Edition 210 - 24th  DECEMBER 2008
Warwickshire Village Ventures
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Christmas Thought from The Rector



God sent his Son into the world in a way that defied all religious expectations and human reasoning; it was an extravagant act of love by a God who repeatedly surprises us, not by His power or judgements, but by His humility, understanding and closeness to us all.


I wish you all a very good Christmas - let's celebrate!

John Ganjavi

Greetings from the High Bailiff


Photo Alan Robson

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all !

Roger Sutton, High Bailiff.

Message from The Chairman of the JPC

One of the successes of the year has been the additional Christmas lights on the south end of the High Street.  

Before switch on the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, lead the gathered crowd in the singing of Carols and then all the Christmas lights were switched on – what a lovely blaze of colour to cheer us into Christmas and the New Year.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sheila Roy
Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council.

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance


PhotoMerry Christmas from all the Crew and Team at Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Thank you for your support and help us to keep flying in the New Year.

Mrs Jo Payne
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance





Best Wishes for Christmas & the New Year

PCSO Tristan Jelfs



Christmas is an exciting time and not just for children! With lights decorations, presents to buy and wrap plus some time spent with friends and relatives, it all adds to our enjoyment of the festivities…its also a very busy time!

Many people choose to take a holiday at Christmas time and certainly for our local coach operator, Johnsons this is ‘the’ busiest time for holiday departures. They have 18 tours with nearly 600 passengers this year departing over the Christmas and new year period, which makes it their busiest Christmas ever; so there’s a lot of work and preparation to be done to make sure that everyone has a great time.

For a start there are presents to wrap for each customer, nearly a thousand mince pies to buy and 18 very large Christmas cakes to prepare. Add that to a glass of sherry for everyone and its not surprising that Johnson’s conference room resembles Santa’s Grotto! A team headed by Joan Johnson has been working almost non stop over the last few days getting everything ready and also every passenger gets picked up from their home with the company’s popular ‘Door to Door’ service, which amounts to 196 individual mini-bus journeys over the holiday period!


Driver Les Walton, Couriers Rosa Newlands (foreground) and Joan Wilson with driver Gemma Brinkworth, who lives in Henley prior to departure


Couriers Nadine Lees and Eve Venus with Joan Johnson centre, get in the festive mood.

John Johnson said “ Christmas is a very special time and everything on our tours has to be right. We do everything possible to make sure our customers have a really great time. Each tour has a driver and courier on board and some take their families too. We even see coaches off in the morning with carols playing and a glass of mulled wine for each passenger. This year we are once again going to a wide variety of destinations including York, Sidmouth, Wales and Scotland. We are also have one tour going to the lovely town of Monschau in Germany and for this tour we even send Christmas pudding and brandy sauce and Christmas crackers! Its all about attention to detail but we wouldn’t have it any other way – and its very rewarding knowing that you are helping hundreds of customers to really enjoy their Christmas and New Year Breaks”


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


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

On the evening of the 18th December the High Bailiff and members of the Court hosted the annual ‘Jurors’ Jolly’.

The main aim of the evening is for the town’s jurors to meet to chat to enjoy a log fire, and to drink a glass or two of fine wine in the Christmas card setting of ‘ Ye Old Guild Hall’. They all appeared to do just that , and went home having had an enjoyable evening.


Past High Bailiff Brian Jackson, Town Crier Gordon Trinder, John Ambler and John Johnson talk of next year’s 100th birthday party of Johnsons Coaches.


John Tristram and friends sampling the wine.


Ann Holding and Kate Smith swop stories.


Brian Jackson, John Brealy and Carol Robson sit it out.


Barry Tulloch and Graham Smith pose of the camera.


Dad Dovey and son Jonathan share a joke.


Ron and Low Bailiff John Rutherford.

Saturday the 20th December saw the Court in action on the High Street judging the Christmas window competition. The High and Low Bailiffs, the Town Crier and two other Court members could be seen, with clipboards at the ready, scrutinizing the many shop windows in the search for a winner. Twenty-six premises were included in the judging. The standard of artistry was high, with many imaginative and eye-catching designs on display.


The High Bailiff Roger Sutton and his team of judges present the certificate to The Shakespeare Hospice Shop.

The result of the competition was as follows:

First Prize – The Shakespeare Hospice Shop.

Second Prize – John Earle & Son.

Third Prize - Margaret Dolphin Hair Salon.

Three other shop window displays, Tissington Opticians, Studio 34 and Shirlee , were awarded ‘ Highly Recommended ‘ certificates by the judges.


1st - The Shakespeare Hospice Shop.


2nd - John Earle & Son.


3rd - Margaret Dolphin Hair Salon.


Commended - Tissington Opticians


Commended - Studio 34

Next time you are on the High Street, check out the window displays for yourself and see whether you agree with the judges.

A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you all!

Roger Sutton - High Bailiff

Henley Memorial Hall Centenary

The Memorial Hall is now 100 years old, having been officially opened on 31 December 1908. It was then known as the Henley in Arden Public Hall, Institute and Rifle Range. Dr W E Nelson has been credited with the original idea of building the hall. Ernest Nelson was born in Henley in Arden on 7 November 1870, the son of Rev William Nelson of Arden House. He had a dual significance in the town, being the joint owner of a successful preparatory school at Arden House and also running a medical practice from Greengates, a house in the centre of the High Street.


George F Lodder

Ernest Nelson obtained the support of a number of well-known gentlemen in the area and it was decided to form a small company to raise £1,500 from the issue of shares priced at £1 each. The shares were paid up by 2s.0d on application, 3s.0d on allotment, 7s.6d on 1 July 1908 and 7s.6d on 12 August 1908. About 100 local people bought the shares. The directors of the Company were Charles Couchman JP of The Elms, Henley; Sir William Jaffray Bart, JP of Skilts, Studley; Frederick Huggins, Manufacturer, of The Hill House, Lapworth; Hugh G Newton, Barrister-at-Law of Barrells and W Ernest Nelson, Surgeon, of Arden House, Henley. The Chairman of the board was Charles Couchman, the then High Bailiff, and the Secretary was George Lodder (pictured right) of the Henley legal practice of Christophers & Lodder.

The site on which it was built in the newly created Station Road had been owned by the Loyal Arden Lodge of Oddfellows, who sold it to the company for £50. The Great Western Railway, which owned Station Road, gave a grant of access on payment of £1 annually. The architects appointed to the project were Osborn, Pemberton and White of Birmingham and, the design having been settled upon, C & G Huins & Sons of Redditch were entrusted with the building works.

A detailed description of the building appeared in the Stratford Herald of 1 January 1908. The building “occupies 1,100 [square] yards, and is of red brick with sandstone dressings, the roof being slated. The concert hall is a spacious room, capable of seating 430 and is well lighted. The walls are coloured in a pleasing tone with dado, and the ceiling is match-boarded, which, of course, improves the acoustic properties. The stage, 69 ft by 28 ft, is constructed on modern principles with inclined floor, and special scenery, with a view to next week’s dramatic performance, has been printed by a well-known Birmingham artist. The electric system of incandescent lighting, known as Telphos, has been adopted, and can be controlled from the stage by a neat device. There is also a substantial gallery, a commodious reading room, 28 ft by 17 ft, a billiard room of the same size above, handsomely fitted up and upholstered, while the rifle range, 92 ft by 8 ft wide, runs along one side.”

The opening ceremony took place on the afternoon of Thursday, 31 December. The Lord Lieutenant (the Marquis of Hertford) took the chair and other notables present included Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy (Charlecote Park), Sir William Jaffray, Hugh G Newton, Frederick E Muntz (Umberslade) and Lieutenant-Colonel Beech (commanding officer of the Warwickshire Yeomanry). It had been intended that members of “D” Squadron of the Warwickshire Yeomanry (which included a number of Henley men) should take an official part in the ceremony, but as a consequence of delay on the part of the appropriate authority the necessary permission was not forthcoming. The choice of the individual to perform the official opening was an unusual one, the honour being given to Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Lance. He had no direct connection with Henley and was a retired soldier of the Indian Army, whose service went back to the time of the Indian Mutiny. However, great importance was attached at the time to the rifle range and Sir Frederick was a member of the national Committee of the Miniature Rifle Association. He fired the first official shot at the rifle range and the Herald records that he registered a bull’s eye. The other principal speakers at the occasion were Charles Couchman and Lord Hertford.

The following week a number of notable dramatic performances took place in the Hall. I intend to give an account of these early in the New Year.

Douglas Bridgewater

Henley and Beaudesert Society Christmas Party

The December meeting of the Society got off to a good start with members and friends being greeted with a glass of wine, thus setting the evening off in a relaxed and jovial mode. The chairman Pam Kearsley welcomed the High Bailiff Roger Sutton and his wife Molly, and announced to everyone that supper was served and to help themselves to the buffet; which had been prepared by members of the committee with a band of helpers from the society.  


Chairman Pam Kearsley (right) with the High Bailiff




Well replenished by the excellent food the evening continued with entertainment provided by "Comic Potential".  Jeanette and Peter Cook gave a presentation of monologues, poems and short sketches performed in a lighthearted and humorous style, combining past and present favorites, some well-known such as Stanley Holloway's "You do look queer" and some lesser known. Ones which particularly amused us were Jeanette with her old school friends reunion"Tea at the Ritz", and Peter's reminiscences (with actions) of wearing hand-knitted post war bathing costumes, and the disastrous results when swimming. Most of the audience could recall those days when the crutch of those wet garments ended up between the knees!!

The chairman thanked Jeanette and Peter for their contribution to a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and informed the audience that they were donating their fee to "Save the Children".  Pam then thanked all who had helped with the organization,she presented poinsettias to each of her happy band of workers for helping in preparing the food, and decorating the room,and reminded them that they were required to help with the clearing up!!. She wished everyone a happy Christmas and safe journey home.
The Henley and Beaudesert Society wish readers of Henley News on Line a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Our first meeting is on January 15th when John Johnson will be giving us the History of Johnson's Coaches.

Grammy Nomination for Henley Maestro

PhotoHenley-in-Arden resident Simon Halsey is one of the West Midlands leading music maestros and he has been nominated for a Grammy award. His latest nomination is the second time he’s been tipped for the prestigious American accolade, alongside stars such as Amy Winehouse and Beyonce.

Last year he won the accolade for the best choral arrangement, but it was so unexpected he didn’t even get a ticket to go to the star-studded ceremony. The award landed on his doorstep in a cardboard box six months later, after spending the previous three months lost in the post. It now sits on his desk.

The 50-year-old, who got the top job in Birmingham music when he was just 23, said: “It’s very exciting, of course it is. Last year was all very strange because we knew we were nominated but no one bothered to make any arrangements to collect it. I remember I got a text from a friend in America saying I had won and then I got home sat in front of the television and saw the news and they were making a terrible fuss about Amy Winehouse winning, I just thought, I’ve got one of those too.”

Simon started out as a singer in the Kings College Choir at Cambridge where he studied music. He then became head of music at Warwick University when he was just 21, and teamed up with conductor Simon Rattle, who was 26 at the time, at the Symphony Orchestra just three years later. He now spends his time split between Birmingham and Berlin, where he is chorus master for the Berlin Radio Choir, with whom he won this year’s Grammy nomination for a recording of Stravinsky’s choral music.

Last year he won the award for a recording of Brahms’ Requiem, again with the Berlin Radio Choir. Just days ago he was further honoured with a doctorate from Birmingham University.

More Trains, Faster Trains & New Times

PhotoFrom Sat 20th December 2008, 10 more trains will run each way via the Shakespeare Line every Saturday to offer 2 trains per hour all day (1 fast and 1 all stations) with a new timetable.

From Henley in Arden trains will depart 7.14, 7.59, 8.41 & 9.09 (fast), then at 41 mins & 09 mins (fast) past the hour to Birmingham. Henley in Arden is now just 30 minutes from Moor St & the Bull Ring. To Stratford on Avon the trains will leave Henley at 8.01, 8.31, then at 59 mins (fast) and 27 mins past each hour,

These enhancements have been urged for 10 years by the voluntary Shakespeare Line Promotion Group and the Group are also seeking a similar week-day service improvement and extra car parking at Henley in Arden. The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group aims to promote greater usage of the line and campaigns for service and station improvements.

The Group has regular committee meetings and liaises with the train operators London Midland and Chiltern Railways, Centro and local councils. Public meetings are convened and the Group issues a newsletter twice a year. The subscription is currently only £4 per annum (Senior citizens £3 per annum)

Recent Property Sales

• 16, Brook End Drive, B95 5JA - Sold for £ 418,600 on 26-09-2008
• Trebro House, Henley Road, B95 5NN - Sold for £600,000 on 14-10-2008
• The Old School, B95 5PA - Sold for £420,000 on 06-10-2008
• Willowbrook Barn, Preston Road, B95 5EZ - Sold for £472,500 on 19-09-2008
• 4, Castle Close, B95 5LR - Sold for £162,500 on 15-07-2008

You can view all previous sales information by visiting

Abba comes to Henley in Arden!

Nearly 200 partygoers, many of whom were dressed in full Abba regalia, recently attended a Mama Mia charity fund raising night at the award winning Bluebell, Henley in Arden.

Guests were treated to a Greek wedding feast in keeping with the theme of the blockbuster film, with a two tiered wedding cake as the centre piece on every table just one of the many quirky surprises throughout the night. Revellers then danced all night to a live Abba tribute band and raised over £600 for two local charities - Heart Start and the Redditch based charity, Nightstop.

Heart Start was started because Henley in Arden is outside the critical 8 minute ambulance journey time from the nearest hospital and raises funds to allow the purchase of a defibrillator and the training of volunteers to operate it.

Nightstop was founded 11 years ago in response to growing concern regarding the number of homeless 16 to 25 year olds in Redditch and the surrounding areas, they aim to give a warm shelter and companionship to homeless young people at Christmas and throughout the year.


Party Revellers


Leigh Taylor who organised the event

Lisa White, from Pure White Hair and Beauty said, “Tonight has been amazing! Local charities have benefited from all these people being in one place enjoying themselves. Hats off to The Bluebell for hosting a magnificent night. Henley is fast becoming ‘the place to be’. Thanks to forward thinking businesses prepared to do something a little special.”

Leigh Taylor, owner of The Bluebell was thrilled with the event, “it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves and raising so much money for two very deserving causes. Our New Year’s Eve ball looks set to be Warwickshire’s party of the year!”

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve “DJs and Diamonds” ball are on sale now priced £80 and include a sumptuous five course meal and dancing to music from London based band “The Loops”.

The Bluebell, Henley in Arden 01564 793049

Vacancy on the Henley Parish Council

WCCWould you like to be a Parish Councillor? A vacancy has arisen for Henley Parish on the Joint Parish Council.

The council holds two meetings a month and looks at all sorts of local issues such as Planning, Local Funding, Play Areas, Open Spaces, Rights of Way, Crime Prevention, Provision of Halls and Public Entertainment, Lighting, Litter, Seating, Shelters, Traffic Calming and Tourism.

If you would like to put yourself forward for co-option please submit a brief resume about yourself and why you would like to be a Parish Councillor, including your name, address and telephone number, address this to:

Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council
150 High Street
B95 5BS

Applications should be received by 13th January 2009. The Council will co-opt at its meeting of 19th January 2009.

If you would like to find out more please contact the Clerk on 01564 795499 or by e-mail at

For more information about the Joint Parish Council, go to: The Henley Gateway Website or The JPC Website

County Council Tax Forecast to Rise 4.9%

WCCCouncil taxpayers are set to be hit with a hefty tax bill as council chiefs attempt to rescue services from 'savage' cuts. Draft proposals decided at a meeting of Warwickshire County Council's cabinet on Wednesday (December 10) would see a 4.9 per cent increase in council tax, just below the five per cent maximum level set by the government.

The proposals are aimed at plugging a £14.5 million shortfall in funding, due primarily to what council leader Alan Farnell described as an 'unprecedented' economic climate. An initial proposal was to increase the council tax, which makes up around 80 per cent of the district's bill, at 3.3 per cent, but this would have required slashing £18 million from services, including the possible closure of Stratford's park and ride, the abolition of the County Music Service, cuts to the fire service and the mobile libraries

Council leader, Alan Farnell, stressed the detail of the proposals could change in the months before the budget was discussed by the cabinet again at the end of January.

He said: "The financial position which we find ourselves in is unprecedented in recent times, with volatile energy prices and inflation and falling interest rates. This means we have to look in depth at what we have to do, what we should do, and what we want to do. We are aiming to keep council tax increases down as much as we can when we present our final budget proposal to full council on February 3."

Aston Cantlow Church Repair Bill

PhotoAn Aston Cantlow couple pursued for a £250,000 church repair bill have less than two months to find the money before they end up back in the High Court.

In February 2007, Andrew and Gail Wallbank lost their 17 year battle with the Parochial Church Council responsible for Aston Cantlow’s Church of St John the Baptist. They were ordered to pay the six figure sum for repairs to the chancel and roof because of a medieval law which named the Wallbanks as lay rectors to the church because of their ownership of Glebe Farm in Aston Cantlow. The couple, who live in Wales, inherited Glebe Farm from Mrs Wallbank’s parents, who believed the lay rector title dating back to the realm of Henry VIII, carried no legal significance.

After years of battling, the High Court disagreed leaving huge costs at the Wallbank’s feet. To settle the bill, doubled by a further £250,000 spent on legal fees over almost two decades, the family still hope to get the lay rector liability on Glebe Farm revoked in order to sell up, and therefore pay up. It would see a sum of money given to the PCC in return for the removal of the charge on the farm. But a year on, the PCC still has not let that happen, now saying it needs to finalise the repair costs before any sum can be agreed.

And that leaves the Wallbanks in an impossible situation. If they do not pay up in February, they will be taken back to the High Court where a judge could force the sale of part of Glebe Farm to give the PCC its money. But with the lay rector status still in existence - and highly publicised - Glebe Farm will never reach anything near its market value, estimated at £2 million in 2007. One offer recently laid on the table was for just a fraction of that at £700,000.

Mr Wallbank said: "When my father-in-law bought the farm he was told by the church authority that the lay rector status was not enforceable in law. He was happy to be approached for help and gave money to the church on several occasions. That was always our attitude too, what we objected to was being pursued legally as the sole people responsible for the repairs. It's just unbelievable that can happen, I don't know why it has." And he said the PCC had made matters far from easy to resolve following the final High Court ruling in 2007. "If they had just removed the status then, when the repair costs had been agreed by the court, we could have sold up and paid the money."

Battling Lions nearly upset the odds


James Barton under pressure

A spirited and determined Claverdon side came within 60 seconds of causing a major upset and recording one of the greatest results of the club’s history on Saturday.

Claverdon despite playing opposition from the league above showed tremendous heart, skill and fire and lead Redditch right up till the last play of the game. Arriving in confidant mood after recent results the away side fired into the hosts with some huge tackles and great work in the tight even so it was the home side unbeaten in the league for nearly two years who had the first chance to trouble the scorers with a penalty near the posts, on a muddy pitch and in difficult winds though the chance was missed. From the restart Claverdon’s forwards once again put their opposite men under enormous pressure and a missed pass from the Redditch fly half went to ground and first to react was Tom Johnson who scooped up the ball before out pacing three Redditch defenders to score under the posts. With the extra points the underdogs took a 7-0 lead.

This shook the home side and despite Claverdon having most of the possession managed to score a break away try to level the score. 7-7. with a good size crowd of away supporters cheering the boys on the Lions continued to press and impressive 1st half performances from all the boys and especially veteran full back Richard Grey and young wingers Barton and Smurph they once again took the lead this time from the boot of skipper Wyllie 10-7 before one more going level from a Redditch Penalty. Half time 10-10.

Claverdon now believed they could win but were now playing up the slope and with Redditch well and truly rattled they knew it would be a massive task. And it wasn’t long before they found them self behind to a try, 17-10. this could have been the game turning point and the home crowd now expected their team to go on on to put more scores on the board, but this young Claverdon side get more impressive each week and their determination to win this match meant that instead of collapsing they once again took the game by the scruff of the neck and a fantastic move starting in their own 22 with Barton lead to the equalizing try. Barton dropped back to collect a Redditch kick, on his own he beat the chasing winger before chipping on and collecting his own kick he was supported by Dave Carruthers and Jean Visser.

Claverdon took the ball into the oppositions 22, then good rucking and two fantastic pick and goes by Pigdon and Joyce took the Lions to with in 5 yards of the try line a mini break by Skinner took two players with him and left an overlap. Skinner fed Wyllie who in turn threw a miss pass to winger Smurph to score near the corner. A difficult conversion was completed by Wyllie leveling the score 17 – 17 and the Claverdon supporters went wild.

The game now moved into the final few minutes and another fine break from Visser, Joyce and Horswill lead to a good chance. At this Redditch killed the ball and gave away a kickable penalty which once again the ice cool Wyllie slotted 20 -17. The away team sensed a famous victory from the restart though a dropped catch gave possession back to Redditch who drove deep into the Claverdon 22 and the resulting ruck led to penalty for the league 5 side. They chose to go for a scrum and with conditions underfoot very slippery and with them pushing down the big slope it seemed a good idea. Claverdon locked out but Redditch with the help of the muddy pitch pushed them to the line and the Redditch number 8 touched down and the try was given and converted 20-24. There was only enough time to kick off and with Redditch collecting that and kicking the ball straight out the match was over.

Team – Grey, Barton, Johnson, Westmacott, Smurph, Horswill, Wyllie, P Carruthers, Edsall, Visser, Skinner, Joyce, D Carruthers, Grimsley, Lowe. Subs Pigdon, Corsi, Allsopp.

Tries Barton, Smurph
Cons Wyllie x 2
Pens Wyllie x2

Man of Match - Grey

A Sale to Change Your Life

PhotoDavid Wilson Mercia is offering potential homebuyers a lucrative, one off opportunity to purchase the home of their dreams in Henley-in-Arden, at its Winter Sale on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th December.

This weekend window of opportunity offered at the housebuilder’s desirable Henley Point development in Warwickshire is a rare chance to buy a home for up to £56,750 off the list price, whilst acquiring one of the most sought after postcodes in the region. It is immaculately situated in a quiet setting, close to the town’s array of historic medieval properties and just a stone’s throw away from Henley High Street with its boutiques and conveniences.

Plot 17 at the development is a two-bedroom Leet apartment and will be available for £170,250, having been reduced from its original list price of £227,000. Complete with the added allure of countryside views, this property offers an open plan kitchen, plus a living and dining area with French doors looking over open countryside. The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and an elegant en suite and the apartment boasts an additional good sized contemporary bathroom. The post-Christmas weekend will feature many other offers on the prestigious Henley Point development, plus the option to view two Leet showhomes at the development, which give an idea of the brilliant interior design possibilities these apartments offer to anyone who purchases a property.

Chris Ashmore, Sales Director for David Wilson Mercia, said, “It is rare to see a housebuilder holding a genuine sale with real, honest discounts off quality new homes. With up to £56,750 off the list price on houses and apartments at our desirable Henley-in-Arden development, this really is a one-off chance to buy a home within a beautiful area where the house prices are well known for being much higher than other parts of the Midlands. Henley Point caters for buyers looking for properties which cater for varying lifestyles – couples or young professionals looking to commute to the bigger cities across the region will love the one-bedroom coach houses and apartments, as well as the two-bedroom apartments on offer. Families looking for a quiet, sophisticated and safe location need look no further than the three- and four-bedroom houses at the development. There really is something to suit everyone at this Winter Sale.”

Warwickshire College pupils work on 'The Children'

PhotoStudents at Warwickshire College got to work behind-the-scenes on a new horror film to do the hair and make-up of up to 40 extras in the cast of a new horror film, The Children.

The film, which is directed by Tom Shankland, has just been released on cinema screens across the country. All six theatrical hair and make-up students spent two days on set in Ragley Hall, Alcester, to transform the look of the extras. Cast members include actresses Eva Birthistle and Hannah Tointon. The storyline is about a number of families, who are on holiday over the New Year when their children get ill and turn on the parents, ending in a scene of blood and gore.

Faith Davis, theatrical hair and make-up tutor at the college, said: “The girls worked hard for both days, starting at 7am and not finishing until late. But it was entirely worth it and great experience for the students, and they got to see firsthand what it’s like to work in this industry.”

Your Chance to win a case of Mad Goose!


Seasons Greetings from all at Purity.

It gives us great pleasure to publish the latest edition of our newsletter - Pure News - for your amusement and perusal.

You'll find it contains a round-up of the years highlights (like the recent launch of our latest beer) that'll keep you right up to date with what's been happening at our small but perfectly formed craft brewery.

It shows off our brand new triple bottle Purity Gift packs at £9.99  and don’t miss out on your opportunity to win case of Mad Goose. We’ve got 5 to give away to the first 5 lucky names we draw out of the hat.  You can enter by answering one simple question.

To view the newsletter, simply download it directly from our website by clicking here

Finally, for those of you who wish to come up to the brewery and buy your yuletide ale in person we’d love to see you. Please check website or call the brewery for seasonal opening hours.

 With our best wishes for a great Christmas and New Year.

All at Purity.

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Grumpy Old Woman Comments


Starting my day with Radio Four, not because I can't afford a daily paper but because I have neither the time nor the patience to read them, I wondered where we should all end up if we failed to change the way we use nature's finite resources. Quoting from another Radio Four programme that was even more depressing than this mornings dismal listening 'Scientists are adamant it said, that the world is using up its resources faster than they can be renewed. In recent years researchers have been trying to pinpoint the date each year on which we shall have used up all the resources generated in that year. Resources used after that day represent a kind of overdraft, an ecological debt. Year by year the day has been arriving earlier and this year it falls today'.
The report went on to say 'The concept of ecological debt has been pioneered by the US based think-tank The Global Footprint Network which works out how much land and water the human population needs to produce resources consumed. According to the network, the world goes into eco-debt when humanity has used up all the resources the earth has available for the year and begins to eat into its reserves. In 1987, the first time the calculation was made, the world went into the red on the 19th December and economic growth brings that day further forward each year.
Latest data indicates that over use of the earth's resources is more extreme in richer countries. If everyone on earth were to consume on the scale of Great Britain for example, we should need three earth sized planets to support us. Andrew Simms, with the Global Footprint network, says 'The world simply cannot continue with the current model of consumption. The point will come in nature where we hit a form of environmental bankruptcy from which we cannot bounce back in the way that we can if a bank goes bust. Where we're talking about life supporting eco-systems with which the planet provides us, we cannot allow those to go bankrupt. This year's report also highlights the problems caused by ecologically wasteful trade. One example saw Great Britain import twenty tonnes of mineral water from Australia while, at the same time, sending twenty-one tonnes in the opposite direction. This is madness on a monumental scale!
Considering this doom-laden report, I have come to the conclusion that the planet is grossly overpopulated and that humanity should be encouraged to change its attitudes and beliefs, if not for the benefit of humanity which is almost unprecedented, then for the benefit of its fellow creatures, many of which are in imminent danger of becoming extinct, principally through loss of habitat to human greed exacerbated by global warming. As David Attenborough said on TV recently, 'When you're tired of the natural world, you're tired of life.'  

Grumpy Old Woman

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Alerts from Trading Standards

Potential Rogue Trader - Tarmac Drives

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report from residents in Church Walk Wellesbourne.  Residents have been cold called by a trader in a white van carrying ladders possibly with MWD on the side. The Trader stated that he had come to inspect the Tarmac after the recent flooding and will come back the next day to measure the depth of the Tarmac. The Trader also states that the firm who put the Tarmac down, over a year ago, had gone bankrupt so he was following it up.

Other rogue traders may see the floods as an opportunity to knock your door - please be vigilant.

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

Tradind Standard
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Stratford District Council

Laurence Marshall
Laurence Marshall
S Thirlwell
Stephen Thirlwell

Christmas and New Year Refuse and Recycling – Changes to your Service

Christmas and New Year celebrations will alter your refuse and recycling collections this year don't get caught out!

The festive season sees a change in days of both grey bin and blue-lidded bin collections following Christmas Day and Boxing Day until 12 January.

Day of Collection

Monday 22 December Stays the same
Tuesday 23 December Stays the same
Wednesday 24 December Stays the same
Thursday 25 December will be collected: Saturday 27 December
Friday 26 December will be collected: Monday 29 December
Monday 29 December will be collected: Tuesday 30 December
Tuesday 30 December will be collected on: Wednesday 31 December
Wednesday 31 December will be collected: Friday 2 January
Thursday 1 January will be collected: Saturday 3 January
Friday the 2 January will be collected: Monday 5 January
Monday 5 January will be collected: Tuesday 6 January
Tuesday 6 January will be collected on: Wednesday 7 January
Wednesday 7 January will be collected on: Thursday 8 January
Thursday 8 January will be collected on: Friday 9 January
Friday the 9 January will be collected on: Saturday 10 January

Week commencing Monday 12 January will be returning to normal.

For more information, please contact the Refuse and Recycling helpline on: 01789 260925.

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including a light supper is being arranged in the church hall on Friday 16th January in aid of Church Funds. Come along to what promises to be a very enjoyable event. Further details from Nevenka Miles on 794259.

The New Year’s programme starts with “Swan Rescue” presented by Mrs. Jan Harrington MBE at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 6th January from 7.30 p.m. Visitors are always welcome especially if they are new to Henley and would like to make new friends and learn new skills. The monthly walking group will meet on Tuesday 13th January near the Medical Centre at 9.35 a.m. We walk about 5 miles. The Patchwork Group for beginners and improvers meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at 2.00 p.m. from 14th January in the Baptist Church Hall. The groups are open to non-members – please telephone 792488 for details.

Henley Flower Club hold heir first meeting in 2009 with a Workshop ‘Leaf Manipulation’ and wine and nibbles will be served. 7.30 Tuesday January 13th at The Memorial Hall, Station Road.

Thursday 15th January, Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 p.m. when will be hearing about The History of Johnsons Coaches.

Tuesday 20th January, Tony Hamblin will be showing his slides featuring “Birds of the Wetlands”. If you enjoy learning about natural history, then this is the group for you. Visitors (£2) are welcome to join us at the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m.

Tuesday 27th January 7.45 p.m. at Ullenhall Village Hall. Please note change of speaker: Linda Smith will talk to us about “Bog Gardens for Moisture Loving Plants”. Visitors (£2) and new members always welcome.

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

Welcomes players who may be interested in joining the club. Club nights are Friday and Sunday from 8.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. Further details: Chairman 793320. Visitors welcome (£2).
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.

Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.

There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a coordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at

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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