Merrydays Montessori Nursery Celebrates
On Thursday 22nd October Merrydays Montessori Nursery School, which has used the Memorial Hall for 52 years, celebrated the Hall's 100th birthday by dressing up in 1909 clothes.
TIC Starts Awareness Campaign
The Town Improvement Committee (TIC) whose members are the managing trustees of Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust, announces that a campaign to raise awareness of its function and purpose in the town is to be launched. For over sixty years this trust has funded and maintained the Memorial Hall and the Memorial Sports Grounds.
At this time of year, when
we are remembering those who died defending our country, it is
inspiring to reflect on the vision of the residents of Henley who,
working together, raised funds to establish the trust after the Second
It was created as a town trust with all residents as members. Everyone shared in the desire to establish a truly lasting memorial to those who had died in conflicts across the globe. It is separated from all other organisations by the fact that the trust’s managing committee, the TIC, is elected and appointed annually by everyone who lives here above the age of eighteen, if they attend the AGM.
Here are some facts:
- TIC MANAGES, AND THE TOWN OWNS, THE MEMORIAL HALL AND THE SPORTS GROUNDS
- TIC FUNDS THESE FROM DONATIONS, MONEY RAISING AND FEES IT CHARGES TO THE USERS
- TIC TRUSTEES ARE ELECTED AND APPOINTED BY AFFILIATED GROUPS ANNUALLY AT THE AGM
- TIC AGM MAY BE ATTENDED BY EVERY TOWN RESIDENT
- TIC IS ASSET RICH
- TIC IS FINANCIALLY POOR
- TIC IS PROUD OF ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE CULTURAL AND SPORTING LIFE OF THE TOWN
- TIC NEEDS A MASSIVE INCREASE IN ITS ACTIVE AND DONATING MEMBERS
- TIC ANALYSIS SHOWS WITHOUT BIG CHANGES, THE FINANCIAL FUTURE OF THE TRUST IS BLEAK
- TIC REQUIRES THE ACTIVE SUPPORT OF THE RESIDENTS.
Here is what TIC has agreed so far:
- to re-organise its management structure
- to apply for grants to modernise the old pavilion
- to place the responsibility for managing the assets in the hands of the users
- to make TIC responsible for raising sufficient income
- to approach the Joint Parish Council with a view to future partnerships
- to new affiliations from Henley-in-Arden Allotments and Garden Club
- to affiliate Henley-in-Arden Table Tennis Club
- to tell the town about their plans and vision.
Here is a request:
- TIC would like you to attend its AGM on January 27th 2010
- TIC would like you to join a new group of donating members
- TIC would like you to consider being a ‘town elected trustee’
- TIC would like the residents of the town to accept their responsibility for the assets
- TIC would like you to be part of ensuring future generations will remember.
The key word to remember is Memorial.
The Trust was set up by the citizens of Henley to ensure that the
incredible sacrifice made by so many throughout the last century and
into this one will never be forgotten. Working together as a town, we
can make sure our Memorials stay vibrant.
I hope you will agree with me. If you are interested in responding then e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01564795470
Peter Crathorne, Chairman of TIC.
Parish Council takes Note
In the last edition of Henley NEWS Online
it was observed that the JPC's website was again out of date. This time
in respect of its grants applications documentation. It is pleasing to
note that these errors were quickly corrected but it remains a concern
that despite a massive increase in the parish precept of around 35%,
many aspects of the JPC still appear to be badly managed. We deserved
The next round of applications for community
organisations to apply for grants from the Parish Council opened
on 1st November 2009. Information on how to apply, together with
application forms, are available on this website. The application
period is from 1st to 30th November 2009 – applications will be
considered by the Parish Council at their meeting on 21st December 2009.
The guidance notes warn, "Make a note of the
timescale for applications and ensure that you allow an opportunity for
a representative of your organisation to attend a Parish Council
meeting to explain your reasons for applying before its meeting to
consider the applications in December of each year".
The new forms direct from the JPC's server can now be downloaded below or from the JPC page on the Town Website:
Download Community Grants for 2010
Download Grant Application Form
Download Criteria for JPC Grant Guidance notes
If you require further information on grants please contact the Parish Clerk.
A notice on the grants page of the JPC website says:
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE INFORMATION ISSUED BY HENLEY NEWS ON LINE AS THIS COULD RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING INVALID!
As the links above and on
the Town website go to their server, it is difficult to see how they
will be able to identify which website was used to download their
application form. Why should using HNOL to download their application
form be grounds for disqualification?
As a Henley resident, I take an interest in reading the Stratford Herald and Henley News Online and I often talk to other residents about our town.
Sadly, in the last year I have read and heard more and more about how our existing JPC appears to be mishandling issues and bringing the very JPC itself into disrepute. I don’t remember it being like this in the past.
For example in the last year alone we have had:
- The fiasco over the organisation of the public meeting about Car Parking in Henley. A major issue for residents.
- The long running saga of CCTV installation in the town (erection and removal of ugly poles placed in the wrong place etc)
- An article in the Stratford Herald about a complaint from a female resident to the JPC accusing them of heavy handedness and abrasiveness in dealing with a simple dispute.
- In the Herald and HNOL, several articles about the failure of the JPC to listen and properly consult the Allotment Association. Causing the Allotment Officers to resign and form a new club.
- Letters from residents in the Stratford Herald on how the 'Lords of the Parish' wasted money erecting the wrong type of fencing around the Allotment Site. The fence the JPC erected would keep elephants out but lets rabbits in. As a result, all the plot holders have had to buy and erect their own individual fences.
- The failure of the JPC to listen to the Beaudesert and Henley Society on the style and position of CCTV cameras.
- According to the Stratford Herald, the loss of Quality Parish Council Status by the JPC
- Letters in the Herald about the accuracy of Minute taking at JPC meetings.
- Complaint to the Editor of the Stratford Herald about the accuracy of their reports.
- In the Herald and HNOL, the highest tax rise of all the parish and town councils in the SDC area at 35%
- In the HNOL, the adoption of a new logo that looks like a Pontefract Cake.
- Most recently, according to HNOL, the grant applications forms were out of date.
Who knows what else is just around the corner?
I just don’t understand how the existing JPC has got us into such a state.
Is it because the role of the JPC in local democracy is “wrong” in some way?
Is it due to the quality of advice given to the JPC by their full time paid Clerk?
Is it due to inadequate training of the Councillors?
I don’t know the answer to these questions……Do you? Are you bothered?
I appreciate that the Councillors are volunteers but there are lots of voluntary organisations, clubs charities and the like in the town and they are able to do things properly and without getting bad publicity!. Even the Stratford District Council and the County Council don't seem at a constant state of war with the community.
The JPC meets once a fortnight and usually public meetings last just over an hour. Very few residents attend these meetings. Again I wonder why?
I urge you to attend the JPC council meetings and perhaps you will be able to answer some of the above questions.
Heritage Centre Stewards Brainstorming
On 27th October virtually the whole team of
volunteer stewards at Henley’s Heritage Centre assembled in the
Memorial Hall, together with the trustees, for a mixture of
“light-hearted social” and serious thought. The idea was to
tap into the great wealth of front-line experience in the 75-strong
team, with a view to steering the next stages of the Centre’s
The buzz of earnest conversation: the stewards swap ideas.
How it all began
Events were kicked off by the trustees recalling the origins of the
Heritage Centre and the way it developed into its present shape.
David Lodder described the acquisition of
the title of Lord of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden, at auction in 1990,
by Joseph Alexander Hardy of Pennsylvania and how in a very short time
he established himself as a great benefactor of the town. He created
the educational charitable trust under whose banner the Centre was
created in 1997 after the transfer of the title to his daughter Robin
Hardy Freed, the present Lord of the Manor, in 1994.
Duncan Bainbridge then told the tale of how
the former guesthouse at 150 High Street was acquired in 1995, the
estate agent’s particulars omitting to mention the
“stunning views of the Ice Cream factory” and the tendency
for rainwater to enter the back door and leave by the front. He
recounted how the discovery of certain rare architectural features led
to it being professionally dated. With the oldest parts erected in the
mind-14th century it proved to be much older than previously thought.
The house was altered during 1995 and Derek
Sharman described the early days of the Centre’s establishment as
a museum of local history. Starting with an empty house, Derek with his
wife Rosemary set up the displays and most of the facilities and
procedures as they remain today, creating a depository of local
treasures, bits of nostalgia and collections of documents, pictures and
books tracking nearly a millennium of the town’s history.
Moving to present-day operations, Peter Crathorne raised the challenge
of keeping the Centre in the public eye and developing it further to
fit its role as an educational charity. An analysis of visitor records
had showed that over one-third of visitors came from over 100 miles
away and from overseas. This had led to a widening of publicity to
hotels and guest houses in the area. Also, many clubs and societies had
been given articles for inclusion in magazines, etc, in the county.
Peter emphasised the need to think “out of the box” in
Day by day
Finally Ray Holding, the administrator since 2002, thanked the stewards
for their dedicated and good-humoured part in the Centre’s
day-to-day operations over the past year – the twelfth year of
the Centre’s operating life. He followed with a list of matters
needing a bit of creative input and practical support to ensure that
the Centre is not vulnerable to the absence of one or two individuals.
Sadly, too many stewards had been lost during the year because of
death, illness or retirement – but several new helpers had put
their names forward and would be “signed up” with alacrity,
as would any others who volunteered later.
Brainstorming and beverages
A noggin and natter followed. Once everyone had glass in hand the
steward team was divided into five syndicate groups to consider a
number of key questions and to deliver their collective views and
experiences. Much noisy debate ensued and in due course the appointed
chairmen of each group delivered the results to the assembled
multitude. There was a high degree of unanimity and numerous
well-argued ideas and offers of help. The edited result was a list of
highly practical and in the main soundly reasoned ideas, many of which
will be incorporated into changes to be put in place during the winter
ready for next year’s seasonal 2010 opening on Easter Monday, 5th
April 2010. All in all it was felt that the whole party had been
enjoyable and productive – and that “we should do it
Spare two hours a fortnight?
Join the team and take part in this key
aspect of Henley’s town life. Phone Ray Holding on Henley 792512
or Peter Crathorne on 795470.
Report by Ray Holding
Photo John Love
Top Award for Henley Restaurant
Naya Restaurant, which opened on 7th
July 2009 next to the Heritage Centre, has scooped a top award at the
Midlands Curry Awards 2009. It was Winner of the award for Best Newcomer of the Year.
Naya is a 60 seater restaurant, with
contemporary décor, specialising in Indian and Bangladeshi
cuisine. It has already established a impressive reputation for the
quality of its food and the warm welcome from all its staff.
For bookings and reservations please ring 01564 793 089 or visit our website: www.nayarestaurant.co.uk
Online Lingerie Boutique Opens on the High Street
Online designer lingerie boutique, Honeys Lingerie Boutique.com, will open its flagship shop on the High Street, next to Lloyds Bank, on Saturday 14th November at 10am.
Honeys has quickly become an established
boutique showcasing spectacular collections of exquisite lingerie,
nightwear and beachwear from the world’s classic designers like
Christies, Valery, Madam V, Naory, Fleur of England, Rosapois,
SallyJones and Hotmilk.
Honeys owner Victoria Sullivan is passionate
about providing the very best for her customers. “Here at Honeys
we embrace every woman, their characters and curves, their aspirations
and above all else their individual, personal needs. Women are
multi-layered, complex and intriguing and that is why Honeys is
constantly researching the right brands to bring to them, with an
emphasis on style but also more importantly on fit.”
Honeys Lingerie Boutique has taken great
care and time to hand-pick the highest quality underwear, with a
sublime second-skin fit, but hasn’t forgotten that comfortable
can be sexy too. The new store and the website alike presents ranges
from some of the most cutting edge lingerie designers like Porzia T and
Christies that will make every woman feel feminine and sexy.
Massive Increases in Henley Online Readership
Henley Online carefully monitors the readership of its websites. In October 2009 the statistics tell us that each edition of Henley NEWS Online was read by about 3,340, which is a 45% increase on the previous year. The Town Website
showed a 392% growth in popularity year on year. This is probably due
to the Town Website achieving the lead position on Google and other
leading search engines for Henley-in-Arden.
Cross Channel Sailing Adventure
young people aged between 16 and 19 have just enjoyed a week-long
experience of a lifetime when they sailed across the channel in a 64ft
Their journey started in Southampton where
they sailed to the Isle of Wight, from there to Cherbourg in Northern
France and finally to Alderney in the Channel Islands. The trip was
organised by Warwickshire Clubs for Young People (WCYP) in partnership with Warwickshire County Council Youth Service.
Everyone was taught how to tie knots,
navigate, name and use different sails and they even had the
opportunity to sail the yacht for themselves under supervision. On top
of the sailing experience the young people were given the opportunity
to experience new places by spending some much needed time ashore in
Cherbourg and Alderney.
Rob Sabin, County Director of Warwickshire
Clubs for Young People, said: “This was a once in a lifetime
experience for the young people and incredibly challenging. At times we
were sailing for fifteen hours solid through the night, cooking and
cleaning and coping with the trials of seasickness. All of the young
people learned a huge amount about sailing and even more about
themselves. Despite the challenges the young people had a fantastic
experience and are keen to continue their sailing adventures.”
For more information on WCYP and the
activities they offer please contact the county office on 01926 425191,
visit the website at: www.wcyp.org.uk or e-mail: email@example.com.
WCYP is entirely reliant on grants and donations to deliver its
valuable work. If you would like to help please visit our website or
contact the county office.
Rotary Fashion Show for NSPCC
Henley Rotary Club
organised an extremely successful fashion show at the Barcelo Billesley
Manor Hotel in aid of the NSPCC, one of Rotary President David
Brain’s preferred charities.
After an enjoyable lunch, Rotary District
Governor Lorna Beedham and the 96 capacity audience were entertained by
an outstanding presentation by models displaying fashion from major
sponsor Cordelia of Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.
In addition there were displays of fashion
items and accessories by Delia & James and lingerie, nightwear and
swimwear by Patinis, both sponsors from the Yew Tree Centre, Wootton
“We’ve had fantastic
support”, said David Brain. “The generosity of the hotel
management and all the sponsors, not to mention the audience, has been
extraordinary and has enabled us to raise some £1,700 for the
NSPCC - a wonderful result.”
Michael Redman reporting
Film Festival shows off Warks College Talent
The cosmetic talents of students from Warwickshire College will feature on the big screen this month as part of Screen WM’s Festival of Film.
The festival runs from 16 – 29th
November and will include screenings of 12 different films at 8 venues
across the region. On Monday 23rd November The Electric Cinema in
Birmingham will screen Tom Shankland’s Christmas chiller The
Children. Filmed in Alcester, students from Warwickshire College helped
create the frightening make-up for up to 40 extras in the film.
The Electric will also be screening Michael Winterbottom’s Road to Guantanamo on Wednesday 25th.
The Festival of Film features titles that
have been inspired by, produced or filmed in the West Midlands in
conjunction with Screen WM’s Film and Media Production Fund. The
programme includes Straightheads starring Gillian Anderson and Danny
Dyer, which was filmed almost entirely in the Wyre Forest and
Faintheart, winner of the MySpace Movie Mashup competition and filmed
in Worcestershire and Shropshire. Coventry-born director Debbie Isitt
will close the festival with a special gala viewing of her latest
release, Christmas comedy Nativity. Screenings will be free of charge
and selected films will also include special Q&A sessions with the
writers and directors.
Dr Samir Shah OBE, Chair, Screen West
Midlands Board, said: “Screen WM’s Festival of Film is a
great opportunity to celebrate the West Midlands region and our
film-making heritage. All of the films in our programme have either
been inspired by the West Midlands, shot on location in the region or
written and directed by our home-grown talent. Many of the features
have been screened at prestigious festivals across the globe. We hope
that the Festival of Film will give people another opportunity to enjoy
these exceptional films that all have their roots in the West
Nigel Russell, Head of Tourism, Culture
& Olympics at Advantage West Midlands said: “In recent times
the Heart of England, West Midlands region has proved to be a top
location for some of the UK’s most successful films, writers and
producers. The Festival of Film is a great way to celebrate the
diversity of the West Midlands on the big screen and for the region to
showcase its talent to the rest of the world.”
For further information or to book your free tickets visit www.screenwm.co.uk/
Tudor Tuesday at Henley Primary School
On Tudor Tuesday, we dressed up as poor Tudor people. In the morning, we made Banbury cakes.
I thought that was the best part of the day. Next, we had our lunch but it wasn’t an ordinary lunch.
We had a Tudor lunch! My lunch was a chicken leg, a small loaf of bread, an apple and a jam tart.
In the afternoon, we did some role play and learned about the Tudor kings and queens – I enjoyed that part too!
At home time, we were allowed to take our Banbury cakes home.
They were delicious.
I really enjoyed the whole day!
By Louis Jones – Age 8
Mystery Story about Evacuees
I am trying to gather information about my father, Raymond Bate, who was a youngster during the Second World War.
He said he lived in Kitts Green, Birmingham,
near the Alcan Booths factory. When the bombing started the Luftwaffe
targeted this factory. His parents, Arthur and Gladys Bate, decided it
was too dangerous for them to stay in Birmingham and so they were
evacuated to maybe his aunt and uncle, James and Rose Perkins, or might
have been to friends who lived in the country.
I think they went to either
Hampton-in-Arden or Henley-in-Arden. They travelled by train and it was
not far from Birmingham. On arrival they walked down a small lane with
a big brick wall on one side. They went to a farm, or something which
resembled a farm. My father vividly remembered having to sleep in a hay
barn every night with just a couple of oil lamps for light. He said it
was very scary.
That's the story, very vague I know. Why
Henley and not Hampton? I hear you ask. Both have railway stations and
farms. Well, I have found a connection to Henley through the Perkins
family. Edith Perkins, James Perkins' mother, mentioned earlier in this
article, lived at Grange Cottages at the time of her death in 1942. Her
daughter, Lucy, was informant on the death certificate. Lucy married
into the Wale family in 1937. Perhaps the Wale family also lived in
Henley. Lots of questions, I hope one of your good readers can help
I look forward to any feedback on the people or places mentioned.
Stephen Bate firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gallery Upstairs - Annual Winter Exhibition
10th – 28th November 2009
The Gallery Upstairs
forthcoming exhibition will be colourful and exciting, showing the work
of over 40 artists in a mixed media group show: paintings and prints,
ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewellery. As well as our regular
artists such as Michael Felmingham with his evocative paintings of
Venice and Mary Rich with her distinctive clean-lined porcelain ware,
we have new and exciting work from a number of artists who are new to
the gallery. These include beautifully made and presented stained glass
by Tamsin Abbott depicting animals and the countryside, Emma
Hardicker’s textile influenced silk screen prints and Richard
Godfrey’s unique, quirky teapots.
People from all over Warwickshire and
further afield come to our exhibitions which are held twice a year, in
May and November. Established in the Midlands as an important centre
for exhibiting British contemporary art and craft, the gallery likes to
promote the work of young artists ‘setting out’ alongside
reputable artists and craftspeople.
The main gallery is 45’ x 18’,
with good natural lighting and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. The
gallery is behind the high street shop and above the studio where
resident ceramicists Jayne Lucas and Carey Moon work. The gallery
overlooks a cobbled courtyard which was once an Elizabethan coaching
inn and has an ancient yew arch leading to the garden where we show
sculpture in the spring.
Download an Invitation from The Gallery Upstairs
The Gallery Upstairs and Torquil, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 5AT
Web: www.thegalleryupstairstorquil.co.uk Email: email@example.com Tel: 01564 792174
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Henley Baptist Church Christmas Sale
The Henley Baptist Church will be holding their Christmas sale on Saturday 5th December from 10.30 am till 12 noon. 50 pence including coffee.
Large selection of stalls ie: cakes, toys and books, gifts, perfumes, to name a few. There is no jumble.
Come along and purchase your Christmas gifts at a reasonable price.
Gordon Tranter reporting
Henley on Newly Marked Long Distance Footpath
The 100 mile Millennium Way
east-west long distance footpath, devised and set up by Solihull 41
Club, has now been fully waymarked from Pershore through to Middleton
Cheney in Northamptonshire.
Working parties from the
club have been busy throughout this summer clearing the way and fixing
the new signs. People in Henley may have noticed the new waymarks as
the route passes through the town from the station down Beaudesert Lane
and up to The Mount and beyond towards Meriden. Fully approved by all
the local authorities involved, the route takes in some of the most
glorious countryside in the Midlands.
Full details of the entire route are available on www.walking.41club.org
Michael Redman reporting
Church Magazine Howlers
The following have all appeared in church magazines so let us thank God for church ladies with typewriters:
Next weekend's Fasting & Prayer Conference in Whitby includes all meals.
Sunday morning sermon: 'Jesus Walks on the Water'
Sunday evening sermon: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of
those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.
Smile at someone who is hard to love.
Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of
several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7pm there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would
lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7pm. Please use the back door.
The school drama group will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the
Church hall on Friday at 7pm. The congregation is invited to attend
Weight Watchers will meet at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours!
Investment continues at Johnsons
the purchase of new coaches and buses earlier in the year Johnsons
continue their 2009 investment programme with the purchase of 4 brand
new Optare Tempo single deck buses with an additional investment of
just over £500,000.
The vehicles all incorporate the latest
environmentally friendly technology and are powered by Mercedes engines
which conform to “Euro 5” specifications, which means they
produce some of the lowest emissions of any vehicle on the road. The
company has also taken the opportunity to harmonise the vehicle livery
and these new buses match the recently launched X20 double decker
vehicles which operate between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Pete Johnson, Operations Director, Johnsons
Coach & Bus said, “These four new vehicles have now joined
our bus fleet bringing the total number of buses to 28. We chose Optare
as they offer outstanding levels of reliability and passenger comfort
and they conform to the latest Euro emission standards. The new bus
livery introduced earlier this year on the X20 double deckers offers a
brighter, cleaner image to our customers and many have already
commented that, like our coaches, you only have to glance at them to
know they are Johnsons”.
The new vehicles will operate on
Stratford-upon-Avon based services running throughout South
Warwickshire and the Cotswolds areas.
Spooky Night at Tennis Club
This week Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club held their annual Halloween tournament at their club which is based at the Sports and Social Ground in Henley.
The tournament was won by Heather West and Neil Supperstone despite stiff competition from other members and a full entry list.
Afterwards players enjoyed pumpkin soup
(renamed Spider soup for the occasion) and hot dogs inside their
specially decorated clubhouse.
The tournament was organised by Head Coach Sarah Baker 07970 252750 who runs extensive courses for all age groups and abilities.
Jane Palmer reporting
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Diversion Fails to Lead Claverdon Off Course
STOURPORT RFC 16 – CLAVERDON RFC 25
Men of the match – Gill / Williams
Try scorers – Austin x 2, Johnson
Conversions – Wyllie x 2
Penalties – Wyllie x 2
Claverdon RFC travelled
away from Ossetts Hole Lane to face a Stourport side that had been
relegated from the division above only last season. Although Stourport
had lost their opening three league games, Claverdon knew that this was
going to be a tough encounter.
Preparation for the game wasn’t great
as a diversion only a mile from the ground had meant that the referee
and players were late arriving and so kick off was pushed back to 3pm
with virtually no time for a proper warm up. With Horswill injured and
Joyce, Visser and Noble away, Paul Carruthers came into second row,
Austin to no 8 and young Barton in to fly half. Claverdon also welcomed
back Busby and Bennett with Brannon making his 1st league start of the
campaign, Knight dropping to the bench.
The game started off slowly with silly
mistakes from both sides. From further possession deep in the Stourport
half, Claverdon put together some good phases of rugby and after strong
running from Brannon, Skinner and Carruthers Snr, Austin picked up from
five metres out and burst through to score with an outstretched arm.
Wyllie missed the fairly straight forward conversion, 0-5. With
Claverdon now fully warmed up and into their stride, good strong
running from Bennett & Horsfall again had Stourport pinned in their
own half. It was from a loose ball that winger Johnson picked up and
punted the ball down field. With their full back and winger struggling
to judge the flight of the ball, Johnson chased his kick and judged the
bounce superbly to take it at pace and score under the posts. Wyllie
duly converted, 0-12.
In previous games Claverdon have kicked on
from these positive starts but indiscipline kept them pegged back in
their own half for much of the next twenty minutes. It was from a scrum
that Stourport got back in the game. Their no 8 picked up the ball and
found a gap in the usually solid defence and with his pace and various
missed tackles managed to run in a try in the corner, conversion
missed, 5-12. Again, strong refereeing and Claverdon indiscipline led
to further penalties conceded within range of the posts and Stourport
took advantage and kicked 2 penalties before half time, 11-12 at the
The message from the Claverdon camp at half
time was fairly simple. Encourage each other, hit the breakdowns in
twos and threes and cut out the needless penalties. Claverdon had
conceded 11 to Stourport’s 1 penalty in the 1st half.
The 2nd half started with another excellent
restart from the impressive Barton and Claverdon seemed to have taken
note of the stand-in captain’s words. Good, strong and straight
running from centres Westmacott and Busby saw Claverdon gain territory
and Stourport were struggling to cope with these attacks. This pressure
eventually led to a Claverdon penalty within range for goal kicker
Wyllie. Although not at his best with the boot, he slotted the penalty
from out wide under pressure, 11-15. Claverdon then made their first
and only change with Knight replacing the ever impressive Brannon. More
pressure was again exerted by Claverdon who had now picked up momentum
and were playing phases of rugby that the crowd had been used to
witnessing over previous games this season. Well drilled rucking and
excellent running play from flankers Gill and Williams as well as
hooker Grimsley meant Stourport did not venture into the Claverdon half
at all. Phases when Stourport did finally get their hands on the ball
and out wide were nullified by strong tackling from wingers Johnson and
Bennett as well as full back Horsfall.
Claverdon now at their best were running the
ball back at Stourport with interest and lively winger Johnson was
unlucky not to get on the end of another chip and chase. Another
similar attack saw an inside pass from Johnson just fail to reach the
supporting Barton who again would have been in for a certain try.
Stourport were now showing their own signs of indiscipline and conceded
a further penalty deep in their own half. Wyllie again converted under
With Claverdon firmly in the ascendancy,
centre Busby took the ball at pace from a Claverdon scrum to crash
through the Stourport defence. With excellent recycling from Knight,
Austin picked up the ball at the back of the ruck to smash over the
line for a Claverdon try. Wyllie converted, 11-25. As the daylight was
diminishing, Stourport pressed Claverdon strongly in the last five
minutes and although Claverdon kept them at bay with strong tackling
across the park, a well worked penalty spun out wide saw Stourport
score in the corner right at the end of the game. Conversion missed,
16-25 Final Score.
Credit must be given to excellent
scrummaging from all the forwards who didn’t lose a scrum and
managed to win ball against the head on several occasions. This served
as a great platform for the dynamic and well drilled backs.
Report by Tom Johnson
John Garner's Business Column
Scrap the Scrappage?
government’s car scrappage scheme (properly known as the Vehicle
Discount Scheme) was in the news last week. We’re told it’s
been a great success.
You take a perfectly serviceable old car and
scrap it. Then you then take some of the earth’s valuable
resources and turn them into a new car to replace the old one you just
Older cars were not designed to be easily
recyclable so disposing of the wreck is harmful to the environment, but
hey, the new car will pollute a lot less (probably).
And the UK motor industry benefits!
Er, well, not exactly. Motor dealers benefit as they shift more new
cars but the majority of new cars purchased under this scheme turn out
to be foreign made. So motor manufacturers in this country don’t
benefit much at all.
Following recent changes the scheme applies
to cars registered on or before 29 February 2000 and for vans
registered on or before 28 February 2002. Isn’t it good of the
government to bring more old cars into the scheme? Doesn’t
that make you smell a rat?
Surprise, surprise, the Government actually
makes money out of this! The Chancellor gives a £1000 subsidy to
the buyer of the new car but he gets 15% VAT back on the sale. So if
the car costs more than £7,667 the taxman makes a profit on the
sale. The industry reckons that the average price of a car in the
scheme is £9,000 so you can see the government does rather well
out of it.
What actually happens is that the scheme
merely brings sales forward. Those who might have been thinking of
changing their car in a few months time are doing so now. That means
they won’t be changing again any time soon.
The scheme is due to end in February 2010
and I’ll bet sales of new cars will fall off a cliff about then.
The timing is strange because VAT is due to go back up to 17.5% on 1st
Jan: that is a 2.2% rise in the price of a new car which won’t
help sales much either.
When sales fall the government’s
revenue will fall and we’ll be back to where we were –
except that we won’t be able to generate a mini boom in car sales
because we’ve already done that.
But at least it’s good for the
consumer – isn’t it? Well not particularly. Dealers of all
but the smallest cars still aren’t having a very good time of it
so if you’re thinking of buying a new car just try and negotiate
a big discount; you may well be able to get more than £2,000 off
without scrapping your old car. Alternatively go for a nearly new
second hand car, let someone else pay for the initial depreciation and
get an even lower price.
But if it does suit you to take advantage of the scrappage scheme, make sure you do it before the VAT goes up.
An Italian Boy's Confession'Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl'.
The priest asks, 'Is that you, little Joey Pagano ?'
'Yes, Father, it is.'
'And who was the girl you were with?'
'I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation'.
"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?'
'I cannot say..'
'Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?'
'I'll never tell.'
'Was it Nina Capelli?'
'I'm sorry, but I cannot name her.'
'Was it Cathy Piriano?'
'My lips are sealed.'
'Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?'
'Please, Father, I cannot tell you.'
The priest sighs in frustration. 'You're very tight lipped, and I
admire that. But you've sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an
altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.'
Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, 'What'd you get?'
'Four months vacation and five good leads.'
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
What the Bishop said to the Diocese
Solihull News recently reported the
content of Bishop David Urquhart’s latest Diocesan
newsletter. Less car, more leg, is the gist of his message.
His request is that
we walk or cycle despite the shortening days or wintry weather and he
targets short journeys as the place to start . He is quoted as
saying, "I am committed to walking through
winter for a number of reasons. Going by foot does not produce any
carbon and shrinks my personal footprint; it gives me a chance to
reconnect with the seasons and enjoy the variations
in the weather and it is a chance for me to look closely at my local
environment and understand what is happening on the streets, in the
parks and on my local High Street."
In his letter he suggested that people should aim to make one less fuel
powered journey each day and to use a green alternative like walking or
cycling. I would add that using the train
or bus instead of the car is also a greener alternative.
The bishop also said that although the problems of the planet seem
overwhelming, the impact of many people taking small steps has a
significant impact. This is beautifully summed up
in an African proverb that I came across. It says ‘if many little
people do many little things, they can change the face of the
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
District Councillor Laurence Marshall reports
Stratford District Council
will shortly be announcing the expansion of the recycling service to
include the other forms of plastics such as yoghurt pots and food
containers and aluminium foil.
Laurence told Henley NEWS Online,
“As well as a further reduction of household waste to landfill
and a further improvement in our recycling performance there is
potentially an increase in income from recycling receipts too.
Residents who have registered for small bins will also be pleased to
hear that funding for these has been secured and distribution will
commence in the not too distant future. This all makes for good news
especially as the green waste collection service is being extended
throughout the winter months and demonstrates your Conservative lead
Council's commitment to recycling.”
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HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY. We welcome
the return of Steven Falk from Warwick Museum to our meeting on Tuesday
17th November from 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Visitors are
welcome to join us to hear about “Trees of Warwickshire”
for only £2.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY. Our
next meeting is on Thursday 19th November at 8.00 pm in the Baptist
Church Hall. The speaker will be Gerald Lesinski on “Guarding the
Queen”.Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details
from Pat Kench on 795419. Also on 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
ULLENHALLGARDENING CLUB –
Tuesday 24th November in the Village Hall, Ullenhall, 7.45 pm. The
speaker is Glynn Jones on “The Development of Hidcote Manor
Garden – Past, Present and Future”. Visitors (£2) and
new members always welcome.
ST JOHN’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
– Saturday 28th November in the Church Hall 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Stalls include homemade cakes, gifts, cards, tombola, jewellery, toys,
produce, bottle stall, Father Christmas, teas and hot lunches, etc.
BEAUDESERT & HENLEY CHRISTMAS
LIGHTS. The Switch On for 2009 will be on Saturday 5th December. The
Carol Service will start at 5.00 pm led by the Alcester Silver Band,
with the switch on by Carol Sheet design winners at 5.30 pm. Mulled
Wine and Mince Pies will be available supplied by Henley Ex Services
ST JOHN’S SOCIALS & FELLOWSHIP GROUP:
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).
JOHNSON’S COACHES are ending
their special centenary year with a “Firework Finale” on
Saturday 19th December at their depot on Liveridge Hill. There will
also be children’s rides, bar, barbecue and seasonal tasties.
Doors open 4.30 pm, bonfire 5.00, fireworks 6.30. Adults £3.00,
concessions £2, pay at the door or in advance from Johnsons. All
proceeds to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
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
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-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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
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
|TAI CHI in HENLEY
Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information, contact Debbie Wild on 07773
318830 Full details at: www.swantaichi.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 12.30pm 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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