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Edition 195 - 28th February 2008
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Ground Shakes in Henley

The biggest earthquake in the UK for nearly 25 years shook homes in Henley and across large parts of England. A few residents felt the tremor just before 0100 GMT on Wednesday. One resident told Henley NEWS On-line "My house shook for about 3 or 4 minutes".

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the magnitude was 5.3 and the epicentre was near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. Dr Brian Baptie of the BGS said: "An earthquake of this size, of magnitude five or thereabouts, will occur roughly every ten to 20 years in the UK".

The BGS recorded an aftershock with a magnitude of 1.8 at about 0400 GMT. The main 10-second quake, which struck at 0056 GMT at a depth of 15.4km (9.6 miles), was the biggest recorded example since one with a magnitude of 5.4 struck north Wales in 1984.

Dr Baptie said: "The largest earthquake that we know about that has struck the UK was about 100km off the east coast of England on the Dogger Bank and it had a magnitude of 6.1. So we can get these kind of moderate to significant earthquakes of this size but they're relatively rare."

The West Midlands was hit by an earthquake in 2002 in the Dudley area that reached a magnitude of 5.0 and one measuring 4.3 hit Folkstone in Kent last year.

Parish Assembly – Town Meeting - 1st April

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If you stop just for a moment you may hear, as we have heard, the faint murmurings of democracy stirring in Henley. Within the cacophony of ever demanding work and professional commitments and a very enjoyable social and family life, we wonder is there a small place in your busy diary for participating in our local democracy, contributing to our village, strengthening our community spirit and improving our delightful market town?

I have detected a renewed interest in parish council elections, we may even have one this year. It could be that a single issue has stimulated this raised awareness. Whatever the reason it should be welcomed.

April 1st will be the first test of these assertions as Beaudesert and Henley hold their respective Parish Assemblies. On the same night, at the same time, in the same place our two parishes invite their residents to a Review of the Year. Douglas Bridgewater chair of Beaudesert and Peter Crathorne holding the office for Henley are presently putting together the programme for the evening, inviting speakers, preparing publicity.

We have asked ourselves, “What are the issues most likely to encourage a good attendance?”

We do have some ideas, there are some obvious ones. We would like to hear from you. If you have a concern, an idea, an issue which would engage our local population then let us know.

There is a special e-mail parish.assembly@tiscali.co.uk , write a letter marked parish assembly and post through the Heritage Centre door, or telephone or fax Paul Hill our joint parish clerk on 795499. Items making a big splash may be included. We need to know by 14th March 2008. Send an e-mail to get a copy of the minutes of our last meeting and the agenda as it is posted.

With an increase of enthusiastic support we may even turn our murmur into a rumble.

Every resident is entitled to attend and ask questions.

Peter Crathorne - Henley Parish Meeting Chairman 2008

Thinking of becoming a Parish Councillor

Election of 12 Councillors on 1st May 2008 - Information on the Henley Gateway website


Colin's Bench Replaced


Last summer a car accident resulted in the bench outside The Mill, to the north of the High Street, being demolished. Unfortunately the identity of the driver or vehicle was unknown but with the help of our local Police the insurers and other detail resulted in a claim being lodged with NFU. They were very helpful in resolving it and settling to purchase a replacement which was installed on 30th. January.

The picture above shows the new bench which is inscribed 'Henley Royal British Legion' and 'Colin's Bench'. It was Colin Palmer who bought the original and enjoyed many a happy hour relaxing in the sun. The dedication to him is in memory of his many years as Chairman of the Local Legion Branch.

George Atkinson

Henley Cubs going from strength to strength

CubsThe Henley Cubs pack has now grown to a healthy 21 boys and girls, writes Sally Morgan. "We have had a fair number move up from our Beaver section, which is run by Janette Palmer."

Recently during half term our Cubs attended the District Quiz for Cubs at Bearley and Snitterfield Scout Hut and Henley and Wootton Wawen Cubs came 3rd! Our Boys, Jack Austen, Harvey Knight and brother Spencer represented our Cub pack (photo right). We had a practice quiz the previous week, which had included blind crisp tasting! The children were better at the quiz than guessing the flavours of crisps believe it or not!

CubsOur pack gets to camp overnight at least twice during the year. Last Halloween we attended the district camp at Bearley and First Aid was the theme of the day - I am not sure if the two themes were linked. We had a lot of fun! They got to dress up in Halloween costumes and were scared to death by ghost stories around the huge campfire.

Our Group camp was held at Blackwell in Bromsgrove, which is great for outdoor adventure, last September. We were very lucky to chose this time of year and the weather always seems to be excellent, given the poor weather we had last year. The cubs got to try pioneering, high rope climbing and the zip wire, and even the leaders had a go!! This is a great way for the children to make friends from the other sections.

I have included a photo of our visit to Snitterfield Gliding Club and we had a marvelous talk from Martyn Davies on the sport of gliding. In fact really we could have been there longer it was so interesting. Martyn had achieved one of the longest solo flights last year.

Our pack aims to have fun, allow the children to make friends and try new things. We have a new leader on board - Malcolm Alcock from Wootton and he is helping our pack to take their Martial Art Badge.

We do try to do adventurous things in Cubs and the other evening the Cubs did a long walk round Henley Golf Course with their maps and compasses. The Cubs had to try and find their way around in groups of 4's. It was certainly muddy along the way, and we have had some muddy walks in the past year!

Arsenal Soccer Schools return to Henley

Soccer SchoolFollowing our successful Easter programme last year in Henley in Arden we will be holding our very popular soccer schools for boys and girls aged 5 – 15 of all abilities during this years Easter holidays. The soccer schools will be held at The Warwickshire College playing fields in Henley on 25th, 26th & 27th March and will run from 10.00am-4.00pm.

All of our coaches are FA Qualified, hold enhanced CRB checks, FA accredited child protection and first aid certificates. In addition the Arsenal coaching staff regularly monitors all of the coaches. All aspects of the game are covered – warm ups, stretching & reaction games, coaching and development sessions covering techniques and team play. Passing, shooting, control, dribbling, heading, attacking, defending and small sided games.

If you’d like to benefit from Arsenal’s winning coaching formula then come along and join us in Henley. Come and play the Arsenal way!

For further information or to book your place please contact Neil Evans on 07968 231222 or email naepro41@aol.com

Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

Henley Society February Meeting

Networking in the late eighteenth Century

Speaker Andrew Lound delighted and enthused the audience at the February meeting of the society with his dramatised talk and slides entitled ‘Lunatic Astronomy’. Contrary to the expectations created by the title, none of the talk was about lunatics and astronomy was not really the main subject, but rather a thread throughout his history of the Lunar Society.

Andrew explained how the absence of guilds in Birmingham facilitated rapid development of business and industry by entrepreneurs. Amongst these successful businesses was that of a buckle maker Matthew Boulton. The business developed to make buttons and silverware and eventually coinage. In 1762 Boulton opened his new factory in Soho, Birmingham. To recruit the skilled workforce needed to produce high quality goods, Boulton’s employees had sick pay and a pension scheme, much to the annoyance of other industrialists! After the death of his first wife, Boulton remarried and since his second wife was the sister of his first wife, he inherited both halves of his father-in-law’s fortune. This extra wealth funded the build of his fine residence Soho House, which stands today and is now a museum but has also been a school, a police house and a hotel. Despite these various uses, Boulton’s original dining table remains..

It was here amongst other places that Boulton’s select group of friends the Lunar Society met, so called because they dined together on Mondays closest to a full moon. This timing was to aid their journeys, due to street lighting not yet being available. Many famous names, some of them astronomers, were in the group; Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles Darwin, envisaged astronomical features such as black holes and the big bang), Josiah Wedgewood of pottery fame, Joseph Priestley (discoverer of Oxygen), William Murdoch (the engineer who invented gas lighting) and John Whitehouse (one of the best clockmakers of the day and who provided mechanisms for the cases made by Boulton’s craftsmen). An enlightened philanthropist by the name of Thomas Day spent his father’s fortune on science and the education of women. Matthew Boulton and others wanted to use scientific knowledge to aid industry. Probably the most famous of the friends was Boulton’s partner James Watt. They became partners by an accident of fate arising from a bankruptcy. Together they exploited Watt’s discoveries of how to make steam engines more efficient. Visiting and corresponding friends included Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Lord Nelson. All these people discussed debated, and corresponded about the scientific and social issues of the day and it is clear that astronomy was amongst these. Matthew Boulton’s notebook of 1759 has a page describing Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, revealing early interest in the subject. If only the dining table could relate the conversations and debates that it was party to!

Soho House contained an observatory which fell into disrepair due to Boulton’s other interests. Plans for an elaborate extension to Soho house included a new and larger observatory but the extension was not built. When Boulton retired, the old observatory was refurbished so he could use his newly available time pursuing his long standing interest. If Matthew Boulton had not become known as Watt’s partner for steam engines, he may well have become known as a great astronomer.

Following Andrew’s talk, debate and friendly discussion over tea and coffee was probably not in quite the same league as the deliberations of the Lunar Society, but nonetheless enjoyable.

Next meeting is the AGM starting at 7:30pm on March 20th followed at about 8:00pm by Nick Billingham telling us about ‘William James and the Stratford Canal’. Visitors welcome (£3). Venue: the Baptist Church Hall behind the Baptist Church on the High St.

Henley Wildlife Meeting - Tuesday 19th

WentHenley Wildlife Society enjoyed an excellent talk by Rosemary Morris on 'The Shetlands'.

Rosemary was assisted by her husband 'Baz' who operated the computer projection system.

An excellent selection of photo's taken digitally, one of the brightest projected pictures we have seen, compared with normal slides.

The chairman David Evason thanked both for the show. For the cold night a crowd of 37 turned out. Showing that we are well known for our excellent speakers.

John Love - Report & Photo

Henley College student aims to run for her country

WentA determined sprinter wants to run for her country before she embarks on a career in the police force.

Shelley Went, aged 18, was chosen to attend the UK trials AAAs indoors at Sheffield this month, which was a big achievement as she was competing in the seniors’ competition. The winners of that go on to the world trials in Valencia. Shelley said the whole event was an experience: “I was drawn in a lane next to Jeanette Kwayke, one of the best UK sprinters at the moment in 60 metres, and she’s got a really good start so that was quite nerve-racking for me. I had a good start and I came 5th. It was a big achievement for me. I am only 18 and I was running against people aged from 21-34.”

In January Shelley had won gold in the Midlands Indoor Championship at the NIA in Birmingham, winning the under-20s 60 metres sprint. She won her 60 m heat in a personal best and won the final in 7.88 seconds.

Shelley, who went to Southam College and lives near Southam, said: “I have only been doing it seriously for about three years. In the first year I achieved getting into the England Schools and I have done that two years in a row. I was seventh two years in the final and I am hoping to improve on that this year and my training is going really well. I only this year started weight training so it’s serious! I want to be a policewoman but I want to run for my country first - whether it’s possible or not I don’t know.”

Shelley is studying for a National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre, where Andy Ellis, Curriculum Leader for HE Sports Science, and Babs Kandola, who does Elite Performers coaching, are helping her. She said: “Andy and Babs help me with my weight training and Babs is helping me psychologically. He tells me what I have to work on.”

Outstanding Local Councillor award

SDCNominations are being sought for the most outstanding local Councillor in south Warwickshire.  

The winner will receive the Fred Parrott Shield, an award from Stratford-on-Avon District Council that has been running for three years. Last year's winner was Councillor John Hobbs, former Chairman of Luddington Parish Council.

"Fred Parrott was one of Stratford-on-Avon District Council's oldest serving elected members but tragically died suddenly on 5 September 2002 aged 78, following a stroke," said Councillor Stuart Beese, Chairman of Stratford-on-Avon District Council.  "He had been a Councillor for 50 years during which time he held the chairmanships of both the District and County Councils, as well as Mayor of the Borough of Stratford in 1959/60. Fred Parrott demonstrated outstanding commitment to the public interest and I am very pleased to launch this year's Fred Parrott Shield to recognise other councillors, past or present."  

Anyone can put forward names of any local parish, town, district or county councillor, past or present in the Stratford District. Nominations should be accompanied by a short letter stating the reasons and addressed to the Chairman of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX. The closing date is 11 April 2008.  

The award will be decided by a committee of five councillors, including the Council Chairman, Councillor Stuart Beese, and the shield will be presented at the annual meeting of the District Council on 21 May.  The Award consists of a wooden shield with five badges that were originally presented to Fred Parrott or his wife Joan, together with inscription on a metal plate.

Council Tax for Stratford District

SDCCouncillors have set the district element of the council tax in the Stratford-on-Avon District, following a full meeting of the Council today. The Band D figure for the 2008/09 financial year will be £123.12 - the lowest in Warwickshire - an increase which equals eight pence a week from this year's figure of £118.98.

This means that all the services provided by the district council are only costing £2.37 per week for a Band D household, although actual bills received will be higher because the District Council also collects the County Council, Police and parish taxes.

The average Band D figure for Stratford-on-Avon District Council households will be £1,423.25 (this year's is £1,355.12 - all figures in brackets are for 2007/8), which includes the County Council and Police Authority elements, and average town or parish council precepts.

This figure is based on the District Council's levy, plus the County Council requirements at £1,085.98 (£1,045.21), the police authority figure of £164.68 (£145.90), and the average town/parish council tax of £49.47 (£45.03), all for Band D.

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report v  Knowle Reserves

Cup/League: LEAGUE

Date: 23/2/08

Final Score: 1-0 (Pen)

Man of the Match: JON GRANDFIELD


Striker Chris Key – Gets the better of Knowle

Having recently knocked Knowle Reserves out of a Cup competition this game was certain to be highly a strung game, and that it was.

From the off, both teams demonstrated great determination although it was Forest with the greatest force, and evident that Knowle were out under pressure. A hard tackling and aggressive game with irritability becoming visible from the bench, as Knowle realised Forest were certainly a side to be reckoned with. As Forest put the Keeper under pressure, time and time again it was jubilant cheers from the Blues as Captain and Man of the Match Jon Grandfield stepped up to take a penalty award, cool as you like and in the right it went.

Despite Knowle trying a variety of formations in their desperate attempt to claw back, it was not to be with the 3 points going to the deserved winners – Forest.

Manager John Colby was over the moon: ”A superb and entertaining game, we fought hard and definitely deserved the win – Well played performances from the entire squad. Jonny Grandfield gets my Man of the Match after another splendid work-rate, winning and scoring the Penalty ”


Karen Parsons

John Garner's Business Column

Employed or self-employed?

John GarnerYou may have someone working for you who doesn't want to go on to your payroll as they consider themselves self-employed, especially if they are just doing casual or temporary work.

Be careful! You must make sure they do qualify as self-employed or HMRC will take a dim view if (when) they find out. This is because by not having them on your payroll you avoid having to pay the employers' NIC (usually 12.8% of salary) and the tax man loses out. That's obviously a big incentive to the employer but not to the tax man!

It's also important to note that an individual does not have employment rights if they are not employed. In other words they can't take you to an Employment Tribunal if things go wrong. You might consider this an advantage as you can dismiss them without notice, the individual may not.

If self-employed, the individual must declare their earnings to HMRC at the end of the tax year and also pay their own NIC whereas otherwise it's the employer's responsibility to deduct tax and NIC from them. Whether a worker can be classed as self-employed - as opposed to an employee - depends on how truly independent they are. It's not always clear cut but there are a number of tests you can apply.

They are likely to be classed as self-employed if they:

•have set themselves up as a business
•have the final say in how their business is run
•risk their own money in their own business
•are responsible for the losses as well as profits of their business
•provide the main items of equipment they need to do their job
•are free to hire other people on their own terms to do the work they have taken on and pay them at their own expense
•are responsible for correcting unsatisfactory work in their own time and at their own expense.

So if you have someone working for you who fits these criteria then you can let them invoice you for the work they do rather than put them on your payroll. But if there's any doubt it's safer to put them on the payroll and deduct PAYE and NIC in the normal way.

John Garner

New Speed Camera for Birmingham Road ??


Henley High - Jazz Dinner - Fri 14th March

The Friends of Henley High School are holding a Fundraising Dinner and Concert starring Herbie Flowers & Mike Hatchard on Friday 14th March 2008 7.30 PM for 8.00

We’re going to turn the Main Hall at Henley High into a grand dining room, with tables laid for 6, 8, 10 or 12 with linen tablecloths, lovely white crockery and beautiful cutlery, with nice lighting. Having found your table, you get your drinks from the fully licensed bar in the foyer whilst the food is served. A hot 2-course meal will be placed on your table in heated serving dishes (to keep it hot for second helpings), from where you will help yourselves. You don’t need to choose in advance , we assume you will have something of everything. The menu is : Casserole of Mediterranean Chicken with cherry tomatoes and red peppers, Casserole of Rich Dark Minted Lamb. New potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Peach and Banana Cobbler and Cream.

After the meal there will be a 2 hour concert (inc. interval) of wonderful live music, with a good sprinkling of laughter, from two of the top Jazz musicians and entertainers performing in the UK today, Herbie Flowers and Mike Hatchard, all for just £15.00 per ticket

Herbie Flowers is one of the greats of British music. The last time I “Googled” Herbie Flowers, he had 92,000 entries, and is usually referred to as Britain’s greatest (or favourite) bass player. Herbie was the bass and tuba player of one of the most successful groups of the 70’s and 80’s, Sky. He was the premier session musician of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He was one of the founder members of Blue Mink, toured with the David Bowie on the Diamond Dogs Tour, was a member of T Rex, played bass on Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, invented riffs and bass lines that we hum along to on a hundred classic golden oldies. He is a composer of note and a teacher, running summer schools for kids, and he tells great stories.

Mike Hatchard is just about one of the most versatile musicians and entertainers in the UK. He is a superb keyboard player, arranger and improviser. He plays violin and guitar and can and will play anything in any musical style. He is quite simply brilliant. Mike and Herbie have played together for years. They make really good music, and with Herbie’s stories and Mike’s musical humour to illuminate the evening, I guarantee a fantastic night out for all musical tastes.

We do hope you will enjoy watching these top class performers, and we very much look forward to your company!! Tables for up to 6, 8 and 10 are available, but come on your own, as a couple or as a party, we will find you a table to sit at !!

If you notify us in advance, we are happy to cater for vegetarian or diabetic guests. We can also provide wheelchair access.

Please contact Sue or Sonia at Henley High School for tickets or Tim or Ruth Sturges at 6 Ash Close for Tickets on 07817 239084, or 01926 842279, or email tim@timsturges.com

Ticket Price - £15.00 each - Fully Licensed Bar

Venue: Main Hall, Henley High School - 14th March 2008 - Ample Parking Bar opens at 7.30 - Concert ends at approx 11.45pm

Peter Crathorne

Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMNew Software Problems.

Some time age my subscription to Norton Internet security ran out. So after looking at their website I decided the Norton 360 product would be best for me and my family. A 2 year deal for multiple PC’s, what could be better.

So it was duly installed on my work laptop and my wife’s PC. On mine it seemed to work correctly, but not the other machine. After many long evenings onto the ‘support’ team at Norton, we gave up and uninstalled it from my wife’s machine.

After a few weeks I purchased a new laptop with Vista installed rather than the XP I was used to. Norton 360 was again installed and then more problems occurred. The online backup was saying the included 2G storage space was full, and I only had 1 file (135k) stored, but I could purchase more disk space. Again followed 2 evenings on the ‘online chat’ with the support team at Norton. I started keeping count of how many people could not fix the problem., but gave up after 8. The answer I got was to uninstall and reinstall Norton.

Then everything went wrong and all virus protection stopped and Norton had to be uninstalled and I had to start from scratch again. This did fix the original issue as well as the current one, but as I use an external hard drive I still disabled the online backup.

Then with my new laptop now protected again, I started installing my old s/w and drivers onto the new machine with Vista. Some games the children bought me will not work with Vista. The scanner I have does not support Vista, HP suggested I purchase a new one that will work with Vista, not likely ! some other business s/w didn’t function correctly.

I thought Vista should run all old s/w. I can understand new s/w may not work on older versions of XP, 98 or 95, but not this way round.

I asked the question could I install XP and things should work again, the guys at the store I purchased the laptop from said yes, all I had to do was purchase a copy ! no wonder Mr Gates is very rich !

Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Credit where it's due

Nigel HastilowCustomer service is something businesses talk about constantly. But rarely, if ever, do they actually provide it. Which is why it’s so amazing to report a rare instance of such good service that it really is something worth writing home about.

Take a bow NFU Mutual, the people who dealt with my insurance claim after our house was caught in last summer’s floods. You never know about insurance until it’s too late. The whole point is that, with luck, you’ll never need it. Only when things go wrong do you discover there was a point in forking out all that money after all.

It is worth adding that any insurance is probably better than none at all. I know of a couple of people who dispensed with insurance because they thought it was a waste of money, what with premiums rising all the time. They got flooded and suddenly the cost of repairing their homes and replacing furniture or wall plaster ruined by water makes the cost of insurance look a bit of a bargain.

One lesson of last summer’s floods which everyone should note is that disaster can strike when you least expect it. Being insured is a sensible precaution. But taking out some sort of insurance cover is only half the battle. Knowing that the insurance company really is there to help you is an even greater test. Most of us choose insurance on the reasonable basis that we think it’s the cheapest. Few of us check if they ever pay out on their claims or whether they’re helpful when disaster strikes.

We only insured with NFU Mutual because the previous owners of our house had used them and told us they should be OK. We signed on the dotted line, didn’t bother to read the small print or get another quote, set up the standing order and forgot all about it. Until, of course, the rainy day when our house was swamped and we really did need someone to bail us out. It’s only at such times you discover whether the people you’ve insured with want to make a drama out of a crisis or not.

In the case of NFU Mutual, it is impossible to fault their service.

As a cynical journalist who is used to carping and criticising, it is odd for me to write in praise of any company. But credit where it’s due. Our insurers sent us an immediate cheque just to help out in case we were short of ready money. They sent a loss adjustor round within days. He authorised work to start on reclaiming the house and replacing furniture we’d lost. He told us he’d get us an interim payment and it duly arrived a couple of days later. As time went on, someone from the NFU actually came and visited us. Twice. They even phoned up occasionally – just to check we were alright. The loss adjustor came four times and kept in regular phone and e-mail contact. The money arrived without a murmur.

The whole process of claiming for the damage was so amazingly smooth and painless it was almost a pleasure. I know this sounds like a cheesy testimonial on some dodgy advertisement but I really can’t imagine an insurance company doing a better job than NFU Mutual and our loss adjustor did. This is in contrast to the treatment some of our neighbours received from better-known companies.

In one case, it took three weeks just to get through to the company call centre and speak to someone. You know what it’s like. Some companies are only interested in taking your money. After that they make it as difficult as possible for you to communicate with them. If you want a conversation you have to use the call centre in Bangalore. Which requires you to press half a dozen buttons and listen to a tinny version of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” throughout all of “Spring” and half of “Summer”. Eventually you speak to someone who needs to know your name, address, postcode, inside leg measurement and grandmother’s maiden name just to confirm you are who you say you are. By the time you have explained, for the fifteenth time, what your problem is, you are chewing the carpet in frustration.

Some of our biggest insurance companies, like our banks, telecoms giants and computer retailers, fall into this category. In the end you get some sort of grudging response out of them. They may even send someone round to assess the damage and give you the go-ahead to start the recovery process.

But when the going gets tough, the last thing you want is a tough time from the people who really should be on your side. No doubt there are many other insurance companies as caring, considerate and competent as NFU Mutual. I certainly hope so.

In the meantime it’s nice, just this once, to be able to say thank you to an insurance company. Mind you, we haven’t discussed next year’s premium yet.

Nigel Hastilow      

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Did you see the recent program about bottled water?

Bottled water has a lot of environmental impact but apparently for no-one’s benefit but the bottled water suppliers. Some people say that bottled water tastes better than tap water but blind tasting trials often show that people prefer tap water. So, why pay something like the price of petrol for bottled water when tap water is as good or better at less than a penny a litre. This view has been taken by the department of the environment and Phil Woolas, the minister, has decreed that his department will now drink only tap water. This will help to cut the £1,000,000 per annum bill that government departments spend on bottled water. Why not write to your MP and ask why the government is wasting £1,000,000 per annum of tax payers’ money on bottled water? mp@jamesplaskitt.com

Bottled water has several environmental impacts. The most obvious is carbon footprint arising from transporting the water by road, rail and sea. The footprint of tap water is hundreds of times smaller than that of bottled. Water is sometimes transported 10,000 miles, which must be crazy when we live in an island blessed with too much rain. The bottles themselves create more footprint. They also create litter and landfill rubbish. Shipping accidents have spilled the granules, from which bottles are made, into the sea to be eaten by seabirds which then die! If you need to carry water, refill an empty bottle with tap water. We keep for this purpose, a selection of different sized plastic bottles that originally held other drinks.

Stop Press
Dimmable low energy light bulbs seen in B&Q. They’re a bit expensive at £6 or £7 but offer twice the life of some bulbs, so are not bad value if you need a dimmable one.

John Stott

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 17th February and 22nd February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Langley Road, Claverdon. They have then gained entry to an integral garage and removed a silver and black Terrago mountain bike.
Incident 443 of 22nd February 08 refers.

Between 20th February and 22nd February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They have then tried to remove a ground floor window in an attempt to gain entry.
Incident 180 of 22nd February 08 refers.

In the week prior to 21st February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Brook End Drive, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry and removed two wide screen TVs and some cash.
Incident 331 of 21st February 08 refers.

Between 1615 hours on 21st February and 0740 hours on 22nd February unknown offender/s approached a building site on Forshaw Heath Lane, Earlswood. They have then broken the door to a portacabin and removed a quantity of tools, a cement mixer and a generator.
Incident 211 of 22nd February 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 21st February and 1500 hours on 23rd February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common. They then gained entry to a shed at the rear of the property and removed a garden strimmer.
Incident 383 of 23rd February 08 refers.

At 0220 hours on 26th February 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Cloweswood Lane, Earlswood and caused damage to outbuildings in an attempt to gain entry. Offender/s made off when the alarm sounded.
Incident 31 of 26th February 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 22nd February and 1600 hours on 23rd February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on The Green, Claverdon and smashed a large window.
Incident 452 of 23rd February 08 refers.

At 0130 hours on 23rd February 08 a number of youths were seen around Fieldhouse Close, Henley in Arden causing damage to a lamp post.
Incident 260 of 23rd February 08 refers.

At around 2130 hours on 26th February 08 offender/s approached business premises on High Street, Henley in Arden and tampered with an external cash machine.
Incident 173 of 26th February 08 refers.

Between 1630 hours on 21st February and 22nd February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Wood End Lane. They have then removed two touring caravans from the end of the garden.
Incident 271 of 22nd February 08 refers.

Between 1200 hours on 24th February and 25th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. They have then removed an ultra violet air filter from a garden pond at the rear.
Incident 402 of 25th February 08 refers.

Between 1600 hours on 25th February and 1030 hours on 26th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a Volvo motor vehicle on Chapel Lane, Aston Cantlow. They gained entry through a partially open rear window and removed a Sat Nav system from the glove box.
Incident 157 of 26th February 08 refers.

Between 2100 hours on 25th February and 0745 hours on 26th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on Chapel Lane, Aston Cantlow. They have then completely removed the driver’s window and stolen various power tools from within.
Incident 96 of 26th February 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!

Wednesday 5th March between 1100 and 1300 hours
Wednesday 2nd April between 1100 and 1300 hours
Wednesday 16th April between 1100 and 1300 hours

A male offender from Henley in Arden has been issued with a reprimand following a charge of criminal damage.

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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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)

Miss M. Bloxham will be telling us about “Life as a Triplet” at our meeting on Tuesday 4th March in the Memorial Hall. Visitors are welcome to join us from 7.30 p.m. Fair Trade Fortnight – you are invited to a Ploughman’s Lunch in the Baptist Church Hall with the W.I. from 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday 5th March – lunch £3.00. There will be a Traidcraft table with a variety of groceries and confectionery for sale.

Tuesday 11th March – Barbara Priest “Masquerade” in the Memorial Hall at 7.30p.m.
Competition: “Cheap and Chic” (less than £5)

Come and join us on Tuesday 18th March from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall for a talk with slides “A Faraway Wall” (Africa and Japan) with Terry Wall. If you are interested in wildlife you will enjoy a visit to this relaxed and friendly group and it costs only £1.

Thursday 20th March – Nick Billingham will be giving a talk on “William James and The Stratford Canal” starting at 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall.

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!

Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 25th March at 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall followed by cheese and wine. New members are always welcome to join this friendly club.

ALCESTER MALE VOICE CHOIR are holding their 34th Annual Concert with guest artistes, on Saturday and Sunday 19th/20th April at the Greig Hall, Alcester commencing at 7.00 p.m. Tickets at £11 from Malcolm Williams on 794406.

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 www.swbc.co.uk
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org

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 martin@rightangles.co.uk 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.

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