Henley Reformers de-railed by Volcano
Peter Crathorne reports on the TIC watched by Joint Chairmen, David Hadley and Chris Milsom
The Henley Town Assembly meeting held
in the Baptist Church Hall on Monday 19th April is usually a quiet and
dignified affair. This year, however, was an exception; the meeting
started with quibbles, descended into farce and ended in uproar. If
this is an example of local democracy in Henley we should be thoroughly
ashamed of ourselves. As speaker after speaker reiterated, this was a
supreme example of rule by the mob.
The meeting started with a niggle about the
lack of signing of earlier Minutes, which according to the protester
rendered the current meeting invalid. It was pointed out that the last
meeting had approved earlier Minutes and that alone had validated them.
In which instance the meeting could proceed, which it did with an
approval of the Minutes of the 2009 Meeting (which were duly signed).
This was followed by a polished and clear presentation by Ionan Morgan
CBE, Principal of Warwickshire Colleges, who gave a detailed account of
the work of the Colleges in Warwickshire, and in particular, the work
of the local Henley-in-Arden College. He was warmly applauded for the
detailed exposition of the benefits brought to the town by the College.
At this point things started to get
interesting. The meeting was being chaired jointly by Chris Milson for
Beaudesert and David Hadley for Henley when they read a letter from an
elector querying why the meeting was chaired by members of the JPC.
After some discussion, including a suggestion that the High bailiff
should chair the joint meeting, the position was clarified by the
chairman of the JPC quoting from the Local Government Act 1972 where it
states that if the chairman is present he should preside, otherwise the
parish may elect its own chairman. The current chairmen both claimed
that they had been properly elected and that they intended to continue.
Upon a return to the Agenda reports were
given by the High Bailiff, the chairman of the Town Improvement
Committee and the chairman of the JPC. All these reports stressed the
work undertaken by the individual bodies on the behalf of the residents
and included details of planned ventures to improve the life of people
in the town. Details of the reports will be included in the official
Minutes of the meeting which will no doubt be available from the Parish
Clerk (Tel: 01564 79 5499).
The next report was given by County
Councillor Mike Perry who gave a detailed account of his work on the
County Council when a “Point of Order” from the floor
accused him of being “political”. This brought out a
somewhat bad tempered argument about the content of his report, but
eventually he was allowed to continue. During a tribute to the work of
retiring District Councillor Lawrence Marshall Mike was again
challenged, this time about naming a candidate for the post. The
challenge came from another candidate who took exception to his words.
At this point the meeting descended into farce with supporters of both
factions shouting and catcalling.
Some semblance of order having been
regained by the combined endeavours of the two chairmen, District
Councillor Stephen Thirlwell gave a report on his work on the Stratford
District Council which was well received.
The election of chairmen for the 2011 Town
Assembly was marred by a return to the question of whether or not it
would be appropriate for the High Bailiff to act as a joint chairman.
The speakers were again referred to the clause in the 1972 Local
Government Act and eventually the elections went ahead.
For Henley parish Margaret Twigg was
elected as chairman, with Roy Eastwood as vice chairman. In the case of
Beaudesert, after some hiatus, Stephen Thirlwell was elected as
chairman and Sheila Roy as vice chairman.
The Open Forum was always going to be the
high point of the evening, and so it proved! The chief act was to be an
attempt by the Henley Reform Assoc to “restore democracy”
John Latham opened the batting on behalf of
Beaudesert with a prepared statement proposing that a Parish Referendum
be held to consider the question that “... confidence has been
lost in the leadership and management of the Beaudesert and Henley
Joint Parish Council and that all existing councillors should resign
immediately and that there should be an election for a new parish
council as soon as possible”.
John had only just started when he was
shouted down by what was later described as a “Rent-a-Mob”
who were determined not to let him put the proposal. The atmosphere was
so electric and the shouting so hostile that it put one in mind of
Oswald Moseley’s Black Shirts and the fanatics of the French
Revolution. Your correspondent had a brief glimpse of Madame Defarge
sitting knitting at the foot of the guillotine as the tumbrels rolled
by. This was not democracy; this was a deliberate attempt by what
appeared to be an organised group to prevent free speech!
After intervention from the joint chairmen John was able to continue, although he was still interrupted by jeers and catcalls.
Peter Crathorne, on behalf of Henley, read a
statement with a similar proposal. He was also subjected to the same
mindless barracking and shouting but was more able to withstand the
pressure – possibly because of his experiences as a teacher!
At this point procedures began to break down
as uncertainty grew about the correct way to conduct the ballots. Amid
growingly chaotic scenes claims were made that electors had been
prevented from entering the hall owing to overcrowding, and were
thereby disenfranchised; others claimed that people were present who
had not been registered; the validity of the process was challenged,
and great uncertainty prevailed. Eventually the chairmen announced that
the proposals would be put to the meeting; an announcement which
appeared to cause further dissent.
In the case of Henley, more than ten people
stood to express their support for the proposal, and since the statute
only requires ten electors to support the proposal it was declared
In the case of Beaudesert only six people
stood to express their support and consequently the proposal was
declared “rejected”. Amid the cheers from the
“NO” supporters a question arose about what had happened to
the writers of the original letter requesting a poll. It turned out
that several of the Beaudesert supporters of the proposal were marooned
overseas as a result of the ban on flying into UK airports. The volcano
had struck yet another victim – the Henley Reformers!
Following these results, and amid scenes of considerable uproar a straw
poll was demanded to indicate the strength of support for the JPC which
resulted in sixty three people expressing support. Several speakers
tried, more or less successfully, to address the meeting, and although
encouraged by the joint chairmen made little or no impression upon the
This 2010 Town Assembly Meeting was a most
unfortunate affair and very few people come out of it with credit. The
speakers and the proposers of the resolutions made their reports and
proposals in a dignified and calm way; the joint chairmen performed
well in a difficult and hostile environment and the chairman of the JPC
responded in a thoughtful and calm manner to the various questions.
However the behaviour of several electors in the meeting was hostile to
both the speakers and to any other electors who took a contrary view.
The result of the ballots on a referendum
was unsatisfactory and the unhappiness with the conduct of the JPC
expressed in some quarters of the town remains unabated.
This was not a happy evening for democracy in general and for Henley-in-Arden in particular.
Report by Brian Twigg
Minutes of the Town Assembly (unofficial)
Henley NEWS Online
has commissioned a professional journalist to take the minutes of the
Town Assembly and you can read a blow by blow account by clicking on
the link below.
An example of one of the evening's incidents as seen by our unofficial minute taker was:
Dr Bridgewater said the parish council website was rarely up to date.
Mrs Walsh said it was up to date.
Dr Bridgewater said that is your opinion.
Mrs Walsh said she was here to give advice and if Dr Bridgewater wanted her to shut up he should ask her to.
Dr Bridgewater asked Mrs Walsh to shut up.
Unofficial minutes of the Town Assembly 2010
Letters to the Editor
I was an extra in a movie sequel to the "Gunfight at the OK Corral".
This is to be called "Not all OK at the Corral". It was 'shot' at the
Baptist Hall Studios on Monday April 19th at 7.30pm.
The cast was
excellent: Jimmy (James) Stewart, High Bailiff; Cary Grant, councillor;
John Wayne, Chair of the JPC. Mae West was up there as well.
All spoke very
eloquently and knew what they were talking about but then the 'Mob'
weighed in, who did not. Suddenly nobody new what they were
doing. Wyatt Earp and his brothers, their mate, Doc Holiday, all had
their say and as for Annie Oakley, well!
The Lone Ranger
bravely gave his name and address in opposition to the current JPC.
Then there were votes by show of hands from both Parishes of Tombstone.
Many raising 2 hands.
It was chaos and I left.
I was saddened
and appalled by the behaviour at this farce. Considering we are a
'middle class' rural market town in the 21st century it can only be
likened to Arizona in 1881.
was brilliant but, I suggest, if there is another one we bring in
Steven Spielberg to direct next time. This might bring in some ORDER.
Stephen Hunter - Brook End Drive.
Loyal Henley Resident
I turned up on Monday night to support John Latham for a poll in
Beaudesert to have a new election for the parish council. I was
prevented from entering the hall to vote by the community policeman,
allegedly on health & safety grounds.
Perhaps if I and others confirmed we were locked out and prevented from
voting we could attend in person at a parish council meeting to add our
support to achieve the numbers required.
Geoff Shephard – Beaudesert Local Government elector
I attended Monday night's meeting and was left concerned. My primary concern was that people were turned away before the meeting started.
I wonder if an alternative could have been found to allow those
Henley residents to hear or participate in the meeting.
I appreciate that
rescheduling the meeting to a larger venue would have been very
difficult but I was worried that those who could not gain entry and
wanted to engage in local democracy were unable to do so.
Brian Hammond – Henley-in-Arden Local Government elector
I felt sufficiently annoyed to write direct to you regarding the Town Assembly held on Monday 19th April.
I arrived at
7.05, waited in a queue for 20 minutes, was not signed in and my
partner and others who arrived for the 7.30 start found the doors
The whole evening
was listening to heckling and shouting and certainly 3 ladies with me
felt intimidated enough to leave at 9.00pm. One person actually
complained to the clerk and a lot of votes were lost through (a) not
being able to enter the building and (b) people felt too intimidated to
stand up and "be counted" as we were asked to do.
When Mr Goodman
spoke, we all politely listened. When the opposition spoke, the
heckling and shouting was quite honestly scary. I certainly for one
will not attend another Town Assembly but perhaps that's what they
Ann Bevins – Henley-in-Arden Local Government elector
The Joint Chairmen Explain
At 7.30 pm the two
chairmen of the Assembly made a joint decision to close the doors of
the Baptist Hall as a capacity of 100 residents were already inside and
the CPSO on duty drew our attention to the Health and Safety
regulations and the Fire regulations which state that the maximum
allowed for this hall is 100.
The CPSO remained on
duty at the door in case of any emergency and the hall has 2 further
emergency exits so as far as we could ascertain there was adequate
safety. We understand that 8 residents were unable to join the meeting
as a result of this decision but we were faced with an unprecedented
situation given that the previous 3 years attendances totalled less
than the 100 in attendance at Monday’s meeting.
We had the choice of
postponing to another date at another venue or proceeding. We decided
in the circumstances to proceed. We regret that some residents were
unable to join the meeting.
David Hadley and Chris Milsom – Joint Chairmen of the Assembly
What Cost Local Democracy? (Part 2)
Sitting at my desk on
Tuesday 20th April my thoughts turned to Monday night's Town
Assembly... I wondered why it is that minor politicians, when all
else fails, try to justify their position by resorting to the old
chestnut of "It's too expensive". That is after trying out "We are
volunteers" and "We never mind getting our hands dirty".
While these words were being spoken prospective voters had been locked
out from the Town Assembly giving them no chance of exercising their Legal Rights to vote for a referendum
on an issue of: No Confidence in the JPC.
Although the entrance to the hall was strictly limited with signing in
etc, allegedly queue jumpers where allowed in before people who had
been waiting some time. With all this happening
the meeting was started early.
Not content with the uninterrupted "back patting" that had been made by
the Chairman of the JPC in his report, both chairmen let the meeting
turn into chaos, allowing
a County Council member to have free reign with a propaganda
speech for the Conservative Party.
The chairman looked nonplussed when a member of the audience objected
by raising a point of order, stating that this meeting was supposed to
be non political. He was obviously
as surprised as I was because in all the JPC meetings I attended
I have never witnessed this before. Then the meeting deteriorated
further until it resembled a lynch mob.
A vote was eventually taken with a completely
unsatisfactory result. Beaudesert not wanting a poll and
Henley voting for one, leaving us in uncharted waters. No
one will ever know what the result would have been if the residents who
where locked out had been able to vote.
These are the lessons to be learned:
Although the chairmen for next year have been elected, in future
we must be one hundred percent sure in our minds that they
are competent, strong, know their job and
responsibilities. Not just selected by Buggin’s turn.
A hall with sufficient capacity to hold interested residents is
essential. If we [the electorate] consider
they do not and the right size of hall has not been chosen, then an
extraordinary meeting should be called to sort the problem out because
no one should be denied their democratic
The right chairmen must be picked and a hall of the right size must
be hired and neutral stewards found. These are easy solutions, the more
difficult one is in educating the parishioners
that some of the qualifications for voting are your nationality, your
age, and the fact you are not in prison and are of sound mind. Not that you where born in Henley!
Hopefully we all pay our taxes and apart from anything else these buy, they also entitle us to exercise our rights.
Malcolm Coulter - Henley Local Government Elector
New 'Reform Association' formed
The founders of the new Henley-in-Arden Reform Association
proposed at the town assembly that the existing JPC should resign
“en bloc” immediately and there should be an election for a
The Association is a non party political
group focused solely on challenging the status quo and seeking to
re-establish democracy in the management of the town. The founders of
the Association are Peter Crathorne, John Latham and Bill Leech.
They have been recruiting prospective
councillors who, if elected, will implement a 10% reduction in the
precept (parish council tax) by reducing the operating costs and will
encourage greater participation by the residents. Before any election
for a new parish council, the association intends to publish a
manifesto. Once elected and having implemented the manifesto changes,
the Reform Association will be disbanded and all the councillors will
continue as independents.
There is an archive of the recent press reports about the Joint Parish Council at:
If you would like to support the Reform Association, please register at: http://www.tfaforms.com/144040
What the Supporters Say
Please send your views to
the editor on the Town Assembly. In the next edition we will publish a
selection. We have already received over 20 messages. Three examples
"We are sure that the
majority of council members work very hard and in the main the town
benefits from their efforts. But, the way the chairman, his wife and
some other members appear to have acted recently is unacceptable to us.
If it hadn't been for the information publicised in the Henley Online,
we would not have been aware of what was going on. It is important that
residents of Henley have an easy way of accessing the issues that are
being addressed by the council and their actions taken. One such
mechanism should be via the internet. The council should not appear to
be acting on our behalf behind closed doors!!!! As a matter of
principle, we don't believe that more than one member from a family
should be able to be elected, particularly if one of the elected
members is the chair person."
"I am concerned about
the way in which the JPC seems to pursue matters which do not reflect
the best interests or opinion of local residents. I have been concerned
over many years about the way in which it appeared to be an extension
of one local political party, co-opting new members from amongst allies
when vacancies occurred, and using the JPC as a stepping stone to
political careers at district council level."
"This evening I
attended a meeting to try and understand the differences of opinions
between many respected volunteers within our community. Unfortunately I
found the meeting to be undemocratic and unacceptable in the "Shouting
down" of opinions."
Stratford Herald reports on last JPC meeting
This article first appeared in the Stratford Herald and is reproduced with their kind permission. Text version
May 2010 District Council Election Candidates
candidates will be contesting 20 seats at Stratford-on-Avon District
Council elections on Thursday 6 May. The Council has 53 seats in total.
The candidates for the Henley-in-Arden by-election, following the retirement of Laurence Marshall, are:
John Hartigan (Lab), Jem Jones (Cons), Karyl Rees (Lib Dem)
Polling on 6 May will be carried out at over
100 stations around the District, with hours of polling being 7.00am to
10.00pm. Details about the count will be announced in a separate
The current political standings of the Council's 53 seats are:
Conservatives - 29 seats; Liberal Democrats - 19 seats; Independents -
3 seats; Vacant seats - 2.
Prospective Parliamentary Candidates
Henley NEWS Online has written to all the candidates and asked them to comment on the present situation regarding the Joint Parish Council.
They have been asked specifically:
- Do you approve of the actions of the current chairman and certain councillors?
- Do you approve of freezing the grant to the village hall and the playing fields?
- Do you think the whole council should resign and there should be a new election?
Lib Dem Prospective District Councillor
2008, the Lib Dems gained five seats from the Conservatives in the
District Council elections and held the two seats they were defending,
giving them nineteen seats in total on the Stratford District Council.
On May 6th, there is a District Council by-election by-election caused
by the retirement of Laurence Marshall. Karyl Rees, a former teacher at
the primary school, will be standing as the Lib Dem candidate.
Karyl, a long time reader and supporter of Henley NEWS Online,
has lived in the district for over 40 years. She was a teacher in
Ullenhall and Henley for 25 years and Secretary of the Stratford and
District branch of the National Union of Teachers, representing
teachers on Local Education Authority committees and at National
Conferences. More recently she has worked for a variety of employers,
spending two years with the British Red Cross before becoming personal
assistant to Liz Lynne MEP. She is a voluntary worker with VASA and the
Warwickshire Association for the Blind.
Karyl has been involved with the Liberal
Democrats for 15 years, fully supporting the Liberal Democrat ideals
for a fairer society.
Conservative Prospective District Councillor
is your Conservative candidate for the District Council elections on
Thursday May 6th. Jem lives in Henley and relocated his successful
marketing business, which he aims to become carbon neutral, to the town
in 2008. Since moving to Henley, he has taken a very keen interest in
local issues, attending parish council meetings and working closely
with County and District council representatives in supporting their
work for the communities of Henley and Wootton Wawen. He can be seen
most days walking his Spanish rescue dog along the High Street.
I would be proud and honoured to represent the ward, and I will work
closely with Cllrs Perry and Thirlwell as part of a team that tackles
the issues that matter most to you.
1. Supporting further recycling and other environmental initiatives
2. Pressing for continuing investment on roads and parking
3. Encouraging local shops and businesses
4. Ensuring the revised Taylor Wimpey proposals are subject to proper public consultation
5. Press for sufficient resources to tackle antisocial behaviour in Henley High Street
Court Leet Annual Dinner
On Thursday the 15th April 2010 the Henley
Court Leet and Court Baron held its Annual Dinner in the Guild Hall.
The High Bailiff’s special guest this year was Alan Fallow the
Deputy President of the Freemen of England and Wales and his consort
Valerie Fallow. Other guests included the Chairman of Warwickshire
County Council, Councillor Peter Barnes and his consort Stella Barnes;
the Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Peggy Bennett; the Steward of Warwick,
Derek Maudlin; the Mayor of Stratford, Councillor Jenny Fradgley and
her consort Councillor Ian Fradgley; the Bailiff of Warwick, Roger
Higgins; the Bailiff of Bromsgrove, Simon Cupitt; the Bailiff of
Alcester, Mike Clark; the Reeve of Bromsgrove, James Merridith; the
Warwickshire Warden of the Freeman of England and Wales, Derek Austin,
and Chairman of Tanworth Society for the Apprehension of Felons, John
In all some sixty eight people sat down to a
five course meal prepared by Sue Dalby Catering. The proceedings were
opened by the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, and grace was said by the
Chaplain to the Court, the Rev. John Ganjavi. The High Bailiff
introduced his guests and called for the wines to be tasted. The wines
were tasted by the Court’s Ale Tasters, Andrew Garner, and Barry
Tulloch and pronounced fit for consumption.
Following a most enjoyable and mouth
watering meal modelled around a main course of lamb shank marinated in
red wine, the diners joined in toasts to the Queen proposed by the Low
Bailiff, John Rutherford; the Lord of the Manor proposed by the
Steward, David Lodder; the visitors by Hon Burgess, Alec Halliwell and
the Court Leet by Deputy President of FEW, Alan Fallow. In response the
High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, thanked all for attending, Sue and her team
for the wonderful food, and went on to added toasts to the Armed
Forces, the newly formed Henley Church of England Voluntary Aided
Primary School and a personal toast to the businesses of
The evening was concluded with a prize draw in aid of the Guild Hall Trust.
On the same evening the High Bailiff’s
Lady, Molly Sutton and the Ladies of the Court held a special meal at
Stockton House, the home of Sue and Brian Westmocott, where they
enjoyed a splendid array of food, again provided by Sue Dalby Catering.
The meal was followed by a demonstration of beauty therapy by Cathy of
A raffle held in aid of the Warwick Hospital Breast Cancer Unit raised £150.
TaxPayers' debt clock visits Birmingham
The TaxPayers’ Alliance
“debt clock” has visited Birmingham as part of its
1,300-mile tour of Britain. As the UK counts down to the election the
lorry-mounted clock is counting up the national debt. The clock,
believed to be the biggest LED-display clock in the world, calls on
politicians to “wake up to the national debt”.
Renovation of Market Cross
Roger Sutton, High Bailiff; Jonathan Dovey, Town Historian;
John Stott, Chairman Beaudesert Society and Ray Holding, Designer of the renovation
On Saturday 10th April a short ceremony was
held in brilliant Spring sunshine to celebrate the completion of the
renovation of Henley’s Market Cross. The 15th century Market
Cross was erected close to the area once occupied by the town’s
The Market Cross originally stood over 20
feet high, but today only the shaft and base remain. These remnants had
been falling into a state of disrepair and a determined effort by local
organisations has made the cross and its surroundings once more an
historic site to be proud of. Iron railings have been installed round
the cross and the cobble stones in the adjacent area removed and
replaced with smoother stone slabs. Henley in Bloom has been
responsible for providing eight metal troughs to suspend from the
railing and filling them with a lovely colourful display of spring
flowers. And the Henley and Beaudesert Society have funded an
information plaque which provides visitors with a sketch of the cross
as it was originally and a brief history of the significance of the
Cross and the site.
The ceremony was started by John Rutherford,
acting Town Crier, ringing the bell and inviting Les Goodman (chairman
of the Parish Council) to speak to attending crowd. He officially
declared the work on the Cross finished and ready to be admired. The
rector of Henley, the Reverend John Ganjavi, then invited the assembly
to join him in prayer while the Cross was dedicated. Next the High
Bailiff, Roger Sutton, said what an excellent example it was of many
organisations cooperating to achieve such a good result for the town;
the next town effort was to be for town businesses. Chairman of the
Henley & Beaudesert Society, John Stott, completed the outdoor
events by unveiling the information plaque.
The acting town crier then invited the
assembly to the Guildhall where refreshments were served. Chairman of
the Market Cross renovation sub-committee, George Matheou, made a short
speech thanking Warwickshire County Council and Stratford District
Council who had largely funded the project and all the other local
organisations and individuals who had put so much effort and time into
making it such a worthy success. Ann Holding gave a brief resumé
of the history of the Cross and its importance through the ages. And
finally John Stott said a few words recognising with thanks the fund
raising activities of the Henley & Beaudesert Society and their
supporters and also the impetus given to the project by his predecessor
chairman, the late Pam Kearsley.
Andrew Yarwood reporting
St George's Day - April 23rd
Shakespeare died on this day in 1616.
England my England
Goodbye to my England. So long my old friend
Your days are numbered, being brought to an end
To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that's fine
But don't say you're English, that's way out of line.
The French and the Germans may call themselves such
So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch
You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane
But don't say you're English ever again.
At Broadcasting House the word is taboo
In Brussels it's scrapped, in Parliament too
Even schools are affected. Staff do as they're told
They must not teach children about England of old.
Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw
The pupils don't learn about them any more
How about Agincourt, Hastings, Arnhem or Mons ?
When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.
We are not Europeans, how can we be?
Europe is miles away, over the sea
We're the English from England, let's all be proud
Stand up and be counted - Shout it out loud!
Let's tell our Government and Brussels too
We're proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue
Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union Jack
Let the world know -
WE WANT OUR ENGLAND BACK !!!!
Opening event at Henley Tennis Club
Henley Tennis Club
kicked off the tennis summer season with an evening of tournament
finals sponsored by John Cranmer Estate Agents. Despite the wet weather
a very competitive Bunny Shepheard mixed doubles final was won by Ben
Summers and Sue Harbour. The pair beat Neil Supperstone and Lucy
Webster in a third set tie break 7-5. Whilst the newly donated Rowen
Photography Plate was won by Nigel Keefe and Anne Crooks.
Meanwhile the wet weather did not dampen the
support that was given to the junior tournament finals. In another
close three set match Chris Cardwell came out the victor in the Under
16 singles club tournament beating Matt Williams. Oliver Richardson was
crowned the Under 12 champion by inching his way to victory in a tie
break against Frazer Kent. Overall the weather did not dampen spirits
and everyone had an enjoyable night with many thanks going to John
Cranmer Estate agents for sponsoring the evening and the numerous
volunteers who made the evening a great success. The club is looking
forward to a busy summer of tennis. If you fancy coming down and having
a game there is an open day at the club on Stratford Road on Saturday
May 1st 1 - 4 pm.
Our photo is of the winners of the Bunny
Shepheard mixed tournament, Ben Summers and Sue Harbour, being
presented the trophy by Jane Palmer representing John Cranmer Estate
Lucy Webster reporting
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Studio 34’s mixed tennis tournament a huge success
Henley Tennis Club held its first open mixed tournament sponsored by Studio 34
of Henley in Arden. Twenty pairs entered the tournament and, on a nice
sunny day, played in a round robin to determine the pairs for the
final. The final was a family affair with Lianne Supperstone and
Anthony Candappa beating Neil Supperstone and Lucy Webster in a
competitive final. Yet another family affair fuelled the
competitiveness of the plate final with Alex and Sara Butler winning
the battle by beating Richard and Lucie Butler in a closely fought
Lianne Supperstone and Antony Candappa receiving their prize from Tracey the owner of Studio 34.
All players and spectators that attended had
a fantastic day, thanks to all the volunteers that made lunch and
helped the tournament run smoothly. The club managed to raise nearly
£500 towards its plans to make the club an even bigger success.
If you would like to come and see what the club can offer to you please come down and have a go on May 1st between 1-4pm.
Lucy Webster reporting
Henley Community Surgery
The meeting held at the Baptist Church Hall
on March 31st was well attended and, following the welcome by Chairman
Chris Milsom, an update on crime was given by PCSO Jelfs who stressed
the importance of incidents being reported, however minor, so that
accurate figures can be recorded. Councillor Mike Perry advised
residents that refurbishment to the market cross is complete, more
gritting bins have been allocated round the town and repairs to the
potholes and footpaths are ongoing. Parking restrictions in Cherry
Orchard and Bear Lane were put on the agenda for future attention. He
was thanked for organising pruning to impeding foliage in certain areas
and for attending the meeting
Jan Roberts, Stratford District Council
Policy Officer for older people, introduced the main speaker Marie
Rowland, Consumer Research & Development Officer for Trading
Standards, who gave very good advice with a slide show warning
residents about rogue traders and 'begging letters' from bogus firms,
international organisations and the Jamaican Lottery. Anyone with
problems or queries should call the Consumer Direct line 08454 640506.
A meeting at the Council Offices in
Stratford on 22nd April at 2pm is open to anyone and all the
parliamentary candidates will be present to introduce themselves and
Annette Walker reporting
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As the world marks the three-month
anniversary of the disaster that struck on January 12, ShelterBox is
sending another 5,000 boxes of aid this month – enough for a
further 50,000 people – with thousands more ShelterBoxes due to
arrive in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, during the coming
Tom Henderson, ShelterBox Founder and CEO,
said: "We were one of the first agencies on the ground in Port au
Prince when the earthquake struck and, thanks to the sheer grit and
determination of all our volunteers and supporters, we have now
distributed aid to over 100,000 Haitians most in need. With tens of
thousands of families still living without adequate shelter in heavy
rains and the hurricane season soon approaching, the need for emergency
shelter is still great and we won’t rest until this need is met."
ShelterBox began its response to the Haiti
earthquake just 12 minutes after the quake struck at 2150GMT on January
12, mobilising a ShelterBox Response Team to Port au Prince. The next
day, the first ShelterBoxes left the charity’s HQ in Helston,
Cornwall bound for Haiti. The first boxes arrived five days after the
earthquake and were used to set up emergency field hospitals,
immediately saving lives by providing vital shelter to patients who had
nowhere to go. Hundreds more boxes followed and ShelterBox camps were
set up in suburbs of Port au Prince including Delmas, where families
with newborn babies and pregnant women were prioritised for emergency
total of 13,000 ShelterBoxes have now been distributed in Haiti with
thousands more to come, making it ShelterBox’s largest deployment
since the Indian Ocean Tsunami. All aid has been delivered by volunteer
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members from across the globe who have
carried out extensive training with ShelterBox. More than 30 SRT
members have now been deployed in Haiti as well as Santo Domingo and
Miami coordinating logistics for Haitian aid. Partnerships forged with
organisations on the ground in Haiti such as French aid agency ACTED,
the French Red Cross, the IOM, local Rotarians, the Dutch military and
the US military allowed SRT members to distribute boxes effectively and
securely, ensuring aid has been delivered to people most in need.
Across the globe people have been supporting ShelterBox on
unprecedented levels and volunteers at ShelterBox HQ have been packing
more boxes, in the shortest space of time, than they ever had before.
The President and Royal Patron of
ShelterBox, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the
charity’s HQ in Cornwall last month to thank staff and volunteers
for their relief efforts in Haiti. ShelterBox Founder and CEO Tom
Henderson said: 'In March it was a great personal privilege to travel
to Haiti and see firsthand the amazing work our teams are doing there.
None of this could happen without our friends and supporters. Since the
earthquake struck we have witnessed acts of generosity, kindness and
compassion on a daily basis. My heartfelt thanks go out to all our
supporters for everything they are doing for ShelterBox."
Henley Rotarians have funded two of the shelterboxes which are now in use in Port au Prince - pictured above.
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Alert
Telephone Cold Calling IT Scam
are warned to beware of telephone cold callers offering to provide 'IT
services' over the phone. This follows reports received of two Nuneaton
area residents who had been telephone cold called by someone who
claimed to want to apply IT updates to their personal computers. The
caller asked to be given remote access to their PCs and in one case
installed some new programmes that had the effect of slowing the
operation of the machine. Remote access is a process whereby you can
give someone, sitting at another PC anywhere in the world, access to
your computer via the Internet.
In one case the caller was questioned about his motives and became very aggressive.
Telephone cold callers have been claiming to offer to help make
consumers computers work quicker or fix 'problems'. However, by giving
someone access to your PC, you risk them installing viruses or other
potentially dangerous software or accessing your personal information.
Computer users are strongly urged to never give remote access to a
telephone cold caller and, where remote access might be required, to
then only provide it to someone they know and trust.
If you have allowed someone you did not know or trust remote access to
your PC, you are advised to check your computer and if necessary seek
further advice from a local computer engineer or computer shop or
contact the manufacturer.
You can report these calls to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06
Senior Information Officer
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Warwickshire County Council
Defeat for Claverdon as Clee Take the Title
CLEE HILL RFC 28 – CLAVERDON RFC 3
Penalty – Wyllie
Captain Tom Skinner having another go
Claverdon travelled the long distance to
Clee Hill for a potential winner takes all for the last game of this
year’s league campaign. Clee were sitting in 2nd spot with
Claverdon 3rd so depending on results elsewhere both could
realistically claim top spot.
Enforced changes due to absent or injured
personnel saw a comeback for D.Carruthers at prop, Williams & Gill
to the flanks, Horsfall on to the wing and Gray making a rare start at
full back. Busby, Austin & Lowe made up the bench.
It was a perfect day for rugby with the sun
shining and the pitch in good condition. Claverdon had bought a good
following taking in to the account the distance they had to travel for
The lions seemed in a quiet and reflective
mood immediately prior to the game and started the game slowly. Clee on
the other hand came out of the blocks quickly and were soon in the
Claverdon half. They soon made this advantage tell when a few missed
tackles from Claverdon let Clee score in the corner for the 1st points
of the game. The conversion was added. 7-0.
The same had happened previously in big
matches so Claverdon knew they had to pick up the tempo if they were to
get anything out of this game and they did exactly that. Good, strong
running from Grimsley fed Wyllie who made good yards before offloading
to Johnson but Clee’s defence held firm. The experience of Gray
then came in to play and with an intelligent kick put Clee deep in
their own 22 and on the back foot. It was from resultant passages of
play that Claverdon got back in the game with Clee giving away a
penalty in front of the posts. Wyllie duly converted 7-3.
As soon as they were back in the game,
Claverdon again let it slip with the concession of a soft try. Good
strong tackling from Gill, Williams and Edsall had initially kept out
the Clee forwards but another unorthodox missed tackle finally let them
over the line for their 2nd try of the game, again converted 14-3.
Claverdon again rallied back and started to
see more of the ball. Wingers Horsfall and Barton both made good yards
as well as Skinner and Joyce who were linking up the play and making
yards too. Scrum half Bennett looked lively and his pace was scaring
the Clee defence every time he had the ball. Unfortunately this
possession could simply not be turned into points and Claverdon were to
rue their missed opportunities when Clee got the ball out wide to go
over in the corner. The tricky conversion was kicked, 21-3.
This was undeserved and Claverdon knew that
they could still get something out of the game. With more possession
and straight running from centres Wenborn and Johnson, Claverdon forced
Clee to concede a kickable penalty. Wyllie unfortunately pulled the
kick wide not helped by a loud cough from an unsporting fan. 21-3 Half
Claverdon started the 2nd half very much on
the ascendancy and were soon camped in the Clee half. The usually
dominant Clee pack were being out muscled by the Claverdon front row of
Knight, Grimsley and D.Carruthers. Balls were being won against the
head and scrums being turned all in Claverdon’s favour. Clee did
not like or expect this and were starting to show some signs of
The lions were throwing everything at Clee
and constantly looked a threat but as had happened in the 1st half,
they couldn’t capitalise on their chances. Bennett and Wyllie
having switched their roles were bringing the forwards into play and
again the big Skinner and Joyce were battering the Clee defence but it
remained firm to keep Claverdon shut out.
With all of this pressure Clee did manage to
break out on a few occasions but the Claverdon defence now held firm to
keep the hosts at bay. The ever reliant Edsall was replaced by Austin
to give Claverdon a fresh pair of legs with 20 minutes remaining.
The crowd was starting to get vocal and
Claverdon again pressed for a much needed and deserved try but it
didn’t come. Clee were giving away penalty after penalty and the
immense pressure finally told when their flanker was sin binned for a
wild swing right in front of the referee. Soon after, it was a Clee sub
that was shown yellow for his constant killing of the ball and
Claverdon were unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty try.
As the game was drawing to a close there was
still time for more explosive events. The courageous D.Carruthers was
replaced by the experienced Lowe at prop and another Clee player was
off the field for punching Wyllie with the ball, this time shown a red.
From the last passage of play and Claverdon
showing tired legs, a quick tap penalty saw Clee go in under the posts
with the full time whistle being sounded as soon as the conversion was
kicked to give Clee a somewhat undeserving 28-3 win.
With news from a spy at the Civil Service
ground that Tenbury had lost, Clee celebrated winning the league title
with Claverdon looking to put everything learnt in to next
Claverdon finished the season in a
respectable 3rd place in the league and, but for unexpectedly losing
some players and some unfortunate injuries, might have won it. Thanks
must go to all the players that have worn the Claverdon shirt this
season and given the cause so much time and effort.
Report by Tom Johnson
Pictures - Will Barnes
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John Garner's Business Column
April is when the Government makes changes
to many of the statutory pay rates, though interestingly not all of
them this year. You will be aware that the main tax thresholds have not
changed in line with inflation (the basic personal allowance tax code
remains at 647L) a good example of fiscal drag as a result of which we
all pay more tax without noticing it.
The rate of Statutory Maternity and
Paternity Pay (SMP and SPP) rose at the beginning of April to
£124.88 or 90% of weekly earnings if lower. There were various
other changes to statutory rates such as Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
but the level of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) remains unchanged. See the
The above rates apply for complete pay weeks
commencing on or after 4 April 2010. Employers should be aware that in
order to qualify employees should be earning at least £97 per
week, a slight increase on last year's Lower Earnings Limit.
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
The Copenhagen Climate Change Accord – What is on offer?
Last December the conference of 192
countries failed to reach agreement on a legally binding emissions
reduction target for the world. This was a disappointment but perhaps
could have been predicted when you look at the diverse range of energy
situations in 192 countries, ranging from the poorest to the richest.
But the conference did agree that global
temperature rise should not be allowed to exceed two degrees. More
importantly, it was agreed that developed countries should enter their
emissions reductions pledges into the Accord by February 1. Analysis of
what is now on the table does show that there is unqualified acceptance
of the need for a very substantial reduction in emissions of Greenhouse
Here is a sample of pledged reductions on 2007 levels to be achieved by 2020:-
Australia 13 to 31% depends on what other countries do
16 to 27% depends on what other countries do
United States 17% possibly more depending on what China does
China and India have also pledged
reductions but in terms of emissions intensity –the amount of
emissions per unit of Gross Domestic Product. China pledges 40 to 45%
and India 20 to 25%. To date , more than 110 counties have presented
their pledges. Analysis indicates that the pledged reductions are not
sufficient to limit global temperature rise to 2 deg C as required by
the Copenhagen Accord. However, as indicated above, higher pledges are
possible as more confidence builds and the major polluters put forward
realistic proposals, with evidence of how they plan to achieve them.
you also make a personal pledge of energy or CO2 reduction? A good way
to start is to calculate your Carbon Footprint. There are many easy to
use web based calculators such as at www.jpmorganclimatecare.com or www.carbonfootprint.com.
The latter explains and allows calculation of secondary carbon
footprints arising from use of services provided by banks and things
like food production. The simplest require annual spend on gas,
electricity, car miles etc plus details of flights. A more accurate
figure can be obtained by putting in your annual use of electricity and
gas, oil or coal. If you have the bills the difference between meter
readings on dates about a year apart gives the figure. It only takes a
few minutes, so click on one of the above sites and find out your
footprint. Then work out how to reduce it. Both the websites give
plenty of advice on how to do this.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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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>
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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.
| | NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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.
| |HENLEY FOCUS
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 email@example.com
for more information.
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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