New Plans Announced for Henley CCTV
Robert Walsh, Head of Community Service at Stratford District Council, told the JPC last year of his plans for providing CCTV in Henley. Following reports and comments in Henley NEWS On-line,
many residents complained to the District Council about the massive
poles which had been installed and work on the project was halted. Mr
Walsh then promised the JPC that its views would be taken into account
before any new scheme was implemented.
The massive columns installed last year
Robert Walsh returned on Monday night to
update the Joint Parish Council and to seek its views on how the District
Council should progress. He told the councillors and 20 members of the
public who attended that the key constraints were:
- The areas to be viewed by the cameras are pre-determined by crime and disorder patterns.
- The cameras must have Automatic Number
Plate Recognition capability, which requires a high degree of stability
in order to ensure number plates can be read with the required level of
- Images have to be transferred in real time to the CCTV control room where the cameras are monitored.
He advised the meeting that most options
could not be considered on either technical or cost grounds as
£100,000 had already been spent on the project. The massive
columns installed last year were as a result of health and safety
expert advice about maintenance. The Council had changed its advisers
and the new advisers did not consider the massive columns were
imperative on health and safety grounds. Therefore, more slender
columns would now be installed which would be similar to lighting
He said his CCTV contractors had said St John's
Church tower was considered too unstable to provide the stability
required for Automatic Number Plate Recognition (APNR) and that
mounting these APNR cameras outside the conservation area would be too
costly.A councillor told the meeting that a
Google search revealed 8,230 pages for "anti vibration mountings cctv"
and that UK Police have successfully tested a 160 MPH helicopter that
can read licence plates whilst flying at 2,000 feet. It was suggested
that a helicopter flying at 2,000 ft would have far greater vibration
than 50 ft up St John's church tower. The Parish Councillors swiftly voted for the southern camera to
be mounted on St John's church and he was asked to reinvestigate the
church tower option.
Discussion then moved to the position and
purpose of the northern camera currently proposed to be outside the police
station. John Stott representing the Beaudesert and Henley Society
questioned the need for a second camera if its position was to be
determined by the crime pattern map. John Stott produced a crime map which
showed that there was no identifiable crime cluster in this area of the town. Councillors then
discussed the style of columns and the type of camera installation.
Malcolm Coulter, High Street resident from the floor, suggested that any columns
should be painted grey and combined with a street light.
Cllr Leech recommended that the decorative
and aesthetically pleasing type 'FMV', which had been specifically designed for heritage
sensitive applications and shown
below right should be chosen. Countering this suggestion, Cllr Carsina
Goodman proposed that type 'LPS'
with an exposed pan & tilt mechanism and industrial style camera housing should be
specified. The councilors then voted by a majority for type LPS.
English Heritage will probably reverse this decision as type LPS does not conform with their guidelines being more usually seen around prisons.
Camera type LPS requested by JPC
Camera type FMV rejected by JPC
Robert Walsh said he would return to a future meeting with detailed proposals before submitting a planning application.
District Councillor Laurence Marshall told Henley NEWS On-line after the meeting, "As Ward Member, I was particularly interested in the option of having both poles removed and using the corner of the Police Station and St John's Church to site the cameras, thereby removing the need for any poles. Neither of these locations have the complications with regards to resale value etc as highlighted in the SDC report presented to the Parish Council; to the contrary, one of the locations has already agreed to the cameras being located there and I'm certain that the information provided by Cllr Bill Leech regarding stability of the installation, will be most useful in achieving this solution. I was rather surprised the Parish Council opted for the option of having a pole outside the police station and when this goes to planning, I will raise my objections accordingly."
JPC Top of the Parish Council Tax Increases
Stratford District Council has provided Henley NEWS On-line with a list showing all the proposed Parish Council Tax (precept) rises for the 112 parishes in the Stratford District area.
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Benchmarking the JPC
its meeting on Monday 15th February, the JPC were scheduled to discuss Benchmarking at the request of Cllr Leech. As he was handing round copies of his notes, the
chairman ruled that this was a breach of procedure and stated that this
agenda item would be deferred to the next meeting. Henley NEWS On-line is printing below these notes.
Benchmarking, which is the process of
comparing the cost, time or quality of what one organisation does
against what another organisation does. The result is often a business
case for making changes in order to make improvements.
Benchmarking is often used in the private
sector but is rarely applied to the public sector. If the JPC were to
be benchmarked, parish councils of similar size would need to be
chosen, such as Swanland in East Yorkshire.
Swanland has a population of around 4,000
and is very similar to Henley. It is an old hill village on the edge of
the Yorkshire Wolds and is a few miles north of the Humber Bridge. It
can trace its history back to 1069.
Both communities have parish councils which are required to publish their budgets. Swanland's 2009/10 budget. was posted on its website before Christmas. Our JPC has yet to publish its budget and the figures quoted below are only draft and may be subject to change.
Swanland, East Yorkshire
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Henley's precept for 2009/10 is likely to rise by 34%, according to SDC. Swanland's precept will not increase.
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Questions needing to be asked.
Why will it cost so much more to run the Henley JPC in 2009/10, when the 2 councils had almost identical expenditure budgets in 2008/09?
Why is the Swanland Parish Council massively more generous towards their village projects than our JPC?
Communicating with the Community
Swanland Parish Council has an excellent website at www.swanlandparish.org,
which costs only £100 per year to run. It is up to date unlike
our JPC's, which is often months behind. The JPC will spend £800
on its website, of which a former High Bailiff when in office said, "I
am unhappy about the attempt to make it an umbrella site for all the
websites in the town. I think in a number of ways it falls rather flat.
I am concerned that the Parish Council is in some danger of adopting a
closed unilateral approach".
Swanland Parish Council website
The Swanland Parish Council's website concentrates solely on council matters and links to the Swanland community website unlike our JPC, which runs its site in competition to the Henley Community Website This is Henley-in-Arden.
In fact, the JPC could close down its website and save around
£5,000, which is probably the true cost of what it takes to run if the parish
clerk's time for maintaining it were included. This year after 10
months the JPC has already overspent its budget for the website by 2.5
times. The Henley Community Website has a more informative page About the JPC than exists on the JPC's own website and it comes at no cost to the council tax payers.
The JPC's PR budget this year includes for the first time expenditure of £3,000 for Business Development and Tourism.
"Which council would you prefer to have working for you?"
"Precepts: 22% cut in Wellesbourne, 30% rise in Henley"
So ran the Stratford Herald's headline about the parish council tax rises in the district in a recent edition.
The Herald described
Henley's increase as "whopping". Most council tax rises this year will
be below 5%. County is 3.89%. Stratford District is 4.9%.
Two factors have contributed
to the massive increase for Beaudesert and Henley residents. In the
current fiscal year, the JPC has been spending more money that it
receives and so it is having to draw on its reserves. Clearly, it
should have raised more money last year or not spent so much this year.
Regrettably, 18% is probably the lowest increase which can be implemented if the council is not to go bust, and this can happen!
The remaining 12% of this
year's planned increase is so that the council can continue spending
thousands of pounds on its ineffective and expensive policies. These
include increasing its PR budget by 228% and increasing the parish
clerk's hours by 66%.
"Henley NEWS On-line"
is publishing an alternative budget, which would still see the precept
rise by a horrendous 18% but that would be far better than the 30%,
which we will all have to pay.
The clear message must be "Stop spending our money on worthless projects, which bring no benefit to the residents of Henley".
alternative budget would require all expenditure on PR cancelled and
all other significant expenditure frozen at current levels. Such a
policy would show savings of £12,385 to the residents of
Beaudesert and Henley.
the country is entering probably its worst recession for 100 years, it
is irresponsible to carry on spending at this level without any
consideration for the residents who will have to pay for this
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Henley Maestro Wins Second Grammy
a Henley resident, has won a 'Best Choral Performance' Grammy Award for
his work on EMI Classics' release of Stravinsky’s Symphony of
Psalms. The disc features Halsey's own Berlin Radio Choir alongside the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. This is the
second Grammy win in this category in as many years for the celebrated
partnership of Simon Halsey and Sir Simon Rattle: they collaborated on
the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem EMI disc that won the 2008 award, as
well as scoring wins at the Gramophone Awards and at Germany's Echo
Halsey and Rattle have been working closely together since Halsey took
up his post of Chorus Director of Rattle's City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra in 1983, a role Halsey continues
to this day. The last decade has seen both Simons take prominent roles
in Berlin: Rattle with the city's Philharmonic Orchestra, and Halsey
with the Radio Choir. Future projects they
will be working on together include numerous high profile concerts in
Berlin, as well as opera projects at the Salzburg and Aix en Provence
Halsey's positions in both Berlin and Birmingham encompass extensive
youth singing programmes and a wide range of education work. His
education concerts have been acclaimed internationally,
as has his Leader-Chor project, bringing Berlin politicians and high
profile business figures together and developing collaboration through
In March Halsey will conduct the German premiere of James MacMillan's
St John Passion with the Berlin Radio Orchestra and Choir. Other
upcoming highlights for Halsey include work on
a major project around Schoenberg's Gurrelieder with the Philharmonia
Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as several projects with the
Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and Chorus, where
Halsey is Principal Conductor Choral Programme.
Henley Community Arts DVD "At the Crossroads"
On 21st January the Guild Hall hosted the premiere of the DVD “At the Crossroads.”
members of the HCA crew and cast, aged 6 to 76 yrs, assembled to
celebrate. Congratulations were given to Henley Amateur Dramatic
Society, Henley High School, their partner Primary Schools and the High
Bailiff and the Court Leet who made valuable contributions to the
project’s success. Funded by the Lottery and written by
professional poet and playwright Fergus Durrant the films were revealed
for the first time. The four short films demonstrate the advantages of
using a professional film crew and at times, as you watch the films,
the quality is so good it is hard to realise that the live filming was
not produced in a film studio.
If you are interested in Henley, then this
DVD is a must for you. There are four films. The Crayfish Army is a fun
filled look at the traditions of The Court Leet as they meet with the
Water People of the River Alne. It is written in a style that leads one
to believe that this is a Henley Traditional Drama that has been played
out at the riverside for many years. The themes draw on countryside
traditional tales. It forms an ideal dramatic vehicle for the young of
the town to interact with the more distinguished residents.
The second presents one of Henley’s
most tragic stories, set in our 900 year old St Nicholas church, it
tells the true tale of The Battle of Evesham (1265). The script uses
actual words from a contemporary document recently discovered in the
College of Heraldry. With brilliant camera work it presents the
town’s commitment to the De Montforts and the devastating
consequences for the residents when the King’s men came storming
in to destroy the town.
The Crayfish Army
The Battle of Evesham
The third piece is drawn from documents and
audio tapes held at the Heritage Centre. It poignantly depicts Second
World War life through the eyes of Observer Corps, based on Beaudesert
Finally, relax and laugh as the Americans
visit our Guild Hall and impart to you its history, while engaging you
in a farcical set of circumstances. Filmed in the Guild Hall, this
piece beautifully concludes a remarkable experience that thrilled the
residents of Henley on Court Leet Day in June 2008. You can add to the
enjoyment by seeing a slideshow of pictures from the day, which is
included on the DVD.
The Observer Corps
Our American Visitors
If you are a local resident who missed the
day, perhaps you just want a memento of what you enjoyed, or an ex pat
“Henleyite” who misses the wonderful community spirit, you
can order a copy of this unique DVD, the first major project from the
newly formed Henley Community Arts, from Peter Crathorne. Price
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Alan Robson took all the excellent photos
shown above and a booklet containing all the photos of the day with
annotated titles is available for sale from Alan on 01564 794021.
Peter Crathorne reporting
Litter Litter Everywhere
Let’s be clear: I love Henley and I’m trying very hard not to be a complainer!
I don’t think I’m alone in being fed up with the amount of
litter throughout the country but I really cannot do much about the
motorway verges or the streets of towns I do not live in. But I CAN do
something about Henley.
The High Street is kept reasonably clean.
Somebody seems these days to clean up the station from time to time -
two big improvements. But it’s the side streets, the paths, the
parks and our country lanes that seem never to be cleaned, though the
provision of bins is better than it used to be.
I’ve taken to picking up twenty pieces of litter every time I go
out and I often meet others doing the same. But who should be keeping
There are three answers:
- Let’s try to educate ourselves not
to drop so much rubbish in the first place. It’s all food and
drink and cigarette related.
- Let’s try to get the agency charged with keeping Henley clean to do its work.
- Let’s have a day every year where we get together and spring clean our community. Is anyone out there interested?
High Street Resident
Advice from the Minister of Transport
read with interest that Geoff Hoon the Transport Secretary says that
drivers should use tyre chains. Maybe he can advise where to buy
them? I doubt there are 200 sets available in the UK to go around
a few million motorists. Perhaps Mr Hoon favours a "National Snow Chain
Lottery". Those who don’t win a set have to stay at home or
walk to work when it snows?
Has he any idea what damage
would be done to our road surfaces if all the drivers in the UK used
chains? The M6 would need resurfacing in about a week !!
On reflection, I feel that
we can expect the Transport Secretary to be both ill informed and out
of touch with the realities of motoring given that his boss the Prime
Minister, who appointed him, cannot even drive!
David Hadley - Henley Resident & Former Senior Executive in the Tyre Industry
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New TIC Chairman Elected
the Meeting held on Wednesday 11th February in the Memorial Hall 16
residents of Henley assembled to hear the reports of the Town
Improvement Committee, the accounts of War Memorial Trust, to elect
officers and the committee for the following year. The president, High
Bailiff Roger Sutton, chaired the meeting.
The Accounts were presented by Roy Edwards
the treasurer; he thanked the respective chairmen of the main committee
and the Memorial Hall Committee and also thanked the Parish Council for
their continued support. It was heard that in 2007 there had been an
independent valuation of the Memorial Hall Site and the Playing Fields
and it was agreed that a valuation should be done at least every 10
The retiring chair, Brian Twigg, presented
the formal annual report and then went on to say that he had served as
chairman for several years and there were many problems at the start
arising from earlier disagreements. It had been necessary to repair
confidence in the TIC and produce financial regulations and working
policies. He said that the winding up of the Sports and Social Club had
removed the rights of Sports Clubs to have exclusive use of the Charity
Land and, to overcome this, licences had been agreed and the sports
clubs now operate happily within these licences. He continued that,
having repaired confidence in the TIC, it was necessary to restore
communications with the Club Chairmen and particular thanks was given
to Judy Wilde, Pete Johnson and John Latham in achieving this.
The Memorial Hall was operating well under
the inspired leadership of Duncan Bainbridge to whom much was owed for
his support and help. A start had been made to improve conditions at
the Sports Field with the construction of the new gateway and the
tarmacing of the car park. However, there was still much to do. He
thanked members of the TIC without whom there would have been little
progress. He announced that it was time for him to hand over the reins
to a new chairman. Brian concluded by wishing the future chair good
Duncan Bainbridge reported on The Memorial
Hall saying that there was continued progress. The Appeals Committee
had raised almost £4,000 from three events which included a nine
bird dinner with a guest speaker - Caroline Bone from the Archers. The
now traditional Jazz in the Garden was held on one of the few fine
Saturdays in July. At the committee’s AGM meeting reports were
received from the various organisations that use the Hall on a regular
basis. The organisations reported on a successful year with stable
membership and finances. Merrydays, the nursery school, achieved the
‘outstanding’ category in their recent OFSTED inspection,
one of the few schools nationally to gain this result. The Drama
Society’s production of Dad’s Army was hugely popular with
each night being sold out. He continued that the coming year is the
100th anniversary of the opening of the Hall and a Gala Dinner is
planned for the 24th October with Amelia Whitman, a talented singer,
being booked to entertain. The tickets will cost £30.00. Douglas
then gave formal thanks to the JPC for their support through the TIC
and also the Management Committee for their continued teamwork. The
High Bailiff thanked the Memorial Hall Committee and congratulated them
on their success.
The Sports Clubs submitted their reports.
The Scouts reported that they were thriving, with beavers, cubs, scouts
and explorer scouts all running more or less to full capacity. All
sections accepted girls now who mix well with the lads. All sections
have enjoyed a fantastic variety of adventure and confidence building
activities. The funds provided by the TIC were much appreciated. The
main fund raiser was bonfire night, the event now being very much part
of the overall town calendar. Once again over £1,000 was raised
for troop funds and the co-operation of the TIC and all other users at
the site at this time was very much appreciated. The Scouts were always
looking for adult volunteer support to keep the troop fresh, well
staffed and thriving.
The Bowls Club reported that, whilst needing
to increase membership, they had eight teams playing league bowls
throughout the season. Due to the hard work of the members they were
regularly complimented on the quality of the green and the club remains
solvent by fund raising events throughout the year.
The Shooting Club was running well and was
financially sound. Membership was stable, with a good range of ages,
all working to try to improve facilities. At the moment the club was
looking to renew their heating system and improve insulation in order
to reduce heating bills. They were pleased to see the TIC spending
money on the drive, but were concerned at the lack of notice given
before the work was started. There were also issues with rain water
running off the new drive surface and dislodging the paving slabs in
front of their building. Thanks were given to the TIC committee, for
all that was done in the day to day administration of the sports
The Cricket Club reported that it was
another season devastated by dreadful weather which caused the
cancellation of several games and the resultant knock on effect on
finances. Despite this, and the disappointment of relegation from the
Cotswold Premiership after only one season, morale remains high within
the club thanks to an excellent and committed management team. The
£5,000 investment in the refurbishment of the playing surface
worked well and provided good wickets throughout the season –
when not flooded! Thanks were given to the TIC for the investment in
the splendid new entrance and car park and for Peter Johnson’s
investment in the clubhouse facilities. Cricket in Henley appears to be
in a very healthy state. The financial position remains healthy and
plans for fundraising in their Centenary Year 2009 were well advanced
with a Celebration Dinner on April 4th at the Golf Club - guest of
honour Dennis Amiss, England and Warwickshire batsman, followed by
a Centenary Cricket Week starting on July 19th, with President’s
Day. Everyone was welcome to support the dinner and the cricket week
and share in celebrating 100 years of cricket in Henley.
The Football Club reported on a generally
successful year. This was because many members had given their time and
energy to ensure progress. Extensive improvements were being made to
the playing areas. These include a fenced pitch, new dug outs, new
drains and refurbished goal posts. The report outlined objectives for
the future. They were to assist managers to continue to develop all the
teams, offering support with the most mundane tasks and offering extra
coaching for players. The club planned to provide new training
tops/tracksuits and target local business for sponsorship and financial
support. Finally they hoped to construct an “all year” 5 a
side practice pitch. They suggested that major improvements were needed
to the pavilion.
The Tennis Club continued to thrive under
the chairmanship of Judy Wilde who was named Volunteer of the Year at
the WLTA Presentations last month at the Botanical Gardens. Four courts
were floodlit, two now had Astroturf with two more planned. The junior
coaching had grown and two more coaches had joined. Membership had
grown by 10% and a grant from the Parish Council had been gratefully
received. The refurbishment costing £65,000 had now been
finished. There was still an issue over the car park and the club
suggested that it would be helpful to hold a meeting twice a year for
the users of the grounds. The TIC were asked to try to co-ordinate
The High Bailiff complimented the sports clubs on their achievements.
Peter Crathorne, pictured top right, was
elected as the new Chairman and the remainder of the committee was
confirmed. Peter commented after the meeting that the on-going
sponsorship of the Community website “This is Henley-in-Arden”, would continue.
Finally tributes were paid to the retiring
chairman Brian Twigg. Roger Sutton thanked him for all the work he had
done. He said that several years ago the TIC was in serious
difficulties but under Brian’s leadership the organisation had
greatly improved. The meeting supported this with a vote of thanks.
Peter Crathorne reporting
LTA Boss To Visit Henley
Henley in Arden Tennis Club
were amazed and delighted to hear that Roger Draper, the Chief
Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, has agreed to come to the
small celebration to be held at their clubhouse on 17 March. The club,
on the night, will be thanking all their members, supporters and
sponsors who have helped make their refurbishment complete, with the
finals of The Bunny Shepheard Tournament (a former founder member) and
This is a huge boost for grass roots tennis, and Warwickshire, that
such a powerful man should agree to come to such a small club. It is
good to see that Mr Draper values every member of the sport. "We are
delighted" says Judy Wilde Chairman of Henley Tennis Club.
Jane Palmer reporting
HADS Quiz Night
The Henley Drama Society held a Quiz Night with a pie/peas supper at the Guild Hall on Sat 14th (Valentines Night).
Around 30 members and friends enjoyed a
social evening with Sheena Ison and Carol Robson doing a great
job with Beetle drive and Quiz Competitions.
Photo by Alan Robson
Henley To Help Break World Banana Eating Record
Henley Fairtrade Group,
with your help, will be munching their way through 50 or more Fairtrade
bananas as part of a national attempt to break the world record for the
most number of bananas eaten during a 24-hour period. The record
breaking event will take place on Saturday 7 March 10-12 noon outside
St. John’s during Fairtrade Fortnight (23 February – 8
The Fairtrade Foundation’s annual
awareness raising campaign brings together producers, campaigners,
businesses and community groups, to highlight global trade inequality
and promote Fairtrade, which benefits small scale farmers and farm
workers and their communities in the developing world. Through
Fairtrade, 7.5 million people – farmers, workers and their
families – have more security and control over their lives. The
theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is Make it Happen.
People from Henley will join forces with
hundreds of Fairtrade Towns, Churches, Schools, and Fairtrade producer
groups from all around the world to take part in the world record
attempt between noon 6 March and noon 7 March. Fairtrade campaigners
are asking people to “Go Bananas” and join in the world
record eating attempt.
The event will be fun but also has a serious
message. Two billion people live on less than two dollars a day and now
more than ever, it’s important that people buy Fairtrade to
support producers in developing countries who are faced with rising
food and production costs as prices soar.
Fairtrade bananas were first launched 11
years ago and today one in four bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade.
There are 57 certified producer groups in eight countries of Latin
America, the Caribbean and West Africa supplying Fairtrade bananas to
20 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
The Windward Islands Farmers Association
(WINFA) was established in 1982 to promote the social and economic
welfare of small-scale farmers, and advocates on behalf of farmers who
are struggling to make a living from bananas and other agricultural
products. Among other community projects, the Fairtrade premium (paid
on top of the fair price) has been invested in refurbishing community
centres, materials and computers for local schools, and improving roads
and bridges to give farmers better access to their banana fields.
Marcella Harris, a banana farmer from the
Windward Islands, a member of WINFA, says: ‘We don’t want
your charity, we want to earn a decent living without relying on
handouts. For us to earn a living, we need people to buy our Fairtrade
fruit. I hope people begin to see that they can make a real difference
to the lives of thousands of real people by making a simple decision
when they shop.’
Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the
Fairtrade Foundation adds: ‘While Fairtrade banana sales and
overall demand for Fairtrade products soar, prices have plummeted,
having a devastating effect on banana producers and plantation workers,
many of whom do not earn enough to live and support their families. By
buying Fairtrade, consumers are ensuring producers receive a minimum
price and Fairtrade premium, which in turn enables them to continue to
earn a decent living and support their families. That’s why
during Fairtrade Fortnight we are urging everyone to Go Bananas.’
Come and join us!
Cilla Pudney reporting
Henley Society Continues Sponsorship of HNOL
The Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Society voted
at their last committee meeting to continue their publicity support for Henley
NEWS On-line by having copies of each issue placed in the Library and
at the Heritage Centre during its season.
Our photo shows Former President of the
Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Society Maggie Twigg handing over to
Sarah at the Library a folder for storing the printed versions of HNOL.
Bill Leech, Editor of HNOL, said, "It is most pleasing that two of the most respected organisations in Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden have continued their support of HNOL at a time when freedom of our local media is being challenged by a few local politicians. The Town Improvement Committee has already stated it will continue its sponsorship of the community website "This is Henley-in-Arden".
Printed copies of the latest edition of HNOL will be in both the Heritage Centre and the library on the day of publication.
Cricket Centenary Dinner on Saturday April 4th 2009
Henley-in-Arden Cricket Club is hoping that as many former players and supporters will want to help the club celebrate 100 years of Henley cricket.
Dennis Amiss, the legendary former opening
bat of England and Warwickshire CCC, will be the guest of honour. Many
will remember his brave, successful duals with the great Windies fast
bowlers in the Seventies and his run-outs with Geoffrey Boycott. It
should provide fascinating entertainment to hear it straight from the
It is an evening for ladies as well as
gentlemen at Henley Golf and Country Club which costs £25 a head
(£15 for young players under 18) with dress code of jackets and
ties for men and stunning dresses for girls. The evening starts with a
reception including a welcome drink at 7.00 followed by dinner at 7.30.
For those living in Henley there will be a minibus leaving from outside
the White Swan Hotel on the High Street from 6.30 till 7pm.
To order tickets please send your cheques, payable to Henley Cricket Club. Any questions phone 01564 795239 evening or 0121 627 5858 during the day. email email@example.com
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• Amrhil, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JP - Sold for £220,000 on 23-12-2008
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John Garner's Business Column
New disciplinary procedures
time I wrote about the new rules which will be coming into force on 6th
April 2009. It does seem that things are being made much clearer which
has to be a good thing. Here is a little more detail.
Until now employers must follow a three-step
procedure when disciplining and dismissing employees or the resultant
action may be deemed to have been unfair.
Employees must submit a written grievance to their employer before
bringing certain types of claim such as unlawful discrimination or
constructive dismissal. This has been a minefield for both
employers and employees. Instead of simplifying the law of dispute
resolution in the workplace the regime creates a lot of confusion and
But it's about to change. Instead there will
be a revised ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance
procedure as I mentioned in my previous article.
A failure to follow the procedures will no
longer mean that a dismissal is automatically unfair. However, failure
to comply with the new Code of Practice could lead to any compensation
being adjusted by up to 25% at the Employment Tribunal’s
Note that the new Code of Practice will not
apply to dismissals due to redundancy or the non-renewal of a
fixed-term contract. Both employers and employees must consider using
an independent third party to resolve disputes and there is more
emphasis on employees having to behave reasonably and consistently.
Which is a good thing!
The main changes to disciplinary procedures
are that in misconduct cases different people should carry out the
investigation and the disciplinary hearing. When an employee is
informed of the problem they should also be provided with copies of
written evidence such as witness statements.
But don’t get carried away just yet.
Until 6th April 2009 employers must continue to follow the current
statutory 3-step procedure.
After 6th April, whilst a failure to follow
the new code may not render a dismissal automatically unfair, it is
likely to influence an Employment Tribunal’s thinking.
So be ready.
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John Garner - Business Correspondent
Decision on gypsy encampment at Darlingscott
District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a
gypsy encampment was heard by an independent planning inspector
following an appeal by Ernest Wilson and Families and the appeal has
Following the public inquiry heard between
16 and 18 December 2008, the Inspector has granted a temporary planning
permission for the 16 pitch gypsy site on land at the crossroads at
Darlingscott, Shipston-on-Stour, for a period of 4 years and restricted
to named individuals. The temporary permission has been granted due to
the existing significant shortfall of gypsy sites within the District
and the personal circumstances of the families. There is a reasonable
expectation that new gypsy sites will become available to meet that
need at the end of the temporary planning permission. According to the
Inspector a temporary permission of 4 years would “provide the
opportunity for the appellants to search for alternative sites and for
the children on the site to make as seamless as possible a transfer to
alternative schools should this be necessary”.
In allowing the appeal the Inspector has
confirmed that in view of the harm to the countryside the site is not
regarded as an appropriate location for a permanent gypsy site. The
Inspector also states that the granting of a temporary permission
should not be regarded as setting a precedent for the determination of
any future applications for full permission for the use of the land as
a caravan site.
“We stand by the Inspector’s
decision to grant temporary planning permission for those named
individuals and remind the public that the District Council continues
to take any planning breaches seriously,” says Councillor Stuart
Beese, Portfolio Holder for Planning.
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Grumpy Old Woman Comments
Letter to David Milliband MP
Poor old Jill Archer. It sounds as though her bees are in trouble with mites, or is it something else!
to the Today programme, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it's not that
common enemy Pesticides, which poison everything and everyone in
their path. Perhaps it would be a good idea for the bees to leave
their honey in situ for home consumption until the threat subsides.
Like mothers' milk, it may give them an immunity of sorts! Also
heard on the same programme: farm subsidies paid in Euros over the next
few years could make a profit for farmers of something like
£80,000. Something a bit odd there!
I may be a grump - correction, I AM a grump, but I do smile every time
I read the following text which I quote hereunder and am thinking of
framing - A real letter sent to David Milliband MP on 16/5/07:
Dear Secretary of State,
My friend, who is in farming at the moment, recently received a cheque
for £3,000 from the Rural Payments Agency for not rearing pigs!
I want to be sure I approach this endeavour in keeping with all
government policies, as dictated by the EU under the Common
Agricultural Policy. I would prefer not to rear bacon pigs, but if this
is not the type you want not rearing, I will just as gladly not rear
porkers. Are there any advantages in not rearing rare breeds such as
Saddlebacks or Gloucester Old Spots, or are there too many people
already not rearing these?
As I see it, the hardest part of this programme will be keeping an
accurate record of how many pigs I haven't reared. Are there any
Government or Local Authority courses on this? My friend is very
satisfied with this business. He has been rearing pigs for forty years
or so, and the best he ever made on them was £1,422 in 1968; that
is until this year, when he received a cheque for not rearing any.
If I get £3,000 for not rearing 50 pigs, will I get £6,000
for not rearing 100? I plan to operate on a small scale at first,
holding myself down to about 4,000 pigs not raised, which will mean
about £240,000 for the first year. As I become more expert in not
rearing pigs, I plan to be more ambitious, perhaps increasing to say
40,000 pigs not reared in my second year, for which I should expect
about £2.4 million from your department. Incidentally, I wonder
if I would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these
pigs not producing harmful and polluting methane gases? Another point:
these pigs that I plan not to rear will not eat 2,000 tonnes of
cereals. I understand that you also pay farmers for not growing crops.
Will I qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the
pigs I don't rear?
I am also considering the 'not milking cows' business, so please send
any information you have on that too. Please could you also include the
current Defra advice on set aside fields. Can this be done on an
e-commerce basis with virtual fields (of which I seem to have several
In view of the above, you will realise that I will be totally
unemployed and will therefore qualify for unemployment benefits. I
shall of course be voting for your party at the next general election.
Grumpy Old Woman
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Obama takes first steps on Climate Change.
his inauguration speech, President Obama said that under him US
policies would in future be based on facts. Denial of climate change by
the federal government is now completely ended,
evidenced by the establishment of a new position in the White House:
the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. The
position will be filled by former administrator
of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Carol Browner, who is
said to have brought the climate change issue to the forefront during
her time at EPA. In addition the
President nominated a Nobel prize winner, Dr Steven Chu, as his
Secretary for Energy. Dr Chu, in his current position as director of
the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory,
has promoted the finding of solutions to climate change. Under his
guidance, the laboratory has focused on low carbon R&D, renewable
energy, and biofuels.
During the election campaign Obama declared the following long range goals:
- Reducing overall electricity demand by 15% from current projected levels by 2020.
- Making all new buildings carbon neutral by 2030.
- Weather proofing a million homes per year.
- Making a ‘major investment’
in efforts to transform the American electrical grid to a smart grid,
to create substantial increases in efficiency
- To spend $150bn over ten years to create five million ‘green’ American jobs.
Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection
Agency have released an updated version of the ‘National Action
Plan Vision for 2025’. It lays out
a proposed energy efficiency action plan for state policy makers. The
plan is said to have the potential to reduce energy use by 50% across
the US by 2029. About one third of the states
already have energy savings targets and it is likely that a combination
of the new lead from Obama and the National Action Plan will lead to
more states declaring carbon reduction targets.
The Environmental Protection Agency has also mandated a 10.2% biofuel
mix for 2009.
Despite the Bush government’s reluctance to tackle climate
change, capital investment in US clean technology companies reached a
record (estimated $1.6 bn) in the third quarter
of 2008. So, as I have mentioned before, the US was not ignoring
climate change under Bush, but now with Obama giving leadership towards
positive action we can see that the US
is tackling climate change at all levels and progress will accelerate.
They may be late starters but it’s great news that the
world’s most powerful country now has a leader
who is promoting the necessary action.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
Stratford District Council
News from Stratford District Council
On Monday 23rd February full
council meet and one of the main agenda items will be the setting of
the Council Tax Budget for 2009 / 2010. As a member of the Budget
Member Working Group we’ve held discussions with Heads of all
services and worked with colleagues to identify savings of over
£1.5 million pounds but with levels of interest from capital
investments plummeting and income from planning applications and car
parking all dipping this is a difficult time for everybody. Fortunately
we haven’t had any capital invested in any of the Icelandic
financial institutions otherwise the position might have been much
worse. Either way residents of the Henley & Wootton Wawen can rest
assured that their Ward Members have been actively involved and
‘in the thick’ of the decision making process.
Other items on the agenda include proposals to replace the two Area Planning Committees with one.
Area Planning Committees are under constant scrutiny and their
performance regularly monitored by the Planning & Regulation
Committee to identify any adverse trends, even down to the time it
takes to determine an individual application. Out of interest, the West
Area Planning Committee currently takes 20.8 minutes as opposed to the
East Planning Committee which takes 25.7 minutes per application
– the joys of life & technology of the stopwatch!
There’s a lot of talk in the press at the moment about how much
MP’s get as salary and expenses – one local Labour MP was
reported as having drawn nearly 750k in expenses alone! Life’s
not like that at the District Council where again one of the agenda
items this Monday is Members Allowances. The Basic Members Allowance is
£4,500 pa and out of that all office and administrative expenses
plus telephone costs & motoring expenses for case work have to be
deducted – not so much as a flat screen TV - only joking! The
recommendation is that there be no increase and both your District
Councillors support that recommendation.
High on the agenda over the next few weeks will be the Draft Core
Strategy. This document will help give us all a clear vision of where
we want Stratford District to be in 2026. Stephen Thirlwell and I are
members of this working group and will shortly be considering the
initial comments received following the public consultation exercise.
Laurence Marshall - District Councillor
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GO BANANAS FOR FAIRTRADE!
Bananas symbolise the challenges in international trade. One in 4
bananas sold in the UK is now Fairtrade. The objective of Fairtrade
campaigners is to increase that to 50% by 2012. Help to celebrate the
success so far and keep up the campaign by joining thousands of people
worldwide in setting a world record for the largest number of Fairtrade
bananas eaten over a 24 hour period. Join us outside St. John’s
on Saturday 7th March 10.00 am to 12.00 noon to play your part.
Supplies of Fairtrade bananas will be available but you can also
purchase your own that week from Henley Somerfield. There will also be
a Traidcraft stall and information on Fairtrade issues.
Joanna Oldfield is the speaker at our meeting on Tuesday 3rd March and
visitors are welcome to join us to hear about “Diabetes and the
Work of Diabetes UK”. We meet in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 pm
on the first Tuesday each month and have groups meeting through the
month for members to take part in play reading, patchwork, short walks
or 5 mile walks, cross stitch and social gatherings. For details please
telephone 792519 or 793640.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
We meet on Tuesday 10th March, 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall when our
speaker is Mr. Lee Berrill “Let’s be Different”.
Competition “Blown Away”.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Thursday 19th March, 8.00 pm Baptist Church Hall. Our speaker is Dixie
Atkins on “Edward 2nd and his Local Connections”. Visitors
and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Next meeting is on Tuesday 17th March when Rosemary Morris will
entertain us with “A Year in the life of Two
Photographers”. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist
Church Hall from 7.45 pm – only £2.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 24th March at 7.45 pm in Ullenhall Village Hall. Our AGM with
Cheese and Wine and “Something Else”. We also have a day
visit booked for RHS Malvern Spring Garden Show by coach with pickup
points in Henley and Ullenhall. Cost including coach and admission is
only £24. If you are interested please contact Diane on 01789
THE TANWORTH SINGERS
Tanworth Village Hall Saturday 28th March at 8.00 pm. Join the
Tanworth Singers for a concert of light music and readings. Tickets
£7 will be on sale in The Bell on Monday 9th March from 10.00 am.
For availability after that date telephone Judith Allen on 01527 550499.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Gateway Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
Open to members
(juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open
throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No
need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months.
League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
| |HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 pm 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 Hall, 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 8.00pm 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 A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes 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
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.
| | NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that you are
not covered in your area or are willing to be a coordinator. Please
contact Annette Walker on 792837
| | THE
WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly lunchtime
meeting on the 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.
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 pm at a cost of £3.10. For further
details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
| |HENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Plays Duplicate Bridge
of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan
Hotel and usually finds 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.
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Gateway Website
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