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Edition 140 - 25th January 2007
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Every Thursday

Confusion at ONE STOP over new sign

On Thursday night (18th), the much criticised sign over ONE STOP was replaced with a new sign which did not span both the shop frontage and the entrance to the customer parking.

During the weekend, many residents celebrated what they considered to be a successful outcome to a campaign which had started in October 2001. In that month, the Village design Statement was published as guidelines for the planners and other regulators. It recommended "Paint colours within the conservation area should be in keeping with the other properties". It cited the ONE STOP signage as being totally inappropriate. The Civic Society, with the support of Henley NEWS On-line and many other organisations and residents, campaigned for more than six years for the ONE STOP signage (shown right) to be reduced in size and the red banner eliminated.

On Monday morning Henley NEWS On-line was advised by a reliable source that "The wrong sign has been fitted by the wrong contractor." Clearly, if ONE STOP want to change the new signage, they will have to go through the planning process again. This time the objectors will be ready and they may be able to achieve want they really wanted; a sign in a muted colour as used by ONE STOP in the Cotswolds.

We hope the Civic Society will continue its diligence with ONE STOP before moving on to convince the owners of the SEASPRAY that their sign will become the next target. Henley NEWS On-line suggests a colour change with a reduction in the size of the name. This would then eradicate one of Henley's last remaining eyesores.

 

The biggest threat to the character of our town remains the Sports Shed on the side of the A3400 proposed by Warwickshire College which will have a roof height greater than the height of two double decker buses.


Steam Trains to stop at Henley

The popular and well established steam hauled 'Shakespeare Express', operated by Tyseley based Vintage Trains Ltd will be calling at Henley-in-Arden every Sunday from 1st July to 2nd September 2007, in the Stratford direction only.

This new initiative will offer Henley-in-Arden residents a chance to have a round trip via Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham without having to drive to either place to join the train as previously.

The train times will be Henley-in-Arden depart 11.05 hrs Stratford-upon-Avon arrive 11.34 hrs with time to get off and photograph the steam engine as it changes from one end of the train to the other and then takes on water, before departing at 12.30 hrs. Birmingham Snow Hill is reached at 13.26 hrs and offers another opportunity to photograph the engine as it changes ends before departure at 14.00hrs back to Henley arriving there at 14.35 hrs.

The round trip fare in standard class (seats at a table for four) is £17.50 adults (pre-booked) and £10 (child 5-15) with a family ticket costing £39 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children - must be pre-booked). Pay on the train on the day fares are £20 adult and £10 child.

However, this new opportunity offers Henley residents a chance to enjoy a Sunday lunch with a difference by travelling in Pullman class (seats at tables for two and four persons) and have a three course traditional roast lunch served at your table on departure from Stratford. Cost is just £45 adults and £35 children (5-15). A full range of soft and alcoholic drinks can be ordered from your steward. An ideal way to celebrate that special occasion!

Further information and bookings : Vintage Trains Ltd, 670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL. Tel: 0121 708 4960 (Mon-Fri 09.30-16.30) www.shakespeareexpress.com


Footpath Hazard - No Action

We reported recently on the poor condition of the Lords Waste opposite St John's Church in the High Street. Last week, another elderly resident tripped over. This footpath is not the responsibility of the highway authority. How much longer and how many more causalities will there to be before those responsible order the repair.

We estimate the cost of repair would be less than £100. Cost of transporting a casualty to hospital and medical care more than £1,000.

From report of the JPC meeting in last week's Henley NEWS On-line.

Lord’s Waste
Members discussed a draft to be published in the Council’s Newsletter explaining the issue of the responsibility for the Lord’s Waste, which is the footway beyond about 1 to 2 metres from the road edge. The draft explains that the Lord’s Waste does not come within the responsibility of Warwickshire County Council to maintain. Its ownership has been problematical, but has usually been considered to be with those who own the frontages and who therefore have title to the properties, whether they be private houses or business premises. The public at large have the right to access the Lord’s waste at any time, and the draft concludes therefore that complaints as to the condition of the footways or pavements in front of properties should be dealt with by the owners of the frontages to the Lord’s Waste.

Clearly, a more proactive approach is required than discussing the draft for a future newsletter. Henley NEWS On-line ran this draft text weeks ago and with illustrations.

This dangerous situation has existed for months and no action appears to have been taken. Should the authorities not at least rope off the area? No action is not acceptable.


Sports Shed Watch

According to the published Data on the Stratford District Councils Planning Department's website the application for the sports shed on the side of the A3400 has not be lodged. I'm told the planning application will be submitted imminently, and soon after that an open forum will be arranged in Henley for presentation of the scheme. There will also be presentations of the plans to key groups within Henley to clarify what the situation is.

This week victory over the World's third largest retailer in the long running dispute over the One Stop signage proves that Henley Organisations and residents can overturn the unacceptable plans of large organisations which do not have the slightest consideration of our beautiful town.

Lloyds Bank appear to have withdrawn a recent application for a change of their signage.

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Court Circular

At a routine business meeting on 17th January, the Court Leet reviewed its plans for coming events, looking ahead to June. Firstly, the Court Leet Ball, scheduled for 24th February, promises to be a sell-out. Tickets have been taken up promptly for this event, which is to be held at the memorial Hall. Then on April 12th the Court holds its annual formal dinner, for which invitations will be in circulation within two or three weeks.

The Civic Service, to which representatives of local organisations will be invited, follows on 27th May at St John’s Church. This is an important day in the Court’s calendar, signalling the combined commitment of the many people in the town and nearby who give their time and skill for the benefit of the community. That’s one of Henley’s great strengths.

Thirdly, the Court Leet Day on June 9th, mentioned briefly in last week’s News-on-Line, is now moving from the “ideas” stage to a draft plan for what the day will include and how to set the timing for everything.

One of the key officers for this day will be the Hayward, Laurence Marshal. The Hayward’s historic job was to control the use and care of the Manorial lands, including the protection and marking of the Manorial boundaries. Former High Bailiff Douglas Bridgewater has undertaken to research the old Manor records to establish just where the boundaries lay in former times: they are not the same as the present civil parish boundaries. On June 9th the Hayward will lead the ceremony of Beating the Bounds – walking the boundary with as many residents - and particularly families with children – as can be persuaded to join in.

At this stage of the year, it is not easy to think of outdoor events but we live in hope of good weather!

From The High Bailiff
24 January 2007

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POETIC JUSTICE?

Prime Minister Tony Blair is being shown around an Edinburgh hospital. Towards the end of his visit, he is taken onto a ward of people with no obvious signs of injury. He greets the first patient and the chap replies:

"Fair fa' you honest sonsie face,
Great Chieftain e' the puddin' race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thaim,
Weel are ye Wordy o'a grace,
As lang's my arm."

Tony, being somewhat confused, just grins, moves on to the next patient and greets him.
He replies:

"Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some hae nane that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thank it."

Even more confused, but trying not to show it, Tony moves on to the third patient who immediately begins to declaim,

"Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi bickering brattle!"

Alarmed, Tony turns to the doctor accompanying him and demands an explanation:
"What sort of ward is this, a mental ward?"

"No", replies the doctor. "This is the Serious Burns Unit."

The annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796 and pictured above) is celebrated on, or about, the Bard's birthday, January 25th.


Here’s hoping your new year got off to a good start.

Traditionally the New Year is a time for making resolutions, and if you are struggling to keep yours then perhaps we at The Bluebell can help…

  1. If your resolution was to get fit – you could try walking to The Bluebell, or at the very least parking at the far end of the car park!
  2. Spend more time with family and friends – with its welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and blazing log fire it’s just like a home from home!
  3. Cut out the booze – we wouldn’t recommend this course of action, but if you do then we’ve a wide selection of delicious juices and soft drinks including Fentiman’s Traditional Ginger Beer and our alcohol free winter berry mulled wine so there’s plenty of choice.
  4. Lose weight – naa! The food is far too good at the Bluebell, just cut out breakfast!
  5. Try something new – Thursday 25th January is Burn’s Night, and as well as our usual Thursday night fish specials there’s traditional Scottish haggis, Whisky gravy, neeps and tatties for dinner at The Bluebell, we’ve also added a couple of new Scotch Whiskys to our range – the 25 year old Ardbeg “Lord of the Isles” and a 30 year old Glenmorangie for the real connoisseurs.

Of course, if one of your new year’s resolutions was to retox not detox then perhaps there’s just no hope for you! Either way, we hope to see you at The Bluebell soon.

Duncan & Leigh
The Bluebell, 93 High Street, Henley in Arden
Tel: 01564 793049
www.bluebellhenley.co.uk


Henley in Bloom - Plans for 2007

First of all, thanks to all those who helped and supported last year, especially those who gave donations and those who agreed to water flower displays outside their premises, and kept going right into September. The mild weather this Autumn meant that many displays lasted until the beginning of November! Those who kept their frontages weed-free deserve special thanks as otherwise it is a major task for our loyal band of helpers to control the weeds the length of the High Street.

After the 'quieter' colour scheme in 2006 of Gold and Purple to commemorate the Queen's 80th birthday, next summer the colour scheme will be a vibrant splash of Red/Orange/Yellow.

Hanging Basket Competition 2007 - Categories (1) Private residence (2) Any other premises. In a future edition of Henley NEWS On-line, there will details of how to enter.

Henley-in-Bloom AGM is on Friday 9th February 2007, 7 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Anyone interested is most welcome to attend and offer any comments or just see what is going on. We are always looking for more members, any age male or female, to join our friendly team. No knowledge of plants or gardening is necessary and just an occasional hour to help is very valuable.

Many hands etc.! Ring Secretary on 793903 for any details.

Ginny Matheou - Secretary


Wildlife Society once again were entertained by Hamblin

Tony Hamblin presented his new talk titled 'Charismatic Birds'.

Tony always starts the year visiting the Henley Wildlife Society to bring us his latest talk, basically trying it out on us. A good selection of slides was shown, assembled from the last few years.

The chairman thanked Tony for the show in the usual manner.

Some members have mentioned that some of the speakers tended not to speak up too clearly, so we have invested in a PA system to cure this.

John Love - Report & Photo


Businesses told "Children are Key to Business Success"

Herbie Andrews - Managing Partner, Needham & James,  Bill Leech - Director, Warwickshire Enterprises Ltd and Caroline Woodward - Guest Speaker.

A Warwickshire business group was told “Young children have the key to business success”.

Young children can teach business men and women a lot about the art of successful networking, according to Caroline Woodward, a former resident of Henley, and MD of Forever Living Products, who was the guest speaker at the Warwickshire Business Club’s latest networking lunch. The event, which included Caroline’s talk ‘Hello, my name’s Grace, I’m 4’ was held on Thursday, 18 January in the conference suite at leading Warwickshire law firm Needham & James’ new Stratford-upon-Avon offices, and was fully subscribed.

More than 40 members of the local business community attended this first lunch in the 2007 programme, to network and to find out how to do it more successfully.

Bill Leech, managing director of Warwickshire Enterprises, which organises Warwickshire Business Club, said: “Caroline’s talk underlines the positive impact that networking can have on a business’s success, and the fact that many of us need to re-learn our innate people skills to network effectively. “The key is to talk to people openly and honestly, and to demonstrate genuine interest in them and their business. In this regard, young children have much to teach us. This first club event of the New Year was highly successful and I would like to thank Needham & James for offering us the use of their new conference facilities.”

Herbie Andrews, managing partner at host firm Needham & James said: “This was a highly thought-provoking event which reminded everyone of the importance that empathy and people skills play in any successful business. “Warwickshire Business Club’s lunch was the first outside event that we have hosted since our move to these new premises. We hope that other business organisations will find the facilities that we can provide offer an appealing and cost-effective venue for meetings.”

Warwickshire Business Club was set up in 2002 to create an effective networking forum for business people from across the Midlands region. It holds 11 networking lunches each year and is organised by Dawn Leech.

For more information about the Warwickshire Business Club, visit the website www.swbc.co.uk


Henley and Beaudesert Civic Society - January Meeting

At their Jan 18th meeting, Henley and Beaudesert Civic Society were treated by Marie Macdonald to a fascinating history of the Leigh family of Stoneleigh. Marie, archivist at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust displayed encyclopedic knowledge of persons dates and events as far back as the 1500s and earlier.

One almost felt she had known in person some of the Knights and Lords who owned Stoneleigh Abbey. Her knowledge derives from study of the extensive archive of documents which have survived (8000 receipts and vouchers from the 16th and 17th centuries alone). From bills and wills and other documents, the rise and fall of the family fortunes can be deduced. For example, evidence of the mental illness of the 5th Lord Leigh is found in doctors’ bills of 1768, some 6 years before he was declared lunatic.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, Thomas Leigh had made money as a mercer and married a mercer’s daughter. Monasteries were being sold off by the crown (usually indirectly) on a regular basis and Thomas Leigh purchased Stoneleigh Abbey. Sir Thomas became an Alderman, a Sheriff and later Lord Mayor of London. Before he died he had accrued several houses in the London area and other estates in the Midlands. These were to be split between his three sons. Tom, his third son, inherited the Abbey.

This pattern of enlarging the estate partly by marriages and splitting by inheritance became the pattern through a further two Thomases and several Edwards. By the mid 1800s the Leighs were the largest landowners in Warwickshire, having an estate income of £32,000pa; a lot of money in those days. Records show lavish spending for a visit by Queen Victoria and Albert. However, not long after, incomes from the estates fell (national decline in agriculture), more children survived to adulthood and there was less money to support them; Lord William Henry refused to increase rents, as he could see that his tenants could not afford more. As with the estates of many nobles, much had to be sold in the 1920s. Parts of the outskirts of Coventry now stand on the former Stoneleigh estate lands.

Brian Twigg proposed a vote of thanks to Marie saying that he was overawed and overwhelmed by Marie’s depth of knowledge.

Coffee, tea and biscuits were then served whilst the members enjoyed chat about the talk, events in the town and generally put the world to rights. Of note was the new sign for the One Stop shop which the society has campaigned for in protracted correspondence. The sign, whilst not being the style suggested by the society, is an improvement on the old one.

Next meeting Feb. 15th. ‘The Golden days of Coaching’ by Graham Sutherland at the Baptist Church hall starting 8pm. Visitors welcome (entry £3).

John Stott - Reporting


Puddings Galore!

Sue Dalby, Henley's finest caterer will be supporting Henley SK8 CRU fundraising by organising a Pudding Club on 2nd February. This is a rare opportunity to sample some of the best puddings ever created.

Sue has told Henley NEWS On-line that the puddings she made for the first Pudding Club were: – "Apple Pie, Bread and Butter Pudding, Old English Sherry Trifle, Spotted Dick, Rice Pudding and Lemon Syllabub.  

"The second club were Apple Pie, Charlotte Malakoff, Boodles Pudding, Harvey Wallbanger Cheesecake, Chocolate Pudding, Jam sponge.  I did Apple Pie again as it was a clear winner at the first club, and won again at this one.  

"For the third meeting I made regional puddings – Westminster Fool, Rockings Pudding, Blackberry Parfait, Treacle Tart, Wham Wham and Apple Pie.  The apple pie won again, but only just, closely followed by Westminster Fool."

Tickets are available from Westmacott's on the High Street or call Peter Crathorne 795470.

See you there!


John Garner's Business Column

VAT Part 3 - the VAT Inspection

John GarnerEvery three years or so you will have to submit to a VAT inspection to ensure you’re not fiddling your VAT returns.

You used to hear scare stories about VAT inspectors paying a surprise visit and forcing their way into your premises. Fortunately this doesn’t happen these days in the normal course of events and I’ve always found inspectors to be pleasant and polite.

The first you will hear about your forthcoming inspection is a telephone call from your local VAT office asking to make an appointment. In my experience they are pretty flexible about a date for the inspection but they don’t like it if you subsequently try and change the date once it’s been agreed.

This call will be followed up by a letter stating who the inspecting officer will be (you should never get the same inspector twice) and what information you need to provide. You should have available all the books of account (and/or computer print-outs) since your last VAT inspection. The inspector has the right to examine any of these but in practice will usually choose one particular VAT quarter (apparently at random) and go through this in considerable detail. It’s important to make sure someone who knows your accounts intimately is on hand to answer any of the inspector’s queries and you may want to ensure your accountant can be contacted easily while the inspector is with you.

VAT inspectors have an amazing knack of spotting even the slightest error that you might have made. They won’t usually be draconian about it unless they think you’ve deliberately transgressed; but if it’s the latter don’t be surprised if they get difficult. If they find a small error they may well agree to take no action, but if it’s significant they will write to you formally asking that you make the appropriate payment. I can only remember one inspection where the inspector couldn’t find anything wrong with our accounts; eventually he graciously admitted defeat!

During the inspection is a good time to ask the inspector for any advice you might need about any aspect of VAT, they’re always happy to help. A word of warning though: I can cite a couple of instances where I’ve had conflicting advice from different inspectors, so if it’s something crucial make sure you get a ruling in writing.

On one occasion we had done some work for a US company, we had checked most carefully that we didn’t have to charge VAT to the client but, some months after the work was complete and paid for, a VAT inspector picked this up and disagreed. There was potentially a lot of money at stake. We responded to this by saying we were going to appeal against this decision; for some time we heard nothing at all but eventually we were told that the VAT inspector had caved in; we didn’t get an apology. I had a few sleepless nights over that.

To be fair though, on another occasion the inspector decided we were due a significant rebate – so it isn’t always bad news!

Good luck when it’s your turn. Next week we’ll look at some of the different VAT schemes.

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk

PS
Last week I suggested it would be unwise to rely on the Royal Mail to get your VAT return in on time. I did not, of course, mean to disparage our lads at the Henley sorting office who, as we all know, give excellent service. Sorry guys!

(At least I now know someone reads my articles!)


The Nigel Hastilow Column

The biggest curry-house betrayal since Edwina 

Nigel HastilowFor the cost of a curry, 5,000 jobs were lost. RAF Cosford’s loss of the multi-million pound defence contract is a serious blow to the West Midlands, a stitch-up by the Government and a betrayal by fat blogger Tom Watson.

It’s a blow not just to Wolverhampton but to the whole region because success would have formed the basis of a new economic prosperity.

As John Edwards, Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands, said: "We cannot underestimate just how much Cosford needs to win this crucial and lucrative contract. The potential benefits for the county and the wider region are immense. "A successful bid will ensure that the West Midlands economy remains buoyant and that we can sustain a highly skilled workforce.

"That, alas, is not to be. All that optimism has now been passed to RAF St Athan, which has won the contracts to set up a £14bn academy for military training. Let’s be clear what we are losing out on. If RAF Cosford had won, the decision would have protected 2,500 jobs and created maybe 3,000 new ones.

Do not let anyone suggest this is the kind of decision which is made on an objective basis. The idea that a politician would choose between rival bids based purely on the merits of the case is absurd. The decision is entirely political – “what’s in it for me?” is the first question a Minister would ask. At a time when Labour’s grip on power is starting to come loose, this decision is aimed at trying to shore up the party’s votes in Wales.

It might not have been such a straightforward choice if it were not for the fact that there is a private-sector business involved in the Welsh bid which the Government has a vested interest in supporting.Metrix, the consortium behind St Athan includes the Government’s favourite defence contractor QinetiQ, once a simple military research establishment in Malvern recently flogged off in a bargain-basement deal which cost the taxpayer millions. QinetiQ was the subject of one of the sleaziest privatisations yet when its shares were sold for £1.3 billion, handing a hideously huge payday to American investors the Carlyle Group.Carlyle, which has had John Major and both George Bushes, among others, on its payroll, bought one third of the company for £42m and, in three years, saw its investment increase in value tenfold. For months now, those in the know have been positive that QinetiQ’s involvement in the Welsh bid was enough to swing the deal. Especially as the Government still owns more than half the business.

The third problem with the Cosford bid is that at a crucial stage we were betrayed by one of our own. As a Defence Minister Tom Watson, the MP for West Bromwich East, was to have been the man responsible for making the decision. Sadly, he did not survive long enough in office to put something back into the region which elected him to Parliament. This is because he was the prime mover in the summer’s fatuous Wolverhampton curry-house plot cooked up to force out Tony Blair and replace him with Gordon Brown.It blew up in the fat blogger’s face (Watson’s only previous claim to fame being that he runs an internet site which keeps us up to date with his dull daily activities) and he was forced to quit as a Minister.

This was a serious blow to Cosford because, as I say, the decision was political. And Mr Watson was, by all accounts, primed to choose the West Midlands bid. This is, of course, just rumour and gossip but when I wanted to write an article for the Express & Star in the summer pointing out where Mr Watson’s duty lay, I was warned off by Labour insiders. They said he knew very well what was expected of him, that he would plump for RAF Cosford in the end but if too much pressure were put on him to make that choice he might have to select Wales instead just to avoid accusations of bias.Tom would do his duty to the West Midlands, I was assured. He knew where his loyalties lay. And if I wrote some scurrilous attack on him it might jeopardise thousands of jobs. I held off. He resigned anyway. And the Welsh have won.

As things turn out, it would have made no difference because by carefully nurturing his own political career, Mr Watson threw away our best chance of securing investment as RAF Cosford.His bid for headlines and the glory of being one of Gordon Brown’s cheerleaders in the Battle of Downing Street may well do wonders for his long-term prospects. Short-term pain for long-term gain may well be Mr Watson’s game plan. If he makes a Ministerial come-back under Prime Minister Gordon Brown we must remember the price the West Midlands has paid for this great betrayal. Whatever he thinks about Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and whatever his personal ambitions, he was in a position to give the Black Country an enormous boost and he threw it away.

Thanks, Tom. Let’s hope Gordon gets the job? Otherwise it’ll all have been a bit of a waste, won’t it?

Nigel Hastilow      
http://nigelhastilow.blogspot.com/


Grumpy Old Man Comments

I have had opportunity over the past 20 years or so to visit many cities and countries, ranging from the far east to the USA (east and west coast) and many venues in Europe and the middle east.

What amazes me is that apart from a few third world countries the litter situation is worse here in England than many other places in the world. Last time I was in Birmingham Airport getting off a plane, the chap behind me said with dismay, look at the rubbish you can tell we are back in England. Also I was walking down Beaudesert Lane last week and saw various beer cans and wrappers strewn around the bridge over the river. It’s the same in larger town and cities such as Stratford, Redditch, Solihull and Birmingham. Has anyone tried driving from Henley into Birmingham along the A34 through Hall Green and Sparkhill ?

Why do other cities in other countries have clear streets and not us?

I believe it can be answered in 2 ways, but maybe there is a third and forth solution.

  1. Less people actually drop waste (may be this is the root cause?)
  2. Local government pay for the litter to be picked up (but who pays for this ?)
  3. Actually enforce the law and fine people that drop litter, there should be finger prints on dropped cans. The culprit should be found and be forced to pay the fine (and the cost of finding him)
  4. In the short term could we as ‘the silent majority’ get a few of those tools for picking up litter, and do 20 – 30 minutes each, each week. We all look after our own front gardens but what about the communal areas? Not my idea of fun but may be it’s something to think about. If we all took responsibility for the clean up, we would not easily turn a blind eye if we saw someone drop litter.

Let us take some pride in Henley!

Regards

Grumpy Old Man


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Some green electricity isn’t very green!

Signing up to green electricity sends the right message to the electricity producers but some don’t get the message.

You might think that suppliers of green electricity invest in installation of green sources of electricity but few do. Most just buy up the green electricity that is available in the system. This means that the share of green electricity used by non green users goes down and Carbon Dioxide emissions are not reduced.

According to a recent report, only four suppliers of green electricity are currently investing/building more green sources of power. These are Ecotricity, Powergen, Npower and Scottish Power. On a £ invested per customer Ecotricity the leader invests ten times more than the others and they plan to invest more in the future as their customer base grows. Powergen is second and Npower third.

We’ve looked at changing from Powergen to Ecotricity www.ecotricity.co.uk/  and found the latter were slightly cheaper than Powergen so giving an added bonus of saving money.

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

John Stott


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Alerts from Trading Standards

Barford Bypass Tarmac Scam
A tarmac gang is operating door to door in Warwick and the surrounding area, claiming to be working on the Barford Bypass project. The itinerant traders are claiming to be labourers and engineers from the site who have been sent out to dispose of unused tarmac.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers are warning it is not the usual procedure for the Council or its contractors to sell surplus material to the members of the public, and anybody claiming to be from the Council and offering to tarmac their drives should be treated with extreme caution.

Further, the Trading Standards Service has been advised by contractors at the site that no tarmac work is being undertaken at this time.

Age Concern
A member of a local NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Association has reported an incident where by an elderly person received an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be calling from Age Concern. The recipient of the call was asked to sign up to a monthly contribution and was then asked to provide her card/bank details. Age Concern has stated that they would never be involved in this type of money raising. Trading Standards Officers strongly advise consumers that they should never divulge their personal or financial information to anyone they do not know or trust and never to someone who contacts them by phone.

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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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.

SHROVE TUESDAY 20th February 2007
A Bring and Share Supper in the Church Hall at 7.00 p.m. Raffle in aid of the Lent Appeal. Do come along to this enjoyable event – just sign up at the back of St. John’s Church as soon as possible. Ring Daphne Jones for further details 01926 843515.

HENLEY W.I.
Visitors, especially newcomers to Henley, are welcome to come and try WI. The next meeting is from 7.30p.m. on Tuesday, 6th February in the Memorial Hall when Kath Hamflett will be telling us how to “Use It or Lose It!”.
You are also welcome to join the Patchwork Group held fortnightly and the monthly Walk with Wendy – for details please telephone 792488.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
13th February in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. “Everything in the Garden” by Patti Dawson. Competition: “Cupid’s Bow”.

HENLEY CIVIC SOCIETY
Thursday 15th February 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Our speaker is Graham Sutherland who will be talking about “The Golden Days of Coaching”.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Meets in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday monthly. Derek Walton is our speaker on Tuesday 20th February showing slides of “Wild About A Garden”. Visitors welcome – only £1.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 27th February when Elaine Horton will be talking about Bulbs, Corms and Tubers. We start at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. The competition is for “3 Evergreen Shrub Cuttings in a Vase”. Visitors (£1) are always welcome to join us at Ullenhall Village Hall.

W.R.V.S. MEALS ON WHEELS/LUNCH CLUB
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.

WINTER GARDEN PARTY with entertainment by Malcolm Stent is being held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 24th March at 7.30 p.m. for supper at 8.00 p.m. Come in your gardening gear! The evening is being held in aid of the Guild Hall Garden Project. Tickets £15, available from The Vanity Box (792773), Marijana Bainbridge (794987) and Sue Bridgewater (793633). Last year’s Forties Evening was a sell out, so get your tickets early!

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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.
HENLEY IN ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
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.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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
Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN
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
Bridge ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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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