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Edition 201- 10th April 2008
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SDCDistrict Council Election for Henley Ward

The following nominations have been published for the election on 1st May 2008.

  • Brett Parsons (UKIP)
  • Karyl Rees (Lib Dem)
  • Stephen Thirlwell (Cons).

Much Ado About Nothing or A Case of 2 Logos

Civic Society
JPC Logo

Minutes of a Meeting held at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street,
Henley-in-Arden on Monday 17th March 2008.

11. Any Other Business – exchange of information only.
Each Councillor is requested to use this opportunity to report minor matters of information not included elsewhere on the agenda and to raise items for future agendas.

Councillors are respectfully reminded that this is not an opportunity for debate or decision making.

Cllr Matheou raised the following:
- He was concerned as to the unauthorized use of the Council’s logo.

The above is an extract of the minutes.

Meeting of Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council will take place on
Monday 7th April 2008 from 7.15pm in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden


14. Exclusion of the public from the meeting.
The Chairman to move: “that pursuant to Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the remaining business of the meeting in view of the fact that the nature of the proceedings will be such that, if members of the public were present during consideration of such business, there would be disclosed to them of exempt information under Paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 of schedule 12A to the said Act.”

VB16   To discuss authorisation of the use of the Joint Parish Council’s logo.

The above is an extract of the agenda.

Former JPC Councillor Gerrie Bruce told Henley NEWS On-line, "I recall the JPC agreed to adopt the logo suggested jointly by both Dan Wild and myself after discussion which centered on the fact that the Logo designed by Dawn Leech was so good and pertinent to Henley it would be very difficult to improve on it.  Small changes were made and agreed by the JPC. Since then it has been in use and I have not heard that any problem was associated with it any way".

Maggie Twigg, former Chairman of the Henley and Beaudesert Society, told Henley NEWS On-line, "I can confirm that Dawn Leech designed the logo and it was adopted July 20th 2003. It was used as a heading on the Society note paper - I have a copy of a letter dated August 5th 2003."

Malcolm Coulter, High Street resident, contacted Henley NEWS On-line and said,"It was with some incredulity that I read the Minutes of the Henley-in-Arden JPC for the 17th of March. Item 11 is certainly a "minor matter" and not worth mentioning, but when this is linked to Item 14, I feel that all residents should be discussing it. It is difficult to believe that in this time of 'transparency" that any responsible person could wish to use Section 100A(4) over such trivia. I can only wonder at the reasons why people vote for small mindedness."

A response has been requested from the JPC.

Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMLogo or No-go?

I have been tittering for the past few days over comments made by a few people via email, JPC minutes, and verbally.

May be this will spark a repeat of events that happened a few years back. Cast your minds back to January / February 2006 and all the website copying, police raids etc. Is it all going to happen again?

Please read there is an extract below.


Following information received, the Police visited the home of the editor of Henley NEWS On-line on Wednesday evening (8th). The investigating officer told the editor's wife that the police were enquiring into the alleged break in and/or theft of information from

May be Mr and Mrs Leech need to procure some prison uniforms, just in case ! Bill for publishing this and Dawn for actually designing the logo in the first place. How dare they?

What I believe was, Dawn Leech originally designed a logo for the Henley in Arden the Civic society. Then the JPC designed their logo which was very similar to the Civic society's, as the original concept by Dawn could not be improved on. (abridged version of events).

Then 5 years on Councillors are discussing unauthorised use of their logo. All discussions were held without the public being present. This sounds like spoilt children throwing their toys out of the playpen. Come on grow up. Or the outcome maybe more sinister?

The JPC could be planning to take the Civic Society court for unauthorised use of the logo? Did you know there is no limit to JPC spending? They could run up many thousands of pounds of legal costs which would have to be paid for by you and me the council tax payer.

I know there is much being said and written, but all of these issues can easily go away if the Councillor who started this nonsense realised how silly it is and withdraw their questions and comments. We should all be concentrating on making Henley a great place to live and work in, not petty arguments over a logo which was ‘copied’ in the first place.

I cannot wait until the minutes of the JPC (7th April) this week are published. Or will they be altered before being published ? Or shall I expect a knock on my door?

Grumpy Old Man

Winter Scenes in Beaudesert & Henley Last Sunday

One week after Easter and with British Summer Time, Christmas scenes returned to Beaudesert and Henley. On Sunday 6th April 2008, residents awoke to find there had been about 3 cms of snow overnight. Sue Bridgewater recorded the scenes in Beaudesert and Carol Robson recorded the scenes in the Guild Hall garden. Brian Twigg and Bill Leech toured Henley.

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Photos by Sue Bridgwater




Photos by Bill Leech

Guild Hall



Photos by Carol Robson


Photo by Brian Twigg

Winter Wonderland in Claverdon

Our resident correspondent in Claverdon, Clive Hanley, was also out last Sunday recording the scenes in and around Claverdon.

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Photos by Clive Hanley

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Henley Rotary Charity Walk

Sunday 4th May 2008

This year's Henley Rotary Charity Walk, which starts from Warwickshire College between 10am and 12noon on Sunday 4th May 2008, has received very generous sponsorship from many of our local businesses including:

Johnsons Quality Coach Travel - Henley's largest employer

Warwickshire College - which is providing facilities for the start and finish

Henley-in-Arden Golf and Country Club - The location for Rotary's regular meetings.

Lodders Solicitors - which has been providing legal advice in the area for 150 years.

David Wilson Homes - which is building at the North end of the town.

Raynet - which is providing radio control and safety cover for the event.

Inner Wheel - which is providing refreshments at Lowsonford.

Henley NEWS On-line - which has provided the publicity.

United Business Centres - which has just opened fully serviced offices in Forward House.

Many other local businesses, including the Henley Ice Cream Parlour & The White Swan are supporting the event in various ways.

Walk for your Charity
75% of your fund raising goes to your nominated Charity and 25% to the Rotary charities. All the money you raise goes to charity. Our sponsors have paid for all the costs and made a substantial donation to our charities fund.

Enter a Team
All organisations, clubs, pubs and families are invited to enter team. Register on-line and download a sponsorship form from the website below. Please tell your friends about this great day out.

For further information, go to the Charity Walk website and please register on-line now to assist us with estimating the numbers who will be walking.

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.

Kind regards

Bill Leech
President Elect
Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club


Flying Start to Heritage Centre's Season

Visitors 2008

In the very first week of opening for the 2008 season the Heritage Centre hosted a group of adult visitors. The party were members of Kenilworth Probus Club. They were given a rousing welcome by Town Crier Gordon Trinder, which put them in good spirits. After a conducted tour of the centre the group repaired to the White Swan for lunch and then completed their “Henley Experience” by a visit to the Guild Hall, where the features and history were outlined by custodian Alan Robson, and a short visit to St John’s church.

Visitors are captivated by the completeness of Henley’s story of itself, and this party was no exception.

The Centre acquired a lovely new artifact this week. Mr Richard Thornton, of Kings Heath, had been put in touch with the Centre by a friend who had visited Henley and knew that he was looking for a safe home for his wife Edna’s old doll’s house. Mrs Thornton passed away last year after long illness. She was born in 1923 and had been given this doll’s house at the age of two. It was already second hand at that time so it might be anything up to 100 years old.

The bumpy ride from Kings Heath left the inside of the house in a state of turmoil, so Rose Sharman, granddaughter of Trustee and former curator Derek Sharman, kindly undertook to put it in order. Some of the result is shown here. The house contains some surprising things, including a camel! Everything probably tells a tale: if only it could speak.

Doll's House
Doll's House

The doll’s house will shortly go on display alongside the 1940 Mobo mechanical horse and the 1940 doll’s pram with its 1920’s occupant. It is expected to be a big hit with young and old alike.

Ray Holding
Curator and Trustee

No Worry about Our Library

New Mobile Service a success

Dear Editor

Mobile LibraryI read with some concern the note on Henley NEWS On-line from the Wootton Wawen correspondent regarding posters and rumours in the town that we do not intend to re-open Henley Library.

Please can you assure your readers and all residents that this is simply not the case. I sincerely apologise for the time taken to restore the service but ask the residents to please bear with us a while longer.

The Mobile Service which begins this Friday (4th April) is an interim measure and will continue every third Friday until the library at the Guild Hall re-opens. It is stopping at The Fire Station between 1pm and 3pm. The dates currently fixed are: Fridays 4th April, 25th April, 16th May, 5th June, and 27th June.

If residents have any questions, concerns or queries regarding the library or its temporary replacement service they are welcome to write to me at the address below or email me at

Yours sincerely

Tanya Butchers
Divisional Librarian - South
Warwickshire Libraries, Learning and Culture
Stratford-upon-Avon Library & Information Centre
12 Henley Street

Stop Press - Despite a little bit of confusion for some, 64 people used the mobile today! Tanya Butchers - 4th April 2008

Gym membership offer on Henley Charity Walk Day

GymWarwickshire College is sponsoring the start and finish points of the Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden Charity Walk this year - and will also be running a special offer on gym membership for people who join on the day.

The five and 10-mile walks take place on Sunday, May 4, with the start and finish points at the college’s Henley-in-Arden Centre, where there is parking for more than 200 cars. Walkers can start any time between 10am and midday. Walkers will be able to use the college vending machines and toilet facilities, have a look at the gym facilities, talk to gym instructors and pick up brochures on college courses. If they join the gym on the day for a minimum of three months they can get 30 days FREE membership. They don’t have to have the induction on the day, just fill in the paperwork and book their initial visit. Gym membership costs £21.50 per month.

People taking part in the Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden Charity Walk are asked to get sponsorship, with 75 per cent of the fundraising going to their nominated charity, and 25 percent to the Rotary charities. People can enter as organisations, clubs, pubs and family teams, and there are prizes for individuals and teams. All walkers will receive a medal provided by Cure Leukaemia when they cross the finishing line.

At the five-mile point by the canal at Lowsonford, there will be a party taking place, with a jazz band and barbecue. People who do not want to walk the five miles back can be picked up by minibus.

David Wilson Homes launches Show Apartment

Housebuilder David Wilson Mercia has recently launched a two-bedroom show apartment at its brand new Henley Point development on Birmingham Road in Henley-in-Arden.

The two-bedroom Leet style apartment has been stylishly designed by interior design company Show Business Interiors. Lucy Wilson, Design Manager at Show Business explained, “We wanted to create somewhere which had the ‘wow’ factor and which shows off the quality of this development and by using a palette of black, cream and taupe, this has certainly been achieved. Materials such as luxurious Osbourne and Little wallpaper have been used to cover focal walls and create very memorable features, whilst strong lighting and bold artwork completes the scheme.”

David Wilson Homes

Chris Ashmore, Sales Director for David Wilson Mercia commented, “Henley Point is an exclusive development of only 34 executive homes which are ideal for a range of buyers, from young professionals to families. It was therefore important that the show apartment reflected the range of different lifestyles that Henley Point caters for. Since its launch at the beginning of the month (March) Henley Point has proven very popular with local homebuyers who have been impressed with the great selection of homes available and the development’s excellent location.”

Henley Point comprises one- and two-bedroom apartments along with three-, four- and five-bedroom detached houses; the first of the homes will be ready to move into in May. Prices start from £189,000.

For more information please contact 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

David Wilson Homes is one of the generous sponsors of this year's Henley Rotary Charity Walk.

Henley Wednesday Club Celebration

Last week, the Wednesday Club celebrated its 22nd birthday and also the 90th birthday of one of its members.

Over 50 members and friends thoroughly enjoyed a delicious tea after listening to some superb singing by Solihull's musical group "Singing for Pleasure".

Visually impaired people are most welcome to visit the Club - for further information contact Sue Maskell on 0121 705 3926 or Pam Ford on 01564 792724.

Pam Ford Reporting

Have you registered for the "Henley Charity Walk"?

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

Charity Walk 2008 Website and Registration

Download your Entry & Sponsorship forms NOW!

Recent Property Sales in Henley

  • 6, School House Mews, B95 5FP - Sold for £164,000 on 08-02-2008
  • Melrose, New Road, B95 5HY - Sold for £350,000 on 24-01-2008
  • The Gate House, Beaudesert Lane, B95 5JY - Sold for £220,000 on 24-01-2008
  • 2, De Montfort Court, B95 5HX - Sold for £180,000 on 06-12-2007
  • Maple House, Toms Close, B95 5GZ - Sold for £875,000 on 07-08-2007
  • 5, Beaudesert Place, B95 5BF - Sold for £525,000 on 07-06-2007


10th Warwickshire Charity Golf Day

WASP APPEAL - Warwickshire Action for Stroke Project

Warwickshire Charity Golf day has been organised for the last decade by Peter Wimbush [] and Rosemary Stretton-Cox. This, the 10th year of this event will sadly be the final year.

During the last 10 years they have raised over £60,000 always for LOCAL Warwickshire Charities and this year they have chosen the WASP APPEAL in the hope of realising well over £3,500 to provide 2 specialist wheelchairs and other pieces of vital equipment necessary to aid recovery for stroke patients in the Feldon Dedicated Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Royal Leamington Spa.

This year, as usual, the Golf Day will be held at Henley Golf and Country Club on Tuesday 10th June.

Further teams can enter and entry forms and further details are available from Rosemary Stretton-Cox – telephone 01789 488550. It is hoped to make this final occasion EXTRA SPECIAL and raise a really substantial sum, so if you are willing to sponsor, make a donation or offer raffle or team prizes, please contact Rosemary Stretton-Cox on 01789 488550 or Pat Phillips on 01564 793114

Shakespeare Country reaches millions in the US

StratfordShakespeare Country is working with British Heritage Cities on an exciting promotion to host the 7th annual PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Friendship Tour in the United States. The promotion, which will give 35 couples the chance to enjoy a week-long vacation in Britain, is being organised with VisitBritain, American Airlines and the Public Broadcasting Service TV network. Shakespeare Country, along with the other six members of this exclusive club – Bath, Canterbury, Chester, Durham, Oxford and York – will gain on-air television exposure to around 90-million households across the United States worth a monetary value exceeding $4,000,000.

One reason VisitBritain approached Britain's Heritage Cities was to make the link between the 7th anniversary of the Tour and the fact that the group boasts seven of the best known historic cities in Britain. Eight hotels in Shakespeare Country are participating in the promotion and 'donating' ten 3-night B&B stays. These include the Stratford Manor, Ettington Park, Charingworth Manor, Warwick Hilton, MacDonald Hotels - Alveston Manor & Swan's Nest, Thistle Stratford upon Avon, The Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club and the Holiday Inn Stratford upon Avon.

PBS TV does not accept advertising, so on-air coverage through their entire network of stations is extremely valuable. The 35 holidays will be auctioned off to viewers during more than six hours of air-time, during 'pledge drives', as well as through other PBS publications and online. The highest bidders will then be invited to travel to Britain during the course of 2008.

Phil Hackett, Chief Executive of Shakespeare Country stated "We’re delighted to be working alongside Britain’s Heritage Cities on this exciting promotion. The promotion will undoubtedly raise the profile of Stratford-upon-Avon and give the town massive recognition amongst visitors from the United States."

For theatre and attraction tickets, accommodation, brochures, special offers and more information visit or call Shakespeare Country on 0870 160 7930. Contact the Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa Tourist Information Centres for discounted tickets for Warwick Castle, Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds, Shakespearience and Blenheim Palace.

Habitat Survival Trust

Habitat Survival TrustSeveral weeks ago we gave up buying water in plastic bottles and now drink it straight from the tap. We have never used plastic bags from the supermarket or anywhere else but take boxes and several voluminous bags placed in the car. I make a nuisance of myself suggesting to assistants in shops that they do not dish out plastic bags willy nilly regardless of whether a customer has one of their own or not, and I save everything made of plastic with the intention of taking the whole lot back to Tescos, then emptying it all out on the floor with the question 'Would you like to feed this to your children?' Of course, like most lilley livered individuals, I never do because my son rescues it first, then takes it to Sainsburys where he says it is ALL recycled which, of course, is nonsense. More than likely it is transported all the way to China only to find its way back to the sea from there, which brings me to my sleepless night listening to the World Service and again the following morning to the Today Programme on radio four.

Midway Island in the Pacific is inundated with literally tons and tons of plastic swirling about in turquoise blue waters which used to be pristone and full of plankton, food for wildlife. Now, as well as nets and bottletops, man-made plastic rubbish is delivered daily by the tide, the most insidious being minute particles of plastic waste which mothers mistakenly feed to their young, which then starve to death unless plastic kills them first. I guess nothing can be done unless a dredger is sent to scoop up this carcinogenic rubbish from the sea but then again, more will follow because THE PUBLIC IS NOT SHOUTING LOUD ENOUGH for the supermarket wallahs of this world to hear.

Our precious and beautiful wildlife has done nothing to deserve this appalling situation so please people, stand up to be counted and do something no matter how small, if not for the wildlife of this world then for your children at the end of the food chain. People power is strong. If we do this together, we can make a difference.

Molly Corfield,
Trustee, Habitat Survival Trust.

Laurence Marshall Reports

MarshallAt the Town meeting on 1st April, District Councillor Laurence Marshall reported on his work during the last 12 months. He has supplied Henley NEWS On-line with a copy of his report which is reproduced below.

I’m one of your two elected members of Stratford District Council for the Ward of Henley. The other one being Stephen Thirlwell. For those who don’t know, the Henley Ward is made up of the parishes of Beaudesert & Henley in Arden along with Wootton Wawen and we represent approximately 3,700 electors in over 2,000 properties spreading from as far north as the very top of Liveridge Hill,to as far south as Salters Lane which is a couple of miles further south of Wootton Hall.

My past year as District Councillor can be split into two primary roles. The first representing & supporting the interests of individual residents of the ward, in their dealings with the council - often referred to as casework. For example, helping somebody progress his or her position on the housing register or helping them resolve a problem with their waste collection service or with a planning matter or even trying to help resolve financial problems. As the credit crunch tightens its grip, it’s a fact that the number of people experiencing financial difficulties and despair is on the increase and, contrary to popular belief, the Henley Ward features quite high up in the districts deprivation mapping.

My second primary role (as to put it) has been representing the electorate as a whole, within the existing structures of the council, where my committee appointments include the Arden Area Community Committee, Overview & Scrutiny Committee A, West Area Planning and the Planning & Regulation Committee where I am Vice-Chairman.

Actively participating in the work of these committees and taking the opportunity to get involved with the various working parties created within these committees gives me the opportunity to have greater influence over the strategic direction of the council thereby making sure that the views of our residents actually count for something.

As with anything in life you can’t win them all and there are ups and there are downs. Amongst the ups of the year I’d count successfully contesting the South Warwickshire Housing Associations’ funding request for 100% affordable housing on the cattle market site, even though it was the lead officer’s recommendation that it should be approved.

It’s my view that the importance of providing affordable housing to satisfy LOCAL need cannot be over emphasised but in this instance the plan was to build to suit the size of the plot rather than the identified need!

I firmly believe that the most commonsense approach to affordable housing is for each locality throughout the district to satisfy its own identified need thereby reducing the strain on service and infrastructure provision and maintaining the essential character of a locality as best possible. This view is supported by the Local Development Framework Working Group of which Stephen Thirlwell and I are both members.

As for the future of the Cattle Market site, the Senior Planner met with Taylor Wimpey’s agent at the end of February and they talked about various issues that arose as a result of the last application that was withdrawn. As Planning understand matters, Taylor Wimpey are considering their options in the light of the moratorium and have no clear picture of whether a revised application will be submitted at this stage.

And as for the downs, I mentioned, well, the biggest down for me has been the council’s decision to cut the number of Area Community Committees instead of taking the opportunity to increase them and make them more relevant by giving them funding to tackle local issues more effectively.

In my view a genuine window of opportunity to empower people to have greater influence over their lives and local services has been lost.

I spoke last year about waste collection and, as you are probably aware, as from August of this year, a new domestic refuse service is being introduced which will include a weekly collection of kitchen waste as well as an alternate weekly collection of paper, glass, tins, garden waste and for the first time plastics and cardboard.

We have been promised a tailored service that identifies the peculiarities of certain properties in Henley such as flats and terraced houses where the storage of wheelie bins could be a problem. We will be busy monitoring the introduction of the service to make sure we get what we’ve been promised.

As I mentioned earlier, although we have quite an extensive and spread out area to cover, the Henley Ward is widely acknowledged throughout the District Council as having some of the best communication with its residents via its In Touch newsletters which are delivered free of charge to each household four times each year.

I’d like to finish by thanking everybody for their support over the past 12 months.

Refuse & Recycling Leaflet

Laurence Marshall has provided Henley NEWS On-line with a leaflet which summarises new Refuse and Recycling Service.

Assisted Bin Collections

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council is changing its Waste and Recycling Contract. From August 2008 additional wheeled bins will be used to collect general waste and dry recycling from your kerbside. Some residents need assistance with moving their bags, bins and boxes under the current collection arrangements, but with a new contract the District Council is looking to re-assess and update the database of those requiring help.
Over the next few weeks the District Council will be writing to all those residents registered under the current scheme to re-affirm their need for continued assistance. If you currently receive help with your bins and do not receive a letter by the end of June 2008 asking for confirmation that you need continued support, please contact Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 267575.
If you are not currently registered, but feel you would qualify for an assisted collection, please also contact Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 267575.  The requirement is that there is no-one at a property able to move the bins because of age (over 75), medical grounds, or a disability. Wheeled bins will be distributed to all houses in early summer, but will not be accepted for collection until August 2008.
For more information on the changes to the waste and recycling contract and how they will effect you, please visit the Council’s website at

Changes to Stray Dog Service

SDCWith National Pet month on 5 April to 5 May, Stratford-on-Avon District Council would like to remind residents that from April Warwickshire Police will no longer accept stray dogs from members of the public as this duty has now been transferred to the District Council.

The new service will operate as follows:
During normal office hours between Monday and Friday from 9am to 4pm stray dogs will be dealt with by the District Council’s Dog Warden on the same day by phoning 01789 260835.

At any other time the District Council will operate a message handling service by phoning 01789 414066 and the Dog Warden will deal with the issue on the next working day.

How do I report a stray dog?
Lost and stray dogs can be a danger and cause concern for those using streets and highways, but there is help to deal with problems. If you find a stray dog, contact Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260835 and the Dog Warden will collect the dog.

To report a stray dog, you may be asked to provide the following information:

  • your contact details, name, address, telephone, email;
  • a description of the dog, for example, its type, colour, size, age;
  • the time and date when you found the dog;
  • where you found the dog and
  • where the dog should be collected from.

If you have a complaint regarding dogs straying on school premises or interfering with the flow of traffic, the District Council will deal with this urgently. Please remember that it is a criminal offence not to report a stray dog.

The District Council’s Dog Warden service aims to deal with problems caused by the four main symptoms of irresponsible dog ownership noisy dogs, aggressive dogs, dog fouling and straying dogs. If a dog is caught straying, dog wardens try to trace the owners and notify them as to where their dog may be collected. Any stray dogs are kept safely for up to seven days.

National Pet Month: Promotes the benefits of pet ownership, while encouraging people to raise funds for animal welfare groups. Theme is Great British Pets. A special Wet Nose Day takes place on April 23 –

Curry night for British Red Cross

Red CrossOn Wednesday 7th May, the fabulous Pickles Indian and Bagladeshi restaurant in Henley in Arden will be holding an event to raise money for the British Red Cross in support of the charity’s local and international work. The night includes a 3 course meal, entertainment, an auction which includes a signed football from the popstar Robbie Williams and costs just £25 per person.

The Red Cross provides services across Warwickshire and were at hand to help during the floods last summer. The Red Cross set up rest centre’s for stranded flood victims in Stratford on Avon, Wellesbourne and Henley in Arden, supported the ambulance service across Warwickshire, they also gave out food parcels, wheelchairs, beds, blankets and pillows.

In Henley in Arden a friendly local farmer even picked up 2 of their volunteers and drove them through the floods to get to the rest centre so they could run it.

To book a table please phone the restaurant on 01564 784466, there is a non-refundable deposit of £10. The restaurant has plenty of parking and is located on Stratford Road, Liveridge Hill, Henley-in Arden, B95 5QA. To know more about the work of the Red Cross please ring 02476 304200.

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

Following an earlier approach from film production company Maya Vision, a large body of Court officers assembled at the Guild Hall on Friday to contribute to a coming BBC TV series about life in mediaeval England. The theme was the evolution of trade regulations and the enforcement regimes which accompanied them, ale tasting being a very good example of enforcement following upon the Assize of Bread and Ale of 1267. It’s not just today’s government which likes regulation.

BBC tv

Ale Tasters Andrew Gardner and John Dalman (first and second left) get the background from presenter Michael Wood
before discharging their duties. The Court was aided by Henley’s historian Jonathan Dovey, front right.

Much of the time was spent in a long discussion about market origins and trade practices, with a good deal of browsing through the Court’s ancient Records and other sources. Some interesting references were discussed, including one from the fourteenth century which said that “the quality of Ale might vary from thin barley water to something so thick it looked as though pigs had been wrestling in it”.

The group then moved in solemn procession to the White Swan, where the process of Ale Tasting was demonstrated by ale-tasters Andrew Gardner and John Dalman, to the usual chorus of helpful comments from their Court colleagues. Landlady Linda Edmonds played her part admirably, being appropriately polite to the High Bailiff and his henchmen.

BBC tv

The Court proceeds to the White Swan

BBC tv

Serious deliberations by the Ale tasters

The Maya team expressed themselves well pleased with the day’s work. They finished by recording some of the Guild Hall’s artefacts, including the 1449 charter.

Michael Wood is noted for his outstanding film and book works on historic subjects and the programme is believed to be for screening before the end of April. Watch this space: we have no idea, at this stage, how much of what was filmed will appear.

Ray Holding - High Bailiff

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John Garner's Business Column

Sexual harassment

John GarnerIf you run a business you should be concerned about what is happening.

New rules imposing a duty of care on employers to protect their staff from sexual harassment by customers and suppliers came into force on 6 April. However, the regulations were only laid down in Parliament on 14 March under a statutory instrument which required no debate among MPs. The government has admitted the rules will cost small firms £10m to comply. For some reason the introduction of these new rules have received very little publicity.

A piece of legislation has been passed in Westminster which has far reaching implications for all UK businesses (except in Northern Ireland) but could have particularly serious consequences for the smaller business. This legislation apparently means that if one of your employees is harassed by a customer, by a supplier or by a random bloke in the street, it is you as the employer who will be held responsible!

The thing is: it's already law. Where was the discussion, or the consultation? Bad enough for large companies but small businesses can't afford to fight such claims, as the legal fees & representation are too expensive, and the onerous employment law requirements mean that the employer is always starting off on the back foot. So much for encouraging and supporting the small business community then. I should think this will make a lot of small businesses think twice about expanding and taking on staff.

If you feel strongly enough about this to stand up and be counted there is a petition at I've signed it.

You can see the official statement at Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Amendment) Regulations 2008.In fact this legislation is about plugging a hole in existing legislation where an employer is required to act if they know that one of their employees is being harassed.

In March last year the High Court ruled that the British Government was "guilty" of a breach of European law in that it had not properly implemented amendments to the EC "Equal Treatment" sex discrimination Directive. It is now putting matters right.

So that's alright then.

John Garner

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Bigger isn't necessarily better

Nigel Hastilow Every day that passes brings more “startling revelations” about the way we are all being conned into believing mass, uncontrolled immigration is somehow for our own benefit.

We must be mad to swallow the arguments of the Government, the CBI and the BBC, that we’re all just one big, happy, multi-cultural nation and the more people there are, the merrier. Most people reject this clap-trap. But we’re intimidated into keeping quiet because otherwise we’re called racists. And as that is the worst crime in the country, nobody wants to risk such a harsh accusation. So the floodgates stay open, eastern Europeans work in all our cafes and restaurants, pick our fruit and nurse our elderly. Illegal immigrants guard the Home Office. And five million locals live off the state.

None of it makes sense. It gets worse, of course, if we contemplate the Government’s own figures which say the population will double in the next 75 years. In 2006, almost 600,000 people come to this country. This was offset by 200,000 Brits leaving. Our population is rising by a million every three years.

That means having to build three cities the size of Birmingham every ten years just to accommodate them all. No wonder the Government is desperate to build three million new houses by 2020. Now an all-party Parliamentary committee, no less, has come round to the view that all is not for the best after all. Its conclusions have been rubbished by Liam Byrne, our part-time Immigration Minister, and by our Prime Minister. The Lords’ report disproves, among other things, the much-trumpeted claim that the economy benefits to the tune of £6 billion from immigration.

The good news for the CBI is that this gives employers a pool of cheap labour. Sainsbury’s say what great workers immigrants are. There is no reason to doubt that. If you are motivated enough to move half way across Europe – or even the world – to work in Britain, the chances are you’ll try to make the best of it. But a willingness by some immigrants to work hard is not, in itself, a good reason for an open-door policy. The Government claims we need their skills. But with education spending in Britain at record levels, why are these skills not home-grown?

Their Lordships say mass immigration has “little or no impact” on our economic well-being. This, surely, means the collapse of what has always been the central plank of the case in favour of indiscriminate immigration. The Lords’ report says we definitively do not need immigrant workers to keep the whole show on the road. We could do the job ourselves – if only more people weren't prevented from working by our benefits system. The report says immigration is actually preventing some people from starting off on the jobs ladder – especially school-leavers and members of ethnic minorities.

Liam Byrne, who as well as being Immigration Minister is a Treasury Minister and the Minister for the West Midlands, doesn’t think there’s anything much to worry about. Like his Glorious Leader, he thinks the idea of quotas or limits on the number of immigrants wouldn’t make much difference. He’s right, of course. That’s because “only” 20 per cent of our immigrants come from outside the EU.

Under the terms of our EU membership, people have an absolute right to roam the various territories of the super-state and live where they like. There is nothing we can do about it. Though it does raise a number of questions, not least is that the 20 per cent non-EU immigrants are clearly only those we know about. What about the tens of thousands we do not know about? There could be up to a million truly illegal immigrants in this country and little or nothing is done about them.

Equally, is it reasonable to encourage the depopulation of Eastern Europe at the British taxpayer’s expense? Should we consider limits on immigration from within the EU? And if we are not allowed to, under the terms of our membership of this union, should we reconsider that membership altogether? What is more important, being “good Europeans” and encouraging the over-population of Britain or being realistic about the fact that there has to be a limit to the over-crowding our country can cope with?

One of the people on the Lords committee was ex-Chancellor Nigel Lawson. He put it very simply: “Population increases make countries bigger, but they don't make countries more prosperous. “The increased size of the economy is neither here nor there if it doesn't bring increased prosperity. And the reason it doesn't is because there are more mouths to feed.”

He’s just stating the obvious. Yet when it comes to debating immigration, the obvious has to be stated again and again.

Nigel Hastilow

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Last week’s item by ‘The Grumpy Old Man’ raised an important question. “Is the government really serious about a green UK?”. He concludes, “So could our government be greener ? Yes, I think so !” I agree with him.

However, to be fair to the government, it has taken some important steps. By 2016, all new houses will have to be carbon neutral. Between now and 2016 new homes have progressively decreasing CO2 allowances . This will allow the building industry to work out the cheapest ways of creating carbon neutrality and to develop the capacity to install them in quantity. Could it be done quicker? Perhaps, but at least the government has created a clear target.

Some or perhaps even all of the technologies mentioned by Grumpy will be included in these homes but at the moment, fitting them to existing properties is, as he points out, rather expensive. That is why I haven’t mentioned domestic wind turbines, solar hot water, ground source heat pumps or photovoltaic panels in my weekly articles. One of the reasons that these technologies are expensive is that some of them are currently only in small scale production. Hopefully, economies of scale on equipment like solar hot water systems will make them considerably cheaper and so more attractive for retrofitting. Worldwide, there is significant investment in increasing the capacity to manufacture photo voltaic panels (electricity direct from sunlight) and substantial research into how to make the panels cheaper. Unlike solar hot water, they currently offer the possibility of completely carbon neutral homes but at a cost of possibly £20,000 to £30000 per home. Their carbon payback time is about 4 years but with current home energy costs of around £1000 pa, the financial payback time is rather long. This is why they are not the norm.

The government offers limited grants (currently totalling £80mn) to people wishing to install these technologies, but they are more of a gesture rather than a real help with covering the cost. Does this mean the government isn’t serious about increasing low carbon technologies? Not really. The government like the rest of us has to look at value for money or more particularly at CO2 saved per pound spent. Although it is appealing to think that you might generate your own energy, some domestic wind turbines will never repay the CO2 created during their manufacture and installation. It would be pointless, in fact a waste of taxpayers money, to fund such technology. Compared to these high tech solutions, home insulation is cheaper and a far better buy with strong government subsidies; currently free to older pensioners.

So, there are limits to how much we can cut CO2 at the moment and to what technologies are sensible to install on homes and which are cost effective. The important thing is to make sure you are looking at ways of reducing carbon footprint by means of the cost effective technologies currently available (mostly insulation) and by cutting out waste of energy by using energy only where it’s needed and turning things off/down (electricity, heating, car engines) as soon as they aren’t required.

Coming back to the government, it has also introduced the Climate Change Bill. This sets out a clear target for at least 60% CO2 reduction for the UK as a whole between now and 2050. This is not enough and too slow. See:

The government will do more to cut CO2 if we say we want it to. A couple of weeks ago I suggested that you email or write to James Plaskitt and tell him that you want him to sign the early day motions 273 and 736 which strengthen the Climate Change Bill. There’s still time to contact him

So, I believe the government is serious about tackling Climate Change but as Grumpy suggests, it could do a lot more more. Where do you stand ? Can you do something too?

John Stott

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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.

Prior to 29th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Brook End Close, Henley-in-Arden. They then gained entry through the rear patio doors and removed a quantity of electrical items.
Incident 590 of 29th March 08 refers.

Between 30th March and 1st April 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Glenhurst Road, Henley-in-Arden. Then then used a ‘jemmy tool’ to force the rear UPVC doors and removed a large flat screen TV and DVD player.
Incident 487 of 1st April 08 refers.

Between 1400 hours and 1600 hours on 8th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Blackford Hill, Henley-in-Arden. They have then forced the front door, causing extensive damage and removed various items from within. Offender/s have also stolen Mini Cooper from driveway.
Incident 307 of 8th April 08 refers.

Prior to 1045 hours on 27th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Park Close, Claverdon. They then gained entry to a rear garden shed and removed two bikes and a Bosch hedge cutter.
Incident 151 of 27th March 08 refers.

At around 0115 hours on 27th March 08 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Alcester Road, Wythall. They then gained entry and removed a gaming machine and cigarette machine.
Incident 28 of 27th March 08 refers.

Between 0930 hours and 1400 hours on 4th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Star Lane, Claverdon. They then gained access to a barn and removed a red Honda ride-on mower.
Incident 373 of 4th April 08 refers.

Prior to 6th April 08 unknown offender/s have gained entry to a garage unit near to Whitley Road, Henley-in-Arden.
Incident 198 of 6th April 08 refers.

At around 0400 hours on 6th April 08 offender/s approached a property on Cherry Orchard, Henley-in-Arden and subsequently gained entry to a garage. A blue Subaru motor vehicle was seen in the area at this time.
Incident 209 of 6th April 08 refers.

Between 1100 hours and 1800 hours on 20th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common and removed a gents Carrera mountain bike.
Incident 103 of 27th March 08 refers.

Between 1305 hours on 2nd April and 1700 hours on 3rd April 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Tithe Barn Lane, Hockley Heath and removed a “Farrington” brown leather riding saddle from a tack room.
Incident 390 of 6th April 08 refers.

Between 2345 hours on 5th April and 0340 hours on 6th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They then smashed the rear window and removed golf clubs from within.
Incident 122 of 6th April 08 refers.

At around 1645 hours on 6th April 08 three offenders riding motorcycles approached a vehicle on Springbrook Lane, Earlswood. One of the riders then smashed a front window and removed a Nokia mobile phone and briefcase from within.
Incident 439 of 6th April 08 refers.

Between 2100 hours on 7th April and 0830 hours on 8th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle in Norton Lindsey, Warwick. They then smashed the front window and removed various items from within.
Incident 74 of 8th April 08 refers.

Between 0245 hours and 0345 hours on 8th April 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. They have then gained entry to three motor vehicles and removed various items, including Tom Tom Sat Nav system.
Incident 29 of 8th April 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 30th April between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 28th May between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 11th June between 1100 hours and 1300hours

For more information regarding meetings, events, up-to-date local news and how to contact your local Police Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Teams, please visit our website:-

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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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.

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.

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ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING Thursday 24th April in St. John’s Church at 8.00 p.m. This is your opportunity to come along and question the members of the PCC about their work during the past year and to hear about their hopes and aspirations for the next 12 months.

PETTICOAT LANE SALE In and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon on May Day Bank Holiday Monday 5th May. Home-made cakes, toys, plants, books, bric-a-brac, as new clothes, raffle and refreshments. In aid of Church Charities and Church Funds. Any enquiries to 794308.

HENLEY W.I. WI meetings are held in the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday monthly and visitors are welcome to join us for our meeting on Tuesday 1st April from 7.30 p.m. when Peter Sharrock and Jeanne Oldfield are coming to tell us about “Diabetes UK”.

HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Thursday 24th April starting at 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Gerald Lesinski will be giving a talk on the Lord Leycester Hospital.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 22nd April, 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Reg Moule (from Radio Hereford and Worcester) on “Gardeners Question Time”. Come along and get some answers from the expert. Visitors always welcome £1.

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.

THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, the next meeting being on Wednesday 7th May at the Henley Golf and Country Club when the speaker will be from the Driving Standards Agency. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY John Tuer returns to give his presentation entitled “Big Tree Country” – a talk about the Champion Trees of Perthshire. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 15th April.

TEATIME CONCERT IN TANWORTH Come to tea with Tanworth W.I. Choir on Saturday 10th May. Doors open 2.30p.m., concert begins at 3.00 p.m. Tea follows at 4.00 p.m. Tickets £5 will be on sale in Tanworth Village Hall on Monday 14th April from 7.00 – 7.30 p.m. After telephone 01564 702508. We look forward to entertaining you!

HENLEY LIBRARY A temporary mobile library service for the people of Henley has been agreed whilst ongoing work at the library is completed. The fire station has allowed its side entrance to be used for the mobile service. This will be available between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Friday 4th April, 25th April, 16th May, 6th June and 27th June.

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 fourth 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

Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription. More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
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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