Cllr Laurence Marshall Retires
District Councillor Laurence Marshall, pictured right, has told Henley NEWS Online of his intention to retire later this month from the Stratford District Council so that he can spend more time with his family.
We asked Cllr Stephen Thirlwell his
colleague on the District Council to provide us with an appreciation of
Laurence's good work for our community. Stephen writes:
Laurence and I have worked now for a
number of years both on the Parish Council and District Council. At
District Council we have been referred to as the Henley Mafia.
Laurence is one of these people that if
you are going to do a job, you do it to the best of your ability, which
he has demonstrated handsomely many times. Never one to be on the
sidelines, but rather in the thick of it, he has always had the
tenacity to achieve his main goal, even if it does mean ruffling
feathers on the way, so ensuring he gets the best result for Henley or
indeed the District.
Over the last 2 years he has gained
wide respect for his chairmanship of the Planning Committee, one of the
hardest committees to chair. In all the years that I have known him,
Laurence has never rested until the job is done, which he always
prefers to be sooner than later! Personally, I shall miss his wise
counsel, comradeship and our one to one meetings to discuss our number
one priority – representing the Henley ward.
Thank you Laurence
The Future at Henley Sports Grounds Announced
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The Town Improvement Committee (TIC)
is the organisation that manages the Henley War Memorial Trust. This is
a registered charity given the responsibility on behalf of the town to
look after The Memorial Hall and The Memorial Sports Grounds. This week
it announced a major refurbishment project for the pavilion at the
sports grounds. As you can see, it needs it.
A new volunteer to our team, Vincent Ford,
has produced the first tentative plans which you can see in the sketch
above. He calculates that this improvement will cost what the TIC plan
to raise. For £250,000 we shall create as a self-managed build
project, a resource worthy of the excellent sporting achievement that
our teams have delivered over a long time.
This will not be done without the support of
the town and its principal organisations. We shall need manpower and
money. The building project team is looking for the following
A building project manager, a quantity
surveyor, a project accountant, an electrical and mechanical engineer,
fund raisers and representatives of the future users. We hope these
volunteers will be available soon and can join the team in order to
give the project the important start it requires. Later on we shall
need all the trades to support us.
Peter Crathorne - Chairman of the Henley War Memorial Trust
Tel: 01564 795470
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The Riverland Garden
The garden will begin to take shape on Saturday, 27 March when a team of volunteers will plant the trees. Hedges on the north and east sides of the garden will be planted with 87 yew trees. An avenue of 9 pleached hornbeams will be planted on the north side and a number of specimen trees will also be planted.
Subject to sufficient funds being raised from a scheme to be announced shortly, it is hoped that the garden will be substantially complete during the late summer.
FSB Lobby Minister at National Conference
Lord Davies CBE, Minister for Small Businesses,
met with Vice Chairman of the Stratford on Avon branch of the
Federation of Small Business, Bill Leech, at the FSB National
Conference in Aberdeen on Friday 19th March. During a private meeting
with the minister Bill discussed the serious impact that rises in
National Insurance have on small businesses. Our picture shows Bill,
right, with Lord Davies.
The negative effect of continual National Insurance rises on employers is the key message that the FSB has highlighted in its 2010 Budget Submission.
The Federation of Small Business is the largest business organisation in the UK with over 215,000 members. The Stratford Branch will be holding a ‘Meet the Stratford Prospective Candidates’
on 21st April at the SBS Business Centre, Timothy's Bridge Road at 7
pm. All business people are welcome and may put questions to the
candidates on a range of business issues.
Bill is editor of Henley NEWS Online and a parish councillor, the outspoken one!
Call for 'no confidence in parish council' Poll
This article first appeared in the Stratford Herald and is reproduced verbatim with their permission.
A TOWN POLL
to register a vote of 'no confidence' in the parish council at Henley
is being demanded by the council's most persistently dissident
councillor. Yesterday (Wednesday) that councillor was branded as "a
time-wasting mechanism" by another member of the council.
Welcome to the historic town of Henley,
where accusation and counter-accusation flow freely and
regularly—at meetings, in the street and on the internet. To call
it a can of worms would be an understatement when other more accurate
expressions are available. The latest flare-up occurred at the
council's regular fortnightly meeting on Monday when Cllr Sheila
Dalman, who's been a member for only 18 months, resigned in a fury. Her
precise reasons for resigning are already a matter of dispute.
Since Mrs Dalman would not tell the Herald
yesterday why she'd resigned, and asked us to wait until the minutes
were published, all we have are the conflicting explanations of the
opposing camps—and they go like this. ..
Cllr Bill Leech-the council dissident who also runs the website Henley News Online—said:
"Cllr Sheila Dalman announced that she would be standing down from the
joint parish council with immediate effect as a result of the constant
bickering at council meetings."
In his statement on Henley NEWS Online, Cllr Leech said that chairman Cllr Les Goodman had demanded an apology from himself (Cllr Leech) over an article that had never actually been published.
Then Cllr George Matheou raised the matter of Henley News Online's use of Twitter,
the social networking website. "Further exchanges between the
councillors took place with Cllr Matheou proposing that there should be
a vote that Cllr Leech should be made to stand down," wrote Cllr Leech.
"The chairman demanded that Cllr Matheou refrained from this line of
attack. Cllr Leech suggested that all the councillors should consider
resigning so that there could be a fresh election."
Yesterday Cllr Matheou told the Herald
that Cllr Leech was asked to resign at the meeting because of the
article that wasn't published and because of things he said on Twitter. Referring to Twitter,
Cllr Matheou said: "I took exception to this because some of it was
incorrect and other points I didn't understand. The main focus was
that—for no sound reason— Cllr Leech was attacking the
parish council of which he is a member. I said that these attacks
against the parish council had been going on since 2005, but Cllr Leech
said they had been going on since 2004! Having no confidence in Bill
Leech being a parish councillor for the benefit of the town, we asked
him to resign. All councillors apart from him put their hands up. He
refused to resign. At that stage Cllr Dalman thought his position was
untenable and that he was wasting the time of the council. She said
that if Bill Leech wouldn't resign, then she would resign, which she
did. That is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
Cllr Matheou added: "The whole thing is
nonsense and incorrect, and this has been going on for years. I am a
volunteer, an ex-IT manager and economist and I'm trying to help Henley
increase its economic activity. I don't have time to deal with
trivia—and we have a time wasting mechanism in Bill Leech."
Yesterday a Henley resident, who did not wish to be identified, perhaps summed it up best. The resident told the Herald: "The council shouldn't be discussing Twitter. It's pathetic. It is all very personal, vindictive and nasty."
Yesterday Stratford District Council
confirmed that it had received a letter from 40 Henley residents saying
they had lost confidence in the parish council and were asking for an
A by-election to fill one parish council vacancy is already scheduled for 8th April. Cllr Dalman's resignation is expected to trigger another one.
Meanwhile, Cllr Leech is seeking support for
a town poll so that residents can register their lack of confidence in
the parish council.
Report by Preston Witts - Stratford Herald
Thursday 18th March 2010
TaxPayers' Alliance Bulletin - March 2010
The TPA Manifesto
Today we are proud to announce the release of the TaxPayers’
Alliance manifesto. It brings together into one handy leaflet the
policies which we think should be the top priorities for whoever is
Prime Minister after the General Election. The manifesto sets out
exactly what we think should happen in the first three months, the
first year and then the first 5 years following the election. A whole
range of policies are included and, as well as promoting good ideas to
politicians of all parties, this will be a great benchmark for us to
chart the success or failure of the next Government. You can read the manifesto
and we’ll have hard copies to hand out very soon. As well as a
handy source of information on our policies this is also a reminder of
quite how many ideas have been generated by the TPA in recent years
– the manifesto is bursting with proposals and even then we
couldn’t include them all!
Taking the fight to UNISON
As you will probably have seen in our one-off bulletin earlier this
week, we’ve really taken the fight to UNISON over the issue of
public sector non-jobs. When UNISON launched a scaremongering video
about cutting public spending our New Media Co-ordinator Andy
Whitehurst (who recently did the website redesign) acted swiftly to
produce an excellent rebuttal.
Thanks to the great reaction from so many of
you who spread the video on to your friends and hosted it on your
websites. It was swiftly picked up by the well known bloggers Iain
Dale, Guido Fawkes and Conservative Home too.
As a result our video now has 20,626 views
on Youtube, compared to only 3,128 for UNISON’s original effort.
This really is a great victory showing that far more people support our
message than that of UNISON. Watch the Truth about non-jobs here.
New TPA Book!
In these tough economic times there’s a war of words in the
political arena over how and when to cut public spending and by how
much. Of course with the Budget coming up next Wednesday the debate is
set to intensify even further. Into that fray comes our new book which
sets out how Britain can start building a sustainable economic
recovery. It’s available to pre-order now on Amazon: How to Cut Public Spending (and Still Win an Election).
Defend the anti-PC Mayor
Peter Davies, the directly elected Mayor of Doncaster, is famous for
his no-nonsense opposition to political correctness and public sector
waste. Despite the widespread acclaim for his refreshing take on things
he has now become the latest victim of political correctness.
Apparently, one person has filed a complaint
that Mayor Davies’ policy to remove as much political correctness
from the council as is legally possible could "incite racial hatred".
As well as the fact that we of course agree with the need to cut down
on the number of PC initiatives councils pursue, this investigation
will undoubtedly cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds. In effect,
Mayor Davies is being investigated at great expenses simply for doing
what he promised in his manifesto.
The Campaign Against Political Correctness
has launched an online petition in his support here. Hundreds of people
have already signed – let’s make it thousands!
At the Local Level in Henley-in-Arden
Last year the JPC increased its share of the Council Tax, the Precept,
by around 35%, the highest in the Stratford District. The JPC now has a
full time Clerk costing circa £24,000 per annum - up more than
50% in 2 years. Join the campaign to reform the management of the JPC.
Stratford District Council have confirmed that they've received 46
letters of complaint about "parts of" Henley Parish Council and are
seeking advice from the Electoral Commission before deciding how to
respond to them.
The Henley JPC Video on Youtube, received 25 views per day when promoted by HNOL. After the JPC objected the link was removed from HNOL
and it now only receives about 5 views per day. This video was paid for
from taxpayers' money. Having spent around £5,000 on their
website the JPC don't even know how many people look at it!
Heritage Centre Brings Local History Alive
a Trustee of Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre I am responsible for
raising awareness of what it can offer. If you know of families
living within 25 miles of Henley who would be interested then please
pass this message on. This is an invitation to visit anytime we
are open but on Easter Sunday from 2.30pm - 4.30pm there is a special
residents' drop in session with a not so traditional Easter Egg Hunt.
Are you looking for a free afternoon out, intriguing, child friendly yet full of interest for all ages? Located in the main High Street, the Henley-in-Arden Heritage and Visitor Centre is a museum of the town’s history from the Norman Conquest to the present day. The children can enjoy an observation quiz
that takes them around every room; adults will be able to locate
artifacts that remind them of times gone by. For the more
dedicated student there are original documents to be seen, a good
example being the Charter granted by Henry VI in 1449, complete with the King’s original seal.
You can start your visit by imagining life at the very beginning of Beaudesert and Henley when the Normans
established a castle on the mount. You can see the evidence for
this discovered by Channel 4’s “Time Team” in 2002.
You can experience the terrible tragedy which overtook the town after
the Battle of Evesham in 1265 when most of the Henley men were slaughtered.
Follow this by becoming a frightened pupil in the Victorian Classroom
at a time when teachers genuinely felt the only way to teach children
properly was to humiliate them. Here you can learn about the
history of education too. Pass by the children’s toys from
days gone by, if you can, to meet the trades and businesses featuring
the story of the famous “Henley Ice Cream” –
still available to the discerning visitor - and Johnson’s Coaches
among others. The displays contain the seeds of a hundred journeys of
research which can be developed using the material in our reading room.
Pass through to the room which some believe is haunted to view
historical clothing and household items stretching back to 18th century.
Take your time back down the stairs, see the architecturally important crown post which dates our house to 1345;
note the main beams built from roughly cut branches of the sturdy oak.
Move on to the refectory, faithfully creating the domestic
conditions of times past and in the courtyard absorb the genuine items
from the newly refurbished 2nd World War Experience.
There are still some who can say “I remember that!”
when they sit in the reconstructed Anderson Shelter or view the German
All this is yours to experience free
although we do welcome donations to help us maintain these hidden
treasures right on our doorstep. Group visits are most welcome by prior
arrangement. The Heritage and Information Centre is a community
project staffed entirely by volunteers. Please take a look round
our website: www.heritagehenley.org.uk. We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre very soon.
Peter Crathorne reporting
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Henley and Beaudesert Society March Meeting
The Restoration of Chedham’s Yard
Society held its AGM on 18th March to which members were welcomed with
a convivial glass of wine. After the formal business of the meeting and
the election of officers the Society learnt of the wonderful work that
has been going on in restoring part of our industrial heritage.
In a fascinating talk, Charlie Gilbert and
Heather Cox told the meeting about the restoration of the former 19th
century blacksmith’s and wheelwright’s workshops, hidden
away in the centre of Wellesbourne.
Since the early part of the 19th century the
yard was owned and run by seven generations of the Chedham family and
the last of those who worked there, Bill Chedham, still lives in the
village. However in 1965, unable to compete with modern technology, the
yard closed for good and in 2002 was bought by the local Parish
Council. A working party was set up with neighbours and villagers
heavily involved. As far as practical the idea was to maintain the yard
within the context of Wellesbourne and create a living workshop
environment so as to make it a visitor attraction that the public may
Support for the project was received from
English Heritage and in 2006 the Parish Council entered and won the BBC
Restoration Village competition. As well as securing marvelous
publicity for the project it helped secure £1 million of money
granted by the Heritage Lottery Fund and BBC Restoration Fund. After
four years of detailed planning, consultation and discussion it is
hoped that the yard will be restored and opened again in early 2011.
The project has not been without its
setbacks, none more so than the violent floods that swept through the
village in July 2007 swamping the workshops. Most of the artifacts were
covered in a thick layer of silt and had to be unearthed and then
cleaned. Wooden items were wrapped and put in a freezer to kill off any
woodworm. The items, of which there are over 3,000, are now being
catalogued, waxed and photographed. And when the buildings are ready as
many of the items as possible will be replaced there.
The Friends of Chedham’s yard
currently has about 60 members of which approximately 25 are active.
There are designs to develop a surrounding garden to enhance the site.
As regards the workshops the idea is to restore them as near as
possible to how there were when they closed, but tidier. Visits to the
site will be by appointment with there being about six open days a year.
The Henley Society’s next meeting will
be on Thursday 22nd April (not 15th April as originally advertised)
when the speaker will be Chris Mew on ‘English Bells and Change
Very Successful Start To 2010 Auction Season
held its first collective property sale of 2010 on Tuesday 16th March
at Henley Golf and Country Club. Very high levels of interest had been
shown in the two Lots sold from the very outset of marketing and the
auction was well attended.
The first Lot was 8 acres of pastureland,
pictured right, at Peterbrook Road, Shirley and Richard Abbey with his
usual encouraging style had several buyers putting in strong bids from
the start with the hammer going down at £86,000. The second Lot
was a three bedroom detached house, 9 Arden Road, Dorridge that again
attracted multiple bidders in the room eventually selling for
This auction indicates that the level of
activity in the market is growing with good buyers prepared to compete
to secure a purchase.
Our next auction on the 20th April 2010 is
already creating a great deal of interest and the Lots will include 4
Pigeon Green, Snitterfield, a two bedroom mid terrace cottage, 4
Lugrout Lane a 1930s 3 bedroom semi-detached house ripe for updating
and improvement and 2 Primrose Cottages, Bradnocks Marsh, an investment
property subject to a regulated tenancy. Full details can be found on
The baby-boom at Umberslade Farm
Burnard, farm supervisor at Umberslade Farm Park, Tanworth-in-Arden,
writes: “Lots of baby animals have been born on the farm in
the past two weeks so it’s
a busy time for me and my helpers. It means that this Easter
we’ll have dozens of baby animals to show the public and the
children will be kept busy feeding them.
"The first with young was Georgia, one of our sows who had five
piglets, which is a small litter, but she is only a year old and so
will have larger litters when she is older,
perhaps as many as thirteen. The Mangalitsa breed is from southern
Europe. We have three of the progeny from when the first pigs were
re-introduced to the UK from Italy. They are a
very hardy breed with their woolly coat which keeps them warm. It is
very rare for them to need any veterinary attention – they
certainly seem to look after themselves. A second
Mangalitsa pig is starting to show signs that she is due to give birth
which should be in about a fortnight.
"We also have baby goat kids that were born last week – one is
from a crossbred British Saanen goat and the other one surprised us
because the mother is white, yet
it is black, which means it has a British Alpine father. The mother
must have been pregnant before she arrived at Umberslade so it was
something of a surprise to the staff. Both kids
are healthy and happy. Soon we’ll be bringing their mothers back
into the goat house dairy and we’ll start doing goat hand-milking
demonstrations. We’re expecting
more goat kids next month from our Swiss Toggenburgs.
"There were also a few surprises with the lambs, especially with the
Jacobs. They were stock we bought in recently and were expecting to
lamb in June. Instead the ewes have
all lambed in the last few days. There is one single lamb - born at the
weekend and twins born yesterday (Tuesday) morning. More lambs of
various breeds will continue to arrive on the
farm right through to the end of April. We may have a donkey in foal
and she will be scanned by the vet on his next visit. On the smaller
end of the scale we have an incubator full
of duck eggs and there may be as many as 12 ducklings hatching in the
next three weeks, hopefully for Easter. We are always getting newly
hatched chicks and the current batch we have
is a week old. The adult guinea pigs have been doing their stuff and we
know have a number of babies about a week old and we could be overrun
by baby rabbits in the near future!
"This Easter we are going to have a huge Easter egg hunt with lots of
other activities to tie in with the time of year. Throughout the
Bank Holiday children will also be able
to have pony rides which I am sure will be enormously popular.
We’re open every day over the Easter Holiday from 10am till 5pm
and I can promise an action-packed programme with
so many baby animals needing to be fed. Please just pitch up and take
part in the fun."
For more information contact Oliver Muntz or Matt Porter
Umberslade Park Limited, The Leasowes, Butts Lane, Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire, B94 5AE
Telephone: 01564 742251 Mobile: 07795 057490
Office workers ‘mucking out’ down on the farm
of south Warwickshire’s largest employers is setting an example
to other businesses in the county by sending out volunteer working
parties to get involved in community work – this
week 30 of its staff are labouring at Mary Arden’s Farm in
Staff at Stratford-based Apex Credit Management rolled up their
sleeves recently for a three-day stint of countryside labour at a
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust property,
once home to Shakespeare’s mother, which re-opens to the public
on March 22 following substantial restoration work.
In groups of 10 a day Apex teams will be adding the finishing touches
to the farm and grounds in preparation for the re-launch as part of a
new charity initiative. Led by James Edwards,
head of IT, the teams will be undertake a variety of tasks from
hedge-cutting, path clearing and mucking out farm animals, to tidying
up the Tudor living
Apex chief executive officer Neil Clyne has decided to bring staff
together throughout the year to work with local charities and
organisations in the county that can benefit from additional
help. Instead of going to work on one day this year every member
of staff will spend his or her normal working day in the community.
Community initiative project work is fast becoming an increasing part
of the culture of major professional firms and companies, especially
projects within the inner city areas, and
this latest move by Apex Credit Management is seen as a potent way to
encourage other firms in Warwickshire to do likewise. Neil Clyne said:
“In order to make the most impact,
we decided to set up a working party so we could target a small number
of local charities that could get maximum benefit from our help. We
spoke to all of our colleagues to find
out what charities were close to their hearts, the kind of activities
they would like to be involved in and if anyone knew of anything that
we could help with. Working with the Shakespeare
Birthplace Trust is a great partnership as many of our employees and
their families live in the area and benefit from the tourism associated
with their work in keeping the Shakespeare
Stratford’s third largest employer, Apex Credit Management,
which moved into a new headquarters building last year and recruited
new staff, won the Debt Purchaser
of the Year Award 2009.
The firm was also Commended in the Coventry and Warwick Employer of
Choice Awards 2009 and have been listed as “one to watch”
in Best Companies 2010.
The company is a specialist in providing arrears outsourcing, debt
collection, debt purchasing and tracing services to the financial
services sector – such as
banks, credit card companies and finance companies and was established
in 2000; it employs over 240 staff at its offices in Henley Street. It
is one of the fast growing companies in
the town with plans for expansion in 2010. Staff members regularly take
part in fund raising and other activities.
Mary Arden’s Farm has been closed
during the winter months in order to carry out essential repairs to
Palmer’s Farm and the surrounding site. Suffering
from beetle attack and rotting beams, significant work has taken place
from roof repairs to new foundation supports. The visitor experience
has also undergone a revamp with new activities
planned for the farm and the addition of many new volunteers who will
be bringing the whole experience to life for the thousands of visitors
to the farm this year.
Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said,
“Due to the amount of restoration work on site throughout the
winter months we are extremely
grateful for the additional help in preparing the farm for our visitors
when we re-open later this month. I hope our eager volunteers from Apex
enjoy their time on the farm, their hard
work is very welcome.” The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is on the
look out for enthusiastic volunteers to help out right across its
portfolio of activities. There are opportunities
at all of the houses, conserving the extensive collections and at the
forthcoming excavation of New Place, Dig for Shakespeare.
Henley in Arden Tennis Club are delighted to announce that their coach Neil Supperstone is to marry 3rd team ladies captain, Lucy Webster.
Neil, who won the Coach of the year award at
the annual WLTA awards this year from the Henley Club, also runs
Coolsportz with his sister Lianne, who is a former Coach of the Year
award winner. Lucy, a keen member of the club, who plays regularly for
the teams, organises and runs the Junior Tennis Championships and helps
with their Christmas party and adult and child tournaments. They are
both a great asset to the club who wish them a long and happy life
Henley Tennis Club is holding a party to
celebrate the start of the new season on 1 April at 6.30p.m. They will
be delighted to welcome any potential new members to the club to
join them for the evening, where there will be refreshments and the
finals of the Bunny Shepherd Tournament and Rowen Photography Plate.
The club are also hosting an Open Mixed
Pairs Tournament on 11 April from 11am – 3 pm. This tournament
has been sponsored by local shop Studio 34 and promises to be a big success. Details can be obtained from Judy Mathias, club secretary 01564 792378
First Henley and Wootton Scouts are looking for enthusiastic and energetic Leaders or Assistant Leaders.
Due to increasing numbers we require new
Leaders and Assistants who can join our existing experienced Leaders in
providing a weekly programme of events. We have thriving beavers, cubs
and scouts sections that are well supported by parents.
This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the Scouting movement, develop new skills and join in the fun and adventure.
For more details please contact: Simon Cossey, Mobile 07979 240174
FASHION SHOW FRIDAY 9 April in St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden at 7.30pm in aid of church funds.
Ladies – come along and enjoy this
fashion show featuring ex chain store clothing (sizes 8-22) from
leading High Street stores, with the opportunity to buy from a large
selection afterwards at greatly reduced prices. Only £5 –
to include a glass of wine.
Tickets from Barbara Colclough 793710 or Daphne Jones 01926 843515.
'Help For Heroes' Charity Event At The Bluebell
The Bluebell once again hosted a successful Monday charity event, this time in conjunction with the White Hair & Beauty Company, raising over £400 for the Help for Heroes charity.
Over 50 glamorous ladies enjoyed a
quintessential ‘Bluebell Afternoon Tea’ with a delicious
Bellini cocktail and there was a unique make up demonstration by
‘Mikey’ the uber-fabulous make-up artist to the stars.
The delectable Studio 34
ladies boutique showcased the new season fashion and Patini’s
presented some gorgeous shoes from the new spring/summer collection.
“These events at the Bluebell are
becoming a huge part of the social scene in Henley, it’s so
difficult to even get a ticket due to their popularity, a great
testament to the ingenuity of our local business women, hats off to
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Claverdon Drop to 2nd Despite Comfortable Win
BROMYARD RFC 15 – CLAVERDON RFC 39
Man of the match – Daws
Try scorers – Daws x 4, Barton x 2, Wenborn
Conversions – Wyllie x 2
Tom Bennett making a break for Claverdon against Bromyard
League leaders Claverdon travelled the long
distance to Bromyard for a must win game to keep their title hopes
alive. Bromyard, although standing near the foot of the table, have
always proved a tough opponent on their home soil so Claverdon knew
they were in for a fight.
Claverdon were able to field a very strong
side with the only noticeable absentees being the injured C Smith and
Gill who was recovering from illness. Bennett came in at 9, Williams at
flanker, Noble in at 12 and a call up for S Smith at prop.
Claverdon were fired up for this encounter
but as has happened on numerous occasions they got off to a poor start.
A Bromyard lineout in the Claverdon 22 saw them gain good yards with a
rolling maul and a few phases later they were over in the corner for
the first try of the game. Bromyard’s scrum-half kicked the
tricky conversion. 7-0.
This proved to be the kick start that
Claverdon needed and after strong words from captain Skinner, Claverdon
started to exert themselves on the game. S Smith took a blow to his leg
and was replaced by the experience of Brannon which helped to steady
the pack. After a strong scrum in the centre of the park, quick
thinking by Bennett saw him pick and go and his timely off load to Daws
was only going to end in one way, a try in the corner. Wyllie missed
the difficult conversion. 7-5.
The lions continued this pressure and the
back line of Williams, Wenborn and Edsall were making life tough for
the Bromyard forwards. It was from another solid scrum orchestrated by
Grimsley that saw Bennett go on the blind side and feed winger Barton
to run it in behind the posts for an easy conversion. 7-12.
Claverdon were now very much in the
ascendancy and Bromyard were finding it very difficult to contain the
sheer pace of Claverdon’s attacks. From one such attack the ball
was fed to Noble who kicked over the charging defenders. Centre Johnson
picked up the loose ball, drew the full back and fed to winger Daws who
outpaced the covering defenders to score under the posts. Wyllie duly
Bromyard were now very much contained in
their own half and with any possession they gained they looked to test
the Claverdon full back and win much needed territory. With Horsfall
solid as he has been all season, this wasn’t to be and from a
penalty for offside, Claverdon, through Noble, kicked the ball deep in
to the Bromyard 22. A near perfect lineout with Skinner tapping to
Bennett saw the ball run through the Claverdon hands to Johnson. He
drew the attention of three defenders before a well timed pass to
Barton to shrug off 2 players to smash over in the corner for his
second try of the game. Conversion missed, 7-24.
It was now that Claverdon started to take
the game for granted and with talk about overall league points
difference their concentration somewhat faltered. A poor clearance and
resultant penalty saw Bromyard 10 metres from the Claverdon line and
resolute defending from Knight, Joyce & Brannon could not keep out
the bulk of the Bromyard prop. Conversion missed, 12-24 Half Time.
Claverdon were now back in a game that some had assumed was over and the talk turned to getting the win above all else.
The 2nd half however started in the same
vain as the first half had ended with Bromyard spurred on by their late
1st half score. The pressure soon told and with the concession of a
kickable penalty Bromyard made no mistake to pull themselves to within
9 points of the Lions, 15-24.
The ever impressive Williams who had been
carrying an injury for most of the game was replaced by the experience
of Busby who went in on the wing with utility man Barton coming in at
This switch as well as stern words from vice
captain Johnson gave Claverdon the boost they needed and they began to
play the sort of rugby that had seen them score freely in the first
period. A box kick from Bennett put the Bromyard defence under pressure
and when they failed to deal with the situation Wyllie kicked forward
for Daws to outpace his opposite number to score his third of the game.
Conversion missed, 15-29.
From what had been a lovely day for rugby, a
sudden down pour of rain saw errors creeping in across the park and it
was from a resultant loose ball that flanker Wenborn collected from
just inside the Bromyard half. The ex-sprinter showed he was still full
of running and beat off all Bromyard attention to score from 40 yards
out. Conversion missed, 15-34.
With the rain still coming down fast and the
game drawing to a close a spilled ball from a Bromyard player saw Noble
punt the ball on for Johnson to collect. He in turn fed Wyllie who used
the man advantage to feed Daws for his fourth try of the game.
Conversion missed, 15-39 Full Time.
Thanks must go to all the supporters who travelled the long way to cheer on the Lions and get drenched in the process.
Claverdon are away this Saturday at new
league leaders Tenbury for a top of the table clash. This could prove
the game to make or break Claverdon’s season so all support would
be appreciated for what is their penultimate game of a hard season.
Report by Tom Johnson
Picture Will Barnes
Bogus Charity Bag Collections
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service
is warning householders to be on their guard against fake charity
collections operating within the county. The service is warning
householders not to assume charity collection bags/sacks posted through
letter boxes are from actual charities.
Recently collection bags from "Helping Arms" have been received in
homes in the Leamington area. The blue coloured bags, which have a logo
and printed information on one side,
ask for donations of clothing, shoes and household items claiming that
they will be sent to people in need in Eastern Europe and African
countries. Photographs of the bags are
available if required. Please contact me by email or telephone 01926
Householders may believe the collectors to be acting on behalf of
charities whereas in reality it is very difficult to confirm where the
items are likely to end up and that any charitable
causes will actually benefit.
Many of these sorts of collections are not being made by charities but
by commercial operators who may only make a small (if any) donation to
Similar 'charitable' doorstep collections in the past have been linked to traders who have re-sold the items for profit.
These companies either no longer trade legally or give incorrectly
registered company numbers relating to companies which have been
criticised in the past by the Advertising Standards
Authority for incorrectly implying they were 'charitable' organisations.
Whilst there are reputable charities that collect clothes and directly
benefit good causes it's always a good idea to check the credentials of
the collectors before donating.
If you receive a sack/bag through the letter box Warwickshire Trading Standards advice is to check the following:
- Does the sack or leaflet say the
collection is for a registered charity? If so, what’s the
registered charity number – call 0845 300 0218 or visit the
on-line Register of Charities to check that it’s genuine.
- Do they only give a registered company number? This just means that the organisation is registered with Companies House.
- Is the charity actually named? Be wary of
wording that just says ‘families in need’ or ‘sick
kids at Christmas’ Does the leaflet or bag give a phone number?
The absence of a phone number may mean the collectors don’t want
to answer questions.
Please feel free to pass on the information
to whom ever you feel appropriate. We are keen to alert as many people
as possible, for example community groups, charities, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH members, etc. We are happy for this information to appear in
community newsletters, parish council magazines etc. In addition, if
you think you know of someone else who would benefit from receiving
these email alerts please let me know and I will add them to this email
If you require any further information or you do not wish to receive the email alert in future, please contact me.
Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Office: 01926 414075
Mobile: 07500 993287
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John Garner's Business Column
No, this is nothing to do with whether you’re making enough use of your leisure club membership. It’s not as exciting as that: it’s to do with what happens when an employee is off sick.You remember the sick note that a doctor will give for a patient who isn’t currently fit for work? From 6th April this is replaced by the fit note. This means that the doctor will have to certify that an employee is fit for work rather than say they are not fit to work.
This aims to provide more useful information on how your employee's condition affects what they do and to what extent they might be able to return to work.
A doctor will give a “may be fit for work” statement if he thinks that your employee's health condition may allow them to work providing you give them the appropriate support. And that bit is important.
A doctor will be able to suggest ways of helping an employee get back to work. This might mean discussing:
- a phased return to work
- altered hours
- amended duties
- workplace adaptations.
The doctor will also provide general details of the functional effect of the individual's condition – what they should be able to do or what they should avoid doing. It’ll be interesting to see how well doctors understand the demands of an individual’s workplace.
While you won't have to act on the doctor's advice in a “may be fit for work” statement, it may help you make simple and practical adjustments to help your employee return to work and reduce unnecessary sickness absence.
How will this work in practice? We shall see…….
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
How to save on cooking
electric cooker with all rings and ovens switched on can be using 12
kilowatts. This is a lot more electricity than anything else in the
home (apart from storage heaters) so cooking can be a substantial part
of your electricity bill, typically 20%.
There are many things you can do to minimise
the cost of cooking. Most people know that cutting the amount of water
being heated saves energy. Things like cabbage or spinach do not need
to be submerged; a cupful simmering away in the bottom of the pan will
steam cook all the leaves if the pan has a lid on it. Using the
smallest possible pan on the smallest ring whenever possible obviously
helps to minimise energy use. (Small ring 1kW, large ring 2kW).
Covering pans and simmering on absolute minimum setting also helps as
does turning off a few minutes before the end of cooking time. Food
will continue to cook even though the water isn’t actually
boiling. Hot water left in the kettle after making tea or coffee is
simply wasted energy. With a little practice it is possible to judge
the right amount so that less than a centimetre (half an inch) is all
that is left over. Likewise, if the teapot isn’t nearly empty
when you’ve finished, the undrunk tea poured down the sink is
wasting the heat used to make it.
Microwave ovens are a good way of saving
energy because for things like vegetables you only need a tiny amount
of water and the cooking time is usually much shorter than on the hob.
Boiled potatoes for two take about 5 minutes, then you leave them in
the container to carry on cooking for a couple of minutes. Covering the
container after cooking with a folded towel helps to keep the heat in.
A good tip for microwaves is to cook initially on full power until the
food is boiling and then cook at reduced power for the rest of the
time. Note that microwaves use about twice the stated power of the
microwaves, eg an 800W microwave actually uses 1600W so cooking on full
power can be using more than the small ring on a hob. Turning the power
down after 2 or 3 minutes is the same as turning the hob to simmer once
the pan is boiling.
One of the least efficient ways of cooking
is the oven. To heat the large space inside the oven needs quite a lot
of power and nearly all of this just leaks out. Only a little ends up
in the food. During the 20 minutes or so that it takes for the oven to
warm up the oven is working at full power (2 to 3kW) then, during
cooking, heat leaks out all the time. Have you noticed how hot the
kitchen gets when you use the oven? At the end of cooking the same
amount of heat put in to get it hot gradually leaks away. Someone told
me that they had a rule always to cook several things in the oven at
once. This is certainly a good idea but the same amount of heat still
leaks out of the oven.
some things, especially stews, an excellent alternative is a slow
cooker (left). Some have high medium and low (or warm) settings and we
have found that starting off on high to get the food up to temperature
can be followed by cooking on warm (the lowest setting) provided you
place a folded towel on top of the lid (do not drape it down the
sides). Under these conditions the temperature of the contents was
always above 80 deg C which is ample. The
power consumption on warm is about 60 watts, just over a third of the
consumption on high so this is really low energy cooking.
Finally pressure cookers (right) deserve a
mention because they shorten cooking times and so save energy. A
Canadian website claims 70% savings. This sounds too good to be true
but it is at least an indication of substantial savings.
For a talk about an Eco home in Wootton Wawen see poster on the Notice Board below.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Laurence Marshall Stephen Thirlwell
It could be you!
In a few weeks time
the Polling stations will be open and you will again have the
opportunity to vote for members of Your District Council. When you are
putting your cross against the candidate of your choice do you ever
wonder if one of the names on that ballot paper could be yours? The
simple answer is that it could.
Almost anyone can
stand for election to their local council – there are very few
restrictions. You must be a British, Commonwealth or European Union
citizen, currently over 18, be an elector within the district or have
worked or occupied premises within it for the previous 12 months; you
may not be bankrupt or have had a criminal conviction carrying a
custodial sentence of three months or more within the previous 5 years
– and that’s it, you qualify.
You do of course need
to have a lively interest in the issues that affect your community and
the desire to be actively involved in helping form and implement the
policies that shape it. You don’t need any experience. Full
induction training is provided to new councillors and there is an
ongoing programme of structured training for all council members. You
are provided with IT equipment and there is even a modest allowance.
Being a council member
does take commitment. You will need to dedicate at least one day a week
to the job but even if you are in full-time employment don’t
immediately dismiss the possibility of standing for election: many
employers will allow time off for council work.
If you think that one
day it could be your name on that ballot paper why not find out more by
contacting Darren Whitney, Democratic Services Manager at
Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260210 or email email@example.com
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Visitors are always welcome to join us for our meetings, held on the
second Tuesday each month from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. On April
6th Eugene Schulenburgh will be telling us about “THE IFAKARA
BAKERY PROJECT” – why not come along and find out what it
is all about?
– Friday April 9th in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 7.30pm
in aid of church funds. Ladies come along and enjoy this fashion show
featuring ex chainstore clothes (sizes 8 – 22) from leading High
Street stores with the opportunity to buy from a large selection
afterwards at greatly reduced prices. Only £5.00 to include a
glass of wine.
Tickets from Barbara Colclough 793710 or Daphne Jones 01926 843515
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 13th April 7.30 pm in The Memorial Hall
when our speaker Sheila Holland, National Demonstrator, on “BIG,
BOLD & BEAUTIFUL”. Competition “April in Paris”.
Visitors welcome (£5).
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.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Stephanie Gaskin is the speaker on Tuesday 20th April in the Baptist
Church Hall. Come and join us for her presentation “North
Wales” from 7.45pm and meet other wildlife enthusiasts for a
small fee of £2.00.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 22nd April in the Baptist Church Hall
at 8.00pm when Chris Mew will give a talk on “English Bells and
Change Ringing” . Visitors and new
members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
& WOOTTON SCOUTS are looking for enthusiastic and energetic Leaders
or Assistant Leaders. Details from Simon Cossey 07979 240174
STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD There will be a coffee morning in the Guild Hall on
Saturday 1st May, 10.30am. This is to raise funds to help ensure that
the hoard remains in the Midlands. Cake stall and raffle.
– Monday 3rd May in and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane.
Home made cakes, bric–a-brac, plants, raffle, paperbacks etc.
Refreshments available. Small items of furniture and other items to
sell would be gratefully received between 4pm & 8pm at the Church
Hall on Sunday 2nd May or ring 01564 794308.
BARN DANCE - Saturday 22nd May at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start, St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of church funds.
Come along and have an enjoyable evening with friends and dance to
legendary caller Hugh Rippon. Tickets £7.50 to include
Ploughman’s Supper from Barbara Colclough on 01564 793710 or
Daphne Jones on 01926 843515.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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