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Edition 231 - 15th October 2009
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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff




In the year 1220 Lord of the Manor of Henley, Peter de Montfort, was granted a Royal Charter to hold a weekly market and an annual fair on the day of the Feast of St Giles. Subsequent lords of the manor were granted royal charters to hold markets and fairs. Granting charters for markets and fairs was one of the ways a king or queen raised money to maintain the royal estates.

A survivor of these charters being the Henley Mop Fair. The fair comes to town on the 11th/12th October each year. The Mop appears to have got its name from a time when the gentry came to the fair to look for hired help: to hire the mop and bucket brigade !

So it was on Friday night at around 6 o’clock that the High Bailiff and members of the Court, headed by the Town Crier, left the confines of the Guild Hall to make their way to the fair ground at the south end of the High Street.

At a mid point among the bright lights of the rides and stalls the Court stopped. The Town Crier rang for attention and Fair Master Joseph Danter asked the High Bailiff to open the Mop, thus following nearly 800 years of tradition.

Roger Sutton - High Bailiff
Photos - Alan Robson

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Market Cross Information Board

The design for the Information Board for the historic 15th century market cross has been approved both by the Council and the Henley and Beaudesert Society who are sponsoring the board. The board has been ordered and it should be in place by the cross before the end of the year.


The Henley and Beaudesert Society has already managed to raise a large proportion of the money but further funds are needed and a fund raising "cheese and wine evening" has been organized to take place in the Guild Hall on Saturday November 14th starting at 7.30pm.  We have two very knowledgeable speakers, Alan Robson and Dawn Leech, who will each be giving a talk about the Guild Hall so it will be a good opportunity to hear about some of the history of this magnificent building. Tickets at £5.50 are available from Dukes Stationers in the High Street and Lesley Eastwood Tel:- 79 3647.
Margaret Twigg - Henley and Beaudesert Society representative Market Cross Project


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G&S Comes to Henley

photoSparkling, romantic drama came to Henley by the auspices of Stratford upon Avon Gilbert and Sullivan Society. The Society is doing a tour of places in Warwickshire, namely Alcester, Henley, Ilmington and Stratford. Saturday 10th October was Henley's turn. The proceeds were donated to the Guild Hall charities.

The evening started with a variety of choral music finishing with Rose of England by Ivor Novello. After the break we were treated to a little known comedy "The Zoo", a romantic comedy in the Gilbert and Sullivan style. The action takes place between the bear pit and refreshment place. Tim Johnson, the star of many Gilbert and Sullivan productions in Stratford, played the Duke of Islington who is seriously smitten with Eliza Smith played vivaciously by Vivien Tomlinson. Another romantic situation is between Thomas Brown and Laetitia Grinder whose father, a retired grocer, is adamant he will choose his daughter's husband.

In true G&SO style the Duke wins his cockney girl, while Thomas and Letitia tie the knot in spite of the horrible Mr Grinder. "The Zoo" ended in truly patriotic style with much flag waving and singing "Brittons never will be slaves".

What a pity we have to wait until 19 May 2010 before Ruddigore, the Society's next production. I am sure it will be worth the waiting.

In the meanwhile our appreciation goes to the Gilbert and Sullivan Society for their selfless time and energy in raising so much money for Warwickshire charities whilst delighting us with their singing.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church

At our Church Council Meeting we were told by our treasurer that our cash reserves have fallen for two years. An appeal to our members has resulted in increased giving, but his budget still predicts a further loss in the current year.

A useful source of income is from lettings of our premises.

We have, available for community use, a medium sized meeting room which comfortably seats about 40 people, with modern kitchen and toilet facilities. Booking inquiries should be made to Brian Bradley on 01789488551.

Recent Property Sales in Henley

• 7, Birmingham Road, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5QA - Sold for £325,000 on 03-08-2009
• 4, Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JY - Sold for £240,000 on 10-07-2009
• 3, Millfield Court, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AD - Sold for £160,000 on 31-01-2009
• 20b, High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AN - Sold for £235,000 on 29-07-2009
• 7, The Croft, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5DY - Sold for £299,950 on 01-10-2009
• 12, Meadow Road, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5LD - Sold for £228,000 on 31-07-2009
• 38, Riverside Gardens, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JX - Sold for £210,000 on 30-07-2009
• 3, St Johns Close, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JB - Sold for £185,000 on 06-07-2009
• 23, Meadow Road, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5LD - Sold for £232,000 on 02-07-2009
• 7, The Croft, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5DY - Sold for £299,950 on 01-10-2009

You can search all these sales totally free of charge by going to OurProperty.co.uk.

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Governors Needed!

River House School needs your help! We serve around 40 full time students who have tremendous challenges in their lives. These children need our support if they are to succeed.

Over the last six months we have been unable to recruit governors to the school and currently need people with children of school age who are willing to help us.

The Governors meet just ten times over the course of a year and in this time do what we can to support and challenge the school’s very talented and dedicated staff. Normally, the parents have children at the school but given that nearly all its 40 full time pupils are brought in from all over Warwickshire, this is very difficult.

River House School is set to challenge its young people with some exciting projects and visits. Its farm project goes from strength to strength with the young people finding out at first hand the problems of animal husbandry or of growing produce. Visits to the Forest of Dean and indeed the Czech Republic are planned this year with the emphasis on facing up to the social as well as physical demands of living together.

If you think you can help please get in touch straight away with either Headteacher, Mike Turner, or Chairman of Governors, John West, who will be delighted to tell you a little more about what is entailed. Telephone 01564 792514 or e-mail admin7001@we-learn.com.

The Shakespeare Hospice Light up a Life

logoSunday 6th December 2009
Great Gardens of New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4pm

Light up a Life is a beautiful way to remember loved ones. We gather for a service of remembrance in the Great Gardens of New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon and then have mince pies and mulled wine at The Town Hall where the Books of Remembrance can be viewed. If you would like more information about attending or writing a message to a loved one, please contact us on 01789 416950 or pick up a leaflet from the Hospice.

Alternatively you can make a donation and leave a message online at www.justgiving.com/shakespearehospicelightupalife

Last Chance to Buy at Henley Point

photoThis is the final call for homebuyers looking for a stylish home in Warwickshire as only five properties now remain at David Wilson Mercia’s highly sought after Henley Point development in Henley-in-Arden.

Situated on William James Way, off the High Street, Henley Point offers a selection of exclusive homes and has proven to be a huge success with buyers since its launch. As a result of its popularity there are now only five apartments remaining for sale, so anyone interested in buying a home at the development should reserve now.

There are now only three one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom apartments remaining for sale, priced from £139,950, many of which are ready to move into with the new Government scheme called HomeBuy Direct. This initiative is being offered by David Wilson and allows homebuyers to receive a 30 per cent equity loan on the value of their new home.

This means that purchasers could move into one of these stylish one-bedroom apartments for as little as £97,965 – Ideal for those looking to get the first step on to the property ladder.

Julia Chapman, Sales Manager for David Wilson Mercia, commented, “Henley Point offers a selection of luxury homes in an idyllic location and we are not surprised that it has proven to be so popular with homebuyers. These final properties are ideal for a range of buyers. For example, the one-bedroom apartments which are available with HomeBuy Direct for as little as £97,965, are perfect for first-time buyers who might otherwise struggle to buy a home of their own. Whilst the two-bedroom apartments would not only suit couples and young professionals moving up the property ladder, they are also perfect for those who are looking to release equity from their family home and move to a more manageable sized apartment. Henley Point is a lovely development just a few minutes walk from Henley-in-Arden town centre, and with such good value being offered on these remaining homes I’m sure that they won’t be around for long.”

HomeBuy Direct is open to first-time buyers, key workers and others who are currently renting. People who have previously owned a home but are now unable to do so – perhaps where relationships have broken down – can also apply.

Households eligible will be earning less than £60,000 and would not normally be able to afford to buy a suitable property on the open market. There is no interest to pay on the equity stake for the first five years although a small fee will be charged from year six onwards.

Buyers can redeem the loan in instalments, purchasing up to 100 per cent of the equity after their initial purchase by buying additional equity at the market rate. Alternatively, if they sell their home, the equity loan is repaid by way of a proportionate share of the sale proceeds.

Paul Spooner, regional director for the West Midlands division of the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “In the current climate it’s important that we help a range of people to find the best housing option to suit them, and simultaneously help stimulate the building of new homes. HomeBuy Direct, with our £400 million investment, is just one way in which we’re doing this and it is proving extremely popular.”

Prices for the two-bedroom apartments start from £172,500. For more information please contact the sales office on 01564 793 833 open daily from 10am to 5pm. Alternatively please call the sales hotline on 01676 525 484 or log on to www.dwh.co.uk/henleypoint.

Free training for food businesses on E Coli

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council is holding a free training session following recent outbreaks of food poisoning caused by the potentially fatal E coli 0157 bacteria, and Professor Pennington’s report into an outbreak in Wales in which a 5 year old boy died, to help businesses manage this aspect of food safety.

The training event is scheduled for the morning of Monday 9th November 2009.

The training will be delivered by environmental health staff from the District Council and is intended to be as practical and relevant as possible to help food business operators avoid food poisoning outbreaks, with the potentially devastating consequences that would follow.

The course is aimed primarily at butchers selling both raw and cooked meats to help them maintain their good trading history, but if spaces are available managers and staff from other catering sectors will be given the opportunity to attend. Those attending will be given a certificate to confirm their attendance for display on the premises.

“The consequences of a serious food poisoning in our District could be catastrophic, both from a moral point of view and economically. This is magnified by our position as a tourist destination. This training event is an excellent opportunity for local businesses and the Council to work together to reduce the risk of serious food poisoning outbreaks within our District. I hope owners, managers and staff from our local food businesses are able to attend and either reinforce their current knowledge or learn afresh issues which will help them to produce and sell food that is safe to eat,” says Cllr Simon Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Environment.

Anyone interested in attending can call the Public Protection Team on 01789 267575 to register an interest.

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Slamming the door on cowboy builders…

photoWhen a family friend was conned out of her life savings by rogue traders two budding entrepreneurs decided enough was enough. Armed with their years of experience in the property and building industry, business partners Sam Stokes and Rhys Evans, pictured right outside the Henley Business Centre, are the force behind a new firm hoping to slam the door on cowboy tradesmen.

Senior Services Group, based in Henley, is a one-stop shop for home maintenance and improvement, designed for the over 60s but available to all. It was dreamt up by the duo when a family friend fell victim to shoddy workmen who conned the pensioner out of thousands of pounds for a botched roof repair. Their years of industry experience mean they know all too well how often rogue traders strike, preying on the vulnerable and often getting away with it. It’s a problem estimated to cost the UK economy £1.5 billion a year. They now hope to change the face of the industry, at last putting a price on peace of mind.

The thinking behind Senior Services Group is simple. The firm employs a team of the very best workmen, all fully vetted and on call to tackle literally any task, whether it be putting up shelves or a home extension, they have a team dedicated to doing the job.

For a monthly fee, customers can sit back and relax safe in the knowledge they can call on those experts whenever they need. Senior Services Group acts as a single-point of contact, sending out fully approved, trusted tradesmen whenever needed, completing work on time and on budget. Customers benefit from annual home checks, covering everything from boiler servicing and heating and gas inspections to gutter clearance, smoke alarm testing and security assessments, all included in the package fee.

Handyman hours are also thrown in, meaning an expert is always on call whether you need a room decorating, your garden cleared or even just a light bulb changing, and all at no extra cost.

“Our main objective is ensuring confidence and trust,” Sam explains. “Having both worked in the industry for many years we’re all too aware of the impact rogue traders have – not only on customers’ bank balances but also on their confidence and independence. When a family friend fell victim, we decided enough was enough. Inviting a workman into your home can be very daunting, especially for the elderly, and we’re here to change that,” Rhys added.

“All of our tradesmen are friendly, respectful and professional – and we pride ourselves on customer confidence and satisfaction. You can count on us no matter what level of work your home needs, while our annual maintenance checks stop potential problems before they even occur. It’s all about peace of mind.”

For more information, or a free brochure, call 01564 330645 or log onto www.seniorservicesgroup.co.uk.

One week before My Wedding!

photoPicture the scene: you’ve got one week left until your wedding day and as if the stress of organising the biggest event of your life wasn’t quite enough you decide to hand in your notice to go it alone setting up your own business. It may sound crazy but that’s exactly what journalist Clare Fitzsimmons did just days before her big day in April this year. And despite the hard work, not to mention the fact we’re in the middle of a recession, she’s hasn’t looked back.

Clare was working as the editor of a local newspaper when exactly one week from her wedding day she quit to set up a PR firm, plugging a gap in the market her editing days had made all too apparent. In partnership with her now husband, Chris Willmott, who still works as an editor in the Midlands, she runs Park Lane Public Relations from just outside her home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

And despite the state of the economy business is booming.

“There’s a theory in business that if you can start-up in uncertain times you’ll go on to succeed,” Clare explains. “That’s certainly something we hope we’re already proving. My thinking is simple, when times are tough PR is even more vital than it is when they’re good. You need to go all out to make sure your business is the one that not only survives, but thrives. And while PR firms are no rarity these days, PR firms run by journalists, according to Clare, really are. There’s a big misconception that PR and marketing are one and the same,” Clare adds.

“That means most PR companies are run and staffed by those with marketing backgrounds, many of them having no idea how to get your business in the headlines. We’ve seen so much bad practice first hand, Park Lane is here to set a new standard. If I didn’t believe there was a huge gap in the market I wouldn’t have handed in my notice with quite the timing I did.”

For more information call 01789 488701 or go to www.parklanepr.co.uk.

Tennis Club Leaders Complete First Step

Henley Tennis Club has continued its success in training a further group of tennis leaders. The course is designed to give young tennis leaders a taste of the skills required to lead a group of children under supervision. In total the group has completed well over 100 hours volunteering in the community and in particular Farrell Treacy exceeding 50hrs all by himself. The leaders came together on Sat 3rd October to receive their certificates from Club Coaches Neil Supperstone and Sarah Baker.


Neil Supperstone who ran the course said ‘The leaders have shown a great commitment to the course and have now got an excellent chance to progress on to further qualifications as previously achieved by other candidates.’

If you are interested in your child taking the first step in leadership training then you are in luck. During October Half Term a Young Leaders Award this time for 10 – 13 year olds is being held by a National Sports Leaders UK employee at Warwickshire College. The course will be held on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th October from 9am – 3pm and places are limited.

For further information or to book on to the Young Leaders Award please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk or call Neil Supperstone on 07912 66 44 26 or email neil@coolsportz.co.uk

Mat Jackson's 'Brilliant' Season Draws to a Close

photoHenley’s racing star Mat Jackson bowed out of the 2009 HiQ British Touring Car Championship with a difficult day at Kent’s Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, but described his season as ‘brilliant’.

The Racing Silverline driver’s incredible run of recent success – which has included eight podiums in three events – came to an end on the tricky grand prix circuit layout. Driving an RML-run Chevrolet Lacetti, Mat suffered at the hands of rivals, being knocked into a spin and dropping down the order in the first two races of the day. After finishing both race one and two in 12th position, Mat put in a great drive in the final encounter and ran as high as sixth position, but dropped down to 11th at the flag after a frenetic battle.

“It seems like the bad luck I was suffering earlier in the year has struck again,” said Mat, who is based in Henley-In-Arden. “I honestly didn’t think my run of podiums would last as long as it did, so I’m not too disappointed. It would have been great to round out the year by picking up some more silverware, but I think my mantelpiece is crowded enough already!”

Mat, who is also backed by Paul Castle Consultancy, Matchthedeal.com, Auto Windscreens and Pinnacle Transportation, finished the season in fifth position in the overall championship standings with 165 points. In the Independents’ trophy, he finished third overall. Contesting nine of the ten events, he took one pole position, four fastest laps and ten podiums – including four victories.

“I’ve had a brilliant season with Racing Silverline,” said the 28-year-old. “Sure, it’s had its highs and lows, but I can take great satisfaction from standing on the podium in over a third of the races I’ve taken part in. The way we have developed as a team throughout the course of the year has been incredible and the Lacetti has been an awesome car to drive.

“Considering I didn’t even take part in the first round – and had my fair share of non-finishes – I’m really happy with the way the year’s turned out,” he added. “Scoring a win on my first weekend driving the Lacetti was definitely a highlight – as was my first trio of podiums, at Knockhill. Now I want to come back for more in 2010!”

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“Distance dieting” helps you go the extra mile

logoA local diet and fitness guru has launched an innovative online dieting programme to help busy professionals lose weight – and perform better at work. Distance Dieters is a bespoke, convenient weight loss and exercise plan for business executives and owners who want help to shed pounds in today’s credit crunch climate.

photoIts founder, Anna Mason, says losing weight can help you work better in the office. “If you’re fit, you’ll work more effectively and also have more confidence and verve in the workplace,” says Anna. “Effectiveness and confidence are two of the ingredients that lead to people being promoted. Being seen to go the extra mile is also crucial – and you can do that more easily if you’re not carrying excess weight. You’re more likely to have a healthy mind if your body’s healthy.”

Anna, who is based near Stratford-upon-Avon and a regular participant at the Warwickshire Business Club at Henley-in-Arden Golf & Country Club, believes Distance Dieters is the only programme of its kind in the country. “As far as I’m aware, it is unique: Weight Watchers has an online programme, but there is no support from a real-life person,” explains Anna. “Distance Dieters delivers effective, tailored weight loss and weight loss programmes online, by telephone and with unlimited email back-up. Basically, I am there for people – at the end of a phone or at the touch of a mouse.” She is keen to stress that the eight-week programme is about healthy eating rather than faddy dieting.

“It’s aimed at people who want to lose a few pounds to those who want to shed several stones by showing them how to choose foods that will give them energy and get them to their desired weight without feeling hungry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a couch potato or a sporty person – the exercise element to the programmes can be tailored to everyone’s inclination and lifestyle.” Anna, who has been a fitness trainer for 20 years, says Distance Dieters is competitively priced compared with average gym membership and many other weight loss schemes.

“The average cost of joining a gym is nearly £400 a year and, as we know, lots of people go a few times and then stop, perhaps because of time pressures. Time pressures can also put people off joining dieting clubs. The Distance Dieters programme doesn’t require you to leave the house or office and can be done wherever you are, so long as you have access to email. At the same time, it gives people detailed advice and ongoing support so they’re not on their own.” Anna, who is also a business coach, came up with the idea of Distance Dieters after a colleague of her husband asked if she could coach him to lose weight even though he spent a lot of time away on business.

“I gave it some thought and realised I could combine my skills as a coach and my knowledge of fitness and healthy eating to put together a dieting programme using technology that could be accessed by anyone, wherever they happened to be. Since I started Distance Dieters a few months ago every client I’ve had has lost the weight they wanted to lose. And what’s even better about this programme is that because it’s about learning to eat more healthily rather than faddy dieting, the weight will stay off. Also, by eating in a more focused way, it’s likely that people’s food bills will come down which is especially important in today’s economic climate.”

The two programmes, costing £199 and £299, involve keeping a food and exercise diary and speaking to or emailing Anna regularly over a period of eight weeks.

Anna is always happy to discuss healthy eating, diet and exercise with anyone attending the Warwickshire Business Club and if any local person wishes to work with her face-to-face then she also has two specific programmes which allow clients to attend one-to-one sessions at her studio near Stratford-upon-Avon. She also runs group workshops locally. Full details and a free 5-part mini e-course “Get Ready To Lose Weight” can be found at www.distancedieters.co.uk.

For more information about Anna and Distance Dieters, phone Anna on 08455 335 302

Seymour Fieldhouse Homes
Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire, B95 6BE

WANTED Clerk to the Trustees of the Seymour Fieldhouse Homes


This Honorary position arises because after 10 years the incumbent requires to give more time to sick, elderly relatives. The person appointed to take over these modest duties should be capable of recording Minutes of the Trustee’s meetings which take place twice a year. Duties also include simple letter writing and a basic knowledge and availability of a computer would be an advantage. A small honorarium is payable to the Clerk.

Anyone prepared to give some time to this very worthwhile local Charity should contact the Chairman, Mr A Withnall on telephone 01564 792685 who will give further details and answer any questions that you may have.

Antiques & Collectables Valuation Day

photoWednesday 28th October 2009
The White Swan Hotel  - From 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

LOCKE & ENGLAND VALUERS will be happy to advise on all antique/collectable items, antique & modern jewellery. everyone welcome.
You are invited to bring along any items for complimentary valuation advice (no obligation).

For larger items, we will happily visit you in your home – just call to make an appointment contact on 01926 889 100 or valuers@leauction.co.uk

Entries currently invited for our specialist sales of Antiques, Jewellery, 20th Century Design & Memories of Childhood.

12 Guy Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4RT
Tel: 01926 889 100

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John Garner's Business Column

Retirement – what’s that?

John GarnerThere has been discussion in the press recently about whether the national default retirement age of 65 for men and 60 for women will remain.

At the moment compulsory retirement below 65 is unlawful unless “objectively justified” and employees have the right to request to work beyond 65 or any other retirement age set by the company.

At the moment a worker’s employment can be terminated at the age of 65 without a redundancy payout, even if they do not wish to retire, and employers can also refuse to recruit anyone over this age.

But be careful! As an employer there is a procedure you must go through if you have an employee approaching retirement age. You must begin by checking that the employee does indeed want to retire. This is a legal requirement and you must do this between 6 and 12 months before the date when you want them to retire. Then, if they want to continue working, you must be seen to consider their request objectively – and the employee has a right of appeal.

You can learn more about this on the Business Link website at www.businesslink.gov.uk/

Minimum Wage

In case you’ve forgotten the National Minimum Wage has gone up again with effect from 1st October. The new rates are:

•For employees aged over 21 the rate is now £5.80 per hour (previously £5.73)

•For those aged between 18 and 21 it’s now £4.83 per hour (previously £4.77)

•Those aged 16 or 16 it’s now £3.57 per hour (previously £3.53)

Don’t forget to update your payroll for October.

John Garner

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

‘Age of Stupid’ comes to Redditch Playhouse.

If you didn’t see this film when it came to Stratford there’s a chance to see it this Friday for the very reasonable sum of £2.50. It’s a moving, exciting and informative film about climate change.

The Carbon Footprint of Electricity.

Of the home energy sources commonly used, electricity has the highest carbon footprint per unit of energy. The official conversion rate for UK electricity is 544 grams (1.2 lbs) of CO2 per kilowatt-hour. So a one kilowatt electric fire or fan heater used for one hour causes power stations somewhere in the UK to release just over half a kilogram of CO2.

If you kept this CO2 in a box, the volume of the box would be 265 litres (or 58 gallons = about five full tanks of petrol.) This does not seem a really huge amount but when multiplied by the average UK home electricity use of 3500 kWh per year you can see that it does amount to rather a lot. In fact, it would completely fill the average UK home twice. If you think of CO2 as a form of waste or rubbish and each home had to store it or deal with it the sheer volume would be a logistical nightmare. If the power stations had to store it they would have an even bigger problem. It is now widely accepted that although the wind blows the CO2 away from the power station chimney it is still a big problem because of the effect that it has on the climate.

Most homes use quite a lot of electricity that they need not use at all. To save money on electricity and to have a home that emits less than two housefuls of CO2, take a look around your home and see what can be switched off. Many homes can be seen with lots of lights on. Computers tend to get left on (See previous edition for how to cut waste from computers). All electronic equipment should be switched of at the mains. Who is benefiting from all those outside lights when no one is there? We’ve cut our own electricity use from about 3500 kWh per year to about 2000, saving about £180 pa. The only expensive (£220) thing we’ve bought is an A+ rated freezer. The rest of the savings come from switching stuff off, low energy lights and boiling minimum amounts of water for cooking etc.

Although the UK official conversion rate is 544 gramsCO2 per kilowatt-hr, this represents an average. Because electricity has to be made to meet the demand at any moment, the number of power stations making the electricity is continually adjusted. The nuclear and renewables run all the time so, during the night, they make a greater proportion of the power and the footprint is lower. During the day more coal and gas are added so the footprint goes up. The graph below shows what happened between Sunday 11th and Tuesday 13th Oct.


During the night from about midnight to about 6 am, the footprint is about 2/3rds of the daytime figure. At weekends the daytime peak is lower than during the week because industrial demand is low. The lowest minimum occurs during summer nights and the highest day time peak happens on cold winter days when old inefficient generators have to be used to meet the demand. The peak winter footprint can be over 700 g/kWh. The summer nights minimum can be as low as 255 g/kWh. In the graph above you can see the effect of colder night time temperatures causing increased night time demand between the nights of Sat/Sun to Mon/Tues

A neat way of reducing CO2 emissions is to defer use of electricity from daytime to after midnight. Candidates for this are dishwashers, washing machines and perhaps electric water heating. Plug in timers enable the running of dishwashers etc at night.

To see the footprint of electricity at any time of day click here www.ecotricity.co.uk/ . This site has traffic lights recommending when to defer use of electricity. More information can be found by clicking here www.earth.org.uk/

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Stratford District Council

Laurence Marshall
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Stephen Thirlwell

Don’t lose your right to vote – it’s canvass time!

Cllr Laurence Marshall is urging local residents to return their electoral registration form to ensure that they don’t lose their right to vote as reminders are sent out this week to householders who have not yet registered.

At total of 54,075 forms were sent out at the beginning of September and so far 36,918 have been returned.

“It is vital that people respond to this request for information, especially since a General Election will be held by June 2010. People must register by law - even if they don't think they want to vote. If people fail to return their forms, then reminders are sent out and may result in us having to send someone to the house to collect the data we need but ultimately failure to complete the forms could result in a fine of up to £1,000,” says Graham Raspin, Democratic Services Officer.

"The vast majority of our households in the District are unchanged and in these cases residents can help us to save money on postage, and speed up the process, by confirming the details using the freephone or internet which are all quick and easy to use. We have received a number of compliments about the service and how quick and easy it is to use for those whose details have not changed.”

Over 15,000 households have registered using the internet or the freephone number.

Some of the comments received include:

•Thank goodness, registration was quick and easy. Took less than five minutes
•This was easy to do - the site is very good & clear
•This is by far the easiest way to confirm my details for inclusion on the electoral register.

For more information or enquiries about the Register of Electors form please contact the Electoral Services Helpline on 01789 260208.

Last chance for your views on the Housing Strategy for SDC

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is currently undertaking a full review of the housing strategy - Draft Housing Strategy 2009 - 2014.

The Draft Strategy covers the full range of local housing issues, and aims to:

1. Increase the supply of good quality affordable housing for local people
2. Improve existing housing and help people live as independently as possible
3. Prevent homelessness and reduce the harm caused by it
4. Strengthen the support to local communities

It has been written following extensive research and consultation with residents and partners to find out what is important to local people. It sets out how the District Council and its partners will work together to ensure that more people get the opportunity to live in good quality housing of their choice with the support they need.

This Draft Housing Strategy 2009 - 2014 does not deal with the overall number and location of new homes as this is the role of the Local Development Framework – Core Strategy. “Although extensive consultation has already taken place with residents and partners we would still like to know what people think about the draft, this is your chance to shape future housing in Stratford District, so please take a look at the Draft Strategy. We will be pleased to receive your comments on any part of the document or suggestions for target dates in the  Action Plan,” says Councillor Stephen Gray, Revenues and Housing Portfolio Holder.

The Draft Housing Strategy documents are available on the Council’s website: www.stratford.gov.uk/housing/community-202.cfm. Hard copies of the Draft Housing Strategy to look at but not take away are available in all the District Council Offices in Stratford, Alcester, Shipston and Southam.

All comments need to be submitted in writing by Friday 23 October to: Housing Policy and Development Team, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX. Or e-mail them to us at: renata.mosz@stratford-dc.gov.uk or tony.mindham@stratford-dc.gov.uk

For further information please contact Renata Mosz on 01789 260842 or Tony Mindham on 01789 260865.

Legislation changes that could affect you!

From the beginning of November Stratford-on-Avon District Council will be implementing the changes in the Benefit Legislation for Child Benefit and Pensioners.

Child Benefit will no longer be counted as income when the District Council works out Housing and Council Tax Benefit. This means that some families who claimed Housing and Council Tax benefit and were not entitled in the past may now be able to receive extra financial help towards their rent and Council Tax charges.

There is also an increase in capital limits for pensioners as the capital threshold in Pension Credit and pension age Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit increases from £6,000 to £10,000. Therefore if pensioners have more than £10,000 in capital then £1 is added to their income for every £500 or part of £500 that they may have. The upper limit of £16,000 remains unchanged.

In both instances anyone who currently receives Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit will have their claims automatically reassessed to take account of the changes and will receive new notification letters showing how their claims have changed.

However anyone who currently qualifies for Housing Benefit but not Council Tax Benefit would only have their Housing Benefit claim automatically reassessed and will need to reapply for Council Tax Benefit. Any claimant who wants to apply on this basis can contact the District Council on 01789 260991.

“The changes to the legislation may result in more people becoming entitled to Housing and Council Tax Benefit than before. Anyone who previously did not qualify for either Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit may want to reclaim as some families may be able to receive greater financial support and disposable income,” says Cllr Stephen Gray, Revenues and Housing Portfolio.

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Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th October at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. The speaker will be Roger Sutton on 'The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

The Staff Quartet from First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson, Texas will present a free concert at Henley Baptist Church at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 20th October. This will be a fun evening of uplifting Southern Gospel music. The entire community is invited.

MEMORIAL HALL - Centenary Gala Dinner 24th October 7.30 pm at the Hall. Tickets are now available from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 01564 794987 or 793539, £30 to include drink on arrival, wonderful feast by Sue Dalby Catering and entertainment by the lovely singer Amelia Whiteman. There will be a bar and raffle. Dress: party frocks and lounge suits. This is going to be a great evening not to be repeated for another 100 years!

ULLENHALLGARDENING CLUB – Tuesday 27th October in the Village Hall, Ullenhall, 7.45 for 8.00pm. Our speaker is Brian White who will be talking on “An Interesting Look at Life Centred Around Scented Pelargoniums”. Visitors (£2) and new members always welcome.

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

Saturday 14th November in the Guildhall there will be Cheese and Wine evening with a talk about “Three Men of Henley and the Guildhall”. Tickets at £5.50 are available from Lesley Eastwood on 792251 or Dukes Stationers in the High Street. All proceeds to the Market Cross Information Board.

Saturday 5th December – Quiz Night in the Church Hall (note change of date). Teams of 4 are invited from organisations in the town, groups of friends and/or families to join us. £6 per person to include Ploughman’s Supper. Tickets from Diane Bayley (01789 488209).

BURNS NIGHT - Monday 25th January 2010 in the Memorial Hall. Haggis, whisky and a piper. A Scottish evening to remember – if you haven’t been to one before, find out what you’ve been missing! Proceeds in aid of Guild Hall Garden Project. Further details in due course.

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


Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. 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.
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

The Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
  • To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form

Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.

Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 704 5140 for further details.
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10.  For further details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email karen@henleyfocus.co.uk for more information.

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


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