JPC totally against
Warwickshire College revised plans
Following an extensive and robust
discussion and review of the above planning application, the Beaudesert
& Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council has commented to
Stratford District Council about the proposed amendments as follows:
- It is noted that the proposed numbers of
dwellings has increased significantly, therefore the JPC considers that
the current proposals are an over intensification of the development.
The original application was for a maximum of 45 dwellings, this new
application appears to be for 27 Terraced, 12 Flats plus the apartments
in Arden House (not specified).
The lane is too narrow for cars, emergency vehicles and ramblers to pass safely
- The JPC also considers that the applicants have
not addressed the traffic issues which have been mentioned numerous
times. Emergency and large service vehicles will not be able to
traverse along the private Lane safely and the Lane cannot be improved
to adoptable standards. There appears to be no overspill parking
facility for visitors and delivery/service vehicles, which will result
in the narrow loads being obstructed during deliveries. The Lane is a
quarter of a mile in length and runs alongside the proposed
development. The Lane serves existing private housing, and whilst it is
appreciated that the Lane has been widened, it is still not suitable
for two large vehicles to pass. Furthermore, if the application were to
be approved, there would be a significant increase in the traffic
generated and this would exacerbate an already unsafe route into and
out of the proposed development.
- The JPC made reference in its original response
to the application to the fact that the applicants should give
consideration to the Sports facilities which exist on the site and
which are owned by the College. The JPC feels that the Sports facilities should be either donated or leased in an appropriate and sustainable way, in perpetuity, for the benefit of the community. This is borne out by both current policies and the SDC emerging Core Strategy.
- Henley in Arden College is within the Green
Belt. In the emerging Core Strategy, The Green Belt is a strategic
policy designation that seeks to prevent inappropriate development and
urban sprawl. The fundamental purpose of Green Belt policy is to
maintain land as permanently open, i.e. undeveloped. Within the
Stratford on Avon’s Site Allocations Plan – Regulation 18
which is currently undergoing a consultation process, it states that
‘Building in the Green Belt is generally inappropriate’
Finally, the JPC fundamentally
objects to the revised plans in this Outline application and would
request the applicants organise a further Town Meeting, along
similar lines to the one that they held last Autumn, due to the fact
that the number and size of the dwellings has changed significantly,
which in turn changes the context of the application. The JPC strongly
feels that the community in Henley in Arden should have the opportunity
to review the revised application and that this would encourage the
applicants to be open and transparent regarding their intentions for
If you wish to object to these
changes and request a further town meeting, add your comments at:
A Resident Comments
This morning, I visited some of the residents who are very concerned about the newly amended plans that have been submitted by En Plan for the proposed construction of a The Henley-in Arden Care master plan.
The original plans have been modified to enable more properties to be built, and there will be substantially less landscaping, which is a major change that raises concerns, but their overriding objection focuses on access.
Local resident Warren Harding notes ‘The lane is very narrow and although the new plans have made some accommodation for widening it by about a yard in some areas, there can be no major changes to the structure of the lane, as part of it has a listed wall, which cannot be removed and the land on the side belongs to other owners. The developers suggest that there will be a ‘side road’ to enable access, but it is improbable that drivers will take a detour when they can just drive straight down the lane onto the Stratford Rd. This will inevitably not only cause traffic chaos, but is downright dangerous as even with the modifications there will be insufficient room for two cars to pass side by side, and it will be impossible for heavy vehicles- collisions will be the outcome.
'A new Care Home Village will require access for the removal of garbage, deliveries etc and as it is mandatory that there should be adequate space to enable emergency vehicles to enter unimpeded, we are dumbfounded that outline planning permission could be considered until a full survey has been undertaken and a viable traffic management scheme is proposed.’
I walked this lane with them and from a lay person’s point of view, I have no option but to agree with their concerns. Two cars are unable to pass- and even if the developers can add another yard in places, it will still not be viable for large vehicles to have access- particularly if there are pedestrians to consider.
Both Sylvia Doyle and Warren Harding understand that it is inevitable there will be a development on the site, and are not simply objecting on the basis of any degree of nimbyism; but they envisage an untenable situation for the current and future residents. As Sylvia pointed out, ‘The question of access is crucial, it has to be resolved as not only will it be a problem for ourselves, but will be an issue for the community who will be living in the new development.’
I would suggest that any local resident who is interested in gaining a greater understanding of this issue, should take a walk and see for themselves - then be sure to lodge an objection on the web-site. It is an easy process-I have just done it.
If you wish to object to these
changes and request a further town meeting, add your comments at:
Jayne Bridges reporting
Is Henley a Town or a
Almost everyone who lives
in Henley believes that Henley with three royal charters is a Town. The
Rector at this week's Civic Service referred to celebrating our
identitity as a Town. Stratford District Council in its
publications, and on its website, refers to Henley as a Town. However,
Henley is technically two parishes and this causes confusion.
The District Council has confirmed that the choice
of style between Parish Council or Town Council can be decided by the
elected council, with a simple majority of councillors deciding the
future title of the Council.
The Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish
Council will consider if it should become a Town Council at its Council
meeting being held on 20th June 2016 at 7 pm in the Memorial Hall
All residents are invited to attend and make their
opinions known to councillors prior to the Councillors' vote. If a
change were to be authorised, there will be no significant cost
implications and the need to duplicate such things as the parish
assemblies would disappear.
At the Annual Meeting of the Beaudesert and
Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council held on Monday 16th, Cllr Bill
Leech was re-elected Chairman for another year.
PARISH ASSEMBLIES 2016
There will be two identical Parish Assemblies on Tuesday May 31st in the Memorial Hall
Henley-in-Arden 6.30 pm
Beaudesert at 7.30 pm
New Chairperson for
Sheila Davis has been
appointed as the new Chairperson of Henley-in-Bloom
and will be supported by Ian Fox of Brookend Drive as Financial
On Thursday May 12th Sheila and three ladies
representing Henley-in-Bloom met children and staff at Henley Primary
School. The children were invited to take part in a seed growing
competition, which will be judged in July.
Nasturtium seeds were planted and watered in pots
of compost by the pupils and taken home to be grown on. The visit was
enjoyable and the children took an enthusiastic part in the planting
and a question and answer session.
Over the Spring Bank Holiday 3,000 plants will be
planted in pots and troughs along Henley High St, Warwick and Redditch
Roads. Sheila told Henley NEWS, "We have some willing helpers
but if you wish to help for an hour or so, the planting dates are
Thursday 26th May 2.30, 27th 9.30 & 2.30, 28th 10.00 & 2.30,
29th 2.30, 30th 2.30, 31st 9.30 & 2.30, and 1st June 9.30 &
All residents are requested, if
possible to water the flower containers adjacent to their property
throughout the summer.
Books for the Memorial Hall stall at the Court Leet Fare Day on
Saturday 4th June
If you have any unwanted books, CDs or DVDs in good condition, please
Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day 794987 eve or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Business Telephone Numbers
Also Charities, Sports Clubs, Town Organisations, etc
Call for Telephone Numbers
The JPC is producing a quality town guide which
will be circulated to all residents in about August. It will be in
colour, around 40 pages and describe many aspects of the town. The
print run will be circa 7,000.
500 copies will be given to each estate
agent to go in their welcome pack for new residents. It will
also be available free at the Heritage Centre, the Guild Hall and other
tourist locations, e.g. Henley Ices. The last few pages will contain
the JPC’s report and accounts.
There has been an
unexpected large response for advertising. Please contact Alision Brown if you want
to book an advert.
Included in the Guide will be a free
Business / Charity / Town Organisations telephone directory.
Because of copyright rules all
organisations which want to appear are asked to
complete the simple Telephone
Listing Input Form now.
Call for Business Telephone Numbers
Also Charities, Sports Clubs, Town Organisations, etc
Peter Clarke has
opened a new branch in Henley-in-Arden in a joint venture with David
David has lived and worked in
the local area for over 25 years. He is a well-known face and
personality, respected for his knowledge and professionalism.
Pictured with David are
office manager Serna Lowe, Megan Shrimpton Lettings Manager, and Aimee
Clifton, Partners Peter Clarke, Andrew Clarke, Jonathan Clarke, Michael
Hawkins, Sarah Jayne Hart and Stephen Werner.
Trading from the existing
offices in the High Street Peter Clarke & Co will serve
Henley-in-Arden and the surrounding areas from north of Stratford upon
Avon to Solihull to including villages such as Hockley Heath, Lapworth,
Rowington and Tanworth in Arden.
This adds to the existing
branch network of 5 offices in Stratford upon Avon, Leamington Spa,
Wellesbourne, Shipston on Stour and Chipping Campden serving
Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds.
Peter Clarke comments
“I welcome David to the Peter Clarke & Co and look forward to
working with him and expanding our business in the area. For my part I
am particularly pleased that the family business is returning to
Henley-in-Arden following in the footsteps of my Grandfather Frederick
Cooper who was land agent in Henley until his death in 1932. Frederick
and our family also lived in Henley-in-Arden in what is now the
Peter Clarke & Co offers
a range of services including Estate agency, residential lettings with
a local property management centre, dedicated new homes department,
commercial property agency and professional services including
valuations and appraisals.
The office address is 66
High Street, Henley In Arden, B95 5BX
Telephone 01564 795757
or email Henley@peterclarke.co.uk Web www.peterclarke.co.uk
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High
The Annual Henley-in-Arden Ale Tasting
Dating back 600 years, when ale was sometimes suspect, the annual
Henley In Arden Ale Tasting organised by the Court Leet took place on
Thursday evening 12th May. It was led by the High Bailiff,
Norman Kench and Graham Smith, Low Bailiff. It was superbly
organised by Tom Mangan, Ale Taster, who prepared a detailed schedule
of timings for each of the six pubs visited, together with the name and
description of each of the two beers to be tasted at the venues. He had
clearly done his homework!
robed members of Henley Court Leet, and fifteen guests from Alcester,
Bromsgrove and Warwick Courts met in the Guildhall at 6-30pm. All were
given the schedule by Tom, Ale Taster and at 7-05pm the group
then proceeded to the first pub – Nags Head , where Town Crier,
Les Long introduced the High Bailiff and entourage to the landlady and
customers in the pub. High Bailiff Norman Kench then said why they were
there – to make sure that the beer they are serving is good
enough for the people of Henley In Arden. The tastings at the Nags were
ales from Scotland – Caledonian Pale Ale – tasted by our
own Ale Taster Tom Mangan, which he after much tasting and comment
passed fit to drink. Tom then introduced Alan Whitehead Ale Taster from
Alcester Court to taste another beer – Nags Head Own Brew, also
brewed by Caledonian Brewery – Alan also gave the beer the
“thumbs up”. The High Bailiff then announced to the
Landlady that her ale was good for the people of Henley and duly
awarded her a Certificate together with a fern which would indicate to
people who couldn’t read, that the beer was good.
receives its certificate
The Group set off for their second stop at the White
Swan, with Peter Vanplew, Brook Looker in the lead who was charged with
making sure that the Ale was served and ready to drink on the
arrival of the group. 32 half pints of ale were ready to drink, which
was split between Black Sheep and Purity Gold. Tasters on this
occasion were Laurence Marshall, past Ale Taster and now Constable
Henley Court Leet and Hamish Wilson, past Ale Taster from
Bromsgrove Court Leet. Both passed the Ale as good to drink.
receives its certificate
This process was
followed at the Three Tuns, where Graham Sutherland Ale Taster from
Warwick Court Leet and Tom Mangan again passed the brews as fit for
consumption. Slightly more challenging was the tasting at Matricardis ,
where both brews would come under the title of lagers. However Keith
Hutton, Ale Taster Warwick and Laurence Marshall from Henley, again
rose the occasion, and said that as “official ale“ was
unavailable the two lagers – Carling and Lawless were excellent
alternatives. At the next stop – the Blue Bell – Vaughan
Blake and Peter Neili, Ale Tasters from Alcester found the HPA Wye
Valley and Hook Norton Bitters excellent beers and recommend them both
to their fellow visitors.
Our final stop for
the evening was the Black Swan, where Timothy Taylor's Landlord Ale was
tasted by our own Andrew Gardner, past Ale Taster and now Hayward on
the Court, and a Doombar produced by Sharpes Brewery Cornwall was
tasted by Tom Mangan. Both beers were given a “clean bill of
health”. At around 9-15pm the Group were joined by partners,
wives and lovers, where Ian Jackson, Landlord and his team
provided a superb hot meal.
In Medieval times,
ale to be tested would be poured on to a wooden stool and one of the
(unfortunate) ale tasters had to sit on it. If the stool stuck to the
Ale taster's posterior, the ale had not fermented properly and would
not pass the test. If the Ale taster found the stool came away, the ale
was fit to drink. I would hope at the time each Taster took it in turns
to action this test, otherwise one of them would have finished the job
with a very wet bum. In Henley at the time, there were at least 13
pubs, whereas now there are just six.
Nags Head receives its certificate
Every pub we
visited was busy, which certainly added to the “theatre “
of the event. 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.
Ancient and Modern
Henley-in-Arden Civic Service representing the ancient Court Leet and
the modern Parish Council, took place on Sunday 15th May at St
John’s Church in the High Street. It was organised by the High
Bailiff, Norman Kench and the Chairman of the Joint Parish Council Cllr
Bill Leech and was conducted by the Rector, John Ganjavi.
Members of the
Court Leet and the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council
with representatives of other groups in the town, including Beavers,
First Responders, Warwickshire Fire Service, British Legion and the
Police met at 0945 in the Guildhall Hall. Dignitaries from the adjacent
Courts of Alcester, Warwick and Bromsgrove attended, including Cllr Ann
Grainer, Mayor of Warwick.
At 0950, Church
wardens lead the group into St Johns Church. It was great to see the
church was full and certainly represented and gave thanks for all
bodies in the town.
John Ganjavi, the
Rector opened the service by welcoming everyone together to celebrate
our town, its history and all who serve it through their employment or
Lessons were read
by Norman Kench, High Bailiff and Bill Leech, Chairman of the JPC. In
between the two lessons the Rector interviewed Walter Goodman from
Christian Aid about the plans for this year’s Fund raising (which
starts today). Walter has been involved with Christian Aid (CA) since
1981 and now travels the Midlands telling churches about the
activities. He commented that CA works in 40 countries and 500
organisations throughout the world. He went on to say that this year
their focus is on 5 million people living on islands (below sea level)
on the River Bramaputra in Bangledesh. These people suffer flooding at
least 7 times a year, when their houses (shacks) can often be washed
away and they have to survive on less than £1-00 per day. The aim
with CA monies raised is to erect 10 foot poles under the houses so
that when the area floods they will remain dry.
We were also
privileged to hear 15 members of the C of E Primary School sing two
hymns – the first without help from the CD and the second when
the CD worked and helped bring to life ”This little light of
The theme of the
rector’s sermon (or brief thoughts) was based on Expectations. He
related this word to marriage, High Bailiff and Chairman of JPC. He
went on to say that expectations were built on trust and wanting to
know about other human beings He concluded his sermon by saying for him
the key thought was for people to go away from this service respecting
and at peace with other people in Henley.
The Service ended
with a rousing rendition of God Save The Queen, after which all were
invited to take wine and snacks in the adjacent Guildhall, provided by
the Court Leet and the Joint Parish Council.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – come
‘Rain or Shine’
Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by ‘The
Stage’ as “one of the best companies
touring open air theatre", are set to delight family audiences once
again this summer with their production of Shakespeare’s magical
and hilarious comedy masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s
With well-loved characters such as Bottom
and Puck, Rain or Shine invite audiences into the
intoxicating dream world of fairy queen and king, Titania
and Oberon. This fast-paced jaunt through the
Bard’s best loved comedy is filled with magic and mischief,
inspired by warm nights, young love and ‘An Elizabethan
Sure to delight family audiences from 6 to 96,
this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event, bringing
classical theatre into the heart of local communities as they travel
across the UK during June July and August from the Devon to
Northumberland, and Wales to Norfolk, visiting some of the
country’s most picturesque castles, stately homes and gardens
along the way.
The tour includes a performance at Upper
Mill Garden, Wootton Wawen on Thursday 30th June at 7.30pm. For tickets
phone 07974 573582 or go online via www.rainorshine.co.uk
profits from this event will be donated to the Hub@Henley Community
Audiences are requested to bring along low-backed
seating or rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al
fresco performances. Full details of the tour and venues can be found
on the Rain or Shine website and tickets can be purchased from each
venue, through Ticketweb via www.rainorshine.uk, or by ringing 0330 660
Wine, fashion, flowers and
Wootton Wawen parish church of St Peter’s is the venue from 11-18
June for four performances honouring the Queen’s Official 90th
birthday, taking the theme Music Fit for a Queen. .
To launch the week-long Wootton Festival
there is a special Saturday performance at 7.30 pm by the
Alcester-based Tarantara Singers, pictured above, whose 60 members are
drawn from many communities around Henley from Solihull to Stratford
and Warwick to Redditch.
Sunday afternoon, 12 June from 2.30 pm
features fashion and other exhibits reflecting the Queen’s nine
decades with teas, lace-making, floral displays and organ favourites as
The link between wine and music is explored
on Thursday 16 June at 7.30 pm when wine critic Oz Clarke narrates to
the harmonies of the Armonico Consort and the audience samples classic
wines offered in the ticket price.
Modern jazz classics played by graduating
students and earlier graduates of Birmingham Conservatoire round off
the week on Saturday 18 June at 7.30 pm..
Tickets (£5-25) and details from Pat
Phillips 01564 793114, email@example.com
Shakespeare 400 by the Bard of Henley
Some thoughts from the author of a play about
Shakespeare’s final hours in Stratford
Part 3 –The Erudite Kit Marlowe
A little like
Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe was virtually
unknown outside of the renaissance movement in London in the late
This man has tested the imagination of scholars
for the last four hundred years, his short life was an enigma, he was
overtly atheist, which at his time was considered to be profoundly
heretical, and such offenders were regularly burned at the stake.
It is thought that he was openly gay and formed
relationships within the theatrical community as well as the
establishment; one such liaison regrettably was to prove fatal. He was
indeed handsome, erudite, driven and charismatic.
Had he lived amongst us now, I am certain his
images would have emblazoned young girls’ and possibly, young
boys’ bedroom walls and tee shirts!
Quite apart from his canon of literary skills, Dr
Faustus, Tamburlaine and the Jew
of Malta etc., he led a double life, employed by Walsingham,
Queen Elizabeth’s security advisor, to gather intelligence in
Rome and Madrid as to how the Catholic zealots might be plotting
assassination of the English monarch.
The Marlovian movement would have us
believe that his untimely death in Deptford in 1593 was faked and that
he took on the mantle of Shakespeare in writing plays and poems for the
London stage. I don’t think so. One thing is certain: the
circumstances of his death were constructed by the establishment and
filled with inaccuracies and doubts.
If we press the analogy that Kit was indeed akin
to the modern film idol or rock star, he certainly shuffled off this
mortal coil at the right age, just twenty nine years old, and just like
the many prodigies we have lost in the past fifty years or so at such a
young age. Who knows what greatness this man may have created within
the renaissance, had he survived in to maturity?
However, you have two options to learn more of
this man, this Elizabethan double-agent. The first is that you get hold
of a copy of Anthony Burgess’s novel, A Dead Man in Deptford,
where in summary he quotes “Ben Jonson knew what he was talking
about when he referred to the mighty line. Shakespeare may have
outshone him but he did not contain or supersede him”.
The second option is to come along to the Guild Hall in late June and
hear more of his untimely death.
Look in on the forthcoming episodes which form the
background of the play, published only on HNOL; then, learn all
of the facts on June the 23rd, 24th and 25th! Tickets are on
sale now on-line, www.hads.org.uk
and Dukes Stationers on the High Street. Due to the very limited
seating in the Guild Hall, seats must be reserved.
Next time: The Bankside 1599
Ray Evans –
Starring Meryl Streep
Directed by Stephen Frears
The movie, which is based on a true story, is
about an amateur opera singer called Florence Foster Jenkins, a
wealthy, cultured New York Socialite and Arts Patron. She is
married to a handsome younger man called St Clair Bayfield. He is
devoted to his wife but because of her Syphilis he leads a double life,
looking elsewhere for love. Florence Foster Jenkins was given the
disease by her first husband and the treatments of the time, which
included mercury, did not bode well for her health. Florence
loves to sing but her singing is in fact awful! Her pianist and
the society she moves in allows her to believe that she is a good
singer. St Clair Byfield, her husband champions her singing,
protecting her from the truth. He allows this lie to fester
through love and duty. Florence decides to help the Armed Forces,
as the film is based on the period around 1944. She does this by
performing at Carnegie Hall, the famous venue in New York and donating
to the armed forces a thousand tickets. The film is built around
the lead up to and subsequent performance by Florence Foster Jenkins
and its outcome.
The performance yet again allows Meryl Streep to
shine as her interpretation of Florence Foster Jenkins is vividly
real. Meryl Streep is obviously a good singer, thinking Mama Mia;
but to perform so badly is a real skill. Her interpretation is
funny but eventually wearing.
Hugh Grant brings to the film a very fine
performance as St Clair Byfield, the Husband of Florence Foster
Jenkins. He brings to the role a dimension that at times is very
moving and this allows a level of realism that contributes to the flow
of the movie. Her reluctant pianist is beautifully played by
Simon Helberg, a musician who dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, an
ambition he achieves with humour and pathos.
Florence Foster Jenkins is a nice movie. The
direction by Stephen Frears does justice to the story but the film does
not lend itself to movie magic. The film is 110 minutes long and
moves through a time when the world was in turmoil. The tragedy
of Florence Foster Jenkins is well told, a pleasant evening out.
Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood
Like To be Beside
Day trip from Henley Station to the
Welsh coast for less than £30
There can be few places
that are further from the sea than Henley-in-Arden but many residents
would welcome the opportunity for an economical day trip to the coast.
Henley-in-Arden's railway station has excellent
rail links to the Welsh coast and these services are heavy subsidised
by the Welsh Government. You can travel from Henley, with only one
change at Smethick Galton Bridge, to the Welsh coast and the cost will
be less than £30, or £20 if you have a rail card. Leaving
Henley at 7.35 you will arrive at Aberdovey at 11.13 having enjoyed the
delightful scenery on route. After a bracing walk along the beach, you
will be able to enjoy a fish and chips lunch at one of the brightly
painted seafront shops. The return train journey at 15.35 via
Shrewsbury will bring you back to Henley by 19.05.
Great views of the Welsh
The 20th Jazz in the
Garden … a very special evening
Saturday July 23rd Jazz, strawberries, fizz, dancing and fireworks
In the Guild Hall Garden
Sponsored by John Earle and Sons and Lodders
For information and tickets contact Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge
795149 day 794987 eve…. firstname.lastname@example.org
A call a day to
keep the doctor away
Residents of Henley can currently take advantage
of a new daily telephone befriending service which aims to keep them
socially independent and away from the doctor’s waiting room.
The Charity Age Trust (1124019)
is working alongside Home to Home Calls to create a unique befriending
service that works by carefully matching each user with their own daily
phone friend who will provide warm conversation and companionship on a
regular basis. The idea is special in the way that it encourages
positive healthy friendships to develop with the same guaranteed
befriender at a pre agreed time every day.
The vital service also provides a link to the
outside world for those who experience loneliness and often acts as a
gateway for other services and valuable support. The topic of
discussions can range from a simple welfare check and medication
reminder, to a friendly discussion about somebody’s day, the
weather or the news.
If you would like to benefit from the variety of
befriending services they provide please call 0800 316 8802.
St Johns Church
organ concert - tickets now available!
Tickets are now available for what promises to be
a memorable evening of organ music played by renowned organist Keith
Hearnshaw. The event is being organised by the parishioners of St
John's Church, to raise money for the church and to honour Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday. Keith is very much "in demand", and is
one of the top organists in the area having played at many prestigious
venues throughout the UK and abroad, to sell out audiences. He has also
performed on television and played regularly on national radio.
For this concert Keith has prepared a varied
programme designed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes and of all
ages and the concert will include works by Bach, Offenbach and Mozart
as well as music from the films Titanic and Saving Private Ryan. To
help create a special atmosphere and add to the audience's enjoyment,
Keith will use a large HD screen on to which images will be projected
which relate to the music being played.
A spokesman for St Johns Church said, we are
delighted that Keith has agreed to perform in Henley, he really does
bring the organ to life with his unique style of playing, it promises
to be a wonderful evening.
The concert takes place on Saturday 11th June,
starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £10 which includes light
refreshments and are available by calling 01564 794010
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I stopped on the road to Warwick and was amazed to
come across these guys in the field next to me!
Photographer Annie Davies
reaches 70 not out
Last Saturday a milestone was reached by
Henley in Arden CC's demon spinner Geoff Shepherd (pictured front and
centre) when the club played its Cotswold Hills League fixture at the
picturesque Winchcombe Cricket Club. The slow left armer
celebrated reaching his 70th birthday by taking 3 wickets for a mere 19
runs before Henley chased down Winchcombe's total of 149 all out in a
mere 15 overs thanks to quick fire half centuries from John Perry and
Mitchell Colby. The club is very keen to know if Geoff is currently the
oldest cricketer still playing regular League cricket.
The early finish ensured the team had plenty
of time to indulge the Grandfather of 4 in one of his other hobbies,
sampling some local real ale at the host side's pub sponsor, the Corner
Originally from Leyton in East London,
businessman Geoff moved to Henley in 1990 when he began playing for
Fillongley CC on Saturday and Henley on Sunday before eventually
devoting himself to Henley. Surprisingly he hadn't taken up the game
seriously until the age of 42 and attributes this as the main reason he
is still keen to turn out every week.
Geoff is also an accomplished Stratford upon
Avon District League table tennis player keeping him fitter than many
of the team, most of whom are more than 20 years his junior. He also
boasts a collection of vintage cycles and can often be seen peddling
around Henley on bikes even older than he is!
In his early career Geoff was a dashing
David Goweresque batsman who scored several centuries before gradually
slipping down to prop up the order at number 11. He has taken several 7
wicket hauls and been leading wicket taker for the club on numerous
Geoff told us "I'm still enjoying my cricket
and though I'm not quite as mobile as I used to be in the field I know
I can still do a good job for the team". As for how long he intends to
carry on? "I'm just taking it season by season. I'm sure my team mates
will be the first to let me know when it's time to hang up the boots".
Is the club worried about Geoff retiring in the future? Not at all.
They blooded a new spinner on Saturday. Welcome to Henley CC Mr Alan
Stevens, aged 56.
Win the Cup
On Thursday 5th May, Henley Forest 1st team met arch
rivals Badsey United in the final of the Division 1 KO Cup at Stratford
It really was a clash of the titans as Badsey United had finished top
of Division 1 with Henley Forest taking the runners up spot. In fact
Badsey Utd had finished the league season unbeaten, highlighting the
scale of the task Henley Forest faced.
On a bobbly pitch Henley started brightly and quickly dominated
possession; the combination of wily old veterans and willing young
runners being too much for Badsey to handle. Two first half goals in
quick succession, from Sam Churchley and Henri Lewis, meant Henley went
into the half-time break with a healthy lead.
The second half saw Badsey try to get back into the match but the
Henley defence held firm and the Henley goal was rarely threatened. In
fact, Henley looked much more likely to extend their lead, with several
good chances on the counter attack. Eventually Badsey ran out of steam
and the final few minutes played out pretty comfortably for the boys in
So all in all a relatively straightforward 2-0 win for Henley to cap a
fantastic season: League runners up and Cup Winners!
tennis season has started at Henley!
Henley Tennis Club opened its courts to everyone on Sunday, along with
many other clubs up and down the country, when it celebrated the Great
British Tennis Weekend – an LTA scheme designed to get more
people involved in tennis.
With coaching sessions for Mini Tennis and
Juniors and free play for adults, everyone was able to enjoy the tennis
and refreshments in the beautiful sunshine! Thanks to everyone who
supported the event.
The tennis season is now well underway and
the first Club Tournament of the year took place last Thursday. Once
again the weather was kind and encouraged people to join in the Spring
The matches were close and it went right to
the wire, but in the end Kieran Ryan and Liz Fox won the deciding game
- but well done to Rose Depper and Emma Lange – worthy runners up.
The Tournament finalists enjoy a welcome drink after the match. From
L-R: Rose Depper, Emma Lange, Kieran Ryan, Liz Fox
If you missed the Great British Tennis
Weekend but are interested in finding out more about the Club and
what’s on offer, please contact the Club Secretary: JudithMathias@aol.com
of England Bike Ride – Sun 17 July 2016
Knowle and Dorridge Lions
hope you will join them for this year’s 11th Heart of England
bike ride from Packwood House National Trust property around the
beautiful Warwickshire countryside on Sunday 17 July. Gear up, get your
friends and family together and take on the challenge of the 12, 18, 30
or 60 mile (20, 30, 50, 100 kms) routes, and help raise funds for the
British Heart Foundation.
Organiser Lion Paul Wheatley says:
“This ride seems to be going from strength to strength with over
700 participants last year, who enjoyed the lovely atmosphere, getting
fit, completing a challenge and raising over £19,000 for charity,
all at the same time. After your ride why not visit the Lions BBQ and
enjoy free entry to Packwood House and gardens. It’s a great day
out for everyone!”
Discounted advance entry costs £10.00
Adults, £5 Children on the day an entry fee of £15.00 Adult
and £7.50 Children. More details and register online via www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/bikeride
If you would like to help the Lions
organise this and other fundraising events please contact email@example.com
or 08458 33 58 94 now
John Garner's Business Column
Update you may have missed
6 April this year the Employment Allowance increased from £2,000
to £3,000. You will recall this is where employers are not
liable for the first £3,000 (in the current tax year) of their
employers’ National Insurance Contributions in the year.
They are of course still liable to pay the employees’
contributions which are deducted from salary.
Most employers qualify to claim the NI
employment allowance: businesses, charities and community amateur
sports clubs – but not parish councils - paying employers’
Class 1 National Insurance. If your business is part of a group
of companies only one company can claim the allowance. Note
however that businesses with a sole employee who is also a director can
no longer claim the allowance (last year they could).
You can’t claim if you employ someone
for personal, household or domestic work (eg a nanny or gardener) -
unless they’re a care or support worker. Nor if
you’re a public body or business doing more than half your work
in the public sector (eg local councils and NHS services) - unless
you’re a charity.
If you are eligible for the employment
allowance and your business has multiple PAYE schemes, you can only
claim for one PAYE scheme. To ensure that you can claim the most of
your allowance, you should select the scheme where you think the Class
1 NI liability will most likely amount to at least the annual
employment allowance amount. You must notify HMRC of the relevant
chosen PAYE scheme for which you will claim the allowance.
Normally you don’t have to worry
about the mechanics of claiming for this as your payroll software will
automatically adjust for it, providing it’s been set up properly,
and HMRC will automatically be notified when you submit your electronic
return under RTI each payday.
But beware, HMRC do make mistakes so
it’s essential to check regularly on their website that their
records for your business are accurate. Go to their website at https://www.gov.uk/paye-online-log-in.
If you don’t already have a User ID and a password you should
click on “Register” and they’ll send you one.
John Garner -
up for SCAM ALERTS
Anyone can now sign up to
the email alert system automatically and instantly, in the same way
residents use other email alerts such as roadwork warnings etc. a WCC
here for WCC Scam Alerts
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information
Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Alcester North Safer
David Malin reports on crime in our area
Incidents during the last
HENLEY IN ARDEN
- Theft. Store, High
Street, Henley. Male entered store and stole various meat products, by
way of shoplifting. Described as a white male, late 20s / early 30s,
short cropped dark hair. Wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket. 7.30pm Friday
- Burglary Other. Pound
Field, Wootton Wawen. Door to garage has been unscrewed and entry
gained. Various tools stolen. Overnight 3rd & 4th May.
- Vehicle Crime - Theft
of. Salters Lane, Wootton Wawen. White Citroen Berlingo van stolen.
Overnight 12th & 13th May. Van was later found by police and
- Burglary Other.
Ullenhall. Window in garage smashed and entry gained. 2 pedal cycles
and various tools stolen. Overnight 6th & 7th May.
Police warning following scam phone calls
Warwickshire Police are urging people to be
vigilant following a series of scam phone calls made to Warwickshire
Several people from the Stratford area and
rural villages have reported being called this week Tuesday 10th May to
Friday 13th May 2016. On each occasion the scammers purported to be
from the police in London, that they were the fraud squad and had a
arrested a male in an Apple store with stolen credit cards.
Scammers typically target elderly people,
and have on a couple of occasions have asked the victims to withdraw
money from the bank and hand it over to a courier who had been sent to
Fortunately the majority of the victims
have realised this is a scam and have not given of their bank details
nor withdrawn money.
Police are issuing the following advice:
Do not give out any personal details over
The banks and police will never ask you for
your PIN or for money
If you receive a call like this, please
hang up immediately and call 101 from a different phone. If there is a
crime in progress, please call 999.
Please share this message with any elderly
friends and relatives.
Alcester Police SNTs
Further information can be found at: The
Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area