Johnsons Centenary Dinner
John Johnson ( left ) with brother Peter
and Mom Joan, get ready to celebrate
400 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.
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
As 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: www.i-database.co.uk
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
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
Henley 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
The 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
Grand 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.
Here 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
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 - www.hads.org.uk for more information about the play.
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Market Cross Information Board
Following 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
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
PALM SUNDAY TEA IN AID OF CORD
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.
PETTICOAT LANE SALE
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.
FIGHT THIRD WORLD POVERTY
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 www.presentaid.org
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
WE WENT BANANAS FOR FAIRTRADE!
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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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.
TWO CONCERTS AT ST JOHN’S CHURCH
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.
HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
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
Henley 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
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
To find out more about Gas Safe Register go to www.gassaferegister.co.uk or
call 0800 408 5500.
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
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
Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher
Claverdon Are Top Once Again
CLAVERDON 27 - CLEE HILL 8
Man of the match - Ariss
Try Scorers - Westmacott, Horswill, Gray
Penalties - Wyllie x 2
Conversions - Wyllie x 3
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
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
When 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,
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.
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
To download a copy of my Small
Business Guide to Employment 2009 (price £4.97)
Our Senior Correspondent Comments
Well, 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
'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
Stratford District Council
Sign up to an Everyone Active card for free swimming
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 www.everyoneactive.com 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
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!
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!
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 14th April, 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall when our speaker is
Patricia Musgrove “Travel Full Circle”. Competition
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
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.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
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.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
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
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
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
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 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.
| | NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
| | 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.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local
business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley
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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 email@example.com
for more information.
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Gateway Website
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