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Cllr Laurence Marshall Retires

Laurence MarshallDistrict 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

Stephen Thirlwell

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 volunteers:-

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

photoThe 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.

Douglas Bridgewater


FSB Lobby Minister at National Conference

imagephotoLord 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.

imageA 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 early election.

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

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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!

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Heritage Centre Brings Local History Alive

photoAs 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 Bomb.

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: 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

imageThe 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 enjoy.

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 Ringing’.

Very Successful Start To 2010 Auction Season

imageJohn Earle 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 £330,000.

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 website.

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The baby-boom at Umberslade Farm

imageJo 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

imageOne 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 Wilmcote.
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 quarters.
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 experience alive.”
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.

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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 together.

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

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

imageThe 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 them!” 

Nina Temple-Cox.

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Claverdon Drop to 2nd Despite Comfortable Win


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 converted, 7-19.

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 flanker.

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

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Bogus Charity Bag Collections

imageWarwickshire 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 414075.

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 charitable causes.

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 group.

If you require any further information or you do not wish to receive the email alert in future, please contact me.

Lisa Stirling
Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Office:   01926 414075
Mobile:  07500 993287

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Are you fit?

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…….

John Garner

Make Henley Greener
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How to save on cooking

imageAn 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.

imageFor 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. imageThe 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

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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

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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?

FASHION SHOW – 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

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).

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.

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.

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.

FIRST HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS are looking for enthusiastic and energetic Leaders or Assistant Leaders. Details from Simon Cossey 07979 240174

THE 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.

PETTICOAT LANE – 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

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please email Robin Freeman <>
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Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837

The Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
  • To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form

Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.

Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
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
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
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:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10.  For further details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

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