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Edition 193 - 14th February 2008
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Coach Stolen at Johnsons

Special Report by Irene Robinson

CoachInspite of the high level of security at Johnson's Coaches, two unknown offenders managed to force entry into the yard where the fleet of coaches are kept in the early hours of Monday morning.  One of the offenders was seen to ride down Liveridge Hill on a bike at 11.00 pm and the second arrived around midnight.

On entering the yard, they broke into one of the older coaches and hot-wired the engine to start it.  Whilst reversing the coach, they bumped into a mini bus damaging its rear window.  Loading their bikes onto the coach, they drove off up Liveridge Hill towards Shirley finishing up at the Blythe Valley Business Park, where they left the coach parked across the carriageway with the engine running.

Fortunately the CCTV images at both Johnson's yard and the Blythe Valley Business Park are of excellent quality.

A spokesman for Johnsons Coaches told Henley NEWS On-line that the incident had not affected their operations and he wished to emphasize that security at Johnson's continues to be a top priority.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please ring Alcester Police on 01789 762207.

Irene Robinson - Crime Correspondent

Henley in Arden WI Celebrates 80 Years

WI LogoPrior to the second World War, the Women's Institute were involved in everything that happened in the town. Children from Birmingham were invited to come to Henley where they were given tea in a local field and then returned to Birmingham with a bunch of flowers for Mum. The ladies organised the Children’s parties and helped organise and took part in the Town Carnivals decorating and appearing on the floats as they paraded down the High street. After the war the W.I. had its own float called “Make Love not War”.

The W.I. was open to any lady, it offered friendship, support in times of hardship, the sharing of knowledge on a very wide range of subjects and it also has its own College, “Denman”, where ladies could attend various course, i.e. cookery, craft work, gardening and much more. Speakers were drawn from all areas of life and were enjoyed by many.

The ladies of Henley W.I. have more recently provided refreshments for the recent Regattas held in the town and also for the celebrations of the Queens Silver Jubilee. The ladies have also been called on to provide tea and sandwiches in the Memorial Hall when the trains were unable to get any further than Henley in Arden due to heavy snow falls and in some cases provided accommodation for those unable to continue their journey.

Nothing much has changed over the years, but we can no longer be referred to as all Jam and Jerusalem”. The W.I. is not a Political Organisation but we do campaign on various issues and have been known to lobby Parliament for what we believe to be a Just Cause.

WI cakeThe ladies of Henley in Arden W.I. celebrated their 80th Birthday recently with a very enjoyable evening at Nuthurst Grange. Fund raising events have been held on a regular basis over the last two years so that a special birthday event could take place. Committee members, have visited several different venues with a view to selecting, what they thought would meet with the approval of the members and provide, not only food that would be well worth eating but also a pleasant venue to spend the evening. Nuthurst Grange Hotel was selected as being, not to far to travel and has splendid views, food that is excellent and staff that are very pleasant and anxious to please.

The evening got off to a mixed start, we were to meet the Johnson’s coach that was to take us to Nuthurst Grange, at the Market Cross in Henley, unfortunately the evening of the 10th October was the date that the Mop Fair arrived – many telephone calls later and everyone knew that the new meeting place was to be the Memorial Hall.

We eventually arrived and were greeted by members of the staff, who offered a reception drink. We were then shown into the Dining Room where the tables had earlier been set by President Mrs Jean Baxter and a member of the group Mrs Georgina Holding. Mrs Holding had given her time to ensure that there was a seating plan, ladies had been placed on tables with their friends within the group. Menus with the very first Presidents name and the current Presidents name together with the WI logo were by each place setting together with a small silver box containing a fresh cream hand made chocolate– as a keepsake of the occasion. Members choice of meal had been put inside the box.

We were fortunate to have with us some past members who had been invited, unfortunately some of those invited could not attend for various reasons, however those who did enjoyed the occasion. Also present was one of the WI advisors Mrs Sue Coates, who is a member of Tanworth in Arden WI. Mrs Ann Holding the wife of Henley’s High Bailiff was also present, wearing her Chain of Office. The evening went by all to quickly with members mingling with other tables in between courses.

There was a cake made for the occasion by a local lady, this was decorated with the WI logo and the dates 1927 – 2007 to mark the 80 years. To finish off the event, a small group of local singers sang a few old favourites and were accompanied by Mrs Wendy Dillon from Tanworth in Arden WI.

Mrs Ann Holding was then asked to present small tokens of our appreciation to the gentlemen singers and flowers to Mrs Dillon, flowers also went to our distinguished guest Mrs Sue Coates and Mrs Ann Holding was also presented with flowers.


The next meeting of the WI will be Tuesday 4th March in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.  Our speaker for the evening will be Miss Mary Bloxham and her talk is entitled "life as Triplets". We are expecting to have an insight into what life is like living as a triplet and not as an individual.  Lots of fun and excitement.

Jean Baxter - Henley WI President

ATAC Update - Action Taken Against Cancer

ATACThe committee of ATAC are pleased to report another very successful event.  A fish and chip supper held at Rowington created plenty of interest and Lizzie Wiggins, comedienne, provided the humorous entertainment.   Provisional figures show that this evening raised a profit of around £1,450 for ATAC funds.  In addition recent donations, including support from Henley WI,  have boosted our fund to a current total of £88,000.   Grateful thanks to all who support us - locally and from further afield.

Please Note.  Table and chair hire.  If you are planning an event and need to hire tables and chairs  [£5 and £2 each respectively] , subject to availability, ATAC have both available to hire.  Further details from Virginia Haynes on 07710 500412.

Patricia Phillips -  ATAC

New Advertising Magazine

Henley FocusThe Henley Focus magazine, which has just been launched, is designed to be a community magazine and business directory for the residents of Henley In Arden and surrounding area - covering currently around 1800 households and businesses.

This new monthly publication is intended to be truly local, a balance of local advertisers and community information, produced in the form of a high quality A5 magazine. The advertising rates are a fraction of the cost of most local newspapers and are free of VAT.

Karen Topham-Steele the editor also offers an artworking service and other features such as an editorial package where advertisers can include editorial and photographs to promote their business.

For further details contact Karen at:

Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

JPCAt the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 4th February 2008 Members discussed six planning issues and seventeen items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded.

Members expressed concern at the lack of gully cleaning in the roads in the town and, despite all their efforts, it was clear that much work needed to be done by the County Council. They understood the fears of residents who, after the floods of July 2007, were becoming increasingly worried each time there was significant rainfall. There was particular concern at the flooding and consequent danger to traffic on the Warwick Road, caused by drains that were “choc-a-block”, and it had become clear that gullies elsewhere were not being unblocked.

Members were critical of the contractors, Carillion, and questioned whether the seven year contract was practical or cost-effective. In view of the lack of progress, members resolved to write to the Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Council to demand action.

Members had also listened to a member of the public who, having walked the River Alne from the Warwick Road towards Wootton Wawen, had been alarmed at the amount of silt and rubble in the river and the lack of maintenance of the river banks. It was concluded that there was a lack of basic maintenance, and that there was a lack of urgency and understanding of the problem from the Environment Agency. The result would inevitably be that a similar situation that existed in July 2007 would result in worse floods than on that occasion. Members therefore resolved to demand a site visit from the Environment Agency. A Working Party of the Joint Parish Council would shortly be producing a strongly worded report on the July 2007 floods which it was anticipated would be sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment, as well as local Members of Parliament.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 18th February 2008. 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.

Power to the People

Henley-in-Arden SCAN (Senior Citizen Advice Network), which has been campaigning for changes in the accessibility of Henley-in-Arden’s train station, this week has heard that their 7 year struggle has not been in vain.

Cyril Benger, Chair of the Henley-in-Arden SCAN group expressed his delight to have been told that Department for Transport plans to provide “step free access” to platforms at Henley-in-Arden station.

Henley SCAN has been lobbying on this matter since 2001 in a variety of ways including meetings with:

•Central Trains,
•Network Rail,
•Warwickshire County Council,
•Stratford-on-Avon District Council, and,
•The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group

As well as writing to MP James Plaskitt and Ministers at the Department for Transport.

"SCAN refused to give up and in 2007 we asked Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Arden Area Community Committee to try again to influence the Department for Transport.” Says Cyril Benger, Chair of Henley-in-Arden SCAN group, “Councillor Jane Harrison, Chair of the Committee, wrote to the Department for Transport and requested James Plaskitt MP to do likewise. At long last we have heard that Henley is to be one of forty stations nationwide for redevelopment, this is good news for Henley; and not just those of us in later life, but for people with disabilities and parents with pushchairs as well.”

Contact: Cyril Benger, Chair of Henley-in-Arden Senior Citizen Action Network, 01564 793426

Henley Station to get Upgrade in 2012 to 2015

StationForty more railway stations across England and Wales will be made more accessible for disabled and older people and parents with pushchairs, the government has announced.

Stations including Bromley South, Carlisle, Henley-in-Arden, Ilford, Rotherham and Worcester Park will be made "obstacle-free" and given other facilities such as improved lighting, hearing induction loops and information schemes. The exact cost is unclear as Network Rail has to carry out feasibility studies at each station, but will be funded from the DfT's £370 million Access for All Programme. A number of Scottish upgrades will shortly be announced. The department will also contribute £6.5 million from the Small Schemes fund towards a £16.7 million upgrading of facilities at a further 223 stations. Match-funded by councils and train operating companies, this will provide facilities such as blue badge car parking spaces and more ramps and lifts.

JPC Councillor George Matheou reports...

We have recently been informed by Network Rail that the conditional contracts for the sale of the station buildings in Henley have been exchanged.

This is the good news which we have been waiting to hear for a long time. Nothing substantial could have been done to improve the site of the station until the derelict buildings were sold and someone took responsibility for re-developing them. This task we understand is now with Pennycuick Collins (Ralphs & Janes) who are acting on behalf of Pullman Great Western Limited.

Good news on this occasion came in twos! We have also been informed by Warwickshire County Council that the Department of Transport has announced that Henley in Arden, amongst other stations will benefit from the £370 million ‘Access for All’ funding. The aim is to make rail travel more accessible for disabled and older people and parents with pushchairs. This will involve the redevelopment of the station infrastructure to provide step-free access from the station entrance to platforms, in addition to a range of facilities, such as improved lighting, hearing induction loops and passenger information screens.

The completion for the above is 2012-2015. This is a long time to wait for a station like Henley which has been boarded up without any facilities for more than a decade. At the time of writing we do not know why this work cannot be incorporated within the other construction activities which should be undertaken well before 2012. This is an area which needs more discussion.

We can now look forward to the next phase of this project when the civil engineering work and other activities will take place in order to improve substantially the whole site. There is a great deal of work to be done i.e.

  • The architects to design the new building and submit and process the Planning Application
  • Developing the new building (if planning application is approved)
  • Redeveloping the car park and expanding it to the south
  • Complete the refurbishment of the bridge
  • Install security measures at the site
  • Utilise new buildings
  • Enhance the environment of the site implement good housekeeping.
  • Promote the station and consider improving the overall timetable
  • Implement the Access for All work

This is also the ideal time to examine options for increasing the utilisation of the site. There are a number of different stakeholders who will be involved in the above and therefore project management is essential.

The Parish Council sees our local railway station as an important asset to our community. We shall contact all the organisations involved in the near future and do all that we can to help so that this project is completed in a timely manner. As a Parish Council our involvement will be within the rules and regulations in which we have to operate, but equally we are determined to promote the interests of our town.

Standard declaration: I am a Councillor of the Beaudesert and Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council. The above represents my personal opinion and not the Council’s and should not be taken as the Council’s policy, decision or view.

George Matheou

Rail services have been replaced by a buses from 7th and 17th February, whilst the track between Tyseley and Spring Road is replaced. The editor has used the replacement service and can can report it is working well even if it is taking a little longer than the train service.

College Students get into England Football Team

Henley CollegeTwo Warwickshire College sports students are hoping to boost their chances as potential football stars of the future after being selected to play for the England Colleges football team. And both are thinking of using their courses as springboards to go to the USA to further their sports training when they finish their courses.

Oliver Manoochehri (pictured left) and Sam Allen (pictured right) have already played their first game for the England Colleges team. Both students featured in the game against Australia on February 3 when England lost by a close 3-2.

For Oliver, being selected for the England team is a further success after he was named as Senior Sports Person of the Year at the Stratford Sports Awards. He is a striker for the Football Development Squad at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre, scored 10 goals in the football team’s recent victory in the West Midlands Regional Cup and has secured a place at the national finals at Loughborough early next year.

He has also had trials for the England Hearing Impairment Team, and plays for Racing Club Warwick. Oliver, aged 18, said: “People say obviously I have to put an extra effort in but I don’t see it that way but I always just try my best. We go on tour to Spain in March and that will be good.”

Sam, aged 17, who plays in centre midfield, said: “We had a trial game to get into the West of England squad and from that they picked 28 players overall to go to Lilleshall for a weekend and after that they picked the squad of 16. A lot of scouts come and watch when there’s a game so it’s a good opportunity.” Sam, who comes from Stratford and went to Alcester Grammar school, is studying for a National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. He said: “A friend of mine went to an American university on a scholarship and I’ve had an offer from them. I could go over there for four years and I’d be looking to come back here to a club.”

Oliver, who comes from Henley-in-Arden, is studying for a National Diploma in Sports Development and Fitness and said: “I’d be looking to go to university or get a scholarship to America.”

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Henley Drama Society Social Evening


Henley Drama Society held a social evening at the Guild Hall on Saturday Feb 9th with around 30 members enjoying a 'pie & peas' supper, a 'Valentines' team quiz , and a 'Mr & Mrs' competition, which was won by Henley's very own, Mike & Wendy German.

Alan Robson - Reporting and Photo

Henley NEWS On-line Last Week

We were unable to publish last week's edition for two reasons. The number of news stories received from our correspondents was abnormally low and we then encountered a problem with our publishing software. We apologise for this first break in our weekly schedule and hope it will never happen again.

An "Unknown" AGM in Henley

The Town Improvement Committee held the Annual General Meeting of the Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust on Wednesday 6th February in the Memorial Hall.

Memorial HallThe Town Improvement Committee is a little known, and often misunderstood body in Henley, but they are in fact the Managing Trustees of the War Memorial Trust. This Trust, equally unknown, is the body responsible, amongst other things, for the administration of the Memorial Hall and the Sports Fields on the Stratford road. In fact the Trust’s Objectives are much wider and require the TIC (as the Town Improvement Committee is known) to consider many aspects of life in Henley and Beaudesert. However, they are at the moment concentrating upon the Hall and the Sports Field.

The Trust’s AGM has always appeared to attract few residents of the town, and this year was no exception. However those who were there heard encouraging reports of activities at both the Memorial Hall and the Sports Field.

A very positive report on the activities of the Memorial Hall was given by Duncan Bainbridge in which he confirmed the extensive use made of the Hall’s facilities. He stressed the improvements which had been made, and which the committee continue to make, to the Hall in order to make it more accessible to a wide range of outside interests.

Sports FieldA very “up beat” report was delivered by John Latham on the progress made by the individual sports clubs using the grounds at the Sports Fields. Every club has been able to report successes in their respective competitions and in many cases have achieved an increase in membership; the increase in the numbers of junior members was particularly gratifying. After some years of neglect, the pavilion used by both the Cricket and Football teams has undergone an extensive “makeover” to provide more appropriate changing room accommodation for both home and visiting teams.

The most obvious improvement at the Sports Field has been the tarmacing of the driveway and the provision of adequate hard standing parking areas. This is something that has been long required, and together with the rebuilding of the entrance to the ground provide a much better appearance and welcome for both members and visitors.

The Sports Clubs have indicated their pleasure at the support that they feel that they now receive from the TIC, and certainly their results in their respective leagues indicate a substantial improvement in their performance. The TIC cannot claim credit for such improvement but hopefully the support given has gone part way to build the increased confidence now obvious from the performance of the various clubs.

A copy of the Annual Report, Minutes of the meeting and other information regarding the TIC and the Trust can be obtained from the Secretary, Pat Kench (01564 79 5419)

Brian Twigg Chairman

Top Quality Beer at The White Swan

The White Swan has received 'The Casque Marque' for it’s cask ales. It achieved a mark of 20/20.

'Henley in Bloom' AGM & Dinner

Henley in Bloom

Henley in Bloom held it's Annual General Meeting and Dinner in the Baptist Hall last Friday. A good gathering of over 40 helpers attended.

The Annual General Meeting was held first, the committee elected as follows:

Gordon Trinder was elected as Chairman for the year.
Andrew Yarwood was elected as Secretary
John Love was elected as Treasurer.
6 additional members on the committee.

The retiring committee were thanked for their work in the past year, especially Ginnie Matheou who did sterling work last year.

Afterwards we all sat down for an excellent meal laid on by Sue Dalby. High Bailiff Ray Holding thanked Henley in Bloom for all the work put in for the displays last year,which had been enjoyed and commented on by many visitors.
John Love
- Reporting & Photo

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Henley Crime Report
This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Claverdon and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

Between 0800 hours on 11th January and 0910 hours on 12th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. They gained entry by forcing the front door and removed three flat screen televisions.
Incident 182 of 12th January 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 16th January and 1200 hours on 18th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Blind Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They then gained entry to a wooden shed and removed a B & Q petrol strimmer.
Incident 374 of 19th January 08 refers.

Between 1600 hours on 14th January and 0800 hours on 15th January 08 unknown offender/s have approached premises on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath and stolen an Ifor Williams trailer with ramps.
Incident 96 of 16th January 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 11th January and 1000 hours on 13th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a school on Arden Road, Henley in Arden and smashed several planters.
Incident 227 of 13th January 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 11th January and 0800 hours on 14th January 08 unknown offender/s have approached a school on Stratford Road, Henley in Arden and smashed a ground floor window.
Incident 146 of 14th January 08 refers.

Between 2200 hours and 2230 hours on 19th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Meadow Road, Henley in Arden and caused damage to wooden fence panels.
Incident 212 of 21st January 08 refers.

Between 0100 hours and 0600 hours on 15th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a silver Audi on Brook End Drive, Henley in Arden. They then smashed the front window and removed a laptop computer from the rear passenger footwell.
Incident 93 of 15th January 08 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 21st January and 1130 hours on 22nd January 08 unknown offender/s approached a blue Ford Focus on High Street, Henley in Arden. They have then opened the boot and removed a black briefcase.
Incident 236 of 22nd January 08 refers.

Henley In Arden Police will be holding a ‘drop in’ facility at Henley Police Station for you to come and discuss any issues or problems, within the community, with your local policing team! The next surgery date will be:

Wednesday 20th Feb between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
Wednesday 5th Mar between 1100 hours and 1300 hours


The next PACT meeting will be on 10th April 2008 at 7pm in Henley Baptist Church Hall.

If you did have information regarding the displayed incidents, but for whatever reason do not wish to contact the police directly, then you can ring 0800 555 111 and give the information to the Crimestoppers Charity. Crimestoppers will then pass the information to the Police without revealing any details of the caller. You may also receive a reward.

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.


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Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

The next edition of the Court Circular will appear here shortly.

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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Fire fighters visit Henley Primary

FirefightersThis week the children at Henley Primary School were visited by local fire fighters to discuss fire safety in the home.

Children from Year One and Year Five were asked to think about how to prevent fires in their home and what to do in the event of a fire.

The children showed great interest in the topic and were involved in a question and answer session, where they asked some very mature questions.

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report v Racing Club Warwick
Cup/League:            League       
Date:                      2/2/08               
Final Score:            2-0 HENLEY      
Man of the Match:   Chris Key

Henley FC

Chris Key getting the better of Striker, Sam Manoochehri of Racing Club Warwick.

Forest have  bagged great results since the turn of the New Year and this League game was always going to be an important game for Forest who remained determined to maintain their winning streak.

Within five minutes of kick off, Captain & Mid-fielder Jon Grandfield scored a beauty to earn well deserved jubilant cheers from the bench.

Visible to see why Racing Club are well placed within the table, they played great football and made a number of good attempts, despite Forest goal keeper getting the better of their endeavour. The game throughout demonstrated sheer effort, determination and battle from both sides, although the Red card, resulting in the loss of a Racing Club player just ahead of the half time whistle, was surely a blow to their bench.

Second half both teams game out with the same spirit. Although a terrific goal from Chris Key 12 minutes in added to forests comfort and put further pressure of RC.

Another pleasing performance from Forest who have also earned a place in two Semi Finals, derived from great team effort.

Manager John Colby was delighted with this performance, he said of the game “Absolutely terrific, that was a game the lads definitely wanted to win. Playing relative locals Racing Club Warwick, who play some familiar Henley faces certainly gave the Forest lads something to aim for. I am really pleased with my team right now, we have some tremendous talent both on the pitch and on the bench, I am delighted for the lads and very much hope we continue in the same vain, particularly within the forthcoming Semi’s.”

Man of the Match goes Mid Fielder Chris Key “and to think, I said this lad couldn’t last ninety minutes – boy, was I wrong”.

Next Fixture: 9 Feb 08 – 1st Leg Challenge Urn Semi Final v Austin Sports – 1.30pm Kick Off (Henley)

Karen Parsons

Second Half Curse Strikes Claverdon then England

After being beaten by a physical Warley side a week prior, Claverdon turned up to the Ossetts hole field of dreams for the second of a batch of three consecutive home games looking for a win against a Birmingham Civil Service side lying an impressive 3rd in the table. Claverdon had hoped to gain 6 points from the three games but with a late defeat last week Claverdon knew only a win would do with a close to full strength side out.

The first half started well for Claverdon as Civil Service found themselves with their backs to the wall defending their try line. A promising move saw Ian Wyllie take the ball from the back of the ruck ten metres from the Civil Service try line who drew his man and shipped out to Dave Carruthers who likewise drew his man and popped to Paul Carruthers on the shoulder who unsuccessfully tried to make an offload in the tackle.

The first scrum of the match saw Prop Matt Joyce injured as the scrum collapsed on his right shoulder. His namesake Warren came on as a replacement. The next few scrums saw what can only be described as a front row fracas happening, the referee had his work cut out but he dealt with the situation well. Once the front row fracas was over Claverdon dominated the scrums against a big Civil Service pack, this lead to the Civil Service pack to get irritable.

Civil Service managed to turn the ball over and with some strong kicking from the Civil Service number ten soon Claverdon were the team under pressure and a penalty was given against the home side midway into the Claverdon half. Claverdon committed too many players in to the ruck and Civil Service had an overlap of four players on two open. Civil Service got the first score of the match and converted.

Claverdon heads did not dip however and from the back of a solid scrum Ian Wyllie went blind to winger Dan Mullineux who produced a wonderful/surprising/genius pass inside to Dave Ward (who must have ran three quarters the length of the pitch) to score his first try for the first XV. Ian Wyllie converted.

Claverdon had got what they had deserved and did not look to be stopping, a forwards move led to Matt Warren going over the try line and ground the ball just. Ian Wyllie did not convert this time. With the professional kicking Claverdon have come to expect from fly half Peter Richards over the past few weeks, Claverdon piled the pressure on further and gained two penalty opportunities. Ian Wyllie missed the first penalty, then scored with the second.

Half time: Claverdon 15 Civil Service 7

After last weeks’ second half collapse of England and Claverdon the half time team talk was focused on keeping up the pressure and keeping everyone’s head in the game for 80 minutes. ‘A wounded animal is at its most dangerous’ was in the talk and nothing was truer as Civil Service came out the blocks much stronger than the first half and this was the team which was lying 3rd in the table not the Civil Service of the first half.

Birmingham Civil Service kept going at Claverdon and resolute defending was needed by the Claverdon XV, After numerous penalties against Claverdon Civil Service took the points and score was 15 – 10. With Claverdon getting frustrated at the lack of opportunities to get into the Civil Service half penalties were being awarded left right and centre and this was to prove very costly.

Big Tackles were being put in all over the park namely by Olly Thorndale going through his opposite number to put the player and ball safely into touch, Charlie Robbins and Pete Richards double tackle which would have been heard for miles around and Luke Busby nailing his opposite number slightly high in a tackle that can only be described as corkscrew-like although his opposite number would have known this was coming after some foul play on his part. Despite all this it was not good enough for Claverdon to put anymore points on the board.

Fly Half Pete Richards was not getting enough protection from the Claverdon forwards in the line as the opposition’s forwards kept breaking through, this lead to Pete having to perform an overhead kick with his weaker foot to put the ball into touch. After a number of onslaughts from the large Civil Service pack their 26 stone prop went over the line in the corner for Civil Service to get a score and then convert. Claverdon 15 – Civil Service 17.

Next week sees Claverdon take on Bromyard at home who are currently joint 3rd in the league, the lads will be hungry for victory for Vice President’s day, earlier in the season Claverdon won this meeting 13 – 16.

Tries: Matt Warren x 1 Dave Ward x 1
Conversions: Ian Wyllie x 1
Penalties: Ian Wyllie x 1

Report by Paul Carruthers

John Garner's Business Column

The Psychological Contract

John GarnerWhat's this? I hear you say. Why is it relevant here?

Well, this is yet another aspect of employing people.

Everyone knows how vital the employment contract is to the relationship between the employee and the organisation.

Less well known is the concept of the psychological contract which sets out the beliefs employees have about the exchange or the deal between themselves and their employer.

Unlike an employment contract, a psychological contract is not explicit, not written down, and not legally binding. It's merely an understanding. In spite of this, it can exert a strong influence on behaviour because it captures what employees really believe they will get in return for what they give. Over the past 10 years, the psychological contract has emerged as an important framework for understanding employee wellbeing, attitudes and performance.

Imagine you're an employee and you are made certain informal promises by your employer, such as more responsibility and a pay rise in the next few months. This is an example of a psychological contract between you and your employer.

You are probably then motivated to work hard to achieve these benefits. But what if, in spite of you putting in this extra effort, the benefits don't materialize? Your employer makes excuses as to why they can't give you these things at the moment.

At this point your motivation diminishes rapidly and you feel like looking for another job. Your employer has broken the unwritten contract between him and you.

As an employer you must be aware of this sort of contractual arrangement if you want to ensure that your employees remain motivated and give you their best efforts.

There are things you can do:

  1. Consider how you build the psychological contract during recruitment, and honour it during an employee's first weeks in a new role.
  2. Realise that every psychological contract will be highly individual and subjective. Notice how it changes depending on professional and personal circumstances.
  3. Equip your managers with the right resources to manage the psychological contract they have with each member of their team.
  4. Act quickly if the employee feels a promise has been broken. This is when the contract is at its most explicit.
  5. Understand that small violations of the psychological contract happen every day. Deal with these sensitively and you will strengthen the bond with your staff.

In other words: don't make promises to your employees that you can’t keep. But manage this properly and you'll have a highly motivated workforce.

John Garner

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GOMReality TV / reality internet sites : has it gone too far.

I know I’ve spoken about reality TV before. Big Brother, I’m a celebrity, Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Big Brother et al but surfing the good old interweb or as I like to call it World Wide Wait, I’ve discovered You Tube.
Have you ever taken a look ?
There is even a new TV programme about it, hosted by Lenny Henry. I must admit the show is so funny. Lenny finds the most hilarious clips and spends 30 minutes just extracting the Michael.
You can find anything on you tube, yes anything.   Did you know you can cook toast and fried egg on a steam iron ? do you care ? I know I don’t.
Trust me just check out the Lenny Henry show, it’s so sad its funny. And as for YouTube I don’t understand it at all. Why would anyone upload  so much drivel for everyone else to see !
I’ve even heard of potential employers searching the website (or similar ones) when potential employees apply for jobs.
May be I’m just too old !

Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Recession, maybe. Just don't mention tax cuts

Nigel HastilowThere is a solution to the economic crisis but so far nobody’s been brave enough to say so. It’s the secret that dare not speak its name. The answer to a question it’s probably illegal even to ask. It’s called (whisper it quietly in case anyone hangs, draws and quarters you for heresy) tax cuts. I know we abandoned the idea of reducing taxation more than a decade ago. I am well aware that taxes are apparently designed only ever to go up.

It is widely understood that the best we can ever hope for from the Government is to “share the proceeds of growth” – which means taxes rising but less slowly. This, however, is an emergency. Desperate times call for desperate remedies. That’s where cutting taxes and allowing us to spend more of our hard-earned money would benefit everyone. If we face recession it’s because money’s tight, credit’s crunched and the future’s already been re-mortgaged.

Economists and politicians agree the only way out of it is to stimulate demand. That means encouraging more people to spend money. Hence the universal cry to cut interest rates. But that’s a bizarre solution to a crisis caused because our mad banks lent too much money to people without the means of paying it back. If interest rates fall, we can borrow more money. But as that’s the cause of the problem, it’s like offering an alcoholic another bottle of Jack Daniel’s.

And anyway the Bank of England won’t want to follow the Americans and slash interest rates for one very good reason – because inflation is actually on the rise. Prices are going up. Have you seen the cost of gas and electricity recently?

What about petrol? The £1-plus litre is here to stay. Pretty soon the Government won’t worry about congestion charges because nobody will be able to afford to drive anyway. Fuel tax rises another 2p in April. Then there’s food. Flood, pestilence, plague, and drought have between them sent prices soaring. Wheat prices have doubled in a year; bread is £1.12 a loaf and rising. Even taxes themselves are adding to the rate of inflation. This year’s council tax rises will be an average of 4.5 per cent – that’s more than twice the official rise in the cost of living.

Of course, panic over the stock market crash is overblown. It has little to do with the likes of us. A few red-faced City types losing their multi-million-pound bonuses is not a cause for national mourning. The only snag is they are investing our pensions and savings which means we are affected in the end. Never forget, however, that every financial disaster has a silver lining. Sharp falls on the stock market – like sharp rises – mean that someone, somewhere is making a killing.

The City is just the biggest casino in the world. Some “investors” have bet on a crash and come up trumps. There will be winners as well as losers. Even so, the real world does not escape unscathed. That’s why everyone is now bandying about the R-word. We haven’t had a recession since the early 1990s. Some experts think it’s about time we had another. They believe a bit of pain is good for us.

But we shouldn’t want to see a recession. It brings job losses and destroys not just individual businesses but whole industries. In past recessions the Black Country has been hard hit. Businesses were forced to remove the roofs of factory buildings because they couldn’t afford to pay taxes on empty premises. There’s no need to go through that again. But Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling can’t just sit there. They have to do something. They can’t rely on the Bank of England cutting interest rates.

Which leaves them with the option of tax cuts. We pay far too much anyway. And taxes keep rising.

In the past decade income tax revenue has risen 77 per cent; council taxes have risen 78 per cent. In April, new tax increases are due to come in which will take yet another £17 billion out of the economy. Taxes cost us more than half a trillion pounds a year – £553 billion this year. The State keeps on taking more and more of our money – over two-fifths of everything we earn goes in taxes.

If just some of that money were left in our purses and wallets instead of the Chancellor’s, it would provide the stimulus the economy needs to stave off a recession. Of course the down-side of tax cuts is less Government spending. But we all know very well that vast sums are wasted every day. This is the season when every Government department, council and quango in the country is desperately trying to get rid of money before the end of the financial year.

They start filling in pot-holes, holding conferences and organising fact-finding missions in a spending frenzy – proving they have more money than they know what to do with.

If we want to avoid recession, we should cut taxes. I know it’s a dangerously subversive idea. But guess what? It actually works.

Nigel Hastilow

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Virgin to perform biofuel demonstration flight next month.

Virgin Atlantic has confirmed plans to fly one of its Boeing 747s using biofuel, on a demonstration flight next month, as a further part of efforts to evaluate possible alternative fuels for air transport. Also, Boeing has announced plans with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and Air New Zealand to carry out a demonstration flight with one of the carrier’s 747-400s, powered in part by biofuel, during the second half of this year.

It is encouraging to see the airline industry looking at feasibility of using low footprint fuels. In the meantime, since we can’t beam ourselves around the planet like Prince Charles (See last weeks article) offsetting is the best option if alternatives such as coaches or trains are not practical. For offsetting go to  or  and for a detailed report  go to TCI_Carbon_Offsets_Paper

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards

Bogus Trading Standards Officers

The Service has received a report about the activities of some individuals who are knocking on people's doors in the Nuneaton area falsely claiming to be from Warwickshire Trading Standards.

Trading Standards Officers are also warning that there is a possibility that this approach is being used by rogue tradespeople returning to properties they have visited previously and done 'work' at. On their return, and posing as a Trading Standards officer they then claim that they can reimburse the householder the money they have already lost by taking them to a bank.

An End to 99% Fat Free Claims
Trading Standards Test Stricter Controls on Food Labels

Foods that make health or nutritional claims have been tested by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service and their CEnTSA partners to see whether they comply with new food labelling regulations that will now strictly control and in some cases ban, claims such as ‘99%’ fat free, ‘less than 3% fat’, ‘no added sugar’, 40% less salt’, or ‘a good source of vitamins’.

The regulations have been introduced to help ensure that health and nutrition claims amongst other things, are not false or misleading, encourage excessive consumption or imply that a balanced and varied diet is not adequate.

198 different foods were sampled across the West Midlands region and 53 foods did not meet the new requirements for making a claim.

Problems included:

  • Foods that claimed to be ‘X% fat free’, a claim that the regulations now ban (a food that is 95% fat free could imply it is low in fat when that 5% fat might make it a medium or even a high fat product).
  • Health claims on foods based on the high levels of one nutrient alone e.g. fibre – banned if the product contains high levels of fat, sugar or salt, and this fact is not given equal prominence.
  • A food that claimed to be salt free but whose salt content was 50 times the limit of 0.0125g/100g for a salt-free claim.
  • Fats and spreads that claimed to be ‘free from’ or ‘low in’ saturates, but were not.
  • Foods that claimed to be ‘high in’ or a ‘rich source of’, ingredients such as Omega 3 - prohibited unless evidence based and approved.

Warwickshire Trading Standards tested ten branded foods including meat, custard, soup, yogurt and milk alternatives for their ‘low fat’, ‘fat free’, or ‘% fat free’ claims. Half failed, for example because some were labelled ‘98% or 99% fat free, (percentage terms now prohibited by the regulations), or because their ‘fat free’ claims were not valid.

The regulations came into force in July 2007, but manufacturers have been given time to amend their packaging before the regulations become fully effective.

Officers are now working with businesses and colleagues across the Country to ensure that labelling is amended to comply with the regulations. Repeat samples will be taken to ensure that required amendments have been made

As always if consumers have complaints about any aspect of food labelling they are asked to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 who will re-direct any complaints indicating breaches of legislation to their local Trading Standards officers.

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

Tradind StandardSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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Rosemary Morris is the speaker in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 19th February and we look forward to seeing her slides of “The Shetlands”. Visitors are welcome for only £1!

Thursday 21st February – Andrew Lounds of The Lunar Society will be giving a talk entitled “Lunatick Astronomy”. 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall.

Are holding their  Annual Jumble Sale at The Village Hall,Old Warwick Rd. Lapworth from 11-12 on Saturday 23rd February. Quality jumble,always well attended

24th February to 9th March. Look out for promotional events and Traidcraft stall and make a point of asking for Fairtrade goods locally.

Tuesday 26th February 7.45 p.m. Ullenhall Village Hall. Hilary Twigg will be telling us the “Easy Rules of Pruning”. Competition: Cactus or succulent in max. 4” pot. Visitors and new members are welcome.

Saturday 1st March will be a dinner cooked by Sue Dalby which will include a 9 bird roast as the main course, starter, pudding and coffee followed by an entertainment by Caroline Bone of Grey Gables, Ambridge. Tickets £20.00. Bar and raffle. Lounge suits and party frocks. Tickets from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 794987 (eve) or 793539 (day).

Second event is the annual Jazz in the Garden in the summer, date to be fixed.

On Saturday 22nd March the Bulava Chorus, an exceptional Ukrainian Choir, will be performing in Henley High School at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £15 (including supper) can be obtained from Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987). An opportunity not to be missed!

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.

Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd 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).

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
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining, please contact Gordon Trinder.

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

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 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.
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
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
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email

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 for further information.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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