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12th November 2004
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Remembrance Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

We will remember them.

On Sunday 14th November, there will be the customary church parade, form up at the Memorial Hall at 10:15 am.

Court Leet AGM 2004
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The LORD OF THE MANOR, Mrs Robin Hardy-Freed, flew in from Pittsburgh, USA to preside at the Annual General Meeting of the Court Leet and Court Baron in the Guild Hall on Wednesday 10th November 2004.

The Court Leet is recognised as a legally constituted court. Its powers are limited to the making of presentments. The Court sees itself as the defender of the traditions of HENLEY.

At the AGM, the Officers of the Court each reported on their duties for the last year. Then the Jurors elected the Officers of the Court for the following twelve months. 12 new juniors had been recruited as a result of the on-line registration organised by Henley NEWS on-line.

Court Leet & Court Baron for 2005

Lord of the ManorMrs Robin Hardy-Freed
Steward of the ManorDavid Lodder
Honorary Burgess

Derek Sharman

Chaplin to the Court John Ganjavi

High Bailiff
High BailiffBrian Jackson
Low BailiffDouglas Bridgewater
Affearor (Tax Collector)Alistair Price
Ale TastersRay Evans
 John Brealey
Brook Lookers

Ray Holding
Richard Butler

Butter WeigherGerald Smith
ConstableJohn Love
HaywardPhilip Tilman
Town CryerGordon Trinder

Rotary Club  Rotary Award 2004

The Lord of the Manor, an Honorary Member of Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club, presented Madge Smith with the 2004 Rotary Club of Henley in Arden Vocational Award.

Rotary President, Clive Jolliffe, said the award had been made to recognise her service to the community through her gift of dance. She is a "legend in her own lifetime and contributed to the fitness poise and happiness of Henley". Many of Henley's daughters and sons have been involved in Madge's shows. She has raised money over the years to support the town's halls and public rooms."

The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden are celebrating their 30th anniversary in addition to the first 100 years of Rotary across the world. The club's programme of events and charitable activities will reflect this centennial spirit. Our charity street collection will take place on the 18th December 2004. You may wish to support our fund raising by attending our trip to the Priory theatre to see a fun play on February 14th 2005.

JPC "Correctness" debate explained

George Atkinson in his personal capacity explains his research in to the recent motion by the JPC.

JPC - "Joins the Don't Knows"

This heading from the 16th October issue of Henley NEWS on-line prompted 2 members of the Joint Parish Council to seek from the editor assurances all future comments about its activities are cleared before publication.

My understanding is the editor's comments were based upon information given by a JPC councillor and focused upon job opportunities, or the lack of awareness by the JPC about those lost over the past years.

At the JPC's discussions about pre-vetting on 1st November meeting, I had not seen the edition referred to and rather than blindly support a form of vetting motion, I voted against it as did 2 other parish councillors. However, 7 supported the motion.

The real issue in question was a planning application from Henley Golf and Country Club for a Dormy style 40 bedroom hotel which would introduce employment opportunities for the town. At its meeting on 1st October the parish council recommended refusal and expressed itself "Objection, we have reservations as it takes up a great deal of the greenbelt and is against greenbelt policy."

The attitude expressed compares with the response to a similar planning application made by the Club in August 2003 which was "This application is interesting and has our full support."

Other features about the current application and its relevance might be:-

  1. jobs lost to the town are some 572 over the last 7 years.
  2. the sight for the hotel is on a redundant tennis court.
  3. compared with the 2003 proposals the dimensions of the current application will see the square footage drop from 27,000 to less than 19,000.
  4. WCC Highways raise no objection.
  5. whilst WCC Planning Department conclude, in their letter of consultation, against the application they do admit it could be argued the application falls within certain policy objectives.

It is unfortunate that such a level of 'Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble' has occurred over this issue.

County councillor George Atkinson

(Please note, my comments are personal and do not reflect any attitudes held by the JPC)

Yet more Vandalism

The Henley NEWS on-line photographer was again called out this week to record vandalism.

This is now clearly the number one concern of all residents.

Is it not time that the JPC took the lead and used its authority to tackle this expensive nuisance?

Photos by John Love

Christmas Lights Appeal

New Farming Correspondent

David Burman, has volunteered to become the Henley NEWS on-line's Agricultural Correspondent.

David, a past President of Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club, is fully involved in running a family farming business in Claverdon and District.

The mainstay of the farm is arable cropping - involving growing Milling Wheat, Feed Wheat, Mailing Barley, Feed Barley, 0ilseeds and Beans.

He also has two commercial flocks of sheep, producing lambs for the chilled export trade.

The majority of his land is within 10 miles of Claverdon.

David's first report appears below.

This year has been quite trying for the farming fraternity. The weather is never right for farmers but this year's has been particularly difficult with lots of farmers still two to three months behind the norm. Some parts of Wales have been unable to even make hay for this winter - It will be a very expensive year for them!

The Autumn planting is still continuing with only about 60% of cropping area planted to date. We are actually lucky as we have planted 95%, but not all of the wheat and barley is going to survive as it is badly waterlogged. The crop will actually drown in these conditions from lack of oxygen in the soil. If the grain has not chitted as the ground temperature drops, it will rot in the soil.

We are busy planting trees and hedges at the moment, a very pleasant job and very rewarding to the eye in the future. In the last few years, we have planted 7,500 trees. We have finished a 4.5 acre wood next to the old washbrook in Claverdon, mainly wetland species but a spattering of oak, ash, cherry and silver birch.

The next job is to hedge cut and clean ditches, but even this will be difficult owing to the wet autumn.

Recruiting in Henley

Precision Antennas Ltd, the Stratford-upon-Avon based world class manufacturer of all types of radio aerials, is recruiting additional staff.

Their 'Recruiting Roadshow' will be visiting Henley on Saturday 14th November from 9 am to 4 pm.

They are looking for 150 new employees. Their factories are located at Mason Road in Stratford, Bidford-upon-Avon and a new unit at Long Marston.

For further details call : 01789 266181

Starting a New Airline

Aden Murcutt, CEO of Bluarrow Aviation, will be the speaker at this month's meeting of the Warwickshire Business Club at Henley Golf and Country Club on 18th November.

Aden will be talking about his vision for a quality airline flying holiday makers from Birmingham International to Florida. flywho will offer up to 60% more leg room, cabin services "the way it used to be", and all for an economy fare.

For further details about this event and the Warwickshire Business Club, click on the logo above.

  Letter from Canada

Thank you so much for adding my old photo and comments to your Online magazine/newspaper.  I most definitely was not expecting this to be displayed so quickly (if at all), so I was most surprised when I was sent the early view of it last night, very shortly after I had e-mailed the first time!  You have succeeded in creating a most attractively laid out site, with lots of variety in your stories.  Keep up the good work!

Henley-in-Arden is such a beautiful place.  We have nothing like that here in Calgary and I still miss those wonderful English villages that have so much character.  I love the way people take a pride in making the place so colourful with their flowers.
My thanks again for including my small contribution and for letting me know that I could already see it displayed.
Best wishes,
Anne Elliott
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Lions Walk Festively Again

Once again this Christmas, Knowle and Dorridge Lions will give everyone an opportunity to put their best foot forward and take time out from their celebrations to raise funds for worthy causes. This year, the Lions ask walkers to support the Helen Ley Multiple Sclerosis Care Centre in Leamington, Sense and Dreams Come True, a charity bringing a smile to the faces of children suffering from a serious or terminal illness.

The Festive Walk usually falls on the Sunday between Xmas and Easter but this year it will move to the Monday 27th December. It will be the 12th time that the Lions have organised the Walk from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House and once again the Lions have devised a choice of signposted routes from 4 to 8 miles for walkers to choose from.

'Over the last 11 years, our Festive Walkers have raised over £40,000 with over 550 of them including our country strolls in their Festive programme last year. We find that Christmas is a time of year when everyone is very generous and donating sponsorship is greatly appreciated, so why not put the Lions Festive Walk on your calendar now, and get your family and friends involved by filling up your cars,' says this years Festive Walk organiser Lion Adrian Harris. 'The Walk is sponsored by John Shepherd Estate Agents which ensures that every pound raised by walkers will go to the charities. As usual, our walks will pass by at least one pub which will be welcoming our walkers in for lunch or a drink at least.'

Phone Adrian on 01564 730253 for more details and sponsorship forms.

Invite from Solihull Choral Society

2004 marked the 10th anniversary of Solihull Choral Society which, under Andrew Fletcher’s direction, has enriched the musical and cultural life of Solihull since 1994. The original core of the choir was made up of members of the former Margaret Wharam Choir. Margaret, who played a huge part in the musical life of Solihull for over 40 years, had decided to retire as conductor of her choir in the spring of 1994 after a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Regrettably, illness overtook her and her death in January of that year robbed her of this final achievement. Andrew Fletcher directed the performance of Messiah in April 1994 as a tribute to Margaret’s lifetime contribution to music. Her wish had been that the choir should not continue in her name and so Solihull Choral Society was born.

Over the past 10 years, the choir has developed to the point where our aim is to promote concerts, using professional soloists and orchestras, of the standard achieved by the best in Birmingham – a high standard indeed. Repertoire is carefully chosen and rehearsed to extend the choir’s capabilities and whether performing Bach or Britten, Faure or Finzi, Rossini or Rutter, we hope to delight our audience with our musicality. The Society recently performed Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in a highly acclaimed concert in March 2004. Plans for the next 5 years are well advanced and include baroque masterpieces, 20th century English and French concerts, and the premiere of a work by Peter Maxwell Davies jointly commissioned by the Society as part of an initiative by Making Music.

We very much appreciate the loyal support of our audience but typically ticket sales cover only 50% of the cost of promoting concerts. Please assist us by spreading the word and if you would like to join us as a singing member or patron, please contact us through our website

Saturday 20 November 2004 - Handel's "Messiah"
Solihull School Chapel at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.00 (Concessions £10, Under 18s £5)

For Tickets Call: Geoff Taylor (Business Manager) 0121-707-2963

Photos of Henley in the Snow?

Do you have any photos of Henley in the snow?

Henley NEWS on-line is preparing its Christmas edition and the editor is seeking colour pictures of Henley in snow.

Please contact:

From our own Correspondents

British LegionHenley NEWS on-line is looking for additional correspondents to send in stories and pictures. David Burman has become our agricultural correspondent and Peter Cornfield of John Earle will be writing a regular column on the property scene. We are now looking for a volunteer to write a regular feature "Let's eat in Henley" about all the restaurants and pubs in and around Henley.

We already have most of the significant organisations in the town represented on the website. Recent additions include: Lions Club, Henley High School, Drama Society and regular press releases from the Joint Parish Council. Henley Bridge Club will soon be linked up. The Primary School PTA will soon be providing a regular page of news and features.

Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed. Please always try to include a photo.

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