Annual Court Leet Dinner
On Tuesday the 7th April, the Henley Court
Leet and Court Baron held its Annual Dinner in The Guild Hall. The Town
Crier, Gordon Trinder, called for grace which was said by the Rev John
Ganjavi, Chaplain to the Court, and sixty-eight people sat down to a
five course meal prepared by Sue Dalby Catering. Diners enjoyed such
delights as Baron Soup, Henley & Beaudesert Carbonade of Beef in
‘Three Tuns’ ale and De Montfort Tarte au Citron.
While across in the restaurant of ‘The
White Swan’ the High Bailiff’s Lady, Molly Sutton, together
with the Ladies of the Court entertained their guests and visiting
consorts to a two course meal. The meal was followed by a talk from two
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholars.
the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, had introduced his honoured guests to
the body of the Court, he called upon the Court’s Ale Tasters,
Andrew Gardner, and Barry Tulloch, to taste the wines they had selected
for the dinner, and to give their ‘honest opinion’ as to
their ‘quality and quaffability’. Andrew Gardner declared
the red wine, ‘to have maturity, a fine bouquet, a touch of
strawberry, a hint of cherry, with a good sensation on the
palate’. Barry Tulloch tasting the white wine, declared it to be
‘a Barbara Streisand; ageing well, with a good body, possibly a
little hippy,’ but a good nose!’
The High Bailiff’s honoured guests
included Michael Coker, former Warwickshire County Coroner; Cllr
Vincent Seaman, Chairman of Stratford District Council; Cllr Joyce
Taylor, the Mayor of Stratford and her Consort Nat Taylor; Cllr Ann
Mellor the Mayor of Warwick; John Rogers, the Bailiff of Bromsgrove and
his Reeve Simon Cupitt; Andy Mills, the High Bailiff of Alcester; Cllr
Sheila Roy, the Chair of Beaudesert & Henley JPC, and David Burman,
Chairman of the Tanworth Felons.
At the conclusion of the meal Gordon
Trinder, Toastmaster and Town Crier, banging his gavel brought all to
order and called upon John Rutherford, the Low Bailiff, to propose the
‘Loyal Toast’. David Lodder, Steward to the Court, was
asked to propose the toast to the Lord of the Manor, Mrs Robin
Hardy-Freed, who he hoped would visit the town some time this year. The
steward ended his response on a serious note mentioning how important
it was to keep alive the traditions of the town laid down over the
years by the families and personalities that had made Henley their
home. He paid a special tribute to the work of the Heritage Centre,
under the leadership of Ray Holding and his ‘volunteer army of
stewards’, who year in and year out looked after the running of
Joseph Hardy House.
Burgess Derek Sharman had the responsibility of calling the Court to
toast their visitors and in particular to introduce the guest speaker,
Michael Coker. Derek had known and worked with Michael during his years
as a local JP. In concluding his address Derek was keen to stress the
need for people to take up the Obama Theme of ‘It is not what
your country can do for you, but what you can do for your
In response Michael began his talk by
explaining that he was ‘unaccustomed to speaking in public
without a fee’ drawing the first of many peals of laughter from
what became an attentive audience. Michael gave a very enlightening
talk about his work as a coroner; you go to the body, not the body
comes to you. He did recall on a one time visit to Henley that he had
succumbed to treating himself to a Henley Ice Cream, carefully hiding
himself away from public view, before attending a hearing at Henley
In concluding his talk he paid tribute to
some of the fine traditions retained by the town’s societies, the
Court Leet being such a society, through its re-enactments each year of
the traditions of ale, butter, bread, fish and flesh tasting and
declaring them fit for consumption.
It was the responsibility of the High
Bailiff to thank Michael for proposing the toast to the Court and
calling for the town to support the Leet and their endeavours to
preserve, not only the traditions of the town, but their work in
maintaining the Guild Hall and improving the Guild Hall Gardens for the
next generation of ‘Henmen and Henwomen’.
High Bailiff thanked Sue Dalby and her team for preparing and serving
such a delicious meal. He thanked the team of people from within the
Court who had helped to make the evening a success. Thanks also went to
two sponsors: ’The Thirsty Earth’ table water was supplied
courtesy of Alistair Price’s company Harrogate Spa Water and the
flowers by courtesy of ‘The Lemon Tree’ florists of Henley.
In continuing his reply, the High Bailiff
backed the sentiments of Hon Burgess Derek Sharman’s Obama
analogy, ‘It is not what Henley can do for you, but what can you
do for Henley’. He recalled that over the centuries many people
had made the town their home and had invested a great deal of their
money, time and energy into creating what is a very pleasant place to
live. He believed that the Guild Hall and the Court Leet should
continue its role to be at the heart of community life and as the High
Bailiff he felt it was an honour to head the Court and help it to
prompt the town of Henley.
The evening was brought to a close with the
drawing of the raffle, organized by the Town Crier and Low Bailiff, in
aid of the Guild Hall Charitable Trust.
Beaudesert and Henley Annual Parish Assemblies
The total attendance at the Joint Annual
Parish Assemblies, which took place last night, represented about 1% of
the population of Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert. It was however
admirably supported by the High Bailiff, members of Warwickshire County
Council, Stratford District Council and Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden
Joint Parish Council and Peter Crathorne.
This year it had been decided to break with
tradition and stage what historically has always been two individual
meetings at the same time. I am not sure whose decision this was and I
can only suggest that those townspeople who attended would be the best
judges of whether it was a successful initiative or not.
Joint Chairmen Eric Roy - Beaudesert (centre) & Bill Leech - Henley (right)
The Joint Chairmen, with their attendant
minute takers, took their places and the meeting began with a
presentation by John Stott on How to Make Henley Greener. It was
interesting and thought provoking and made a difficult subject very
relevant and inspiring. We are all exhorted to think about the energy
we use (and waste) and how by helping to cut green house gases we will
also save ourselves some money.
The new High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, began by
thanking the previous High Bailiff for all the work he had carried out
whilst he was in office, especially at the time of the great flood.
Although the history of the Court Leet is as old as the town itself the
work it does continues to have great relevance to the future of the
town and its members are proud to serve the community and support all
its activities. In response to a question from the floor, the High
Bailiff agreed to investigate the possibility of the Guild Hall and its
garden being more accessible to the townspeople of Beaudesert and
Henley (to whom it belongs and as it was in the recent past). Dr
Bridgewater tabled plans of how the Guild Hall Garden will look when
the current work is completed.
The speakers (left to right) District Councillors Stephen Thirlwell and Laurence Marshall, John Stott - Guest Speaker,
County Councillor George Atkinson, Peter Crathorne - TIC Chairman, Parish Councillor Sheila Roy - Chairman JPC
Peter Crathorne began by thanking Brian
Twigg, the previous Chair of the Town Improvement Committee, for his
excellent chairmanship of the TIC over some difficult periods. He
outlined his plan for the future, confirmed his commitment to the
project but was realistic in understanding how difficult it would
be to achieve all of the goals in a short time-scale
The Chairman of the JPC, Mrs Sheila Roy,
thanked all the members of the JPC for the long hours they spend
working for the town, especially on the various sub-committees which
are an essential and integral part of the JPC. She continued by
thanking the Parish Clerk, who now works on a full-time basis, for her
help over the past few months. In response to a question from the
floor, in particular relating to the apparent high increase in the
Precept and whether it had been prudent to employ a Parish Clerk on a
full-time basis as the cost of the salary would have contributed to
increase in Precept, Cllr Mrs Roy responded that the Clerk’s
workload was very high and it had become apparent that a lot of
important matters were not being dealt with in a timely manner because
of lack of time by the Clerk. Cllr Mrs Roy also confirmed that the
current Maintenance Contract would not be renewed and they would
appoint a maintenance “man” to carry out much needed
repairs in the town which was looking a little neglected.
Cllrs Stephen Thirlwell and Laurence
Marshall both spoke with their usual eloquence of their continuing
commitment and support of the town through Stratford District Council
and of how they see their role developing in order to help the town to
improve in the next few years.
George Atkinson acknowledged the kind words
of many of the previous speakers and said that he would be sad to
retire from the County Council but said that he felt very proud that he
had helped to play a big part in making the town a better place to be.
Cllr Atkinson has been involved with local councils for a long period
of time and would continue as District Councillor for Tanworth-in-Arden
so he would still very much take an interest in what was happening
David Hadley (proposed by Bill Leech and
seconded by Peter Crathorne and agreed unanimously) was voted as the
2010 Chairman of the Henley-in-Arden Parish Assembly.
Margaret Twigg (proposed by David Hadley and
seconded by John Love and agreed unanimously) was voted a 2010 Vice
Chair of the Henley-in-Arden Parish Assembly.
There were no nominations for either the Chair or Vice Chair of the Beaudesert Parish Assembly.
There was a question from the floor about
the amount of money paid for the sports facilities in the town. If the
Sports facilities could be improved it would encourage other members of
the town to use the site. Cllr Mrs Roy responded by saying that all
requests to the JPC for grants were considered and met if possible;
Cllr Thirlwell confirmed that SDC may be able to help to find
additional funding from third parties.
One constituent had written about the
perilous state of the paving surface in Brook End Drive to Station
Road. Cllr Atkinson agreed to refer this matter to the relevant County
The Editor of Henley News on Line was
asked if his sometime critical remarks on the work of the JPC could be
construed as counter productive and confusing. In support of the
Editor, John Latham responded by saying that in a democracy everyone
was entitled to an opinion and sometimes it was beneficial to create
debate which in turn encouraged free-thinking and a new way forward.
The meeting closed at 10.00pm.
I must add that the following is my personal
opinion – and I am sure that the historians and traditionalists
amongst us will shoot me down in flames – but surely in these
days of economy in all matters there is nonsense in two people sitting
down in the same room, each to conduct his own meeting without
regard for the other?
Has no-one ever heard that the whole is
greater than the sum of the parts? Can we not celebrate, after
centuries of living side by side, that we have not only survived but we
have both grown and in all other matters we are seen as just one town.
Evidence of our new-found maturity could see
us convening a joint Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Parish Assembly in
2010 with Chair and Vice Chair being nominated on alternate years by
Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert.
Gerrie Bruce - Secretary, Henley Annual Assembly 2009
Democracy in Henley
One of the most democratic of institutions
in our town is the annual joint Assembly of Henley and Beaudesert. It
is an opportunity for ordinary citizens to go along and listen to the
people who administer the community on our behalf and ask questions and
get clarification of issues raised in their reports.
I attended the Assembly last night, listened
to the speakers and then asked one or two questions. The first question
I thought would be of interest to most people attending. It asked that
if the District Council was £2 million in the red in the middle
of one of the worst economic downturns since the Thirties, how is it
that the Parish Council had caused a huge increase in its Precept
requirements from the District Council by making an arbitrary decision
to increase the post of Parish Clerk from part-time to full time? The
response from the chair of the Parish Council was less than convincing
and made no mention of whether or not the salary was affordable but it
wasn’t helped by the constant interruptions from a lady parish
councillor and supporters behind me who were interrupting and shouting
What on earth is it all about if such
behaviour can be condoned by the chairs of the meeting or even felt
appropriate by the people orchestrating the interruption? What is their
version of democracy in our green and pleasant community that many of
us work so hard to maintain? Can they explain because I am at a loss to
understand them, their motives or their behaviour?
John Latham - Former High Bailiff
HADS Memorial to The Hall - A Triumph
Last week we were treated to a home grown
production in celebration of the Centenary of the Memorial Hall,
Henley. The hall was opened in 1909 and has been the home to HADS for
some time, regularly hosting its productions. This play was researched
and written by Ray Evans (whose reputation precedes him) and was a rare
Covering the actual events that took place 100 years ago when the hall was first opened, the play presented a factual account of the time. There were, however, one or two dramatic changes to bring the story to life, presenting a little bit of ‘what might have happened’ if all had not proceeded so smoothly. As a result it was a masterly adaptation telling the story with humour and reality rolled into one.
If you have been following Ray’s articles over the last few weeks in Henley NEWS On-line,
you will realise what a major undertaking it was, not only to do the
research but also to write the play, cast it and then direct the whole
masterpiece. He is to be commended, the writing and production were
He was ably supported by the whole HADS company and the show was much
enjoyed by all who saw it. It is a shame if you missed it.
Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent
Travel in Style on the new X20
In their centenary year Johnsons Coach &
Bus Travel recently commenced operating the X20 bus service which runs
along the A3400 between Birmingham and Stratford Upon Avon. By
coincidence this is exactly the same route operated by the company in
the 1920s when they first started transporting fare paying passengers.
The route is now very busy and to cope with the demand the company have
just taken delivery of three brand new Double Deck vehicles to operate
solely on this service. These new vehicles complete an investment
programme for the year of just under £1,000,000.
Photo John Love
Pete Johnson, Operations Director of
Johnson’s Coach & Bus, said “We are extremely proud to
have been awarded this important route which provides a vital link for
residents between Birmingham & Stratford. We made the decision to
invest in new Double Decker vehicles to offer both a more comfortable
service and to encourage passengers to use it in the knowledge that
more seats will be available. The lower deck is “low floor”
with no steps which will suit those with any walking difficulties;
other passengers can go upstairs and enjoy the views! The purchase
completes our investment programme for this year which has also
included two state of the art Scania touring coaches”
The X20 operates 7 days a week and timetables are available from tourist information centres and local libraries or Clicking here
News from Rotary International
As their contribution to the Stroke and Health Awareness Day, Henley
Rotarians will be offering free blood pressure tests at the Baptist
Church Hall in the High Street on Saturday 18th
A small team of health professionals will be
on hand to carry out the tests and offer helpful advice. Strokes are
the leading cause of severe adult disability and the third biggest
killer in the UK. Everyone will be welcome to come along, have
the test and then enjoy a cup of coffee.
Henley Rotary Club Responds to Italian Earthquake
Disaster relief charity ShelterBox, a
Global Rotary Club Project, has responded to the earthquake that struck
central Italy in the early hours of 6 April by sending immediate
assistance to the thousands of people left homeless by the disaster.
As soon as reports came through of the
tragic earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, striking central
Italy as residents slept in the early hours of 6 April, UK disaster
relief charity ShelterBox mobilised its volunteers and staff to get aid
to the devastated region.
With initial reports indicating that more
than 17,000 people have been left homeless ShelterBox responded and
within 12 hours of the earthquake striking had a representative on the
ground in Italy and enough shelter for 2500 people on its way.
Henley Rotary Club responded immediately to
the appeal for ShelterBoxes and has already sent funds (£500) to
cover the costs of a new box. Each ShelterBox contains a 10-person
tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, basic tools,
a stove and other essential equipment. Every ShelterBox is individually
numbered and can be tracked by donors.
Mike Redman - President Henley Rotary
DESPATCH FROM L’AQUILA – FRIDAY 10 APRIL
Working closely with Rotary Italy, the
Shelterbox Response Team (SRT) working in Italy identified the district
of Pettino as in dire need of shelter. Two hundred shelterboxes arrived
via road from the UK on 9 April and immediately 120 were allocated for
Pettino where the residents had wasted no time in organising
resident and father of two, Ivan De Paolis, said that after the quake
they saw many large camps being set up with up to 2,000 people in them.
Some in shock, some depressed, they seem to spend their day queuing for
food with many people not knowing each other. Ivan and his family and
friends decided they wanted to stick together and help each other.
Drawing on the resources of the residents of Pettino they identified
suitable land, brought in earth-moving equipment, constructed a kitchen
area and brought in water and electricity. Through a friend Assergi and
local Rotarian Gianni Jandolo they became aware of the Shelterbox team
and their equipment and within hours work was underway constructing a
camp for more than 200 people. SRTs and local volunteers worked into
the night under hastily constructed floodlights and car headlamps
erecting tents. Work continued early the next morning with the help of
volunteers from Assergi as many people from Pettino attended the State
Funeral for the victims of the earthquake.
The camp was visited by Deputy Mayor Roberto
Riga who was impressed at the speed at which the camp had been
assembled and the quality of the Shelterbox tents. His heartfelt thanks
were echoed by the residents of Pettino. A further 96 boxes have been
issued to people from Pettino who will erect their tents in their
SRT volunteer John Diksa, a Rotarian from
Grenoble, said “to think that less than two days ago this place
was an uncleared development site is quite incredible. We’ve all
worked hard and pulled together to build what will be a camp with a
real community spirit. The People of Pettino have been very hospitable
and share what little they have us. I think we have shown what can be
achieved with a little teamwork.”
Cricket Club Centenary Dinner
than 100 guests joined Guest of Honour Dennis Amiss, pictured right, at
the Centenary Dinner of Henley-in-Arden Cricket Club held at the Golf
and Country Club last Saturday.
Many of the great and the good of the town
joined in the celebrations and enjoyed speeches from the former England
and Warwickshire batsman as well from the chairman of the TIC, Peter
Crathorne and former player Roger Sparrow, who talked about some of the
highlights of the 100 years of history attached to the club.
Apart from current High Bailiff Roger
Sutton there were 3 former High Bailiffs and an Honorary Burgess of the
town in attendance.
Thanks to some lively bidding from
enthusiastic guests in the auction £2,500 was raised for club
funds. A signed cricket bat from Freddie Flintoff fetched a club record
auction price of £1,100.
John Latham reporting
£500 Raised By Youth Club At Their Charity Meal
Friday 3rd April 32 residents gathered at “The Hub”, the
home of the youth club, to enjoy a meal prepared by the young members
of the youth club. The supper was arranged as part of their money
raising campaign for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
The young people have set themselves the
target of raising £1,000 entirely by their own endeavours by July
this year. Some twenty members of the club were chefs, waiters,
greeters and entertainers for the evening. The food was excellent and
Bingo Bobby and Cheerful Charley provided a charming entertainment with
their bingo game and amusing raffle presentation.
At the end, while we were all congratulating
ourselves at the success of the evening, it was Charley who brought us
“down to earth”; saying thank you to all who had attended
he reminded us that we had just about raised enough money for one
“take off“ for the helicopter. On this night the supportive
residents of Henley had witnessed the very best of the young people in
Long may it continue!
Peter Crathorne reporting
A Trip Down Ullenhall's Memory Lane
successful slideshow and archive day was held in the Village Hall on
Saturday 4th April. It was a chance to find out about the history of
Ullenhall and look at items from the past such as the inscribed
prize-winners cups from Ullenhall School, old tiles from Barrells Hall
and an old bottle labeled ‘Allcott’s Table Water,
Ullenhall’. This business was run by Mr Allcott, baker and
grocer, who had the premises now known as ‘The Old Bakery’
in the first half of the 20th Century.
The Village Books were also on display and
proved very popular. A DVD of photos was shown four times during the
day: these included Fetes that were held on the Vicarage lawn, interior
views of Barrells Hall as it used to be and the redevelopment of St
Mary’s Close. It would have been nice to have seen a few more
faces both old and new; however it was an enjoyable day.
It was lovely to see several former residents and thank you to all who came.
Sarah and Tom Ashton reporting
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Top Sats Results at Claverdon Primary
Primary School came out top of the SATS results for Warwickshire
released this week with its Year 6 pupils gaining the highest
aggregated attainment scores in English, Maths and Science.
Also this term’s OFSTED report concluded that the school is outstanding for the overall outcomes for its pupils.
The school offers a broad and balanced
educational experience and last year’s Year 6, whose work is
reflected in these SATS results, were an excellent and able group.
Headteacher Kate Gover commented, “At
Claverdon we track and monitor pupil progress to ensure that all pupils
achieve to the best of their ability. We do not ‘teach to the
test’ but offer a challenging, engaging curriculum. We always
have high expectations of our pupils and they never let themselves
Our picture shows our pupils with some very original Easter Eggs.
Martin Head - Governor reporting
Let’s Go and Run for Fun for Cure Leukaemia!
The good people of Henley have been great supporters of the Cure Leukaemia Run in Sutton Park for the last 5 years. Whether as runners or stewards, they have got up at the crack of dawn on a sunny Sunday morning in May to do their bit for a charity, which started fundraising in 2004 and has so far raised £3.5 million and built a Haematology Research Centre which is doing world – class clinical research to find a cure for leukaemia.
This year the Run is on May 17th. It is a fun day with 3 runs – a 10K at 10 am, a 5K at 11.30 and a 1K for under- 8’s at 12 noon. There are sideshows, music and a Smooth 105.7 road show with DJ Tammy Gooding throughout the morning.
Your support as a runner or helper is vital for an event which is a key part of our fundraising and has raised between £20,000 and £30,000 each year.
Visit www.cureleukaemia.co.uk to download an entry form, sponsorship form see a map of the course and any other general information You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0121 627 5858 for any specific information you might need.
Do something special in the Spring – help us bring new hope to leukaemia patients by supporting clinical research in Birmingham, which is having an impact across the globe.
Prize Draw Scams! A warning !
Readers may be interested to hear about my recent experience, but to avoid embarrassment, I need to remain anonymous.
Prize Draw scams are often responded to by the elderly, in this case, my mother. A letter is received, promising a very large cheque when they deliver your next order. So, you send them a cheque or charge your credit card for something you don’t really want. £10 here and £40 there. It can easily add up to £400 or £500 a month (far more than my mother could afford), with the participant enticed by the promise of a very large (non-existent) prize. If you’re used to dealing with honest people, the letters are VERY convincing. Once someone responds to one letter, that person’s name will be put on the criminals’ ‘suckers’ list. Then 10 letters a day becomes 15 and then 20 letters, nearly all from abroad, beyond the reach of English Law. Ordinary post (bills, personal letters) get mislaid amongst the overwhelming number of letters.
Signs of a scam addict include receiving loads of junk mail, having a house full of cheap-looking goods, such as jewellery and health products and becoming secretive when discussing finances with family. These all applied to my mother.
The participant still believes that one day a cheque WILL arrive in the post and it can become very addictive. Trying to get my mother to stop was almost impossible, then I wondered if Trading Standards might be able to help. They came up trumps, not only with advice and an information pack, but with a long visit to my mother, gradually persuading her that the money she was sending was indeed going to criminals and that there are NO prizes. She has now stopped sending money.
A good result, thanks to Trading Standards.
Henley Tennis Club Easter Fun Day
This Easter do you fancy having a go at
something different? If so why not come along to Henley Tennis Club for
our Easter Fun Day?
The day run for both children and adults will give you a chance to have
a go at playing tennis with the help of the qualified coaches. You will
also be lucky enough to have a go on our new Astro Turf court surface.
The Fun Day is being held at Henley in Arden Tennis Club on Sat 18th
April with four to eighteen year olds playing from 10 -12pm and adults
from 12 - 2pm.
Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club is a seven court club based on the
Stratford road in Henley-in-Arden. The club, recognised by
‘Clubmark’, has an excellent coaching and playing programme
for both juniors and adults whatever your standard.
All equipment will be available if needed, just come appropriately
dressed to have a go. Refreshments will also be available.
For further information or to find out more information about the club please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk or call Neil Supperstone on 07912 66 44 26.
FREE Fitness Sessions Offer to Teenagers
Teenagers are being invited to get fit for FREE for the summer at the Warwickshire College gym.
A 10 week free course of instructor-led fitness sessions designed for 15-19yr olds is being run at the Pavilion Gym, starting on 26 April. The classes are run after school time on Tuesdays from 3.45 – 4.45pm
Teeangers who want to take part in the scheme, being run under the umbrella of “Sports Unlimited”, must sign up for the full 10-week course and they are urged to get in touch soon as there are a limited number of places available. They should be in full time education.
Helen Pennells, Leisure and Fitness Manager said “this is a great opportunity for youngsters in the local area to get involved in some sort of exercise and it wont cost them anything”
To register for the course call (01564) 797819
For more information contact Helen Pennells on (01564) 797809 or email email@example.com
Edstone Hall Gardener from 1970 Sought
I wonder if you would be kind enough to
allow me to ask readers of your magazine for help?
I am looking to contact someone who worked at Edstone Hall in 1969/1970. Do they recall the gardener-handyman, Fred, who lived in a caravan on site or a Geoffrey John Randall, who may have worked there but lived in Stratford?
HNOL will pass on any information from readers to Caroline.
David Hadley Reports
HOW TO CALL THE POLICE WHEN YOU'RE OLD AND DON'T MOVE FAST ANYMORE.
Phillips, an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to
bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden
shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the
back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in
the shed stealing things.
He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone
in your house?" He said "No," but some people are breaking into
my garden shed and stealing from me. Then the police dispatcher said
"All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will
be along when one is available."
George said, "Okay." He hung up the phone
and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again. "Hello, I just
called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things
from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I
just shot them." and he hung up.
Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT
Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic and an Ambulance
showed up at the Phillips' residence and caught the burglars
red-handed. One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you
said that you'd shot them!"
George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"
(True Story) I LOVE IT!
Don't mess with old people - Live well, laugh often, love much!!!
Grumpy Old Woman Comments
Day; I wonder who thought that one up. Probably a Stationer, a Florist
or a Restaurateur on a day with time on his hands. In any event, I
can't say I blame them but I do blame us for falling into the
'consumerism' trap. There are many ways of telling Mums that we love
them, that we appreciate all the mounds of washing they collect from a
bedroom which looks like a tip and for cooking those never ending meals
for years on end!
UK Minister for International Development, Hilary Benn, asked consumers
to buy flowers flown in from Kenya, a country which transports 700
tonnes of these each week, adding grossly
to carbon emissions and, likely as not, to pollution of the lake in
which they are grown. European hot house flowers also add CO2 to the
atmosphere but a sapling would soak it up, so
why not plant an indigenous tree instead or a shrub for the
garde? As for cards sold at rip-off prices, a message written on
one of those charity cards which come through the letter-box
in exchange for a bob or two in return would be appreciated just as
This is a challenge with which we shall all be faced in the coming
years. Do we buy Bangladeshi rice and support farmers there or
Californian rice which needs huge quantities of water
and energy to grow? Are we putting South American farmers out of
business by buying locally and do we help or hurt Kenyan flower workers
by suggesting that they change tack?
The fact is, there is only one question we should be asking ourselves.
Are we destroying this planet's life support system by making wrong
choices? And if we are, then there's only one
Grumpy Old Woman
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John Garner's Business Column
Government help with business rates?
Note the question mark!
If you own any commercial property subject
to business rates you’ve probably had a letter from the council
telling you that you can now defer 60% of the increase in your business
rates. The letter I received says “This is to give flexibility to
help manage rate bills in the current economic climate.”
This was apparently a last minute decision
by Alistair Darling to help alleviate the problem he has caused by
allowing an increase in business rates at just the time when many
businesses can’t afford the rates at all, let alone an increase.
Only it’s almost completely pointless.
The rates have increased by around 5% for
the new fiscal year. This is now being limited to 2% and now businesses
can spread the remaining 3% over the next 2 years. They’ll still
have to find the money then of course – and one might ask what
will happen if the economic climate hasn’t improved in a year to
two? Will next year’s rates be deferred as well? And
remember, it’s only the increase we’re talking about.
Not yet though. At the moment you still have
to continue paying at the full 2009-10 rate but in July the local
rating authority will write to you offering you the option of deferring
60% of the increase. So it won’t actually be 60% of the increase,
it’ll be 60% of 8 months worth of increase (effectively
about 40% of the total increase) – or so it appears to me.
To quote the Daily Telegraph, “if ever
there was a sign that this government has no idea what it is actually
like to run a business, this 11th hour debacle was it”.
Don’t worry too much though. July is a
long way away yet. There’s plenty of time for the Chancellor to
change his mind again.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Warwickshire Waste Partnership says ‘Beat the Recession, Save Money on Food’.
the current economic climate many are feeling the pinch and if your
purse strings are feeling a little tight then your kitchen could be the
place to make some valuable money savings! Around a third of all the
food we buy in the UK ends up being thrown away and most of this is
perfectly good food that could have been eaten – not just
peelings and bones, so the Warwickshire Waste Partnership is supporting
the Love Food Hate Waste campaign which encourages us all to get the
most value from the food we buy.
In the UK we throw away 6.7 million tonnes
of food each year. Most of this ends up in landfill sites which
contributes to climate change because it emits methane, a very powerful
greenhouse gas. Not only are the environmental implications huge but
the financial ones are too – it is costing us around £10
billion each year, an average of about £400 per year for every
Cutting down on food waste is really easy.
Love Food Hate Waste offers a whole host of practical hints, tips and
recipes to help. Ainsley Harriott says “You don’t have to
be a chef to know how to cut down on food waste, you just need to care
about your pocket and the rest will follow.” We can all be savvy
chefs and start saving money now by using our fridges and freezers to
make our food last longer and go further. Here are some tips to get you
- Most ripe fruit can be kept in the fridge to make it last longer.
- Your freezer really is your kitchen hero – many fresh foods can be frozen: check the label.
- If things are approaching their “Use By” date and you won’t get round to eating them – pop them in the freezer for another day.
- Sliced bread can be frozen and then used for breakfast toast. Whole loaves can be cut in half or into smaller chunks and frozen. Put them in poly bags or better still use the inner bags that corn flakes etc came in.
- Grate cheese in small portions and freeze - take it out in the
morning so it's defrosted itself by lunchtime ready for sandwiches.
- To freeze tomatoes remove their stalks and freeze whole in
freezer bags. They can then be used in place of canned tomatoes, in a
tomato or Bolognese sauce or chilli con carne. Just put them in the pan
at the point when you would add the canned tomatoes. Ideally defrost
overnight in the fridge so the cooker doesn’t waste heat
defrosting them and the fridge gets a hand at keeping cool so saving
For more ideas or to pass on your own tips or recipes for making the most of food, log on to www.lovefoodhatewaste.com and share them with everyone.
For peelings and cores? Home composting is a
great way to prevent unavoidable food waste such as peelings, cores and
teabags ending up in landfill and can do wonders for the garden. Home
composting is better than landfill because the decomposition process is
different and creates much less methane. For more information on the
food we waste go to www.wrap.org.uk
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
Stratford District Council
Pick it up and bag it!
Stratford District Council
has adopted the latest law on dog fouling. All dog walkers must now
pick up the mess if their dog fouls pavements, footpaths, sports fields
and play areas. If they fail to do so they will face either a £75
fixed penalty charge or prosecution which could result in a fine of up
New signs are being erected
around the district and it is intended that the law will be introduced
slowly with warning letters being sent to offenders in April and May.
From June onwards, however, it is the Council’s intention to fine
people whenever possible.
The scheme will be operated
by Sophie Peacock, the Council’s Dog Warden who says
“Although most dog owners recognise their responsibilities there
is a significant minority who do not seem to understand. Dog mess,
apart from being very unpleasant, can cause serious disease –
particularly in children. We are imploring dog owners to make sure that
they always take a bag with them and that they pick up their
dog’s mess. They do not have to find a ‘dog bin’,
they can either put it in a normal litter bin or take it home and put
it in their household waste bin. We are asking people to report
offenders to us and where possible to complete witness statements so
that we can issue Fixed Penalty Notices. If we work together we can
clean this problem from our environment. Make no mistake, if we have to
serve notices, we will do.”
The Parish of
Bidford-on-Avon has gone one step further and has decided to adopt
these powers locally so that they can ensure that their village is
amongst the cleanest.
Elisabeth Uggerlose, Clerk
to the Parish Council, says “We recognised that there is only one
Dog Warden for the whole of the Stratford district and we wanted to
make sure that the new law is to be well supported in our Parish. We
have, therefore, adopted these powers locally and we will be using our
local PCSOs to enforce them. We will be working closely with the
District Council to keep our Parish free from this mess.”
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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.
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.
Tuesday 19 May, 6.30-8pm Annual General Meeting of 1st Henley and Wootton Scouts to be held on at The Scout Hut, Henley Sports and Recreation Ground, Stratford Road. To include a short slide show presented by our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers. This is your opportunity to become part of this dynamic and flourishing Scout group. In order to continue providing a diverse programme of events for our local children we need adults who can contribute their time and energy to making it happen. Please come along and find out how you can be involved. For further information contact John Johnson on 01564 792073
Saturday 20th June. This year’s CHURCH FETE will
be 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 18th July - The AD HOC Jazz Band,dancing, picnics strawberries and fizz.... its Jazz in the Garden! Enquiries to Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 01564 793539 day 01564 794987 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 01564 793539 day 01564 794987 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 01564
| |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.
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