about the
techniques and technologies of Passivhaus for ultra-low energy
Passivhaus or ‘passive house’
principles involve creating a building which is as energy efficient as
possible to reduce its ecological footprint. By using superior
levels of insulation and air tightness, and orienting the homes to
maximise solar gain, the aim is to achieve space heating costs which
are 70 per cent less than in standard house construction.
Twelve properties for affordable rent and two for
shared ownership are being built to this rigorous standard. With
many residents struggling to meet the ever increasing energy costs,
this cutting edge development will help to reduce fuel poverty as well
as reducing residents’ carbon footprint.
The new properties, seven of which will be
bungalows, are being developed on land owned by local family business
Allens Caravans, one of the country’s top caravan park
operators. Following an introduction from WRHA Chairman Derrick
Dyas at the site, Allens hosted refreshments at their beautiful
headquarters in Wootton Hall, including home-made cakes.
WRHA Chairman, Derrick Dyas, explained:
“This exciting project is community-led and will create
innovative affordable housing for local people in Wootton Wawen.
“The Parish Plan states that residents
believe new buildings should embody the latest thinking in quality
materials and energy efficiency development. This really struck a
chord with our own objectives and the Passivhaus project was born.
“Local residents are being consulted every
step of the way and have already selected the preferred site and given
their views on the scheme layout.
“It has taken a real partnership approach to
get this exciting project to this point. We are very grateful for
the strong support of Wootton Wawen Parish Council and our partners at
Warwickshire Rural Community Council, and for the funding commitment
from Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Waterloo Housing.”
The development is due to be completed in 2018.
St John's Henley-in-Arden
St Nicholas Beaudesert
On Saturday 16th
July, Malcolm Aldridge, Lay Preacher at Ullenhall and St Johns
Church Henley, organised an Ecumenical breakfast at the Memorial Hall
Henley under the title "Henley Churches Together".
Nearly 60 tickets
were sold to members of the Methodist, Catholic, Baptist and C of E
churches in the area. As it turned out 45 turned up, so I guess that
08.30 on a Saturday could be challenging for some following Friday
evening’s activities. The buffet breakfast was superb and would
have done credit to a 5 star hotel. It was overseen by Ruth
Aldridge with help from Fiona from the Catholic Church and Cilla Pudney
from St Johns.
Alistair Price introduced the guest speaker, Tim Varney, whom he has
known for 20 years as a supplier to his vending business in Salisbury.
Tim’s talk was inspirational. He explained that he had been
brought up on a council estate in Salisbury, being one of 6 children.
He explained money was tight at the time. He went on to start work at a
local vending company (he installs, cleans, fills and takes money from
machines) as an engineer. In 1993 he and a colleague bought the
business and 11 years later Tim became the sole owner of Revive
Vending, which now turns over in excess of £2million per year.
He lives in Salisbury and is married to Sarah and they have four
children. Two years ago he bought some apartments in Dalyan,
Turkey which he manages from the UK.
He is a committed and active Catholic in Salisbury, from whence came
the drive to set up Edukaid in 2003, a charity dedicated to helping
educate children in deprived areas of Tanzania. He felt (and still
does) that helping to educate children in terms of provision of
classrooms/teachers/books/chalk for the blackboards will allow them to
raise themselves out of poverty and become full contributors to the
country, which benefits both the youngsters themselves and Tanzania in
the medium term as well.
Through his presentation he showed what had been achieved by the
charity and that all the money is channelled to areas of greatest need.
The costs of the administration of the charity are funded by Revive
Vending, so there are little or no overhead costs.
He concluded with short videos showing before and after at some of the
Tim came across as a very genuine Christian person, who just wants to
help others achieve their “life goals”.
Profit from the event raised £325, which was donated to Edukaid.
A great breakfast with a memorable speaker!
Alistair Price, Sidesman, St
Last Monday, July 18th a builder was working at
our property in the High Street. Between approximately 11 am and noon,
his van was broken into and 4 boxes of tools were stolen, leaving him
potentially unable to continue working as a builder, unable to make a
If anyone has any information regarding this
issue, could they please inform the police.
If anyone has any unwanted tools e.g. drills,
saws etc and feel able to donate them could they kindly contact me on
this number and I will pass them onto our builder.
(name and address supplied)
Hospice ‘Passes Go’
Day Hospice and Hospice at Home
nurses (left to right) - Yvonne Botterill, Carol Davis, Salma Sadler,
First square on new Stratford-upon-Avon MONOPOLY
board is revealed.
The public was invited to vote two charities to
star on the new official Stratford-upon-Avon MONOPOLY board – and
today the charity that received the most votes is named - It is The
The hospice will now appear on a Community Chest
square when the board is released later this year in time for
Originally the games’ chiefs at Winning
Moves UK, makers of the MONOPOLY: Stratford-upon-Avon Edition board
under official licence from Hasbro, had promised just one square but so
overwhelming was the response that they doubled the offer to two as a
“thank you” to the public. The second charity will be named
nearer the time of the launch of the board.
"Congratulations to The Shakespeare Hospice for
topping the poll," says Natasha Rebuck, from the makers of this new
board, London-based Winning Moves UK.
A delighted Vikki Calcutt – the
Hospice’s Head of Income Generation – says: “We are
honoured to have been voted and selected as one of the ‘Community
Chest’ squares on the Stratford upon Avon MONOPOLY.
“Ever since we opened in 1999 the community
has been behind us and for them to vote for us to be the local
charity shows us once again what an incredible community we live in. A
BIG thank you to everyone who voted”. The charity has a 24-hr
Hospice at Home service. Mrs Calcutt says her charity’s vision is
for every young person and adult living in the community with a life
limiting illness – and those who matter to them – to be
“supported with the care and compassion they need.”
Natasha Rebuck - a Custom Games Executive at
Winning Moves UK, producing the board under licence from MONOPOLY
owners, Hasbro – added: “We would like to thank each and
every person who has voted. The board - or ‘Bard’ as it has
been coined - will be on shop shelves later in the year and well in
time for Christmas. That’s both in Stratford-upon-Avon stores and
“It will be a world board of global appeal,
bearing in mind all that has been happening in this milestone legacy
year of William Shakespeare. The board will immortalise
Stratford-upon-Avon and its heritage both past, present and pointing to
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, The Holy Trinity Church and the RSC
were reported as being the three most popular landmarks voted for in
general polling, just prior to voting closing. “We had two polls
– one for general landmarks the other for charity,” adds Ms
“The response from the public has been
The board will showcase and feature around 30
THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Adapted by Melissa Mathison from a story by Roald Dahl
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Mark Rylance
Penelope Wilton as the Queen
Bill Hadder as Bloodbottler
Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater
As a film critic it is only right that any bias
should be admitted. ‘I love Mark Rylance!’
The truth is out: my favourite theatre actor who
has, in recent times, relocated into movies and TV, has now been
discovered by Spielberg. My review of Spielberg’s,
‘Bridge of Spies’ starring Hanks and Rylance forecast that
Mark Rylance would win the Oscar for best supporting actor. I was
right, he is wonderful.
The BFG is a well tuned childrens book where
giants eat human beings! The Giants are not nice and Roald Dahl
exploited children's love of ‘not nice’ in his successful
children’s books. Mark Rylance is the BFG and Ruby Barnhill
is Sophie the girl the BFG kidnaps and takes to the land of the
Giants. The opening sequence of the Movie as the BFG runs through
the streets of London and disguises himself in the shadows is
amazing. The CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is so real with
London having the look that Americans love. A cross between
Dickens and Dick Van Dyke's London from Mary Poppins.
Melissa Mathison, former wife of Harrison Ford and
script writer of ET, who passed away on November 4th 2015, has produced
a script which protects the viewer from some of the horror of the
giants by merely mentioning the cannibalism of their lifestyle and
referring in passing to the children that go missing. The
interpretation of the BFG by Mark Rylance has echoes of Stanley Unwin,
(the eighties comedian and actor) in speaking the english
language. A language that has so enthralled children of the last
thirty plus years. Mark Rylance delivers a first rate BFG.
Gobblefunk, Frobscottle and Whizpopping are examples from the BFG
dictionary. Ruby Barnhill is perfectly cast as the lonely,
unhappy girl from the orphanage. She leads the BFG into a
fulfilling life free from bullying, a world where dreams can come true.
The CGI is so real that the giants are still
frightening, stereotyping caused me some concern as children are the
viewers. The magic of the story will be dependent on the
viewer. I felt the Computer Generated Imagery won, it was
amazing. A Spielberg/Rylance combination can only be good but
magical, I’m not sure. Open for discussion.
Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood
Jazz at the Cowshed
Brilliant jazz performance and delicious food
brings together local Warwickshire community in support of Wootton
Wawen's St Peter's church repairs. A great turnout and a warm summer's
evening; the sounds delighted the audience who danced and swayed to the
cleverly arranged and delightful voice of Annie Davies. Even the local
wildlife joined in! A small 'song' bird appeared numerous times on the
Cowshed skylight and popped its head through to listen in and seemed to
be enjoying the melody.
The audience were also entertained by Richard
Fairlie whose rich voice and fluid guitar complemented the ambiance of
the evening perfectly.
The success of the evening was underpinned by the
generous sponsorship provided by Wootton Park and Johnson's coaches so
our grateful thanks go to them.
A great night for all of us. We look forward to
Annie and her band returning late summer.
Gaynor Phillips of Lichfield
Troughs, tubs and hanging baskets in Henley are
probably at their glorious best, the colour scheme is striking, thank
you to all volunteers your hard work is paying off. Long may it
continue but the plants are under more stress in the warm weather; if
you are near a trough which has wilting plants, please if you can, give
it some water.
July 9th was the annual cake stall and street collection, despite a
cool quiet morning on the High Street £400 was raised towards the
ongoing cost of planting.
HANGING BASKETS COMPETITION
July 11th saw the reintroduction of hanging
basket judging. We are grateful to the independent judges Mike and Joan
Flood from Ullenhall Gardening Club. Wow factor, variety of planting,
amount of planting basket showing and over all care were taken into
consideration, the winners are.
First Place Tim Price
Joint 2nd Ross and Peter Hussey, Mrs Field
Third place Sarah Aldridge
Business frontages were also judged
First place The White Swan
Second place The Bakery
Third place Sans Oriental Restaurant
All competition winners and volunteers will be
invited to the Summer Lunch on September 10th when awards will be
Seeds of nasturtiums and mint were issued to the
two primary schools in May for the annual competition. Chairman Sheila
Davis, Ginny Matheou and Annette Walker attended for the judging and
the results are :
Henley-in-Arden Primary School
1st Charlie Winter 2nd Sophie Beck 3rd Oliver Evans Highly Commended
Unfortunately the flowers had suffered from blackfly but the 9 children
who had taken part were congratulated on their efforts.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary
1st Mellisa Taylor 2nd Angelique & Evie Brown 3rd Joseph Taylor
Highly Commended Charlotte Mansfield
14 children took part and the plants had all survived well. The
children who had decorated the pots were also congratulated.
Sheila Davis and Annette Walker
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John Garner's Business Column
Self-employed or not?
There have been a couple of interesting cases in the news
The first is the claim by the GMB union that
their members who are drivers working for taxi hailing app Uber should
be classed as workers rather than self-employed contractors. As
you know, Uber is a smartphone app that lets the user call a taxi from
wherever they are: Uber then contacts the nearest available
driver. Uber takes a percentage of the fare and the driver gets
the rest. Drivers provide their own cars and can work when they
At the moment they are self-employed and not
directly employed by Uber; they are not entitled to holiday pay and the
national minimum wage. GMB lawyers believe that Uber is acting
unlawfully by not providing drivers with such rights.
Self-employed people don’t have to pay
the full rate of National Insurance Contributions; they can offset
work-related expenses against their income tax which they pay in
two instalments each year rather than have it deducted under
The other case in the news concerns the
BBC. It has been forced to bring 85 of its presenters on to its
books as permanent members of staff, after coming under pressure to
stop allowing stars to use personal service companies to minimise their
tax bills. The arrangement allows the broadcaster to avoid making
employer’s National Insurance Contributions (a considerable
saving), while the stars using these companies qualify for a range of
tax reliefs and allowances. A report published in 2012 found that
the corporation paid more than 124 stars in excess of £150,000 a
year via personal service companies.
A number of presenters have complained that
they only formed service companies because they were told to by the
BBC. Indeed Jeremy Paxman had his own service company; he said
the BBC “required me to form a company if I wanted to continue to
present Newsnight. They claimed they had been told to do so by HMRC."
So what are the tax rules about whether a
worker can be considered self-employed or not?
HMRC says someone is probably
self-employed and shouldn’t be paid through PAYE if most of
the following are true:
- they’re in business for themselves,
are responsible for the success or failure of their business and can
make a loss or a profit
- they can decide what work they do and
when, where or how to do it
- they can hire someone else to do the work
- they’re responsible for fixing any
unsatisfactory work in their own time
- their employer agrees a fixed price for
their work - it doesn’t depend on how long the job takes to finish
- they use their own money to buy business
assets, cover running costs, and provide tools and equipment for their
- they can work for more than one client.
All a bit vague don’t you think?
If someone’s employment status for
PAYE still isn’t clear, you can use HMRC’s Employment Status Indicator
which asks you a series of questions and gives you a verdict depending
on your answers.
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Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
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David Malin reports on crime in our area
Incidents during the last
HENLEY IN ARDEN
- Vehicle Crime - Theft
of. St Nicholas Road, Henley. Van stolen from address and then found
burnt out in Earlswood. 16th July. Incident Number 0181 16/07/2016
- Burglary Distraction.
Whitley Hill, Henley. While assisting a customer in the shop, a purse
has been stolen from the office area of the premises. The owner of the
purse had then received a call from a male allegedly from their bank
asking for the PIN number of the bank cards to be keyed in to the
phone. As a result money was unfortunately taken from the owner's
banks. Information is being gathered on the possible offenders.
Enquiries ongoing. Reported Daytime 15th July. Incident Number 0201
- Damage. Prince Harry
Road, Henley. Car scratched along the entire length of the passenger
side. Overnight 13th & 14th July.
- Theft. High Street,
Henley. Garden shed entered and petrol strimmer stolen. Overnight 12th
& 13th July.
- Vehicle Crime - attempt
theft from. High Street, Henley. Front offside passenger door on Nissan
van jemmied open. Entry gained but nothing stolen. This may have
occurred around 1.30am Thursday 21st July. 0112 21/07/2016
- Theft. Shop, High
Street, Henley. Theft of man's wallet, possibly by way of 'pick
pocketing'. Offender may have been a white female, red shoulder length
hair which was tied back, carrying a large shopping bag. 3pm Tuesday
19th July. 0302 19/07/2016
- Vehicle Crime - theft
from. High Street, Henley. Near to Henley Ice Creams. Ford Transit
works van broken into and a number of power tools stolen. Offenders
have "popped open" the side door nearest to the footpath. Between 11am
and 11.30am Monday 18th July. 0155 18/07/2016
- Vehicle Crime - Theft
from. Prince Harry Road, Henley. Theft of both number plates off car.
Between 9am and 9.30am Monday 18th July. 0104 18/07/2016
- Theft. Craft Centre,
Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. During opening times of the centre,
offenders have forced open a glass display cabinet and have stolen 6
rings. Between 14th & 16th July. Incident number 0270 16/07/2016
- Burglary Other. The
Dale, Wootton Wawen. Wooden shed broken into and tools and garden
equipment stolen. Offenders have unscrewed the hasp and padlock from
the shed to gain access. Between 4th & 8th July. 0098 22/07/2016
- Burglary Dwelling.
Ullenhall Street, Ullenhall. Offenders have gained access via a first
floor window. A search of the premises has been made. A window in the
rear conservatory was also broken. Between 3.45pm and 6.15pm Wednesday
20th July. 0353 20/07/2016
- Burglary Other. Lye
Green, Claverdon. Wooden garden shed broken into and power tools
stolen. (Over £1000 worth). Offenders have unscrewed the hinges
to the shed door to gain access. Between 15th & 17th July. 0345
Alcester Police SNTs
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