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Edition 234 - 26th November 2009
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Alan Harrison - Actor and Friend of Henley Dies

photoI think most people will remember him as Sergeant Wilson in Dad's Army when he played the part with such skill that he made the character his own ignoring the character that was portrayed on the television by a great actor. There are not many people who can take on a well known character and make that character their own, I am certain that Captain Mainwaring would have been proud to have Alan serving under him.

photoSuch was his talent that when ever he was called upon to take on a character he became that character. This was shown later when he played the part of Dr Nelson, who as many people now know thanks to Alan's portrayal, was responsible of the building of the Memorial Hall in Henley. He showed the frustrations that Dr Nelson (right) must have encountered with such skill that the audience was left in no doubt what a huge project the building of the hall was.

I can only write as a fellow player; his help and assistance to the other members of the cast was always there. I will miss him in the dressing room and his help when it was needed.

Henley has lost a contributor to Henley life as a member of HADS, a sides man in the Church and I believe a member of the Civic Society among other activities he undertook.

I hope this personal note will give a little insight to Alan as I saw his contribution to this town and what made Alan the person we all admired.

Fred Dowling

Recent Property Sales

• 8, The Croft, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5DY - Sold for £250,000 on 09-09-2009
• 31, The Croft, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5DY - Sold for £260,000 on 02-09-2009
• 32, William James Way, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GB - Sold for £130,000 on 27-08-2009
• 6, William James Way, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GB - Sold for £280,000 on 27-08-2009
• 2, Alne Close, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JZ - Sold for £194,000 on 19-08-2009
• 12, Alne Close, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JZ - Sold for £230,000 on 13-08-2009
• 1, The Coach Houses, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5FN - Sold for £155,000 on 10-08-2009
• 24a, St Nicholas Road, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5LL - Sold for £145,000 on 22-09-2009
• 249, High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5BG - Sold for £168,000 on 11-06-2009

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

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


photoAs is the tradition, the Court Leet must hold its Annual Court on the second Wednesday of the month of November.

So on the evening of Wednesday the 11th November the outgoing Court assembled in the Guild Hall at 7.30 pm to conduct the business of hearing the year’s presentments and electing a new Court. The proceedings were witnessed by the visiting Bailiffs and Reeves of the Courts of Warwick, Alcester and Bromsgrove; other witnesses included the Chair of Henley and Beaudesert Joint Parish Council, Cllr Les Goodman, Derek Austin of the Freemen of England and Wales, local jurors and members of the public.

The meeting was initiated by the Lord of Manor’s Steward, David Lodder, and chaired this year in the absence of the Lord of the Manor, Robin Hardy-Freed , by Hon Burgess, Alec Halliwell. The Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, was called upon by the Steward to open the proceedings.

The first address was from Hon Burgess, Alec Halliwell, who read a message from the Lord of the Manor. Former High Bailiff, Duncan Bainbridge, thanked the Lord of the Manor for her words of support for the Court. Apologies and minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. This was followed by a statement from the Steward concerning the state of the building and finances of the Guild Hall.

The first of this year’s presentments was made by former High Bailiff Alan Robson who gave praise to Sarah Butler for her work in connection with ‘Henley Heart Start’. Ironically, Sarah’s bleeper had gone off just minutes before she could be presented with a cheque for £5,125. This money was the result of a campaign run by a team headed by Alan, Alistair Price and Affeeror, John Brealey. In Sarah’s absence the cheque, presented by the present High Bailiff Roger Sutton, was accepted by Cllr Les Goodman, treasurer of the newly formed 'Friends of Henley Heart Start'. Sarah later returned to the meeting and thanked the Court for its support and used the opportunity to appeal to the those present to spread the word about the work of Heart Start.  Would be volunteers wishing to join her team can ring 01564 792975.

Further presentments were made by:

    1. Former High Bailiff Douglas Bridgewater on the work of the Guild Hall Garden Committee.
    2. Ale Tasters Andrew Gardner and Barry Tulloch on the quality of ale on sale in the town.
    3. Brook Looker Graham Smith on the state of the River Alne.
    4. Butter Weigher Lawrence Marshall on the quality of butter, bread, fish and flesh for sale in the town.
    5. Hayward Jonathan Dovey on the state of the Manorial Bounds.
    6. Town Crier Gordon Trinder on his year in office.
    7. Former High Bailiff Ray Holding on the the work of the Heritage Centre.

Present High Bailiff Roger Sutton concluded the presentments by reporting on his year in office. He ended his report by thanking those officers leaving the Court, namely Brook Looker Stephen Thirlwell, Butter and Bread Weigher Lawrence Marshall and lastly, singling out Affeeror, John Brealey for his long service to the Court. John was to be presented with an ale taster’s tankard at this moment but he was not in Court due to ill-health. Low Bailiff John Rutherford gave a vote of thanks to the High Bailiff for his leadership of the Court over the past year.

The Steward then called the Roll of the Jury, swore in a foreman, John Amber, and invited the Jurors to retire and elect the officers of the Court for the coming year. The elections over, the Jurors returned to Court for the swearing in of the newly elected High Bailiff and his Court


The newly elected High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, then took the oath and was presented with his chain of office by Hon Burgess Alec Halliwell. In the acceptance address the High Bailiff returned thanks to the Jurors for being re-elected and took the opportunity to welcome three new officers to the Court, Tom Mangan, Affeeror, Fred Dowling, Butter and Bread Weigher and Dawn Leech, Brook Looker, before presenting all officers with their symbols of office.


Other Court officers appointed were the Steward’s nomination of Gordon Trinder as the Town Crier and the High Bailiff’s nomination of the Rev John Ganjavi as the Chaplain to the Court. The High Bailiff then invited the Burgesses and all others present to Divine Service in St John’s Church at 10.00 am on Sunday the 22nd November ’09.

As there was no other business the Steward called upon the Town Crier to close the Court.

Roger Sutton - High Bailiff
Photos Alan Robson
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Market Cross Conserved

photoAn important phase in the restoration of the Market Cross was successfully completed with the badly needed conservation work for the 15th century monument.

Having received approval from the Secretary of State for Culture and from  English Heritage, work began in earnest by a conservation company. This work has now been completed.

Warwickshire County Council will be improving the cobbled area around the Market Cross starting on 18th January 2010. Then one metre high railings will be installed around the monument.

To complete the project an Information Board donated by the Beaudesert and Henley Society will be placed close to the monument.

Photo - John Love

Dear Editor,
I am writing with reference to the cobbled area in front of Lloyds Bank. Like a lot of people in Henley I know, I am rather fond of those cobbles! I understand that the County Council have decided to make it safer by taking away the cobbles and make the surface more even - and that it is also to do with diverting the water away from the market cross. I understand they are going to put railings round the market cross - I wonder why they couldn't put them round the cobbles... couldn't they just round off the corners of the cobbled area rather than getting rid of them completely?

However, if they have to go, perhaps they could go to the new garden on Beaudesert Lane and make a special feature there - as they are surely part of Henley's heritage and charm.

Yours sincerely,
Carey Moon - Torquil & The Gallery Upstairs

Cheese and Wine Evening held at the Guild Hall

On Saturday November14th the Henley and Beaudesert Society organised an extremely successful Wine and Cheese evening in the Guild Hall to raise funds for the Market Cross Information Board.

The historic Guild Hall made a perfect setting, with the town crier Gordon Trinder calling people to order for the informal supper put on by the committee, after which the guests were entertained with a delightful and informative talk by Dawn Leech and Alan Robinson imparting a fascinating combination of historical facts and social history.

photoDawn, having an extensive depth of knowledge, was able to give a potted history of Henley from 1216 when, aged 11, Peter de Montfort became Lord of the Manor. We learnt that in 1441 Ralph Boteler inherited the Guild Hall and became Lord of the Manor; he restored the Guild Hall  in 1448/9 and reinstated the Guild of St John.

Alan gave us a taste of what it would have been like to have actually lived in the Guild Hall including several anecdotes such as how the family would have slept in the same room, the parents in a bed made of rope which had to be kept tight hence the expression "sleep tight". Whilst the children slept on shelves round the room, unmarried girls would get "left on the shelf". Another significant date in the history of the hall was in 1915  when William J Fieldhouse became Lord of the Manor and bought the Guild Hall Estate. At this time major restoration work and the refurbishment of the Guild Hall took place to much as it is seen today. Mr Fieldhouse was responsible for bringing back the Court Leet to the Guild Hall and his daughter gave the hall in trust to the people of Henley. Dawn and Alan (photographed above with the High Bailiff) concluded by giving an insight into the contemporary functions of the hall, Guild Hall garden and the role of the Court Leet.
Acting Chairman John Stott thanked the speakers for their talk; Dawn was presented with a planted basket and Alan with a bottle of wine. Margaret Twigg ran a lucky draw which raised £72 where every ticket was a "winner", be it a bottle of champagne or a pink panther biscuit!!  The fund raising evening raised over £300 which will cover the final cost of the information board which is due to be installed in January 2010.
Margaret Twigg - Henley & Beaudesert Society Representative on JPC's market Cross Project

Homeless Shed with useful tools & lawnmower

Letter to all Members & Friends of HAAGC

photoMost of you will know that in the last few months a shed and a large quantity of tools have been donated to the Henley-in-Arden Allotments and GArdening Club by generous well wishers.

We have been in correspondence (three letters to date) with the JPC, asking if the shed (only 6 feet by 4 feet) can be placed on some spare space on the Allotment site. We have explained that we are happy for any Allotment holder to use the tools/lawn mower etc whether they are a member of the HAAGC or not. We have also explained that only Plot Holders can visit the shed or use the tools (ie there is no intention to have HAAGC members who are not Plot holders going up to the Allotment site).

The Clerk of the JPC (Ms Jenny Walsh) has written to us stating that there is no spare space on this large site for our small shed, even though there obviously is.

However, what is of more concern is that she also states that the Council will never permit communal use by plotholders of a shed on any Allotment Plot.

In our letter to her we explained that all we want to do is to provide a free resource to Plot holders and also help to create a Community/Allotment spirit.

One of the Plot holders has offered to place the shed on his plot but the Clerk has said that this offer would be declined as all sheds (for which permission must be sought from the JPC) must only be for personal use.

Councils throughout England and Wales encourage and support Allotment Holders to “help themselves” and create thriving Allotments and so you can imagine how surprised we have been by the JPC’s response to our request to share resources and minimise costs for plotholders by providing access to tools etc.


  1. What do we do with the shed and tools?
  2. Do we just give up on this matter? (and burn the shed!!)

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated

Yours Despairingly

Anne Dorow
Chairman HAAGC

Young Leaders Are A Credit To The Tennis Club

Henley Tennis Club has continued its success in training a further group of young sports leaders. This time the course was held for 10 - 13 year olds and gave all leaders a chance to improve their communication, leadership and organisation. In total 15 young leaders attended the course delivered by a recognised Sports Leaders Tutor.


Pictured are some of the Young Leaders who participated in the course receiving their Sports Leaders Certificate with Neil Supperstone who helped deliver the course.

Neil comments "the leaders have been a real credit working towards achieving their own individual goals. You could definitely see a massive improvement in their leadership skills from the start of the course to the end and I will certainly be hoping to use them in the future. In fact, one of the young leaders has already volunteered his time to help umpire at numerous competitions."

Those leaders who may want to put their skills into practice or just play some sport can attend the Christmas Sports Camp held at Warwickshire College on Mon 21st, Tue 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December 2009. The sports club for 4 - 14 year olds is held indoors and outdoors and gives children the opportunity to take part in a real mixture of sports and indoor games including football, tennis, hockey, cricket, extreme dodgeball and much more as well as Arts & Crafts.

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

Jane Palmer reporting

Friends of the Guild Hall Lunch


On Sunday the 11th November fourty-eight people met for a reception drink in the Guild Hall before adjourning to Stockton House to consume a sumptuous four course meal, with a main course of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding! The meal was cooked by none other than Henley’s own super chef, Sue Dalby. Sue, not only gave up her valuable leisure time to cook for us but also sponsored the event.

The lunch raised £900, valuable funds for The Guild Hall Charitable Trust. The Trust, as many of you know, is responsible for the upkeep of the Guild Hall and is in need of replacing some of its reserve capital, capital much depleted through having to make extensive repairs to the Hall following the July 07 floods.

The High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, used the occasion of the lunch to launch the idea of a ‘Friends of the Guild Hall’, a fund raising scheme run by a group of Guild members, who would willingly help with the task of marketing the Guild Hall. The idea is to develop ways in which the general public can make personal donations, sponsor fund raising events or gift aid financial support for the upkeep of our ancient Guild Hall.

The Guild Hall is your heritage, help The Trust preserve this gem of a building - the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Henle-in- Arden.

Roger Sutton reporting

HADS Next Production - The Three Musketeers


HADS are pleased to announce their next production ‘The Three Musketeers’.  This is the classic tale given the Pantomime treatment, and will be presented from Wednesday 16th December until Saturday 19th in the Memorial Hall, Henley. 

There will be a Matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm (the evening performance for Saturday will be at 8pm rather than the usual 7.30pm).
The seating for this show will be at tables and you are encouraged to bring your own food and drink to enjoy.
Tickets are priced at £8 and £4 for children (under 16). They are available on the box office (tel: 01564 795463) or online

Our Website has been redeveloped recently and you will notice the changes.  All your old account information is still valid.  It is now easier to buy tickets, the process having been much simplified.  As usual, if anyone has any problems at all in this respect please do not hesitate to contact us using the information on the website.

We hope to see you at the production.
Tony Capps HADS

'Stratford Herald' News Editor Weds






The Stratford Herald news editor Philippa Prankard, daughter of Richard and Debra Prankard of Stratford, married Marcus Mingins, son of the late Robert Mingins of Stratford, at St Nicholas Church in Loxley.




The bride was given away by her father and best man was the groom’s younger brother Julian Mingins. The church service was followed by a reception at the Vintner wine bar in Stratford.





The couple honeymooned in Tuscany and have made their home in Henley. Philippa regularly reports on events in Henley including the Parish Council meetings.

Request from Australia

John Buckler of Victor Harbor, Australia writes, "Could you help me please with contacting Miles Macnair. The e-mail address on his website does not work. Has it changed?  I wanted some information about William James's wife, Dinah Tarlton."

Please send me the details and I will pass them on - Editor

Frontline Fashion comes to Henley

photoOn Saturday 14th November the town saw the opening of another new business on the High Street. Honey’s Lingerie Boutique opened its doors to the public but not before the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, accompanied by Low Bailiff, John Rutherford and Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, had had the pleasure of announcing the opening and cutting the customary white ribbon!

Customers were welcomed by proprietor, Vicki, handed a glass of champagne and invited to browse at leisure the array of sensational and seductive ‘top to bottom’ merchandise. This is truly a top-down, top-draw, shopping experience – therapy on the top floor, shoes, handbags, and accessories on the first floor and lingerie on the ground floor. Ooh la la!

We wish ‘Honey’s Lingerie Boutique’ every success with their investment and thank them for locating their business in Henley.

A note apart.
It was understood that the High Bailiff was exercising the very words he had spoken in his election address the previous Wednesday evening when he said, ‘He would do anything for a glass of champagne!’

Court Leet reporter

badgeTop Awards for Henley & Wootton Cubs

Three cubs, who are members of the 1st Henley and Wootton  Scout Troop, have worked hard of the last two and half years to achieve the Silver award.  This badge is the highest award available in the Cub Scout Section. It is gained by completing:

  • Creative Challenge
  • Community Challenge
  • Fitness Challenge
  • Global Challenge
  • Outdoor Challenge
  • Promise Challenge

The boys photographed are Jack Austin, Christopher Langford and Keiran Mallinson. They started as beavers and have now moved on to the Scouts section. All three boys have worked hard and contributed a great deal to Cubs and should be very proud of their achievement.


Henley High School Seeks Trust Status

logoThe world of School Finance is grim and getting grimmer. To give us a chance of controlling costs and maybe raising extra funds for pupil education we are taking an option offered to us by the Government to become a trust school. The process involves becoming a foundation school and setting up a trust that the school “adopts”.

Once this happens a charitable trust linked to the school will own the land, buildings and assets of the school. As a registered charity the trust will be able to seek funds for the development of the school from sources currently unavailable to us. Our objective is a simple one. We want to take whatever steps we can to allow Henley High School to develop as a hub for lifelong learning for the whole community. From the school's point of view this means forming close links with our feeder primary schools, with Stratford College and Coventry University, and with Warwickshire Primary Care Trust.

As an example of how we expect things to develop, we have agreed to redevelop our Library as an IT Learning Resource Centre for us, our feeder schools and the Local Community. This is jointly funded by Henley High and the schools in our Extended Schools Cluster. So far we have carried out all the preparation work and have been given permission to become a trust, but we have decided to extend the “consultation” period to allow everyone who wishes to express an opinion ample opportunity to do so.

We will take a decision to go ahead, in principle, on December 3rd. Unfortunately the Chair of our Trust Committee has had to resign due to ill health and we will not be rushing to activate full trust status until we have been able to find a replacement. I would like to take this opportunity to say that if anyone would like to invite me to speak or answer questions about Henley High School, Trust Status, or any aspect of the school’s activities that impact on the community, I will be happy to put time aside to do so

Tim Sturges - Chair of Governors, Henley High School.

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Japan Comes to Henley

photoWasabi Sushi & Noodle Bar is the first Japanese Restaurant in Henley-In-Arden, with another branch in Aberystwyth, Wales.


Serving authentic Japanese cuisine with a British touch in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.  Japanese cuisine is famous for its ability to delight a gourmet and satisfy even the most health-conscious diner.  It is not just 'raw fish' but so much more..so come and explore the delicious and interesting food at Wasabi.  

For Table Reservations & Take Away Orders, please call 01564 793745

Businessman Shortlisted for 2 Awards

logoHenley businessman Bill Leech is aiming to make it a double at the 2010 Midlands Business Awards having won his way through to the final five in the Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year section and also the Networker of the Year section.

His firm, the Henley Business Group, is a specialist business broker helping owners of companies to sell their businesses, normally in the manufacturing, distribution or service sectors. It also helps owners looking to sell part of their business to raise new equity.

The awards, now in their fourth year, culminate in a gala dinner and ceremony to be held on Friday 29th January 2010 at the NEC Hilton Metropole Hotel.

Bluebell December Magic

pictureThe Bluebell presents the perfect British Christmas get together with friends in quirky and sumptuous surroundings.

Enjoy a festive afternoon tea by the fire including mince pies and Champagne, fine finger sandwiches and cup cakes or choose from two fabulously seasonal menus created by head chef Rob Round.

Experience dishes like silky soft venison carpaccio or beer braised pheasant with leek and bacon mash and thyme cream and get your seasonal sweet sugar fix from the date and brandy bread and butter pudding with rum and raisin ice cream. Delicious!

3 course festive menus run throughout December and start at £22. A la carte also available for tables of 6 or less.

Christmas Day at the Bluebell becomes more magical than ever. The fire is roaring and complimentary mince pies are on the bar for all to share. The door opens at midday when the pub is instantly filled with a festive atmosphere, ladies looking elegant, gents sharing a joke and children giggling. Cask ales, homemade spiced mulled wine and Champagne are consumed in copious amounts before the rabble disappears to gorge themselves on their own festive lunch at home – splendid!

Join us for Boxing day lunch 12-4pm; relax and unwind after the hectic Christmas rush.

"The best of British": Birmingham Post
Newcomer of the Year, The Publican Awards 2008
Best Dining Pub, Warwickshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2008
Dining Pub of the Year, Coventry & Warwickshire Food & Drink Awards 2008/2009
Featured in The Good Food Guide 2009/10 & The Good Pub Guide 2009/10

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EU Adopts Euro-English

flagThe European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would become known as 'Euro-English' .

In the first year 'S' will replace the soft 'c'. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard 'c' will be dropped in favour of 'k'. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome 'ph' will be replaced with 'f'. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent 'e' in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing 'th' with 'z' and 'w' with 'v'. During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary 'O kan be dropd from vords kontaining 'ou' and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi TU understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

*Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

Let a Light Shine for Your Loved Ones

posterIt’s that time of year again and all over the world thousands of Christmas trees will be illuminated to celebrate Christmas and loved ones. But it is also a difficult time for many as family and friends they love won’t be present for any number of reasons.

In Warwick’s Market Square, the Rotary Club and the Mayor have erected their own Lights of Love Christmas tree and they invite you to honour, remember or celebrate someone you love this year.

Rotarian organiser Moira Bailey said, "It is a lovely way to remember in public something which is very personal. It is inspiring rather than sad and last year hundreds of people visited the tree as every name and greeting is hung on the tree with a red tie. Last year we had over 350 names and raised over £2500 from donations". The names are also held in reception at the Shire Hall.

Our dedication service held on Sunday 13th December at 4.40pm prompt in the Market Square is very poignant and it is important to the community to come together and share in this kind of way at this time of year.

The lights are switched on at Warwick’s Victorian night, Thursday 26th November at 7.15pm.

This year the suggested donation of £5 per name will go to the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and to Warwick Hospital Cancer Unit for their Breast Cancer Appeal.

Forms are available at the Post Office, Market Square. Claridges in Market St and Torry’s DIY in West Street. Or call Moira on 01926 410 547 for a form to be posted out.

Moira Bailey - Rotary Club of Warwick

From Our Young Correspondent

Henley Primary visit Hampton Court Palace

photoWhen we got to Hampton Court Palace, we went to the maze and I thought I was lost but I wasn’t because I saw all my friends right in the heart of the maze.

My favourite parts of Hampton Court Palace were the kitchens because we were able to see the different kinds of food Henry VIII would have eaten! He mostly ate pies!

Later, we went to the Haunted Gallery. I thought the portraits were very interesting. I thought the Haunted Gallery was very exciting because I was walking where Henry VIII would have walked.

I was exhausted by the end of the day but I had really enjoyed myself!

By Olivia Cox-Jones – Age 9

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Cyclo-Cross Returns To Stratford

photoCyclo Cross has returned to the area as Stratford Cycle Club hosts its annual cyclo cross at Norgren Social Club at Shipston on Stour. Cyclo-cross is especially suitable for children and suits both boys and girls who perhaps prefer individual sports.

Since the Beijing Olympics last year and with the help of both national and also Stratford District Council support, cycling for all ages across the nation has increased hugely in popularity. For anyone thinking of having a go at competitive cycling this is a great for both adults and children of all ages, regardless of previous experience.

For Children, this is part of the British Cycling “Go-Ride” scheme, a national scheme which gives children a taste of cycle racing activities, in a traffic free environment, with training and coaching delivered by approved and qualified British Cycling coaches. Stratford CC has its own ‘Go-Ride’ set up including qualified coaches who have been funded by Stratford District Council as part of their commitment to offering more varieties of sport to young people.

The event took place on Sunday 22nd November and the venue is Norgren Sports Ground, off Pittway Avenue, Campden Road , Shipston on Stour.

The event was sponsored by Johnsons Coach Travel and all children who complete their race won an early Christmas Present!

President returns to see Claverdon win over Bredon




Claverdon RFC President and Henley resident Basil Sayer celebrated his return to the club recently.  In our picture, right, he is seen with club chairman Duncan Nealon.
Basil spent four months at University Hospital Coventry having contracted Guillain Barré syndrome on his return from a visit in June to watch the British & Irish Lions in South Africa.  

He was on a life support system for several days.  He is now back at home in Henley and is expected to make a full recovery.








Claverdon RFC maintained their unbeaten run in the league with a win over Bredon Star who up to now have also been unbeaten.

A hard fought match that showed that this season Claverdon do have what it takes to aim for promotion.
Picture by Will Barnes shows young Josh Noble running to score a try for Claverdon.

Will Barnes reporting








We start young, training the next generation at Claverdon RFC.

Claverdon Mini Rugby Match U8s.

Claverdon won against Evesham 9-5.

Brian Westmacott reporting

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John Garner's Business Column

Another spoonful

John GarnerSome weeks ago I mentioned the ascent of the then Srallan Sugar to the House of Lords as Baron Sugar of Clapton. You will recall he was to become the government’s Enterprise Champion or “Tsar” (but he doesn’t like being called a Tsar). It’s difficult to see what his role is supposed to be but he’s not alone in that.

Recently he’s been airing his views about small business owners. He’s described them (does he mean us?) as “a bunch of moaners who live in Disneyland and wrongly think it's up to the government and banks to support their businesses”. Funny that, I thought the government wanted the banks to support small businesses.

Last week he addressed an audience of some 300 entrepreneurs at the British Library in London for Global Entrepreneurship Week. This was billed as a “worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people, with millions unleashing their enterprising talents and turning their ideas into reality”. Don’t worry, I hadn’t heard about it either – too busy trying to be an entrepreneur.

He was there to offer some useful advice to would be millionaires and indeed he apparently did so. Unfortunately though, the event will be remembered for his angry attacks on members of the audience. In one particular case a member of the audience dared to question Sugar’s statement that to start a business it is vital to have real, practical experience in the relevant sector. Sugar launched a scathing tirade against him. "You're wrong!", he shouted adding: "I won't have you poisoning the minds of young people in this audience."

Strong stuff. And there’s plenty of examples to suggest his lordship is wrong on this one. Apparently that wasn’t the only controversial moment; several other people got a tongue lashing. Just the way to motivate young business people!

So what’s he for then? Blowed if I know. Mayb his friend Gordon should tell him to step down.

His own words may yet come to haunt him: “Sugar, you’re …………”  Oh go on, you know what comes next.

John Garner

Make Henley Greener
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Doesn’t It Use More if You Turn It Off ??

Several people have asked me recently whether it is better to turn things off or leave them on. The answer is, always turn them off. There is a popular belief that having turned something like central heating off, it uses more to heat the house up when you turn it on again. It is certainly true that the heating works hard to reheat the house (see further info below) but, the combined effect of a period with the heating off  followed by a warm up always uses less energy than if you had just left it running. This means less cost and less CO2. It applies to hot water tanks too.

The simple logic is that when something is off it isn’t using anything. So even if you are only going out for an hour, its worth turning the central heating off or down. Turning down has nearly the same effect as turning it off because when you turn it down, the heating stops using fuel until the house has cooled to the lower temperature you just set. Provided you turn it down by about 5 degrees C or more, no fuel will be used for many hours because houses and hot water tanks cool fairly slowly, especially if they are well insulated.  

The ‘uses more if you turn it off’ has even been said about lights.  With lights, there is a brief small surge of extra electricity when you switch on, but this surge is only slightly above the normal power of the light and lasts for less than second. The extra power used at start up is therefore tiny compared to what can be saved by turning off as soon as you’ve finished with the light.
So, whatever it is, switch off. If it’s electrical, switch it off at the wall socket. Many electrical things are not completely off unless you switch off at the wall.
To sum up,  it definitely uses less if you turn it off.

Further info.
To see how hard our heating works during a start up, I arranged a method of measuring the amount of time the boiler was actually burning fuel. During steady state running it was burning fuel for about 3 minutes in every 20 minutes i.e. about 9 minutes per hour. After an overnight shutdown, it worked hard by burning continuously for 27.5 minutes. The total time of the shutdown plus the 27.5 minute start up burn was 9.23 hrs so the average fuel burn time for the shutdown and reheat was about 3 minutes per hour. This is not quite the whole story because at the end of the start up burn, the rooms we were heating were not back up to temperature. Including the additional fuel burn times until the rooms were at temperature gave an average fuel burn for the complete shutdown and recovery of 3.9 minutes per hour. This is still very much less than the 9 minutes per hour that would have been burned if we had not turned off. It definitely used a lot less by turning it off.
You might wonder why the boiler burns for only 9 minutes per hour. The reasons are:-
1 The weather is not especially cold at the moment. If it were freezing outside, the burn time would roughly double.  
2 We only heat the part of the house we really need to have warm so only 3 radiators are on.
3 The house is much better insulated than when the boiler was originally chosen 30 years ago ( when we replace the old 24 kW boiler next year, the new one will be sized at 15 kW)

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Stratford District Council

Laurence Marshall
Laurence Marshall
S Thirlwell
Stephen Thirlwell

Councillor Laurence Marshall reports

Enforcement Update

Just to set the record straight, in my capacity as Ward Member I was asked by the District Council’s Enforcement Officer to comment on the proposed issue of a Listed Buildings Enforcement Notice alleging Unauthorised Advertisement on the High Street and its alleged detrimental impact on the amenity of the High Street.

In order to be totally open about my view I read out the response I had given to the Enforcement Officer at the Parish Council Meeting on Monday 16th November.

It read as follows:-

I’m a little bit uncomfortable about this type of Enforcement Notice. On one hand we are trying to encourage new business to the High Street and in these difficult times businesses have to be imaginative about the way they promote their businesses. Obviously these things are all very subjective and there is a tipping point but, on balance I do not believe there is a detrimental impact on the amenity of the High Street in this instance and I believe we should be supporting new businesses rather than ‘getting their backs up’.

In the past, similar comments were made about The Bluebell Public House and their choice of colour scheme but, whilst I do feel we have to protect the amenity of the High Street, I also believe we have to be realistic about what we are trying to achieve. The colour scheme chosen for Cafe 34 and the adjoining fashion shop aren’t to my own personal taste and neither is that of the new lingerie shop but these things are subjective and either way they have far less impact on the High Street than three empty shops and a boarded up pub would have.

I would also like to use Henley News Online to report on the comments I made to the Chief Fire Officer concerning the Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service Improvement Plan.

As part of the consultation process a meeting was held at Henley High School on Wednesday 18th November. The meeting was not very well attended but that was probably because Henley Fire Station’s future is secure and residents possibly did not immediately consider the closure of other stations such as Studley and the impact that this could have on our local service.

These were the comments I made to the Chief Fire Officer following the meeting:-

  1. Given the emphasis on the need to improve the current level of operational training to reflect the‘skills decline’, I do not consider the use of (and I quote) ‘Highly Trained and Multi Skilled fire officers’ to fit thousands of smoke detectors and act as community or social workers to be an effective use or resources. I fully agree and accept that these areas of work are high priority but suggest that this type of work could be easily outsourced to a less skilled and hence less costly labour source.

  2. I could not support any Plan that actually forecasts a poorer incident response time as this is a key indicator of loss of life, injury and property damage.

  3. The proposed Improvement Plan also misses the opportunity to narrow the inequality gap in rural service provision and response times when compared to urban provision.

Laurence Marshall

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is extending the recycling scheme it offers to residents in the District by now including softer plastics from 1st December (see list below).

Recycling rates have reached a record 63% with now over half of the District household waste being recycled, re-used or composted, compared to 47% previously. The rise is due to the District Council’s new refuse and recycling service and the introduction of the blue-lidded recycling bins, which is now being extended further.

“Stratford-on-Avon District Council is already one of the top performing Councils for recycling but by extending the present recycling service we want to improve this further and we know this will be widely welcomed by District residents. Extending our recycling service to include other types of plastics will help us to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, which is good news all round,” says Cllr Simon Jackson, Environment Portfolio.

"Our recycling figures are really encouraging and it demonstrates that people are really taking the recycling message on board and taking positive action to help us in our continuing quest to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill as well as safeguarding the environment. We aim to reach the 65% figure next year and with further improvements to come in future years I believe the prospect of recycling 75% of our waste could well be within reach. I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone in the District who has contributed to the success so far. If they continue to make such an excellent effort we can achieve even greater heights in the future.”

The new extended service will now include:

•Clean Aluminium foil
•Clean Yoghurt pots and margarine tubs
•Clean Plastic food containers

But not plastic food wrapping (cling film) or carrier bags.

As part of the extended recycling scheme the District Council’s Cabinet has agreed additional funding to buy a small number of additional bins to help larger households contain their recycling. The District Council has also been successful in a bid for further funding to purchase some smaller bins which will better suit the needs of already identified households.

All the recycling material collected is sent to the Pure Recycling facility at Ettington where the District's recycling is sorted and bulked for onward transportation for re-use.

Joint Parish Council Watch

“Lingerie, Lap Dancing and Flooding”

In my original letter to HNOL I urged residents to attend a JPC meeting. How many of you went to the meeting on the 16th November? Unfortunately I couldn’t go as I wasn’t well. Sorry I didn’t practise what I preached. For those of you who did go, were you able to answer my question “How has the existing JPC got us into such a state?" What was the meeting like? Was it chaired properly and fairly? Did all the Councillors participate in discussions?

I see in the Stratford Herald that the JPC Clerk has been at it again. Apparently, she has written to the Head of Planning at Stratford District Council complaining about the exteriors of two new businesses in Henley. The article says one business was Bespoke Curtains and Blinds and the other is the brand new Honeys Lingerie Boutique.

As I was taking my dog for a walk I looked at these two shop fronts and saw nothing worse than the existing frontage of Somerfields or the fish and chip shop. In fact, I thought Honeys was quite interesting! I know most of us wish to retain the so called “historic image” of Henley but surely it is better to have shops and jobs in Henley.  I also believe the owners of Honeys Lingerie Boutique actually live in Henleyunlike many other Henley business owners.

Where has common sense gone?

At the JPC meeting Parish Councillors Leech and Matheou and District Councillor Marshall appeared to support these new business ventures and apparently said shop colour schemes were not that important. So why is the Clerk writing to the District Council? Were the whole JPC consulted on this matter? If we were going to have a “lap dancing” club as they are in Solihull, I could understand a few eyebrows being raised!

Finally, I assume you saw the reports about the recent floods around the UK and, like me, remembered our own flood in 2007. What has the JPC done to help prevent floods in Henley? I understand one of the primary causes of the 2007 flood was the small bridge near the Bird in Hand pub which easily becomes blocked and cannot take the full flow of water coming off the hills. The water is forced onto the main A3400 and then flows down into the High Street. It’s over two years since the last flood and I don’t believe the bridge problem has been addressed.

Instead of spending time and resources dealing with shop fronts why doesn’t the JPC help to address the major threats to the town?

Harry Allison

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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.

Our meeting on Tuesday 1st December will be Christmas celebrations and all members are asked to bring some food for the party to be held in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 pm. There will be entertainment to follow with a team of handbell ringers. Visitors are welcome to join us for the Group Carol Service in St. John’s Church from 3.00 pm on Sunday 13th December with the Tanworth WI Choir.

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).

8th December – Christmas Dinner and Annual General Meeting, 7.00 pm at Henley Golf Club.

10th December – Christmas Party with entertainment.

Come along to our Annual General Meeting, which is short and informal and will be followed by Social Time and Quiz. Members are asked to bring a plate of food to the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 15th December from 7.45 pm.

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.

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 lighting 5.00 pm, fireworks 6.30 pm. 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 603 8577 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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