from the Rector
approaches with relentless pace!
I wish all of you moments of quiet contemplation in
the coming days despite the pressures of the season. Let us spiritually
prepare to celebrate what happened on a 'Silent Night'.
When we grasp the enormity of the Christmas message we
cannot help but stop and be in awe of that so familiar manger scene.
I wish you all a truly blessed Christmas.
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Christmas Greetings from the High Bailiff
I would like to take this opportunity to wish
everyone a joyous and happy Christmas. I hope that we all have a
fabulous time with our friends and loved ones.
I would also like to thank everyone for the
support given to me and the Court over the last twelve months, and I
hope it continues for next year.
So let's all have a happy Christmas and may the
new year bring us all peace and prosperity
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Fred Dowling - High Bailiff
Stratford on Avon
Greetings from the
Chairman of the Council
What a wonderful year
I was elected as Chairman of Stratford District
Council in May and what a wonderful year!
It certainly has been a year of contrasts, from a
garden party at Buckingham Palace, speaking with Prince Philip and
meeting so many dignitaries, who have now become friends. However, my
wife and I have been astounded and humbled at the number of charities
there are in Warwickshire and even more amazed at the volunteers who
willingly give up their time even though the majority do have a day
job. Now Christmas is coming they seem to be busier than ever with
organising concerts and other fund raising events.
Nevertheless, Christmas is also the time of year
when we stop and think of friends we have not seen in a long time and
in my case feel guilty for not keeping in touch as much as I should.
Are we ready for Christmas? The answer for many people is no and if
you’re like me I usually panic buy on Christmas Eve, along with
so many other desperate looking husbands searching for that elusive
present for their wife.
So don’t forget, pick up that phone and call someone you have not
spoken with for a long time. For the husbands out there, start looking
for that Xmas present now.
An old customer of mine once said to me,
“Christmas has been at the same time on the same day for the last
2000 years and we are still not ready for it.” How very true.
Happy Christmas to you all and best wishes for the
Chris Mills, Chairman Stratford District Council
Notes from the Surgery
We have had
another busy month at the surgery and thought we would let you know
about more of the things we do on a day to day basis.
There has been much written in the press about how A&E departments
are struggling under the current pressures of the number of patients
attending them. It has been suggested that this is partly due to
patients attending A&E instead of their GP surgeries. I am pleased
to report that this is NOT the case in Henley-in-Arden. Our patients
have one of the lowest rates of A&E attendance in South
Warwickshire. We are pleased that patients are choosing to attend the
surgery instead of A&E.
Our nurses are
able to dress wounds, treat small burns, manage cuts and lacerations.
Our doctors are able to stitch small wounds and lacerations though they
would make the decision as to whether it is more appropriate for a
wound to be stitched in A&E. We are also happy to see patients with
minor head injuries, and other minor injuries such as sprains and
strains. We have increased the number of urgent (same day) appointments
and therefore we can see you quickly with any of the above minor
forget the MINOR INJURIES UNIT at Stratford Hospital. This unit is open
from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. In addition to the injuries mentioned
they will see you with more significant injuries such as broken bones.
They have x-ray facilities, and can x-ray any potential fractures. The
waiting time at the minor injuries unit is A LOT shorter than at
A&E. Please bear in mind that if you have a serious injury or
fracture then the minor injury nurses will transfer you to the A&E
department at Warwick Hospital as required.
The Department of Health has recommended that all patients aged 70-79
should be offered vaccination against shingles. Shingles is caused by
the chickenpox virus and causes an outbreak of painful blistered spots
in one area of the body. This is accompanied by flu-like symptoms.
Whilst this illness only lasts about 3 weeks, people can be left with
long term pain (neuralgia) in the area where the spots were. This pain
can be quite disabling and for that reason we advise vaccination. We
are currently offering vaccinations, as per Department of Health
guidelines to those patients aged 70 and 79yrs only.
there has been some difficulty obtaining supplies of the vaccine due to
supply problems but we will be receiving more vaccine at the practice
on December 16th. Please book an appointment with the practice nurse
for your shingles vaccination if you are eligible.
According to latest figures from the Department of Health, GPs in South
Warwickshire rank amongst the best in the country. Member practices of
the South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are ranked
9th out of 211 CCGs in the country.
assessed are Clinical (the quality of medical care), Organisational
(how well a practice is managed), Additional Services (extra services
offered) and Patient Experience (how satisfied patients are with
CLINICAL domain, South Warwickshire ranked an impressive 4th in the
As far as
Henley Medical Centre is concerned we scored particularly highly in the
PATIENT SATISFACTION domain. This included 94% of patients said their
experience at the practice was "Good", 93% said getting through on the
phone was "Good", 92% said making an appointment was "Easy". We expect
to deliver high standards of medical care, and you rightly expect to
receive it, but it is great to receive such positive feedback from the
most important people -YOU!
remains is to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year!
Annual Chrismas Carols and Fayre
Christmas Carols and Christmas Lights switch on took place on Saturday
7th December at the Market Cross. The High Street was closed for the
second time and about 700 residents attended. Misteriously, none of
Henley's ordained clergy take part in this annual event.
A new feature
this year was the Children’s entertainment held in the Guild Hall
Jubilee Garden with the Christmas Fayre in the Guild Hall garden.
St Johns church there was an display of minature christmas trees by
various town organisations,
including Henley in Bloom, the Hub and the Henley Beavers.
everyone moved on to the new Jubilee Garden for entertainment
and the traditional Christmas Fayre in the Guild Hall garden.
here for the full Slideshow
by Alan Robson and Bill Leech
New IT Room at The Hub
Bailiff, Fred Dowling, visited the Hub@Henley Community Centre
on Tuesday 26th November and officially opened the recently re-equipped
computer centre. The greatly expanded 6 station facility was made
possible as a result of the generous donation of four computers from
Heart of England Orbit Housing and Warwickshire County Council.
Ancillary equipment was donated by Write Here Write Now CiC. The
installation was created by James Elliott, a local electrician who gave
his extensive time free of charge. The whole project is presently being
funded by The Hub but we hope to find financial supporters soon.
From now on,
these six stations will be available to all local residents when the
centre is open. The members of the youth club will be using them during
club nights. Residents from Henley will have access on Mondays and
Thursdays from 9.30am – 2.30pm and families who use the centre
during the day will have access by checking with the Health Visitors.
At this time the centre will provide expert assistance to anyone who
does not have access to a computer at home to emails, buying on line,
searching the net, contact Orbit about tenancy matters and many other
If you want
help then tel: 01564794042 and leave a message for Achan. Debbie Binns,
the Youth Leader Manager at the centre said that this new computer
centre will make our very successful operation even more beneficial to
the local community.
Binns - Hub Manager
Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Authority of the High Bailiff
AT THE MARKET CROSS
A Boxing Day Tradition
£550 for Philippines Disaster
would like to give a great big thank you to everyone who supported
our collection the other Saturday when we raised the amazing total of
£550.20 for the Philippines disaster.
The money has been sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee and I
trust is being put to good use to assist these unfortunate people who
have lost everything.
Once again many thanks to everyone.
Dowling, High Bailiff
Gerald Smith collects on the High Street
Post Office to Change
that the Henley in Arden Post Office located in One Stop on the High
Street is due to change to a Post Office Local. No information has been
provided locally on the proposed change or its date.
you please confirm if the change is to take place and if so when the
consultation process will begin, and with whom the consultation will
Willmott, Parish Councillor
The Team at One
Stop are working very closely with Post Office Ltd to ensure that
wherever possible local Post Office services are protected within local
neighbourhoods. Our aim is to avoid having to close any of our Post
Offices by combining the Post Office Counter with our Store Counter.
This "Post Office Local" format is a key part of Post Office Ltd
Network Change strategy, and over the next three years it is proposed
that this format will account for one in five Post Offices across
For One Stop,
making these changes ensures we are able to look after our customers
and maintain Post Office Services, which in a difficult economic
climate is of paramount importance to us, and has the added benefit of
allowing us to offer Post Office services throughout the store opening
In this case,
our Henley in Arden Post Office will now be open from 6am to 10pm
Monday to Saturday and 7am to 10pm Sundays.
I can confirm
that the information will be put up in the Post Office during the next
couple of weeks. This will confirm the exact date in February 2014 when
this change will happen.
Shingler-Day, Store Support Manager, One Stop
hope the Henley Society will take this opportunity to request
One Stop to reduce the use of red in the shop signage. Editor
10.09.1918 - 25.11.2013
It is with
great sadness we announce that Stan left us on Monday 25th November
2013. He passed away peacefully in Stratford upon Avon with his family
around him. The funeral service was held at St John's Church on Tuesday
10th December 2013 followed by a cremation at Redditch.
Williamson was born in the last year of the First World War, an
aircraft engineer during the Second World War and a senior employee at
The Austin and its following incarnations for much of his life.
He told some
great stories, much of these relating his war time experiences as
a Flight Engineer in the RAF. He was based in South Africa and prepared
and maintained the aircraft that were used to train navigators. During
his time there he was a member of the services entertainment group
touring the country improving the morale of servicemen who were a long
way from home. His specialty was singing and he possessed a
particularly good falsetto voice which enabled him to become a
favourite with the troops as a female impersonator.
He was a long
time member of the Hub@Henley Seniors. His friends at the
club will miss him. He was charming, friendly and full of fun. He
approached life and adversity with the same cheerful determination.
He was the most faithful of club members being present on every
occasion when he was able. He will be remembered by all as a good
friend. His prowess as a pool player stayed with him to his most recent
attendance a few weeks ago. Those of us who were present at our last
Christmas lunch will never forget his entertaining comments and
remarkable singing. His legacy to us is the best example of a long life
lived to the full.
For those that
wish to make a charitable donation to the RAF Benevolent fund in memory
of Stan you can do so on the day or via Mortons Funeral Directors 705
Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2JT. Tel 0121 476 9111.
Flowers may be sent care of Mortons
Many a true word spoken in jest
The Royal Navy is proud to announce its new fleet of Type 45 destroyers.
initially named the first two ships HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, the
Naming Committee has, after intensive pressure from Brussels, renamed
them HMS Cautious and HMS Prudence. The next five ships are to be HMS
Empathy, HMS Circumspect, HMS Nervous, HMS Timorous and HMS Apologist.
Costing £850 million each, they comply with the very latest
employment, equality, health & safety and human rights laws. The
Royal Navy fully expects any future enemy to be jolly decent and to
comply with the same high standards of behaviour.
The new user-friendly crows nest has excellent wheelchair access. Live
ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of
anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation
claims. Stress counsellors and lawyers will be on board, as will
a sympathetic industrial tribunal.
The crew will be 50/50 men and women, and will contain the correct
balance of race, gender, sexuality and disability. Sailors will only
work a maximum of 37hrs per week as per Brussels Rules on Working
Hours, even in wartime. All the vessels are equipped with a maternity
ward, a crèche and a gay disco.
Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but recreational cannabis
will be allowed in wardrooms and messes.
The Royal Navy is eager to shed its traditional reputation for; "Rum,
sodomy and the lash"; so out has gone the rum ration, replaced by
sparkling water. Sodomy remains, now extended to include all ratings
under 18. The lash will still be available on request.
Saluting of officers is now considered élitist and has been
replaced by "Hello Sailor". All information on notice boards will be in
37 different languages and Braille. Crew members will now no longer
have to ask permission to grow beards and/or moustaches. This applies
equally to female crew.
The MoD is inviting suggestions for a "non-specific" flag because the
White Ensign may offend minorities. The Union Jack must never be seen.
The newly re-named HMS Cautious will be commissioned shortly by Captain
Hook from the Finsbury Park Mosque who will break a petrol bomb over
the hull. She will gently slide into the sea as the Royal Marines Band
plays "In the Navy" by the Village People. Her first deployment will be
to escort boatloads of illegal immigrants to ports on England 's south
The Prime Minister said, "Our ships reflect the very latest in modern
thinking and they will always be able to comply with any new
legislation from Brussels ."
His final words were, "Britannia waives the rules."
Henley Community First Responders 100
draw of the Henley CFR 100 Club took place on Sunday, 1 December at the
The White Swan. The following numbers were drawn:
prize of £30 - No 77 - Janet Shaw
Second prize of £15 - No. 8 - Cilla Pudney
The winners of
the September draw were: No 75 - Marijana Bainbridge and No 45 - Brian
The winners of the October draw were: No 27 - Christopher Osborne and
No 88 - Margaret Twigg
draw will have a bonus prize: 1st - £75, 2nd - £30, 3rd -
£15. If you would like to purchase a ticket and help boost the
funds of the Henley First responders please contact Mandy Tuckley
to the winners. Many thanks to everyone who has purchased a number.
Don't forget - it only costs £1 per month and the draw takes
place at the end of every month. The subscriptions are paid annually
either by cash, cheque or standing order. We have some numbers left if
you or any of your friends wish to join the club. Please contact Mandy
Tuckley, 182 High Street, Henley-in-Arden or email email@example.com.
information and rules about the '100 Club' please look at our website: www.henleycfr.org.uk
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Buckley Green Allotments - Update
agent's two sale boards were removed during last week. Does this mean
that the estate agents see no likelihood of any reward from marketing
weekend, the large hoarding describing all the facilities, which had
been vandalised with graffiti, was removed to comply with the
instructions of the local authority. Whilst we can celebrate the
removal of this eyesore, Henley NEWS does not condone damaging or spray
painting, which is criminal damage. The police have informed HNOL that
they would have to investigate and prosecute if this happens again.
Below is the
latest advert on the web.
Stratford Park and Ride - FREE for ONE
The lead up to
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it’s also a time when
you do a lot of travelling – Christmas shopping, visiting
relations - while still having to do the school run and the
commute to work. If you travel by car, there’s the extra traffic
to contend with and often very busy town centre car parks. So you may
want to think about changing the way you travel in the New Year.
County Council is offering one lucky person the opportunity
to try a different way to travel into Stratford-upon-Avon town centre
throughout 2014, by giving away an annual season pass to its Stratford
Park & Ride at Bishopton.
If you fancy
taking the hassle out of travelling into town and using the Park &
Ride bus service next year – with its regular buses running every
15 minutes into town and a secure car park at Bishopton – all you
need to do is visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stratfordparkandride
and enter your contact details.
The prize is
worth £200 and could save you so much more in transport costs, as
well as making your journey into Stratford town centre a whole lot
easier. The closing date for entries is 31 December 2013, full terms
and conditions are available on the website.
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Greetings from the Guild Hall Trustees
On behalf of the
members of the Guild Hall Trust, may I wish everyone in Henley
Christmas Greetings, Best Wishes for the coming year and many thanks
for your support in 2013.
It is our responsibility to maintain this beautiful hall and gardens
that have endured for over 500 years in their best condition in our
lifetime and then hand this legacy on to the next generation. It is not
a responsibility that is taken lightly.
The damage done to the building by the 2007 floods
also severely damaged our financial resources. In addition the rent of
the ground floor to WCC Library Services, which had been the backbone
of our income for more than 40 years, ended 18 months ago. At this
point our resources were almost at zero.
Thanks to the tremendous hard work of the managing
trustees in fundraising and managing work that had to be done, to say
nothing of the generosity of the people of Henley and the acquisition
of a new tenant for the former library, we are now in a position of
some strength. We even have reserves available towards the
refurbishment of the roof estimated at £25,000. In addition we
now have a new kitchen, a robust flood defence and several major
maintenance projects completed.
I must mention also the huge efforts that went into
the fundraising and back-breaking work that saw the completion of our
beautiful Jubilee Garden where £60,000 was raised to complete the
project. In addition we have now begun a refurbishment programme for
the Guild Hall garden itself which will start in the spring. Your help
with this project would be much appreciated.
Although refurbishment costs sound daunting I am sure
that with the huge affection that we all share for the Guild Hall and
gardens, this jewel in the crown of our beautiful High Street, funds
will be found in due course to see us through. It will take the
continued commitment of both the trustees and the people of Henley
which has been so evident in the past.
Latham, Honorary Burgess
Chairman of the Guild Hall Management Committee
The Henley Literati
Greetings to all our friends
prosperous New Year.
We held our
Christmas Lunch at the
Yew Tree Farm
and it is
The Henley Focus
would like to wish all its
advertisers, contributors and readers
a very happy Christmas and New Year.
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM THE HUB
SPECIAL OFFER - CHRISTMAS PARTIES
HENLEY RESIDENTS ONLY £20.00.
December 20th – January 2nd
The Hub is
a great venue for a children’s party. There are facilities used
by the youth club like the pool table, table tennis, darts, computers
and large screen video shows just like going to the cinema, all of
which are ideal for making the party very different. We can arrange for
a roomful of babies’ soft play equipment. There is a well
equipped kitchen and a sound system.
your young family are visiting over Christmas why not entertain them
away from your home with the wide range of facilities available?
Free Car parking.
are still a few times left so contact us early or visit the centre.
Contact us on 01564795470.
Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Air Ambulance G-RSCU over Warwick Castle
Christmas from the Henley & District Volunteers
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN HERITAGE CENTRE
CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
TO ALL OUR STEWARDS
AND OUR THOUSANDS OF
ON BEHALF OF THE
TRUSTEES OF THE
CHARITABLE EDUCATIONAL TRUST
Worshipful Master, Wardens and the Brethren of De Montfort Lodge
which meets regularly at the Guildhall would like to wish
all the residents and businesses in Henley in Arden
a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
our recent Ladies Evening, a 40s style Swing Ball held at
Nuthurst Grange in Hockely Heath
anyone would like
any information regarding Freemasonary and how to join,
please call Bill Wright on 07977 216436
ROTARY CLUB OF HENLEY-IN-ARDEN
President: David Burman
Greetings to you all and best wishes
and a peaceful New Year
Please support our street collection
Proceeds to the Rotary charities
Safer Neighbourhood Team
would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.
PS Bob Shaw, PC Ed Doxey,
PCSO Tristan Jelfs & PCSO Gary Johnson.
An Historic Event in Henley
due to prior commitments Her Majesty, Queen Elisabeth II was unable to
come to tea in Henley on Advent Sunday on the 1st December. She did
however send a message to say how pleased she was at the completion of
her Diamond Jubilee project at St. Nicholas Church, Beaudesert Lane. As
many of you know and some will have heard, the project involved the
installation of seven bells in the tower of the church.
The bells were
dedicated on Advent Sunday and rung for the Advent service by local
Henley ringers. This was the first time in the 840 year lifetime of St
Nicholas church that a full peal of bells had been rung to summon the
faithful to worship, a truly historic event.
This peal however is no ordinary peal. To explain why, we need to go
back to 2012, when the Rev. John Ganjavi hit upon the idea that the
restoration of the two medieval and single Georgian bell in the tower
of St. Nicholas would be a worthwhile Diamond Jubilee project.
Unfortunately all you can ring on three bells is Three Blind Mice if
the bells are in tune, and they weren’t, which is probably the
reason why the bells hadn’t been rung in 200 years. So 'get them
tuned' was the comment.
However John was
informed that the medieval bells were part of our English heritage and
could not be changed or altered in any way. Undeterred by this setback
John and Graham Hindley (coopted as project manager) sought advice from
various experts in the ringing world and from Taylors, one of the two
remaining bell founders in the country.
ingenious, if slightly more expensive solution, was found which was to
add extra bells to the tower to create a ring of six bells. One of the
medieval bells (dated 1350) would be used as a service bell to be
chimed on its own as needed. The other medieval bell would form the
basis for tuning five other bells of more modern origin to create a
ring of six. The medieval bell would thus remain untouched. Fortunately
the Georgian bell in the tower (a mere youngster of 300 years) could be
tuned appropriately, but where were the other four to come from? To the
layman this might seem an impossible task, however, within a few
months, orphan bells seeking a home were identified in Guildford,
Barrow in Furness and Ashburnham Place in Sussex. The bells were
transported to Taylors at Loughborough and tuned to make the ring of
six, which now grace the tower. Despite the fact that the youngest bell
was cast in 1963 and the oldest in 1350, the ring is very melodic, a
testament to the skill of the bell founders and proof that the young
and very very old can get on well together.
was made possible by generous donations from the estate of Joe Hawkes
(the previous Tower Captain) and from the Lodder and Clegg familes.
If you are
between 12 and 80 years old and want to learn to ring, come along to a
practice at 7.00pm on Wednesday nights at St Johns church or give Mike
Colclough a ring on 01564 793710. You will be most welcome.
above shows the Rector with Church Warden Daphne Jones and Graham
Hindley one of the project managers.
Colclough, Tower Captain
Keys Lost & Found
if you'd be good enough to publish a huge thank you to the kind and
honest person who found my house keys by the riverside near the GP
surgery and left them out on a bench to be collected. I lost them a few
weeks ago while dog walking and had given up looking for them. I just
want to say thank you to the person and let them know their actions
Ullenhall Gardening Club meeting
On November 26th Ullenhall Gardening Club was
host to Ken and Toni Whittaker. Ken gave a very educational talk about
house plants, how to look after them and what NOT to do! Ken is a
professional grower and raises thousands of plants each year, so he
knows what he’s talking about.
His advice was
clear and simple and covered poinsettias, cyclamen and Christmas cactus
(how is the Easter flowering cactus different from the Christmas
flowering cactus?). Members were told how they could remove old leaves
from cyclamen in order to stop the stalks from rotting and how to prune
a Christmas cactus to encourage it to flower at the desired time.
touched upon orchids, bromeliads, azaleas, bourgainvillias and African
violets. The audience enjoyed the talk very much and look forward to a
return visit sometime in the future. Members had many questions
answered and then enjoyed their usual chat over a cup of tea.
Merrydays help Network Rail and Murphy
Network Rail and Murphy are
undertaking substantial improvement works at Henley-in-Arden station.
site manager had observed that there were many parents with young
children frequently near the station. With this in mind, Network Rail
and J. Murphy approached Merrydays and Henley Montessori to involve the
children in producing some posters which could be displayed around the
station, as this really is a project to benefit the community.
As a thank you
and to ensure the children are seen in the dark winter months, Murphy
and Network Rail donated some small high visibility vests with "be
seen, be safe" on the back. The vests were delivered to the children on
Monday 2nd December and they were very excited to wear them.
the station on Friday 6th to see their artwork on the hoardings and
sang a few carols for the men on the diggers! Thank you Network Rail
‘Climate Cops’ came to see Years 4 and 5 to teach us
about climate change. They set up a range of challenges for us to try.
This included rowing to generate electricity, window washing, and
turning off as many lights as we could in 30 seconds.
We were each
given a free T-shirt, a special pen, a mission book, a magnet and lots
more. We learnt lots of new things, which made us think carefully about
what we could do about climate change. We also had a great time.
Poole and India
Henley-In-Arden School Awards Evening
It is almost
the end of the autumn term for the academic year 2013-2014. However on
November 28th 2013, staff and students celebrated the achievements of
pupils in the academic year 2012-2013.
began at 7:30pm in the school hall. This lead to an introduction by
deputy head Mr Steve Jefferies. Music was provided by students Joe
Cope, Joel Gooding, Ellie Butcher, Izzie Glenn and Sarah Knott, Brease
Woolley and Amy Jones. We were honoured to welcome Harry Skelton,
ex-pupil and jockey, to present the students with the awards.
to the evening's sponsors Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel, Alliance In
Partnership, Cooper Adams Chartered Accountants, Judicium Consulting
Ltd, Fairways Contracting Ltd, Castle Minibuses, Clearview Cleaning,
Griffiths & Armour Insurance Brokers, Orchard Clothing Ltd and
Cutler & Co Ltd.
Pritchett - Henley-In-Arden School correspondent
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Sits Vac at the Heritage Centre
On 14 November most of the
Heritage Centre’s 72 volunteer stewards assembled to have a
backward look at another good year – the Centre’s
seventeenth – and to explore ideas for the future. This meeting,
christened the “Social AGM” has become a regular annual
event. It’s a mixture of serious debate, exchange of experiences
Ray Holding, trustee and curator supported by fellow trustees Derek
Sharman – one of the founders - and Jonathan Dovey ran through
the figures for the 2013 season, which ended on 31 October. Visitor
numbers were up, thanks to some good weather and more tourist activity
generally. The visitors’ book once again reflected the way in
which visitors of at least two dozen nationalities had enjoyed browsing
through displays and documents. A number of resignations were sadly
acknowledged and an equal number of new joiners were welcomed.
Securing a Heritage Lottery grant during this year has enabled the
Centre to embark on an ambitious programme of work to meet the
expectations of young visitors in particular. A new Learning Room has
been created, with a touchscreen quiz station running a number of
quizzes of different levels of difficulty, and a large screen
presentation portraying a thousand years of Henley’s history in
twenty minutes. This project, christened “Henley-in-Arden:
History in a Nutshell” will be open to the public from 1st April
next year, when the Centre’s open season starts. It’s all
housed in a dedicated refurbished room which Ray refers to as
“the smallest cinema in the Midlands”. The history film
incorporates four plays written and performed by Year 10 students of
Henley School: they were asked to bring some humour to a dry and dusty
story, and have certainly done that. One group, asked if they could
borrow ideas from Monty Python – before we knew the
“real” Pythons were going to reconvene! Ray said that the
Centre may run some previews during the winter months, in particular
for the parents of the actors. He said it was great to have a joint
project going with the school, and there is already the possibility
that a new project will be started during the next year.
The Centre prospers because of its enthusiastic team of stewards and
other helpers. The Trustees said that there is always a welcome for new
volunteers: the job’s not onerous: it involves two hours duty
once a fortnight. Stewards work in pairs and you do get Henley’s
finest gossip here! Anyone interested in helping next year should ring
Ray on 01564 792512.
Team Player for the Little Nutkins
with experience required for 'Little Nutkins' nursery in
nursery is open from 7.30am-6.00pm and we are looking for a nursery
nurse. The position will involve working with children aged 0-11,
engaging in activities and supporting their overall learning and
sound knowledge of the EYFS September 2012, commitment to safeguarding
is essential and the ability to make observations and complete weekly
planning. Other duties will involve light cleaning, preparation of food
(food hygiene certificate desirable) and school pick ups for before and
after school club.
looking for someone who is a good team player, remains responsible to
the management team at all times but can work using own initiative, be
confident and friendly and the ability to build key relationships with
parents and staff. This position is full time 37 hours a week.
13th January 2013. Salary neg. depending on experience. Please contact
Sophie Dewar on 01564 898187/07771823755. Or call in to the nursery for
an application form.
Champion Curry Night at Henley in Arden Tennis Club
Another successful event was held at Henley in Arden Tennis Club
on Thursday evening – a mixed doubles tournament with a curry
after the tennis. The twelve doubles teams were split into two pools
with the winner of the first pool playing against the winner of the
second pool. The final saw Martin Hollands and Anne Crooks beat June
Harris and Mike Baldwin. It was a night enjoyed by everyone and special
thanks go to the organisers of this fantastic event.
doubles tournament on the 7th December.
- Christmas Lunch at the Crabmill on Friday 13th December.
- Social tennis and mince pies on Friday 20th December.
enjoyed the competition and the curry - Winners Martin Hollands and
Anne Crooks pictured below.
Don’t forget to follow Henley in Arden Tennis Club on Twitter
@Henleyinardentc. Also see what else we are up to at www.henleyinardentennis.co.uk thanks to Adrian
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you being served?
you are sitting waiting in an airport lounge, perhaps it was last
weekend and there’s a problem at the air traffic control centre.
You’re bored so you scroll through your iPhone and tap on a
brightly coloured icon to launch a free mobile game to help pass the
time. In the instant before the app loads something extraordinary
happens behind the scenes: an auction for your eyeballs, run by a
company you’ve probably never heard of called Flurry. Apparently
it tracks even more users then Google or Facebook.
presents your details to dozens of advertisers. They categorise you as
someone, perhaps a business traveller, fashion follower, in your 30s (I
wish!) and currently at Heathrow airport, (let’s say). In a tiny
fraction of a second the exchange picks the highest bidder with the
best-fitting parameters. None the wiser, as you begin the game you
happen to see an ad for designer sunglasses – and a shop close by
in the terminal where you can buy them.
that happen? It’s called real-time bidding and advertisers will
pay a lot of money for the chance to put their ads in front of you;
this is because they can target ads for products that the data say you
are likely to find appealing. They know a lot about you - and they know
where you are.
didn’t put Flurry on your phone, app developers did. In 2008,
Flurry started giving away a bit of software that tells app makers how
people are using their apps. More than 400,000 apps now use the tool
and, in return, funnel much of that user data back to Flurry. Flurry
thus has access into more than 1.2 billion devices globally and is
inside seven to ten apps per device. It continuously triangulates among
them all, collecting on average 3 terabytes of data each day.
solves a big problem for apps that want to sell ads. On the desktop,
attach to your browser, so that a cursory search on Irish basset
hounds, let’s say, will spark a raft of ads for pet food. On a
mobile, advertisers don’t otherwise know who you are, as
them a great deal about you.
ever noticed ads appear regularly when you surf the internet on your
home computer? You can partially stop it though: you can download and
install “Adblock” (www.adblockplus.org),
make sure you choose the free version. It works well to stop pop-up ads
on your desktop or laptop and there is a mobile version. But I expect
the advertisers will find a way round it sooner or later.
let this stop you enjoying your Christmas though.
John Garner - Business
12 Cons of Christmas 2013
beware the ‘12 Cons Of Christmas’ warn Warwickshire County
Council’s Trading Standards Service! As the festive season
approaches, Trading Standards Officers are supporting the National
Trading Standards Board scam alerts and raising awareness locally.
Ranging from car-clocking to fake charities to counterfeit goods,
consumers need to be aware of the length unscrupulous traders will go
to in order to cash in on holiday goodwill.
To protect your family and your finances this holiday season, beware of
the following scams:
counterfeit Christmas gifts: Unsafe toys and electrical goods,
which fail to comply with UK safety laws, continue to enter the
marketplace. These goods are not only dangerous and potential killers,
they can damage the economy and fund crime - a present on nobody's
donations: Christmas may be the time for giving, but consumers
should double-check who exactly they are giving to. Consumers should be
wary of vague statements on packaging such as 'donations for work
creation' or 'donations to poor children.'
free trials: New Year's resolutions often involve attempts to work
off mince pies and lose weight. Scammers know this and have created
pop-ups offering free trials on items like weight loss supplements
while disguising contracts in amongst the fine print. After entering
their victim's card details to pay for the post and packaging, the
scammers use these hidden contracts to regularly take sums of money
from the victim's account.
scams: Christmas time can put a strain on any budget, and
unscrupulous credit businesses are cashing in on people's financial
desperation. The National Scams Hub says many people have received
unsolicited text messages or telephone calls from firms offering them
an unsecured loan. Those who accepted were charged large, upfront fees,
but their loan never arrived!
crime: Bad weather is used by rogue traders to convince some
residents that they need unnecessary and often substandard home
improvements at extortionate prices. Consumers are advised not to deal
with unsolicited and unexpected doorstep callers. Instead, they should
use a trusted trader, recommended by family and friends or a part of an
approved codes scheme.
fraud: Cold callers pester large numbers of potential victims
across the UK to offer alternative market investments. Plots of land,
diamonds, rare earth products, wine investments and carbon credits sold
at hugely inflated prices allow the criminals to make off with their
victim's savings before any suspicions are raised. By the time the
victim realises the fraud, the company has vanished.
scams: The NTSB's National Scams Hub and Trading Standards are
warning of this simple yet dangerous scam. The victim receives a bogus
call from a computer company claiming that they had been alerted by the
internet provider to a serious virus attack. The scammers tell the
victim the only way the problem can be fixed is to buy a special
computer programme. If the owner complies, they enter their personal
and financial information on to a website only to find their bank
account is emptied.
tax re-branding: In a current investigation from the North-West
Scambuster Team, it was discovered that less than 0.1% of claims
submitted by companies claiming they can obtain council tax refunds are
legitimate. The victim pays high, up-front fees to a company that does
no work on their behalf. Householders can make their own application to
the Valuation Office Agency themselves – at the cost of nothing.
notices: Consumers are being warned of an email purporting to be
from the Commonwealth Secretariat and HM Treasury telling them they
qualify for a £1,000 grant to be paid directly into their bank
accounts. This email is not an expression of yuletide goodwill, it is a
scam that will put consumers at risk of fraudulent activity, and should
clocking: Dodgy car dealers will do anything to move a motor
– even adjusting the mileage on the clock to make it read fewer
miles, which they use to bump up the price.
alarms: The National Scams Hub is warning consumers about a
possible security alarm scam where consumers receive a cold call from a
company offering to install security systems. The security system may
be free or available at a nominal cost but the on-going maintenance
cost is high and there is a cancellation fee.
Vishing has caught a lot of people out recently – consumers have
already lost £7million to this scam, according to Financial Fraud
Action UK. Scammers call victims pretending to be a bank, building
society or similar official and attempt to get personal information.
Consumers must remember that their bank or building society will never
ask for details over the phone – they already have them.
something sounds too good to be true than it usually is! If something
is not quite right or you are being pressured into buying goods or
services you don't need, then you should report this to the Citizens
Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06. They can ask trading
standards to investigate claims and make sure consumers get a fair deal.
information is available on Trading
Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
November Crime Report
Henley had 4 reported incidents of Criminal Damage.
from Motor Vehicles
Thefts from motor vehicles have slightly risen in November and all
relate to items that have been left on show. This makes it extremely
tempting and easy for the passing criminal to steal items. Henley
x 2, Claverdon x 3 and Umberlade x 1. We always advise that items of
value or interest are out of sight and secure if left in a vehicle.
We have had three vehicles stolen in November from our northern area. 1
in Studley, 1 in Henley and 1 in Lapworth. With the development of
better security systems for cars this type of crime has decreased over
the years, but owners must not get complacent. Criminals will find ways
to bypass the security and if needs be will break into houses and
offices to steal the keys. Good crime prevention will stop this from
We had 3 incidents of violence reported to us in November. Henley,
Bearley and Studley had 1 incident each. In the majority of incidents
reported to us the reason for the violence is domestic or alcohol based.
On the 5th November 3 people were arrested on suspicion of theft of
heating oil. Unfortunately the theft of kerosene has continued on our
patch, especially on the Alcester South area.
acting suspiciously in the Tanworth in Arden was stopped and checked by
police. It was found that he was wanted by West Midlands Police.
have attended two assemblies at Henley High School and have given a
talk about social networking and online safety to year 9 and 10 pupils.
officers of the Alcester North Safer Neighbourhood Team wish you all an
enjoyable and safe December and end to 2013.
Further information can be found
Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area
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Future events should be
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Sunday Services for December and January all at 10 30am are: 1st Mr
Stafford Mortimer. 8th Revd Helen Bell (Sacrament). 15th Mr Fred Bell.
22nd Revd E Brian Mason (Carol Service). 29th No Service. On Christmas
day we worship at 9.30 am, led by our minister Revd Helen Bell.
5th January Mr
James O Steele. 12th Revd Helen Bell (Covenant, Sacrament). 19th Mr
Telfryn Pritchard. 26th Mr John Parkes.
We will stage
a Crib Festival in the church from Friday 6th December to Sunday 10th,
open for viewing from 10.00 am to 4.00pm daily. On Thursday 12th
December our Christmas Miscellany will be from 1.30 pm, with seasonal
items from our members and from musicians of the Henley Academy, all
are invited to attend, free entry and light refreshments available.
AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our Christmas party is on Thursday 12th December in the Baptist Church
Hall at 7.30 pm. Members and non members are very welcome to come and
enjoy a light buffet supper, a glass of wine and entertainment for a
modest charge of £6.50. Applications please to Pat Kench on
795419 but as numbers are limited, allocation of places will be on a
first come, first served basis.
MUSICIANS RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUNG CANCER VICTIMS IN HENLEY
This year the
Annual Big Band Christmas concert with the award winning Midland Youth
Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) directed by Dr John Ruddick will be on Wednesday
18th December at the High School, Stratford Road, Henley.
which is organised for the fourth year running by Henley Rotary Club,
will be about raising funds for young people with cancer by young
musicians with talent. It is in answer to the new appeal by Shakespeare
Hospice to support services for 16 to 24 year olds with cancer. It will
include a major extension to the existing hospice.
from the evening will be shared with another excellent local charity,
Henley's First Responders, who are doing such a great job for our
It will be a
night to remember! Tickets and enquiries: £12.50 from John Latham firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01564 795239. Please make cheques payable to Henley Rotary Club. Bar
and light refreshments available
for the next Parish Newsletter to Margrit Johnson (01564 792384) or email@example.com
by 19th of the month at the latest.
IN ARDEN COURT LEET & COURT BARON
Court Leet & Court Baron dates from a Royal Charter and was a Court
authorised to deal with matters relating to the duties and services
owed by the peasants or villains (not Freemen) to the Lord of the
Manor. It exercised the peacekeeping jurisdiction of the
Sheriff’s twice yearly tour of the hundred courts. It received
presentments about obstructions of the highway and watercourses. It
regulated the weights and measures.
Today, the Henley Court Leet is one of only 32
recognised Court Leets in the Administration of Justice Act 1977
and it is responsible for continuing the traditions and ceremonial of
the town. More information about the Court
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Society meets every third Third Thursday - September to April. In the
summer, there are normally two visits to historical sites.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Current Programme and Committee: Henley
details also from Hon Sec Mrs. Pat Kench on 795419.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching
team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (two astro)
open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available.
Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year.
League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior
section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and
County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5s and under with
coaching. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564
792378 or Simon Maddox 01564 795699 Henley
THE ROTARY CLUB of
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please
email Rotarian Michael Redman
THE PROBUS CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of
retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of
Visitors and potential new members would be most
welcome; for further details please contact the secretary Andrew
Yarwood on 794079
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We
meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for
yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to
be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if
you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops.
For further information contact Angela Pinnegar on 01564 792781 Henley-in-Arden
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station
Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April.
A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be
interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a
Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April
to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players,
irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club
should contact Andy Thompson.
HENLEY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
HADS meets most Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00 p.m. in the Memorial
Hall, Station Road. New members are always welcome whether their
interest lies in acting, working on sets and costumes or the multitude
of other activities which support performances. For information about
the next meeting, please contact Phil Walker (Chairman) on 01527 500969.
from April to September and is looking for new members of all ages and
experience. Tuition can be given so come and have a go. The club is
next to the tennis courts on the Stratford Road south of Henley. Please
phone John Townson on 01564 792407 or email Jon Butler on firstname.lastname@example.org
HENLEY KARATE CLUB
every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30).
Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just
for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines fitness, self-defence
and control. Henley TKD is a small, friendly and vibrant club catering
for all ages (from 5 and up) and abilities. We train every Saturday
morning from 10.30 to 12.00 at Warwickshire College. Beginners and the
curious are always welcome – first lesson is free for all
newcomers. For more information contact Alan Batson on 07543 649 713.
a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the chairman
stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when crimes
are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are needed.
Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are areas still
in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have your name and
telephone number registered to receive calls from the Crime Officer
when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in
the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open for all
under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and
a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any
questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTSThis
is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant
and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide
young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of
our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how
you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham
Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
HUB @ HENLEY
The centre is open
every weekday; Surestart and the Parenting Project
operate many supportive activities for mothers with babies. There is a
club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the older generation and
regular computer classes on Fridays. There is a Youth Club (13+) on
Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and a Junior Youth Club for Year 5 to
Year 8 on Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You can book the centre for
your family parties at the weekend, its superb facilities are ideal for
this. Check out the Web Site for a lot more information at The
Hub at Henley
CHI in HENLEY
11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no
barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further
information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: Swantaichi
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm
for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding
area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no
subscription. More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley.
It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild
Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on
0121 603 8577 for further details.
Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the
White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may
not improve our play!! Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are
normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine
Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
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advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus
could be helping you to promote your business or service to local
people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services
at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote
community and charity events free of charge. Please call Karen on 01564
774748 or email email@example.com more information.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises
a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested
in joining please contact Gordon
Major Events during the next 12 months
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|December 2013||Sat 7 - Xmas Lights switch on
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|April 2014|| Henley Cricket Club Dinner - Henley Golf Club|
Henley Annual Parish Assembly - Baptist Church Hall at 6.30 pm
Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
Beaudesert Annual Parish Assembly - C of E Primary School at 6.30 pm
|June 2014|| Court Leet Day - Guild Hall & various locations|
St Johns Church Fete at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
|July 2014||Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall
Flower Club Competition in Memorial Hall
Festival organised by Mike Perry|
|September 2014|| Hub Fundraising and Open Day|
Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
Quiz Evening, St John's Church Hall
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