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Edition 178 - 18th October  2007
Winner of Warwickshire Village Ventures Competition 2007
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Henley NEWS On-Line wins County Competition

At the Warwickshire Village Ventures 2007 awards in Hampton Lucy last Saturday, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne JP, announced that Henley NEWS On-line was the winner of the Communication Section for Websites and presented the editor Bill Leech with a certificate.

After all the awards had been presented, the Lord Lieutenant, pictured left, announced that the outright winner of the Warwickshire Village Ventures Competition was Henley NEWS On-line.

The Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC), which organised the competition, helps and encourages people living in rural areas to develop their communities. By aiding locally led and run projects, they also hope to strengthen social ties within Warwickshire's villages and small towns.

The Editor wishes to acknowledge the help and support from all our contributors in achieving this award for the Town.

Our weekly columnist the "Grumpy Old Man" attended the event and reports:

I was called into official service last weekend as a contributor to Henley News On-line. The Editor (Bill) and I went along to Hampton Lucy to the AGM of WRCC (Warwickshire Rural Community Council), which also included the Village Ventures Awards Ceremony, where Henley News Online was entered for the Communication – Website award.

So following the AGM, normal stuff, minutes from last AGM, Treasurers accounts, Chairman’s report, re-elections etc (all really interesting - honest) the awards started. The awards ranged from Projects to News Letters to Websites and covered numerous activities, the one that springs out was the Pool restoration - Sounds like good fun to me.

The purpose of the awards is to recognize local activities that help sustain the community spirit in modern day village / small town life.

The time came to announce the winner of the Communication – Website category and Henley was called out, much to Bill’s surprise. Off he went to collect the award.

As we waited for all the awards to finish, so we could tuck into the cakes and tea provided by the WI, it was time for the overall Village Ventures Award 2007 to be announced. Yes you’ve guessed it Henley News On-line were called out. So not only is HNOL the communication category winner, but the overall 2007 Village Ventures winner. Well done Bill !

Absence of Consultation by Local Councillors

Whilst very little is currently available on the SDC Planning website, it is evident that no consideration has been given to the devastation the floods caused to mine and many other properties in the area because of inadequate drainage and flood defences. Half of my home is still uninhabitable. When I met the Environment Agency representatives recently they readily accepted that with the current infrastructure, the area will be flooded again. It beggars belief therefore that a report can be submitted suggesting that the area can sustain another 65 properties in a proven flood zone.

It also suggests that there is no traffic congestion in the area and that a new road directly opposite my property will be appropriate. All in all a total disregard for any consideration of the people that already live in Henley or the well being of the town itself.

In a recent poll the overwhelming majority (all except one person in fact) called for a public meeting. Parish, District and County councillors rejected this on the basis that no plans had been submitted. Well they have now.

It is very clear that Wimpey Homes and the South Warwickshire Housing Association fully intend to ignore the devastating effect this proposal will have on Henley. It may "tick the box" on numbers of homes being built for the SWHA but it will be the ruin of Henley. Please remember that a SWHA representative actually labeled this as a "ghetto in the making" based on these proposals.

Are we not entitled to preserve our homes and way of life or, must we accept bureaucrats, politicians and developers can do what they like with us? I thought we lived in a democracy.

Mr Thirwell, and Mr Marshall you have already led the people of Henley to believe that you support this development - against our wishes. I now seek a full reply from each of you with your stance on this matter.

Councillors (& Mr Plaskitt MP), we voted you in but some 3,000 (-1) voters in the Henley area will be reflecting on this as we seek your support in fighting this planning application.

Mike Faulkner

Local Democracy Week!

“Hi, my name is Alan Farnell and I am the Leader of Warwickshire County Council. Hopefully reading this blog will give you an insight into what it is like to be Leader and what kinds of things it involves…”

So begins a series of ‘blogs’ currently being posted on the Warwickshire County Council website as part of this year’s Local Democracy Campaign. Councillor Alan Farnell (Conservative – Nuneaton Weddington) is just one of many who are taking the time to ‘blog’ their daily experiences on the site at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localdemocracy.

Councillor John Whitehouse (Lib Dem – Kenilworth Abbey) and Councillor Alan Cockburn (Conservative – Kenilworth St. John’s) are also taking part. For the first time this year, as well as ‘blogs’ from county councillors there will also be weekly ‘blogs’ by Members of Warwickshire’s Youth Parliament and by officers from across the council’s areas of work, including resources, international development, ecology and countryside services, as well as blogs from staff at the council’s Rugby Area Team.

The Local Democracy Campaign aims to get people interested in local politics and the activities of their local council.

The week beginning Monday 15th October is national Local Democracy Week, but Warwickshire County Council’s campaign has been up and running since the start of the month, with local schools debates and ‘political speed dating’ events organised around the county.

Councillor Alan Farnell said: “This year’s Local Democracy Campaign is all about taking part and taking power. It is about getting people to recognise the impact local politics has on their daily lives and encouraging them to get involved.”

Matilda Lomas, one of the Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) for Warwickshire who will be blogging her experiences, said: “Young people can’t avoid local politics. Whether they want a skate park in their local park, that’s politics, or cheaper transport for young people, that’s politics. "It’s really important for young people to get involved in politics as it does come into everything.”

So why not ‘blog on’ to read the ‘blogs’ for yourself?    Warwickshire County Council - Local Democracy Campaign

Henley NEWS On-line asked the Parish Clerk what activities the JPC were planning as part of this year's Local Democracy Week. No response was received to our two requests for information by our normal publication time.

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Plans Submitted

Just in case you haven’t heard Taylor Wimpey / South Warwickshire housing Association have submitted plans to Stratford district Council for the market re-development. There is a subtle change from the actual drawings/plans, which are on Taylor Woodrow paper.

Please see: http://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/AppDetail.aspx?appkey=JPL3GHPM04S00

What surprises me is all previous statements from councilors, stating that nothing has been submitted, and they couldn’t comment.

But looking at the detailed plans, there are statements on them saying, amended to suit planners comments. By default plans must have been seen by council planners, otherwise these statements would not be present.

Have commitments already been made to Taylor Wimpey/South Warks Housing Association or Taylor Woodrow? So who is being kept in the dark? Has the application just been submitted to follow protocol even though it is a done deal?

Who knows? Would any of our councilors, both Cllr Marshall and Cllr Thirlwell are mentioned on the application page (see above link), like to comment? Or does this go back to what has been written before, by many, that someone knows what is happening and they are keeping quiet.

I also noticed that the application was not on the JPC agenda for Mon 15th Oct, so it may well appear for the 4th Nov meeting. Please keep an eye on the JPC website, and join me at the meeting. Come and see democracy in action, or will the JPC rubberstamp the application (as they did with the sports hall) with the majority hopefully opposing it.



Grumpy Old Man

Plans you may wish to study -

B4C Brings 'Any Questions' to Claverdon

Admittedly not the televised version but B4C, a local charity working to help youth projects in our area, has brought together a panel of ‘big hitters’ for the event to be staged in Claverdon Church Centre on Friday evening the 9th November. The panellists will be Colin Bennetts, the Bishop of Coventry, Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, newly appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Julie Kirkbride – MP for Bromsgrove and Jeffery Dench who describes himself as “just an actor!”

Just as in the ‘real thing’ questions will be sought from the audience on the night and there will be the chance for some participation in the discussion. This will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to talk with members of the panel. Proceeds from the evening will go towards B4C’s work and there will be the chance to find out more about B4C on the night.

The event starts at 7.30pm and there are still a few tickets left at £15.00 each to include refreshments from Richard Anderson on 07836 339710 or rkganderson@btinternet.com

'Love Art' in Henley

Love Contemporary Art opened its doors, for the first time in Henley on Friday 12th October. New to Henley High Street it’s a boutique full of unique and unusual jewellery, gifts and artwork. Having formerly been located in converted barns, just outside Alcester.

Zak Miah and Lisa Edwards, the creators of Love, both Henley residents, say “We’re thrilled with the result; we were looking to create somewhere warm and welcoming, to pop in, for that last minute gift or greeting card together with a relaxing and unhurried experience, where you can browse at your leisure for that more unusual gift, or just treat yourself to that must have item We have a number of top jewellery designers as well as up and coming designers, many whom have been featured in vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle.

The idea for Love, steams from Zak and Lisa’s passion for unique, quality handmade objects that you don’t find in your average high street shops, and with Zak growing up in the retail industry, with his father opening the one of the first shops in the original bullring back in the 1960s he was born with a love of retail.

All the work within the shop is sourced by both Zak and Lisa (pictured left), who travel all over the country, for that special one off piece, and with Lisa originating from New Zealand gives a great excuse to travel home for inspiration.

Sports Shed Application goes for Approval

Despite the very great concerns of many local residents over the position and height of the new Sports Hall at Warwickshire College, it is expected to be approved at the next District Planning meeting.

Application reference: 07/00775/FUL

Proposed : New sports hall and fitness studio linked to existing pavilion. Extend pavilion to improve changing facilities and administration facilities

At : Warwickshire College, Henley Centre, Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden Warwickshire

The proposal described above will be considered at the Area Planning Committee meeting on 25 October 2007. The recommendation is that the application be granted.

The committee report, detailing the reasoning behind the recommendation can be seen on the SDC web-site at: www.stratford.gov.uk/council/committees.cfm or at any of our offices.

World Class Stratford - Dream or Nightmare?

Imagine a lovely October’s day with the trees in all their autumn glory - this is the backdrop to a stroll down by the waterside at Stratford-upon-Avon one Sunday afternoon.

Stop a while and sit on a bench beside the rose garden which seems to have been hit by a bomb blast obliterating any sign of life, green or otherwise. Gaze through the weeds which block out the view of the swans swimming under the weary worn bridge and up the river. Move on past the fallen barriers surrounding the tree stumps, rubbish bins and lampposts, which have seen better days. In the distance, glance at the old Theatre imprisoned by red barriers, yellow cranes, old air conditioning units, and revealing some history of what lies within. The Church further down the river, with it’s spire encased in scaffolding reaching for the sky.

All this, and a silly argument going on about a bridge spoiling the view along the river!

Before a “World Class Stratford”, we need a “Better Class Stratford”!!

Carol Robson

'First Responder of the Year' for 2007

Sara Butler of Glenhurst Road attended a presentation evening on Friday 12th october held by the West Midlands Ambulance Service at the Forest of Arden Hotel, Meriden, to collect the 'First Responder of the Year 2007' award.

Sara has been a responder for Henley Heartstart since the organization was founded in 2001 when there were 30 members covering the Town 24/7 on a rota basis. For the last 2 years there has only been 3 responders on call, so Sara gives up her time voluntarily to cover approximately 120 hours per week throughout the year. Sara is also the coordinator for the Henley area and organizes the training and all other needs for the organization.

The award was presented by the High Sheriff of Warwickshire for 'exemplary actions beyond the call of duty for the benefit of others in Coventry and Warwickshire'

If anyone would like more details on how to become a First Responder, please contact Sara on 01564 792975

Richard Butler reporting

Henley Hotel Re-Opens after the Floods

Following the awful rain storms and subsequent flooding of 20th July, Henley Hotel is preparing to re-open its doors to customers on Friday 9th November.

The Hotel had recently completed a refurbishment programme when the River Alne burst its banks and overflowed through the entire ground floor of the building. Despite the valiant attempts of staff on site that day half the guest bedrooms, lounge bar, restaurant, kitchens and conference room were lost to the ensuing surge of water. Several conferences, all overnight bookings and even a wedding had to be cancelled due to the extent of the damage.

Thanks to the determination and commitment of the entire staff team the building has now dried out and been completely re-decorated. New carpets and kitchen equipment are currently being installed so that by the beginning of November customers will again be able to enjoy the full services of the hotel.

The Directors of Henley Hotel invite local residents and businesses to visit on the forthcoming Open Day anytime between 12 noon and 9pm. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the re-opening with staff and to view the facilities on offer. Wine and canapés will be served and each visitor on the day will receive a voucher for overnight accommodation booked in the future. Whether you have conference, function or accommodation requirements staff will be on hand to welcome you and pass on any information you may need. However, you are equally welcome to attend simply as an interested neighbour to help celebrate the re-opening of this local business.

David Clarke, Linda Clarke, Michael Maisey - Directors, Henley Hotel

Insurance Liability after the Floods

Many of us are still trying to rebuild our homes and businesses following the devastation caused by the 20/7/07 floods. Whilst many insurers have been brilliant (my own included) in the ways in which they have helped during the crisis, has anyone considered the longer term financial impact and consequences?

Expert opinion reported estimated costs to insurers of £5bn. Whilst many Insurers have insured themselves against this kind of catastrophe, their reinsurance premiums will rise as a result. Inevitably insurers will in turn look to policyholders to fund this by increased premiums and, where they deem appropriate, to reduce the risk of further substantial losses by restricting flood cover. In Henley, should the Insurers be faced with the bill?

Consider this: Over recent years at least one resident in Prince Harry Road has put on record with the Parish Council that as owners of the banks of the River Alne between the medical centre and Warwick road, they have a duty to maintain the riverbanks and to provide a flood defence to the homes alongside.

Moreover, that their failure to do so meant that in the event of a flood they would be responsible for the losses. The Environment Agency do not own or have responsibility for maintaining the river banks and their work in 2005 was to the river, not the banks. The Parish Council were given data to evidence that the river banks were inadequate yet they failed to have work done to them. Had they done so, to the standard required, the river would not have burst its banks on 20/7/07. At least one home Insurer is therefore preparing a substantial claim for recovery of their outlay from the Insurers of the Parish Council.

If your home or business was affected by these floods, you may want to inform your Insurers of this for if they recover their claims cost, it will reinstate your pre 20/7 claim record with them. That should mean no increase in premium for you as a result.

A Concerned Resident

Halloween Holiday Club at Warwickshire College

Jumping Jacks……Kids 4 Fun!

Halloween is here – so prepare to be spooked with ghastly ghostly games, frightening football but beware…. Of the creepy crawlies as you undertake Halloween games at Jumping Jacks……..

With holidays fast approaching, there is no need for the children of Henley to be lost for something to do! Warwickshire College are hosting a full range of activities you can look forward to.

Your day starts with ice breaker games to help you get familiar with your new friends. Funnel your imagination and creative skills into fun packed arts and crafts sessions. If that’s not enough try our action packed activities and quick fire sports. Finally time for games, which is all about improving your abilities and skills and of course having a WICKED TIME….WITH A HALLOWEEN TWIST!

Activities are running at Warwickshire College, Henley in Arden Campus, Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October starting at 10.00am. Prices start from £10.00 per day or £35.00 for the week. Advance booking forms and information leaflets are available from Sector 4, Warwickshire College, Alternatively just turn up on the day.

Bookings for the activities can be made by calling Warwickshire College on 01564 797819.

Information provided by our Community Policing Team

19th July 2007 - A Day to Remember

This day will ever stay in my mind.  As my two visitors joined with me in enjoying the golden ambience of an English summer’s day, we drank tea and savoured dainties from Maison Mayci and talked of many things especially the beautiful places we had visited. 

That evening I tuned into Midlands Today where Simon, the weatherman, said “ we will have three months rain tomorrow“. Come on Simon, I thought, summers arrived. 

Next day the 20th, as I made my way down the High Street for my weekly MOT at the hairdressers at 10.15 am, there were a few spots of rain but by 11.00am the rain was pouring down at monsoon level.  At 5.00pm, I looked out of the window, the delineation between road and footpaths had disappeared.  Thinking to myself perhaps I had better put something against the door, that something being two bedspreads and 2 big bath towels.  My sense of security was short lived, the whole lot was pushed to the centre of the room and I counted myself lucky that I was not in the path of these sodden textiles.  Remembering words from a war-time lecture on how to act in certain situations “ if it is flood make for a higher point, if it is fire shut all door and get out and call the Fire Service” So I managed to heat soup whilst knee deep in water and with flask full made my way upstairs.

That was not the end, oh no!!  The damn phone rang and rang, so I waded through smelly muddy water.  My son was coming to fetch me, I told him it would be impossible and yes I was ok. Making my way upstairs again and changing into dry clothes, the so and so phone rang again.  This time it was my daughter.  Apparently her brother had rung to say “ Mum’s in a spot of trouble” and in grave tone she said “You are in a dangerous situation”. As she said this, next doors flower containers floated past, fuchsia trees looking for all the world like masts on a boat. I had to laugh. “ Look love, I was in far more danger during the war and I’m still here” and I assured her I was OK. Various other phone calls came until I said “look don’t ring me, I’ll ring you”

Next morning the 21st, the water had disappeared leaving a residue of smelly mud.  I rang my insurance help lines and was immediately given claim numbers.  It was decided I should stay with my daughter in the interim.  The following Tuesday a firm with the unlikely name of Rainbow International visited me and informed me I would have to be re-housed as my kitchen was a write off and upholstered furniture was contaminated.  Luckily I have been rehoused in a nice cottage off the High Street.  There are numerous young men, Richard James and Kevin from Rainbow, all anxious to help this rather elderly damsel in distress.

The star of the show has been Gary, the Loss Adjuster from Sun Alliance.  This young man hails from Yorkshire and he had dealt with floods in Hull and Leeds.  He had not been home for two months and worked from his lap-top to deal with things quickly.  He was working flat out as he was getting married in the middle of August.  I have changed my mind somewhat about modern technology, the e-mail being a very speedy means of communication.

Well Rainbow’s dehumidifiers have hummed away for weeks and Friday 28th September my house was declared 100% dry.  Now it is a matter of waiting for the builder.  In the distant future a spot of retail therapy i.e. choosing a new kitchen, a new sofa and armchairs will cheer me up.

There is no doubt in my mind we are facing climate change.  Flooding was not the only sign; do any of you remember spring and summer flowers out together?  Lets face reality and prepare for this scenario to minimise any damage and upheaval in our lives.    Am still bewildered at how quickly my life has been turned upside-down – although as Gary the Loss Adjuster said “ there are real nightmare stories in Pershore”.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

French Market to return in December

The JPC has decided to support holding another French Market on 15th December 2007 and will be contributing towards the cost of the event. Many residents may consider that supporting our own farmers and rural enterprises at this time would have been a more appropriate use of our council tax, especially as our local farmers are now suffering from the financial effects of Bluetongue and Foot & Mouth.

Last Year, the French Market visited the town in June/July. The market consisted of over twenty four genuine traders from Normandy with a selection of French cheeses, bread, sausages, salamis and other products made in France.

Many of the stall holders complained bitterly at the time about the low volume of trade and so it is surprising that they want to return so soon.

Bluetongue – new restrictions for Warwickshire!

Farmers in the district have been dealt another blow with DEFRA expanding the bluetongue protection zone to include parts of Warwickshire, following recent additional cases of Bluetongue within the existing Control Zone. Warwickshire’s Trading Standards is issuing new guidance to all livestock farmers in the county.

As of 10th October 2007 at 16.40 hours, the Bluetongue Protection Zone is extended into Warwickshire to include the districts of both Stratford upon Avon and Rugby Councils.

Head of Trading Standards & Healthier Communities, Mark Ryder said: “For the first time this year, Warwickshire has been affected by a protection zone. This is a further blow for the farming community who have already had so much to deal with. The trading standards service has a responsibility to enforce control measures and would urge all livestock holders to follow the rules on animal movements in order to minimise the impact on the local area.“

All Warwickshire livestock farmers are being issued with up-to-date briefing notes, UK maps showing the various disease areas and most importantly, strict guidance and declaration forms regarding farm-to-farm movements. Both these District Council areas are now in the Bluetongue Protection Zone.

Movements out of this zone must NOT take place. Movements within Bluetongue Zone are OK with restrictions.

For further information and guidelines please log onto www.defra.gov.uk/footandmouth or contact your local Trading Standards Service for further advice.

Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

At the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 15th October 2007 Members discussed three planning applications received and twelve 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:

French Market
Having been approached by Marche de France, the French market that held a market in the town in June 2006, Members discussed the possibility of holding a further event. Members agreed to go ahead with a date of 15th December 2007, to obtain the necessary licences, and to build on the success of the previous French market.

Floods Working Party
Members discussed underwriting some of the costs of completing a report, commissioned by the Floods Working Party, because Stratford District Council currently had no more funds available. They understand that there is an Environment Agency Report being prepared, but that that report would take some two to three months to complete and would take a County-wide view, rather than focussing on the issues that particularly affected Henley-in-Arden. Members agreed to underwrite the additional cost (of up to £250) which they believed was necessary to ensure that every area was covered, and they understood that the report would be completed shortly.

Street Litter
Members expressed concern at the litter problem on the High Street, particularly outside the major retailers in the Town. The problem had been ongoing and Members believed they needed to mount a campaign against persistent offenders. They agreed to pursue empowerment for the Town’s PCSO to enforce new Street Litter Provisions, and to target retailers who do not take responsibility for their frontages whilst appreciating the efforts of the majority who do.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 5th November 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.

December 15th 2007

The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden has traditionally held its annual street collection on this day and many months ago was granted a licence by Stratford District Council to hold this year's collection on 15th December. A spokesman for the Rotary Club told Henley NEWS On-line that this day was an important part of their fund raising, which last year raised over £8,500 to local and Rotary Charities. He said the impact of the French Market competing on the same day had yet to be evaluated but feared it would have a adverse effect.


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Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

This week the Mop Fair came to Henley once again. With advance help for Ron Newbold and by arrangement with Mr Joseph Danter,  the showman in charge, the High Bailiff, accompanied by ten officers of the Court including the Town Crier welcomed and opened the Fair on Wednesday evening.  The Fair had expanded from last year and included a “grown up” ride which the officers of the Court declined to try.  They felt they were too important to put their lives at risk: Constable John Love remarked that on the same ride in a previous year he had left his lunch behind.  The Court officers were described, in fashionable language, as bottling - out. 
However, the High Bailiff conducted a shooting competition on the shooting gallery and this attracted a good deal of attention and made a lot of noise.  The marksmanship of some of the Court members was truly impressive, notably Ale Taster John “Wyatt Earp” Dalman and Former High Bailiff “Deadeye” Alan Robson, the eventual winner in a five man shoot-out against the clock.  The stall holders and Mr Danter were generous with prizes, which will go to the Shakespeare Hospice Shop.

On Thursday, the town had the now familiar annual visit from Birmingham University of a small group of postgraduate Japanese local government officers, together with their lecturer Simon Baddily. 

In previous years their predecessors have always described their visit to Henley as the high spot of their spell in the UK.  Formally welcomed on the street by the Town Crier, they were shown the Guild Hall, by custodian Alan Robson, and the Heritage Centre, by the High Bailiff in his role as curator. They asked plenty of searching questions about history, social development and left with dozens of photographs, enchanted by all they saw.

Henley worked its familiar magic once again. 

Photo by Alan Robson

On the evening of Wednesday 14th November 2007, the Steward will summon members of the Court, the Court’s Jurors and members of the public to attend the Court Leet’s Annual Meeting in the Guild Hall. Reports of the various officers of the Court and the annual elections for the Court officers will be held.

To register as a Juror (Voter) at the Court Leet elections - Click here

Ray Holding - High Bailiff

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

To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004       Click Here

Harvest Comes to Henley Primary


Children at Henley Primary School took part in their annual Harvest Festival this week.

The Harvest Festival provided the children with an opportunity to show off their fantastic vocals and some brilliant art work alongside some thought-provoking words from Reverend Ganjavi (pictured right).

The food that the children collected has been donated to The Salvation Army to use in their soup kitchens over winter.

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher

Start Christmas Shopping early at The Spa

The Spa at Henley-in-Arden is offering people the chance to start their Christmas shopping early with a range of discounted Elemis Gift Boxes on sale which will make excellent presents for friends and family.

It is holding a shopping event on Thursday, October 25 from 6-8pm, when there will also be the chance to talk to a range of beauty experts and find out more, as well as seeing the facilities The Spa has to offer.

On show will be The Spa’s new range of Bare Escentuals Make-up. There will be a demonstration of make-up application and then a chance to purchase the products. Bare Escentuals make-up is so natural you can even sleep in it!

A representative of Collagenics, who provide Botox and Restylane treatments will be on hand to give out information on services and bookings, and Zoe Carter, who works with semi-permanent make-up, will also explain the treatment.

The Spa manager Kerry Shemmans said: “It’s primarily a shopping event to give people the chance to pick up bargains early, but we will have staff here to show people round if they want to have a look at our great facilities.”

Please contact The Spa on 01564 797833 to confirm your attendance or to make a booking.

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report  Knowle

Matt Ross on the receiving end of an Elbow!

Cup/League: League

Date: 13 October 07

Final Score: 4-2 (Knowle)

Man of the Match: Matt Ross

A very disappointing game, which although we had several players away there was no excuse for such a poor performance.

Throughout the entire 90 minutes, the ball pretty much stayed in our goal side with their goalkeeper having little if anything to do. Whilst on the other hand, John Thorne Forest’s GK had plenty to do and was kept very involved throughout the entire game.

Knowle were a far more vocal side, played more aggressive football and the clubs involvement and experience within the Midland Combination League was clearly visible.

Matty Ross (Captain) played outfield for Henley and gave a great performance with loads of effort, despite his every attempt there was little he could do to sway the score line.

Forest host Cadbury Athletic Reserves on Sat 20th Oct in the Birmingham County FA’s Saturday Vase Competition. 3pm Kick off.

Karen Parsons

Victory For Mat In Final Round

For the second time this year it was the top step of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship podium for Henley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson as he ended his sensational debut season in the championship with victory in the series’s final round of 2007 at the Thruxton circuit.

Mat was joined on the podium by newly crowned outright champion Fabrizio Giovanardi. Mat had spent the first half of the race fending off Independents champion Colin Turkington until Turkington spun trying to overtake allowing Giovanardi to follow Mat home across the line. Earlier in the day, Mat had finished races one and two in seventh and fifth places before an electrifying start from third on the grid saw him get to the front for his win in race three. His win was broadcast live on ITV1 and has also received attention in many national newspapers today.

Mat, aged 26, has finished the season seventh in the outright BTCC driver standings out of 33 drivers and just two points behind the factory SEAT team’s Darren Turner in sixth. He was comfortably ahead of Giovanardi’s Vauxhall teammate Tom Chilton. Furthermore Mat narrowly finished runner-up to Turkington in the Independents championship, while the Jacksons MSport team was the top single-car crew in 2007 with fifth in the outright Teams championship and second in the Independents Teams points table with their #48 BMW 320si.

“What a fantastic way for everyone in the team to end what has been an incredible first season for us,” says Mat. “People always remember your last result and winning just as we go into the off-season is really important. This really shows that our first win at Oulton Park in June wasn’t a one-off wonder. We have achieved so much in our first season of competing in what is by far the most professional motor racing series in Britain and one of the very top championships in the world.

“Our budget may have been only a fraction of what some of the bigger, more established teams have but we’ve consistently been at the sharp end and rattled their cages. Yes, there have been some tough moments along the way, but that’s all part of the learning process for the future.

“An example of that is the terrible meeting we had at Thruxton in May when we suffered set-up problems which led to a mechanical failure and three non scores. Three months on and look how we’ve learnt and turned that around to our advantage - we’ve come back to the same circuit and beaten the very best in the business.”

Mat’s win at Thruxton yesterday also drew applause right round the circuit from the enormous race day crowd. It is testament to Mat and his Jacksons MSport that in their first season of BTCC they have become one of the most popular teams among the public. Sponsorship for the team throughout the season has come from Whale Tankers, Paul Castle Consultants, Nick Whale BMW, Bosch Rexroth, Sinks-taps.com with trade support from Pro-Align, Maxim magazine, No Excuses, Butlers Vehicle Solutions and Alpha Tankers.

Mat adds: “The public support we’ve had has been astonishing - everyone we’ve met, young and old, has had a kind word and I’ve been asked to sign all sorts of things, even body parts! But it’s been a pleasure. It’s also great for our sponsors who have played such an important role in our successes this year. Thank you so much to everyone who’s got behind us.”

Final BTCC points (provisional):
Drivers: 1st Fabrizio Giovanardi, 300; 2nd Jason Plato 297; 3rd Gordon Shedden 200; 7th Mat Jackson 158 etc.
Independents drivers: 1st Colin Turkington, 285; 2nd Mat Jackson, 270; 3rd Mike Jordan 260 etc.
Teams: 1st SEAT Sport UK 446; 2nd VX Racing 421; 3rd Team Halfords 345; 5th Jacksons MSport 155 etc.
Independent teams: 1st Team RAC 363; 2nd Jacksons MSport 274; 3rd Eurotech 267 etc.


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Squalor and scandal in the NHS

Nigel HastilowA few days after Gordon Brown calls off the 2007 General Election, we hear the the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in Kent has been killing its patients. The Healthcare Commission says at least 90 patients had died from clostridium difficile, a nasty little germ which flourishes on filth.

C difficile is a hospital-acquired infection which usually causes diarrhoea but can lead to fevers, severe inflammation, and death in around five per cent of cases. Older people are particularly at risk, but people aged 45-64 are also vulnerable – a quarter of all cases occur in under-65s.

The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells investigators looked into 345 deaths between April 2004 and September 2006 and concluded that C.difficile was definitely or probably the main cause of death for 90 patients. It contributed to the deaths of another 124 people and may have been a factor in a further 55 cases – a total of 269 people who may have died as a result of a hospital-borne infection which would have been avoided if doctors and nurses were only prepared to wash their hands properly in soap and water. Another 1,100 or so patients were infected with the disease – but they, at least, didn’t die.

The details are grim. It's claimed nurses did not have time to wash their hands properly. They left bed-bound patients, who were suffering from diarrhoea to fend for themselves. People were made to stew in their own juices while wards which, in a different era would have smelled of disinfectant and carbolic, smelled instead of lavatories. The disgusting images this conjures up are too repulsive to contemplate for long. Squalor is the only word to describe it. According to the experts, the best way to tackle the infection is simple: wash the rooms and your hands with warm water and detergent. It doesn’t require money nor does it take much time – which is why excuses that the nurses were over-worked and the management were too worried about balancing the books don’t cut much ice. Even consultants failed to take basic hygiene precautions.

In a previous era hospitals may not have had many sophisticated machines to aid their patients but they had bossy matrons and harassed staff who were forced on pain of death to keep their wards spotlessly clean. Today that is simply not the case and the net result is the rise and rise of hospital-borne infections – the Health Protection Agency says there were 42,625 cases of C.difficile infection in patients aged 65 years and above in England in the first three quarters of 2006 a rise of 5.5 per cent on same period in the previous year.

The numbers are rising at an alarming rate. The number of cases reported to the Health Protection Agency increased from less than 1,000 in the early 1990s to 22,000 in 2002, 28,000 in 2003 and 44,488 in 2004. Some of this was due to improved diagnostic tests and improved reporting by laboratories, but, as the Department of Health admits, “there has clearly been a very significant increase in the number of cases”.

If ever there were a need to get “back to basics” it’s in the National Health Service. How can we carry on pouring money into an organisation which is so ineffective it neglects the most basic aspects of health care and therefore infects the very people it is trying to make better? Some people blame the privatisation of hospital cleaning for this scandal. But is there nobody left in the employ of the NHS who can be bothered enforce basic hygiene standards not just on cleaners but on care workers, nurses and even consultants?

One of the tenets of the medical profession is the Hippocratic Oath. The first requirement made of any doctor who swears this oath is: “To practice and prescribe to the best of my ability for the good of my patients, and to try to avoid harming them.”

Scandalously, every day, our hospitals are breaking the Hippocratic Oath.

Nigel Hastilow      

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USA Confronts Climate Change.

In the news again, Al Gore has shared the Nobel peace prize for his Oscar winning film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. It looks as though the film has catalysed a change in US attitudes to Climate Change. It is encouraging to hear that Mr Bush has recently acknowledged that the climate change challenge needs to be met with action. Perhaps the authors of the zerocarbonbritain report (see last weeks item) should send him a copy to show him what needs to be done and how to do it. However, many others in the US are already working on this problem. Here are the titles of four items from October’s Energy Institute magazine:-

      • Largest biodiesel production plant opens in US.
      • Record breaking wind farm planned for Texas.
      • US DOE to reduce its energy density by 30%.
      • US renewables up by 7% in 2006.

And spotted on the web whilst searching for something:-

      • Dow Corning invests $500 million in Silicon production facility for Solar Cells material.

Finally, I read elsewhere that the American motor industry is in difficulties due to a drop in demand for large cars.

Climate change can be controlled and the Americans are now heading in the right direction.

If you would like to borrow a DVD copy of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ call Margaret on 792138 or leave a message for John on 792251.

John Stott

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HM Treasury Advanced Fee Fraud Scam

The latest email scam received by the Trading Standards Service falsely claims to come from HM Treasury. Recipients of the email are told that the Treasury has 'calculated your tax payments in the last 2 years in UK.The amount is : £2,419.13'. They are then invited to claim a refund by clicking on a link entitled 'HM Treasury' in the email. The link directs the recipient to a suspicious website.

Recipients are advised not to click on the link and to delete the email immediately. By clicking on the link recipients could expose themselves to malware and viruses, or may end up being asked to pay money in advance to receive their 'refund'.

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

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