Christmas According to Christians in Henley
THE RECTOR HELPS TO EXPLAIN WHY JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
you remember the turn of the Millennium – the changing of
centuries from the 20th to the 21st? Was it really 10 years ago? I
remember the High School Hall being decked with greenery as we gathered
to celebrate the significant moment in history. And yet there was
nothing significant about it – just a number. The hype, leading
up the new Millennium, threatened us with all kinds of disasters
– the Millennium Bug was going to bring all computers – and
the world – to a standstill…but nothing happened.
Significant moments do happen, but they don’t happen so neatly or
The most significant moment in all
history took place when Jesus Christ was born; we’re not sure
exactly where or exactly when, but Jesus’ arrival on earth was
truly world-changing. Even people who are not religious concede that
Jesus turned the course of history. History is full of important
moments when discoveries have been made or things invented, or natural
calamities have shaken us or political eras have started, but Jesus has
changed billions of people’s understanding of life, death and
beyond because he changed our understanding of God. Over the centuries,
Jesus’ story has been manipulated and abused by evil people who
have used religion to spread fear, hatred and misery, but Jesus’
own thorough goodness keeps shining through…and he makes each
one of us feel good about ourselves.
In that significant moment so many years
ago, Jesus stepped out of eternity to spend time with us and to help us
realise that life, with all its joys and sorrows, is good. When
sometimes all the odds are stacked up against us, and we are tempted to
think that life is worthless and without purpose, Jesus arrives and
turns our despair into dancing. At Christmas we remember that
significant arrival years ago; but we also say ‘Come to my heart,
Lord Jesus; there is room in my heart for thee’.
Wishing you a good Advent & Christmas!
MAYBE - A Poem for Advent
Maybe it is in the waiting for God, not in the wandering from store to store, that we find our way.
Maybe it is in the friendship of God, not in the frenzy of the crowds, that we are led to the manger.
Maybe it is in the steadfast love of God, and not in the pile of stuff under the tree, that we find
what we have been searching for all our lives.
Maybe, just maybe, God of Advent, this year will be different. Maybe, just maybe, we will
let you lead us to Bethlehem.
Thom M. Shuman (from Candles and Conifers by Ruth Burgess. Wild Goose publications 2005)
OPPORTUNITIES TO WORSHIP THE NEWBORN KING AT ST JOHN’S
8 am Holy Communion
10 am Holy Communion
6.30 pm 9 Lessons & Carols by Candlelight
5 pm Candlelit Children’s Service
11 pm Midnight Communion
8 am Holy Communion
10 am Family Communion
John Pudney - Religious Affairs Correspondent
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
The season of good will is upon
us. I have been asked by the ‘Henley Combined Charities’ to
play Father Christmas and visit a number of needy people in the town to
wish them ‘A Merry Christmas’ and to leave each person a
small monetary gift to help them over the festive season. You may be
pleased to know that there are no bankers on the list this year!
‘Merry Christmas and a more prosperous 2010’.
|Roger Sutton - High Bailiff|
Photo Alan Robson
Johnsons grand ‘Firework Finale’
Johnsons are to end their special
centenary year with a “Firework Finale” to be held at their
depot on Liveridge Hill, Henley-in-Arden on Saturday 19th December.
In addition to Fireworks there will be a
host of attractions including funfair rides, live music, games,
seasonal treats, food and mulled wine.
Tickets for adults are £3.00 and
concessions £2.00, which can be purchased in advance by visiting
their offices or calling 01564 797051 or visitors can pay on entry.
Gates open at 4.30pm, lighting the bonfire
at 5.00pm & fireworks at 6.30pm. Parking is free at their depot or
a free shuttle bus will be available from opposite the Three Tuns in
Henley High Street.
All proceeds from this event will go to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance – Johnsons' chosen charity for their special year.
Johnsons set a fund raising target of
£10,000 and to date have raised over £12,000 from a gala
dinner, family fun day and numerous events put on by the staff,
together with general donations and they hope that this last event will
swell the funds considerably.
Lost & Found
FOUND: WEDDING/BIRTHDAY card from JOHN
& PADDY GULLIVER, including contents, found in pouring rain on
Henley High Street, may be collected from Henley Ice Cream parlour, 152
High Street, Henley in Arden. Contents and 'to whom' must be
verified on collection.
Please call 01564 795172 if you know who these people are. Many thanks.
Cindy Brittan - Henley Ice Cream Limited
St John's Quiz Night
teams from in and around the town joined in friendly rivalry on
Saturday night to become the Quiz Night Champions. The teams included
the W.I., Henley-in-Bloom, 2 teams from St. John’s Choir,
Missions and Charities Group (St. John’s), Town Improvement
Committee, Alcester Male Voice Choir (their team captain comes from
Henley), Henley Allotment and Garden Club, Henley Drama Society, as
well as groups of families and friends.
The teams faced questions from Quizmaster
Diane Bayley on History, Geography, Art, Literature, General Knowledge,
T.V. and Film while Margrit Johnson vetted the answers and kept the
score. Everyone had time to relax at half-time with a Ploughman’s
Supper and an interval quiz.
The champion team, pictured right with Quizmaster Diane Bayley, was the Alcester Male Voice Choir, who won by only one point from the runners-up, the Missions and Charities Team from St. John’s Church.
Just over £400 was raised for church
funds and thanks must go to everyone who took part and especially to
those who helped before and after the event.
How well do you know your Shakespeare? One of the quizzes faced by the teams is printed below. Answers next time.
A SHAKESPEAREAN ROMANCE
The answer to each question is the name of one of Shakespeare’s plays
1. Who were the bride and groom?
2. When did he propose?
3. What did she reply?
4. From whom was the ring obtained?
5. Who were the chief guests?
6. Who were the bridegroom’s friends?
7. Who prepared the wedding breakfast?
8. Where did they live after marriage?
9. What was the honeymoon like?
10. How would you describe their first quarrel?
11. What was their married life like?
12. What was the bridegroom’s chief occupation?
13. In return she gave him….
14. What did their friends say?
Diane Bayley reporting
Villages Urged To Make Their Views Known
across Warwickshire are being urged to safeguard the future of their
rural communities by making known their views on key issues.
Warwickshire Rural Community Council point
out that many rural communities fail to take an active part in
consultations or campaigns aimed at bringing out change for good, and
believe that with better input from local villages, much more could be
done to improve the quality of rural life.
Now they have launched a new plan to
strengthen the voice of rural Warwickshire and are asking each and
every local community group to play their part by joining a new, free
register of supporters.
WRCC Chief Executive Kay Wilson said, "We
are an independent charity working to improve rural life for thousands
of people across the county in whatever way we can, whether it's
helping with the rescue of community buildings, setting up development
projects, supporting affordable housing or planning for the future with
regard to matters such as climate change.
"In order to effectively lobby local
authorities, funding organisations and government agencies to take
account of rural communities, we need to know exactly what villages up
and down Warwickshire think about a range of key issues. That's why we
are launching this new free register of supporters, which will provide
us with a means of communicating with Warwickshire's rural dwellers and
finding out what they have to say.
"It's a new idea and we hope it will be
successful because it's free and simple to join and the process of
consultation is extremely easy. Basically we will send out emails or
letters asking people what they think and then we will use the
statistical and analytical information to make representations to the
relevant decision makers."
The process is expected to be particularly
relevant to issues such as planning, community development projects and
housing, and also to the introduction of climate change measures.
WRCC's Senior Field Office Linda Ridgley said, "The government has
already set national targets for a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide
emissions by 2010, and 60% by 2050 - and these could have a
disproportionate effect on rural communities, seriously affecting their
future viability. We want to work on behalf of rural communities to
ensure they can ensure a sustainable future and to do that we need
information from those who will be affected."
To join the register of supporters, go to www.ruralwarwickshire.org.uk
Henley & Beaudesert Society November Meeting
Guarding the Queen
Lt Col Gerald Lesinski,
Master of The Lord Leycester Hospital, gave a highly entertaining talk
about guarding the Queen. He explained that this talk was created
because people were asking him more questions about his own life than
about the Lord Leycester Hospital.
Gerald gave a brief history of the Guards
including the reason why the oldest regiment, the Coldstream Guards,
are not the 1st regiment. The Coldstream Guards were created by
Cromwell under General Monck in 1650 but it surrendered to the Monarch
in 1661; however as the Monarch already had the Grenadiers, the
Coldstream guards became the second senior regiment. Even today their
motto is “second to none”, and when on parade they stand on
the extreme left of the line.
How to identify the different regiments:
Grenadier - Buttons evenly spaced - Badge: is a grenade
Coldstream - Buttons in pairs - Badge: Star order of the garter
Scots - Buttons in threes - Badge is a thistle
Irish - Buttons in fours - Badge is a shamrock
Welsh - Buttons in fives - Badge is a leek
Lifeguards - Scarlet Tunic, White plume in helmet
Blues & Royals - Dark Blue Tunic, Red plume in helmet
They types of instruments and regalia worn
by the military bands were explained along with the difference between
officers and the soldiers and state-dress. However in winter all the
guards wear the same Grey Single breasted Coats while the Officers wear
The Guards look after Buckingham Palace, The
Tower of London and Windsor Castle. Guards are inspected seven times
before they are allowed to take their place on parade. Gerald recounted
his own first experience of this, he was ‘jailed’ since one
button had slipped and was not the correct way round. He also described
a prank during the changing of the guards when the symbolic key to
Buckingham Palace was replaced with a string of sausages. Gerald
recounted many other very amusing incidents that either had happened to
him or that he had heard. What does a guardsman actually wear under his
grey coat? Why was the King wearing a bearskin whilst hoeing his
Despite the very entertaining tales, Gerald
explained that the Household cavalry and the Guards Regiments are first
and foremost operational soldiers. They serve today in Iraq and
Afghanistan and he was attending funerals of soldiers from his old
regiment in the coming week. He stated that they were capable of
responding to any threat and that Guards had stopped some 32 people who
had broken into the various palaces in the past year. Britain is the
only nation where the army in the capital city are not clearly visible
in tanks but are instead dressed up as a tourist attraction.
Pam Ford gave the vote of thanks and hoped
that he would return soon to speak again on his own experiences as a
Colonel. The meeting finished with refreshments and the usual friendly
Comment on High School Trust Status
Peter Crathorne writes in response to Henley High School’s article in the last edition.
I am the former chairman of governors and
resigned my post and position as a governor after a decision in
principle to seek Trust Status was taken by the Governing Body in July
2008. There are a number of concerns which may not be immediately
apparent as you read the article by the present chairman of governors;
I commend these areas of disquiet to you.
My major objection to the course of action
now to be taken by the school is in the second paragraph. “Once
this happens a charitable trust linked to the school will own the land,
buildings and assets of the school.” (Value? Circa £3m.)
Trustees appointed by the school and its partners, on activation, will
take possession from the present owners of the school. That’s us,
the residents of Warwickshire through our County Council. It’s
this organisation, our elected councillors, who take all the major
decisions concerning Henley High. If we didn’t like those
decisions we could demand our elected councillors did something about
it. When the trust takes over, faceless, unelected, self appointed
persons with no accountability to the community by election will be
making every important judgment that will affect our local school. Who
will we challenge then? The Governors of Henley High may say the
community will be consulted, but the track record so far does not give
confidence. Particularly as you read the article, they are offering
consultation after the decision has already been made (3rd December).
The school claims that new opportunities
will open up to raise extra finance for the school. I am not sure they
have any experience of the tough real world of grant applying where I
know from experience, as the chairman of Henley War Memorial Trust,
finance is very thinly spread. In any case the State School System
funded by the Government, through a democratic process in the longer
term means that every school will get a fair portion of what seems to
be an ever decreasing pot. The Foundation and Trust Status school is
based on "let’s grab a bigger share of the available pot and
leave other schools behind in the funding race". I cannot believe that
a “beggar my neighbour” process can be anything but
damaging for national and local education standards. While Henley might
benefit in the short term, what cost must be paid by the wider
educational community? I am sad that the current Governing Body,
representing as it should the parents and local community, has decided
to change to a corner shop school opting out of the larger educational
establishment which may contribute to what I fear will be a declining
education provision for the wider area. I hope the governors will even
now change their minds and the residents of Henley will be able to
welcome them back as our school. The lure of extra finance is too great
a price to pay.
Peter Crathorne is writing in a personal capacity.
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
We hope to see you at the production.
Tony Capps HADS
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Isitfair Campaign Reports a Success and a Warning
looks as though the request sent out to you all re Hesletine and
council tax has paid off. Many people have responded and written to
their MPs. One MPs response included the following - 'Caroline Spelman
MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government,
met recently with representatives of the Isitfair group. She has
informed me that this session proved to be extremely informative and
There was an Opposition debate on 8th December which included COUNCIL TAX.
Isitfair says 3% rise in council tax is unacceptable. So this Government thinks a 3% rise in council tax is OK.
Three percent is unacceptable for anyone this year when many are
receiving no rise in their income whatsoever. The rise in state
pensions does not cover this amount and the low paid
will struggle to pay any rise. I know that the immediate response from
the Government will be 'council tax benefit is available to those in
need' - but it is not.
The threshold for
pension credit has been raised to £10,000 and opens the gateway for thousands to receive benefits of all kinds. The threshold for council tax benefit has remained the same £16,000.
Sir Michael Lyons, in his inquiry which has
been almost ignored by Government, said that this ceiling should be
raised to £50,000 and eventually disappear - and that income
should be the only criterion for assessing entitlement to council tax
benefit. The Government should insist that there be no rises this year
on a tax that has been continually inflated by their own stealth. They
should also ensure that Government grant is distributed fairly to help
all councils in these straightened times.
As all averages, they do not often tell the full story. 4% sounds very good but many councils will receive much less and many councils will receive much more than that figure, depending on where you live. How can that be fair? There are rich and poor wherever you live in this country and the present system of grants is not fair.
The committee of Isitfair wish you all a good Christmas and a less fraught New Year.
Christine Melsom - Isitfair
Isitfair - The Nationwide Campaign Calling For The Reform Of The Council Tax System. Please visit www.isitfair.co.uk
Henley Rotarians Collect for Cumbria
Henley Rotarians will be making their annual charity street collection in the High Street on Saturday 19th December.
Responding to the call from Rotary's District 1190 (Cumbria), the club will be contributing a major proportion of the money raised directly to Rotary clubs in the flood-stricken areas of the Lake District, helping the many who have lost everything in homes devastated by the unprecedented rainfall.
It's incredible to think that 12 inches fell in one day. "We know about floods in Henley", commented club President David Brain, "but the scale of this disaster is almost beyond belief. Please be generous when you see us on the High Street. Rotarians up in Cumbria have been working round the clock and really living up to our motto of "Service Above Self". They need our support."
Henley High School Remembrance Evening
a wonderful, moving performance the pupils of Henley High School put on
for their Remembrance Evening. The actors portrayed what it was like
for an ordinary family, possibly even a Henley family, to cope with
living through the war. What it would be like to have a husband,
father, brother, uncle going off to fight and perhaps never coming
back. Extremely sensitively done, it was pleasing to see the old
and young of the Town working together. The Henley & District
British Legion joined in the performance by parading their Standard.
The next spectacular performance put on by
the pupils was The Wiz. What a lively, colourful, energetic performance
that was, involving pupils from every year. I attended on the last
night to a packed house and was amazed at the high standard that the
students produced yet again. I thought the four leading characters
performed like true professionals and would have done themselves credit
on any West End stage in London. Thanks must go to Mr Matt McCarthy as
Director and all behind the scene helpers, set design, music
(teachers), costumes, lighting and parents who acted as Taxis to the
The next performance that the Townspeople are invited to is a ‘Carols by Candlelight’ to be held at the school on 15th December. Wrap up well!
Henley High School has also recently
produced two young rugby players who deserve credit. Will Silk (scrum
half) got through trials and will represent District and Fred Styles
(outside centre) got through trials and will represent County. Well
done lads. Both play regularly at Claverdon Rugby Club which has a
thriving Junior and Mini Section and meets every Sunday Morning (11
– 12.30 p.m.). For further information, email the Chairman, Brian@Westmacotts.net
Sue Westmacott - Community Governor
There are so many "small minded people" in
this world that all seem to think they know best for the rest of the
community. My suggestion would be to remind anyone you speak to in any
government position that they are public servants there for the benefit
of the public at large.
We still live in a democracy and open debate along with freedom of
speech are still sacrosanct in this country. I further suggest the JPC
are asked to explain their position and to
justify it in public
This was actually taken from a passport application and copied by a member of staff.
I'm in the process of renewing my passport but I am at a total loss to
understand or believe the hoops I am being asked to jump through.
How is it that Bert Smith of TV Rentals
Basingstoke has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought
a satellite dish from them back in 1994 and yet the Government is still
asking me where I was born and on what date?
How come that nice West African
immigrant chappy who comes round every Thursday night with his DVD
rentals van can tell me every film or video I have had out since he
started his business up eleven years ago, yet you still want me to
remind you of my last three jobs, two of which were with contractors
working for the government?
How come the TV detector van can tell
if my TV is on, what channel I am watching and whether I have paid my
licence or not, and yet if I win the government run lottery they have
no idea I have won or where I am and will keep the bloody money to
themselves if I fail to claim in good time. Do you people do this by
You have my birth date on numerous
files you hold on me including the one with all the income tax forms
I've filed for the past 30-odd years. It's on my health insurance card,
my driving licence, on the last four passports I've had, on all those
stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being
allowed off the planes and boats over the last 30 years and all those
insufferable census forms that are done every ten years and the
electoral registration forms I have to complete, by law, every time our
lords and masters are up for re-election.
Would somebody please take note, once
and for all, I was born in Maidenhead on the 4th of March 1957, my
mother's name is Mary, her maiden name was Reynolds, my father's name
is Robert and I'd be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between
now and the day I die!
I apologise Minister. I'm obviously not
myself this morning. But between you and me, I have simply had enough!
You mail the application to my house then you ask me for my address.
What is going on? Do you have a gang of Neanderthals working there?
Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don't want to
activate the Fifth Reich for God's sake! I just want to go and park my
weary backside on a sunny, sandy beach for a couple of weeks
well-earned rest away from all this crap.
Well, I have to go now because I have
to go to back to Salisbury and get another copy of my birth certificate
because you lost the last one. AND to the tune of 60 quid! What a
racket THAT is!! Would it be so complicated to have all the services in
the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?
But nooooo, that'd be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You'd rather
have us running all over the place like chickens with our heads cut
off, then find some tosser to confirm that it's really me on the damn
picture - you know... the one where we're not allowed to smile in case
we look as if we are enjoying the process! Hey, you know why we can't
smile? 'Cause we're totally jacked off!
I served in the armed forces for more
than 25 years including over ten years at the Ministry of Defence in
London. I have had security clearances which allowed me to sit in the
Cabinet Office, five seats away from the Prime Minister while he was
being briefed on the first Gulf War and I have been doing volunteer
work for the British Red Cross ever since I left the Services. However,
I have to get someone 'important' to verify who I am - you know,
someone like my doctor... who, before he got his medical degree 6
months ago WAS LIVING IN PAKISTAN...
An Irate British Citizen
From Our Youngest Correspondent
Henley Primary goes to war!
On Tuesday 20th October, Year Five and Year
Six dressed up as evacuees from The Second World War. In the morning we
went into the hall and created our own mini Anderson shelters complete
with back gardens. We had lots of materials to use including wire,
paint, lolly pop sticks and straw.
After lunch we all went into the Year Six
classroom and we had a tea dance. We had to dance with a partner, which
was a lot of fun!
Then we were allowed to drink cups of tea and eat Victoria sponge cake. It was just like the tea dances in the war!
I really enjoyed the whole day and thought everyone looked wonderful in their costumes.
By Annalise Barry - Aged 10
Letters to the Editor
Flooding in Henley
is a locally based flood protection company that specialises in the
supply of temporary and demountable flood protection devices for homes
and businesses. It is our contention that the insurance industry is the
key to solving the flood issues for property owners in the UK. Why they
do not share the cost of preventative measures as they do with burglary
is beyond me.
Yet even in the words of one of their senior executives "don't wait for
government to protect you". This is even more relevant in today's
economic climate. There is not enough money from government to fund the
majority of the grand multi-million pound schemes they have planned and
the maintenance costs of those in place is spiraling.
Most of these schemes are for long term solutions in 1, 2, 5 or 10
years time. If you don't protect yourselves you WILL flood again. Maybe
a better explanation of probabilities will
focus people's minds. A 1 in a 50 year flood event doesn't mean it will
only happen once in your lifetime. It really means there is a 2% chance
it will happen EVERY year.
You might be pleased to know that our advice is free and comes without obligations.
John Alexander www.revetment.uk.com/
Japan Comes to Henley
I paid my first visit to Wasabi Sushi & Noodle Bar on Wednesday night. Where were the rest of you? Just the two of us and the staff.
It did give us a great opportunity to explore the menu though. So many new names and foods to choose from.
Ronnie Miah is the owner and front of house and a great host. Thuya Aung is the head chef and hails from Burma (I think).
Great food and although they are still awaiting their alcohol licence a it is a great place to try something new.
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Green Bus Grant for Johnsons
Johnsons have been given the green
light by the Department for Transport who will issue a grant to the
company for over £280,000 to spend on electric buses.
Pete Johnson, Operations Director of
Johnsons Coach & Bus, said “I must emphasise that this
project is at a very early stage, we have a while to take advantage of
the grant and much work to be done beforehand, including operating
trials, viability studies and further discussions with interested
partners including Warwickshire County Council.
The vehicles we are looking to purchase,
Optare Solo EVs, look identical to those currently operating the
Stratford Park & Ride except that they are battery powered, which
means that they consume much less CO2 and do not emit any polluting
gases. The exciting thing is that, as the technology is expensive, we
now have the means to follow up a successful trial with
purchases”. He went on to say “This is a challenging
project for us, but we do take environmental issues very seriously and
as a company are totally committed to a greener future”.
It is understood that once these vehicles
come into operation, Johnsons will be one of the first bus operators to
run electric vehicles on a commercial service in the UK.
Six of the Best as Unbeaten Claverdon Roar to Top
CLAVERDON RFC 49 - BROMYARD 13
Man of the match - Conor Smith
Try Scorers - Johnson x 2, Noble x 2, Westmacott, Horswill
Conversion - Barton x 5
Penalties - Barton x 3
roared to the top of the league after a fine victory over title rivals
Bromyard at Ossets Hole on Saturday. Following on from the victory away
at Bredon Star two weeks ago, Claverdon once again put on an impressive
performance to send a clear message of intent to the rest of the league.
Johnson, Smith, Westmacott and Knight all returned to the starting line
up and captain Horswill moved to the flank as Claverdon once again
showed their tremendous squad strength.
The game started at a typical high tempo as both sides tried to run the
ball at every opportunity. With the head to heads at two a piece
between the sides in recent seasons, it was key for Claverdon to gain
the early advantage and it was Barton, taking over the kicking duties
from new dad Wyllie, who obliged with two early penalty kicks. 6-0
Claverdon. Shortly after Claverdon added their first try through centre
Westmacott. After a good movement down the right-hand side, involving
excellent interchange play from Johnson, Knight, Carruthers and
Skinner, Grimsley weighted a perfect pass to Westmacott who broke the
line to score just right of the posts. Barton added the conversion,
Claverdon and Bromyard then exchanged
penalties before Bromyard added their second penalty kick as Claverdon
were penalised again for blocking from the restart; 16-6 to Claverdon.
Under inspirational leadership from Horswill and Skinner, who were both
having exceptional games, Claverdon begin to exert more pressure onto
Bromyard. Grimsley, Williams and Skinner were dominating the lineout
and Claverdon were more than holding their own in the scrum under the
stewardship of Carruthers. Good runs from Noble and then Austin saw
Claverdon make good ground as Bromyard struggled to cope with
Claverdon's attacking prowess. Every time Bromyard tried to clear their
line Wilder and Bennett gathered well and started Claverdon on another
attack with their abundance of pace. Scrum-half Smith was also making
an impressive return to action. Quick thinking by Smith saw him beat
three Bromyard players before popping the ball to Noble who powered
over, under the posts, from five metres. Barton, having an excellent
game, added the conversion, 23-6 to Claverdon.
Bromyard, visibly rocked by Claverdon's
wave after wave of attack, briefly tried to rally and were having one
of their few periods of good phase play when a massive joint tackle
from Horswill and Noble saw their powerful centre spill the ball. Smith
hacked the loose ball on first, followed by Johnson, who won the sprint
to touch down for Claverdon's third try. Barton added a tricky
conversion to make it six from six. Half-time 30-6 to Claverdon.
Claverdon almost added to Bromyard's misery immediately after the
restart. Good work again from Skinner and Austin created a platform for
quick ball for Smith who found Barton on the wing. Barton looked
certain to score but for an exceptional tackle from the Bromyard
full-back. Claverdon still looked likely to score until the Westmacott
and Johnson were deemed to have crossed in midfield and Bromyard were
awarded a penalty. Credit to Bromyard at this point, as despite the
score line they continued to try and play rugby. Just as Bromyard were
starting to put the first half behind them, fly-half Noble produced
another moment of individual brilliance. Again fed by quick ball from a
ruck by Smith, he jinked past five Bromyard players to score under the
posts. Barton, not in keeping with his outstanding game, missed the
It was always going to take something
special to top Noble's try and that moment came from another well
worked lineout. Clean ball from the forwards combined with quick hands
through the three-quarters fed Westmacott who beat his man and
off-loaded perfectly to Johnson who beat his man and the full-back to
score just left of the posts for an excellent team try. Barton added
the extras, 42-6.
Winger Wilder was unlucky not to get his
name on the scoreboard after a scintillating run, following good work
at the breakdown from the quality Joyce. With Skinner, Joyce is quickly
establishing himself at the heart of the Claverdon pack.
After being so dominant for so long,
Claverdon were always going to have to absorb pressure at some point
and mid way through the second-half Bromyard showed that they are not
to be written off in this league. A good fifteen minute spell saw them
come away with a try after some strong scrummaging. Their centre added
the extras. 42-13.
With minutes left to go and both sides
seemingly happy for the game to end as was, Johnson, in tremendous form
at the moment, broke the line and zigzagged through several players and
looked destined to score before being tackled high. From the resultant
penalty Smith found Horswill who powered over from five metres for a
well deserved try to round off a near perfect day for Claverdon and one
to forget for Bromyard. Final Score 49-13.
Claverdon have a break from league action this coming weekend but have
a friendly game at home against Old Yardleyans Seconds, 2.15 kick off.
Report by Paul Brannon
Picture Will Barnes
John Garner's Business Column
Shop now before the sales!
By the time you read this Alistair Darling will have delivered his pre-budget speech.
I’m not going to speculate what will
be in it, partly because several others have done so but also because
I’ll look a complete idiot if you see I’ve got it wrong
when you read this article.
However, one thing which will certainly be
in it is a rise in the rate of VAT. You will recall the Standard Rate
was reduced from 17.5% to 15% on 1st December 2008 (representing an
actual price decrease on affected goods of 2.1%). We are told this is
due to go back up to 17.5% on 1st January (just in time for the January
sales). This will mean an effective increase of 2.2% on current
Of course, if you’re a VAT registered
business it won’t matter, will it? You’ll simply adjust the
rate you’re invoicing goods at and you’ll reclaim any VAT
you paid out for purchases in the usual way.
I’m afraid it’s not quite that
simple. Changing the VAT rate can take a great deal of work: computer
systems have to be reprogrammed on New Years Eve so that sales
invoicing is done correctly thereafter, purchase invoices arriving in
January but dated December will have to be inputted and then manually
adjusted back to 15% VAT.
If you’re a retailer or a business
that deals directly with the public it’s a bigger problem. You
legally have to quote prices which include VAT so it’ll mean
you’ll have to change every price label in your shop, presumably
just as Big Ben strikes midnight and the Champagne is opened!
When the rate went down last December this
caused so much work for retailers that many left product labels at the
old rate and just reprogrammed their tills to make the adjustment. This
time I suspect that some will keep prices the same for a while,
absorbing the increase until they can make all the adjustments. Indeed
John Lewis have said they are doing this. They can no doubt afford it,
many small retailers won’t be able to.
All this of course assumes the Chancellor
will only raise the VAT rate back to the previous 17.5%. A price rise
of 2.2% isn’t all that huge I suppose, but what if he puts it up
to 19% (a 3.5% rise) or even higher as some people are forecasting?
So the message to consumers is probably: go and do your shopping before the end of December.
The message to retailers is: unless you’re prepared to absorb the increase, prepare for a much quieter January.
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
What to get people for Xmas ???????
This year I’m asking people to buy me some CO2. I don’t
really want CO2 so what am I talking about? The thing I would like is
the certificate saying that someone has bought
me a CO2 offset. This funds a project that removes or prevents the
emission of a declared amount of CO2. Some offsets also bring social
benefits in developing countries. The nice thing
about offsets is that they come in any size you want. You spend from a
pound to hundreds. The more you spend, the more CO2 is removed from the
atmosphere. The going rate is £8.63
per ton with Climatecare www.jpmorganclimatecare.com.
This organisation came out well in Which? reports on companies selling
offsets. All you need is a credit or debit card to purchase an offset
from their website where you’ll also
find lots of interesting information about offsetting projects
and other things too.
For a book present, consider the brilliant work called
‘Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air’. Brilliant is not
my description but that of a reviewer who actually said ‘First
impression brilliant, second impression absolutely brilliant’. If
you want to get an overview of energy and what is going to happen in
years to come, this book is truly excellent,
as well as being entertaining, witty and easy to read. It is also
an absolute mine of information that would be of value to students and
it is easily worth the £18 it costs
from Amazon. You can look at the book for free on the author’s
website www.withouthotair.com/ where
there is a link to Amazon when you decide to buy.
Also available from Amazon is ‘Carbon Detox’ by
George Marshal. Excellent value at about £5.50 (inc. delivery).
This looks at the issue of emissions from a more
personal point of view, how to live with the effects of Climate Change
and is also a really entertaining and easy read. www.amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/
If you are buying electrical goods as presents, take a look at www.recyclenow.com/ but
watch out for solar powered battery chargers and the like. I
don’t think they are very environmentally friendly because the
silicon cell will never repay its carbon debt. Items
that run off mains electricity are usually better than those that use
batteries. If you do buy batteries, buy rechargeables! The
savings soon pay for the charger.
Stop Press - DON’T MISS
on BBC Four TV, Mon 14 Dec at 10pm
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004 Click Here
Stratford District Council
Laurence Marshall Stephen Thirlwell
Councillor Laurence Marshall reports
Stratford District Council officially performing well
A new Government inspection regime, Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) officially announced today, Wednesday 9 December, that Stratford-on-Avon District Council is a Council which performs well. Inspectors were on site in July where they interviewed staff, Councillors, partners and looked through lots of documentary evidence. The report states that the ‘quality of services delivered by the District Council is good, satisfaction levels with the Council are good and residents like the District as a place to live.’
It goes on to say ‘Stratford-on-Avon District Council is credited for increasingly using its services to tackle inequality and issues that are important for local people. It is helping more people to recycle their waste (with recycling levels amongst the best in the country), get help with their rent and Council Tax and get housing they can afford. There is help for small businesses and tourism is starting to pick up after several years of declining visitor numbers.’
Council Tax and spending is low with investment in priority areas. The report recognises that the District Council is good at making savings and this needs to continue, and that it works with partners to improve value for money.
Cllr Les Topham, Leader of the Council, said: “This result justifies all the work and commitment the District Council and its partners do together and is the ultimate seal of approval from an independent inspection regime scrutinising everything the Council is doing. For the first time ever, people will be able to see at a glance how public services in the District are doing as a whole to deliver services and tackle the important issues currently facing our residents.”
Paul Lankester, Chief Executive of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, said: “I am pleased with the overall assessment, but we will not be complacent and we will continue to learn and strive for further improvements.
“This Council is proud to offer the lowest Council Tax in Warwickshire and we will continue to watch the public purse whilst continuing to invest in priority areas. As with any inspection regime it highlights strengths and areas for improvements from which we will learn.”
As for the Area Assessment crime levels are falling in Warwickshire, roads are safer, improved exam results, these are some of the many positive comments made in the first ever Comprehensive Area Assessment for Warwickshire.
Despite being hit hard by the recession, councils in Warwickshire have pulled together information and advice that will help people. Partners working across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull have secured funds of over £22 million to help businesses and training for people becoming redundant.
However, the report says that partners in Warwickshire need to work better together to make sure people are as healthy as they can be. But it acknowledges that people in Warwickshire are generally healthy and live longer than in many other areas. Partners are also increasing the work they do to encourage everyone to exercise more, eat well and healthily.
Recycling and Refuse collections will change over Christmas
Christmas and New Year celebrations will alter your refuse and recycling collections this year - don’t get caught out!
The festive season sees a change in
days of the grey bin, blue-lidded bin and green bin collections
following Christmas Day and Boxing Day until 18 January (listed in your
refuse and recycling leaflet delivered in March 2009 with Council Tax
Day of Collection
Monday 21 December - Stays the same
Tuesday 22 December - Stays the same
Wednesday 23 December - Stays the same
Thursday 24 December - Stays the same
Friday 25 December collected: Tuesday 29 December
Monday 28 December collected: Wednesday 30 December
Tuesday 29 December collected: Thursday 31 December
Wednesday 30 December collected: Saturday 2 January
Thursday 31 December collected: Monday 4 January
Friday 1 January collected: Tuesday 5 January
Monday 4 January collected: Wednesday 6 January
Tuesday 5 January collected: Thursday 7 January
Wednesday 6 January collected: Friday 8 January
Thursday 7 January collected: Saturday 9 January
Friday 8 January collected: Monday 11 January
Monday 11 January collected: Tuesday 12 January
Tuesday 12 January collected: Wednesday 13 January
Wednesday 13 January collected: Thursday 14 January
Thursday 14 January collected: Friday 15 January
Friday 15 January collected: Saturday 16 January
The week commencing Monday 18 January collections will return to normal.
For more information please contact the Refuse and Recycling helpline on: 01789 260925 or visit www.stratford.gov.uk.
And remember since December you can
now recycle more in your recycling bin. If you find that your
blue-lidded bin is full you may put out additional recycling in a box
next to your bin.
Also with all the extra food and
Christmas leftovers remember this can also be put in your green bin for
composting as an alternative to putting it in your grey bin, allowing
you a weekly collection of kitchen waste. This can be wrapped in
newspaper but not in a plastic bag.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas Trees can be put in your
green bin for collection. They should be cut up if necessary so that
they fit in the bin with the lid closed. They can also be taken to the
Warwickshire County Council Household Waste Recycling Centres in the
District at Burton Farm, Wellesbourne, Shipston-on-Stour and Stockton.
You can also use the County Council’s woodchipping service to
Christmas Cards can be recycled in
your blue-lidded wheelie bin or taken to most supermarkets or recycling
centres. The Woodland Trust is holding a Christmas Card recycling
scheme at WHSmith and Marks and Spencer.
Prepare for Christmas:
- Switch to LED Christmas lights. Using these rather than traditional Christmas lights will cost you six times less to run.
- Choose gifts with minimal packaging to reduce waste.
- Save and reuse wrapping where
possible. Sealing presents with string or ribbon makes it easier to
reuse or use recycled paper, children’s drawings, paintings or
even glossy magazine paper.
- Use Christmas cards made from recycled paper or send e-cards.
- Use old Christmas card as present labels.
- Take reusable bags with you when shopping – some supermarkets reward you for reusing bags.
- Use a shopping list to ensure you only purchase what you will need for the festive season.
- Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for help with portion sizing for Christmas Dinner and tasty tips for using leftovers.
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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.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
10th December – Christmas Party with entertainment.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
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.
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
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
Open to members
(juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open
throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No
need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months.
League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and
organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Are you interested in gArdening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on
the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station
Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself?
Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an
active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you
do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For
further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
- To create a network where members
can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange
produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.
The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams
in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly
fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on
the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone
interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
meets on Monday evenings from April
to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated
next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the
A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether
beginners or established players. For further information
contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and
11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open
for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a
drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and
singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly lunchtime
meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at
the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed
by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full
details at www.swbc.co.uk
|TAI CHI in HENLEY
Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773
318830. Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk|
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
Meets the last Sunday of the
month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of
about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group
welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription. More details from
Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership
consists of retired professional and business men residing in the
vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details
please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
WRVS LUNCH CLUB
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell
Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10. For further
details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Plays Duplicate Bridge of
intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel
and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our
play!! Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8
tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
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