Save our Market
Over recent months, I have been hearing how Henley Market land is going to be sold to a developer, probably for housing. On the grapevine, I have been given to understand that the land is owned by a consortium of about 200 people and that there is a lot of money involved, which is unsurprising. It would be unreasonable to expect owners to turn down what may be a once-in-a-lifetime offer.
However, I enjoy going to the market on a Wednesday and buying my fresh fruit and veg., and I particularly like buying fresh fish there rather than the not-quite-so-fresh supermarket fish from Redditch, which never tastes as good. I have enjoyed visiting the livestock markets, too. If the market should close, I think it will do considerable damage to the fortunes of Henley. I am sure that it brings in people from the surrounding area who would otherwise not bother to come into the town. Businesses are sure to feel the pinch if the market closes. I was brought up in Chesterfield, which has one of the largest, old (It has been there for hundreds of years) open air markets in the country. A market gives a town character. When friends visit, we try to bring them into Henley on a market day, because it's so enjoyable.
Has anyone got any ideas about how we could keep at least a weekly market in Henley? In Redditch, the town was revamped and the market holders given a very unsatisfactory patch of off-the-beaten-track paved area upon which to have their stalls. Maybe we could make our market bigger, by attracting those stall holders. As in Chesterfield, a market does need to be in the centre of a town, so that everyone goes to it, it becomes well known and people come into town, specially to
At a meeting of shareholders of Henley-in-Arden Auction Sales Ltd, 94% of the members voted to approve the sale of the market site to Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd. The sale is scheduled to be completed on 12th March 2007.
Taylor Woodrow has agreed to provide a short lease of the site that will allow the market to continue for the next few months.
Make a Fresh Start on No Smoking Day
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has teamed up with Stratford Healthcare, Smoke free Warwickshire, Avon Pharmacy and Moluka Coffee Shop to invite you to Make a Fresh Start on Wednesday 14th March, National Non-Smoking Day.
If you are thinking about stopping smoking, want to set a quit date, have already quit or just want some information about smoking issues then come along from 10am until 4pm to Stratford Healthcare, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.
You’ll be able to find out about: stopping smoking and stop smoking clinics, stopping smoking without gaining weight, free health checks, free carbon monoxide checks, advice on eyecare, free skin analysis, keeping active, fire prevention in the home and more….
For further advice and information about stopping smoking contact the practice nurse at your doctor’s surgery or the NHS smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169.
On 1st July 2007, England will be going smoke free in all indoor public places and workplaces and No Smoking Day is the best opportunity yet to join over a million others in trying to quit before the big day in the summer.
‘The Insect Play’
Henley in Arden High School pupils are putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming drama production of ‘The Insect Play’.
Written by Josef and Karel Capek the play presents a cynical perspective on the workings of human society and promises to be highly entertaining for all ages.
Performances take place at the High School on Stratford Road in Henley in Arden on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for concessions. Please contact the school to book your seats on 01564 792364.
For a large size copy of the poster, go to the Henley Notice Board below.
Dental Practice Needs Support
One of our correspondents has reported that the dental practice in the town has not enough patients using its facilities.
"This is indeed bad news, as we might find them closing down altogether. They take NHS and private patients.", writes our correspondent.
Johnsons launch biggest Excursions Programme to date
This week sees the launch of this Summers Day Excursions programme by local coach operator Johnsons.
Mailed to over 20,000 customers the new brochure lists some 210-day excursions with days out to cater for all tastes and interests. There are some 13 themes covered, from traditional seaside visits to Royal Residences, Walking Days to Historic Castles and Gardens, and there are 30 convenient boarding points throughout the area.
Launched at the same time are brochures covering the popular Express Excursions and a new initiative Express Breaks.
Express Excursions cost just £12 per person and follow a simple principle of "one price - one boarding point."Operating in the school holidays only they offer a great value day out for all the family. All passengers board at Johnson's offices, and can leave their car safely and securely in the new car park
John Johnson said, "Our Excursions programme continues to be extremely popular. On Express Excursions alone we attracted over 5000 passengers in the last twelve months. Customers like to drive to our yard here and park free of charge for the day. Following the success of this programme we have introduced Express Breaks which follows the same principle of one price one boarding point and offers a two-day break staying at a first class hotel for just £98. We think these will be just as popular too."
Local Rivers Burst Their Banks
With the heavy rain this week, the local rivers burst their banks.
Please send us your photos of local events and scenes.
Photos by Dawn Leech
Henley High - Chairman's Report
Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the Governors, said in his latest report:
"The major business for the Governors this term is to set the budget for the next year and a longer term plan for the next two years. As in previous years it is difficult to see how the school could afford to increase expenditure on any area.
"Any improvements will be achieved by reducing outgoings in other areas of the budget. The governors have challenged the School Council, the representative group of pupils, to Save Energy”.
Click here to read the complete report
Eclipse of the Moon - Saturday 3rd March
Last Saturday's eclipse of the moon was captured by our chief photographer John Love.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden
Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
The success of the Court Leet Ball, reported last week, was entirely thanks to a dedicated team of creative and energetic members of the Court and others. These events don’t just happen. The High Bailiff is indebted to all those willing and inspired people – Court members and others, who designed and set up the Hall and tables, did the boring donkeywork of furniture moving, set up and operated the bar, touted successfully for excellent raffle prizes, ran the raffle and invited their friends as guests. They know who they are, and without each and every one the task would have been far more onerous: many hands make light work.
One excellent outcome was that the raffle raised enough money to enable the Court to send a donation of five hundred pounds to the St Basil’s Shelter in Birmingham, a great charity which provide emergency accommodation for destitute young people.
Looking ahead to the Court Leet Day on 9th August, when several of the Court’s regular enactments will take place, the High Bailiff would be glad to hear from any Juror who would like to give a hand with one or other of the events. Able bodied people are needed to help with marshalling and similar duties. Please phone 792512 after 25 March.
To view the Court Leet website, go to www.henley-in-arden.org/court-leet
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Heritage Centre Reopens
The Centre opens for the 2007 season on Easter Monday, 9th April. Stewards’ coffee mornings are arranged for 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April. All the existing stewards should now be aware of these dates but anyone who might consider joining the steward team is very welcome to come along at 10.30am on any of those days, to get the general flavour of what is involved.
A number of group visits to the Centre are already in place in the diary, including about 400 school children! Another busy year ahead.
Ray Holding, Heritage Centre Administrator
Tel. 01564.792512 or 795919
Henley Jazz Band Proposed
I wonder if any of your readers is interested in playing traditional jazz. I play tenor sax and have a piano and would like to play weekly with other instrumentalists nearby. I guess I'm thinking of people who are about Grade 4+ standard and can sight read and/or improvise a bit.
If anyone is interested, could they please give me a ring on 01564 792251
JPC Meeting Report
At the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 5th March 2007, Members discussed three planning applications received (all in respect of trees or trees subject to preservation orders) and 15 items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded. Amongst the items discussed were the following:
1. Henley-in-Arden Market.
Members discussed the closure of the market which they understood was happening even though there had been no formal notification. They again noted that the area was scheduled in the local plan for mixed development after a lengthy consultation period, and after the Joint Parish Council had fought to keep the market on its present site. Members had to concede, however, that it was a commercial retail concern under private ownership, subject to market forces and would only have continued if it was viable. They agreed, however, that whilst they had no influence over the future of this site, they would support any initiatives that sought to keep Henley-in-Arden as a market town.
2. Funding of Police Bicycles.
Members considered a request by the police in Henley-in-Arden for support in obtaining funding for two specialised bicycles, at a cost of£750 each, as an asset to policing in inaccessible areas. They heard that a similar scheme had been successfully introduced in Stratford- Upon-Avon which had had a significant impact in reducing anti-social behaviour. Whilst Members questioned why funds for such a scheme was not available from the police budget, they felt that local police had made a convincing case and that they deserved support. They pledged an initial £375 and expected that local businesses would at least match that amount.
3. Market Cross.
The issue of the future of the Market Cross was discussed. Members acknowledged that local people held strong views and agreed that everyone in Henley should have the opportunity of expressing their view. It was agreed that a full survey should be carried out in the Town’s Newsletter as well as on the Council’s web-site before any final decision was taken.
The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 5th March 2007. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and, as with all meetings of the Council, members of the public are welcome to attend. "
Clerk to the Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council
Cherubini – Mass in D minor
Concert: Olton Friary, St Bernards Road, Olton – Saturday, 24 March 2007 at 7.30pm
Miriam Allan – Soprano
Suzannah Vango – Soprano
Ruth Massey – Mezzo soprano
Richard Butler – Tenor
Alex Laing – Tenor
Robert Davies – Bass
Andrew Fletcher – Director of Music
with The Vivaldi Camerata
The life of Italian composer Luigi Cherubini spans the last half of the 18th and first half of the 19th century. Thus he had a foot in both the classical and the romantic camps. In fact his writing possesses the contrapuntal influences of Palestrina and Bach, the elegance of Haydn and Mozart and the surprisingly advanced chromaticism of Beethoven and beyond. He was a prolific composer, writing in all genres.
His large sacred output includes no less than fifteen Mass settings. The Missa Solemnis No 2 in D minor (1811) is a large-scale work for six soloists (a second Soprano and Tenor are needed for the Et Incarnatus of the Credo), four-part choir and moderate-sized 19th century orchestra.
The work is very dramatic, with movements of ravishing beauty and breath taking climaxes, and this rare performance, with a star-studded cast of outstanding soloists, should not be missed!
Tickets£12.50, Concessions £11, Under 18 (in full time education) £5.50, available from Linda Poulson (0121-779-4787)
John Garner's Business Column
Thinking of selling your business?
There comes a time for every business owner when they want to exit from their business, perhaps to release some capital or they simply want to retire.
It’s important to consider all the alternatives. These might include:
- A stock market flotation
- The sale of part of the equity to unlock capital, whilst retaining a smaller shareholding in the company;
- The sale of the majority or all the shares or assets of the company to a management buy-out or management buy-in team, or to a trade buyer;
The vendor needs to gauge the right time to sell and ensure that they achieve the best possible deal for the shareholders, management and employees – and themselves.
Where on earth should they start? A difficult question, but fortunately there is an easy answer. You need a professional adviser to guide you through the process, someone who has experience of selling businesses and who will be able to identify the factors which will make the business attractive to prospective buyers.
We have just such a company here in Henley, namely Warwickshire Enterprises Ltd. Those of you who are members of the Warwickshire Business Club will recognise the name as the company that organises the monthly meetings. You may also know that Bill Leech, the company’s director, is responsible for Henley News On-line (that’s where you’re reading this!). A man of many parts therefore, Bill has years of business experience and is well qualified to advise on the process.
He says, “The principal function of any business sale adviser should be to take on the burden of project managing the sale so that the vendors can continue to focus on what they do best – managing the business and maximising profit.
“By ‘grooming’ a company for sale, vendors can significantly improve both the likelihood of a sale and achieving the best price.”
You might think that, once a potential buyer has been found and terms of the sale agreed, it’s all plain sailing from there. But no, because the next stage is critical, it’s known as “Due Diligence”. It’s a bit like the phrase “subject to contract” when you agree to buy a house.
This is the process whereby the buyer undertakes a detailed investigation of the business in order to verify that it is as the vendors presented it.
It normally involves examining:
- Commercial performance
- Financial performance
- Accounting controls
- Property and asset valuation
- Tax issues
- Legal issues
While this is going on, the seller will normally agree not to talk to any other possible buyers and to find that something uncovered during this due diligence affects the eventual sale price.
Hopefully, however, all will be acceptable to the buyer and the sale can be completed.
Warwickshire Enterprises can be found at: www.companies4sale.co.uk/
The Nigel Hastilow Column
Moil, Moil, don't forget yer Evening Moil
Chris Bullivant, owner of the Observer-Standard freesheets, is making an offer for Trinity Mirror's titles in the West Midlands, but most observers think he's trying to bite off more than he can chew and he won't get the company.
The papers up for sale include the Evening Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph and Birmingham Post. The great and good are worried. Because if it doesn't go to Bullivant or someone like him, what will happen to this revered institution? The Graham family, who own the Express & Star in Wolverhampton, are thought to have given it the once over and rejected the idea of buying the Post & Mail.
You can't blame them, if only because Australian, republican, American, non-taxpaying, non-resident media magnate Rupert Murdoch may have plans for a freesheet evening paper for Birmingham like the one he's littering London with at the moment. He's registered the web-site thebirminghampaper as well as similar sites for all the other the major conurbations (Manchester, Leeds, Bristol etc).
Sir Digby Jones, ex CBI boss and the world's greatest living Brummie, told a meeting organised by the National Union of Journalists that he had been asked to chair two separate consortiums which may or may not have the clout and finances to put a bid together and he's said he will support both. He called for a consortium of the great and the good to buy the business and accept they wouldn't make any money out of it.
I got into trouble for suggesting the Post & Mail was "the MG Rover of the newspaper industry" -deprived of investment and marketing. Digby said the expression suggested the company was doomed and it would demolish the morale of the workforce (as if it were somehow riding high at the moment).
The company still makes £24 million a year, allegedly, so it will be worth someone's while buying it. But the goose ran out of golden eggs a long time ago.
Grumpy Old Man Comments
Chewing Gum, the legacy
While listening to Radio 2 the other day the BBC reliably informed me, and many other listeners, that it costs 3p to buy a stick of chewing gum and 10p to remove it from pavements around our cities, towns and villages. Who pays? We do.
Now this is a menace for all of us, even 90% (ish) of chewers. It’s probably only a minority of people who dispose of gum on the pavement, or worse still on tables, desks, bus seats etc. I can remember at school (now that was a long time ago) sitting down for double history (or something similar) and sitting on gum, or moving the chair and touching gum. Great touching something that has been in someone’s mouth for 30 minutes or so.
So is the problem, the cost of removal of gum from pavements? Or is it the gum that gets onto shoes, clothes or hands?
No, the main issue is masticating adults walking down our streets with their mouths open. I don’t know what it is about gum but it seems to turn normal adults into washing machines with open mouths.
So please if you must chew, please throw the gum away responsibly and keep your mouth shut while chewing, we don’t all want to watch.
Grumpy Old Man
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Is your home an outside lights home?
Outside lights can frequently be seen burning with nobody around to benefit from them. This puzzles me because they cost money to run but nobody is using the light. They are also contributing to climate change needlessly. There is often sufficient light from street lighting or the moon to make outside lights unnecessary.
So, if your home is an outside lights home, consider if they really need to be on all the time after dark. If they really do, fit low energy bulbs where possible since these use only 20% of the power. Electricity savings recover the extra cost of the low energy bulb after a few months and thereafter, they save about £12 per year for a 20 Watt low energy bulb, the equivalent to a 100 Watt ordinary bulb.
If you can manage with a 12 Watt low energy bulb, that’s even better and best of all have the light on only when someone needs to see or be seen.
For more information about the Make Henley Greener project, click here.
District Council Information
Alerts from Trading Standards
The Trading Standards Service has been alerted to allegations of business (non-charity) clothing collectors, collecting the bags left out for a named charity in the Studley area. These bags were clearly marked by the charity with their charity number and other contact details.
And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service
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HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
13th March in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. “Love is in the Air” by Catherine Gledhill. Competition: “A Spring Basket”.
HENLEY CIVIC SOCIETY
Thursday 15th March 7.30 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. AGM followed by Ray Briggs giving a talk on “Chinese Wilson – Explorer and Collector”.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Members have their meetings in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on the third Tuesday monthly. Celia Davies will give an illustrated talk about “Insects in the Garden” on Tuesday 20th March and visitors are welcome for only £1.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Our Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday 27th March, 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. in the Village Hall, Ullenhall. The meeting will be followed by cheese and wine. New members always welcome to join our friendly club with a lively programme of speakers, visits and holidays.
HENLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
We are holding an Easter Bonnet Competition at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane on 31st March at 2.00 p.m. There are four classes: 0-4 years; 5-11 years; 12-15yrs and OAP’s. Entrance is free and prizes will be presented to the winners.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN DRAMA SOCIETY present Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves” in the Memorial Hall from Wednesday 4th until Saturday 7th April. Tickets available from www.hads.org.uk or the Vanity Box. One of Ayckbourn’s masterpieces, it is definitely not to be missed.
HENLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Are holding an Easter Bonnet Competition at The Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane on March 31st at 2pm.
There are four classes: 0-4 yrs, 5-11 yrs, 12-15 yrs and OAPs. Entrance is free and prizes will be presented to the winners.
WRVS 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. SOLD OUT.
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
Meetings 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.
HENLEY-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.
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
THE 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
THE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HENLEY-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.
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