Henley's Rubbish Collections Are Rubbish
For the second time in the past month
Henley's picturesque High Street is covered in black rubbish bags. I
have counted between 70 and 100 bags lying on the pavements, some of
which have been there for 4 days, some of which are split open
encouraging vermin and under the new SDC collection arrangements will
not be removed for at least another week.
This new SDC collection routine means that
most residents who live on the High Street do not have access to
Grey/Green/Blue bins and have to continue with black sacks which are
now only collected every fortnight (a schedule which our local
councillors told us last year would not happen).
The 2 week collection for black sack
household rubbish has been quietly introduced through the 'back door',
hidden within the new green approach which many of us do support.
The above photos taken today, Wednesday
22nd, show the extent of the rubbish and my own feeling as to what
should happen to our misleading councillors.
Alan Robson reporting & graphics
In fairness to Stratford District Council, I
would like to point out that when alerted to the problem of black bags
along the High Street, they have reacted swiftly and efficiently to
On Tuesday April 14th, Parish Councillor
George Mattheou contacted the SDC offices about this problem and on
April 21st, I did so. We both received very helpful responses over the
telephone and the bags were picked up first thing next morning in both
cases. There is naturally some confusion amongst residents regarding
the new regulations but I am assured we will get assistance during this
David Hadley - Chief Correspondent
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
The 23rd April is St
George’s Day; it is the day the English ‘fly the
flag’. But did you know that on the same day 445 years ago, the
23rd April 1564, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon
Avon? Incidentally he ‘fixed it’ to die on the same
day 52 years later! And to add to the trilogy of facts, the
‘Bard’ was christened, married and finally laid to rest in
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford – what a story!
A story that last weekend saw
the town of Stratford play host to an international gathering of
actors, ambassadors and patrons of the Arts; they had travelled to
Stratford, some from as far away as South Korea and China, to join in
the Birthday Celebrations.
Henley was represented at the
celebrations by both the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, and the Low
Bailiff, John Rutherford. They were invited by the President of The
Shakespeare Trust, Sir Donald Sinden CBE, and the Mayor of Stratford,
Cllr Joyce Taylor, to join them in celebrating the Bard’s
High Bailiff and Low Bailiff were not alone in representing Henley, the
players and actors from Henley Amateur Drama Society had also been
invited to join the Stratford Theatre Groups whose task it was to
entertain the public by ‘acting out’ scenes from
Shakespeare’s plays on the very streets of the town - all part of
the ‘razzmatazz’ and ‘rich tapestry’ of the
Birthday Bash! And celebrate they did! First, by attending on the
Friday evening the ‘Beating of the Retreat’ by the band of
The Royal Engineers in the newly opened Bancroft Gardens, and then, on
the Saturday, by joining the Birthday Parade for the unfurling of the
Shakespearian Banners and Birthday Luncheon.
The parade started at 10.30 am
from the Birthplace Trust in Henley Street. It was led by the brassy
sounds of the Band of the Royal Engineers and in glorious sunshine it
slowly wound its way through the town to Holy Trinity Church to lay
flowers on Shakespeare’s tomb. The parade stopped on route for
the guests to either unfurl their national flag or a banner
representing a Shakespearian play. The High Bailiff and the Low Bailiff
had the responsibility of unfurling two banners, ‘The Rape of
Lucrece’ and ‘Measure for Measure’.
A true measure of the day was
the size of the crowd lining the route; a measure of the popularity and
affection held for this ‘famous son of Stratford’. Another
testimony to his fame could be seen in the many floral tributes laid
out on the floor at the foot of the dramatist’s tomb in Holy
were also paid to the works of the Bard by the speakers at the luncheon
held in the Birthday Pavilion in Avonbank Gardens. Listening to these
tributes were the High and Low Bailiffs of Henley and their consorts,
Molly and Ann; County Councillor George Atkinson and his wife, Pamela;
Past High Bailiffs, Dr Douglas Bridgewater and Duncan Bainbridge, and
their wives, Susan and Marijana. During the luncheon the theatre
critic, Michael Billington, was presented with The Pragnell Shakespeare
Birthday Award for his 30 years of service to the theatre by Professor
Kate McLuskie of the Shakespeare Institute. In thanking the Institute
for the award Michael mentioned that he was a son of Leamington and
that the love of theatre had been in his blood from an early age. He
had as a schoolboy cycled the many miles from Leamington to Stratford
and back solely to see the stage performances of the Shakespearian
greats like Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir John
Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness. So, as a son of the theatre, it was no
wonder that he had made a career in it initially as an actor/producer
and then as a theatre critic!
The luncheon celebrations were
brought to a conclusion by the response to the ‘Worldwide
Appreciation of Shakespeare’ from HE Madam Fu Ying, Ambassador of
China. She had the opportunity of studying the works of Shakespeare at
school and found it a rewarding experience. She had even quoted from
Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ during cross-border talks
between North Korea and America – ‘To be or not to be? That
is the question’. However, she was concerned that Chinese
literature/books were not so ready available in England as English
books were in China because China had some notable writers worthy of a
place in worldwide literature. She hoped her concerns over Chinese
literature would be addressed in the same way that the 2008 Olympic
Games had done for the opening up of China to the rest of the World.
The World came again to
Stratford on the Sunday morning when the guests paraded from the Town
Hall, led on this occasion by the City of Coventry Band, to Divine
Service in Holy Trinity Church to hear the Shakespeare Sermon preached
by the Revd The Lord Griffiths of Burry Port. The service itself was a
true festival of Shakespearian music and song, verse and prose played
out by children and actors alike. In his sermon the Lord
Griffiths drew a parallel with the passion people had for their
religious conviction and the conviction people displayed in their love
After the service, the parade
made its way back via the Court Yard Theatre, where on Saturday night
the guests had attended the special birthday performance of
Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and then on past the
construction site of the emerging New Theatre. Here the parade turned
up a crowded Sheep Street to the steps of the Town Hall.
It was from the steps of the
Town Hall that the final act of the morning was acted out by the Mayor
of Stratford when she thanked the band and all her guests for joining
the 445th Birthday Celebrations of William Shakespeare, Son of
Roger Sutton - High Bailiff
Court Leet Consorts’ Supper
The Court Leet Consorts’ and their guests would like to extend a thank you to The White Swan Hotel, The High Street, Henley in Arden, for their kindness and support for this event.
The staff prepared a delightful
dining room which was much appreciated and Antonio prepared and cooked,
salmon in lemon butter, seasonal vegetables and desserts, enjoyed by
The High Bailiff’s
Consort, Molly Sutton, would like to offer a special thank you to Linda
Jackson, the land lady, who helped in so many ways to make the evening
Guild Hall Garden Project
Douglas Bridgewater and Duncan Bainbridge discuss the first steps of the project with the contractors
walking along Beaudesert Lane in the last week can have failed to
notice that work has begun on the makeover of the Riverland. In
accordance with planning permission that was recently granted after
almost three years of negotiations, most of the trees on the site have
now been cleared. Work will shortly begin on levelling the site to meet
the requirements of the Environment Agency followed by laying the
foundations (reinforced to meet Planning Department requirements) of
the brick wall which will separate the garden from Beaudesert Lane.
The wall will be interspersed with iron
gates and panels of matching iron railings which will maintain a view
of the garden for passers by. An archway will be created in the wall of
the existing Guild Hall Garden with an iron gate providing access
between the two gardens. The erection of the wall and railings along
Beaudesert Lane will complete Phase I of the project which will have
cost some £25,000. Malcolm Wright (left) of Henley Metal Products
contemplates progress on the railings and gates.
Work on Phase II, which will cost as much
again, will begin as soon as funds are available. It is hoped that the
greater part of these will be obtained by grants from a number of
charitable trusts: an application for a grant to the National Lottery
has been unsuccessful as their funds are largely dedicated to the 2012
Olympics. Phase II will see the laying of a paved area surrounding a
large lawn: the paved area will be bounded by beds of shrubs and
flowers with a sensory garden for the visually impaired. Yew hedges
will form the northern and eastern boundaries of the garden. More trees
will be planted in the garden than have been cleared from the site.
Seating will be provided enabling townspeople and visitors to rest and
enjoy the garden. The garden will create an admirable auditorium for
open-air dramatic and musical events.
A plan of the garden can be seen in the Guild Hall.
Douglas Bridgewater reporting
New £20,000 Shelter for Henley Station
A new "passenger waiting facility" (shelter)
at Henley station has been delivered through the Warwickshire Quality
Rail Partnership and the Rail industry. The new Anti Vandal shelter
will provide passengers with a modern and improved waiting facility.
Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County
Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “The County
Council is committed to providing rail users with better station
facilities. The role of London Midland is crucial in delivering
improvements at Henley Station and it would not be possible without
their willingness to take on management and long term maintenance of
London Midland managing director Steve
Banaghan said the new shelter was a welcome addition to Henley. Our
picture above shows the new structure on the Birmingham platform.
The southbound platform remains the only
platform on the Shakespeare Line with no seating. Consequently,
students waiting to travel to Stratford have to sit on the paving slabs
amongst the bird droppings and other health hazards.
A Debt of Honour
Is anyone else in Henley outraged at the treatment of Gurkha servicemen by our gutless government?
I read in today's Times of Joanna
Lumley's campaign to support the right of these men and their families
to settle in Britain and immediately signed her petition, on line.
I am appalled by the reaction of this government:
- It has lost control of our borders
- It allows known terrorists to preach violence and sedition from their mosques, while claiming all the benefits at their disposal.
- It seems content to accept known criminals as residents.
- It allows anyone who claims to be a political refugee to claim every benefit available, without making any contributions.
I could go on! However, Gurkha
soldiers, who fought and died for this country during WW2 and continue
to serve in our armed forces, are denied the right to live here.
Where is the justice?
If anyone else wishes to join Joanna Lumley's campaign please do so, on line at www.GurkhaJustice.org.uk
Late Breaking News - Wednesday
Gordon Brown's government has suffered a surprise defeat in the Commons on its policy of restricting the right of former Gurkhas to settle in the UK. MPs voted by 267 to 246 in favour of a Lib Dem motion that all Gurkhas be offered an equal right of residence. Tory leader David Cameron backed the Lib Dem motion to scrap rules which leader Nick Clegg called "shameful". Mr Brown's first significant defeat as PM came despite last minute concessions being offered to rebel Labour MPs.
Henley-In-Arden High School Trust Status
Notice is given in accordance with section
19(3) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that Henley-in-Arden
High School Governing Body intends to make a prescribed alteration to
Henley-in-Arden High School/Community School, Stratford Road,
Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 6AF.
The proposed alteration is to Change the
School Category from Community to Foundation and acquire a Foundation
established otherwise than under the School Standards and Framework Act
1998 from 01 January 2010.
The main objectives of the Trust will be to
foster and strengthen collaboration with our Trust partners in order to
continue to drive forward the opportunities, standards and achievements
of our own students. Furthermore, we wish to support student well-being
and to provide a coherent framework for lifelong learning within our
Our partners will include four local primary
schools: Claverdon Primary School, Henley-in-Arden Primary School,
Lapworth Primary School and Wootton Wawen Primary School. Other
educational partners will include River House School. Our post-16
partners are Stratford-upon-Avon College and Coventry University. Our
Business partners are Warwick Hospital and the school is negotiating
with an arts based business partner to support our Performing Arts
specialism. This Notice is an extract from the complete proposal.
Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from: The Headteacher's
PA, Henley-in-Arden High School, Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden,
Warwickshire B95 6AF Tel No 01564 792364.
Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any
person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them
to The Chair of Governors, Henley-in-Arden High School, Stratford Road,
Henley-In-Arden, Warwickshire B95 6AF
Publication Date: 30 April 2009
HENLEY HIGH CONSULTS ON TRUST STATUS PROPOSAL.
Henley-in-Arden High School is
seeking to become a Trust School in January 2010. This will enable the
school to work more closely with a number of educational and business
partners. We hope that this will enable the school to improve the
opportunities, standards and achievements of our students. Furthermore,
we wish to support student well-being and to provide a coherent
framework for lifelong learning within our community.
As part of this process the school must
publish a formal notice of its intention to alter the status of Henley
from a Community School to a Foundation School, with the intention of
acquiring a Charitable Trust.
The publication of the school’s formal
notice signifies the start of a month long consultation process with
the local community. Any person wishing to make any comments regarding
the proposal should address these by letter to the Chair of Governors
at Henley High School.
Henley and Beaudesert Society April meeting
month’s speaker was Jean Draycott who gave a talk about the
restoration of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens located on the North East
edge of Birmingham. The restoration is being carried out by a trust
which was formed in 1985, following the discovery of the gardens in
1983 by planning inspectors employed by West Midlands County Council.
The hall is now owned separately from the gardens and dates from 1599
when it was an Elizabethan manor house.
Over time its various owners, notably John
Bridgman the first and second, extended the house and particularly the
gardens until the latter reached 8 acres. The gardens somehow escaped
the type of landscaping that occurred in many other large houses so the
garden is a rare example of formal English garden design. The gardens
as found in 1983 were in a dilapidated state but the planning
inspectors realised their importance.
The trust aims to restore the gardens as
near as possible to the period 1680 - 1740 and distinguish between
restoration and recreation. The Trust only uses plants that were
available to the gardeners of England up to 1740. Henry
Beighton’s South Prospect of the Hall and Gardens drawn in 1726
forms an important reference.
Many features of the garden reflect the
wealth of its builders. The walled parts are three bricks thick (which
added to the cost of restoration) and the lawned holly walk is 170
yards long and originally required cutting manually by scythe and
shears. The restoration of the walk was done by taking 300 cuttings
from the remaining overgrown trees before they were removed. The holly
maze was similarly restored. It is similar to that at Hampton Court and
currently a volunteer clips it by hand! The layout of the parterre
garden was revealed by excavations. Even today its maintenance is
labour intensive because the gaps between the bushes are too small to
walk through. For access it needs a scaffold and planks on which the
gardeners have to kneel. The carving on the gable end of the music room
originally cost £15 9s 3d but £45,000 to restore! Exotic
fruit was grown in the greenhouse. The pineapples were used for show at
table and hired out to neighbours for the same purpose! 35 varieties of
apple are grown giving fruit from July to December. Many other details
of the garden and its restoration were mentioned.
In her vote of thanks, Molly Sutton
mentioned her own experience of the dilapidated garden in 1985 and the
‘amazing improvement’ she saw on a recent revisit. The
society has a guided visit to the gardens and also to Sarehole Mill on
May 7th. Some places are still available for £15 (non members
welcome) – contact Lesley Eastwood 793646.
John Stott reporting
St George's Day Celebrations
Outgoing County Councillor George Atkinson
(second left) and District Councillors Laurence Marshall (first left)
& Stephen Thirlwell (third left) are joined by residents of
Henley-in-Arden in the distribution of flags to commemorate St George's
'St Georges Day is a Day for England and so we will be encouraging
participation by distributing flags throughout the Henley County
Division which includes Wootton Wawen, Tanworth in Arden, Ullenhall,
Earlswood and Henley-in- Arden itself' commented Cllr Laurence Marshall
who continued, 'In my view the day should be a National Holiday so that
we can all embrace our Englishness.'
The Henley and Wootton Wawen Conservative Association held their annual
St George's Day lunch at the Bulls Head in Wootton Wawen on Sunday 26th
Laurence Marshall reporting
Henley On-line Info Page
As a regular reader have you ever wished you
could have immediate access to all the information pages now on the web
about Henley and the local area? Henley NEWS On-line has created such a page, which can be book marked or even used as your browser Home Page.
The background picture will
be regularly changed and it is hoped that readers will send us suitable
photos. (The width must be a minimum 1400 pixels.)
A poster of one of the most
important forthcoming events will be displayed along with buttons to
many important information pages on the web including the latest
weather forecasts, train arrivals and departures at Henley Station, X20
Bus Timetable and The Henley Notice Board. An external links
button gives quick access to related websites. Finally, there is a link
to a website monitoring the cheapest fuel prices in the area. The
message here seems to be - Go North not South for the cheapest fuel. View this new page
Please be patient as some of the pages take 30 seconds to load the first time.
For the most Comprehensive Information
Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
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Stratford Herald Congratulates HADS
Philippa Prankard's complimentary review of the recent HADS production appeared in The Stratford Herald.
The Stratford Herald was deeply
impressed by the opening performances at the Memorial Hall in Henley
100 years ago—and it appears both Henley Drama Society and the
Herald were channelling the spirits of their forerunners on Friday
night at the Memorial Hall's anniversary show.
A Very Public Hall, penned by the
society's own Ray Evans, was not only highly entertaining, historically
informative and downright hilarious, it was acted out by a cast head
and shoulders above all the other amateur dramatic groups in the area.
The play follows events during the two
weeks in which the new Memorial Hall opened and staged its inaugural
performance on 4th January 1909. Whilst based on factual events, Mr
Evans has dramatic licence by creating a clash of egos between the main
characters—Keble Howard and Oscar Aschce.
It would be wrong to single out any
particular cast member for praise as everyone showed a naturalness and
ease in their performance rarely seen in the amateur arena. Having
said that, no thorough review of the play would be complete if Eunice
Bagshaw and Tracy Humphreys were not commended for one of the most side
splitting scenes in the production as Fannie and Minnie the Cultural
Luddites. Phil Bonson, Phil Walker and Rosie Hammond must be
congratulated for embracing the egos and eccentricities of Oscar Asche,
Keble Howard and Lily Brayton.
Whilst there must be an extra special
mention for Sheena Ison who showed remarkable range in her acting from
portraying the meek and dowdy Mary Dunn to the wild and fiery Kate.
The costumes were superb, the music
between scenes enhanced the atmosphere and whilst the cast had a real
advantage when it came to the scenery—acting in the very place
where the play was set—they used the space to great effect,
entering from the back of the room, through a trap door and even
sitting in the audience.
It's easy to see why the Society is treading the boards of the Memorial Hall 100 years on.
With acknowledgement to Philippa Prankard & The Stratford Herald
A Dalek on Ben Nevis
and walkers on Britain's highest mountain couldn't have believed their
eyes last weekend when, on the cloud and snow covered summit, a dalek
appeared out of the gloom!
But that's exactly what happened when
ex-Henley man Bob Johnson took his homemade Dalek up there to enjoy the
view! Bob is a brother of Peter and John Johnson, from our local
bus and coach company, and having made this full scale Dalek 3 years
ago for the London Marathon Bob decided to take it for a 'walk' to the
top of Ben Nevis!
Bob added, "We had to carry him most of the
way due to the rocky path and the very high winds. Normally I would be
inside it trying to walk or run but it wouldn't look very good if I
Pictured here from left to right are Nicky (Bob's wife), Bob, the Dalek of course and another helper Craig O'Donnell.
When asked why he did it Bob only remarked,
"Well we just wanted to see if it could be done and, if so, raise some
money for "The Children's Trust"; we've reached about £1,000 so
far. It was good training too because both Nicky and I have marathons
later in April and May."
John Johnson reporting
Hotel Key Cards and Identity Theft
Destroy your old hotel keys cards to be safe after reading this....
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?
a. Customer's name
b. Customer's partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check-in date and out dates
e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front desk your
personal information is there for any employee to access by simply
scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand
full of cards home and using a scanning device access the information
onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.
Simply put, hotels do not erase the
information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the
next hotel guest. At that time the new guest's information is
electronically 'overwritten' on the card and the previous guest's
information is erased in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten for the next
guest it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR
INFORMATION ON IT!
Keep the cards, take them home with you or
destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket
and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They
will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you
are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that
could easily be lifted off with any simple scanning device card
For the same reason, if you arrive at the
airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not
toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by
cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!
If you have a small magnet pass it across
the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not
work. It erases everything on the card.
David Hadley reporting
England Rugby Player Joins Warks College Staff
member an award-winning England rugby team who hopes to increase the
uptake of women’s rugby has joined Warwickshire College’s
sports teaching staff.
Heather Fisher has been employed to teach on the Sport National Diploma BTEC courses run at the Warwickshire College.
Heather, a Wasps player whose usual position
is back row, was part of the team which won the IRB Rugby World Cup
Sevens Plate in Dubai earlier this year with a 12-0 victory over
Canada, in front of a crowd of 50,000 people. England had progressed to
the plate final after beating Spain 12-7 in the semi-finals and after
being knocked out of the cup competition in a 17-10 quarter final
defeat to Australia.
In the run up to the Dubai competition
England won the San Diego, London, Dubai, Amsterdam, European Sevens
and Home Nations Cup and Heather scored the winning try in the sudden
death final in San Diego.
Heather has also competed for England in the bob sleigh.
She said: “Rugby is a really growing
sport, especially women’s rugby, so I hope to get involved in
increasing the number of students playing.”
Henley in Arden Tennis Club Open Day
Henley in Arden Tennis Club held a
very successful Open Day on Saturday. This was a very structured event
with children attending the busy morning session where they learnt a
mixture of co-ordination, footwork and balance skills and helped to
develop an understanding and knowledge of the game of tennis.
The sessions were run by Head Coach Sarah
Baker 07970 252750 and Development Coach Neil Supperstone 07912
522162. Fellow Coaches Chris Kirby and Rob West were in support
and were ably assisted by tennis assistants Georgie Mackey and Matt
Williams. All the coaches and assistants at Henley are qualified.
the second part of the session adults were invited to play with members
and coaches in taster sessions and were introduced to the advantages of
joining the club which is Club Mark accredited.
Judy Wilde, Chairman of Henley, and
Neil’s girlfriend Lucy Webster were on hand making teas and
coffee and explaining what a friendly club Henley represents.
At the same time the club, whose mini Red,
Orange and Green teams are currently in 5th position in the county
recorded match results, held the final of their competition in the HSBC
Road to Wimbledon Junior Tournament. This is a national tournament with
the winner representing Henley in the county heats.
Chris Cardwell and Jake Evans, pictured
right, played a very competitive match with Chris eventually winning in
the 3rd set. 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
Jane Palmer reporting
Positive Start to First Property Auction of the Year
John Earle's first auction of 2009
was conducted, as usual, at the Henley Golf & Country Club,
Henley-in-Arden. Richard Abbey presided as always and after introducing
the Solicitors to the very full auction room firstly offered for sale
‘The Pleck’, a small parcel of land on the Alcester Road in
Wythall. Bidding started at £4,000 and sold, after spirited
competition from all sides of the room, for a very credible
little way up the road, number 184 was offered next. Over 46 separate
viewers had inspected the property and after a slow start the property
was withdrawn at £205,000. However, prior to leaving the room the
contract was signed at a figure in excess of this.
The final Lot to be offered was some 13
acres of pastureland at Redhill Road, Forhill to the west of Wythall.
There was a cautious start from the room, the opening bid being
£60,000. The gavel finally came down at £110,000 well in
excess of the pre-auction guide price.
After the sale Richard Abbey commented that
it is nice to start the auction season with 100% success, clients
pleased with the figures and the public generally keen to compete for
interesting and unusual pieces of property and land.
Mr Abbey is now looking forward to the
firm’s next Auction on 19th May 2009 which includes a small house
at Bretforton near Evesham, a small cottage with 1.5 acres between
Lower Binton and Welford-on-Avon and 261 acres of arable and
pastureland that includes a large grain store on Rouncil Lane lying to
the west of Kenilworth.
Angela Day reporting
Mat Wins on Chevrolet Debut at Thruxton
racer Mat Jackson triumphed in his first outing in a Chevrolet Lacetti
at round two of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at
Thruxton on Sunday. The 27-year-old only secured a deal to race for the
RML squad three days before the event, having sat out the first BTCC
round last month, yet stormed to victory in the final of the
day’s three races. Overall he racked up a tally of 22 points
despite having only driven the car in a brief shakedown before the
“Mega, just mega!” was
Mat’s reaction after leading race three from start to finish and
setting the fastest race lap. “To come back to the BTCC with RML
and do a deal just three days before and reward them with a win is
phenomenal. The team has been fantastic, a really great bunch of guys,
and there was no doubt that the Lacetti had the pace from the word
Having started the encounter from the front
row of the grid, he stormed past pole sitter Paul O’Neill as the
lights went out. Withstanding early pressure from Adam Jones he
steadily built a lead until another competitor crashed and the safety
car was brought out and bunched the pack up. However, Mat expertly
controlled the restart to maintain his advantage and take the chequered
“It might have looked easy but it
never is!” said Mat, who is backed by Oxfordshire-based traffic
information consultancy PCC UK Ltd. “But having sat at home and
watched the first round on the television, there was no way I was going
to let this victory go.”
The podium celebration rounded off what had
been a successful first outing with RML, with Mat scoring three points
in race one by finishing eighth and picking up two more points in the
second encounter with a ninth-placed finish. It was the lottery draw
for the final race of the day that gave him the front row grid position
and he used it to maximum advantage. He now lies in eighth place in the
overall drivers’ championship and sixth in the
“The next goal is to make it to
Donington Park,” said Mat, who is still seeking a title sponsor
for his championship campaign. “Last year I finished the
championship second overall and winning here at Thruxton just makes me
more determined to go one better.”
The next round takes place at Donington Park on 17 May.
Save Our Bees, Our Hedges and Our Orchards
a child living in a Worcestershire village, I first fell in love with
hedges. They were not merely there to mark boundary lines, they were
little worlds. The house we lived in had a large garden surrounded by a
hawthorn hedge which had been cut and layered. Birds nested there and
many a nest of blackbirds and robins gave me so much delight. The
mother birds must have been used to me because they never flew away. I
saw little chicks emerge and fly away to build their own nests.
Hedges along roads and around fields seemed
to have been planted on banks. Spring heralded the lesser celandine,
then sweet violets, some pink or mauve, occasionally white. The age of
a hedge can be calculated by the number of species of trees. Some must
have been about 200 years old or more. Crab apple trees were common and
also elder trees. Brambles grew in profusion with their delicate pale
pink flowers, later to bear luscious blackberries which according to
country lore must be gathered before October 1st. I was to discover
that hedges sheltered bumble bee dens - and in the winter hibernating
hedgehogs. My friend the Farmer's widow laughed when I thought a tramp
was sleeping against the hedge "No my love, it be a hedgehog" - when I
checked, yes it was.
When my sister emigrated to Australia in
May, many years ago, the hedgerows were white with May blossom. I
wondered how she could leave all this abundance. If I were to define
this country's landscape it would be hedges blossoming in May. We
children used to eat hawthorn leaves naming it 'bread and cheese" -
what wonderful imaginations children have. We also used to pull the
yellow cow-slip flowers and suck the nectar away. It would not really
be wise to do that nowadays. it grieves me to see the branches of
hedges torn away by hedge trimming machinery, some never seem to
recover. It is sad that farmers or councils cannot afford to spend time
caring for this precious heritage.
In the news this week we hear of whole
colonies of bees dying of some unknown disease, worldwide except
Australia. This is of great concern because unless blossoms and flowers
are pollinated our food source will diminish. In America bees are
transported to the crops and trees that need pollinating. When I lived
in Cumbria I saw bee hives being transported to the moors to gather the
nectar from the heather. There is nothing to beat the rich taste and
jelly like texture of heather honey.
Now we hear of the diminishing number of
orchards. As a child I would walk through an apple orchard. The sweet
fresh perfume of apple blossom is unforgettable. Also there was a
droning background noise, bees pollinating the blossom. We are being
encouraged to plant fruit trees. Urban gardens, free of chemical
sprays, can be an enormous help to wild life. Insects will
flourish and birds will thrive if only people will not trim their
privet hedges until after the white heady aroma of blossom has
attracted butterflies; what a help that would be.
Well, I could write lots more about these
wonderful ecosystems such as stone walls, lime stone outcrops and the
incredible lime stone pavements, a truly remarkable natural phenomenon.
Can I appeal to readers of this scrawl? When next you go to the
garden centre forget Japanese Maple and the like but buy a fruit tree.
If your garden is small you can buy dwarf root stocks. We must help the
bees and if we do that we will help ourselves.
Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent
David Hadley's Column
Old men may walk slow BUT think FAST
An elderly man in Queensland had owned a large property for several
years. He had a dam in one of the lower paddocks where he had planted
mango and avocado trees. The dam had been fixed up for swimming when it
was built and he also had some picnic tables placed there in the shade
of the fruit trees.
One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the dam to look it
over as he hadn't been there for a while. He grabbed a ten litre bucket
to bring back some fruit. As he neared the dam he heard voices shouting
and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of
young women skinny-dipping in his dam. He made the women aware of his
presence and they all went to the deep end.
One of the women shouted to him, 'We're not coming out until you leave!'
The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the dam naked.'
Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the crocodile.'
Moral: Old men may walk
slow, but they can still think
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Regular readers of Henley NEWS On-line may recall that whilst on holiday recently, I met a charming man named Preston Baggott.
Well, Preston has sent me a fantastic photograph of Bald Eagles near
his home on Vancouver Island and I thought it might be of interest to
bird lovers who never get to see an eagle in such circumstances. They
are so hungry at this time of the year that the locals feed them.
David Hadley - Chief Correspondent
To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004 Click Here
John Garner's Business Column
The Budget small print
all Gordon Brown’s budgets (and I include last week’s at it
was mostly his doing) you need to look carefully at the small print.
There’s lots of it but here are a couple of changes that affect
small businesses in case you missed them.
Taxation of business travel:
Changes are being made to the capital allowance treatment of cars: the
rules that restrict the amount of capital allowances for cars costing
more than £12,000 will be abolished. In essence, cars with CO2
emissions of 160g/km or below will be subject to 20% writing down
allowance, those with CO2 emissions above 160g/km will only attract
10%. So you’ll be worse off if you have a more expensive car.
Don’t forget that if you pay an
employee a mileage rate for use of his own car in excess of 40p (for
the first 10,000 miles he does in the tax year) or 25p (for any mileage
over that) the employee is liable to pay tax on the difference
(you’ll need to put this information on his P11D return).
Conversely, if you pay less than that the employee can reclaim tax on
the difference; I wonder how many people actually do that. These rates
have not changed for several years in spite of the variations in car
running costs. Note also that there is also a rate of 24p per mile for
motor bikes and 20p per mile for push bikes! Yes, really!
Where a company car is provided for the
employee’s private use the taxable benefit is based on the
vehicle’s CO2 emissions and these limits are gradually being
reduced so the tax due will become greater each year. So you’re
likely to become gradually worse off.
With effect from 1st May the turnover threshold for compulsory
registration will be £68,000; a rise of only £1,000. This
is in spite of proposals to increase this level significantly.
Your relevant turnover is worked out by looking at the turnover
for the past 12 months on a rolling basis. The threshold for voluntary
deregistration is now £66,000.
Remember that the current rate of 15% will
revert to 17.5% again on 1st Jan 2010. Apart from the inconvenience to
businesses in changing these rates back again the government has also
had to legislate to prevent tax avoidance schemes which exploit the
change in rate. Another good way to make work for civil servants.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Are you in favour of Nuclear Energy for Electricity Generation?
This is a topic that some people feel very
strongly about – some in favour, some against. I am definitely in
favour because it is the electricity source with the lowest CO2
emissions as shown in the independent assessments below.
Of all the low carbon electricity sources it
is the only one that readily provides electricity in bulk from a small
amount of land. To provide the wind equivalent of a small Nuclear power
station (1000 megawatts) requires 700 wind turbines spread over a land
area of about 15 miles by 15 miles. Don’t get me wrong I’m
not against wind, we need that as well as nuclear and all the other low
carbon technologies that can be deployed. However, for technical
reasons there is a limit to the % of our electricity that wind can
provide and Nuclear can and should play its part in making up the
remaining % as a very low carbon source.
Nuclear has an excellent safety record. What
about Chernoble I hear you say? Well, this is the only catastrophic
nuclear accident in 50 years of commercial nuclear power but it killed
only a tiny fraction of the number of people killed on the UK’s
roads in one year. Mining coal for electricity generation has killed
thousands of miners both in mine accidents and by lung disease due to
dust. Safety is a relative thing. Nuclear is very safe compared to many
other risks in life. The risks of not using it to help minimise climate
change are greater than the risk of using it.
about nuclear waste? The media are responsible for making this appear
to be a big problem when it is not. All the nuclear waste currently
requiring disposal arising from 60 years of nuclear activity in the UK
could fit in a couple of large B&Q stores like the one in Redditch.
If shared out amongst the current UK population this amounts to about
1gallon each. I’m not for one minute suggesting that you should
have your gallon at home but it can be stored safely in a very small
space. Compare this to the 3.5 housefuls of CO2 currently emitted by
using the UK average annual household electricity consumption
(3300kWhrs). If this had to be stored beside your home, after 50
years there would be a village of 175 storage buildings surrounding the
home. Make no mistake, this CO2 should be stored; it is far more
dangerous and damaging than nuclear waste because it is estimated to
kill or seriously damage the life of 1 person somewhere in the world.
This 1 person will suffer climate change driven death, homelessness or starvation,
mostly but not exclusively in the poorer countries of the world. The 24
million households in the UK means 24 million victims of climate change
just through using fossil fired electricity.
The good news is that, belatedly, the
government has realised that as our existing nuclear stations close due
to life expiry they should be replaced with new ones. 11 sites have
been nominated for new stations. Various commercial organisations are
forming consortia to build them. Electricité de France bought
the UK Nuclear operator British Energy. E-on has teamed up with RWE of
Germany to buy sites and a third consortium consisting of Scottish and
Southern Energy and the Spanish Company Iberdrola is doing likewise.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
Stratford District Council
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PETTICOAT LANE SALE
May Day Bank Holiday 4th May 10.30am to 12 noon in and around Church
Hall. Homemade 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.
Our meeting on Tuesday 5th May from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall is
Resolution evening with Margaret Anderson leading the discussion about
honeybees. We should learn quite a lot about these fascinating insects
which are so important in the food chain. Light refreshments will be
served during Social Time.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
On Thursday 7th May there will be a visit to Castle Bromwich Hall
Gardens and Sarehole Mill. The cost is £15 for the day by coach
which includes two guided tours. To book or for
further information please contact Lesley Eastwood on 793646.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
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.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 12th May, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall when our speaker is Anna
Steven – ‘New Expressions’. Competition:
16th May, 7.30pm by Peter Summers (Emeritus Organist at Holy Trinity,
Stratford). Tickets available from Dukes Printers, High Street, or
reserved by phone on 792439. £8 (£3 under 16).
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK MAY 10th – 16th
During the week of 10th – 16th your envelope will be collected
from your door by an authorised volunteer. If you miss your collector
envelopes can be dropped off at any of the
churches or 279 High Street. We are a little short of volunteers this
year so if you’d be willing to collect from a few houses during
this week please call Lucy Lunt on 794873.
Thank you so much for your support.
HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
On 17th May at 6.30pm we welcome the Circuit to worship in Henley to
dedicate the Easter Offerings. Sunday services all at 11.00am are: 3rd
– Mr. Trevor Hassall; 10th – Revd.
E. Brian Mason (Sacrament); 17th – Mr. Eric Fuller; 24th –
Revd. Caroline Homan; 31st – Revd. Kenyon Wright. The Baby Group
meets every Monday 10.30am.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Wendy Conway is the speaker on Tuesday 19th May from 7.45pm in the
Baptist Church Hall and will be showing beautiful photographs/slides of
British Wildlife. Visitors are welcome to join us for her presentation
‘Waiting for the Light’ – cost only £2.
1st HENLEY AND WOOTTON SCOUTS
Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 19th May 6.30 – 8.00pm 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 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. Further information contact John Johnson on 792073.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH WEEK
15th – 21st June. Please be extra aware. Anyone interested in
becoming a co-ordinator for Henley please contact Annette Walker on
792837. The next meeting is 21st May at Henley
Saturday 20th June. This year it’s bigger, better and much more
fun for all the family, starting at 11.00am – 3.30pm. All
the usual favourites such as toys and games, tombola, cakes, plants,
produce, plus even more including BBQ, good as new clothes, glass and
CANOLDIR MALE VOICE CHOIR
On Saturday 27th June at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£3 under 16)
available as above.
Proceeds from both concerts in aid of Church Charities and St. Nicholas
Organ Fund – a church with many associations by people of Henley
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN
Saturday 18th July in the Guild Hall Garden. The Ad Hoc Jazz Band,
dancing, picnics, strawberries and fizz. Details from either Duncan or
Marijana Bainbridge on 793539 day or 794987 evening. In aid of Memorial
Celebrating 100 years of the Memorial Hall on Saturday 24th October.
Details from either Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge on 793539 day or
Saturday 7th November - 1st Henley and Wootton Scouts Annual Bonfire Night at The Scout Hut, Henley Sports and Social Ground.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town 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 2.15pm. 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.
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
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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