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Edition 217 - 2nd april 2009
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Johnsons Centenary Dinner


John Johnson ( left ) with brother Peter
and Mom Joan, get ready to celebrate

logo400 guests attended a special charity dinner hosted by Johnson’s Coach & Bus at the Holiday Inn in Stratford in celebration of the company's 100th anniversary and the event certainly lived up to the company's slogan of “Travel with Friends”.

The High Bailiff and 2 former High Bailiffs were among the guests from Henley. The dinner raised almost £4,000 for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance service, Johnson’s chosen charity for their special year.

Guests listened to an amusing speech by Pete & John Johnson, with family anecdotes going back 100 years. This was followed by guest comedian Don MacLean who kept guests highly entertained with his non stop repertoire.

photoJohn Johnson, Director, Johnson Coach & Bus said, “Everyone enjoyed themselves. It was good to celebrate our 100 years as a family business and at the same time raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. Our target for the year is £10,000 and when you add the night's proceeds to our running total it means we are half way there and there are still two major events to go: a Family Fun Day on 20th September and a Firework Finale on 19th December. Both events are being held at the company's headquarters on Liveridge Hill. Staff are also organising other events which will help to swell the fund raising considerably.”

The company started in 1909 operating horse drawn transport along the A34 between Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon. By coincidence, in their centenary year Johnsons have taken over the operation of the X20 bus service along the same route

Henley Annual Assembly - 14th April

posterSpeaking at this year's Annual Assembly will be the High Bailiff, our County and District Councillors, the Chairman of the JPC, the Chairman of the Town Improvement Committee and guest speaker John Stott of “Make Henley Greener”.

After the formal reports and elections for next year's Assembly, there will be an open forum similar in format to the BBC TV programme “Question Time”.

Already questions have been received about the Council Tax, the condition of the pavements, the support for sport in Henley, the co-ordination between the three tiers of local government. We still need many more!

This is an evening not to be missed and we hope that there will be a meaningful discussion about life and services in Henley. By statute all resolutions passed at the Assembly have to be formally considered by the relevant statutory body.

The Henley officials for this year's Assembly will be:

Chairman - Bill Leech
Vice-Chairman - David Hadley
Secretary and Minutes - Gerrie Bruce

Residents are invited to send in their questions in advance by e-mail to: or delivered by hand to either 241 or 253 High Street.

Bill Leech - Chairman
Henley-in-Arden Annual Assembly 2009

LTA Chief Visits Henley Tennis Club

A very successful evening was held at Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club on the 17th March 2009, with over a hundred people, to celebrate reaching their target of replacing obsolete lighting on two courts and resurfacing 4 courts, 2 with tarmac and 2 with astroturf. It was to thank all the sponsors, fundraisers and supporters who made the project possible. Sponsors for the evening were Fosse Contracts Ltd, ELL, Underwood Brothers and Widney Sports.


Molly Eyre and Christopher Silk playing whilst Roger Draper watches


Roger Draper with committee members and Sarah Baker (Head Coach )
and Neil Supperstone (Development Coach)


Roger Draper unveiling the commemorative plaque

Roger Draper, Chief Executive of the LTA, was the guest of honour for the evening. He unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit. Roger met the Tournament players and mingled with guests and members for over 2 hours. He praised the club for having a real buzz about it and was particularly impressed by their young tennis leaders who supervised the junior tournament, scored matches and even acted as wine waiters during the evening.

Henley Chairman Judy Wilde told Henley NEWS On-line, "I was delighted that Roger Draper joined us for this special evening and supported a grass roots tennis club. He was very interested to hear that most of the young tennis leaders, who had qualified at a classes run by the club in 2008, now regularly help at club junior coaching sessions. We are planning a similar course at the club this year."

Mrs Margaret Shepheard presented the prizes to the winners of the Bunny Shepheard Tournament. Bunny Shepheard was the Chairman of the Club in the early 70s. The Bunny Shepheard Tournament finalists were: Ashley Howard, Chris Kirby v Neil Supperstone and Lucy Webster. Winners Ashley Howard and Chris Kirby.

The club is holding Open Days on 18th April and 28 June from 10am - 12pm for 4-18 year olds and 12pm - 2pm for adults.

Jane Palmer and Judy Wild - Reporting

Freedom of Info Act assists Speeding Motorists

photoAs a result of the UK Government's freedom of information act, you can now get access to ALL speed camera offences registered in the last 12 months.

Did you know that every time your car goes past a speed camera, even 1mph over the set limit, it is registered and put on a database? You only get a ticket if you are way over the limit or, and this is the bit that most people don't know, if you receive over 10 near misses you will be classed as a serial offender and get a ticket the next time you go just over the limit. This is why you hear of people being done for 34mph in a 30mph limit area whilst others doing 39 do not.

You can check what has been registered against your vehicle at the following web address:

Just enter your car registration. If there is any data on your vehicle you can click on the camera window to see a copy of the photograph.

David Hadley - Motoring Correspondent

Caravans Return

Three caravans have been parked on waste ground at the top of Bear Lane beyond the  railway bridge near the old coal yard. One caravan has since left. The area around is littered with discarded items such as black sacks, some shoes, food wrappings, domestic rubbish and a barking dog as well as a youth holding an axe.

The site is in private ownership and it the responsibility of the owner to seek eviction. Henley NEWS On-line has been told that the police have visited the site and have been given a promise that the travellers will be moving on.

Henley Society AGM & March Meeting

photophotoHenley and Beaudesert Society held its Annual General Meeting on 19th March. The Chairman complemented her “wonderful committee” on the good work they had done throughout the year. The business of establishing next year’s committee proceeded with occasional advice from the floor. The treasurer proposed a donation from society funds to help fund the notice board proposed for the Market Cross and this was approved by the meeting. Under AOB members were given the opportunity of choosing between the two designs of CCTV pole/camera installation that have been proposed by Stratford District Council. An overwhelming majority (90%) favoured the design shown right.

After a short break Dixie Atkins, the speaker for the evening, began her talk entitled ‘Edward the second and his local connections’. This proved to be a masterful example of how to make complex history understandable and interesting. As Alan Harrison said in his vote of thanks, the talk was delivered with enthusiasm in a way that demonstrated that Dixie had researched the subject thoroughly and she was able to put it across. Here are a few highlights from the wealth of detail.

Edward II was born in 1284. He was the first ‘Prince of Wales’ designated as such by his father Edward I because of popular demand for ‘a prince who speaks neither English nor French’; being a baby, he spoke neither. Unlike his father Edward II proved to be uninterested in kingship, sport or knowledge and favoured gambling instead. His wayward tendencies are evidenced by 70 letters of complaint from his father by the age of only 13. At the age of 23 he became king, dismissed all the court advisors, took £32,000 from the treasury and failed to honour details of his father's will.

One of the local connections was the nickname ‘The Mad Hound’ that he gave to the Earl of Warwick. Several years later ‘The Mad Hound’ bit the King by arranging a mock trial that lead to execution of the King’s best friend Piers Gaveston. Edward survived as king by playing various factions off against one another but the eventual effect of this was that he had few genuine friends and supporters. After many complex intrigues he was captured by Earl Roger Mortimer in late 1326 and taken to Kenilworth castle where he was held for a few months. It was here that he abdicated, apparently on threat of torture. He was moved to Berkeley castle where it is alleged that he was held in a cell connected by a shaft to a charnel house (a building where corpses or bones are deposited). It was hoped that the bad smell and conditions might lead to his death. However, fearing that whilst Edward remained alive there was a risk that he might rescind his abdication, it is believed that he was brutally murdered in Sept 1327.

The next meeting is on the 16th April. Jean Draycott will be telling us about the restoration of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. The venue is the Baptist Church Hall just behind the Baptist Church on the High St. Start time 8:00 pm. Visitors welcome for a small charge.

Inner Wheel Easter Breakfast

logophotoThe Henley-in-Arden Inner Wheel Club hosted an "Easter Breakfast" on Saturday in aid of "Mercy Ships". This is an organisation which sends a fully equipped hospital ship to needy countries in Africa.

45 people enjoyed a breakfast of fruit juice, fruit, cereals, croissants, hot cross buns and boiled eggs together with lashings of coffee and tea and are delighted to be able to send £260 to the organisation.

The Club would like to thank everyone who gave their support.

Pam Ford reporting

Letter from Grand Bahama

photoGrand Bahama where the people seem always happy.

How can it be that in a third World country the smiling faces that greet you never seem to cloud with the aggressiveness so often found in our own land? Could it be that as the majority of the population will tell you, the highlight of every week is their Church service on Sunday mornings? Every one of the hundred or so churches is packed on Sundays and throughout the week we hear our neighbours singing in rehearsal for the coming service. Naturally, everyone wears their best clothes and nothing could possibly take precedence.

Perhaps it is that all the schoolchildren wear school uniforms and are proud of their schools and their teachers. The classes are smaller than in England with some 35 schools serving a population of some 50,000 and that may be the reason. We visited a school on a tiny island called Sweetings Cay where there are 30 children from 5 to 15 years of age, all being taught in one small building. They dress in white shirts and red trousers or skirts, and look quite fabulous. Golf buggies are used instead of cars as the island is so small. One of the 15 year old boys told us after he completes his studies in the Bahamas he will move to England in order to become a qualified Marine Biologist. To complete his education here this boy, along with his schoolmates, will soon have to travel by motor launch to the larger island every morning in order to catch a bus to the college in Freeport. At the end of each school day he will travel back by bus to catch the motor launch home and this will entail a total of some 4 hours travel every day. It sounds like fun in the launch but the sea is not always smooth and blue – it can become very rough. The young man and his friends never stop smiling despite living in what many might consider to be a deprived environment and they all help to take care of the younger pupils throughout the day as a natural part of their own education.

photoHere there is less of the overly complicated justice systems that we have and so people feel that their law is more naturally just. Illegal immigrants are sought out and unceremoniously deported immediately – today, not tomorrow. They will be put onto a boat going somewhere else and to the Bahamians that is just. No foreigner can take a job if a Bahamian can do the job so they feel safe about their employment. There are no CCTV cameras spying on them so they can go about their lawful business without feeling like extras in George Orwell’s 1984. The European Bill of Human Rights has no equivalent here and it would be impossible to explain this piece of legislation to residents of these islands because they could not imagine any sane people voting for it. Those on trial for murder are never allowed bail and burglars would not escape with community service orders. Punishment for wrongdoers is swift and severe and, generally, offenders do not return to gaol where home comforts are non-existent.

Last Saturday, along with a few other pensioners, we ventured to one of the local beaches and having had a leisurely lunch we were anticipating the cocktail hour when a group of local youngsters arrived and started dancing to the music that was provided for this very purpose. We were immediately included and they proceeded to show us how to “Stomp the Roach” amongst other dance favourites. After a couple of exhausting hours we departed and left them to carry on for the rest of the evening and we later reflected that we could not imagine being included in any activities by young people at home, even if we knew them! This was just a natural thing for them to do and they enjoyed it as much as we did. Nobody was worried about banking collapses or crooked politicians' expenses .

Have fun – enjoy what we have – don’t covet what we don’t have – enjoy every day - no cynicism – join in with other people and smile a lot - enjoy the weather and the only local products which are beer and rum. This is a great philosophy and I wish we could import it.

After having had several weeks here I have to ask one important question. How can a small island, using ancient trucks, operate an efficient, twice weekly refuse collection for an annual charge of around £110? There is a lot wrong with life in the Bahamas but the positives seem to outweigh the negatives for me.

David Hadley reporting

Celebration of the Opening of the Memorial Hall

Part 3 - Local Amateurs Overlooked

photoThe opening of the Public Hall, Institute and Rifle Range was probably the most significant event to have taken in place in Henley since the granting of the rights to hold a market by Henry VI in 1449.

And at the formal opening on the 31st of December 1908 the dignitaries numbered the Marchioness of Hertford, Sir Frederick Lance, Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy, Sir William Jaffray and the then High Bailiff Mr C Couchman along with a list of at least one hundred other officers and professionals from in and around the area.

As for the local hero, Keble Howard (aka John Keble Bell), he wrote later in his autobiography My Motley Life – “I once had the honour of appearing on the same stage as Oscar Asche and his company, though not in the same play. This was the opening performance of the Public Hall at Henley in Arden where my father was the vicar. The doctor (Dr Ernest Nelson) was a great friend of Asche’s and invited him to do a scene from the Taming of the Shrew at the opening show. He also asked me to do Compromising Martha which I did, taking a company down from London. I was naturally very nervous at appearing in my ‘home town’ and very nearly dried up. I had just started on my first lines when I saw Oscar Asche facing me in the prompt corner and regarding me with what looked like critical ferocity. However, all was well; we stayed for three days, and played to packed and enthusiastic audiences.”

At this time in my research and writing it was clear that there must have been some clash of egos between the ‘London’ thespians and the local home grown talent and my plot was now clear.

I have dealt with the subject as historically accurate as it is possible to be, but the outcome is fashioned using theatrical licence to conjure up what may have happened if all had not gone according to plan. In actual fact, according to the Stratford Herald, the opening did go without a hitch. Not so for the Herald however, which on Friday the 15th of January were forced to print an apology to the local amateur group as follows: -

“Last week we commented upon the admirable manner in which Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Trial by Jury was produced by local amateurs. Inadvertently the names of some ladies were omitted from the chorus. (The missing performers were listed) They were designated the ‘Spectators’ and we are afraid that we did not see them from the position we occupied. We regret the omission”

My thanks to Douglas Bridgewater, Peter Crathorne and The Heritage Centre - Henley.

Ray Evans - for more information about the play.

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Market Cross Information Board

photoFollowing the publication in our edition of 9th March 2009 with Ray Holding's design for the renovations, we can now report on the information board which will be sited alongside the monument.

This information board is being designed by Jonathon Dovey, our local historian as requested by the Market Cross  Development Committee. The Beaudesert and Henley Society has now undertaken responsibility for the fund raising for the board

Maggie Twigg, Society's representative on the Market Cross Development Committee, has told Henley NEWS On-line, "The Society agreed at their recent AGM to undertake the  specific project of  providing the Market Cross Information Board. A  large part of the money has already been raised and further activities are  being planned to enable us to complete the  project."
The Market Cross Development Project Committee aims to  repair and preserve the 15th century Market Cross and improve the area around it. The  working committee consists of members of the JPC and representatives from the following organisations in the town:

Jonathon  Dovey- Historical Advisor.
Margaret Twigg - Henley and Beaudesert  Society.
Ray Holding - Heritage  Centre.
Gordon Trinder - Henley in  Bloom.

Enjoy what the churches are doing in April

Join us for a Palm Sunday afternoon tea in the church hall on 5th April, 2.30 – 5.00 pm and help raise funds for CORD this Lent. We are focusing on the refugee camps of Eastern Chad where just £20 will provide a blackboard and a year’s supply of chalk & £15 will provide mats for the children to sit on. In conjunction, RAMBLE WITH THE RUMBLES – Robin and Ann will lead a Palm Sunday walk from the Market Cross starting at 2.00 pm and returning to the hall by 3.15 pm in time to enjoy the refreshments. Call Robin 794424 for more information.

May Day Bank Holiday 4th May 10.30 am to 12 noon in and around Church Hall. Home-made cakes, paperbacks, bric-a-brac, Gifts and Cards, Raffle, As New Clothes, Plants, Refreshments in aid of Church Funds and Church Charities. Enquiries to 794308.

Start saving up your change now as next month (May 10-16) the whole of Henley can become involved in helping address some of the injustices in the world by giving to Christian Aid. This year they’re concentrating their efforts on “Education for Life” helping the most vulnerable communities to help themselves. Every house will receive an envelope for their donation; these will be collected during the week by volunteers. As always we need as much help as possible with the collection so if you’d like to be involved please call Lucy Lunt on 794873. Last year we raised almost £3,000. If you want to see the impact that kind of sum can make visit

Deacon Mario from Christian Aid, Luzon, Philippines describes how he and his team helped rebuild a community after thousands were killed in a mudslide which buried the village of Infanta following 3 cyclones in 10 days. He will be speaking at St. Peter’s Church in Wootton Wawen on Saturday 25th April 7.30 pm. All welcome. For more information call 792439.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the record breaking attempt. We contributed 61 bananas eaten to the worldwide record of 390,000. £20 in excess of the cost of bananas was raised and has been sent to the charity Traidcraft which works with Third World producers.

CHURCH FETE Saturday 20th June.
This year it’s bigger, better and much more fun for all the family, starting at 11.00 am – 3.30 p.m. All the usual favourites such as toys and games, tombola, cakes, plants, produce, plus even more including BBQ, good as new clothes, glass and china etc.

16th May, 7.30 pm an organ recital by Peter Summers (Organist at Holy Trinity, Stratford) and 27th June a performance by the Canoldir Male Voice Choir. Tickets for 16th May available from Dukes, Printers, High Street or reserved by phone on 792439. £8 (£3 under 16). Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas Organ Fund.

Holy Communion at 4.00 pm on Maundy Thursday 9th April. Our Easter Worship on Sunday 12th will be at 9.30 am. Sunday services (except 12th) all at 11.00 am are: 5th – Revd Robert J Powell; 12th at 9.30 am – Revd Robert J Powell (Sacrament); 19th – Mr John Griffin; 26th – Mr. Brian Atkins. The Baby Group meet every Monday 10.30 am.

Click here to read the latest Parish Church Newsletter

John Pudney - Religious Affairs Correspondent


Local firm listed on new Gas Safe Register

logoHenley Plumbing and Heating is now listed on the new Gas Safe Register which replaces the CORGI gas register as Great Britain’s gas safety body. From 1 April CORGI gas registration will no longer be valid and from then Henley residents must always use a Gas Safe registered engineer for all gas work at home.

All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe Register ID card, with their own unique licence number, detailing the work they are qualified to do such as installation or servicing of pipe work, gas cookers, central heating, boilers or gas fires. Gas Safe Register recommends that the public always check the card.

Karl from Henley Plumbing and Heating said, "We welcome the new Gas Safe Register and its campaign to keep Henley’s residents gas safe. It is vital for the public to know they must use a Gas Safe registered engineer. You can rest assured that Henley Plumbing and Heating, Registration No 233752, is on the new Register and legal to do your work."

Peter Eldridge, Chief Executive, Gas Safe Register said, "Keeping the public safe is Gas Safe Register’s top priority. If someone other than a Gas Safe registered engineer carries out gas work at your home you could be risking the safety of your family and your property. Incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained gas appliances can lead to gas leaks causing fire and explosions. It also leads to highly poisonous and deadly carbon monoxide (CO)."

To find out more about Gas Safe Register go to or call 0800 408 5500.

Primary SchoolHenley Primary

First Place in Netball Competition

Henley-in-Arden Community Primary School won first place in the annual Alcester Police Netball Tournament held at Studley High School on Saturday 28 March 2009. 16 local schools competed in the under 11s knockout competition.


Henley beat Temple Grafton in the final match by 5 goals to 4. The netball team are pictured above: Molly McDermott (Capt), Sylvie Corbet, Isobel Corrie, Charlotte Bevan, Hannah Anderson, Danielle Chartrand, Rhiannon Woodhams and Jordanna Byng.
Special thanks goes to Mrs Paula Dhugga and Mrs Jane Kay who run the school netball team and to the Henley High girls who also lead the coaching sessions.

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher

Claverdon Are Top Once Again

Man of the match - Ariss
Try Scorers - Westmacott, Horswill, Gray
Penalties - Wyllie x 2
Conversions - Wyllie x 3
logoTwo games left to define a season…... The message that reverberated through the Claverdon squad as they ran out for their last home game of the season. A boisterous Vice Presidents crowd, only dampened by the erratic weather, would ensure that Claverdon would have full support in this vital league clash.

The inspiration of Ariss, his passion always missed when he is not around, returned to the back row with Edsall moving to second row, in the only change to the side that finished the draw at Tenbury. A talented bench included Joyce and Grimsley, both very unlucky not to start.

Claverdon started the game, down the hill into the wind, uncharacteristically well. An early scrum provided the Claverdon front three an opportune platform to show their selection was the right one. Against one of the best scrummaging packs in the league, Claverdon more than held their own and under the stewardship of Knight and Carruthers the Claverdon pack looked set to assert themselves as the game was to progress. The Claverdon pressure soon led to a penalty against the visitors for killing the ball. Captain Wyllie coolly added the kick, giving the vocal VPs their first opportunity to celebrate.

The weather had been predicted to be changeable, and as the heavy rain appeared so did a change in the momentum on the pitch. Clee Hill have always been a successful side in difficult conditions and they showed glimpses of the side that has finished third in the last two league campaigns. A good period of forward play, combined with Claverdon infringements, allowed Clee Hill to complete a well worked try in the corner. The conversion was missed but Claverdon were left under no illusion that this was not to be a walkover. 5-3 to Clee Hill.

The response from Claverdon was almost immediate though. After some excellent work at the breakdown from Ariss Claverdon were awarded a penalty in a kickable position. Such was the confidence of the Claverdon pack, combined with an injury to the Clee Hill hooker resulting in a change, captain Wyllie called for a scrum. Brannon won the ball and the pack drove forward. Horswill popped to Westmacott who brilliantly scored after beating the attention of four Clee players. Wyllie added the conversion. 10-5 to Claverdon. 

The remainder of the first half was an even affair as the conditions yet again took a turn for the worse. Some stout defensive work from Thorndale and Joyce, on for the injured Visser, in the forwards and notably Johnson in the backs who twice saved Claverdon with his pace as the Clee full-back looked to be clear, ensured that Clee were only able to add a penalty kick before half time. 10-8 HALF TIME.

The first quarter of the second period was a cagey end to the affair with Clee slowly starting to gain the initiative. Clee had two opportunities to take the lead with kickable penalties but on both occasions failed.

After some strong running from Gray, Wyllie and Horswill and good pressure at the breakdown from Edsall and Knight, Claverdon were awarded a scrum five metres from the Clee line. A change to the front row brought the fresh legs of Grimsley and from the resultant scrum Claverdon were held just short on three occasions. This got the crowd going though and the weather responded by brightening up. Would this lift the lions to glory?

Sam Horswill has in many people's eyes been the unsung hero of Claverdon's success this season, doing a lot of unnoticed work in the centre of the park that has allowed the talent around him to capitalise, and yet again it was his quick thinking that changed the game. After a spilled ball by Clee in Claverdon’s half, Horswill hopefully kicked the loose ball forward. Under pressure from the ensuing Johnson, Barton and Horswill himself, the Clee full back failed to deal and Sam picked up and scored despite still having two Clee players to beat. Wyllie added another tricky conversion. 17-8 Claverdon.

It is hard to emphasise the impact that score had on the game as Clee looked visibly beaten while Claverdon, lifted by the now tuneful support, looked hungry to finish the game in style. More good work at the breakdown from Skinner and Ariss won Claverdon another penalty. Wyllie, who had been immaculate with the boot all day, added the 3 points to give Claverdon a healthy 20-8 lead with little over ten minutes still to play.

Claverdon continued to pile on the pressure and remained camped in Clee's half for the final minutes. From a scrum 20 metres out on the right, where the home pack had been excellent all day, Wyllie fed Horswill who sprayed a cross field kick which Barton collected at pace. Barton was held just short of the line but still managed to pop to Gray who had made a clever, powerful run to smash over the line. Wyllie added the conversion to complete his 100% kicking performance for the day. Final score 27-8 to Claverdon.

Paul Brannon - Reporting

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John Garner's Business Column

Your P45!

John GarnerWhen you watch The Apprentice next week take note.

“Sralan” will certainly say “You’re fired” to one of the contestants. But he’d better make sure he’s got copies of the new P45 form or he might have to retract – and we wouldn’t want that, would we?

You must not issue the old style (A5 size) P45s to any employees who leave your employ after the 6th April. You must use the new (A4 size) ones.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said "It's important to remember that employees may not recognise the new forms. All they need is reassurance that the form P45 has changed in appearance and now includes their date of birth and gender." So that’s alright then.

This additional information is apparently intended to help HMRC match an employee’s information with their records when the forms are processed. They hope this will reduce the number of queries they send to employers when staff leave.

You can obtain copies of these forms from the HMRC Employer Orderline.

Stop Press

HMRC has announced that 2009-2010 Payslip Booklets have been delayed, due to production problems apparently. These are the little yellow booklets that you use for sending in your monthly (or in some cases 3 monthly) PAYE and NIC payments.

HMRC say that they’ll be with you by 22nd April but if you haven’t received yours by 5th May then give them a ring on 0845 366 7816 and they will send you a duplicate. That assumes you can get through of course.

This could be a devious plot to force you to pay on line, though I don’t think so.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Our Senior Correspondent Comments

photoWell, there have been some queer goings on in the media.

Prince Harry was sent on a race awareness course - what a waste of time! After all Paki is only short for Pakistani. Given the names our nation is called ie Pommy, Limey, Snowdrop, Ros-bif, the others have nothing to grumble about although I would hate to be called a Frog as the French are. They, however, shrug their shoulders in true Gallic style and get on with life.

Then there is the way certain words are now used, "toxic assets", do they mean bad debts, if so how can that be an asset? Then there is protectionism. That could yet be another law to break especially if you are trying to protect your job. The present financial crisis is described as the credit crunch but I have heard it described as the bubble that burst.

What about the green custard thrown over Mandleson? I wonder if anyone feels as I do, that this incident was set up? Why did he walk round the back of his car towards the protester? Why did he not make for the entrance to the building he was visiting? No doubt all will be revealed as time goes on. In the meanwhile I would like the recipe for green custard!

The worst use of the English language is the murder of our soldiers in Northern Ireland and described by Gerry Adams as counter productive!! Perhaps it is better than having him utter words of sympathy.

The English language has altered considerably over the years. If you are a Grandmother you are now described as Nanny. Well a Nanny was someone employed to look after children. Gay was describing someone who was light-hearted and jolly, now it describes a same gender relationship. As from 1960, there was no such thing as a nymphomaniac - apparently it was all in the mind. However, females with a low sex drive are thought to be suffering from Female Sexual Dysfunction. Where have all the nymphos gone?

My teenage grand-daughters seem to have a language of their own. The changing face of Britain is reflected in their attitudes. Indeed OAPs no longer sit by the fire all day, they are out doing voluntary work keeping organisations going. Well OAPs are called wrinklies or golden oldies or old diddies who should not be seen or heard. Do we care? No, with old age comes a certain amount of wisdom.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Make Henley Greener Needs You !

Make Henley Greener has as its main focus the reduction of CO2 emissions in Henley. By “saving” Henley, perhaps the planet will follow.

Recent Government legislation stresses the importance of local councils working with groups interested in environmental issues. As a result Make Henley Greener has started work with Henley Joint Parish Council and finds itself committed to an increasing range of activities and urgently needs more recruits.

We are also interested in new ideas so, if you would like to help, call John on 792251 or Mike on 793710. If you’re enthusiastic and would like to get actively involved, get in touch.

'The Age of Stupid'

An unusual and not to be missed film about climate change is on at the Picture House Stratford this Weds, Thurs and Fri at 1 pm. The adverts etc start at 1 pm, the film itself at about 1:15 pm.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Sign up to an Everyone Active card for free swimming

photoFree swimming for over 60s start next week, Wednesday 1 April in Stratford District. Anyone aged 60 and over will be able to enjoy free swimming in all four of Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s pools during the published ‘swim for all’ sessions making almost 216 hours of swimming available a week.

To take up the free swim offer everyone in the target age group must have a valid Everyone Active activity card. The cards are free and are available from the four District Council leisure centres in Stratford, Shipston, Studley and Southam.

To get your free Everyone Active card either register at or visit your local swimming pool or leisure centre and collect an Everyone Active card application form to make the most of this government-backed initiative.

Can’t get to a leisure centre? Community Links could be the answer. Community Links aims to help residents of Stratford-on-Avon District who are stuck for transport get to local destinations, door-to-door, on set weekdays between about 9.45am and 2.45pm. The scheme is aimed at those who have a genuine need for local transport, cannot access public transport because of mobility problems or live in a rural isolated location with no other form of transport available. For further information please call 01789 264491.

Alerts from Trading Standards

Counterfeit CD Seizure

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service and Warwickshire Police carried out a joint raid on a stall at a South Warwickshire Car Boot Market in February and seized almost 500 counterfeit CDs. The CDs contained information claiming to be vehicle service manuals. The CDs were thought to be worth £230,000 had they been genuine versions.

The CDs seized contained information produced by Autodata Limited, a technical information supplier to garages and vehicle repairers. The CDs, labelled as workshop manuals for a number of different car manufacturers, all contained the same software programs which were pirated copies of the Autodata information. The CDs are described as having information on how to repair and carry out maintenance on a vehicle. In fact they contain very concise technical data which should only be used by a professional technician who has the skills and training to use the information correctly.

Autodata stated that “Although these CDs were being sold as specific vehicle workshop manuals, they would be of little use to the consumer who thought they were purchasing a genuine ‘bumper to bumper’ workshop manual for their own vehicle. The data within these illegal products is out of date and has been copied from software download websites for sale to unsuspecting consumers at these types of market.”  Consumers who have their vehicles repaired using the out of date information from these CDs face the possibility of having costly damage to their engine or even an un-roadworthy vehicle.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service warns the public not to buy any counterfeit goods including CDs or DVDs. They are not only illegal but you have no way of knowing what you are buying.  Counterfeiting is an illegal activity which undermines UK businesses. Warwickshire Trading Standards Service continues to work with the Police and other agencies to combat the sale of counterfeit and fake goods and safeguard the public. Warwickshire Trading Standards Service will continue to take enforcement action against those found selling counterfeit goods.

If you are concerned that your local car boot is selling counterfeit items or you think you have bought counterfeit goods please call Consumer Direct on 08454 040506, or visit

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

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Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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We are looking forward to hearing Alan Benjamin telling us “Constabulary Tales” at our meeting on Tuesday 7th April. Visitors are very welcome to join us from 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall for an amusing if not arresting evening!

Tuesday 14th April, 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall when our speaker is Patricia Musgrove “Travel Full Circle”. Competition “Simply Spring”.

Thursday 16th April – Jean Draycott “Restoration of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens”. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

John Clews from RSPB is giving us a talk about “Action for Birds” from 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 21st April. Come along and join us especially if you are interested in bird life. Visitors only £2.

Tuesday 28th April, 7.45 pm Ullenhall Village Hall. Our speaker is Brian Ellis “An Enthusiasm for Perennials”
Visit to RHS Malvern Spring Garden Show by coach from Henley and Ullenhall. Saturday 9th May, cost including coach and admission is only £24. Contact Diane on 01789 488209.

Starting every Saturday from 4th April at the Memorial Hall, 9.30 to 10.30 am. All ages and fitness abilities welcome. £3.75 per session. Contact Caroline on 07809 285193 for more details.

CHURCH FETE Saturday 20th June. This year it’s bigger, better and much more fun for all the family, starting at 11.00 am – 3.30 pm. All the usual favourites such as toys and games, tombola, cakes, plants, produce, plus even more including BBQ, good as new clothes, glass and china etc

Saturday 16th May, 7.30 pm - An organ recital at ST. JOHN’S CHURCH by Peter Summers (Organist at Holy Trinity, Stratford) and 27th June a performance at ST. JOHN’S CHURCH by the Canoldir Male Voice Choir. Tickets for 16th May available from Dukes, Printers, High Street or reserved by phone on 792439. £8 (£3 under 16). Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas Organ Fund.

Saturday 18th July - The AD HOC Jazz Band,dancing ,picnics strawberries and fizz.... its Jazz in the Garden! Enquiries to Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 01564793539 day 01564794987 eve
Saturday 24th October - A Gala Dinner to celebrate 100 years of the Memorial Hall. A feast prepared by SUE DALBY
followed by an entertainment. Enquiries to Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 01564793539 day 01564794987 eve

Saturday 7th November  - 1st Henley and Wootton Scouts Annual Bonfire Night at The Scout Hut, Henley Sports and Social Ground. Further details nearer the time.

Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Gateway Website

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 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.
Are 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
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 fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday, and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the 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 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 your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
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
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
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.
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.
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.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices, and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Gateway Website

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