you are concerned that you may have symptoms suggestive of coronavirus
the advice is to stay home and contact NHS 111 online where they have a
symptoms checker or, if this is not possible, by telephone.
Please do not attend the surgery if you have a new cough, high temperature or new shortness of breath.
In order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and in line with NHS
guidelines we are trying to minimise attendance to the practice where
possible. We have now offering telephone consultations with a GP’s and
nurses who will either deal with your problem over the telephone or
arrange a face to face appointment for you. In order to ensure the call
is arranged the most appropriate health care professional reception
will ask you for a brief outline of your problem. Please be aware that
reception will NOT be able to book any face to face appointments.
We cannot test for Coronavirus here at the surgery. Tests for Coronavirus will only be done on hospital inpatients.
Do not call the GP surgery unless you need to. The surgery phone lines
are facing high demand. Please use the online 111 tools to try to
DO NOT attend the surgery for any reason unless you have been advised to.
YOU NEED TO REGISTER for the NHS app ASAP!
(<https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/>) to be able to book
telephone consultations over the phone, request prescriptions and look
at test results. The identification process can occur completely online
and you do not need to come into the surgery to do this.
patients that are unable to use these online tools, and all self-care
measures have been exhausted or your symptoms are worsening or you have
a significant health concern, please call the surgery. All appointments
have been switched to telephone/video consultations and only patients
that really need to be seen face to face after being assessed on the
phone by a clinician will be.
The practice will continue to have processes to ensure childhood immunisation and other essential care continues.
Dr C Taylor
500th and Final Edition of Henley NEWS
500 editions over the last sixteen years I have made the decision that
it is time to organise an orderely handover to a new editior. The new
publication will be called "Henley EXPRESS" and will be almost identical to the present "Henley NEWS".
will be arranging for the new publication to be sent to all readers,
who are on our alert database, on Wednesday 25th March and I would ask
that all our contributors send their regular reports to email@example.com
. The editor will be Andy Jones
who has been, and will continue as, Editor of the Ullenhall Parish
Magazine, which is a high quality printed publication. Andy will set
his aims and objectives in his first edition.
Finally, I would like to thank all our contributors for their support
and in particular John Garner who has written over 350 articles for his
Business column and acted as the Proof Reader.
Invitation To Join The Telephone Support Network Run By The Hub.
The Thursday Seniors Club
have a telephone network that operates 24/7 as well as meeting at the
Hub every Thursday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon. Although we are
expecting numbers attending to be lower the club will remain open
through this present crisis because for some it is the only face to
face opportunity to meet friends during the week. This makes the
telephone contact system even more important.
The Hub is inviting anyone who is not a club member to join the
network. Being part of this means that if anything happens,
particularly those annoying little things, like the TV not working,
that affect your everyday life and you find yourself alone you can
phone any time and arrangements will be made to get assistance to you
as soon as possible. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU UNLESS INVITED.
You can join the network by sending your contact details to Peter
Crathorne, the coordinator of this project. We normally ask for
address, telephone number, email address and one emergency contact
number. Everything will be treated in the strictest confidence and
within GDPR rules. A copy of our policy is available on request.
If you know someone who does not have internet who might benefit please give them my number.
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 07974573582
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
500th and Final Edition of Henley NEWS
High Bailiff Tom Mangan on behalf of the Henley-in-Arden Court Leet CONGRATULATES and THANKS BILL LEECH
and all who have assisted Bill at HENLEY NEWS ONLINE over the years on the great occasion of the 500th and Final Edition.
headline article in the earliest Edition linked to the current Issue
(Edition 27) invites all residents of Henley in Arden to attend the
Court Leet AGM in 2004 and informs readers of “Juror Eligibility
advice holds good today and The Court Leet would remind readers that
Residents of 3 years standing in the Parishes of Beaudesert and Henley
in Arden, upon registration with the Steward of the Manor become
“Jurors” of the Court Leet and are entitled and encouraged to attend
Court Leet Events and in particular to attend and vote at the Court
Leet AGM on the 2nd Wednesday of November of this and every year.
NEWS ONLINE has been essential in helping the Henley-in-Arden Court
Leet to keep Henley in touch with our Court Leet activities over the
Tom Mangan, High Bailiff
Wadsworths Solicitors opens on the High Street
High Bailiff accompanied by Officers of the Court Leet and the Chairman
of the Joint Parish Council formally opened a new solicitors John
Wadsworths at 129 High Street.
John Wadsworth, Managing Director, introduced his staff.
Bill Leech, Innovator & Great Publicist of Henley
admired by me as a pioneer of online news in our town, Bill has for
five-hundred editions kept us all informed and championed just about
every group and society in the area. For my part, I thank him in
particular for his support of the local arts, that is if I can describe
the efforts of HADS, as art! He was never stinting in his coverage of
our modest works and helped the society thrive on his watch at Henley News.
Somehow, news service in Henley will never be the same, he had the
knack of getting a whole brigade of would-be reporters contributing
regularly to his news sheet, often with a little advice on how to pitch
Quite apart from being a worthy editor, Bill has been part of the
tapestry of Henley for as long as I can remember, taking an active role
in civic life as well as such august gatherings as the Court Leet and
Probus, to name but a few.
He has fought hard to expose hypocrisy and wrongdoing in many areas of
our society and has collected his fair share of dissenters in so doing,
he has never shirked from the responsibility of editing a news organ
which has found its way into just about every household in the area,
and he will be remembered as a great arbiter.
On a very personal note, I remember how generous he was in
accommodating my fantasies in a play I wrote some ten years or so ago,
called ‘Henley Market – The Musical’
in which I characterised him as a snooping journalist called Will Tick,
which he quickly latched on to and, I’m glad to say, took in good part.
Thanks Bill, every success to you in all you do in the future and to your successor, may this online phenomenon long continue.
Ray Evans - Reporting
The Bard of Henley
Community Thanks to HNOL
Peter Crathorne writes on the occasion of the 500th edition of Henley NEWS.
In 2012 the Hub@Henley was closed by Warwickshire County Council.
The community of Beaudesert and Henley came together successfully
raised £35,000 and with the Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust placed a
bid with the county to take over the Hub. This campaign would have
failed without the support of Henley News. Bill’s support for
this endeavour galvanised the whole community. In the articles at
the time he included the picture below of the meeting that changed the
community centre’s and the joint parishes’ future.
Over the intervening years bringing us right up to date Bill’s
unwavering enthusiasm for the Hub has helped to ensure that despite
some worrying moments there was always sufficient cash in the bank to
deliver the essential services that have faithfully supported everyone
but in particular those in our joint parishes who are in danger of
falling by the wayside. The hundreds of people who have benefitted from
the Hub and the facilities it has provided thank Bill 500 times for
every edition that help to secure the service from which they gained so
will be so many organisations in our lovely locality that owe their
success, in part, from the wide-ranging publicity available to them
through Henley News. This was recognised in 2007, when Henley NEWS
was presented with the Warwickshire Rural Community Council’s Village
Ventures winner for being the best example of a brilliant local news
provider in the County.
Now Bill has decided to pass the baton to the new Henley EXPRESS this significant event should not go unmarked without a suitable celebration.
JOIN WITH US TO THANK BILL FOR ALL THAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.
Wednesday Crew that have met for a number of years and sometimes acted
as unofficial editing consultees, have arranged a meal at the Sans
Restaurant on Wednesday 8th April 2020 7.30pm for 8.00pm. £25 per head
for a table buffet (excluding drinks). Places are limited to 30.
We are asking that you pay on the night but book as soon as possible.
Given present uncertainties please book now we can always change
arrangement nearer the time.
You can book by phone 07974 573 582. Or by email email@example.com
Heritage Centre Reopens
Henley-in-Arden Museum & Heritage Centre re-opens to the public for the new season on 1st April.
Centre is run by an enthusiastic band of volunteers who between them
enable the doors to be open to the public for six days each week. We
are always looking for more volunteers who would be willing to spare
two hours a fortnight as house stewards, to greet visitors and answer
The Centre, which tells the story of the town’s history, is open from
1st April to the end of October. Anyone is interested in
volunteering should contact the Centre on 01564 795919.
A re-branding of the Centre has taken place over the winter with new
leaflets and a new look website. The website has been re-developed from
scratch to be responsive, accessible and clearly legible on all
devices. At the same time the look and feel of the site has been
redesigned to make it more contemporary, generally more appealing and
easier to read and navigate.
A new feature to the site is a ‘this week in history’ section which has been introduced to communicate the rich history of the town.
In accordance with measures taken today (16 March) by the UK Government
to reduce the risk of infection, it has been decided that the Heritage
Centre will not open on the 1st April. The Trust has an obligation to
look after our volunteers, the majority of whom are classified as
vulnerable, as well as visitors. We will continue to review the
situation but hope to open on the 1st May.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Henley gets a Timebank to encourage volunteering
Henley in Bloom Annual Report
I must begin
by thanking volunteers, helpers, financial donors, anyone who has
contributed in any way to another successful Henley in Bloom season.
Special thanks to John Earle for their
ongoing sponsorship. Henley Rotary Club for £500 and 500 crocus corms.
Henley Hidden Gardens £800. JPC £1800.
Following a fully resolved incident in
August when plants were damaged we have recently received £1034 from a
crowd funding project set up by a Henley resident.
You will hear from our treasurer Ian Fox
that due to hard work and the generosity of donors and the continued
support of John James, we have a healthy bank balance as a result of
which we will not receive a JPC grant this year. The committee’s aim is
to work towards a prudent reserve of one year which will ensure the
future of Henley in Bloom.
Last but not least thank you the Committee for your ongoing support without which I would have drowned long ago.
Once again they plants were supplied by
Botany Bay nurseries, the plants continue to be of good quality. Some
planters were replaced, including round the Market Cross, to those with
reservoirs to facilitate watering.
This was the first season we had contracted
out the watering of the outer areas. Lakeside carried out watering
twice weekly, you might have noticed their red van and yellow bowser on
the High Street. The centre of Henley continued to be watered by
volunteers using the mobile bowser, the system seems to have worked
well, and will berepeated in 2020
Adopt a Pot, spot the participants cards in residents windows,Court Leet Stall, Cake Stall and Street collection continued.
Henley Primary Schools were joined by
Montessori School in a Henley in Bloom themed competition, the
enthusiasm of the children is amazing.
For the planting grand finale we were for
the first time joined by Henley Beaver Scouts, who learned something
about HIB and helped with the last planting outside St Johns Church.
All these activities involve the community and boost our income.
Once again RHS Judge Robin Russell judged the hanging baskets.
Future plans are to continue making Henley beautiful and work towards a prudent reserve for 2021.
ARTS4ALL 2020 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
response to the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, advising the
UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, I regret to inform you
that the Arts4All 2020 event has been cancelled.
understand that this decision comes as a disappointment, and a massive
inconvenience, but ultimately we all want the same thing: the health
and safety of our communities and performers and I believe this is the
correct decision to make and that an early decision provides clarity
and less inconvenience.
now, I would like to sincerely thank you in anticipation of your
understanding and patience, and to recognise the incredible efforts and
support of producers, artists, partners and performers over this
difficult period. Refunds will be made over the next 4/5 days.
Henley in Arden Guild Hall Trust
WOOTTON RURAL CINEMA CANCELLED
WOOTTON WAWEN FILM NIGHT WILL BE CANCELLED UNTIL SUCH TIMES THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO SELF ISOLATE.
Alcester Choirs annual concert cancelled due to Coronavirus emergency
Government guidelines the Alcester Male Voice Choirs annual concert,
scheduled for Saturday 9th May at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
has been cancelled. A choir spokesman said “ we have sold many
tickets in the Henley area and are now working hard to refund, as
quickly as possible, all monies paid for both concert tickets and
coach transport but would ask those who have purchased tickets to be
patient and bear with us while we get the refunds organised."
At a recent Probus meeting, John James is shown as being installed as chairman
for the ensuing year by outgoing chairman Nick McKenzie.
Update on Alcester Court Leet
We know some Henley residents have been following the developments with Alcester Court Leet, this might be of interest.
An open letter was sent to The Marquess of Hertford and the High
Bailiff of Alcester Court Leet, still awaiting reply. Below are also a
couple of FAQs that we are trying to address with Alcester residents
and Equa-Leety 4 Alcester ‘s mission statement.
If you have any questions or need any clarification on anything please don’t hesitate to contact me or Emma Randle.
Here is a copy of the letter:
“We, Equa-Leety 4 Alcester, would like to invite Alcester Court Leet
Officers together with the Marquess of Hertford to an open debate in
Alcester to discuss the reasoning for including or not including women
on Alcester Court Leet.
As a group of over 290 supporters, that love Alcester’s community and
traditions, we would like again to take the opportunity to state our
full support of the great work that Alcester Court Leet do, the
volunteers that give up their time and effort they put in. We
want to enhance that and help it to meet the challenges of the 21st
century whilst maintaining links to the past – Bromsgrove, Henley and
Warwick Court Leet are thriving through their diversity and
inclusivity. Every other Court Leet in the country – apart from
one other – have found a way forward to involve men and women equally.
Alcester Court Leet has modified its tradition from being an
institution of white church going men to allowing men of any ethnicity,
faith and sexual orientation / identification. There should be no
reason for continuing to discriminate in 2020.
The campaign that started in October 2019 has resulted in an
overwhelming response from Alcester residents, men as well as women,
and they have come up with a whole host of ideas about how the group
can raise awareness. Supporters of the group agree that there will be
no disruption to Court Leet charitable events.
We would like to organise jointly with you an open debate and invite
you, the Marquess of Hertford, the Steward of the Manor as well as
Court Leet officers to debate the reasoning for actively continuing
discrimination in Alcester publicly as well as have the opportunity to
discuss Equ-Leety 4 Alcester’s concerns for the mutual benefit of
Alcester people. We would welcome your suggestions on format, dates and
venue for this dialogue to take place. We would be grateful for a
response by the 23rd of March.
Equa-Leety 4 Alcester”
I hope that by the time you read this report the unwanted bollards in Langley Road will have been removed on March 14.
suggested last month the Council did increase the county council tax by
4%. This increase comprised a special social care levy of 2% and
a general increase of 2%. Social care costs absorb 70% of
the budget and must be considered the County’s core business.
Funding for all the other services (non-core) increasingly comes from
special one-off grants from central government. For example, the
highways maintenance budget has been squeezed so that road markings
which should be refreshed every 5 years are now waiting 8 to 10 years.
been urging the Council to consider new ways of funding the “non-core”
services rather than just accepting a smaller and smaller budget.
I feel that there is the belief amongst members that the squeeze from
social care is short term and somehow Government will magically find
extra money to restore non-core services. My guess is that
Government will find it easier to leave social care being funded by
Council tax rather than raise income taxes and make continue the
practice of additional contributions as one off payments when finances
allow. One possible indication of the way Government thinking is
developing is the restructure of Northamptonshire after social care
costs drove the County Council into bankruptcy. It seems there is
a plan for a county wide social care agency and I will report more on
this next month.
also been raising the issue of the Amazon warehouse at Redditch Eastern
Gateway (Wynate Triangle) and the possibility that the HGV running
goods into the warehouse might not follow the agreed traffic plan and
route through Arden Division on the A4189. So I have not made
much headway is getting officers to take the risk seriously.
John Horner reporting
Walking paths and access
sure who to contact but could something be done about making the legal
public footpath through the churchyard passable as the muddy footpath
is awful. Either putting down stones or other material along the path
would be a great improvement.
the legal footpath alongside the stream from the Mount to the the top
end of Henley is not only really muddy which is understandable in
this weather but there is a a fallen tree which is blocking the path
which needs clearing to make the path accessible.
more of an effort could be made by the Parish Council to be aware of
these sort of issues so that everyone can benefit from the lovely
benefits that potentially the area has to offer.
Tojan Davies reporting
Thanks HNOL on your 500th edition
This is just to congratulate you, Bill, on your 500th edition of Henley NEWS and to say how very much I have appreciated receiving this informative news every fortnightJan Crathorne
I’m not a Facebook fan, so will really miss it. I hope that someone may
attempt to step into your shoes, but you’ll be a hard act to follow!
Celebratory wall hanging
The community wall hanging to commemorate the 850th anniversary of St Nicholas Church is well underway.
We had intended to hold a get together to compare notes on how people'
s contributions are going but are postponing it for the moment until we
feel more comfortable meeting together without the danger of the virus
hanging over our heads.
However, we still will be making this wall hanging so please keep going
with you "squares" and let me/us know by email etc how things are
shaping up for you so we can keep the process ticking along.
If you have finished your "Square" please feel free to leave it for us
at Hemmings and Peace, who are helping out as a collection point.
Below are the contributions from some very talented people - mine is
far more basic so please don't feel daunted - more inspired!
Annie Davies reporting
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Crossing the line
Yes, I know Henley News has been said to have crossed the line a few times in its 500 editions but this time I’m talking about crossing the equator.
all those of you who did physics at school will remember Ferrell’s Law.
This explains how water flowing down a plughole goes anti-clockwise in
the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern. I recently
had the perfect opportunity to see if this is true but, more
importantly, to see what happens as you actually cross the
equator. Does the water suddenly change direction? I was
rather exercised by this question but, strangely enough, all those I
consulted about this didn’t know and were completely
indifferent. I even asked the Editor of Henley News who replied
that I should ask the ship’s navigation officer how wide the equator
is! As if! Obviously I was being set up. That’s the sort of
thing our Editor does to his loyal columnist. It is just an
imaginary line, of course, of zero width but I suppose you could say
it’s 25,000 miles long.
The Captain announced that we would be crossing the equator at
precisely 10.56pm so there I was in the gents running the tap to see
what happened. Nothing at all! This was very perplexing and
I kept watching for another 15 minutes. I did get some funny
looks. But then I realised, of course! The ship is moving
at 20 knots so its movement will have far more effect than Ferrell’s
Law. I therefore had to wait until the next day to see if it
changed when the ship stopped. It was the next day that the Captain
announced that we had in fact not crossed the equator until
11.17pm! So I’d been patiently watching a running tap all that
time and we been crossing the line then at all.
I’d like to report that all became clear when the ship docked,
unfortunately it didn’t. It seems the design of the sink and the
position of the tap are also significant factors. At that point I
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Alcester North Safer
David Malin reports on crime in our area
HENLEY IN ARDEN
Circumstances. Beechcroft, Henley. Drone seen hovering over houses.
Caller concerned that the user was using the camera to watch the
houses. 8.20pm Friday 6th March. 0491 06/03/2020
- Burglary. Arden Road,
Henley. Premises broken into and car keys stolen. Subsequently a White
BMW and a White Mercedes has then also been stolen from the property.
Overnight 2nd & 3rd March. 0038 03/03/2020
Chapel Lane, Ullenhall. Two storage containers broken into and various
stools stolen. Reported 5th March. 0085 05/03/2020
- Burglary. Chapel Lane,
Ullenhall. Two sheds broken into. Damage caused, nothing stolen.
Overnight 4th & 5th March. 0075 05/03/2020
Alcester Police SNT's
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