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Edition 137 - 4th January 2007
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News from Henley High

Henley High has published its latest newsletter, which celebrates the time of giving; and student contribution and involvement in sport and literature

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Natural History Newsletter

The latest RINGs newsletter in PDF listing forthcoming natural history events for the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Area, plus a directory of local organisations, experts, publications etc, has been sent to Henley NEWS On-line by Steven Falk, Senior Keeper of Natural History at the Warwickshire Museum.

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Warwickshire College Principal awarded CBE

Ioan Morgan, Principal of Warwickshire College, has been awarded the CBE for services to further education.

He joined the college in 1997 and has overseen considerable growth and development, and the college is now one of the largest in the country with 30,000 students. In 2004 Ofsted inspectors graded Warwickshire College as 'outstanding' for leadership and management, and in the same year the college became a DfES Beacon College.

In 2005 Ioan joined Sir Andrew Foster on a study visit to New York and was a member of the group that informed the White Paper on further education. This year he was appointed as an Advisor to Bill Rammell, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education. Ioan is also chair of the 157 Group of larger further education colleges.

Ioan said: “It is a great honour to be awarded the CBE. The further education sector is often overlooked and it is gratifying that all the hard work of colleagues in our colleges is now being recognised.”

Ioan lives in Leamington Spa with wife Sandra, and has three children, Helen, Christian and Lewys.

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Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

As we roll into 2007 the Court Leet looks ahead to a series of events in the coming months.

First comes the Court Leet Ball on 24th February, for which invitations have now been sent out. Then among the later events is a Court Leet Day, in June, on which a number of the Court’s annual re-enactments will be combined.

Most of these re-enactments commemorate what could be described as “mediaeval consumer protection” and “protection of the territory”. They include the ceremonies of Ale Tasting – always a popular and often noisy event – and Butter-Weighing. During these two enactments the Ales Tasters and the Butter Weigher must convey to the town’s retailers any misgivings which they may have about the quality or quantity of the produce. Tact is called for but the consumer’s interest comes first!

The High Bailiff plans that for this year the day will also include Brook-Looking – when the Brook-Lookers walk the river conducting an inspection of its condition, and Beating the Bounds, when the Hayward leads an inspection of the Manorial boundary.

The children of the town and their families will be invited to participate in this last-named ceremony. The Manorial boundary is somewhat unclear at some points but the Court will be examining old records with a view to re-defining it for this ceremony. Historically, the children were supposed to beaten at each turning point in the route, to make sure they remembered it! These days even the Court Leet would not get away with that.

Look for later announcements about the Court Leet Day: it should be a colourful and lively occasion. Anyone who would like to be actively involved should contact the High Bailiff (tel. 01564.792512)

To view the Court Leet website, go to www.henley-in-arden.org/court-leet

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

The man who gave us mobile phones

Nigel HastilowMy friend John Butcher died on Christmas Day at the age of only 60. He’d had a weak heart for some time but even so, it is a terrible blow for his family to be robbed of his charm, dry wit and great humanity. John was a surprisingly quiet and thoughtful man for a politician. He did not overwhelm you with his opinions. But he had them alright. He had deep convictions, strong views, controversial thoughts on just about any topic you cared to mention. He also read widely – a sure sign that, while he was firm in his beliefs, he remained open to new ideas and different ways of looking at things.

As a politician, John sometimes got himself into trouble because his sense of humour didn’t always translate well into the newspapers. Especially when mischievous journalists tried to stir things up. And while he made light of it, I think some of the unreasonably bad publicity he attracted still upset him many years later because it was so unfair and so misrepresented the sort of man he was. I dare say some of the obituaries will dredge this up so I shall not bother.

He was, though, a proud man who took pleasure in his achievements in politics. Notably, his success in retaining his seat at Coventry South East in the 1992 General Election when several of his contemporaries in less marginal constituencies were kicked out by the voters. He was also wont to claim that he was responsible for adding half a percent to the national Gross Domestic Product. That equates, according to my very rough calculations, at about £6.5 billion a year of economic activity Butch claimed responsibility for.

He did this by freeing the telephone market in the UK – actually he was being modest. According to Ofcom, total 2004 revenues in the UK communications market were £55.9 billion, of which retail revenues were £47.4 billion (6% higher than in 2003) – forming 4.1% of UK GDP. That’s quite an achievement for anyone and as a free-marketeer with a free-thinking mind, John was proud of the way the telecoms market has exploded since the 1980s.

It’s no wonder that when he left politics – tragically early because of the heart problems which, I assume, were to kill him so young – be became for a while chairman of the Institute of Directors. Nor that he was a director of a number of successful businesses in the West Midlands.

But his lasting passion was with the world about him – and in particular the political world.

There was something about his thoughtful approach to an issue which commanded attention and respect. I know I learned a great deal by listening to him and discussing questions with him – especially as some of his views were always eccentric, if not entirely illogical.

He loathed television, for instance, and claimed not to watch it. He did, of course. And I remember once he was very pleased with himself when he discovered, according to him, at least, that there was “no such thing as the Celtic race”.

This, he felt showed that all that patriotism and fierce pride whipped up by the Scots and Welsh was so much bogus baloney. Wait until they discover they’re not Celts after all, but Eastern Europeans, he grinned.

John had been obliged to live more quietly in recent times – though not that quietly. And despite his addiction to cigarettes, he was keen to remain fit, walking through the Lake District whenever possible.

It was there that he died, on Christmas Day 2006. I am so sorry for his wife, Anne, and their family. It’s their tragedy but it is also our loss.

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Christmas is Over

Well Christmas is all over now, except for the credit card bill and the 30,000 who will be insolvent in the next 3 months, but that’s another grumble.

What I would like to say this week is, I agree with the lady who talked about a nice cuppa in December. My parents tried various flasks when I was younger, they even had one with a bottle in the base for the milk, but always the tea was stewed. What was always needed was a decent café where a fresh cup could be bought. If you are sad enough or cannot sleep at night try looking at www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com very sad.

But where can you get one these day’s. Cxxxxa, Sxxxxxx’s? not a chance. You cannot even get a coffee at these. 

What with Americano, latte, espresso, mocha, etc all at inflated prices. What ever happened to a café that did mugs of tea or coffee where the only choices were sugar or no sugar? And white or black? Have we all turned into Americans who want a choice for everything? I must admit I upset these outlets by asking for ‘normal tea’ please, mug, tea bag, boiling water and milk. And then they charge you around £1.50 - £2.00 for it !

May be I’ll open a café, no! too much like hard work………….

The one thing about choice though, if a café or restaurant has 4 choices or 44 choices, I’d rather have the one with 4. Why? With 44 there has to be a compromise, with only 4 they can all be cooked to perfection!.

Happy 2007.


Grumpy Old Man

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Happy New Year to All

Here are some possibilities for new year’s resolutions:-

  1. Try to avoid high mileage food by checking labels to see where it has come from, so high mileage food doesn’t get into the shopping trolley by accident. Choose food which is in season in the UK. For January   Leeks,  Kale,  Venison or Bacon, See recipe below.
  2. Read the little penguin book ”I count “.  £3 from Waterstones or tel. 020 74901555 or www.foe.co.uk/shop or ask the library to get it in for you (ISBN-13:978-0-141-03025-8). It’s an entertaining look at combating Climate Chaos.
  3. Recycle all steel and aluminium cans this year. See item below.

Leek and Bacon Soup for 6-8 people.

2oz butter
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 onions skinned and chopped
4oz chopped bacon (smoked or green)
6 good sized leeks, washed, trimmed, and sliced thinly
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tins of tomatoes, 15oz liquidised
30 fluid ounces of chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onions in butter and oil until they are soft and translucent.
Add bacon and cook for a few more minutes.
Stir in leeks and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
Pour on tomatoes.
Add the stock and salt and pepper.
Simmer very gently for 30-40 minutes until potatoes are falling apart.
Stir and serve with crusty brown bread

Recycling Cans
Making cans from recycled aluminium uses less than 5% of the energy needed to make them from aluminium obtained from its ore. This makes recycling aluminium cans really, really worthwhile!  Recycling steel cans is also really worthwhile because there are a lot more of them to recycle. So all cans into  the black boxes for recycling please.

For those interested in the technicalities:

  • It takes about 83 kilowatt hours of electricity to make a kilogram of aluminium from its ore bauxite so, obtaining aluminium by recycling saves about 79 kilowatt-hours per kilogram recycled.
  • This means that recycling  just 1 aluminium drinks can weighing only 15 grams (about half an ounce) saves 1.2 kilowatt-hours which is enough to power a low energy light bulb for four days non stop or an ordinary 60 watt bulb for  about 20 hours.
  • If all the 5 billion aluminium drinks cans used in the UK every year were recycled, over half annual output of a small power station could be saved.
  • Making aluminium from bauxite uses so much electricity that it can only be manufactured economically where power is extremely cheap – usually hydroelectricity. If this hydro electricity were not used for aluminium it could be used to displace fossil fired electricity and save enormous quantities of Carbon Dioxide with consequent reduction in global warming.
  • Recycling steel cans also saves lots of energy. Although the energy saved per can is about half  that of aluminium, we use nearly three times as many steel cans as aluminium ones so recycle steel as well as aluminium. The combination of recycling all our steel and aluminium cans in the UK would amount to saving nearly all the power from a typical large power station.

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

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards

Revenue and Customs Email Scam

A local resident has alerted the Trading Standards Service to a new email scam. The consumer received an email that falsely purported to come from the HM Revenue & Customs telling the recipient that they were eligible for a 'tax refund' of £70. A link in the email claimed to direct them to a 'tax refund' form - but the link actually takes them to a .net web address.

It is unclear as to how the scam works, but potentially consumers could be asked to provide personal and financial information to obtain their 'tax refund' which could then be used for fraudulent purposes.

Consumers are advised to delete such emails immediately and never follow the links they contain.

For more information on these type of scams: follow this link to our website:


Bogus Publishing Company
Schools and organisations are warned to beware of a bogus publishing company that is cold calling. Typically such companies will use
sophisticated techniques to get people to agree to taking advertising in their magazines, many of which have very small circulations.

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Tourism Listings
Businesses and organisations are warned to read the small print before responding to or returning tourism questionnaires that purport to place your business details in a web based directory. One such letter brought to the attention of the Trading Standards Service, if signed and returned committed the business to paying almost 1000 Euros for this service, but the letter begins by suggesting that by returning the questionnaire you are simply helping to keep the senders tourist website up to date.

Fraudulent Fish Sellers
A consumer contacted the service having paid £160 for what she believed were trays of halibut, salmon and Dover sole, sold to her by a door to door seller. The top tray contained some salmon, but the trays below included some Vietnamese rockfish, haddock, a piece of cod, a piece of place and one fish without a label. The fish was being sold door to door by men with Northeast accents. The Trading Standards Services experience in such cases is that these fish sellers, unlike reputable local fish merchants, sometimes use unrefigerated vehicles, and the fish they sell is sometimes neither properly weighed or packaged, in addition to it being misdescribed. They appear one day and are never seen again.

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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The following diary dates have been notified to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close. All diary dates for the next Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane at: stjohnnews@btinternet.com. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

Mrs Liz Fox is coming to tell us about “Cycling Cuba” raising money for Denman, the W.I. College. We are looking forward to hearing about her excellent effort on our behalf, which has involved many months of hard physical training. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd January. WHY NOT TRY W.I.?

Tuesday 9th January. Join us for a “Wiggle and Jiggle” session for the under 5’s at the Library at 2.15 p.m. Wiggle and Jiggle replaces Storytime and includes stories, rhymes and activities. Thereafter, it will take place on the first Tuesday in the month.

If you would like to see some wonderful slides of “Charismatic Birds” photographed by well-known wildlife photographer Tony Hamblin, come along to our meeting from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 16th January. Visitors £1.

Tuesday 18th January. A talk on “The Leigh Family of Stoneleigh” by Mairi MacDonald starting at 8.00 p.m.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 23rd January for a talk by Reg Moule on “Winter Colour in the Garden”. We start at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. The competition is for the Best Pot Plant (maximum 7” pot). Visitors (£1) are always welcome to join us at Ullenhall Village Hall.

COFFEE MORNING, Bring and Buy and Raffle, 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon on Saturday 27th January 2007 at the Guildhall in aid of St. Basil’s Centre. Please call in for a coffee when you come to shop. The previous Sunday 21st January at the 10.00 a.m. service at St. John’s Church, a speaker from St. Basil’s will talk about their work and anyone who would like to know more is most welcome to come along to the service.

Volunteers are needed to assist in providing meals for the elderly in Henley and district. Deliverers are required to distribute meals on Tuesdays or Thursdays and kitchen helpers for Lunch Club at Dell Court on Tuesdays. Can you spare a couple of hours a month to help? If so, please telephone Peta on 01789 298236

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 Friday and Sunday from September to May in the Memorial Hall. Details contact Alan Barber on 793320. Thursday evenings from 7.30 –9.30 pm at Henley Community Primary School. Details please ring Pauline Barber on 793320.
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 www.swbc.co.uk
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org
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: stjohnnews@btinternet.com . Please tell all your friends about The Henley Diary.

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