'Quality’ Council gags its Councillors.
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.
BEAUDESERT and Henley Joint Parish Council
is once again a Quality Status council, it was announced at a meeting
on Monday night—the same meeting that the council made it clear
that from now on it would be shutting itself down to the media, writes
Chairman of the parish council, Cllr Les
Goodman, declared receiving the Quality mark was official proof of the
council's strong leadership and high levels of communication.
He then addressed all those who had
disparaged the hard work of the council by saying the council was
working well and its commitment to Henley was paramount to all that it
A council achieves Quality Status if it can
demonstrate it has reached the certain minimum standard required in a
range of areas including code of conduct, promoting local democracy and
citizenship and communication and community engagement.
The parish council was originally awarded
Quality Status in June 2005. However, the council was not successful in
keeping hold of this status when it was up for renewal in 2009.
The council was approved to resubmit for
Quality Status in October last year but could only go through with the
resubmission process once parish clerk Jenny Walsh was fully qualified
and had passed all her exams. Ms Walsh achieved this goal in
December and all councillors were in favour of pursuing Quality Status
apart from Cllr Bill Leech, who thought the council did not deserve it
as it failed in its communication. Cllr Leech's criticism was dismissed
as "inappropriate" by the National Association of Local Councils which
operates the Quality Status scheme.
Cllr Goodman and Ms Walsh then had to endure
a 50-minute interview with a panel of NALC representatives who were
unanimous in awarding the parish council Quality Status.
At the same meeting councillors adopted a
set of revised standing orders for the council. Every council must have
a set of standing orders, or rules, for the conduct of its meetings and
those of its committees.
And within Henley Parish Council's revised
standing orders is a rule that all councillors are prohibited from
having any contact with the press either verbally or in written form.
This means councillors will no longer be able to contact the press
about any matters of interest in the town such as public events or acts
of vandalism while members of the press will no longer have the freedom
to call up councillors for quotes on Henley matters.
Fittingly, Cllr Chris Milsom voiced his
upset at how the flood meeting at the guildhall last Saturday had been
publicised. He said articles in the Herald and on the website Henley
News OnLine had suggested the event had been organised by the
Environment Agency and not, as he said was the case, by the general
purposes committee of the parish council.
Cllr Leech, who is also the editor of Henley
News Online, spoke for his publication and the Herald when he said both
had received a press release from the Environment Agency alerting them
to the fact the meeting was taking place and the information contained
in it had been published in good faith. The release had mentioned the
county, district and parish councils' part in the meeting.
Report by Philippa Mingins - News Editor - Stratford Herald
Thursday 4th March 2010
Re the paragraph saying “And
within Henley Parish Council's revised standing orders is a rule that
all councillors are prohibited from having any contact with the press
either verbally or in written form. This means councillors will no
longer be able to contact the press about any matters of interest in
the town such as public events or acts of vandalism while members of
the press will no longer have the freedom to call up councillors for
quotes on Henley matters.”
Surely this is illegal? Only a court injunction can ban someone
from talking to the press or vice versa; there’s still a basic
human right to freedom of speech in this country. You can
contract someone not to talk to the press if you wish but I don’t
see any mention of a contract here.
May be the JPC will need that budget for legal expenses after all.
Concerned Resident - Name supplied but withheld at correspondent's request
Election for Beaudesert Parish Councillor
Cllr Kenneth Mitchell has lost his seat on the Joint Parish Council as he has not attended any council meetings for 6 months. A notice of a casual vacancy for the Parish of Beaudesert was published on 24th February.
14 local government electors from the Parish of Beaudesert requested of the Chief Executive of Stratford District Council that an election take place. The alternative would have been to allow the JPC to co-opt a new member.
Sue Osborne, who has lived in Beaudesert for more than 30 years, has announced that she will be standing as an independent and our photo shows Sue at St Nicholas Church, Beaudesert.
According to Stratford District Council, George Atkinson, the former County Councillor, is also standing. Consequently, there will be a contested election on Thursday 8th April 2010.
JPC Flood Exhibition Update
Letter to the Editor
a great turnout for this event organised by the JPC Emergency
Committee. Some 50 residents attended I believe. There was good support
from local government, the Environment Agency and the National Flood
It was however immensely frustrating as a Henley-based flood protection
company that I wasn't able to give expert advice and suggestions to
people but had to listen to those given by the NFF instead. Like
government the NFF tries to offer advice on a whole range of products
in the market place and like government does not want to be seen
favouring any one commercial organisation. However this can lead to the
wrong messages getting through to people. A key message that needs to
be strengthened relates to the British Standard Institute (BSi)
Kitemark. There is a standard referred to as PAS1188 that temporary and
demountable (T&D) flood protection products can be tested against.
Recently the government, through Defra, re-opened a test facility (at
great expense to the tax payer) to allow more companies to test their
products against this standard.
Those of us that already supply BSi
products do so for a good reason. It is a quality mark that
demonstrates to our customers that the product is fit for purpose, it
is manufactured to exacting standards and that the company will be
around long enough to fulfil its guarantee obligations. The tests
themselves cost tens of thousands of pounds and we have to pay annual
licences to BSi to continue using the Kitemark logo. It is therefore
very frustrating to hear the NFF tell their audience that non-BSi
products are just as good and it's because they are small companies who
maybe can't afford to do the tests. They don't do the test because they
know the products will fail more likely.
wonder the response from some of the audience was "Oh! it's okay then
we'll be able to do it ourselves" or "maybe I could just put a piece of
board across the door". People don't have such a cavalier attitude to
protecting their property from burglars or fire. I wonder why their
reaction to flood protection is so different?
Did you know that a metre of water against your house represents a
tonne of pressure? If the water rises to 2 metres a load of 4 tonnes is
against your house. If you use a flood barrier of inferior quality that
succumbs to these loads the resulting flood will be far more
devastating than just letting the water flow in naturally and can lead
to huge safety issues.
I am happy to share my knowledge of flooding with anyone who is
interested including advice on flood protection, internal tanking,
fitting non-return valves, insurance, alarms, etc. with absolutely no
obligation to buy whatsoever.
It is just my goal in life to get people to stop using sandbags - even the so called new ones. As you all know they don't work.
John Alexander - Director, Revetment Ltd., Henley-in-Arden
Who is the odd man out and more importantly, why?
- Lord Stevenson: former chairman, hbOS
- Sir Fred Goodwin: former chief executive, RBS
- Andy Hornby: former chief executive, hbOS
- Sir Tom McKillop: former chairman, RBS
- John McFall MP: chairman of Treasury Select Committee
- Alastair Darling: Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Gordon Brown: Prime Minister and former Chancellor
- David Cameron: Leader of the Conservative Party
- George Osbourne: Conservative Party Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Sir Terry Wogan: former presenter of Radio 2's Breakfast Show
You're probably thinking Terry Wogan...... and you are right. However the reason might surprise you.
Terry Wogan is the only one out of this motley crew who actually holds any formal banking qualifications!
School for Scandal
their highly acclaimed musical adaptation of The Clandestine Marriage
in June of last year, Consensus will be returning to the Memorial Hall
again in April to help raise money for The Guild Trust. Our picture
right is from this production.
Sheridan’s The School for Scandal,
one of the most popular English plays ever written, is combined with
some of the young Mozart’s most beautiful music, in a riveting
evening of scandal, deception, comedy and social intrigue.
The play is set amidst the gossip
columnists, the glamour and the Bright Young People of the early 1930s
in a new adaptation by Tim Johnson. It is to be performed by some of
the finest local actors and singers, most of whom also performed in
Henley late last year as part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Gilbert and
Sullivan Society’s highly successful concert in aid of the Guild
Saturday 17 April, 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, Henley-in-Arden
Tickets: £8.00, available on the door or phone 01564 795219
Racing Technology Comes To Henley
of us have been wondering what Jacksons have in mind for the big white
building next to the Market. Our special correspondent can now reveal
Jacksons’ plans for a high tech, eco-friendly Service Centre to
match any in the country.
The Jackson family have a long history in
motor racing. Grandfather Doug raced motorbikes in the early days of
motorsport and today Matt is one of the leading drivers in the British
Touring Car Championship. Until very recently the family managed their
own motorsport team and set up their own race cars with spectacular
results. Anyone who has anything to do with Formula 1 will recognise
the incredibly high standards of care, precision and high technical
skills required in competitive motor sport. It makes sense for Jacksons
to want to bring these qualities to their facilities in Henley.
Jacksons expect new customers to come from
far and wide because they know that owners expect their expensive, high
quality vehicles to be treated with care, respect and expertise without
having to pay the prices charged by some of the larger main dealers.
Value for money, high technical standards, integrity, trust and care
are the objectives they seek.
reach these objectives, Jacksons needed suitable premises - they had
the choice of moving to a new site outside Henley or developing their
existing one. The decision to stay was based primarily on the
site’s proximity to the Town Centre, enabling customers to do
their business, shopping, see friends etc whilst their car is being
serviced. They also wanted to support the Town’s economy and
What was needed was a brand new, purpose
built facility crammed with the latest equipment to provide the very
best in care and technical excellence to their customers. Hence the big
white building – now well under construction and already partly
used. Jacksons hope that it will be completed during the spring and the
full list of facilities which will be available will appear in a future
edition of Henley News Online.
In the meantime, Jacksons extend a warm
welcome to anyone who would like to come and see the new facility. They
are justifiably proud of it and believe you will be impressed by what
Simon Maddox reporting
New Evening Service for X20
Johnsons Coach & Bus
have announced that from Tuesday 6th April the operating times for the
popular X20 route, which runs between Stratford-upon-Avon and
Birmingham, has been extended to offer customers the facility of
travelling between the two towns later into the evening.
The new extended service is operating Monday
to Saturday, leaving Stratford-upon-Avon at 19:50, arriving in
Birmingham at 20:55. Departing Birmingham at 21:05, arriving back in
Stratford-upon-Avon at 22:10, with a final route from
Stratford-upon-Avon at 23:25 to Henley-in-Arden only, arriving at 23:55.
In addition, a new afternoon service will
operate Mondays to Fridays only, departing from Henley-in-Arden
opposite The Three Tuns at 16:00, arriving in Birmingham at 17:00,
returning at 17:10 for an 18:35 arrival in Stratford-upon -Avon. Sunday
services continue to operate as normal.
A Johnsons spokesperson said “We have
been delighted with the success and the popularity of this service and
we have had customer feedback indicating that they would welcome these
extended services, allowing them to make more of their time both in
Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham."
Sad Day at the Youth Club.
Anna Stowe Youth Leader That Climbs The Extra Cliff Face!
Monday 22nd February about 50 helpers, committee members and young
people gathered at The Hub (the youth and community centre) to say
farewell to Anna. She had been the full-time youth worker for nearly 5
years and was being transferred, against her will, to another post in
During the evening we recalled her many
innovations, her amazing capacity for persuading organisations to make
grants to the club, her persistence in ensuring that standards of
behaviour were raised while having a clear plan that participants would
enjoy. She went way beyond what could be reasonably expected of the
youth leader and always concentrated on the needs of many individuals
who benefitted from the experiences and opportunities she created. At
the same time she managed to keep Henley Youth Club at the top of the
table for achievements in the County of Warwickshire.
The committee will miss her thoroughness and
excellent organisation, the 12 or so part time staff will miss her
support and enthusiasm for their progress in the job and the young
people will miss her thoughtfulness and interest in everything they
did. The evening concluded with presentations with Anna conveying her
hopes that the club will continue to thrive and the club knowing that
Anna will make a great success of any task she is given to do.
We now look forward to the return of Robert
McCluskey who was leader in the late nineties, who knows the area well
and is very experienced. The Management Committee are confident that
the club will continue to progress, serving the community of Henley in
the way it has always done.
Peter Crathorne reporting
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State-of-the-art, new life-saving helicopter launched
The team at local charity, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
(WNAA) are celebrating the New Year in style with a fantastic new life
saving helicopter. The state-of-the-art helicopter was unveiled at two
special events in the regions it serves, at Althorpe House in
Northamptonshire and the world famous The Belfry in Warwickshire, both
on Friday 22nd January.
Andy Williamson, Chief Executive commented,
“We are obviously very excited from an operational perspective to
be getting a brand new aircraft. The WNAA team are continuously driven
by providing the best possible care to our patients and this will help
us to provide the best possible service and care.” The new
helicopter is an Agusta 109 Power; with a cruise speed just short of
200mph, the fastest civilian helicopter available. This will enable
WNAA to quickly provide vital medical care on the scene often meaning
the difference between life and death. The aircraft has the capability
for a rapid start and shut-down sequence and can be airborne in about
45 seconds where some services can take around two minutes to warm up
and the same to shut down.
new aircraft will increase reliability and host an all new patient
monitoring system and enhanced Lifeport Stretcher System. This is a new
generation stretcher structure which automatically rotates and glides
out of the aircraft door, reducing lifting and handling and improving
patient comfort. It will also be fitted with full all weather
capability instruments to enable the crew to fly in bad weather.
Andy continued “After seven years of
service the old helicopter has flown over 3,400 flying hours and like
any machinery it gets tired, repairs increase and it needs renewing.
The new helicopter will greatly improve reliability and reduce
maintenance and downtime.”
“The helicopter is leased from Sloane
Helicopters as part of an ongoing lease agreement. This enables WNAA to
have the most up to date technology ultimately benefitting the patient,
by carrying a bespoke state-of-the-art medical refit and all the latest
Since launching the charity in 2003 over
8,200 missions have been attended by the well loved helicopter and crew
are operational during daylight hours, seven days a week. They rapidly
respond to emergency 999 calls saving people who live, work or travel
through our regions and beyond when needed. It currently serves a
population of 1.2 million people across 2,200 square miles of
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.
WNAA is one of the busiest air ambulances in
the UK and attends 100 call outs per month, on average this equates to
around 4 calls a day; however, in peak times such as the summer they
can attend 150 call outs per month.
Don't forget to sign up your team for the
Heroes 5Km Run/Walk/Jog at Stoneleigh on Sunday 23rd May. Sheila Dolman
is the Henley-in-Arden team coordinator. Johnsons will be providing a
bus from the Market Cross on the day. Passengers should call 01564
797000 to book and pledge their transport donation.
Message from the Rector
good are you at telling a story? Are you able to describe things well?
For example, supposing you need to say that something went on for a
serious length of time – would you say it ‘went on and
on’, or would you say ‘it went on for ages’. Sounds
as though it could have been boring and annoying! But what if it went
on for a long time and it was important? Well, the Bible uses the
number 40 to describe such times; for example: it rained for forty days
and forty nights; the Israelites were in the wilderness for forty
years; and Jesus was in the wilderness being tested by the devil for
forty days. This last event is from where we get our idea of Lent. We
need to take the events of Good Friday and Easter seriously, and so we
set aside ‘forty days’ for preparation and contemplation.
During Lent it is usual to be more
generous than normal, and so as a church we support a charity project;
this year we are supporting the provision of clean water for rural
communities in Burundi. Find out more by popping into St. John’s
and reading the information at the back of church. It is also customary
during Lent to spend more time thinking about our relationship with
God. To help us do this, I invite you to join me in a series of Lent
Gatherings in St. John’s on Thursday evenings in March, 7.30
– 9pm, starting on 4th March. Don’t worry if you miss one;
come to as many as you can! The theme, supported by all the churches in
Henley, is ‘Getting to know Jesus better’. It
couldn’t be more straightforward than that! Finally, during the
Sunday morning services in March, the theme of the sermons will be
‘Prayer’. Come along and find out if anything I say on the
subject makes sense!
One way or another, I hope you can mark
this season of Lent, and that the cross and resurrection of Jesus
become more understood and meaningful to you.
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 at St Johns
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
'I nearly died' says Claverdon RFC President
Sayer, the ever popular President of the Claverdon Rugby Football Club,
hosted a French Gastronomic evening on Friday, 26th Feb, at the
Claverdon clubhouse to celebrate his return to full health. He had been
suddenly struck down with GBS, which is short for
‘Guillain-Barré syndrome, an acute disease of the
peripheral nervous system in which the nerves in the arms and legs
become inflamed and stop working. Basil was on a life support machine
for many days and he nearly died. Hence, all the waiting staff had tea
shirts with the slogan “I nearly died”.
Last Friday he was able to demonstrate he was back in charge and in
excellent health. He welcomed Andy Leitch, the current chairman of the
GBS Support Group and the High Bailiff, Roger
Sutton and over 100 guest to a Fundraising Dinner. The five course
French style was provided by Sue Dalby and Brian Westmacott as their
donation to the fund raising.
The high spot of the evening was an auction conducted by Lindsay Shaw
with all proceeds going to the GBS Support Group. The lots included a
signed print of Johnny Wilkinson ‘drop
kicking us to glory’, a 7 course meal for six at Stockton House
provided by Sue Dalby, 4 member's badges for Newmarket Races, 2 tickets
for Coventry City, etc. The auction raised
over £1,325 which enabled Basil to present a cheque for all his
fundraising of £5,500 to Andy Leitch for the GBS Support Group.
Photos by Will Barnes
Recently Johnsons Coaches have added a new
vehicle to their fleet. It is a Corgi/Hornby model of their latest
coaches - 'Scania Irizar PB' of Johnsons Quality Coach and Bus
Travel of Henley-in-Arden Warwickshire'. This model is a limited
Edition of 1100, available at all good model shops.
It is second in a series, the first released 2 years ago was of a 'Bova
Futura - Johnsons Coach Travel' then semi limited edition of 5,000 and
is still available.
John Love reporting
New Book Club
people from Henley are looking for others to join a book club. Based in
Henley, the format will be the usual one for book clubs, ie meet once
per month to discuss a book which everyone has read during that month.
Books to be read during following month will be chosen at the
Initially we thought we would meet in a pub but this could change to members' homes later if that is preferred.
We expect that the club will be eclectic in
its choices of books to read so there will be something for
everyone’s taste plus the occasional book that you may never have
chosen to read yourself – you may be surprised! Reading a book
knowing that you will be discussing it later is a different experience
to reading purely for private pleasure. Why not give it a go?
We also hope that the club will have a social element – maybe a bottle of wine and the chance to make new friends.
If you think you may be interested please either:
email Lesley on Lesleyemail@example.com or
call Lesley on 07979 913163 or
call Rosemary on 01564 795141
Sport Relief Returns to Stratford
Recreation Ground in Stratford-upon-Avon is set to host one of
Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles on Sunday 21st March at 11am, and
needs local people to show their support by entering now at
The Sport Relief Weekend is taking place
from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st March and it’ll be three whole
days of energy, entertainment and events to help the nation rise to the
Organiser Paula Watson from Stratford District Council said: “The
Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Stratford is here and it’s
your time to shine. From teeny-tots with their mums and dads, to super
sprinters up against the clock there’s something for everyone on
the big day – whether you do 1, 3 or 6 miles. Best of all, the
money you raise by getting sponsored will be used to transform lives
forever. So come on Stratford, rise to the challenge!”
Hundreds of thousands of people across the
country will rise to the challenge at the Sainsbury’s Sport
Relief Mile - and have a great time too – whether they do 1, 3 or
6 miles. Comic Relief will spend the money raised through sponsorship
helping poor and vulnerable people both here in the UK and across the
world’s poorest countries.
Sport Relief has a unique history of
dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge.
In 2006 David Walliams completed his astonishing swim across the
English Channel and in 2008 Adrian Chiles and Alan Shearer cycled 335
miles from Newcastle to London. This summer Eddie Izzard set an
incredible standard by running an amazing 43 marathons in 51 days
around the UK and there’ll be even more amazing celebrity
challenges to get the whole nation geared up for the Sport Relief
The whole thing kicks off on Friday 19th
March when everyone gets active, raises cash and has a ball at home, at
work or at school before they settle down to watch a night of top Sport
Relief telly on BBC One. Then there’ll be even more BBC radio,
online and TV coverage throughout the weekend to keep everyone
entertained. Then it’s the big one, the chance for the nation to
come together and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile
on Sunday 21st March.
Gymnastics, Ballet and Tap Lessons at the Ardencote
am a dance teacher in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire and I'm going
to offer Gymnastics, Ballet and Tap Lessons, including Adult Tap, at
the Ardencote Manor Leisure Club, Shrewley, Warwickshire. It is open to
both members and non members and I wondered if you wanted to feature a
good news article on this
In recession based times it's good to hear
of clubs expanding and offering new exciting classes in areas where
there currently aren't any offered so the local children have chance to
dance and take part in shows and also take examinations. I first
started LoveBallet Dance Company in Southam and since then have opened
in Daventry, Upper Boddington and now at the Ardencote. With programmes
such as "So you think you can Dance" and Britain's Got Talent" - dance
is so popular now and a key talking point in the playgrounds as to the
The classes will start on Sunday 7th March
at the Dance Studio and Adult Tap will also be offered too - no
The times are below for your interest and if you need any further information please call me on 07711 010404 or visit www.loveballet.co.uk
10.00am - 10.30am Prima Ballerinas (3-5yrs)
10.30am - 11.00am Little Tappers (3-5yrs)
11.00am - 11.30am Gymnastics (all ages)
11.30am - 12.00 noon - Pre-Syllabus Ballet (5-7yrs)
12.00pm - 12.30pm - Pre-Primary Tap (5-7yrs)
12.30pm - 1.15pm - Adult Tap (no exp required)
First lesson free as a trial!
LoveBallet Dance Company
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Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for February 2010:
Crime in Your Area
The Stratford District has experienced a number of burglary incidents
where offices of Nursing and Care Homes have been targeted. As a result
officers have been carrying out extra high visibility patrols in these
areas, particularly in the evenings. If you see anyone acting
suspiciously please report it to the police as soon as possible,
including any descriptions you may have.
The Studley area has suffered the most in
terms of anti social behaviour and criminal damage, this was reflected
in concerns being voiced by members of the public who attended the
Community Forum. Officers will be providing eight additional duties in
the area until 2am in order to provide a high visibility presence and
identify offenders. Officers request that the community continue to
report incidents asap so appropriate action can be taken.
Reports have been made regarding a black
hatchback car (possibly a Ford Focus or similar) seen in the Ullenhall
area with two males on board. The vehicle has been seen to act
suspiciously and leave the area at speed towards Redditch. Currently no
registration is known other than it is believed to be an
‘04’ plated vehicle. If anyone sees a vehicle similar to
the above acting suspiciously please contact the police asap
Information & Advice
For your own and others’ safety, the law requires you to use a
seat belt if one is fitted, a child can use an adult belt when they
reach 135cm or their 12th birthday, whichever comes first. Children up
to 135cms tall must use the appropriate child restraint for their
weight (not age) when travelling in the front or back seat of a
vehicle. The driver is liable to prosecution if a child under 14 years
does not wear a seat belt or child restraint as required.
Seat belt wearing saves over 2,000 lives
every year. Everyone knows they should wear a seat belt in the front
seat, but many people still don’t realise how dangerous it is not
to wear a seat belt in the back. In a crash at 30MPH, if you are
unrestrained you will hit the front seat, and anyone in it, with a
force of between 30 – 60 times your own body weight. This could
result in death or serious injury to you and people sitting in the
front seat and any compensation for injury following an accident may be
reduced if you are not wearing a seat belt.
There are some exemptions for not wearing a
seat belt, for example on medical grounds where your doctor will issue
you with a formal “Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seat
Belt Wearing”. For further information about seat belts, child
restraints and the law please visit: www.dtf.gov.uk/think www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/advice www.childcarseat.org.uk or contact a member of your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team on 01789 762207 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note it is an offence to let off
fireworks after 11pm except on Bonfire Night when the deadline is
midnight and New Year’s Eve at 1am.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
- Burglaries in the Earlswood, Tanworth and
Henley area – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers conducted a total of
30 x 2 hour targeted patrols in the area to combat burglaries. It was
agreed by members attending the Community Forum on the 11th February
2010 that this priority had been fulfilled.
- Parking issues during school drop off and
collection times, Arden Road, Henley in Arden – Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers conducted 27 x high visibility patrols at peak
times and delivered advice to parents regarding parking safely. A
meeting was also arranged and attended by members of the local Parish
Council, County Council, head teachers from the local primary schools
and members of your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team to discuss the problem. It
was agreed that advice would be included in school newsletters,
Johnsons Coaches would where possible operate a minibus service to and
from the schools instead of a full sized coach and consideration is to
be given to extending the zigzag road markings to the junction of
Mount Road. It was agreed by members attending the Community Forum on
the 11th February 2010 that this priority had been fulfilled.
- Speeding, Kemps Green, Henley in Arden
– Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers conducted 10 x speed checks in the
area at various times and found no vehicles above the speed limit. It
was agreed by members attending the Community Forum on the 11th
February 2010 that this priority had been fulfilled.
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 11th February 2010:
- Anti Social Behaviour, Millennium Park
and Surrounding area, Studley – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers have
pledged to conduct high visibility patrols in the area including 8 x
extra duties until 2am.
- Parking issues outside Tesco Express,
Studley – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers will liaise with Stratford
District Council regarding enforcement and have pledged to conduct 20 x
high visibility patrols in the area to deliver advice or enforcement
- Inappropriate use of Juggins Lane by HGVs
and Speeding Vehicles, Forshaw Heath, Earlswood – Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers will liase with the Council and Highways
regarding a review of signage and the speed limit. Officers have
pledged to carry out 20 high visibility patrols in the area to monitor
HGVs confusing Juggins Lane with the M42 slip road and to carry out
Feedback on the above priorities will be
given at the next Community Forum (see below for details); feedback
will also be given in the next newsletter together with details of the
new priorities. For further information please visit www.safer-NEIGHBOURHOODs.co.uk/an or www.stratford.gov.uk
PCSO 6176 Dave Martin attended Tanworth Primary School as part of the
schools "People who help us Initiative”. He was involved in an
hour long question and answer session with children about local
Policing and Policing in general. The children were a credit to the
school and as a treat for the good behaviour a further visit is to be
arranged showing the children the Police vehicles we use.
Following enquiries by Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD
Officers two people have been arrested in connection with a burglary at
Earlswood Nurseries, which was highlighted in the January Newsletter.
One person is from the Birmingham area and the other from Wales.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Following quick thinking by a member of
Henley Shop Watch local officers were alerted to a male acting
suspiciously on Henley High Street. The male was believed to be from
Iran and was arrested by officers in Henley on suspicion of illegally
entering the country. The male has now been handed over to immigration
Following enquiries by Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD
Officers and assistance from West Mercia Police, a vehicle stolen in
February has been successfully recovered and returned to its owner.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers detained two
suspicious males in Studley, both were found to be in the possession of
cannabis and were given Street Warnings.
Warwickshire Special Constables have been
linking up with those from neighbouring Forces, particularly those from
West Mercia Police and West Midlands Police under Operation HARRISMITH.
The Operation was designed to help raise public confidence and promote
inter-force co-operation with bordering Forces. The operation was a
success and similar operations are planned for the future.
The next Community Forum will be held 1st July 2010, 7pm, Henley
Memorial Hall - If you have a specific concern then come along to the
local surgery, where you will be able to speak to your local Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford
District Council Officer.
The next Henley Community Surgery will be
held, 31st March 11:30am, Henley Baptist Church Hall - The surgery
gives you the opportunity to speak to members of the Parish Council
& Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team about the issues that concern
you, while giving you feedback regarding what is happening in the
The next Henley Police Surgery will be 10th
March, between 11 am – 1pm, Henley Police Station - a drop in
facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with your
local policing team.
The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 11th March, 7pm, Henley Police Station
The next Studley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH/Community Surgery will be held 19th May, 7:30 pm, Studley Village Hall
Officers from your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
will be attending the Warwickshire College Careers Fair, 10:00am, 4th
March, Henley Campus.
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
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John Garner's Business Column
The Bonus culture
not against employees receiving bonuses – far from it, they can
be a useful way of rewarding people for effort and success.
It’s the bankers’ bonuses that
have been making the news, largely due to their enormity. I’m not
trying to tell bank bosses how to run their businesses, even where
I’m a shareholder, but I do object to bonuses being paid for
RBS would seem to be the main culprit;
they’ve failed miserably and yet they’re still spending our
money on themselves. Why? Well they say it’s essential to retain
the most talented people. Are these the same talented people who sent
them down the pan in the first place? Surely, any good people they had
will have moved to pastures new long ago.
Of course several bank bosses, having been
awarded huge bonuses, have refused to accept them. I should think so
too, but they are too rich to need the money anyway and it’s a
gesture that might help lead to a knighthood. Cynical? Me?
The organisation which really incenses me is
the Met Office; they forecast a “barbecue summer” and a
mild winter – and still they get a bonus! Nothing succeeds like
failure it seems.
We also hear of civil servants and local
government officials being paid bonuses for “exceptional
performance”; measured against what I ask? Civil servants shared
£130 million in bonuses this year and nearly as much in previous
years. Peanuts compared with bank bonuses I know but chopping them
would make a useful saving as we struggle to repay the
Government’s huge borrowings.
When I had my own business we used to pay a
bonus to our staff when times were good. It was a very simple formula
that each employee understood and was essentially a percentage of our
profit each year; it wasn’t huge. If we had a bad year we
didn’t pay it. I never took a bonus of course, not because I was
after a knighthood but because I never felt we could afford it!
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
There’s no such thing as an
environmentally friendly car but some are less environmentally damaging
than others. Car makers are making an ever expanding range of models
that use new technology to improve fuel efficiency. Volkswagen market
their eco model under the name BlueMotion and Ford use ECOnetic.
‘Which?’ magazine has tested some eco versions and compared
them with their sister models.
Some of the many techniques used to improve efficiency in these eco cars are listed below:-
- Start-stop systems cut the engine in
stationary traffic and restart it as you depress the clutch. This
system is good if you do a lot of town or city driving. (However, you
can mimic this in any car by turning off and being quick with the
restart just before the car in front starts to move.)
- Intelligent alternators delay battery
charging until the car is decelerating. This reduces the amount of
energy that is wasted in the brakes as heat.
- Higher gear ratios are used. This
benefits economy but usually with some loss of acceleration. Low
friction oils are sometimes used.
- Lower suspension can reduce air drag and its associated energy consumption but can reduce ride quality.
- Narrow wheels also have less air drag as do smooth wheel covers.
- A shift light indicates the best time to change gear.
- Special low rolling resistance tyres cut fuel use but can have slightly poorer grip and increased noise.
- Electric power steering is more efficient than mechanical.
Do these things really work? The Which? (and
government official fuel consumption tests) show that they do. All the
Eco cars have better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions than
their non Eco versions but to varying degrees. In the
‘Which?’ results, the eco versions had better fuel economy
by 2% to 24% depending on the car. Best on test was the Skoda Fabia 1.4
TDI Greenline estate with 61.4 mpg compared to 49.6mpg in the standard
version. This 24% higher mpg saves £186 per 10,000 miles. The VW
Passat Bluemotion 2 estate delivers 54.3 mpg compared to 47.1 mpg and
saves £135 per 10,000 miles. The other cars tested gave :-
|Ford Focus 1.6TDCi ECOnetic|
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CdTi ecoflex.
Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCi ECOnetic
Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 CZ2 ClearTec
|49.6 mpg - an improvement of 1.8%.|
58.9 mpg - an improvement of 2.2%
62.8 mpg - an improvement of 6.6%.
48.7 mpg - an improvement of 8.7%.
The small improvements in the Focus and the
Corsa are not a good trade off for their slightly inferior
performances. Notice also that the Colt, the only petrol car on test,
has the worst mpg. This is a reminder that diesel versions always have
better fuel economy than petrol. This means lower CO2 emissions as well
as lower running costs.
As I said at the beginning, there is no such
thing as an environmentally friendly car but when choosing a car the
following features make for less environmemntal damage:-
|SMALL|| || || || |
| ||DIESEL || || || |
| || ||ECO version (sometimes)|| || |
| || || ||HYBRID|| |
| || || || ||PLUG IN ELECTRIC|
The Tesla Roadster plug in electric. Faster
acceleration than a Porsche, half the CO2 emissions of a Prius, costs
next to nothing to run (1.5p/mile) but very expensive to buy
(£90,000) at the moment !!
Watch this space for more info about plug in
electric cars. When more practical versions than the Tesla arrive in
the not too distant future, they will offer the lowest emissions of all.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Laurence Marshall Stephen Thirlwell
Councillor Laurence Marshall writes
Developing a Digital District
Stratford District and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Councils
are co-hosting an exciting event to demonstrate the work that is being
done with partners to improve services for residents and businesses.
Both Councils were awarded Beacon Status in March last year in
recognition for developing and carrying out best practice in local
government in respect of work to increase digital inclusion.
The free event takes
place on 12th March 2010 at Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre from 10am to
4pm and visitors will be able to see stands showing all key projects,
displays and demonstrations from partners and organisations involved in
supporting plans to develop and shape services around the needs of
Visitors will also get
the chance to see plans for the future and be able to feedback comments
on the services they receive and help to shape future plans.
One of the stands
‘ask your councillor’ will enable visitors to speak to
their local representatives and raise issues relevant to their local
area. Another stand ‘your council, your views’ will enable
visitors to give feedback on council and partner services to help
improve services. There will be an opportunity for visitors to give
their views on future budgets to help establish future priorities.
will be able to apply for services such as concessionary travel passes.
Original proof of residency, age and disability need to be provided.
For further information please call the District Council on 01789
– Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Parish and Town Councils,
Warwickshire County Council, Voluntary Action – Stratford
District, Warwickshire Police, NHS and NHS Direct, BT, Coventry
University and many others.
There will be 60 stands divided across three zones:
- Community zone - showing the work
of Stratford District Council, partners and associations that provide
flexible services to all sectors of the community.
- Life zone - showing how independent
living can be supported, what services are available to maintain a full
and active life and how science is focusing on nurturing independence
in an aging population.
- Digital zone- showing how
technology simplifies service delivery, how customers can gain access
to services at a time to suit them and our future plans. Included in
this zone will be the launch of Stratford District Council’s new
Digital TV channel bringing council services closer to hand for
Weddell, Portfolio Holder for Change and Performance said: “I
would encourage all residents, businesses, parish and town councils to
come along to this free event and see how the District Council is
improving and shaping services to meet the needs of residents whilst
maintaining our beautiful district and yet still remaining one of the
lowest charging council tax authorities nationally. To encourage and
enable residents to attend the District Council is offering free
transport from all across the District to and from the venue.
Don’t worry if you live in a village, we will do our best to
provide a pick up from a location near you.”
This free event will
allow visitors the opportunity to see what services are available, how
they are changing to address customer needs and how technology and the
latest research is shaping services for improved quality of life in
years to come. If you would like to take advantage of the free
transport on offer please call the District Council on 01789 260802 to
make your reservation.
The event is sponsored by NHS Direct West Midlands and Coventry University.
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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
2010 PARISH ASSEMBLIES
A parish meeting is a public body exercising public functions and as
such any decision, action or failure to act in relation to the exercise
of its public function is capable of being judicially reviewed.
Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden hold parallel Annual Parish Meetings and
this year the meetings will be held on: Monday 19th April 2010 in the
Baptist Church Hall at 7.15pm.
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.
Please email Robin Freeman <email@example.com>
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
|HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB|
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the
Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837. Meeting programme
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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Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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