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Edition 198 - 20th March 2008
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New Homes at Henley Point Opened

Last weekend housebuilder David Wilson Mercia officially opened an exclusive new development called Henley Point at the North end of the Town.

This select development comprises just 34 one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-, four- and five-bedroom houses. Visitors at the launch had the first glimpse of the two-bedroom show apartment allowing them to see for the first time inside one of the fantastic properties and catch a glimpse of the latest trends in interior design.

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BarrattDuring the afternoon Henley’s Town Crier, Gordon Trinder was out on the High Street letting people know about the event.

Chris Ashmore, Sales Director for David Wilson commented, “Henley Point is an exclusive development offering homebuyers a wonderful selection of executive homes which are ideal for families, couples and young professionals alike. The launch was a huge success with many people coming along to see the properties for themselves and of course to try out the chocolate fountain!”

The first of the homes will be ready to move into in May. Prices start from £189,000. For more information please call the sales office on 01564 793 833 open daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Alternatively please call the sales hotline on 0845 604 9100 or log on to www.dwh.co.uk.


Critical Time for Healthcare in The Arden Area

NHSThe Warwickshire PCT NHS are at the moment carrying out a consultation on the Future Healthcare Provision for Alcester and the Arden Area.

Our objective is to bring to everyone’s attention the fact that the facilities at  AlcesterHospital are about to change for ever. This facility serves, not just Alcester but the whole of the Arden Area which includes the Henley in Arden community as it has done for over 100 years. We have insisted all along that it would be a disaster to remove the ‘In Patient Beds’ facility, and  until clear and precise ‘Home Care’ services have been tried, tested and are operating efficiently we will continue to demand ‘In Patient Beds’. We are not doing this for our own benefit, it would be so easy for us to turn round to the PCT and say ‘Forget everyone else, let’s just have a fantastic facility for Alcester’, but morally we cannot say this for as a market town we feel we have a duty not just for our town, but for the whole of the Arden Area.

Therefore, we urge you to take the options given by the PCT seriously and please complete a feedback form online at: www.warwickshirepct.nhs.uk

We are trying to get a public meeting at Henley in Arden but there are two being held in Alcester on the 19 March and 23 April at 6.30 pm at the Greig Centre, Kinwarton Road . The consultation finishes on 2 May 2008

Eric Payne – Chairman Alcester Health Task Group  - 01789 762577


Parish Assembly – Town Meeting

The Annual Parish Assembly for Beaudesert and Henley will take place on Tuesday 1st April 2008, at Henley Baptist Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

Many may not know that there are several of our fellow residents who are still waiting to return to their homes after repairs to their houses after the floods. It is hard for us who were fortunate to escape from the worst effects, to understand what it must be like to be away from our comfortable and secure environments, the place we call “home”, for so long. Our meeting will recognise this, we will, by our attendance, stand by our neighbours, joining with them to say, ”Why has it taken so long?” and “Could the authorities have done more to anticipate the floods or even reduce their effects?”

Our agenda reflects this. The Henley Flood Working Party representatives will be present to expand on the headline information already published and John Buckingham is representing the Environment Agency and will be responding to their findings and updating us on their actions. We are confident that this concern will attract many residents who will want to hear from those at the centre of our concerns what is going to happen and when.

It seems to have gone very quiet on the “development of the market”. We have placed the matter on the agenda and are seeking an update. As things stand there is no firm information but we are hopeful that news will be announced at the meeting. The whole town is affected by this and a good attendance at the meeting will demonstrate to those who deliberate on planning applications that there is still an intense interest in the outcome.

These issues are a concern for us all and alongside the opportunity to hear from all our elected representatives and principle leaders in the town, make this a meeting not to be missed.

There is a special e-mail: parish.assembly@tiscali.co.uk , for further information.

Send an e-mail to get a copy of the minutes of our last meeting and the agenda as it is posted. Please indicate whether you are in Beaudesert or Henley.

Peter Crathorne and Douglas Bridgewater,
Chair of Henley        Chairman of Beaudesert


Henley Drama Society presents ‘Pack of Lies’

HADSHADS are proud to present their latest dramatical offering, ‘Pack of Lies’, by Hugh Whitemore.

This play charts the effect on a family when MI5 use their house for surveillance operations on the Krogers, who were part of the infamous Portland Spy Ring at the end of the 1960.  Set in the house of the Kroger’s best friends, the strain is palpable as the family struggles to balance an outwardly normal life, with the inner turmoil caused by what they knew.  The story is based on fact, and a lot of what happened is on public record.

It is an exciting drama, and is definitely not to be missed. 

Performances are in the Memorial Hall, Henley, from Wednesday 26th March until Saturday 29th March.  Doors open at 7pm, with curtain up at 7.30 pm. 

Tickets are priced at £6 (Wednesday £5).  They can be purchased from the box office (the Vanity Box, High St.), or online at http://www.hads.org.uk

Tony Capps - Reporting

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Request from Kansas City, USA

Kasas CityDear Editor,
 
I am trying to find a Mr. John Hill in your community. He is well known - around the world - in the field of MG sporting automobiles.
 
He may be of help with my search for MG RV8 fibreglass body panels for club road racing in the USA.
 
Have you a clue ?
 
PL - Kansas City

If you know of the whereabouts of John Hill, please email editor@henleynews.co.uk 
I will pass the details on.


Change to Waste Collection Services over Easter

SDCDue to the Easter Bank Holiday there will be no collection of refuse or recycling on Friday 21 March 2008 or Monday 24 March 2008.

All refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day from Good Friday until the following weekend. Shown below are the revised dates of your refuse and recycling collections.

Waste Collections

From August 2008 onwards, kerbside refuse and recycling collections will be changing.

For the majority of residents, the new service will involve collections from 3 designated wheeled bins. More information will be distributed over the coming weeks and District Council officers will be hosting road shows in a parish near you over the summer to answer any questions.

For more information about the new contract and how it will effect you, visit our website at: www.stratford.gov.uk or call us on 01789 267575.


Matt Jackson Sponsored for 2008 Touring Car Assault

JacksonAccident Exchange, the UK’s leading provider of accident management services and replacement vehicles to the automotive industry, is delighted to announce its entry in the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship Independents’ Cup, as BMW Dealer Team UK. The team’s championship assault will be led by Henley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson.

Jackson, 26, will contest the series in Andy Priaulx’s 2007 World Touring Car Championship-winning BMW 320si WTCC, having secured the Guernsey man’s title-winning car for the second consecutive season from RBM, which runs the BMW Team UK WTCC works entry.

In 2007, Jackson emerged as a future star of the BTCC when supported by Nick Whale BMW of Warwick, he finished seventh overall, having secured two outright race wins, a total of six podium finishes and a fastest race lap.

Silverstone-based BMW Dealer Team UK will incorporate some key members of the Jackson Msport team, which coordinated Mat’s championship effort from the Midlands in 2007, and will be run by team principal, Chris Tee, former technical support engineer of the Formula BMW UK Championship.

Jackson is thrilled by the boost to his championship credentials provided by the new outfit, commenting, ‘With the support of Accident Exchange, Chris and his team’s technical expertise and a championship-winning car, we are all set to take the next step. We feel this year’s independents’ title is within reach and I’m feeling confident about bettering both last year’s tallies for podiums and race wins. I can’t wait until the lights go out at Brands on March 30. Everything is in place for a good season.”

Endorsed by BMW (UK) Ltd and incorporating BMW Efficient Dynamics branding, BMW Dealer Team UK will provide an opportunity for BMW dealers to enjoy, and entertain at, Britain’s top domestic motor sport series. BMW Dealer Team UK will field one of five BMW 320si’s lining up on this year’s BTCC grid.

The BMW Dealer Team UK entry is sponsored by Accident Exchange, which exclusively provides accident management and vehicle replacement services to 112 of BMW’s 150-strong UK dealer network.

Steve Evans, Chief Executive of Accident Exchange commented, "We have worked closely with BMW and its dealers since the inception of our business in 2001. As soon as we discovered the appetite for a UK motor sport programme within the network, we were excited to get involved and are thrilled by the strength of our entry. We look forward to getting BMW’s dealers behind the team and wish Mat all the best of luck for what is sure to be a highly competitive season of motor sport."


Who is disenfranchising us?

By Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

Irene RobinsonWell the answer to that is the very people who are meant to represent us. A Government is meant to lead us, encourage the people in their endeavours, nurture those in need.

Since 1997, Great Britain has been divided into three parts. Although Scotland has its own parliament, it is still heavily dependent on the taxpayer of the UK. Free this, free that - no, nothing is free. Somewhere along the line, someone is paying and that is the disenfranchised English.

An interview with Nadine Dorries MP for Mid Bedfordshire made very unhappy reading in the Daily Mail of the 7 March. Nadine is hoping to bring an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to reduce the legal limit for abortion from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. This has made enemies for Nadine and she has been subjected to vicious verbal abuse from the Labour Housing Minister, Caroline Flint. Nadine was a nurse who witnessed the brutality of abortion and this has coloured her views.

Whether or not you agree with abortion what is a very disquieting aspect is Emily's List. Emily's List is spear headed by Barbara Follett MP for Stevenage who is the wife of Ken Follett a disciplinarian. Emily's List is a fund set up to encourage more women into parliament but there is a criteria, these women must support abortion. Nadine Dorries complained about this to the Standards Commissioner who threw it out because Jacquie Smith our Home Secretary is on Emily's List.

Do we have to think very far back to the Anti Hunting Bill which was the mother and father of all stitch ups. More recently and perhaps more interesting to the mass of people is the referendum on Europe. Also by default there appears to be no policy on immigration. Illegal immigrants are allowed to enter. One only has to think of Morcambe Bay tragedy where most of those young Chinese were here illegally.

Will the Conservative Party disenfranchise us? David Willetts, Education spokesman opposes schools selection and consequently grammar schools. This means our brightest children will be held back. Perhaps many of us know such children who have spent years of boredom and anxiety because they were not being stretched. One young girl of my acquaintance is now in her last year at University. During that time, she has become enthusiastic and motivated. I am dismayed at the number of MP's who have benefited from a good education and who seem to want to deprive others of this.

We fought for our freedom in World War 2 and made enormous sacrifices. It seems the electorate are now quite happy to let this happen. Our public services are subjected to targets. Even children as young as five years are being pressurised. I believe there is move to monitor babies, how they gurgle, re-act to stimuli? We should all be vigilant to the reservation of our freedom.


Henley High Head Boy Becomes Marine

MarineA former Head Boy at Henley High, who regularly captained of various football teams for the district and county, has passed out as a Royal Marine Commando at just 17 years of age. Rhys Edwards had to go through months of a gruelling training course to reach his goal, which included swimming through ice cold water and running 30 miles with more than 40lbs on his back in less than nine hours.

And what makes Rhys' achievement even more impressive is the fact that out of 51 recruits taking part in the same training course as him, most of who were a lot older than him, just 11 successfully passed out.

His Mum, pictured right with Rhys, said: "Rhys has always been a very dedicated and determined person, when he sets his mind on achieving something, he does everything he can to reach his goal. During his Royal Marine training he got bad frostbite, then he got an infection and had to take strong antibiotics but he refused to give up."

Rhys received his beret at a ceremony at Lympstone, Devon, where he did his gruelling training, and has now been assigned to 40 Commando Royal Marines, based in Taunton but currently serving in Afghanistan.


Time’s running out – claim your flood money now!

FloodsFunding is still available from Stratford-on-Avon District Council for households flooded during the July 2007 floods. But time is running out with the deadline for applications being Tuesday 1st April 2008.

The Government awarded the District Council £623,000 compensation and the District Council’s Executive decided to send out cheques for £250 to all District residents affected by the adverse weather conditions, to ‘give something to everyone whose home was flooded’.

The only criteria for this funding was that ‘flood water had to have entered your property’.

So far 1,003 applications have been processed, leaving around £372,250 unclaimed. At the time questionnaires were circulated to identify the extent of flooding experienced and help provide information on how best to target further support. Applications for the £250 payment can be made even if you were insured or live in a static caravan, and there is no age limit although only one payment per household will be made.

The District Council is aware that some residents may not have been able to claim this funding as some may still not be back in the property that was flooded or are unsure if they are eligible. For further information and an application form please contact Robert Walsh, Head of Community Services at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260106.

Additional funding from the Red Cross is available for District residents who have suffered extra hardship. Many residents have already written to the District Council expressing their gratitude for the money received with moving stories


New Parking Rules - Firmer & Fairer?

SDCOn 31 March 2008 new parking rules, affecting the Stratford District, will come into force aiming to make parking fairer, while still tackling congestion and disruption on the roads.

Sweeping changes are planned ‘to make parking enforcement more motorist-friendly’ as the Department of Transport reviewed parking legislation and introduce the changes within the Traffic Management Act 2004.

The current system of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) will become Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) and Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Parking Attendants will be called Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO).

Changes to the regulations will enable Stratford District Council to enforce the contravention of double parking (vehicles being parked more than 50cm from the kerb) and parking at dropped footways. There are also new powers to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) to vehicles parked on zigzag lines on the approach to pedestrian crossings. The Act also allows for PCNs to be served by post, if a vehicle has driven away once the Notice has been started to be issued and where an officer has been prevented from serving a PCN.

Differential charging is also introduced with different penalty levels depending on the type of parking contravention. More serious contraventions such as parking on a single or double yellow lines will have a higher charge of £70 applied and less serious contraventions such as overstaying your car park time. Will have a lesser charge of £50

“Everyone hates congestion and delays to journeys and effective parking management and enforcement is there to help improve traffic flow and ensure the roads are safer for everyone. These new regulations are good news for everyone, such as the lower penalty charges for less serious contraventions will make the system fairer for the motorist,” says Cllr Chris Williams, Community Services Portfolio.

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May 4th - Walk to the 'Party by the Canal at Lowsonford' - Barbecue & Jazz Band

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Johnsons go On-line for Bookings

www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk

JohnsonsJohnsons Coaches have activated the first phase of a process, which will continue to evolve over the next twelve months, with the introduction of online bookings for Excursions, Express Excursions and Express Breaks.

Rob Kingscott, Sales & Marketing Manager at Johnsons said “Within hours of online booking going live we were experiencing a steady flow of bookings which is encouraging. We have been working hard for many months creating a brand new web site, within the framework of our existing site, which enables customers to make online bookings and request brochures. The new site also offers a great deal of information on all our holidays, excursions and theatre trips with photographs, full itineraries, hotels and links to other external web sites ensuring that as much information as possible is available to our customers.

"We shall be monitoring every aspect of the online booking process and it is our intention to include online bookings for all holidays and theatre trips when we launch our summer 2009 programme in October this year. Customers can, of course, still making bookings by visiting our offices, telephoning or by post.”


Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council

JPCAt the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 17th March 2008 Members discussed three planning issues and fourteen items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded.

Members considered planning application 07/03591/FUL for the replacement of existing work units at Mayfield Farm, Bear Lane in Henley-in-Arden. They were aware that there had been business activity on the site since 1940, with a wide variety of businesses having occupied the premises over the years since then. They also considered the intensity of the proposals, the effect on the green belt, the impact on employment, and the opportunity for a safer, tidier environment.

Members noted that the application conformed to the Local Plan Review 1996 to 2011 and the Parish Plan, which supported regeneration where there was existing employment. They also considered that a workforce within small units on this site had its merits, given the loss of employment potential in the town in recent years. They agreed that there was no significant impact on the green belt as, based on the information available, the new buildings would be no higher and be no greater in volume than the existing units.

Members believed that the new buildings would result in a better environment but imposed conditions being that the assurance given concerning the volume and height of the buildings was substantiated, and that the new tenants on completion of the development would not be “bad neighbours” in terms of noise, traffic and pollution. In addition they stipulated a condition that the materials used should be sensitive to the rural setting of the proposed development.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 7th April 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.

Thinking of becoming a Parish Councillor

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

www.henley-in-arden.org.jpc

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Primary SchoolHenley Primary

Henley Primary has new windows!

This week sees the first phase of new windows completed at Henley Primary School. The school has had new windows in all the offices, throughout Year One and part of Year Reception. It has made a big difference to the appearance of the school as you can see below!

Old Windows

Before new windows

New Windows

After new windows

The school will continue to replace windows throughout over the next few years, so watch this space!

PS Henley Primary School raised £713.00 at the Book Fair, only slightly missing their target, by £20.00, so well done to all those people who contributed and bought a book!

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher


Primary SchoolSt Mary's Primary

Science Week at St Mary's

SchoolSt. Mary’s Primary School held their Science Week last week.

Everyone had a wonderful time enjoying new experiences.

Children saw the largest butterfly in the world on Monday; amazing K’nex models were made on Tuesday while KS2 children learnt about the history of chocolate and how chocolate bars were made at Cadbury World on Wednesday.

Thursday was science investigation and egg challenge morning and KS1 went to Hatton Country World to see the animals and their babies. Our picture right shows a Meer Cat.

On Friday children enjoyed science and Art together in wonderful art work created by the children when Nash visited and helped the children create large art pictures depicting various aspects of space travel and exploration.

School

K'nex challenge

School

Cadbury World

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report v Knowle Res

Cup/League:  Challenge Urn Jack Mould - Semi Final 1st Leg
Date:  15/3/08
Final Score: 1-0 (Knowle)
Man of the Match: Ben Saunders (Mid-field)

Football

Ben Saunders stretches for the ball.

Knowle’s ground has become pretty familiar having had a number of Cup appearances to add to league games.

Beating Knowle on a number of occasions, we knew they would be up for trying to even up the score sheet.

The game got off to a rapid start; good responses from the Forest lads after bowing out of one Semi Final, showed determination and fight throughout the first half, taking the game to them at their place. Going close to a couple of goals in the first half, with our keeper making a couple of good saves himself. By far, we were the better side – possession and quality portrayed from the Forest. Weather conditions played a big part in this game – for both sides, leaving the pitch at half time nil-nil.

Came out in the second half, with Knowle coming out of the blocks a pace quicker than Forest, a couple of occasions they went close, through our sloppy marking – again, a repeat from the first half – chances being squandered. Knowle scored a goal through sloppy marking, losing the game 1-nil. Disappointed in the fact that we need to score.

Manager John Colby said of the game “I’m disappointed in the result, not the play because I felt we played well- Playing well is one thing, scoring goals is what matters!”

Man of the Match goes Mid Fielder Ben Saunders “Been out for a while, came back into games recently – played him in the centre of mid field and he played well.” My keeper had another quality game, back four played well, midfield played and upfront worked hard.

Karen Parsons
Secretary
HENLEY FOREST FC


John Garner's Business Column

Holiday pay

John GarnerHere's another pitfall for the unwary employer.

All employees are now entitled to 4.8 weeks holiday per annum (that's 24 working days for anyone working a 5 day week). Part time employees are entitled to the same pro-rata. This has been in force since 1st October 2007 and, subject to further consultation, is expected to increase to 5.6 weeks (28 working days) on 1st April 2009.

If your employees are salaried then you must ensure you give them at least 4.8 weeks holiday in the year. You can specify in the contract if there are any days that they must take as holiday (eg when the company is closed between Christmas and New Year).

Now this figure of 24 days includes paid bank holidays. This applies to all employers who have been offering just the 20 statutory days holiday entitlement to staff without the obligation to pay the eight bank holiday days, so some employees have previously only been able to receive twelve days paid holiday.

You can count bank holidays as part of the employee's entitlement, although most organisations give paid bank holidays as an extra, depending on the commercial sector (often the retail sector does not). Many employers give a lot more, especially the Civil Service (surprise, surprise!).

For larger employers the additional costs of these extra holiday days can perhaps be absorbed, but for small businesses this won't be the case and for the very small employer this can create a huge headache.

With full time staff should it's easy to make the calculation of holidays in days, but if you employ part timers it can get quite complicated. The easiest thing to do in this case is to convert holiday and bank holiday entitlement to hours; doing this will make the calculation much simpler.

If you have a part time employee who works a different number of hours each month you should work out the proportion of holiday to which he/she is entitled in each month. If you don't actually let them have this amount of time off then you must increase their pay to compensate. The easiest way is to work this out as a percentage of their hourly rate and add this on to each hour you pay them. Note, you can only give pay in lieu for any extra time up until 1st April 2009.

There is a tool to help you calculate your employees' entitlement here.

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk


Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMIs Britishness the new word?

Listening to the news recently all children will be swearing allegiance to the Queen and Country. But why? Has someone in Westminster realised the British culture is so diverse now, we don’t really have anything you could call British.

The most popular takeaway food is Chicken Tikka Massala. All government information is printed in many different languages. No one can discriminate on grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation. age, disability.

So where does the allegiance come in? What will it prove? What will the words say? I would love some suggestions !

Or is it trying to backtrack on what the Home Secretary (I think Roy Jenkins) enforced in the 60’s, by saying no one has to integrate.

Grumpy Old Man


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Another Budget for the rich and the poor

Nigel Hastilow American billionairess Leona Helmsley once declared: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." She did get 19 months in jail and a reputation as “the Queen of Mean”. But she had a point.

For the very rich, tax is voluntary. You pay if you want and where you can get the best deal.

For the very poor, taxes are largely irrelevant as well. They’re on benefits so any money they earn is via the black economy, cash in hand, no questions asked.

The rest of us, the little people, the middle-income wage slaves, carry almost the entire tax burden. The Budget was all about us – nothing to do with the very poor or the very rich.

It’s Alistair Darling’s first as Chancellor and, quite possibly, his last given the multi-billion pound home loan he’s given Northern Rock. And as he faces a serious economic slow-down, soaring fuel prices and a plummeting housing market, he’ll be worrying about the R word. We’ve been lucky over the last 15 years. Recession passed us by. Instead we have enjoyed booming jobs growth, not all of it in the public sector. And ever-rising taxes. Many people felt that didn’t matter because we were pretty well-off, what with all that easy credit, job security and doubling house prices.

Now, though, things look very different. Anyone who heats a house, buys petrol or eats bread will know that prices are rising even faster than council taxes. Houses arena’t selling. House-builders are going bust – especially those throwing up “city living” apartments for rich young people who don’t actually want to pay through the nose to live in Stoke-on-Trent. The banks are cutting back on lending – it’s hardly surprising they don’t trust us any more when they won’t even trust each other. The Bank of England may want to cut interest rates but its first job is to keep inflation under control so there isn’t much room for manoeuvre. Mr Darling should have cut taxes to stimulate the economy. But he couldn’t do that and keep on spending vast sums of our money on public services.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance says 66 per cent of us think the nation "could lower taxes without having to cut spending on vital services if Britain reformed public services and cut waste". There is no need for ever-rising taxes. There’s only so much blood you can squeeze from a stone. The taxman is worried. He’s clobbering small businesses because they can’t go abroad. Their taxes are rising to pay for tax cuts for multi-nationals, which can. Tax on the sale of a small business has gone up 80 per cent; income tax on couples running family firms could double in some cases.

The rich move their money abroad and the taxman scurries after them. He has even paid out £100,000 for bank records stolen from the tax haven of Lichtenstein in a bid to track down some of these missing millions. It’s a highly dubious deal. The computer data was stolen so surely Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are guilty of handling stolen goods and benefiting from the proceeds of crime. What’s more, this incident demonstrates a pretty cavalier attitude on the part of the Government towards allegedly confidential information. What price the security of the national identity card database?

Mr Darling has postponed the 2p a gallon increase in petrol tax but that’s hardly very generous because whenever the oil companies put up the price, the tax-take rises as well. The Government netted an extra £4 billion at the petrol pumps in the last year. Every 5p a litre rise is another 1p in tax. The gas and electricity companies keep putting up prices and reporting massive profits. But every time our bills rise, we pay more VAT. The Government’s raking in a windfall tax already.

Despite claims that we like higher taxes, it’s clear we hate them. The Tories staved off a General Election they would have lost just by announcing plans to reduce inheritance tax. It’s immoral to take more out of people’s pockets than is absolutely necessary. Bizarrely, some people swallow the argument that the more tax you pay the better you are as a person. It’s nonsense but that doesn’t stop politicians exploiting our wish to be good citizens.

Worse, high taxes are counter-productive because the rich – and their job-creating companies – go abroad. Those of us left behind have to pick up their tax bills as well as our own. We little people are short of cash. We need to hang on to what we’ve got, thanks very much. And as for a “green” taxes, they’re just a con to rake in the money the Treasury’s losing on cigarettes.

And don’t be deceived by Ruth Kelly’s announcement last week or the BBC’s tragic coverage of it – congestion charging is still just around the corner. Just ask Chancellor Darling.

Nigel Hastilow      
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Latest Info on low CO2 cars.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a green car but some are relatively more green than others and not using a car isn’t an option for many of us. Recent tests by "Which" magazine show that under practical driving conditions, cars generally have higher fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than the official figures but usually, the relative ranking of best performers is roughly the same. The official tests neglect several features of practical motoring by assuming level ground, only one person in the car and steady speeds on motorways. Figures below are from the Which practical testing.

Top of the list for fuel economy and low CO2 (123grams/kilometre) is still the Toyota Prius petrol-electric hybrid. It is expensive (£17,120 to £1,9620) but is a full sized hatchback with space for all the family and is a competent all round performer. Slightly smaller, especially in the boot, and also slightly cheaper is the Honda Civic Hybrid (126g/km).

Smaller cars have lower CO2 than large ones and diesels are lower than petrol of similar performance. Competing with the above near the top of the green league table is the VW Polo Blue Motion 1 diesel at 60.1mpg (125g/km) but not on a like for like basis, since it is much smaller and also very much cheaper (about £12,000). The technically complex and expensive hybrid technology of the Prius and Civic are replaced by small size and lower weight to achieve the good fuel economy and low CO2. The slightly heavier, higher spec Blue Motion 2 is a little higher on CO2. Others in the small car category are the Mini Cooper 1.6 D (133g/km), lively and rewarding to drive and the Smart ForTwo Coupe (134g/km) which costs under £7,000 new in its lowest spec form. It’s a two seat city car which is particularly easy to park but noisy at motorway speeds. Moving up in price and size but not much in CO2 we come to the £17,260 VW Passat Blue Motion (137g/km) and the£15,000 Citroen C4 1.6 HDi (138g/km). Finally at £18,345 to £21435 (150g/km) comes the BMW 118d. This car is noteworthy because it has better fuel economy than its predecessor combined with a power increase from 122 to 143 HP. This has been achieved by careful design and inclusion of stop-start technology. The engine stops when you select neutral and restarts as you depress the clutch to select a gear to get moving again.

If, like us, you prefer to buy second hand, look at small to medium diesels. We are very pleased with the 2001 Ford Focus 1.8TDi we bought. It has good acceleration due to excellent mid range torque and is smooth and quiet especially on the motorway. The handling is also good. Two suitcases fit in the boot with space for other things as well and the back seats are decent sized and comfortable. It’s retuning 47mpg so CO2 is only slightly higher than that of the BMW above but at a fraction of the depreciation costs.

John Stott


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Henley Rotary Charity Walk

Sunday 4th May 2008

 

Why not walk from Henley to a 'Party by the Canal' at Lowsonford and raise funds for your favourite charity. This year's Henley Rotary Charity Walk will start from Warwickshire College between 10am and 12noon on Sunday 4th May 2008.

Party by the Canal
The route will be 5 miles to a halt by the canal at Lowsonford, where there will be a Jazz Band and Barbecue. For those who do not wish to walk back the 5 miles back to Henley by a different route, there will be a mini bus service provided by Johnsons. If you don't want to walk out to Lowsonford, a mini bus will take you to the party from Warwickshire College.

Walk for your Charity
75% of your fund raising will go to your nominated Charity and 25% to the Rotary charities.

Enter a Team
All organisations, clubs, pubs and families are invited to enter teams.

For further information, go to the Charity Walk website and register.

www.henleynews.co.uk/charitywalk/

We hope that you will join us for a most enjoyable day and raise some money for your favourite charity. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, for without their help this event could not take place.

Our Sponsors include:-
Johnsons
Warwickshire College

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HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
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.

GUILD HALL GARDEN COMMITTEE
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!

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
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.

HENLEY CHARITY WALK
Sunday 4th May from Warwickshire College to Lowsonford and back. 'Party by the Canal' at Lowsonford with Jazz Band and Barbecue. Rotary invites teams from Henley's Organisations, Pubs and Clubs to enter. 75% of a walker's fundraising to their nominated charity and 25% to Rotary Charities. Further details from John Latham 0121 627 5058.

HENLEY’S HIDDEN GARDENS
Saturday and Sunday 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).

HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Arc you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hal, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself. Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information, Contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837

HENLEY IN ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets Friday and Sunday from September to May in the Memorial Hall. Details contact Alan Barber on 793320. Thursday evenings from 7.30 –9.30 pm at Henley Community Primary School. Details please ring Pauline Barber on 793320.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday, and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays, from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564-794903.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A34 just outside Henley. The Club welcome new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org

B4CB4C
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.

Bridge ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.

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