The Town Christmas
Tree has been installed outside the Old Police Station
in preparation for the Christmas Lights Switch On on Saturday 3rd
December 2016 at the Market Cross.
There has been a discussion on Facebook - Henley
Is this the Christmas
Tree for Henley in Arden this year?
It is very sparse and looks like it is about to fall over!
Is this the best we can do for our lovely Town?,
There are going to be some very disappointed children.
Comment and photo by
Whilst I was taking
this photo a passing lady said "It looks better in the dark". She did
not say whether that was with the lights on or off.
Comment and photo by
Stormy JPC Meeting - Council
resolves to make official Complaint
During the Joint Parish Council meeting held on
Monday 29th November 2016, Councillors reviewed the project to provide
a Christmas Tree at the Market Cross and illuminations across the High
Street. They concluded that because of planning approval delays, the
JPC would be unable to make the improvements this year despite there
being massive support from residents. The consultation decisions made
by the Warwickshire County Highways came in for particular criticism.
The Highways' refusal to allow the existing flagpole socket to be used
was seen as illogical especially when the Highways Authority was
prepared to allow a Christmas Tree outside Barclays Bank adjacent to
one of Henley's most dangerous junctions.
JPC Councillors first consulted WCC Highways on
13th June 2016 and on two further occasions before WCC decided
that a Section 178 application form would be required. Despite the form
being requested three times during early November, it was not provided
until 25th November. The technical details required appeared to be a
duplication of information which had been provided to Stratford
District Council some months earlier. (It was also noted that the
form had only been created on 25th November 2016.) The form stated
that WCC required 8 weeks prior to the installation to process the
application which made it impossible to provide the decorations for
These matters were discussed by Councillors with
County Councillor Mike Perry who tried to defend the Highways
department's actions before storming out of the meeting. Parish
Councillors agreed that if WCC had been more helpful by providing the
form in June and that their comments about the locations had been more
sensible, the displays could have been provided this year.
Therefore, Councillors resolved unanimously, at
the suggestion of the Vice Chairman, to make a formal complaint about
Warwickshire County Council's management of the application. In
summary, JPC Councillors considered that the advice given during the
summer was inadequate and the reasons to reject the flagpole location
were not sound.
Cllr Peter Crathorne then drew councillors'
attention to a leaflet which had been circulated by the Christmas
Lights Committee to residents. The leaflet conveyed the impression that
the council had failed to support the Christmas Lights project.
The council felt that this misinformation needed correction.
The following support has been offered by the JPC and rejected by the
Christmas Lights Committee.
- The erection of a Stage of sufficient size
to accommodate the planned performance (JPC prepared to pay
- The installation of a high quality PA system so
everyone will be able to hear (JPC prepared to pay for this)
- The installation of extra lighting for
the evening so everyone will be able to see (JPC prepared to pay
- The power to run all systems (JPC prepared
to pay for this)
- To encourage the role of the Court Leet in
particular the role of the Town Crier and High Bailiff.
- To encourage the participation of the primary
school children choir.
- To encourage the presentation of the shop
window certificates with the Court Leet, celebrating the contribution
made by our town’s shops.
- The Council was also prepared to ensure that
there are sufficient funds to pay for this year’s lights.
The council has already approved £3500 to be held in
reserve if required. This or any amount up to this maximum could
be made available immediately.
Whatever is presented to the residents in comment
on this issue, remember that the parish council has never wavered in
its appreciation of the Christmas lights group.
We have frequently offered to discuss the issues
highlighted in this article and such proposals have been refused.
These approaches have been made in the belief that this extra support
would help the Committee to adopt an approach of constant improvement
on an already successful operation and to work towards a sustainable
model for managing the long term future of this important event in our
Despite the rejections and the misrepresentation
of the Parish Council’s good intentions, the Council has
remained constant and is prepared to meet the Christmas Lights
Committee to plan an even brighter future for the lights in 2017.
Warnings for Henley Residents
The first storms of the winter arrived last week
in Henley and the River Alne rose quickly to 0.95m. Fortunately it did
not reach a level to threaten properties and subsided from its peak
just as quickly. During the last major flood in July 2007, the river
rose to 2.43m.
You can view the Henley Flood Gauge which is
located near William James Way, at:
We suggest you may wish to
bookmark this website.
The Environment Agency operates an excellent free
flood warning service which can be sent to any phone, mobile or
landline. We recommend that all residents in flood risk areas sign up
Photos of 20th July 2007
Proposed Sale of Garages near the Primary Schools
There has been much in the Press
recently about antibiotic overuse. This is a serious problem and the
medical profession is working hard to reduce antibiotic prescriptions,
especially unnecessary ones for conditions that will get better anyway.
If we do not reduce the use of antibiotics now, then we will not have
them to use in the future as all bugs will become resistant to them.
In South Warwickshire a great deal
of hard work has been put in to reduce antibiotic prescribing. I am
pleased to report that there has been a 7.5% reduction in the number of
prescriptions for antibiotics in the last 12 months.
There are some conditions which DO
require treatment with antibiotics. Every year we receive new
guidelines on which antibiotics to use for certain conditions, and
these change from year to year. The idea is that by changing
recommended antibiotics we stay one step ahead of the bugs and avoid
them developing resistance (ie no longer working)
The other problem with antibiotics
is that they can CAUSE infection. There is a bug called C.difficile
that is caused by antibiotic use. The symptoms are severe diarrhoea
after a course of antibiotics. Some antibiotics are more likely to
cause this problem and are therefore no longer routinely recommended.
These antibiotics are:-
In South Warwickshire there has
been a big drive to reduce the use of these particular antibiotics, and
there has been an amazing reduction of 37% in the prescribing of these
If your GP gives you an antibiotic that is different from one you have
had previously, then it may be because recommendations have changed.
There are many conditions that are
self-limiting and can be treated by patients at home
- Coughs and colds
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Chesty coughs in otherwise healthy adults
- Urine infections in fit and healthy patients
- Earache without discharge
- Sore throats
Some groups of patients SHOULD
have a lower threshold for seeking help and may require antibiotics
- Patients with Asthma or COPD
- Elderly patients with underlying conditions
such as heart disease, kidney disease and neurological conditions
- Babies and very young children
- Patients who are taking medication that
suppress the immune system such as chemotherapy and steroids, and
- Elderly patients who are confused or unwell
If you are fit and well normally
and develop one of the self-limiting conditions above, then please try
and treat yourselves at home or ask the advice of the pharmacist.
If you are unsure then you can ring our Nurse Practitioner Sarah Smith,
or one of the GPs for advice.
Please help your GP to help you by
not insisting on antibiotics if you doctor has decided they are not
Dr Catherine Taylor
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High
Court Leet Service 2016
The annual Henley in Arden Court Leet Service took place on
Sunday 20th November at St John’s Church in the High Street. It
was organised by the High Bailiff, Norman Kench and the Rev John
Members of the
Court Leet, Chairman of The Parish Council – Bill Leech,
the Mayor of Warwick – Chris Cross and dignitaries from Alcester,
Bromsgrove and Warwick Courts, as well as Derek Austin from the Freemen
of England and Wales, met at 9.45am in the Guild Hall. The past
Bailiff John Rutherford, assisted by Alistair Price, Chamberlain
organised two processions into St John's – the first comprising
the Consorts and the second officers and dignitaries.
All gathered in the
Church by 10.00am for the start of the service. It was great to see
an attendance of nearly 140 people in the congregation. This included
twenty six youngsters from Henley Church of England School.
Rector welcomed everyone and introduced the Service. The theme of the
service was Christ the King. The Old Testament reading was read by Past
High Bailiff John Rutherford and the New Testament reading by High
Bailiff Norman Kench.
was entertained to a lovely rendition of Amazing Grace by the Henley
Church Of England school choir. They were led by Carleigh
O’Boyle, who is a teacher at the school and on the piano Jon
Lucas, who is the Church’s regular organist.
sermon was, as ever, worth a good listen and he started by giving
to High Bailiff Norman Kench for the work that he had done in the past
year for the town. He also said it was a year of Elections – the
Court Leet having taken place ten days previously. He said that if
Shakespeare could be brought into 2016 he would be pleased to see that
many of the traditions of medieval times had been preserved by the
Leet. He also commented that each High Bailiff interprets the
traditions in his own way, but still maintains the antiquity of the
After the final hymn and blessing, the Rector
invited members of the Court and congregation into the Guild Hall
Gardens to witness the unveiling of the Bench in memory of Dawn Leech (pictured
right at The Birthday Parade in April 2014), who was to have been
the first female High Bailiff, but sadly past away at the beginning
last year. John Ganjavi, Rector introduced the ceremony and then handed
over to High Bailiff Norman Kench who gave a very moving tribute to
Dawn. He said he was to have been her Low Bailiff, but circumstances
prevented her from taking up the role. He went on to say that all
the High Bailiffs are remembered by the plaque in the Guildhall
therefore it was fitting that Dawn’s contribution to the Court
should be remembered by the bench and the plaque in the garden along
with a beautiful white climbing rose named New Dawn.
After this ceremony
all were invited back to the Guild Hall for wine and snacks. Wine
by the Ale Tasters Tom Mangan and Mark Bailey with snacks by provided
by Court Members and their Consorts
The Joint Parish Council held an Ordinary meeting
on 28th November and I would like to report the following: The
JPC took the opportunity to thank Mr Brian Jackson for his years of
service in winding up the Town Clock, which is owned by the JPC.
Rev Ganjavi said how much the Town residents appreciated the
dedication, strength and commitment that Mr Jackson had displayed over
decades to keep the clock wound up and chiming. He said that the
JPC and the wider community wished to show their appreciation by
presenting Mr Jackson with gifts on his retirement. Mr Jackson
thanked everyone for their generosity and kindness.
- The JPC agreed to look into the concerns of
residents over the parking along Arden Road by both primary schools to
see whether they could help to facilitate the alleviation of the
congestion of traffic.
- The Chairman said that the JPC Annual Report
Accounts had been well received by members of the public and he thanked
the Team for all their hard work and effort in producing the
- The JPC Bank Balances as at 28th November 2016:
Current Account: £1,482.74 and Deposit Account:
£93,004.05. If you would like a copy of any of the finance
documents, they are available to download from the JPC web site or by
requesting a hard copy from myself. It was also resolved to
ratify the updated Financial Regulations.
- The Children’s Facilities WP is looking
into the redevelopment of the Play Area near to the Medical Centre and
has received three quotes. Each supplier will be asked to make a
presentation to a small group, including local families and that grant
funding is available to help to fund the project.
- Following the Traffic & Parking WP
presentation on 31st October at the Memorial Hall, Cllr Crathorne
thanked those members of the public who had put their views forward.
The JPC agreed to continue to investigate the proposals to alleviate
the long term parking issues in Henley.
- There are two allotments available on the
Allotments Site by the Station and it was suggested that a change of
use of the community plots N25 & N26 were utilised for additional
plots. A vote of thanks was expressed to Nick Haycock for all his
tireless hard work managing the allotments.
- The JPC agreed to investigate the budget
process and any requirements necessary to increase the precept.
- It was noted that the BT payphone situated in
Liveridge Hill is scheduled for removal.
- The JPC reported that it had submitted two
planning applications to SDC. One for a Variation to a Condition
allowing for a Christmas Tree to be installed into the existing
flagpole socket at the Market Cross and the other one for a Christmas
Tree to be installed outside Lloyds Bank, together with Catenary
Wires. He went on to say it was unlikely that planning permission
would be received until 1st December which would be too late.
- Cllr Crathorne advised that the Christmas
Lights Committee had circulated a leaflet to households in the town
claiming that the JPC had refused to give a grant this year. This
was not true because all of the social organisations in the
town had had the opportunity to apply for a grant earlier in the year
and the Christmas Lights Committee had not applied for one. There
is an amount allocated to the Christmas Lights Committee of
£3,500 if they were to approach the JPC and request a
- Two mini grant applications for funding were
approved for the Guild Hall Trust for the erection of historical
plaques and also the Guild Hall Arts for All Festival.
- The JPC confirmed that there had been an
overwhelming response in favour of supporting social organisations in
the town and it was agreed that a budget preparation group be formed.
- I reported that replacement options for the
three Bus Shelters in Henley were on-going.
- The JPC agreed to look at three quotes from
companies to supply a video projector and screen for future JPC and NDP
presentations, along with the provision of a Rural Cinema.
The next full JPC meeting will be held on
Monday, 16th January 2017 in the Henley in Arden Memorial
Hall, Station Road, Henley, commencing at 7.00 pm.
Clerk: Gill Bailey: tel: 01564 795499/07765
864588 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Henley-in-Arden - A Splodge in the Arden Forest
If you are a Henley resident, new or old, take a
look at this NEW publication by Ray Evans and Colin Fisher. Henley
in Arden – A Splodge in the Arden Forest.
Rambling through Henley’s past from the
Anglo Saxons to the Brexiteers, you will stumble upon a hundred or so
facts of which you may, or may not, have been aware of!
It touches on distant, as well as more recent
history, dealing in some detail with the Court Leet, the Battles of
Evesham and Crecy, World Wars I and II, and the closure of the Cattle
Market, as well as an array of notable and local heroes and villains.
Its compass invariably draws in local people and
businesses which still operate in our town today, watch
out you may well be featured!
The illustrations are of a very high standard and
any of them would be a prized possession framed and hung in your
lounge. These signed and numbered limited prints can be obtained using
the contact directions in the book.
Finally, in the last paragraph of this little
tome, the author makes a notional proposal for your future
consideration. Not just fanciful rhetoric, but a plan that may, just
may, elevate Henley’s aspirations to the heights the townsfolk of
Hay-on-Wye enjoy annually?
Available now at Dukes Stationers,
High Street, and at the book signing this coming Saturday
between 11.00am and 6.00pm, in and around the Guild
Hall, in league with the Christmas lights switch-on, carol
service, mulled wine and craft market the Guild Hall gardens advertised
by other local august organisations!
Oh, and if you can’t make any of the above,
the book can be purchased on line at the shop at:
Ray Evans reporting
Stratford District Residents Bin Slimming Challenge
An innovative new scheme encouraging
Warwickshire’s households to recycle more and throw away less has
launched for Stratford-on-Avon district.
Slim Your Bin is a community focused scheme, free
to all residents living in Stratford-on-Avon district as well as North
Warwickshire, Warwick district and Nuneaton and Bedworth borough.
Through an engaging community education initiative, the scheme aims to
reduce waste and get people recycling more, while benefiting local
community projects and promoting community spirit.
To make this initiative possible, Warwickshire
Waste Partnership has teamed up with Local Green Points to recruit
‘bin dieters’ across Warwickshire who will take part in the
Slim Your Bin scheme. The initiative begins with 4 weeks of training,
where dieters will be sent 3 emails a week packed with tips and advice
to get them recycling more and wasting less. Each week residents will
learn about a new theme, such as tackling contamination and recycling
food waste, and get the chance to take part in different waste
Warwickshire residents (the ‘dieters’)
will be rewarded with prizes for earning points, with the three top
dieters each month receiving a £20 voucher from a choice of
popular brands including Marks & Spencer and National Garden Gift
During the course of the 18-month initiative,
residents from the four communities will have the chance to vote for a
charity or community project from a choice of five. Every six months,
the community with the most points overall will win a £650
donation for their favourite project. The five charities being
supported in the first year are: Veterans Contact Point, Bo
Children’s Hospital, Oral Health Foundation, Lifespace and
Councillor Jeff Clarke, Chair of the Warwickshire
Waste Partnership and Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio
Holder for the Environment, said: “We’re excited to get
this initiative underway and encourage residents to think differently
about the waste they produce. Slim Your Bin not only provides a reason
to reduce your waste but gives practical tips on advice on how to do
so, which we hope will help our residents see not only a difference in
their bins but in their pockets too.”
Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire
County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee,
said: “We continue to work in partnership to find innovative ways
to encourage Warwickshire residents to recycle more of their waste and
reduce what goes to landfill. I look forward to seeing the results of
Mike Brain, Stratford District Council’s
Portfolio Holder for Community & Technical Services and
Warwickshire County Councillor for Bidford on Avon, said:
“Stratford-on-Avon District residents are already recycling
responsibly which has put us in 5th place in the country; this shows
we are very serious about the need to reduce the amount of rubbish
thrown away into landfill because it’s bad for our tax payers and
bad for the environment. Slim your Bin is a positive way of helping us
improve even better results by carefully selecting the correct
Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Local Green
Points, said “It’s great to see a waste authority embracing
the benefits of joined up communications to get messages across to
their residents and we’re looking forward to seeing reactions to
this initiative. The focus on waste minimisation is one that can save
councils a lot of money in gate fees so we’re confident that the
scheme will have a positive impact.”
Local Green Points themselves are a specialist
waste minimisation and recycling scheme provider, currently working
with 15 Councils in the UK to promote behaviour change.
A steam hauled excursion train passed both ways
through Henley in Arden recently – in the dreadful wet weather!
My first location for the outbound trip to Stratford on Avon was at
Wilmcote. I then drove into Stratford to take a few more shots, then to
Henley in Arden for the return run.
Sadly one of the two locomotives – bear in mind the loco is 71
years old – suffered a hot axle box that resulted in the special
departing Stratford almost an hour late which scuppered my plans to
photograph it passing through Henley. However after uploading my photo
collection to my website I was contacted by one of the passengers who
was on board. He wanted to use a photo that I’d taken from the
footbridge at Henley looking north for a “Then & Now”
item on his own website. His explanation was that EXACTLY 50 years ago
to the day an excursion train organised by the LCGB (Locomotive Club of
Great Britain) had made a photo stop at Henley and as he was on board
he had taken a shot from the bridge in almost exactly the same place as
my photo. The special was hauled by Britannia Class loco no 70004
William Shakespeare which sadly went to the great scrap yard in the sky
in the 60s.
pictures of the event
Clive Hanley Photography
Despite the weather, CGG held a
very successful Country Market on Saturday 12th November. As you can
see from the pictures crowds came early to choose that special gift,
that unusual gift, that quirky gift not seen in the High Street shops.
Foods of all sorts were available too: cheeses, preserves, pies,
specialist meats, honey, chocolate, not to mention a stall devoted to
all varieties of gin. There was a lucky dip catering for men, women and
children, cards, jewellery, wood turnings, canal ware, and even an up
cycling stall that turned throw away materials into works of art or
cleverly made objects (I liked the tea pot that had been made into a
bird box). It was impossible to walk around and not make purchases and
then end the visit with a cup of tea and a slice of delicious
The stall holders went away
satisfied and will have to book early next year if they are to be lucky
enough to secure a table for the next show.
On December 13th (NB the
second Tuesday of the month) Timothy Walker’s talk is
entitled “Plant Hunting in Australia”
Paul Dryhurst reporting
Ullenhall Gardening Club
Gardening Club welcomed the return of Ken Whitaker on 22nd
November to talk on the subject “Make Your Greenhouse Work For
You.” He had good basic advice and a few tips that will
definitely help greenhouse users. Here are the most important things he
told members to do:-
- Ensure you have both
bottom and top ventilation
- Use water at the same
temperature as the soil...or as close as you can to it
- Have space inside to move
around without bumping into plants
- Provide seedlings and
mature plants with plenty of space for the air to move around and for
the sun to reach leaves
- Turn seedlings regularly
and repot as they get bigger, giving more room to the new pots every
The first roots that a seed puts out are to
anchor the seed down. Putting a little sharp sand or top soil with seed
compost helps this. The next roots are the feeding roots. These need to
develop properly before you provide significant food by potting up into
When you dib holes for the seedlings, be
sure to leave ¼ inch or more of compost below the bottom
of the hole; this is to prevent the roots getting soggy at the bottom.
If the sun is hot after potting up, provide
shade for about four days whilst the seedlings get their roots settled.
An easy way to do this is to attach a string across inside the
greenhouse and peg up a strip of fleece; this can be quickly taken down
or put up according to the sunshine.
There was a lot of discussion as well as
more handy hints.
The meeting finished with the usual chat,
coffee and raffle. The club will be meeting next time in Ullenhall
Village Hall on Tuesday 24th January at 12:30 pm for its New Year
From Edition 394
- 9th December 2015
Bridge of Spies
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance
The bridge that the film refers to is the
Glienicke Bridge in Germany where in 1962 America exchanged a Soviet
Spy for an American U2 spy-plane pilot captured by the Soviets.
'Bridge of Spies', tells the story of this
event. The script is written by the Coen Brothers and it lives up to
expectation. This classy movie evokes the period with a subtle elegance
and the issues of the potential for nuclear war are vividly captured by
showing how Americans lived and contributed to the paranoia of the time.
Mark Rylance as the Russian Spy, Rudolf
Abel, and Tom Hanks as the all American guy, are brought together to
create an emotional connection that allows the viewer to care that both
protagonists achieve a successful outcome. Their mellowing relationship
in the face of abject rejection from all sections of society, allows
for the development of humour, understanding and warmth of feeling that
permeates the film.
Tom Hanks plays the role of James Donovan,
a lawyer, who profoundly believes in the American Constitution. A
highly respected, honest man whose belief in 'The American Way' leads
his professional and family life. Mark Rylance brings to this cinematic
role all that is admirable from such a revered Theatre actor. Rylance
and Hanks together bring a depth of acting to the film that contributes
to make 'The Bridge of Spies' very special.
The film is particularly relevant today as
Spielberg shows us the wisdom of standing by what we believe in
and the Standing Man scene on its own should lead to an Oscar
in 2016 for Mark Rylance. The moments such as when the beaten Nazi's
handshake is rejected or the dismay of watching indifference by fellow
countryman to a potential war hero, stay with you long after the film
I expect the film to be nominated for Best
Picture at the Oscars. The last scene is so Spielberg; holding your
breath as you wait for a precious moment in time, brilliant direction
from a gifted director. I recommend a 'Bridge of Spies', to you.
Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood
Henley and Beaudesert Society
Visit to the Leamington Guide Dog
Training Centre on 3rd November 2016
members of the Society recently enjoyed a fascinating afternoon at the
RNIB guide dog training centre in Leamington Spa. The visit started
with a short introduction provided by several members of staff many of
whom were volunteers. We learned amongst other things that only dogs
with white harnesses are actually guiding a blind person. A brown
harness means the dog is under training. If a blind person with a dog
encounters uncertainty about their surroundings they put the guiding
handle down and just hold the lead. If ever you see this, it is time to
ask the blind person if they need assistance. When a dog is guiding, it
should not be distracted by petting or attracting its attention.
After the introduction, we were taken to look
around the centre. We saw dogs in training, dogs having a break from
training and play spaces for the dogs. The training demonstration took
place in a very large garage, firstly with a dog that had only three
weeks training. The dog was supposed to guide its trainer round a
course containing various obstacles but it wasn’t that attentive,
instead preferring to concentrate on sniffing everything. Then, a dog
with eight weeks training gave a much better demonstration of how it
should be done. This was followed by a lively question and answer
session with the trainers. After this we were given the opportunity to
experience what it is like to be guided by a dog. Those who took part
were blindfolded, then given the handle of a dog harness, the dog end
of which was carried round the obstacles by one of the trainers. Some
other people were taken past obstacles wearing glasses that represented
different types and degrees of impaired vision. We next visited some
large outdoor garden sized areas containing logs, tyres, etc where
groups of dogs are allowed to play and explore on their own and this
was followed by a viewing of four very friendly dogs in large indoor
enclosures during a break from their training. One of the staff gave us
an outline of how the dogs were cared for, involving periodic medical
The site tour was completed by a visit to the RNIB
shop where some people made purchases and this obviously helps fund the
training. Finally we returned to the original briefing room for a cup
of tea and a biscuit followed by several short talks about the dogs and
how the puppies are looked after and trained prior to the main guiding
Although the dogs are trained principally to guide
blind and partially sighted people, some are found not to be suitable.
Instead they can be trained to help deaf folk or for aiding the
improvement of autistic sufferers and those with Asperger’s
syndrome. Providing a young person with a guide dog can have a
life-long effect, increasing their confidence and self-esteem and
giving them a positive start to adult life; and for this reason there
is no minimum age for guide dog ownership. Specially trained staff work
with a young person and their family assessing that person’s
ability to get around, and preparing the family for the
responsibilities of owning a guide dog.
Most of the dogs are
Labradors or Labrador crosses, although Retrievers and Alsatians can
also be effectively trained. Interestingly, it appears that female dogs
are better learners than male ones. This dark grey dog is a cross
between a large poodle and a labrador; a very lively, intelligent dog,
which was therefore difficult to photograph!
An army of dedicated and skilled volunteers play a
vital role in the breeding and training of the dogs. Many of the
puppies are born and reared in volunteers’ homes before going to
the National Breeding Centre at six to seven weeks old for health
checks, vaccinations and microchipping. From seven weeks to just over a
year old, the puppies are looked after by another group of volunteers
(puppy walkers) who spend invaluable time familiarising them with as
many different experiences as possible to prepare them for the world
they will work in as qualified guide dogs. There are a myriad of things
that we all take for granted that the dogs must cope with without being
distracted. Traffic, police sirens, cats, crowds of people, flights of
steps which they must learn to negotiate at a steady pace without jumping down the last
3 or 4 steps. Once the dogs pass their advanced training, they are
carefully matched with prospective owners and together they complete
three to five weeks of intensive work before qualifying as a working
guide dog partnership. All the dogs deserve a well-earned rest at the
end of their working lives. When the time is right the decision to
retire a guide dog is made with the guide dog owner and usually the dog
will remain with the guide dog owner living alongside the new guide
The guide dogs story started in 1931 and the
training school at Leamington has been going since 1941, training 220
dogs a year. Overall the organisation has helped over 29,000 people to
achieve life-changing independence. The average working life of a guide
dog is about nine years and there are nearly 4,800 guide dog owners in
the UK. They are currently responsible for around 8,000 dogs and breed
more than 1,300 guide dog pups each year. The lifetime cost of a guide
dog is around £55,000 of which the major cost is the actual
training. And a recipient of a guide dog has to pay a mere 50p.
Naturally there was an opportunity to donate at the end of the visit.
The visit was conducted in a very professional
manner and we were made to feel most welcome. Anyone who would like to
visit can arrange to do so by calling 0118 983 8228.
here for further info
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Henley and Beaudesert Society November 2016
Transport Strategy, Motorway or Cul-de-Sac
Robin Cathcart gave a detailed and well
illustrated talk on transport strategies and in particular the impact
of emissions. Robin is a retired transport planner who has worked on
many projects including transport networks as far apart as the Black
Country and Jakarta.
Robin revealed that the U.K. doesn’t have
and never has had a long term strategy for transport integration. The
government likes to build roads and there is strong lobbying for this.
However there has been no growth in transport use for 10 years and the
distance travelled had declined. Roads are seen by government to
underpin economic growth despite research showing this refers to
interstate highways in the USA rather than roads in the U.K.
The government ignores the issue of Air Pollution
and this is why Greenpeace protested recently by putting a gas mask on
Nelson’s column. The U.K. is not meeting the EU targets for air
pollution and has not done so for several years. Global warming has
also been ignored. Current predictions are for the temperature for the
world to rise 4°C by 2100. 2015 was the warmest year on record and
2016 is set to beat this. There is currently 405 parts per million of
Co2 in the atmosphere and 450 is regarded as the tipping point in being
able to control and reverse the warming process.
Britain is part of the World and will be affected
by Global Warming. We import a lot of our food from countries that will
be affected from flooding or drought. Current government figures reveal
that 1.8 million people living in the U.K. are at risk of flooding. If
global warning continues as predicted this will rise to 3.3 million.
Robin stated that the transport department is not
meeting its emissions targets because the proposals in the U.K. are
very weak. He gave a brief outline of his ideas on how to improve this:
- No increase in road capacity;
- Reduce demand for road transport by a carbon
- Control of land use in order to remove out of
town retail and office developments;
- Higher density of house building;
- Improve public transport in order to encourage
less car usage;
- Better Walk and Cycle networks.
After the talk there were many questions and
discussions on the topics raised: especially on traffic issues and on
Henley being fortunate to have better transport links than most small
towns. Robin was also asked about HS2; he was amazed at the lack of
research done on how best to spend £80 billion to improving the
rail network. He highlighted that digital signalling will increase
capacity on our current network by 40% but due to lack of funds it will
take over 50 years to complete. He saw much more benefit to the
transport network by spending £80 billion on digital signalling
As usual members mingled socially over a cup of
tea. The next meeting will be the Christmas Party and the first talk in
2017 will be on the History of Policing in the U.K. by Dr Timothy Brain
on 19th January.
Jonathan Dovey reporting
Report on Rotary Event
At lunchtime on
Tuesday 8th November 2016 a party consisting of most of the members of Henley
in Arden Rotary Club (HRC) joined members of Moseley and
Sparkbrook Rotary Club (M&SRC) for their meeting held at Hall Green
HG Club, Doveridge Road, Hall Green, Birmingham.
It is quite a common practice for Rotarians to
visit different clubs for a variety of reasons, the main one being
simply to enjoy each others' company, known as fellowship; indeed most
clubs have a dedicated Fellowship Officer. Another common reason would
to discuss projects which the two, or even more, clubs have undertaken
together, either for reasons of using different skills from each club,
or just to share the costs of said venture. A good example of this is
an annual project undertaken by these very clubs who join together to
take a coach load of inner city children to Hatton Country World.
M&SRC organised the coach and kids and HRC
sorted out the costs with Hatton, who it must be said are helpful to us
both with the cost and supplying guides to help ensure the kids, some
of whom have never had the opportunity to visit the country and come
into contact with animals, have a great day. I have to say that us "Big
Kids" sorry Rotarians who turn out to help at the
park really enjoy ourselves too, it is a wonderful feeling to see the
excitement on the children’s faces as they leave the coach and to
know you are partly responsible for this. It would be great if we could
take many more but as our clubs rely on the generosity of members of
the public supporting our various money-making ventures, we can only
take so many.
However, on this occasion, the reason for our
visit was both fellowship and to listen to a talk given by Anna Kasmir
and Ed Barnes about Young Carers in the Birmingham area. Anna and Ed
are from Spurgeons, a faith based charity founded in 1867 by Charles
Hadden Spurgeon to provide aid and shelter for orphans abandoned
children in London. Over the years it has grown to build orphanages for
boys and later girls before, in 1991, branching out to aid children in
It has 18 projects ongoing and is mainly funded
by charitable donations. More information and ways of donating can be
found on line. The unit that Anna and Ed belong to are presently
attached to Birmingham Young Carers Unit which, like many other local
government departments, has had its funding cut. Anna and Ed
presented their talk in a manner which was laid back but as the talk
flipped seamlessly between one and the other, held the interest of the
Anna and Ed talked of the young carers they
supported, defining them as children from a very young age to eighteen
years of age who wholly or partially care for elder members of their
families who are incapable of doing so themselves because of reasons
such as illness or addiction to various substances. These carers are
sometimes called on to work from early mornings to late at night doing
tasks which range from housework and cooking to tasks of a personal
nature. The effects on these youngsters can range from sheer exhaustion
through to mental problems. Depression is quite common as the children
feel they have no one to turn to. Anna and Ed, who are themselves
quite young people, have a responsibility firstly to identify the
children and then to provide or secure help of whatever nature is
required. They also said that a large part of their job was to give
them respite which could be anything from a couple of hours to go to a
youth club or just hang out with friends to a few days away, all of
means such a lot to the youngsters and helps them to cope. Anna and Ed
are always on the lookout for new things to do. If anyone can
have no doubt that it will be a matter for discussion at both clubs at
some stage as to what we can do to help.
The meeting ended with Laurie Taylor President
M&SRC presenting a club banner to Keith Degville Snr Vice President
HRC, another pleasant little Rotary nicety.
Keith Degville reporting
UK Parliament Week
Mr Nadhim Zahawi
Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon talks to the children
UK Parliament Week took place
this week across the country and here at Henley in Arden C of E Primary
School. This was a great way to engage young people with Parliament and
Democracy. The week also offered opportunities to highlight the work
and history of Parliament and to encourage them to become active
Year 3 turned their classroom
into the Houses of Parliament
Year 3 turned their classroom into the Houses of
Parliament and had a debate about ‘Healthy Eating’ with
Miss Payne being ‘The Speaker’. In Collective Worship, the
children were read ‘The Election’ story to help them
understand the differences between different parties.
The week ended with a visit from Mr Nadhim Zahawi
Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, where he took part in a whole
school Question and Answer session. Some of the tough questions he
faced from Year 6 were;
- What’s your main goal in Parliament?
- Do you agree with Democracy?
- Are you following your manifesto?
- What’s the worst thing you have had to do
as an MP?
Thank you Mr Nadhim Zahawi MP for visiting us and
supporting our UK Parliament Week 2016.
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Claverdon run riot at home
Claverdon captain James
Williams looks for a gap
Claverdon Lions welcomed Keresley on
what was a bottom of the table clash. Claverdon find themselves at the
bottom of the table following a tough start to the season through
injuries and retirements. Saturday was a day near perfect for rugby -
brisk but dry and no wind whatsoever.
The Lions started with a bang. Receiving the
kick off and returning the ball to the Keresley 5 metre, Claverdon's
line-out was able to exert some early pressure. With the ball turned
over, and a couple of phases in the midfield, Steve Grimsley found
himself on the opposite wing for an easy run in with less than 5
minutes on the clock. James Williams added the extras from the
Keresley were unable to establish a foothold
in the game save for the scrum which was their only asset throughout
the whole game. They soon levelled with their first of three carbon
scores. A 5 metre scrum shunted towards the line with Keresley's
and No 8 showing his football skills to dot down. With the conversion
added, the game was tied.
The first quarter of the game was a scrappy
affair with Claverdon's ill-discipline and errors with ball in hand
kept Keresley in the game, however, the Lions looked sharp and
with the pace of Thomas Williams, Tom Johnson and Jack Johnson
the outside backs enjoyed a fine afternoon with the ball in hand.
Thomas Williams retook the lead for
Claverdon. A chip over the onrushing defenders bounced kindly into his
hands before sprinting clear to touchdown under the posts, with James
Williams adding the extras. Thomas soon doubled his tally with a
scintillating score, bursting through a couple of weak tackles out wide
before darting past 3 defenders to score under the posts. James again
adding the extras to extend the lead to 21-7.
Keresley again enjoyed pressure at the
scrum. Another silly penalty conceded allowed Keresley to pack down 5
metres out. Their captain picking up his second with strong work from
the base of the scrum. 21 - 14.
Mike Jay in the thick of
Claverdon would seal the bonus point before
half time with another silky score. Playing at a high tempo with quick
recycling of the ball, Keresley could not live with the Lions. James
Kirby taking contact with a couple of defenders before a sublime
offload to openside James Barton in support who ran round and touched
down under the posts. Williams maintaining 100% from the tee.
Half Time 28-14.
The second half was a much more one-sided
affair, especially after 10 minutes when the Lions managed parity in
the scrums. Before this however, James Barton enjoyed a 10 minute rest
for standing up in the scrum allowing Keresley their third try. Their
captain having an enjoyable afternoon at the base of the scrum.
The remaining 30 minutes would have been
difficult watching for any Keresley supporter with Claverdon scoring 40
Thomas Williams registered his third after
the forwards had tied the Keresley defence in following a number of
phases from the lineout. James feeding brother Thomas for an easy
run-in. James unable to add the conversion to his tally. The only
blotch from the 10 attempts.
Mike Jay got in on the action with a blind
break from the base of a ruck - who knew he had the pace to go over
from half way!
Johnson sprints ahead
Thomas scored his fourth, a copy of his
first, latching on to a grubber before diving under the posts. James
Barton added to his earlier score with a powerful burst through the
middle in what was, despite Thomas Williams' try haul, a man of the
match display. The try securing the 50 points.
Thomas scored his fifth before Charlie Byrd,
on the anniversary of a nasty broken ankle, finished the scoring in
bizarre circumstances after nearly everyone had stopped play bar Byrd
who came up with the ball and dived over the line. James Williams
taking his tally to 18 with the conversions.
Claverdon 68 - 21 Keresley
Claverdon now have a week off from league
rugby before heading to Hopwood to face Kings Norton.
Report by James Williams
Photos by Will Barnes
Stratford District Sports Awards 2017 –
Council will once again host a district wide Celebration of Sport to
recognise the success and hard work that takes place within sport
across the Stratford on Avon District.
The Awards Ceremony, now in its 15th year, will be held on Friday 17
February 2017 at the Stratford Artshouse.
The 2017 Sports Awards will recognise not only the sporting triumphs of
2016 but also the hard work and commitment from volunteers, coaches and
supporters in clubs and schools across the district.
Nominations are now open and the search is on for sports stars and
enthusiasts to be part of the 2017 Sports Awards.
Nominations can be made in the following 9 categories:
- Community Award
- Junior Sports Person of the Year
- Junior Team of the Year
- Alternative Sport Award
- Senior Team of the Year
- Coach or PE Teacher of the Year
- Sports Volunteer of the Year
- Senior Sports Person of the Year
- Service to Sport Award
nominations need to be submitted by Monday 3 January and can be made
online at www.stratford.gov.uk/sportsawards
John Garner's Business Column
The Gig economy
has been in the news a lot recently, so what is it exactly? It
can be defined as “an environment in which temporary positions
are common and organisations contract with independent workers for
short-term engagements.” In other words, it’s a way
of working that is based on people having temporary jobs or doing
separate pieces of work, each paid separately, rather than working for
The trend toward a gig economy has certainly
begun. There are a number of forces behind the rise in short-term
jobs. For one thing, in this digital age, the workforce
is increasingly mobile and work can increasingly be done from
anywhere. That means that freelancers can select among temporary jobs
and projects around the world, while employers can select the best
individuals for specific projects from a larger pool than that
available in any given area.
Businesses can save resources in terms
of benefits, office space and training. They also
have the ability to contract with experts for specific projects
who might be too high-priced to maintain on staff. From
the perspective of the freelance worker, a gig economy
can improve work-life balance over what is possible in most jobs.
However, as mentioned, this gives the
Government some concern because
self-employment and casual work is starting to hit government revenues
by cutting into the tax take; the Office for Budget Responsibility
(OBR) estimates that in 2020/21 it will cost the Treasury
£3.5bn. In last week’s Autumn Statement Chancellor
Philip Hammond said he would find more effective ways to tax workers in
the shifting labour environment. "Technological progress is
changing the way people live, and the way they work," he said. "The tax
system needs to keep pace."
The nub of the problem is that hiring
self-employed workers means that employers can avoid the National
Insurance Contributions (NICs) that they have to pay for everyone on
their payroll. On average this amounts to 13.8% of salary, so you can
see why the government feels it is missing out.
There is of course another side to
this. Self-employed people are
not entitled to receive the minimum wage, nor are they entitled
to paid holidays and sick pay. It seems that some companies are
exploiting the situation to save costs and the unions are now getting
involved because they see this area as a fertile recruiting
ground. Companies such as Hermes, Sports Direct, Deliveroo and of
course Uber have all been in the news recently for allegedly exploiting
We hear that HMRC has now launched a
specialist unit to track down companies who opt out of giving workers
employment protections by calling them self-employed. It
doesn’t help that the rules on how you decide whether or not an
individual should be self-employed are somewhat vague.
This will run and run.
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David Malin reports on crime in our area
Incidents during the last
HENLEY IN ARDEN
- Theft. Store, High Street, Henley. Two
males and One female have entered store and have filled a bag with meat
before leaving offering no payment. 5.50pm Saturday 26th November. 0345
- Suspicious Circumstances. Chingley Bank,
Henley. Male called at house offering to do basic home improvements.
Male returned several times to try and talk householder into employing
him. No offences disclosed at time. Afternoon of Thursday 24th
November. 0360 24/11/2016
- Vehicle Crime - Theft from. Arden Road,
Henley. White Ford Transit works van broken into and approx £3500
worth of power tools stolen. Including drills, grinders and saws. No
forced entry made so offenders may have used an opening device.
- Vehicle Crime - theft from. Near to the
Village Stores. Front and rear stick on number plates stolen from white
BMW. Between 20th & 21st November. 0088 21/11/2016
- Suspicious Circumstances. Glebe Road,
Claverdon. Unknown person has banged a glass panel in front door of
premises - possibly with the intention to break it. No one seen. 5.30pm
Thursday 17th November 2016. 0107 19/11/2016
- Suspicious Circumstances. Farm premises,
Henley Road, Claverdon. Male entered the farm premises and asked
questions about the animals available. Caller believed that this person
may have been checking the premises out for possible theft. The male
left in a maroon coloured Land Rover Discovery with the last three
letter 'YOP' in its registration. No offences disclosed. 10.15am Friday
18th November. 0330 18/11/2016
- Vehicle Crime - Theft from. School Car
Park, Langley Road, Claverdon. Offenders have smashed the offside rear
window to gain entry to the car and boot area, where several items in a
TKMaxx bag were stolen, including a gold and white coloured iPad,
Medication, Bible and clothes. The car alarm was triggered at 1.40pm
and a Silver Estate car was seen to leave the area. Friday 18th
November. 0193 18/11/2016
- Vehicle Crime - theft from. Station Road,
Claverdon. Secure but unattended grocery delivery van entered and four
blue trays of food stolen from inside. A white Ford Transit Van with
the last three letters of 'PLU' was seen to drive away from the area at
the time. 3.05pm Saturday 26th November. 0267 26/11/2016
Alcester Police SNTs
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