The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Reg Moon (1930 - 2009)
The Court would
like to pay tribute to a truly ‘Henley Man’; a creative
man; a man of the community; a man who, until his recent death, plied
his trade in the town. Reginald Moon or Reg as he was affectionately
known, was an artist, potter and successful business man.
His workshop and gallery,
Torquil Pottery and The Gallery Upstairs, still occupies a 16th century
half-timbered building on the High Street. The shop, which his wife
Maggie of many years, manages, is a treasure trove of paintings,
pottery, and ceramics from artists all over the country.
Reg, shared his workshop with
other potters keen to explore the elements of creativity. His gallery
hosted two exhibitions a year, which always attracted a number of
welcomed visitors to the town.
The Court would like to thank
you, Reg, for your creative work, and your contribution to the cultural
enrichment of the town of Henley.
Reg Moon of The Torquil Pottery
Reg Moon founder of Torquil Pottery and The Gallery Upstairs Henley-in-Arden passed away on Tuesday 6th January.
He was born at Formby and after school went
to Southport School of Art. From there he went to Salford Art College
leaving there with diplomas specialising in ceramics, and mosaic. His
former tutor at Southport was now in charge of a pottery set up by the
Leicester family in Norfolk where he spent a few happy years before
being head hunted by John Bew to work with him at a pottery on the
banks of the Thames at Cookham (this was funded by the John Lewis
Partnership in the grounds of their staff club at Odney). At this time
he lived on a boat called Torquil, and mingled with local characters
and was introduced by a friend to Mag, who later became his wife. Soon
they were running Mag’s coffee bar on one side of the High Street
with Reg’s pottery in the downstairs of their cottage, opposite.
The cafe was frequented by many interesting characters including actors
John Pertwee and Diana Dors and the painter, Stanley Spencer. Stanley
Spencer would come in wearing pyjamas under his trousers, parking his
pram outside, which he crammed with easel, canvases and paints.
Another friend of Mag and Reg, at this time
was the – later to be infamous - friend of Lord Astor, Stephen
Ward. Dr Stephen Ward, a London osteopath and friend of Christine
Keeler, had the use of a cottage on the nearby Cliveden estate, as well
as a motor launch. He liked to come to the cafe, because of the pretty
local girls that Mag employed as waitresses! The drawing right is a
treasured family memento of those days.
and Mag came to Henley-in-Arden in 1960 and named the pottery Torquil
in memory of the Cookham days. Reg made his own pottery and sold gift
wares of Scandinavian design, glass, tableware and other gifts. His
Shakespeare ashtrays won a Design Centre award appearing on stands for
the 1964 quattro centenary.
Later in the 70s, decorated tiles were the
thing and in the ‘80s the ‘Squashed Bottle’ ashtray
which was made from a Squire’s Gin bottle melted in the kiln.
More recently, Reg specialised in delicate porcelain and agate ware. He
also made stoneware vessels such as jugs and goblets and dishes. The
glaze was made from ash created by burning hedge-cuttings from the
well as a potter, Reg was mentor and teacher for many people. He had
many ‘apprentices’ over the years, at least two of whom
have gone on to start their own successful pottery workshops.
In 1985, Reg opened the Gallery Upstairs by
converting an unused playroom above the studio. The first exhibition
was paintings and pots by family and friends. Since then, there have
been many exhibitions and many artists have Reg to thank for promoting
their careers and helping them develop their work. The Gallery Upstairs
has developed a reputation for promoting contemporary art in the
Midlands. It remains an ongoing tribute to him and a celebration of his
life and work. Our picture right shows the June 2007 exhibition.
Reg is survived by his wife Mag, daughter, Carey and son, Paul.
60p a month increase in District Council Tax
Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s Cabinet
agreed to recommend a budget for consultation that includes an increase
of 4.9% in Stratford District Council’s portion of the Council
Tax for 2009/2010. Like most of the national and local economy, the
District Council is facing some tough decisions as it prepares next
“In order to balance the books, we
have to find savings of over £2million. The current economic
landscape has radically changed and the public sector is not immune to
the current economic problems – with investment income down,
rental income down, parking and planning income has reduced and the
level of Government grant less than inflation. All of these reductions
place extra financial burden on the District Council,” says
Councillor Les Topham, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council.
“The proposals the Cabinet are making,
we believe to be prudent given the scale of the issue, and are not what
we would be suggesting in normal circumstances, but these are not
“Our District element of the Council
Tax is currently the lowest in Warwickshire and well below the national
average with only 21 other Councils lower than us. This proposed
Council Tax increase equates to 60p a month on an average Band D
“These are tough times with even
tougher decisions to be made and I trust the public understand the
gravity of the situation.”
This proposed budget is now out for public
consultation and a questionnaire will be available to the public on the
District Council’s website from next Monday 19 January until
Monday 1 February. A final decision on the level of Council Tax for
2009/10 will be made by the Council on 23 February 2009.
Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council is still to announce the Parish Precept for 2009/10, which is collected by the District Council.
Henley High School Seeks Trust Status
Henley High School
is in the process of becoming a Trust School which will allow the
school to work with a number of external partners to support the
students at Henley High and four of our main feeder Primary Schools;
Claverdon, Henley-in-Arden, Lapworth and Wootton Wawen.
We intend to forge strong links with Warwick
Arts to enhance the delivery of our Arts programme and Warwick Hospital
to support the health and emotional needs of our students.
We intend to work with Stratford College and
Coventry University in order for our students to gain a greater
awareness of Post-16 learning opportunities.
The running of the school will remain the
same. We will, as a Charitable Trust, be able to access a variety of
funding streams to develop facilities at the school and at our Primary
partner schools. The proposal is set out in detail on the school
website (www.henleyhigh.com) and copies are available at the school.
As part of the process to gain Trust Status,
we are required to consult our key stakeholders. This consultation
period began in December and continues to Friday 6 February 2009 with
consultation meetings planned as follows:-
|Staff consultation with Governors Thursday||15 January 2009 4.00 pm|
|Parents Meeting||Thursday 22 January 2009 6.30 pm|
|Open Community||Monday 26 January 2009 6.30 pm|
We cordially invite any members of the
community who wish to hear about our plans to an open meeting at the
school on Monday 26th January 2009 at 6.30 p.m.
Any comments about the proposal must be received by Friday 6th February 2009.
Consultation findings will be published in
March, when the Governing Body will decide if the review suggests that
it should proceed to the next stage of publishing Statutory Proposals,
when further representations can be made.
I look forward to hearing your comments and
hope that you will be able to attend the Community Meeting on 26th
January 2009. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the school if you
require any additional information.
P E Wright
Xmas turkey acts as rear gunner in derelict coach !
Photo John Love
Henley and Beaudesert Society members
plus a few visitors were treated, last Thursday evening, to a
delightfully entertaining slide show and talk by John Johnson, Director
of Johnson’s Coaches. The talk proved very popular; extra seats
had to be put out to satisfy a last minute rush and judging by the buzz
in the room after the talk, it was clear that John’s presentation
had stimulated many happy memories.
The occasion for the talk was the
celebration of 100 Years of Johnson’s Coaches, the company
founded by John’s grandfather in 1909 when a horse and cart was
the mainstay of the business. Their premises then were at 71 High St
and the business was mainly goods carriage. After the first world war,
they obtained a petrol engined vehicle which carried goods or
passengers or both and John recollected the remark of a passenger of
those days who had been ‘nice and comfortable with a sack of
potatoes’. In the 1920’s the business moved to 32 High St
where it remained until growth lead to the move to its present site at
Liveridge Hill in 1999. Coaches were refueled on the High St by means
of a hand pump delivering up to 100 gallons a time; many of the staff
developed very large arm muscles…..including John!
Coaches had to exit the narrow arch at 32 high St with about 2 inches
clearance either side and not all coaches remained unscathed by this
tight fit. The manoeuvring in and out acted as a speed control for
traffic in the High Street! John said that it seemed that the drivers
believed that if you bashed the arch enough with the coach it would get
bigger, but this didn’t work and eventually narrowness of the
arch forced them to move! They started the new yard in 1987 and
eventually built new offices there, finally leaving the High St in 1999.
The family nature of the firm came through
the talk many times and John’s recollections of how various
family members had pulled together or not, depending on circumstances
and their individual personalities, gave a homely feel to the talk.
Tales of never throwing anything away so the family garden became a
collecting place for retired coaches. And hard times, so that one such
coach housed a turkey being fattened up for Christmas, which the
Johnson children pretended was ‘the rear gunner of the
move to Liveridge Hill paved the way for expansion of the company, but
not without a few bomb scares. The site had formerly been a tip. The
discovery of a 500 lb bomb during construction of the new offices
brought out the bomb disposal squad, but it was found to have been
disarmed already. The next day another smaller bomb was found, leading
to another visit from the bomb disposal squad. It was suggested that
perhaps they should stay around, but they declined. The next day a
large number of small bombs were found, leading to a third visit. John
had one of these ex RAF practice bombs to show.
The company now employs 200 people, is an
Investors in People company and has won various awards in recent years.
As well as coach holidays to places as far away as Egypt, they provide
bus services for Park & Ride and for various organisations and will
soon provide the X20 service that runs through Henley. All their
drivers have passed the Institute of Advanced Motorists test as well as
the normal PSV test.
John stressed that it was the hard work of
the employees over the years that created the success that the company
enjoyed and that providing a good and friendly service to customers
made the difference. Hence the company line ‘Travel with
Johnsons, Travel with friends’ During the tea and coffee which
followed, John was in demand in the numerous friendly conversations
around the room.
Next meeting is on 19th Feb at the Baptist
Church Hall at 8pm. Alan Winterburn will be telling us about
‘Little Known Warwickshire’.
John Stott reporting
Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will
be held in the Memorial Hall in Station Road on Wednesday 11th February
at 8 o’clock in the evening. The meeting is convened by the Town
Improvement Committee and is a chance for residents of the town to
attend and elect representatives to the committee.
The committee is responsible for the running and upkeep of the Memorial Hall and the Playing Fields used by the sports clubs.
Playing Fields – New entrance in 2008
If you have any views or items that you
would like the committee to discuss this meeting will be an opportunity
to bring them to the committee’s attention.
All residents of the town are welcome to
attend and to hear what is being done to preserve and develop these
important amenities in the town.
The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here.
Pat Kench - Hon Sec
3 Nominations for Tennis Club at WLTA Awards
Henley in Arden Tennis Club
were delighted to hear that of the 3 nominations submitted to the
Warwickshire Lawn Tennis Association for their annual awards dinner,
all 3 have been short listed for the night.
The relevant categories are:
- Coach of the Year - Sarah Baker Henley Tennis Club's Head Coach
- Club of the Year - Henley Tennis Club
- Volunteer of the Year - Judy Wilde Chairman of the Henley Tennis Club
Sarah Baker has been Head Coach at Henley
for over 10 years and much of their success is down the the hard work
she has put into the club. At their recent AGM Sarah was saying how
gratified she was that of 4 coaches at Henley 2 of them she had coached
since they were 7 years old and had developed such a love for the game
that they had gone on to do their DCA.
Neil Supperstone who is Development Coach at Henley, also bases his
successful company 'Coolsportz' at the Club.
Sarah Baker with young members
Judy Wilde drawing the raffle at the Adult and Child Tournament
The Award Ceremony is to be held next Friday, 23 January at the Botanical Gardens and Henley NEWS On-line will report the results in its next edition.
Recent Property Sales
• 2, The White House, Henley-in-arden, B95 5GA - Sold for £162,500 on 21-11-2008
• 9, Tudor Court, Henley-in-arden, B95 5AP - Sold for £218,000 on 05-11-2008
• 1, High Hurst, Stratford Road, Henley-in-arden, B95 6AB - Sold
for £337,500 on 24-10-2008
You can view all previous sales information by visiting OurProperty.co.uk.
Antonio’s at The White Swan
the end of October last year, we went into the White Swan for a Friday
night meal as we had done many times since moving to Henley some three
years ago. On this occasion we were met at the door by the new manager
Keith, who informed us that they were now only serving Tapas prepared
by the new Spanish Chef Antonio. This news caused us to stop and
consider whether we should stay as we associated Tapas with hot sunny
holidays in Spain and not cold wet October evenings in Henley.
We were persuaded to stay by Keith who
offered to help us understand the menu. This turned out to be a very
good move as we had a superb meal and have enjoyed many more great
Tapas meals since that first evening.
The menu has many great dishes but our two
favourites are Antonio’s Great Mejillones al horno, (Grilled
mussels stuffed with fresh herbs and melted cheese) and his Albondigas
a la jardineras, (Spanish meatballs in a vegetable and tomato sauce)
but there are many more great Spanish dishes to try.
So we would recommend that you should not be
deterred by the thought of something different, but give it a try and
like us I hope you will become regulars and look forward to seeing you
all in the White Swan’s great new restaurant.
Norman Kench reporting
Are You The Grumpy Old Woman?
times recently I have been asked this question to which I reply "No I
am not" My title is Senior Correspondent because I have reached
the age when everyone is younger!
However, I can get very grumpy! My latest 'grump' is some
jobsworth saying postmen/women should up their walking speed from 2
miles to 4 miles an hour. Are we talking of human beings or
robots that need oiling, screws tightening and generally maintained?
No, we are talking of humans, who do their job despite brickbats from
all quarters, threats of job losses and "changes". This item is
typical of the debate that is raging about the Royal Mail.
Earnest noises emanate from Lord Mandleson - he of the Millennium
Dome; although he did stop the European market being flooded with
knickers from China. That is where I cease to be grumpy and let out a
very unladylike laugh. They talk about efficiency, this
Government who is responsible for sensitive data being lost, tax credit
fiasco, NHS and armed forces over payment of pensions and tragically
the CSA payments by Fathers for their separated children. Of
course no-one hears of Fathers who don't pay, they just victimise those
Private postal deliveries can be only as good as the addressee and
delivery man. I witnessed a private driver ascertaining where a
certain address might be located in Henley. As it happened it was
a Wootton Wawen address. My second experience was when I chased a
delivery lorry up the High Street. He had only tried to deliver to 2
The Croft instead of 2 Becks Croft. The third experience was when
a parcel was addressed to my usual address on the High Street when it
was being restored. Had it been sent via Royal Mail it would have
been re-directed. The parcel was returned to sender, so that was
During my exile after being flooded out the re-direction service worked
perfectly. Now I am back in my own home, that is also being
delivered perfectly. Let us not allow Royal Mail to be
fragmented. Royal Mail in spite of the odd hiccup are experienced
and knowledgeable about their districts. A private firm would not
offer the same degree of service. Would they leave a friendly
card saying where and when we could pick up our parcel. If they
did how far away would the pick-up point be? This is not about
our needs being suited it is about our political lords and masters not
caring about selling yet another valuable asset.
Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent
In Case of Emergency
County Councillor George Atkinson reports on an extremely useful idea.
all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its
memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the
people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who
to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the
contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of
The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact
during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the
majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a
contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency
under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency).. The idea was thought up
by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents
there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn't know
which number to call.
He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a
nationally recognised name for this purpose.
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital
Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply
dialling the number you have stored as 'ICE'. Please forward this. It
won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about
this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc
PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AS THIS CAN HELP IN AN EMERGENCY
Fabulous Fundraiser at The Bluebell
The Bluebell held two charity
fundraising events over Christmas and New Year and raised a total of
£3,600 for two local charities. Over 130 people attended the New
Year’s Eve ‘Dinner Jackets and Diamonds’ ball in aid
of HeartStart and Nightstop in a fabulous marquee in the grounds of the
award winning pub
Leigh Taylor owner of the award-winning
dining pub, pictured right with husband Duncan, worked tirelessly to
secure some fantastic auction prizes from the likes of Michael
Parkinson, Brian Turner, Chris Tarrant and Jasper Carrott.
Andy Gray, Sky television pundit donated two
tickets with full hospitality to the forthcoming Champions League game
between Manchester United and Inter Milan adding “this is such a great prize, if I wasn’t already working at the game I would have bid myself!”
Celebrate in Shakespeare Country
Tanya Aspinwall, Press Officer Shakespeare Country, suggests how to celebrate half term and Valentines in Shakespeare Country.
Celebrate spring half term from 14 – 22 February in Shakespeare Country
with a range of fun inspired activities for all the family. From
campfires and treasure hunts to exhilarating jump-racing and muddy
battle walks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With
Valentine’s Day taking place at the beginning of half term,
Shakespeare Country offers plenty of ideas to romance your loved one.
Enjoy hot air balloon flights, romantic ghost tours and magical
performances by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.
Take part in the ‘Great Battle Walk’ at Warwick Castle
from 14 – 22 February. Wannabe warriors can step into the shoes
of a mediaeval battalion for a hands-on, feet first adventure trail
around the Castle grounds. Along the way get a taste of army rations,
army training and army health and hygiene.
See a magical performance of The Tempest
presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company from 14 February - 14 March.
Featuring RSC Associate Artist, Antony Sher as Prospero and John Kani
as Caliban, this new production, in association with South
Africa’s Baxter Theatre Centre, will draw inspiration from
African ritual, magic and music.
Explore Kenilworth Castle on
Valentine’s Day and be transported back to a golden age of
romance and chivalry. Marvel at the newly recreated Elizabethan Garden;
a replica of the garden Robert Dudley created for his Queen and love,
Elizabeth I. Theirs was an intense romance in which Elizabeth kept a
letter from Dudley by her bedside until she died in 1603.
Blenheim Palace opens on
Valentine’s Day with a special exhibition about the filming of
the forthcoming feature film ‘The Young Victoria’. Wander
around the exhibition which takes place in the Long Library where
scenes were filmed. Champagne afternoon teas will be available to book
for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift idea.
Visit the Stratford Tourist Information Centre
on 14 February from 10.00am – 2.00pm for a special book signing
from James Kerr, a local photographer. 'Shakespeare's Scenery' takes
you on a journey through Warwickshire and the Cotswolds and makes a
lovely Valentine’s Day gift.
Watch loved-up tropical birds at the Stratford Butterfly Farm.
New in residence to the Farm is a pair of Indian Ringneck Parakeets,
two pairs of Cockatiels from Australia and a pair of Rosella birds also
from Australia. Joining them is a beautiful Amazon parrot, who, already
in the mood for romance, has taken quite a shine to one of the Ringneck
birds. The Butterfly Farm will also be holding “Meet the
Minibeasts” talks and handling sessions each day during half term
at 11am and 2pm. Choose from a stunning selection of jewellery from the
gift shop, perfect for that special Valentines gift.
Join a romantic ghost hunt on Valentine’s night at The Falstaff’s Experience,
Stratford’s most haunted building. Phil Whyman of ‘Dead
Haunted Nights’ and who appeared on ‘Most Haunted’,
will host a special ghost hunt and personally present guests with a
complimentary scented rose.
Craft activities for children with a Valentines theme are available at the Holy Trinity Church
in Stratford during half term from 9:00am - 3.40pm. For adults, why not
take a romantic hot air balloon flight over Shakespeare Country with
High Road Balloons which is offering Two Anytime Flight Vouchers at a
special discounted rate for Valentines.
Ragley Hall will open for Half Term
for the first time in its 50 year history. Enjoy a variety of outdoor
adventure activities including a treasure hunt and toasting
marshmallows around a campfire. The Woodland Walk reopens with new
interpretation boards which will give information about the native
plants and wildlife and an insight into the workings of the Estate.
Visit Sulgrave Manor for Presidents
Day on 16 February to remember the birthdays of George Washington and
Abraham Lincoln. Children can dress as mini-Tudors and find out how the
eleven Washington children lived and played at the Manor. Take part in
quizzes and trails as well as the President’s Challenge. From 17
– 20 February the Manor opens at 2pm for children’s tours,
trails, challenges and brass rubbing with free admission for children.
Join Stratford Town Walk from 16 – 22 February and discover Shakespeare's Stratford on foot. Alternatively venture out on a Ghost Walk on 16, 19 and 20 February at 7:30pm and discover gruesome tales of ghosts, witches, murder and mayhem.
From 14 - 15 February visit Hill Close Gardens
in Warwick for its ‘Snowdrop Show’. See different species
of snowdrops inside the visitor centre as well as snowdrops in the
garden. Visitors can buy a range of winter plants and enjoy light
Spend an afternoon of exhilarating jump racing at Warwick Racecourse on Friday 20 February. The first race is scheduled at 1.50pm, with the last at 5.10pm. Accompanied youngsters aged 16 and under are admitted free of charge.
Visit the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum
on Thursday 19 February for 'Badges Galore’ where children can
learn about regiment badges and create their own. Enjoy a host of
exciting craft activities at Coventry Transport Museum where children
can make bookmarks or calendars, enjoy fabric painting and take part in
the Alphabet Challenge.
For theatre and attraction tickets,
accommodation, brochures, special offers and more information visit the
official website: www.shakespeare-country.co.uk 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 and Blenheim Palace.
A large number of tourist websites can be found on the Henley Gateway Website
Habitat Survival Trust
five years ago, my colleague and I began school speaking to children in
years 5/6 in any school that would have us and together with the aid of
a few notes, a triple clothes airier on which to hang posters and a few
other comical accoutrements, we tell them that natural habitat and the
animals that depend upon it are having a hard time to survive on this
fragile planet of ours and how we might make a better fist of caring
for them, because it's their world too.
A natural progression, we thought, might be to build somewhere where
city children among others could be encouraged to visit for a few brief
hours; a place where flora and fauna live
together in harmony and where they could do a workshop and in May it
all began to happen. We had been struggling with what to do and where
to do it up until then and at last the builders
arrived. I won't bore you with details of delivery lorries, cement
mixers, monumental cranes or the wonderful insulation afforded by
modern building methods but the mess doesn't get
any easier to deal with and we thank our lucky stars that we chose GIC
Construction of Dorridge otherwise things could have been very
different indeed; as builders they are neigh-on
perfect and such nice guys too!
That time of year is magic, the kind of magic that only mother nature
can do and things were looking good but soon after that it all went
pear-shaped with the appearance of an Enforcement
Officer from the Council. 'The building is over the boundary line' he
said, and from his expression it was obvious that he meant it!
Accompanying us to the site, we stood together on
the very solid foundations it had taken two weeks to achieve; tons of
soil out and tons of sand and cement in, plus a crane to lower
reinforced concrete beams to make up the floor,
not to mention the manpower to carry and fit the concrete blocks
between. A week went by and most of what was done had to be undone and
done again. Concrete beams lifted back on the
grass and blocks on to wooden pallets by the same monumental crane
which put them there in the first place and which returned a week later
to lift them back again; bricks knocked down,
cleaned up and reused; two unnecessarily wide trenches dug, and another
string of concrete lorries with which to fill them, plus a second
mountain of soil to re-site, not to mention
how wonderful the builders were and expense involved!
Recorded on camcorder, these comings and goings were interspersed with
a very happy event; the arrival of fourteen little ducklings to a pair
of ducks that proved to be the epitome
of good parenting although it could be said that the drake knew which
side his bread was buttered because, as well as a constant supply of
seed and water, the little family spent the
day on a conveniently placed pond which proved to be a better option
than the rumble seat ride over mountainous pebbles round which the
little ones had to 'leg it'. I shall keep you
Molly Corfield - Trustee.
Johnsons take over Welcombe Garage Operations
Coach and bus operator Johnsons has taken
over the responsibility of running both the coach hire operation and
the garage repair facilities of Welcombe Garages who are based in
Timothy’s Bridge Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Pete Johnson, Operations Director of
Johnsons Coach & Bus said “we have taken over complete
responsibility for all of Welcombe’s coach hire contracts, and
offered their drivers alternative employment. The new arrangements mean
that we now have a base in Stratford-on-Avon, and in a key location,
which will help us enhance the efficiency of both our bus and coach
operations. We are currently contacting all of Welcome’s coach
hire customers to inform them of these developments and to assure them
that we intend to build on the relationship they have established with
Welcombe. We have also committed to honour all existing quotations and
bookings up to 1st June this year”.
Karl McMillan of Welcombe Garages said
“In these challenging times we felt that the time was right to
cease our coach operations in order that the family could concentrate
on the garage and the private taxi hire section of our business. We
approached Johnsons because we know that our coach hire customers will
be very well looked after with them”
The Welcombe Garage car repair facilities
will continue to provide a quality service under the supervision of the
existing director Karl McMillan.
The private hire taxi business which
operated from the same site is no longer part of Welcombe Garages and
will continue to be run by owners Andy & Patsy Byrne, from a
different location, under the name of Welcombe cars.
Member of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month, except August, at 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall.
For outdoor events meet at the Market Cross at 6.30 pm.
|January 20th||Birds of the Wetlands||Tony Hamblin|
|February 17th||The River Stour - Worcestershire||Brian Draper MBE|
|March 17th||A Year in the Life of 2 Photographers||Rosemary Morris|
|April 21st||Action for Birds||John Clews RSPB|
|May 19th||Waiting for Light - British Wildlife||Wendy Conway|
|June 16th||Outdoor Meeting - Venue to be arranged||Market Cross 6.30 pm|
|July 21st||Outdoor Meeting - Venue to be arranged||Market Cross 6.30 pm|
|September 15th||India||John & Penny Stott|
|October 20th||Birding Along the Coast of Bulgaria||Alban Wincott|
|November 17th||Trees of Warwickshire||Steven Falk|
|December 15th||AGM & Christmas Social|| |
|Hon. Treasurer||John Love||795463|
|Hon. Secretary||Margaret Riley||792555|
|Publicity Officer||Wendy Knowlson||792488|
New members are always welcome. Please contact any member of the committee for details.
For the latest information, visit our web page on the Henley Gateway Website.
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St Mary's Primary
St Mary's Catholic Primary School would like to say a BIG thank you to the following Henley retailers who very kindly donated prizes for their Christmas Raffle.
The Spa at Henley
Mills The Butchers
Pamela of Henley
Henley Ice Cream
Henley Golf & Country Club
Henley Fish Bar
Sue Dalby's Sandwich Bar
The raffle raised over £400 which will go towards role play toys for Class 1, CD ROMs to encourage improvement in handwriting and the Abacus maths scheme.
children enjoyed many activities in the run up to Christmas, including
a visit to the school from Dick Whittington and his cat, a Christmas
Lunch followed by party games and a very special visit from Father
Michelle Rafferty reporting
SITE NOW CONTAINS EMERGENCY PLANNING INFORMATION
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Beat the bills.
get the biggest hit on energy costs by wearing an extra jumper, etc and
turning down the thermostat a degree or two. Every degree down saves
about 10% on your heating bills and the same amount on your home
heating carbon dioxide emissions. Normally, rooms at 19 degrees C are
OK to sit in if you’re under sixty. If over sixty or infirm, 21
degrees C is recommended. In hallways and rooms that are not being
used, turn radiators to a low setting. Babies and young children should
not have bedrooms above 19 degrees C. Bedrooms generally need no more
than 18 degrees. To check the temperature, various types of thermometer
are available. Look out for cardboard ones in which the numbers glow to
indicate temperature. These are good because they don’t break
when you drop them. They are especially useful in rooms with
thermostatic radiator valves since the valves don’t normally have
temperature numbers on them.
insulation and cavity wall insulation are usually grant supported so
only cost low hundreds of pounds. Free for over 70s. They really work
in reducing bills and will pay for themselves in reduced fuel bills in
a couple of years. Phone the Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Advice
Centre on 01789 842898 or go to : www.weeac.org/advice.asp?page=homeadvice
Alerts from Trading Standards
We have been alerted by consumers and the Police to a scam operating supposedly from HM Revenue & Customs.
This is an email (phising) scam. The offer
seems to be informing people that they are due a tax rebate. We have
been asked to let you know that HMRC would not inform customers of a
tax rebate via email, or invite them to complete an online form to
receive a rebate of tax.
Do not visit the website contained within any email or disclose any personal or payment information. We have been informed that the following email addresses used for this phishing include:
HMRC does not send out emails using these addresses.
The correct website address to contact HMRC is: www.hmrc.gov.uk
And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service
Stratford District Council
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ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
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
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 25TH February – 8th March
Go bananas for Fairtrade! Join us on Saturday 7th March 10.00 –
12 noon outside St. John’s to help the international attempt to
break the world record for Fairtrade banana eating! Supplies of
Fairtrade bananas will be available but you can also purchase your own
that week from Henley Somerfield. There will be a Traidcraft stall with
Fairtrade produce and information outside St. John’s on Wednesday
25th February and Saturday 7th March.
On Wednesday 18th February Henley WI invite you to support Fairtrade at
their “Souper Lunch” from 12.30 to 2.00p.m. when they are
serving soup, crusty bread and tea or coffee for £2 in the
Baptist Church Hall. Cakes will be available to buy as well as grocery
items on a Traidcraft stall. All proceeds to Fairtrade.
HENLEY W.I. will welcome
visitors to our meeting on Tuesday 3rd February in the Memorial Hall
from 7.30 p.m. when our speaker is Fay Palmer who will tell us about
“Dowsing for Health”. We have lots of opportunities for
learning new skills and for meeting socially.
HENLEY IN BLOOM is holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday 6th February 7.00p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall. All welcome.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 10th February, 7.30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall when our speaker
is Katherine Kear “Alpha Petal”. Competition “My
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Thursday 19th February, 8.00 p.m. Baptist Church Hall. Out speaker is
Alan Winterburn on “Little Known Warwickshire”. Visitors
and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Brian Draper OBE makes a welcome return to our meeting on Tuesday 17th
February when he will speak about the “River Stour
(Worcestershire)”. Visitors are welcome tojoin us in the Baptist
Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. – only £2.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 24th February 7.45 for 8.00 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Our
speaker is Andrew Ward (Nurseryman) who will talk about “Woodland
Gems”. There will be a plant stall and visitors (£2) and
new members always welcome.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 704 5140 for further details.
WRVS LUNCH CLUB
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell
Court every Tuesday at 12.30 p.m. at a cost of £3.10. For further
details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7
courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court
available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during
summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. The Club has around 80 members and
organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are
interested in joining, please contact Gordon Trinder
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Arc you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on
the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hal, Station
Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself.
Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an
active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you
do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For
further information, Contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837
HENLEY BADMINTON CLUB
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
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
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
meets on Monday evenings
from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club
is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club
ground on the A34 just outside Henley. The Club welcome new members,
whether beginners or established players. For further information
contact John Townson 01564 792407.
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
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly
lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to
2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session
followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business
topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
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.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
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.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Plays Duplicate Bridge
of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan
Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve
our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8
tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
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