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Edition 127 - 19th October 2006
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The ONE STOP Signage Poll result

imageExisting ONE STOP Signage
imageNew Sign as proposed by ONE STOP

Around 10% of our readers voted in last week's Town Poll about the proposed new signage at One Stop, the newsagents owned by Tesco, in the High Street opposite St Johns church.

The results were:

80% supported the proposed new signage as an improvement

20% were against it, feeling it was still inappropriats for a conservation area

The Civic Society is to be commended for its longstanding campaign to rid Henley of this eyesore. Our planners have failed in their duty to preserve our environment and has been left it to the silent majority to rise up in protest. Why the UK's largest retailer cannot follow the example set by Barclays Bank and Summerfield and install a tasteful sign shows a complete disregard for their customers' views. Market Research would probably show that these garish signs do not increase their takings by one penny.

Henley NEWS On-line supports the Civic Society's campaign and congratulates their Chairman, Maggie Twigg, for her persistence. We look forward to reporting the removal of the present monstrosity.

Final thought - The red background may well disappear if the store is rebranded a Tesco Local. It will be interesting to see how this planning application is handled.


Henley's Motor Racing Champion

Mat JacksonHenley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson last Sunday ended his amazing title-winning Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship season with another race victory before being presented with his Champion’s cheque for £100,000 on top of the podium at Silverstone in front of an enormous race day crowd of 33,000 people.

Live on television across Europe and watched by what Silverstone confirmed to be its biggest race day crowd for five years after the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, Whale Tankers-sponsored Mat, who had already sealed the title three weeks ago at Brands Hatch, was in a class of his own.

In the first of two races, he rose from third on the grid to move into the lead. He rapidly established a two-second advantage over his rivals only for his Jacksons Motorsport-run Cupra to then retire in the pit lane after suffering a rare mechanical problem that affected its engine performance.

But in race two Mat signed off in true Champion’s style with a high-speed overtaking manoeuvre that took him past Carl Breeze and into a lead that this time he held to the finish.
”I sold Breeze a dummy down the inside line into Copse corner and he took the bait. That made him defend and I jinked back to the outside to take the normal racing line. He was then on too tight a line and going too quickly he spun and I was through. I was very pleased with that move,” says Mat. At the same corner on the opening lap, Mat had driven around the outside of second-placed Jonathan Adam who ultimately he held off to record his 11th victory from 18 rounds.

In addition to spraying the victory champagne, Mat was then asked back onto the final podium of the year where he received his Champion’s cheque for £100,000 – the biggest cash prize in British motor sport – from SEAT UK Motorsport Manager Scott Dennis. Mat’s prize for winning the SEAT series will also include a test drive with SEAT Sport UK’s British Touring Car Championship team that yesterday, with drivers Jason Plato, James Thompson and Darren Turner at the wheel of its three Leons, won the BTCC’s coveted Manufacturers’ crown.

Mat adds: “The BTCC is obviously where I’m aiming to be next season and given the right car and support I strongly believe I could put together a very strong championship programme. In the meantime, I’m really looking forward to driving the BTCC Leon. It has been the class of the field in the BTCC. But what a great way to end the season... The SEAT personnel have all worked hard all year to make the championship the best there is. My own team has worked tirelessly all season on preparing the car. To be asked up back to take that cheque from Scott at the end of the day – what a way to thank everyone for their efforts.”

The date and venue for Mat’s test with SEAT UK’s BTCC squad has yet to be confirmed.

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Henley Methodist Church Newsletter

The current controversy concerning the practice of Muslim women to wear opaque veils to cover their faces starts from the concept of displaying one’s faith through one’s appearance. Although this has some validity, Christ has taught us that God does not see with human eyes, but rather views a person’s soul in totality, a sort of spiritual X-ray vision.

Dressing to impress our fellow humans may have some merit, but cannot impress God. Do you know what quality God wishes to see in your soul?

Through November we continue to meet to worship this God each Sunday at 11.00 a.m., but on Remembrance Sunday (12th), the service starts at 10.55 a.m.

James Steele


The Market Cross Debate Circa 1980

By Jonathan Dovey - Henley's Historian

JPC QuestionnaireYou may have seen in the local press, reference to the dilemma, which confronts the Joint Parish Council over the future of the ancient Market Cross.
                                                                     Parish Council Questionnaire (July 1980)

Recently, there have been calls for the Market cross to be restored or replaced, yet this issue has been going on since 1979 when the cross was described as beyond repair. The Parish Council gave formal notice of their intention to remove the cross in December 1979 and set out to try and find somewhere to store the old cross and come up with a design for a replacement. With recent concerns about the cross, it is worth looking back at the history of the cross and the issues of restoration.

Market or Poultry crosses came relatively late in the history of markets. Although they are difficult to date, not many were built before the 15th century. There intention was to link together market transactions with a sense of morality. They were frequently highly decorated, stepped pillars rather than true crosses. Later on they became arcaded roofed shelters combining the cross with the market hall. Unfortunately many were pulled down as towns developed. All three of the market crosses in Stratford have gone: Bridge Street, Rother Street and the White cross next to the Guild chapel. They became a convenient place for making announcements and for displaying public penance so stocks were often placed nearby.

Today Henley’s Market cross is a mere shadow of its former glory.
“The Market Cross is now more important for its historical significance than its physical qualities, as well as being listed it is also an ancient monument.”
                                                                                                       Henley in Arden Conservation Area Study, October 1992

Market Cross c1890The exact date of the cross cannot be found but it could have been erected in the mid 15th century at the time Ralph Boteler obtained a Charter from Henry VI. Since around this time Ralph Boteler re-founded the guild and the present St John’s church was built. However it could have been put up at the time of the original founding of the guild in the late 14th century. The cross originally had four niches with carvings of the Rood, Trinity, St Peter and possibly the Virgin and Child. William Cooper described the Market cross as one of the few still existing in this county and is of exceptional interest.

In 1979 the parish council was concerned at the state of the cross and obtained an inspection by the Area Superintendent of Works from the Department of the Environment. The report was that the cross was beyond repair and should be replaced with the original repositioned under cover. There was concern that there was to be no say in its removal from the people of Henley or the Ancient Monument Society or similar bodies. Formal notice of the intention to remove the cross was given in December 1979. Originally the Area Superintendent of Works had suggested a replica of the cross being built, but soon the Parish Council had mooted the idea of a more modern design. “The councillors believe that a stone cross (not necessarily an exact replica of the old cross) is likely to be the most acceptable idea.” The questionnaire was weighted in order to obtain an answer that the Council wished to hear. The various designs and costs highlight that the council would have preferred a simple plain cross. However this would not be symbolic of Henley’s past and would not reflect on the importance and exceptional interest of the old cross. An absurd example for a replacement cross was that of an ‘Ice Cream’ as shown in the Herald in September 1980.

However the suggestion by the Parish Council that the cross be moved to Warwick Museum or another museum caused outrage amongst some locals especially a consortium of local businesses. By 1983 a new treatment to preserve the stone was described as a feasible alternative by the Area Superintendent especially since further legislation had been passed in 1979 concerning the protection of Ancient Monuments.

The events of the early 1980’s helped prevent further deterioration to the cross. However it also highlighted the main issues: whether it is better to keep the remains since they have historical importance or whether to replace them with a new cross. Surely a listed ancient monument should be restored as a historic building like a cathedral is restored, by replacing the stone carvings. What should be done with the original cross since the cost of storage and conservation is likely to be high? With the subject of the Market Cross once again in the limelight the lessons of the past should be given careful consideration.

Joint Parish Council Meeting - 17th October

JPCAt the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 16th October 2006, Members discussed 2 planning proposals received, 16 items of correspondence and other items for consideration as well its normal procedural business.

The Joint Parish Council had been informed that planning consent for a proposed new dwelling to the rear of 227 to 231 High Street had been refused. Members were interested to note that the reason for the refusal was that the site contains a sycamore tree that is protected by a tree preservation order. Planning consent would have adversely affected the tree which is considered a high public amenity, a factor that the Joint Parish Council had been keen to comment on in its representations.

A letter had been received from the Campaign to Protect Rural England in respect of their opposition to a planning application for forty bedrooms at Henley Golf and Country Club. Members took note of the letter, although they themselves had already indicated support for the proposal at their meeting on 16th September 2006.

Members discussed progress on the possible re-development of Henley’s railway station. The expectation was that, as a result of the backing for “World Class Stratford” by Stratford District Council Executive, transport to and from Birmingham would be such an important issue that it should result in better rail links that could also benefit Henley.

Members also discussed a response to Stratford District Council’s letter regarding a possible Rural Cinema Scheme. They resolved to support it in principle, although acknowledged that it would need to be adequately financed and have the backing of local people. They agreed to publicise it in the Council’s Newsletter, particularly in order to identify those who might be prepared to take the project on.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 23rd October 2006 at 6.15pm. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden and, as with all meetings of the Council, members of the public are welcome to attend.


Hymn book returned after 60 years

Shirley DavisA former pupil returned her hymn book to the Black Country school she borrowed it from - 60 years later. Shirley Davies popped back to Alexandra High School in Tipton at the grand age of 71. She had been given the hymn book when she started at the school in 1946, on the condition she returned it when she left. But the pensioner has admitted she kept hold of the old book, with its beautifully embroidered cover and faded brown pages, and forgot to return it when she left in 1953. Shirley, recently went back to the school along with her husband Keith, who she met at the school, and seven other ex-pupils, now all aged in their 70s. Shirley, who now lives in Wootton Wawen, said: “We all had to embroider the front of the books when we arrived and we were supposed to return them when we left.“I think I must have forgotten, but I’ve still got it now. I just borrowed the book for 60 years.”

She met her husband Keith shortly after joining the school in 1946, the first intake of pupils when the school became a grammar and changed its name from Tipton Central School. In those days, the school had separate boys and girls sections, but the couple continued to walk to and from school together and finally married in 1958.

The nine friends met up for a reunion in 2001 and have held regular meetings ever since.

Buy Your HADS Tickets Online

Vicar of DribleyThis month Henley-in-Arden Drama Society proudly presents "The Vicar of Dribley", a tribute to the similarly named BBC television series, and, as well as being able to buy on the door and from the Vanity Box, Henley, you can now buy your tickets online at . The system went live‚ on Monday 2nd October and has been introduced to make it easier for show-goers to purchase tickets. It is hoped that this will attract wider interest and help combat falling audience numbers.

On the website you can check availability, book and pay for your tickets. You then print out your e-tickets and take them with you to the performance. All major credit and debit cards are accepted through the secure payment system. If you have a Paypal account, this can also be used to buy tickets. Further details can be found on the website,

The Vicar of Dribley will be showing from Wednesday 25th October to Saturday 28th October, with a special supper night on the Saturday. It promises to be a fantastic show, and excellent evening‚s entertainment.

Kate Portman HADS

La Dolce Pizza a great place to go !

Dolce PizzaI’ve waited until we’ve tried both take away Pizza’s and eat in Pizza and Pasta before I commit pen to paper (or in this case finger to keyboard).

My first visit was for a take out. We had millions of children (probably only 2 or 3 extra, but it seemed like millions), and pizza was a unanimously agreed suggestion. There was a choice, freezer or take out, well I took the chance to try the new restaurant out, and get away from the noise. We had 3 pizza’s and they were all eaten with nothing left, so from this first experience the food was good and while I waited I had a bottle of beer, very cold and refreshing.

The second visit was for eat in, my wife was away with our daughter for the weekend and as a dad left with 2 boys (6 and 2) what else could I do? They were fully booked up as it was a Saturday, but the owner said if I could finish by 6:30 he could give me a table, as he needed them after that. So promptly at 5pm the 3 of us turned up, another bottle of beer as I waited!

Now they have a juicing machine, the boys watched intently as oranges were put in 1 by 1 and out came the juice, they loved watching and the juice is better for them than other fizzy drinks. But about the food, my eldest boy had the children’s Pizza, juice and ice cream and not much was left!. The youngest, only 2, had spaghetti and nothing was left ! I had another Pizza and cheesecake both were good too. Along with this the owner didn’t mind the 2 year old doing what all 2 year olds do which was get spaghetti over himself, the table, the floor and just about everything else, nothing was too much trouble.

Another visit, this time with Lan and our daughter and the boys, again orange juice from the machine this time chairs were pulled up so the children could watch properly. Olives, Pizza and Pasta (spaghetti and lasagne) were ordered, and again the food was superb. Service was great too, the waitress and the owner taking time to speak to the children as well as the adults. Of course another bottle of beer which was good too.

So in conclusion great food, great service, great juicing machine and a fridge full of cold beer, what more do you need.

Andy Langford
Restaurant Correspondent

MP's Response to Warwick Hospital

Our local MP James Plaskitt responds to the Acute Services Review consultation at Warwick Hospital.

Dr Mark Newbold
Acute Services Review Board
Westgate House
Market Street
Warwick, CV34 9BU.

12th September 2006

Dear Dr Newbold

As you will know, having met with you on several occasions throughout the Acute Services Review, I have had a number of concerns about the potential impact your proposals may have upon both our region and, in particular, Warwick Hospital.

I have been listening carefully to the views of my constituents during the consultation process. I had a heavy postbag on the subject. I have also forwarded to you 225 survey responses which were sent to me.

In drawing together my own response to the review, I have also tried to take into consideration wider factors also bearing on the provision of health services for my constituents. As you know, I welcomed the review. It is always right to assess how we are delivering vital public services to ensure that we are matching services to changes in our society and to the way in which healthcare is evolving.

In light of all the evidence I have gathered, I should like to see the Acute Services Review Board make commitments to the following in your final recommendations:

1. A secure future for Warwick Hospital;
2. Long term provision of both Maternity and Special Care Baby services at Warwick;
3. Only to recommend the transfer of services to other locations when the clinical case for doing so is beyond doubt;
4. Only to recommend the transfer of services to other locations when the transport links for patients are proven to be in place.

I would like to expand briefly on these four points. Taking into account the rapid population growth that we are experiencing regionally, I feel that there is a proven long term need for the services offered at Warwick Hospital.

Some comments, which have accompanied the review, have given rise to public concern about the future of the hospital. This needs to be met by a firm statement about its long-term future. I am certain that our local area, given the composition of our population and its rate of growth, will continue to support the need for a local district general hospital into the foreseeable future.

With regard to Maternity and Special Care services, again the point about population growth applies. Further to this, the level of service offered at Warwick is excellent and this has been reflected in the responses that I have received from my constituents. As such, I would either like a clearer justification for the need of the proposed phase two review of this service or, preferably, the abandonment of the proposed phase two altogether, accompanied by a clear commitment to maintain the current level of maternity services in the future.

In any proposal you have to see a transfer of service from Warwick to another site, it is crucial that you are able to demonstrate, beyond any doubt, the clinical case for the proposal. The clinical safety of patients must be guaranteed in any proposal. I do not personally take the view that no service should ever be relocated. But to carry public support, any such proposal must be supported by compelling clinical evidence that it is the right thing to do.

Any proposal you have to see a transfer of service from Warwick to another site must also be clearly backed up by a comprehensive transport plan. The ability of patients to be able to transport themselves in an uncomplicated manner is crucial. I am aware that you have plans to discuss this with local authorities and companies. I would like to see further progress made and firm plans put in place for further public consideration.

As a result of the public debate which has followed publication of your report, you will be aware of the very strong support in our local community which Warwick Hospital rightly enjoys. Any review is therefore bound to create a lot of public concern, and will of course be worrying for staff at the hospital.

The NHS ultimately belongs to the community. The results of your review are of huge importance to us. It is therefore now important to ensure that the uncertainty which has inevitably accompanied this process is replaced by confidence in Warwick Hospital’s long-term future.

I welcome the undertaking that you have given us that this is a meaningful consultation and that its findings will be reflected in your final report. It would be helpful to have a timetable for the publication of this document. It is also important that there is clarity in both how you will take this review forward and how your recommendations will ultimately be implemented.

I hope that you will find my comments useful and I look forward to hearing the Review Board’s final conclusions.

Yours sincerely

James Plaskitt MP

Showtime again for Johnsons

Johnsons ShowHenley in Arden High School will be busy on Saturday October 28th when well over 1000 holiday makers are expected to visit the Johnsons Coaches Holiday Show.

John Johnson, Director Johnsons coaches said "This is our 18th show and each year it gets increasingly popular. Last year we attracted some 1400 visitors. The show gives customers old and new the opportunity to meet our staff, drivers and couriers together with industry experts who have good knowledge of the holidays on offer, and of course to book holidays.

Our new Summer 2007 brochure is the biggest yet and is packed with holiday ideas in the UK, Europe and beyond. There are many old favourites but also new destinations together with themed breaks, walking and active holidays. For the first time we have incorporated our single room holiday programme into the main brochure which means there are 400 more single rooms available than in previous years."

At the show there will be a host of activities including slide shows, video/DVD presentation, grand prize draw and charity raffle and in addition local community groups will be running crafts, gifts and a tombola stall. Our picture shows last year's popular event.

The show runs from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Free coach travel is available from the South Warwickshire and South Birmingham areas. Customers are asked to call 01564 797000 for more details.

ATAC has raised over £60,000

PoliceATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer is a local registered charity supporting the Cancer Breast Care Unit at our local hospital at Warwick. A recent ladies luncheon proved a huge success and was a total sell out. The charity had their own bazaar stall selling Christmas goodies which created plenty of interest and raised a handsome sum for the fund. The raffle realised £640 and the ladies were amused by an interesting talk from Nick Owen, BBC newscaster. The food at Hogarths Hotel, Dorridge was delicious and overall this event raised some £2,140 for the fund.

Action Taken Against Cancer was founded only two years ago by local ladies who had suffered from breast cancer and in that time in excess of £60,000 has been raised for a digital mammogram machine at our local hospital. This, according to senior breast care consultant surgeon, Mr Simon Harries, is an item of equipment which is vitally needed in the department .

ATAC committee take this opportunity of thanking the many individuals, local WI groups and other organisations who have been so very supportive of this charity.

Thank you

Patricia Phillips for ATAC

Attempted Burglary in Tanworth

PoliceA house on Broad Lane was targeted today, Tuesday 10.10.06, by three people dressed in council type flourescent jackets and wearing balaclavas. This happened around 1200 noon. The individuals approached from the rear garden possibly having come from a neighbouring house. They were clearly not expecting the house to be occupied at the time and made off without gaining entry when disturbed. This is clearly had a traumatic effect on the family and I would ask that if you have seen anything suspicious in the village today, that you inform Warwickshire Police 01926 415000 or email me and I will pass the information on.

Please be vigilant and take extra care to ensure that you and your property are secure at all times. This is especially timely given the clocks go back in a couple of weeks and the longer periods of darkness make it more obvious when the house in unoccupied.

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John Garner's Business Column

Recruitment – Part 5 The Job Offer

John GarnerYou now have the psychometric test results for each candidate on your short list and have interviewed them. You and your colleague have finally agreed on the one to whom you’d like to offer the job.

You may wish to take up the references the candidate has supplied. Some organisations insist on this but, in my experience, only that from their previous employer is worth much – and even then it’s what they don’t say that can give you a clue if they had a problem with the employee. You may get more useful information if you telephone the previous employer.

Next you must decide on the terms and conditions you are going to offer: the job title and salary obviously, and also your preferred start date

You should previously have decided whether you’re going to offer a pension scheme and any fringe benefits such as overtime, bonus scheme, car, medical insurance, life insurance, uniform allowance, lunch allowance (or staff canteen) or whatever is normal in your organisation.

Incidentally, if you have 5 or more employees and don’t offer a company pension scheme you may have to offer each employee access to a Stakeholder Pension scheme: see

You can then compose a letter of offer setting out the following:

  • job title
  • salary
  • place of work
  • hours of work (and whether these are flexible)
  • holiday entitlement and holiday pay
  • when salary will be paid
  • benefits
  • whether they will be expected to travel on company business
  • sick pay arrangements
  • preferred start date
  • notice period in the event of either party terminating this employment.

Ask the candidate to:

  • confirm they know of no medical condition, not already declared, which might prejudice their employment with you
  • state whether they have any holidays already arranged which they will want you to honour.

Normally all these conditions will be listed in the contract of employment which you will issue after the candidate starts work, but it’s a good idea to put them in the offer letter so that everything is clear before the candidate accepts. For some useful information on contracts see

Having drafted the offer letter it’s worth telephoning the successful candidate to tell them you are going to make them an offer and that you are putting it in writing. This way you can often judge their enthusiasm and whether they are likely to accept.

You must of course insist on an acceptance in writing, and it is sensible to give them a deadline for this. Only when you’ve received that can you safely write to the other candidates on your short list and tell them they’ve been unsuccessful.

For more information and an interactive guide see

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

The Secret Diary of Percy Plunkett, aged 55 and a half

Nigel HastilowIn a series of explosive revelations from “The Secret Diaries of Percy Plunkett, aged 55 and a half”, the ex-Cabinet Minister reveals the feuding at the heart of Tony Blair’s Government.

May 1997
I am Education Secretary in Tony’s first Government. He says he wanted to make me Foreign Secretary but Gordon won’t stand for it. Secretly he lets me know the Plunkett star is rising. Take over my department and meet some attractive secretaries. Yum! Yum! Nobody understands the stress involved in being a Government Minister if you haven’t tried it yourself.

Decisions, decisions: comprehensives or selection, A-level or GCSE, one sugar or two?

It takes a very special human being to manage the change from ordinary citizen to Cabinet Minister, Privy Counsellor and international mover-and-shaker. Once you’ve enjoyed a police escort, there’s no turning back. Thank God for my natural humility.

July 1998
Some Ministers are losing it already. You sit around the Cabinet table for ten minutes waiting your turn to speak, you look at the losers and deadbeats on every side and you realise how important you are to Tony.

There’s Jack (man of) Straw. He couldn’t run the Home Office if it covered itself in a veil and hid from view. Then there’s Geoff (Buff) Hoon, of whom the word “whom” is the most telling. Mandelson’s a disaster-in-waiting.

As for Gordon Brown, he glowers through our meetings whittling away at a stick with his razor-sharp flick-knife, boots on the Cabinet table, chewing gum and staring at Tony.

September 2000
I am a celebrity. I keep getting invited to parties by middle-aged women who run magazines with a political slant: The Big Issue, Cosmopolitan, Sugar, that sort of thing.

At a soiree last night met a woman called Wemberley who invited me to one of her magazine’s “famous lunches” with their editor, who is apparently a celebrity chef called Bonking Boris.

October 2000
Wemberley is turned on by power. She says dating an Education Minister who hasn’t been promoted in the latest re-shuffle is as close as she expects to get to real power in the near future.

She’s waiting for Bonking Boris, the celebrity chef, to become leader of the Tory party. He’s quite controversial – he likes to outrage Liverpudlians, insult other chefs, that sort of thing.

Took Wemberley away for the weekend to a little cottage I use on a vast aristocratic estate in Derbyshire. Makes me think of myself as Heathcliff. Lucky I have Dukes as close friends. I suppose it’s the aphrodisiac of power – more potent than musk, Wemberley says.

June 2001
At last, the Home Office. One of the great Offices of State. Meet the Queen. Kiss her hand (surprisingly attractive for a woman of her age – I expect she fancies me too). Become a Queen’s Counsel.

Of course I despise flummery. But you have to go along with it.

April 2003
Have decided the time has come to get tough, crack down and give criminals what for, enhance my reputation for the day I make my bid for the party leadership.

Identity cards. Detention without charge. The end of jury trials. Surveillance. Phone tapping. Now that’s power. No wonder Wemberley finds it such a turn-on – and not just Wemberley, I might say.

May 2003
Wemberley has gone back to her husband (actually she never left). She’s having a baby. It might be mine.

Do I fight her for custody in the courts, demand DNA tests or wait for the “News of the World” to sort it out for us? Am utterly depressed.

September 2004
Now I know how it feels in the trenches at the Somme. My life is under siege. Have resigned.

November 2004
Tony’s brings me back in from the cold. Says it’s for the sake of my mental health. Thinks I would crack up in civvies street. Put up a sign on my office door: “You don’t have to be mad to work here but it helps.”

March 2005
Oh dear. People say I should quit because I had a cosy chat with some luscious little girl and told her a few home truths about my friends and colleagues.

All I said was that Tony hates Gordon so much Cherie has decided they will stay on at Number Ten until Brown is forced to retire through old age and that Prescott’s just a fat lardy with a “Two Jags” complex.

June 2005
We had a terrible, terrible time at Cabinet. I have had enough of people believing everything I say is a lie. I am being hounded by the media and this time it’s personal.

Have to resign. Again. Poor Tony – how will he cope without me? We should really close down the press, shut up the TV stations and censor what’s left. But we can’t because we all plan to make fortunes selling our memoirs to these same newspapers as soon as we leave Government. So it would be a bit short-sighted to legislate.

Hatred, sex and bitterness are good for business. Think of the money I’ll make. Lucky I had the foresight to record a diary every day for the last ten years. Pensions crisis? What pensions crisis?

Nigel Hastilow

imageGrumpy Old Man Comments

Traffic Lights

I know I’ve written about the traffic light situation before, and things haven’t changed since then. But one thing I forgot to suggest that will improve the lot of everyone who uses Brook End Drive. Put a yellow box on the Warwick Road at the bottom of Brook End Drive.

I know most people ignore them (just drive round the M40 island at Warwick, enough said there) but some do leave them clear.

This should stop the muppets who sit in a queue on the Warwick Road blocking off Brook End. Many times I’ve been driving from the lights and had to wait until the traffic moves before being able to turn right into my road, that really upsets the people behind trying to drive towards Redditch. There are ‘keep clear’ signs at the junctions of Barley Close and Glenhurst Road, and these do work most of the time.

If anyone knows someone on the council (come on Nigel do something for Henley residents) please ask them to consider the yellow box. Or maybe I should go to B & Q and buy a tin of yellow paint !

The yellow box will have a downside that we must consider. It will make Brook End Drive and Station Road an easier cut through, to avoid the lights. So the same council people should consider traffic calming. I’ve even added a temporary chicane before now, by parking on the road. That really upset the coach driver who could not get through, on his way back to the garage. But it did slow down the traffic.


Grumpy Old Man

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Henley in Arden Police Surgery

Neighbour WatchThere is a 'Drop In' facility at Henley Police Station to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team. The next Police Surgery will be Wednesday 1st November 2006 between 11am-1pm

If you have any information or have witnessed any incidents, contact Alcester Police Station on 01789 762207.

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Uses for old carpet

Carpets have a huge environmental impact so try and make yours last as long as possible. Even when they really are no longer suitable for the floor, there are a number of ways to re-use small pieces. Use to line bottoms of cupboards or the boot of the car - easy to remove for cleaning. Also ideal for lining pet's baskets, for use as doormats, lagging for pipes. Small pieces are great to put underneath plant pots on windowsills or shelves, so they don't damage the surface. Got suggestions of your own? Let us know and we’ll publish them.

For more information about the Make Henley Greener project, click here.

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Alerts from Trading Standards

Rogue Tarmac Gang
The service today received a report of a tarmac gang operating door to door in the Lillington area. The gang are claiming to have recently worked for the County Council resurfacing school driveways etc. and the tarmac they have available is left over material from the job. Further they are maintaining that this is why they can offer it at a discount to residents.

Tarmac gangs can be extremely persuasive and elderly and vulnerable people are often targeted. Low prices are often quoted, but as the work starts the price often rises. The work will normally be done immediately, before the householder changes their mind, and very often any information provided by the workmen, names, addresses, and telephone numbers are false, making them very hard to trace.
In most cases the work is done to a very poor standard, leaving the owner facing a second bill to have the work done properly

Although they will often claim to have worked for the County Council, employees and contractors working for councils or utility companies will not approach you offering to do this work.

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Scam Advertising
A Rugby business has reported receiving numerous calls from 'marketing' people thanking them for placing a (non-existent) advertisement on their wall planner in the hope of soliciting a credit or debit card payment from the business. When the business queries the claim the callers have become abusive.

Rogue 'publishers' can make huge sums of money by inducing large numbers of victims to pay for adverts in publications that do not exist, or are not what people are led to believe. Although financial losses to individual businesses are not usually large, some of the tactics used by rogue publishers (particularly when chasing payments) often cause nuisance and, on occasion, genuine alarm or distress.

And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Trading StandardsSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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Stephanie Gaskin is our speaker on 17th October “The Other Side of the World – New Zealand”. Venue is the Baptist Church at 7.45 p.m. Visitors welcome.


On Thursday 19th October the speaker is David Howe on “Anthony Eden – Leamington to Suez”. Meetings are at the Baptist Church starting at 8.00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 8, 5.30-8pm. Open evening at Warwickshire College's Henley-in-Arden Centre for prospective students to find out information about full-time courses starting in autumn 2007.

Harvest celebration to be held on 19th October at 2pm in the school. Everyone welcome.

Our speaker on Tuesday 24th October will be Ann Bird telling us about “Historic Roses”. Ullenhall Village Hall, 7.45 for 8.00 p.m. New members and visitors (£1) always welcome. Competition: 3 roses in a vase.

Make Henley Greener and Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre invite residents of Henley and district to a free Energy Saving Exhibition on Saturday 21st October from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and Thursday 26th October from 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall. Come and talk to the professional energy team and get your free energy saving gift. Grants available towards energy saving measures that can cut bills by up to 50%. Further information from Margaret Anderson on 792138.

Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining, please contact Gordon Trinder.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A34 just outside Henley. The Club welcome new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a co-ordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find 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.
Events for future Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close marked ‘Henley Diary’ email: . Please tell all your friends about The Henley Diary.

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