The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
The 23rd April is St
George’s Day; it is the day the English ‘fly the
flag’. William Shakespeare, ‘Man of Stratford,’ fixed
it to be born and to die on this day. The ‘Bard’ was
christened, married and finally laid to rest in Holy Trinity Church,
Stratford – what a story!
A story that last weekend saw
the town of Stratford play host to an international gathering of
actors, ambassadors and patrons of the Arts; some had travelled many
miles to join in the Birthday Celebrations.
Henley was represented in the
celebrations by both the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, and the Low
Bailiff, John Rutherford. We were invited by the President of The
Shakespeare Trust, Janet Suzman, and the Mayor of Stratford, Cllr Jenny
Fradgley, to join them in celebrating the Bard’s Birthday.
High Bailiff and Low Bailiff were not alone in representing Henley; the
players and actors from Henley Amateur Drama Society (photo right) had
also been invited to join the Stratford Theatre Groups whose task it
was to entertain the public by ‘acting out’ scenes from
Shakespeare’s plays on the very streets of the town - all part of
the ‘razzmatazz’ and ‘rich tapestry’ of the
The celebrations began with the
‘Beating of the Retreat’ by the band of The Royal Engineers
on the Friday evening. On the Saturday morning we joined the Birthday
Parade for the unfurling of the Shakespearian Banners and the
procession through the town to Holy Trinity Church to lay flowers on
A true measure of the day was
the size of the crowd lining the route; a measure of the popularity and
affection held for this ‘famous son of Stratford’. Another
testimony to his fame could be seen in the many floral tributes laid
out on the floor at the foot of the dramatist’s tomb in Holy
The world came again to
Stratford on the Sunday morning when the Mayor’s guests paraded
from the Town Hall, led on this occasion by the City of Coventry Band,
to Divine Service in Holy Trinity Church to hear the Shakespeare Sermon
preached by The Bishop of Exeter. The service itself was a true
festival of Shakespearian music, song and prose, played out by RSC
actors and the church choir alike. In his sermon the bishop used the
story of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to draw
parallels with the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues, and
the conflicts in the modern world, and how finally ‘love’
conquers all in the end.
After the service the parade
made its way back to the steps of the Town Hall where the Mayor thanked
all her guests for joining the 446th Birthday Celebrations of William
Shakespeare, Son of Stratford!
|Roger Sutton - High Bailiff|| |
3 Candidates for Henley Parish By-election
This by-election is scheduled to take place in the Memorial Hall, Station Road on Thursday 27th May between 7 am and 10pm.
Henley Forest Reserves in Prestigious Cup Final
Henley Forest Reserves beat off top opposition from teams in leagues above them to win a place in the RM Smith Cup Final. This is a massive achievement. The Cup Final takes place at Stratford Town Football Club's super new Football Stadium on Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm. They are playing Alcester town, a first division side hoping to go into the Midland combination next season. There is quite a gap between the two sides but Hadley, the team coach, says that his team have trained hard and are confident they can spring a surprise. Getting to the final is a once in a life time opportunity to win a much sought after trophy for the club.
This is the chance for the town to support our local club and we all know what a crucial part supporters play in a team's success, particularly in the cauldron of a cup final.
Why not escape from the general Election for a couple of hours and join us on the coach leaving Henley Sports Ground at about 6.00pm? Details of how to find your way there.
Come and join us for what promises to be a great night out for Henley. This is also a chance to see the impressive new stadium that is a credit to local sports supporters. Stratford Town Football Club Ltd, Knights Lane, Tiddington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7BZ
Peter Crathorne - Chairman of the Henley War Memorial Trust
Stratford Herald reports on Town Assembly meeting
A TOWN poll on the issue of confidence in
the parish council will be held in Henley, but not in neighbouring
Beaudesert, after a chaotic annual town assembly on Monday night.
The raucous meeting got off to a shambolic
start after at least eight residents were locked out of the Baptist
Church hall in Henley ten minutes before the meeting was set to start.
The decision, by joint-chairmen Cllr David
Hadley, for Henley, and Cllr Christopher Milsom, for Beaudesert, proved
In a statement issued after the meeting they said the decision was made
because 100 residents were already inside, filling the hall to its
capacity, and to admit any more would have breached health and safety
"We were faced with an unprecedented
situation given that the previous three years' attendances totaled less
than the 100 in attendance at Monday's meeting," said the statement.
"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."
Barely had the meeting begun when there was
a quibble from one resident who said that that as last year's chair,
Cllr Bill Leech, had not signed the minutes of the 2008 meeting, the
2010 meeting could not begin. There was also confusion over who should
chair next year's meeting.
Those assembled then heard presentations
from guest speaker Ioan Morgan, Principal of Warwickshire College,
Henley High Bailiff Roger Sutton, Peter Crathorne, Chairman of Henley
Town Improvement Committee, Cllr Les Goodman Chairman of the Henley and
Beaudesert Joint Parish Council. The meeting descended into disorder
during the report by Henley's county council representative, Mike Perry
(Cons). He was interrupted by a resident raising points of order, the
first complaining that the report sounded like a party political
broadcast and the second, challenging Cllr Perry's naming of one of the
candidates standing in the by-election to be held on 6th May to replace
retiring Stratford district councillor Laurence Marshall. However, Cllr
Perry was allowed to continue.
The open forum proved as contentious as
expected as members of the Reform Association, which says it aims to
restore democracy to Henley, proposed that a town poll be held on the
question: "Do you agree 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 Latham, a Beaudesert resident of 40
years, had barely begun to speak in favour of the poll before a vocal
portion of the Beaudesert electorate began shouting for him to "get
Henley resident Peter Crathorne, making the same proposition, endured similar jeers and shouts of "rubbish".
Ten electors are needed to call a town poll
and its results are not binding on the council. Cllr Goodman questioned
if people wanted to spend £3,000 on a poll that would have no
effect but Mr Latham argued it would cost £2,000 and that was the
price of democracy. Thirteen residents stood to show their support for
a poll in Henley but just six stood for one in Beaudesert.
After the meeting one resident, who did not
wish to be named, told the Herald: "I was scared to speak in the end.
It was intimidating. A lot of people left because they were fed up with
the shouting. I was quite disgusted with it. Nobody gave anybody a
chance to speak. None of the issues were really brought up because of
"Voices weren't heard last night, it wasn't
a discussion really. To be quite honest I thought they were quite a
This article first appeared in the Stratford Herald and is reproduced with their kind permission.
Thoughts on the Parish Assemblies
The meeting was the worst behaved and most badly managed I have ever
attended. The chairmen proved to be out of their depth in
handling a very difficult audience.
The person who interrupted County Councillor Mike Perry at the Parish
Assemblies was not a resident of either parish. Individuals
wishing to do so should have been obliged to give their name and
address before being allowed to speak.
Many in the audience seemed to think that the significance attached to
an individual’s views should be directly proportional to the
length of time they have lived in the community. This is clearly
wrong and undemocratic.
Susan Bridgewater - Beaudesert Resident
I am writing in response to your request for comments on the recent Town Meeting, which I attended by invitation.
I was disappointed that, in view of the
length of service of the Chairmen, the meeting was not better
controlled, and that neither seemed to know how to deal with a Point of
Order when the Conservative County Councillor was accused of bringing
party politics into what is meant to be a non-party political meeting.
I was also surprised that members of the
audience were allowed to shout down speakers when they tried to state
their case as they were legally obliged to do. It is not for me to say
how the precept should be spent, but I do believe that all Council
decisions, at whatever level, should be fair and transparent.
The fact that some of the residents who are
dissatisfied with the actions of Council members are prepared to stand
themselves at the next elections augurs well for democracy in Henley
Karyl Rees - Lib Dem District Council Candidate
LATE BREAKING NEWS
11 residents from the Parish of Beaudesert, who are also local government electors, have written to Cllr Chris Milsom, Chairman of 2010 Beaudesert Parish Assembly, saying;
"I consider that the Assembly on 19th April 2010 was invalid as electors were prevented from entering the hall and voting. Furthermore, there is clear evidence that certain residents felt intimidated and did not vote.
"I therefore request you to declare the 19th April Parish Assembly void and call another meeting within one month. This will be far cheaper than the cost of a judicial review, which will probably have to be paid for by the JPC."
The 2010 Chairman of the Henly-in-Arden Parish Assembly, Cllr David Hadley, wrote to Stratfrod District Council confirming that there was a vote at the Assembly for a Parish Referendum on the question:
"DO YOU AGREE THAT CONFIDENCE HAS BEEN LOST IN THE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF THE 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?"
The Returning Officer has decided to hold the Parish Referendum on Tuesday 25th May.
Johnsons drives fundraising for Air Ambulance
In April Johnsons Coaches drove to
the base of local charity, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air
Ambulance (WNAA), with a very special delivery for the local life
saving crew, a cheque for over £15,000.
Coaches decided to support WNAA to mark their 100th Anniversary by
pledging to raise £10,000. Due to the enthusiastic drive and
commitment of the Johnsons team they pushed their target and actually
raised a staggering £15,800! John Johnson, Sales & Marketing
Director of Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel, and his niece Victoria,
Projects Manager at Johnsons, presented the cheque to crew who were
just returning from a mission.
“After 100 successful years as a
leading independent coach operator we wanted to give something back to
the local area” says John Johnson. “Supporting the WNAA
gave us an opportunity to do just that. Notably by contributing to a
vital, life-saving local service that does not receive any government
funding. Our fundraising efforts also made it possible to reach out to
the whole local community in a series of celebratory events, including
a great big Family Fun Day and a Fireworks Display Finale.
“Our centenary year excelled all of
our expectations, particularly the final fundraising figure. We set out
to raise £10,000 but, thanks to the support of our staff,
customers and friends, managed to add another 50% to that figure.
We’d like to thank everyone who helped to make it a spectacular
year, for all their support in not only reaching this target, but
Jo Payne, WNAA Fundraiser for Warwickshire
commented, “On behalf of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air
Ambulance I would like to say ‘thank you’ for this generous
amount. The whole team have worked so hard to not only reach this
target but to exceed it. Their drive and commitment is simply
marvelous. As a registered charity we receive no government or Lottery
funding and so rely on kind donations such as this."
WNAA is a registered charity that provides
emergency care to people who live, work or travel through the
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire regions and beyond when needed.
Normally a patient would only benefit from advanced analgesia and
anaesthetics in the A&E department whereas WNAA have the skill set
and resources to manage the patient on scene. The additional skills of
the WNAA crew bring the hospital emergency department to the accident
scene and can often make the difference between life and death.
Carole Essex reporting
Don't Forget the Next WNAA Event
It is now just one month to the Air Ambulance Heroes Run at Stoneleigh Park on Sunday 23rd May. 5 Km is not a long way to run, jog or walk. Please bring all the family including your dogs!
I hope you will also ask all your friends
and colleagues join you for this fun event which is in support of one
of our most important local charities.
Please could you and all your team to register on the Heroes Run website as soon as possible.
Johnsons are providing a coach from the Market Cross. Call 01564 797000 for further details.
Henley's "Little Gem" opens for new season
Henley-in-Arden's Heritage Centre
has opened its doors for the new season.
The Centre, described by one visitor as a "little gem", on the town's
picturesque High Street tells the history of the town in an attractive,
informative and visual way.
During the winter months much work has been done on improving and
adding to the exhibits including the popular second world war display,
which features as its centre piece a replica
of the famous Anderson shelter that visitors can enter and experience
what it must have been like sheltering during the blitz. Other
new displays feature the fire service and
the ancient watermills of Henley.
Ray holding views the new display featuring the ancient watermills of Henley
Steward Jacqui Moulder with the VAD Red Cross uniform she wore as a schoolgirl whilst doing her bit during the war
Ray holding who runs the
centre said, "We have created a unique Centre which continues to
fascinate visitors; I am always surprised how far some of them travel
to visit us, it doesn't just appeal to locals. In addition we do have a
large number of schools visit for a general history lesson on a typical
medieval town or for assistance on specific subjects relating to topic
work as well as groups, clubs and associations."
The Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday,
Sundays and Bank holidays 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission is free although
donations are encouraged.
The Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon Hoard
A most successful coffee morning and cake sale was held in the Guild Hall on Saturday, 1st May. Willing helpers served coffee and biscuits, together with slices of cake kindly provided by Sue Dalby.
A large range of superb cakes made by the Women’s Institute and other local ladies was sold quickly. Raffle prizes were also generously donated.
A number of new residents and visitors joined local people at what was a most enjoyable event, which raised £240 to maintain the Staffordshire Hoard in the Midlands. Although the £3,000,000 has been raised to purchase the Hoard, £1,700,000 is still required to research and display it properly.
We were grateful to the Low Bailiff, John Rutherford, and his wife Ann who attended.
Sue Bridgewater and Barbara Warmington reporting
Henley Primary School changes status
Tuesday 20th April was a very special day in the history of Henley Primary School as it officially re-opened as Henley-in-Arden Church of England School.
The day started with a special dedication service at St John’s Church led by the Bishop of Coventry, The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth. Years Four and Five represented the school and contributed to the service with hymns and prayers.
The dedication ceremony was then followed by a procession back to school where the remaining children were waiting to greet them. The Bishop then cut the ribbon at the school gate and officially declared the new school open.
After lunch, the children celebrated their ‘new school’ with a performance of drama, songs and prayers. The bishop then unveiled the plaque to commemorate the re-opening of the school.
The day was a wonderful celebration of the new beginning for our school and everyone is looking forward to the journey ahead.
Elaine Field reporting
Parish Church of Beaudesert with Henley in Arden
From the Rectory - May 2010
Sunday 9th May we will be having an open air service (weather
permitting) in St. Nicholas’ churchyard to commemorate the 65th
anniversary of VE Day. The service is called a drumhead service because
on the battlefield the regimental drums used to be put together to make
an altar for a service. This will be the last time that we shall see
such an anniversary service and therefore it is important and poignant.
9th May is also the start of Christian Aid Week.
During the drumhead service we shall be
praying ‘we dedicate ourselves anew to the causes of peace and
the welfare of all mankind...’. That is exactly what Christian
Aid is about and I hope you will support the door to door Collection
with a generous spirit. May has another special day: Watch out for
Thursday 13th May – Ascension Day – when we celebrate Jesus
ascending into heaven as a dramatic moment of full reconciliation
between mankind and God. We will sing hymns on the Mount at 7 am, and
have a service in St. Nicholas’ at 8 pm on Ascension Day. Join in!
Oh yes, and then we must mention the General
Election. By the time we celebrate VE Day and Ascension Day a new
government will be in power. God bless anyone who is prepared to take
on the task of running the country! But remember, ‘they’
may be in ‘power’, but you also have a great power to do
good; and the power you exercise may well affect the people around you
more than any politician.
On 23rd May we celebrate the Feast of
Pentecost when God sent down his power, through the Holy Spirit, to
energise a bunch of ordinary people to spread the Gospel of Jesus
Christ throughout the world. With miracles and wonders they fearlessly
proclaimed Jesus Christ as Lord and risen from the dead. They preached
a new message of inclusive love where all people are equal and equally
loved by God. We are still working out the implications of this Gospel.
By all means exercise your vote on 6th May but also exercise your power
to serve God. Working together for the common good has God’s
stamp of approval on it!
John Ganjavi - Rector
WHAT THE CHURCHES IN HENLEY ARE UP TO THIS MONTH!
At St John’s in May we will be focusing our charitable giving and prayers on the work of the Church Army.
This is an Anglican organisation which focuses on the 7 out of 10
people who have no meaningful connection with church. CA’s
mission is to build Christian community through various projects eg
outreach buses, youth groups, vocational training centres, new baby
groups, after school clubs and town centre pastoral teams. Our local
Church Army evangelists are Roger Horsley and Paul Warren based in
Warwick Gates. They have established a fresh expressions community
centre from which they have run ‘messy church’ and church
cafe services. More recently they have opened a mission training centre
and have 2 full time students working with them.
Christian Aid Week – May 9th – 15th
Please don’t throw away the Christian Aid envelope that came with
this newsletter. Put some coins, or better still paper notes, in it
then wait for an authorised collector to call on you week starting May
11th or drop it into St John’s or put through door of 289 High
Street. The money you donate will help some of the poorest communities
in the world, empowering to them a better future. We always need more
volunteers so if you have a few hours to spare during the week May 9th
to 15th please call Lucy Lunt on 794873.
Barn Dance – Saturday 22nd May
7.30pm for 8.00pm start in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of church funds.
Come along and have an enjoyable evening with friends and dance to
caller Hugh Rippon. Tickets £7.50 to include a ploughman’s
supper, from Barbara Colclough on 793710 and Daphne Jones on 01926
HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday Services all at 10.30 am except May 9th (10.00am) followed by at
11.00am with an outdoor Victory Europe Day service in St Nicholas
churchyard. May 2nd Mr Brian Atkins, 9th (10.00am) Revd Robert J Powell
(Sacrament), 16th Mr Archie Nicholas, 23rd Revd Ros Murphy, 30th Mr
HENLEY ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
There will be a parade led by the Shirley Pipe Band and a Drumhead
Service in St Nicholas' Churchyard Sunday 9th May at 11.00am to
celebrate the 65th Anniversary of VE Day. The parade will leave the
Memorial Hall at 10.25am.
English Bells and Change Ringing
a fascinating talk Chris Mew told the meeting something about the
history, construction and technique of bells and bell ringing.
Church bells are particularly unique to this
country. Of the roughly 6,000 churches with bells only about 250 are
overseas and those are in countries where there was a strong British
influence. And it is a particularly Church of England activity.
Continental Europe on the other hand has a preference for carillons
rather than bells. In simple terms English bells are attached to a
wheel and rope which allows them to swing while bells in a carillon are
static with the striking method often controlled by a keyboard.
The history of English church bells goes
back to the early Middle Ages and until the Reformation bells were
usually rung by monks and nuns. Thereafter it became much more a
secular activity and indeed came to be regarded more as a sport until
1643 when an Act was passed banning bell ringing for sport. Eventually
various societies were formed mostly in the latter part of the 19th
century although the oldest society goes back 370 years.
Bells are cast in a mould using a molten
metal being an amalgam of 77% copper and 23% tin. Quite often bells
were actually cast on site because of difficulties in transporting such
a heavy finished product. Nowadays there remain only two bell making
foundries one of which is the famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry,
Britain’s oldest manufacturing company having been established in
1570. The heaviest bell is called a tenor and can weigh up to 4 tons
while the smallest bell is called a treble.
Bells are attached to a wheel which allows
them to swing to almost 360 degrees. Ropes are in turn connected to the
wheel and this is how the bell ringer controls the swing of the bell
and hence when the clapper strikes the bell. The practice and hobby of
bell-ringing, and in particularly change ringing, is where bells are
rung in a mathematical sequence. The more bells there are in a tower
the greater the number of permutations that can be achieved although
unlike in a carillon no attempt is made to produce a conventional
Our speaker went on to point out that bell
ringing is well within the capabilities of most people with ringers
coming from all walks of life and all age ranges. The initial training
takes a few weeks and after that one can ring with the rest of a band;
and it also provides a wonderful way to join in with other bands in
towers around the world.
The Henley Society’s next meeting will be on Wednesday 26th May when there
will be a visit to Evesham. The cost is £18 for the day which
will include travel by coach, a tour of the Almonry Museum &
Heritage Centre, a scenic river cruise and afternoon tea. To book or
for further information please contact Lesley Eastwood on 793646.
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Subject: The Great Gordon
Just a few interesting facts about Gordon Brown
used to have 6 independent regulators to regulate the different
divisions of the financial services industry, including our Banks.
(Margaret Thatcher knew what the Banks were like and in the 1988
Finance Act she bound the Banks up in regulation to prevent them from
Then Gordon Brown became Chancellor on 6th
May 1997. Gordon's banker friends said "We want all these regulators to
go. We don't want regulators watching everything we do."
AND GORDON SAID OK
So, Gordon announced on the 20th May 1997 (2
weeks after becoming Chancellor) that the six regulatory bodies would
be broken up and a new Financial Services Authority would replace them.
The FSA had virtually no powers over the Banks and he also took away
the powers from the Bank of England to enforce regulation on them.
The result is the devastation we are all suffering today.
We used to have a Monopolies and Mergers
Commission. Then Gordon's banker friends said we don't want the
Monopolies and Mergers commission telling us who we can and can't "Take
AND GORDON SAID OK
So, in 1998 Gordon scrapped the Monopolies
and Mergers Commission and created a replacement called the Competition
Commission, with very much reduced powers and different ideas of what
used to be regarded as a "Monopoly".
The result is the massive corporations we
have today who are ruling and shaping our lives for their own benefit
and profits. Not to mention the massive monopolies held by some of
these corporations through the forced purchases of all their competitors
We used to have pension regulations, which for many decades had included something called "The Pensions Cap".
The pensions cap set a limit on how much
pension any scheme member (including directors) could get from an
occupational pension scheme, irrespective of how high their earnings
were. It was there to protect the ordinary members' pensions, to
prevent Directors paying themselves obscene salaries and then draining
the pension funds by taking huge pensions. Then Gordon Brown's banker
friends said that they wanted the pensions cap removing so that they
could get pensions related to their obscene earnings. (The whole
Pensions industry gave him warnings of the effects it would have. Even
the Inland Revenue put forward objections)
BUT GORDON SAID OK
Because Gordon never likes to disappoint his
banker friends he took away the Pensions Cap in 2005 and then some of
his friends were able to leave their boardroom positions with huge
For example Fred Goodwin was apparently
entitled to a pension of over £700,000. If Gordon had left the
pensions cap in place that would have been a mere £125,000. Well
done Fred and your mates!!!
(The Superannuations Division of the Inland
Revenue have kept a record of what it should be, in readiness for when
we get a new chancellor who sees fit to re-instate it. George Osborne
has pledged to do that). The record of Pensions Cap limits are
available to view on the Revenue's website.
The result of this is that along with
Gordon's "Tax Raid" on pension funds starting July 1997, over four
thousand UK company pension schemes have closed their doors to new
members and many of them have had to close down altogether, leaving
millions of workers without any pension provision.
This man Gordon Brown professes to be a socialist and "for" the working man.
The working man's main form of long term
financial security had for many years been his company pension scheme,
something to look forward to at the end of a life of hard work, his
reward, light at the end of a long dark tunnel.
Gordon has put an end to that by destroying the most valuable asset of the average British worker.
IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST TRAVESTIES OF
JUSTICE THAT THIS MAN WHO PRETENDS TO BE "FOR THE WORKING MAN" HAS IN
FACT BEEN HIS WORST ENEMY FOR THE LAST THIRTEEN YEARS AND WILL LEAVE A
LEGACY THAT WE WILL STILL BE CLEARING UP FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.
THE REAL INJUSTICE IS THAT ITS ALL BEEN DONE
IN AREAS WHICH ARE TOTALLY OUT OF SIGHT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND
BEYOND THE UNDERSTANDING OF MANY
GORDON RELIES ENTIRELY ON PEOPLE'S IGNORANCE TO GET AWAY WITH HIS INDISCRETIONS
GORDON'S MOTTO OF: "DENY EVERYTHING AND ADMIT NOTHING" SEEMS TO BE WORKING QUITE WELL FOR HIM SO FAR.
LASTLY, WHAT GORDON LIKES TO CALL THE "GLOBAL BANKING CRISIS".
Have you noticed that we were the first to
be in it and are the last to be out (and whether we are out is very
speculative!!!)? As he has openly admitted, The Royal Bank of
Scotland was the world’s biggest bank. So when RBS and hbOS were
about to go BUST in October 2008 they had to be bailed out
overnight so they did not take the entire country down with them, (that
by the way was almost certainly a decision made by the hierarchy in
Whitehall for which Gordon loves to take the credit).
As the worlds leading banks now all lend
money to each other on a colossal scale, isn't it obvious that the
world’s biggest bank going down would have a devastating effect
on all the others it dealt with? This "world's biggest bank" had also
sold bad mortgage books to other banks.
Most of the Banks in Europe which ran into
crisis were dragged into it because of the crooked dealings of our big
Banks. A fact that both Germany and France were quick to remind Gordon
Brown of at the G20 emergency meeting shortly after the crisis.
There are many other of Gordon's
indiscretions, far too many to list here, but perhaps the few biggies
shown above will give some insight into how Gordon operates.
By the way have you noticed how he has suddenly become interested in
Social issues now an election is looming and seems to be able to
promise the world when, as Alistair Darling put it a few days ago,
there is not a penny left in the bank…………?
Think very carefully before casting your
vote for this man who is probably the most extreme capitalist of the
past century while pretending to be "for the working man".
GORDON WORSHIPS THE SUPER RICH AND POWERFUL AND CANNOT SAY NO TO THEM
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Habitat Survival's New Workshop
a long time ago we told you about the highs and lows experienced while
building our Workshop. Since then we have been busy installing
the latest audio-visual technology and generally making the inside of
this new building as interesting and absorbing as mother nature has
made the grassland, woodland and tributary River Alne right outside its
doors, and which we like to think of as a Living Classroom.
What this Workshop needs now is small groups of children, including
Cubs and Brownies, to visit and enjoy nature's bounty in whichever way
their accompanying teachers/leaders think best fits their needs, and if
that includes a muddy walk for the purpose of identifying seventeen
different species of deciduous trees, 2000 of which have been planted
since 1991, then please remember to bring rubber boots. Visits are FREE
and very welcome.
For anyone interested please contact Molly Corfield Tel:01564 794651
Volunteers transform outdoor learning at St Mary’s
A team of eager volunteers from E.ON’s Retail Informational Technology Team
recently spent a day transforming the playground and outdoor area at St
Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Henley-in-Arden.
The team spruced up the garden area, gave
the playground fence and tables a new lease of life with bright coats
of paint and enhanced the early year’s outdoor area by painting
the shed in vibrant colours.
A large overgrown area was also cleared to
help St Mary’s to develop a forest school for the children to
learn about nature and play in outdoor surroundings.
Kath Chapman, Head Teacher at the school,
said: “On behalf of St Mary’s I would like to say a big
thank you for the community day. The team transformed a
‘jungle’ into an inspirational learning area for our
“The team were a pleasure to work
with. There was a show of great camaraderie and enthusiasm throughout
the day and I hope they enjoyed their day too. Staff and children are
delighted with the new look– thank you!”
Rafferty, who is both a parent and an E.ON employee, said: “I was
excited to see the E.ON team arrive at the school ready for the
challenge that lay ahead, but even more excited when I picked the
children up and saw the playground injected with colour and the
children’s happy faces.
“The parents think it’s
fantastic what the E.ON team have achieved and we’re now planning
to develop the area that has been cleared into a forest school.”
E.ON finds volunteering opportunities for
employees across the UK, working with schools, older people and other
vulnerable groups as part of its wider community relations programme.
In 2009, E.ON employees spent over 8,000 hours volunteering in their
Michelle Rafferty reporting
John Earle’s April auction
auction went off with a flying start when Richard Abbey offered for
sale 4 Lugtrout Lane (right), a semi-detached property ripe for
updating and refurbishment. A great deal of interest had been shown in
this property in the weeks prior to auction and in the room, after
steady bidding, the property was sold for £160,000 a figure well
above the initial guide price.
The second property to be offered for sale
was 2 Primrose Cottages (left below) in Bradnocks Marsh Lane, Hampton
in Arden. An investment property being sold with a protected tenant.
Some very competitive bidding ensued with one bidder going up in
£500 increments and the hammer finally went down at a figure of
£148,000, again substantially above the initial guide.
final property to be offered, 4 Pigeon Green, unfortunately was not
sold on the night and therefore remains available via private treaty
sale at offers around £200,000.
Peter Cornford for John Earle stated that
the results for the two properties sold had exceeded both the
client’s and the firm’s expectations and was delighted that
good prices were obtained, indicating that positive money is looking to
move back into the property market for the right types of property
where growth can be expected irrespective of the political outcome.
The firm’s next auction is scheduled
for Tuesday 18th May. For further details please see our auction
section of the website or if you require details to be posted to you
please telephone the office on 01564 794343.
Angela Day reporting
Bogus Phone Calls
I don’t know if you would like to warn other readers about what could only be a phone scam.
I have just received a call from an Asian gentleman telling me that I
had paid too much in bank charges and not to worry as I was going to
get over £800 paid back into my account. Wow
lucky me! Except I am in the fortunate position of never having
paid a fraction of that out in the first place.
At this point I told him I would have to get my husband, please could
he hang on a minute, and left him there. He didn’t wait
The caller number came up as 0123.
I’m sure he would have soon been asking for my bank details or
money to cover costs. I am equally sure it’s a scam.
Anyway, it’s a change from council matters and elections.
Rita Redfern reporting
Raffle Prize Hard Sell
are warned to beware of cold calls from someone offering a 'free'
raffle ticket to win a car in exchange for your name and phone number.
Residents who agreed then reported receiving a phone call to say they
had 'won' a prize, consisting of a carpet or sofa clean. When the
person arrived to conduct the free clean they then used high pressure
sales techniques, including refusing to leave when asked, to try and
sell the householder a very expensive vacuum cleaner (over
£2,000). In some cases they remained in the property for a period
of over one and a half hours.
This is a method sometimes employed by hard sell sales people to get
access to an individual's home when the householder might not otherwise
agree to allow it.
Warwickshire Trading Standards Service advises householders not to buy
from the first person who comes to your door, but rather to ask
yourself - do I really need this item? And, could I buy it cheaper
Doorstep sellers are trained to get people to buy. They can be
extremely persuasive. Once you have let a doorstep seller into your
home, they will be expecting a sale - and they won't give up easily!
Dealing with doorstep sellers and telephone sales calls:
- Fix a security chain to your door and make sure you use it every time someone calls.
- Don't agree to buy goods or services from the first person who comes knocking on your door.
- Check prices elsewhere and don't let the
seller or trader push you into making a snap decision or convince you
to buying goods or services you don't need or want.
For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
New Greener Coaches for Johnsons
their new coach order for 2010, Johnsons Coaches of Henley-in-Arden
have purchased four brand new coaches. They are equipped with greener
'Euro 5' engines which means that they meet the latest and most
stringent EU legislation standards for economy and emissions. Two are
built to Johnsons 'Club Class' standard, which includes 49 seats and
aircraft style tables. These are also fully carpeted, have built in
vacuum cleaners and will be used on Johnsons large and popular
programme of holidays, day excursions and theatre trips. The other two
vehicles have 53 seats and will be kept busy on the company's private
hire and private group holidays services.
All four coaches also have on board CCTV
plus toilet, drinks and DVD facilities. A new enhancement is that all
of Johnsons coaches are now equipped with a GPS tracking system so that
operations staff know where any coach is, throughout Britain and
Europe, at any time or the day or night.
John Johnson said "Vehicle tracking has been
a major step forward for the company and the visual positioning
facility helps us to ensure the maximum efficiency of our 40 vehicle
coach fleet. The system has a number of other features that helps us to
keep fuel use and fuel consumption to an absolute minimum, which is so
vitally important in these times of high fuel prices."
These new vehicle arrivals are the first in
this years 1.5 million pound investment programme which will ensure
that the Johnsons coach and bus fleet continues to be one of the most
modern and up to date private vehicle fleets in the UK.
Carole Essex reporting
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Rotary Charity Golf Day for Air Ambulance
The sun shone for Henley Rotary Club's Charity Golf Day
held at Stratford Oaks Golf Club when over £1,500 was raised for
the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, the club's chosen
charity for this year's event.
“We had great support not only from
the players but also from local businesses and individuals who
sponsored holes and provided raffle prizes,” said club president
David Brain. “We are delighted with the result.”
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Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for April 2010:
Crime in Your Area
Burglaries are still occurring mainly in
the Tanworth/Earlswood area, although there is an improvement on last
Criminal damage has reduced on last year
although their has been a increase recently in the Henley area on
Friday/Saturday evenings with two reports of broken windows to premises
located on the High Street, a door handle cut off from a premises
located on the High Street and a tree planted near to Henley Medical
Centre in memory of a local resident has been cut into by an object
believed to be a axe; the tree has since been felled for safety reasons
and a new one will be planted in its place. Studley has seen an
outbreak in vandalism with a number of fences being damaged. Local
officers will be increasing patrols in the aforementioned areas,
however if anybody has any information in connection with these
incidents please contact the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team.
Although anti-social behaviour has reduced
significantly the Studley area has still been experiencing problems;
this is being combated with increased patrols by officers and use of
the ‘dispersal zone’ currently in place.
Information & Advice
The Stratford District Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP),
that includes both Stratford District Council and Warwickshire Police
is committed to reducing house burglaries and in particular preventing
repeat incidents of this type of crime. As part of this objective
households can purchase through Warwickshire Police a property marking
solution called SMART WATER.
What is SMART WATER?
SMART WATER is a unique solution containing a blend of harmless
chemicals providing it with a “forensic fingerprint”. This
fingerprint has been likened in concept to “DNA profiling”.
Once applied, SMART WATER makes the
possession of stolen property a risky business. When subjected to ultra
violet light its presence is immediately obvious by a telltale
fluorescent glow. The smallest amount is enough for forensic scientists
to verify the registered owner.
Through Warwickshire Police the cost of each
SMART WATER bottle is £15.00, which provides enough coverage for
approximately 100 – 150 items dependant on how generous you are,
however SMART WATER can be detected as small as a pin head, so very
little is required for each item.
Accompanying the solution are SMART WATER
stickers for your home, also available are plastic signs for sheds and
outhouses. Since SMART WATER is invisible to the naked eye these are
designed to advertise the fact that you are SMART WATER protected, so
should be placed in a prominent position in order to deter would be
To purchase SMART WATER please write to:
Community Safety Department
Stratford on Avon Police Station
Stratford on Avon
Please include your name, address, contact
telephone number and a cheque made payable to Warwickshire Police for
the sum of £15.00.
To find out more about SMART WATER, please contact the Community Safety Team on 01789 414111 Ext: 4540 or E-Mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note it is an offence to let off
fireworks after 11pm except on Bonfire Night when the deadline is
midnight and New Year’s Eve at 1am.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 11th February 2010:
- Anti Social Behaviour, Millennium Park
and Surrounding area, Studley – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers have
pledged to conduct high visibility patrols in the area including 8 x
extra duties until 2am.
- Parking issues outside Tesco Express,
Studley – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers will liaise with Stratford
District Council regarding enforcement and have pledged to conduct 20 x
high visibility patrols in the area to deliver advice or enforcement
- Inappropriate use of Juggins Lane by HGVs
and Speeding Vehicles, Forshaw Heath, Earlswood – Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers will liaise with the Council and Highways
regarding a review of signage and the speed limit. Officers have
pledged to carry out 20 x high visibility patrols in the area to
monitor HGVs confusing Forshaw Heath Lane with the M42 slip road and to
carry out speed checks.
Feedback on the above priorities will be
given at the next Community Forum (see below for details), feedback
will also be given in the next newsletter together with details of the
new priorities. For further information please visit www.safer-NEIGHBOURHOODs.co.uk/
David Hall of Henley in Arden admitted in
Crown Court possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and has
been sentenced to two years in prison.
Following further enquiries officers have
arrested and charged a male from Hall Green, Birmingham in connection
with a burglary dwelling which took place at Tanworth Lane, Tanworth in
Arden. Some of the items that were stolen have also been recovered.
On the 14th March 2010 officers executed a warrant in Studley and a male was cautioned for possession of a controlled drug.
Warwickshire Police (Alcester Area) Schools
Netball Tournament took place on the 17th of April at Studley High
School. In the junior section fourteen schools competed. The winners
were Claverdon A, second place went to Temple Grafton and third Welford
on Avon. The senior section was between four schools with an under 13s
league and an under 15s league. Alcester Grammar won both leagues with
Henley High runners up in the under 13s and Alcester High runners up in
the under 15s. The organisers would like to thank everyone who took
part and all those who helped on the day.
Local officers from Henley assisted Henley
Primary School in escorting pupils safely to and from St John’s
Church, Henley, where officers also represented Warwickshire Police in
a service attended by the Bishop of Coventry to rename Henley Primary
School ‘Henley Church of England Primary School’.
A male was stopped by officers in Henley for
driving without insurance. While dealing with the incident officers
found evidence of drug abuse; the male was dealt with appropriately.
Following popular demand Police Surgeries
have been introduced in the Tanworth/Earlswood area, these will run on
similar lines to those established in Henley. The first will be held on
May 5th, between 10am – 12am, St Mary Magdalene Church Room,
The next Community Forum will be held 1st July 2010, 7pm, Henley
Memorial Hall - If you have a specific concern then come along to the
local surgery where you will be able to speak to your local Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford
District Council Officer.
The next Henley Community Surgery will be
held on 26th May 11:30am, Henley Baptist Church Hall. The surgery
gives you the opportunity to speak to members of the Parish Council
& Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team about the issues that concern
you while giving you feedback regarding what is happening in the
The next Henley Police Surgery will be 12th
May, between 11am – 1pm, Henley Police Station - a drop in
facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with your
local policing team.
The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 6th May, 7pm, Henley Police Station.
The next Tanworth/Earlswood Police Surgery
will be 5th May, between 10am – 12am, St Mary Magdalene Church
Room, Tanworth - a drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within
the community with your local policing team.
The next Studley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH/Community Surgery will be held 19th May, 7:30 pm, Studley Village Hall
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
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John Garner's Business Column
Maternity Rules – OK?
Last week I mentioned that the rate of Statutory Maternity Pay
(SMP) changed in April, as it always does, along with other statutory
payment rates. This seems to get ever more complicated as each year
passes so let’s see if we can clarify things.
SMP is now paid for 39 weeks and usually
covers the first 39 weeks of an employee's maternity leave. A pregnant
employee qualifies for SMP provided she has:
- at least 26 weeks continuous employment
extending into the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth
(the 'qualifying week')
- average weekly earnings (AWE) at or above
the lower earnings limit for National Insurance contributions (NICs) -
£97 from April 2010
- provided her employer with a form MATB1 or an equivalent document issued by her midwife or GP (this gives her expected dates).
For the first 6 weeks she gets SMP at a weekly rate equal to 90% of her AWE.
For the next 33 weeks she should be paid the lower of the following:
- £124.88 per week
- 90% of her AWE
She can take 52 weeks off work in total but the remaining 13 weeks are unpaid.
Some employers have schemes which are much
more generous than this. This is common in in the public sector; now
there’s a surprise!
Employers can recover 92% of the total SMP
paid but if their total National Insurance payments are less than
£45,000 per annum they can recover 104.5%. This is to compensate
for some of the Employer's National Insurance paid on SMP.
It’s a good job the employer can recover this because other costs to the business can be substantial.
During the entire maternity leave period an
employee has a statutory right to continue to benefit from all the
terms and conditions of her employment which would have applied to her
had she been at work. This could include:
- gym membership
- participation in share schemes
- reimbursement of professional subscriptions
- the use of a company car or mobile phone (unless provided for business use only)
The entire maternity leave period counts
towards an employee's period of continuous employment for the purposes
of entitlement to other statutory employment rights, eg holidays, pay
increments, the right to a redundancy payment. Similarly, maternity
leave doesn't break continuity of employment.
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
How many people have you killed ?
The answer is that it depends on how old you are!! The older you are,
the more you have killed !!!!!! Don’t believe me? ---read
The effects of Climate change in the UK are currently fairly small but
this is not the case in other parts of the world. Sea level rise has
already led to the start of evacuation of 2600 people from the Carteret
Islands in the Pacific. Rising sea levels are increasing the salinity
in soils of coastal fringes leading to reduced food production,
malnutrition and famine. Increased frequency of hurricanes is leading
to more deaths, as in New Orleans: 1800 killed and approaching 400,000
evacuated. The 2003 heat wave killed 20,000 people in Europe. The World
Health Organisation has estimated that infectious diseases directly
attributable to Climate Change are already responsible for an
additional 150,000 deaths per year.
Craig Simmons of Best Foot Forward (A carbon accounting and
sustainability consultancy) collected together all the estimates of the
numbers of people killed or chronically affected by Climate Change
related disasters and effects. He concluded that one person would die,
be made homeless, require urgent medical treatment or face starvation
for every 102 tons of CO2 emitted. Average UK emissions are about 10
tons per person so it takes about 10 years to emit enough CO2 to
seriously damage someone else’s life. At my age of 60+, my
lifetime emissions will be around 600 tons which equates to the lives
of 6 people somewhere on the planet being damaged, or ended due to me
having an energy dependent high carbon lifestyle. This is why I am
working away at reducing my Carbon footprint.
How many people have you killed?
The answer is less than one because far fewer people are killed by
Climate Change than are adversely affected. So I haven’t even
killed one person. Does this make me feel any better? Not really,
because those who have been killed are no longer suffering, but those
who have been driven from their homes (most without insurance), those
who can no longer grow enough food and those made ill are still
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Joint Parish Council Watch
Henley-in-Arden Reform Association
continues to grow in popularity and recruit new supporters. It will be
providing a regular commentary of the machinations of our parish
The parish council meeting on Monday 26th
April contained the usual number of unusual events and demonstrated yet
again how necessary it is to elect new members to the council who will
bring about a fresh approach to the council's affairs.
Items of note from this meeting were:
- Cllr Hubbocks objected to the minutes
saying he never seconded a resolution that the payment of the grant to
the TIC should be frozen. Several councillors were unable to recollect
any formal vote on the matter. The chairman admitted that no vote had
been taken and the minutes were incorrect. Clearly, the accuracy of the minute taking by the highly paid clerk needs to be watched.
- Cllr George Matheou, commented that the
medieval parish structure should be abolished in favour of town status.
England welcomes many people of overseas birth but should they be
proposing the destruction of our heritage? Such proposals can only act as a recruiting sergeant for extreme right wing parties.
- The TIC was warned that grants in future years could be dependant on its trustees not supporting the Reform Association. This could be construed as a thinly veiled threat!
- Cllr George Matheou observed that
democracy was a Greek invention. Cllr Bill Leech reminded Cllr Matheou
that the form of democracy practiced in Greece in the fifth and fourth
centuries BC was known as "The Tyranny of the Majority". Cllr Leech
went on to remind Cllr Matheou that “Under the English system,
Councillors are obliged to accept the majority decisions of the Council
on any resolutions which are correctly and lawfully arrived at but they
not obliged to agree with that decision and they can also still express
their own personal opinion both in Council and to the press if they so
- Cllr Hubbocks objected to the Labour
Party's candidate's leaflet for the District Council election by
referring to the JPC as a Conservative council. He wanted the leaflet
reissued with an apology. He's got to be joking!
- Cllr George Matheou asked if Henley NEWS Online
was approved by the Press Commission. Cllr Leech asked if the JPC
Newsletter had been registered with this mythical quango and advised
Cllr Matheou that there was no such organisation. Bill Leech added, "In
England, we have Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and
Empowerment of the People, especially on May 3rd - World Press Freedom
World Press Freedom Day takes place on May 3rd each year and is a United Nations initiative
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HENLEY ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
There will be a parade led by the Shirley Pipe Band and a Drumhead
Service in St Nicholas Churchyard Sunday 9th May at 11.00am to
celebrate the 65th Anniversary of VE Day. The parade will leave the
Memorial Hall at 10.25am.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11TH May 7.30 pm in The Memorial Hall
when our speaker is Glenys Yates “Flower Power”.
Competition “Bursting Forth”. Visitors welcome (£5).
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Wednesday 26th May visit to Evesham by coach includes a tour of the
Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, a scenic river cruise and afternoon
tea. The cost is £18.00 and to book contact Lesley Eastwood on
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Jeff Baker on “Wildlife and Gardening”. Tuesday May 18th
and look forward to meeting any visitors from 7.45pm in the Baptist
BARN DANCE– Saturday 22nd May at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of church funds.
Come along and have an enjoyable evening with friends and dance to
caller Hugh Rippon. Tickets £7.50 to include a ploughman’s
supper from Barbara Colclough on 793710 and Daphne Jones on 01926
SUMMER FETE - 26th June, 11.00am to 3.00pm at St John’s Church Hall , Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden. Stalls include Tombola, Raffle, Bric a Brac, Toys, Plants, Good as New Clothes, Books Jewellery and more! Refreshments and lunchtime BBQ. Annual prize winning Duck Race on the River Alne at 2.15pm. Come and enjoy a fun time for all the family and help support church funds. Details from Barbara Colclough on 01564 793710 or Daphne Jones on 01926 793710.
RUDDIGORE in Tanworth July 16th & 17th 2010
Officers and Ancestors required! Tenors and basses are invited to join
the first rehearsal for this year’s G & S on Tuesday May 25th
in Tanworth village hall at 7.45pm. Full choir meets June 1st and
rehearsals continue weekly. The final rehearsal is on July 13th. A MUST
FOR EVERYONE! Details of tickets in June. Any questions ring Wendy
Dillon on 742464.
JAZZ in the GARDEN will be on 17th July. More details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge on 795149.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts
open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available.
No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer
months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises
a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested
in joining please contact Gordon Trinder
|THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN|
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please email Robin Freeman <email@example.com>
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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The Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC)
helps and encourages people living in rural areas to develop their
communities. By aiding locally led and run projects it also hopes to
strengthen social ties within Warwickshire's villages and small towns.
Henley NEWS Online was the outright winner of the Village Ventures competition 2007.
Bill Leech - Editor
NEWS Online has an editorial review team which now has more than ten
members. They review each edition before it is published and when there
are controversial articles, they play a big part in deciding the
content. If you would like to join this team please contact the editor.
We would like to recruit more women to the team as they are under
represented at present as are young people.
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The views expressed in these stories and articles do not necessary match the views of the editor.