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Edition 233 - 12th November 2009
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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

pictureThe 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 World War.

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:


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: peter.crathorne@sky.com or Tel: 01564795470

Peter Crathorne, Chairman of TIC.

Parish Council takes Note

crestIn 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 better.

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:


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?

JPC Watch

crestAs 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.

Harry Allison

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 development.


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.

What next?
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 looking ahead.

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 again”.

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

photoOnline 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

photoTen 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 yacht.

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: contact@wcyp.org.uk. 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

logoHenley 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 Wawen.

“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

photoThe 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 Midlands.”

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

photoOn 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 answer.

I look forward to any feedback on the people or places mentioned.

Stephen Bate ste_b123@yahoo.com

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The Gallery Upstairs - Annual Winter Exhibition

10th – 28th November 2009

photoThe 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.

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The Gallery Upstairs and Torquil, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 5AT
Web: www.thegalleryupstairstorquil.co.uk Email: galleryupstairs@aol.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

LOGOThe 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 this tragedy.
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!

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Investment continues at Johnsons

photoFollowing 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

photoThis 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


Men of the match – Gill / Williams
Try scorers – Austin x 2, Johnson
Conversions – Wyllie x 2
Penalties – Wyllie x 2

photoClaverdon 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 break.

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 pressure, 11-18.

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

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John Garner's Business Column

Scrap the Scrappage?

John GarnerThe 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 scrapped.

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.

John Garner

An Italian Boy's Confession

PHOTO'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
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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 earth’.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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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 Information Board.

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 Social Fund.

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


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
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
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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