'Racism' accusations enter purple shop row
This article first appeared in the Stratford Herald and is reproduced verbatim with their permission. The Editor of Henley NEWS Online had no influence over this article.
"SORRY seems to be the hardest
word"—little did Elton John know when he penned those lyrics how
conveniently they would sum up a parish council's ongoing row with a
now infamous 'purple shop'.
A special meeting of Beaudesert and Henley
Joint Parish Council was called on Thursday evening to discuss the
media coverage of the parish council's activities, in particular those
surrounding Bespoke Curtains and Blinds of Henley and its controversial
purple exterior. More than 30 residents turned out to the meeting
despite the parish council neglecting to advertise the agenda anywhere
and yet again there was a sense of 'Groundhog Day' for anyone who
attended looking for the council to apologise for its actions. Instead,
the council seemed keen to pass the blame on to the media, alleging it
had portrayed the council in a bad light despite numerous comments from
residents and even the proprietors of the curtain shop that the
newspaper reports have been accurate.
There was still no apology despite the
rather severe allegations being levelled at certain members of the
council. Cllr Carsina Goodman has been accused of racism. This follows
her comments to the curtain shop's proprietors including "this is my
town and you're not welcome here" and "if you don't like it clear off".
Two complaints have been made against her to the Standards and Ethics
Committee at Stratford District Council. Meanwhile, Warwick and
Leamington MP James Plaskitt has declared his dismay at the parish
Council chairman Cllr Les Goodman, who is
also Cllr Mrs Goodman's husband, announced that a letter had been sent
to the proprietors of the curtain shop to ask them to meet with the
council at their convenience to discuss the way forward and the council
was waiting for a reply. However, as he made this announcement, the
proprietors of the curtain shop were sat with the assembled residents.
Proprietor Zak Miah even stood up later on
in the meeting and apologised to the council and the community for the
trouble he had caused and extended the hand of friendship to the
council. Still the council made no direct comment to the proprietors.
Councillors would obviously prefer to wait for a reply to their letter.
In reference to –James Plaskitt's comments, Cllr Goodman appeared
to question their authenticity by saying the council had received no
comment from the MP themselves.
Several months after the saga began,
residents were still keen to air their views in the public
participation session. In summary, Peter Crathorne, chairman of the
Town Improvement Committee, called for councillors to set aside their
personal differences and openly and calmly work for the best interests
of the town. One resident asked councillors if they were prepared to
apologise to the town. She continued that if they were not their
position was untenable because they had lost the confidence of the town.
Former High Bailiff of Henley, Douglas
Bridgewater, commented this was not MI 5, it was the lowest form of
local government and it should be transparent. This comes after the
council voted at the last meeting to continue a discussion on the
purple shop in private session despite over 30 residents gathering
expressly to hear what councillors had to say. Another resident
questioned whether there was more to the curtain shop events than he
knew as it seemed to just be an opportunity to have a go at the council
by other groups.
The e-mails received from Henley News On-line,
edited by Cllr Bill Leech, encouraging residents to come to the council
meetings were described as playground bullying by one resident. She
said it was like going round shouting "fight, fight, fight". "Humility
carries more weight," was the comment from yet another resident. He
continued that by not apologising the council was making a rod for its
Next it was the council's turn. Cllr Goodman
said the last meeting had gone into private session because one
councillor had failed to disclose a prejudicial interest which would
have been material to any discussion. The councillor in question had
been at a meeting with the curtain shop that day and had not disclosed
it. However, this does not match up with what residents witnessed at
the meeting of 1st February. It was Cllr Roger Hubbocks who proposed
further discussion on the purple shop be moved into private session as
he felt the council had not had a chance to discuss it properly.
At Thursday's meeting Cllr Hubbocks, said
the media had really gone to town on the parish council but all they
had done was work within the procedures they had guidelines for. Cllr
George Matheou said the media was there to bring tourists to the town
and anything else was immaterial. Cllr Nick Haycock said he was
delighted the curtain shop was there but planning rules had to be
The last word was given, to Cllr Mrs
Goodman. She said: "You have got to want to do this job. I want to do
it and I will continue to do it."
Report by Philippa Mingins - News Editor - Stratford Herald - Thursday 18th February 2010
Henley NEWS Online is most grateful to the Editor of The Stratford
Herald, Chris Towner, for allowing us to reproduce this report.
The whole matter should have been
resolved at the the council meeting on Feb 1st - Mr. Miah the
proprietor of the shop has agreed to change the colour; all the council
needs to do is to supply him with a list of Conservation colours.
During the public participation at the special meeting on Thursday 11th
Feb Mr. Miah apologized profusely saying he was so sorry for all the
trouble the shop frontage had caused which
gave the JCP a perfect opportunity to apologies for their miss handling
of the matter. The JCP chairman over emphasized the point that
they do a lot for the community, which was
repeated laboriously by various councilors - this isn't in dispute and
wasn't on the agenda.
A matter which could have been amicably agreed was left to fester thus
exacerbating the ill feeling, by failing to take the opportunity to
settle an issue which has already been exaggerated
out of proportion many residents have lost confidence in the JPC.
A resident of Henley-in-Arden - Name withheld at their request
I am astonished at the latest
developments particularly the threat to you. It is quite unbelievable.
Who do these people think they are….if they disagree with you
then they have their own forum to air that. Making personal threats to
you is not the way to do it. It’s clear a lot of the
residents of Henley are with you in your quest for more accountability
and transparency by the Parish Council. They seem to have lost
sight of the fact that they are meant to be ‘our’
representatives and not there to run the town as their own personal
fiefdom. Sadly this attitude is one that permeates politics at
all levels now in my view.
I was not aware we had lost the right to free speech in this country
– yet…………..keep up the good work on
behalf of the people of Henley Bill. We
appreciate all you do, even if we may not always agree with you,
perhaps there is a lesson in there for our
‘representatives’ on the parish council!
How long before there is an election….we must lose our apathy
and vote in the next one or we will be stuck with what we deserve.
HNOL is a most valuable community resource and we thank you for your
efforts in setting it up and maintaining it. The councils own
website is hopeless, even the agenda/minutes
sections are usually out of date.
A resident of Henley-in-Arden - Name withheld at their request
Haiti - Rotary Shelter Box Update
The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden
along with most other Rotary Clubs in the UK, immediately responded by
donating money for Rotary Shelter Boxes to be flown to Haiti.
Tents top priority in Haiti
It is now five weeks since Haiti was rocked by a catastrophic
earthquake and there is still an urgent need for secure shelter which
can stand up to the Haitian climate.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Jane Nash has just returned from
Port au Prince. She says the importance of getting people into tents
cannot be underestimated.‘The rains are going to be really hard
and it is going to take a long time to get transitional housing up and
running. Our tents will withstand heavy rain. Would you want to be
in a tarpaulin sheet in a torrential downpour when the ground will be
soaked? The look on one woman’s face when I gave her a tent was
like it was the best thing she had ever had, ’said
ShelterBox General Manager Lasse Petersen,
who has also just returned from Port au Prince, added: ‘At
present the vast majority of people left homeless have yet to receive
even plastic sheeting. These families need immediate emergency shelter
rather than becoming caught up in policy debates.
‘A tent, as we’ve already seen, can be a life saving
difference to many of the most vulnerable during what is likely to
become a very lengthy wait for anything more permanent. It’s
vital we continue our efforts in Haiti; tents are the number one
So far, more than 7,000 ShelterBoxes and disaster relief tents have
been distributed in Haiti and another 1,200 are due to arrive in Port
au Prince, Haiti’s capital, by Friday. The SRT in Port au Prince
already has a planned distribution in place for these boxes. ShelterBox
has committed another 5,000 tents to Haiti, which will provide shelter
for another 50,000 people. These will start arriving at the end of
February. ShelterBox tents undergo rigorous testing and will be able to
stand up to the spring rains which will soon descend on Haiti.
Tuesday 16 February, SRT members Mike Greenslade (AU) and Dave Ray
(UK), who are in Port au Prince, worked closely with community leaders
and the Red Falcon, US 82nd Airborne to distribute 180 ShelterBoxes.
Mike said: ‘We could not have achieved a safe distribution
without the 82nd Airbourne. The soldiers of Red Falcon ensured that
boxes went to the most needy in the camp.
‘Conditions in the camp are amongst the worst I’ve seen
with people living cheek by jowl, camping out on piles of rubble,
surrounded by rubbish and rotting waste. In this space people have to
wash, cook, eat and sleep, many with no more than a bed sheet for
overhead cover. ‘This picture is replicated throughout Port au
Prince and the outlying area affected by the quake. There are not
enough tents to go round and the consensus is that when the rains come
we will have a second emergency on our hands.’
Please support Henley Rotarians' fund-raising for ShelterBox by joining
in our BRIDGE & SUPPER EVENING at Claverdon Church Centre on Friday
26th March. £50 per table. Details from Mike Redman, Tel 792491
JPC Video & Telephone Box
I like the new "cost effective and timeless video" on the TOWN WEBSITE.
By comparison with the JPC video, it doesn't have the "on camera
speeches" which can cause embarrassment at a later date, i.e. when
people die, leave office and are
replaced, come into disrepute etc,.
For example, why do we we have a "former" county councillor speaking.
Nearly all the speechmakers on the JPC video are aged over 70. Where
are the young people of Henley?
Why do certain shops on the JPC video seem to get special advertising
(i.e. studio 34)?
Will the JPC video have to be updated every time new JPC and Court Leet officers are elected?
Why could the JPC not produce a video that would be useful for many years to come?
As usual, the JPC have not thought it through......yet another example of their "Telephone kiosk" thinking and action!!!!!!
A resident of Henley-in-Arden - Name withheld at their request
Environment Agency inviting residents re: flooding
Saturday morning (27 February 2010) - Guild Hall
The Environment Agency
is inviting Henley-in-Arden residents to join them at the Guildhall,
Henley-in-Arden, on Saturday morning (27 February 2010) to find out
more about flood risk and what they can do to prepare.
People are welcome to drop in at any time
between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Environment Agency staff will be available
to give information and advice and to help people to prepare an
individual flood plan.
The event has been organised in partnership
with Henley-in-Arden Parish Council and the National Flood Forum, who
will be demonstrating flood prevention equipment.
Warwickshire County Council and Stratford upon Avon District Council will also be sending representatives to the event.
The Environment Agency is calling on people in Henley-in-Arden to:
·For businesses, the flood plan should include:
- steps to communicate with staff and a checklists of procedures
- lists of important contacts, including
the Environment Agency’s Floodline number, and evacuation
contacts protective materials and service shut-off points
- basic strategies for protecting property, preventing business disruption and promoting recovery.
Flood Incident Management Team Leader Sue
McCarthy says “The 2007 floods in Henley-in-Arden proved the
devastating impact that floods can have on people. The emotional cost
can often far outweigh any financial costs involved – but there
is a lot that homeowners can do now to prepare. For example, simple
measures such as preparing a flood plan can make it much easier to deal
with when it happens.
“Saturday morning’s drop in at
the Guildhall is an ideal opportunity for residents with concerns about
flooding to come and talk to us. People will also be able to talk to
representatives from local Councils and see how some of the latest
flood prevention equipment works.”
Environment Agency Press Office
Tax Level For Stratford District 2010/11
have unanimously set the district element of the council tax in the
Stratford-on-Avon District, at a full meeting of the Council today,
Monday 22 February, following new proposals by the Leader of the
District Council, Cllr Les Topham, to reduce the proposed 2.5% increase
to a 1.5% increase, one of the lowest in Warwickshire.
The average Band D figure for
Stratford-on-Avon District Council households for the 2010/11 financial
year will be £129.34, an increase of under 4p a week.
This means that all the services provided by the District Council are only costing £2.49 per week for a Band D household.
The JPC costs a further £1.63 per week for a Band D household.
SDC also collects amounts for the County Council and the Police.
The council tax from Stratford-on-Avon District Council for residents for each of the valuation bands is:
|A - £ 86.23||B - £100.60||C - £114.97 |
|D - £129.34||E - £158.08||F - £186.82|
|G - £215.57||H - £258.68|| |
District & Parish Council Tax - Band 'F' Household.
Stratford District Council Tax Bill
Note that this is not the total council tax you will pay, there are other items to be added to this figure.
Conservatives Adopt New Parliamentary Candidate
The Prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Stratford replacing outgoing Tory MP John Maples will be NADHIM ZAHAWI
the co-founder and chief executive of YouGov, the polling organisation.
Beating off five other contenders, including one of Stratford
District’s councillors Cllr Philip Seccombe, Mr Zahawi said after
the five hour selection meeting of the Conservative Association at
Stratford-upon-Avon High School last night: “Obviously I am not
local, but my promise to the people of Stratford-on-Avon is that I will
make Stratford-on-Avon my home and I will learn very quickly.”
if his selection was a victory for Conservative Central Office in
London, Mr Zahawi said: “It is not a victory for Central Office
but a victory for the Conservative Party. This is a fiercely
independent association that wanted to make sure that they had a strong
local candidate, and you saw democracy in action tonight, and that will
only be good for the Conservative Party and the country.”
Ward Members wasted no time in organising an opportunity for
Henley and Wootton Wawen residents to meet Mr Zahawi at Tanworth-in-Arden Village Hall on Tuesday 23rd February.
Laurence Marshall reporting
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Air Ambulance Invites Team from Henley Parish
am writing from your local Air Ambulance to ask your Parish to support
a forthcoming event to help keep our helicopter flying to our local
villages. As we do not receive any Government or National Lottery
funding, the £1.5m annual operating cost relies entirely on
voluntary donations and events such as this.
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
(WNAA) is hosting its flagship 'Air Ambulance Heroes Run' at Stoneleigh
Park, Nr Coventry, on Sunday 23rd May. This event is taking place to
raise funds to keep the helicopter and crew flying and to celebrate the
life saving work of the doctors and paramedics who are real life heroes
to many people.
You can run or walk the 5km course and bring your whole family along if
you like as both adults and children can enter. Entry is £10 for
those aged 16 and over and £5 for under 16s. By getting sponsored
for taking part WNAA can raise even more money.
It will start at 11am and there will be medals for all finishers plus
trophies for the winners. There is also OPTIONAL fancy dress where you
can dress up as your favourite hero, be it Superman, a popstar or one
of the WNAA doctors who may have saved your life!
Subject to missions the helicopter and crew will be on site to meet people. On-line entry is at: www.wnaa.co.uk/Heroes_Run.html.
Parish Clerks in Warwickshire have been asked to rally support for your local life savers, as we are running an ‘INTER-PARISH COMPETITION’.
The winning parish will be the one that raises the most funds for
taking part from entry fees and sponsorship, and will receive a visit
to the WNAA base (up to 5 people) to meet the helicopter and
crew! To be part of this, when completing entry forms, Parish
members should write the name of the Parish in the address section.
Thank you for your support and we hope to welcome you all to a fantastic day of fundraising.
The Air Ambulance regularly visits Henley.
In the Nags Head garden
Taking off from a rta on the Stratford Road
Outstanding Support from Johnsons Coaches
Johnsons have offered to supply a coach free of charge, in return for all passengers making a small donation which will be passed to WNAA.
The pick up will be at the Nags Head at about 10 am. They will also
provide their tour booking system for reservations, on a first come
first served basis. Passengers should call 01564 797000 to book and
pledge their transport donation.
Last year was Johnson’s centenary year
and they raised over £16,000 for WNAA during the year from a
series of excellent events, which was enough to support 16 life saving
The Churches Of Henley Welcome You This Easter.
COME TO CHURCH IN LENT
The Churches in Henley
will be combining for a series of meetings on Thursdays 4th 11th 18th
& 25th at 7.30pm hosted by St John’s with refreshments. They
will be considering the topic WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET TO KNOW JESUS
BETTER?. Come and join us for a stimulating and informative evening on
all or any one of these dates.
SPECIAL APPEAL FOR WATER DURING LENT.
This year it will be for CORD (Christian Outreach Relief and
Development), a charity based in Leamington Spa. St John’s
congregation are supporting a water scheme for a village in Burundi,
bringing much needed clean drinking water and so preventing disease and
unnecessary death and hours spent everyday fetching water, especially
by children who then miss school.
Anyone in the town wishing to contribute to
this appeal can put their donation in an envelope marked CORD Lent
Appeal and deliver to the Rectory or put through the door at 142/144
High Street. (Cheques payable to Henley-in-Arden PCC Group Please mark
envelope Cord Appeal).
West Highland Way – Paul Kershaw and
Robin Rumbles are planning to walk the 96 mile West Highland way at
Easter in aid of this year’s CORD Lent Appeal. Sponsorship forms
at back of church. Further information from Robin on 794424.
HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday Services all at 10.30 am are: 7th – Mr John Parkes 14th
– Revd Robert J Powell (Sacrament) 21st – Mr. Michael
Sergeant 28th – Revd Caroline Homan. The Baby and Toddler Group
meet every Monday morning from 10.30 am.
SERVICES OVER EASTER
HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
Maunday Thursday 4 pm Communion.
Good Friday UNITED SERVICE Market Cross 10 am. UNITED SERVICE at Baptist Church at 10.30.
Easter Sunday . 10.30 am service.
Maunday Thursday. 8-9 pm Communion. 9-10 pm Vigil.
Good Friday. UNITED SERVICE Market Cross Service. 10 am UNITED SERVICE at Baptist Church at 10.30.
Good Friday Meditation. 2-3 pm
Easter Eve Saturday. Lighting of Easter Candle and short service. 8 pm.
Easter Sunday As normal.
Tuesday 7.30 pm. Stations of the Cross at Wootton Wawen
Good Friday UNITED SERVICE Market Cross . 10 am
UNITED SERVICE 10.30 at Baptist Church.
Service of the Passion St Nicholas Henley 3.pm.
Maundy Thursday. Service in Baptist Hall with Communion 7.30 pm.
Good Friday. Breakfast in Church Hall 9 am (Names in advance to Gordon Trinder.)
UNITED SERVICE at Market Cross at 10 am. UNITED SERVICE for all Churches. 10.30.
Easter day. Service on The Mount 8am. Weather permitting!
ST MARY'S ULLENHALL
Good Friday: 7pm. Reflection on the Crucifixion.
Easter Day: 9am Holy Communion.
John Pudney - Religious Affairs Correspondent
All are invited to the Alpha Course which
will be hosted by Henley-in-Arden Baptist Church. It will meet on
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m.-3:30 from March 9-May 11. This is a
nondenominational DVD class on basic Christian beliefs. The only cost
is £2 for the course manual.
For more information, call Carroll or Jim Fox at 01564 794 098.
Fairtrade Fortnight in Henley
The Henley Fairtrade Group
is taking part in the national Fairtrade Fortnight campaign which this
year has the theme of “The Big Swap” encouraging people to
swap their usual brands of groceries etc for Fairtrade ones in order to
benefit small producers in developing countries.
Top of the things to swap this year is tea.
The next time you make yourself a cup of tea, spare a thought for all
the people who are responsible for your cuppa. There are the farmers
and workers, many of whom work for long hours doing physically
demanding work for low pay. Then there are the merchants, traders,
importers, buyers, blenders, transporters and retailers…all
taking their share along the way. If you are a small scale producer you
have little power to negotiate a fair price in the face of the gigantic
international tea trade, mass producers and price variations in the
Tea is big business: over 1 billion ups of
tea are drunk every day worldwide, 165 million in the UK. Because the
UK is the third largest importer the UK’s biggest tea brands are
being urged to “Make it Fair” and go Fairtrade.
Over 20 million people in the developing
world rely on the tea industry; producers today receive only half of
what they did 30 years ago so they are staking their livelihoods on
people like us swapping to Fairtrade tea.
Currently only 10% of tea sold in the UK is Fairtrade; if you drink
Fairtrade tea every day you can make a real difference to the lives of
tea workers, their families and communities….. so, please get
swapping in Henley!
To encourage you we invite you to come and
taste a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee outside St John’s on
Thursday 25th Feb from 2-4pm or Friday 26 Feb 9.30-12noon. We’ll
have some Fairtrade goodies there as well on the Traidcraft stall. The
purpose is to highlight the issues faced by tea producers in the
There is even less excuse not to try a
Fairtrade product this year because we now have, in the
Cooperative/Somerfield, a store which is committed to Fairtrade
products...even converting some of its own brands to Fairtrade, which
will be on display in the store.
Cilla Pudney - Henley Fairtrade Group.
British Village Life from an American’s point of view
"We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.” Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900),The Canterville Ghost, 1882
“An Englishman is a person who does
things because they have been done before. An American is a person who
does things because they haven’t been done before.” Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
Hello from Henley-in-Arden!
Our new English acquaintances here ask us
how we’re “settling in”. We are settling into English
village life just fine. We think of Henley as a village (4,000 people)
but we can’t use that word to locals who would be offended since
it achieved market town status by the 1200s, when the king gave the
town a charter. There’s still the stone cross dating from then on
High St. This ancient market exists even now. On Wednesdays, farmers
bring chickens, pheasants, and rabbits (both dead and alive) to auction
as well as eggs, produce, meat and flea market items to sell.
Nearby is an interesting, tiny village (wide
spot in the road) – Wootton Wawen. It was five times as big as
Birmingham (20 miles north) when the Doomsday Book was compiled in the
11th century. The Doomsday Book was a census ordered by the Norman
conquerors so they could tax the local Anglo-Saxons.
We had our first guests for dinner on Friday
night in our tiny living room (no dining area in our little
house)—we invited them for a New Mexico style dinner. They warned
us that they didn’t like spicy food, so we served avocado dip and
tortilla chips, chicken enchiladas, tacos, pinto beans and rice without
any hot peppers. They seemed to enjoy it—a definite change from
their typical British roasted meat, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and
Cultural Observations about Small Town Life in England.
1. Towns and villages seem neat, tidy and well kept. We rarely see trash in the streets or houses in disrepair.
2. Farms and pastureland surrounds the
towns. We see sheep grazing within less than a mile from Henley. High
well-trimmed hedges instead of fences border each farm.
3. People usually walk rather than drive in
town. Henley is only one mile long. We see many elderly people out with
their trolleys (a combination of a walker and shopping cart) doing
their errands. Rain doesn’t slow anyone down including moms
(mums) wheeling baby strollers draped with water proof plastic. A big
reason for walking must be the high cost of gas ($9 a gallon) as well
as the lack of parking. These towns were built ten centuries
ago—who foresaw a need for parking? People say they retired here
in Henley because of its convenience. All the necessities are within
walking distance—doctor, dentist, a pharmacy, banks, small
grocery stores, etc. plus it is a low-crime area.
4. Public transportation is excellent.
Henley has both bus and train lines with a stop here every hour on the
Birmingham (20 miles north) and Stratford upon Avon (8 miles south)
routes. UK citizens over 60 get free public transportation to cities
within 20 miles or so. And they use it. Every coffee morning we meet
seniors from both Stratford and Birmingham who get off at Henley for
our church coffee time and perhaps the outdoor market!
In closing, we wanted to share some new
British vocabulary to illustrate our common language that sometimes
divides British and Americans.
In the U.K.:
- A publican is a pub operator.
- To nick or pinch means to steal.
- A misery is a complaining person.
- A diary is an appointment calendar (Everyone carries a diary!).
- A decorator is a house painter.
- To hoover means to vacuum.
- Mean or “tight as a tick” refers to someone who is stingy.
- A mutton dressed in lamb’s clothing refers to an older woman who dresses like a much younger lady.
- Knackered means totally exhausted.
Who Wrote This Article?
Jim and Carroll Fox are here in
Henley supporting the ministry of the Baptist Church and we wish them
an enjoyable stay. Our photo shows Jim outside the Baptist Church.
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Obituary printed in the London Times
Today, we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense,
who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he
was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red
tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound
financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable
strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student but could
not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, by
his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son,
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so
few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If
not, join the majority and do nothing.
To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004 Click Here
Fairway Interiors Ltd
company based in Henley-in-Arden has won contracts for interior
building work in over fifteen schools and nurseries in the Midlands
area. Fairway Interiors Ltd has been helping to ensure that the
interiors of school halls, classrooms and other learning areas meet
high standards of acoustic quality. Fairway Interiors have used their
skills in installing ceilings, wall linings, flooring and other
internal elements with the result that all the children in these
schools now benefit from improved sensory environments and are able to
take in information and communicate with teachers and classmates more
Striking the right balance between
reverberation time, background noise and sound insulation is important
in any space where people have to communicate. Good acoustics increase
speech intelligibility and have a strong, positive impact on the
quality of training and the learning ability of participants. The
company always uses products supplied by highly reputable and
Carrie McHattie, Head of Sensory Services at
Birmingham City Council, says: - “I have been really happy with
the work that Fairway Interiors have done in schools. The quality of
their work and communication is excellent. They are also very flexible
and fit in with the schools’ activity schedules. The results are
that we now have calmer atmospheres and tremendous improvements in
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Fairway Interiors from the initial survey to completion was exemplary.
The improved sound quality has had a marked positive effect on all
those using the hall, especially those with hearing impairments.
Parents, governors and visitors have commented on the calm, relaxed
atmosphere during our assemblies, performances and workshops and there
has been a reduction in our heating bill”.
Fairway Interiors can refurbish or fit out
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Fairway Interiors was founded by brothers
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"Can I have some Irish Sausages, please?" asked the Irishman, walking up to the counter.
The assistant looked at him and asked: "Are you Irish?"
"If I had asked you for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was
Italian?" demanded the Irishman indignantly. "Or, if I asked for
German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German?"
Then, warming to his theme, he went on: "Or if I asked you for a Kosher
hot dog, would you ask me if I was Jewish?" "Or, if I asked you for a
taco, would you ask me if I was Mexican? Would Ya?
The assistant said: "Well, no."
Suitably encouraged by the success of his logic, and pleased to strike
a blow against the Irish stereotype, the Irishman stepped it up a
gear. "And if I asked you for frogs' legs, would you ask me if I was
"What about Danish Bacon, would you ask me if I was Danish?"
"Well no, I probably wouldn't" conceded the assistant.
So, now bursting with righteous indignation, the Irishman said: "Well,
all right then, why did you ask me if I'm Irish just because I
asked for Irish sausages?"
The assistant replied: "Because you're in Halfords......"
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John Garner's Business Column
Business travel – another waste of tax-payers’ money?
Nicholas Winterton MP said last week that all MPs should be allowed to
travel First Class on trains (as indeed they currently are). He added
“Those in Standard Class are a totally different type of
people.” And of course the media have seized upon this rather
He’s right of course. Those on
Standard Class are indeed different: they paid for their own tickets,
those in First Class didn’t.
This got me thinking back to when I used to
travel First Class on the train – my, that was a long time ago.
It is indeed much easier to get some work done in First Class.
That’s why I used to do it – well, that and the lovely full
English breakfast served at your seat: a much better way to pass the
journey than actually working! I used to try and work on the way back -
though I often fell asleep. First Class was good for that too.
It was perfectly normal then; once you had
reached a certain job grade your employer allowed you to travel First
Class on the train (and often Business Class on an aeroplane). Nowadays
it’s different. Companies just can’t afford it and their
employees are encouraged to seek the cheapest fare wherever they go.
This doesn’t seem to apply to civil
servants though. I don’t know why it’s necessary for so
many civil servants to commute on a regular basis but I can’t
believe they are paying the fare difference themselves. I wonder who
I checked the ticket prices on Virgin Trains
travelling between Birmingham International and London at today’s
date, travelling down shortly after 8.30am. According to their website
the costs are:
- Standard Class open return: £140 (there are ways to get this cheaper)
- First Class open return: £240 (no deals).
You can get cheaper fares for advance purchase but there is still £100 difference between Standard and First Class.
Presumably Virgin Trains can fill their
First Class carriages or they’d have to reduce the price; perhaps
they’re filling them with civil servants and MPs.
With the current need to drastically reduce public spending perhaps the Government could make some savings here.
In future issues of HNOL I’ll be putting forward some more ideas for where official expenditure can be reduced. Please send your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Spotlight on Heritage
Make Henley Greener recently assisted
the Heritage Centre to identify and install low energy forms for nearly
all of its lighting. To do this a list of the number and type of every
lamp and electrical appliance in the building was compiled into a large
table (computer spreadsheet). When combined with the hours of use this
enabled a prediction of the annual electricity use and costs. The
result was very close to the actual figures on bills. This showed we
had a good understanding of the centre’s electricity use and that
lighting accounted for over 80% of daytime electricity.
We then contacted various companies to try
and find suitable low energy bulbs. Samples were obtained and evaluated
before decisions were made on what was the best replacement. The new
information was put into the spreadsheet, enabling the effect of
changing the lamps to be calculated. The predicted savings are about
£460 per year plus an annual reduction of 2.1 tons of CO2. The
total cost of all the new lamps was about £470 which means the
average payback time is just over a year. From then on, it’s
savings all the way!
was an interesting exercise since the majority of its lamps are
spotlights. The most common were GU10 and R64 (see pictures below). The
low energy versions of these cost about £5.70 and £4.50
each respectively which seems a lot of money for a light bulb. However,
the graph below shows that it is not the price of the bulb that matters
but the cost of the electricity it uses. For an 11 watt GU10 (light
equivalent to 50 watts), it takes about 10 months for the savings in
electricity to pay for the higher cost of the bulb; after that the
savings build quickly with the added convenience of not having to
replace the bulb for about 6 years. Over the life of the bulb, savings
amount to about £36. For the cheaper R64, the payback is quicker
and they have a expected life of 8 years. If, as in the case of the
Heritage Centre, there are many of these spotlights it is easy to see
how large savings can be achieved.
Replacing the R64 presented no problems at all and they were very satisfactory with a good quality of light.
the GU10s there were some snags to solve. As you can see below the 11W
GU10 is longer than the original. This meant that it would not go in
some fittings. The solution was to use 7W GU10s equivalent to 35W. The
reduced brightness was assessed and found acceptable and the payback
time and savings even better than using the 11W. Like all low energy
CFL lamps they take a minute to get to full brightness which means that
they might not be suitable in places which are used for only a few
minutes at a time. Another little problem was that the slightly fatter
shoulder of the low energy GU10 fouled the shroud on some fittings.
This was solved by taking down the fitting and shortening the shroud by
a few millimetres. So, before committing to buying a full set of GU10s,
get just one and check the fit. Hatton Electrical in Avenue Farm
Industrial Estate, Stratford (01789 415005) allowed us to have bulbs on
approval, so we were not committed to buying them if they were
unsatisfactory in any way.
most spectacular savings were achieved on the floodlights in the
stairwell. Here a total power of 525 watts was reduced to 48 watts and
even at £6.85 per bulb, they paid for themselves in under 3
months. The special low energy floodlight bulbs were equivalent to 150
Watts each but the reduction in brightness was checked and found
acceptable, especially after cleaning the glass on the front of the
housing!!. The bulbs contain a reflector to maximise delivered light.
In addition to the above there are low energy R50 and R80 spotlights and also candle bulbs and golf balls.
An important thing to check when you buy low
energy bulbs for use in the home is that they are described as warm
white or colour temperature = 2700K. Cool white or daylight or colour
temperatures of 4000 or 6000k will give a colder looking light. This is
OK if you want that effect but the colour of 2700K is similar to
ordinary high energy filament lamps.
John Stott / Ray Holding - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Laurence Marshall Stephen Thirlwell
Councillor Laurence Marshall writes
Warning for bird lovers
Watching wildlife in your garden is such a treat but not all wildlife is welcome, warns Stratford-on-Avon District Council.
We all enjoy seeing a
variety of different birds in our gardens and many of us will be
encouraging them by putting food out for them. But Stratford District
Council is warning that some residents are taking it too far and
serving up a banquet which is also attracting less welcomed diners such
Jon Field, Senior Pest Control Operative at Stratford District Council
says: “Rats are active all year round. However, they look for
warmer environments with an easy food source when the temperature
drops. At this time of year we are receiving dozens of calls every day
from residents who have had rats in their homes or outbuildings and
when we arrive most of these homes have a rodent buffet on offer in the
garden. Residents are keen to help the bird population by leaving food
out and this is to be encouraged but it must be done responsibly
otherwise there is every chance that unwelcome guests will arrive as
well. You can help yourself by ensuring that your doors and windows are
in good repair, making it difficult for rats to gain access and making
sure air bricks are intact. Remove any sources of material which will
provide a shelter for rats such as piles of timber or garden debris. If
you do feed the birds please do not overfeed and clear up uneaten food
feeding birds use a bird table or a hanging net and ensure that any
food that falls to the ground is cleared away daily. You may even
choose to stop feeding the birds in your garden for a temporary period
of time if you are experiencing problems; the food that you leave
amounts to only a small percentage of their total intake and they are
unlikely to starve if you don’t feed them for a while.”
information or advice on Stratford District Council’s Pest
Control services please call 01789 260814. The bird illustrated is a
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Paula Watson is our speaker on Tuesday March 2nd and her subject is
“Health and Fitness for Adults”. Visitors are welcome to
join us for this “Spring” subject! We meet in the Memorial
hall from 7.30pm.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 9th March 7.30 pm in The Memorial Hall
when our speaker is Mr Bob Harris National Demonstrator on “Seeds
of Creation”. Competition “Square Deal”. Visitors
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th March in the Baptist Church Hall.
The AGM will be held at 7.30pm followed at 8.00pm by a talk on
“The Restoration of Chedham’s Yard”. Visitors and new
members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
We will be travelling from “Southern Ireland to the
Highlands” with Rosemary Morris on Tuesday March 16th and look
forward to meeting any visitors from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall.
MUSICAL REFLECTIONS FOR LENT
A concert in St John’s Church Henley on Sunday March 7th at 3.00pm.
Tanworth in Arden WI Choir will perform Pergolesi’s “Stabat
Mater” with soprano Katie Leaver. Also in the programme will be
some of the choir’s favourite part songs chosen for this Lenten
period. A retiring collection will be taken in aid of the church. All
are welcome. Enquiries to Wendy Dillon 01564 742464
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
|THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN|
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
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Download Henley Rotary Club calendar
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
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
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
THE 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 Baptist Church Hall, High Street. 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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