St Nicholas Beaudesert
Rector's Letter - August
John Ganjavi writes:
The school holidays are upon us.
As is customary the weather, on the first day of the holidays, was
overcast. But temperatures soon started climbing and the news is of
records being broken for the hottest day and night in our country.
Recently I have conducted weddings here and elsewhere on days that
should have guaranteed good weather. But instead cloudy skies and the
occasional drizzle marked the occasions. The weather does not always
bow to our wishes, and despite humorous suggestions none of us can
control it. It is a strange combination of thoughts that on the one
hand nature is governed by absolute laws whilst it can still be
There are many people who can be moody and unpredictable although at
the same time they come good in the end and always deliver. Maybe that
is how we see our new Prime Minister! But how about you and me? What
are we like? In my job I am often asked to explain what God is like.
The typical Victorian image of God was of a deity unmoved by the
turmoils in human life. Pictures were painted of Jesus with an
expressionless face, looking up to heaven rather than down to earth. In
contrast, the Bible paints a very different picture. In the Old
Testament we come across a God who engages with people, arguing with
them, caring for them, and occasionally persuaded to change his plans
by them. In the New Testament the shortest verse is two words: Jesus
wept. Here we have the Son of God deeply moved by events. So, did the
Victorians get it all wrong? I guess the point they were making was
that God’s true character remains the same at all times and in
circumstances. So, here is our God: passionate and caring, open to
being moved by events, and yet always true to his core character
Love. God is surprisingly approachable and utterly dependable whatever
Henley’s Big Day Out at Weston Super Mare
On Wednesday 31st July Henley must have seemed a little emptier than
usual. 93 residents and friends climbed aboard two Johnsons
and headed out to spend the day in Weston-super-Mare. The aim of
adventure was to provide opportunities for a really economical day out
to the seaside for all generations. This was possible because of
generous sponsorship by Johnsons Coaches and MPA plus several
donations from local residents who all supported the idea of targeting
families who were not able to have a holiday this year. Most
for the Hub at Henley Community Centre management team was to provide a
platform for bringing the generations together and by any measure, this
Everyone agreed the day was a huge success, of course the good weather
helped! Among the passengers were representatives of our two youth
clubs, the Thursday Club and Hub-a-bubbas.
The Thursday Club, the Hub’s group that caters for the older
met up at the end of the pier for a lovely lunch then in small groups
enjoyed the open top bus tour, the big wheel, the pony and cart trips
on the beach, the sand sculpture exhibition and sunning themselves on
Young People enjoyed riding their scooters along the promenade as well
as visits to the amusement arcades, chips, candy floss and ice cream
and several of the children and families from our Hub-a-bubbas group
made the most of picnics and play time at the beach as well as
exploring the pier and the fair rides. Other families and friends took
advantage of the transport to spend the day pottering around town and
on the beach, no doubt there is plenty of Weston sand in Henley now!
A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event through funding,
attending, organising and by joining in the great atmosphere generated
by the trip. The children were wonderfully behaved, the parents
shattered and the seniors even stayed awake. Everyone
this is an event that should be repeated.
To find out more about what goes on at the Hub contact Rachel
01564 794042 email@example.com
or Peter 07974573582 firstname.lastname@example.org
Transport Planning team is consulting on its revised draft Passenger
Rail Strategy 2019-2034. The consultation opened on 27thJuly and will
run until 20thSeptember 2019.
Why has the
Rail Strategy been reviewed?
The previous Rail Strategy, as contained within Warwickshire’s
Local Transport Plan, is out of date. The County Council has taken the
decision to produce a new Rail Strategy to maximise opportunities to
enhance rail provision in Warwickshire. This is a non-statutory policy
document supporting the existing Local Transport Plan; it is intended
it will form part of the Fourth Local Transport Plan in due course when
that is prepared.
Who is being
Anyone who is interested in local transport and the local rail offer
can comment on the draft strategy. Responses are invited from a range
of partners, stakeholders and people who live or work in Warwickshire.
We particularly encourage responses from our elected members.
How to respond
If you have any questions in the meantime please get in touch.
Tel. 01926 842068
The New and Improved X20 Bus Service
Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel of Henley-in-Arden is delighted to
announce that its current 20 bus service will soon be changing back
to the X20 with some new and improved alterations.
The firm’s bus operation began in 2000 and now the company
key routes in the Midlands including buses to Stratford-upon-Avon,
Coventry and Redditch. Changes are being made to the 20 service which
should secure the future of the service and most importantly provide
enhancements to the many loyal members of the public who frequently use
The changes made to the service will be as follows:
Service 20 will be renumbered back to X20 and will operate between
Stratford upon Avon & Solihull, continuing on an hourly basis and
operating as on the current route as far as Morrisons in Shirley, where
will turn right via Solihull Road, Sharmans Cross Road and Streetsbrook
Road to Solihull Interchange.
The Service 82 will
also be renumbered as the X20 and will operate on its current route via
Solihull Touchwood shopping centre to Coventry, providing a through
service between Stratford upon Avon and Coventry, again on an hourly
This new X20 Solihull
to Coventry service will have some timing alterations in the afternoon
peak times to provide one additional journey in each direction,
providing later links between Solihull and Coventry than are
Home to School travel
services that are provided within the service will be unaffected, and
will still operate as normal. Johnsons can also confirm that seniors
will still continue to receive free bus travel.
Johnsons company motto is ‘Travel
with Johnsons… Travel with Friends’
and this culture has successfully been maintained within everything
they do, and they hope that this news will bring happiness to users of
John Johnson, Commercial Director, comments ‘We are ever grateful
the public's support and we hope that the loyal patronage from the
villages and surrounding areas of Bearley, Wootton Wawen,
Henley-in-Arden and Hockley Heath will increase due to the attraction
of an hourly service through Solihull to Coventry. We are always
looking for ways to improve so we welcome passenger suggestions and
feedback for how we can make our services even better.’
Provisional timetables are available to view online now and paper
copies will be available near September. If you have any questions or
queries, please contact the bus team at Johnsons Excelbus on 01564
797040 or email email@example.com
Keeping our streets safe with CCTV
Stratford-on-Avon District’s CCTV scheme has again
received national accreditation for its excellent CCTV system.
The District Council’s CCTV system has received the British
Accreditation BS7958 which recognises good management and practice of
CCTV and also the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code
Cllr Sarah Whalley-Hoggins Community Portfolio Holder says:
awards demonstrate the high calibre team that is in place overseeing
CCTV and the high priority that is the security and safety of residents
and visitors to the District. Safety and Security is of paramount
importance to Stratford District Council and its residents. Our
investment in both obtaining and maintaining the highest quality system
and training for operators will always be one of our top priorities and
I thank all those who work tirelessly in our control centre and behind
the scenes that help to keep our streets a safer and more secure place
to work, live and enjoy.”
Accreditation under British Standard 7958 follows a comprehensive
assessment based on 120 separate criteria. The Surveillance
Camera Code of Practice sets out 12 guiding principles which strike a
balance between protecting the public and upholding civil liberties.
The District’s CCTV is operated in partnership with local towns
parishes. There are 87 cameras, installed at strategically positioned
locations in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour, Alcester, Southam,
Bidford-on-Avon, Henley-in-Arden, Wellesbourne and Studley recording
real time footage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which is monitored
from the central control room in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The District Council is investing £796,000 over the next 15
months on upgrading the Council’s CCTV scheme and infrastructure
Henley in Arden Charities
The Johnson Houses
The Trustees are looking to appoint a Clerk/Treasurer for the above, to
be responsible for taking over the main responsibilities and
dealing with the Charity Commission with regards to investments.
If you feel you
could offer your services please apply in first instance to, The
Chairperson of the Trustees. Mr Gordon Trinder, 30 Berkeswell
close. Church Hill North. Redditch. B98 8SF.
A small renumeration will be paid.
News from the Community First Responders
by the people of Henley to Support the people of Henley
Many of you
will know that our
team are all volunteers with funding to keep us running coming from the
people of Henley. What you may not know is that the CFRs also
large part in providing and maintaining the Public Access
Defibrillators around the area which has cost implications that also
need to be met.
the town and
surrounding area benefits in some way from the work that the CFRs do
and one way of helping to support us, support you, is to buy a 100 Club
number which provides us with regular, invaluable financial assistance.
£1 per month is all it
takes to make a difference - and you could also get lucky and win
yourself one of our 25 annual prizes, just like the winners of
July draw who were:
9 M Tuckley - £30
No 105 K Lodder - £15
were drawn by Andy Gilroy Manager at Costa Coffee.
to all our members
who contribute by participating in our 100 Club and please do get in
touch if you would like to join.
www.henleycfr.org.uk or 07714187423.
2020 Monday 20th April till Sunday 26th April - Henley Guild Hall
Turn back the clock!
A new fitness class
designed specifically for the over-60s is starting in Henley-in-Arden
as part of a campaign to help people to stay young by improving
strength, balance and overall health as we age. The first class is at
11.15am on Monday 9th September at The Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Lesley Natrins is on a mission to keep the over 60s moving by
encouraging them to go along to an exercise class with a difference
designed by Move it or Lose founder Julie Robinson who was seen on
BBC's “How to Stay Young”. This class is known as FABS,
for Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength.
The FABS programme combines exercises that have been scientifically
proven by the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of
Birmingham to turn back the clock. Lesley explains how her Move it or
Lose it class can help older people feel fabulous about life:
“I’m thrilled to be part of the FABS
family. I want to make a real
difference to the community and to get this age group feeling great
about themselves again. There’s so many classes and clubs aimed
under fifties and very little for baby boomers who still want to feel
great but don't like going to the gym to keep fit. It’s a
to get together with other people in the area, keep fit and have fun
whilst doing it!
“The exercises we do in the classes are easy
to follow and fun. This
isn’t about people dressing in lycra ready to hit the gym or do a
intensity session, FABS is for people who want to live longer, happier,
there's a warm welcome for everyone who attends and the first session
is free.” See advert for details of classes
For more details or to book a class, please contact Lesley on 07801
265599 or email Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Toddle at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park!
The Shakespeare Hospice Sponsored Toddle at Compton Verney Art Gallery
and Park will be a stunning day out for all the family. Held on Tuesday
24th September, the route is 700m and all children are welcome, whether
they are in a pushchair, wheelchair, crawling, waddling or walking!
Children can explore the route through the beautiful park, looking for
wildlife hidden along the way. Spot the wildlife and children will
receive a certificate and goodie bag for finishing.
Registration is FREE for children participating with an agreed minimum
sponsorship of £20 and adult entry is £5 each.
After taking part in the Toddle, explore the adventure playground, have
a wander through the six stunning family-friendly collections, discover
wildlife at the pond dipping platform and bird hide and loads more! Not
to mention, a lovely cafe for refreshments - or why not bring a picnic
and choose a spot in the 120 acres of Compton Verney?
The Toddle registration allows you entry into Compton Verney and you
will have the luxury of being able to spend the day exploring!
Join The Shakespeare Hospice sponsored Toddle at Compton Verney by
or call 01789 266852.
Funds raised from registration fee and sponsorship will play an
important part in helping The Shakespeare Hospice provide caring and
compassionate support to adults and young people living with a life
limiting illness in South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds, and
those who matter to them.
Following the vandalism on the High Street last night with all the
flowers tossed around, I think it's brilliant how the members of Henley
are coming together with their CCTV footage to share and build a case
for the police.
I believe it is timely that this community takes the power back as it
is a far more effective tool to deter future incidents that a Bobby on
I have put this picture up as a reminder of another side of our
community: coming together with a shared cause.
From pre-schools, schools, "Jollytots" to "Henley Rocks", clubs,
individuals, friends, families and groups like the "Thursday Club at
the Henley Hub", members are dusting off their creative ideas and
working towards dressing their chosen tree (or bollard) along the a
High Street - just to stay up for the 12 days of Christmas.
The sense of excitement and anticipation people feel as the time draws
near when the have to choose a tree, measure it up ( because they are,
like us all, endowed with bumpy bits which need to be accounted for in
any costume). And plot and plan the design.
On the morning of the day when the lights Switch On, we "bomb" the
trees and people come and drive through town from miles around to join
in the fun.
It is "Community Art/People's Art" if you like - and it is the heart
behind the Art that makes the whole thing tick!
So if you want to join in the fun start eyeing up the trees!
I would be especially grateful if you would like to help me organise it
this year - please let me know.
Annie Davies reporting
Ready, Steady, Sing
to the singing at The Last Night of the Proms or a choir performance
and thought, “I’d like to see what it would be like to sing
On Saturday 7th September ’19 from 2.00pm READY, STEADY, SING!
take place in Alcester and you can find out what it is like to sing at
a public performance. Absolutely no singing experience is necessary.
The Singing Workshop will start at 2.00pm. The participants will
allocated to one of three voice sections, Soprano, Alto, and
Tenor/Basses. With skilled teachers you will learn the part which your
voice section will sing. You will be learning a selection of
traditional, stage musical, and well-known classical pieces.
The Workshop will end with the three voice sections coming together in
a full rehearsal of the pieces.
At 6.30pm you and the other Workshop participants will perform the
pieces in Concert in St Nicholas Church, Alcester. The audience will
attend the concert for free. All your friends and relatives can attend
to admire your performance.
The event will be under the overall direction of Dr Helen Smith,
musical director/conductor of The Alcester Singers. Members of Alcester
Singers will be involved in the singing.
The fee for the Workshop is £5. All materials are included. So,
why not join in and experience the fun of singing?
'Feel sorry for the Day
Lilies - only out for a day' - Annette Walker.
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Henley in Arden Bowls Club's Open Afternoon
in Arden Bowls Club's next Open Afternoon will be on Saturday 17th.
August, at its Bowls Green adjacent to the Tennis Club, at Henley
Sportsground, Stratford Road, Henley in Arden, B95 6AP. The gate will
open at 1.45 pm. for a 2.00pm. start and continue until 6.00pm.
All are welcome to try or watch the nice, enjoyable sport of bowls.
All that you
need to bring is flat soled shoes; the Club will provide everything
else, including free tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits, etc. Anyone from 8
to 100 years old can try, so why not bring the family?
Arden Bowls Club Internal Championships are nearing the Finals Stage.
The Singles Championship will be between James Heesom and Norman
Stephens. Jon Butler & Tom Hart will play Charlie Heesom &
Norman Stephens in the Pairs Championship.
The Handicap Pairs will see James Heesom & John Langford play
Sandie Butler & Norman Stephens.
The Semifinals of the Handicap Singles will be played on Thursday
evening, 8th. August, starting at 6.30pm. Aubrey Dipple will play James
Heesom, while Charlie Heesom will play Norman Stephens. Entrance for
spectators and fans will be free!
For more details please contact Norman Stephens on 01926 512166, or
John Garner's Business Column
Electric Vehicles part 2 – hybrid
our last edition I briefly discussed the future of electric
vehicles. I concluded that it would be a long time before battery
power would totally eclipse diesel, if it ever does, and in any case
new technologies are always appearing.
how electric is currently not economic for big road transport (trucks)
as battery capacity is inadequate. The same applies to the
world’s most prolific user of diesel – shipping. For
medium size cruise ship (90,000 tons) can carry 3,000 tons of diesel
fuel and consumes 12 tons per hour. So at its cruising speed
(let’s say 20 knots) it can travel 5,000 nautical miles on a
provide that sort of range are not viable, nor would the charging time
be, nowadays ships spend a very short time in port. It should
however be pointed out that many modern ships are electrically powered,
the electricity being provided by on board diesel generators, so
they are hybrids. This avoids the need for long and heavy
propeller shafts, facilitates the use of bow thrusters and azimuth
propellers which aid manoeuvrability and can avoid the need for
tugs. Various combinations of multiple engines can be used as
needed, all leading to greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
us to hybrid road vehicles which would seem to be the most likely short
term motoring solution. Most manufacturers now produce hybrid
cars: they have lower emissions and do not rely on the national grid to
produce electricity. Some have a significant range on electric
power only which makes them suitable for urban environments but with
the capability of long distance travel so there’s no range
anxiety. The same goes for hybrid buses although battery powered
buses are used in some cities; their batteries can be recharged
overnight when the buses are not in use.
It seems to
me that the concept of an on-board powerplant with near-zero emissions
is the way to go which brings us back to hydrogen as a power
source. Or should it be nuclear? Currently all nuclear
powered ships are military although there are several Russian nuclear
powered ice breakers and one Russian cargo ship, the Sevmorput, which
is used in the Arctic for military purposes.
At the moment
the up-front cost of nuclear powered cargo ships is prohibitively high
for commercial use and the safety risks are deemed too great. So
are the risks of terrorism: imagine the Iranians hijacking a nuclear
cargo ship so they can get their hands on the reactor!
One thing is
certain: technology will continue to improve rapidly and I’ll bet
if we revisit this subject in a year’s time this article will
Garner - Business Correspondent
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David Malin reports on crime in our area
HENLEY IN ARDEN
Residential. Edge Lane, Henley. Property broken into and car keys
stolen. Intel from the area suggest that a Blue VW Golf may have been
involved. The registration number ending in ‘TWG’. 1.30pm
24th July. 0206 24/07/2019
- Burglary Business. High Street,
Henley. Roller shutters to business forced open and access gained to
premises by at least three males. Items were then stolen from inside
and put into a waiting vehicle which was a dark coloured Audi or BMW.
The vehicle then drove North towards Birmingham. 1.55am Tuesday 23rd
July. 0023 23/07/2019
- Damage. High Street, Henley.
Numerous plants pulled from containers and hanging baskets damaged.
CCTV footage to be assessed regards the offender who is described as a
male, mousey coloured hair in a crew cut, wearing a grey hoodie with
words on and shorts. 5.30am Sunday 4th August. 0125 04/08/2019
- Burglary Residential. Station Road,
Henley. Garden shed on allotment broken into and strimmer stolen.
Reported 31st July. 0276 31/07/2019
- Burglary Business, High Street,
Henley. Premises entered and items stolen including cash and alcohol.
Reported Monday 29th July. 0166 29/07/2019
- Theft. Preston Fields Lane, Preston
Bagot. Garden shed broken into and a petrol strimmer stolen. Reported
31st July. 0136 31/07/2019
Alcester Police SNTs
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