Flood information – January 2008
Stratford-on-Avon District Council, being one of the hardest hit areas in the July floods of 2007, is keeping its residents informed with the relevant details on how to keep safe during the recent heavy rain.
Emergencies are not just about uniforms and flashing lights. Stratford-on-Avon District Council works with Warwickshire County Council’s Emergency Planning Unit (EPU) in conjunction with local town and parishes, helping to keep residents informed during an emergency.
- Stratford-on-Avon District Council 01789 267575
- Warwickshire County Council Emergency Planning Unit 01926 412580
- Environment Agency Floodline 0845 988 118
- Met Office 0870 900 0100 or visit the Met Office
- Severn Trent Water 0800 783 4444
- Health Advice - NHS Direct 0845 46 47
- Power Loss Helpline 0800 056 8090
- Gas Emergency Helpline 0800 111 999
More information is available on Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s website at www.stratford.gov.uk, where you can download a Flood Information Sheet for more details and advice.
The official Henley-in-Arden website also has information about Flooding
Red Cross Appeal Gives Money to District Residents
The British Red Cross public appeal, which commenced in response to the July flooding, has enabled Stratford-on-Avon District Council to give an extra £150 to some flood victims.
Information collected from applicants for previous flood grants earlier in the year has enabled the District Council to access vulnerable individuals and families.
These who will be eligible for additional funding are:
•have children under the age of 5, or
•are on means tested benefits.
Some of the funding will also be available to community groups.
Eligible individuals will be contacted over the next few weeks. To find out if you have been successful with regards to a further grant, please contact Robert Walsh, Head of Community Services.
“In August, the Executive decided to issue £250 to every household that was affected by the summer floods. However, with this additional funding, we are now able to target those who need it most.” Says Chris Williams, Community Services Portfolio Holder.
To find out more about the British Red Cross’ response to the floods, visit www.redcross.org.uk/floods
For further information about the floods, visit Warwickshire County Council’s website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk
For flood prevention advice, please contact the Environment Agency at www.environment-agency.gov.uk
Henley Auction Sales Winds Up
Henley Auction Sales has had its last day, but the market is set to continue for the near future it was announced this week.
At a special meeting on Monday, January 7, the members of Henley in Arden Auction Sales Ltd, known as the Society, voted unanimously for its liquidation and appointed Christopher Moore of K.J. Watkin & Co to wind it up. This followed the members' vote last March to sell the market site to Taylor Wimpey.
While all trading by the Society itself will cease with immediate effect, John Amor, the now former head of the Society has agreed to take over the lease of the site outleted by Taylor Wimpey to enable the market to continue in the short term. "It will continue to be business as usual for the market in the short term. This should help the remaining stall-holders while other options are being pursued," said Mr Amor.
Over recent years the market has been hit by a number of events including BSE in the early 90s, foot and mouth in early the 2,000s, bird flu and the way livestock is traded in the UK and its original purpose as an outlet for farm produce now has less relevance to the farming community.
Alan Adam, who has been advising the Society throughout, added: "This is hopefully a very satisfactory out-come. The funds which the farming community has received in relation to this sale will, I am sure, provide some deserved compensation for the difficulties it has faced during recent years. "We are grateful to Taylor Wimpey for facilitating an orderly transition for other users of the market while the retention of a market in some form can be considered with the local community."
Residents remain concerned that Taylor Wimpey will submit another planning application without adequate regard to the wishes of the local population. Plans are now being drawn up by the Market Site Action Committee for a 2 day public consultation exhibition in February.
Partner & Communities Together Meeting (PACT)
The meeting gives you the opportunity to voice your concerns & take part in the voting process to identify three key priorities & discuss how the police, agencies/partners & public working together can tackle them.
To be be held at the Baptist Church Hall 22nd January from 7pm
Protecting our communities together
"We are building a new police service that is even more capable of protecting people who live, work or travel in Warwickshire from harm."
Keith Bristow, Chief Constable
Henley Wildlife Meeting
Once again Henley Wildlife Society welcomed Tony Hamblin to give us his talk - this time- 'Charismatic Birds Part 2' - a continuation of last years excellent programme.
A good selection of bird photographs taken over the years.
Tony has been visiting us for well over 20 years plus, and is always welcome.
The talk was enjoyed by all, and the chairman thanked Tony in the usual way.
There was a very good turnout of over twenty despite the inclement weather.
John Love reporting.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Next week a special gathering will be held in support of the Warwickshire Firemen’s Families Fund. Sue and Brian Westmacott of Sue Dalby Catering Ltd have generously offered to provide a dinner at their home. The Court Leet, which has been selling the tickets, has arranged for a raffle and auction to be part of the proceedings. Some quite outstanding prizes have been provided by Henley Golf and Country Club, Vintage Trains Ltd, the White Swan Hotel, Ardencote Manor Leisure Club, Mark Walker of Alcester Fire Service and others. Sue is offering one of her splendid paintings for auction.
The High Bailiff, here with Sue and Brain Westmacott, says that the intention is that this will be an “unashamed” fundraising event. It is hoped and expected that those present will dip in their pockets in support of a cause for which everyone in Warwickshire must feel very strongly after the dreadful events at Atherstone on Stour.
Ray Holding - High Bailiff
Thinking of becoming a Parish Councillor
Election of 12 Councillors on 1st May 2008 - Information on the Henley Gateway website
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School Council gets recognition
Before Christmas, two pupils from Henley Primary School received some training to help them with the important role that they hold on the school council.
Nathan Cox Jones (Chair of the School Council) and Sophie Williams (Secretary of the School Council) were given support to enable them to fulfil their role. They learned how to chair a meeting, how to set an agenda and how to write minutes. The training has proved very useful back in school, where the children now lead meetings with very little adult support.
The school council was established several years ago, to enable all pupils to have a voice in school and to tackle any issues together with the staff.
So far, the children have had input into the recently developed garden area, the new play trail on the field, and are currently working on the issue of healthy lunches.
Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher
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Henley Forest FC
Match Report v CONTINENTAL STARS RES
Cup/League: Jack Mould Cup
Final Score: 3-1 Henley
Man of the Match: BEN ADSHEAD
Churchley gets one past the Keeper
Quarter Finals of the Jack Mould Cup and Forest eagerly traveled to second division Continental Stars Reserves.
A very fast paced game, tackles flying in from all directions, clear to see both sides were targeting the place in the Semi’s.
The first goal of the game came after 22 minutes, Forest’s Ben Adshead well deservedly getting a great ball into the back of the net, Forest spurred on by the lead continued with tremendous team effort with Tom Wale getting his name on the goal sheet at 32 minutes. Five minutes later, the pace of Forest left the Stars standing, Bed Adshead delivered a great ball to speedy Sam Churchley, although the Stars goal keeper anticipated, as he came out for the ball he gave himself no chance for a save as Churchley hit the top right of the goal net.
Two minutes from the half time whistle Forests defence foolishly made a tackle to close for comfort and the Stars were awarded a Penalty. Keeper Matt Ross saved the Pen but unable to keep hold of the ball & the defence not there to assist, the Stars managed to get the ball into the back of the net. 3-1.
Second half the lads battled, with great saves being made at both ends – tired legs all round all pleased that Forest managed to hold the lead and get through to meet Knowle Res in the Semi Finals of the Cup.
John Colby Forests Manager was ecstatic, he said “I am delighted with the squad today, they played like they wanted the win, and they deservedly got it – I think it’s clear to say, we made an impression here and demonstrated that we mean business”.
Man of the Match goes to Striker Ben Adshead, “this guy runs all over the pitch from start to finish – the effort he puts in is incredible. Another great game for Ben and a well earned Man of the Match”.
HENLEY FOREST FC
John Garner's Business Column
Making your house easier to sell - The Property Clinic
The housing market is in the doldrums and prices are forecast to decline even more.
That doesn't help you if you really do need to sell your house soon, so what can you do to help it sell quicker? How can you make your house stand out from all the rest? How can you attract buyers to your house rather than the almost identical one for sale up the road?
You need to make sure it's presented in the best possible light, just like they show you on television. The “House Doctor” programmes have made famous these techniques, indeed there are so many make over programmes now that you’d think everyone would know what to do and how to do it. This is not the case; people still get it wrong.
The television programmes make it look easy and they usually gloss over the real cost of the improvements. Notice they often choose houses that are in a particularly bad state so as to make a more interesting television programme and make the improvements look more dramatic.
Your house isn't all that bad, is it? So can you do it yourself?
You can – but you need advice. It's not easy to be objective about a home you’ve lived in and loved for years. It's even more difficult to see its faults and to picture someone else living there. Ideally you need the opinion of a professional who can really look at your property through a buyer’s eyes and then make the leap forward into what it could become with a little help.
If you hire a professional it will cost you a minimum of £25 for an initial consultation with further fees beyond that depending on how you want to proceed; that's on top of the cost of the work that might need to be done.
There is another way though. You can now get help very cheaply. There is a new comprehensive guide that you can download on to your computer (and print it out if you like). It's called the Property Clinic Handbook and it tells you step by step how to present your home to make it appeal to buyers. This will help you to look much more objectively at your home and give you advice on what changes to make.
You can download the Introductory section (Handbook 1) COMPLETELY FREE by going to www.propertyclinic.co.uk and clicking in the box on the right of the screen.
Try it; you'll find it useful.
Grumpy Old Man Comments
Change your Chicken
Firstly I must apologise to any vegetarians out there
But last week I watched 2 programmes on TV that have changed my view of supermarket chicken.
I’ve always been a fan of the 2 for £5 chickens on sale at our local supermarkets. But Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall conducted a comparison between mass produced chicken and free range chicken. All this was filmed and shown on TV. I will not go into detail but you can see and read all about it at www.chickenout.tv.
Minimal detail is mass produced chicken are kept inside with no stimulus and just food to keep them entertained. After 39 days the chickens have reached ideal weight and are slaughtered for the supermarkets. The worst fact however, in 1 sq metre producers are allowed to have 17 chickens - no space to move anywhere. The free range ones took 56 days to reach the same weight, but were allowed to walk and live outside during the day.
Economics dictate free range are more expensive, and I do understand some households have less cash to go round. But I’m converted.
Grumpy Old Man
The Nigel Hastilow Column
The foreign office
Read the small print – you may think you can cancel your holiday to a war zone and switch to somewhere peaceable without any trouble. You would be wrong. Try cancelling a trip to Kenya. You sit there flicking through the brochures imagining some sun-kissed tropical paradise only to switch on the news and discover it’s swarming with Kalashnikov-toting rebels.
Just before Christmas I booked “the holiday of a lifetime” – a safari to Tanzania and nice, peaceful, prosperous Kenya leaving at the beginning of next month. It’s special. We’re going to celebrate an important birthday – yes, the wife’s 30 yet again.
After we booked there was an election. President Mwai Kibaki allegedly robbed opposition leader Raila Odinga of victory. Kenya is not the first country to suffer controversial election results – remember Florida’s “hanging chads” scandal which gave the world George W Bush?
In Kenya, though, it’s been burning churches, machete attacks, people shot with bows and arrows, refugees, starvation; the usual signs of a country in collapse.
The prudent traveller thinks: I’d fancy a holiday but I really don’t want to one in a war zone. Not with these lurid pictures turning up every day on the evening news. You may think I’m being a bit of a girlie-wimp but even the Foreign Office says things like: “There is a high threat from terrorism in Kenya. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Previous attacks have included a bomb attack on a hotel, which resulted in significant loss of life, and an unsuccessful attempt to bring down a civilian airliner in Mombasa.”
So when we marched into the travel agent’s asking to re-arrange the trip to avoid Nairobi and go straight into Tanzania, we thought it would be a simple switch. How wrong we were. If you read the small print when you book a holiday – who does that? – you will see various conditions and get-out clauses which basically mean once the travel company’s got your money they can do what they like.
They say they will try to change your arrangements, at a fee of £25 per change per person. They say they will pay compensation if your trip is cancelled through no fault of your own. If you cancel, you lose more and more of your money as the departure date approaches. Then there’s “force majeure” which is the company’s “Get out of jail free” card. In the event of war, plague, famine, pestilence, civil strife, Act of God or similar, they can cancel and you don’t even get your money back. In fairness, most companies offer you an alternative or your money back. But they won’t even think of such a thing until about two days before you’re due to depart.
And they rely entirely on the advice of the Foreign Office – a more absurd procedure being difficult to imagine, given that it has been responsible for most of Britain’s international disasters from appeasing Hitler to joining the EU. So it turns out we can’t change, cancel or otherwise interfere with our own holiday plans unless we want to pay for the privilege.
One option we were given was to fly directly to and from Tanzania avoiding Kenya altogether. This seemed like a good idea until they announced it would cost us £550. Each. Another was to go on a different safari round Tanzania. That would cost £400 each plus unquantified cancellation fees for the tour we’d first chosen.
So what can you do? You want to go on holiday but you also want to live to bore everyone with your holiday snaps. Is that worth an extra £2,200 for a party of four? Well, yes and no. We’re spending a lot of money. We don’t want to fork out a huge amount more just because the travel company wants to wait until the 11th hour.
What happens if, two days before we leave, our glorious Foreign Office still says Kenya is unsafe?
Can the tour company quickly find something suitable or will they just give us our money back and tell us Bognor’s nice this time of year and it’s got a zoo?
Anyway, what are we worrying about? According to Louise Newton, marketing manager of Somak Holidays, it’ll all blow over in a few days’ time and everything will be back to normal. Louise seems to have a unique insight into Kenyan politics. “We’re living and breathing it every minute,” she explains. “There’s a huge likelihood that it will resolve quickly because Kenya needs the tourism.”
She says the Foreign Office advice to avoid Kenya “will be lifted within the next few days – a long time before you are due to travel. “The information we are getting is that as soon as some form of negotiations start involving the two parties, they will lift the ban. As soon as they are working towards coalition government.”
The opposition leader has publicly rejected a coalition. But maybe travel companies know more about the countries they take clients to than the world’s news reporters. Perhaps they should run the Foreign Office.
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Boiling water is cooking the planet.
If your New Year’s resolution was to boil smaller amounts of water, here are a few facts that might help you enjoy doing it. Bringing a cupful of water to the boil causes a power station somewhere in the UK to discharge an extra 25 cupfuls of climate changing CO2. Boiling a full kettle or a full medium sized pan causes a discharge of about 4 bucketfuls of CO2. So over a year, boiling just the right amount of water can save thousands of bucketfuls of climate changing CO2. Each time you boil just the right amount, enjoy thinking how much climate change you’ve prevented.
When you pay your electricity bill, the payment is mostly for how much CO2 the electricity generators have pumped into the atmosphere on your behalf, so saving CO2 also saves money.
It also saves time because a partly full kettle or pan boils quicker than a full one. So enjoy the savings from boiling the right amount.
If your kettle is one that boils for a while before it switches off, you can save more CO2 and money by switching it off as soon as you hear it boil. Doing this gives the added bonus of less dampness in the home. So does putting lids on pans and turning them down to simmer as slowly as possible. Some kettles have a minimum mark so even if you only want a cupful, you may have to boil a little more than you need. By keeping excess boiled water hot in a thermos and re-boiling it when you need it, more CO2 and money can be saved. The thermos method is also handy if you find it tricky to boil just the right amount.
District Council Information
Alerts from Trading Standards
Bogus Waterboard Officials
The Trading Standards Service understand that Anglian waterboard uniforms were recently stolen from a depot in Leicestershire. It is possible that they were stolen to order for use by people wishing to commit distraction burglaries etc. posing as waterboard officials. Householders are advised to keep their door chains on and always ask for an identity card. Ask for and take the time to check the identity card properly. Call the company they say they are from using the phone directory. Don’t call the number on the ID card as it may be fake.
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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COFFEE MORNING AND BRING AND BUY
Saturday 26th January, 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon in Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in aid of St. Basil’s Centre for Young Homeless in Birmingham.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Thursday 24th January, 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. “John Shakespeare, Glover and Brogger” by Ann Donnelly. Visitors and new members welcome.
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE WORKS
FREE 4-day start-up workshop to help develop your business idea are being held in Henley, 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on 21st January, 4th February, 25th February and 10th March. For more information call 02476 236001 or email email@example.com
THE MIKADO IN TANWORTH
Henley folk would probably prefer not to be reminded about 20th July – suffice to say that the Tanworth Singers’ G & S concert on that day was cancelled and replaced by one in October. The three concerts that were performed made a profit of £2,600. £1,300 has been sent to the Warwick Hospital New Children’s Unit fund and £1,300 has gone to Tanworth Village Hall. My thanks to the singers from Henley and audience alike for their continuing support. Look out for “Pirates” in July 2008!
Saturday, 22 March 2008 – The Guild Hall Garden Committee are presenting a concert by the Bulava Chorus, an exceptional Ukrainian Choir. This will be held in Henley High School and will include supper. Tickets are £15 each and can be obtained from Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987).
HENLEY CHARITY WALK
Sunday 4th May from Warwickshire College to Lowsonford and back. 'Party by the Canal' at Lowsonford with Jazz Band and Barbecue. Rotary invites teams from Henley's Organisations, Pubs and Clubs to enter. 75% of a walker's fundraising to their nominated charity and 25% to Rotary Charities. Further details from John Latham 0121 627 5058.
HENLEY"S HIDDEN GARDENS
Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 June 2008 – After a very successful day in 2006, Henley’s Hidden Gardens will again be open, on this occasion over two days. If you would like your garden to be included, please contact Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987).
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 FLOWER CLUB
Arc you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hal, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself. Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information, Contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837
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 CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday, and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays, from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564-794903.
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 Coordinators. If you are aware that you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a coordinator. 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
The Claverdon based charity now has capacity to give more help to local youth initiatives. If you have a youth project (or even just an idea for one) and would appreciate some professional help with strategic planning, financial matters, marketing or fundraising then please contact email@example.com for further information.
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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